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The finishing touches have been applied on the redevelopment of Carrum Station. A mural has been painted on the side of Karrum Karrum Bridge. See story page 2. Picture: Supplied

Arrests made after alleged kidnappings, assaults Brodie Cowburn brodie@baysidenews.com.au A MAN was allegedly assaulted and held at a Dingley Village property last week. Police have arrested four men during an investigation into kidnappings, non-fatal shootings, serious assaults, and extortions.

Police allege that on 7 August a Cranbourne East man was held at a property in Cranbourne, and a Cranbourne man was taken to a property in Dingley Village. At 1am on 8 August, police swooped in to arrest a 26-year-old man at his Dingley Village house. A 26-year-old Balaclava man was also arrested. The man being held at the property

was seriously injured, and taken to hospital for treatment. Shortly before that, police arrested a 39-year-old man at a Cranbourne property. The three people arrested in the early hours of 8 August were all charged with intentionally cause serious injury in circumstances of gross violence, intentionally cause serious injury, recklessly cause seri-

ous injury, and false imprisonment. They fronted Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on 9 August, and were remanded in custody to appear again on 1 November. Armed Crime Squad and Casey Crime Investigation Unit detectives also executed a search warrant at an Oakleigh factory on 8 August, where they allegedly found a loaded handgun, sawn-off shotgun, and a range

of drugs. On 9 August, police arrested a 38-year-old Taylors Lakes man in Sydenham and a 34-year-old Clyde North man as part of their investigation. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

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Mural finished at new train station A NEW mural has been completed on the side of Karrum Karrum Bridge at Carrum. The mural was commissioned as part of level crossing removal works at Station Street, Eel Race Road, and Mascot Avenue. Street artist Matt Adnate finished work on the mural last month. He is also behind large scale murals on silos at Sheep Hills and a 20 storey piece on a public housing tower in Collingwood. The work in Carrum features a child’s face and a dolphin. Level Crossing Removal program director, Adam Maguire, said  “we’re pleased to have been able to secure this respected artist to create a work that pays respect to the Traditional Owners of the land and is a fitting finish to this once-in-a-generation project.”  Carrum MP Sonya Kilkenny said “this beautiful work of art by a home-grown, internationally-known artist is a cultural investment in our local area and I know it will be enjoyed by residents and visitors for many years to come. The mural is the icing on the cake of our works at Carrum to create a new road bridge over the Patterson River, remove three dangerous and congested level crossings, build a premium Carrum Station, and create the new Carrum Promenade.”

THE new mural on Karrum Karrum Bridge. Picture: Supplied

FRANKSTON CITY ARTS GRANTS NOW OPEN TO INSPIRE CREATIVES FRANKSTON Arts Centre has enhanced its commitment to our arts community with artist grants now open to inspire, nurture and energise our creatives. North East Ward Cr Suzette Tayler said the Artist Project Grants – proudly supported by Frankston City Council – are now open to artists and creatives living, working or with strong connections to Frankston City. Cr Tayler said: “This is a brilliant opportunity to bring a creative project to life. If you have an innovative idea and the capacity to deliver upon your vision we’d love you to apply. “Frankston City Council has continued its commitment to support COVID 19 recovery initiatives as part of its $9.128 million Recovery Package and is proud to support local artists to create work that contributes to our vibrancy, culture and community,” Cr Tayler said. Up to $5,000 will be awarded to six local artists for Artist Project Grants and submissions close on Friday 27 August 2021. For more information, please visit thefac.com. au. Alison Tedesco, who received an Artist Program Grant of up to $4000 in 2020, said the recognition and acknowledgement had

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provided a huge boost, adding: “It’s certainly been a wonderful blessing as an artist to be supported and encouraged by some amazing facilitators within Frankston City Council. “It has given me a clear direction in my practice, exposed me to invaluable contacts for further art projects and bolstered my passion to continue the journey as a practicing urban landscape artist living in Frankston,” Ms Tedesco said.


More time to have say on Dingley Village development Brodie Cowburn brodie@baysidenews.com.au THE deadline for submissions on AustralianSuper’s proposed redevelopment of the old Kingswood golf course in Dingley Village has been extended. The proposal will see more than 800 housing lots constructed on the former golf course. The developer is also requesting that the zoning restrictions for the site be changed to allow for the construction of buildings up to three stories, 11 metres, in height. The planning minister has referred the application to the state government’s golf course redevelopment standing advisory committee for consideration. Submissions on the proposal will now be accepted until 11.59pm on 20 August. AustralianSuper senior investment director, Fiona Dunster, welcomed the extension. “Allowing additional time will help ensure everyone who has an interest in the future of the former golf course site has an opportunity to understand what is proposed,” she said. AustralianSuper boasts that the proposal has 14 hectares of open space, expands and creates new wetlands, and retains 850 existing trees. “The new proposal supports a range of housing that will appeal to families, downsizers, first–home buyers and those on lower incomes. Importantly it will help younger Dingley people stay in the area where they

grew up, and older people to stay near friends and family as their needs change,” Ms Dunster said. The site was purchased by AustralianSuper in 2014 for $125 million. Its previous proposal to develop the land was knocked back by Kingston Council in 2018 after public outcry and nearly 8000 community submissions. Council will make a submission on the new plans to the advisory committee. When the new plans were released, Save Kingswood Group Inc spoke out in opposition. The group’s president, Kevin Poulter said “the latest application indicates 823 lots, each less than 300 square metres, and a reduction in car parking plus many more nasties. We are outraged that the developer could even dream of such an insidious plan” (“New plans for golf course redevelopment revealed” The News 30/6/21). To make a submission visit engage. vic.gov.au/GolfSAC-Kingswood

PLANS for a new housing estate in Dingley Village. Picture: Supplied

HAWTHORN Football Club’s new proposed homebase. Picture: Supplied

Community access needed at Hawks’ home for funding UP to 30 hours a week of community access to Hawthorn FC’s new Dingley training facility has been sought by Kingston Council. The memorandum of understanding signed by Kingston Council last month means that council has agreed to provide the club $5 million for the project, subject to some conditions. Kingston Council has confirmed that it expects 20-30 hours of community access of a “community oval” in exchange for the funding. Kingston mayor Steve Staikos said the project is a “cost-effective way to meet the growing demand for sporting facilities while providing good value for money for ratepayers. Developing community sporting facilities like this would cost council around $15 million if we were to go it alone, so working together with Hawthorn to use their land is a smart move.” “Sport is booming in our region with growing participation particularly in footy played by women and girls. The new community oval will help transform a former landfill in the Green Wedge site into much-needed community facilities to serve generations to come,” he said.

“We are proud to take the first step towards a strong partnership with Hawthorn Football Club through signing the memorandum of understanding and we look forward to nailing down the details in order to proceed with the project.” In an announcement on the club’s website, Hawthorn FC Chief Executive Officer Justin Reeves said “the council commitment to proceed to a formal agreement is another pivotal step in our journey to building a once in a generation sporting and community facility which the wider south-eastern community and region can be a part of.” “On behalf of the entire club, I would like to acknowledge and thank the Kingston City Council for their willingness to partner with the club, and their support of our vision; a collaborative partnership which has spanned more than five years,” he said. “The community oval and pavilion at the Kennedy Community Centre will provide local sporting groups with an elite sporting facility, generating greater pathways for women’s football and also increasing active and passive participation in sport across the region.” Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News

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Cash stolen during break-in CASH was stolen during a break-in at a gaming venue in Cheltenham, 1 August. Police say that an unknown offender broke into the Centre Dandenong Road venue by smashing a rear glass door at around 6.30am. When inside, two men stole what police say was “a large amount” of cash. The two men fled into a waiting car, which police believe may have been driven by a woman. She was in

a white Range Rover. The car was last seen moving south on Centre Dandenong Road. In a statement police said that “the first male offender was wearing a black baseball cap with a face covering and a dark jumper, blue hard Jakka brand pants, carrying a sledgehammer with a yellow handle. The second male offender had his face covered and was wearing a black hooded jumper with Japanese writing

down the sleeves, carrying a black and red backpack. It is believed the female driver was also wearing a black hooded jumper with Japanese writing down the sleeves.” To help with their investigation, police have released images of the black hooded jumper and a vehicle of interest (above). Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


Armed robbery A POLICE investigation into a Keysborough armed robbery last year continues. At around 6.25pm on 19 December, a man with a firearm entered a bottle shop on the corner of Corrigan Road and Kingsclere Avenue. He threatened the bottle-o staff member, ripped the cash register out from the counter, and fled the scene. The offender left in a grey 2010 Toyota RAV4. The car was later found burnt out in Springvale South. Police have issued a renewed appeal for information to help solve the crime. They say they are looking for a man “180cm tall, with solid build and was wearing black clothing at the time” Dandenong Crime Investigation Unit Detective Senior Constable Sherry Cahir said “we continue to investigate this case and are hopeful someone in the community is now ready to come forward with information. The victim involved in this incident deserves justice and we hope to make that happen.” Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Man murdered A MAN has been charged with murder after the death of a man at a Petrie Street property.

Police were called to the Frankston property just before 3am on 4 August. There they found an injured man. Emergency service workers treated the man, but he died at the scene. At around midday that day, police arrested a 53-year-old man in Frankston. He was subsequently charged with murder. The charged man was scheduled to appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court last week.

Investigators are asking for the good samaritan who helped save the girl from the alleged would-be

kidnapper to come forward. He was a man driving a blue sedan. Any witnesses can contact Crime Stop-

pers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www. crimestoppersvic.com.au.

Kidnapping attempt A TEENAGE girl was nearly kidnapped by a man at a Frankston bus stop last week, police say. At around 7.30am on 3 August, a man allegedly tried to take the girl from a bus stop on Ashleigh Avenue. A good samaritan stepped in to help the young woman. The next day, police arrested a 20-year-old man at a property on Gamble Road in Carrum Downs. He was hit with 20 charges including attempted kidnapping, attempted child stealing, unlawful assault, theft of motor vehicle, possess controlled weapon, possess imitation firearm, affray, careless driving, criminal damage, and possessing a drug of dependence. Police allege that the man, of no fixed address, also used a firearm in Carrum Downs to threaten two people in a car. He also allegedly caused issues and ran from security at a Moorabbin shopping centre. The man will appear before the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court.

Young people can access COVID-19 jabs VICTORIA’S sixth lockdown continues into this week, with 20 cases recorded statewide on 10 August. No Kingston residents currently have a confirmed case of COVID-19. There are currently two active cases of COVID-19 among Frankston residents. From this week, 18 to 39-year-olds will be able to get AstraZeneca vaccines at some state run vaccination hubs, as long as they provide informed consent. The vaccine clinic at Bayside Shopping Centre will offer AstraZeneca jabs to young people willing to get the shot. At a press conference on 8 August, Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said that young people should seriously consider taking the AstraZeneca jab. “I’d say to any person between 18 and 39 considering getting vaccinated with AstraZeneca, speak to your GP, understand those really, really remote risks and make that informed decision,” he said. “I’m a 52-year-old bloke, if I were 25 and AstraZeneca was the only vaccine available to me today, I would get it. Of course, it’s your individual choice but I have said all the way through that the best vaccine to get is the one that’s available to you today. You will get protection from that first vaccine. You get very, very good protection from being fully vaccinated.” The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation advises that the AstraZeneca jab reduces the risk of hospitalisation from COVID-19 by 92 per cent. Victoria was plunged into a one week lockdown on Thursday, 5 August. The restrictions are largely the same as they have been for the prior lockdowns. People can only leave their homes to shop for essentials, exercise for up to two hours, caregiving, authorised work or education, or to get vaccinated.

A PENINSULA Health staff member monitors patients after they received their COVID-19 jabs. Picture: Supplied Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News

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Sculpting a future for artworks FIVE new sculptures will be installed around Frankston in the next 12 months. Council’s sculpture program is delivered in partnership with Sculptures By The Sea and McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery. Council’s budget for this financial year included an investment in public art. The mayor Kris Bolam said “council has worked hard to build our city’s impressive collection of public art, which features interactive murals, dynamic sculptures, public performances and the popular yearly street art festival, Big Picture Fest, with an investment of $140,000 to $180,000 annually.” “In June 2021, council endorsed its new budget, which provides an investment of $3.86 million in COVID-19 recovery support and reinstates public art funding to the tune of $500,000,” he said. “Over the next 12 months, residents and visitors will see at least five new sculptures installed across our city and its suburbs, including a new gateway sculpture. “Known as The Lighthouse, this iconic sculpture is scheduled for installation by March 2022 at the former intersection of Eel Race Road and Nepean Highway.”

MORE than 1200 people in the Kingston area registered to be organ donors last year. Organ donation has the potential to save and transform lives. Carrum Downs man Matt Ngaputa-Cripps had his life changed after a lung transplant in 2018. Mr Ngaputa-Cripps was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis about 15 years ago. It is an inflammatory disease which affects the bones and organs. The disease left him chronically unwell. He spent time in and out of hospitals, and said he “did life from a chair”. After a lung transplant, Mr Ngaputa-Cripps’ life has changed. He now runs three businesses and enjoys his life alongside his wife, Linda. Mr Ngaputa-Cripps says he is grateful to his donor for the improvements in his life. “When my lung birthday comes around, the thought that goes through my head every year is that somewhere out there a family is hurting,” he said. DonateLife says there are 13 million Australians aged over 16 who are eligible to register as organ and tissue donors, but haven’t yet. DonateLife Victoria state medical director, Dr Rohit D’Costa, said “the biggest barrier to families saying yes to donation is not knowing their family member was willing to be a donor.” “When donation is a possibility, it helps when families know what their loved one wanted. Across Australia we know that 9 in 10 families give consent to donation when their loved one was a registered donor, and this number is halved when a person is not registered and has not discussed donation with their family.” To register as an organ donor visit donatelife. gov.au

NOTORIOUS Frankston sculpture Reflective Lullaby. Picture: Supplied

Service helps placate persistent pain THE persistent pain management service team at Peninsula Health has helped to change the life of a Langwarrin mother living in near constant pain. Terryn Huggard first felt discomfort on the right side of her body when she was just 12-years-old. Since then, things have only become worse. “Ongoing body pain stopped me from doing many everyday tasks to my full ability and drastically reduced my enjoyment of life in general. I’m only 33. These are things that I want to do. Things my body should allow me to do,” Ms Huggard said. “The fear of my pain worsening would stop me from moving my body in the way it is meant to, even walking around the block or the suggestion of a family bike ride would cause me worry of how my body would feel afterwards. “It didn’t matter who I turned to, countless professionals told me my pain was from previous injuries and I

just had to deal with it. I could not get any answers – the suggestion always was to take some pain medication or just stop thinking about it.” Since being referred to the Peninsula Health service running at The Mornington Centre, Ms Huggard said she has made “outstanding” progress. “The persistent pain management team has opened my eyes to how my nervous system produces pain as a protective response to a perceived threat, using science and data alongside genuine care and compassion to teach me how to better manage what my body is dealing with,” she said. “Throughout my life it has ripped me away from my hobbies and things that defined me. I used to play competitive netball in my teens and loved the power my body gave to the game. Netball took a seat way down the back for 14 years for fear it would cause my pain to flare up, and that I was at high risk of injuring myself. Now I’m back on the court, some-

times playing 2 games a week.” Peninsula Health persistent pain management service coordinator Tessa Heine said persistent pain is complex to treat. “This can be pain related to conditions such as arthritis, diabetes or fibromyalgia, pain continuing after an injury has healed, it may begin at a time of particular emotional challenge, or can occur where the cause is not known,” she said. “Learning about strategies to change the pain experience is not enough, it takes repeated effort to create new pathways in the brain and Terryn challenged her automatic thoughts, movements and responses to pain. She did the work and got the results, and we are so pleased to see that she has continued to improve after completing her work with us.” To learn more about the service call Peninsula Health ACCESS on 1300 665 781 or visit peninsulahealth.org. au/services/services-n-z/integratedpain-service/

Terryn Huggard and Tessa Heine. Picture: Supplied

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THE Partridge String Quartet. Picture: Supplied

Sunday music shows start with strings A SERIES of soirees starts on a Sunday in September with a string quartet. McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park in Langwarrin is hosting the events. The musical program kicks off with a show by the Partridge String Quartet, 2pm to 4pm on 5 September. The performances will be held on the first Sunday of each month. McClelland director Lisa Byrne said “it is wonderful to be able to support musicians at this time with performance opportunities and to offer our community experiences that promote social connectivity and positive well-being. What better way to spend an afternoon than with friends in our beautiful setting listening to a live performance by some of the best musicians in the country. Maybe even share a grazing plate, a glass of wine, and take some time to appreciate our sculpture park and gallery.”

“From the Partridge String Quartet to the Stiletto Sisters we will be presenting a fantastic array of musicians,” she said. Series curator, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra violinist Monica Curro, said “I am thrilled to be working with McClelland in its 50th year to bring a smorgasboard of musical events into the artistic fold of this unique Australian cultural asset. Through its cross-disciplinary artistic collaborations, McClelland ensures the continuing nourishment and vibrancy of its community.” After the Partridge String Quartet performs in September, Sarah Curro’s Volume will be held in October. The Michelle Nicolle Quartet performs in November followed by Stilletto Sisters in December. There will be four performances this year, and a further four in 2022. For the full program and to buy tickets visit mcclellandgallery.com


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Lockdown Five and a Half: Zeroing In By Stuart McCullough AND so it is. After coming through lockdown five, we find ourselves in lockdown six. To be honest, I don’t think we can say the curtain had completely fallen on lockdown five – if you can’t visit family, you’re still in lockdown, even if can get a flat white at a café. Besides, using the ‘Police Academy Theory of Relativity’, this would put us in ‘City Under Siege’ territory that, although aptly named, holds a zero percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s no easy thing to get a ‘zero’ on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s a rating reserved for pieces of cinematic filth for which no one on the entire planet could find a kind word to say. Movies for which there is no redeeming feature whatsoever. Where critics could not bring themselves to say as much as ‘at least the on set catering was good – half a star’. In that sense, ‘Police Academy Six: City Under Siege’ joins an elite but diverse group of movies, bound together only by their sheer putrescence. ‘Jaws: The Revenge’ worked hard for its zero rating. It followed the spectacularly poor ‘Jaws: 3-D’ which, as the title not so much implies as it does boldly declare, was a three dimensional experience with the notable exception of the script. Let me say right now that I accept that I am partly to blame for the existence of ‘Jaw: The Revenge’ as I am one of the unfortunate few who went and saw ‘Jaws: 3-D’ at the cinema. Forgive me. Amazingly, the film features Michael Caine. Not just someone called ‘Michael Caine’ but the actual, ‘what’sit’s-all-about-Alfie?’ Michael Caine.

He claims never to have seen the film but has, he says, seen the house it built which he describes as ‘terrific’. It was an opportunity squandered. It would have been better had bits of previous Michael Caine films had been incorpo-

rated into ‘Jaws: The Revenge’. Had it featured a scene where Michael Caine flees the shark while driving a Mini Cooper, a huge, stinking ‘zero’ could have been avoided. If the shark had been blown up, as in the original film,

it would have given Michael Caine the chance to say, ‘You’re only supposed to blow the bl&@dy doors off!’ That’s the kind of genius cross-promotion the members of the Academy love. Also in this elite list is ‘Look Who’s Talking Now!’, which was the third, highly unnecessary installment so totally devoid of merit that it can only have been dreamed up for tax purposes. Once more, I must take my share of the blame, having borne witness to the preceding ‘Look Who’s Talking Too’ at the cinema. Also in the list is ‘The Ridiculous 6’; an Adam Sandler picture. I haven’t seen it, but I will say that Adam Sandler is capable of great things and I’ve seen lots of his earlier work. There’s a pattern here. One in which I have given creative succor to those who, perhaps, didn’t deserve it. If nothing else, it tells me that I should start making better choices. My choices in lockdown, however, have mostly been pretty good. I guess, in the end, whether this is lockdown five or six probably doesn’t matter that much. Regardless, the question I ask myself is this: will this be the lockdown where the wheels officially come off? For me, there’s been no ‘quarantini’ at the end of the day, nor have I morphed into a ‘before’ picture. With so much chaos, I’ve over-compensated with structure and stopped drinking altogether. I’ve also gotten (properly) dressed every day, without fail. Wearing pyjamas only to slip on a jumper for conference calls doesn’t appeal to me at all. Not one bit. I’m running sixty kilometres a week. Which, with a five-kilometre limit in

place, means I’m spending a lot of time running in circles. So much so that it’s beginning to effect the way I walk. I am spinning around whenever I move. Say what you will, but it’s offputting to see someone pirouette into a room, even if you’re watching them from the safety of Microsoft Teams. As well as I’ve done to now, everyone has their limit. Will this be the lockdown where I let loose? Having kept it together through structure, maybe I should treat this lockdown differently and, for want of a better way of putting it, let it all hang out. When you spot me at the supermarket, don’t be surprised if all you see in my trolley is ice cream and potato chips. It’s been a long time coming. Having now purchased thirty litres of ‘Ben and Jerry’s Phish Food’ and my own body weight in salt and vinegar, I have barricaded myself indoors where I intend to stay for the rest of the lockdown. Taking up position on the couch, I have just turned on the television. Netflix, in an attempt to be helpful, has selected a range of movies for me to watch based on my viewing preferences. For some reason, these are the only programs I can currently access. Scrolling through, the following movies are in my Netflix list: Police Academy Six: City Under Siege, Jaws: The Revenge, The Ridiculous 6 and Look Who’s Talking Now. It’s official: the chances of me enjoying this latest lockdown are best described as follows – zero. stuart@stuartmccullough.com

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100 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK...

Returned Soldiers Hold Smoke Social Compiled by Cameron McCullough A MOST successful smoke social was given to its members on Saturday night, 23rd July, by the Hastings Branch of the Returned Sailors’ and Soldiers’ Imperial League of Australia. After the toast of The King had been honored, the President, Mr Russell, in proposing the League, made it clear to those present, the great advantages to be derived by its members from the organisation if they would only stick together, attend the meetings regularly, and keep at heart the welfare and progress of the League, which should not be judged by what it bad been, but by what they could make it. It was in their hands entirely, and in the future they ought to be able to reply to the query as to whether they were in “this Lodge, or that Society” by proudly saying “No, but we belong to the Returned Soldiers’ League.” Several toasts of varying importance were honored, interspersed by items of songs and recitations, ably rendered by Messrs Bryant, Josephs, Armstrong, McInerney and Haddock. Instrumental music was volunteered by Messrs Campbell, Broadley and Carey. An outstanding event was the presentation to Mr J. Campbell, retiring secretary, by the branch, of a solid gold League medal, in recognition of his willing and efficient work during the past eighteen months. The secretary, Mr MacRae, reminded all present of the branch meeting, held on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month, and urgently requested

that all returned men keep those evenings free in order to take part in transacting the business of the branch. Messrs Goodwin and Bickley, in whose hands the catering arrangements had been left, were accorded a cordial vote of thanks for the splendid way in which they carried out their work. A most enjoyable and memorable reunion was brought to a close shortly after 11 o’clock. The next event of social interest will probably take the form of a musical evening and dance, which the close and steadfast ally of the Returned Soldier – the general public – will be asked to support. *** MISS McFarlane, who has been appointed to take charge of the Hume Creek State School, was, prior to her departure, entertained at a social by members of St Paul’s, and was presented with a wallet and £13 in notes. She has been succeeded at Frankston by Miss Cunningham. *** MR Mark Brody reports that the following rainfall has been registered at Frankston:—June, 1.69 points; July, 3.56; total for past 7 months, 16.41. It may be mentioned that the tides are the highest since 1893. The past week is believed to have been the coldest since 1899. Over 100 points fell at Hastings on Wednesday last. *** THE death is announced of Mr Mark Young, who for many years was identified with the Frankston district. He came to Victoria in 1858, and,

with the exception of a short residence in New Zealand, spent his early days in Ballarat. In 1878, he removed to Melbourne, and thence to the Mornington Peninsula, where he displayed great interest and initiative in all public matters. The late Mr Young, who was then licensee of the Pier Hotel, was for many years an active member of the Dandenong, Mornington and Frankston shire councils. *** THE claim made by Miss Florence Oswin and Mrs Robb, of Cowes, and others, against Frank Jeffrey, Kent, England, for £40,000, relative to an alleged breach of contract regarding the sale of certain lands at Bittern, Balnarring, and the Naval Base, has been referred to the Full Court. It was stated that 873 lots were sold for £33,255. *** LIEUT Ray Parer started on his flight around Australia on Wednesday last, but, flying through hail at Macedon, he met with an accident, and had to be conveyed to Mount St Evens Hospital for treatment. Lieut Parer began his flight against the advice of the Commonwealth Meteorologist, Mr Hunt. *** TOMORROW’S umpires will be: Frankston v Dromana, Hunting; Naval Base v Somerville, Hughes; Mornington v Hastings, Bickford. *** AT the last Euchre Party and Dance conducted by the Frankston II’s Football Club the prize winners were: Ladies, Mrs George Dugan; Gents,

Mr Les Hughes; Boobies, Miss Lily Gamble and Mr Sam Wells. The next euchre party takes place next Thursday night. *** A BURGLAR, caught by Mr Claude Bannister, of Westernport, was sentenced to three months imprisonment in Melbourne during the week. *** THE claim made by Henry Wallace, of Porepunkah, against the Orchard Planters Association for the recovery of £240 for blocks on Warrenda Estate, Crib Point, on the grounds of misrepresentation, was heard in the County Court by Judge Wasley, who reserved his decision. *** THE caveat lodged by Mr James Caughey in reference to his father’s will has been withdrawn on £112 being advanced to defray his costs. The case concerned property at Westernport, valued at £1900, which the late James Caughey left to two of his children, without recognition of the rest of the family. *** SPEAKING at the annual meeting of the Nature Photographer’s Club, Mr Jones, of the Department of Agriculture, deprecated the destruction of wattles and orchids in the Frankston district. He said that through the thoughtlessness of orchid hunters, who did not merely pluck the flower, but pulled up the tuber from which it grew and from which the root of the next year’s flower would spring, Victoria was in danger of losing many rare and beautiful orchid varieties.

*** YET another Hastings orchardist steppes into the advance line and replaced waggon and horse team with and up-to-date motor vehicle. Cr Chas Jones annihilates time and space in most care free fashion. Recently he left home on Thursday morning with his motor van full of produce. He delivered its cargo at the Melbourne market, and was back at Somerville at 10.30am the same day, ready to wrestle with the weighty problems of municipal government. Cr Jones and his colleague, Cr H. E. Unthank are now both well provided with means of speedy transit, and should be enthusiastic witnesses in support of the gospel of good roads – and more roads. *** A MOST successful and enjoyable meeting of the Frankston Progress Association was held last week, when after the transaction of routine business, including a report by Cr Wells re railway and other matters. Mr P. Wheeler entertained members with his “Talk about Fiji.” Keen interest was taken in the descriptive story connected with Mr Wheeler’s recent visit to the Islands in question and additional point was given a well told narrative by the display of many curios collected by the speaker during his tour. It is intended to ask Mr Wheeler to repeat his highly interesting lecturette at an early date. *** From the pages of the Frankston and Somerville Standard, 5 August 1921

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All a flutter over flag protocol On a recent visit to Sorrento we were astonished to see the Victorian flag at the top of the mast in the shopping centre with the Australian and Aboriginal flags relegated to two lower jackstaffs (pictured right). Flag etiquette as defined in the Flags Act 1953 clearly defines how flags should be shown when flagstaffs are not of equal height, with the order of precedence is from highest to lowest. “The Australian national flag takes precedence in Australia over all other flags when it is flown in company with other flags” (and therefore should be flown from the highest to lowest). “Thereafter, when flown in the community the order of precedence, where applicable, of flags is: national flag of other nations, state and territory flags … the Australian Aboriginal flag and the Torres Strait islander flag in either order; Defence ensigns, ensigns and pennants of local government; Commonwealth, state and territory agencies; and finally non-government organisation.” I note that outside the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council offices in Mornington, where the flags are all the same height, the order of precedence of the flags is correct as defined in the Flags Act. As clearly the way flags are flown at Sorrento is wrong and in fact illegal, it is either a mistake made by someone who is not aware of the order of precedence, or some woke council person trying to infer that Victoria is more important than the Commonwealth as a whole. Darryl Chambers, Mount Martha

Pre-existing worry My husband is 84 and in good health after a recent successful hip replacement, although this was followed by a deep vein thrombosis. He has been actively, but unsuccessfully, trying to get the Pfizer vaccine rather than the Astra Zeneca because he has a 20-year history of deep and superficial vein thrombosis. He also has a family history of blood clot death and his mother died from a stroke.

service like electricity. You cannot have such a service being a market place. To put things into perspective, most Victorian solar farms are around 50 to 100Mw each, maximum output, daytime only. Little old Loy Yang B power station at Traralgon, has under its roof, two coal fired generators, each one generating over 500Mw of constant power, 24 hours a day, 7/365 if required. One Australian aluminium smelter uses 1000Mw of power constantly, all day and all night; iron or steel production is proportional, 24/7. We desperately need other heavy, and light, industries. Run-off batteries? Brian A Mitchelson, Mornington

If he has the Astra Zeneca and dies from a clot, would I be told that it would have been caused by a pre-existing condition? Would I be told the same if he catches the virus and dies from it? How many other older voters, and their families, are out there in the same predicament? Perhaps we should get together. Val Kent, Mornington

COVID ignorance No offence to our Premier Danny (Andrews), but let’s be honest. New boy [Nepean Labor MP] Chris Brayne would be wise to look for another career after the next election: Lockdown 6. We live with so many arrogant people at this time, indeed ignorant. [federal Labor leader Anthony] Albanese’s suggestion of $300 to be vaccinated sounds silly but, listening to the wall if ignorance locally, it’s perhaps a good idea: The RSL, two unvaccinated tradies, lots to say on self-importance, one with a wife and child, oblivious to the COVID-19 risk factor. Their logic of never anything down here? I tried, but brick walls don’t listen. Cliff Ellen, Rye

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Solar unsettling With regard to the proposed 240 megawatt battery installation at Tyabb, I couldn’t help seeing it from another angle (“Battery plan to ‘stabilise’ power supply” The News 27/7/21). Effectively, it is soaking up all of that rooftop solar panel power generated during the day, peaking at around noon, that is not wanted because nobody is at home or, if they are, there is little electricity used. The battery [owner] buys this unwanted electricity at a dirt cheap price, then sells it back to the same suckers five hours later at a much higher price. Yes, at the same time it is stabilising the grid, the instability being caused by an excess of solar panels. Most of our remote solar farms should be fitted with even bigger batteries for similar reasons, but are not because the cost is prohibitive,

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uneconomic. The Tyabb battery will be, I believe, of 240Mw DC capacity which will manufacture about 200Mw AC back into the grid for two hours at maximum capacity, worst case scenario. All of this mish-mash of private investments, profiteering, kindergarten engineering, part time generators all over the place, is a disastrous way to run an essential

As we re-enter what is now our COVID-normal in Victoria, we must spare yet another thought for all the small businesses which have gone under, and those which have survived so far, but are on the brink of failure. How much produce will go to waste this week after restaurants and cafes are given three hours’ notice that they will be closed for a week? The simplest way of bringing more understanding to those who are wreaking such havoc is to cut all Victorian public service salaries by 50 per cent for the duration of the lockdown. To those who say that’s not fair, public servants are not to blame, I say nor are the small business owners, and many are losing all their income and then some. The money saved could then be paid to those businesses to cover their wastage. We might even start to believe our chief jailer when he says, “We are all in this together”. Jack Wheeler, Mornington

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From Morpeth to Mount Martha SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie ETHAN Sanderson has come a long way in the last six years. The distance between Morpeth in England’s northeast and Mount Martha is almost 16,895 kilometres. In 2015 he made that journey as the Sanderson family settled in the Mornington Peninsula and it didn’t take long for the youngster to start playing the sport he’d grown up with. “Before we came here I played for my local club back home mainly as a defensive midfielder,” Sanderson said. “Initially I trained with Mornington then we met someone here on the Mount Martha committee who knew friends of ours back home and he told us to come down and have a look around the club.” Sanderson, who turned 19 last Friday, was in his early teens back then and he immediately liked what he saw. “It was very junior orientated but it also had a goal to get a senior side. “With me being in one of the higher (junior) age groups it would be our group that would be the first senior side and I thought it would be a great opportunity for me to get into senior football.” Sanderson’s early career with the local club was successful winning a junior league title and in late 2019 Football Victoria accepted the club’s application to join State League 5. Last season’s shutdown meant that the youngest side in the competition would face its league baptism in 2021 and the introduction to playing senior football has been tough. Sanderson readily acknowledges the challenge Mount Martha faced when coming to terms with playing against men. “It takes you by surprise,” he said. “I’d watched a lot of senior men’s football but once you are actually in the game you realise that there are all these little things that don’t really happen in juniors. “You’ve got be tougher and you’ve got to put up with a little bit of push and shove. “In junior football you’re protected from that but it’s so much different in senior football. “The older guys definitely try and take advantage of you. “They do little things like how they try and hold you up and they try and get inside your head but we’re learning how to deal with it. “We’re starting to give it back which is good.” A watershed moment in the young team’s evolution arrived on Saturday 31 July. Mount Martha was winless on the bottom of State 5 South and although the venue was Civic Reserve, the club’s headquarters, its opponent was fifth-placed Pakenham United which had lost just one of its previous seven games. Yet the locals defied the odds to record their maiden league victory thanks to a Sanderson brace that earned his side a memorable 2-1 result. “It was euphoric, absolutely amazing. “Coming off the pitch there was a massive feeling of relief that we’d finally done it. “All the hard work in training and in games had finally paid off.” It also vindicated the decision by his father Chris, Mount Martha’s head coach, to switch his son from an attacking midfield position into a central striker’s role. Ethan Sanderson admits that there was “a little bit of nagging” involved as he pressed his dad to push him further forward but the relationship between father and son is sound both on the pitch and off. “Basically he’s been my coach since I was nine years old and I quite enjoy it to be honest. “A lot of people naturally think if your dad’s the coach then you’re going to be let off but he’s pretty hard on me. “I always get the talk on the way back from every game about what I could have done bet-

ter.” And doing things better is on the youngster’s mind. For himself and for his team. “I’d love to get a goal-a-game ratio. “At the minute I’m not far off it but that’s because I’ve missed half the season with injuries. “My left ankle went in our last pre-season game so I missed three games because of that. “Then I had an injury to my knee and I also had an operation. “It’s been pretty frustrating as it’s been stopstart with injuries and now COVID. “I haven’t really had a big run of games under my belt and that’s quite infuriating for me personally.” Yet he sees a positive future for Mount Martha and he wants to play a part. “When you’re on the bottom of the league it can get a bit disheartening but we always knew that this season was going to be a massive learning curve. “We’ve been able to keep our heads up though and there’s a lot of good mates in our team and we socialise a lot which kind of keeps things together. “Off the pitch the club is looking really good. “I believe we’ve been told that we’re getting a new clubhouse built and hopefully that will be done by the end of next season.” By then Sanderson is hoping that he’s achieved his goal-a-game target but he has a team goal in mind too. “I’d like to help take Mount Martha up the

league. “I want to play at as high a level as I can but I hope it’s with Mount Martha. “We’ll definitely be in State 5 next season but hopefully because of the progress we’re making as a young team we can finish a lot higher up the league.”

FFA Cup flashback: Ethan Sanderson in action for Mount Martha in last year’s Cup tie against Shepparton South. Picture: John Punshon

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