Snap up some cool cash

GPTempDownload 8.jpg

Snaps of lazy summer nights on the beach, scrumptious food stalls at the markets or spectacular sunsets experienced from the Frankston pier. If you have captured these special moments, don’t let them stay hidden on your phone’s camera roll.

Instead, upload these beauties to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #visitfrankston for your chance to win a monthly prize of $100. Over the next six months, residents and visitors are invited to simply take a photograph at any of the popular hotspots or at the best visitor activities within Frankston City for their chance to be rewarded. Alternatively, you can upload it directly via

This annual Visit Frankston photography contest is held by the Frankston Visitor Information Centre and it gives you the chance to snap and win something for nothing. Click-click, before someone else snaps up the prize! The competition closes on Thursday, May 31.

Frankly Frankston wishes our readers lots of luck!


Deeper shade of Jade By Liz Rogers

Jade Nye, daughter of Frankston High School graduate and artist Billy Nye, is back.


From Sydney. And Byron Bay.  This Mornington songbird recently packed up her bags and guitar and took a plane to Sydney to sing for her supper in Bondi.  She found that meals can sometimes be lean. Competition. Musos on every street corner. Busking is big business in Sydney and time is fleeting. In Melbourne, punters stop and listen. In Sydney, it’s all go, go, go.

“I went for the experience, to see how different musicians applied themselves and what types of music the public listen to. It was hard to find a spot and I didn’t have an amplifier. Trying to connect with passers-by who always seemed to be rushing somewhere was tough. The pace was more relaxed in Byron Bay, but there were three times as many buskers competing with each other.”

Jade used to run around as a tiny tot in Long Island, New York, singing The Star-Spangled Banner. That’s when music made its mark. Now 18, her velvet voice stings like a long-lost love trying to find its way home. It hits you hard, then softens and soothes with deep and powerful tones. She’s just finished her first year of a Bachelor of Music majoring in jazz and improvisation at the Victorian College of the Arts after completing Year 12 at Padua College in 2016. 

“I started piano lessons at about eight and saxophone in grade seven after learning clarinet. Voice is my main instrument, but I want to be able to produce my own sound completely. Becoming proficient on drums is next on the agenda. I play bass. I love singing covers but I write originals too.”

You’re yet to hear the deeper shades of Jade. Check her out on,, and

A gloriously heart-warming play

Glorious! tells the hilarious true story of the world’s worst opera singer, Florence Foster Jenkins. In the 1940s, the singer everyone wanted to see perform live in New York was the enthusiastic soprano Florence Foster Jenkins – ‘the first lady of the sliding scale’. Surrounding herself with devoted friends almost as eccentric as she, this deliciously happy and delusional woman paid scant attention to her critics and would screech and warble to her audiences, most falling about with laughter.


This heart-warming comedy moves from Florence's charity recitals and lavish balls through to her very odd recording sessions and her ultimate performance triumph at New York’s Carnegie Hall, incorporating her wonderfully colourful relationships along the way.

This West End and world-wide hit was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy (2005) and has also inspired the movie Florence Foster Jenkins, starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant.

See the show for yourself at Frankston Arts Centre on Thursday, April 5, at 7.30pm. Tickets are $27-$57 and can be booked on, in person at the centre or by calling 9784 1060.



A: 27-37 Davey St, Frankston

T: 9784 1060



Get ready to Party In The Park

Screen Shot 2018-02-16 at 4.58.10 pm.png

Hey kids, you all love a party, right? And when it’s at Langwarrin’s gorgeous Cruden Farm and entry’s free, how could you possibly afford to miss it?

Well, grab Mum and Dad or your carer and make tracks for Party In The Park on Tuesday, April 10, for hours of mini sports, face painting, an animal farm and interactive stage shows from 9.30am-2pm. The adults might like to take a stroll around the spectacular gardens, check out the stalls offering information on children’s activities and grab a bite at the community barbecues while you’re off having fun.

While you’re in Langwarrin, after partying in the park why not make a real day of it and head to McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery and marvel at the outdoor sculptures and indoor art gallery, then go bird watching and butterfly chasing at the Langwarrin Flora and Fauna Reserve. What a treat for the whole family.

As usual, there’s plenty happening in Frankston for all ages and interests. The Sand Sculpting Australia Exhibition is on daily at Frankston Waterfront until Wednesday, April 25. For the film buffs among us, don’t miss the Stellar Short Film Festival at McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery on Saturday, March 3. You’ll be dancing in the streets at the Ventana Street Fiesta on Saturday, March 10, and tantalising your taste buds at Feast at Frankston Waterfront from Friday, March 16, until Sunday, March 18.

What are you waiting for?

INSTA:  @visitfrankston
FB:  @visitfrankston


Hop along to the Easter egg hunt

The Frankston Family Picnic + Egg Hunt on Sunday, March 25, will give parents the chance to create lifelong family memories with their young children in the beautiful native bushland setting of St Augustine’s School, Golf Links Rd, Frankston South - just metres from the Peninsula Link exit. Kids will be able to search for eggs under the trees, play traditional picnic games, listen to live music and enjoy the carnival rides and a long list of activities.

Egg hunts will be divided into age groups, with numbers for each session strictly limited. Tickets are expected to sell quickly, so get in early to avoid disappointment. The venue also allows for wet weather plans, so the fun can continue rain, hail or shine!

All money raised will be donated to the school. The event is also generously supported by numerous local organisations, including Frankly Frankston, Discover Residential, Kingswim Frankston, MLC Advice Frankston and the Frankston City Council.

To find out more or grab your tickets, visit – and don’t forget to also follow on Facebook and Instagram for chances to win.

Screen Shot 2018-02-16 at 4.55.08 pm.png

Between the Bays Festival is back

One of the Mornington Peninsula’s favourite family days out will make a welcome return on Sunday, March 18, when the Between the Bays Festival rocks Woodleigh School’s Penbank campus.

The one and only Dan Sultan and his full band will be joined by Baker Boy, from Milingimbi in North East Arnhem Land, Saatsuma, the incredibly energetic Indigenous Hip Hop Projects, and folk heroes Moosejaw Rifle Club. And keep an eye on the Between the Bays Facebook page for more exciting acts to be announced.

Between the Bays started way back in 2006 and quickly became known as the festival that really does have something for everyone. Kids are kept entertained all afternoon with creative workshops, rides and activities, and this year there’s even a colour fun run. Don’t worry, adults - there are plenty of food options and Peninsula beer and wines to sit back with and enjoy as well. You can also pack a picnic to keep the family happy.

Perhaps most importantly, the Between the Bays Festival continues to promote respect, understanding and appreciation of Indigenous culture within our community. All proceeds raised will go to Woodleigh School’s Community Programs and Partnerships Fund. The Community Programs help support scholarships and partnerships for a wide range of students, including those from local and remote communities across Australia, while the Community Fund gives children who would otherwise not be able to attend Woodleigh the opportunity to join the school as students.   

One of Between the Bays’ aims is to educate all generations about the richness and diversity of the oldest living continuous culture on this planet. In a time of social and climatic change, Between the Bays endeavours to bring our community together as one - Australians all! Woodleigh views Between the Bays as being successfully aligned with National Close the Gap Day Australia. 

So pack up the family, gather your friends and get along to the Between the Bays Festival at 460 Tyabb Rd, Moorooduc. Gates open at 12.30pm. Tickets are available from and cost $40 for adults, $15 for children/students (under 5s free) and $100 for families.

Screen Shot 2018-02-16 at 4.51.23 pm.png

Bottoms up at Southside

Social sips happen at Southside Social. So we’ve got some delectable descriptions to wet your whistle and get you down to visit the talented bartenders at the bar that has the beats and burgers to make your night.

Mexican Summer

Tequila, orange liqueur, lemon juice cherry syrup, red wine, shaken and served neat in a martini glass with a salt rim.

Sherbet Mojito

Light rum, tablespoon of sherbet, fresh plucked mint, dash of vanilla syrup, fresh pressed citrus, ginger beer served over crushed ice.

Bubble Gum Sour

Vodka, bubblegum syrup, fresh pressed lemon juice, orange bitters served over crushed ice.

Screen Shot 2018-02-16 at 2.28.12 pm.png

Espresso Martinis

Chilled espresso, coffee liqueur, vodka and a hit of salted caramel syrup - and it’s $12 all day, every day!

Passionfruit and White Chocolate Martini

Vanilla vodka, passionfruit and white chocolate liqueur chilled and served in a martini glass.

If you need us, we’ll be by the bar.

Screen Shot 2018-02-16 at 2.28.20 pm.png


A: 433 Nepean Highway, Frankston

FB: @southsidesocial

INSTA: @southsidesocial


Oh, Nicky you’re so fine

It’s time for a heart to heart with Nicky Johnston to gain valuable insights into her business success and how her books help their readers. This amazing author and illustrator of children’s books will be speaking at the International Women’s Day Lunch presented by Frankston Business Network.

Screen Shot 2018-02-16 at 2.26.57 pm.png

With limited seats, you don’t want to miss your chance to listen to this passionate businesswoman and creatively inclined mum of four boys discuss how her books help children cope with childhood arthritis, grief, dementia and anxiety. Nicky’s books include Go Away Mr Worrythoughts (which has been made into a play), Happythoughts Are Everywhere, Actually I Can and The Worst Pain In The World.

She’s also a primary educator, illustrator representative for the annual author/illustrator KIDLITVIC Meet the Publishers Conference and creative director for the 52 Week Illustrator Challenge.

Mornington Peninsula Magazine and Frankly Frankston Magazine are excited to be co-sponsors of this lunch to help celebrate International Women’s Day, along with Miss Velvet, Bayside Shopping Centre, The Sports Injury Clinic, Frankston Arts Centre, Commonwealth Bank, Black Tie Catering and Braggins & Co. This lunch will raise much-needed money for Dress for Success Mornington Peninsula, an international not-for-profit organisation that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the developmental tools to help women thrive in their work life.

The lunch will be held at Frankston Arts Centre, 27-37 Davey St, Frankston, from 11.30am-2.30pm on Thursday, March 8. Tickets are $69 for non-FBN members, $65 for FBN members, or $625 for a table of 10. Your ticket includes champagne on arrival, a two-course lunch, and tea and coffee. To book, visit or call 9781 1422.

Make an Impact as a Volunteer

Volunteers provide an enormous contribution to their communities, and Frankston is no exception. If you have ever thought about giving something back to your community, Impact Volunteering is the group to see.

This not-for-profit organisation helps people find meaning and joy by connecting them to causes they are passionate about and preparing them for their role as a volunteer. Its service is free – as are its monthly Introduction to Volunteering sessions held in the Frankston Library Long Room. Impact Volunteering also helps other not-for-profit organisations and community groups find the right volunteer for their specific roles.

For further information, contact Impact Volunteering’s Information and Referral Desk at the Frankston Library on weekdays.

Meanwhile, Impact Volunteering is accepting nominations for its 2018 Volunteer of the Year Awards.  Volunteers can be nominated until June 30, so contact the administration office for a nomination form. 

  CAPTION:   Mark is Impact Volunteering’s friendly volunteer Referral Officer.

CAPTION: Mark is Impact Volunteering’s friendly volunteer Referral Officer.



A: 20 Ebdale St., Frankston

T: 9783 5883 (Administration Office)

E: [email protected]

T: 9770 6492 (Information and Referral Desk)

E: [email protected]



Entrepreneurs inspire

Three young local entrepreneurs delivered inspirational speeches at the recent Young People, Connection, Innovation and Volunteering Breakfast 2017 in Frankston.

Ash Marton, the director of Ash Marton Realty for more than five years; Alanna Deutrom, the founder of The Coach Couch and co-founder of the Coach Music Academy and Sing It Out; and Tom Debenham, the co-founder of The Milkman Café, spoke about their personal and work experiences that helped shape them into the inspirational people they are today.

  CAPTION  :  Impact Volunteering chairman Tim Jerram with Alanna Deutrom, Tom Debenham, Dunkley federal Liberal MP Chris Crewther, Frankston councillor Steve Toms, and Ash Marton.

CAPTION: Impact Volunteering chairman Tim Jerram with Alanna Deutrom, Tom Debenham, Dunkley federal Liberal MP Chris Crewther, Frankston councillor Steve Toms, and Ash Marton.

The Impact Volunteering breakfast was attended by Frankston Mayor Colin Hampton and councillors, MPs, representatives from local schools and businesses, and members of the public. Businesses provided in-kind sponsorship and donations.

The breakfast was hosted by the Frankston Foundry, a co-working space and start-up incubator for entrepreneurs, digital creatives and technical professionals at 1 Keys St.

Impact Volunteering is a not-for-profit organisation helping people find meaning and joy by connecting them to volunteer causes they are passionate about in their local community. For more information, visit

Leanne gets a full-time job while studying

Leanne Meo wanted to change her career path and pursue her passion for education, so she decided to enrol in the Certificate IV in Education Support at BRACE Education & Training. 

Leanne Meo.jpg

Sandra Gould, who Leanne describes as “a very efficient and extremely knowledgeable trainer”, helped her secure practical placement at Kingsley Park Primary School, where she gained hands-on industry work experience.

Halfway through her practical placement, Leanne was offered a full-time paid position at the school. BRACE’s flexible training allowed Leanne to complete her qualification while working full-time and balancing her family life at home. 

Leanne explains how studying with BRACE has made a real difference to her life because she is able pursue her passion while giving back to the community.

She is now working full-time as an education support worker and is happy that she has found a career that fits perfectly with her family. Leanne is excited about her future and is “looking forward to the new challenges ahead”.


A: Level 2, 54-58 Wells St, Frankston

T: 9781 3388



The Shape of Water Showing at Hoyts, Wells St, Frankston

The Shape of Water is the 10th feature film from Mexican director Guillermo del Toro.
Those familiar with his work already know they’re in for an unconventional tale; his last film, 2015’s gothic romance Crimson Peak, proved too scary for many romantics while being derided by horror fans as not being terrifying enough.

It is likely The Shape of Water - an adult fairytale about a mute cleaning lady and an amphibious fish-man captured in the Amazon - will also split audiences, although to avoid the most sumptuous motion picture to arrive in theatres in recent years would be to rob oneself of a true cinematic experience.

Taking place on a military base in Baltimore in 1962 at the height of the Cold War, a former soldier named Strickland (Michael Shannon) arrives with a new discovery - The Asset (Doug Jones), a creature revered as a god by the Amazonian natives and with which - through examination - scientists hope to gain an advantage in the space race.

Screen Shot 2018-02-16 at 2.17.03 pm.png

By contrast, Elisa (Sally Hawkins in a performance that deserves to take home Oscar gold), a nightshift janitor and outsider in her own right, is drawn to the creature for reasons of her own, sensing that there is much more to this fish-man than even the scientists can see. To say any more about the plot would be to spoil what is to come.

With The Shape of Water del Toro has produced his finest film since Pan’s Labyrinth, beautifully lensed by Danish cinematographer Dan Laustsen and played to perfection by a superb supporting cast.

SCOTT JACKSON Four and a half (4.5) stars

Untold delights in store for 2018

This year is shaping up as an exciting time for the Untold Events Co. A brand new outdoor cinema will be launched in April at the picturesque George Pentland Botanic Gardens in Frankston, just a hop, skip and a jump from the stunning Little Beauty Market which was launched last March.

Supported by the City Of Frankston through its Event Attraction Program, this new cinema will see four family favourite films screening on April 6, 7, 13 and 14.

Screen Shot 2018-02-16 at 2.13.11 pm.png

If you can’t wait until April, why not head on down to Stringybark Cinema this summer for six amazing films under the stars at the Emu Plains Reserve in Balnarring.

For all the details, check out, and for info on Untold Events Co’s monthly markets, head to

Star power comes to Stellar

Screen Shot 2018-02-16 at 2.09.40 pm.png

The Stellar Short Film Festival is bringing some big names to Frankston City. On Saturday, March 3, you’ll be wondering if you’re dreamin’ when some of the biggest stars in the Australian film industry – including Michael Caton, Stephen Curry, Nadia Tass and Cassandra Magrath  – attend the premium outdoor short film festival as guest judges.

Held at the stunning McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery in Langwarrin, Stellar will showcase 12 of the best award-winning Australian short films from 2017, including a contender for one of this year’s Academy Awards. The ‘Stellar 12’ will compete on the night for cash prizes, with Best Film and Runner-Up winners selected by the panel of judges as well as an Audience Choice award. The charismatic Stellar MC for the evening is actor/producer/director/writer Scott Major.

General admission ticket holders can relax with an afternoon of musical entertainment from DJ Nige (with his 1970 Kombi van), play lawn games or wander around the park before enjoying the films and their gourmet picnic pack - all included in the ticket price.

VIP ticket holders will indulge in a cocktail-style dinner party in the indoor gallery, with drinks at the VIP bar before the screenings, plus receive a gourmet showbag of treats, dedicated live entertainment, reserved seating, and an invitation to the Stellar after-party.

There’ll be a mini dessert market featuring mouthwatering gourmet-flavoured popcorn, cookies, fudge, cupcakes and more from local producers, as well as a selection of Peninsula wines, beers, and coffee available for purchase.

Stellar is proudly supported by major sponsor Illumin8, the Mount Eliza accounting firm with a whole lot of personality.  Don’t miss the hottest new event on the entertainment calendar – it’s coming to Frankston City for one night only. Tickets are on sale now from