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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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With the end of financial year almost upon us, we would like to gauge your feedback about activities run by Mornington Peninsula Regional Tourism this year; what worked, what did not work, and more importantly your suggestions for improvement. The survey should take 3-5 minutes of your time...

Tuesday, 26 April 2016
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Victoria’s wine industry is set for further growth thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s launch of the Wine Growth Fund on 29 March 2016.

The Wine Growth Fund aims to develop and sustainably grow the wine industry in Victoria by providing innovative growers, organisations and projects with funding to build both domestic and international markets.

Applications are now open for grants of up to $20,000 for individual organisations and $50,000 for collaborative projects involving more than one organisation to support activities including marketing, exporting, tourism and business development.

Projects that increase wine tourism and cellar door sales, foster export markets and deliver skills and training for business development will be considered favourably.

The Wine Growth Fund is part of the Labor Government’s $1 million election commitment to boost the wine industry, which also includes the Wine Industry Development Strategy and the formation of the Wine Industry Ministerial Advisory Committee.

The first round of grants opened on 29 March 2016 and close on 31 May 2016. Funding is provided on a co-contribution basis of $1 to $1 to the maximum grant amount.

Applications are open to businesses or organisations directly involved in the Victorian wine industry, including the growing, production and marketing of wine, businesses or organisations that act as service providers to the wine industry and groups of individuals, businesses or organisations.

For more detail about eligible projects, funding priorities and how to apply,

Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford

“Victoria’s premium wine is the envy of the nation – that’s why we’re supporting the industry to ensure the world continues to demand our products. This is about investing in our growers, our industry bodies and the entire supply chain.”

“These grants will help producers, intermediaries and representative bodies to maximise the opportunities available to better market and export some of Australia’s best wine.”

Quotes attributable to Wine Victoria Chair Damien Sheehan 

“Wine Victoria welcomes the Victorian Government’s support of the wine in

Monday, 11 April 2016
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Over summer we asked customers to consider what providing 'Awesome Customer Service' is and to tell us by nominating their favourite business and/or individual.

The judging panel decision was validated last week and we're extremely happy  to announce the winners....

The winner of the Best Customer Service, Business Category is Harmony Bed and Breakfast.
The Winner of the Best Customer Service, Individual Category is Charlie from Red Hill Cheese.

Each of our winners receive $2,000 and their nominators win $500!


Tuesday, 22 March 2016
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Locally-grown produce has a brand new identity with the launch of the Mornington Peninsula Produce food provenance brand.

The certified trade mark, developed by Mornington Peninsula Shire and the Food Industry Advisory Body, will help consumers confirm the provenance of fresh produce when purchasing from the farm gate, farmers’ markets and retail outlets. 

Launching the new initiative yesterday at The Briars, Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor Graham Pittock said local agribusiness is integral to the region’s economy.

“Around one third of our land is devoted to agricultural production, and the Mornington Peninsula is the second most valuable agricultural region in Victoria, producing at least 15 per cent of the state’s agricultural wealth from less than four per cent of the state’s farmland,” he said.

The aim of the trade mark is to strengthen the identity of the Mornington Peninsula as a quality, fresh and innovative food economy, and it provides consumers with a guarantee of authentic provenance from the Mornington Peninsula with the legal backing of the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC).

Steve Marshall, Chair – Food Industry Advisory Body, “The MPP brand is easily identified by its distinctive black and white logo and provides a central focal point for both producers and consumers to rally behind, assured provenance.

“You’ll find the Mornington Peninsula Produce logo on a range of local produce including avocados, artichokes, herbs, heirloom vegetables, potatoes, apples, Asian greens, pears, plums, berries and cherries, as well as goats’ milk, lamb, beef, mussels, chicken, eggs, apple cider and apple juice, olive oil, hydroponic vegetables, truffles and garlic,” he said. 

The Mornington Peninsula Produce website, also launched yesterday, provides a searchable directory of all MPP registered producers and their produce, and is also a useful resource to identify new opportunities for producers.

MPP’s founding members include: Coolart Lamb, Hillock Downs, Peninsula Fresh Seafood, Red Hill Cherry Farm, Main Ridge Dairy, Mornington Peninsula Hydroponics, Peninsula Avocados, Hawkes Vegetables, Harts Farms and Peninsula Fresh Organics.

The Food Industry Advisory Body is a volunteer community/industry advisory and reference group that works with Mornington Peninsula Shire on the implementation of the 2012 Local Food Strategy.


Friday, 4 March 2016
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Welcome to the new MPRT Operations Director

The Regional Tourism Board is delighted to announce that Angela Cleland has been appointed as the MPRT Operations Director.  Angela will be responsible for overseeing the delivery of MPRT programs to industry including the marketing and membership activities outlined in the prospectus, and the ongoing delivery of activities and projects outlined in the Destination Management Plan.
Thursday, 25 February 2016
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Visit Victoria will this month launch a new intrastate marketing campaign for regional Victoria. Launching on 28 February 2016, the campaign has been developed to counter the long term decline in intrastate travel to regional areas.

In August 2015, the Premier announced an allocation of $3 million to support the intrastate campaign which aims to activate visitation to regional Victoria from the Melbourne market. This is part of a long term strategy to reposition regional Victoria as an easy, short break in nature – where you can indulge your passions – to feel relaxed, enriched and invigorated.

The intrastate campaign strategy has been developed following extensive consumer research and in close collaboration with Regional Tourism Boards (RTBs).

The strategy identifies three key objectives:

·         ‘Make consumers want to go’ – via a multi-faceted, brand campaign to build an emotional connection with regional Victoria.

·         ‘Give consumers information’ – provide consumers with curated content on destinations and experiences, tailored by life-stage.

·         ‘Make it easy for consumer to purchase’ – through activities that assist the consumer to book/purchase.

The campaign will target consumers in driving distance to regional Victorian destinations, it will focus on Melbourne but will also include regional Victoria and towns in bordering states of New South Wales and South Australia. It will target various life-stages including singles/couples without children (SINKS and DINKs), families, older households and retirees.

Tourism Victoria has developed a range of film assets that showcase the diversity of regional Victoria’s natural landscapes. These films aim to build an emotional connection with consumers and will be shown across of range of media channels including social media, digital, television and cinema.

Additional film assets that high light key experiences of food and wine, arts and culture, produce, spa and wellbeing and villages have also been produced and will feature through digital and social media channels,

The campaign website will be housed within the newly re-launched and includes the development of new regional pages to directly support the campaign

Public relations and curated content via partnerships with key media publications will extend the campaign messages and provide ways to inform consumers about experiences, key events and attractions.

Cooperative campaigns with key travel and booking partners will help drive conversion and bookings.

Tourism Victoria and Regional Tourism Boards have also developed a dedicated cooperative marketing program that focusses on the development of content in partnership with key media and provides opportunities for the broader industry to participate and leverage the campaign.

To leverage the campaign, operators are encouraged to ensure they have a listing on and their regional website and to also have an ‘offer’ on the

Monday, 22 February 2016
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Do you have an event idea that would work in Frankston?

Applications are now open to receive up to $30,000 in seed funding to host an event in Frankston City in the 2016-2017 financial year, as part of the city’s new Tourism Event Attraction Program.


Tuesday, 16 February 2016
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A major redevelopment of the RACV Cape Schanck Resort is set to create jobs and boost tourism on the Mornington Peninsula.

The Resort will be able to host up to 450 delegates at a time, making it one of Victoria’s premium locations for business events and conferences.

Fantastic news for our region!

Tuesday, 9 February 2016
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