We’re going viral by Kate Sears

While you’ve been reading this magazine, your phone has probably lit up with text messages, chirped with a Twitter notification, chimed with a new Snapchat or pinged with a comment on your latest Instagram post.

We are right on top of this.  As a successful 10-year-old print media business, we’d be tweeting mad to not keep up with the times.

Engagement with our social media posts is massive and growing, the result of keen interest in our stories and our readers’ eagerness to win competitions that offer amazing Peninsula products or experiences. Our recent competition to win 1 of five double passes to the Peninsula Hot Springs had almost 1 million views and attracted nearly 35,000 entries!

We complement our advertisers’ print campaigns by sharing their editorials on Facebook, uploading foodie shots or fashion finds to Instagram, sharing online magazine links on Twitter and promoting competitions across all platforms.  This full-blown social media assault gets your brand across all mediums, and most importantly it’s appropriated slightly to match each platform’s specific style so it’s like a new advertisement each time it’s seen by a potential customer.

We promise access to a huge audience of residents and visitors who support small businesses and shop here, and just as different forms of print attract different demographics, each platform has a specific audience.  So, this is your chance to reach as many customers as possible.

Social media has become the new word of mouth; it’s how a consumer decides who gets their hard-earned money.  Decisions on where to buy, visit or dine are influenced by Facebook profiles and customer reviews and photos - and of course advertisements with our own branding.   With 24/7 access to our stories on what’s happening in our region, and with each story uploaded separately for our clients to share as they choose, we’re all working together to support Peninsula businesses.

On average, users check their Facebook or Instagram feed 14 times a day. Contact us today to be one of those posts they see.

The sky is falling

In February 2013, an explosion with the force of 30 Hiroshima bombs lit up the sky over the Chelyabinsk region of Russia.  The resulting air blast shattered windows across six cities, injuring an estimated 1500 people.

The 18m meteor that exploded 20km above Earth (pictured) was a sobering reminder that when it comes to space invaders, it’s not aliens we have to fear as much as the millions of wandering celestial bodies with which we share the solar system.  And while catastrophic strikes from space might be the stuff of Hollywood blockbusters, they’re not mere science fiction.  Just ask the dinosaurs.

On any clear night, away from the light pollution of our cities, you can witness these visitors as shooting stars or falling stars.  They’re actually meteors, the term given to a meteoroid that has entered the atmosphere. If the meteor survives its journey to the surface of the Earth, it’s called a meteorite. And for more than 50 years Cranbourne was the site of Australia’s largest meteorite find after a 7.8 tonne ball of iron disintegrated in a fiery shower over the Dandenong Ranges and scattered its fragments in a 22km corridor from Beaconsfield to Pearcedale.

The Cranbourne meteor is thought to have fallen between 200 and 2000 years ago, and 13 meteorites have so far been recovered. The first, Cranbourne No.1, was a 3550kg monster that reportedly held some significance for the area’s Aboriginal people before it was retrieved from Devon Meadows in 1854 after a settler attempted to tether his horse to what he thought was a stump sticking out of the ground.  The second, the 1525kg Cranbourne No.2, was recovered from Clyde the same year, and both were bought by London’s Natural History Museum.  However, the sale caused such an uproar among Australian scientists that the museum returned No.2 to the colony, and it now resides at Museum Victoria.

Closer to home, Cranbourne No.12 resides at Casey Council’s Narre Warren customer service centre, although the meteorite display at Cranbourne was removed several years ago.

In 1911 the Cranbourne meteorite lost its heavyweight title to the Nullarbor’s Mundrabilla meteorite, which at 18 tonnes is still well short of Namibia’s 60 tonne Hoba.  And of course nothing comes close to the planet-busting asteroid that smashed into Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula 65 million years ago, unleashing the energy of 10 billion Hiroshima bombs and taking 75 per cent of all species with it.

So the next time you see a meteor streaking across the sky, you might want to thank your lucky stars that that’s all it is.

Life’s seductively sweet at Cuvée By Liz Rogers

Night time is the right time. The world is quiet and the business of the day has melted away to leave space to really create. In the kitchen.  In recent MasterChef guest and executive chef Deniz Karaca’s kitchen.

In Seaford.

Deniz Karaca has been making life sweet since he was 16 years old when he began training as a pastry chef in Germany. Now a chocolatier supreme who has worked world-wide and created a 1.8m, 45kg chocolate corkscrew at the World Chocolate Masters in Paris in 2013, Deniz feels his best when experimenting with different flavours in his home kitchen.

He explains. “This is where I can really taste and combine flavours. I love chocolate. It is a fascinating medium to work with. You can be so creative and it is forgiving because you can melt it and start again, even though it is hard to work with. My wife and I began our chocolate business Cuvée in 2014 as a side concern to my consulting and mentoring work. It is what I love to do.”

But back to Paris.  It took four months to develop Deniz’s corkscrew concept, four hours to assemble it and three people to lift it. He came third in those world championships, but it was his participation at the Patissier Of The Year in Sydney in 2016 that got MasterChef judges’ tongues salivating and wagging. He made a caramel tart – and it was the best caramel tart!

“The MasterChef experience (aired on Channel 10 in June) was great. We filmed for the day. I was so impressed with the contestants. My ‘Passion for Caramel’ tart was complex. I usually make one in under two hours. Those guys did it in three. Pretty good for amateurs.”

Deniz has been named Australia’s top chocolatier. His delicious Cuvée chocolate is made from the best quality cocoa beans from around the world - think Belize, Ecuador, Tanzania and Ghana, to name a few. This is chocolate that leaves you wanting more and scores a 10 out of 10.

Immunity pin? No thanks – life’s too short not to eat chocolate. 

Exhibition celebrates Frankston’s heart

Frankston City is a centre of investment and redevelopment. But even with works under way and cranes in the sky, the city continues to thrive with fantastic shopping, dining, services and visitor experiences.

“This is in many parts thanks to Frankston’s heart - the tens of thousands of people who live, work and study here,” said Frankston Mayor Brian Cunial.

To celebrate, the council is combining a series of campaigns and exhibitions to bring you a collection of remarkable photographs and stories of the people you may pass on the street every day.

“One of the exhibitions is Locals of Frankston by internationally renowned photographer Richard Simpkin, who is best known for his Richard and Famous selfie series with celebrities,” Cr Cunial said.

In December 2014, Richard photographed a range of people – from residents to former mayors – to present a true snapshot of the diversity that makes Frankston such a unique bayside city.  “It promotes Frankston in a positive way and I hope we can all come together for this wonderful exhibition,” he said.

Locals of Frankston is at the Frankston Arts Centre until October 21 and will be complemented by portraits projected on to the centre’s flytower. Visit www.frankstonfaces.com for more details.

Community spirit reflected in reserve

Frankston Nature Conservation Reserve has had a new lease on life since being recently gazetted as a nature conservation reserve.

After nearly 100 years of isolation, the reserve – formerly known as Frankston Reservoir – is now open to the public and boasts a treasure trove of indigenous flora and fauna for the community to appreciate and enjoy.  It is one of the last remaining pockets of wilderness that give an insight into the region’s biodiversity before European settlement.  Despite its urban setting, the 98ha site is just 3.5km from the city centre and hosts rare, endangered and nationally significant species such as the musk duck and green hooded orchid as well as koalas, echidnas and yellow tailed black cockatoos.

The opening of the site has been a remarkable example of community spirit. The Friends of FNCR volunteer group has been operating for more than 10 years and is instrumental in maintaining the reserve’s environmental integrity, working with traditional land owners to provide cultural heritage interpretation and working tirelessly to see the successful opening of the park.  Recently, volunteers joined award-winning Australian landscape architect Phillip Johnson in a big winter plant-out to recreate the entry to the reserve with a feature rain garden and billabong purpose-built to catch and purify rainwater. 

The group has also focused on encouraging students in the area to join, thereby facilitating networking through important industry links and with the rangers, environmental management organisations and other local stakeholders.  Said one student: “Volunteering for the Friends of FNCR group taught me so much more about Australian native flora and fauna and allowed me to appreciate how precious the reserve is for preserving and protecting a diverse and vital ecosystem. It’s been extremely relevant to my degree in Conservation Management.”

Frankston Nature Conservation Reserve is accessible via Jeremy Way and is open to the public from Thursday to Sunday, with rangers on hand to answer any questions visitors may have.  The series of walks are signposted at the entrance to the reserve.  Anyone is welcome to join Friends of FNCR and can get in contact with the group via Facebook at facebook.com/friendsoffrankstonreservoir/

Frankly Speaking with … Cristina Velez by Yazmine Lomax

Cristina Velez is a US-born designer who has recently moved to Mornington. The ambitious 21-year-old chats to Frankly Frankston about her life-long love of fashion, international style, and how her new home will inspire her label.  

Where did your love of fashion start?
My mom taught me to sew when I was about seven or eight years old. I've always loved expressing myself with what I wore; dressing yourself each day is such an intimate thing.

What differences have you noticed between New York and Melbourne style?
I don't think there is anything like New York style. It’s the most amazing, bizarre thing. You'll see someone walking down the street in sweatpants and a dirty T-shirt with fluffy slippers, and then behind them someone in 10-inch rainbow platforms with fluorescent braids, a mesh top and American flag cut-off shorts. Here, as far as I've seen, people are very put together.

What’s your proudest achievement?
My proudest achievement would be starting my own ethical, sustainable clothing label, Covert Clothing. I design clothing made with organic and vintage fabrics, or up-cycled materials. It’s all cruelty-free so no animal products whatsoever. I didn’t feel there were enough options that were actually ethical as well as environmentally friendly. I wanted people to be able to shop my clothing and feel good about the company they were investing their money into. It’s still in its early stages but I’m so excited to see where it goes.

Why do you love where you live and how does it inspire your work?
I’m new to Australia as of May and I’m loving it! The scenery here is gorgeous and the people are lovely. Australia is much more welcoming of what I’m doing; people are generally environmentally conscious and look for sustainable items to limit their footprint. Being around like-minded people definitely encourages me to keep working towards what I believe in.

Reserve upgrade has groups onside

Carrum’s Roy Dore Reserve is set to undergo a major redevelopment to help accommodate an increasing number of users.

With 1500 members from more than 10 groups vying for space, the reserve is struggling to meet the high demand, especially from female teams and the wider community. Andrew Adams, a spokesman for the clubs that use the reserve, highlighted the problem last in September and believes the redevelopment will set a benchmark for clubs with its disability access and extended facilities for women’s sport. 

With a broader vision than just recreational use alone, Andrew says the site will provide clubs and potentially the wider community with a “beautiful function room and meeting space.”

In order to oversee the transformation, the Pavilion Working Group has been formed from eight user groups, including the Carrum Patterson Lakes Sports Club, multiple football clubs, Carrum Cricket Club, Melbourne Thunder Touch Rugby Club, Radio Carrum and Long Beach Tennis Club.

Kingston City Council’s city assets and environmental general manager, Daniel Freer, says the council is “working closely with reserve user groups to ensure the new pavilion and park upgrades meet community needs.” Long Beach Tennis Club has the support of the committee and the council will be assessing its position independently of the redevelopment.

Andrew says the committee is hoping to get the “shovel in the dirt” for this exciting project within four years, if not sooner, and with the initial concept completed, costs are expected to be considered by councillors shortly.

Mr Freer has confirmed the detailed designs and construction costs are not yet finalised for the redevelopment. “Council is hoping to secure funding support for the project from the Victorian Government to deliver the project for the Carrum community.”


Cameron Howe

Founder, Carrum and Patterson Lakes Forum


The Tempo Group - luxury beyond the ordinary

In this issue of Frankly Frankston Magazine we introduce The Tempo Group – builders of one-of-a-kind custom homes, based on the Mornington Peninsula.

The Tempo Group was founded by Peninsula local and father-of-three Ben Comelli 10 years ago with a mission to create high-end homes for clients looking for something beyond the ordinary.

The Tempo Team build beautiful, sophisticated, livable homes through the seamless integration of design, project management and construction. The Tempo process is straightforward, flexible when clients need it to be and above all, transparent. Their fully integrated service incorporates careful planning, detailed client communication and solid advice, which is reflected in the quality of their work and final product.

The Group’s growth has been entirely organic, with a focus on procuring and developing their sites and projects. The Tempo Group is a fully licensed domestic and commercial building company with a client-focused team that takes a hands-on approach from initial design, right through to construction and delivery of a premium property. Today, The Group delivers more than 120 projects a year and employs 48 people. And, they focus on using local suppliers and contractors. You can see their projects across the Peninsula, from Mornington to Mount Martha, Mount Eliza, Balnarring and Sorrento and also in St Kilda, Clifton Hill and Geelong.


The Group has completed a superb three-level HQ and Innovation Centre in Mornington with multiple breakout areas, boardroom feature green wall, staff gym, Pilates and yoga studio, boardroom, team bar and more! They are also committed to “giving back” and in 2016, 11 members constructed and gifted houses to families in remote Cambodia. This September they plan to launch their largest house-gifting campaign yet. The goal? To raise enough funds to build and deliver more than 50 homes, including a school in flood affected areas of Cambodia.

Ben has a mantra “we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give”.


Check out the August issue of our sister magazine, Mornington Peninsula Magazine for more on Ben, including how he founded The Tempo Group at 25 years old.


W: thetempogroup.com.au

E: [email protected]

P: 0439 368 181

‘Our Help – Your Home’ – a good news story

Henrietta’s Help @ Home director Stephanie Tate could not be happier with how her experienced staff quietly support the ever-changing needs and surprises that are part of busy family life.

“Our nanny/cooks pick up students from school, supervise activities at home or ferry children to training so that working parents arrive home to an orderly house and evening meal,” Stephanie says.

There are carers for older family members to boost independence or provide support following accidents or illness. Highly qualified staff provide respite for full-time family carers. “Our thorough cleaners fit in anywhere,” Stephanie says.

If entertaining, experienced hospitality staff can take over - so clients can enjoy their dinner party or special celebration.

All staff have current police, qualification and reference checks and have been interviewed by management.  Ring Stephanie (Henrietta) today to discuss your needs.

T: 9766 1099
M: 0425 733 290

Fb: @henriettas-help-at-home
W: henriettashelpathome.com.au

Sleep In Your Car 2017

On any night an estimated 105,237 Australians are homeless, and 2000 of them are believed to be on the Mornington Peninsula and in Frankston.

You can do something about that.

Fusion Australia is asking you to give up your home for a night, in order to help someone else find theirs.

On Saturday, August 5, join Fusion Mornington Peninsula for Sleep In Your Car 2017 and join a line of local heroes who have slept out in Mornington Park. The Mornington Peninsula event, held during Homelessness Week, aims to raise $30,000 towards changing the lives of vulnerable young people in our community.

Sleep in your car or sleep rough and for those unable to sleep out, join Fusion Mornington Peninsula from 5.30pm to learn about homelessness in our community and break down some of the stereotypes around young people experiencing it.

Stuart Bell, housing co-ordinator at Fusion Mornington Peninsula, explains: "With the closure of caravan parks across the Peninsula, what has traditionally been an affordable and accessible form of accommodation is largely no longer available.  With people now competing for available rental properties, young people may find successfully accessing a tenancy extremely difficult, if not impossible.” 

Register at sleepinyourcar.com.au

Mass planting makes a difference

More than 600 students from Prep to Year 12 rolled up their sleeves and got hands-on during last month’s Make a Difference (MAD) Week, planting 300 heathland plants on the Cornish College campus.


The plants were bought with a $1000 Momentum Energy Junior Landcare Grant, with college grounds manager Tom Humphreys and parent David Jupp co-ordinating the planting from June 26-28.  “This is a great start to building an understory below the established gums behind our oval, and will increase biodiversity and attract a broader range of bird life,” Mr Humphreys said.


Principal Vicki Steer said MAD Week was “a wonderful opportunity for students to demonstrate our motto through a range of initiatives and really make a difference. This project directly involves them in improving their 100-acre (40.5ha) campus and understanding the difference they can make to their environment. It is great to see older and younger students working together in multi-age groups and further cementing friendships that span year groups”.  


Cornish College reinvented its timetable during MAD Week as students, staff and parents worked together on a range of projects that made a difference at the school and for the wider community. They included fundraising for 2 Pairs Each, which provides new socks for homeless people, a ‘reverse supermarket’ to collect food and personal hygiene items for underprivileged and vulnerable people, a visit to nursing homes where Preps sang for the residents, and a heart created by primary students from 5c coins for the Love Ya Sister Foundation.


A: 65 Riverend Rd, Bangholme
T: 9781 9011
W: cornishcollege.vic.edu.au

Pyjama party for kids in care by Kate Sears

Pyjama Angels are saints who let you stay in your PJs all day, right? Wrong. In fact, they are volunteers from the community who are screened, trained and supported to create positive relationships with children in care. This in turn empowers the children to learn, establish life skills and grow their confidence.

Currently there are more than 53,000 children in Australia living in foster care - more than double the number from 10 years ago. Only 13 per cent of these kids will complete their VCE without further support and it is estimated that half of those who are required to leave care at 18 will either be homeless, in prison or a new parent within their first 12 months of being out on their own.

This is where this angelic charity comes into play. It implements the Love of Learning Program, a learning-based mentoring program for children in care. These cherubs visit foster children in their home for about an hour a week and focus on teaching them basic numeracy, and how to read and write. This is complemented and reinforced with love and support to make sure that children in the system don’t fall behind academically.

The Pyjama Foundation is the only service of its type supporting children in care. More than 5000 Pyjama Angels have been trained since 2004, and you can be one too. With many Peninsula events occurring, there’s no excuse to not rock your onesie on the street to support the cause.

Have you seen football players wearing pyjamas to training? Well, on Thursday, July 20, you can tick it off your bucket list as you watch the Chelsea Heights football team run around the oval in their flannies and fluffy dressing gowns during night training.

Beach Lane in Carrum will hold its seventh Seasonal Festival on July 21-23, with the theme “Happy Healthy Families”. This event will support the Pyjama Foundation’s National Pyjama Day on Friday, July 21, and gold coin donations will be collected over the whole weekend. On National Pyjama Day everyone is invited to wear their pyjamas to a movie night. The Pyjama Angels will also provide a wide range of kids’ activities in the café on July 22.

Thousands of schools, businesses and community groups will be encouraged to stay in their PJs on July 21 to show support for The Pyjama Foundation’s work with Australian children in foster care.

You don’t even have to dress up for the occasion, just come on down.

For more information and to register for Pyjama Day head to www.thepyjamafoundation.com

Stacey’s story a real inspiration

As part of a three-week campaign, Frankston Business Network partner Bayside Centre held a Creating Change charity lunch on May 24 to raise awareness of and money for the homeless. Raising over $20,000 in much needed funds for Community Support Frankston over the whole campaign was an amazing result by Bayside Centre.

Carrum Downs local and guest motivational speaker Stacey Currie spoke with high energy and resonated with the audience exceptionally well.  Guests might not have expected to hear such a troubling story from an author (she wrote The Rich Get Richer, The Poor Can Too in an impressive six months), a busy mother of five and a successful businesswoman, but Stacey is a survivor of homelessness and hardship. She spoke about her experiences with refreshing humour and honesty, including embarrassing photos to boot. With a detailed telling of her rags-to-riches life, she touched everyone’s hearts. She refutes the notion that homeless people don’t try to change their lives or have no chance to.

At a young age her future was looking far from positive.  A child abuse survivor, Stacey was pregnant at 15, homeless at 19 with two babies, and suffered domestic abuse at 21 with three kids to care for. Stacey had no mother to grow up with, and was brought up in a Housing Commission property. From a very unstable and violent childhood, it could be assumed that she’d end up on the streets, in jail, a victim of drugs or even dead.

After extensive counselling with a lady she could really relate to, and her own ambition to not accept this was how her life would continue to be, she began to rebuild her life.

She explained how she’s repeatedly asked how she managed to overcome many risk factors, and how she continues to juggle life with five children (meal prepping included) and a successful career.  Her answer?  “Don’t overcomplicate things; that’s the best advice I can give.”

In 2011 Stacey was nominated for a Telstra Business Woman of the Year Award. How? By defying the odds and following her passion, she turned her friend’s small printing business into a multi-million-dollar company.  With no sales experience, just a serious motivation to achieve results, Stacey helped a small business that was bringing in $100 in sales a month make $100,000 a month.

This remarkable young woman has defied the odds and is so passionate about helping others achieve their goals.

“I don’t allow the negative thoughts in,” Stacey told us. “Just find your addiction and be passionate about it.”

Helping seniors become scam-savvy

Consumer Affairs Victoria is emphasising the importance of older Victorians being safe online.  “If in doubt, don’t” is the agency’s slogan, and it’s ringing true for many seniors who are learning what the online world has to offer.

One of the fastest growing online user groups in Australia is older Victorians.  They are enjoying using the internet to keep in touch with their family and friends, view catch-up TV, research travel destinations and more.

Unfortunately, many are also attractive targets for scammers because of the assumption that they have substantial assets and have access to their superannuation and savings.  People experiencing financial hardship or recovering from illness, trauma or loss were also found to be more vulnerable to scams.

It’s important to know that it’s nothing to be ashamed about if you fall victim to a scam. Scammers are becoming smarter and smarter as they start to use more sophisticated tricks to scam thousands of Victorians every year out of their hard-earned money. These professional criminals will stop at nothing, and with advances in technology they can approach you on more platforms online.

In a bid to reduce the number of scam victims, Consumer Affairs is working towards creating greater awareness and further understanding of online scams among older Victorians. Through this the agency believes it will make a difference.

Its best tips for staying safe online include not opening suspicious text messages, emails or pop windows. Users should also be wary of any emails or requests on social media from people they do not know. Above all, never send money or personal or financial details to someone you have never met in person, especially if you are online dating.

Do you think you’re scam savvy? Take a quiz to test your knowledge at consumer.vic.gov.au/scamsquiz

For more information on the most common scams and how to spot, avoid or report them, you can visit consumer.vic.gov.au/scamsavvy