De place to declutter

If you are clearing out clutter at home, in the garden or the workplace, you can take most of your recyclables, hard waste, green waste and more to the Frankston Regional Recycling and Recovery Centre (FRRRC).

“I was surprised how cheap FRRRC is,” said fencing contractor Jason. “It’s closer to home and easy to use, so I’ll be going back. It’s definitely worth a visit.”

“I was surprised how cheap FRRRC is,” said fencing contractor Jason. “It’s closer to home and easy to use, so I’ll be going back. It’s definitely worth a visit.”

Many items are accepted at no charge or for a low cost, with most customers spending an average of $30 a visit.

More than half of items taken to FRRRC are recycled, which helps reduce landfill.

The centre is proving very popular with residents and businesses who are pleasantly surprised by its affordability. The site is also clean and easy to use with wide sealed roadways helping support safety.

Tradies are also welcome, with all types of builders’ rubble accepted, including timber, bricks, concrete and green waste.  Paint and paint tins are among the long list of items accepted free of charge at FRRRC, which also takes e-waste, TVs, whitegoods, cardboard and scrap metal.

However, FRRRC is not a landfill site and does not accept food, liquids or hazardous waste.

Sort your load and save before you arrive, making it easier to identify what’s recyclable so you can save even more money at the gate.

Don’t risk a hefty fine by cluttering up your nature strip. Take your clutter to FRRRC.  It’s open seven days from 8am–4pm at 20 Harold Rd (off Ballarto Rd) in Skye.

For details on accepted items, including a full list of what’s accepted free of charge, visit or phone 1300 322 322.

Saving and safety at Kingston Electrical Services by Liz Rogers

Kingston Electrical Services has more than 30 years’ experience and specialises in all types of electrical work. They also provide on-time every time electricians who are experienced, reliable and get the job done right.

“We can help you whether you’re rewiring your home or office, installing power or appliances, lighting, maintenance or repairs,” explains Peter, who knows electrics like the back of his hand.

Working with a team of dedicated electricians, this reliable and safe electrical business provider finds the best solutions to all your electrical requirements. Kingston Electrical Services also offers advice on how to save. “We recently received accreditation to swap old halogen downlights for LEDs at no cost as part of the State Government’s rebate scheme,” continues Peter who is proud to provide such a service.

“LEDs last up to 20 times longer than halogen downlights while using up to 80 per cent less energy,” he continues. “If you want to enhance your workplace, brighten your home and lower your electricity costs, then make the switch – and it’s free!”

Why not save up to 88 per cent on your electricity bill and address environmental concerns at the same time?

“LEDs are safer, stronger and longer-lasting. We take pride in our workmanship and provide a 100 per cent customer satisfaction guarantee.”

Kingston Electrical Services is accredited under the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target, so call them today and save. Superior lighting is available at a fraction of the cost.

Be smart, safe and savvy with Kingston Electrical Services.

A: Factory 7 – 81 Miles Grove, Seaford
M: 0411 316 180

Plantation shutters for the perfect finish

If you’re looking for stylish, versatile and affordable plantation shutters, then a visit to a Dollar Curtains & Blinds showroom is a must. Offering you complete flexibility with light control, privacy and insulation, DCB’s shutters are a window treatment that will increase the value of your home.

Unlike others in the market, DCB’s shutters are truly custom made, designed and hand-crafted specifically to fit your window, door or alcove dimensions.  An ideal choice for the coastal weather, plantation shutters offer great thermal insulation, allowing you to open louvres to stream light into rooms and close to insulate, offering a more energy-efficient home through all seasons.

Plantation shutters are also the ultimate low-maintenance window covering; an occasional quick wipe down will keep them clean. Dust does not collect on shutters in the same manner it does on fabric, making them perfect for those who suffer from allergies, want to avoid dusty environments or looking for an easy-to-use solution for their windows.

For a free in-home measure and quote service, contact the DCB Fountain Gate team on 9704 8654 or visit their showroom at 10/44 Victor Cres, Narre Warren.  Alternatively, contact the DCB 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

Made in the Shade has you covered

Get your shade concerns sorted with 100 per cent  Australian-created Made in the Shade umbrellas.

All Made in the Shade outdoor patio, market and commercial umbrellas are hand-made in Seaford and offer the maximum amount of shade so you can sit back and relax under the searing sun.

Eliza Foster established this forward-thinking business in 1980, and now Made in the Shade umbrellas are used exclusively at restaurants and resorts world-wide and in the backyards of homes everywhere. 

She explains: “Our acrylic marine-grade canvas umbrellas are beautiful and built to last.  They are dope-dyed, which means they’re colourfast for life, are mildew-resistant and suitable for all climates.  Our sustainably sourced Victorian ash hardwood frames, which we construct and finish by hand, are strong and stunning.”

Made in the Shade also offers an Australia-wide refurbishing service between April and September to all its customers at about half the cost of a new umbrella.  Made in the Shade can replace and repair worn or broken components or retro-fit accessories, plus a courier will pick it up for you.

“Our traditional approach to hand-crafted quality is why we enjoy the reputation for supplying superior product to the world market,” continues Eliza.  “We are the only company to manufacture timber and canvas umbrellas completely in Australia.  Our mission statement is to make the most beautiful umbrellas in the world, offer outstanding customer service, exceed expectations, and achieve this in an environmentally sustainable way.”

Now that’s well made – in the shade.

A: 64 Brunel Rd, Seaford
T: 9785 1236

Make the switch to LEDs

Kingston Electrical Services specialises in all types of electrical work with a team of dedicated electricians motivated to provide the very best solutions for all your electrical requirements.
Owner Peter Hudson will deliver an on-time electrician to meet your specific electrical needs. “Whether you need rewiring of your home or office, installation of power and appliances, lighting, maintenance or repairs, our team is here to help.”

Kingston Electrical Services recently received accreditation to swap your old halogen downlights for LED lights at no cost as part of the State Government’s rebate scheme. You can save up to 88 per cent on your electricity bill by making the switch to LED lighting.

“LEDs last up to 20 times longer than halogen downlights while using up to 80 per cent less energy,” Peter says.  “If you want to enhance your workplace, brighten your home and lower your electricity costs, then make the switch to LED lighting – the best part is it’s free!

“LEDs are the safer, stronger and longer-lasting alternative to halogen downlights.  We take pride in our workmanship and provide a 100 per cent customer satisfaction guarantee.”

A: Factory 2, 3 Interchange Way, Carrum Downs
T: 9587 4906
M: 0413 753 925

Be inspired at Inspired Outdoor Living

Inspired Outdoor Living has everything for your backyard outdoor lifestyle and more.  The family-owned business has been selling premium quality and leading brand barbecues, outdoor furniture and accessories since 2009.  The showroom in Carrum Downs boasts a huge range of barbecues from well-known brands such as Weber, BeefEater, Sunco and Masport, with everything from the humble charcoal barbie to the more sophisticated outdoor kitchens.

All the outdoor furniture has been sourced from top brands such as Shelta, Good Living Global and Melton Craft, and you’ll find a huge collection of lounge and dining settings in wicker, aluminium, stone and timber.  Complete your entire outdoor package with a large selection of umbrellas and accessories. 

Visit the Carrum Downs showroom where Inspired Outdoor Living’s specialised sales team will be more than happy to assist you.

A: Shop 6, 700 Frankston Dandenong Rd, Carrum Downs
T: 9782 8325

Keep cool this summer with Whisper Cellular Shades

In recent years the cellular shade has fast become the quiet achiever in the window-covering world.  It’s easy to see why it’s now the top blind product for energy efficiency. As summer is upon us, cellular shades become much more popular as we all start thinking about how to keep our homes cool during the warmer months.

Whisper Cellular Shades from Dollar Curtains & Blinds are constructed using a fabric that is cellular/honeycomb in shape, providing superior insulation properties. This unique shape traps air, helping to create a more constant indoor temperature, keeping you cool in summer as well as warm during the winter months.  The unique construction of DCB’s Whisper Cellular Shades results in savings of up to 32 per cent on a home’s energy cost.

If you’re interested in cellular shades, or curtains, shutters or awnings, make sure you book your free in-home measure and quote soon to ensure pre-Christmas installation.  Contact the DCB Fountain Gate team on 9704 8654 or visit their showroom at 10/44 Victor Cres, Narre Warren.

Alternatively, contact the DCB 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

Making a splash

With more than 40 years’ experience in engineering plastics, Datco Industries offers an ever-expanding range of specialised products and services in the field of plastic production.
One of Datco’s most popular products is its laser-cut acrylic splashback range, which has been a hit with builders and DIY renovators alike due to its versatility and ease of installation. Drop in or phone for more information.

A: 11 Leah Grove, Carrum Downs
P: 9775 1530

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.