The Edible Gardener

It’s always exciting to see the continual swelling of fruit all around us, but there are many insect and animal pests around to spoil the party.

While certain “clean” sprays have their place, it is always better to try to remove insect pests by mechanical means - a good squirt with the hose or a squish with your fingers. Large outbreaks may warrant a spray response, but do keep in mind the populations of beneficial insects that will likely feast on your pest problem.

If you have small trees and are eagerly awaiting a limited harvest then netting is often required.  It is important when netting your trees that you are not restricting vegetative growth, as contorting and breaking new growth will in most cases reduce the following year’s harvest.


Often our healthy trees will put out a lot of new shoots, and pruning this new growth while it is young can encourage more fruitful trees next season; it’s also much easier to snip new soft growth than lignified woody branches. While you are in the orchard you may also want to remove any excess fruit at a young age to offer optimum nutrition and moisture to the rest of your harvest. You can do this simply by reducing the number of fruit per bunch or branch. For example, a bunch of five or six apples may be reduced to two or three. It is certainly worth experimenting with this.

So long as our irrigation systems are functioning well and our vegies and fruiting plants are heavily mulched, we may again enjoy a long growing and harvesting season this summer.


Drew Cooper, Edible Gardens


Councils commit to Peninsula’s protection

Mornington Peninsula Shire and Frankston City Council have joined their Casey, Cardinia and Bass Coast counterparts in supporting the Biosphere Reserve.

Taking in Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula as well as parts of the Bass Coast and Cardinia shires, the City of Casey and the unincorporated areas of French Island and Western Port, the Biosphere Reserve was nominated as a result of a community initiative and was designated under UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere program in 2002 for its exceptional ecological values.


The reserve aims to preserve genetic resources, species, ecosystems and landscapes; foster sustainable economic and human development; and support demonstration projects, environmental education, training and research monitoring related to local, national and global issues of conservation and sustainable development.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Bev Colomb said a Memorandum of Understanding recognises the commitment of all parties involved to collaborate to achieve the common goals in the Biosphere Foundation Charter and respective council plans.  She said local government responded to community needs and had an opportunity to lead by building community awareness and encouraging sustainable behaviour through education in the way we care for the environment.

“The partnership is mutually beneficial, ensuring continuity and integration of programs and projects and improving the potential to achieve the sustainability objectives of each organisation,” Cr Colomb said.

Key projects undertaken by the Biosphere Foundation include teaching wise water use and providing the tools for water conservation planning; the Growing Connections project, which links fauna habitats across the reserve; the southern brown bandicoot protection project; protecting Western Port’s wetlands for migratory birds; and the Watson Creek catchment improvement project at Baxter.

To learn more about getting involved, visit

Stylish urban-Melbourne living coming to Frankston beachside

Like nothing else seen before in Frankston or the Mornington Peninsula is Mereweather Bayside Lofts.  This boutique residential development features 26 ultra-luxurious apartments incorporating an edgy, chic urban-Melbourne design usually only found around inner-city Melbourne suburbs. The meticulously crafted one and two-bedroom apartments are just a stroll from the Frankston foreshore.

Delivered by acclaimed Doig Architecture and Bay Developers, fine contemporary architecture and designer interiors are fused into a luxe-warehouse theme, all in a stunning coastal setting giving a range of bay views.

The star of the show is the upper-level ‘loft’ residences, designed over two storeys and featuring magnificent void spaces above open-plan living zones to create impressively vaulted ceilings and generous entertaining areas. Matte black framed windows span from floor to ceiling up two storeys, enabling bay views throughout. Opulent marble and plush, dark carpets contrast with timber flooring and white exterior louvres.

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Equally impressive are the ground-floor garden residences. Boasting tranquil landscaped courtyard gardens and private street entries, they showcase earthy browns, soft greys and marble finishes, with bronzed tapware and glass reflecting the luscious garden setting.

Offering an exceptional transport network, a thriving CBD and education facilities, Frankston is the ideal location for families, professionals and retirees seeking breezy beachside living without compromising the quality of lifestyle.

The developers believe in the future of Frankston. “Frankston’s beautiful natural assets and unique land holdings make it a strong investment. A satellite city, the only CBD in the region. We forecast the area for good short and long-term capital growth. Just take a look at the increasing property values over the last two years, and it’s only just begun.”

Sales have commenced for four weeks with 30 per cent of the apartments reserved, and the remainder are expected to sell out over the summer.  Construction is scheduled to start in mid-2018.

A: 345 Nepean Highway, Frankston
T: 1300 336 542
E: [email protected]


Stylish, robust and energy-efficient Alpha Awnings

Alpha Awnings from Dollar Curtains & Blinds are designed and manufactured in Australia specifically to cater to our unique Australian lifestyle.  The range is a perfect blend of design, style and functionality well suited to all exteriors.

Alpha Awnings are designed to withstand high wind, a particular benefit in coastal areas. Specially engineered and independently tested, they sustain well in excess of the 40-50km/h standard on the Beaufort Wind Scale.

DCB’s Alpha Awnings are also proven to significantly reduce cooling energy costs by keeping a standard home at a consistent and comfortable temperature throughout the summer months. Independent tests have shown they offer energy cost reductions of up to 58 per cent.


The side retention system is worth a special mention. It is an inspired way of adding an extra room to your home. The fabric is tensioned utilising a floating channel, preventing fabric blowouts or light gaps. With the fabric secured between the left and right channels, this system is ideal for enclosing courtyards, patios or balconies.

All awnings are manufactured in Victoria by DCB ensuring factory-direct prices, no hidden costs and the highest Australian-made quality.

Phone 9704 8654 or visit DCB’s Fountain Gate team at 10/44 Victor Cres, Narre Warren. Alternatively, contact the Mornington team on 5975 3655 or drop by their showroom in the Peninsula Home Centre, Shop C4 1128-1132 Nepean Highway, Mornington.

Both showrooms are open seven days.


A: 10/44 Victor Cres, Narre Warren

T: 9704 8654

A: Shop C4, 1128-1132 Nepean Highway, Mornington

T: 5975 3655

Rise of The Roman Empire


The Roman Empire is more than just a supplier of beautiful custom-made products to the soft furnishing industry.  It’s also a valuable source of product knowledge derived from years of experience.

A case in point is Lloyd Bradshaw, who for almost 40 years has been a décor consultant specialising in curtains, blinds and associated products.  Lloyd has a mountain of knowledge in art and design, which complements his experience in interior design and colour selection, and he’s passionate about design and interior finishing and keeping up with current trends.

Lloyd is always available to help with such matters as product selection and colour advice, taking into consideration the customer’s needs and wants and - most importantly - their budget.

For advice you can trust, give Lloyd a call.  And be sure to check out The Roman Empire’s stand at the Home Innovations Display Centre at 111 Frankston-Cranbourne Rd, Frankston.

A: 91 Brunel Rd, Seaford
T: 1800 671 456


Get set for summer with sunscreen roller blinds


Fuss-free and low maintenance, sunscreen roller blinds from Dollar Curtains & Blinds are streamlined and contemporary.  They allow you to enjoy your views while providing privacy, heat control and glare reduction.

Sunscreen roller blinds are a technologically advanced window covering which creates softly filtered light and provides 80-97 per cent UV protection – exactly what our homes need throughout the summer months!

The beauty in DCB’s roller blinds is that they are highly functional without making their presence obvious with their sleek and slimline fit.

DCB’s extensive and exclusive range of fabrics are available for you to choose from, all of which are designed to withstand Australia’s harsh climate and coastal conditions.  All blinds are manufactured in Victoria by DCB ensuring factory-direct prices, no hidden costs and the highest Australian-made quality.

Make sure you book your free in-home measure and quote in November for pre-Christmas installation. 

Call 9704 8654 or visit DCB’s Fountain Gate team at 10/44 Victor Cres, Narre Warren.

Alternatively, contact the Mornington team on 5975 3655 or drop by their showroom in the Peninsula Home Centre, Shop C4 1128-1132 Nepean Highway, Mornington.

Both showrooms are open seven days.


A: 10/44 Victor Cres, Narre Warren
T: 9704 8654
A: Shop C4, 1128-1132 Nepean Highway, Mornington
T: 5975 3655

Vast is the moment maker

Vast Furniture and Homewares prides itself on being different to every other furniture retailer. Why?  Vast only sources reclaimable and plantation timbers.

Plantation mango hardwood is used to make a variety of pieces, each bursting with individual characteristics that make every piece distinctive.

Salvaged upcycled timbers are aesthetically arranged by hand, blending decades of original textures and markings with simple clean designs.

Found originals are one-of-a-kind pieces that are handcrafted from reclaimed wood from old buildings and furniture, with carvings, original finishes and hardware incorporated to make your unique statement piece.

You will also find an array of lovely artwork and homewares.

Open 7 days
A: 8/684-700 Frankston Dandenong Rd, Carrum Downs
T: 8787 7401

Concentrating on construction

As a Frankston resident, Kelvin Oldridge has situated his legal practice in two convenient locations to provide accessibility for clients from the city, bayside and the Peninsula.

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With qualifications in building and law - B.Build (RMIT) and LL.B (Hons University of London) - Kelvin’s advice is complemented by his building experience and his understanding of the needs of clients from the building and construction industry.

Kelvin is a key part of Melbourne’s projects and dispute resolution fraternity, a member of the Building Dispute Practitioners Society and editor of its newsletter for more than seven years, and a regular judge for the Master Builders Association’s annual Excellence in Construction Awards.

Kelvin regularly provides a legal and advisory service to construction and project management businesses, property developers, contractors and insurance companies, including drafting and amending contracts, standard forms of construction and development contracts in Australia, and including the Australia Standards suite of contracts. He also provides commercial advice and support to clients in arbitration, litigation and the defence of insurance claims. 



T: 9598 6444



Keep cool with plantation shutters

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If you’re looking to update your window coverings, you can’t beat plantation shutters from Dollar Curtains & Blinds.

DCB’s shutters are an ideal choice for thermal insulation. Open the louvres to stream light into rooms and close to insulate, offering you a more energy-efficient home through summer. 

Extremely practical, you will have excellent control of light and airflow and also peace of mind, with no cords making DCB’s shutters child and pet-safe.

Adding shutters across your home’s front windows can make a huge impact to your home’s façade and kerb appeal. Along with these aesthetic benefits, shutters also add sound insulation from outside road and traffic noise.

Ensure you opt for true custom-made shutters like those from DCB, which are designed and hand-crafted specifically to fit your window dimensions for a snug fit on your windows.

Make sure you book your free in-home measure and quote in October for pre-Christmas installation. 

Call 9704 8654 for a free in-home measure and quote service or visit the Fountain Gate team at 10/44 Victor Cres, Narre Warren.  Alternatively, contact the Mornington team on 5975 3655 or drop by their showroom in the Peninsula Home Centre, Shop C4 1128-1132 Nepean Highway, Mornington.

Both showrooms are open seven days.


A: 10/44 Victor Cres, Narre Warren
T: 9704 8654
A: Shop C4, 1128-1132 Nepean Highway, Mornington
T: 5975 3655


Frankston’s future by design By Kate Sears

Frankly Frankston speaks to Frankston Council urban designer Meghan Doherty about her work and how she sees the city changing over the next 20 years.


Could you tell us a bit about what you do at the council?

I provide urban design advice on proposed developments within the municipality. This may be for housing and apartment proposals, streetscape redevelopments, commercial development and even shop frontages. 


What types of areas/buildings do you work on?

Some public spaces (streetscapes etc) but the vast majority is housing and commercial development. This extends to individual housing, unit development, apartment design, mixed-use developments, even aged care and childcare developments.


How important is sustainable design?


Frankston City Council has a proud history with sustainability initiatives and won the Australian Sustainable Cities Award in 2015. Sustainability in any form of design is crucial for a variety of social, environmental and financial reasons; the implications of sustainable (and unsustainable) design extend well beyond our immediate community. Urban design has numerous sustainability considerations including energy performance, water resources, stormwater management, transport, waste management and the urban ecology. Design longevity is also a key indicator for sustainability, so how our spaces can adapt to change is also important. 


What’s your favorite part about your industry?

I love the collaboration, whether it is between departments, external professionals or the community – the diversity in my projects ensures I’m never bored and the work is never ‘stale’. Being able to see the physical results of your work is also very satisfying, especially when you can see the benefits reflected in the community.


What/who would be your favourite design/designer?

I don’t have a favourite design or designer per se but I’ve always had a fascination for coastal designs and projects that manage to integrate with the landscape rather than use the landscape to ‘grandstand’. Paula Hayes was one of the first designers who caught my attention and I still think her work is fantastic.


How do you see Frankston changing over the coming years?

It’s so exciting to be working in Frankston at the moment. There’s a lot of change happening; some big infrastructure developments are giving Frankston a fresh start and new vitality and the results can already be seen. Frankston has so much potential as a seaside city so it will be interesting to see the change and push for revitalisation over the next 20 years, including upgraded streetscapes, new buildings and new public spaces. 


What makes urban design attractive in your eyes?

Good urban design comes in all shapes and sizes but is generally well considered and responsive to its context.


What’s your preferred style of design?

I prefer highly considered, fine-grain design – often with a quirky or playful detail.



Who has the time and energy to clean?

Our lives are getting increasingly busy with more pressure at work, demanding family responsibilities and ongoing obligations. Then there’s trying to fit in a social life! These days it’s nearly impossible to get the time to give your home a good clean. Something has to give … but where do you find the time and energy for doing these tasks?

The simple answer is outsourcing to help keep your life under control. Paying for a cleaning service is no longer considered a luxury in this day and age; it’s a necessity for a better harmonious and balanced lifestyle. But who do you call on?

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You should give MyHome Cleaning a call. It’s a professional cleaning company that has been servicing the Mornington Peninsula for over seven years, and MyHome itself has been established in Melbourne for over 15 years.

MyHome Cleaning provides its customers with qualified staff who use regulated tools and equipment and arrive in company cars and in company uniform. Their high standards, well-practised policies/procedures and tried and true experience means they offer greater security and ensure the safety of your home - not to mention delivering great results with their unique Tri-Colour Cleaning Service.

Stop wasting your time feeling resentful about who’s doing more vacuuming and start enjoying the time you have together more – with MyHome Cleaning Service.



T: 13 22 31




Auction prices without the auction

Do you want auction prices without the stress of an auction? Well, you’ve found your ultimate shopping destination at Frankston Auction Mart.


Stock is continually changing at Frankston Auction Mart, so stop visiting multiple homeware stores searching for all of those much-needed items. Under the one roof you can browse seven factories of eclectic new, ex-display and used furniture (with no flat packs in sight) and high-end ex-display décor.  And with no waiting periods you can leave with your new spoils that day. Frankston Auction Mart can even deliver locally for a flat fee of $35.

Customers of all ages will enjoy browsing the variety of antiques, designer furniture, décor items, Australian-made furniture and retro pieces. Visit and ask for owners Michaela and David, who will help you find that special item for your home.  They’re open six days a week for you to ‘shop and go’.

A: 42-54 New St, Frankston
T: 9783 9613
FB: Frankston-Auction-Mart


Spring sale on awnings and outdoor blinds

Now that spring has arrived, summer is not far away! With Dollar Curtains & Blinds’ awnings and outdoor blinds, everyone can enjoy life outdoors all year, including through the hot summer months.

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Whether you’re looking for a traditional awning to provide shade and increase your home’s insulation this summer or alfresco blinds to create an all-inclusive outdoor room to enjoy over the holidays, DCB has the outdoor product to suit – all custom-made right here in Victoria.

DCB’s traditional awnings are the ultimate product for protection against the harsh Australian sun and coastal weather. Reducing sunlight and glare on your windows, they offer protection for the inside of your home from sun damage and greatly improve your home’s energy efficiency.

It’s never been so easy to create a space that can be enjoyed 365 days a year than with DCB’s range of outdoor blinds. Creating an all-inclusive outdoor room not only offers privacy and sun protection but wind, rain, dust, dirt and insect protection. DCB’s Alpha Awning range features five matching styles including cable guide, straight drop, side retention system, pivot arm and deep channel, all of which can be customised specifically to suit your lifestyle.

DCB’s outdoor range has been developed to offer maximum flexibility for operation, including motorisation – giving you the option to control your awning with the touch of a button.

DCB is offering 10 per cent off all awnings and outdoor blinds this month, so make sure you book your free in-home measure and quote soon to beat the Christmas rush.  Call 9704 8654 or visit DCB’s Fountain Gate team at 10/44 Victor Cres, Narre Warren. Alternatively, contact the Mornington team on 5975 3655 or drop by their showroom in the Peninsula Home Centre, Shop C4 1128-1132 Nepean Highway, Mornington. Both showrooms are open seven days.



A: 10/44 Victor Cres, Narre Warren

T: 9704 8654

A: Shop C4, 1128-1132 Nepean Highway, Mornington

T: 5975 3655


Step into our gardens

Five of the Peninsula’s most stunning gardens will be open to the public next month as part of 5 Gardeners’ Gardens Around Mount Eliza.

Run by The Anglican Parish of Mt Eliza every two years since 2009, 5 Gardeners’ Gardens has been sponsored by Mornington Peninsula Magazine since its inception, and this year James Crowder Community Real Estate is also a proud sponsor.

Victoria is known as The Garden State, and the Peninsula has some wonderful treasures in this respect.  The five on show around Mount Eliza have not been professionally designed but developed by passionate gardeners and include an organic revelation, a garden that has evolved over 25 years, and the stunning Morning Star Estate.

The featured gardens will be open from 10am-4pm on Saturday and Sunday, October 28-29. Tickets can be bought at any of the gardens for $30 (admission to all five) or $7 (entry to a single garden) and can be used all weekend.  School-aged children are admitted free; no dogs allowed.  When you buy your ticket you’ll also receive a handout detailing the development of the garden as well as the plantings.

This promises to be a wonderful way to spend a spring weekend, so get out there and explore the creations of some of our keenest gardeners – and pick up some inspiration for your own at the same time.


1269 Nepean Highway, Mount Eliza (Melway: 105 D6)

Don’t expect neat lawns and clipped hedges in this organic garden. It is an abundant garden tucked away on a standard house block and is a tribute to its dedicated owner, a gardener of only eight years’ experience. It has a sustainable vegetable garden and an orchard where fruit trees are espaliered to minimise the use of space. There is also a courtyard complete with a pond and bridge as well as hundreds of roses, perennials and bulbs to arouse the senses and calm the soul.   


Morning Star Estate, 1 Sunnyside Rd, Mount Eliza (Melway: 105 B8)

With sweeping views, more than 800 varieties of roses and about 11ha of vineyards, this estate is a feast for the eyes. It boasts a number of formal and informal gardens, olive trees, an orchard as well as a vegetable garden used by the restaurant and a picking garden for restaurant flowers.


5 Amesbury Road, Mount Eliza (Melway:  101 K11)           

This is a rambling garden that has evolved over 25 years. It has different areas depending on the microclimate, including a dry garden, orchard, vegie garden, chickens and bees. As much as possible is recycled, reused, cooked, preserved or given away.  In the words of the owners: “Our retreat.”


Willowie, 10 Watts Pde, Mount Eliza (Melway: 101 E10)           

Willowie is another wonderful garden. Established on a battle axe block, it really is a hidden gem. On traversing the long driveway, you’ll find the garden formally arranged around the pool.  It features many roses, camellias, and hydrangeas among a delightful range plants. The garden also offers glimpses of the bay.


65 Boes Rd, Tyabb (Melway: 148 C12)

Lyn and Doug McDonald’s garden offers a leisurely stroll around the park-like woodland and lake. Quirky sculptures emerge along the walk with interesting succulent and native plantings as well as a large variety of trees surrounding the house. The dam is home to many ducks and water birds. Blue wrens, spotted pardalotes, eastern rosellas and willie wagtails are among the frequent visitors to the garden.


For further information, phone 9775 3301 or visit


Property management done properly by Kate Sears


Harcourts has become the fastest growing group in Victoria and celebrates its 20th birthday this year.   Its new office, Harcourts Central in Frankston, is co-owned by Brent Pullar and Steve Foster-Swan.  The team are passionate and have a strong focus on property management; they are determined to alleviate the most complained about issue across the industry: communication breakdown.

“We ensure our property management ratio is kept low so we can focus on providing excellent customer service,” said leasing department manager Nicola Mackinnon.  “Communicating effectively with our landlords and tenants is the key to a successful investment.”

Harcourts Central has the technology to keep landlords and tenants informed at all times.  An online portal gives landlords, tenants and accountants access to files such as invoices or maintenance inquiries. This achieves effective communication and detailed reporting.

Nicola is a licensed real estate agent, giving you the assurance of understanding legislation so she can manage any problem that may arise and answer any legislation specific questions her clients may have when she meets them face to face. This reinforces the bond between her and the landlords and tenants so they feel valued and listened to.

And as gift for you, you’ll receive $100 when you refer a listing to Harcourts Central (terms and conditions apply).



A: Suite 2, 459 Nepean Highway, Frankston
T: 1300 503 000 

E: [email protected]


Sheer delight

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Dollar Curtains & Blinds’ sheer curtains softly filter light through windows and soften the link between your indoor and outdoor living areas while enhancing the ambience of a room by adding movement and texture.

DCB’s Wavefold sheer curtains drape with a smooth continuous wave effect, creating a relaxed and elegant look. They are also surprisingly easy to operate - with the flick of a wand and minimal effort, your curtains can glide easily from side to side.

If functionality is as important as aesthetics, opt for a combination of sheers to filter the light and blockout blinds to block out the sun. This is a popular layering option to ensure flexibility over your windows’ privacy and light control. 

Dollar Curtains & Blinds has specialised in manufacturing custom window furnishings for over 50 years, all made right here in Melbourne.

Call 9704 8654 for a free in-home measure and quote service or visit the Fountain Gate team at 10/44 Victor Cres, Narre Warren.

Alternatively contact DCB’s Mornington team on 5975 3655 or drop by the showroom in the Peninsula Home Centre, Shop C4 1128-1132 Nepean Highway, Mornington.

Both showrooms are open seven days.

A: 10/44 Victor Cres, Narre Warren
T: 9704 8654
A: Shop C4, 1128-1132 Nepean Highway, Mornington
T: 5975 3655

The magnificence of wrought iron by Liz Rogers

Wrought Iron Online crafts truly beautiful statement pieces that add a touch of class, style and dramatic design to your home or business premises.

Working closely with each client to create wrought iron doors (including security), gates and fences, balustrades, handles and spiral staircases, Wrought Iron Online is the place to go when searching for craftsmanship and individuality. It designs, distributes and installs hand-made wrought iron products produced in Indonesia and works closely with each client to achieve the best outcome. If you have your own design in mind, Wrought Iron Online can make that too.

All work at Wrought Iron Online complies with Australian Standard and Building Code Australia and comes at a completely competitive price. The simply stunning indoor or outdoor spiral staircases with plain (beginning at $1120 per metre height) or scroll (at $1350 per metre height) balustrades are functional, attractive and uniquely affordable.

Make your Wrought Iron statement today. Just go online.

A: 9 Wooten Close, Frankston
T: 9766 1008
M: 0418 522 477

Woodtron’s leading edge

(left to right) Luke Sellman, Jennie Sellman, Geoff Sellman, Serrin McCallum, Kyle Sellman.

(left to right) Luke Sellman, Jennie Sellman, Geoff Sellman, Serrin McCallum, Kyle Sellman.

It all started at home on the Mornington Peninsula, when over dinner, a glass of wine and hand-drawn diagrams, Woodtron was born.

Geoff Sellman, head of the family and director of Woodtron, saw a need in the market to develop state-of-the-art CNC routers for the Australian woodworking industry.  Not only this, he realised there was a demand for customisable solutions to suit businesses, whether they be furniture making, cabinets and shop fitting or even plastics and caravans.

Recruiting his two sons, Luke and Kyle, and wife Jennie, Geoff took his 30-plus years of experience in the industry and built Woodtron, a company that recognises the need to have hands-on professional service to all customers and understands the value and requirements of a high-quality, reliable machine.

“At Woodtron we design and manufacture all our own machines, so we ensure only the highest quality components from all over the world are used on every machine,” Geoff said.  “It also gives us a true understanding of all the machines we sell, allowing us to provide only the very best service to our customers.

“As Woodtron grows, so do our customers, and we continue to be a leader in the Australian woodworking industry.”

A: 1/20 Malibu Circuit, Carrum Downs
T: 9775 4100