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

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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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Peter Pan in sand is simply amazing

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There’s never been a better time to visit Boneo Maze — the new home of Sand Sculpting Australia on the Peninsula — with the summer opening of Peter Pan. The classic tale of the little boy who never grew up has been reimagined in 3500 tonnes of sand by 15 award-winning Australian and international sand sculptors along the wetlands and garden pathways of Boneo Maze.

With several sculptures standing up to 4m high, Peter Pan is flanked by Captain Hook and Mr Smee, the Lost Boys of Neverland, Tinkerbell, Indians, mermaids and the tick-tock crocodile, with secret hideouts, swashbuckling adventures and feisty fairies bringing this children’s favourite to life. One of the sculptors, Joris Kivits from the Netherlands, estimated it took 5000 hours to create the artworks. 

The move to Boneo Maze is a return home to the southern Peninsula for Sand Sculpting Australia, which was launched in Rye 11 years ago by the Wittingslow family. Since 2004, Sand Sculpting Australia has gone on to present 19 major sand sculpting events enjoyed by more than 2.2 million people across Australia. 

“There’s something truly magical about seeing these characters we have grown up with come to life in giant sand sculptures before our eyes,” said Boneo Maze events director Evie Wittingslow. “Everyone loves the story of the boy who could fly and doesn’t grow up, and it’s fitting that we’re welcoming Peter Pan and his friends into our enchanting gardens here at Boneo Maze.” 

Sand Sculpting Australia at Boneo Maze is now open daily from 10am-6pm until Monday, January 28 (closed Christmas Day). For ticket prices and more information, visit sandsculpting.com.au or phone 5988 6385.

BONEO MAZE

A: 698 Limestone Rd, Fingal

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Country racing at its best

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As the Mornington Peninsula braces itself for yet another ripper summer, why not start the year with some country racing action on Sunday, January 13, at the Balnarring Picnic Racing Club. Swap the surfboards and beach towels for a picnic rug and ice-filled Esky and enjoy a day of top-class racing in a spectacular setting and family-friendly atmosphere, with young and vibrant race-caller Ben Sporle bringing you all the action on the track.

There’s something for everyone, including Kids Zone run by Kelly Sports with activities for toddlers to teenagers from noon to 4pm. There will be live music all day, and catering and bar facilities are available for those who choose not to BYO. Various options are available beyond the humble travel rug, from corporate marquees and roped-off areas to picnic benches, picnic spots and a members’ enclosure, all of which can be booked online at balnarringraces.com

The Balnarring Picnic Racing Club is a proud supporter of local charities with another $5000 being distributed among five groups and $1500 pledged towards drought relief in East Gippsland.


Heart-stopping excitement hits new heights

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Buckle up for the high-octane ride of your life! Experience the thrust and grunt of the latest military heavy metal . . . the roar of helicopters and the boom and zoom of vintage warbirds.

Marvel as world-class barnstormers strut their aerobatic stuff. The Australian International Airshow delivers a wow factor that soars sky-high, and it’s coming to Avalon airport from February 26-March 3.

The first three and a half days of the biennial event — from Tuesday to noon on Friday — are reserved solely for the trade and visiting government and military delegations. The trade pavilions bristle with activity as products and technologies are compared and evaluated and deals are done. On the Friday afternoon, Airshow 2019 opens its doors to the public for two and a half days of high-flying excitement.

Airshow 2019 will feature an impressive array of modern military aircraft from home and abroad. Among them will be the two most modern jet fighters in the world: the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (pictured) and the F-22 Raptor. Other combat aircraft such as the F-16, the Hornet and the Super Hornet will be on display, while World War II vintage warbirds including the Spitfire, Mustang, Boomerang and Hudson Bomber will take part in a series of simulated combat manoeuvres.

Nine world-class aerobatic acts have also been engaged for the event. Among them will be freestyle aerobatic champion Jurgis Kairys, from Lithuania, who will lead his new Air Bandits precision flying team.

Drones, aviation’s fastest growing sector, will have their own dedicated precinct at Airshow 2019, while a series of spectacular battlefield re-enactments will provide a unique dimension to the show. Battle sequences will be staged on several “historic combat zones” on a large tract to the east of the main Avalon runway.

For tickets and to find out more, wing your way to airshow.com.au/airshow2019/PUBLIC/index.asp


Golfers spoilt for choice on Mornington Peninsula

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With 15 golf courses of international standard based here on the Mornington Peninsula, all within a half-hour drive of each other and only an hour and a half from Melbourne, locals and visitors are truly spoilt for choice. Course managements and clubs compete for members and green fee players through course quality, cost of play, clubhouse facilities, promotional activities and membership fees. Our first-class golfing facilities also attract a high level of tourism to the Peninsula all year round.

Eagle Ridge Golf Course CEO Wayne Lucas says: “To attract new members to our golf club we have to offer a well-maintained championship-quality course and facilities second to none while remaining competitive on fees. To achieve this, we have worked with our golf club committee to ensure that our annual membership fees will be frozen for at least five years for existing members and new members who join before October 2019. With our fees already low in comparison to many other local courses, our aim is to add many new members over the first year, both ladies and men. We are also confident of attracting a percentage of younger golfers to the club.”

Tourism Victoria is soon to embark on an international campaign to promote Victoria’s sand belt, Mornington Peninsula, Bellarine Peninsula and regional courses as national and international golf touring destinations. Wayne adds: “Eagle Ridge, as no doubt other Peninsula-based golf courses will be, is competing even harder to attract a share of this hugely potential market, so we are determined to stay ahead of the rest by building a strong membership, welcoming and appealing facilities and promotional activities that will see a new broad spectrum of golfers from beginners to professionals playing our unique golf course.” 

Further information and membership applications are available at eagleridge.com.au


New blues festival to rock the Peninsula

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The Mornington Peninsula has long been home to a vibrant and energetic blues scene. Now there are plans for a new festival that its organiser hopes will become a major event on the national blues calendar.

The Mornington Peninsula Blues Festival, which will be held at Mornington Racecourse on Saturday, February 9, is the brainchild of Peninsula resident Patrick Elliget, the man behind the highly successful Mornington Peninsula Blues Sessions over the past four years. It will feature Australian rock and blues legends Ross Wilson and Phil Manning along with Chris Finnen, Lloyd Spiegel, Geoff Achison and others from 11am- 8 pm. Peninsula music-lovers will be able to enjoy food and refreshments courtesy of the Mornington Racing Club providers while they listen to eight high-class blues acts, and there will be various market stalls and displays in a celebration of what the Peninsula has to offer. Buses from Melbourne On The Move will be running to and from the festival, with pick-ups from Melbourne, Brighton, Mordialloc, Frankston, Blairgowrie, Dromana, Rosebud and Sorrento, so your transport options are sorted and you can relax and enjoy a day filled with sensational blues. 

Patrick was recognised at the 2017 Victoria/Tasmania MBAS Blues Awards with the Alan Stafford Award for his contribution to blues music. To book your Mornington Peninsula Blues Festival tickets, go to mornpenbluesfest.com; for your return bus tickets, go to melbourneonthemove.com.au/listing/music-and-sporting-events 


Splash showcases contemporary watercolour artists

Jennifer Mills, In the echo chamber (WARNING NUEAO, Brendan 1976-78) 2018

Jennifer Mills, In the echo chamber (WARNING NUEAO, Brendan 1976-78) 2018

McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery is celebrated as the home of Australian sculpture. With a wide-ranging collection of more than 100 sculptures, the park comprises 8ha of designed landscape and vast areas of indigenous bushland. McClelland’s light-filled café overlooks the sculpture park and serves innovative dishes with delicious produce from the Mornington Peninsula. 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.

To be held every three years, the Splash McClelland Contemporary Watercolour Award has been established to showcase contemporary Australian watercolour practice. It is an acquisitive award enabled by the Fornari Bequest, by the will of the late Lena May Fornari, and is a legacy of her support of the arts in Victoria. Lena May was an ardent collector of watercolours and the first acquisitions through this bequest were significant watercolour paintings. Continuing this tradition, Splash presents the work of contemporary Australian artists who use this medium in highly accomplished and innovative ways. 

The Splash McClelland Contemporary Watercolour Award is on until March 17.

MCCLELLAND SCULPTURE PARK+GALLERY

A: 390 McClelland Drive, Langwarrin

W: mcclellandgallery.com


Rallying for a cure

Cruden Farm at Langwarrin will host the 2019 EastLink Great Australian Rally on Sunday, January 20.  Victoria’s largest veteran, vintage and classic car rally, organised and conducted by the All British Classics Car Club Vic Inc and sponsored by EastLink, is designed to promote the pleasures of historic motoring while raising money for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation’s cancer research.

Replicas of the first Benz and Ford cars will be on display as well as a selection of vehicles through the ages, right up to the Tesla e-vehicle, with the historic gardens of Cruden Farm as their magnificent backdrop. Bring your lunch or buy from a range of catering trucks on site and enjoy a picnic on the manicured lawns while listening to the Royal Australian Navy Band.

The rally will set off from EastLink Ringwood, Rowville and St Kilda Rd in the city as well as from Western Port Marina at Hastings. Veteran, vintage, classic and modern classic vehicles, motorcycles and commercial vehicles are eligible to enter if they’re at least 25 years old. An entry brochure with all details can be obtained at greataustralianrally.com.au or contact Rex Hall on 0408 303 129 or email [email protected] 

The EastLink Great Australian Rally is a wonderful family day out and to date has raised nearly $800,000 for Peter Mac. So head along to Cruden Farm, marvel at the advancement of vehicle design and technology through the years and do your bit in the fight against cancer. Public entry is $20 a person, with children 14 and under admitted for free.


Country racing at its best

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Racing returned to the historic Emu Plains Racecourse on Saturday, December 1, for the first of five meetings conducted by the Balnarring Picnic Racing Club.

It would be hard to find a more picturesque setting for a racecourse than Emu Plains, with magnificent gums, distant views of Western Port Bay and plenty of picnic spots for a family outing. With a variety of food vendors and a well-stocked bar, everyone will be catered for. 

The children’s playground is always popular along with face-painting and children’s rides, while marquee sites and roped off areas can be booked online by visiting balnarringraces.com, where you’ll also find details of trials and jump-outs. You can also renew your memberships or apply for membership online; application forms are also available by calling the office on 5983 9430.

The club has continued its support of charities with another $5000 being distributed among five groups, and it has pledged $1500 for drought relief in East Gippsland, where three picnic racing clubs are fighting to survive.

Race days at Balnarring have something for everyone and are perfect for relaxing with family and friends. That’s why it’s arguably the best picnic racing course in Victoria.

BALNARRING PICNIC RACING CLUB

A: Coolart Rd, Balnarring

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Heart-stopping excitement hits new heights

Buckle up for the high-octane ride of your life! Experience the thrust and grunt of the latest military heavy metal . . . the roar of helicopters and the boom and zoom of vintage warbirds.

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Marvel as world-class barnstormers strut their aerobatic stuff. The Australian International Airshow delivers a wow factor that soars sky-high, and it’s coming to Avalon airport from February 26-March 3.

The first three and a half days of the biennial event — from Tuesday to noon on Friday — are reserved solely for the trade and visiting government and military delegations. The trade pavilions bristle with activity as products and technologies are compared and evaluated and deals are done. On the Friday afternoon, Airshow 2019 opens its doors to the public for two and a half days of high-flying excitement.

Airshow 2019 will feature an impressive array of modern military aircraft from home and abroad. Among them will be the two most modern jet fighters in the world: the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (pictured) and the F-22 Raptor. Other combat aircraft such as the F-16, the Hornet and the Super Hornet will be on display, while World War II vintage warbirds including the Spitfire, Mustang, Boomerang and Hudson Bomber will take part in a series of simulated combat manoeuvres.

Nine world-class aerobatic acts have also been engaged for the event. Among them will be freestyle aerobatic champion Jurgis Kairys, from Lithuania, who will lead his new Air Bandits precision flying team.

Drones, aviation’s fastest growing sector, will have their own dedicated precinct at Airshow 2019, while a series of spectacular battlefield re-enactments will provide a unique dimension to the show. Battle sequences will be staged on several “historic combat zones” on a large tract to the east of the main Avalon runway.

For tickets and to find out more, wing your way to airshow.com.au/airshow2019/PUBLIC/index.asp


Film stars align again for Stellar

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The Stellar Short Film Festival is gathering another dream team from the Australian film industry for its second big year on Saturday, March 2. Well-known film, television and stage actor Matt Day (pictured) will be in attendance as one of the guest judges. Matt has starred in films including Muriel’s Wedding, Kiss or Kill, Sweet Country and current release Reaching Distance, as well as roles in such TV shows as Rake, Tangle and Wolf Creek.

Michael Caton — the star of one of Australia’s most loved feature films The Castle — declared this year’s inaugural event “The best selection of short films I’ve ever seen in one festival!” and has confirmed he’ll be returning in the role of Stellar Ambassador.

Actor/director/writer Scott Major will be back as the MC for the evening, to inform and entertain the film-loving crowd on the lawns of the beautiful McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery in Langwarrin.

Stellar will showcase 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.

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). There’ll also be local wines, beers, cider, Roseade, snacks and coffee available for purchase. VIP ticket-holders will indulge in a cocktail-style dinner party in the indoor gallery, with drinks at the VIP bar before the screenings, plus receive a gourmet showbag of treats, dedicated live entertainment, 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. Tickets are on sale now from stellarshortfilmfestival.com.au


New blues festival to rock the Peninsula

The Mornington Peninsula has long been home to a vibrant and energetic blues scene. Now there are plans for a new festival that its organiser hopes will become a major event on the national blues calendar.

Phillip Island-born bluesman Geoff Achison joins a stellar line-up for February’s Mornington Peninsula Blues Festival.

Phillip Island-born bluesman Geoff Achison joins a stellar line-up for February’s Mornington Peninsula Blues Festival.

The Mornington Peninsula Blues Festival, which will be held at Mornington Racecourse on Saturday, February 9, is the brainchild of Peninsula resident Patrick Elliget, the man behind the highly successful Mornington Peninsula Blues Sessions over the past four years. It will feature Australian rock and blues legends Ross Wilson and Phil Manning along with Chris Finnen, Lloyd Spiegel, Geoff Achison and others from 11.30am-9pm. 

Peninsula music-lovers will be able to enjoy food and refreshments courtesy of the Mornington Racing Club providers while they listen to eight high-class blues acts, and there will be various market stalls and displays in a celebration of what the Peninsula has to offer. Buses from Melbourne On The Move will be running to and from the festival, with pick-ups from Melbourne, Brighton, Mordialloc, Frankston, Blairgowrie, Dromana, Rosebud and Sorrento, so your transport options are sorted and you can relax and enjoy a day filled with sensational blues.

Patrick was recognised at the 2017 Victoria/Tasmania MBAS Blues Awards with the Alan Stafford Award for his contribution to blues music. To book your Mornington Peninsula Blues Festival tickets, go to mornpenbluesfest.com; for your return bus tickets, go to melbourneonthemove.com.au/listing/music-and-sporting-events


New award makes a Splash at gallery

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

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

McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery, celebrated as the home of Australian sculpture, 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 vast areas of indigenous bushland. McClelland’s light-filled café overlooks the sculpture park and serves innovative dishes with delicious produce from the Mornington Peninsula. 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.

The Splash McClelland Contemporary Watercolour Award 2018 has been established to showcase contemporary Australian watercolour practice and is on from December 1-March 17. To be held every three years, it is an acquisitive award enabled by the Fornari Bequest, by the will of the late Lena May Fornari, and is a legacy of her support of the arts in Victoria. Lena May was an ardent collector of watercolours and the first acquisitions through this bequest were significant watercolour paintings. Continuing this tradition, Splash presents the work of contemporary Australian artists who use this medium in highly accomplished and innovative ways. The award will be judged by Linda Michael, independent curator and editor, with one highly commended work judged by Samantha Comte, curator at The Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne.

MCCLELLAND SCULPTURE PARK+GALLERY

A: 390 McClelland Drive, Langwarrin


Aussie rock stars to shine on Hastings By Kate Sears

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For the chance to bask in the glory of the best of Australian rock, join us at Under the Southern Stars — The Summer Festival on Saturday, January 12, at Hastings’ Foreshore Reserve. A huge line-up is set to spread good vibes in a superb outdoor setting this summer, including legendary ARIA Hall of Fame inductees the Hoodoo Gurus along with Australian rock royalty You Am I. Rocking the Mornington Peninsula will also be Eskimo Joe, The Superjesus, British India, The Getaway Plan and Scott Darlow. 

After speaking to Dave Faulkner from the Hoodoos in our October issue, we can confidently say that they have consistently been one of the most inventive, lyrically smart and goddamn exciting rock’n’roll bands that Australia has ever produced. Join us at Hastings to dance along to their well-known hits such as My Girl, Bittersweet, What’s My Scene, Like Wow Wipeout and The Right Time. 

One of Australia’s all-time quintessential rock’n’roll bands without a doubt would have to be You Am I. Receiving an impressive 10 ARIA awards since their first record was released more than two decades ago, they’ve continued to climb the charts with their successful recording career and renowned stage presence. 

Successfully balancing mainstream commercial success while managing to keep their alternative music roots secure, iconic indie legends Eskimo Joe have released five ever-so-popular studio albums, with three of these debuting at No.1 on the ARIA charts. Join these much-adored indie rock kids from Fremantle as they play hits that have scored them three International Song Writing Awards, 11 WAMI Awards and eight ARIA Awards. 

One of Australia’s most successful and respected rock bands who remain a staple on Aussie rock radio are The Superjesus. Their live shows deliver the perfect mix of their late ‘90s hits and current melodic rock outings, which results in them attracting new admirers while satisfying the appetites of the loyal fans who have followed their sound for more than 20 years. They’ve collected three ARIA Awards and have released multi-platinum albums plus hit singles.

Having released five albums, scored three ARIA Top 10 debuts, multiple ARIA and J Award nominations, won an AIR Award and had five entries into the Triple J Hottest 100 over the course of their career, we’re ecstatic to welcome British India to the Mornington Peninsula. They’ve conquered every stage they’ve graced and played an array of sold-out shows and music festivals galore.

The Getaway Plan’s debut album, Other Voices, Other Rooms, catapulted them to the forefront of the Aussie hard rock and post-hardcore scene and made them a household name. This Melbourne-based alternative rock band formed in December 2004 and have undertaken dozens of tours across the country and internationally. 

For more than 10 years, Scott Darlow has been one of this country’s hardest working and most successful independent artists. He combines an incredible vocal ability with hooky guitar-driven rock and the distinctive sounds of the didgeridoo thrown in. Scott Darlow is the real deal.

UNDER THE SOUTHERN STARS

A: Hastings Foreshore Reserve, Marine Pde, Hastings

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Future looks bright for renamed club

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Bowls in Rosebud is undergoing a raft of changes, with Rosebud Beach Community Bowls Club’s new name reflecting its direction as a true community organisation.

Three years ago the club’s future looked bleak, with uncertainty about its tenure on prime beachfront land, declining membership, poor greens and weakening finances. Since then, it has been revitalised with innovative programs, community involvement and a new energy. Support from Mornington Peninsula Shire Council has been invaluable, extending the club’s lease and ushering in needed repairs and renovations. Financial stability has been restored and led to improved greens, which are soon to be augmented by a new all-weather artificial surface, thus ensuring year-round availability for members and the community.

Friday Barefoot Bowls is a cornerstone of the club during summer, when families enjoy relaxing with friends and the kids on the greens or enjoying a quiet drink and meal in the welcoming clubrooms.

The club supports local charities such as aged support group 39+, Luke Batty Foundation and mental health programs as it reaches deeper into the community it serves.

ROSEBUD BEACH COMMUNITY BOWLS CLUB

A: Nepean Highway, Rosebud

T: 5982 2463

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Barefoot bowls and Christmas cheer

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Widely admired for its stunning views and set in a secluded, tranquil part of Mount Martha, the Mt Martha Bowls & Social Club is known as a “hidden gem”.

Barefoot bowls is for players of any age group, and office workers, sales people, students, teachers, friends, family and people from every walk of life can take part. On Fridays from December there’s a barbecue from 6pm and the bar is open while you enjoy the sunset from the balconies. Phone Steve Rose on 0419 893 231 or email the club to ask about its Barefoot Bowls & Pizza deal.

The combination of bowling greens, bar and new kitchen also makes the club the perfect venue for Christmas parties and corporate and social club functions. Just bring flat-soled shoes or bare feet and the club will provide everything else, including the bowls and people to teach you how to play.

Ask now — you’ll be surprised how much fun everyone has!

MT MARTHA BOWLS & SOCIAL CLUB

A: 45 Watson Rd, Mount Martha

T: 5974 2894

E: [email protected]

 

Take off your shoes and bowl

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Mount Eliza Bowling Club is conveniently located in Canadian Bay Rd, next to The Village shopping precinct, and barefoot bowls is held from 5.30-7.30 pm on most Friday evenings from November to March. Don’t worry if you’ve never played before because club members are on hand to provide assistance for those who are inexperienced.

The cost is $10 per person for the two-hour session, and children under 12 can have a go for free. You can also purchase a season pass for only $50 if you wish to come along regularly. Drinks are available from the bar at members’ prices and you can bring your own food if you wish.

For further details, please contact Ken on 0417 551 873, and mention this ad to get one free session valued at $10 during November. And for private functions, please contact Mandy on 0490 164 091.

MOUNT ELIZA BOWLING CLUB

A: 90-100 Canadian Bay Rd, Mt Eliza

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Stunning setting for your next function

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Situated in the Peninsula hinterland surrounded by farmland, orchards and wineries, Main Ridge Bowls and Pétanque Club is a million miles away from the summer traffic jams of the coast.

As well as two picture-perfect bowling greens in this picturesque setting, the club has an airconditioned function room with a fully licensed bar and seating for up to 100 people. Your function can be fully catered or you can bring your own food and take advantage of the club’s kitchen and barbecues.

All the bowls equipment you’ll need is supplied, and club members will be on hand to help. Social pétanque functions can also be arranged. The fees are published on the website MainRidgeBPC.com.au under the Functions tab, and you can contact secretary Robert Hudson at [email protected] for further details.

MAIN RIDGE BOWLS AND PÉTANQUE CLUB

A: 455 Main Creek Rd, Main Ridge

W: mainridgebpc.com.au

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