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This week, the Governor visited Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.

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Continuing the program of regional visits, this week the Governor travelled to the Mornington Peninsula, around 40kms southeast of Melbourne. The Mornington Peninsula is home to around 170,000 people, and is characterised by unique townships and areas of national and international conservation significance, including parks, reserves, wetlands and beaches. The Shire is also home to wineries, fruit farms and olive groves, and historic country houses. The Shire’s economy is diverse. In addition to its agricultural strengths, it also has a vibrant tourist industry, and strengths in construction, manufacturing, and healthcare.

The Governor’s visit to the Shire began with the Governor hosting a roundtable discussion with a variety of Mornington Peninsula local businesses. Those in attendance were recipients of the 2022 Mornington Peninsula Business Excellence Awards, which seeks to recognise innovation, sustainability and excellence across businesses of all types.

Attendees included representatives from Red Gum BBQ, TwoBays Brewing Co., Little Woodworkers, Atticus Regional Medicentre, Talking Hens, The Peel Thing, and Dunton Electrical Group. The roundtable was an opportunity to learn more about the respective businesses, their experience and share learnings. Following the roundtable, the Governor met with the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, including Councillor Anthony Marsh, Mayor, and John Baker, CEO, for a briefing on the area.

The Governor also had the pleasure of visiting the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, which is the largest public gallery in the South East region of Melbourne. While there, the Governor toured the exhibition ‘National Works on Paper’, which aims to support and promote contemporary Australian artists working on or with paper. The Governor also met with Danny Lacy, Director and Senior Curator to learn about the Gallery’s operations and current and upcoming exhibitions. Afterwards, while in Rye, the Governor visited Rye RSL and laid a wreath at the Rye RSL Memorial Wall, meeting as well with John Wilson, President and other Rye RSL representatives.  

Arthurs Seat Eagle is an important tourist attraction in the Arthurs Seat area of the Shire. Beginning in Dromana, it is an aerial gondola which carries passengers between the Base Station in Dromana to the summit of Arthurs Seat, passing over the Arthurs Seat State Park. While there, the Governor rode the gondola to Summit Station, toured the Summit Station improvement works, and met with representatives from The Eagle including Mark Kirkby, Heather McKeon, and Matthew Mulkearns to learn more about the Arthurs Seat Eagle operations.

The Governor concluded her visit to the Shire with a roundtable with local beverage businesses. In attendance were representatives from Chief’s Son, whiskey distiller; Bass and Flinders Distillery, a gin and brandy distiller; Crittenden Estate; Port Philip Estate; Paringa Estate; Main Ridge Estate; Moorooduc Estate, each of whom are in wine production; and Peninsula Vinecare which provides vineyard management and installation services to the growers of the Mornington Peninsula. The roundtable was an opportunity to learn more about the diverse experiences of those working in the industry.

To learn more about the Mornington Peninsula, please visit here.