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Mornington Peninsula Celebrates its Tourism Award Winners

Mornington Peninsula tourism operators showcased the very high quality and diversity of their visitor experiences when ten businesses enjoyed spectacular success in the 2016 RACV Victorian Tourism Awards on Thursday 24 November. 

The event recognises not only the efforts of individual operators but also the collaborative efforts of the Victorian tourism industry celebrating the achievements of those who strive for tourism excellence.

"Our region has been an active supporter of the awards for a number of years. It is terrific to see the industry embrace the spirit of co-operative competition and come together to celebrate the best Victoria has to offer." said Tracey Cooper, Chairman, Mornington Peninsula Regional Tourism Board.

"As our industry continues to evolve it is pleasing to see new businesses and first time entrants participate. These awards play a critical role in Mornington Peninsula's growth as a tourism destination. It is terrific to see the region represented in such a positive and prolific way," concluded Ms Cooper 

The Mornington Peninsula industry winners and finalists for 2016 are:

Peninsula Hot Springs - Eco Tourism
Harmony Bed & Breakfast - Hosted Accommodation
Lakeside Villas at Crittenden - Self Contained Accommodation
The Wellness Manor - New Tourism Business
Green Olive at Red Hill won an awards hat trick, taking out the Excellence in Food Tourism Award for the third consecutive year. To honour this outstanding achievement they now enter the RACV Victorian Tourism Awards Hall of Fame.

Moonlit Sanctuary - Tourist Attractions
Mornington Peninsula Regional Tourism - Destination Marketing

Crittenden Estate - Tourism Wineries, Distilleries, Breweries

McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery - Cultural Tourism
Bay Fish N Trips - Tour & Transport Operators

Our Gold Award winners will represent Victoria at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards which will be held in Darwin in February 2017.

Winners and Finalists of the Victorian Tourism Awards are determined by achieving a score of 75% or above. The winner is the highest scoring entrant in each category.
Hall of Fame is awarded to an entrant that has won the same category over 3 consecutive years.

RACV Victorian Tourism Awards Winners List

Tuesday, 29 November 2016
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2016 Mornington Peninsula Regional Industry Tourism Legends Awards


The Mornington Peninsula Regional Tourism Legends Award recognises the outstanding contribution by an individual to the Mornington Peninsula tourism industry.

Nominations for the Award must address each of the four (4) criteria outlined below:

1. Overview of the Nominee
Provide a brief overview of the nominee, highlighting their outstanding attributes. Include a brief history of their career in tourism, and a description of their current employment or other participation, if applicable.

2. Nominee’s Professional Contribution and Service
Provide examples and the benefits of the nominee’s professional contribution and service to the Mornington Peninsula tourism industry.

3. Nominee’s Personal Contribution and Service
Provide examples and the benefits of the nominee’s personal contribution and service to the Mornington Peninsula tourism industry.

4. Referees
Enclose up to three (3) references to support this nomination addressing areas such as: 1) Leadership 2) Positive Contribution and Influence 3) Mentoring
Important notes:
• Nominations are accepted from any party except the nominee.
• At least one (1) reference must accompany the nomination.
• Nominations are to be no more than five (5) pages in total.
• Nominations must be emailed to no later than 5pm Friday 11th November. No late nominations will be accepted.
• The recipient is chosen at the discretion of the Mornington Peninsula Regional Tourism judging panel. The panel’s decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
• The recipient will be acknowledged at Mornington Peninsula Regional Tourism industry update on Tuesday 22nd November 2016

Wednesday, 19 October 2016
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Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure Program Round 2 funding announced

The Hon Luke Donnellan MP, Acting Minister for Tourism and Major Events announced the second round of funding through the Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure (TDDI) Program today.  

The Commonwealth Government, through the TDDI Program, has allocated funding to each jurisdiction for the development of tourism infrastructure.  The Tourism, Events and Visitor Economy Branch, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources is responsible for the administration of Victoria’s allocation.

The Program provides funding on a matched dollar-for-dollar basis for tourism infrastructure.  In particular, the Program supports projects that contribute to achieving the Commonwealth’s Tourism 2020 objectives and the Victorian Visitor Economy Strategy.

TDDI funding is available to tourism related businesses or investors, local and state government or tourism associations. Funding will generally be limited to $250,000 to $750,000 per project, with at least equal funding from another source (excluding other Commonwealth funding sources).  In-kind support is not considered matching funding. The TDDI Program involves a competitive process.

Applicants are encouraged to seek advice from relevant Regional Tourism Boards or Destination Melbourne, on how their project will align to local priorities. It is also recommended that proponents speak with a Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources representative about their project before submitting an application.

More information is available on the Tourism, Events and Visitor Economy Branch, DEDJTR, website (, by calling 03 9653 9772 or via email  Applications are to be submitted online via Business Victoria.

Applications will be received for a period of 8 weeks until 5pm, 11 November.

John Dalton
Director, Tourism, Events and Visitor Economy
((03) 9653 9719 |  F: +61 3 9653 9755
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Level 32, 121 Exhibition Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000




Wednesday, 19 October 2016
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Regional Event Funding

Tourism Victoria recently released new Regional Events Funds Guidelines. The Regional Events Fund will secure and develop a strong calendar of regional events for Victoria that align with the State and regional tourism brands and have the ability to drive economic impact through the attraction of intrastate, interstate and international visitation.

Visit Victoria and the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) will administer the Regional Events Fund, which will include the contestable Regional Events and Marketing Partnership Program.

DOWNLOAD: Regional Events Fund Guidelines

Monday, 15 August 2016
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Mornington Peninsula Produce Survey

The Mornington Peninsula Produce (MPP) brand was recently launched to assist customers to identify authentically grown/produced Mornington Peninsula produce.  

For planning and improvement purposes MPP would like to know if the business community would be interested in stocking MPP branded products, and consumers towards buying local produce.

This survey should take less than 5 minutes and the results will be collated anonymously.  Data will only ever be used to assist MPP, our farmers and supportive local businesses and for that we greatly appreciate your time and honesty.

Business Supply Survey:

Consumer Survey:
Friday, 5 August 2016
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Visitor Economy Strategy To Keep Victoria Number One

Media Release: John Eren, Minister for Tourism & Major Events, State Government of Victoria

26 July 2016

The Andrews Labor Government has launched a strategy to drive its bold plans to grow Victoria’s visitor economy.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren today spoke at the Victorian Tourism Conference in Bendigo, where he outlined plans to increase visitor spending to $36.5 billion by 2025 and increase employment in the sector to 320,700 jobs.

Victoria’s visitor economy is a key pillar of our prosperity, and the Victorian Visitor Economy Strategy will ensure the sector grows.

It maps out a clear direction for Visit Victoria, the state’s new world-leading entity responsible for ensuring we remain the national leader for tourism and major events, focusing on nine key areas:

  • More private sector investment
  • Building on the potential of regional and rural campaigns
  • Maximising the benefits of events
  • Improved branding and marketing
  • Improved experiences for visitors from Asia
  • Better tourism infrastructure
  • Improved access into and around Victoria
  • A skilled and capable sector
  • More effective coordination

We want more visitors to Victoria – and we want them staying longer. It’s valuable opportunities for businesses big and small.

We’ll focus on facilitating investment and Brand Victoria, which is unifying our message to sell Victoria’s economic strengths, cultural diversity and world class events.

The Labor Government has already provided $38 million for Visit Victoria campaigns, including Wander Victoria, which highlights the magic of regional Victoria to Melburnians. We’ve added $80 million to continue to grow our major events calendar, and established a $20 million Regional Events Fund.

The Strategy is available at

Tuesday, 26 July 2016



The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), runs from 28 July to 14 August, showcasing the best in current cinema from around the world and is the largest platform for Australian cinema. Mornington Peninsula Brewery was proudly chosen to be the Major Beer Partner for MIFF 2016-18. Like MIFF, Mornington beer is for the discerning audience and gathers inspiration from across the globe to create a true craft product. Mornington beer will be available at cinema venues during the festival and throughout the city at many of the Food & Film partner venues. Several Food & Film Partners are offering food and drink specials to ticket holders.


Friday, 22 July 2016
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On 10 May 2016, 60 of the Mornington Peninsula Regions 160 Visitor Information Centre volunteers attended a National Volunteer Week Celebration at the Peninsula Community Theatre.

Mornington Peninsula Shire CEO Carl Cowie officially opened the day commending the contribution to our region. Volunteers from the 6 Visitor Information Centres; Mornington Peninsula (Dromana), Frankston, Sorrento, Western Port, Mornington Courthouse and Mornington Community Information Support Centre put in some 30,000 house every year ensuring that some of the 4.7 million visitors are able to navigate our beautiful region effectively and make the most of what is on offer. Following a recognition of service ceremony facilitated by MC Tania Treasure, Mayor Cr Graham Pittock and Mayor Cr James Dooley all attendees enjoyed a delicious thank you lunch and opportunity network.

A huge thank you to all the volunteers who work hard to promote the region and provide a great benefit to our community!

Tuesday, 17 May 2016
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The winners of this year’s Mornington Peninsula Shire Best Bites Food Awards were presented with their awards by Mayor Councillor Graham Pittock at the Council Meeting on 9th May.

Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron and Hummingbird Eco Retreat Red Hill were joint winners of the Restaurant of the Year for their excellence in nutrition and healthy eating, tobacco control, waste and recycling, energy and water efficiency and access for all.

Merchant and Maker McCrae and Merricks General Wine Store were joint winners of the Café of the Year, with other category award winners being:

Aged Care:
Winner - Delivered Meals Service Rosebud
Bed and Breakfast:
Winner - Harmony Bed and Breakfast Fingal
School Canteen/Child Care:
Winner – St Josephs Catholic Primary School Crib Point
Winner - Ritchies Mt Eliza
Take Away:
Winner - Palamara Fruits Mt Eliza
Joint winners were Merchant and Maker in McCrae and Mock Orchards in Red Hill.

Foxey’s Hangout in Red Hill was awarded the People’s Choice Award for food businesses that were nominated by local food consumers.

Finalists in each of these categories were judged by an independent panel to determine the award winners.

Best Bites Food Awards is a Mornington Peninsula Shire program that recognises the most outstanding local food businesses in the areas of healthy eating, tobacco control, sustainability and access for all.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor Graham Pittock said all winners and nominees were truly deserving of recognition.

“The Best Bites winners set great examples within the local food industry by ensuring that our community has access to safe, healthy and sustainable food,” he said.

Ange Barry, CEO of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation presented St Josephs Primary School with their award in the Child Care/School Canteen category.

The Best Bites Food Guide – which lists previous award winners and all local food businesses that have received Best Bites certification – is available free from Shire customer service centres, tourism offices and online at

Nominations are now open for the 2017 Best Bites Food Guide and Food Awards. The Shire is encouraging businesses to nominate by the closing date of 15 July, and is also encouraging customers to nominate their favourite food business for a Best Bites Award by emailing

The finalists for the 2017 Best Bites Food Awards will be announced in September 2016.

For more information about the Best Bites food program please call Peter O’Brien, Mornington Peninsula Shire, on: 5950 1865 or email

* Mayor Graham Pittock presenting 'Best Bed & Breakfast Award' to Sharon Richa

Tuesday, 17 May 2016
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We are excited to announce that this month we signed on to create a new Drop-In Centre Head Quarters for the industry. Our new residence will be at the Coolstores precinct in Moorooduc. All meetings, advisory groups, industry development, drop-in sessions, leadership forums and board meetings will now take place at this location.
Tuesday, 17 May 2016
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