A real confidence boost

A partnership between training provider BRACE and disability service provider Marillac is assisting young people with disabilities develop skills for life.

Jesslyn Penglase is glad to be one of the students taking part in foundation skills training with BRACE. Her confidence, self-esteem and independence have improved since starting the course in February.

The course not only enables Jesslyn and the other students to learn in class, they also get hands-on experience through work placement.  In preparation for her job interview, Jesslyn went to Dress For Success to find suitable clothing.  She looked great and felt confident and happy.

Jesslyn is completing her work placement at Crafty Cakes in Somerville, and after only a few weeks she built up the confidence to catch public transport independently. You can see by her smile that she is thoroughly enjoying her work there.

“At the start of the course I was very nervous, but as time went on my confidence grew and now I am really enjoying the course,” said Jesslyn. “I love the work placement as I am doing something I really love. I have learnt a lot. Debbie and Trish are good trainers.”

Her trainer, Debbie Rogan, can see the difference in Jesslyn since she started the course. “Jesslyn recently led her group (in class) to successfully complete a team building activity that was based on time constraints, limited resources and thinking outside the square for concept and design,” Debbie said.

A: 1 Playne St, Frankston
T: 9781 3388
W: www.brace.com.au

The Family Law Specialists

Calley Rajah Family Lawyers are specialists in all areas of family law. This means they can offer 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. Clients are their number one priority and their focus on attention to detail and quality of service is second to none. Led by an accredited specialist family lawyer, this ground-breaking family law firm prides itself as the leading provider of family law services on the Mornington Peninsula.

Firm principal Vic Rajah is one of Melbourne’s leading family law practitioners and headlines the team alongside well respected Peninsula based lawyer Helen Roach. By consulting with Calley Rajah Family Lawyer’s team you are benefiting from a wealth of experience - so you know you are in safe hands.

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

Call them today for legal advice that is always right.


A: 1-3 Davies St, Mount Eliza

A: 17/459 Collins St, Melbourne

A: 232 Boundary Rd, Braeside

T: 9781 4222

W: calleyfamilylaw.com.au

Blindsided by Bling! By Kate

I had always assumed my engagement ring would be different to everyone else's. I’m uniquely individual and so I wanted my engagement ring to be uniquely individual too. Truth be told what I really wanted was for my engagement ring to be the envy of others. Bigger, better and in true bridezilla form, more expensive too.

In choosing the ring of my dreams I did what most of my girlfriends did. I loaded myself up with various clippings from high end retailers and even the odd movie star. The more outrageous the design the better. I’m going for maximum bling here!

Everything changed when I met Anthony at Diamond Coco. Anthony gave me clarity in the form of expert advice. Not only did he show me a range of designs similar to what I thought I wanted but he then blindsided me with a design so utterly different to what I was looking for that it was a game changer! In an instant I knew I had found the one!

So what did my dream engagement ring turn out to be? Well it must be said that it was the very ring that I swore I would never wear. A simple solitaire with a breathtakingly beautiful round diamond. Simple, elegant and timeless. All I need now is a boyfriend.

Diamond Coco is a diamond wholesaler located at Suite 6, 38A Main Street Mornington. Anthony is available for appointment by calling 1300 230 630. 

How to manage when you can’t manage your business

From the outside, running your own business can look pretty amazing. You choose your own hours, you're doing what you love, you get interesting opportunities plus freedom and flexibility. And it is all of those things. But there's a down-side too.

Recently, I had a week of drastic highs and lows. I celebrated my birthday in Sydney by (among other things) attending the Small Business Champion Awards. The celebrations continued when I got home to Melbourne with my family.

And then...the kids got sick. I waved goodbye to my personal space for a few days as I was cried on, slept on, even puked on. Anything business related got dropped as I rode out the not-so-high of being a business owner - wishing I could just call in sick and someone else in the office would pick up the slack.

I'll be honest with you, I struggled (as I shared over on Instagram @soarcollective – look for the pic of sick kids leaning on me!). I missed business-owner me and I didn’t know when I’d see her again!

Regardless of whether or not you have kids, there will always be something that pulls you away from your business - your own illness, a family crisis, a friend who needs your support. You'll feel guilty, maybe even resentful. The work will continue to pile up so when you do get back you'll probably feel overwhelmed, having lost sight of your own version of super-sized, on-fire you. 

Here's what I remind myself at times like that, and I want you to hear it too: You are doing the best you can and when the wave passes you will climb back on top. You will once again feel like you can conquer the world! 


You are number one at Sphere…by Liz Rogers

Mornington Peninsula Magazine switched to local Peninsula Tax and Business Advisory Firm Sphere Accountants & Advisors Pty Ltd in October 2015. Publisher Lisa Walton says that Sphere had “been an integral part of the magazine’s growth over the past two years because of their expertise in building relationships based on each client’s individual needs.”

The team of experienced accountants at Sphere work closely with individuals, small and medium sized and large scale businesses across all industries, and realise every client comes with their own unique set of facts and figures. That’s why they deliver flexible and responsive connections to client requirements. Directors Brett Hughes and Neil Copp are motivated to maximise each client’s wealth, whether they work in Property Investment and Development, Manufacturing, Trade Based Business or the Service Industry.

Brett explains.  “We listen to our clients and create optimum solutions for individuals and businesses alike.  The Sphere Group is a real hub for all your financial needs.” Lisa Walton agrees. “We couldn’t be happier with their advice and support.”

Your solid financial future is of paramount importance at Sphere.  Contact the experienced team of professionals today who will work closely with you to achieve optimum results in their quest to add value to your financial future. They’re good with numbers and know how to make them work - for you. 

Bookkeeping and pay roll services are also available.

A:         101 Beleura Hill Rd, Mornington
T:         8899 6399
W:        thespheregroup.com.au
E:         [email protected]
FB:      @sphereaccountants.com.au

Let’s honour our volunteers

Do you know someone whose voluntary work is enriching the Frankston community?  If so, nominate them for the 2017 Frankston City Volunteer of the Year Awards.

The awards celebrate and recognise the valuable contributions volunteers make.  Last year’s winner, Trudy Poole (pictured), has been a volunteer for more than 20 years, and her achievements have included establishing a new Rotary club called Peninsula 2.0, setting up the first playgroup in Carrum Downs, serving as president of the Frankston High School Parents and Friends Association, and on the FHS Chaplaincy Committee and Frankston Churches Community Breakfast Program. 

To be eligible for the 2017 awards, the volunteer must live in Frankston City; be a current volunteer of a not-for-profit organisation in the city; have been a volunteer with the organisation for at least three years; have a positive attitude and have had a significant impact on the organisation; and have received no remuneration for services directly associated with their volunteer work.

The overall winner will receive $1000 from Impact Volunteering for their organisation. Nomination forms: www.impactvolunteering.org.auor from Impact Volunteering’s information desk at Frankston Library, 60 Playne St.  Nominations close June 30.

Enquiries: 9783 5883 or [email protected]

A rewarding career change

Students on the Mornington Peninsula are becoming qualified to work as teacher’s aides with BRACE Education & Training. A teacher’s aide provides assistance to teaching staff in preschools, primary schools and high schools.

Janet and Erin are currently enrolled in the Certificate IV in Education Support CHC40213 with BRACE and have already been recruited by a teacher relief agency.

Both Janet and Erin are glad they chose BRACE as their training provider.

“I wanted to change my career path to something more fulfilling. I am very glad I decided to study to become a teacher’s aide. The course is enriching, rewarding and fun,” Erin said.

Janet agreed: “I had already done a qualification with BRACE, so when I decided to study again the choice was clear. Our trainer is wonderful and the administration staff are very approachable and friendly.”

Janet and Erin are now both on call for teacher’s aide relief. They hope to go into permanent work when they have completed their qualification.

BRACE offers the Certificate IV in Education Support in Frankston, Hastings and Rosebud.

A: Level 2, 54 – 58 Wells St, Frankston
T: 9781 3388
W: brace.com.au


Landscaping goats – we kid you not

Herd about the latest additions to EastLink’s landscaping team?  Goats are now helping clear noxious weeds and reduce the fuel load from a steep and rocky parcel of land along the tollway.

The landscaping team responsible for maintaining 480ha identified a small area where blackberry and flax-leaved broom had taken hold and where overgrown vegetation presented a potential fire risk.  However, the rugged area posed significant safety risks to staff and equipment.

The environmentally friendly, sustainable and safe solution was for the team to engage the services of a herd of goats.  The sure-footed animals are at home on the tough terrain and have displayed quite an appetite for the weeds since being introduced to the area last December.

Unable to get on to the tollway or the EastLink Trail, the animals are able to safely feed on the weeds’ foliage and leaf buds, which exhausts the root system and kills the plant while leaving the soil fungi, insects and worms unharmed.  The area’s potential fire load is not only being eaten, it is also being trampled by the goats, and this meant the area required no extra attention over summer.

The goats have been provided and cared for by Colin Arnold, of Graze Away, who has been working with goats for 20 years to assist in the restoration of native habitats.

These ‘Staff Members of the Month’ will provide a better habitat for ground fauna and will in turn attract a greater variety of birds, such as wrens, kites, butcher birds, finches and kookaburras.

A warship to protect Victoria

During the Victorian Gold Rush ships were regularly departing from Port Phillip with consignments of gold of immense value. A violent assault on a ship to steal the gold was a serious possibility as attacks on escorts bringing gold to Melbourne from the goldfields were not uncommon. There was also a concern that the colony of Victoria was vulnerable in time of war. Though help from Great Britain, in wartime, might take months there was a French settlement in New Caledonia and a war with Russia seemed to be likely. It was with such thought in mind that in July 1954 a warship was ordered for the protection of the colony and the ships in Port Phillip.

Launched in June of the following year, the sloop-of-war Her Majesty’s Colonial Ship Victoria arrived at Melbourne on May 31, 1856, under the command of Commander W H Norman RN. A fine looking vessel with a length of 54m, she was rigged as a barque and capable of making 12 knots under sail. Her steam engine of 150 nominal horsepower could drive her at 9.5 knots and under sail and screw she could achieve 14.5 knots which was a high speed for the time. When she arrived in 1856 she was armed with a 32 pounder swivel gun at the bow and one 32 pounder on either side but later mounted three such guns on each side.

Though HMCS Victoria never had to defend the colony from attack she gave valuable service. In 1860 and 1861 she carried troops to New Zealand and some of her men took part in the Maori wars. From there she was sent to help in the unsuccessful search for Burke and Wills in the Gulf of Carpentaria where the present town of Normanton was named after Commander William Norman. She was involved in the rescue of survivors from several shipwrecks, including the immigrant ship Netherby on King Island in 1866, was used in hydrographic surveys and carried the first salmon eggs to Tasmania to begin the industry. The first ship of the Victorian Navy, she was de-commissioned in 1882 and was sold to Western Australia in 1884.

President, Peninsula Ship Society                
T: 9787 5780
The Peninsula Ship Society meets at Hastings Yacht Club
on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 10am.
Visitors always welcome.

Human resource services and safety consultancy

It’s all about human resources at PWR Consulting Group. This neat little ‘people and culture consultant’ business offers a wide range of services including advice in regard to (and not exclusively) employment contracts, company training, compliance to Fair Work and National Employment Standards, policy documentation and general workplace matters.

PWR are a local and affordable solution for all your business concerns. Director Rhiannon Pilton has over 15 years’ experience within the industry and understands the mechanics of small to medium business. She can help you with safety audit and action plans, workplace drug and alcohol testing, safety signage and testing/tagging, company training and compliance to WorkSafe and ISO.

Get the right advice with PWR Consulting Group today. For the growth of your business tomorrow. 

A: 435 Nepean Highway, Frankston
M: 0402 807 144
W: pwrconsultinggroup.com.au

Making an Impact

National Volunteer Week from May 8 to 14, is an annual celebration acknowledging the generous contribution volunteers make. This year, Impact Volunteering is having a ‘Volunteering Expo’ on May 10 to let you know what it takes and means to become a volunteer in Frankston City and surrounds. Head on down to the Lyrebird Community Centre in Carrum Downs to connect with a multitude of not for profit organisations and learn how to be a part of the six million Australians who volunteer their time. It will be worth it!

The ‘2017 Frankston City Volunteer of the Year Awards’ which recognizes the valuable contributions made to the Frankston community will also be launched at Impact’s Volunteering Expo. Nomination forms will be available on the day.

Mark the date in your calendar and help make an impact by becoming a volunteer in a wide range of sectors, or just come to celebrate the difference that many already make.

IMPACT VOLUNTEERING – Information and Referral Desk
A: Frankston Library, 60 Playne Street, Frankston
T: 9770 6492 Mon – Fri
W: impactvolunteering.org.au

A: Ebdale Community Hub and Learning Centre
20 Ebdale Street, Frankston
T: 9783 5883 Mon – Wed
M: 0409 864 408
W: impactvolunteering.org.au

Safeguard your financial future

Dunsford Financial is privately owned, and based on the Mornington Peninsula.  Established in 1983 by Mark Dunsford, the business has grown with its clients’ financial journeys, assisting them and their families over many generations and at every stage of their lives, from establishing a first mortgage through to planning for retirement.

Over those 35 years, Dunsford Financial has built a strong reputation based on integrity. The professional and caring team of qualified financial advisers provide an extensive range of services with accurate, up to date, and relevant advice on aged care, superannuation, pensions, life insurance, financial planning, income protection, estate planning, divorce, inheritance, retirement planning, and business.

Dunsford Financial is not aligned with any bank, financial provider or insurance company.  This allows the team the freedom to take advantage of market opportunities for your benefit.

Dunsford Financial is awaiting your call.

A: 41 Lathams Rd, Carrum Downs
T: 9788 5788
E: [email protected]
W: dunsfordfp.com.au

The Family Law Specialists

Calley Rajah Family Lawyers are specialists in all areas of family law. This means they can offer 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, who focus on attention to detail and quality of service. Clients are their number one priority. Led by an accredited specialist family lawyer this ground-breaking family law firm prides itself as the leading provider of family law services on the Mornington Peninsula.

Graduating from the University of Melbourne with honours, Firm Principal Vic Rajah trained at one of Australia’s premier law firms before turning his talents to family law. By consulting with Calley Rajah Family Lawyer’s team, you are benefiting from a wealth of experience and will be in safe hands.

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

Call them today for legal advice that is always right.

A: 1-3 Davies Street, Mount Eliza
A: 17/459 Collins Street, Melbourne
A: 232 Boundary Road, Braeside
T: 9781 4222
W: calleyfamilylaw.com.au

Job readiness through foundation skills

Heidi Alyari used her new skills and increased confidence to find rewarding employment after completing a job readiness course with BRACE.

Having tried once before to complete similar training with another provider, Heidi found it hard to complete the course.

“I had a different experience with BRACE. I was able to establish a positive relationship with my trainer. She is the most patient person I have ever met in my life,” Heidi said.

The foundation skills training course helped Heidi improve her English language and numeracy skills and prepared her for further study. Heidi has now secured a job she loves with a major hardware store.

A: Level 2, 54 – 58 Wells Street, Frankston
T: 9781 3388
W: www.brace.com.au

How to use events to grow your business

I’m assuming that because you have your own business, you’re pretty good at something, right? Whether it’s service based or perhaps a handmade product and many things in between, holding an event for your customers (potential or existing) is a great tool for business growth for many reasons. If you’re an expert in something, why not share it around? Teach your craft, show off your talent, help people.

Holding an event or workshop gives you:

1.     The opportunity to share your knowledge

2.     The chance to get to know your customers (and for them to get to know you!) and introduce yourself to prospective customers

3.     If the event is newsworthy, get a media release out there and even invite someone from your local newspaper to come along

Ideas for holding an event might be:

·      To launch a new product or service

·      To treat your best customers to a VIP, invite only experience as a thank you

·      To educate people about what you do and how you can help them

·      To celebrate a new location

·      To bring other business owners together from a similar field, so you’re offering a range of speakers or exhibitors rather than just yourself

·      To celebrate a national day related to your field (if there isn’t one, you can actually start your own)

So, have a think about what type of event you could hold which would benefit your customers, gain some exposure for your business and potentially convert some sales whether during the event or after. Good luck!