GRAND LIVE LOGOWhat: Russell Morris & Band

Aria Hall of Fame inductee, #1 selling Platinum artist, King of Pop, Australian Icon!!

In 1969 he and producer Molly Meldrum released “The Real Thing”, Australia’s only true psychedelic #1 hit and a song that is played regularly on commercial radio to this day.

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Following that, Russell penned breakthrough hits such as; Sweet Sweet Love, Wings of an Eagle, Rachel, Part 3 into Paper Walls, The Girl That I Love and many many more………

Constantly in demand, Russell stills tours nationally throughout the year as well as appearances internationally. Russell has worked alongside industry heavyweights like Cher, The Bee Gees, Linda Ronstadt, The Beach Boys and toured Australia with the hugely successful “Long Way To The Top” in 2012.

In 2012 Russell released the Sharkmouth Album a collection of tunes written about Australian historical characters.  Sharkmouth reached #1 position on the iTunes Blues Charts &  #1 on the  Australian Blues Radio Charts, Russell won the 2013 ARIA award for Best Blues n Roots album for Sharkmouth.

Come April 2014 and Russell released Van Diemen’s Land, picking up where Sharkmouth left off, covering great Australian characters and stories, before releasing the third album in his Blues Trilogy Red Dirt – Red Heart, debuting at 6 on the National Aria Charts and still going strong in the charts today hitting the #1 on the National Aria Blues/Jazz Charts.

Russel Morris and band bring the best of the best together in this very special show at The Grand Hotel Mornington this October which is sure to be an unforgettable evening for every blues, roots, and music lover that is lucky enough to experience it!

Where: Grand Hotel, 124 Main Street Mornington

When: Friday 28th October 2016, 8:00pm

Tickets: $30+bf Online | $35 at the door (unless sold out prior)


Enquiries & Booking Contact: Grand Hotel, 03 5975 2001 or



PWC 2What: “I’ll take 3!” One author’s journey of writing a trilogy and finding a publisher

The Peninsula Writers’ Club welcomes our special guest speaker Sue Parritt

When: Tues 6  September,  2016 from 6:30pm

Where: Sorrento at Cakes and Ale, 102 Ocean Rd Sorrento.  Join us for drinks, dinner and real love author. Great nosh and vino at own expense.

Sue Parritt is a fiction writer based in Mornington.  Sue’s novel ‘Sannah and the Pilgrim’ is the first in a trilogy of a future dystopian Australia was published by Odyssey Press in 2014 and was Commended in the FAW Christina Stead Award, 2014.

PWCThe second, ‘Pia and the Skyman,’ was published in April 2016. Sue’s current project, ‘The Sky Lines Alliance’ completes the trilogy.
Sue hasn’t stopped there. Her short stories, poetry and articles have appeared in national and international magazines and anthologies. She has also written the pilot for a TV series, based on ‘Sannah and the Pilgrim,’ and now is seeking a producer.

PWC 1 Participants will have a few minutes at the start of the night to settle in with a drink, pre-order from the menu and enjoy dinner while listening to our guest speaker and asking questions. The little old book signing and sales table welcomes your support as well.

Bookings: To confirm your spot drop us a line at or a message via our facebook page

If you’d like to spread the word about the loveliest little writing club this side of the bay here’s what the Peninsula Writers’ Club  is all about. Next month we host YA author George Ivanoff.


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Where : 66 Barmah Street, Mount Eliza 3930

Cost : $15 – $50

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Enquiries : Contact Lauren via email at 


Oakhill Galley LOGOWhat: Four Diverse Artists – Bibi Ostermark, Suzanne Kaldor, Lisa Sultana, Timothy Growcott

When: Sunday 4 September  2 – 4pm

Where: Oak Hill Gallery 100 Mornington-Tyabb Road, Mornington 3931 Phone  03 59734299  Email

Entry: $2






MPRG_BOXlogo_20cm.FAWhat:  An MPRG exhibition
Daryl Gordon is a photographer from Balnarring who has been working on his Peninsula People project for over a decade. This is the first time this selection of portraits he photographed from 2003-2015 has been displayed on the Peninsula. The series began when he was meeting and photographing people for the local newspaper. He works in the documentary, editorial-style of photography, capturing a moment in time with a person in their own setting. Like a portrait painter, Gordon draws out the personality of his sitter, by photographing them in a familiar environment. The exhibition includes Gus and Lou, local music legends in Balnarring, musician James Reyne with his guitar, local kindergarten teacher Karen Anderson, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch and journalist Mike Morris. These are the faces of the Mornington Peninsula.

Image: Daryl Gordon, Justin Boheme, jeweller-artist from Red Hill, taken in his studio 2015, Courtesy of the artist
Image: Daryl Gordon, Justin Boheme, jeweller-artist from Red Hill, taken in his studio 2015, Courtesy of the artist

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When: Exhibition runs from 24 September – 20 November 2016

Where: MPRG, Civic Reserve, Mornington


Beleura logoWhat:  Melba Tribute Concert

The Great Melba featuring Hannah Dahlenburg and accompanying  Pianist Rhodri Clark. The Melba Opera Trust presents a tribute to Handel, Ardriti, Donizetti, Liszt and others, fresh and thrilling artists.

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When:  6 September @ 1.30pm Recital followed by Afternoon Tea

Bookings:  Phone 5975 2027

Tickets: $40/$35 Concession


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.

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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

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What: An exhibition of landscape and abstract paintings by Ngaire Johansen Cooper

Pallisaded Aquatic Landscape
Pallisaded Aquatic Landscape

When: August 18 – 14 October 2016

Where: Foyer Exhibition Space @ Mornington Library

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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.

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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



For further Information:

To submit an application:

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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

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

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