NEWS DESK Team work: Westernport Tourism manager Del Skinner, centre, with volunteers John Bilger and Berni McCartney, is keen to boost visitor numbers and support local businesses. Picture: Yanni
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Visitor centre needs volunteers WESTERNPORT Tourism, which runs the visitor information centre at the Old Fish Shed at Hastings pier, is looking for volunteers to help visitors. Manager Del Skinner said while Westernport Tourism had been around for decades, interest had been “waxing and waning”. “[The service] was re-invigorated in about 2012 with a number of interested businesses,” Ms Skinner said. “The main focus now is to run the visitor information centre.” Ms Skinner praised the work of Lisa Dixon, now a Mornington Peninsula Shire councillor, who had been “tireless in helping to establish the VIC”. “When we gained the lease to The Fish Shed from Parks Victoria it was a
disused building and still had the concrete cool room inside,” she said. “A team of people worked to remove that and refurbish the building’s interior.” Ms Skinner said Westernport Tourism would benefit from business members who would then step up to take executive positions to guide the association. Volunteers who man the visitor information centre are keen to chat and share their love of the Western Port side of the peninsula. Opening hours are 10am-2pm every day, however, sometimes a shortage of staff prevents this. “We would love more volunteers to join the team,” Ms Skinner said. Details: email email@example.com or call 0425 739 567.
WINNER of the Hello Again Giveaway competition Nitin Jayswal with Mornington Mazda manager Michael Tidball. Picture: Gary Sissons A VISITOR to the Mornington Peninsula won the major prize in the Hello Again Giveaway competition drawn on Saturday 6 March. Nitin Jayswal, of Hawthorn, who has never owned a car before, won a Mazda 3 Pure G20 auto from Mornington Mazda. The winning entry was one of 30,000 in the giveaway sponsored by Mornington Peninsula Regional Tour-
ism, Easy Music 3MP, Mornington Mazda, Mornington Peninsula News Group, RBK Advisory, Searoad Ferries, Samsonite and Eastlink. Other prizes included Peninsula Hot Springs Experiences, Mornington Cup Experiences, $1000 worth of wine from Crittenden Estate and two nights in a penthouse apartment (plus personal chef and cocktail degustation) at Sorrento.
The competition ran over 12 weeks, with 10 weekly prizes going into the draw for the major prize and the total prize pool valued at $47,000. “We started the giveaway in the hope of showing our local community and visitors that, after the horrible year that was 2020, we are thankful for their ongoing support for our industry,” MPRT board chair Tracey Cooper said.
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23 March 2021
Mornington News 23 March 2021