Rye Boat Ramp – Access Channel Dredging

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council in conjunction with DELWP is about to undertake some much needed maintenance dredging at the Rye Boat Ramp.

For some time the sand build up in the access channel has posed a risk to boating and reduced the useable width of the access channel significantly.

Work will commence on 8th March 2015 and take about 3 weeks, Dredged spoil will be used  by DEWLP in beach replenishment works nearby.

Discussions are also underway with the council to look at lighting access channel marks to improve boating safety for night time use. Previous proposals to light navigation marks have not been supported by Parks Vic but Alliance member SEALITE, is prepared to assist with the design and implementation of a  lighting system and this high level support might influence PV and help move this improvement opportunity along.

Further details if required can be obtained by contacting Mr Peter Young  –  Works Coordinator at the Shire on  03 5950 1281


SEALITE – New International Headquarters

Mornington Peninsula based Marine and Aviation lighting systems company SEALITE  is advancing with its plans to construct new World Headquarters in Somerville in 2015/16.


The land parcel of 80ha of former farming land on Bungower Rd, west of Dandenong-Hastings Rd  (Westernport Hwy), has been secured and plans are being developed for new office and factory facilities for the company which has rapidly outgrown its existing facilities in Industrial Dve, Somerville.

Sealite Pty Ltd is a technology leader in the design and manufacture of marine aids to navigation, including LED lighting, buoy products, and monitoring & control equipment for ports and harbours.

The company operates purpose-built facilities and employs a highly trained team of engineers and production specialists in its operations.

Through organic growth and strategic acquisitions, Sealite has broad capabilities to meet the demands of new product design, manufacture, and program delivery for maritime clients globally.Capabilities:

  • Purpose-built manufacturing plant
  • World-leading research and development
  • Manufactures in excess of 40,000 navigation aids per year
  • In-house SMT electronics and robotic assembly lines
  • In-house rotational-moulding and injection moulding capabilities
  • In-house high-precision injection mould toolmaking.
    Click on the following links to see perspective architectural views of the new facility.

    Sealite – Hew World Headquarters


Guide for Yacht Clubs for Infrastructure Upgrades


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Yachting Victoria has developed a guide for yacht clubs which wish to implement infrastructure upgrades.

The guidelines are a step by step process map and identify all the necessary steps in securing land use and development approvals from the relevant coast land manager (Council or DEPI)  and also identify the level of detail that must be provided to support development applications and funding grants.

At present the guidelines are in the members only area of the YV website so that only member yacht clubs have access. The Alliance has had preliminary discussions with the YV CEO Steve Walker about making the guidelines available to Council officers who have to manage that end of the transaction process to ensure that they are across the issues YV has identified and d not cause clubs to have to “reinvent wheels” halfway through the project development phase.

More information is available from YV  by contacting them;
Yachting Victoria
2/77 Beach Rd, Sandringham, Vic 3191
P 03 9597 0066 | M 0466 918368
W www.yachtingvictoria.com.au

Corsair Boats Launches New Cruiser

Mark Abbott and his team  launched a new 50′ wooden cabin cruiser at Mornington on 22nd September in brilliant sunshine and calm seas, perhaps a portent for the new owner Ross Wilson from Sorrento.

The hull is based on a very seaworthy American design but the superstructure and fit-out is all local design to Ross’s exacting standards. The vessel is the result of more than 2 years of hard labour and Ross says this included making a full scale mock up of the superstructure to make certain that her “lines” looked just right.

Aranui   - Ready for launching

Aranui – Ready for launching

Her classic lines beguiling  but this competent cruiser is well supported by the latest communications and navigation technology. Powered by a 530HP Yanmar diesel and with a fuel capacity of 2000l and a cruising speed of 15knts,  Aranui  will make short work of trips planned for Tasmania ( to participate in the Wooden Boat Festival) and to many point along the Australian coast.

Aranui will comfortably accommodate 4 people for extended passages  but has plenty of room for more visitors for onboard  functions.

In the air then all at sea

In the air then all at sea

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Congratulations to Mark and his team  at Rosebud on their success which stands as a great example of the depth of craftsmanship in the Peninsula’s Marine Trades Sector.



Savage Seas Adventures

Savage Seas Adventures.


Charlie Micalef and his team offer an excellent diving and fishing adventure charter business based on the Mornington Peninsula  and also produce a TV series which can now be viewed  on FOXTEL  check you program guide for details and a radio program on 3RPP on Saturday mornings. Both shows are good fun and offer a lot of advice for anglers on the bays and in Victorian waters.

Check out their website at


Roadwork impacts – Tyabb – Tooradin Rd

Mornington Peninsula Shire advises that construction of a new roundabout at the intersection of Bungower Rd and Tyabb- Tooradin Rd means that there will be road closures and traffic impacts at this site for approximately 12 weeks.

It is recommended that you avoid the area unless you have a local destination and cannot avoid using that intersection.

People transporting large and or heavy loads are advised seek alternative routes and other traffic which must go through the area should follow the signed detour route  for this period.

Port of Hastings Development – Presentation by Tony Bayley

International port consultant Tony Bayley recently provided this presentation to the Board. He provided and excellent overview of the key issues to be addressed to ensure the successful implementation of the new port.

You can view Tony’s presentation it by clicking on the following link.

Mornington Peninsula Marine Alliance

Stefan Borzecki – Elected Chair for Marine Alliance 2014/15

Alliance  Board member Stefan Borzecki, owner of Yaringa Boat Harbour has been elected Chairman of the Alliance at its Annual General Meeting on 18th September 2014.

Stefan, a founding member of the Alliance,  is also a director of the Global Marina Institute, a widely regarded international body that sets operating standards and provides training on marina development and management to governments and businesses around the world.

As a member of the Port of Hastings Development Authority, Community Advisory forum established by the Authority to provide  feedback and advice on emerging issues relating to the port development, Stefan is very keen to ensure that Yaringa’s current expansion proposals are not adversely impacted or prevented by the port development.

Stefan is very keen to ensure that Yaringa’s current expansion proposals are not adversely impacted or at worst prevented by the port development.

More broadly, Stefan has had a very long standing relationship with Western Port Bay and marine businesses  across the peninsula and our region and seeks to make the best use of his involvement in professional bodies and in our case leadership of our marine sector alliance to protect and promote marine business growth opportunities.

The Alliance anticipates being able to stay fully informed of current developments and also where possible to contribute information about the potential opportunities and impacts on the local Marine Sector arising from the port development.

Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron

Great News!!

Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron is the third major peninsula yacht cub to join the Alliance  and is advancing with the most significant facility upgrade since being formed from the Southern Yacht Squadron in 1951.

The new building complex will have  a primary structure with administration and meeting rooms, large function room with catering facilities and a separate building will house race management, sail training control centre and marine safety facilities.

Marina and boat storage facilities are also being substantially upgraded as part of the $5 – $6 million upgrade program




More Awards for Peninsula Based Marine Businesses

Three Mornington Peninsula Marine Sector Businesses have recently won awards in business excellence and tourism. Searoad Ferries and Moonraker Dolphin Swims have taken out awards at the 2013 RACV Victorian Tourism Awards and Hart Marine won top prize at the  2013 MPF business Excellence Awards.

Hart Marine has taken out the top prize at the Mornington Peninsula and Frankston, Business Excellence Awards. This is a fantastic  achievement for Mal Hart and his team and worthy recognition for the very high quality manufacturing work they undertake. Hart Marine is the leading Australian company in the construction of the new generation of composite fibre Pilot Boats with orders being placed by a number of major national port authorities. The regional award success entitles Hart Marine entry into the State level awards competition and we wish the team every success.

Searoad Ferries under the leadership of Mat MacDonald has taken the top prize in the Tour and Transport Operators Category. This ferry service operates between Sorrento and Queenscliff across Port Phillip Bay and provides an essential transport link for the state, connecting the Mornington  and Bellarine Peninsulas.


Moonraker Dolphin Swims has taken out two prizes at the Victorian Tourism Awards gala event just recently held in Melbourne. Winning the Ecotourism Award  and a Tour Operator Award places them in “The Hall of Fame”  – a worthy and very prestigious position position.

The company is another important stakeholder in the Mornington Peninsula Marine sector and these awards are highly valued recognition of the outstanding service quality, professional standards and ethical approach the company demonstrates in offering a very special experience to all its customers.

Peninsula Stand-Up Paddle  was also a finalist in the competition  a great effort for this young company in a very challenging field.

Congratulations to all the companies on their successes.