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Exposure site Bunnings Mentone has been listed as an exposure site for COVID-19. In mid-2020 a pop-up coronavirus testing site was hosted in the carpark (pictured). See story page 3. Picture: Gary Sissons

Council CEO departs Brodie Cowburn brodie@baysidenews.com.au KINGSTON Council CEO Julie Reid has departed the organisation after less than 18 months. Ms Reid’s departure was announced on 12 January. Kingston mayor Steve Staikos said “we are disappointed to farewell CEO Julie Reid so soon, but

we understand that this new role is an amazing opportunity, and we now look forward to working closely with her in this fantastic new role.” Ms Reid has been appointed executive director of Local Government Victoria. “Julie will be a strong addition to Local Government Victoria and is well-placed to lead them into the future,” Cr Staikos said. Kingston councillors held multiple

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votes relating to “CEO employment matters” behind closed doors last year. Council did not directly answer questions sent by The News last year asking what those matters were (“Serious issues aired behind closed doors”, The News, 3/6/20). After those confidential meetings were held, then mayor Georgina Oxley said “ultimately we are here for our community, not for ourselves. We

are here for the people who elected us. The fact I can’t share serious issues with the community, and what we are doing about it, is really bad.” Following her departure, Ms Reid said “I have loved my time at Kingston and am proud to have led the organisation during such a challenging time.” “I am excited to take up this new role to help further strengthen the part-

nership between the Victorian government and local councils, and I look forward to working with all councils to help them implement the new local government act and continue to serve their communities,” she said. Councillors are expected to appoint a temporary CEO at their January meeting, before recruiting for someone to take over the job permanently.

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Sesame Street’s Circus Spectacular tour returns THE enormously popular Sesame Street Circus Spectacular is back! With new COVID-19 protocols in place, and in close coordination with government agency guidelines, live performances will return to thrill audiences in 2021! The tour will kick off in Mornington, Victoria from 6th January. This 90-minute spectacular features all your favourite Sesame Street characters under the big top, including Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Bert and Ernie, Super Grover and Big Bird, along with incredible performers from Argentina, Switzerland, Germany, Hungary, Brazil, Morocco and more! In a spectacular circus performance, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Super Grover and the Sesame Street characters all work to find their place in the circus - from clowns to daredevils to picking the circus’ new Ring Master! Almost every element within the show was newly developed for the tour, which was written and produced locally and includes the original Sesame Street voices that were recorded in New York especially for this production. This brandnew production will perform in a spectacular new tent with a capacity of 1000, which was designed and developed in Italy especially for this tour and will offer everything from wind resistance to shading for guests during hot weather. “We’re absolutely delighted to be bringing this incredible show back to Australian families in 2021, and can’t wait for the beloved Sesame Street characters to bring some much-needed smiles to little ones faces,” says Keith Brown, Managing Director of Showtime Attractions. The shows dates are: Mornington, Victoria: Wednesday 6th January 2021 – Sunday 24th January 2021 All current & future tour dates can be found at: https://www.sesamestreetcircus.com.au/dates Tickets can be purchased via Ticketmaster at: https://www.ticketmaster.com.au/artist/837678

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Hampers for a happy Christmas THE Chelsea Community Christmas Lunch has been putting smiles on faces for four consecutive years, but the COVID-19 pandemic meant that it could not go ahead in 2020. Although the lunch had to be cancelled, volunteers remained dedicated to the cause of making Christmas Day a happy one for people doing it tough. On Christmas Day, volunteers delivered hampers to nearly 50 regular attendees of the lunch.

The hampers contained donated gifts, toiletries, and groceries. Regular lunch attendee Lee had his day brightened when he was visited and given a hamper. “Without you guys I wouldn’t have had a Christmas! The visit from you guys on Christmas Day this year absolutely made my day,” he said about the volunteers. The Chelsea Community Christmas Lunch was started in 2016. It is a collaboration between St Joseph’s Parish

and Primary School, St Vincent de Paul, Chelsea’s Uniting Church, and Chelsea Community Church of Christ.

VOLUNTEERS Charli, Jess, Marina and Wally deliver a Christmas hamper to Lee. Picture: Supplied

New COVID cases VICTORIA’S long run of days without COVID-19 community transmission was broken just before the new year when a case was recorded in Mentone. The Department of Health and Human Services announced on 30 December that three new cases had been identified in Mentone, Mitcham, and Hallam. As of 11 January there are five active cases of COVID-19 among residents in the Kingston local government area. The DHHS has also included multiple local locations on their list of COVID-19 exposure sites. People who visited the Woodlands Golf Club bar in Mordialloc on 28 December between 4.40pm and 5.15pm were asked to get tested and isolate for 14 days. A positive COVID-19 case had attended the clubhouse bar. Visitors to the golf course between 12pm and 6pm on that day were asked to monitor for symptoms. A positive COVID-19 case also visited Bunnings Mentone between 7.30am and 8am on 29 December and 8am and 8.30am on 31 December. The DHHS has advised that visitors should monitor for symptoms and get tested if they occur. On 11 January, Victoria recorded its fifth consecutive day without local COVID-19 transmission after a small rise in new cases over the New Year period. A number of stores at Chadstone Shopping Centre on Boxing Day were also listed as exposure sites, as well as other shops in Cheltenham and Frankston. To read the full updated list visit dhhs.vic.gov.au/case-locationsand-outbreaks

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Funding for temple THE Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple in Carrum Downs has received a $500,000 grant for a new project. The Hindu Society of Victoria will use the funding to build a multipurpose hall at its Hindu Cultural and Heritage Centre. Carrum MP Sonya Kilkenny said “this is great news for our local community and the Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple. This funding means they can continue being a vital support and deliver the services that matter to so many.” “I’d like to thank and acknowledge everything that The Hindu Society of Victoria do to support the broader community, but particularly this year. With this funding I know that HSV will continue doing important work. Allowing communities to come together to share, celebrate and preserve traditions and culture in a safe and welcoming atmosphere,” she said. Applications for the next round of the state government’s multicultural community infrastructure fund grant program are open until 15 February. Funds of up to $500,000 are available per project. To apply visit vic.gov.au/multicultural-community-infrastructure-fund.

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Arrest after alleged home invasion A MAN and woman were arrested in the middle of an alleged home invasion in Waterways last week. At around 1.45am on 5 January, two people allegedly broke into the property on Island Point Avenue. An occupant inside the home quickly called police, who arrived and arrested the alleged offenders inside the home. Police charged a 33-year-old Patterson Lakes man with home invasion, aggravated burglary, theft of motor vehicle, two counts of theft from motor vehicle, handle stolen goods, two counts of commit indictable offence whilst on bail, two counts of shop theft, and possess drug of dependence. A 24-year-old Highett woman was also charged with home invasion, aggravated burglary, theft of motor vehicle, theft from motor vehicle, handle stolen goods, commit indictable offence whilst on bail, and possess drug of dependence. The man and woman were held in custody to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court later on 5 January.

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Wheelchair stolen

Twelve arrests on NYE

A WHEELCHAIR was stolen from a woman with an acquired brain injury last month. Police believe that the wheelchair was stolen from an apartment building on Nepean Highway, Frankston, sometime between 9am on 17 December and 10am on 18 December. The 55-year-old owner of the wheelchair was hit by a car late last year, and suffered a brain injury and broken leg. The chair was stolen from behind a locked glass door on the ground level of the building. It has a silver frame, black seat, and no footrest. Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppervic. com.au.

POLICE worked alongside Mornington Peninsula Shire to promote a no entertainment-no nonsense approach on New Year’s Eve to “reduce any negative impacts of celebrations and ensure the night remains family friendly”. Acting Sergeant Flyn Loughlin, of Rosebud police, said: “As part of Operation Glenelg in excess of 150 police and support personnel from external agencies were involved across the [Mornington Peninsula]. “Traditionally, the night sees a surge in population with significant numbers attending celebrations in the area. “The seasonal increase requires increased police attendance due to our bayside and coastal areas being heavily populated by the foreshore camping community, other holiday makers, and day trippers.” Sergeant Loughlin said seven people were arrested for being drunk in a public place; four for possessing a drug of dependence and one for possessing illegal fireworks. Police are investigating reports of a person being assaulted at Rye. “Overall, we were generally satisfied with how the night unfolded after an extremely tough 2020 for everyone,” he said.

Officers hit TWO police officers were taken to hospital after being allegedly hit with a car in Seaford, 29 December. Police allege that a 27-year-old woman ran into them with her car in a Ballarto Road fastfood carpark. They say that one was pinned against a wall and the other had their ankle run over. The two officers were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police chased down the car in a pursuit that lasted nearly an hour. The car crashed in Burwood and the driver allegedly fled before being arrested in the yard of a nearby house. The woman was charged with four counts of intentionally exposing an emergency worker to risk driving, and one count of intentionally causing serious injury, reckless conduct endangering life, and assault related offences. She was remanded to appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on 30 December.

Legs broken A MAN broke both legs after hitting rocks when jumping at The Pillars, Mount Martha, on Boxing Day (Saturday 26 December). A specialist high-angle ropes team from Fire Rescue Victoria was called in to winch the 31-year-old Northcote man up the cliff face about 5.20pm. He was taken by ambulance to Frankston Hospital with “non-life threatening injuries”. Somerville detectives said the Esplanade was closed for three hours in both directions while the rescue took place.

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All aboard for $20 billion rail ride to Rosebud Stephen Taylor steve@baysidenews.com.au AN urban planning graduate and public transport advocate is working hard on his “life’s goal” of reshaping the Mornington Peninsula’s public transport network. Robert Whitehill’s Peninsula Rail Link project, which began in 2012 as a “potential” train line connecting Frankston to Rosebud, has since evolved into planning for improved rail and bus transport services across the peninsula – including upgrading the Stony Point line. Over time, the two-stage project would connect the peninsula to the Melbourne CBD using the Frankston and Cranbourne rail links. “Although the project started as an investigation to see if it was possible for rail to run along the peninsula’s west coast, I found the concept so feasible that I decided it should become a reality and have been pushing for it to happen ever since,” Mr Whitehill said. “With summer seeing a mass exodus onto the peninsula there is always going to be a surge in transport demand that the road network alone can’t handle – an issue the peninsula has to deal with every summer.” Mr Whitehill, who earned a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours) in 2018, says he has presented the idea to numerous politicians from all sides and levels of politics and “piqued the interest of many”. He said Public Transport Victoria described the project as “having merit but being low-priority”. Despite the detail of his planning for

the two-stage project, Mr Whitehill admits his projected costs – $20 billion over 15 years for land acquisition and construction – “may be inaccurate”. The Seaford resident said: “Unfortunately, I don’t have access to proper resources, nor to the people who do, so [my] figures are estimates based on past projects. I estimate acquisition costs for the full project to be $375$885 million before inflation. “The entire Peninsula Rail Link project can be completed in two stages, incorporating other projects already proposed, funded or even those under construction. “Stage 1 (2021-29) overhauls the peninsula’s bus network, upgrades the Frankston and Stony Point lines, and builds a new train line to Rosebud. “Stage 2 (2026-35) sees the line’s services separated from suburban services between Frankston and the city, with the construction of a new Frankston-Cranbourne rail link via Carrum Downs, boosting capacity and reliability for the Rosebud and Stony Point lines.” Mr Whitehill said the new peninsula rail link would run to Rosebud via Dromana, Mount Martha and Baxter. “The proposed line will run the entire length of what remains of the Mornington line, as well as down Nepean Highway,” he said. “A new station would be built at Jetty Road, Rosebud to serve the local area, including Padua College’s Rosebud campus, and take pressure off Rosebud and McCrae stations.” Mr Whitehill says his Peninsula Rail Link would allow commuters to travel from Rosebud or Stony Point

On track: Rosebud and Stony Point trains would meet at Baxter under Robert Whitehill’s transport plan. The town is also a focal point because of the proposed Baxter electrification project. Picture: Yanni

to Melbourne in under 90 minutes on one train; ease traffic congestion while saving money and allowing commuters to work on the train where applicable. Reduced car dependency would give commuters options on how they get around, and independence to those who do not drive. He says an upgraded bus network would connect the peninsula’s east and west coasts, further reducing car dependency.

The project would create long-term jobs in rolling stock and infrastructure operation and maintenance, boosting the peninsula’s economy and reducing social disadvantage. Combined with the proposed Dandenong South Port Rail Shuttle and Port of Hastings, he says it would take dozens of trucks off the road each day while reducing transport costs and offer quicker access to tertiary educational centres at Rosebud, Frankston,

Caulfield, Melbourne CBD and, later, Dandenong and Clayton. “The project would boost tourism by encouraging more visitors by train, especially outside holiday peak periods,” Mr Whitehill said. “It will provide faster, easier travel to Phillip Island and French Island from Stony Point, providing a better alternative to Bass Highway for the former during holiday peak periods.”

We’re building big near you and there will be transport disruptions Train disruptions: Buses replace trains in both directions Frankston Line

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Your hearing questions answered IS it important for patients to see an audiologist if they think they may be having difficulties hearing? Yes, if you are starting to notice difficulties it’s important to have a full hearing test. We don’t just test which sounds you can hear, we also check how clearly you can understand speech, in quiet and in background noise. Some common indications that you may have a hearing loss are: • Turning the TV up • Frequently asking for repeats • Not being able to hear properly on the telephone • Difficulty in noisy situations such as restaurants • Missing out on important parts of the conversation Often your partner or a close family member may be the first person to notice that you are having difficulty hearing. Is it true that a lot of patients don’t actually need hearing aids? Yes. Probably 25 percent of those that we see do choose to get hearing aids. Some people have a little bit of hearing loss that we just need to talk about, and continue to monitor. Are there steps people who aren’t ready for hearing aids can do to help combat hearing loss? Yes. Pick a seat in a restaurant where you can see the faces of the people that you are taking to. This can make it easier to follow what they are saying. With the television, if you’re

not ready for hearing aids, we can get a set of cordless headphones. These can be one of the best options for hearing the TV clearly. Are there ever very simple solutions to hearing loss? Yes. Sometimes a hearing loss can be caused by ear wax blocking the canal. If someone needs a hearing aid, should they always choose the most expensive, top-of-the-line model? Most people don’t need the most expensive hearing aids, fully loaded with all the bells and whistles. It really is patient specific. You don’t always need the absolute top-of the-line hearing aid technology, if the features that you need are available in something less expensive. At Chelsea Hearing, we always offer you a range of options, and it is up to you to choose something that you are comfortable with. You should never feel pressured to proceed with hearing aids that you don’t feel ready for. Are smaller hearing aids more expensive? Generally, the style of the hearing aid does not have very much impact on the price. There are very good, small hearing aids available at all price points. Larger hearing aids are not necessarily less expensive either. The good news is that the very small, comfortable hearing aids are suitable for most people these days. How much do hearing aids cost? Most people who are on a Centrelink pension (such as an age

pension or a disability pension) are eligible for the Office of Hearing Services Voucher program. This enables them to choose from a range of hearing aids that are “free-toclient”. These hearing aids have improved significantly over the past few years, and a lot of people are pleasantly surprised at how natural they sound, and how small and comfortable they can be. Pensioners can also choose to contribute to more expensive hearing aids if they wish. For people who are not eligible for the voucher program, hearing aids typically start at $2,700 for a pair. What brand of hearing aids to you recommend? Chelsea Hearing is an independent clinic. We fit hearing aids from all of the major manufacturers. Our recommendations are made after we have tested your hearing, looked in your ears, and had a discussion about the things that you want to hear well. We also take the time to consider your preference for style and size of the hearing aids, as well as your budget. We will recommend the most appropriate hearing aids for you, and we will always give you a range of options to choose from. What is your philosophy on health care? If I wouldn’t do it for my Mum or Dad, I don’t do it for a patient. When I’m making recommendations for a patient, I think “if this was my mum or dad, with this hearing loss, and

these difficulties, would I be making the same recommendations?”. If the answer is “yes”, then I know I’m doing my best for a patient. What does the relationship you have with your patients mean to you? The patient comes first. The patient is your customer and you want to have the healthiest, happiest patient that you can. That makes me happy as well. To know that we are helping that patient to be happy is just rewarding. What is one thing about your job that really sticks out in a positive way? It’s really nice to be able to make a difference for people. Often the partner of the person with a hearing loss may have been repeating themselves and having to speak louder for years. When we help with a hearing loss (often with hearing aids) it’s often the family members who notice the benefit first. Suddenly they don’t have to repeat everything, and they don’t get so tired from speaking loudly all day. It can make a big difference for the whole family. Do you have rules that you live by when treating patients? My number one rule is to take things at the right pace of the individual patient. Some people come in here, and they know they want to get hearing aids and they want to get it all happening as quickly as possible. Other people come in, and they are having some difficulties hearing, but they don’t

know if they have a hearing loss. They may need a little bit more time to understand their hearing loss, and the options available. It doesn’t help anyone to push someone into getting hearing aids before they are ready for them, or to pressure someone to purchase hearing aids that cost more than they are comfortable with. Sometimes the best thing to do is explain what’s causing the problem, and what solutions are available. It can also be helpful to bring your partner or a close family member to your appointment with you.

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Hearing problems? We can help you Chelsea Hearing is accredited by the Office of Hearing Services to provide services to eligible pensioners. This includes free to client hearing tests and hearing aids.

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Students reach the end of difficult year AFTER a long and anxious wait, Year 12 students have finally received their ATAR scores. It was a year like no other for the class of 2020, but their long journey finally came to an end when their final results were revealed to them on 30 December. Lam Yeung finished at the top of the class at Frankston High School. She received an ATAR score of 95.65. Frankston High School senior campus principal Helen Wilson said “Lam is an outstanding and conscientious student who strives to achieve her best at all times. In my 35 years of teaching, it would be difficult to find a more dedicated student. Lam always completes all learning tasks to a very high standard.” “As her teacher and senior campus principal I have seen how hard Lam works to comprehend and have an understanding of the key knowledge and skills required in her VCE studies. I am inspired by Lam and her ability to overcome difficulties she has had with her understanding of the English language. “As Lam’s education instruction until 2018 was in Cantonese in Hong Kong, she has embraced the opportunities provided and has persevered to learn the English language. When Lam arrived in Melbourne, Australia she was overwhelmed with a new country, new culture and new language. She has worked tirelessly and meticulously to learn the English language – both verbally and in the written form. On top of this, Lam has successfully completed her Year 12 studies during the COVID-19 pandemic and worked tirelessly through both remote learning and on site learning.”

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LAM Yeung with Frankston High School principal John Albiston and 2021 principal Andrew Batchelor. Picture: Supplied

CUBE 37 at the Frankston Arts Centre is set to become a place for young artists to test the limits of their creativity. The Hot Arts for Cool Kids program begins on 13 January. Cube 37 will transform into a hub of interactive art activities for kids aged four to twelve. Frankston mum Helen James is planning to take her daughters Stella, 6, and Hazel, 4, to Cube 37 to get involved. “It’s a great opportunity for them to be fully immersed in art and craft, as well as using materials that I

don’t have at home. Hot Arts for Cool Kids stimulates the senses and brings out their creativity,” she said. The 2021 theme of the Hot Art program is Rainbow. Hot Arts for Cool Kids takes place on Wednesday 13 January 12.30pm - 2pm, Thursday 14 January 9.30am 11am and 12.30pm - 2pm, Friday 15 January 9.30am - 11am and 12.30pm 2pm, and Saturday 16 January 9.30am - 11am. Book at www.thefac.com.au or phone 9784 1060. A ticket costs $15.

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Search for work, life balance pays off Keith Platt keith@baysidenews.com.au A GOOD a reporter is one who can, metaphorically, be parachuted into any situation and come away with a good yarn. Tim Baker fits that category and, since making his way as a newspaper reporter, has been able to utilise his skills writing articles and books that allow him to follow a lifestyle that revolves around his passion, surfing. With his latest venture, The Rip Curl Story, Baker demonstrates his reportage skills, but also adopts a narrative that is both entertaining and factual. He knows his subject. The book is basically a biography of the two founders of what has turned into the international Rip Curl empire. In following the lives of Doug “Claw” Warbrick and Brian “Sing Ding” Singer, Baker’s book provides an insight into the emergence of an international industry, a word that few outside of the tent in the 1950s or early 1960s would have applied to surfing. Surfing was seen as a corruptive influence, an outlaw existence that threatened the accepted order of business and life. Its emergence among the younger generation as a force (sometimes for good) arrived at the same time as the social change sweeping the western world on the back of rock ’n’ roll, America’s “invasion” by British bands, hippies and the relative wealth and freedom following two disastrous world wars (Vietnam came later).

SURF brand Rip Curl has further entrenched itself on the Mornington Peninsula since taking over retail spaces at Mornington and Rye previously occupied by Peninsula Surf Centre. The company’s founders, Doug Warbrick and Brian Singer are pictured at the annual legends gettogether before the 2019 Bells Beach surf contest with Rye-based surfboard maker Mick Pierce, left, and Peninsula Surf Centre founder Ted Bainbridge, right. Picture: Keith Platt

Warbrick and Singer were keen to ride this new wave idea of putting lifestyle first, although the necessities of life saw them forced to sometimes take menial jobs to survive. Singer virtually fell into teaching because he knew mathematics and Warbrick came up with the idea of summer pop-up surf shops. They were quick to see the changes being made to surfboard designs (led by Sydney-based shapers) and became agents for several brands, before adopting Rip Curl as a name and brand. The growth of the company is closely tied to the evolution of,

firstly, surfboards and not long after, wetsuits. Both products were required for surfing in Victoria and Torquay, the eventual home of Rip Curl, became synonymous with the lifestyle that grew into a sport. Warbrick and Singer were so adept at recognising and adopting trends and styles that they would appear to be leaders in their field. Quick to see the need to expand their manufacturing of surfboards and wetsuits they rented various properties as either offices or factories, adding to Torquay’s reputation as a base for surf-oriented cottage industries.

Al Green, a one-time Rip Curl partner and the impetus behind making wetsuits, eventually left and branched out into making board shorts and sheepskin products, creating yet another local brand that went international, Quiksilver. The rise and rise of Rip Curl mirrors surfing itself. Surfers, once frowned upon, are now household names, professional sporting stars. The annual Easter Bells Beach surfing contest in 1973 offered prize money at the instigation of Rip Curl after Warbrick had been overseas and seen the way forward. It was Australia’s first professional surfing contest with overseas

competitors. The sponsorship of the contest by Rip Curl remains a key element in the company’s success. At first there was disdain for professionalism and growth of the surfing brands, but the cottage industries had outgrown themselves and were swept along for ride, as if by a tsunami. The Rip Curl Story is more than a book about a surfing company and the two men behind its growth and success, it is a history of surfing, mainly in Australia, with a keen focus on its ties to a once-sleepy coastal Victorian town that is now part of a municipality called the Surf Coast. Times changed and the young men and women who just wanted to be near the surf became the economic backbone of the area. It also presents an opportunity to join the dots on the names and companies (associated with Rip Curl) that have been essential to surfing attaining its status here and overseas. As The Rip Curl Story shows, everything changes and nothing changes, especially when it comes to surfing. The company may have been bought for $350 million in 2019 by New Zealand “specialist outdoor retailer” Kathmandu, but waves are a great leveller. You never know who you’re sitting next to in the line-up. It may be a sponsored surfer, a surf brand mogul or someone who just loves to feel the natural energy of a wave. Go for it. The Rip Curl Story by Tim Baker Penguin Random House Australia RRP $34.99

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POINT of VIEW ALTHOUGH restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 remain somewhat fluid, The News has made an optimistic start to 2021, by deleting the word “lockdown” from its page of readers’ pictures. Lockdown Pictures evolved into Post-Lockdown Pictures, which has now been renamed Point of View. Unlike our Letters page, pictures sent in for publication are in no way expected to convey a political or social message, but that may sometimes be unavoidable. The general aim is that pictures be of interest to our readers and portray some of the Mornington Peninsula’s scenic areas and activities. Meanwhile, this week’s batch begins appropriately with Adam Richmond’s shot of 2020’s final sunset at Dromana pier (1); Glenys Slade snapped a big smile with the catch of the day at Mornington pier (2); Marilyn Davy spotted a lone walker at Safety Beach (3); and Steve Howard appreciated the passage of time in the cliffs at Coral Cove, Mornington (4).

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Mrs Bungey dead after mosquito bit her lip Compiled by Cameron McCullough A CURIOUS case is reported from up the line at Cheltenham. Mrs Henry Bungey, aged 33 years, was bitten on the lip by a mosquito, from which septic poisoning set in. Seven days of severe suffering followed; specialists were consulted, but they afforded no relief, the patient eventually dying in an unconscious state. *** IT is rumoured that among the visitors to Frankston on Xmas Day was the international cricketer, Mr Warren Bardsley, who recently made the huge score of 265 for New South Wales against South Australia. He also played finely in the Test just concluded at Melbourne. *** THE engagement is announced of Miss Betty Hill, of Burnley, to Mr Robert Dean, of Frankston (late of the A.I.F). *** ACCOMPANIED by Mr Howard Jolly, Major G.A. Cowper (one time Seafordite) recently completed a trip of 2,700 miles through Victoria and South Australia by aeroplane. The machine used was a 160hp F. E. 2B which covered the distance from Adelaide to Melbourne in 6 hours 15 minutes. The train journey takes nearly 18 hours! This machine was used by Captain Rigby when he won the Aerial Derby Handicap, whilst Lieut. Parer recently flew in it to King Island. *** THE employees of the Colonial Sugar

Refining Co. Ltd. will hold their annual picnic at Mornington on Saturday next. There are several other trade picnics due for that place during the next two or three weeks. *** DURING the holidays, a sport was trying a Winchester rifle up near Gweno Avenue in Frankston. Birds were scarce – but suddenly something swished past from out the ti tree. Thinking it to be a pigeon, he fired, and it crossed the bourne from whence no pigeon ever returns. Upon investigation he discovered with amazement that it was not a pigeon he had shot, but merely one of those little mosquitos that frequent The Heights! *** IN today’s issue, the advt of Mr Ron W. Stone’s Produce and Hardware Store, Balnarring, appears for the first time, and we direct attention to same. Mr Stone is the son of Mr and Mrs Stone, the well-known Balnarring storekeepers, and served with the 39th Battallion overseas. He is also a prominent footballer. Mr Stone’s premises are newly erected, and he can supply all kinds of stock, and poultry foods, seeds, gardening tools, kitchen utensils, ammunition, farming requisites, chaff, wheat, oats, maize, etc. *** LIEUT W. H. Treloar, the aviator, received a great welcome when he visited Cowes some days ago. When passing over Seal’s Rocks, he caused great commotion amongst the

seals by dropping bundles of pamphlets on aviation amongst them. He returned from Phillip Island to Melbourne in 35 minutes! *** MISS Fitzgerald, late of the Savoy Café, Melbourne, has been appointed to supervise the management of the beautiful Hotel Continental at Portsea. This appointment will remove a lot of the sombreness that used to haunt the place. *** THE sum of £65 has been forwarded to “the Poor of Schnapper Point and Hastings” under the Charles Wright Bequest. *** AN English visitor to the Mornington Peninsula makes the following complaint: “I should like to bring before the Editor’s notice the condition of the ladies’ waiting room at the Mornington railway station. I was both shocked and horrified to find that such a disgusting and insanitary state of affairs, could exist in Australia. It seems to me that since the general public have to pay increased fares, the railway authorities could afford to see that the waiting rooms have at least some semblance of cleanliness especially in unsewered localities. *** ON Xmas Day an aeroplane, piloted by Lieut Rendle, who essayed some time ago the flight from England to Australia, crashed into some telephone wires at Mornington. The machine was seriously damaged, but the occupants escaped

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*** VISITORS have been highly complimentary about the color photography by Mr H. J. Garrood displayed at Mr J. O’Donoghue’s shop. These works depict Oliver’s Hill and Oliver’s Point, and are finished in artistic style. *** GOLFING enthusiasts might be interested in knowing that there is to be a tournament, at Sorrento on Monday, January 31st, the public holiday. The Sorrento Cup is the principal event, and enthusiasts of the game between Mordialloc and Frankston and elsewhere, are specially asked to nominate, and take part in the tournament. *** ON Sunday, December 26th, the members of the New South Wales baseball team enjoyed a day’s outing to the local seaside resorts. They left the Empire Circle, Melbourne at 10.15 and, after a short stay at Frankston, motored to Mornington where they spent the rest of the day. *** NEW Year’s Eve passed without incident, although hundreds of visitors and local residents paraded Bay Street singing songs, throwing confetti, and otherwise enjoying themselves. But many asked Where was the Band? *** A NEW trout stream is to be added to Victoria’s already extensive list of waters where the speckled fighting fish are domiciled.

This is a lively and permanent watercourse, known as Main Creek , that rises behind Arthur’s Seat, and, fed by a number of rills empties into the Southern Ocean near Cape Schanck. Main Creek has all the attributes of an ideal trout water, and has for some years past been in the mind of Mr Fred Archer, the President of the Piscatorialists, as one that would repay the expense of stocking with hatchery fish. Those who have crossed the Mornington Peninsula, between Rosebud and Flinders will be familiar with the creek, which is crossed by the road, and in a few years the prospect of good trout fishing there should add to the attractions of that part of the picturesque Peninsula. *** JUST before Xmas there was an unseemly dispute on the King’s highway – to wit, Point Nepean Road at Aspendale. A South Melbourne carrier Mr H. Patterson, was returning from Mount Eliza, when his van was struck and damaged by a motor car. An argument ensued, a fight started, shots were fired, and Patterson was injured, nine stitches having to be inserted. Constable Brennan and Mr Hunter, who came to Patterson’s assistance, were severely mauled, but the police from Mordialloc and Chelsea arrived on the scene and arrested the five who created the disturbance. They were Fitzroyites who had been motoring to Frankston by the sea. *** FROM the pages of the Frankston and Somerville Standard, 7 January 1921

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Follow due process and reinstate council prayer Due process must be followed in its deliberations and it is apparent at the 8 December 2020 Mornington Peninsula Shire Council sitting it was not, in regard to a motion tabled by first time councillor Anthony Marsh. The motion effectively removed the prayer said before all local government meetings (“God purged from council prayer” The News 15/12/20). This prayer calls down wisdom and spiritual guidance in our representatives’ deliberations and would surely be acceptable and indeed condoned by our First Nation peoples and our multicultural population who follow the great religions of the world. After all, why would we not want our councillors to be acting on our behalf with integrity and wisdom. For this motion to be tabled suggests either a poor understanding of the rules of council governance and the Local Government Act, or Cr Marsh deliberately bypassed the rule of law. Neither reason gives him nor council the authority to erase the prayer before council meetings. The same importantly applies to the new mayor Cr Despi O’Connor as she had the casting vote. It does call into question her understanding of what community consultation means and her suitability as mayor. I ask that the motion be regarded as unlawful and the prayer reinstated at the next council meeting. Monica Hughes, Mornington

Xmas rules I see that God has left the prayer [said before] Peninsula Shire Council meetings (“God purged from council prayer” The News 15/12/20). Before Christmas I looked for “Christ” in the local area. Well, the churches had cribs and I had one in my fireplace, but otherwise I had trouble finding him. Father Christmases abounded and elves, baubles, snow scenes, tinsel, lights, inflated kangaroos and dogs were there. I do not think kangaroos and dogs were at Bethlehem all those years ago. When my husband and I came to live in Mornington 20 years ago, I remember a beautiful crib in the Grand Hotel and another in Centro Mall, but no more. I think Christmas is a lovely time for people to have a holiday, to enjoy themselves and to show love for their family and friends. It is also time to show kindness to those who don’t receive much most days. However, I am bewildered by almost no reference at all on TV or in the shops to the “Christ” who is paramount to Christmas. There seems to be no room at the inn for him. Mary Lane, Mornington

Christians weep When you try to “purge” God from anything and everything we, as Christians, weep (“God purged from council prayer” The News 15/12/20). Our very breath comes from God; life itself and our eternity depends on knowing Him relationally. God loves you and invites you to come and be saved; to “purge” you from all that is broken in your life, when you are without hope or have lost your way. Maybe you don’t know where you came from, why you are here at all and what happens when you die; neither did I. But God knows your name. He loves you. He is real. I know Him and so do millions of others on this earth. He wants you to come home to His loving arms and so do we. May God bless you all. Much love from one who continues to be “thoroughly purged” and rejoices in the hope I have in my saviour: God. Jenny Poole, Somers

Seek rate relief During the COVID-19 pandemic, Mornington Peninsula Shire has provided limited financial support to ratepayers by offering various payment plans with accumulating interest. This can actually put people in more financial stress. This is starkly contrasted by the number of

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metropolitan councils, including Monash and Banyule, offering waivers of between 10 per cent to $500 off current year rates. When I asked the former and current mayor to consider this option, they both dismissed it and said the “council already has measures in place such as a hardship policy to accommodate individual residents who are struggling to be able to pay rates”. The Victorian Ombudsman recently announced that it now has the councils in their sights for unconscionable lack of support for ratepayers. This also comes at a time when ratepayers are questioning whether the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council is increasing property valuations to boost its coffers and get around the Victorian government’s 2.5 per cent rate cap. If you are a ratepayer in financial stress, I would encourage you to demand a rate waiver from the council. The Victorian Ombudsman is welcoming submissions. Blair Heading, Somers

Praise for open street It’s great to see so many people enjoying the extra space on Main Street, Mornington with freedom to walk along it. Why not do this every summer? Also, good to see hand sanitiser in all shops, again I hope this continues post COVID-19. Nick Moulas, Mornington

Questionable generosity The claim by the federal Health Minister, Flinders MP Greg Hunt, that Australia is the third most generous country in the world in regard to “humanitarian intake” doesn’t stack up when the statistics are analysed for both refugee recognition and resettlement (“Grandmothers march in time for refugees” The News 22/12/20). According to the Refugee Council, which bases it figures on the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Australia recognised or resettled 23,002 refugees in 2018 (1.39 per cent of the global total), being globally ranked 14th overall, 20th per capita and 60th relative to national GDP. A far cry from Mr Hunt’s “third most generous country in the world” assertion. Maureen Donelly, Mornington

Help refugees I notice that [Flinders MP] Greg Hunt claims that the federal government is providing medical care for refugees (“Grandmothers march in time for refugees” The News 22/12/20). That seems a strange way to describe keeping men imprisoned in hotel rooms for over 12 months with almost no access to fresh air and exercise. It is a strange way to describe removing the limited government support for those refugees living in the community who have been on temporary visas which restricted their right to work, then the government removes that support with little notice and tells them they have a right to work or they can return to the country that they fled from. It’s a strange way to describe the continued imprisonment of the Murugappan family on Christmas Island where their child is escorted to school each day by security guards. Yet that family was contributing through its paid and unpaid labor to the community it was living in and had forged strong bonds with the locals. If Mr Hunt has a heart he would advocate for the release of this family which is being treated worse than hardened criminals when all its members did was to seek safety on our shores. Marg D’Arcy, Rye

Racist attack My friend’s son took his young daughter and son to the Dromana Drive-in for the Carols by Headlight. Before it started, the children were playing in a nearby park when an older and much bigger boy began to racially vilify the little nine year old boy. He then grabbed him and pushed him. At that moment, the sister ran to get her father. The bully then made his escape before the dad could get to him.

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Keep it clean I wonder what it will take to convince people in this particular case it was young visitors - not to treat our precious Mornington Peninsula with such distain? Are they not aware of the privileged position we’re in? Are they/we so accustomed to comfort that we’ve become oblivious to our lovely surroundings? I took photos yesterday in the park immediately to the rear of our property before I, once again, cleaned up the mess left by others. This park is used daily by children and families, dog The little boy was left with a huge scratch on the back of his neck and was so traumatised by the assault that they went straight home without going to the performance. Where does the blame lie, and what can that early, horrible prejudice lead to? This behaviour is intolerable and should not be ignored. Perpetrators should be called out every time, whatever age they are. Parents can play their part too. Joan Mitchell, Mornington

Overboard on airfield It seems to me that members of the anti-airfield lobby at Tyabb have gone overboard this time. They are again touting the push poll conducted in Tyabb and refusing to publish either the “survey” method or the questions asked. We can only conclude that Brewis Atkinson himself doubts the validity of what he did (“Not an airfield mandate” Letters 16/12/20). He says that Cr Paul Mercurio AM does not have an “airfield mandate”, conveniently ignoring that Mercurio’s campaign platform included supporting small business - which includes airfield aviation businesses. If he had conducted a proper survey, he would have known that most people south of Bungower Road are in favour of the airfield and voted for Cr Mercurio - a person who is known for caring about community, rather than being one of a small number of self-interested people who moved to the area and then decided they didn’t like the airfield. Dr Ian Munro has again written to complain about aeroplanes flying over his house (“The PAC needs to adapt” 16/12/20). When he purchased his house near an airfield, I wonder what he expected? Rather than complaining, I believe his time would be better spent helping to encourage Mornington Peninsula Shire to develop a planning scheme overlay to protect the airfield from inappropriate development. Dr Munro should be careful what he wishes for - if the airfield is closed, what will take its place? I believe council is planning to rezone land to industrial between Hastings and Somerville - is that what he wants? Eric Collier, Somerville

Expert response As one of the so-called “experts” said to have been spouting diatribe and trying to change

walkers and picnickers, most of who treat it with respect, but this time it was a group of local teenagers who celebrated the coming New Year, only aware of themselves and the moment, with little regard for their surroundings or the neighbours, going by their raucous behaviour. The fact that the rubbish bin, only metres away, was already filled to overflowing that night may not have helped, but this is usually not the case when I clean the park on other occasions. How is it that there’s so little civic pride left and how can we restore it? Sue McCarthy, Mornington people’s minds, as a reader suggested, it’s disappointing that we aren’t more open to sharing thoughts and opinions in public and indeed, airing grievances (“Give it a rest” Letters 16/12/20). We don’t all have spouses - I never have - but if I did, I’d assume they’d ignore my complaints and general malaise about the world. John Thomson, Mount Martha

Reluctant feds One of Australia’s top aged care experts has criticised the recent inquiry into deaths at two Victorian nursing homes saying it “lacked independence, had been prevented from investigating the federal government and had been hampered by an inability to compel witnesses”. Australia’s peak medical group, the AMA, has accused the NSW government of “putting the rest of the nation at risk”. In fact, NSW has learnt sweet Fanny Adams. Remember the stage two spread of COVID-19 into Victoria when those nearly 3000 untested passengers from the Ruby Princess were allowed to run free, mainly into Victoria? The federal and NSW governments wouldn’t allow government officials to enter the witness stand then either. There’s lots, lots more hidden or to come. Yep, the LNP think it has a divine right to do as it pleases. John Cain, McCrae

Care for dogs As temperatures soar all over the country, please remember that dogs should never be left in parked vehicles, which can become death traps in a matter of minutes. Even on a mild, 22 degree day, the temperature inside a car parked in the shade can soar to 47 degrees in minutes. Leaving the windows open will not keep animals comfortable or safe. With only hot air to breathe, dogs can succumb to heatstroke in as little as 15 minutes, resulting in brain damage or death. Symptoms include restlessness, excessive thirst, heavy panting, lethargy, diarrhoea and vomiting, and even seizures. Please, when it’s warm outside, leave animals at home. If you see a dog left in a car, have the car’s owner paged at nearby shops or call 000 immediately - the dog’s life depends on it. Desmond Bellamy, special projects coordinator, PETA Australia


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Victory in reach: Frankston YCW got the win over Crib Point. Picture: Craig Barrett

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MOOROODUC have started the year on the right foot with a hard-fought win over Somerville. Choosing to bat first, Moorooduc set their opponents a difficult target of 222 to chase down. Opener Brenton Alp got the run chase off to a good start, scoring 60 runs. Number four batsman Bradley McDonald also contributed some runs to the scoreboard with a knock of 42. Somerville took the game right down to the wire, but couldn’t get over the line. At the end of their forty overs they were at 9/215, seven runs short of a result and one wicket short of a win. Pines managed to wrap up a narrow win on Saturday, just getting the better of Heatherhill. Heatherhill were sent in to bat first and didn’t look convincing. They finished their innings at 8/135, giving Pines a good chance at claiming the win. Ricky Ramsdale was the pick of the bowlers for Pines with figures of 4/24. Pines’ run chase started poorly, with openers Damien Lawrence and Connor Jackson dismissed for scores of zero and three respectively. First drop batsman Harley PeaceStirling corrected course with a decent knock of 38, but Pines still had work ahead of them when he was dismissed at 5/66. Harley Parker came in and scored 36 not out to help his side get over the line. Pines ended up scoring the winning runs with two wickets in hand. At Belvedere Reserve, Flinders scored a big win over Seaford Tigers. Shane Beggs opened the batting for Flinders and put together an impressive knock. His score of 78 put his side on the right track. Flinders finished with an impressive total of 4/209. Seaford Tigers weren’t able to mount a competitive run chase, and ended up losing by 60 runs. A 114 run opening stand between Nick Jewell and Pubudu Edirisinghe proved the difference at Ditterich Reserve. Long Island defeated Main Ridge by eight wickets with 12 overs left to play.

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A MONUMENTAL collapse by Hastings cost them a win against Carrum on Saturday. Carrum chose to bat first. They scored 6/148, with opener Shaun Foster contributing 46 runs to the total. Hastings got off to a flyer, and at 1/102 were comfortably on their way to a win. First drop batsman Jake Hewitt was then run out for just six, and things went downhill from there. Hastings lost 9/39 in a shocking display of batting. Four of their batsmen were run out. After a devastating spell Hastings ended up all out for 141, eight runs short of victory. Frankston YCW were also chasing 148 for a result on Saturday, but they had more luck in their clash with Crib Point. Crib Point took to the crease to bat first at Peninsula Reserve. They scored 148 before their innings expired. Opener Jack Greenwood was impressive for YCW. His score of 65 not

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SEAFORD and Tootgarook faced in a hard-fought clash at Truemans Road Reserve on Saturday. Opener Dil Pageni played well for Seaford, but he didn’t get much support from his top order partners. His score of 42 was his side’s best. Seaford were bowled out for 138, giving Tootgarook a good opportunity to get the win. Losing opener Travis French for a

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duck proved a big blow for Tootgarook. They chipped away at their target, but a slow run rate also worked against them. At the end of their innings Tootgarook had 128 runs on the board, putting them 11 short of a win. Matthew Roach’s five overs were impressive. He posted figures of 2/10. A half century from Brenton Taylor helped Balnarring score a win over Mt Martha. Balnarring finished their innings at 9/161. Matthew Pollock was good for Mt Martha, taking four wickets. Outside of a knock of 58 from Jake Smart, Mt Martha’s batsmen struggled. They ended up losing by 32. Tyabb’s bowling outfit performed well on Saturday to get their side a win over Carrum Downs. Tyabb set their opponents 148 to chase down. Carrum Downs weren’t able to make an impact on the scoreboard, being bowled out 42 runs short of a result. Boneo’s total of 102 was nowhere near enough to beat Rye, who chased

out helped his side wrap up the win with six wickets left to spare. An impressive innings of 81 from Dewayne Bowden helped Dromana to a comfortable win over Delacombe Park. A top order collapse cost Delacombe Park dearly. They lost by 43 runs. Pearcedale had a tough day at home against Rosebud, falling to defeat by five wickets. Rosebud finished the job with 15 overs left in the day. Opener Scott Hayes was their best performer with a score of 65.

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A BRILLIANT knock of 90 not out by Corey Harris got Sorrento over the line in a high-scoring clash against Mornington on Saturday. Mornington came in to bat first on their home deck, and started well. Opener Brad Staff scored 87 to put his side on track for an impressive score. After making good starts in most of his matches this season, this is the first half century Staff has gone on to make. At the end of their 40 overs, Mornington had made 7/226. Sorrento had a mountain of work to do to get a result, but a 117 run opening stand was a dream start. Harris carried his bat and proved the difference. His fantastic innings helped his side get the win by seven wickets, with three overs still left to play. Baxter and Baden Powell’s match was a low-scoring affair, with Baxter bowling well to claim the points. Baxter set their opponents an attainable target of 132 to chase down. Baden Powell lost opener Harry Maxwell for a duck and weren’t able to recover. At one stage they lost three wickets for zero runs. Baxter bowled out Baden Powell for 113 off 38 overs. Wade Pelzer was man of the match for Peninsula Old Boys in their win over Red Hill. With his side needing 115 to win, Pelzer showed his class. He scored 74 not out to get his side a comfortable eight wicket victory. Langwarrin easily defeated Mt Eliza at home. The Kangaroos had to chase down just 85 to get the win. Robbie Lancaster and Travis Campbell both posted figures of 3/12.


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Packer resigns, McShane for Buds SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie FAMILY reasons have forced Stan Packer to step down as head coach of Somerville Eagles while Rosebud is expected to announce Tommy McShane as its new head coach this week. Packer will remain with the Eagles as director of coaching and will serve on the committee. The hunt is now on for his replacement. “We are interviewing for both the senior men’s and senior women’s roles and should have an announcement in coming weeks,” president Luke Mulder said. It’s believed that discussions have taken place with former coach Scott Morrison and former club leading scorer Mark Pagliarulo now with Rosebud. Meanwhile new Rosebud president John Grbac has wasted no time in pursuing a replacement for senior coach Pat Sabatino who resigned in December. He spoke with former Buds player McShane on Saturday and they reached agreement for the 48-year-old to take charge of the senior squad for 2021. “It’s Tommy’s first go at senior coaching but he’s got a great soccer brain and I think he’ll do well,” Grbac said. The club boss has made promotion from State 5 South his main short-term priority. To that end he is keen to revive the Pagliarulo–Dave Greening striking partnership that served Somerville Eagles so well. He met with Greening last week but the goalscoring legend remains undecided as to where he’ll play this year. “It was good to meet John and hear his plans moving forward,” Greening said. “I haven’t thought much about playing this year and it depends on who they get as coach. “I’ll see what happens and make a decision late February early March as to whether I’ll play at all and if so where.” Somerville won the State 5 championship in 2019 and scored 79 goals in the process with the Pagliarulo–Greening combination boasting a combined total of 49 goals. The rivalry between “Pags” and the “Green Machine” is well known and if harnessed by the new Rosebud coach can be a powerful motivating force. “I’m more than happy for Greening to come here,” Pagliarulo said. “You can’t deny his goalscoring ability and any team would be daft not to get him in. “I’d love to play with him again and give him a chance to get the Golden Boot back off me after I stole it from him at Somerville.” Like Greening “Pags” was unsure whether or not to commit to playing with Rosebud this year. Mount Martha senior coach Chris Sanderson had been in touch and at one stage the striker was keen to go there. “Chris is a nice guy, he’s got good plans for the club and I love the fact they have such a young team. “I think my experience could have helped them but after speaking to the Rosebud treasurer last week I am very interested to go back there now.” In NPL2 news Langwarrin has appointed injured defender Alex van Heerwarden as senior team manager to replace Ritchie May who is travelling interstate. Van Heerwarden suffered an ACL tear and a meniscus tear late last year while training with former club Peninsula Strikers and is due to undergo surgery on Monday 1 February. “Coaching has always been something I looked forward to doing when

Three amigos: Scott Morrison (centre) is flanked by Dave Greening (left) and Stan Packer after Somerville’s 2019 title triumph. Picture: Supplied

I stopped playing football so being offered the team manager’s position and given the opportunity to learn off Scott (Miller) and Jamie (Skelly) was something I jumped at,” van Heerwarden said. “The way the club has progressed over recent years is something that I am really pleased to still be a part of even if it’s not in a playing capacity.” Langy has confirmed its friendly against Eastern Lions at Gardiner’s Creek Reserve, Saturday 30 January. The day will feature under-19, under-21 and senior matches with kick-off times still to be announced. In State 2 news Peninsula Strikers defeated Stars United 3-1 in a friendly on Saturday. Maintenance work at Centenary Park forced a switch to the back pitch at Monterey Reserve and Strikers’ scorers were Danny Brooks, Riley Anderton and Tuach Ter. Centenary Park is expected to be available for this Saturday’s friendly against Billy Armour’s Noble Park United.

In State 3 news both work and family commitments have forced Darren Roberts to resign as senior assistant at Frankston Pines. His son Alex, a former Seaford United, Bentleigh Greens, Skye United and Brandon Park player, has signed with Pines for the 2021 season. In State 5 news Chelsea reserves coach Chris Porteous has been unable to sign up for 2021 due to work commitments and has stepped down. His replacement is David Farrell who has been involved in the sport in both Scotland and Norway. In Scotland Farrell worked with various community clubs and also coached juniors at Livingston and Hearts and in Norway he was involved in weekly coaching camps at Drammen FK. In other news a landmark announcement was made by Football Australia on New Year’s Eve. FA and the newly formed Australian Professional Leagues (APL) announced that terms had been agreed to ‘unbundle’ the A-League, Westfield

W-League and Y-League from FA. This unbundling of the professional leagues brings the Australian football structure into line with global best practice by separating FA as the regulatory body from the operation of the professional leagues. In accordance with the FIFA Statutes, the professional leagues will operate under the FA umbrella and be recognised as the top tier of domestic league football competitions in Australia. However APL will take over the operational, commercial, and marketing control of the professional leagues and all revenue-generation responsibilities. FA will retain regulatory functions in respect of the professional leagues, including on- and-off-field disciplinary and integrity matters, the registration of clubs, players and officials, the transfer system, and the domestic match calendar. The regulatory functions of FA also include a new club licensing framework for the professional leagues and control over access to the professional

leagues (whether by expansion, contraction, or promotion/relegation), the AFC Champions’ League, FFA Cup and all other domestic and international competitions. FA will also retain ‘good of the Australian game’ rights in respect of the professional leagues, which apply to a variety of matters aimed at ensuring the ongoing growth of those leagues. The new model for the professional leagues will be implemented throughout the course of the A-League 2020/21 and Westfield W-League 2020/21 seasons. The APL board will comprise five directors from the clubs, three independent directors and one person appointed by FA. An independent chairperson to be elected by the clubs and ratified by FA will have a casting vote on the APL board. This weekend’s friendlies: SATURDAY: Peninsula Strikers v Noble Park Utd (Centenary Park 1pm & 3pm), Frankston Pines v Bunyip District (Monterey Reserve 3pm & 5pm).

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