Prime example of political satire

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Yes, Minister and the equally successful sequel Yes, Prime Minister captured a niche in the political consciousness of the nation. First broadcast 30 years ago, the original writers of these classic series have reunited to create a bang-up-to-date Yes, Prime Minister for the stage.

Spin, BlackBerrys, sexed-up dossiers, sleaze, global warming and a country on the brink of financial meltdown form the backdrop to mayhem at Chequers.  The Foreign Minister of the oil-rich Kumranistan, with an offer of a pipeline deal that could entitle the financially embattled government to a multi-trillion-pound loan, makes a shocking request of Jim's Private Secretary, Bernard Woolley, and reconciling the two antithetical positions of moral consideration and the nation’s economic future put Jim Hacker, Bernard, Sir Humphrey and Special Adviser Claire Sutton into a panic.  Political machinations, media manipulation and an appeal for divine intervention ensue. 

From the writers of the original television series Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister comes the equally sharply satirical stage version, directed for the Frankston Theatre Group by David McCall (pictured). Charles Spencer wrote in the Daily Telegraph: “Left me crying with laughter . . . the piece achieves one of those blissful peaks of great farce when it becomes physically impossible to stop laughing . . . a smash hit if ever I saw one.”

We salute Greater Frankston’s award-winning businesses By Lisa Walton

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Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula are home to a host of innovative and highly successful businesses both large and small, and while they might be incredibly diverse in nature, all have one thing in common: a desire to provide their customers with the best products and services possible.

On Thursday, February 21, many were honoured at the inaugural Greater Frankston Business Awards at Functions by the Bay.  The awards gave businesses the opportunity to come together, toast their successes and share ideas.  

In this special feature we honour all finalists and winners — in particular our wonderful clients, Lisa’s Lacies, The Sports Injury Clinic, Anny’s Manufacturing, Garden Babies Fairy Art, Geonbae Korean BBQ Restaurant, Sk8House, Eeny Meeny Cafe, Fratelli Frankston, One Pear Tree and Town Planning & Co. 

As sponsors of both the Mornington Peninsula Business Awards and the Greater Frankston Business Awards, it is our hope at Mornington Peninsula Magazine that they will continue and we wish to congratulate all winners and finalists.


Greater Frankston Business Awards

MAJOR AWARDS

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
BBQ Spit Rotisseries
2/59 Brunel Rd, Seaford
P: 9773 6167

YOUNGTREPRENEUR
Pawsome Paws
Rosebud
P: 0433 719 445

WORKPLACE CULTURE
The Sports Injury Clinic
365-367 Nepean Highway, Frankston
P: 9783 9990

COMPANY WIDE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Fusion Network Solutions
6/13B Elite Way, Carrum Downs
P: 0448 039 577

EMERGING BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Local Shed Solutions
P: 9775 1706

RISING STAR BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
EFM Health Clubs Frankston
John Paul College, 161 McMahons Rd, Frankston
P: 0409 942 368

CATEGORY AWARD WINNERS AND FINALISTS

ENTERTAINMENT WINNER
Dainton Brewery
560 Frankston-Dandenong Rd, Carrum Downs
P: 9775 0334

ENTERTAINMENT FINALISTS
Excape Frankston
3A Wells St, Frankston
P: 0490 523 558

KidsTown
11 Heversham Drive, Seaford
P: 8759 1431

Sk8House
Unit 3/2 Amayla Cres, Carrum Downs
P: 9773 6799

HEALTH PRACTITIONER/BODY WINNER
The Sports Injury Clinic
365-367 Nepean Highway, Frankston
P: 9783 9990

HEALTH PRACTITIONER/BODY FINALISTS
Seaford Osteopathy
Rosslyn Ave, Seaford
P: 0417 512 536

Van Velsen Exercise Physiology
Shop 4/115 Hall Rd, Carrum Downs
P: 0433 232 050

BUSINESS SOLUTION PROVIDERS WINNER
Virtual Infinity
P: 0430 088 040

BUSINESS SOLUTION PROVIDERS FINALISTS
BSDA
Frankston
P: 1300 995 117

Platformers
Suite 5, 38 Ross Smith Avenue East, Frankston
P: 1300 99 67 67

PET SERVICES WINNER
Pawsome Paws
Rosebud
P: 0433 719 445

HAIRDRESSING WINNER
Hair Etiquette by Kirra
Shop 17, 21 Thompson Rd, Patterson Lakes
P: 9773 3755

HAIRDRESSING FINALIST
Capelli E Bellezza
53c Beach St, Frankston
P: 9781 4448

BUILDING AND TRADES WINNER
The Beauchamp Group
54 New St, Frankston
P: 1800 005 351

BUILDING AND TRADES FINALISTS
Everlift Garage Doors
19 Captain Cook Close, Skye
P: 1300 956 090

New Form Concreting
25 Milne Ave, Seaford
P: 0424 640 455

SWIM CENTRE WINNER
Patterson Lakes Swim School
76 Pier One Drive, Patterson Lakes
P: 0450 097 946

SWIM CENTRE FINALISTS
Langwarrin KingSwim
19-27 Northgateway, Langwarrin
P: 9775 7000

Frankston KingSwim
3 Foot St, Frankston
P: 9783 5377

BUSINESS COACH WINNER
Dr Ben Carvosso
1392 Nepean Highway, Mount Eliza
P: 9787 8518

DRIVE INDUSTRY WINNER
Drive Skills 4 Life
Frankston
P: 0422 765 843

DRIVE INDUSTRY FINALIST
Muscle Car Garage
4/21 Cumberland Drive, Seaford
P: 0413 170 745

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT FINALIST
Cricklewood Child Care and Kindergarten
23-25 Cranbourne Rd, Langwarrin
P: 9775 5855

RETAILER OF THE YEAR WINNER
Lisa's Lacies
6 Klauer St, Seaford
P: 9782 5955

RETAILER OF THE YEAR FINALISTS
Anny's Manufacturing Jewellers
92 Young St, Frankston
P: 9783 6226

Peninsula Camera
32-34 Ross Smith Ave, Frankston
P: 9781 4677

HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY WINNER
One Pear Tree
372 Nepean Highway, Frankston
P: 9781 0077

HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY FINALISTS
FRATELLI Frankston
227 Cranbourne Rd, Frankston
P: 9776 5277

Reddy Roasts - Carrum Downs
T7/100 Hall Rd, Carrum Downs
P: 8787 7075

Eeny Meeny Cafe
96 Young St, Frankston
P: 0438 188 047

Geonbae Korean BBQ Restaurant
4 Kananook Creek Blvd, Frankston
P: 9783 9067

RESTAURANT AND CAFÉ WINNER
Geonbae Korean BBQ Restaurant
4 Kananook Creek Blvd, Frankston
P: 9783 9067

RESTAURANT AND CAFÉ FINALISTS
One Pear Tree
372 Nepean Highway, Frankston
P: 9781 0077 

FRATELLI Frankston
227 Cranbourne Rd, Frankston
P: 9776 5277

Eeny Meeny Cafe
96 Young St, Frankston
P: 0438 188 047

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES FINALISTS
RA Printing
26 Silkwood Rise, Carrum Downs
P: 9089 7700

Make Your Mark Australia
20 Correa Grove, Frankston South
P: 9580 2044

TASC Group
Patterson Lakes
P: 0477 182 254

Campbell Page - Frankston
98 Young St, Frankston
P: 9046 5924 

Virtual Infinity
P: 0430 088 040

COMMUNITY GROUP WINNER
The Toothbrush Project

PHOTOGRAPHY WINNER
Garden Babies Fairy Art
Seaford
P: 0420 646 244

BORN IN FRANKSTON WINNER
BBQ Spit Rotisseries
2/59 Brunel Rd, Seaford
P: 9773 6167

BORN IN FRANKSTON FINALISTS
Cleanskin Candles
9 Peninsula Blvd, Seaford
P: 0433 283 741

Dainton Brewery
560 Frankston-Dandenong Rd, Carrum Downs
P: 9775 0334

Wholefoods Melbourne
28 Wells St, Frankston
P: 9783 5584

Simply No Knead
5 Cumberland Drive, Seaford
P: 9786 0266

BEAUTY THERAPIES AND WELLNESS WINNER
Ems Beauty Boutique
12 McCulloch Drive, Seaford
P: 9190 8974 

BEAUTY THERAPIES AND WELLNESS FINALISTS
Jodi Eames Beauty and Wellness
Mornington
P: 0408 376 167

New Your Skin and Laser Boutique
Shop 8/21 Thompson Rd, Patterson Lakes
P: 9772 7444

Body In Sync Health
20A/ 71 Frankston Gardens Drive, Carrum Downs
P: 0439 848 657

Retreat You
3 Ellabella Way, Mornington
P: 0401 676 347

HEALTH PRACTITIONER AND PSYCHOLOGY WINNER
All Psyched Up
373 Nepean Highway, Frankston
P: 8797 5542

HEALTH PRACTITIONER AND PSYCHOLOGY FINALIST
Positive Psychology
35 Mereweather Ave, Frankston
P: 9725 5586

HEALTH AND FITNESS WINNER
Fit for Life 24/7 Gym
4 Network Drive, Carrum Downs
P: 9775 1439

HEALTH AND FITNESS FINALISTS
EFM Health Clubs Frankston
John Paul College, 161 McMahons Rd, Frankston
P: 0409 942 368

Input Fitness
224 Cranbourne Rd, Frankston
P: 9789 3566

Switch Health and Fitness
Cranbourne-Frankston Rd, Langwarrin
P: 0431 112 691

Body In Sync Health
20A/ 71 Frankston Gardens Drive, Carrum Downs
P: 0439 848 657

REAL ESTATE WINNER
Ash Marton Realty
1/454 Nepean Highway, Frankston
P: 9770 2828

REAL ESTATE FINALIST
US Real Estate
2/32 Playne St, Frankston
P: 0423 487 266

CLEANING SERVICES WINNER
Specialised Trauma Cleaning Services
Factory 4, 14 Capital Place, Carrum Downs
P: 1300 583 583

CLEANING SERVICES FINALISTS
Wicked Sparkle
Frankston
P: 0415 519 367

Nepean Complete Cleaning Services
Frankston
P: 9770 5253

Total Commercial Cleaning Solutions
Mornington
P: 5976 1122

WEB DIGITAL AGENCIES WINNER
Spicy Web
Level 10 435/437 Nepean Highway, Frankston
P: 8765 2339

WEB DIGITAL AGENCIES FINALIST
BSDA
Frankston
P: 1300 995 117

SPECIALIST IT AND COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES WINNER
Edgetel
Level 1B, 38 Hartnett Drive, Seaford
P: 1300 885 894

SPECALIST IT AND COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES FINALISTS
Fusion Network Solutions
6/13B Elite Way, Carrum Downs
P: 0448 039 577

Innov8tive Services
5/10 Lakewood Blvd, Carrum Downs
P: 8764 8250

Whole IT
1/2 Rutherford Rd, Seaford
P: 9039 5550

MANUFACTURING WINNER
Anny's Manufacturing Jewellers
92 Young St, Frankston
P: 9783 6226

MANUFACTURING FINALISTS
Everlift Garage Doors
19 Captain Cook Close, Skye
P: 1300 956 090 

Pandoras Boxes    
3/25 Access Way, Carrum Downs
P: 9708 2580

Local Shed Solutions
P: 9775 1706

DANCING AND PERFORMANCE WINNER
Megans Dance Studio
Carrum & Berwick
P: 0450 008 507

DANCING AND PERFORMANCE FINALIST
The Drama Rama Factory
Cnr Broughton and Station streets, Seaford
P: 0413 037 545

RESIDENTAL PROPERTY SOLUTIONS WINNER
Everlift Garage Doors
19 Captain Cook Close, Skye
P: 1300 956 090

RESIDENTAL PROPERTY SOLUTIONS FINALISTS
Town Planning & Co
435 Nepean Highway, Frankston
P: 8765 2455

TASC Group
Patterson Lakes
P: 0477 182 254  

Easter events on the Peninsula By Ainsley Paton

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What: Harcourt’s Hastings Easter Egg Hunt — jumping castles, petting zoo, balloon making, games, live music, Easter egg hunt

When: Sunday, April 14, 10am-noon 

Where: Marine Pde, Hastings

Cost: Free

What: Easter Egg Hunt in the Sculpture Park — Koko Black chocolate pop-up, face painting by Twinkles Starry Faces, live music, colouring stations, breakfast items for purchase in Pt Leo Wine Terrace 

When: Sunday, April 21, 9am-noon

Where: Pt Leo Estate, 3649 Frankston-Flinders Rd, Merricks

Cost: $20 (one adult and one child); $5 each additional adult; children under 3 free

What: Easter Egg Hunt, Green Olive at Red Hill — bring the kids down to the farm for a good old-fashioned Easter egg hunt 

When: Friday, April 19, 9.30-11.30am

Where: Green Olive at Red Hill, 1180 Mornington-Flinders Rd, Main Ridge

Cost: Gold coin donation

What: Mornington Peninsula’s Biggest Easter Egg Hunt

When: Sunday, April 14, 10am-2pm

Where: Mornington Park, Schnapper Point Drive, Mornington

Cost: Free

What: Diveline Easter Egg Hunt — dive into the water to collect Easter eggs then enjoy a barbecue at the shop. Call shop to confirm attendance

When: Saturday, April 20, 9am-3pm

Where: Diveline Aus, 6 Young St, Frankston

Cost: $10 social club members; $20 non-members

What: Good Friday Family Festival — egg and spoon races, chocolate hunt, live music, hot food and coffee, jumping castle, petting zoo, face painting, crafts

When: Friday, April 19, 11am-2pm

Where: Frankston Waterfront, Nepean Highway, Frankston

Cost: Free

What: Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron Easter Art Show — exhibition and sale of works by artists from Melbourne and the Mornington and Bellarine peninsulas. Silent auction with lifestyle experiences, products and vouchers from retailers

When: Saturday-Sunday, April 20-21, 10am-5pm, Monday, April 22, 10am-2pm

Where: Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron, 2900 Point Nepean Rd, Blairgowrie 

Cost: $5


Exceptional art, wine and dining in Red Hill

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The month of May begins with a generous serving of sensational art and creative conversation at Art Red Hill. Secure your place at the opening night on May 3 from 7.30-10.30pm where you’ll be entertained with music from Balnarring’s Marty Williams while enjoying a delicious selection of gourmet food from Red Gum BBQ. This year’s co-ordinators will acknowledge the 10-year commitment of gold sponsor RT Edgar Real Estate, Flinders. Visitors will enjoy wines crafted by a selection of the Peninsula’s wine giants including Montalto & Elgee and Polperro Winery, along with fantastic local beers and cider to complement the barbecue feast. 

After last year’s sold-out event, tickets are only available online for the 2019 Art Red Hill gala event (18+), so you’d better get online quickly to book before they are snapped up — there won’t be any tickets available for sale at the door as in previous years. At only $40 a head, the tickets include one drink, dinner and live music and, most importantly, the first option to purchase some of the incredible art on display, including paintings, works on paper, photographs, sculptures, ceramics and jewellery.

Artists from the Peninsula and throughout Australia have been exhibiting their work in the wonderfully diverse offering that is Art Red Hill for almost 40 years. More than 1000 artworks will be on display with more than 300 Australia-wide artists contributing, making this an unmissable event. But that is just the beginning. Over the three days, the total creative experience includes a wide range of ‘arty’ things to do for adults and kids alike. There’ll be indigenous art from McCulloch and McCulloch’s Everywhen Artspace in Flinders to purchase, fabulous coffee to taste and delicious Peninsula-produced snacks and lunches to sample. The stunning pop-up retail store will be selling giftware, fashion, homewares and jewellery. Kids’ activities will run throughout both Saturday and Sunday. Some examples of craft tent happenings include face painting, nature weaving, creative and crazy craft, paper crafts and an illustration workshop with by children’s book illustrator Prue Pittock. At just $5 entry, your little ones will enjoy the art show as much as you do. 

Don’t miss out on an artistic event of epic proportions.

ART RED HILL MAY 3-5

A: Red Hill Consolidated School, 341 Arthurs Seat Rd, Red Hill

T: 5989 2321 (events co-ordinator)

W: artredhill.redhillcs.vic.edu.au

INSTA: artredhill

FB: ArtRedHill


Don’t miss the Melbourne Easter Show

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Experience all the ‘eggcitement’ you can handle at the Melbourne Easter Show. With all the hallmarks of major shows, the action-packed event offers non-stop fun for the whole family over the Easter long weekend at the Cranbourne Turf Club.

Kids are free to enter the show, which features amusement rides, monster truck battles, rodeo shows, animal farm, lights display, showbags and much more. 

It wouldn’t be Easter without an egg hunt — and there are a whopping 500,000 chocolate eggs up for grabs. Children will be given a basket to collect plastic Easter eggs. Once they’ve collected all the eggs they will be given a pre-packed bag of chocolate eggs. There are also additional prizes up for grabs and entry to the scavenger hunt.

Tickets for the Easter egg hunt are $10 per child for a session. The sessions, which run over the four days, are aged-based and parents with kids under three are able to help with the egg hunt. 

The Melbourne Easter Show also features a heap of amusement rides including dodgem cars, inflatable slides, merry-go-round, tea cups and a ferris wheel. Tickets for unlimited ride wristbands are $50 and can be bought on presale for $40. Individual ride tickets are also available. 

The Melbourne Easter Show is open from 10am-9pm daily from April 19-22 at the Cranbourne Turf Club, Grant St, Cranbourne. For more information, visit melbourneeastershow.com.au


Prime example of political satire

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Yes, Minister and the equally successful sequel Yes, Prime Minister captured a niche in the political consciousness of the nation. First broadcast 30 years ago, the original writers of these classic series have reunited to create a bang-up-to-date Yes, Prime Minister for the stage.

Spin, BlackBerrys, sexed-up dossiers, sleaze, global warming and a country on the brink of financial meltdown form the backdrop to mayhem at Chequers.  The Foreign Minister of the oil-rich Kumranistan, with an offer of a pipeline deal that could entitle the financially embattled government to a multi-trillion-pound loan, makes a shocking request of Jim's Private Secretary, Bernard Woolley, and reconciling the two antithetical positions of moral consideration and the nation’s economic future put Jim Hacker, Bernard, Sir Humphrey and Special Adviser Claire Sutton into a panic.  Political machinations, media manipulation and an appeal for divine intervention ensue. 

From the writers of the original television series Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister comes the equally sharply satirical stage version, directed for the Frankston Theatre Group by David McCall (pictured). Charles Spencer wrote in the Daily Telegraph: “Left me crying with laughter . . . the piece achieves one of those blissful peaks of great farce when it becomes physically impossible to stop laughing . . . a smash hit if ever I saw one.”

Art show sails into its 10th year

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The Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron Easter Art Show is back and celebrating its 10th year. Always a highlight on the Peninsula calendar, the show is proudly sponsored by hockingstuart Blairgowrie and raises money for the BYS rescue boat fleet.

The show has gone from strength to strength since it began in 2009, with artists from Melbourne and the Mornington and Bellarine peninsulas invited to have their works exhibited and for sale at the yacht club. Feature artists exhibiting this year are It Hao Pheh, Maureen Kirsch and Lawrence Marshall, along with returning and new artists, in mediums ranging from painting and photography to indoor and outdoor sculpture. Outdoor sculptures take pride of place on the deck and lawn, adding to the ambience of the club. A silent auction runs throughout the duration of the show with lifestyle experiences, products and vouchers from Peninsula retailers on offer.

The art show is open from 10am-5pm on Saturday, April 20, and Sunday, April 21, and from 10am-2pm on Monday, April 22. Entry to the show is $5 with tickets available at the door each day, and visitors are more than welcome to stay on at the yacht club and enjoy the BYS bistro and deck with stunning views of the bay, or just relax by the sea. For more information, go to bys.asn.au or visit the Facebook page @byseasterartshow

The Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron is at 2900 Point Nepean Rd, Blairgowrie. Phone 5988 8453.

Chasing the autumn racing sun

As the end of another successful season of picnic racing approaches, the Balnarring Picnic Racing Club has reflected on some of the highlights that have made this season so much fun.

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The club celebrated the 90th birthday of life member Stan Kerr at its January 13 race meeting. Members delighted in spending  the day with Stan and his family and friends.

The Australia Day Balnarring Cup was a great success, with a big crowd enjoying fine weather and top entertainment that included the Old Scotch Pipes and Drums Band, live music, and a range of kids’ rides and activities to finish off the school holidays. 

With just two race meetings left for the season — Labour Day long weekend and Easter Saturday — why not come along and enjoy the autumn sun. The Easter Saturday meeting will feature the popular Fashions on the Field, with more than $2000 in prizes to be won. 

Book online at balnarringraces.com, and bring your style and flair!

BALNARRING PICNIC RACING CLUB

A: Coolart Rd, Balnarring

W: balnarringraces.com

FB: balnarring.races

INSTA: balnarringraces


Mel Brooks comedy next for Panorama

At its heart, Panorama Theatre Company is about supporting young people and the young at heart to explore the medium of theatre as a vehicle for personal development, friendship, and as a potential career. Many performers, musical directors and backstage technicians have cut their teeth with Panorama, with alumni currently performing on stage in The Book of Mormon, on the West End, on cruise ships around the world and appearing in the current season of Dancing With the Stars.

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Panorama Theatre Company’s recent production of Beauty and the Beast was a sell-out.

To mark its 40th year, Panorama is staging the Mel Brooks musical comedy The Producers, one of the most outrageously offensive and politically incorrect pieces of theatre to ever hit the stage. Also adapted into a popular film with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick in 2005, this modern classic promises to leave audiences of all ages choking with laughter as the best — and worst — of 1950s Broadway is presented in side-splitting fashion.

Featuring toe-tapping numbers, this sure-fire hit is loaded with all the inappropriate things you wish you could get away with and more, throwing political correctness out the door. On at the Frankston Arts Centre and featuring a stellar cast and a 20-piece orchestra, we’re surprised you’re still reading this and haven’t booked your tickets yet!  It’s on selected dates from April 5-14. Book at thefac.com.au or phone the box office on 9784 1060.


All set for holiday hilarity

Rob Lister, as Pierce, and Mark Moore, as Parkes, in a scene from Caravan.

Rob Lister, as Pierce, and Mark Moore, as Parkes, in a scene from Caravan.

Frankston Theatre Group’s set builders are used to creating some extremely varied and often very strange environments for its actors to perform in, but its next production is one of the oddest.  

The name of the play gives it away:  Caravan. So, complete with treacherously low lintels, construction has commenced on a caravan at the group’s facility in Frankston. A big enough task, but this particular caravan has to be deconstructed and rebuilt at the Mount Eliza Community Centre!

Within its confines, a cast of six will tell the story of Parkes the pernickety caravan owner and his desperately smiling wife with a guilty secret, who are joined by their friends Rodney and Monica Rice, serial despisers of caravanning. Then their friend Pierce arrives with his youngest girlfriend yet, the lovely flowerchild Gwendolyn.  What could possibly go wrong? Well, the weather for a start. The rain begins to pour, as does the brandy; secrets leak, as does the caravan; and the hilarity starts.  

You can get your discounted tickets by using the code FF-CARAVAN to get a huge 20 per cent off your tickets through trybooking or when calling 1300 665 377.

If, perchance, you fancy treading the boards yourself, Frankston Theatre Group’s next production is Yes Prime Minister with all the usual suspects, and the auditions will be held on Sunday, April 7, from 2-5pm, and Monday, April 8, from 7-9pm.  Call the production co-ordinator on 0423 186 098 to book your audition.


Frankston gets ready to rock

Frankston Music Festival is back for its third year with an amazing line-up of performances. From rock and pop to jazz, blues and classical, there’s something to entertain lovers of all styles of music.

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Jeff Duff salutes David Bowie’s ever-evolving musical career in Bowie Unzipped, the gala opening show on Friday, April 26, at Frankston Arts Centre. Jeff’s journey to Planet Bowie will include such songs as Space Oddity, Let’s Dance, China Girl, Life on Mars, Changes, and Ziggy Stardust, among many other favourites. Molly Meldrum described Jeff as “flamboyant, eccentric, charming and with a stunning voice . . . Jeff Duff is one of the greatest entertainers Australia has produced”. Tickets to this show are already selling fast, so head to the new-look website www.frankstonmusicfestival.org to secure your seat.

The show will be supported by all-girl rock band SheWolF. With their combination of pop, metal and indie rock, and their use of classy harmonies, the girls are bringing their unique style of rock to the music scene.

Other headline festival performances include True Confessions Revisited. Jeff Jenkins opens the show as Tom Petty with his band The Heartbreakers, with Sarah Highgate at Stevie Nicks, and relives Bob Dylan and Tom Petty’s history-making True Confessions tour of 1986. 

Saturday begins at Functions by the Bay with the High Schools program, followed in the afternoon by The Australian Creedence Show with Ramble Tamble. Do not miss the Benny Goodman/Billie Holiday Sessions at Cube 37. On Sunday, join the Blues Express and Duo Aquarius, and after sunset hop up to Frankston City Bowling Club for Peter Uppman, Ruby Page and the Joe Ruberto Trio.

The final performance will be at Frankston RSL with a show by one of Australia’s most enduring singers, Russell Morris. 

For more information, visit www.frankstonmusicfestival.org, Facebook @frankstonmusicfestival or Instagram @frankstonmusicfest

Artists prepare to hit our streets

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Social media is set to explode this month as the Big Picture Fest 2019 paints its way across Frankston City for a second year from March 22–24. Kicking off with an epic free Block Party, the festival will see street artists create lasting artworks on buildings and in laneways across Frankston’s city centre. As with last year’s event, free walking tours will be on offer as well as pre-event viewing options from March 18 so you can watch the artists as they create their masterpieces.  

Among the line-up this year is Germany’s Rafael Gerlach (SatOne). Abstract in nature, Rafael’s art is in fact an expression of sensitivity present in objects but which can be ‘seen’ only on an instinctive level. The colourful sensuality of his works continues his narration of exquisiteness hiding from direct observation, being sensed only through reflection. 

New Zealanders Charles and Janine Williams (Diva and Phat One) will bring modern interpretations of cultural design — specifically their Maori heritage — into an urban context along with native/endemic bird life. Working and travelling extensively throughout New Zealand and around the globe, this husband and wife team creates visual stories that connect them to the land, the stories and the people they encounter along the way. 

Italy’s Manuel Di Rita (Peeta) will showcase his sculptural style of lettering. His works can be seen around the globe and form incredible optical illusions on large-scale buildings. Manuel is a graffiti artist currently living in Venice and is a member of the EAD crew, from Padova in Italy, as well as New York City’s FX and RWK crews and has taken part in jams, festivals and art shows all over the world. 

Sam Songailo’s work takes form in painting, installation, video, sound and sculpture. He is deeply influenced by digital technology and electronic music, adopting algorithms and concepts from these disciplines that shape his approach to both physical and pictorial space. Often highly immersive and realised on a monumental scale, his work accentuates the compositional elements of line and space in a form that recalls both the modernist grid and digital networks. 

Born in France and living in Melbourne, Lucy Lucy’s work moves between large-scale public murals, gallery work, tribal ornaments and bespoke fashion. Her paintings capture the evolving folklore of the feminine, exploring the diversity and boundaries of heritage. More recently, Lucy has explored the concepts of presence and perception through imaginary masks enfolding female portraits. 

The Big Picture Fest will be overseen by Brecknock Consulting and Joel Van Moore, the creator of the popular Port Adelaide Wonderwalls Festival, and is being funded through the city’s Street Art Masterplan, part of the State Government’s commitment to revitalise Frankston City and Frankston City Council’s laneway activation initiatives.

For full event information, including details of the walking tours and Block Party, go to frankston.vic.gov.au/BigPictureFest


Enchantment grows at Maze Garden

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While many of us have been kicking back, relaxing and making the most of our well-deserved summer breaks, the folk at The Enchanted Maze Garden have been hard at work on a whole range of exciting new attractions.

They’ve recently opened a .8ha lower section of the Enchanted Adventure Garden that can be accessed by a picturesque 300m boardwalk along the side of the Enchanted Lake. The boardwalk features unique handcrafted wrought iron fencing designed by Peninsula landscaper Colin Hyett, from Colin Hyett Design. As well as the fencing design, Colin and his team have been busy mass planting succulents and other plants around the area.

In this part of the park there is also a new hedge maze with a viewing platform that will take your breath away. Finally, there’s a new picnic area for families to enjoy, so why not make the most of the summery weather and bring a picnic lunch and spend the whole day at The Enchanted Maze Garden. 

If you’re up for a bit of physical activity, you can try your hand at tree surfing. There are several courses available, each with more than 50 obstacles, bridges and five zip-lines linked to tree-based platforms up to 10m high. For adrenaline junkies, the Adventure Combo combines the Grand Tree Surfing and Big Zip attractions — the Big Zip takes you flying over 300m across the formal gardens and Enchanted Lake, while the two-hour Grand Tree Surfing course offers five levels of challenges, a giant Tarzan swing, and a rock climbing wall. There’s even a dedicated Nippers course for children who are also seeking an adrenaline rush.

Let the enchantment begin.

THE ENCHANTED MAZE GARDEN

A: 55 Purves Rd, Arthurs Seat

T: 5981 8449

W: enchantedmaze.com.au

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Australia’s Best Lead Actress is coming to Stellar

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One of the world’s brightest up-and-coming stars — and the winner of the 2018 AACTA Award for Best Lead Actress for her role in Bruce Beresford’s Ladies in Black — Angourie Rice is the very definition of an actor with a stellar future, and she’s joining Matt Day as a guest judge at the Stellar Short Film Festival 2019.

Angourie, pictured, will be in the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home, with recent features including Spider-Man: Homecoming, Jasper Jones, Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled alongside Nicole Kidman, and The Nice Guys opposite Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe.

From a creative family, Angourie first came to industry attention at just 11 years old with her lead role in the short film Transmission, for which she won a Best Actress award at St Kilda Film Festival.

Stellar is a premium, outdoor short film festival showcasing 12 of the best award-winning Australian short films from 2018, with Best Film and Runner-Up winners selected by the panel of industry judges and a Best Performance award sponsored by the Frankston Arts Centre.

A host of other well-known Australians will be at Stellar, including actors Michael Caton, Cassandra Magrath and Scott Major, plus director David Parker, with more exciting announcements to come.

General admission ticket-holders can relax with music from a DJ or wander around the park before enjoying the films and their gourmet picnic pack — all included in the ticket price — which caters for vegans, vegetarians and also gluten-free requirements. 

Available for purchase are premium beverages from Dromana Estate, Dainton Brewery, Ten Sixty One, Roseade, and Bass & Flinders, and snacks including gourmet popcorn, poffertjes, choc tops, and coffee.

VIP ticket-holders will indulge in a cocktail-style dinner party in the indoor gallery before the screenings, plus receive a gourmet showbag of treats, reserved seating, and an invitation to the Stellar after-party.

Stellar is proudly supported by Frankston City Council and major sponsor Illumin8, the Mount Eliza accounting firm with a whole lot of personality. Follow Stellar on Facebook and Instagram for more announcements @stellarshortfilmfestival Tickets are on sale now from stellarshortfilmfestival.com.au


Stay, shop and play at Rosebud by the bay

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Rosebud is a vibrant coastal town in the heart of the Mornington Peninsula. With the beach as our backdrop, we’re a haven for art, culture and history.

And we’re more than just gorgeous family-friendly beaches — you’ll find a great mix of shopping, dining and accommodation experiences with a welcoming community spirit. Fresh and local food and wine is a major part of the lifestyle and Rosebud serves up delights for all tastebuds.

Come and explore Rosebud by the Bay’s shops, restaurants, services and seaside spaces that the locals love. People-watch or nature-watch at your own pace. Watch sunrises from the jetty or sunsets from the beach as you stay, shop and play at Rosebud by the Bay. 

You’ll find all the services you need in a hurry, and specialists who make your life easier. With award-winning and well-loved community events, outdoor activities and markets, you’ll love the cool vibes, relaxed atmosphere, and family fun of Rosebud by the Bay.  Soak it all up, slow it all down, spend time with your family and friends

If you’re a passionate shopper, you’ll love exploring stylish boutiques and lifestyle stores, quirky gift shops, delicious delis and farm-fresh produce stores, retro treasures and local designers. From retail therapy to sun, sea and salt therapy, create your own experience at Rosebud by the Bay. 

For more information on Rosebud’s Kite Festival, visit our website: rosebudbythebay.com.au. Subscribe to stay up to date and win prizes, or follow us on Facebook @RosebudByTheBay — and be sure to use hashtag #RosebudByTheBay

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Find your career edge with NIET By Liz Rogers

The team of trainers at Nepean Industry Edge Training are committed to providing their students with a broad range of skills and support that focuses on success. Thriving on seeing their students blossom while interacting with each other as they learn and grow, NIET trainers pride themselves on making each course a fun and stimulating experience that ultimately leads to finding employment. Mary Ebbott, a trainer for aged, home and community care, leisure and health, has been in industry-specific training for more than 10 years and with NIET for the past three and says she’s been impressed with the high standards and person-to-person interaction that NIET delivers. She explains. 

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“We provide a real alternative to other training facilities. Our point of difference is that we are dedicated to driving change and support our students 100 per cent. You’re not just a number at NIET. We are incredibly student-focused and deliver pro-active courses that are on trend and up to date. I love working with my students to see how far they can go and deliver holistic courses that not only assist them in finding employment but come from an understanding that it is a privilege to be working in the aged and community sectors. The one common denominator connecting my students is empathy. They understand the human condition. I love my job!”

Mary says her students are idealistic when they begin her courses, and as they learn more about their sectors they become empowered through knowledge and connections. “We create supportive and information-based networks at NIET.” 

Give NIET a call today to find your future network and life-changing career edge.

NEPEAN INDUSTRY EDGE TRAINING

A: 405 Nepean Highway, Frankston

T: 9770 1633

W: niet.com.au

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Diverse exhibitions to excite the senses

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Lee Bethel, Komon 2018, watercolour on hand-cut paper, 76 x 54cm. Image courtesy the artist.

McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery is located 45 minutes from Melbourne at the gateway to the Mornington Peninsula. With a wide-ranging collection of more than 100 sculptures, the park comprises 8ha of designed landscape and indigenous bushland. McClelland’s light-filled café overlooks the sculpture park and serves innovative dishes with delicious local produce. 

The exhibition program focuses on the development of modern sculpture and various forms of spatial practice, and encourages contemporary artists to develop and address challenging issues current in Australia and a global context. 

An exciting year of exhibitions is ahead, with contemporary watercolours, art and technology, series and narrative, and artists responding to the Bauhaus design movement. The Splash McClelland Contemporary Watercolour Award 2018 continues until March 17. Solid Light: Josef Stanislaw Ostoja-Kotkowski and Pia Van Gelder: Psychic Synth II open on April 1 and run until July 14.

These are followed by SERIAL: McClelland Collection Exhibition from July 29-November 10, then HAUS WORK: the Bauhaus in contemporary art, curated by Jane O’Neill, from November 24 to March 15, 2020.

MCCLELLAND SCULPTURE PARK+GALLERY

A: 390 McClelland Drive, Langwarrin

T: 9789 1671 

W: mcclellandgallery.com

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Art show continues tradition of excellence

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The Mornington Art Show is one of the biggest and best on the Peninsula, and that high standard looks set to continue when the 47th annual show opens on Thursday, January 17, with more than 850 paintings on sale. Works by feature artists Kathy Van E and David Brayshaw will join art from Victoria and interstate, including quality glassware, and there will be a gallery of photographs for viewing and purchase.

Opening night will have a gala party atmosphere with a Rotary theme. Gourmet finger food will be served, refreshments will be available from the bar and live jazz music will punctuate the evening as the feature artists mingle with guests. The show will then be open from January 18-26 from 10am-5pm at the Mornington Peninsula Community Theatre, cnr Nepean Highway and Wilsons Rd. 

Works are priced from a couple of hundred dollars to several thousand dollars, with all profits funding a range of Mornington Rotary Club projects. Opening night tickets are available at morningtonartshow.com.au or from Farrell’s Bookstore in Mornington.


Awards highlight sanctuary’s commitment to conservation

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Moonlit Sanctuary has established itself as a major cornerstone of the Mornington Peninsula after receiving two gold awards at the RACV Victorian Tourism Awards on November 22. The sanctuary was awarded top honours for best Tourist Attraction and for Ecotourism.

Moonlit Sanctuary is a magical wildlife attraction set in bushland in Pearcedale at the beginning of the Mornington Peninsula. Home to more than 400 native animals — 30 per cent of which are classified as threatened with extinction — Moonlit Sanctuary gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy close encounters with Australian wildlife while educating the community through its active work in conservation, research and sustainability.

The Victorian Tourism Awards is the tourism and events industry’s night of nights, celebrating winners across 30 categories for their outstanding contributions to the industry. Sanctuary founder and director Michael Johnson said he and the staff were thrilled with their win.

“I think it’s a fantastic recognition of all the hard work we’ve been putting in and the significance of Moonlit in the local community now as a tourism attraction,” he said. “Particularly, we’re pleased with the Tourist Attraction award because that’s a very hard-fought one with incredibly tough competition from attractions throughout Victoria.”

Mr Johnson attributed the sanctuary’s success to the quality of its presentation. “Commitment to conservation is very important and the fact that we work hard to make sure our standards are at the highest level possible to make a great experience for our visitors.” He added that a “big part on the conservation front” was the sanctuary’s Orange-Bellied Parrot Breeding for Recovery program. “For the first time we’ve had an increase in numbers of birds in Melaleuca in Tasmania for the breeding season.”

Moonlit Sanctuary is the ideal place to learn more about our fascinating native animals, with keeper presentations and shows every 30 minutes. And when you visit, don’t forget to stop at the Koala Encounters to snap a photo with one of these very cute and cuddly little guys. At night, Moonlit Sanctuary comes alive with its world-famous lantern-lit tours. Night birds are active, tiny feathertail gliders and giant yellow-bellied gliders swoop around, and endangered quolls, pademelons and bettongs forage for food. 

Moonlit Sanctuary is an ark for endangered creatures and a showcase of their unique beauty. It is a living classroom that encourages children and adults alike to unlock the mystery of Australian mammals, reptiles, birds, fish, insects and amphibians in a natural bush setting.

MOONLIT SANCTUARY

A: 550 Tyabb-Tooradin Rd, Pearcedale

T: 5978 7935

W: moonlitsanctuary.com.au

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There is a ‘Henrietta’ for every home

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“We create an individual package for every booking,” says Stephanie Tate, director of Henrietta’s Help @ Home, “and that’s not a complaint.”

Clients want this, and staff love to have the variety. With the business now well established throughout the Peninsula, clients were quick to realise they could help design the brief.  Nannies can take up home duties during sleep time or cook the evening meal prior to school pick-up. Elderly clients also want the option to change the routine when their senior support carer attends for either home or external activities. Weekly shopping, being taken to appointments or to visit friends are rotated with assistance around the home. Respite for one of the partners can be arranged if required.

All aspects of family life can be covered, including special events. Henrietta’s kitchen, bar and wait staff are renowned at private home events. Experienced wedding and party nannies are also available, allowing clients to focus on enjoying the celebrations with their guests.

Let Stephanie and her team free up some time for you to be out enjoying everything the Peninsula has to offer. “Our help - your home” is their mantra. Call today.

HENRIETTA’S HELP @ HOME

T: 9766 1099 or 0425 733 290

W: henriettashelpathome.com.au

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