Alfonso sweeps away the dust from our past

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Six years after arriving in Australia from Italy after a military career, Alfonso Folle is preparing to launch his book Frankston – Dust From Unmade Roads, a photographic journey into our past. He speaks with Kate Sears. 

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I have always travelled by myself, just with my backpack and my camera discovering the world. I love photography and I’ve held a few photographic exhibitions in Melbourne.

 What is Frankston – Dust From Unmade Roads all about?
Frankston changed a lot since the first land sale in 1854 but the traces of the past are still there, and if we use our imagination we can still see the old post office where the Deck is, the Prince of Wales Hotel where the Cheeky Squire is, and we can also hear the noises coming from Cameron’s Blacksmith on Bay St. This book is not one of those books where the reader can read and imagine how things were in the past; the idea I had when I decided to create this book was to let people actually “see” how the past was. Personally, after the one year I spent working on this project, I see Frankston with different eyes and every time I walk around I think about how it was before.

What prompted you to create this book?
I wanted to create this book to give my contribution to the community by sharing this book and the knowledge about the past of Frankston. After these six years in Australia I wanted to leave something to say thank you to the country who welcomed me.

Tell us a bit more about the book launch at the Frankston Library.
I decided to do the presentation of my book at the library because it is the place where lots of young people go to study and I would like them to know about the story of their city because I think if you know the past you can understand the present and create a better future. I will also donate a few copies to the library so more people will be able to see it.

What do you love about Frankston?
I lived in Mordialloc for a few months. When I decided to move to Frankston I had many people telling me that was not a good idea because Frankston was not a good place to live. Honestly, I never had problems in Frankston. I love the people here; I like the way everyone helps each other. What I can say is that I lived here for the last six years and if I could go back in time I would do the same thing and move to Frankston.

Anything else to add?
Frankston is not just the place where I live, it is also the place where I met so many new people, where I adopted a stray cat and first of all is the place where I met a special person, a person that came to Australia like I did and that I wish I could share my life with. This book is dedicated to that person.

For more details about the book and its launch, visit

A jeweller is a girl’s best friend By Kate Sears

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Anny’s Manufacturing Jewellers is much more than your local jewellery store — it is a complete jewellery experience. With a sparkle in their eyes, the master jewellers at Anny’s  create gorgeous pieces for their customers. Their motto is “You Imagine — We Create”, and that’s exactly what this experienced team will do. And it’s all carried out in house. With 36 years’ experience in the trade and staff who are considered master gemstone setters, you can always be assured that you’ll receive a quality piece that will last a lifetime and bring you endless joy. 

Anny’s invite you to leave your repairs, redesigns or remodels in their capable hands. They also encourage customers to discuss with them face to face what they desire when remodelling family treasures into modern pieces, or when a precious item require some TLC. And of course the team give you the full gold treatment and can even supply and replace gemstones for your jewellery as part of the service. It’s a one-stop shop without any hassles.

“We do pride ourselves on the jewellery, but it’s also about the whole experience at Anny’s,” said jeweller Jonathan. “We aren’t mainstream jewellers.”

There’s bountiful talent at Anny’s, where the jewellers also act as helpful sales assistants. Ah, what gems! At Anny’s you’ll always be served by one of three qualified jewellers in store who will assist you with your every jewellery need.  Anny’s also stock a range of brands including: Dora wedding bands, Peter W Beck, Nikki Lissoni, Thomas Sabo, Tesoro, Ikecho pearls, Sekonda watches and Classique Swiss-made watches.

“Jewellery is our profession, and it’s not just a job,” says owner Harry.  “I have been making jewellery for a long time, I always listen to what my customer wants and bring their imagination to life – my customers’ smile when they see the finished piece is always a rewarding moment.”

Harry leads and oversees all the work completed on site for this family-run business. Mornington Peninsula residents have been trusting Anny’s with their family heirlooms, unique gifts, engagement rings and other priceless pieces for more than 25 years. Anny’s brings to the Peninsula a high standard of manufacturing that is rarely seen outside of the Melbourne CBD.  The finest diamonds, precious gems and most exquisite jewellery is right on your doorstep.



A: 92 Young St, Frankston
T: 9783 6226
FB: @Annysmanufacturingjewellers
E: [email protected]


Support for your business

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Running a business and managing your finances can quickly become an overwhelming, stressful and lonely place. Our mantra is to support business owners to flourish. We provide integral support to businesses throughout the Peninsula and Australia-wide, and through our passion, expertise and innovation we empower business owners to achieve increased cash flow and profitability, greater control and the freedom to focus on what they love to do.

A multi-award-winning firm, BizWhiz Business Solutions is the 2017 Victorian Small Business Advisor and 2017 Xero Bookkeeping Partner of the Year Victoria, as well as a finalist for Australian and Victorian Bookkeeping Firm, and Victorian Customer Service Firm of the Year at Victorian and Australian Accounting Awards.

Founder Kirsten Norman is recognised nationally as a progressive and innovative industry leader at the forefront of cloud accounting and bookkeeping, business advisory and business process automation for small to medium businesses. 

BizWhiz Business Solutions supports business owners with Business Advisory & Support, Growth Strategies, Innovation & Automation Advisory, Virtual CFO Services, Cloud Accounting, Training & Support, BAS Agent Services, and Payroll and Bookkeeping Services.



A: 10 High St, Hastings


T: 5979 8143


Family law specialists By Liz Rogers

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Calley Rajah Family Lawyers specialises in all areas of family law and offers tailored advice on all family issues with the aim of achieving favourable and commercial outcomes.

Experience and expertise are key at Calley Rajah Family Lawyers. Firm principal Vic Rajah is one of Melbourne’s leading family law practitioners and heads the team alongside well-respected Peninsula-based lawyer Helen Roach. Clients are their No.1 priority and their focus on attention to detail and quality of service is second to none.

The firm prides itself as the leading provider of family law services on the Mornington Peninsula. By consulting Calley Rajah Family Lawyers you are benefiting from a wealth of experience.

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Vic is proud of his team’s ability to provide unrivalled service to clients, and anyone who is in the separation process and is dissatisfied with their current representation should come in for a 30-minute free consultation to see how Calley Rajah Family Lawyers can do it better.

Calley Rajah Family Lawyers has offices in Mount Eliza, Melbourne CBD and Braeside, so call today.



A: 1-3 Davies St, Mount Eliza

A: 17/459 Collins St, Melbourne

A: 232 Boundary Rd, Braeside

T: 9781 4222



Kick-start your career with BRACE

 Certificate III in Individual Support CHC33015 students study at BRACE.

Certificate III in Individual Support CHC33015 students study at BRACE.

How would you like to make a new start in 2018 and become qualified to pursue the career that you want?

BRACE Education and Training offers adult community education through its pre-accredited courses and nationally accredited qualifications, ranging from short one-day courses to diploma-level qualifications. It works closely with the community and has strong industry partnerships to improve job outcomes for its students.

BRACE is well-known for delivering quality training in southeastern Melbourne and on the Mornington Peninsula, where there is a high demand for jobs in the community services sector.

Start a rewarding career and make a difference in the lives of people in your community by training for a job in healthcare, aged care, disability, education, child care or community services. Courses are starting soon in Frankston, Mornington, Rosebud and Hastings.

So if you want to change your career path, learn new skills or get a job, contact BRACE and enrol today!



A: Level 2, 54-58 Wells St, Frankston

T: 9781 3388


RTO Code: 3621


Exciting changes at Peninsula Travel

This might come as a surprise, but having taken Peninsula Travel further than she ever dreamed possible, Michele has decided it’s time for a new challenge. From March 1, Peninsula Travel will move into very capable new hands, and Michele will bid a fond farewell to the agency she has nurtured over the years.

“The past 13 years have been amazing, and that’s thanks largely to my talented team and well-travelled clients who have treated me as a friend.”

So let’s meet the new leader of Peninsula Travel, Allison Yeates

   Allison, right, has taken over from Michele at Peninsula Travel.

Allison, right, has taken over from Michele at Peninsula Travel.

What is your background in travel?

 I’ve worked in travel for 22 years now, in every aspect from running the office through to consulting. While I love the business side of things, which is my background, the fact that we’re helping people with their travel plans makes it fun too. Travel is an exciting part of people’s lives, and I find it fulfilling to be part of that.

Why did you decide on Peninsula Travel?

I already knew Michele and had a lot of respect for her business, so when the opportunity arose, I jumped at it. The most exciting thing for me is the team at Peninsula Travel. They strive for excellence and have the awards to show for it.

What does the next six months look like for Peninsula Travel?

I plan to continue Michele’s legacy. You’ll see the same smiling faces behind the desks and you can rest assured you’ll receive the same exceptional level of service you’ve come to expect at Peninsula Travel.


A: 9 Bay Rd, Mount Martha

T: 5974 3911



Big opportunity for small businesses


Are you the proud owner of a small business? Are you a client or customer who feels there’s a small business out there that really goes above and beyond? Well, here’s your chance to shine a spotlight on the stores, services, outlets and agencies that generate employment, contribute to our economy and help make the Peninsula an awesome place to set up shop.

The inaugural Peninsula Business Awards are an opportunity for our small businesses to gain the recognition they deserve at a local and regional level. Founded by Peninsula business PWR Consulting, they feature a business category for all businesses. There are also the major awards of Business of the Year and Rising Star award.

The winners will be announced at a gala awards dinner on Wednesday, May 2.  

Go to for applications and nomination forms and further information, or visit the PBA Facebook page peninsulabusinessawards/ There are also a limited number of opportunities for Peninsula businesses to sponsor an award in their name. As a category sponsor you’ll be invited to present the category winner’s award at the dinner as well as having your business logo on all PBA material and a link to your website on the PBA’s online sites.

Mornington Peninsula Magazine is delighted to be a sponsor of these inaugural awards and looks forward to highlighting the finalists over the next few months.  We encourage businesses to get on board as both sponsors and entrants.

Applications close on February 28.


Tapping into a growing visitor economy

It was 18 years ago when Steve and Nelly packed up their house in East St Kilda, loaded up their classic Peugeot and moved to the Peninsula. Like many before them, they fell in love with the coast, the hinterland and laid-back lifestyle.  And after working on a successful maze start-up, a love affair with tourism had also begun.


Today the two run complementary design and marketing agencies for businesses seeking to tap into the Peninsula’s growing visitor economy. They have helped springboard dozens of new Peninsula tourism start-ups by developing their business assets - the brand identity, bespoke logos, brochures and their entire online presence as well as effective strategies on how to use them.

Their latest portfolio includes the new regional food brand MP Produce, websites and digital marketing for events, attractions and campaigns for tourism, agri-business and business writing for the Victorian Tourism Awards.

With insight gained over many years, Worthy Creative understands how to ‘cut through’ in a media-tourism landscape. But more than that, it understands small business. Steve and Nelly know that while you’re working in your business, you don't always have the time or the expertise to work on your business. And that’s where Worthy Creative comes in.

To find out more about Worthy Creative’s specialised tourism design and services, arrange a free consultation at [email protected] or phone 5982 2200.


Kickstart your career with BRACE

The New Year is a great opportunity to make a new start and become qualified to pursue the career that you want. 


BRACE Education & Training offers adult community education through its pre-accredited courses and nationally accredited qualifications, ranging from short one-day courses to Diploma-level qualifications. It works closely with the local community and has strong industry partnerships to improve job outcomes for its students. 

BRACE is well-known for delivering quality training in southeastern Melbourne and on the Mornington Peninsula, where there is a high demand for jobs in the community services sector. 

Start a rewarding career and make a difference in the lives of people in your local community by training for a job in health care, aged care, disability, education, child care or community services.

Courses are starting soon in Frankston, Mornington, Rosebud and Hastings. If you want to change your career path, learn new skills or get a job, contact BRACE and enrol today!



A: Level 2, 54-58 Wells St, Frankston

T: 03 9781 3388


RTO Code: 3621

Sally’s Cleaning at your service

If you need something cleaned, you need the team from Sally’s Cleaning Service. 

Sally’s has been in business since 2006 and takes pride in its fast and efficient service.  Sally’s staff arrive in fully stocked vehicles and use fresh clean rags and mops on every job to leave your property gleaming.  Sally’s also specialises in builders’ cleans and provides a thoroughly professional, reliable and personalised laundry and ironing service.


Sally’s Cleaning Service also now has a sister company - Sally’s Home Maintenance – that can help maintain your property all year round with window and gutter cleaning, high-pressure cleaning of decks, driveways and weatherboards, rubbish removal and general maintenance.  You can even get your barbecue cleaned so it’s ready to go for summer.

And if you’re in the market for a new vacuum cleaner, Sally’s is a leading wholesaler of commercial and domestic vacuum cleaners, vacuum bags, filters, spare parts and accessories and a proud distributor of the Cleanstar range.

So make a clean start for summer, and call Sally’s.


A: 38 Henry Wilson Drive, Rosebud

T: 5984 1533


Your dog will look dashing By Liz Rogers

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Amanda from Dashing Designer Dogs in Mornington has been grooming dogs for more than 25 years. Having trained with some of the world’s best groomers in the US, Amanda provides locals with dog clipping and styling services second to none.

Amanda and her team of four highly-trained and experienced groomers specialise in hand-scissoring and can clip according to any breed. This means that your special pooch will get the cut they deserve – the team are experts at double-coated breeds like golden retrievers. They are also masters at meeting clients’ special requests and they love to see your dog walk out the door looking and feeling refreshed. All bathing is done with high-quality products including essential oils which are kind to your dog’s skin, and you don’t have to leave your dog for the whole day. Dashing Designer Dogs gets the job done in between two and two-and-a-half hours on average.

The dog-loving staff at Dashing Designer Dogs have more than 50 years’ combined experience, so they can provide you with a service ideal for dogs on show, or for the everyday glamorous canine diva.

Call today to get your friend ready for summer and Christmas celebrations.



A: 30 Johns Rd, Mornington

T: 5976 2504 



Let’s salute our community spirit

Peninsula residents are a remarkable lot, tireless in their efforts to make our community even better than it is.  Now it’s time to have their dedication recognised.


Mornington Peninsula Shire Council is calling for nominations for the 2018 Australia Day Awards, when we get the chance to say “thank you” to those who voluntarily give their time and energy to our community.

If you know a friend, family member, co-worker or school companion who has gone above and beyond to make the Peninsula a better place, nominate them in the categories of Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year.  Have you been to a community event that you thoroughly enjoyed? Then why not nominate it for Community Event of the Year and give some well-deserved recognition to the organisers behind it.

This year, 24-year-old Stephanie Byrne, from Mount Martha, received the 2017 Young Citizen of the Year Award for her compassionate and never-ending work to help our homeless, living alongside young people in Fusion’s supported accommodation services and mentoring them as part of the Fusion support program.  Other 2017 winners were Bianca Appleford (Citizen of the Year), Kids’ Fun Run with K163 (Community Event of the Year), Barry Irving (Lifetime Achievement Award), and Ben Brunton and Edward Fuggle (Bravery Award).

Nominations for the 2018 Australia Day Awards close on Friday, November 10.  For information and nomination forms, visit or contact Christine Aslanidis on 5950 1137 or at [email protected]