Welcome to Somers Paper Nautilus …inclusiveness and openness, catering for a diversity of views without rancour

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Somers is a seaside village community located south of Melbourne on Westernport Bay in the Mornington Peninsula Shire. With a mix of sandy beaches, rockpools and tidal flats, Somers is popular for sailing, skiffle boarding and beachcombing. The cliffs of Somers have spectacular views to Phillip Island and the Nobbies.

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Looking after our beach nesting Plovers Roger Richards

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If you go down to the mouth of Coolart Creek at fairly low tide you may encounter the little Red-capped Plovers as I did on Monday 25 May when I saw six. Fortunately at this time of year with fewer people on the beach, there is less pressure on this charismatic little beach-nesting bird. I think it is quite amazing and special that they still come to this spot when there is so much human activity.

You can watch them feeding for hours as they rush along the water’s edge, then stop abruptly, before darting forward again. Unlike most plover species, the male is distinct from the female with a more rufous head.

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The local region Your guide to a cool summer street look

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Somers is part of a fascinating Australian coastal environment that has evolved over eons. Its natural plant and animal life form the distinctive landscape character and quality that makes the area so attractive. Somers’ impressive Coastal Banksia, She Oak and Manna Gum woodlands shelter magnificent wildflowers and unique wildlife.

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Anne Bartholemew
Sue Egan
Bronwen Gibbs
Sally Holdsworth
Bruce McCallum
Julie McInnes
Rod Nuske
Karina Smith
Marg Tilleard

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Somers – why we came here Kevin Close

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Williams Point

We came; we saw; we were conquered!

We loved the dolphins playing with a dog the day we saw this house. We holidayed at Shoreham for years until the winters without power became bleak and we moved to Flinders. On retirement our permanent option was our dream home at Mt Martha but rising costs killed that. An inspection at Somers, a walk on the beach and we were hooked.

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Secret men’s business Rod Nuske

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The Secret Men’s Business group of the Probus Club of Balnarring spent an intriguing afternoon at the airfield of Westernport Model Aircraft Club in Crib Point. There were about 30 or so members of the club putting their aircraft through their paces with incredible skill.

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