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Firefighters attended a massive fire on Tarella Road, Chelsea last week. See story page 3. Picture: Gary Sissons

Booze ban around the clock Brodie Cowburn brodie@baysidenews.com.au A 24 HOUR alcohol free zone is set to be implemented on the Mordialloc foreshore. A ban on drinking alcohol on the

foreshore is currently in place from 9pm - 7am. Kingston Council has approved a change which will see that period extended to 24 hours. Kingston mayor Georgina Oxley said “the alcohol-free zones are about supporting Victoria Police to ensure

our popular public places can be enjoyed by all the community.” “The decision to extend the current alcohol-free ban follows a request from Victoria Police to consider a year-round 24-hour ban to assist officers in tackling an increase in alcohol

related anti-social behaviour in Mordialloc,” she said. “We want to make sure that visitors to our beautiful foreshore areas including Mordialloc can enjoy themselves without having to experience alcohol related anti-social behaviour.

“Council hopes the amended hours will also help reduce alcohol-related littering in the foreshore area.” Foreshore areas in Chelsea and Carrum are also subject to 24-hour booze bans. The change is due to be implemented in mid-February.


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AN artist’s rendition of Hawthorn Football Club’s new proposed Dingley Village training base. Pictures: Supplied

Hawthorn changes out for community say THE latest proposed amendments to Hawthorn Football Club’s Dingley Village training base plans have been released for community consultation. The Hawks had their Dingley Village home ticked off by Kingston Council and purchased the 28 hectare site in 2016. The project has been expected to cost around $130 million. The latest proposed amendments to the project would allow for the addition of a six court basketball stadium, medical centre, shop, café, and museum at the site. On 26 August 2019, Kingston Council voted to put those proposed changes to the planning min-

ister for authorisation (“Hawks change Dingley plans”, The News, 4/9/19). The explanatory report for the proposed amendments reads that “the proponent has identified a need for a medical centre to be located on site to ensure that people associated with the Hawthorn Football Club have the ability to access specialist medical services as needed. The proponent has also requested that the incorporated document allow for a planning permit to be applied for a medical centre that will also be accessible by the those associated with the Hawthorn Football Club and also the wid-

er community.” The report reads that the basketball facilities would be used by “both the Hawthorn Football Club and potentially the wider community.” The public exhibition period for the proposal closes on 5 March. Submissions made will be considered at a Kingston Council meeting after the closure of that period. More information can be found at yourkingstonyoursay.com.au. Submissions can be made on the website or by post to City of Kingston, PO Box 1000, Mentone 3194. Brodie Cowburn


Fire tears through home A MASSIVE blaze has torn through a home on Tarella Road, Chelsea. Just after 9pm, 4 February, a fire broke out at the house. CFA attended the scene to attempt to extinguish the blaze. A statement from Chelsea SES, which also attended the scene, said “the massive blaze tore through the weatherboard home and began just after 9pm when neighbours heard a loud explosion. Both CFA and MFB appliances were on scene as some 50 firefighters in 12 appliances fought the blaze which threatened neighbouring properties at its height. CFA members did an incredible job isolating the fire to the single property.” Chelsea SES said the house was “totally destroyed” but that no major injuries occurred. “Units from Edithvale, Patterson River, Springvale and Frankston CFA, as well as MFB units from as far away as Richmond. Ambulance Victoria, Police and SES were all at the incident until just before 2am this morning [5 February] and Patterson River CFA and Victoria Police remained on scene all night,” the SES statement read.

FIREFIGHTERS at the scene of a blaze. Picture: Gary Sissons

Horse will stand again A HORSE sculpture attacked by vandals last year will soon be reinstalled on the Mordialloc foreshore. The statue was the target of an attempted theft in July last year (“Horse doesn’t bolt”, The News, 10/7/19). Kingston Council has confirmed that the damage to the horse statue has been repaired by restorer Peter Degaris, and that it is due to be reinstalled. “Thanks to the hard work of art restorer Peter Degaris, The Horse sculpture by Julie Squires will shortly be returned to Mordialloc Foreshore following the vandalism attack last year,” a council Facebook post read. “After a bit of a shoe shine, full sandblast, new patina and a wax finish The Horse will be back where it belongs!” Picture: Supplied

You’ll never walk alone WALKING group WAMwalk will host a twilight expedition on 18 February. The walk starts from the Chelsea Uniting Church on Sherwood Avenue. It will go past local historical sites. The walking group meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month for a 4 kilometer walk. They usually start at Aspendale Gardens Shopping Centre for a 9.30am start. The twilight walk starts at 6pm.

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INSTYNKT to rock The Waterfront Festival REVELLERS are in for a treat this weekend with classic rockers, INSTYNKT, tearing up the mainstage at The Waterfront Festival. The break-through band from Melbourne’s South-East includes, singer Charlie Lane, guitarist Michael Uberti, bassist, Shilo Uberti and drummer Mack Nicholson. Michael, Shilo and Mack have been playing together for five years and caught up at the Frankston Waterfront last week to check out the spot for their next big gig. “The stage will be awesome. We can’t wait to get in front of a new crowd,” Michael said. “We’ll be playing crowd favourite, a song called ‘Flowers’, which is a bit of a rock ballad. People really get into it and sing along so it should be a lot of fun.” Shilo said the band was focused on their original music and were looking forward to recording next month. “To make it, you have to do your own stuff and that’s what we’ll be doing at The Waterfront Festival, as well as our cover of Elvis’ ‘A little Less Conversation’.” The band was influenced by the sounds of AC/ DC, Guns N’ Roses, Led Zeppelin, Mötley Crüe and nineties grunge. Twin brothers, Michael and Shilo, said their taste in music probably started with their dad. “Our love of rock probably came from being

forced to listen to it in the car with Dad. He was always playing Queen, INXS and the gunners,” Michael said. Shilo said the boys had been taking their music more seriously since launching INSTYNKT with Charlie almost a year ago. “We have a lot more chemistry and the enjoyment hasn’t stopped,” he said. “I’ve been enjoying it even more,” Mack added. The drummer was feeling a little star-struck at the prospect of playing alongside Kingswood, who will rock the mainstage before the fireworks on Saturday night. “Being up there on stage will be sweet but to tell you the truth, I’m most excited about meeting Kingswood,” he said. After The Waterfront Festival, INSTYNKT are off to Sydney to test their sound on an interstate crowd so be sure to catch them on the mainstage at 12.45 Sunday. For more information about the festival’s music, food trucks, rides, market stalls and fireworks, visit: waterfrontfestival.com.au Date: Saturday 15 February, 11am–10pm and Sunday 16 February, 11am–6pm Cost: FREE entry with costs for rides, market stalls, food and amusements Location: 7N Pier Promenade, Frankston Waterfront L-R: Shilo, Michael and Mack.

Centrelink site set to shutdown Stephen Taylor steve@baysidenews.com.au THE federal government’s shock decision to close the Mornington Centrelink and Medicare offices next month was a “real kick in the guts”, Mornington Peninsula Shire mayor Cr Sam Hearn said last week. As from Monday 23 March Centrelink clients will have to travel 24 kilometres to the Rosebud office, 14km to Frankston or 18km to Hastings. “This will be a terrible outcome for the community in terms of the challenges it creates and will make it really hard on families who rely on those services,” Cr Hearn said. The shire estimates closing Centrelink Mornington will impact up to 3000 low-income households, 11,000 older people, 800 unemployed people, 1700 single-parent families and 12,000 people with a disability (including 3731 with disability parking permits and 1170 NDIS participants). “The shire was not advised or consulted on this matter nor was the local community,” Cr Hearn said. “The intended closure date gives very little time for service users to make other arrangements.” Flinders MP, Health Minister Greg Hunt, was also left out of the loop. “I received a letter on Wednesday 5 February. Within the first five minutes of receiving the letter I took immediate action and spoke directly with [Government Services] Minister [Stuart] Robert,” he said. “I am currently fighting for satellite services to be provided in Mornington. “I am profoundly disappointed that neither I

nor the community were informed or consulted prior to this decision being made.” Mornington Community Information and Support Centre manager Stuart Davis-Meehan described the closure as “horrendous”. “We have a lot of clients who rely on that service and getting to Frankston or Rosebud will be extremely difficult for them,” he said. “A lot of clients come here asking where the Centrelink office is [so] this decision will make it a nightmare. “It doesn’t make any sense to me. It will just make life more difficult for those doing it tough.” Peninsula-based journalist Debbie Lee broke the news of the impending closure on Southern Mornington Peninsula Noticeboard: “Centrelink in Mornington is due to close on 23 March. The public are being kept in the dark until it is too late for protest.” Statistics supplied by the shire show the peninsula has a much higher aged population than greater Melbourne and the state average; more people with a disability; more unemployed young people, and more people without internet connection. Increased foot traffic at other Centrelink sites is likely to increase queues for clients across the peninsula. Nepean MP Chris Brayne said the closure was “a huge concern to many people in my community who access this office for their aged pension, disability payments, and other services”. “Many of my constituents do not own a computer and rely on the staff at Centrelink to help with their payments,” Mr Brayne said. “My concern is that Rosebud Centrelink could be the next office to close. I have written to [Mr Hunt] seeking urgent clarification.”

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Proudly presented by The Cheeky Squire Here, in the centre of the action, you will experience some of Australia’s coolest live musicians. The food trucks are a stone’s throw away and a cold beverage is always within arm’s reach. Cheers!

The Waterfront Festival Market Shop till you drop at The Waterfront Festival Market. If handcrafted goods are your jam, this is the zone for you. Chat to artisans and stall holders about their wares.

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Rock around the clock with live bands Feast on flavours at the Food Truck Square Laze on the grass in The Garden Bar Keep your cool at The Beach and Beyond Make your way through tons of fun FREE activities • Find thrills aplenty at Fun Fair Rides and Amusements • Pack a towel and bathers for the water activities • Rest or play at the Lawn and Lounge • Settle in for the Saturday night fireworks spectacular

Proudly presented by LVK Music Program runs from 11am–6pm daily

Make this the year you see The Waterfront Festival fireworks over the bay! Festival families and friends line the beach with blankets and count down to the stunning spectacle of light and colour at 9.45pm Saturday night.

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Take on inflatable obstacles, try stand up paddle boarding and test your sailing skills at The Beach and Beyond. Don’t forget to pack your bathers, sunscreen, hat and towel!

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ASTRO AND THE AGES

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The Beach and Beyond

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Food Truck Square Wander from stall to stall and experience them all. The variety of flavour sensations at the Food Truck Square will rock your world.

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MUSICAL – CHICAGO Sunday 16th February $175.00 includes pick up and return in 5 star coach WARRAGUL ARTS CENTRE “Partners in Crime” starring Rhonda Birchmore Friday 6th March $80.00 includes lunch, show and transport

Overseas Trips

HEIDI MUSEUM Wednesday 25th March $70.00 includes lunch TIDEMASTER RIVER CRUISE Wednesday 1st April $90.00 includes buffet lunch onboard LOCH VILLAGE AND POOWONG Wednesday 15th April $60.00 includes lunch EDGARS MISSION Wednesday 6th May $75.00

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The Beach Stage is where you can find young up and coming live music acts. Take in the tunes and get in on the action with a music making lesson. The next Elvis may be among us!

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Rides and amusements Ups, downs and all arounds! The view of the Bay is all the better when you’re strapped in to one of the festival’s thrilling rides. Daredevils will be spoilt for choice.

Lawn and Lounge This is the area where you can enjoy many free activities. Visit the Channel 9 site for your chance to get immersed in Married At First Sight and Travel Guides. Pose for a selfie with your special someone in the MAFS Chapel, play a game of Ring Toss to claim a sweet prize and swing into love on our MAFS swing. Plus, dress up and ‘take a trip’ with Travel Guides for your chance to win a travel voucher!

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Six teens arrested SIX teenagers have been arrested after an alleged stabbing in Mordialloc, 24 January. Police allege that a number of youths confronted a 15-year-old boy on Main Street and made demands for his property before assaulting him, around 2.30pm. The victim of the alleged attack suffered a stab wound and serious head injuries. He was taken to hospital for treatment. On 5 February, police arrested six teenagers. A 17-year-old Patterson Lakes boy was charged and remanded with robbery and intentionally cause injury. A 14-year-old Frankston North boy, a 15-year-old Parkdale boy, and a 16-year-old Clarinda girl were all charged and bailed with robbery and intentionally cause injury. A 16-year-old Frankston boy and 15-year-old Skye girl were released by police pending further enquiries. A police spokesperson said they believe that “all parties are known to each other”.

police. The man was charged with extortion, making threats of serious injury, and making threats to damage property. He was bailed to appear at the Frankston Magistrates’ Court on 16 July. His arrest followed the execution of a search warrant, which resulted in the seizing of clothes and a phone. A 21-year-old Tarneit man was also arrested by police, and is yet to be charged.

Armed robbery POLICE are looking for two offenders who committed an armed robbery near Seaford Station, 5.40am 2 February. Four people, aged between 18 and 19, were walking home from the station when they were robbed at knifepoint by two men. Wallets and phones were stolen from the victims. No injuries to the victims were recorded. Police are hoping that anyone near Johnstone Street, Seaford may have captured CCTV of the incident. Any information to Frankston CIU on 9784 5555.

Bikie club ‘affiliates’ Dog seized under arrest A DOG has been seized after an POLICE have arrested two people they say are “affiliates” of the Finks Outlaw Motorcycle Club in relation to extortion allegations. Police allege that a Carrum Downs business was the victim of an extortion attempt on 17 October, 2019. On 28 January, a 23-year-old Rockbank man was arrested by

alleged attack on Heatherhill Road, Frankston last week. It is alleged that a dog was involved in an attack on Sunday, 2 February. Frankston Council officers seized the dog on 4 February, and will hold it in custody until an investigation is completed. A 44-year-old Frankston woman

has been charged with owning a dog that bit a person causing serious injury, failing to have effective control of a dog in public, and failing to register a dog.

Power tools taken POLICE are looking for a man who stole power tools from a car in Frankston. Police say that in the morning on 9 December 2019, a man entered a car park on Yuille Street, Frankston. The man broke into a vehicle and stole $8000 worth of power tools from it. An image of a man police wish to speak to in relation to the incident has been released. Any information to Senior Constable Seymour at Frankston CIU on 9784 5555. A MAN police wish to speak to in relation to the theft of power tools from Frankston. Picture: Supplied

FORENSIC police at an alleged murder in Seaford. Picture: Gary Sissons

Man charged with murder A MAN has been arrested and charged with murder after the death of a woman in Seaford last week. Police and emergency services were called out and found a woman with stab wounds at a house on Whitby Way, Seaford, around 4.40pm 4 February. Paramedics attended and worked on the woman, but she died at the scene. A 44-year-old man was arrested at the scene and taken into custody by police. He was charged with murder later that day.

A police spokesperson said that they “believe the parties are known to each other”. The woman who died was aged in her 40s. The man charged with murder was remanded in custody to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on 5 February. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.crimestoppersvic. com.au.

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Rezoning of port-related land is required The submission by Mornington Peninsula Shire Council to the Department of Environment Lands Planning and water (DELPW) regarding surplus port-zoned land is encouraging. There are more than 2800 hectares of portrelated land north of Hastings and 321 hectares at Crib Point – much of it unused for decades. The vacant land on the former BP oil refinery at Crib Point is a wasteland that needs rezoning and remediation. The 2017 Crib Point Township Plan created by local residents should be considered and supported by the shire. Rezoning surplus port-related land in Crib Point would make it more difficult for heavy industry to return – such as the flawed AGL gas import terminal project. How many more years must those decaying oil tanks be a blight on Crib Point? Dale Stohr, Crib Point

Upgrade delay One of the promises that [Flinders MP] Greg Hunt made during the [May 2019] election was the upgrade of Jetty Road [Rosebud] and the freeway roundabout. Mr Hunt promised to allocate $70 million for stages one and two to upgrade the intersection. I have seen no sign or publicity about what is happening with the funding that he said was allocated and I would be most interested to know what his plans are for honouring that promise. James Anderson, Tootgarook

Road safety It is not often that I will heap praise on a local council, but the initiatives of Mornington Peninsula Shire Council in setting up an 80kph speed limit on peninsula country roads is admirable. On my frequent trips from Mornington to Hastings, every roundabout (except one), every crossroad, is much safer. The road itself is safer. If a collision should occur, the impact will be half as severe. The trip is more relaxed and pleasant. The time lost because of the slower average speed seems to be about two minutes. The same comments apply to trips to other towns. However, there is another peninsula country road peril that needs to be addressed: falling tree branches. Nearly all of our old country roads have ancient, dangerously overhanging tree limbs, often a couple of tonnes in weight. Many times they crash down and block the road, occasionally they kill. Storms bring them down. So does fate. I always cross my fingers when driving beneath an obviously threatening large overhanging limb. Whoever is responsible for road maintenance needs to have a permanent road crew lopping off these overhangs, starting with the most dangerous. It might take years, but it has to be done. I don’t know, but perhaps there is some dollar value in selling these limbs as timber. Or wood.

Electricity companies seem to have a permanent crew protecting their wires; perhaps some co-operation and pooling of resources could halve the costs and protect people, too. Brian A Mitchelson, Mornington

Decisions ignored So, as predicted, [deputy Nationals leader and former Sports Minister] Bridget McKenzie has resigned after an “exhaustive investigation” by the head of the Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s department reported that she had failed to notify the system of her membership of a gun club to which she gave a sports grant. The investigation did not find, as I understand it, that the minister allegedly did anything untoward in distributing $100 million of our money just prior to the May 2019 federal election, to influence the voters in various marginal electorates. History will record the former but not the latter. [US President] Richard Nixon resigned over his exposed Watergate scandal and that is what history will record, not that he would have been impeached had he not done so. I can hear some folk saying, “But everybody does it’. No, not everybody does it, because there are still some with higher morals and values than we the general populace. However, those who have abided by doing the right thing will not have made headlines. Tighter rules and transparency are being put forward as the solution. But there were correct rules and processes in place. Sports Australia, the relevant body, was there to make the assessments and recommendations. It did in fact do so. It also advised the minister that it believed that her final decisions ignored its assessments and compromised the position of that body. All this was transparent. Why else would all this now not be out in the media? Ken Norris, McCrae

Marginal profit Just got [Nepean MP] Chris Brayne’s newsletter and am amazed at how much money is flowing into the Mornington Peninsula. The results of a marginal seat. Now, let’s make the federal seat [of Flinders] marginal and reap the big bucks from them. I am sure they can fling a few hundred million our way. But we need to start making it marginal now so we can start collecting before the next election. Joe Lenzo, Safety Beach

Creative criticism Graham Griffiths penned an amusing piece of fluff suggesting the letters page needs a holiday because he apparently doesn’t like his side of politics getting a well deserved pasting from contributors (“Need writers with humour and

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pearls of wisdom” Letters 5/2/20). He can’t stand reading letters discussing [Prime Minister] Scott Morrison leaving for a secret holiday in Hawaii during the catastrophic bushfires throughout Australia when he should have been here. It wasn’t a good look when Morrison forcibly grabbed the hand of a female fire victim because she didn’t want to shake his hand. He didn’t even acknowledge the deaths of a father and son on Kangaroo Island. Graham mustn’t like it when we mention the smiling, shotgun toting [former Nationals deputy leader] Bridget McKenzie and the “sports rorts” affair. It is also obviously frowned upon if we discuss the federal government’s inadequacies when it comes to climate change. Graham would prefer to read something nice by writers from the conservative, born to rule side where he can read weekly inaccurate misinformation on climate change or the occasional letter of praise of a Liberal pollie. Does Graham want to kill tourism with the suggestion to charge a $100 levy on all day trippers to the Mornington Peninsula? I do agree with a $200 levy on jet skis, though. He should cast his mind back to how Morrison got in and [Flinders MP] Greg Hunt’s siding with Peter Dutton because he saw himself as deputy. Graham, mate, whether you like it or not, you are always going to get perceived “political garbage” on both sides, so get used to it. John Cain, McCrae

Hidden humour Perhaps Graham Griffiths needs to look a bit harder (“Need writers with humour and pearls of wisdom” Letters 5/2/20). Surely he must get a smile from [frequent letter writer] Rupert Steiner being lost for comment now the illegal boat people issue has disappeared along with the Flinders grannies and Marg D’Arcy having to finally come to grips with the fact that the majority of Australians disagree with her. It is pretty funny. But the real belly laugh had to go to John Cain for nominating Tuvalu as his island that had been inundated by rising sea levels (“Greta’s time has come” Letters 17/12/19 ). I think we can all still remember the two rather obese women in native dress along with three small children splashing about in an oversized kids wading pool, among broken palm leaves and bits of wood, to greet the Prime Minister Scott Morrison on his visit to Tuvalu last June. This was, the media told us, a representation of rising sea levels because there wasn’t any actual rise or damage to show. So Graham, the humour is there, but sometimes just a bit hard to find. Michael G Free, Mount Martha

Misguided humour I’m so glad that finally we have someone on the Mornington Peninsula that is prepared to throw humorous pearls of wisdom before swine (“Need writers with humour and pearls of wisdom” Letters 5/2/20). Graham Griffiths and several others have filled me with mirth with their defence of our present Muppets in Canberra. It is obvious, after hearing [Liberal Senator] Jim Molan on Q&A (ABC TV

3/2/20) declaring his open mind about climate change and insisting that he can form his opinions about anything, without relying on actual evidence. He’s a fearsome joker. Sadly, this little piggy is not amused, and would like to suggest they all work a little harder on their attempts of humour. Rupert Steiner, Balnarring

Right name callers I was intrigued that the support club for [Flinders MP] Greg Hunt has so little creativity that two writers both referred to me and other writers as loony lefties because we dare to disagree with our local member and his government (“Need writers with humour and pearls of wisdom” and “Fired up over GetUp” Letters 4/2/20). I am happy to take on that title if they understand it means I want a community where people care for each other. Where children get a good education regardless of their parents’ pay packet; where people have access to decent health care and housing, regardless of their financial situation and where we achieve the human rights of all to live in a community where they are respected and where diversity is celebrated. Why is it the there is no right wing equivalent of loony leftie? Perhaps we could refer to the writers as cantankerous conservatives, witless wimps or reasonless righties? I wonder what they think of the reality that on the issue of the need for action on climate change I sit alongside such loony lefties as Boris Johnson, Emmanual Macron, the CSIRO or the Liberal Minister for the Environment in NSW who all want action to reduce our carbon emissions. Instead of meaningless name calling we should look at how we engage in a meaningful, bipartisan discussion about how Australia could become a world leader in innovations for renewable energy and advocating for action to reduce emissions throughout the world. Marg D’Arcy, Rye

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Gas and electric light at Frankston - improvement imperative residents have become inured to the discomforting vagaries of “The Works” and it was no unusual task for the people to set forth their kerosene lamps and patiently await developments. Long practice is making the task commonplace. The ever-increasing price of commodities, the shortage of sugar and the machinations of the profiteer arouses the average householder to a display of intense indignation. But, the failure of Frankston’s light! Well, that is an evil to be borne philosophically, like one’s pet corn. It has come to be accepted as a characteristic peculiar to the town – something like the Kananook Creek or the stray dog nuisance. Authority sits calmly by, and if occasion demands will number the gas supply and electric light amongst Frankston’s acquisitions. The presence of gas there is no denying. It pervades the atmosphere in every direction. One advantage connected with the recent stoppage at “The Works” was the welcome freedom from, for one night at least, nauseous gas fumes, which regularly pervade the streets as well as the houses. The existence of the electric light is not so easily proved. It is altogether a Will-o-the-wisp affair and quite as illusive. The uncertainty attaching to its materialisation was demonstrated at the Mechanics’ Hall on Saturday night last, when hanging kerosene lamps burned blithely alongside electric globes. The combination, although ap-

Compiled by Cameron McCullough THE Frankston Gas Works (its registered name is longer, more imposing, and includes some reference to electric light) failed to show any sign of animation last Friday night. In the past “The Works” have been afflicted with varied and numerous ailments – some serious, others merely superficial – but all more or less affecting the efficiency of the light supply – particularly the electric light. Whatever may be the deficiencies at “The Works” there is certainly no lack of imagination in framing excuses for their numerous shortcomings. Reckless opossum in sportive mood have been blamed for intercepting electric current while wayward branches of overhanging trees are instanced as the frequent cause of reduced current. A fashionable summer ailment at “The Works” is shortage of water supply, and it must prove awkward when the season does not render this a valid excuse. In the winter, of course, there is a larger variety of “causes” to choose from. Floods, thunderstorms, hurricanes, all serve to explain why the light failed. Last Friday’s stoppage, it is said, was due to the lack of coal. It was not that coal was unprocurable, but simply that supplies had been allowed to run out. “The Works” received its belated consignment of coal on Saturday morning and the shipping strike received all the blame. Fortunately, or unfortunately,

pearing , rather incongruous, was quite necessary, experience having proved that the electric power of the Frankston brand is most eratic and as likely as not would plunge a church concert into inky blackness, just as readily as it would a “Welcome Home” entertainment. When the works remained silent on Friday night the town, as before stated, brought out its reserve forces in the shape of kerosene lamps. It would be incorrect to say that the users of gas as an illuminant suffered no inconvenience thereby. They did. So did the users of the electric light, but the latter have long since learned to expect the light when they see it. At “The Standard” office (where the large printing machine is worked by a gas engine, the publication of the paper was delayed for some hours. “The Works” in addition to a shortage of coal were evidently extra deficient in a supply of common civility. No notice was given to “The Standard” that power could not be supplied as usual, and it was not till Friday afternoon, when the paper was ready for press, that the discovery was made that there was no gas in the pipes. Other people in the town were treated with more consideration. “The Standard”is not a favorite at “The Works”, which perhaps accounts for the discrimination shown. “The Works” may represent a monopoly in its own particular line, but its sphere does not extend to a censorship of “The Standard” columns, and if the price of “The Standard’s” silence is the favor and good will and bad gas of “The Works,” “The

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linen until after 8 o’clock at night, and not later than 11pm., and yet “The Works” are supposed to produce a “continuous current.” People are becoming so heartily sick and tired of the whole thing that many who can afford to do so intend installing air gas plants during the ensuing year; others have shut off their meters and have reverted to kerosene light. Mention has been made of another company being formed to supply electric power in Frankston. It is argued that any contract entered into by the Council in the past is now void, because of the nonfulfillment of conditions, and that the way is open for fresh negotiations to be opened up. The time seems opportune for the ratepayers to exercise their rights, and ask the Shire Council to explain the position. *** A SPLENDID line of preserving jars just arrived at G E Rogers & Son. *** MISS Nicholson, clerk in the employ of Messrs Brody and Mason, met with a painful accident last Wednesday, through getting her fingers caught in the door of the fireproof safe. Fortunately no bones were broken. *** FRANKSTON dairy men announce an increase in the price of milk, on and after the 18th inst. *** FROM the pages of the Mornington Standard, 6 February 1920

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Final fling: Langwarrin took on Peninsula Old Boys in the grand final of the Jack Peacock Cup, the association’s Twenty-20 competition. Langwarrin took home the chocolates. Picture: Rab Siddhi

Big totals set the scene for tough chases By Brodie Cowburn

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A BRILLIANT knock of 86 not out from Simon Dart helped Red Hill to a big total against Moorooduc on Saturday. Choosing to bat first at home, Red Hill were impressive. Opener Matthew Merifield also played a big part for his side, passing his half century. Red Hill finished the day at 266, setting Moorooduc a formidable target to chase down on day two of their match. Tom Shayler was the pick of the bowlers for Moorooduc. He took a five wicket haul, and posted final figures of 5/70. Shayler is in good form, and has taken two 5 wicket hauls in three weeks. At Eric Bell Reserve, Pines set Main Ridge a tough target of 261 to chase down. Pines were in fine form, with all of their top order batsmen performing well. Harley Peace-Stirling and Damien Lawrence were their best, each notching up half centuries. At Ballam Park East, Pearcedale struggled against Long Island.

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Pearcedale were sent in to bat first, and were sent packing for just 72 runs. Long Island came in for their first innings and raced away to 1/128 from just 22 overs. They sensed a chance at an outright win and chose to declare with 17 overs left to play for the day. Pearcedale finished at 1/20 at stumps. Somerville set Heatherhill a huge target of 299 to chase down on the first day of their clash.

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Mark Cairns and Mitchell Stansborough were excellent for the Magpies, scoring 70 and 83 respectively. They got no support from their teammates though, with the rest of the top order falling for less than 10 runs. Delacombe Park will have to work hard on day two to defend their total of 178 against Dromana. Andrew Christides was a big contributor for his side with bat in hand, scoring 57. Dromana came in for three overs to close the day out, and their run chase got off to a bad start. They lost an early wicket and will restart on day two from 1/0. At Belvedere Park, Seaford Tigers were bowled out for 167 by Rosebud, who will start on day two from 2/21.

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when Jarvis Anderson came to the crease. He scored a quick half century, scoring at better than a run a ball, to move the target even further out of Ballam Park’s reach. A great knock of 75 from opener Levi McLoughlin-Dore helped Frankston YCW set a total of 237 on Saturday. Their Carrum Downs opponents will have to work hard to chase down that target this weekend. David Dervan was their best bowler on day one, taking 2/8 off 13 overs. Balnarring struggled in their clash against Tootgarook, scoring just 163 from their 80 overs.

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Rhys Elmi put 42 runs on the board and was Baden Powell’s best on the day, but he didn’t get much support from his teammates. Adam Gailitis was the best bowler for the Old Boys, taking an economical 4/24 from 18 overs. Peninsula OB got their run chase started on the right foot. They batted for 21 overs before stumps, finishing at 1/53. A knock of 74 from Daniel Warwick was the highlight of Baxter’s innings on Saturday, as they took on Mornington at Baxter Park. Baxter ended up all out for 160 in just under 60 overs. Mornington finished the day 2/38. Tom Baron ran rampant with ball in hand on Saturday, claiming the wicket of eight Langwarrin batsmen. The Mt Eliza bowler was unstoppable, as he ran through close to the entire Langy side. He finished with figures of 8/76 off 38 overs. Sam Prosser managed to reach his half century before being dismissed. His Langwarrin side ended up all out for 150.


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By Craig MacKenzie PLAYER-coach Matty Morris-Thomas believes that Seaford United can challenge for the State 4 South championship this season. He already has agreed terms with experienced midfielder Scott Webster and fellow veteran Shane Tagliaferro has trained and played in a practice match for the local club but MorrisThomas has four more player targets in his sights and wants to move on them immediately. “Yeah we know who we want and if you come down to training next Thursday you might even see them there but we won’t make any announcements until they’re over the line,” MorrisThomas said. “Look we had a tough season last year but if we get our structures right this year we think we can make a push for the title.” A club that could throw a spanner in the works is State 2 outfit Peninsula Strikers who continue to show interest in Tagliaferro. It’s believed that “Tags” hasn’t been registered with Seaford and as a non-contracted player has freedom of movement so Morris-Thomas needs to lock-in that deal if he wants to retain the attacking midfielder. In other player news Strikers announced last week that Jonny Guthrie, Alex Whyte and Laban Stringer have signed for the 2020 season. Guthrie, 33, is a midfielder who played in Langwarrin’s 2017 State 1 championship-winning side and in its 2018 NPL debut season before joining Strikers last year. “He brings a wealth of experience to our midfield unit plus a winning mentality, professionalism on and off the pitch and will be a great role model to our up and coming youngsters,” Strikers gaffer Paul Williams said. Whyte, 21, is a former Bentleigh Greens NPL junior who switched from Langwarrin last season despite Frankston Pines making a pitch for the midfielder. Stringer, 24, is a former Strikers defender who also played with Pines. “Laban’s tenacious and no-nonsense defending has impressed his teammates and he’s no stranger to this level after playing State 1 for Pines,” Williams said. Frankston Pines head coach Kevin “Squizzy” Taylor finally has a senior assistant. Former Skye United and Seaford United coach Darren Roberts has filled the role that has been vacant ever since

Title tilt: Seaford United player-coach Matt Morris-Thomas is in control as Baxter’s Nat Daher tries to close him down. Picture: Darryl Kennedy

Taylor’s appointment. Roberts has an impressive playing pedigree having played for Wolverhampton Wanderers, Doncaster Rovers, Chesterfield, Darlington and Scarborough over a lengthy playing career in England. Roberts’ son Alex is one of Pines’ recruits for the 2020 season. The club could get news this week of the visa applications for its Fijian recruits. Somerville Eagles fans were buoyed by news late last week that David Greening is staying put this season. The greatest first team goalscorer in Victorian soccer history will also coach the reserves and assist senior coach Billy Rae. “There was a lot of interest from other clubs but ultimately it came down to the fact that I came to Somerville to try and build something and the fact I cared and hurt so much over what happened (in the off-season) just indicated to me how much I want to help them try and put things right,” Greening said. “It’ll be tough no doubt about it but the aim now is to unite the club moving forward and put together two competitive squads for State 4.” The signing saga involving his strike partner Mark Pagliarulo is drawing to a close with the flamboyant veteran knocking back offers from Skye United, Peninsula Strikers, Endeavour United, Frankston Pines and Baxter last week and now deciding whether to stay with Somerville Eagles or join Rosebud or White Star Dandenong. White Star has offered the most lucrative deal which involves a hefty

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scoring for Langy. Mornington drew 3-3 at home to Clifton Hill thanks to a Josh Hine hattrick. There were three penalties in the match (two to the visitors) and new Mornington central defender Reece Caldecourt was sent off in the second half. Wayne Gordon, Kyron Kerr, Dejan Radojicic and Sam Scott missed through injury while Andrew Goff was unavailable. Peninsula Strikers beat Dandenong South 2-1 at Centenary Park with Sam Luxford and Jason Bradbury scoring for Strikers. Skye United lost 2-0 to Mazenod at Kingston Heath Soccer Complex but Skye was without Michael Rovinson, Daniel Attard, Daniel Walsh and Alex Rojas who were all out injured while Mitch Blake was unavailable. Frankston Pines went down 5-3 to State 1 opponent St Kilda at Monterey Reserve with Joe O’Connor, Lachlan McMinimee and Alex Bevacqua scoring for Pines. McMinimee is a staunch Rangers fan so scoring against a team in green and white hoops was a special moment for him. Somerville Eagles lost 4-3 at home to King’s Domain and goalmeister Greening scored the umpteenth hat-trick of his career. Baxter defeated Pakenham United 2-1 at Baxter Park with Nat Daher and Charlie O’Connell scoring for Baxter. Teenage striker O’Connell is easing back into playing after recovering from a long-term knee injury and only

match payment and a goal bonus. “Pags” misses five games in May this season while holidaying in his native Scotland. “I’ll be honest. I wanted to prove myself at a higher level but missing five games was a massive thing,” he said. “Imagine the state of me after a fourweek break back home on the bevvy.” Baxter will hold the inaugural Steve Driver Memorial Day on Saturday when it hosts State 2 outfit Knox City. Long-serving clubman Driver lost his battle with cancer in September 2017 and around 40 of his friends are playing in a legends match that kicks off at 11am prior to the reserves and senior games against Knox. “He left a big mark on our club, especially the defenders who came through the ranks during the decade that Stevie played for us and we are looking forward to celebrating the life of a great mate, great footballer and an even better person,” Baxter president Bray Hodgkinson said. “We are raising funds for the Cancer Council, the charity chosen by Steve’s daughters Holly and Sophie and his wife Sandra. “I made contact with the girls after we made it a priority to do something for Stevie and they were thrilled to jump on board. “It will be a pretty special day for those of us who were blessed to play with or know Steve and we have a few really amazing surprises in store so we are very excited.” Last weekend’s friendly games saw Langwarrin go down 3-1 away to Eastern Lions with big George Howard

played for 38 minutes. Seaford had a change of opponent midweek and defeated Boronia 4-1 at North Seaford Reserve thanks to goals from Dylan Waugh (2), Tagliaferro and Matthias Schwellinger. Baxter striker Liam Kilner trained with Seaford last Thursday night and played in the first half of the Boronia match. Last week new State 5 outfit Mount Martha released details of its pre-season schedule which could change depending on its FFA Cup fortunes this weekend. It will play Somerville Eagles at Somerville Secondary College on Saturday 22 February, 1pm and 3pm; Endeavour Sporting Club at Chalcot Lodge Reserve on Saturday 29 February, 1pm and 3pm; Chelsea at Edithvale Recreation Reserve on Saturday 7 March, 1pm and 3pm; Mount Eliza at either Civic Reserve or Padua College on Saturday 14 March, 1pm and 3pm; and TOPSA at Civic Reserve on Tuesday 17 March, 7pm. Aspendale Stingrays defeated Glen Waverley 2-1 at Knox Regional Football Centre on Sunday thanks to a Sam Timuska-Carr header and a Kieran Hughes tap-in following a superb ball from Ben Garside. Former Dandenong Thunder NPL junior Tom Lonsing and two 17-yearolds, Dylan Guedes and Blake Rosenberg, all played in defence. Meanwhile the Rosebud v Barwon FFA Cup fixture this weekend has been reversed due to council restrictions and will now be played in East Geelong. Here are Saturday’s FFA Cup first qualifying round matches: Barwon v Rosebud, Howard Glover Reserve, 2pm; Mount Martha v Shepparton South, Padua College, 3pm; Aspendale Stingrays v White Star Dandenong, Kingston Heath Soccer Complex, 7.30pm. This weekend’s pre-season friendlies: SATURDAY: Preston Lions v Langwarrin, BT Connor Reserve, 12.30pm & 3pm; Banyule City v Mornington, Yallambie Park Reserve, 1pm & 3pm; Skye Utd v Casey Comets, John Paul College, 2pm & 4pm; Mazenod v Peninsula Strikers, Kingston Heath Soccer Complex, 6pm & 8pm; Frankston Pines v Noble Park Drina, Monterey Reserve, 5pm & 7pm; Baxter v Knox City, Baxter Park, 1pm & 3pm (legends game 11am); Seaford Utd v North Melbourne Athletic, North Seaford Reserve, 1pm & 3pm. SUNDAY: Somerville Eagles v Mount Eliza, Somerville Secondary College, 1pm & 3pm.

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TAKE CHARGE IN THE BMW X3.

BMW X3 sDRIVE20i. FROM

$195

AT

PER** WEEK.

4.29%

ON A

P.A. COMPARISON RATE^

Take charge in the BMW X3 sDrive20i with Apple CarPlay ®, parking assistant and wireless charging for smartphones.

60

MONTH BMW FINANCE CONTRACT+.

Visit Mornington BMW today.

Mornington BMW 181 Mornington-Tyabb Road, Mornington. Ph (03) 5970 5970. morningtonbmw.com.au LMCT 7674 ** Monthly payments apply. Weekly payments are approximate (annualised monthly payment/52). Offer based on a drive away price of $69,900 for a new BMW X3 sDrive20i with M Sport Package with no further optional extras on a BMW standard consumer loan, chattel mortgage or prestige lease at a 4.29% interest p.a. (4.29% p.a. comparison rate) requires 60 monthly repayments of $841.32 and a total amount payable $80,879.00. ^ Comparison rate is based on monthly repayments for a 5 year secured consumer loan of $30,000. WARNING: This comparison rate is true only for the example given & may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate. + Finance provided by BMW Australia Finance Limited (ABN 78 007 101 715, Australian Credit Licence 392387) (“BMW Finance”). Offer applies at Mornington BMW while stocks last, to new BMW X3 sDrive20i vehicles ordered and delivered between 01.01.2020 and 31.03.2020. Conditions, lending & qualifying criteria and fees apply. Not available with any other offer. Excludes fleet, government and rental buyers. Minimum 24 month term. Minimum amount financed $25,000. Excludes fleet, government and rental buyers. Offer cannot be combined with any other offer. BMW Financial Services reserves the right to change or withdraw the offer without notice

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