Projects originally supported by Foundation 59

Biala provides high quality early childhood intervention programs, therapies and services for children with disabilities or developmental delays and support for their families. Funding from Foundation 59 has supported:

  • Music Therapy - a weekly program available to all children attending Biala;
  • Premmies on the Peninsula - a monthly program for families with a premature child up to 2 years of age;
  • Family Counselling - family counselling free of charge with a qualified staff counsellor;
  • Team Sibsclub - a support group for the 5 - 12 year old siblings of Biala children from any program;
  • Early Childhood Intervention Services - supporting children with a disability or developmental delay from birth to school entry and their families, providing special education, therapy, counselling, service planning and coordination.

Capel Sound Children's Project

Seawinds Community Hub, Capel Sound, engages the community in a range of integrated services and programs that achieve their vision of belonging, learning and growing.

The Abecedarian Program is a kindergarten program specifically tailored for each child which focuses on literacy and language development to improve the child's developmental outcomes, reduce their vulnerability and become school ready.

YMCA Southern Peninsula Youth Services

Southern Peninsula Youth Services engages teenagers for the long term who are dealing with problems related to financial, emotional or psychological stress. They provide a safe place to meet in a supportive and fun environment. Intervention, prevention and connection are the key drivers that underpin this work.

The current programs include weekly youth groups, annual youth camps, annual teenage girls' retreat, teenage health and wellbeing programs plus delivery of mental health first aid courses.

Westernport Secondary College

The College endeavours to promote an atmosphere of mutual respect, tolerance, understanding and cooperation which is underpinned by their core values of respect, challenge, opportunity, honest and integrity. This will enable students to thrive in a diverse and changing world. 

The Year 9 Project, supported by Foundation 59, is an alternate Year 9 program developed to focus on providing students with 21st Century skills which will be crucial in developing important skills to prepare them for the challenges of life and their future pathways into the workforce.

Hands on Learning

Hands on Learning is an innovative education program that schools use to cater to the different ways young people learn, giving participants the hope and aspiration to stay at school and realise their potential.

Foundation 59 has been supporting the following projects:

  • Boneo Primary School - Development and landscaping a dry river bed and adding a water feature;
  • Crib Point Primary School - Building a remembrance path for local soldiers and landscaping at the school entrance;
  • Dromana Primary School - Renovating a boat shed and constructing pathways around the school;
  • Westernport Secondary College - Renovating the Community House (pictured);
  • Eastbourne Primary School - Building a pizza oven within the Hands on Learning precinct;
  • Rosebud Secondary College - Constructing a community fitness and pump track;
  • Rosebud Primary School - Purchasing new tools, ongoing landscaping and garden bed projects around the school;
  • Somerville Secondary College - Constructing new seating adjacent to the athletic track to accommodate 120 people, complete with drainage.


Lifelong Learning

At Wallaroo Primary in Hastings and Mornington Park Primary the Lifelong Learning Program is run by Russell Ardley. The children get involved in practical activities such as gardening, cooking, looking after chooks and making things which spark their interest. Russell also runs a breakfast club that all parents and children are invited to attend and a lunch at Mornington Park Primary on Wednesdays. 

As the merge of Foundation 59 with MPF takes place these projects originally supported by 59 will continue to be supported by MPF in 2019. Ongoing donations are encouraged for these projects.


Westernport Secondary Educational Guarantee Pilot

After School Tutoring for Children with Below Average Literacy & Numeracy

Abecedarian Program at Eastbourne Primary


Crib Point


Thanks Tanya Fry of TanyaFryPhotography for your beautiful photographs 🙂

The Mornington Peninsula Foundation acknowledges and pays respect to the Boon Wurung / Bunurong People of the Kulin Nation, the traditional owners of these lands and waters.