Southern Peninsula News 29 September 2020

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‘Sisters’ take 2020 festival online

Crittenden leads the way in wine WINEMAKER Rollo Crittenden, above, has been appointed president of Mornington Peninsula Wine , previously known as the Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association (MPVA). This organisation represents peninsula winemakers and grapegrowers and was established in 1982. Mr Crittenden’s father Garry helped establish and is a former president of the MPVA.

Online raffle RYE Lions Club has gone online for its annual raffle, with a first prize of a $3000 10.5 metre propelled kayak and second prize of two smaller kayaks $1800. Tickets drawn 5 December. Tickets can be bought online at

THIS year’s Seven Sisters October women’s only “empowerment festival” is going online due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Originally held at Mount Martha in 2012 with 350 attending, the festival this year moved to Shepparton in March, ending one day before the imposition of an Australia-wide ban on events. Mornington Peninsula-based Lauren Woodman, one of the founders of Seven Sisters, said Victorians “are feeling the toll on their mental health”. “Lack of social connection, less time outside and anxiety around health and wealth are all massive contributing factors to worsening mental health,” she said. She hopes taking the next festival online will “solve some of the worst symptoms of lockdown”. Ms Woodman, and osteopathic doctor, said the festival - now attended by “thousands” - is run by an all women’s team of more than 150 events contractors and professionals and supports 500 business and sole traders. The presenters, teachers, health professionals, coaches, therapists, speakers, musicians, market stallholders, artists, sound technicians and event staff “have been severely debilitated by the ban of events”, she said. Workshops and talks on business, health, parenting, meditation, yoga, women’s mysteries, dance, relationships, sound healing and wealth at the Shepparton festival would be available online 16-18 October. “The festival will offer more than 80 live workshops on Zoom, which will be recorded and made available

PART of the Seven Sisters Festival at Mount Martha was camping out. after the event for guests to continue to watch at their own time,” Ms Woodman said. She said her life “changed forever” after attending a “women’s circle” in 2011. “The experience changed the way I related to myself and other women.

Burn off restrictions eased for October Mornington Peninsula Shire will again ease burn off restrictions on small properties throughout October 2020 to allow residents to burn off for fire prevention purposes. Coronavirus has had a significant impact on all of us, please consider the potential impacts of smoke on your neighbours if you must burn off or have no alternative to remove vegetation.

For the month of October, Open Air Burning is permitted only on Fridays and Saturdays between 9am and 4pm on land between 500 and 1500 square metres, provided that: • your property is within the Mornington Peninsula Shire Bushfire Prone Area • for the purposes of fire prevention • no more than 1 cubic metre of vegetation is burnt at any one time • the fire is not within 10 metres of any neighbouring dwelling • the General Fire Safety Provisions are followed at all times.

Outside of October, Open Air Burning is prohibited on properties smaller than 1500 square metres.

Open Air Burning regulations for land more than 1500 square metres and more than 40,000 square metres remain the same.

For more information visit our web page or contact the Environment Protection Unit: 5950 1050 PAGE 12

Southern Peninsula News

30 September 2020

It installed a deep pride in being a woman; in appreciating the mysteries of my body and tuning into my inner knowing. “The experience of gathering with women to share each other’s stories, wisdom and experiences, felt deep, felt tribal and it connected to a core

part of me.” Ms Woodman said the coronavirus pandemic was “a time where women need this connection, knowledge and support, now more than ever.” Tickets for the October festival are $97. Details: schedule Keith Platt

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