Peninsula singles on look-out for someone new


Hello there: Co-founders of Peninsula Singles Abby Barling, Hayley Barnsley and Marnie Turner have started their own dating site. Picture: Ebony Elise

THE fickle and unrewarding nature of the Mornington Peninsula singles scene has inspired three local women to form their own dating site.

“We were tired of swiping left, right or otherwise and being sent unsolicited nude pics!” Peninsula Singles co-founder Abby Barling said. “We went looking for something different but couldn’t find anything here on the peninsula, so we’ve created it ourselves!”

The single mums are kicking off the season with a Spring Fling singles mixer, Wednesday 19 September, at Gods Kitchen in Mornington.

They say taking a stand against the dubious goings-on of online dating had been rewarding with interest via their Instagram and Facebook pages “overwhelming”.

“Men and women have contacted us right across the peninsula, excited about what we’re offering,” Ms Barling said. “They’re sick and tired of the two-timing, online dating mentality.

“We don’t have to look back too far to remember a time when, if you found your boyfriend or girlfriend ‘two-timing’ you that would be it! There’s the door, mate!

“[But] that’s just not how it is these days and it can be soul destroying!”

She said Peninsula Singles catered for anyone over 30 who was interested in meeting people. “You may meet the love of your life or find a great new social network,” she said.

“There’ll be a glass of bubbly or beer on arrival with canapes throughout the night.

“Bring your mates or fly solo, it’s up to you. The Peninsula Singles team will help you out with conversation starters and, at the end of the day, everyone’s there for the same reason.

“It’s the perfect way to meet someone local without interrupting you weekend plans.”

Doors for the singles mixer open 6.30pm. Bookings are essential via

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 4 September 2018


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