18 October 2016

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NEWS DESK Cut water waste WATER watchers are being called on to help Mornington Peninsula Shire identify leaks and waste. As part of National Water Week, 16-22 October, the shire is celebrating ‘Water – Life – Growth’ by reminding residents to use water wisely and encourage others to do so, too. One initiative is a program aimed at quickly identifying underground water leakages. Thanks to the quick thinking and help of residents, there have been significant water and financial savings made by identifying and addressing water leaks early. Residents are asked to identify water leaks by reporting a leaking tap or fitting in parks, sports grounds, public toilets or other shire facilities. Call 5950 1000 or 1300 850 600, or visit mornpen.vic.gov.au/report-it.

Give clutter the boot THOSE sick of the clutter which accumulates over many years should come along to the Declutter Your Home Workshop at Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Eco Living Display Centre, 10am-noon, Thursday 27 October. The free workshop designed for seniors is free as part of the Victorian Senior’s Festival. Eco organiser Tanya Lewis will provide tips and tricks on how to better organise your home, lighten your load and enjoy your ‘new’ home. Bookings are essential as spaces are limited. Email the shire’s Climate Change Community Engagement Officer Nicci Tsernjavski via ecolivingdisplaycentre@mornpen. vic.gov.au or call 5950 1259.

Party spaces: Steve Taylor’s incredible garden is ideal for outdoor entertaining. Garden art: Sculptor Matt Hill’s piece ‘Harry’ the hippo munches grass. Pictures: Yanni

Open gardens show off peninsula’s beauty SIX of the Mornington Peninsula’s most striking gardens will be showcased next month during the Garden Design Fest. The event will be held over two weekends with the peninsula gardens open 10am-5pm on the first weekend: 12-13 November. The event, which will feature more than 30 gardens across the state, is organised by the Rotary Clubs of Kew, Brighton North and Central Melbourne, and raises money for charity while encouraging innovation and responsible gardening.

Mornington landscape gardener Steve Taylor, who will open his garden in Tallis Drive, said the peninsula was renowned for its magnificent gardens, many of which complemented the coastal environment and featured spacious, outdoor dining and entertainment spaces. He said the Garden Design Fest weekend was always popular because of the high standard of the gardens and the creativity of their designs. “Garden lovers from all over the country come for the weekend and we even

get international guests, mainly from New Zealand,” he said. Mr Taylor has also invited several peninsula sculptors, including Matt Hill and Matt Drysdale, to display their artwork at his property, and will fire up his garden pizza oven to offer visitors free garlic and herb pizzas. Other peninsula gardens featuring in the opening weekend are at Sorrento, Flinders, Mt Martha and Rye. Details: gardendesignfest. com.au

PeCnupinDsauyla It’s everything the Peninsula has to offer. From local fare to homegrown musicians, join us and find out for yourself. L A D B R O K E S P E N I N S U L A C U P D AY S U N D AY 3 0 O C TO B E R | B O O K N O W MRC.RACING.COM

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Mornington News 18 October 2016


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