We need your help…

The International Anti-Poaching Foundation (IAPF) needs your help. The illegal trafficking of wildlife is now the third largest criminal industry in the world, yet hardly anybody is aware of the problem. Every day in Africa, animals such as elephants and rhino’s are slaughtered by highly organised gangs of poachers using para-military style tactics. The IAPF is working towards educating the community, rescuing these animals and preventing these devastating acts.

The second annual RAW for Africa family fundraiser Music Event will be held at the Mornington Racecourse on January 29, 2011 and if you can make a contribution towards the day in the form of cash, performing, supplying or assisting in the operation of the event, then we want to hear from you.  Many Peninsula musicians have generously donated their time to perform for the event.

Black rhino populations have gone from 100,000 in 1960 to just 2,500 in 2010. Up to 37,000 elephants are killed for their ivory each year. At this rate they will be extinct in less than a decade. For every 738 organisations that benefit humans there is one that supports animals. Please help these animals and get behind the cause by supporting RAW for Africa 2011.

Set up by Mornington Peninsula local Damien Mander, the IAPF is an Australian registered, 100 per cent not-for-profit organisation that is aimed at raising awareness of the devastating effects poaching has on Africa’s wildlife. They train and equip rangers to protect these animals and ensure they are around for future generations. The IAPF also conducts community based education projects, reforestation and veterinary rescue of wildlife.

The IAPF was featured on 60 Minutes on October 3, 2010. Damien served in Australia’s Special Forces for six years and three years on the ground in Iraq where he gained the experience and funding necessary to make a difference protecting wildlife.

Please have a look at the below media articles to further your awareness about the IAPF and this global issue.                60 Minutes IAPF Story:

ABC Interview. Richard Stubbs & Damien Mander:

Additionally the IAPF has a detailed website at where you can purchase merchandise or make either a one-off or ongoing cash donation.

To help out – contact Joel on: 0421 068 273 or


Christmas Twilight Concert @ Coolart Homestead

Due to the weather on the Peninsula today Tuesday December 21 the MAD HATTERS TEA PARTY Christmas Twilight Concert is now to be held at BALNARRING HALL, Frankston Flinders Road Balnarring.  Same time of 4.30-8pm. With Cousin Leonard, Tash Parker and DJ Wally, this is one gig not to miss as we wind down for the year.  Come and enjoy one of the best of our creative community’s offerings and Merry Christmas to all!  Continue reading “Christmas Twilight Concert @ Coolart Homestead”

Brad Culley’s Painting & Sculpture Exhibition at Studio@Flinders


 Brad Culley is a Mornington Peninsula artist.  Since completing his Master of Arts at Monash University in 1999 he has had numerous exhibitions in Australia and Europe with his work now being collected internationally.

Brad explores a variety of themes through painting and sculpture.  He is currently focusing on portraits, using traditional realism to draw the viewer into the life of his subject.

His sculptural works are influenced by local wildlife and fauna creating abstract and realistic inspirations of animals and shells and reproduced into a large scale format which adds another element to the work.    Brad sculpts in steel and wood and the work is designed to live indoors as well as in garden environments adding a point of interest to the home.

The exhibition runs from December 15 – January 12 2011

For further information contact Studio @ Flinders on (03) 5989 0077

65 Cook Street, Flinders 3929 email: web: