Old-school art from the heart

Photo by Billy Nye

Photo by Billy Nye

Gillian Haig is old-school. From her sheep-farming origins in East Gippsland, where she spent hours as a child sketching and lying in the long grass watching the clouds move and morph above her, painting and making has been part of her DNA ever since she can remember. Growing up in what she calls “ideal circumstances” with her four siblings and parents who understood the importance of physical and mental space, Gill knew she wanted to give her two children, Georgina and Julian, the same free-ranging experience. She and her then husband Russell moved to Red Hill in 1990 and the memories made were special. 

Gill explains: “I went to the ‘kindergarten of the air’ as a child, which was kinder on the radio. Mum would set up the paints on the veranda, then draw a truck or something else and we painted it in. When Russell and I moved to Red Hill, I painted every day. The kids went off to Red Hill Consolidated and I went to my studio or headed out along the dirt tracks looking for inspiration. I used to drive to Flinders and sit in the car behind the wheel just drawing and painting if the weather was too bad. Watercolours are pretty portable, you see. Then I’d go home and finish off the work in my studio. We’d head off to Shoreham Beach with other families with Eskys after school and meet other local families. The kids would play in the water until nightfall and we’d put the car headlights on the water to call the kids in.”

Gill spent her early years as a painter in a vast studio in West Melbourne as a contemporary of the Roar Studios painters while completing her RMIT Fine Art degree. She used to lay everything out on a huge sheet of plastic on the floor and ‘build’ abstract landscapes layer by layer. She continues: “I experimented and played with building works on the floor without a formal canvas, using and layering other materials that resulted in abstract landscapes. This work was influenced at the time by artists such as Rosalie Gascoigne and Elizabeth Gower, who were bringing a new and very female quality to the Australian landscape.” This was the work that won her a five-month travelling scholarship to Europe in her fourth year at RMIT. “Winning the scholarship was exciting as I’d never been anywhere before,” Gill continues. “I saw all the great European masters like Matisse and Van Gogh, who I was greatly influenced by. My response to intuitive painting was due to the power of the great American mid-century artists such as Willem de Kooning.”

With art show awards under her paint-spattered smock, including best painting in the Flinders Art Show, and multiple group shows in Melbourne, including the Canterbury Art Exhibition, plus a 14-year stint in business with her Red Hill Cool Stores and Gallery, where her love of Mornington Peninsula wine and produce merged with art, this artist paints because she must. That’s just the way she views the world. Through the lens of a visual voyeur. Most recently you’ll find her subtly mesmerising and delicate still life vegetable watercolours, which look like they’ve just been pulled from the earth, being created. She concludes: “I’ve grown up with the landscape. When the kids were at home there were so many beautiful things that popped up out of the earth, and still life became very interesting to me. I really enjoyed illustrating the first Seasonal Produce Diary in 1995 for Allan Campion and Michele Curtis. I find the land and what comes out of it fascinating and beautiful.”

And so is her technique-laden art, grown from the heart.


Something to get you from A to ‘Whee!’

Ferrari’s 488 Pista is fitted with the most powerful V8 engine in the company’s history.

Ferrari’s 488 Pista is fitted with the most powerful V8 engine in the company’s history.

If that old clunker of yours is on its last legs and you’re in the market for a new set of wheels, you could always trawl through the used-car yards or jump online and try to find a tidy little runabout to get you to the shops and back. You might even consider splashing out on a new model, fresh off the showroom floor and still exuding that delicious new-car aroma.

Or then again, you might want to cast your eyes over this — Elite Traveler’s top 14 premium cars of 2019. The US lifestyle magazine’s motoring writer, Alexandra Cheney, has compiled a list of the most jaw-droppingly gorgeous hypercars and luxury sedans that are guaranteed to get your motor well and truly running — and give your bank manager serious heart palpitations at the same time. As the magazine points out: “With an average price tag of $434,000, only those with the deepest pockets can buy one.”

The selection totals more than $US6 million, with the $US3.2 million Aston Martin Valkyrie commanding the lion’s share. A hybrid hypercar powered by a naturally aspirated 6.5-litre V12 hybrid engine producing 1160hp, the Valkyrie requires buyers to undergo a total 3D body scan for the custom-yet-fixed driver’s seat. 

No.1 on Alexandra’s list is McLaren’s 720S Spider, priced from $US315,000 — “easily one of the most exceptional vehicles the company has ever put into production”. As well as an M840T twin-turbo V8 engine, the Spider comes with an optional electrochromic glass roof that “turns from clear to a deep cerulean in order to offset glare and reduce UV exposure”. Just what you need on a blindingly bright Peninsula summer’s day.

It’s followed by the Valkyrie, then the Maserati Levante Trofeo, from $US170,000; the Ferrari 488 Pista (from $US349,050); and the Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet (from $US133,400). British manufacturers dominate the list with seven cars, but Lamborghini, BMW and Mercedes also feature.

“Each vehicle in this list provides perspicacity into its respective automaker, from naturally aspirated, rumbling swan songs to visionary electrifications,” Alexandra writes. “But cars do more than merely shuttle us from one place to another; they move us. (These) automobiles also seduce, dazzle and inspire — and could potentially even transport those searching for new wheels.”

Check out the complete list, the specs and the price tags at www.elitetraveler.com/luxury-transport/automotive/the-best-luxury-cars-of-2019, and start dreaming.

Mississippi blues land on Bellarine Peninsula

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The Queenscliff Music Festival takes off on November 22-24 and it’s set to be a ripper. This mecca for all things instrumental and vocally brilliant began in 1997 and showcases the cream of the blues, jazz and smooth crooning. This year Clare Bowditch, Missy Higgins, The Cat Empire, The Waifs, Tim Finn and others will be joined by Mississippi-born Kent Burnside, who’s bringing his distinct gravelly down south blues guitar and vocals to the Bellarine Peninsula. As the grandson of legendary blues man R.L. Burnside, Kent was born into the shoes of one of the best blues masters around and has toured Europe and the US. Liz Rogers got a chance to ask him some questions before he set sail for our great southern land. Enjoy.

So, what do you know about Australia?

Nothing. All I know is you got kangaroos.

What’s the best thing about playing the Queenscliff Music Festival?

They get to hear what I do.  You know what I’m saying? They open the doors for me to spread my music to Australia so I can get more gigs and keep coming back.

Tell us a bit about growing up in such a renowned musical family and what your childhood looked like.

It was pretty crazy. I was very poor, actually. We worked on a farm and ate what we grew. At the beginning R.L. was very poor. He always worked and played music but only came up near the end of his life. He would have parties at the farm on the weekends and play music, and I made and sold sandwiches to help out. It was $2 to get in . . . sometimes $1 if it was a slow night. I was about 15 when he became very successful. He always stayed humble, though.

What do the blues mean to you? 

Man, the blues, man. It’s an outlet for me, a release for whatever I have going on. It helps relax my soul. Their problems can help you with your problems. They tell me that the blues ain’t nothin but a good man feelin’ bad.

When did you begin playing guitar and singing?

Since I was nine. I started trying to sing at 14.

Where do your lyrics come from?

From the heart. I’ve experienced so much I’m amazed I’m still alive. It was crazy coming up. It wasn’t all good. We struggled a lot until R.L. came up. There were lots of days I didn’t eat as a kid.

What’s life on the road of a touring blues man look like?

It’s amazing. When I’m home I’m Dad, but when I’m on the road I’m young again. 

How many gigs do you do per year on average?

Around 100 a year.

And finally, anything you must do when you come Down Under?

Just to enjoy every moment I’m there. I wanna see some kangaroos.

A musical evening with Trinity College Choir

The Peninsula Music Society hosts the Trinity College Choir on Saturday, September 14, for a celestial evening of music at the accessible Peninsula Community Theatre, Wilsons Rd, Mornington, at 7.30pm.

Christopher Wilson will direct and lead the choir, a vocal ensemble with music to embalm the spectator for the compositions featuring mainly Australian contemporary themes.

The internationally acclaimed Trinity College Choir travels widely and has collaborated with various orchestras, including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Buy tickets online at www.pmsmusic.asn.au; at Farrell’s Bookshop in Mornington and Robinsons Bookshop in Frankston; by phone on 9789 8392; or at the door one hour before the concert.


You can make our festival even better

For the past 23 years, Mornington’s annual Main Street Festival has celebrated the incredible diversity of wine, arts, music, food and culture we are blessed with on the Mornington Peninsula. Applications have closed for food, wine and music for this year’s festival on Sunday, October 20, but there are still many other opportunities for you to get involved to help make the 24th festival the best yet.

If you love to entertain, roving, street and children’s performers of all types and ages are needed. If you can put on activities for big and little kids, organisers would love to hear from you too.

Art and funky installations that can be displayed safely in the street always help brighten up the festival, while school, community or dance groups are invited to show festival-goers what they have on the community stage and performance spaces in the street.

Volunteers who are willing to help out in the lead-up to the festival and on the day are always appreciated, as are sponsors. The festival is a not-for-profit, free community event and relies completely on sponsorship and stall fees to keep it running. If you’re interested in getting your business brand out there while supporting a magnificent local event, get in touch with the organisers for information on festival sponsorship packs. There are options to fit every budget, and with more than 30,000 patrons attending each year it can be a great way to give your business exposure.

The festival is forever growing and changing, and this year will see many of your favourites return as well as a lot of new additions, but the main focus is always on bringing the community together and enjoying what it has to offer. To get involved, visit www.mainstreetfestival.com.au for applications and contact details.

Paintings from thought

“I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them” — Pablo Picasso

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As a contemporary expressionist painter, Graham Jones lives by the words of Picasso when portraying his artworks. Often landscaped-based, as displayed in his new solo exhibition River Deep – Mountain High, opening at Nissarana Galleries, 211 Main St, Mornington, Jones’ paintings walk a somewhat precarious line between realism and abstraction. 

Gleaned from years of skiing and travelling on all seven continents, Graham’s art is influenced by the harsh and serene beauty of such environments, yet it reflects his ‘mind’s eye’ in the distribution of ideas on to his canvas.

As a building designer who forged an enviable career through his multi-award-winning practice Graham Jones Design, Graham is a self-taught artist who only began painting four years ago. Since then he has produced an astounding body of work usually equated to a portfolio of a lifetime. 

As the viewer ponders the realities and non-realities of these timeless works of applausable talent, it is easy to come to the understanding they convey a deeper message not only about the inaccessible and awe-inspiring landscape from which they are derived but also about the artist’s ability to capture emotion in the movement of the paint itself.

The exhibition opens on August 23 with the opening event on August 24 at 2pm. Until then, come and see the Zoe Ellenberg exhibition, which is open until August 11.


Open Wednesday-Sunday 10am-5pm, Monday-Tuesday 10am-4pm or after hours by appointment

A: Ground Floor, 211 Main St, Mornington  

T: 5976 8877

M: 0474 496 222 

E: [email protected]

W: www.nissaranagalleries.com.au

The Lion King Showing at HOYTS, Wells St, Frankston

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We’re sure that this 2019 remake of Disney’s 1994 classic The Lion King requires no plot summary. So instead let’s dive into what’s new.

It’s captivating how real all of the animals and scenery look. It’s a true masterpiece. It just looks so real that if there weren’t animals speaking it might just be mistaken for one of David Attenborough’s wildlife documentaries. The close attention paid to the movement of the lions’ manes in the wind and their chests rising with each breath is a huge progression from the cartoon we came to love. Fight scenes were more realistic, as were the predator and subsequent eating sequences. Scar and his team of hyenas were eerily evil and presented perfectly. The musical numbers were catchy yet realistic in that they weren’t in the characters’ minds like a surreal dream. 

James Earl Jones reprises his role as Mufasa, which was music to our ears. His distinctive voice joins Beyoncé Knowles, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodward, Keegan-Michael Key, John Oliver and Donald Glover, also known as Childish Gambino. The cast was flawless, as was the quality of their singing voices. Beyoncé, also known as Queen B, was a loveable Nala, while Donald Glover was a cheeky, strong-willed Simba. Billy Eichner played Timon, joining Seth Rogen as his best friend, Pumbaa. They were just as witty and full of banter as the original duo we met back in 1994. Their rendition of Hakuna Matata was upbeat, as was the very popular I Just Can’t Wait to be King, by Simba and Nala. 

But don’t worry, you adults out there — our cinema was 90 per cent made up of those who would have grown up with The Lion King. It’s not just for kids!


One degree of separation

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From the team that brought you Shirley Valentine and Always . . . Patsy Cline comes a show that’s been a hit in 28 countries around the world. My Brilliant Divorce sees star Mandi Lodge and award-winning director Denny Lawrence once again combining their talents. This time it’s to present a funny, heartfelt story about Angela, who is trying to ‘take charge’ after a divorce from her lying, cheating husband — a divorce that shocked her, but which everybody else around her knew she was hurtling towards. It’s a funny, contemporary story with heart.

With one in three Australian marriages ending in divorce, this is a highly relevant topic that is skillfully tackled by leading playwright Geraldine Aron. Mandi says she’s enjoying the demands of taking on a challenging issue using wit and honesty. “As with any upheaval, people can find funny things happen amongst the drama, and it is those lighter moments that help us get through and find perspective. Our show works as either a funny, heartful time in the theatre or it can give people a chance to recognise the ups and downs of divorce and hopefully feel a bit better about those moments and laugh at some of the sillier stuff that goes on.” 

My Brilliant Divorce will be performed on Saturday, September 14, at 7.30pm. Tickets are $27-$59 and can be booked online on thefac.com.au, over the phone on 9784 1060 or in person at Frankston Arts Centre.

A: 27-37 Davey St, Frankston
T: 9784 1060
W: www.thefac.com.au

FB: FrankstonArtsCentre

INSTA: the_fac

Contemporary imagery goes pop

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The last time Mornington Peninsula Magazine spoke with Andrew Owen, it was all about raising money for charity, hosting the Tech Games Fest at Chisholm Institute in Frankston, and sessional teaching. This time we discuss his love of oil painting, pastels and pencils, and digital art.

He explains: “I came back to drawing and painting about five years ago after doing other things like teaching and community work. My mum and her auntie were artists and it was quite weird when I looked at their work. It was as if I was looking at my own. My grand-aunt used to make postcards and greeting cards, and the work is so similar to mine it’s uncanny. I love exploring the theme of popular culture, whether it’s through painting, drawing or digital art as a medium. I do a lot of one-off commissions for private collections. The life-size 3D helicopter I made was used for the Hollywood blockbuster movie San Andreas, starring Dwayne Johnson. I also recreated the original movie poster for Barry Bostwick, the original Brad in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. He puts them up at conventions across the USA.” 

But back to painting — Andrew’s work sits somewhere between fandom, traditional art and digital illustration. Focused on drawing and painting famous people, superheroes and characters from such shows as Doctor Who and Harry Potter, he spends hours and hours detailing faces to hone in on every expression and personality-forged line. He’ll have around 10 works on the go at any time and prefers to paint on thick paper and board rather than canvas. He’s messy too! He continues: “I’ve got paint and paper everywhere. I’m always amazed when you see those artists with clean studios and everything is organised. I’m usually covered in oil paint and so is everything else.” 

Working from his studio at home in Somerville surrounded by the likes of Jack Nicholson, Christopher Reeves, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Hugh Jackman and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Andrew is keen to take his figurative work further by entering the Archibald Prize in 2020. He explains: “I’ve already got a prominent Australian locked in and will be starting work on the piece soon. It’s exciting. The whole process will be very new to me. I expect to take a lot of photos and have multiple sittings. It will be great to see what I come up with.”

As an admirer of urban landscape painter Jeffrey Smart and Heidelberg School member Tom Roberts, this Coffs Harbour native who went to school in Sydney has lived on the Peninsula for the past 20 years. He’s most content when painting but loves making costumes for his two boys, Sebastian and Lachie, too. He also enjoys giving old toys a more lifelike appearance. “I’m happy as long as I’m producing something. My kids are like that too.”

Check out his remarkably lifelike imagery on Facebook @theAndrewOwen or on Instagram @andrewoonline to marvel in some creative contemporary pop! 


Bronwyn isn’t kidding around

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From Melbourne to London and back again, Frankston South’s Bronwyn Kidd has created awe-inspiring photographs and developed her skills from analogue to digital, rising from a photographer’s assistant to an award-winning photographer over her 20-year career. After first showing an interest in photography during her HSC at high school in Ivanhoe, where she spent her time chasing a rock band, taking actions shots and developing the film, Bronwyn’s style evolved when she studied photography at RMIT before heading to London in 1992 with a one-way ticket. 

Her fashion and portrait photography is characterised by a steadfast commitment to precision, timelessness and elegance. Having created award-winning campaigns for Covergirl, advertising for L’Oréal and Olay, and acquiring agents in the UK and Asia, you could say she’s found her aperture. With her portraiture held in permanent collections in the National Portrait Gallery London, her ‘hit the ground running’ attitude certainly paid off. After arriving in London, Bronwyn hit the pavement with her portfolio, which resulted in her landing assisting roles with celebrated British photographer Clive Arrowsmith and fellow Australian, artist Polly Borland.

“The right people came into my life,” Bronwyn said. “Clive Arrowsmith left a message on my home phone. The message said: ‘Hi Bronwyn, you have a Welsh name too, so I called. I don’t normally call people back.’ I was in shock.”

At 23, she was lucky to be under the wing of the Queen’s couturier, the late Sir Hardy Amies, working exclusively for his Savile Row seasonal collections and advertising using famed British model Paula Hamilton. Since then, her natural talent for fashion reflected in a distinctly modern photographic style has seen her work featured in global campaigns for Gossard, Renault, Adidas, Levi’s and Mikimoto, and editorial for Tatler, Harpers & Queen, Cosmopolitan and Vogue

“If you worked for someone great then it opened a door for your career — but it didn’t cross my mind; I was naïve. I wasn’t strategic; I didn’t come from that.”  

Twelve years in London saw Bronwyn working for the big stores on Oxford St, creating packaging, window displays and point of sales material for such brands as DKNY. She loved the retail space. The advertising industry was a whole other world. Likewise, her hard work also resulted in her photographing in Paris and New York. London was new and exciting, and during her time there she embraced every morsel of it.

“I only knew Melbourne. It was a very different experience for a girl from Melbourne, but you just had to absorb it. I couldn’t get enough. It was so different. My mind was opening up — it was just incredible.”

This modern portraitist has worked with jockey and The Funky Farm owner Chris Symons and professional polo player and model Sam Stott. Bronwyn appreciates the Peninsula art community, and has supported school fetes and art shows, including the Mount Eliza North Primary Art Show in late 2018. 

“Every direction you go on the Mornington Peninsula there’s something beautiful to look at. However, when I look at a landscape I just want to put a model with a huge frock in the scenery.”


Give hope to our homeless


On any given night, 116,427 Australians will be experiencing homelessness and 42 per cent of them will be under the age of 25. However, you can help ease their plight by supporting Fusion Australia’s Sleep In Your Car event on Saturday, August 3, in Mornington Park.

Held during Homelessness Week, Sleep In Your Car is part of a nationwide campaign to help our homeless and to raise community awareness of the problem. This will be the fifth year it has been held in Mornington and organisers are hoping to raise $35,000.

You can drop by for a community dinner from 5.30pm or stay the whole night. You’ll learn from Peninsula service providers about the issues facing our homeless and what you can do to help; there will be a pop-up gallery, musicians, workshops, children's story readings and collaborative art; and you can experience The Walk Without Home, a learning program developed by the Fusion Mornington Peninsula team.

Register at www.sleepinyourcar.com.au to sleep in your car or sleep rough in one of the designated areas and help raise the money needed to support homeless young people on the Peninsula and provide them with somewhere safe to live.


Mornington in winter is worth singing about By Kate Sears

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The Mornington Winter Music Festival dances into town for the Queen’s Birthday weekend, from Friday, June 7, until Monday, June 10. Proudly supported by the Mornington Chamber of Commerce, Mornington Peninsula Shire and Main Street Mornington, the three-day festival program includes free street entertainment, and venues offering ticketed and free performances. Check out the festival program in our special music festival feature to discover the participating venues, bands, times and prices to plan your long weekend.

In preparation for the colder months ahead, make sure to stop by Kiwi House to pick up some Possum Merino Clothing and accessories — there’s nothing warmer than this 40 per cent possum, 50 per cent merino and 10 per cent nylon blend. Complete the look at Amicus Hair & Beauty, where Donna and Maria’s team will have you stepping out with a new contemporary look. Or you could brighten up your winter wardrobe with stylish new frames from Main Street Eye Care. Continue your wander through Main St to visit Organica Eco Salon, where you’ll find the highest performing certified organic hair colouring system. 

Why not add new items to your home to evoke a warm atmosphere with one-of-a-kind homeware pieces by local and Australian artisans from Ideas by the Bay. Or pop into Page8, which offers perfect gifts from its curated range. Browse the extensive collection at Rivette & Blare in Barkly St to find a new winter fashion staple item. 

AMT Legal in Mornington has a team who can expertly serve the needs of their clients in most areas of law, including family law, international family law, relationship law, wills, and powers of attorney. Speaking of experts, the Victorian Oral & Facial Surgeons treat conditions of the mouth, face and jaw. Prestige Home Care in Mornington are a caring team who provide the care that your loved ones need at home. Or why not leave your home for a little holiday in the sun planned by Mornington Travel? 

Dine after the festival or on any occasion at Swordfish Wine Bar & Tapas. Swordfish is Mornington’s newest wine bar that offers local wine and craft beer. Meanwhile, Publican’s all-new winter menu will have you delighted and feeling warm from head to toe. 

Whatever you’re after, from music to services, and fashion to food, it can be found here in Mornington’s bustling Main St. 

Man of metal

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Russ Brebner is like a bowerbird. He just loves to collect, convert and create. Finding some old metal in his shed in 2005 and then purchasing a welder, this Mornington Peninsula artist has been making “all kinds of metal creatures, including animals, birds, robots, ray guns and everything in between” ever since. 

Russ continues: “Every piece contains many ‘found’ recycled metals. I work across four main areas, including recycled metal art, letterboxes and numbers, gates and screens, and garden sculptures. Collecting the metal is half the fun and I design and manufacture each one-of-a-kind piece from start to finish. My first sculpture created from that first piece of metal was a robot called Bert. He gave me the inspiration to create more characters with other scrap metal I had lying around. I ended up selling lots at a local market. That’s when I bought a bigger welder, made a bigger workshop and began making bigger sculptures.”

The rest, as they say, is history. Russ began to have great success selling his art at markets across the Peninsula and started entering his work in local art shows. He won the Best Sculpture Award at the 2012 Derinya Art & Craft Exhibition and was selected as a contributing artist for the Mali in the City program at the Royal Melbourne Zoo in 2012, where he created his piece Rusty Mali. He then collaborated with Frankston City Council to design and construct decorative sculptures for the festive Christmas program in 2015 and recently won the Highly Commended Sculpture Award for his piece entitled Tic Toc at Art Red Hill 2019. 

Check out his terrific metal masterpieces at Blue Mini Café in Rosebud West or go online at www.rustysculptures.com.au to take a peek. His showroom in Carrum Downs is open 10am-2pm Monday-Saturday and other times by appointment.

Lip Bombs bring it on By Liz Rogers

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When you first listen to the Belair Lip Bombs banging out their brand of surf/punk, you might be forgiven for thinking you were held up in some 1980s downtown dive where the lights are low and the music makes you high. This is the stuff that takes you back to Blondie, The Cramps, Iggy Pop and The Slits, then kicks you up the posterior into the future for a glimpse of 20-something rock that shocks with a whack of pure guitar grunt. Mornington Peninsula Magazine got the ‘goss’ from Lip Bombs guitarist Mike Bradvica about what they’ve been up to.

How long have you guys been together?

A bit over a year now. Mike, who plays guitar, and Liam, who plays the drums, are Frankston boys, while Jimbo on bass comes from Seaford. Maisie on vox used to live in Frankston but has just moved to Ascot Vale. We’ve pretty much played all the major venues in Melbourne now but there’s a few more to go. The MCG would be sick — ha ha!

Why Belair Lip Bombs?

Vintage Belair Lip Bomb wheels came from California back when the whole skate craze was popping. We thought the name sounded cool and we all kinda skate so we thought yeah, why not?

How would you describe your sound?

We all love heavy punk and grunge but we also love melodic and slow music too. We always show each other what we are listening to, which I think is pretty cool. We’ve been described as punk/surf/grunge rock but we’re not influenced by anyone really except ourselves.

Have you always been into making music?

We’ve all been making music since we were young. I personally don’t know what else I’d be doing with my life if music didn’t exist.

What does a Belair Lip Bombs crowd look like?

When we first started our audience was pretty much just our own mates and whoever happened to be there. Now we’ve started to get a bit of a following, which is sweet. Mostly teens and young adults. We’ve had some pretty sick gigs so far. Our 2am Yah Yah’s headline in Fitzroy went pretty wild. Recently we were asked to sign someone’s shirt for the first time, which was a kinda strange feeling.

Who writes the tunes?

Maisie writes most of them but she throws out her ideas when we rehearse and the rest of us add our stuff and flesh it out. 

Tell us about your EP, Songs To Do Your Laundry To, which was launched May 25.

We recorded it with our ‘sick’ mixer mate Max over two days in Frankston in January this year. We thought “Nah” to releasing a single because there were only three songs and it was better to release them all in one bang.

So what’s next?

We are playing a bunch of gigs in town throughout June and are thinking of starting to record a full-length EP or LP. Overseas gigs would be great too — but baby steps.

Follow them on Facebook @lipbombz to find out where they’ll be playing next. 

Award-winning agency opens Peninsula studio

In the lead-up to its 10-year anniversary, award-winning Melbourne-based agency Five Creative has expanded its Victorian presence and launched a second creative space on the Mornington Peninsula. The new studio, fondly titled the Country Table, will provide the same dedicated creative services offered at Five Creative’s South Yarra workplace: branding, packaging, website and design.

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Charlie Ryan, Evie Baker and her dad James Baker in Red Hill.

Already aligned with some of the businesses on the Peninsula, Five Creative was behind the successful re-brand of EVOO producer Cape Schanck Olive Estate, with its work recently receiving a silver medal for packaging at the 2019 Los Angeles International EVOO competition.

And in collaboration with both Cape Schanck Olive Estate and Olieve & Olie, the team recently provided their skills and time to help produce a batch of handmade soap, donating 100 per cent of sales directly to the farmers affected by the recent Bunyip bushfires.


Five Creative was founded in 2009 by Charlie Ryan and James Baker, who both have longstanding family ties with the Peninsula and Australian agriculture. The expansion has coincided with Charlie’s own move to Red Hill.

Charlie says: “We are thrilled to be expanding our creative studios into the Mornington Peninsula, and it is a privilege to live and work amongst the local families and businesses that make this region world-renowned in agriculture and hospitality.”

To find out more, visit fivecreative.com.au/mp or phone 9826 2174.

A: Red Hill
T: 9826 2174
W: fivecreative.com.au/mp
FB: fivecreative
INSTA: fivecreative

Prime example of political satire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Greater Frankston Business Awards


BBQ Spit Rotisseries
2/59 Brunel Rd, Seaford
P: 9773 6167

Pawsome Paws
P: 0433 719 445

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

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

Local Shed Solutions
P: 9775 1706

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


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

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

11 Heversham Drive, Seaford
P: 8759 1431

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

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

Seaford Osteopathy
Rosslyn Ave, Seaford
P: 0417 512 536

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

Virtual Infinity
P: 0430 088 040

P: 1300 995 117

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

Pawsome Paws
P: 0433 719 445

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

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

The Beauchamp Group
54 New St, Frankston
P: 1800 005 351

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

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

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

Langwarrin KingSwim
19-27 Northgateway, Langwarrin
P: 9775 7000

Frankston KingSwim
3 Foot St, Frankston
P: 9783 5377

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

Drive Skills 4 Life
P: 0422 765 843

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

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

Lisa's Lacies
6 Klauer St, Seaford
P: 9782 5955

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

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

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

FRATELLI Frankston
227 Cranbourne Rd, Frankston
P: 9776 5277

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

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

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

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

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

FRATELLI Frankston
227 Cranbourne Rd, Frankston
P: 9776 5277

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

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

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

TASC Group
Patterson Lakes
P: 0477 182 254

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

Virtual Infinity
P: 0430 088 040

The Toothbrush Project

Garden Babies Fairy Art
P: 0420 646 244

BBQ Spit Rotisseries
2/59 Brunel Rd, Seaford
P: 9773 6167

Cleanskin Candles
9 Peninsula Blvd, Seaford
P: 0433 283 741

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

Wholefoods Melbourne
28 Wells St, Frankston
P: 9783 5584

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

Ems Beauty Boutique
12 McCulloch Drive, Seaford
P: 9190 8974 

Jodi Eames Beauty and Wellness
P: 0408 376 167

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

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

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

All Psyched Up
373 Nepean Highway, Frankston
P: 8797 5542

Positive Psychology
35 Mereweather Ave, Frankston
P: 9725 5586

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

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

Input Fitness
224 Cranbourne Rd, Frankston
P: 9789 3566

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

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

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

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

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

Wicked Sparkle
P: 0415 519 367

Nepean Complete Cleaning Services
P: 9770 5253

Total Commercial Cleaning Solutions
P: 5976 1122

Spicy Web
Level 10 435/437 Nepean Highway, Frankston
P: 8765 2339

P: 1300 995 117

Level 1B, 38 Hartnett Drive, Seaford
P: 1300 885 894

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

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

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

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

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

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

Local Shed Solutions
P: 9775 1706

Megans Dance Studio
Carrum & Berwick
P: 0450 008 507

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

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

Town Planning & Co
435 Nepean Highway, Frankston
P: 8765 2455

TASC Group
Patterson Lakes
P: 0477 182 254  

Easter events on the Peninsula By Ainsley Paton

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

When: Sunday, April 14, 10am-noon 

Where: Marine Pde, Hastings

Cost: Free

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

When: Sunday, April 21, 9am-noon

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

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

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

When: Friday, April 19, 9.30-11.30am

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

Cost: Gold coin donation

What: Mornington Peninsula’s Biggest Easter Egg Hunt

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

Where: Mornington Park, Schnapper Point Drive, Mornington

Cost: Free

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

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

Where: Diveline Aus, 6 Young St, Frankston

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

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

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

Where: Frankston Waterfront, Nepean Highway, Frankston

Cost: Free

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

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

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

Cost: $5

Exceptional art, wine and dining in Red Hill


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

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

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

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


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

T: 5989 2321 (events co-ordinator)

W: artredhill.redhillcs.vic.edu.au

INSTA: artredhill

FB: ArtRedHill

Don’t miss the Melbourne Easter Show

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

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

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

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

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

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

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