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REVEREND Brett Peatman is looking forward to festivities the traditional way with a Carols on the Lawn event on Christmas Day at Aspendale Presbyterian Church. See Page 5. Picture: Gary Sissons
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Certificate of appreciation: Mayor Steve Staikos, left, thanks Bill Nixon for a generous donation to the Kingston Charitable Fund from Mordialloc Community Nursing Home. Pictured: Supplied
Charity begins at Home CHRISTMAS is a time of giving and community groups will benefit from a generous $200,000 gift by the Mordialloc Community Nursing Home committee of management. Kingston mayor Cr Steve Staikos said the donation will “make a positive difference” in the municipality. “On behalf of the City of Kingston, and indeed the entire Kingston community, I thank the Mordialloc Community Nursing Home Committee of Management for their very generous support for the Kingston Charitable Fund,” Cr Staikos said.
“This will take our corpus to $1.5million and will allow us to support more worthy activities each year.” Cr Staikos accepted a $200,000 cheque payable to the Kingston Charitable Fund from former mayor and nursing home committee member Bill Nixon. The committee is winding up its operations and decided to distribute any excess funds to the fund. Mercy Health is building a new aged care home in Kingston and Mordialloc Community Nursing Home has transferred its bed licences to the Catholic
organisation founded by the Sisters of Mercy. “We’re pleased that the good work of the Mordialloc Community Nursing Home is felt in our community for decades to come thanks to this generous donation,” Cr Staikos said. The Kingston Charitable Fund raises money from businesses, residents and philanthropists to invest in the community and annual income earned is distributed via annual community grants. It is a charitable fund account of the Melbourne Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation established in 1923.
A STATE government website tracking the performance of councils across Victoria shows Kingston Council collects higher rates than similar-sized councils in the state but performs above average on providing the basics of roads but may need to work on improving rubbish bins collection. The Know Your Council site was launched by the Labor state government two years ago and is updated annually to give ratepayers a snapshot of how their council is performing across a range of services including community care, planning and waste collection. Information on the site for the 2015-16 financial year, released last week, shows Kingston Council collected $1716.68 on average per ratepayer in the municipality compared to $1564.95 at similar councils. The site shows 98.92 per cent of roads in Kingston are sealed “to condition standards” against a 94.97 per cent average at similar councils. In Kingston, about six bins were missed for collection per 10,000 households, slightly above the similarsized councils’ average of 5.68 missed per 10,000 households. Council costs per kerbside rubbish bins collection were lower than aver-
age though at $99.34 per bin for the year compared to $106.81 annually at comparable councils. Victorian Local Government Minister Marlene Kairouz focused on transparency at councils when releasing the updated figures this month. “We’re making councils more accountable and transparent to the ratepayers they represent,” Ms Kairouz said in a statement. “Know Your Council is a great resource for all things local government and includes important information on the function of councils, election information, key contacts and news from across the sector. “This latest round of data will allow ratepayers to better monitor how their council is performing now – compared to previous years and other councils.” Kingston Council made 5.99 per cent of its decisions at meetings closed to the public, lower than the average 7.17 per cent at similar councils. The Know Your Council site listed community satisfaction with council decisions at 60 per cent, in line with an average of 59 per cent at comparable councils. See knowyourcouncil.vic.gov.au online for council performance data and responses from council management in each service category.
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A HEARTLESS thief stole colourful Christmas decorations from the front garden of a Mentone property, overnight, Saturday 9 December. The three reindeer, valued at $300, ranged in height from 183cm-137cm. They had been tethered to stakes in the garden of the Mentone Parade property. Detective Sergeant John Burgess, of Kingston CIU, said the homeowner awoke to find his cherished reindeer gone.
DETECTIVES say they intend to charge a Cheltenham man on summons with recklessly causing injury and possibly failing to stop after an accident on Centre Dandenong Rd, Cheltenham, 7.10pm, Sunday 19 November. The 21-year-old allegedly drove off after the incident in which a white Hyundai hatch being driven by a 73-year-old man was knocked onto its side, trapping him. The younger man handed himself in at Cheltenham police four days later – possibly after reading a Crime Stoppers report calling on him to come forward. He was interviewed and allowed to leave. The older man was taken by ambulance to The Alfred hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries.
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A THIEF simply walked into a Mentone house and stole jewellery and a purse while the owners were at home, 7.30am, Thursday 7 December. Detectives said the Caucasian man,
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tall, slim, and wearing a red shirt, jeans and baseball cap possibly walked through an open door at the Latona St property and was inside for only a few minutes. The purse contained $280; the value of the jewellery is yet to be assessed.
A BEAUMARIS man lost his Apple iPhone 7 in black cover and $100 cash during a street robbery, 11.30pm, Friday 8 December. The Caucasian man, 19, was walking along Nepean Highway near Balcombe Rd when he was accosted by an Asian man and an African man who demanded the items. The Asian man allegedly punched the victim in the mouth before they got into a silver SUV and drove off north along Nepean Highway.
A MOBILE phone was stolen from a 71-year-old volunteer on duty at the Sacred Heart op shop, Charman Rd, Cheltenham, lunchtime, Monday 11 December. The black HTC mobile was at the rear of the store. CCTV is being assessed in the hope of identifying the offender.
Jewellery stolen BURGLARS ransacked the bedroom of an Edithvale property and stole jewellery valued at $5000 during a daytime robbery, Monday 11 December. Detectives said the offenders may have entered through a rear window of the Vincent St property.
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Shop robbed A CHELSEA Heights fish and chip shop was robbed of $200 cash, overnight, Wednesday 6 December. Burglars forced the rear door of the shop in Wells Rd, Waterways, after earlier attempting to force their way into the Subway store next door.
A FIRE was deliberately lit in the front door well of a Braeside factory, 4.25am, Monday 11 December. Paper was lit outside the timber door of the engineering business causing confined damage. The alarm was triggered and the small blaze was put out by a passer-by before he called the fire brigade. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.
GO-Pro cameras valued at $800, a wallet containing $25 and credit cards were stolen from a sales representative visiting the Myer store at Southland, 5.44pm, Friday 8 December. Staff believe a Caucasian man, 183cm, medium build, wearing a black t-shirt with Adidas logo and green cargo-style pants, may have stolen the cameras which were in a Crumpler bag. CCTV is being assessed and the cards were immediately cancelled. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000
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Christmas carols on cards ANYONE looking for a return to a traditional Christmas can head along to Aspendale Presbyterian Church’s Carols on the Lawn now in its fourth year. A free evening of Christmas festivities will include a barbecue, jumping castle and classic carols sung accompanied by a brass band. There will be singing performances by two Aspendale playgroups after the church added a $25,000 playground to the side of the church hall this year. “My kids just love this evening, it is a great way to take the focus off which presents might be coming and get back to the traditional mean-
ing of Christmas,” Reverend Brett Peatman said. Carols on the Lawn will be hosted at Aspendale Presbyterian Church, 63 Station St, Aspendale on Christmas Eve (Sunday 24 December), 6pm with carols at 7pm. A family-friendly service will be held at the church on Christmas Day (Monday 25 December), 9am. See aspendalepc.org.au or call 9580 6161 to RSVP Tinsel town: Reverend Brett Peatman is inviting the community to a Carols on the Lawn event on Christmas Eve at Aspendale. Picture: Gary Sissons
Sand works renourish beach SAND renourishment works are underway at Carrum beach this week. At least 5000 cubic metres of sand is being dredged from the mouth of the Patterson River and will be transported from the dredger to Carrum beach through a pipe to be spread by an excavator. The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) says the sand will initially be a darker colour but will bleach lighter within two weeks of being exposed to sunlight on the beach. Access to sections of the beach in front of the Carrum Surf Lifesaving Club will be limited during the renourishment works. “This project will provide protection to the foreshore vegetation against coastal erosion by the construction of sand fencing and will expand the width to give better beach access and use,” Carrum Labor MP Sonya Kilkenny said.
Dredger at work: Sand being moved from mouth of Patterson River to Carrum beach. Picture: Gary Sissons
Fire bans in force FIRE restrictions come into force in Kingston on Monday 18 December. This means fires cannot be lit in the open air without a written permit from the CFA or Kingston Council municipal fire prevention officers. Lighting a fire in the open without a permit can bring a penalty of $22,000 and/or 12 months jail. Barbeques and fires for cooking and warmth do not need a permit, but must be lit in properly constructed fireplaces. I incinerators, chainsaw and lawn mowers, welding and grinding equipment and vehicles that come in contact with vegetation and machinery with internal combustion engines are permitted under certain conditions. A total fire ban declaration means no fires can be lit for the declared district for that day unless there is a specific exemption or special permit issued. This applies irrespective of the Fire Restriction status for a given municipality. Further details at cfa.vic.gov.au/can online.
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Beware of the sharks in summer THE risk of shark attack off bayside beaches is “extremely low” according to the Victorian Fisheries Authority but beachgoers should still be “sharksmart” this summer according to the state government body. The VFA’s tips for swimmers, surfers, anglers and divers were issued in the same week Frankston beach was closed early on Sunday (10 December) at about 4.30pm due to an unconfirmed shark sighting near Frankston pier. Lifesavers usually “close” the beach at 6pm on Sundays. A dead whale carcass at Blairgowrie’s Jubilee Point washed up earlier this month saw the VFA issue a warning about a possible increase in sharks lured to the Mornington Peninsula area. VFA chief executive officer Travis Dowling said last week that sharks are a natural part of a healthy marine environment and there are steps people can take to minimise the risk of “an unwanted encounter” with a shark. “When people get into the water to swim, surf, dive or fish, they are entering the shark’s natural environment and so should be mindful and make good choices,” Mr Dowling said. The VFA says people should: • Always swim, dive or surf with a friend • Swim between the red and yellow flags on patrolled beaches where possible • Avoid areas that attract sharks
such as where natural food sources of sharks live, for example, seals; where fishing waste is being disposed of; places where human and animal waste enters the water • Watch for signs of unusual behaviour in wildlife or fish since these can indicate that a shark is in the area Mr Dowling said that if beachgoers see a shark close to shore they should ring Victoria Police on 000, or notify lifesavers immediately if at a patrolled beach, to report its location and its distance from shore. “That information is relayed to the VicEmergency website and smartphone app so it can be shared quickly with anyone using our beautiful beaches. “If the beach is patrolled by lifesavers, they will alert swimmers and potentially close the beach altogether if appropriate.” Mr Dowling said it had been 30 years since a death had occurred from a shark attack in Victoria. “While there is no evidence that shark numbers are increasing, Victoria’s human population is growing each year and more people are using the coastline to relax and recreate.” See vfa.vic.gov.au/shark-smart for more information.
Be alert not alarmed: Beachgoers including visitors to Carrum beach should keep a look out for sharks this summer. Picture: Gary Sissons
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Rallying around Cara: That’s The Thing About Fishing members and friends held a fundraiser for a young Carrum Downs girl who suffered horrific burns in an accident. Picture: Gary Sissons
Support for burns victim soars Neil Walker email@example.com A FISHING group that hosts lessons for disadvantaged and disabled children has rallied around to help a 7-year-old Carrum Downs girl who suffered burns to more than 60 per cent of her body in October. Cara Elfring is in the burns unit at the Royal Children’s Hospital and has had nine operations including skin grafts and will undergo more surgeries in the months and years ahead. Cara’s parents Sally and Ashley ‘Pav’ Elfring have spent most of their time at their youngest daughter’s hospital bedside since the horrific accident. That’s The Thing About Fishing heard about the young girl’s plight and organised a fundraiser at the Seaford Hotel early in December that raised more than $13,000 towards the Care For Cara campaign. More donations will still help Cara on the road to recovery and the Elfring family is looking to move to a disabled-friendly home since she will be wheelchair bound for up to 12
months while undergoing rehabilitation. Cara will spend Christmas and New Year at the Royal Children’s Hospital. “Cara’s going to need ongoing procedures for the rest of her life,” Mr Elfring said. “The majority of her torso is severely burnt. The money will be going directly to her for any needs she requires.” Cara’s two brothers and a sister are looking forward to welcoming her back home. That’s The Thing About Fishing co-founder Glenn ‘The Guru’ Cooper said the group will keep helping the Elfring family after Cara’s return from hospital next year. “We’ll hold the money in trust and help the family with money for Cara as it’s needed,” Mr Cooper said. n People wanting to donate to the Care For Cara campaign can make donations by bank transfer to Bendigo Bank account name CARE FOR CARE, BSB 633-000, Account number 1615 465 69. See thatsthethingaboutfishing.org.au for more details about the group’s community charity work.
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THE Peninsula Community Legal Centre in Frankston will receive a $300,000 state government grant to be able to continue employing a lawyer to help people facing financial stress due to fines. The grant — part of a $3.45 million distribution of taxpayers’ money under a Community Legal Centre Family Violence — was announced by state Attorney-General Martin Pakula last Wednesday (6 December). Peninsula Community Legal Centre has provided legal advice to more than 8000 cash-strapped or vulnerable clients since opening 40 years ago. The legal centre will also be able to continue family violence duty lawyer services at Frankston Magistrates’ Court thanks to the grant and set up a partnership with Peninsula Health to help people impacted by family violence. “We’re proud to be delivering this funding to the Peninsula Community Legal Centre because it will help to improve access to legal services in our community and deliver more support to those who need it most,” Frankston Labor MP Paul Edbrooke said. Community legal centres across the nation faced a funding crisis earlier this year when the federal Liberal National Coalition government cut funding but the decision was subsequently reversed in May by federal Attorney-General George Brandis.
Helping hand: Peninsula Community Legal Centre CEO Jackie Galloway and team help people facing legal problems.
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Imam criticises ‘failure’ of Muslim leaders Pools back Keith Platt firstname.lastname@example.org A RELIGIOUS leader of a Muslim community based in Langwarrin has accused other leaders of having “failed their people”. “Muslim scholars have failed their followers, hijacking a religion which literally means peace and leading masses astray for personal interests, pursuit of power and domination,” Imam Wadood Janud told a peace symposium at the Baitul Salam Mosque, Langwarrin. Imam Janud, leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Victoria and Tasmania, made his accusations while delivering the keynote address at the ‘World Crisis and the Pathway to Peace’ symposium which focused on the rise of extremism and nationalism. The Sunday 3 December symposium was the second held at the Baitul Salam Mosque. Among the 300 people at the event were 100 non-Ahmadi guests, including MPs, mayors and councillors from several municipalities, police and faith leaders. A documentary about the peace initiatives of the leader of the international Ahmadiyya community, Mirza Masroor Ahmad was also screened. Imam Wadood Janud spoke about the foundations of the “pathway to peace” based on the true teachings of Islam in the Quran (Koran) and the life of the prophet, Muhammad. "According to Islam, the principle of justice is the key to establishing peace,” Imam Janud said. He blamed the foreign policies and
Top table: Religious and community leaders at this year’s peace symposium at the Baitul Salam Mosque, Langwarrin. Frankston mayor Cr Colin Hampton said it was important that leaders of government and community groups “promote unity, peace and justice for everyone”. Picture: Supplied
vested interests of “certain countries” for the rise of terrorist organisations such as ISIS and Boko Haram. “The key role in the international arms trade in encouraging and sustaining such organisations is against the very foundations of justice.” He said Mirza Masroor Ahmad in March had told an international peace symposium in Britain that peace could be attained by curbing and restricting the international arms trade. “When it comes to equality, Islam declares that all human beings are born as equal and have equal rights
and freedoms. The holy prophet of enjoined the Muslims to always maintain a socially equal society.” Imam Janud said the media lacked justice and fairness when covering acts of terrorism in Australia and internationally. “How many of us know that every year almost 5000 Muslims gather in Sydney to condemn such extremist ideology and to present the true teachings of Islam? How many of us know that such peace symposia are organised in every major city of Australia?
“The Quran teaches that taking someone’s life is akin to slaying all of humanity and saving a single life is as though you have saved the whole of humanity. “As the world spirals out of control and heads down a path of no return, such divine acts of justice are required, even if it is against our enemies.” Imam Janud said that for the past 128 years the Ahmadiyya community “has been striving to establish peace on earth”.
SWIMMING pools at the Peninsula Aquatic Recreation Centre closed due to plumbing problems will reopen Monday 11 December. The main pools at the leisure centre have been unavailable since 12 October. Peninsula Leisure CEO Tim Gledhill said: “To show our appreciation to our members for their patience and understanding throughout the closure, there will be a range of activities during the week, including free breakfast, kids’ activities and giveaways daily.” The PARC’s main 50-metre pool, aquatic playground and a learn-toswim pool will be back in use from Monday in time for the summer months. The Times previously reported it cost nearly $1 million to repair the fault including rust on brackets and pipes underneath swimming pools. Centre members were not charged membership fees while the pools remain closed. Other PARC activities such as the gym and wellness centre were open.
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New mayor welcomed MANY congratulations to Steve Staikos on his election as the mayor of Kingston Council. A hugely well-deserved reward for his tireless community service, with a reputation for putting community interests ahead of his own. Residents Against the Mordialloc Freeway (RAMF) look forward to supporting Cr Staikos and other councillors in the future in endeavours to do what is your best for the Kingston community. At RAMF we believe that opposing the Mordialloc Bypass is in the broader and longer-term interests of the Kingston community. We believe that this proposed road is a road that makes no sense, and leads to nowhere, but an already congested South Rd region, and the costs to the environment, including huge impact to the Braeside Park, Woodlands Wetlands, Mordialloc Creek, Waterways wetlands and the Edithvale Wetlands, and our Green Wedge space, are too great. A nine-kilometre road is a major threat that will tear through habitats of EPBC listed endangered bird species, endangered fauna communities. The state government is considering rushing through an Environment Effects Statement in less than 12 months, and there are dangers that the EES will lack the independence, expertise, and impartiality unless the EES process is scrutinised and that the community interests are fully considered (not just after it is done). The best mitigation for the proposed road is for this road not to go ahead at all. The Westall Freeway Extension is considered by RAMF, to be a far more viable alternative along with improved public transport option in this region. We often don’t know what we have, until it is gone, and this proposed road threatens a great deal of Kingston’s characteristic award-winning wetlands, parklands and Green Wedge and deserves to be protected. Scott Fothergill, president, RAMF
Not always men In The Times of 4 December is a government advertisement stating “family violence has no good days”. This is the truth, of course, but it is unilaterally focused on men as perpetrators. All categories of family violence can be perpetrated by people of both genders. I am associated with a men’s group and I see good and true men suffering extraordinarily. The greatest supporters of these men are women, but men are so circumspect now. The post-separation incidence of male suicide is 40 per cent, typically men 35 to 45 years. This exceeds all the road deaths, homicides and deaths of our people in Bali by far. There are only ineffective and pusillanimous attempts to correct the situation and I have a solution, but would only evoke an “oh yes” situation. The advertisement goes on about “respect women”, and we should, but we should surely respect all people - disrespect is not gendered. I see kids used as chattels by people, which is grievous and upsetting. Boys grow up wondering what they have done wrong by being male. As for the grub Harvey Weinstein, if you in any way endorse his behaviour you need to see
someone. I suppose there are female equivalents to Weinstein but I don’t want to think about it. Give men a break this Christmas. These frenzies of misandry have been going on for years but, most of all, having happy children is best of all. Tony Nicholl, Mt Eliza
Lads, we need to talk Driving along, you see a girl walking down the street, so you honk your horn, whistle or call out to show your appreciation, right? Wrong. Most women don’t like this at all. It’s not “a compliment”. Our recent “Young people and walking” study found this type of behaviour makes young women aged 15-20 feel vulnerable and unsafe while walking. The study of more than 1000 young people commissioned by Victoria Walks and Youth Affairs Council of Victoria and funded by VicHealth found 40 per cent of our young people do not feel safe walking in their community. Only 15 per cent of young women feel safe walking after dark. A top concern was being approached by strangers. Walking is very important to young people’s health. Our study showed they walk to get to places and to relax. With the costs of the growing obesity epidemic we need to encourage physical activity. Females particularly like walking. Victoria Walks is calling on local and state governments to invest in making our streets safer and easier for young people to walk so they can develop healthy habits as they transition to adulthood. But we need males to reconsider their actions. Young women, many as young as 15, told us they are regularly harassed while walking. We don’t tolerate this sort of behaviour in schools and workplaces. Men who think it is OK to objectify women in public places should take a good hard look at themselves, grow up and stop it. Ben Rossiter, executive officer, Victoria Walks
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Ditch the ditch The sky rail debate that ended up placing our future trains in flood prone ditches is a serious mistake. The recent heavy rain flooded many lines and stopped trains, with commuters stranded uncomfortably and unable to get home. Station St, Edithvale was flooded, its drains unable to cope with even the most moderate rainfall. I could imagine future flooding rains cascading down the walls of the railway trench and stopping trains entering safely. The high voltage DC electric current is an unfriendly companion to passengers on a stalled train. How foolish the choice of a damp and expensive ditch with its additional costs on moving pipelines and cables. Sky rail gave a gift of open space to enjoy but government, it seems, is blind. Les Williams, Edithvale
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Foreign citizenship results in disqualification Compiled by Brodie Cowburn TO THE VICTORIAN MOTHERS OF SOLDIERS. You who have already done so much for Australia by giving your sons, brothers or husbands to fight for Liberty, have now a great opportunity to help those whose glorious valor has won for themselves, and for the Commonwealth, a name that will live for ever. Do you wish reinforcements to be sent to your dear ones at the front? They only need 7000 men from Australia every month, one man every working day of the week from each electorate in Victoria. At present they are only getting 1000 men a month, and out of every hundred of those men there are 27 under twenty-one boys whose half-matured bodies cannot bear the strain of war; and in every hundred men there are 21 married men, many of them with big families of tiny children: and amongst the other men who go are returned men going forth again. And all this time there are in Victoria 100,000 single men who are now leaving the defence of our country to married men, old men, and boys. Do not fail your own flesh and blood. Do not be false to Australia. Do not be duped by the enemies in our midst. Send the right men to help your own at the Front, by voting YES on December 20th. Yours sincerely, W. M. HUGHES, Prime Minister ***
MR J. H. Lister, MP, will address a public meeting at the Frankston Mechanics Hall Tuesday evening to promote the reply of ‘Yes’ at the forthcoming election. *** THE Chief Electoral Officer has been inundated with queries from persons who are doubtful concerning their inclusion in the list of disqualified electors. In order that all doubt may be removed, Mr Oldham stated yesterday that the following persons are disqualified from voting on 20th December : (i) Every naturalised British subject who was born in an enemy country within the meaning of the War Precautions (Military Service Referendum) Regulations 1917. (ii) Every person whose father was born in an enemy country within the meaning of the War Precautions (Military Service Referendum Regulations 1917. *** MRS Dodd, of Chelsea, announces that she is erecting waiting rooms and lavatory opposite the station, for convenience of passengers, and also that she runs a cab to the Dandenong Market every Tuesday, and to the Frankston market fortnightly on Wednesdays. Return fares 2s. *** THE blind entertainers gave a concert at the Frankston hall on Monday evening in aid of the Home for Adult Blind. A good programme was gone through, which was much enjoyed by those present.
The home will benefit to the extent of nearly £5 as a result. *** THE Frankston Wattle Club will entertain a party of soldiers on Sunday afternoon next, and on Monday a party of three hundred interstate soldiers will be entertained at lunch. This means a considerable amount of hard work, but let us not grow weary in well doing, and give our own boys a hearty welcome home. *** A VERY fine Referendum meeting was held at Seaford on Saturday evening. Mr Fox gave a most telling speech and the masterful manner in which he showed that it was the duty of all who had the welfare of Australia at heart, to give the government power to send help to our worn out boys at the front, deeply impressed the large audience. When moving a vote of thanks to Mr Fox the speaker mentioined that as soon as the result of the last Referendum was pubished the Germans in the trenches opposite the Australians hoisted up a large placard bearing: “Scum of the earth, your mates have turned you down” and quite a sensation was caused by a man in the audience calling out “That’s true they did I saw them do it”. By request he stood up and described the incident, adding, “I ignorantly voted no, but by heavens I’ll vote Yes this time.” *** CR A. May gave a most impressive address at Frankston, on the 7th inst. in support of the conscription movement.
The hall was well filled, and for an hour and a half he had the full attention of his bearers. He is a lucid and fluent speaker and evidently knows what he is talking about. He was accorded a hearty vote of thanks the close of his speech. *** LAST Wednesday afternoon, December 5th, Brigadier General Williams attended the Somerville State School for the purpose of unveiling the school Honor Board and naming the avenue where the trees are planted to memorise the boy’s at the war. He was received by a Guard of Honor from the Langwarrin Military Camp, and the school children, who were lined up under the charge of their teachers, Mr White, Mr Farnington and Miss Cole. There was a splendid attendance of the residents, relatives and friends of the soldiers. *** A VERY successful Snowball Tea, given by Mrs Moloney, resulted in a profit of £7 1s being handed to the organiser, Mrs Maxwell, towards the funds of the Red Cross Society. The Secretary wishes to acknowledge donations of bags for Langwarrin Cheer, and would be glad if any further donations be in not later than Tuesday 18th *** THE Red Cross social at Tyabb held on Saturday last, passed off very successfully and there was a good attendance. During the evening Mrs Woodhouse sang and Mr Ben King gave a
recitation. Accompaniments were played by Mrs Boe and Miss Woodhouse. Dancing was freely indulged in, the music being supplied by Messrs Gibson and Chalwell. Our four latest returned soldiers could not attend, all having gone back to Hospital, but they hope to be present at a later date. *** J. H. LISTER M.P. will address a public meeting on Tuesday Dec. 18th at 8 o’clock in the Frankston Mechanics’ Hall to promote the reply of “YES” at the forthcoming referendum. *** MRS L. E. Westly and Mr H. D. Westly as executors of Charles Wright, deceased, have forwarded to the various charities that are beneficiaries under the half-yearly or quarterly instalments now due, ranging from £5 to £60. The list also includes £50 for the poor of Schnapper Point and Hastings. *** ARRANGEMENTS have now been made whereby tickets in The “Kitchener” Flag Grand Art Union are obtainable at all news agents throughout the country. If any difficulty is experienced in obtaining either the Art Union Tickets for the great £3,601 Raffle or the 1s Photographic Reproduction Cards, the Hon. Organisers would be pleased to supply direct. *** From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 15 December 1917
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The Emergency Superstar DJ Fiasco By Stuart McCullough THEY said it was ‘urgent’. Immediately, I sprang into action, which is to say that I managed to free myself from the couch momentarily and shuffle towards the laptop at a pace that wouldn’t trouble a glacier. What on earth could they want? Was I equipped to handle an emergency? Would I finally have an excuse to use the ‘siren’ function on my car? Only time would tell. This call to action was far from random. It came from a store with whom I had recently placed an ‘on-line’ order that I dearly hoped would be filled. In particular, I had ordered a vocoder. I’ll admit that it’s something of an obscure item. I strongly suspect that most people wouldn’t recognize vocoder if they fell over one while it was wearing a badge that said, ‘Hi! My name is Vocoder’. Put simply, it’s a piece of musical equipment that does weird and wonderful things to your voice, which is useful if, for some odd reason, you want to sound either weird or wonderful. I searched high and low for somewhere that sold them. By which I mean I typed the word ‘vocoder’ into Google and pressed a button. The results revealed that, short of building my own from bits and pieces I found in the shed, my best option was through a store that specialized in selling DJ equipment. I quickly dismissed the idea of building my own, especially since the earlier attempt to build my own time machine using melted Lego, flour and water had proved so entirely disastrous. Accordingly, I placed an order with the DJ store. I am not familiar with the world
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Foon dominates Kangas PROVINCIAL
By IT Gully AN unbeaten century to Mornington gun Matt Foon has placed his side in a dominant position in its Provincial match against Langwarrin. Together with Brad McDonald (79), Foon helped his side to an unbeatable 7/263 against the Kangas. Langwarrin started well, removing both openers Sam Wiese and Brad Wilson before the score had reached 30.
Charlie Parker went soon after and Foon and McDonald were joined at the crease with the score on 3/54. Travis Campbell was good for the visitors, taking 2/57 from 22 overs, while Sam Prosser was an unlikely wicket taker with 2/22 from seven overs. Baxter has already won its match against Mt Eliza, Chris Brittain the hero, however, this time with the ball. Mt Eliza batted first and was rolled for just 110. Dale Irving was damaging early
with the pill and snared 3/29 from 10.5 overs, while Brittain destroyed the middle order with 5/11 from 10 overs, including five maidens. Chamika Sattambi picked up 2/24. Josh Gouge top scored for the Mounties with an unbeaten 39. In reply, Baxter is 29 runs ahead with seven wickets in hand (3/139). Daniel Warwick is unbeaten on 61, Chris Brittain scored 32 and Todd Quinn opened with 25. Justin Bridgeman is the other not out batsman. Given Baxter’s ladder position and
poor start to the season, no doubt they’ll be looking for an outright win. Crib Point hasn’t started too well with the bat after its bowlers gave it every chance to win its match against Pearcedale. After skipper Brad Davidson dominated with the cherry with 5/19 from 16.4 overs, Pearcedale was bowled out for 160. Luke Herrington snared 2/32 from 12 overs. At one stage Pearcedale was 5/60, until Kaine Smith (30) and Shayne Gillings (33) momentarily came to
the rescue. Needing to face up for the final four overs for the day, the Magpies lost opener Tom Pengelly to the Panthers’ Chris Dew for a duck. The Pies will resume at 1/0. A stiff performance from Jedd Falck (69) and Liam O’Conner (54) has placed Sorrento in a competitive position against Peninsula Old Boys. The Sharks batted first and made 193 in 77.3 overs. In reply, POB is 0/5.
Jewell saved Ridge PENINSULA
By IT Gully MAIN Ridge skipper Nick Jewell has come to the rescue to give his side a realistic chance of beating Red Hill in MPCA Peninsula cricket. With his side in some early trouble, Jewell made 96 to help his side to a total of 214. James Abbott was also solid for the Ridge in the lower order with 45 and Sam Lyons batted well for his 27. The Hillmen were on top early, skipper Simon Dart claiming 2/28, Glenn Collett 2/41 and Brent Martin was the star witth 4/55 off 21 overs, including the wicket of Jewell, four short of triple figures. Long Island and Flinders are locked in an intriguing battle after 12 wickets fell on the first day of their match at BA Cairns Reserve. The Islanders batted first and made just 117 in 62.4 overs. Michael Burke top scored with 39 while Andrew Tweddle made 15. Shark’s Dwayne Field was again the pick of the bowlers for his team with 3/15 from 6.4 overs, while Will Tuck claimed 2/28 and skipper Neil Barfuss
2/15 from 12 overs. With 17 overs left in the day, Flinders just needed to get through unscathed – it didn’t. Opener Mason Mail was out for four and night watchman Matt Burns for a duck. Flinders will resume at 2/20 with Long Islands’ Jake Middleton the wicket taker with 2/6 from three overs. Pines and Moorooduc should go down to the wire after Pines batted first and made 189. Rhys Chalkley opened with 59 for the Piners while Pat Jackson made a solid 30 in the middle order to help his side push towards 200. Alex Coad’s unbeaten 19 at 11 and 36 run partnership with Grant Humphrey (11) could be the difference between winning and losing. Moorooduc faced the final eight overs of the day and lost one wicket, the important skipper Shamith Kannangara. Delacombe Park has left Somerville with some work to do in their match after scoring 230. Joel Malcolm was the best of he Parkers’ bats with 62, while Nick Christides and Rob Fisher each scored 30.
Park set high target: Delacombe Park’s total of 230 will take some catching by Somerville. Picture: Andrew Hurst
Demons step back in time
Blues bowlers shine: Hastings bowled out Heatherhill for just 185, but then went on to slump with the bat. Picture: Andrew Hurst
By IT Gully RYE has taken a step back in time after being humiliated by Baden Powell on day one of their MPCA clash at Overport Rd. In scenes of previous seasons, Rye embarrassed itself, losing 13 wickets in one afternoon of cricket. Batting first, the Demons were bowled out for just 73 in its first innings, all back in the sheds in 44 overs. Ryan Barnett opened with 4/28 from 16 overs, Michael Ballard claimed 3/27 from 17 overs at the other end and Craig Entwhistle picked up 3/2 from 4.1 overs. The Braves then came out and went wooshka, scoring 4/127 in just 28 overs before throwing Rye back in to bat with eight overs left in the day. It was a fruitful handful of overs for the Braves, claiming 3/9 with Nathan Rice capturing 2/1 from two overs. Still 45 runs behind, the Demons have just seven wickets in hand. There’s no avoiding an outright loss in this match. Mt Martha is just 75 runs away from victory against Rosebud, however, has just eight wickets in hand. Rosebud batted first and was bowled out for 108, Jason Mathers top scoring with an unbeaten 38. Brad Schreuder was the pick of
the Reds’ bowlers with 4/18 from 15 overs, while Kyle Bendle bowled 22.1 overs for a return of 3/39. The visitors were forced to face the final 20 overs of the day. They will resume on day two this Saturday at 2/32, Pat Nagel and Billy Quigley the wicket takers for the Buds. Hastings has placed itself in a horrible situation yet again, on its knees against Heatherhill. Once again, the bowlers did the job for the Blues, bowling out the Hills for just 185. Mitch Floyd was solid for the Blues with 4/47 from 15 overs while Isuru Dias picked up 3/27 from 16 overs. Kristian Miller top scored with 82 for the Hills, eventually run out. Facing the final 22 overs for the day, Hastings slumped to 4/59, Floyd top scoring with 32. Jason Hinde was the pick of the Hills’ bowlers with 2/22. In the battle of the neighbours at Belvedere Park, Seaford Tigers are one wicket down chasing 195. Seaford batted first and made 195, Jack Brooking the pick of the Seaford Tigers’ bowlers with 4/47. Matty Roach opened the bowling and snared 3/43 from 14 overs. In reply, the Tigers faced the final nine overs of the day and at stumps were 1/23 after Roach was gone for a duck.
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Kitto on fire for the Stonecats SUB-DISTRICT
By IT Gully FRANKSTON YCW is just three wickets away from victory in MPCA Sub District cricket against Tyabb. After being rolled for just 153 in 53.3 overs by the Yabbies, the Stonecats’ bowlers then came out and dominated the opposition, having the Yabbies 7/44 at stumps, still 109 short with just three wickets in hand.
At the end of their batting performance, the Stonecats would have been satisfied with just a victory. Now an outright win must be in their sights. Callum Bradford-Briggs was the best of the Stonecats batsmen with 40 while Levi McLoughlin-Dore opened with 32 and Jeremy Daniel hit 25 at the close of the innings. Yabbies skipper Joel Wylier and Mitch Gill-Furness were the pick of the Yabbies’ bowlers with 3/33 and
3/39 respectively. In reply, Tyabb lost 3/0 when the score was on 11 and then lost 4/11 to be 7/44 at stumps. The evergreen, wily and popular MPCA star Andrew Kitson wound back the clock and dominated the Yabbies’ batsmen with six wickets. Carrum is in a strong position against Boneo after the first day of play. Batting first at home, the Lions made 8/246, thanks largely to a sensa-
tional 111 from Jake D’Atri, while Corey Hand hit 36 and Jack Thomson 26. Carrum Downs is in a solid position against Tootgarook, scoring 9/197 from its 80 overs. Ryan Lynch again flew the flag for his side with 45, while Chris Jones was unbeaten on 44. Andrew Libby made a spectacular first up impression for Tootgarook with 3/53 from 28 overs, while Corey DeBruyn piked up 3/24 from 12 overs.
Dromana has had its best start to a game in while, scoring 234 against Balnarring. In a must-win game for the Hoppers, skipper Kieran Voelkl stepped up to the plate with 68 and Adam Ciavarella hit 46 to help the visitors to the competitive score. Mitch Kleinig was the best of the Saints’ bowlers with 4/61, while Mal Coutts opened the bowling and snared 3/24 from 14 overs.
Tale of two Rosebuds, Welsh stars sign up SOCCER
By Craig MacKenzie MERGER talks between Rosebud Heart and Bayside League club Rosebud have stalled after the latter recently applied to join FFV ranks. Rosebud is keen to join the Metropolitan Leagues so that it can continue to play on Sundays and give its players a more challenging level of competition. State 4 South outfit Heart has shown interest in merging with its neighbour and sees the move as a great opportunity to create a large club on the southern peninsula with over 300 juniors, and senior men’s and women’s teams playing out of Rosebud’s home at Olympic Park in Besgrove Street. Heart’s current home ground at Truemans Road Reserve has arguably the worst playing surface in the league and the pitch and facilities at Olympic Park are far superior. The drawback is that only one pitch is available at Olympic Park. “We’ve got three men’s teams and a ladies team and at the moment we’ve only got one pitch so there’s already a lot of traffic,” said Rosebud senior coach Justin Shepard. “If there was a merger we simply couldn’t handle training on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and playing on Saturdays and Sundays all on one pitch.” There was a second pitch at the venue which has been taken over by the local baseball club and Rosebud has been trying unsuccessfully to regain use of it. “There’s a long, long way to go before any merger could take place,” said Shepard. “Heart’s playing pitch though is nothing short of dangerous and I’d hate to be a travelling team going to play down there. “Our facilities are great but it’s our club and it’s been our club for 60 years and we don’t want to give it away simply for the sake of a few guys wanting to play on a better park.” But Heart still hopes that Mornington Shire Council will approve a move to Olympic Park albeit only for the 2018 season. “The council already has had $200,000 allocated for two new pitches at Truemans Road and it is hoping that by mid-February it can get another $300,000 grant and hopefully start work on the pitches next September,” said Heart committeeman Rob Vosjan. “I think the council is keen for a merger and although at the moment I think it is highly unlikely I would never say never.” The uncertainty surrounding Heart’s home ground next season has had a destabilising influence on the club. It has fuelled rumours of a player exodus and Heart has not appointed a senior coach for 2018. Meanwhile Langwarrin is yet to agree terms with any player as it prepares its senior squad for its NPL challenge next year. That effectively turns every player into a triallist including those currently registered with the club. The triallists from other clubs trying to grab one of 20 spots in Langy’s senior squad are Nick Bergmans (Altona Magic), Lachie Hogben (Richmond), Marinos Panayi (Mornington), Luke Burgess (Whittlesea Ranges), Dimitar Mitkov (Springvale White Eagles), Darcy Pawlik (Eastern Lions), Damion Wilson (Bentleigh Greens), Tapiwanashe Munyanyiwa (Springvale White Eagles), Sam Klepac (Mooroolbark), An-
Keely keen: Peninsula Strikers defender Conor Keely is considering a move to Baxter. Picture:
thony Goweid (Dandenong Thunder), John Kuol (Morwell Pegasus), Scott Millar (Mornington), Harrison Michaelis (Bulleen) and John Carroll (Berwick City). The triallists already registered with Langy are Robbie Acs, Alex Metcalfe, Andy McIntyre, Boris Ovcin, Brandon Giles, Dylan Kilner, Serge Yanez, Lewis Foster, Navin Velupillay, Aaran Currie, Nabil Mozaffaruddin, Johnny Guthrie and Mat Luak. Langy lost 3-0 on Saturday to Kingston City at Baxter Park. The under-20s fared better recording a 4-2 win courtesy of a Travis Ernsdoerfer hat-trick and an opening goal from Josh Mulla. Langy has until 13 February to submit its senior squad to FFV and the decision as to which players will fill its two visa spots will be left as late as possible. Current visa players still on the club’s books are Currie, Metcalfe, Liam Baxter, Connor
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Belger and Paul Speed. Baxter, Belger and Speed are all due to arrive back from the UK next month. Langy’s under-20s take on Skye United next Sunday at 11pm with the seniors up against NPL heavyweight South Melbourne at 1pm. Langwarrin is keen to play at its Lawton Park headquarters but ongoing council work may force the club to again use Baxter Park. The venue will be confirmed later this week. Peninsula Strikers defender Conor Keely has joined the burgeoning list of newcomers training with State 4 South outfit Baxter. Strikers’ teammate Grant Davies also is on Baxter’s radar. Other newcomers include Izaak Barr (Strikers), Ash Scholes (Heart), James Foster, Jack Thornton, Jordan Redburn, Matt Morgan, Mitch Blake and Tim Lee (all Langwarrin), Joe Iline (Doveton), Jack Morgan (Hampton Park United), Kezhia Hooft (Sandringham) and Jake
Sheppard (Alston, England). Last week Baxter announced the dual appointments of Brendan Norris and Brendan Blackhall as reserves coaches. State 1 South-East title aspirant Mornington has bolstered its strike force with the signing of 26-year-old Welsh ace Adam Wright from Northcote City. Wright played with Port Talbot in the Welsh Premier League before making his mark in Victoria with Moreland City then Clifton Hill, winning State 1 South-East’s Golden Boot award in 2015 with 30 goals. He played with Brunswick City in 2016 and joined Northcote midway through the 2017 season finishing with 18 goals, one behind league Golden Boot winner Trent Rixon of Moreland City. Mornington beat State 1 rival Richmond in the race for Wright’s signature. He was the second Welshman to sign for the Dallas Brooks Park club last week when it was confirmed that Welsh youth international Curtis Hutson is expected to arrive in Melbourne with his partner next month. Hutson, 22, can play up front or in midfield and was only 13 when he made his debut for the Welsh under-16s during his time at Cardiff City’s academy. He is the cousin of Manchester United and Wales legend Ryan Giggs and has joined from Barry Town after stints with Port Talbot Town, Newport County and Merthyr Town. In other news former Matildas goalkeeper Theresa Deas has stepped down from the presidency of Southern United and is now vicepresident. Former Casey Comets president Stuart McLeod is the new Southern supremo. The club has struck an agreement with Frankston Pines to use Monterey Reserve exclusively as its home ground and training base after previously playing home games there as well as at Lawton Park, Dallas Brooks Park, Comets Stadium and Centenary Park. Southern’s inaugural Operations Manager Graham Dudley made the announcement at last week’s AGM. Southern also released the names last weekend of the first batch of players signed up for its 2018 senior squad. Goalkeeper Freya Crocker, defender Natasha Dakic and midfielder Nikolina Bucalo were with Southern last season, defender Ella Douglass and striker Sarah Wieck are from Bayside United while striker Casey Aarons is a former Alamein player. Southern will announce additions to its senior roster in coming weeks. Two Southern juniors, Alex Jones and Alessandra Davis, were part of the Victorian schoolgirls under-12 team that won the national title in Adelaide last weekend. Former Langwarrin star Alana Murphy captained Victoria which defeated ACT 3-1, South Australia 2-1, Western Australia 2-0, Northern Territory 4-0 and drew 0-0 with Queensland and NSW.
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League fight to continue FOOTBALL
By Toe Punt THE fight against AFL South East with the large majority of MPNFL clubs is likely to flair up again in the new year after a letter was circulated by Geelong and District Football League last week calling for AFL Victoria to convene a meeting for all interested leagues who are dissatisfied with their governance. In the letter, penned by Geelong and District Football League president of 33 years, Neville Whitley OAM, there are a number of football leagues throughout the state who are unhappy with AFL Victoria as its remains determined to regionalise football leagues throughout Victoria. The majority of MPNFL Clubs continue to fight AFL South East’s decision to bring in a third division in 2019, which will include South East Football Netball League clubs. They do however support divisional football between MPNFL clubs only and have encouraged a third division made up of clubs within the MPNFL boundaries (includes Frankston Dolphins, South Mornington, Peninsula Old Boys, Carrum, Skye etc). Mr Whitley requested AFL Victoria to convene a meeting at a convenient location for all leagues to attend to discuss “their concerns and air their grievances in a proper and democratic manner.” Mr Whitley told The News that AFL Victoria regional commissions were working towards dividing and conquering clubs at a local level to achieve outcomes that suited only them. “Generally, they (AFL Victoria) don’t care about what is best for local football
clubs, their history and their volunteers,” Mr Whitley said. However, despite the request, AFL Victoria CEO Steven Reaper replied in writing, “as this would appear to be a localised issue, AFL Victoria does not support your request to convene a meeting of Leagues at any point into the future to discuss these matters.” Despite Mr Reaper’s generalisation that it’s a ‘local issue’, football leagues around Ballarat will remain pretty much unchanged after AFL Goldfields elected not to make any competition restructures from its senior competition review. The final findings of the review were released last week with the Goldfields commission electing to go with a “watching brief” for now. “It did prove difficult to identify an alternative competition structure option that is widely supported by the majority of affiliated leagues and clubs,” the report stated. The review looked into Ballarat Football League, Central Highlands, Maryborough Castlemaine District and Riddell District league. It seems one AFL commission has listened to its clubs. Perhaps AFL SE should consider doing the same with the majority of its clubs before this conversation again dominates the 2018 season.
MPNFL Fixtures released
Meanwhile, the 2018 fixtures have been released with Frankston YCW taking on Sorrento in Round one on Easter Sunday. The clubs are in discussions about Sorrento hosting the game as it’s home game, sharing the profits with the Stonecats. Discussions will continue.
Dromana women dominant at district bowls By Ben Triandafillou THE DROMANA Bowling Club has taken out another Mornington Peninsula bowls division state championship with their Women’s Four’s side on Wednesday 6 December. The team which consisted of Sandra McColgan, Gill Fletcher, Annemaree Ryan and Heather Gray defeated Sorrento at the Rosebud Country Club and will now be heading to the regionals in January. Last year the side made it all the way through to the ‘last 16’ and ended up finishing runners-up in
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the state’s Four’s championships. McColgan said the team are again striving to make it through to the final but hopefully go one better this year. “It was a bit disappointing finishing runners-up but you’ve always got someone trying to beat you we all want a title,” she said. “We obviously want to win it this year. We don’t go in it to not win. “We are all positive girls and we have a great team to do it.” The team’s partnership has been on a winning streak of late with McColgan, Ryan and Gray also
combining in the district Women’s Triple’s at Mt Eliza Bowling club last month where they again defeated Sorrento. “We had the rain, hail and lightning that night but we ended up getting through it,” McColgan said. McColgan also paired up with Paul Twyerould, of Rosebud in October to win the district’s Mixed Pairs Championships at Belvedere Bowling Club. The Dromana women are now hoping to be at the Bendigo Bowls Club around April next year for the state finals.
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