No more leaking showers





Bayside Grout Solutions owner/operator Jorg talks about leaking showers and some of their causes. A shower recess is one of the most used and harshly treated parts of the 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.  

This causes the grout and the silicone to become weak.  If not maintained properly it will cause the recess eventually to leak into its surrounds.  Sure signs of this are damaged door frames, plaster boards and wet carpets adjoining the bathroom’s shower.  In some cases, showers leak due to poor installation and ill-fitting screens as well.  So why not have the shower recess serviced just like you do a car by giving it a full ‘rejuvenation’?  

This means replacing the grout and all the seals, polishing all surfaces so the shower gleams again like new and gives you many years of use again.  All this can be done in most cases in a day and your shower is back in action 36 hours later for a fraction of the cost of a full replacement. For a free no-obligation quote, phone Jorg on 0424 843 358.

BAYSIDE GROUT SOLUTIONS                           
A: Somerville
T: 0424 843 358

Gateway to a better life

Twenty-five years and counting.  That’s how long Life-Gate has been helping individuals and families in crisis across Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula, and the Rev Angel Roldán says there’s still much to be done.

Mr Roldán and his wife, Pastor Ulli Rothstein de Roldán, support, counsel and feed some of the region’s most vulnerable people, from the homeless to those with drug and alcohol addictions, victims of domestic violence, at-risk youth and more. 

In July, Life-Gate opened its award-winning Colour of Hope Youth Art Exhibition at Cube 37 Gallery in Frankston. On August 1, the exhibition moved to Karingal Hub and Star Zone to run for a further two weeks.  The exhibition was launched in 2012 as a way of engaging at-risk youth and teaching them valuable life skills. On Australia Day this year, it was named Frankston Council’s 2016 Community Event of the Year.

Life-Gate is also well known for its long-standing Friday night food van at Frankston station. This Street Outreach initiative provides food for disadvantaged families, those living rough, troubled youth and more. 

For the past 12 months, Mr Roldán has also been raising awareness through the media about the drug situation and the urgent need for government authorities to employ preventative, educational strategies, and also the need for mandatory drug rehabilitation in order to stop the ice epidemic.

Mr Roldán said the demand for crisis support was growing. “We are looking to expand because the needs are increasing,” he said. “There’s more drug use, more of everything and we really need more people and more resources to cope with that demand.”

To help, visit, phone 9770 0595 or email [email protected]

You’ll be back on your paws in no time

When Joanne Woolley discovered a lack of options for animals recovering after surgery or needing treatment for arthritis, she took measures into her own hands and established Aquapaws in 2004.

Aquapaws has grown to include many alternative therapies for animals, including physiotherapy, Bowen and soft tissue therapy, veterinary acupuncture and chiropractic services.  Alongside Jo, who’s accredited in canine rehabilitation and hydrotherapy, are physiotherapist Michelle Monk, soft tissue and Bowen therapist Christian Langeder, acupuncturist and chiropractor Dr Megan Semple, and several casual staff.

“We are the only centre in Australia that covers such a wide range of alternative therapies for small and large animals and are staffed by the most experienced in their field in this country.”

The extensive range of services includes a 12m heated indoor canine swimming pool and underwater treadmill, a professional dog grooming salon, show dog conditioning programs, boarding for dogs with special needs – even a Fido Fitness Club, where pudgy pooches can rediscover their waistlines.  All dogs are welcome to use the pool just for fitness and fun.

Aquapaws also manufactures dog wheelchairs and mobility aids such as lifting harnesses, leg braces and boots.  Aquapaws is the only Australian manufacturer of pet wheelchairs and has been since 2008.  They are shipped all over the world.

Jo’s greatest joy is seeing paralysed dogs walking again.  “Owners drop off their paralysed dog and come and pick up their walking dog when I walk them out to greet them.  There are always tears of joy.  I love that!” 

By appointment only
A: 32 Lower Somerville Rd, Somerville
T: 5977 8841

Wells Street Upgrade

The $4.239 million upgrade of Wells St has been all but wrapped up, with major construction work complete and planting and the installation of street furniture to continue after hours to avoid inconvenience to traders and shoppers.

The project, which was jointly funded by Frankston City Council and the State Government, was designed to improve pedestrian access and safety within Frankston’s premier retail and entertainment area and pave the way for future economic opportunities. Footpaths were widened and new paving placed to provide more space for kerbside trading and for people to shop, eat, relax and socialise. Additions include high-quality sculptural seating and feature lighting, more trees and new planter beds.

Peter Oram Shoes

Since 1975, Peter Oram Children’s Shoe World has been the first choice for parents wanting quality, professionally fitted shoes for their children. And as those children have grown and had children of their own, Peter Oram Children’s Shoe World has been with them every step of the way.

Peter Oram Children’s Shoe World is one of only about 20 stores in Australia to be certified platinum by Clarks, signifying it’s a specialised fitting store. That means your children’s feet are in the best possible hands.

Parry Tsamourtzis and his wife, Kylie, have owned the business for the past five years, cementing its reputation as the leader in children’s footwear. As well as Clarks, they stock other top brands including Red Bootie, Start-Rite, Surefit, Skechers, New Balance and Asics – all top-quality shoes that are then expertly fitted by Parry and Kylie’s friendly and experienced staff in the store’s special fitting station, complete with toys and TV.

Parry and Kylie are passionate about the importance of appropriate and properly fitted shoes, and they know what’s best for growing feet. That’s why generations of families keep returning to Peter Oram Children’s Shoe World.

A: 30 Wells St, Frankston
T: 9783 2303
E: [email protected]

Transforming Young Street

When work begins this month on upgrading Young St, it will signal the beginning of a massive project designed to transform the heart of Frankston.

The $63 million revitalisation of the Frankston station precinct will unfold over the next three years and will, the State Government says, “transform the precinct into a safer, more modern place of business and activity and grow investment towards the long-term vision of a revitalised Frankston city centre”. It will include rebuilding the station itself, consolidating buses on Young St and upgrading the subway.

Stage one of the project is the $13 million Young St upgrade, which is expected to be completed by next March and will include a high-quality pedestrian streetscape, better carparking access and management, new plazas and improved safety measures.

Frankston Mayor James Dooley said the “positive long-term economic, environmental and social benefits” of the precinct transformation went “right to the core” of the council’s Frankston Metropolitan Activity Centre Structure Plan.

“This key project has been at the top of the Frankston community’s priority list for many years, with the development of Young St being an exciting first step towards changing the face of Frankston,” Cr Dooley said.

“Young St is a very important gateway in our city centre, and we look forward to it being transformed into a hub for our community members and visitors to meet, shop and enjoy spending leisure time in.”

As part of a broad plan to realise the long-known potential of Frankston, the Young St upgrade will support other imminent private sector developments, including the expansion of Chisholm TAFE and the station rebuild. These major projects will boost the local economy and increase the liveability of the city centre through more housing, education and employment options.

“Residential apartments will bring benefits to the city, including an increase in safety in the Frankston centre with the space activated 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” Cr Dooley said.