Service your shower this summer

A shower recess is one of the most used and harshly treated parts of your house.  In some cases it will be used four to eight times a day, especially in summer and on sports days.  It is then subjected to harsh chemicals and constant moisture, barely getting a chance to dry out. This causes the grout and the silicone to become weak. If not maintained properly it will eventually cause the recess to leak into its surrounds.

Bayside Grout Solutions owner/operator Jorg says sure signs of this are damaged door frames and plaster boards, and wet carpets adjoining the bathroom. In some cases, showers leak due to poor installation and ill-fitting screens. So why not have the shower recess serviced - just like you do a car - by giving it a full ‘rejuvenation’. 

Jorg will replace the grout and all the seals and polish all the surfaces so the shower gleams like new again, giving you many more years of use.  All this can be done in a day in most cases, and your shower will be back in action 36 hours later for a fraction of the cost of a full replacement.

For a free no-obligation quote, call Jorg on 0424 843 358.


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A fresh take on a timeless classic

Durable and practical, awnings from Dollar Curtains & Blinds can provide your home with much-needed protection from the harsh Australian sun and are designed to significantly reduce your cooling costs. Now with the newly released Killara Plus external awning fabric you can make a statement to your home’s façade along with gaining all of the practical benefits that come with awnings. 

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With superior strength, energy efficiency and effortless maintenance, the iconic Killara Plus collection now offers a new wider width and an inspired colour range. The refreshed colour palette is inspired by current Australian home exterior trends, including options colour-matched to popular Colorbond colours so you can match your awnings with the rest of your home’s exterior. The awning fabric is fade, mildew and stain-resistant, treated with Duraguard Fabric Protector to effectively repel most stain-causing agents and for easy cleaning and maintenance.

Killara Plus is exclusively available at Dollar Curtains & Blinds stores. Dollar Curtains & Blinds’ Killara Plus fabric and awnings are both proudly made in Australia, ensuring support of local textiles and the highest standard of quality. 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

Ready, set, renovate!

Is your bathroom lacking storage solutions? Do you fancy a new splashback for your kitchen but you’re overwhelmed with choice? Has a botched reno attempt of the laundry been left half-done, requiring a bit of direction to finish the job? We might just have found your answers.

For one day only, Home Innovations Centre in Frankston will showcase the latest trends, products and industry experts with exclusive expo-only specials and more at its Kitchen and Bathroom Expo 2018 on Saturday, March 17, from 10am-4pm. You’ll find inspiration for all your building and renovating projects - not just for the kitchen or bathroom – and it’s all under one roof.

There’s free entry to this popular event that attracts home renovators, builders, interior designers, stylists, home improvement devotees, DIY addicts, and anyone who has the desire to redecorate their home for the New Year.

Frankly Frankston encourages you to mark the date on your calendar or in your diary - it’s the ideal opportunity for you to save some dough on your kitchen or bathroom renovations. You’ll be able to seek expert advice and take advantage of free hour-long seminars, and there are door prizes too.

To secure your place, register for your free tickets at  If you register before Thursday, March 1, you will go into the draw to win two Gold Class movie tickets.

A: 111 Cranbourne Rd, Frankston
FB: @HomeInnovationsCentre


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 by the Indonesian side of the family in Jakarta 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.

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


The Edible Gardener

With a fairly mild summer and our gardens producing an abundance of beautifully ripe homegrown fruit and vegies, many of you may find you have more produce than you can use for your daily meals. This is where the real beauty of growing your own food begins to shine - preserving.

While there may be loads of meals you can prepare with your abundant crops of tomatoes, basil, zucchini, cucumbers, chillies, eggplant and capsicum, there are many preserving techniques to help you enjoy your plentiful supplies later in the year - pickling, freezing, dehydrating and bottling just to name a few.

Tomatoes are easy. Making sauces, pastes and jams are on most home-growers’ radars. But simply storing your whole or chopped tomatoes can allow much more flexibility for many months to come. And if you have planted a good crop (say 20-30 plants) you will likely have enough to take you close or through to the next harvest in 2018-19.

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Abundant herbs can be quickly transformed into pestos, whacked in the freezer and thawed as required throughout the year for cooking or snacking.

Zucchinis (and cucumbers) have well-earned reputations for overproducing, with most people choosing to let them rot on the ground after getting sick of too many zucchini meals over summer. How often, though, have you wanted to use zucchini or cucumber when they are not in the garden? Pickling both of these fruits in various ways is fantastic, as is making and freezing zucchini soups, slow-cooking or dehydrating zucchini chips and juicing both if you still have too many.

Eggplant and capsicum are always well enjoyed in many ways during the warm seasons, whether it’s cooked on the barbie, made into dips or just eaten raw. If enough is enough, then think about charring them and storing them in oil to be used all year as condiments and additions to a wide range of meals.

And as for chillies, well, if you have more than one good-size plant in this season you’ll likely be wondering what to do with the excess long after the plant has withered and died. Stringing chillies up to dry and hanging alongside your garlic in the kitchen will give you two very versatile and well-used meal additions. However, chilli pastes and sauces are a must-have in the fridge and cupboard for any spicy food-loving family. And depending on the variety of chilli you have grown, they will provide you with many spiced-up meals through the year.

Preserving your excess fruit is also a very rewarding activity. Although most stone fruit has finished now (fantastic for bottling), there are still the apples, pears, quince, figs and citrus you can have a go at.

Doing a bit of reading on preserving will give you limitless ideas on how to continue to enjoy your homegrown harvests over the coming year, and given a little time and creativity your pantry will be filled with many delicious alternatives for your already fabulous produce.


Drew Cooper, Edible Gardens


Because it’s MyFrankston

Have you seen dumped rubbish and found it untidy and disappointing but not known what to do? Have you discovered damage to council property but not known how you can help?

Frankston City Council is now encouraging residents to use the MyFrankston app to report such things. This free service also allows you to ask questions, report issues, or make payments (rates, pet registrations, infringements and permits) over the internet. Furthermore, you can report cases of illegal parking, roads or footpaths that need repairs, overgrown trees or bushes that are restricting footpath access, and shopping trolleys that have been discarded. And you can provide photographic evidence if needed all through the app itself.

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After such reports are lodged, they are sent directly to the council where they are allocated to the correct department and promptly followed up.

To use the free web app, visit

However, if it’s noisy hoon drivers or illegal motorcycles and monkey bikes that have caught your attention, the council encourages you to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report it via the Crime Stoppers app.

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