Stunning setting for mixed ambrose

Safety Beach Country Club/Golf Club is nestled in a valley surrounded by Arthurs Seat and Mount Martha on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula.  



This flat 18-hole golf course meanders past lakes that are dotted around the course. The clubhouse, which overlooks the course, is a great place to relax and have a drink after a game, and dining is available at the Atrium restaurant. 

The club’s resident golf professional, Shane Johnson, is on hand to give individual lessons. Ladies’ clinics commence in October for women wanting to play golf but who need guidance. 

The Safety Beach Golf Club is holding a gala day on Sunday, November 19, with a Four-Person Mixed Ambrose.  The entry fee is $100 per team, which includes a barbecue after the completion of the round. Entries close on November 10 or when field is full.

For further inquiries, phone or email Shane Johnson (0409 509 315; [email protected]) or Linda Fredricson (0408 212 638; [email protected]).



A: 10 Country Club Drive, Safety Beach 

T: 5981 0100 (Pro Shop, Shane Johnson); 5981 0120 (Office, Debbie Hedges)



Texture and colour take flight By Liz Rogers

Painter Paul McIntyre has fallen in love with painting and gets a kick out of watching how the acrylic paint and multi-media falls on to the canvas. Takes its form. Moves with the eye.

Paul McIntyre by Katherine Jamison

Paul McIntyre by Katherine Jamison

Texture is a big part of this Rosebud painter’s process. So too is colour, form and light. He’s right in the heart of it and this passion for creation glows from his finished pieces, which grow from a real-time sense of place and the space where the imagination lies.

“I’ve been drawing since I could pick up a pencil. I did design and advertising at RMIT, but went on to do sculpture using wire and steel for 10 years after mucking around with a coat hanger one day at Mum’s. She’s an artist too. I only picked up the brush around five years ago and just got hooked,” explains this laid-back father of three. 

“I guess it’s the process of understanding colour that thrills me. My next exhibition is a bit different in that it’s based on real places instead of a dreamed landscape inspired by nature and my kids.” 

You can see a lot of Paul McIntyre’s design and advertising roots in his paintings. But there’s also a fluid free-fall into a warm sensory world filled with story and unmistakable ties to family and location. 

Fall into Paul’s multi-layered visual vistas from September 8 at Manyung Gallery Mount Eliza – the perfect place to view art for art’s sake.

A:  60 Mount Eliza Way, Mount Eliza
A: Unit 7, 35 Progress St, Mornington (warehouse)
A: 6-10 Claremont Ave, Malvern
A: 113A Ocean Beach Rd, Sorrento
T: 9787 2953 all sites


Double digits for Somers market By Liz Rogers

Mark this down, people – the Somers Winter Market is celebrating its 10th anniversary on August 26 and you’re invited.

This great little market began as a fundraiser for the Somers Pre-School and has come a long way from a mum’s night out while enjoying a glass of vino. In the magnificent grounds of the Coolart Wetlands and Homestead Reserve, the pre-school will be running craft activities all day and there’ll be a jumping castle too. The Stardust Fairies will be painting faces, while Dutch poffertjes, Pizza Wagon wood-fire pizza, and Babaj’s Kitchen’s Indian street food will be available. Paella from Spanish Caravan Catering and Eat the Chicken’s Bangkok food is on-site, while gourmet mac ‘n’ cheese from Twisted Mac and Cambodian street grill Flami Skewers will be set up too. 

Hand-made offerings, live entertainment and wonderful wines and beer (think Pier 10 and Red Hill Brewery) will be on hand, and shuttle buses have been organised for the day. Park at Lord Somers Camp, Somers Yacht Club, RW Stone Pavillion and Somers Primary School.

Check out the Facebook page @somerswintermarket to find out more.  All proceeds go to Somers Pre-School. 

The Somers Winter Market - come for the beautiful scenery and stay for the fabulous food and fun! 

Market has Sorrento humming

Sorrento Makers Markets are the latest markets organised by Craft Markets Australia, which are widely known on the Mornington Peninsula and beyond for high-quality makers’ markets, bringing together a community of small businesses that are directly involved in the making and production of their products. 

Teaming up with Sorrento Chamber of Commerce to increase visitation to Sorrento in the traditionally quieter months, the first market held back in May was a great success.  It was a real delight to see Ocean Beach Rd humming with visitors enjoying the market as well as shopping and eating at local businesses.

Join in on this winter boutique market experience next on Sunday, August 20, from 10am-3pm. Meander the street while stopping to taste test, chat and learn about the lifecycle of the products on display at the market. Pop into the local shops along the way and stay for a delicious meal.

A: 10a Satu Way, Mornington
T: 5976 3266

All aglow for Winter Solstice 
by Catherine Godony

The spotlight was on tenor Andrew Goodwin, with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, at an evening recital directed by Rebecca Chan on Saturday, June 24.  Part of the Winter Solstice Festival, the recital was hosted by the Peninsula Music Society at the Peninsula Community Theatre.

On the following afternoon, the audience was treated at the same venue to the zealous and meticulous perfection of remarkable virtuoso violinist Zoe Black, with Joe Chindamo on piano -chamber music touched by classical cadences and jazz energies, feeding Mornington even as it had, of yore, Carnegie Hall. 

Saturday evening, however, began the feast with Songs of the Night and compositions ranging from Wagner to the contemporary Skipworth. Its wide tastes in music thus so well catered for, a vibrant audience also enjoyed the customary complimentary supper at interval, and the Bittern Estate-sponsored wine-tasting that launched the evening.

Andrew Goodwin excelled, the resonance of his vocal renditions majestically echoed in accompaniment by the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, which also treated the full house to some of its best solo pieces.

An event to be remembered! Be sure to come along to the next recital in the series, the Bursary Winners Concert, on Saturday, August 19, at 7.30pm, again hosted by the Peninsula Music Society at the same venue.  Bookings:

Riding on a song By Liz Rogers

Balnarring Muso Night founders Paul Dillon and Marty Williams with their UK boogie piano friend Ben Waters. PICTURE: Jai Seales

Balnarring Muso Night founders Paul Dillon and Marty Williams with their UK boogie piano friend Ben Waters. PICTURE: Jai Seales

They’re back – with original stories and songs, lyrics, harmonies and magical musical musings at the Westernport Yacht Club in Balnarring where it all originally kicked off. 

The Balnarring Muso Nights, that is. Now called Peninsula SongRiders, these ripper monthly Sunday showcase sessions organised and promoted by MP Music Network president and singer/songwriter Marty Nelson-Williams will have you cruising to the sound of outstanding local and not-so-local talent. And there’s lots of it. 

Just imagine - all against the backdrop of the beautiful Balnarring Beach coastline too.
Marty talks. “There’s going to be two acts per session to really showcase each artist. Sets are 40 to 50 minutes long. July 16 saw a near sellout crowd launch proceedings with Luck Louise and Mijo Biscan performing. It’s great to be back at the Westernport Yacht Club. Lots of great memories. Now to make some more!”

Marty is keen to mix more experienced singer-songwriters with those who don’t have such high profiles. Community comes first as far as he’s concerned. “These sessions are about bringing everyone together – audience, artists - all at an affordable price (under-16s are free). They are completely family-friendly events. It’s all about developing a community spirit, and barbecue food’s on from 1pm.”

So lock it in, folks. Cousin Leonard are playing a Farewell to Europe gig with Ben Cornell (Slow Motion Pictures) on August 13. September 3 sees Tommy Spender and an exciting yet-to-be-confirmed act, and October 1 sees “The Wiz” Andrew Farrell, Thomas Hugh and Shannon Bourne. 

“This is just the beginning. Stay tuned for the summer program which is in development. Once we (Cousin Leonard) finish our oversees tour, I’ll be on to it.” 

Tickets can be purchased at Just type in “pensongriders” to catch a ride. 

The tide of local music talent is rising high.

No clouds on Grey’s horizon

The forecast is very fine indeed for Peninsula four-piece Grey Horizon.  A year on from their Main Street Mornington Festival award and with their debut EP imminent, it’s looking like all sun and blue skies ahead.

Grey Horizon formed in mid-2014, and their bluesy grooves, melodic vocals and energetic live shows quickly attracted an enthusiastic following.  At last year’s festival they received the Haydon Godney Award as one of the best up-and-coming bands on the Peninsula, and that gave them time at Singing Bird Studios in Frankston.

Singer Keirra Ashleigh says she found her voice through school musicals and VCE music subjects under the “incredible teachings” of Ben Pisani at Sandringham College, and she cites Eva Cassidy, Sia, Katie Noonan and Matt Corby as her major influences.  Keirra adds:  “It was through divorce and the soul-searching that goes with it that I validated music as my strength. I credit my precious daughter for all I am.”

Alex Franes began his musical journey on six strings, influenced by rock and metal, before progressing to instrumental guitar and finally to bass.  Guitarist Mars Pipicelli played in many cover bands around Melbourne and has always enjoyed writing music, but has “really found the passion” for the acoustic guitar in Grey Horizon. Drummer Tim Le Souef played and toured with mainly metal, punk and rock bands around Victoria and the east coast of Australia “until Grey Horizon made me step outside the square, and now I really enjoy the music we make and play together”. 

Grey Horizon play Belgrave’s Sooki Lounge, 1648 Burwood Highway, on Sunday, August 27. Their song Change, recorded live at Frankston’s Waterfront Festival in January, is available on Bandcamp ( for just $1.  Check it out – it’s way hot and super cool!

Music Victoria crawls south

Photo: Jai Seales

Photo: Jai Seales

Music Victoria is bringing a bus full of music industry managers, bookers, artists and media on a jam-packed tour to explore the live music landscape of the Mornington Peninsula.  The Victorian Music Crawl will explore opportunities for partnerships as well as showcasing local talent and emulating potential touring circuits across the region.  

Starting at the newly revitalised band room at Frankston’s Pier Hotel, the bus will work its way through Mornington, Dromana, Rye and Balnarring.   The Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery will host a lunch for VMC visitors and local music networks with performances from Nola Lauch and Maxon. Then the bus heads to community radio RPP FM, live music venues in Mornington, and on to Dromana and Rye for some standout local gigs where the doors are open for all to join in.

On Thursday, August 24, Music on the Hill (MOTH) will present a free showcase of Peninsula music at Hickinbotham of Dromana, featuring The Weeping Willows (pictured) from Mount Eliza plus local acts Young Vincent, Sam O’Connell and Mia Grunden.  Doors open from 5.30pm.   For the late-nighters, Baha in Rye is putting on an awesome line-up of local bands in partnership with Ninch Fest from 9pm.

On Friday, August 25, you can enjoy some jazz with your brekky when the bus pulls up at the Red Hill Bakery in Balnarring from 9am to hear Joel Plymin and fuel up before departing for Gippsland.

The Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Arts and Culture Unit, along with the MP Music Network, has facilitated and supported the local leg of the Crawl. For more details email arts&[email protected] or see, or

Leading ladies of yesterday, today and tomorrow

Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery is featuring the work of four very diverse artists from different eras and across a range of media.

Constance Stokes (1906-1991) is one of the leading artists of her generation, and MPRG’s current exhibition (until September 17) is the most expansive survey undertaken of this important artist.  It features over 35 key paintings and drawings covering the breadth of her 60-year artistic practice, with never before seen archival material from the artist’s estate, including journals, sketchbooks, letters, photographs and drawings that provide a fascinating insight into her little-known life and exceptional artistic practice.

In 1929 Constance won the Travelling Scholarship at the National Gallery School, Melbourne, to study for two years at the Royal Academy in London. During her time abroad she spent time studying under the French Cubist artist André Lhote in Paris and visited the major galleries in Europe. Her early career is shaped through her struggle to be an artist alongside expectations of marriage and family life.

Further opportunities abroad and the consolidation of her classical painting style were features of her mid-career. In 1953 she was one of 12 Australian artists - and one of only two women artists - included in an exhibition at Burlington Galleries, London, alongside Arthur Boyd, William Dobell, Russell Drysdale, Lloyd Rees, Donald Friend, and Sidney Nolan. 

Constance had a late career flourish in her 70s, embedding a Matisse-inspired vibrancy and freedom of form and colour in some of the strongest work she produced.

Also on display at MPRG is Archibald Prize-winning artist Wendy Sharpe’s WANDERLUST, featuring work from her recent travels and residencies over the past 10 years in France, Egypt, Morocco and Antarctica. Instagram sensation Minna Gilligan’s Mystery to Me presents large-scale digital prints on fabric alongside small-scale collage works and tackles notions of the female protagonist. And Gosia Wlodarczak’s ephemeral drawing project has transformed the gallery café space, activating the surfaces with handmade marks as Gosia responded to the forms she encountered while drawing.

The gallery is open Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm. Exhibition admission fees: $4 adults / $2 concession.


A: Civic Reserve, Dunns Rd, Mornington

T: 5950 1580

A life in abstract at Manyung Gallery By Liz Rogersa

Conchita Carambano will do anything to keep herself in paper, paint, pastel and canvas. She has been producing abstract art for 38 years and is still as enamoured of the process as she was as a young creator. “I was prepared to do as many jobs as I had to, to keep painting. It is something I’ve always done. Watercolour, oils, pastels … anything I can get my hands on to keep working.

“I never stop,” this European-born, Fine Arts - School of Arts (Sydney) graduate continues. “At the end of the day I still unwind with my watercolours and paper on my knee while watching a movie. At first I fought the medium. Now I work with it and am much more controlled. We are now in absolute harmony!”  

And harmony is the picture-perfect description of Carambano’s multi-layered and textured mixed media, oil, acrylic and wax works. Delicate organic forms dance with nature and environment to move in unison around the canvas.  These are artworks for the lover of colour, magic, emotion and motion. 

“People say I am prolific, but I am lucky - I don’t need much sleep,” laughs Carambano. “I love the idea that each viewer interprets my work differently. My ideas escape and then it’s up to the viewer to see what they can see.” 

Carambano’s award-winning work is held in various private collections throughout Australia and internationally, and has been exhibited extensively in numerous solo and group shows.

View her breathtaking abstract expressions from August 4-17 at Manyung Gallery Mount Eliza (in the Village). This one is not to be missed!
And if you’re looking for large artworks with lots of choice, visit Manyung Gallery’s showroom at 7/35 Progress St, Mornington.  The showroom is open Tuesday-Thursday from 10am-3pm.


A:  60 Mount Eliza Way, Mount Eliza

T: 9787 2953 

Stunning exhibition of Self expression

Photo: Chris Herzfeld, Camlight Productions 

Photo: Chris Herzfeld, Camlight Productions 

Australian Dance Theatre has thrilled sell-out audiences around the world with performances of cutting-edge dance. Now the internationally acclaimed company brings Be Your Self Redux to Frankston Arts Centre on Friday, September 8, at 8pm.

In Garry Stewart’s Be Your Self Redux, audiences are engaged in a complex dialogue in which they are compelled to explore what makes you ‘you’. The athletic dancers of ADT are transformed into erupting, powerful, and emotional entities, projecting startling physical images.

Arising from conversations with a Buddhist monk, neurologist, physiologist and literary academic, Stewart situates the body at the centre of his inquiry and reveals that despite our civilising cultural influences, the body is still a force to be reckoned with.

A distilled version of the original Be Your Self, Be Your Self Redux fuses Stewart’s audacious choreography with spoken word to create an exciting dance work that leaves audiences questioning the underpinnings of who they are.

Tickets can be booked on, in person at FAC or by calling 9784 1060.


A: 27-37 Davey St, Frankston
T: 9784 1060

Unique / Exclusive / Creative

The Melbourne Collective believes it's time for a new and exclusive Design Market.  A more creative and enjoyable way to bring together unique brands and independent designers, to showcase their wares to the community and showcase in style.
A lifestyle event that provides a feast for the eyes and imaginations of their event visitors, who will be spoilt with high end quality design, homewares, fashion and art.

The Melbourne Collective prides itself on offering the highest level of customer service for exhibitors and visitors.  With qualifications and years of experience in the interior design industry, they aim to select a diverse array of high quality handcrafted and designer brands, all available under the one roof.  

Visitors to The Melbourne Collective Design Market can also enjoy creative workshops, high quality food options, cool tunes and fun for the kids.  Their lifestyle events are not to be missed.

*The next market is at the Peninsula Community Theatre on Sunday, July 23, 10am – 3pm.


Are you the Voice of Frankston 2017?

Are you a budding young singer, an aspiring adult performer or a senior with a passion for entertaining?

If so, then you need to enter the Voice of Frankston 2017. This is your chance to be the voice of Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula. The Voice of Frankston is a solo artist singing competition with three age group categories: Junior (up to age 12), Teen (13 to 20) and Adult (21 plus).

Join all the action at the official Voice of Frankston 2017 Launch at Bayside Shopping Centre (opposite Target) on Saturday, July 15, at 1pm. Hear about the competition, meet the judges and witness the amazing talent of past applicants.

Category winners will receive a cash prize and a sensational marketing package including: a song personally written for the winner; a single CD recording and video performance; an interview with RPPFM; opportunities to perform at local community venues and events; and more.

To enter, register at and upload your audition video. Applications open July 15 and close September 29. The Semi Final is on Sunday, October 15, at the Frankston Arts Centre and the Grand Final is on Sunday, October 22, also at the Frankston Arts Centre.

The Music Industry is a music school, the first of its kind on the Mornington Peninsula. The philosophy is to offer students music tuition with a difference. More at

NEWS FLASH: The Voice star and local performer Adam Ladell (pictured) will be a special guest Grand Final judge for The Voice of Frankston 2016! Adam will also perform live at the launch.

Live music with heart

Tom Millington is a bare footed, troubadour songsmith jamming a foot-stomping blend of Soul Roots Smokey Folk Pop. His music is driven by a stomp box whilst his unique finger picking and strumming styles soulfully tame the ear as his resonating voice hits you right in the heart. 


Each song is broken up by spoken scatterings of life, of love, of slam street poetry musings.

His debut single Being, released towards the end of 2016, has received wide praise within the industry as did his debut EP, also called Being. The Being music video recently won Best Editing and People’s Choice at the St Kilda Film Festival and very recently won Best Music Video at CLIPPED in Sydney – Australia’s premiere music video festival.

When listening to Millington you can't help but get caught up in his energy, his songs and lyrics. He and the music have presence. His music stems from a connection to his inner self, his love of life and the twists and turns of the reality we are all caught up in.

Millington gigs regularly at local venues, such as Gods Kitchen, The Brewery and 3 Palms and has also played at festivals such as the Mornington Main Street Festival. You can catch him at any of these shows over winter around Victoria: Friday, July 21 - The Cally, Wonthaggi;

Sunday, August 6 - Mornington Brewery, Mornington; and Sunday, August 13 – Gods Kitchen, Mornington.



Behind the scenes and expansion of team at Manyung by Liz Rogers

To the avid art enthusiast, Manyung Gallery, now trading for almost half a century, is full of light, form and free thought. However, the Manyung Gallery magic couldn’t, wouldn’t happen without a lot of non-stop grunt work and focus from many contributors.

David and Sharyn Wemyss-Smith have built a team around them who get the job done, and the introduction of newcomer Kim Delaney (ex Mornington’s Provincial) adds yet another creative notch with welcome new skillsets.

Delaney has been in both the business and art worlds for much of her adult life. She has painted, is a photographer, has had her own online wedding business and has worked in the corporate sector. She was in sales working with a similar client base to that of Manyung’s at Provincial for five years and she brings brilliant people skills, business nous and a real appreciation of art and decoration to the Manyung table. There were 40 applicants for her position as Arts Sales Consultant.

She explains: “I can’t wait to get to know Manyung’s clientele and work with them closely as they choose art for their interior spaces. It’s a pleasure to work with such a creative team.”

The 12 members of the Manyung team make sure monthly exhibitions take place, installations (think Telstra building in Mount Eliza) are captivating and the annual shows in Singapore and Hong Kong run as smooth as silk. There’s freight management, in-house consultations, artist liaison, continual marketing communications and the judging of art shows too.

“It’s not all about chardonnay and cappuccinos,” laughs David.

And with that they are back to work.


T: (03) 9787 2953 all sites


A: Unit 7, 35 Progress Street, Mornington


A: 6-10 Claremont Avenue, Malvern


A: 60 Mount Eliza Way, Mount Eliza


A: 113A Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento

A: U6, 119 Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento

Sleep In Your Car 2017

On any night an estimated 105,237 Australians are homelessness, and 2000 of them are believed to be on the Mornington Peninsula.

You can do something about that.

Fusion Australia is asking you to give up your home for a night, in order to help someone else find theirs.

On Saturday, August 5, join Fusion Mornington Peninsula for Sleep In Your Car 2017 and join a line of local heroes who have slept out in Mornington Park. The Mornington Peninsula event, held during Homelessness Week, aims to raise $30,000 towards changing the lives of vulnerable young people in our community.

Sleep In your car or sleep rough and for those unable to sleep out, join Fusion Mornington Peninsula from 5.30pm to learn about homelessness in our community and break down some of the stereotypes around young people experiencing it.

Stuart Bell, housing co-ordinator at Fusion Mornington Peninsula, explains: "With the closure of caravan parks across the Peninsula, what has traditionally been an affordable and accessible form of accommodation is largely no longer available.  With people now competing for available rental properties, young people may find successfully accessing a tenancy, extremely difficult if not impossible.” 

Register at

Kids invited to make a connection

Cube 37 comes alive next month with the Aboriginal Connections Festival for children aged 4 to 12.  The festival will feature an interactive show where state-of-the-art technology crosses paths with the world’s oldest civilisation. 

Saltbush is an exquisite journey through the culture and landscape of Aboriginal Australia, celebrated through live dance, music, song and stories.  Saltbush centres on the journey of two friends from different Aboriginal backgrounds as they cross Australia on foot. Their journey sees them travel across diverse Australian landscapes - river country, urban landscapes, the desert and the sea - all the while discovering the land and better understanding and acknowledging our own challenges and personal journey.

Children are invited to explore, play and dance with the performers as the landscape unfolds around them, providing a unique immersive experience where the audience becomes part of this visually beautiful journey.

Before or after seeing Saltbush, attend the interactive workshops and art demonstrations associated with Aboriginal connections to the land. They are free for everyone and will be available throughout the day. No bookings are required.

Saltbush will be performed on Saturday, August 26, at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Tickets are $22 each or $80 for a family of four.


A: 27-37 Davey St, Frankston
T: 9784 1060

200 artists converging on Frankston South

From July 21-23, a stunning range of work from over 200 talented Australian artists, craftspeople, jewellers and sculptors will be displayed at the annual Derinya Art and Craft Exhibition. DACE is a pop-up art gallery that has been operating for 42 years, thanks to the efforts of volunteers committed to raising money for Derinya Primary School.

The three-day event begins with opening night on Friday, July 21.  It’s a social occasion not to be missed, filled with great art, fine food and wine, good vibes and a creative community spirit that continues into Saturday and Sunday. There’s art to suit every taste and budget, and it’s the perfect place to stock up on unique gifts for family and friends. Visitors can stroll at leisure through the gallery and watch resident artists create their masterpieces. After feasting your eyes, feast your stomach and enjoy a freshly prepared light lunch, a barista-made coffee, or any number of the delectable home-baked treats from Ruby Tarts Cafe.

Mark the dates on your calendar now.


JULY 21 – JULY 23

Tix: Online or at the door
A: Overport Rd and Derinya Drive, Frankston South