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

W: peninsulatravel.com.au


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 peninsulabusinessawards.org 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

W: brace.com.au

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

W: sallyscleaningservice.com.au

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 

W: dashingdesignerdogs.com.au


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 mornpen.vic.gov.au/ausdayawards or contact Christine Aslanidis on 5950 1137 or at [email protected]


Ho ho ho, let’s go By Liz Rogers


If you’re like me heading into the silly season – disorganised and decoration-depleted – then why not start early this year and head to Santa’s Place in Moorooduc, where everything Christmas resides.

As soon as you walk through the door you are welcomed into a world where Santa and all the magic he brings survives and thrives. Three generations of family for more than 18 years have been supplying Christmas trees (including fibre-optic), indoor/outdoor decorations, advent calendars, nativities and large display pieces plus more to the Peninsula and beyond. The 8ha site includes a Christmas tree farm and shop, café and playground, and a licensed bar that’s ideal for long lunches or morning and afternoon parent group playdates.

Santa’s Place is full of Christmas cheer from July onwards, when the doors open to invite clients in to experience a world full of wonder and festivities. Get a group of friends together for a cuppa heading towards Christmas and enjoy some pre-Christmas downtime and shopping while the kids jump on the trampoline or climb and slide outside. There’s plenty of parking - the carpark accommodates 200 - and you can stay all day. Tractor rides are available in December too!

Be smart this Christmas and get your decorations and gifts sorted early so you can sit back and relax while everyone else gets flustered. Santa’s Place stocks the lot - think angels, candles, bon-bons, tableware, snow globes, costumes, stockings and sacks! The list is too long to put down here, but one thing’s for sure: if you’re searching for something that makes your child’s heart sing, you’ve found it.

Make sure you have a very merry and relaxed Christmas this year and start shopping today and stay for the fun at Santa’s Place.

The man in red is calling. Ho, ho, ho!



A: cnr Moorooduc Highway and Bentons Rd, Moorooduc

T: 0408 092 821

W: santasplace.com.au


Oh Rio, what a city  By Eleanor Gibson


South America was on my list of places to see but, let’s be honest, it’s a long list!  So when an opportunity arose for me to steer towards this grand continent, how could I resist?

In August, I flew to the vibrant city of Buenos Aires for an amazing four days. From the tempting steak restaurants that line the river to the colourful La Boca and its tango-filled streets, there are so many things to do and see - it is a city that doesn’t sleep. 

From here, it was off to Iguassu Falls, the largest waterfall system in the world. With most of the falls on the Argentinian side, my tip is to head to the Brazilian side for the best viewing.  If you have a sense of adventure, then a boat ride under the falls is an absolute must.

Rio de Janeiro … oh, what a city! From the volleyball on the beaches at Copacabana to the music permeating from the favelas, you get a sense that this city is alive. It's impossible to miss Christ the Redeemer, towering overhead from almost every angle. But if you want to get a closer look, be sure to rise early, beat the crowds and take the tram to admire the enormity of this wonder of the world.  

South America is still on my list - but for a return visit now!



A: 9 Bay Rd, Mount Martha

T: 5974 3911

A: 87 Arthurs Seat Rd, Red Hill

T: 5989 2393

W: peninsulatravel.com.au


Mach 1 gets you back on the road By Liz Rogers

Mach 1 Panel & Paint realises that life doesn’t stop just because your vehicle may need some tender loving care.

The automotive accident repairer offers a loan car service while your vehicle is being reinstated to pre-accident condition. This means you can get on with the business of everyday living easily while the skilled technicians at Mach 1 Panel & Paint get on with returning your vehicle to its former glory.

Workmanship and customer care are top priority at this prestige automotive accident repair shop that’s been servicing the Peninsula for well over 30 years. The Mach 1 team understand that you need a service that gets you on the road as soon as possible without any fuss.

Call them today.



A: 16 Virginia St, Mornington

T: 5975 5367

W: mach1panelandpaint.com.au

Fun in the sun with Finn

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Cocoon Campers has an ultra-cool new addition to its retro-inspired fleet - meet fabulous Finn!   Built in LA, Finn is the first Happier Camper to arrive in Australia, and is guaranteed to capture the hearts of everyone who steps inside.

With a modular interior, all the mod cons and an adaptable layout to suit every need, Finn has joined Mavis and Poppy to complete the glamping trio and set the stage for your next fun-filled holiday.

All Cocoon Campers are delivered to your preferred site anywhere on the Peninsula and each comes with bed linen, kitchen accessories, outdoor furniture and a multitude of authentic add-ons for a stylish and unique vacation.  You can also hire a barbecue, a tent for extra guests, or even a retro bike!  And for those of you travelling farther afield, towing these compact campers is easy and stress-free.

So for a camping experience that’s sure to put a smile on your face, call Cocoon Campers - the specialists in retro-inspired getaways.


M: 0418 519 812

W: cocooncampers.com.au

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Naomi calls kitchen ‘home’

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Naomi Cheeseman was introduced to TAFE by her mum during her studies in Early Childhood Education at Chisholm. Through watching her mother learn and grow, Naomi was inspired to take the leap herself to complete Year 10 VCAL.

“School was not suited to me for lots of reasons,” Naomi said. “Since making the switch, I’ve found my place where I feel at home.”

The future is looking brighter through an apprenticeship program that means she’s at TAFE one day a week and applying what she learns with real work experience at Peninsula restaurant Pizza D’Oh.

“When I stepped into the kitchen, I thought this is my thing and what I want to do. I love all the possibilities there are with hospitality - from being in the restaurant, seeing the joy on people’s faces when they’ve received the best service ever, to cooking in the kitchen.

“I know front-of-house like the back of my hand now, so I’m working with my mentor, Michael Simmons, to perfect my cookery techniques and develop new skills. He has pushed me to get out of my comfort zone and be competitive, firstly by believing that I can actually do it, and then by helping me to develop and perfect my award-winning lamb back-strap dish. Since winning a silver medal at the regional AUSTAFE competition this year, my confidence has grown and I’m inspired to continue. I never thought I would get to achieve this.”

But Naomi has a vision that extends beyond the Peninsula after she completes her three-year apprenticeship training.  “My sights are set on travelling the globe before finally opening my own restaurant. I’m really hard-working and committed, and through the support I’ve received at Chisholm I know I can push forward.”


A: cnr Henry Wilson Drive and Boneo Rd, Rosebud

T: 1300 244 746

W: chisholm.edu.au


Laura’s ready to rule the kitchen

If you have ever fretted over a flan or struggled with a strudel, spare a thought for Laura Skvor.
In a little over eight months, the Chisholm commercial cookery student will pit her skills as commis chef against the best from the Asia Pacific region in a bid to make the final of the most prestigious gastronomy event in the world, the Bocuse d’Or.

Laura and Michael Cole, the head chef at Georgie Bass Café and Cooking School in Flinders, are representing Australia at the Bocuse d’Or Asia Pacific semi-finals in Singapore from April 24-27.  If they finish in the top five, they will go on to compete in Bocuse d’Or 2019 in Lyon against 23 other teams from around the world.

Laura has been cooking since she was a young girl, and her passion for food and cookery was fuelled when she featured on My Kitchen Rules in 2016.  Although she didn’t make the finals of the show, Laura credited her Chisholm teacher for teaching her the cookery fundamentals.
“My dreams of working in a real kitchen are being realised with help from Michael Simmons,” she said. “He is teaching solid foundations of cookery as well as inspiring us to continually be creative in our culinary endeavours and excel in our work kitchens.”

Mr Simmons is equally proud of his students’ success and links with industry. “Without the work of Chisholm’s commercial cookery and hospitality team, we would not have had the industry links for this to occur.  We look forward to the next chapter during the semi-finals which will determine the road to Lyon.”

With chefs in hot demand, there’s never been a better time to enter the industry. Chisholm 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. TAFE programs range from commercial cookery, patisserie and front-of-house training to travel and tourism courses. For more information visit chisholm.edu.au


Vickie helps women connect

Growing up in Mount Eliza, Vickie Saunders enjoyed a privileged life that included ponies, a private school education and a loving family.  At 18 and with high hopes of a career in fashion design, she couldn’t wait to make her mark on the world.

But then things started falling apart pretty quickly, and any dreams she had were quickly forgotten. Over the next decade she was to find herself in situations only imagined in her worst nightmares. Her battles with alcohol, debt and an abusive relationship became the catalysts for Vickie’s decision to completely change her life and get in touch with the person she always knew she could be, the person her family had raised her to be.

Now a successful business owner, the author of two business books and travelling the world consulting and lecturing on the topic of athlete sponsorship, Vickie cites her colourful past as vital to the value she now offers her clients. Her progression through a career in marketing in the corporate sector, and the launch of her company in 2014, has allowed Vickie to share her insights and expertise on how each of us can connect with the abundant opportunities that surround us when we know what we are looking for.

Her clients include the US Olympic Committee, Sport England and brands such as Asics, Shimano and Deloitte. Vickie says it’s all about empowering others to identify their own value and it’s the difference she believes she was born to make.

Vickie Saunders will be the guest speaker at Frankston Business Network’s WomenConnect Luncheon on Wednesday, September 6, from 11.30am-2.30pm at Frankston RSL, 183 Cranbourne Rd. Tickets: $69 (FBN members $65) or $625 for a table of 10.  Bookings: frankstonbusinessnetwork.com.au or 9781 1422.

Trusted insurance advice with BJS

Need insurance? Then call BJS Insurance Brokers - the family-owned business with local staff who know the Peninsula inside out.

BJS Insurance Brokers is a pro-active member of the insurance broking and business community, which means it can deliver real insurance results for each client’s needs.

Having moved from Frankston to Mornington, the qualified and experienced insurance brokers at BJS are proud to provide a solution for all your insurance matters. Whether it’s commercial or personal insurance, worker’s compensation support or advice and claims management, or managing your risks, BJS has got you covered. For most people insurance is a necessary evil and shrouded in mystery, so let BJS solve your insurance problems for you. More importantly, if you do have a claim, BJS will be there with you every step of the way.

“We have an expansive knowledge of the entire insurance market, with over 100 years’ experience between us,” explains branch manager Teresa Westgarth. 

As distinct from many online providers, you get the very best coverage because you are not limited to one insurer.  BJS works hard for its clients, not the insurers, and provides advice you can trust and rely on.

“We enjoy an enviable reputation for our professionalism in the industry because of our ability to structure complete business insurance programs both locally and globally,” says Teresa.
Call the only local broker in Mornington run by locals for locals - because your insurance matters at BJS.

A: 315 Main St, Mornington
T: 9860 4279; 1800 208 397
W: bjsib.com.au