Your Peninsula 2021 – your ideas will help shape Mornington Peninsula’s future!

MPS Mono Logo BlackYour ideas will help shape Mornington Peninsula’s future!

Complete the survey and enter the draw to win one of two iPad Mini 4 16GB, or scroll down to see other ways you can get involved.

If you could change one thing about the peninsula what would it be? New sports facilities, more jobs, fun events and festivals? Well, now is your chance to put your ideas forward.

We will be popping up across the peninsula to capture your input to help shape the future of your local area.

We are going to be asking you to think big and answer questions like: What does your peninsula need to be a great place to live, work and play? We’ll also be looking for your feedback on important local topics like health and wellbeing, the environment, the local economy, employment, safety and accessibility.

This is important because your feedback and ideas will be presented to Council to help us develop and shape our most important strategic plans that set the direction and lock in top priorities until 2021.

There are so many ways to get involved…

Answer our survey and go in the draw to win one of two Apple iPad Mini 4 16 GB!

Complete the online survey.

In person

Keep an eye out for us popping up at libraries, shopping centres and markets right across the peninsula. From Somerville to Sorrento, Mornington to Boneo, the yellow Chatterbox trailer will be coming to a township near you!

Pop-in sessions – the community are invited to come and talk to Council representatives or fill in a survey

Dromana IGA Thursday 25 August,  12.00pm – 2.00pm
Balnarring IGA Thursday 25 August, 3.30pm – 5.30pm
Beachside Tourism Centre, Sorrento Friday 26 August, 11.30am – 2.00pm
MPRG Family Day, Mornington Sunday, 28 August, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
Rosebud Library Monday, 5 September, 10am – 12pm
Seawinds Community Hub, Rosebud West Monday, 5 September, 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Pelican Park Leisure Centre, Hastings Monday, 5 September, 5pm – 7pm
Bentons Square Shopping Centre, Mornington Saturday, 10 September, 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Pop-up sessions –the bright yellow Chatterbox trailer will be popping up at these locations, running activities and also providing opportunities for the community to complete surveys

Hastings Market Thursday, 18 August, 11am-1pm
Boneo Market Saturday, 20 August, 8am – 12noon
Mornington Market Wednesday 31 August, 9am – 2pm
Red Hill Market Saturday, 3 September, 8am – 1pm
Somerville Central Saturday, 10 September, 10am – 12noon

…or pop in for a chat at one of our customer service centres in Rosebud, Mornington, Hastings and Somerville.

From home

Pop it in a text: 0458 454 545

Pop it in an email:

Pop it in the mail: Download our survey.(PDF, 835KB)

or pick one up from our customer service centres and post to:

Your Peninsula – Mornington Peninsula Shire

Private Bag 1000, Rosebud Vic 3939

Feedback closes 18 September 2016.


ADFAS logoWhat: New Zealand based consultant curator and lecturer Jane Vial will talk about Elizabeth Lissaman – New Zealand’s first Studio Potter who threw her first pot in 1920 and her last in 1990 in a career roughly spanning the first studio pottery movement in New Zealand.

Bowl Elizabeth Lissaman 1926. Collection Marlborough Museum

Bowl Elizabeth Lissaman 1926. Collection Marlborough Museum

Where: Peninsula Community Theatre, Wilsons Road, Mornington

When:  Friday, September 9 from 5.30 to 7.00pm.

Cost to non-members: $20.

Enquiries and Booking Contact:                9787 2092


What: Please join us to celebrate coming Out of the darkness and into a new season with this moving exhibition by local artist Insingane.  Insingane, meaning sweetheart in Zulu is the childhood nickname of Seaford local Nicoleen Agnello.

Drawing inspiration from a dark period in her own story this exhibition explores the feelings of depression and loneliness and coming out the other side.  Featuring framed limited edition bold sgraffito print works with African inspired patterns.  Sgraffito techniques are used in an African art, where cement rendered walls are covered in ink or paint and then scratched back to create pattern,

Insingane calls her works Sgraffiti as she utilises a modern version of this technique to create raw urban images.  Median price range is $300 for a limited edition framed print.

Where: Bear and Cub Café 37 Armstrong Rd Seaford.

When:  Opening Thursday 15 Sept  at 10.30am. Exhibition open until 15 Oct.


Contact: Nicoleen Email: or Phone: 0400 120 653

Rise Above

Rise Above



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What:  Sticks & Stones Imprint Dance Co presents the premiere of Sticks and Stones. Raw, emotional and at times confronting we navigate through our performers’ real stories of heartache, survival and resilience in the best way we know how; through movement and creative collaboration.

Stop and take a moment to truly imagine what your action may cause in someone’s life. The repercussions of your words, actions or seemingly innocent indifference can be far greater than we ever imagined. Together we can make a difference. Together we can shift the way our future leaders think, behave and react. Be part of the movement and so NO WAY to bullying.

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Where: Cube 37

When: Saturday 17 September, 9.30pm & Sunday 18 September, 8.00pm

Tickets: Full $24, Concession $19


Bookings: Box Office 03 9784 1060

What:  Spring Clean RAWcollective are back with another wabi-sabi ‘masterpiece’ following on from last year’s much loved Brain Fog. Unexpected, hilarious and poignant, Spring Clean brings you breathtaking moments of drama amidst side-splitting laughs, occasional gems of debatable wisdom and emotive contemporary dance. Hold on tight, it’s going to be a bumpy, albeit delicious ride!
Spring CleanSpring Clean focuses on Rowena (Brigitte Jarvis), emerging from brain fog and other ensuing disasters, under the clock, desperate to spring clean her life and get her sh_t together! Nothing a good smudging and a green smoothie can’t fix! Even in her state? After everything….? With a unique mix of drama, comedy, dance, head stands and yoga, Spring Clean will dazzle and delight your senses and may well have you both laughing and crying with its twists and turns.

Where: Cube 37

When: Saturday 17 September, 8.00pm & Sunday 18 September, 6.30pm

Tickets: Full $25, Concession $20



McClelland-demoWhat: Cathy VanEe will present a Still Life Pastel Demonstration

When: Saturday 3 September from 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Where: 390 McClelland Drive Langwarrin

Cost: $10 members and $12 non-members and includes a delicious afternoon team. No bookings necessary.





Cathy Van Ee WorkshopWhat: Cathy Van Ee is presenting a two day oil portrait workshop @ the Peninsula Art Society.  A study of the romantic painting ‘The Mirror’ by Frank Markham Skipworth

When:  Wednesday 21 & 28 September 10am – 3.30pm

Where: 159 Overport Road Frankston

Cost: PAS Members $130 non-members $150

Bookings contact: Phone Cathy on 0413337024 or Email



FAC_logo- 2012 1What: Be taken on an extraordinary journey  as Gary Lang NT Dance Company’s presents excerpts from two contemporary classical works, commencing with Inspired that explores Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake music – Territory style.

Followed by Journey of the Soul from Mokuy, an intensely indigenous spiritual and cultural piece that explores traditional oral lore and storytelling blended through an intricate series of song and dance progressions.

Gary Lang NT Dance Company- 'Inspired'  Photo Paz Tassone

Larrakia man Gary Lang, will present a narration in between the two works providing insight into these intriguing and beautiful dance works.

Leave your preconceived ideas at the door, and be Inspired by some of the Top End’s finest dancers.

Where: Cube 37

When: Saturday 3 September, 7.30pm

Ticketing: Member $25, Full $30, Concession $27, U16 $16


Enquiries & Booking Contact: Box Office 03 9784 1060

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Inspired Dance Workshop

Dance workshop with Artistic Director, Gary Lang and company dancers.

The workshop begins with a physical stretch and strengthen warm-up as structured for each Company class.

Those attending this workshop will be treated to learning two different choreographed sections, one from each of the Company’s production repertoires being performed.

The first production repertoire segment ‘Inspired’ has been choreographed to an arrangement of one of Tchaikovsky’s magnificent compositions incorporating movements reflective of NT birdlife influenced by the Indigenous elements inherent in Gary’s works.

The second production repertoire segment ‘Journey of the Soul’ reflects a more earthy cultural content within the choreography.

Suits ages 14+, with some dance experience.

Where: Cube 37

When: Friday 2 September, 6.30pm – 8pm

Cost: All tickets $10


Enquiries:  Cube 37 03 9784 1896

Bookings: Box Office 03 9784 1060


MPS Mono Logo BlackMornington Peninsula Shire is hosting the annual Australia Day celebrations in Mornington which consist of the main street parade, amusements, rides, firework display and a range of entertainment.

To assist with the Australia Day celebrations at Mornington we are seeking expressions of interest for entertainers to perform and engage with the local community.

Are you involved in a band? A solo artist? Hidden juggling talent? Are you interested in taking part in the Australia Day celebrations at Mornington? We want to hear from you!

To register your interest, please visit our page: Australia Day – Mornington

Expressions of interest will close on Friday 2 September 2016.

For more information please don’t hesitate to contact events team directly on 5950 1442 or via email




What:Garden DesignFest is a celebration of good design principles as applied to gardens and outdoor spaces. The event exhibits application of these principles by opening 45 professionally designed private gardens in Melbourne and Regional Victoria, including five gardens on the Mornington Peninsula.

The Peninsula gardens have been designed by four of Australia’s top garden designers: Rick Eckersley, Eugene Gilligan, Steve Taylor and Clive Abben.

Garden DesignFest is organised by Rotary to promote good design and to raise funds for charities.

When: Garden DesignFest is open over two weekends in November:

  • 12/13 November: gardens in Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula
  • 19/20 November: gardens in Regional Victoria

Where: The Peninsula gardens are located at:

  • Flinders: Musk Creek Farm, 371 Musk Creek Road
  • Mornington: 24 Morell St. and 14 Tellis Drive
  • Rye: 7 Douglas Court
  • Mt Martha: 33 Deakin Drive


The gardens are open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm each day of the weekend.

Visit:  to find the  locations of the 45 open gardens

Entry: The cost to visit the Mornington , Rye and Mt Martha gardens is $8 per garden and the large Flinders property is $12.

Tickets may be purchased at the gardens or online Email



Escape the wintery weather and bring the family to discover the MPRG, the Peninsula’s leading regional gallery.

When : Sunday 28 August, 2pm–4.30pm (afternoon tea available from 3pm–4.30pm)

2pm–4pm ‘Drop-in’ activities, supervised by MPRG educator, Jill Anderson

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Crazy Critters – Customise a cardboard tube to create colourful crazy critters

Wild Dinosaur Hat – Use the power of paper to transform into a dangerous dinosaur!

Wheels of Colour – Roll strips of colours into wheels and add them to a giant collective artwork celebrating paper, colour and creativity.

A central activity table will be set up for families to explore, create and be inspired by the works on display in the National Works on Paper.

3pm–3.30pm, enjoy a guided floor talk of the National Works on Paper, suitable for all ages.

Entry: Normal entry charges apply ($4 adults, $2 concession), no bookings required

Where: Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Civic reserve, Dunns Road Mornington




PMS logo.a jpgWhat:  See the performers of the future – the 2016 winners of the Peninsula Music Society Bursary Program for local secondary and tertiary music students.

When: 20 August 2016 @ 7.30pm

Where: Peninsula Community Theatre, Wilsons Rd, Mornington

Entry: FREE

young musicians

The Bursary program is proudly supported by Mornington Peninsula Shire & Beleura House & Garden.

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MPS Mono Logo BlackThere are a number of opportunities to promote your upcoming arts and cultural events with Mornington Peninsula Shire.

The Arts Blog lists a diversity of arts activities and events  the Promotional Guideline for the Arts Blog can be found at once posted information is linked to Facebook and LinkedIn pages.

To be listed on the Shire’s Events Page and monthly What’s On broadsheet, Add your Event  go to:

For information and application details about the Foyer Exhibition Space  go to: the opportunity to display two dimensional artworks is now fully booked and will become available again in January 2018.

The Arts & Culture team also compile an ongoing Calendar of Events send information to be added to arts&


Ryazanoff Gallery logoWhat:  Natural and Urban landscape exhibition, including works by Mornington Peninsula artists Lyn Mellady, Belinda Nye, Lindy Bayley, Anita Josefsson, Ngaire Johansen and Elena Ryazanoff.

Where: Ryazanoff Gallery, 117 Bridport Street, Albert Park

When: Join us for food and drinks at the opening on Saturday 13 August, 2-5 pm,  exhibition runs until 13 September

Contact: Phone Elena 0477 015 110 or Anita 0467 035 114


What:  Poetry Reading @ the Rhonda Jankovic Society AGM.  The guest speakers will be Dr John Hawke, Senior Lecturer, Literature & Creative Writing, Monash University. The topic will be Towards a Poetry of Commitment and host and producer of 3CR’s Spoken Word program Santo Cazzati.

There are also 10 spots of 3 minutes available for reading poetry, song or short prose.  To register your interest in presenting contact Anne or Philton on (03) 5974 4561 email:

When: Sunday 28 August @ 2pm

Where:  Talbot Room, Senior Citizens Centre, Broughton Street, Seaford (close to the Seaford Railway Station)

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What: Impro Afternoon – fostering spontaneity, collaboration and playfullness.  Join actor and teacher Carole Patullo for a beginners workshop, exploring theatrical improvisation.

When: Saturday 13 August from 1- 4pm

Where: Fenton Hall, Corner of Merricks and Bittern Dromana Roads, Merricks North

Cost: $40 Concession $35

Bookings: Essential.  Please Contact

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Richard Lewer, 2010 National Works on Paper winner and 2016 Basil Seller Art Prize winner opens the doors of the Artist in Residence Cottage. He will talk about his latest works, recent exhibitions and his amazing mural commission for the Auckland University of Technology. See work created by Richard during his residency at Portsea and enjoy the ‘Reaction and Response’ drawing class where you’ll make experimental drawings in response to narrative and physical triggers. All welcome. A materials list, map and parking instruction will be provided on enrolment.

Image: Richard Lewer, Custom of the sea 2015 (detail), charcoal on museum wall, Auckland University of Technology, 12 metres x 7 metres, Courtesy of Sullivan & Strumpf Gallery and Hugo Michell Gallery

Image: Richard Lewer, Custom of the sea 2015 (detail), charcoal on museum wall, Auckland University of Technology, 12 metres x 7 metres, Courtesy of Sullivan & Strumpf Gallery and Hugo Michell Gallery


When: Monday 8 August, 10.30am–3pm (artist talk 10.45am–12pm, lunch 12pm–12.30pm, masterclass 1pm–3pm)

Cost: Members $60 Guests $65 (includes soup, crusty bread and beverages)

Richard Lewer has won the 5th Basil Sellers Art Prize held at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, the University of Melbourne. Lewer has been awarded the $100,000 acquisitive prize for his work The Theatre of Sports. The work represents Lewer’s sustained passion for art and sport, and examines the role sport can play in relation to mental illness.

The prize is supported by Basil Sellers in order to encourage contemporary artists to develop their practice, to engage with the many themes within sport past and present, and to contribute to critical reflection on all forms of sport and sporting culture in Australia.  The exhibition is on display until 6 November, 2016.

Winner of the Basil Sellers Art Prize Richard Lewer (right) with Basil Sellers. Photo: Justin McManus

Winner of the Basil Sellers Art Prize Richard Lewer (right) with Basil Sellers. Photo: Justin McManus


ADFAS logoWhat: International speaker Leslie Primo, an art historian who has worked at the National Gallery in London for 16 years and currently lectures at the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, Imperial College and other institutions in London will talk about artist Joseph Wright of Derby and the development of the Lunar Society in eighteenth century England.

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Where: Peninsula Community Theatre, Wilsons Road, Mornington

When:  Friday 12 August from 5.30 to 7.00pm

Non-members: $20


Enquiries and Booking Contact:   9787 2092