Curator appointed sculpture park director

Distinguished curator Lisa Byrne has been appointed the new director at McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery.

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Lisa has an impressive and varied career as a director/curator in Victoria, NSW and the ACT across local, state and national arts organisations. She has held significant curatorial roles in both research and practice at Monash and RMIT universities and leadership roles in several contemporary arts organisations in Australia, including the Australian Centre for Photography and Canberra Contemporary Art Space.

Lisa was closely involved in the development of the arts and culture program for Realm, a library learning and cultural centre in the newly redeveloped Ringwood Town Square. As curator for the Maroondah City Council she was responsible for its art collection and she successfully negotiated several major cultural gift donations by leading Australian artists.

In welcoming Lisa, McClelland’s Board of Trustees also paid tribute to the vital transition work of strategic manager Maudie Palmer AO.


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Pools with that winning edge

Create. Something. Beautiful. This is the motivation behind every design project by Edgewater Pools + Landscapes. A pool that is an integral part of your home should represent your lifestyle and personal taste.

Kaz Hall and his team create outdoor spaces that are innovative, personal and functional. Constructing an environment that clients can escape to, relax, unwind and enjoy with family and friends is what they strive for.

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Managing the whole project for you is their specialty. They take into consideration all factors to ensure the final product is a perfect reflection of your vision. Their other services include landscaping, carpentry and all aspects of pool construction.

It’s crystal clear that they are passionate about your entire pool atmosphere, designing the outdoor space to perfectly complement your home, swimming pool and spa. Your whole entertainment area can be expertly designed so your decking, pool house, pergola and concrete bar come together in a complete stunning package.

Whether you have an idea in mind or you require some direction, Kaz and the team relish the opportunity to create a stunning outdoor space that will exceed your expectations. You can even explore the design via an interactive and real-life imagery visual 3D design tool.

“We all have a dream pool,” says Kaz. “Edgewater Pools + Landscapes can make that pool a reality.”

While you’re dreaming of the pool you wish you had this summer, why not get a plan in motion so that next year your dream becomes a reality?


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Baton relay shines light on our achievers

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Line the streets and cheer as Frankston City welcomes the Queen’s Baton in the lead-up to the Gold Coast XXI 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Everyone’s invited to join in the fun and excitement as 18 local legends carry the baton over land and sea across Frankston City from 4.30-6pm on Sunday, February 11.  All eyes will be on the bayside city in the lead-up to the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony on the Gold Coast on Wednesday, April 4.

Frankston City Mayor Colin Hampton said: “The Queen’s Baton Relay is a rare opportunity to shine a light on the people and places that help make our community truly great.  I encourage everyone to come out and join in the celebrations and cheer on your local baton-bearers.”

Baton-bearers of all abilities who inspire others were chosen to showcase their sporting achievements and community contribution to the world.  The 18 Frankston chosen ones who will carry the baton are: Anthony Callea, N’arweet Carolyn Briggs (Respected Elder of the Boon Wurrung people), Debbie Flintoff-King, Jane Jelekainen, Robert Kabbas, Dan Langelaan, Christopher May, Lisa McLeish, Sarah Miller, Tina Miller, Bailey Miller, Darren Murphy, Paul Olsson, Ray Peak, John Pingiaro, Mathew Rizzo, Trevor Vincent and Jake Ward.

Young Veterans founder Christopher May said: “It's a great honour to be chosen to carry the Queen’s Baton for the Commonwealth Games next year. We have so many great people that do wonders in our communities and to be nominated and selected was a fantastic surprise and (an) absolute privilege.”

For the best locations to view the relay, please see the map provided (below).


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Echoes of karma in business success By Kate Sears

Georgia set good karma in motion, and now she’s reaping the tasty rewards.

In April, Georgia made a raw vegetarian lactose-free cake for herself and her partner, Aaron, and posted a photo of it on Instagram. Now she’s booked out for the next two months filling orders for raw vegan desserts through her business The Kindness Echoes. With a focus on guilt-free products that aren’t harmful to the environment or our bodies, she’s also dedicated her business to generating zero waste.

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Likewise, Georgia and Aaron try to do the same.  They compost, have a worm farm, grow their own fruit and vegetables, re-use containers, and shop where they can bag or jar their purchases.  Georgia also dehydrates the leftover fruit from her cakes and uses it to decorate them.

Such has been the rapid success of The Kindness Echoes it’s tempting to put it down to karma generated by Georgia’s passion for the environment – that and the power of Instagram!  “A café messaged me on my private page about my cake. Then one week later I was taking cakes to cafes around Melbourne. It just all fell together.”

Currently she’s supplying cafes in Melbourne and Gippsland and getting orders for two birthday cakes a week. She’s also working on an e-book with ethical chocolate manufacturer The Chocolate Yogi that she makes look like a piece of cake.

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The Kindness Echoes has grown from something to support her while she studied graphic design at uni to a full-time job.  Perhaps fittingly, her stunning cakes look like works of art.  “I’ve finally found my creative outlet.”

You can meet Georgia and sample her raspberry cheesecake at The Mermaid Sorority Vegan Market on Saturday, January 20, at Frankston Basketball Stadium.  For more, go to or follow her cooking travels on Instagram at @thekindnessechoes

Jump on board for a SUPer shot By Kate Sears

Stand-up paddle boarder Lara has captured our attention with her stunning scenic shots of Frankston City and the Peninsula coastline.  We’re impressed with her selfie skills while standing on her board – not to mention while surfing!  She’s even perfected yoga on her board and made friends with dolphins.

“Every time I go out paddle boarding I tend to see dolphins,” says Lara. “They play with me by swimming under and around my board. They’re very inquisitive and friendly; they’ll even jump out in front of the board.”

This quick learner only started stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) in March, progressing to stand-up paddle board surfing in July.  Lara loves the freedom and peacefulness of the water.  “If there’s something on your mind, you forget about it all. I believe that water puts everything in perspective.”

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Her go-to haunts are Moondah Beach in Mount Eliza beside the beach boxes where it’s tranquil, the rock pools at Flinders for lazy days, and Shoreham for surfing.  “You can really appreciate how amazing the Peninsula is. We have so much choice for what we want to do. You can find an area to match the activity that you’d like to do for the day.”

Weather permitting, Lara will spend an hour or more on the water every day, combining SUP with her other passion – photography.   This former professional photographer’s camera of choice is actually her iPhone, but she also uses a GoPro on the water.  “I’ve got spots on my board and paddle to secure it on so I can get different angles.  It’s not what equipment you have; it’s how you use it.”

Check out SUP Vic Peninsula Pods on Faceboook for expert tips and day trips or @WassupOZ for tuition, and follow Lara’s on-board explorations on Instagram at @frankston_by_the_bay


Come and pay tribute to a legend

When Johnny Famechon’s statue is unveiled in Frankston next month, Gary Luscombe hopes the crowd will be every bit as enthusiastic as the 200,000 people who lined Swanston St in 1969 to welcome home the newly crowned WBC world featherweight champion.

“Johnny is a Frankston and Australian sporting legend,” says Gary, a supporter of the Johnny Famechon Statue Project, which helped the Australian National Boxing Hall of Fame raise $128,000 for the 2.1m bronze statue of ‘Fammo’.

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The statue will be unveiled in Ballam Park at 11am on January 21 – the anniversary of Johnny’s 1969 title fight in London when he beat Cuba’s Jose Legra to earn his place in sporting history – and Gary hopes everyone will get along to honour the former King of Moomba and inductee into the Australia Sport Hall of Fame, World Boxing Hall of Fame, Frankston Hall of Fame and Australian National Boxing Hall of Fame.

Jean-Pierre Famechon was born in Paris in 1945 and grew up in Melbourne.  He won 56 of his 67 featherweight bouts and drew six.  “I don’t like draws. You want to win,” he told Frankly Frankston in August 2016.

“I knew boxing was for me when I punched the bag for the first time at 16. The first fight is the biggest.  There are no more nerves after that. You’ve got to knock them out before they get you.”

In 1991 Fammo was hit by a car while jogging in Sydney. It took him seven years to recover with the help of his wife, Glenys, and clinical counsellor Ragnar Purjie. He’s also written two autobiographies - Fammo and The Method.

Author continues his remarkable innings By Kate Sears

When you’ve written more than 70 books, it’s fair to say that’s almost a sport.

Ken Piesse is Australia’s most published living sports writer, with 73 books to his name.  His latest is Heroes of the Hour, which focuses on some of the quintessential moments from Australian Test cricket and the game’s legends from Bradman to Lillee and Warnie to Steve Smith.

After 35 years at The Age, the Sporting Globe, the Sunday Observer and the Sunday Press, Ken moved into full-time books and now has written or edited 53 books on cricket, 19 on Australian Rules football and one on the Commandoes for his father and his wartime mates.

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Ken’s move from journalism to books, commentary and public speaking was prompted by the passion his contemporaries such as Mike Sheahan and Paul Heinrichs had for their craft. He wanted to be a specialist sports writer and has been now for 40 years.

“As writers you try and make every sentence sing,” says Ken. “Every new book is a favourite. You throw your heart and soul into it – I make it is as succinct as I can and rework it until I’m 100 per cent happy with it.”

Ken used to reside in Seaford but now lives in Mount Eliza, where he coaches and plays in the club’s fourth XI.  He is signing copies of Heroes of the Hour at the Mount Eliza Newsagency from 10.30am on Saturday, December 16.

“I can quote statistics. But I particularly love the stories behind the statistics too, and all the quirky facts. I like to make the reader smile and be fully engaged.”

To explore Ken’s impressive body of work, visit


Five stars for new release

Scott Jackson, our resident movie reviewer, now has a distraction during film nights. Scott and his partner Sanné Mestrom welcomed Dante Woody Jackson at 8.49am on Friday, November 17, weighing 3360g. “I call him my little Mogwai because of the sounds he's started making,” says Scott. Congratulations, Scott and Sanné, from all of us at Frankly Frankston!


Young skier turns up the heat By Kate Sears

Gus Broersen is happiest when he’s skiing.  In fact, keeping this Mount Martha young gun off the slopes is no easy feat.

“Once his coach, Coen, insisted he have a day off and he knew the only way that Gus would follow through would be if he took his lift pass from him,” says Gus’s mum, Tammy.

Gus, 14, had a scholarship for the Mount Hotham Freeski team for two years when he trained with Coen, Danny, Martin and Al and is a member of the Volkl team. Gus went to the Perisher Winter Sports Club in the Snowy Mountains this season, where he skied every day for five weeks. For five years in a row he has won his favourite event, the Slopestyle, at Hotham, and his greatest achievement to date was this season with a win in the Thredbo Big Air.


“I am also really lucky to train with awesome coaches - Leon, Luke, Hayden and Alastair,” Gus says.  “I'm going to keep working hard and hopefully I'll get to represent my country in the future.”

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While his long-term goal might be to ski for Australia, Gus has his immediate sights set on winning an international event.  That’s what he was aiming for this year before an accident derailed his plans; he was competing in the US where he achieved a second place but due to an injury had to cut his trip short. Unperturbed, he’s heading to Switzerland with Alastair in 2018.

Gus’s family manages a ski lodge at Hotham and he pretty much took to the snow from day one. “He was always playing outside, and even built a jump out the back,” Tammy says.  When they saw his commitment to the sport, Tammy and her husband, Rob, decided to enrol him in online distance education, which is ideal for when he travels overseas.

“We just want to support him,” Tammy says. “He tries and tries and tries.”

Frankly Speaking with Danielle Binks By Yazmine Lomax

Danielle Binks, from Langwarrin, is a writer, editor, literary agent and advocate for Australian Young Adult literature. Here’s a look inside her bookish brain!


Why is supporting Australian literature, particularly young adult, so important to you?

Books create communities, bringing together characters, ideas, writers, words and readers. #LoveOzYA (Love Australian Young Adult Literature) is a way to bring Aussie teens into that community. We’re trying to show them that they are connected to something big, and that the books of their own backyard are putting their stories and their voices on the page.

What’s your proudest achievement?

Gotta admit, seeing Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology on bookshelves felt pretty darn great! It took two years of editing, plus writing my own story for the collection, and every time I get to visit schools and talk to students about the anthology and the message behind #LoveOzYA, I get goosebumps all over again.

What are you currently working on, and what’s next?

I’m a literary agent who represents young adult authors specifically so I’m gearing up for a few of mine to have books out in 2018. Among them are Borderland by Graham Akhurst, a YA eco-thriller from a debut Indigenous author, and Neverland by Margot McGovern, a dark take on the traditional boarding school novel with sailing, secrets and forbidden romance thrown in.  A new format of the #LoveOzYA Anthology will be out in May and I’m also working on a middle-grade book about Operation Safe Haven, when Kosovar refugees were evacuated to Australia in 1999.

Do you have any advice for local emerging writers?

Think about joining the Australian Society of Authors and/or Writers Victoria – these associations are dedicated to helping writers improve their work and find writing opportunities. Take advantage of all the opportunities we have in Australia to build a writing CV; enter short story competitions, submit your work to unpublished manuscript awards, and apply to be part of the Emerging Writers Festival. These are all chances for you to be edited, get feedback, deal with rejection and affirmation, and build a profile for your name and your work.

Why do you love where you live and how does it inspire your work?

Frankston Library has been my home away from home since I was a kid, and we’re also very lucky to have Victoria’s oldest general independent bookshop in Robinsons, another bookish institution that has nurtured me since I was a child and continues to meet all my bibliophile needs. Just generally, I think Frankton has provided a great kaleidoscope of people, places and cultures to feed my imagination.


Dogs of summer

If your best friend has four paws, loves walks and is furry, you know that summer means different walking schedules and locations.

From now until Saturday, March 31, dogs are not permitted on any Frankston City beach between 9.30am and 7.30pm. At all other times your dog must be on a leash when on a beach and you must carry plastic bags to collect your dog’s waste.

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There are no free-roam areas for dogs on any Frankston or Seaford beach, but Frankston City Council has designated several reserves as free-roam areas where your pampered pooches can be exercised off-leash as long as they are under your effective control at all times. Some conditions do apply at these areas so make sure to read the signs, and visit for further information.

Animal management officers patrol our beaches and reserves daily - even on weekends and public holidays - and penalties may be issued to owners found in breach of the laws. Frankly Frankston applauds dog owners who do the right thing, and we know Santa will definitely have you on his ‘nice’ list!

Moor success for funding campaign

Work on an overhaul of mooring facilities at Inner Harbour Marina is expected to start in January after a two-year funding campaign by the Carrum and Patterson Lakes Forum.

Stage 1 of the $700,000 project will include a floating pontoon jetty and eight berths, with space for a dedicated shared berth for either Victoria Police or the Volunteer Coast Guard. Stage 2 will provide another four berths, an extra gangway, and enhancements to walkways. It will be paid for under the State Government’s Boating Safety and Facilities Program and is expected to be completed by mid-March.

Forum founder Cameron Howe said the overhaul would boost Patterson Lakes’ credentials as a boating destination. “Residents have been calling for these upgrades for years to meet demand from recreational users and to transform this eyesore into a space that can be enjoyed by the community.”

Patterson Lakes resident Jeanette Shone felt the project would only bring the community closer. “We are thrilled to hear that this exciting project will be ready for use soon,” she said.

The mooring facilities at the marina, which is accessible to the public and sits behind Harbour Plaza shopping centre, had posed a safety risk to those wishing to moor and failed to meet demand from recreational boat owners. The campaign was backed by Kingston City Council and its success was described by Cr Tamsin Bearsley as “warmly welcomed”. The council has agreed to be responsible for the maintenance costs, and residents will be organising a celebration to welcome the new investment once open for use.

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Kids get a buzz out of helping bugs

A group of Frankston children have been as busy as little bees, joining other kids from across the Peninsula and the Melbourne metro region to create a ‘bug hotel’ for our beneficial insects.  The youngsters are members of Natured Kids, a Junior Landcare group run by Frankston freelance teacher Narelle Debenham that meets each week to work on projects for nature.

Narelle got the idea for the latest project after a recent trip to Europe, during which she saw many bug hotels that had been built by young people and installed in parks, forests, kindergartens and schools.  Narelle recruited the help of the Mornington Men's Shed to build a frame for the hotel and the young Natured Kids members collected gumnuts, seed pods and other material to fill the structure, creating a habitat and shelter for native bees and wasps, hover flies, beetles and the many other beneficial insects that are critically important as pollinators and pest controllers.  It has been placed in the Balcombe Estuary public reserve between 7-9 Century Drive in Mount Martha.


“This structure will positively assist the natural ecosystem by providing a safe nesting place for these beneficial bugs to shelter and raise their young and is complemented by the under-planting of pollen-laden plants,” Narelle says.

 As well as helping our beneficial insects, whose numbers are declining through pesticide use and habitat loss due to urbanisation, the bug hotel project and other Natured Kids initiatives instil a love and appreciation of nature in children, raise environmental awareness among the wider community and promote intergenerational learning by involving members of the Mornington Men’s Shed.  “These young people show so much enthusiasm when working together on environmental projects, and such deep, meaningful and long-lasting experiences would not be possible without the participation of the Men's Shed.”

 For more information about Natured Kids, phone Narelle on 0431 791 379.


Beach within reach

Don’t let mobility issues prevent you from enjoying Frankston beach this summer.  Frankston City Council has a beach-accessible wheelchair that’s available to hire for free from the Visitor Information Centre. It’s specially designed to travel across the sand and into shallow water.

Photo identification is required and a loan agreement form must be completed when picking up the wheelchair. As a condition of use, a second person must accompany the user.  The chair is available seven days a week from 9am-5pm. For bookings, phone 1300 322 842.


Tips for a tree-mendous Christmas By Annette Wetherill

Do you finish dressing your Christmas tree, stand back and wonder why it looks like you’ve grabbed a bucket full of Chrissy ‘decs’ and thrown them on the tree? Well, this year it can be different!

Let’s start with culling your old Christmas decorations. If they are anything like mine there are lots that could be recycled out of your home. I’m not suggesting that you get rid of the decorations that your children made in kindergarten or primary school - those are treasures. But before the tree hits the lounge room is a good time to get rid of broken lights, reindeers with missing antlers and balls that have lost their sparkle.

Now here’s a secret that professional tree-dressers have been hiding under their bushel: there is a method to dressing the perfect tree. First, make sure the tree is situated firmly and horizontally in its pride of place in the house. A good, strong, quality tree stand is not inexpensive but it will support your tree and keep it looking upright right through the Christmas season.

Second, put your lights on the tree first. Begin at the base of the trunk and work your way up, wrapping them round the branches towards the top of the tree.  Next, starting at the top of the tree and working down, begin draping your garlands. Don’t be afraid of mixing it up and using plain and fancy ones on the same tree.

Finally, it’s time to hang your ornaments. Choose your favourites first and place them in the most prominent positions. Next, place the larger ornaments evenly throughout the tree, finishing off with any last clip-on ornaments - and don’t forget the angel or star for the top. We have a tradition in our family where we share the honour of placing the star on the top of the tree. Each year I write a short note and leave it in the decorations for the following year to remind us whose turn it is next.

I have known people to go a little OCD with their decorations, with rulers and levels being essential items in their dressing kit. If that’s what makes you happy, all good, but I think Christmas is more about family and friends than ensuring your tree looks like it belongs in Home Beautiful.

Ben and twins Abrielle and Micha inspect some of the trees the Baden Powell Park Scout Group will be selling this year.

Ben and twins Abrielle and Micha inspect some of the trees the Baden Powell Park Scout Group will be selling this year.

Now you know how to decorate it easily, you’ll need to make sure you have the perfect tree. Well, the Baden Powell Park Scout Group will be selling gorgeous trees from two locations this year: at our hall on the corner of Baden Powell Drive and Humphries Rd and from Frankston Bunnings, Frankston Power Centre. Our opening hours are each weekend before Christmas in December from 8am-1pm.

To make it even easier and have a totally hassle-free time of it, pre-order your tree and the Scouts will organise the delivery (South Frankston and Mount Eliza only).  It’s so easy - just phone us on 0409 962 449 or order via the website

Merry Christmas!


Animal magic down on the Funky Farm by Kate Sears

When Chris Symons told Mornington Peninsula Magazine that he has “normal animals too”, we couldn’t help but be intrigued.

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The Funky Farm on the Mornington Peninsula is home to animals from Australia and exotic overseas locations. There’s Crikey the crocodile, Bob the blue-tongue lizard and Hamish the Highland cow, as well as dingoes, pythons, squirrel gliders, a macaw and so much more. You might say this is not your average farm at all.

With more than 4ha filled with funky animals, the family members are busy bees. Chris unluckily gets the not-so-glorious jobs of enclosure maintenance and cleaning up the “presents” the animals leave behind. His wife, Sam, fills the roles of animal trainer and feeder. And yes, feeding time at the Funky Farm is hectic, with nocturnal animals to cater for too. Completing the team is daughter Ziva, who joins in on the fun as the star of the adorable yet informative videos on their Facebook page.

“It wouldn’t be a farm without dogs,” says Ziva.  “We’ve got three dogs here - we’ve got Bronco, Sasha and Bullseye. Sasha sleeps in my room every night. Dad says she has to sleep in my room until I’m 20. Isn’t that crazy?”

Chris and his family have worked very hard to create their zoo.  “I’m working towards opening the zoo to the public in 2018; however, it’s not an easy task. My goal is to open it up for special needs children and adults as I’ve seen first-hand the positive impact that animal therapy can have on them. It will be wheelchair friendly and we can provide a laminated booklet when they arrive filled with tools to communicate and tasks to complete. We’d hope to offer tasks around the farm for special needs adults to gain specific skills that they can take with them for a future job.”

You might be surprised to know that this isn’t Chris’s sole focus. At 34, he’s been a jockey for 18 years and has ridden more than 1000 winners in Australia and the US. Yet the farm is his absolute passion, and it will be his retirement plan despite that milestone being far from close.  “I’d like to continue to ride for a long time yet.”

Chris told us he hopes to get a big cat next, like a cheetah – and we can’t wait to watch him trying to catch it!  To meet their extensive collection of animals before the Funky Farm’s public opening, like them on Facebook and get a snapshot of their zoo life at @thefunkyfarm.


Don’t relax on supervision By Lucy Rae

Backyard barbecues by the pool, taking the boat out on the river, or catching waves at the beach are all a regular part of Australian culture. Tragically, too often we hear of drowning deaths as a result of our love of the water. 

The Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report 2017, launched recently by federal Health Minister Greg Hunt, shows 291 people died as a result of drowning in Australia last year.  Last summer, drowning rates were notably above average between Christmas and New Year. Sadly, children accounted for a significant proportion of these preventable tragedies.


Swimming pools are the leading location of child drownings, and a lapse in supervision is a primary causal factor in these incidents.  Often parents and carers become complacent in the home environment, relying on a pool barrier to keep children out of the water or trusting an older sibling to supervise young children while quickly doing something else.

Royal Life Saving Society Australia chief executive Justin Scarr says it’s crucial to keep watch on children at all times.  “Answering the door, preparing food, changing a sibling’s nappy, and answering a call are all distractions that leave children vulnerable to drowning,” Mr Scarr said.  “Active adult supervision of young children is the first line of defence against drowning - be prepared, be close, and give all of your attention all of the time.”

“Active supervision is key; however, children can be quick, and it's difficult to maintain supervision 100 per cent of the time. That's why it’s important for parents and carers to follow the four Keep Watch key actions: Supervise, Restrict Access, Water Awareness, and Resuscitate.  These are not individual strategies but should be used together for maximum safety – if one line of defence fails there are other prevention measures actively working to prevent drowning."

Inadequate pool fencing continues to be a contributing factor in toddler drowning deaths. Mr Scarr said pool owners often don’t realise their pool fence or gate is faulty and poses a threat to their children’s safety. “Pool fences, pool gates and latches should be regularly checked and maintained because parts can break or become defective over time.  Visit the Royal Life Saving website and download the home pool safety checklist to make sure your pool fence, pool gate and latch are in working order.”

The checklist is not a substitute for a pool inspection, however. Pool owners should consider getting a professional assessment of their pool’s compliance, check regulations with their local council or go to the local hardware or pool shop to discuss how to ensure the pool is made safer in time for summer.

Prevention is the fundamental way to prevent drowning.  However, as a last line of defence, CPR is a vital skill that can help save a life. Two-year-old Lily Cross was found face-down in the Hawkesbury River after wandering away from her family home. Her father and other locals commenced CPR until medics arrived, which played a vital role in her survival.

For training courses, water safety tips and resources visit


Rose’s career on the rise By Kate Sears

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At the age of four, Rose Rosenfeld was telling her mother how she wanted to dress.  Last month that passion for fashion saw the Mornington Peninsula model seated just a few rows behind Oprah Winfrey and Nicole Kidman at the Emmy Awards.

Rose’s childhood love of dressing up eventually led to her decision at 15 to try her hand at modelling. With feelings of confidence, self-motivation and determination, she began applying for small jobs that she found online, and after successfully booking a few shoots for some up-and-coming brands, her connections within the industry started to flourish. “It spiralled from there, to be honest.  The more people I met and the more research I did online, the more opportunity I got.”

Rose’s career progressed from working with small Australian beauty and clothing brands to modelling in pageants, including Miss World Australia and Australian Supermodel of the Year.  She was frantically busy but decided even greater opportunities lay offshore.

Since making the move to the US she’s worked for a Covergirl campaign in New York City - a career highlight – and has been heating up the catwalk with her smouldering good looks.  But her current goal is to concentrate on pursuing an acting career. “It is just a bit harder to make it big in the acting industry because it is all about who you know these days in Hollywood. I am definitely learning a lot about the industry and it is building me as an individual.”

Rose reminisces on the beautiful and calm lifestyle she enjoyed on the Peninsula and says her worry-free days at Toorak College in Mount Eliza and exploring the fashion at Frankston Bayside shopping centre helped inspired her.  During her next visit home, however, she’ll focus exclusively on visiting family.

Her girl-next-door vibe oozes from her Instagram and her lifestyle looks glamorous, but Rose remains down to earth. “No matter how far I get in my career, I have made a promise to myself and my family that I will always stay humble and be kind because life is too short. I hope to inspire all the younger and possibly older generations who follow my journey - just know that anything is possible; just work hard and set yourself goals.”

Rose has expanded her business with social media using Instagram and has gained a large following. You can follow her on Instagram at @rose_rosenfeld or visit her website at