Winter Solstice Foreshore Ramble

Winter Solstice Foreshore Ramble Beach & Nature Photographer’s Walk

McGregor’s Rock to the Ricketts Point Tea House
Sunday 17 June – departs at 10am sharp
(each of the four walks is 10 only mins)

  1. 10 am Assemble at McGregor’s Rock for Ray Lewis’ Sea Country Walk
  2. Then walk to Banksia Point with Murray Orr while he talks ancient fossils in our unique marine sanctuary
  3. Next, walk the open cliffs with Professor John Buckeridge explaining the Geology of the local area
  4. Saving the best till last, walk and talk in the Barguuk Womens’ Garden with Betty Lewis who will educate us about Aboriginal Secret Women’s business, as well as indigenous plants and their uses

11am return to Ricketts Point Tea House for hot coffee, tea, chocolate, soup, a warm fire & congenial company

If you require a lift back to your car at McGregor’s Rock, Ray Lewis and Virginia Mosk are happy to help – please let us know via your booking. This is a free service offered by volunteers but please reserve your place at:

This will be a Zen walk, living completely in the present moment – mobile phones turned off or on silent; friendly, calm dogs welcome; ideal for photographers to capture local foreshore life.

Any queries, please call 0408 800 685

Marine Art Exhibition at Beaumaris Yacht Club. All welcome!


All Welcome!

Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 February 2018 10 am – 4 pm

Beaumaris Yacht Club, Corner Beach & Haydens Roads, Beaumaris VIC 3193   MAP

Great activities!

Saturday 11am – Aboriginal Sea Country & Local Heritage Walk by Ray Lewis OAM

Saturday 3pm – Making Paper Fish with local artist, Diana Pearce

Sunday 10am – Children’s sand sculpting with local artist, Betty Knight

People’s Choice Awards – prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd for artist winners!

Refreshments too. ALL WELCOME. Gold coin donation admission

Unfortunately, no wheelchair access

For queries Email:  Mobile: 0408 800 685

Kindly sponsored by MESAC and Bayside Beaches Real Estate



Calling all marine artists! The third MESAC Easel Art Exhibition, Sat 17 and Sun 18 Feb 2018

Marine Easel Art Exhibition

MESAC Easel Art Exhibiton 2018 Invitation to Artists

Calling all Artists!

You are invited to participate in this great opportunity to have your art exhibited. Third year running!

MESAC Easel Art Exhibition
Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 February 2018
10 am – 4 pm
Beaumaris Yacht Club
Corner Beach & Haydens Roads, Beaumaris VIC 3193

People’s Choice Awards – prizes for winners!
ALL WELCOME. Special Artist Soiree 5 – 6pm Friday 16 Feb
Register your artwork by Fri 02 Feb 2018 – see form

For queries email: or Mobile: 0408 800 685

1. Please bring your own easel to display your art (one easel and three pieces of art) – see diagram right (maximum size – 1 metre x 1 metre)

2. Set up from Friday 3.30pm to 6.30pm. Any other times by arrangement.

3. Pick up all artwork Sunday 18 Feb, 4 to 6pm

4. Entry $10 per artist (3 pieces allowed). 10% commission on sales to cover MESAC costs.

Artists under 18, $5 entry for 3 paintings. No commissions charged for U18 artists. We love young artists to enter!

Kindly sponsored by MESAC and Bayside Beaches Real Estate!


MESAC (was formed to create a Marine Education Centre combined with a Yacht and Water Sports Club), on the current yacht club site.

We are running a series of environmental education events to raise awareness of this magnificent centre! Please come along and support this great project.

Artists, Scientists, educators, general public; grandparents, parents, children ….all are welcome!

And the beach is 24 hour dog friendly…..bring the whole family!

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‘Easel Art Exhibition’ Sat 20 – Sun 21 Feb 2016.

MESAC Marine Art Exhibition Raises Environmental Awareness

Marine Education Science and Community Project (MESAC) sought the assistance of local artists to help raise awareness of our marine environment, and hosted a wonderful Marine Art Exhibition last Saturday and Sunday 21 -22 February 2016 at the Beaumaris Yacht Club.

Rickett’s Point on Melbourne’s Port Phillip Bay, MESAC is at the centre of an area that inspired impressionists such as Frederick McCubbin, Arthur Streeton, Tom Roberts and Charles Conder to create some of our finest art treasures.

The coastal areas around Beaumaris, Mentone and Sandringham continue to draw local artists to the beautiful marine environment, and the event drew over 100 artworks from around 50 artists.

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Ray Lewis, exhibition coordinator and president of MESAC, said “It was great to get all the local artists together. They were all excited about the exhibition and had a great time together setting up the event. We had around 60 people at the artist’s soiree on the set up night and 400 or more people viewed the exhibition over the weekend”.

Entries were open to professional and non-professional artists with the main requirement being a marine or beach theme. The artworks were displayed on the artist own easels. Artists, Jeff Gilmour and Karen Hopkins held free art classes on the beach which added to the relaxed atmosphere and enhanced the exhibitions marine focus.

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In keeping with the community spirit, prizes were decided by exhibition attendees. The organisers encouraged guests to vote for artworks that they simply enjoyed viewing rather than being overly focussed on technical merit or artistic reputation.

The format worked well in creating a relaxed ”meet and greet” atmosphere for artists while highlighting MESAC’s project to develop a multi-user facility to foster snorkelling, diving, marine science, sailing, and associated community interests.

The People’s Choice awards went to Annee Kelly for her plein-air painted beach scene, Jeff Gilmour for his line and watercolour painting ‘Weedy Sea Dragon’ and Nick Georgiadis for his magnificent lead glass window, ‘The Galleon’.

With the success of the inaugural exhibition, and the enthusiastic support of the artists and local community, MESAC’s Marine Exhibition is set to become an annual event!

Thanks to everyone for their enthusiasm and support of the event! Here are some more photos which capture the mood.

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MESAC Easel Art Exhibiton 20 - 21 Feb 2016 publicity

Easel Art Competition

Saturday 20 – Sunday 21 February 2016 – 10am to 4pm

All artists (pro and non-pro) are exhibiting.  The marine theme is the only requirement!

Beaumaris Yacht Club, corner Beach & Haydens Roads, Beaumaris VIC 3193   MAP

Give your opinion at the People’s Choice Awards; 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes!

Go for a special Aboriginal Heritage walk – Saturday only @ 10am – cultural presentation and foreshore walk with Wemba/Wergaia man Dean Stewart, director of ‘Aboriginal Tours And Education Melbourne’ (A-TAEM)

Jeff Gilmour and Karen Hopkins, Artists will be offering free art classes at 10am on the beach Saturday and Sunday! All welcome.

Parking in car park @ $5 per hour, or for FREE on Beach Rd, Haydens Rd and Coral Ave

46 artists and over 90 paintings with an ocean theme!  Refreshments. FREE ENTRY – ALL WELCOME!

Any queries? Email:

MESAC (combination of Marine Care Rickets Point (MCRP) and the Beaumaris Yacht Club (BYC)) was formed to create a combined Yacht and Water Sports Club, and Marine Education Centre on the current yacht club site.

We are running a series of environmental education events to raise awareness of this magnificent centre! Please come along and support this amazing project.

Artists, Scientists, educators, general public, parents, grandparents, children ….all are welcome! And the beach is 24 hour dog friendly…bring the whole family!

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National Science Week 15 – 23 Aug 2015 – MESAC put on a great program!

MESAC (combination of Marine Care Rickets Point (MCRP) and the Beaumaris Yacht Club (BYC)) was formed to create a combined Yacht and Water Sports Club, and Marine Education Centre on the current yacht club site. We rung a series of environmental education events throughout the year.

National Science Week was a great 9 day event – 750 visitors attended with 21 top level speakers from all over Victoria.

Scientists, educators, parents, grandparents, children, general public….all were and are always welcome! Ricketts Point, Vic.

As part of the National Science Week 2015, MESAC ran a very successful 9 day program, with some 450 adults and 300 children attending. After 5 months of planning we launched the program with 21 high quality speakers from around the State. 24 of our wonderful volunteers from both MCRP and the BYC were there to support and help coordinate the weekend. Their help was invaluable and we thank them sincerely.

The Gould League were also greatly involved and ran five sessions.

Thank you to all the attendees, presenters and volunteers. Next year we hope to make it bigger and better!


Stakeholder Workshop

The objectives of the workshop were:

  Inform concept development

Create a dialogue space where key stakeholders have an equal opportunity to be heard by MESAC and BCC in relation to the proposed marine education science and community centre centre

  Create a common understanding of the relationship between the proposed centre and all key stakeholders including their link with the project and their involvement to date

  Understand key stakeholders’ concerns about the project

  Explore opportunities for MESAC to consider in going further with the proposal

  Share information about the project

  Update key stakeholders on outcomes from the drop-in session


The major outcomes of this initial phase are to inform the community, understand their concerns and aspirations, and seek their input into the concept design; and prepare the necessary materials required to seek funding and support. The community engagement process has been planned for February.

Bayside City Council has developed a community engagement plan which outlined 3 major activities:

  Drop-in session on Sunday 23 February, 10am to 2pm at the Beaumaris Yacht Club

  Stakeholder Workshop on Wednesday 26 February, 6.30 to 9pm at the BCC Centre

  Online Forum (using BCC’s Your Say site) which was live from 14 to 28 February

This community engagement report presents the outcomes of these three activities.

The drop-in session had 88 people attend and contribute and the workshop was attended by 31 participants.

In general the proposed project (at its current early stage with limited detailed information) seems to be supported by most of the community and stakeholders.

There are a significant number of suggestions to ensure the best outcome. Ideally these would be considered in a concept design and a more detailed project proposal. Additionally, stakeholders clearly communicated their interest to be engaged further (through face-to face workshops/forums and online forums) at key stages (eg. design milestones) in the proposed project. Both stakeholders and the community expect comprehensive and transparent information about the proposal through its development.

For example, common requests are for further information about the justification for and suitability of the location, a clear definition of ‘no greater footprint’ (ie. does footprint include the car park? and what about height levels?), and justification for the choice of organisations to be involved in the centre.

Full Information on the outcomes: