For many people the word psychopath conjures up images of crazed killers and mass murderers. The fear it evokes is alleviated by believing they mostly exist in books, movies and high security prisons, but psychopathy is a personality disorder and more prevalent in our communities than most people realise.

Unfortunately, the myths and fears that surround the subject of psychopathy cause us to ignore this reality and yet it is … Read more


The Age

Gone are the days when education simply meant sending the children to the nearest public school, or if the family could afford it, to a private school. Parents today can choose an education model that suits their family arrangements and their children’s needs, and follow directed or self-guided curriculums. Options include religious, Montessori, Steiner, Reggio Emilia and Home Schooling.

Thousands of Victorian children have been schooled at home, … Read more

Is it just the economy or is it the way you operate?

Small flaws can have a large impact on small business

Times are tough, particularly if you are a small business retailer, but rather than struggle, why not see it as a challenge and look at where you can change the way you operate your business.  Sometimes the smallest change can have the most effective outcome.

The appearance and presentation of your business

Look at the outside of your business premises. … Read more


The Gippslander newspaper

Joe Traynor and his partner Michelle Websdale are the parents of seven-year-old Sarah Traynor who died recently due to a tragic accident that involved a swing and a skipping rope while she was playing in the back yard of her Bairnsdale home.

The loss of their only child has left the couple shocked and distraught and it has shattered their close-knit community. They hope other parents never … Read more


The Lifestyle magazine

Alongside the big blue, concrete, wave on the Phillip Island Road in Newhaven is Islantis Surfboards, an extensive retail outlet that provides everything for anyone interested in surfing. The business is owned and operated by Scott Jackson who has been a zealous surfer since childhood with an avid interest in surfing history.

A particularly interesting part of the enterprise is a Vintage Surf Expo that contains a … Read more


The Gippslander newspaper

The small picturesque seaside town of Corinella was one of the first towns settled in Victoria in 1826. It was the site of Victoria’s first Government House and the first military government road.

Today it is a mecca for recreational fishing and other leisurely seaside activities, with beautiful views over Westernport Bay and French Island and all the necessary facilities to make it an enjoyable place to … Read more


Australian Coast and Country magazine

WHEN life becomes hectic and tasks seem a little daunting, consider leaving them for a while and head off along the Princes Highway to relax, become inspired and rejuvenate at Yarragon Village.

Yarragon sits snugly at the foothills of the Strzelecki Ranges amongst Gippsland’s rich green dairy farms. It is the home of creativity where visitors find the interesting, the unusual and the delicious in … Read more


Country to Coast Journal newspaper

THE psychological wounds our Vietnam War veterans carried due to the rejection they received when they returned from service in Vietnam, created a need 17 years later for some to band together and build a museum at San Remo to acknowledge for themselves, their service to Australia.

What began as a trailer with 200 items is now a large modern, fixed museum that houses 20,000 … Read more


Star News Group

TIGER Moth pilot Nick Robertson experienced a highlight in his aviation career recently, when he flew the beloved vintage aircraft from Tooradin Airfield to Moorabbin Airport to take part in a ‘Dawn Patrol Memorial Fly-Past’. The Royal Victorian Aero Club hosts the annual event to commemorate The Battle of Britain, which was September 15, 1940 although the event has also become a memorial flight for all aviators … Read more


Star News Group

FORMER dairy farmer Frank Gibbons had no idea how much his life was about to change when he stopped at his favourite pub one day to have a beer with his Dad.

For more than 13 years, Frank and his wife Anita had farmed on his mother’s Gippsland dairy farm in Victoria, and his father who had separated from his mother, had his own dairy farm close … Read more