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 



Festival serves up an entertainment feast

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The cream of the Peninsula’s musos, entertainers and stallholders will transform Mornington into a sensory wonderland at the 22nd Main Street Mornington Festival on Sunday, October 15, from 11am-5pm.  There will be more than 80 stalls to check out this year, as well as nine performance spaces, roving entertainers, and lots of fun kids’ activities. 

The Main Stage’s varied line-up includes popular Peninsula bands Jamroots and Wilson & White, and The Vibraphonic Orkestra will amaze audiences with its signature mix of funky bass, heavy rhythms and powerful horn lines.  The Peninsula Folk Club is once again providing a great line-up of artists, including the Chovies, Back Porch Band, and Jam Tarts. Local schools will be performing on the Community Stage and iMPakT FReeZA will present a variety of youth groups and performers.

Lots of amazing performances will be happening at RE Weekly Entertainment at Empire Mall, including the incredible Totally Wilde Magic, and the Hooptopia workshop will teach you some fantastic hula hoop tricks!

“We are really excited about this year’s program, with so many fantastic new stallholders, activities, and performers,” said festival director Christina Nolan.

Foodies and wine buffs can sample a huge variety of gourmet produce, international cuisine, and Peninsula wine, while many popular stalls will be returning this year along with some fantastic new participants, including Wine Travel Bag, The Herb Store, Yiayia’s Rustic Foods, Morning Sun Vineyard, and Astacalpaca.

Explore VR will be making its first appearance at the festival for kids of all ages to enjoy its virtual reality booth. Another new participant will be X-Golf, which will have a golf simulator and will be holding competitions and giving away prizes during the day, and Mornington Peninsula Libraries will be putting on lots of craft activities.

Go to for the full festival program, and find details of the stalls at


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]


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



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



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


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


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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



Refresh this spring at Bayside


There’s nothing quite like a refresh, and with spring in the air you’ll find all you need to do just that with your favourite fashion and beauty brands at Bayside. With a fresh seasonal palette and trends from Myer, Pandora, Witchery, Country Road, Napoleon Perdis, Bell & Barnett, Jo Mercer and more, Bayside is your one-stop destination to celebrate spring.

Exclusive to Bayside, spend $250 or more across fashion and beauty in one day and you’ll receive a $20 voucher.*

If you’re looking for a little spring inspiration, head to the Glasshouse in the Fashion Mall on Level One outside Bardot, where you’ll find the latest looks from the best of Bayside’s fashion and beauty.

*Terms and conditions apply.

A: 28 Beach St, Frankston
T: 9771 1700


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


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: 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

Go on, Bake A Wish!

Make-A-Wish Australia invites you to help make life-changing wishes come true this year!

Wishes have the power to transform lives, now and into the future, so join Make-A-Wish Australia this July and August to Bake A Wish. Whether you’re a pastry pro or a baking novice, through Bake A Wish it’s just a piece of cake to make a huge impact in the lives of children facing life-threatening illnesses. The sky is the limit when it comes to how you can get involved - from making a tray of brownies and selling each piece for a donation, to organising an old fashioned bake sale, to hosting a morning or afternoon tea with your friends, family and colleagues. It’s easy to get involved and help give the healing power of a wish to really sick kids.

There’s no better excuse for whipping up some treats this winter and your baked goodies will taste even better knowing that each bite is helping to give hope, strength and joy to children and families facing a really tough time. Go to to get started!

Mornington Peninsula Magazine is a proud supporter of Bake A Wish.

Chisholm cooks on an international stage, and you can too

Photos by Sydney Low, for Bocuse d'Or Australia

Photos by Sydney Low, for Bocuse d'Or Australia

Chisholm is proud to announce the success of Commercial Cookery student Laura Skvor, who has been selected to represent Australia in the semi-finals of the most prestigious gastronomy event in the world, the Bocuse d’Or.

Laura and Michael Cole, Head Chef at Georgie Bass Café & Cookery in Flinders, won selection after a live cook-off at the recent Foodservice Australia tradeshow in Melbourne.

Michael was linked with Laura through Chisholm, during his hunt for a commis chef a few months ago. They practiced dishes for the event together and they will compete together at the Bocuse d’Or Asia Pacific in Singapore (the semi-finals) next year.

Skvor has been cooking since she was a young girl and her passion for food and cookery was fuelled when she featured on MKR (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 (teacher) 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 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

*Read our interview with Michael Cole, also in this issue.

And the winners Andrea Kellett

The winners of the third annual Soar Awards will be announced at a cocktail party in Melbourne this month.

The awards, hosted by Soar Collective, recognise businesswomen beyond our capital cities for their dedication and commitment to making a positive change through their business and community. Soar Collective founder and CEO Jess Jones, from the Mornington Peninsula, describes the awards as “the time to take a step back, take a breath and acknowledge how far you've come”.

The 2017 winners will be announced in the following categories: Business Owner Award, Business Owner Award (non-profit), Employee Award, Employee/Volunteer Award (non-profit), Regional Contribution Award and theSoar Awards Woman of the Year. Roong Saisombat, head chef at Commonfolk Coffee Company in Mornington and executive chef at Finesse Catering Group, is the 2016 Soar Collective Woman of the Year.

All entrants must reside and/or do business outside of Australia's capital cities (and own at least 50 per cent of their own businesses). Soar Collective’s mission is to connect and support Australia's regional businesswomen of calibre.

The gala Soar Awards celebration cocktail party is on Friday, July 21, at One Roof Melbourne. Full details at

Soar Collective

Last November, I had a realisation; it was time to play a bigger game. I needed to get the word out about Soar Collective’s vision for connecting more incredible regional businesswomen throughout Australia and to give them the visibility and support they deserved. I knew it had to be a big idea without the big budget to back it. The Rise for Regional Road Trip and documentary was born.

From May 29th – June 2nd, I drove from Geelong to the Sunshine Coast with another businesswoman, Bridget from Suburban Sandcastles, and our baby daughters. We held five free events in Geelong, Wollongong, Newcastle, Byron Bay and the Sunshine Coast and interviewed incredible regional businesswomen along the way. We had film crew Pickford Media driving another car and filming the journey. And that was only half of the project done!

We had two attempts at a crowdfunding campaign and were successful with the second. We had partnerships with Audi Australia (who gave us a car for the trip!), Airbnb (who covered our accommodation), Endota Spa, thankyou group and others. It was a six-month project, done and dusted in five days. Here’s what I learnt from the experience of managing a big idea, a big project and a crowdfunding campaign to back it up:

1.     Timing is everything

Our first funding attempt was launched a couple of weeks before Christmas and with a much bigger budget. It wasn’t successful.

2.     Timing is everything

If the first attempt was successful, we never would’ve had the partners we ended up working with! Don’t admit defeat, just learn from the experience and then have another crack.

3.     Always share your vision

I once received some great advice – the number one currency you have as a start-up business, is vision. There’s no chance we could’ve raised our target of 4k and be supported by the companies we did if we didn’t share our big vision with everyone we connected with.

4.     You need a tribe to achieve great things

There’s no chance we could’ve made this happen without the support of our community and their belief in our mission and purpose. Never underestimate the power of a group of likeminded people.  

Wireless Sensing Technology with Zigsense By Liz Rogers

ZigSense is an Australian designed and manufactured line of low power wireless sensing nodes which utilise wireless mesh network technologies to monitor both physical and environmental conditions.

Designed for ultra-low power consumption, ZigSense wireless nodes can be powered by external DC power supply, solar panels, windmill generators or small Lithium batteries, and can be used both individually or collectively. Monitoring and control applications supported by Zigsense wireless sensors include: building automation and HVAC systems, refrigeration and cold storage, soil moisture and irrigation, aquaculture, greenhouse temperature, plus environment pollution and gas amongst others.

ZigSense provides a range of options to help monitor your data by using long range (900MHz license free) radio modules. The ZigSense Cloud Controller model ZS-3GERF-001 is designed for Internet based ‘cloud’ monitoring. It enables data logging, alarm generation (email or SMS) and statistical reporting services. The ZigSense 3G SMS I/O controller model ZS3G-SMS provides straight forward monitoring and control of remote digital inputs or outputs over the 3G cellular networks (Telstra and OPTUS). Setting up the SMS controllers use simple SMS text sent from your mobile phone.

Data generated by ZigSense wireless sensors distributed throughout a site are sampled, uploaded and recorded in a secure and dedicated ZigCloud web space which is simple to use. All data logged in the ‘cloud’ is backed up through three data centres around the globe and is available for three years.

Call ZigSense today to find out more about data monitoring and utilisation, and how it can help your business grow.


Mornington office is now being established

Phone: 0490 761 994


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

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


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