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Carrum festival’s ‘green message’ to hit home

Cameron Howe, The Mordialloc Chronicle
February 3, 2017

Hundreds will attend a new festival to celebrate a greener future later this month, and with an eclectic experience, this lifestyle event will be appealing to all, including the suburban hippy.

The Carrum Sustainable Festival made possible by a $10,000 council grant will inform the community of changes that they can take home to lead a more sustainable lifestyle, by targeting attitudes towards household inefficiencies, waste and pollutants.

The grant will enable the council to promote its ASPIRE program, which links businesses with waste products to those who can recycle them into usable materials. According to the council’s Community Sustainability General Manager Mauro Bolin, the event “will provide an opportunity for local businesses to promote local initiatives and products that support the environmental messages of the festival.”

The Sustainable Business of the Year award will be presented to firms who have a stall at the event, which is a first of its kind, and will recognise innovative ideas profiting from the lucrative green trend.

Event organiser Jess Scarlett believes that we are a significant influence on the environment and she wants to deliver a message that resonates with everyone. “It’s time to give back to the very Earth that we stand on, and that doesn’t necessarily mean planting a tree, it is as simple as being conscious about waste,” she says.

The Carrum Foreshore car park will play home to the event with its markets, stalls, live music, and food trucks. It doesn’t stop there, with water-based activities likely to be popular with many.

Ms Scarlett says that it is a life long dream for her to deliver the event that will be launched on February 25th at Carrum Foreshore.

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Melbourne Cable Park - Cameron Howe

Liquid fantasy right on our door step

Cameron Howe, The Mordialloc Chronicle
February 2, 2018

Melbourne Cable Park has added new experiences on the water to the National Water Sports Centre precinct at Riverend Road. A liquid fantasy that aspires to become a tourist magnet is springing to life in Melbourne’s southeast.

Attracting families far and wide, Melbourne Cable Park opened just 12-months ago to the public originally with its Aqua Fun Park, allowing participants to leap, bounce and slide or wipeout on the giant inflatable course.

Today it is now a hive of activity with the new wake-boarding cable park in full operation. Perfect for those without a boat, and catering to beginners through to keen enthusiasts, creating airborne magic thanks to the obstacle course!

More recently, the park’s high-ropes course aptly named Climb Melbourne opened as the result of a $600,000 State Government grant. This caters to a range of capabilities from 6-year-olds finding their inner Tarzan to adult thrill-seekers looking for adventure. The 19 metre tall course has sky-high challenges, from exploring the suspended rowing boat to hanging upside down, or taking in the panoramic views of the Dandenong Ranges and surrounds.

Climb Melbourne at Melbourne Cable Park by Cameron Howe

A spokesperson for the State Government stated that, “the Government is keen to see visitors experience the Greater Melbourne area and all that it has to offer. Attractions such as Melbourne Cable Park play an important role in encouraging visitors to the area, and to return again to try other distinct experiences in the broader Melbourne area.”

Director Ian Clark says the feedback and interest from the community, families and corporate groups has been incredible. “It’s an all weather, all audience activity centre,” he says.

Melbourne Cable Park was nominated for the major infrastructure category in the 2017 Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Awards, with people with disabilities being one of the interest groups that the park intends to cater to. “Given we had only just opened when we were nominated, we were very humbled. Unfortunately we did not make the finalists, but hopefully we will be able to build upon our initial nomination next year.”

100,000 people will visit the park this year, with events including markets, food trucks and wake-boarding competitions further broadening the park’s appeal.

Mr Clark’s vision is for the precinct to become the “Albert Park of the southeast” by realising the full potential of this untapped resource. Improvements to accessibility and public transport are on the wish list ahead of the State Election.

Melbourne Cable Park is perfect for cooling of this summer and is located at 5 Riverend Road, Bangholme at the National Water Sports Centre.

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The Bay Trail - Cameron Howe

Battle lines drawn on Beach Road

Cameron Howe, The Mordialloc Chronicle
January 24, 2018

A plan to preserve roadside vegetation for the shared pathway known as the Bay Trail, which abuts Beach Road, has seen the RACV and VicRoads form opposing positions in the face of community safety fears and controversy.

The $3.2 million dollar proposal is to construct a path from Mentone Life Saving Club to Rennison Street, Parkdale. Eighty-two per cent of responses to a Council survey objected to the design that threatens to encroach on road space. However councillors have forged ahead with the design that would narrow the width of lanes to 12.7 metres, down from an average of 14 metres in some sections on Beach Road. It is expected that there would also be a loss of over 100 car spaces when verge parking is considered.

Under the Road Management Act 2004, VicRoads is required to ensure that any proposals by another authority that affect an arterial road do not adversely impact access or safety. VicRoads’ Director for Metro South East, Aidan McGann stated that, “VicRoads has determined Kingston City Council’s functional layout design for the proposed Bay Trail meets the necessary safety and access requirements for a project proposal that affects an arterial road.”

RACV’s Manager of Mobility Advocacy, Dave Jones in a statement said that, “RACV agrees with there being an off-road path for recreational riders, but it shouldn’t be achieved by narrowing Beach Road.”

“RACV opposes the plan to narrow Beach Road, which will force riders and drivers closer together, when a safety campaign is underway about the need for drivers to give riders more room. A more sensible solution is to continue the recently built path further south from Mentone Life Saving Club to Mordialloc, providing indented parking where it is necessary, and two traffic lanes,” Mr Jones said.

Whilst the two largest bodies representing motorists have locked horns, so has the community with councillors. Councillors Brownlees, Gledhill, Hua and Bearsley oppose the current design, forming the minority, and just like Parliament, the two cohorts sit on opposing sides of the room.

Environmental conservationist and councillor, Rosemary West cements the majority voting block’s ability to pass motions, including the contentious Bay Trail design. West has previously stated that the plan would prioritise the preservation of coastal vegetation and has said that the loss of parking is negligible. “The plan will save as much as possible of the one hectare of coastal vegetation,” she said in a Facebook post.

In contrast, the 5,000 signatories of a petition rejecting the design believe that every centimetre counts when it comes to drawing vehicles and cyclists closer together. The Amy Gillett Foundation, with a mission to reduce cyclist road trauma, has been actively campaigning for vehicles to remain a metre away from cyclists, something that campaigners argue is problematic as it is. Locals are also concerned that residential streets would potentially cater to parking losses resulting from the design.

Campaigner Robyn Nolan said that, “the communication has not been transparent, and when there has been consultation, councillors have pushed their own agenda.”

According to Mr McGann, VicRoads did advise the City of Kingston of the community sensitivities around the project and has recommended that they undertake further consultation. However, at a December council meeting, Mayor Staikos stated that he had requested the planning meeting with objectors to be held on January 11, which resulted in the decision being criticised by fellow councillors for being held at a time when the community would be disengaged.

Councillors Geoff Gledhill and Ron Brownlees have signed statutory declarations claiming that in a conversation, the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Luke Donellan stated that he would not “go against the wishes of 82 per cent of the community” who objected to the design.

Earlier last year Mordialloc MP Tim Richardson asked Mr Donellan to halt the plan in response to community feedback, however he and Mr Donellan have more recently been silent on the issue. The offices of Luke Donellan and Tim Richardson did not respond to questions to clarify their position despite indicating that they would.

Campaigners are expected to challenge the decision legally if all other options are exhausted. “The community are definitely not going away on this issue,” Mrs Nolan said. Meanwhile the RACV also continues to maintain its stance in opposition to the current plans.

The application for the project’s planning permit was approved at a Council meeting on January 24 and the project is expected to now proceed to the detailed design stage.

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Aspendale Beach - Cameron Howe

Aspendale Beach: bureaucratic nightmare sinks swimmers in fight for public safety

Cameron Howe, The Mordialloc Chronicle
November 28, 2017

The safety of swimmers is still compromised at the popular Aspendale Beach, despite overwhelming support to end the potentially lethal mix of swimmers and jet skis.

Aspendale’s Gnotuk Avenue currently has a no boating zone that finishes in the middle of the car park, which has caused anger amongst local residents, as it has resulted in powered watercraft being permitted within the immediate swimming area. 

Parks Victoria undertook the Boating Zone Review a year ago to propose improvements to boating and swimming zones. The review concluded that the navigational markers should be relocated at Gnotuk Avenue, which is supported by the City of Kingston.

Aspendale local Ken Aylen, who has enjoyed summers for more than 30 years at his Gnotuk Avenue beachbox, fears a catastrophe is just waiting to happen. “They’ve taken 100 metres of a family swimming beach away and that is just not common sense,” Mr Aylen said.

Mr Aylen has been raising his concerns with authorities for the past few years in relation to operators of jet skis and windsurfers passing swimmers in close proximity, sometimes at excessive speeds. However has grown frustrated of his concerns being hand-balled from the Council onto state government departments, without the implementation of a resolution, and joins likeminded locals who feel that their concerns are not being taken seriously.

“If they were fair dinkum, then they would be making this a top priority,” he said.

Recommendations by Parks Victoria were submitted to Maritime Safety Victoria (MSV) in July, however ahead of the busy summer period these recommendations have still not been accepted by the authority.

Sources have confirmed that in till the changes are accepted, funding cannot be made available for the relocation of navigational markers and installation of adequate signage. When contacted MSV pointed the finger at Parks Victoria and would not comment on the timeline for the implementation of the proposed changes.

According to Director of MSV, Peter Corcoran, funding and timelines are matters for Parks Victoria to manage.

Councillor Tamsin Bearsley said that she was frustrated that we were now heading into our fourth summer without any action.

“There have been several near misses and I am very concerned for the safety of swimmers,” she stressed. “We need action now.”

It is understood that Labor MP for Mordialloc, Tim Richardson has expressed concern and will take action to ensure that the proposed changes are prioritised. 

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Reclaiming Ange: mastering the mind

Cameron Howe, The Mordialloc Chronicle
November 28, 2017

Addiction and a life-changing car crash, lead a young Ange Madafferi to becoming a master of his mind, and ultimately a motivational coach.

Surrounded by a toxic environment and in a spiral of addiction, in early 2014, Ange took ownership of his issues by entering into a rehabilitation program with Windana Drug and Alcohol Facility. Leading a stable life upon release, his life flashed before him when his four wheel drive collided with a truck in May, 2015.

The traumatic turn of events would leave Ange lying in a hospital bed, with his right leg broken in three places, right hip broken in four places, pelvis broken in two places, fractured vertebrae in his neck, a broken sternum, broken nose, and nerve damage to his spine. “I was told that I would never walk again,” Mr Madafferi said.

Consuming 32 pills a day for his brain injury, nerve damage, pain relief and blood pressure, it took a full year before Ange would beat the odds and walk again. “I knew I had goals each day and the goals were only small. Everyday I would have completed the goals, I would have progressed further, and that is how I proved the doctors wrong,” he said.

With PTSD, insomnia, and anxiety to contend with, it was ultimately his self-motivation that lead to a lifestyle change, and through studying the behaviour of the brain, Ange soon took control of his mind. Leaving behind the anger and the insidious thoughts, his mindset shifted to a focus on meditation and positive outlets. 

“Having a second chance at life, will change your mind. The more I researched, the more my mind would grow, and with an accident like that, I should be a vegetable or dead,” he said.

The incident was the turning point that would create the opportunity to become a motivational speaker, with presentations at Collingwood Football Club, The Alfred, rehabilitation facilities, and secondary schools. Months following the incident, Ange, supported by walking sticks, would give his first presentation. Feeling the impact that he had on those in attendance, from that point onwards he knew that he wanted to support others.

The focus of these presentations is to assist attendees with becoming high performance users of their minds. Ange discusses how to create structure and consistency via the elimination of distractions, expectation management, and goal setting. “You’re the one with the choice, other people don’t make it for you,” he states.

Ange’s personal journey has not been without its setbacks, but he does stress that the environment that you are in is everything, which is key to rebuilding you. 

“I’ve been nothing but stronger each day, and I pass that strength onto others, which is why I am a motivational speaker.” 

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Point Leo Estate - Cameron Howe

Delights hidden in the vines

Cameron Howe, The Mordialloc Chronicle
November 27, 2017

Our backyard and the Mornington Peninsula are home to some diverse wineries matching culinary experiences with vistas that can be shared with a glass of white or red. The Mordialloc Chronicle has reviewed wineries within a short 30 minute drive of Mordialloc for our readers.

1. Yabby Lake Vineyard

Casual and quintessentially Australian, Yabby Lake Vineyard sits atop a small valley amongst the gum trees. The al fresco setting brings the country inside and the service is exceptional, with staff members only looking to improve the experience.

Yabby Lake

Yabby Lake are renowned for their Chardonnay that made James Halliday’s Top 100 and trophy award winning Pinot Noir, which is supple and smooth with gentle spices.

Also worth a mention is the sculpture collection that can be viewed from the outside deck, including a piece by prominent sculptor Deborah Halpern.

86-112 Tuerong Rd, Tuerong VIC 3915

2. Craft and Co – Farm

Formally Patterson Lakes Estate over a decade ago, Craft and Co have taken the estate to new heights, which serves honest and hearty dishes from paddock to plate. You can consider this one to be your ‘local’ and is the only working winery in the immediate area, which also has huge grassed areas for the kids to run around in.

Craft and Co

Larger bookings are accepted and their Sauvignon Blanc (our recommendation) can be enjoyed from the large bench seating outdoors.

170 Riverend Rd, Bangholme VIC 3175


3. Dromana Estate

The quaint, historical Tuerong Homestead at Dromana Estate has rolling timber floors and an ambient setting. The professional and friendly service can be enjoyed inside or out on the patio overlooking the rolling vineyards.

This stalwart continues to produce well awarded and reviewed, premium quality wines. French barrels are filled with the estate’s Chardonnay which is crisp, fruity and has hints of peach. But perhaps you might prefer their Pinot Noir.

Dromana Estate also has an onsite restaurant called Terre with a wide range of dishes, including duck and gourmet pizzas.

555 Old Moorooduc Rd, Tuerong VIC 3915

4. Stumpy Gully Vineyard

The large solid-timber door at the entrance leads to a naturally lit room and cellar door that is met with friendly service from the second generation owners.Stumpy

Stumpy Gully produce anything from your classic Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to more exotic varieties, including Pinot Grigio, Viognier, Marsanne, and since 1998 the first Peninsula-grown Sangiovese.

Stumpy Gully’s reasonably priced, hand-crafted wines can be enjoyed indoors or from the patio that looks into a sea of vines.

1247 Stumpy Gully Rd, Moorooduc VIC 3933


5. Moorooduc Estate

The round-earthed building is an escape from the summer heat with its concrete floors and rustic setting. The estate offer a range of hand-made wines manufactured from wild yeast, but the highlight is the Pinot Gris, with its rich, textured taste that has pear flavours.

Unfortunately the experience is dulled by the disengaged staff.

501 Derril Rd, Moorooduc VIC 3933

Mornington Peninsula’s new addition: Point Leo Estate

Point LeoAlthough more than a 30 minute drive, Point Leo Estate is worth a notable mention.

Roll over McCelland Gallery, Point Leo Estate has an ambitious big budget sculpture park that sits on a 134 hectare site, with 30 unique art pieces, and vistas of Western Port Bay and Phillip Island.

The Gandel family’s $50 million dollar project has only just recently opened its doors to the public, but is already proving popular, with its entry lined with European cars, and golf buggys ready to drive you to the front door. Rolling concrete walls make for an impressive entrance. Once inside you can take a seat in the 100 seat restaurant or head outside to enjoy the cellar door and its panoramic views of the bay.

3649 Frankston – Flinders Rd, Merricks VIC 3916

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Pink Lotus Dragons Abreast, Patterson River - Cameron Howe

Surviving Breast Cancer: flowers on the water

Cameron Howe, The Mordialloc Chronicle
October 31, 2017

Reclaiming their health and finding strength in one another, breast cancer survivors will soon be beating the dragon in numbers at Patterson River, with each stroke of the paddle.

Pink Lotus, a group belonging to Dragons Abreast Australia, will soon take to Patterson River in their twelve metre dragon boat, which they will be renting from their Ballarat counterpart.

Breast Cancer Australia recognises that many of their members enjoy dragon boating not just for the beneficial exercise, but for the opportunity to meet other breast cancer survivors and share their stories.

Dragons Abreast Australia is a part of an international movement, that provides a positive physical outlet for breast cancer survivors, and according to researcher Dr Don Mckenzie helps to reduce lymphedema.

Lymphedema is a collection of fluid in the arms and legs resulting in chronic swelling. According to Breast Cancer Australia, “gentle, regular exercise greatly assists in the treatment of lymphedema. Muscle movement in the chest and arm area increases lymph flow and reduces the risk of fluid accumulating.”

For the small but growing group, the name Pink Lotus is a symbol of the beauty that arises from the lotus that is often rooted in muddy water. “As breast cancer survivors, we can directly relate to coming from a dark terrible place,” said Vice President Linda Papworth. “We are flowers that live on the water,” she said.

Pink Lotus offer a supportive environment, inclusive of all capabilities, and intend to train each Sunday at Patterson River. The dragon boat festival in Florence next year is a big focus for the group, which members will attend along with over one hundred teams from around the world.

For those touched by the ‘breast cancer dragon’, the experience of hitting the water is therapeutic and empowering. “There is strength in knowing that you are not alone and that others completely understand what it is you are going through,” said Ms Papworth.

“Once we are out on the water, you can forget about your troubles of the week, and just paddle. It’s quite meditative listening to the drum.”

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