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!

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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.

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

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.

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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.

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Diverse exhibitions to excite the senses

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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


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