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‘Clamp down’ on candidates Neil Walker

High flyer Australian National Aviation Museum’s Les Coleman is pictured in Matt Harvey’s highly

commended picture in this year’s City of Kingston Lens Mist competition. See Page 6 for more winners.

A NARROW majority of Kingston councillors has moved to ban councillors standing as state or federal election candidates from debating or voting on matters mentioned in election campaign material but it is unclear how the decision can be in any way enforced. A 5-4 majority voted to back a notice of motion introduced by Cr Rosemary West at the 26 February council meeting that stated: “A councillor who is a prospective or nominated candidate for state or federal election should not participate in any way in the decision-making processes of the council, where they are campaigning in relation to a matter before the council. This includes being present at council briefings, ordinary and special council meetings and interacting with council officers on the matter.” Crs West, Tamara Barth, David Eden, Georgina Oxley and the mayor Cr Steve Staikos backed Cr West’s notice of motion. Crs Tamsin Bearsley, Ron Brownlees, Geoff Gledhill and George Hua opposed the move. Cr Gledhill is the Liberal Party endorsed candidate for Mordialloc at November’s state election. The Local Government Act stipulates councillors need not step aside from council duties until officially nominated as a state or federal candidate when writs are issued, typically about a month before election day. After the meeting decision, the mayor Cr Staikos issued a statement that partly said: “Kingston’s adopted policy goes beyond the standards set out in the Local Government Act. While this is not enforceable, it aims to clearly delineate between the roles of a councillor and an election candidate”. “Clearly, this is about me again,” Cr Gledhill said at the council meeting. He questioned why Kingston Council would go it alone when “appropriate checks and bal-

ances are in place” across Victoria. “It’s not all about us. It’s about representing the people in the area.” Cr West said Cr Gledhill had mentioned the debate over the narrowing of a section of Beach Road on state election campaign material. “This is an election flyer that he’s put out on a council issue,” she said. “Keep your council issues in council and run on your state issues when you want to but don’t be confusing them.” Cr Brownlees believed the new Kingston policy is at odds with Municipal Association of Association and Victorian Local Governance Association guidelines. “What happens to the ability of a person elected as a member of the community by the community to perform their duties to the best of their ability and in the interests of their community if we’re going to put a clamp on them for as long as we decide?” he asked, noting a councillor can be a preferred political party candidate “two years out from an election”. “It’s farcical because it can’t work,” he said. “[It’s] undemocratic, unjustifiable, unconstitutional. What happened to free speech and free thought?” Cr West acknowledged she had run as an independent candidate at the 2014 state election as a “last-minute nominee”. “I think this is helping to draw a line between what we do as a councillor and what we do as a candidate,” she said. “I wouldn’t have nominated if a policy like this was in place.” The councillors’ narrow 5-4 vote to change Kingston Council policy sparked a war of words between Liberal state Upper House MP for the South Eastern Metropolitan Region Inga Peulich and Kingston mayor Cr Steve Staikos in the aftermath of the decision. Cr Staikos’ cousin is Bentleigh Labor MP Nick Staikos. See “Clash over councillor candidates”, Page 4.


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Gift revived at a ‘new level’ THE PARKDALE Gift will be revived after 54 years on the sidelines and is set to showcase some untapped indigenous talent with two sprinters from far north Western Australia making the journey down south. The Gift which is set to return to the Gerry Green Reserve on Saturday 24 March has come to fruition through the efforts of former professional Parkdale runner Tim Mason who pursued the idea just over two years ago. “I ran at the Stawell Gift and now coach my daughter Georgia and we went down to the reserve a couple of years ago and thought it was a beautiful ground that we could run our own gift at,” Mason said. “I did some further searching and found out that there was a Gift run in the 1960’s so that probably urged me on a bit more.” Mason said he wanted to create a gift that wasn’t like the others in Victoria and wanted to involve more of the community. “I can sit there for hours and just watch running non-stop but I thought it may not be everyone else’s cup of tea so we’ve incorporated other sports such as tennis, boxing, pilates and yoga and we will also have a twilight market there,” he said. “Most of the gifts have the athletics side and might add a couple of other little elements but I think we have taken it to a new level which is great for the local community.” On top of the variety of events that have been incorporated into the Parkdale Gift, Mason also wanted to provide a platform for indigenous runners to showcase their talent. Mason has raised over $7500 to help

Untapped potential: Solomon Puemorra, 16, from the Kimberly community of Mowanjum in far north Western Australia prepares for the running of the Parkdale and Stawell Gifts. Picture: Supplied

provide two athletes from the Kimberly community of Mowanjum in far north Western Australia with the opportunity to travel to Victoria and compete in both the Parkdale Gift and the Stawell Gift which will run a week later. Mason travelled up to the community of Mowanjum two weeks ago to meet the cousins, Solomon Puemorra, 16, and Deqwayne Puemorra, 18, in preparation for their descent into Victoria. The cousins, who had never worn a pair of running spikes before, worked with 2017 Stawell 400-metres winner Jack Anderson and are hoping to bring their flair from the football field to the running track. Mason said that while the experience is a great idea, it wouldn’t have been possible without the help of people who have a proper understanding of where to find the talent up in the northern areas of Australia. The idea had long been building in

Mason’s mind and with the help of former professional runner Scott Grigg, the structure of the idea is now coming together. “It’s been an interest of mine for a little while and it’s taken just over a year for funding. It’s looking really positive at the moment,” Mason said. “I would love to make it an annual event but a lot of it comes down to funding. We’ve been fortunate to have significant contributions to help us facilitate the program. “It may not just be the Kimberley community next year - I think there is plenty of talent in the outback and we want to provide them with the experience and if we happen to find a talented athlete that would be a massive bonus.” Mason said that he will be working with the Parkdale Indigenous Community to organise their accommodation as well as the Parkdale Secondary College to work out a program for them and help them experience not just the athletics side but also other activities across the state. Mason said he was looking forward to seeing the Gift kick off and was pleased to see the Frankston Gift’s revival earlier last month run so smoothly. “I was really happy to see the Frankston Gift back up and running, adding another new event to the Gift calendar,” he said. “It’s terrific for the runners and the entire bayside community. With the Sandringham Gift, Parkdale Gift, Frankston Gift and now the Rye Gift, we have four really good ones now on the calendar.” Ben Triandafillou

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Food for thought for hospital HOSPITAL food is not something anyone craves but eating a meal to raise money for the Royal Children’s Hospital was on the menu at the Chelsea campus of Oakwood School. Eighteen students supported VCAL student Beth’s efforts to hold a fundraiser lunch by having a Macca’s meal at school on Friday (9 March) and donating more than $140 towards the Melbourne hospital. “It was good for Beth to do the charity work for a VCAL unit,” teacher Alex Stavenuiter said. “She suggested doing something for the hospital but realised kids will support it if it’s a food that’s a treat.” Oakwood School is a government school aiming to encourage students to stay in school to gain some qualifications for future work. The school has campuses in Frankston, Noble Park North and Caulfield North. There are “pop up” classes held in Rosebud and Hastings on the Mornington Peninsula. See or call 9703 7400 for more information. Neil Walker Burgers for good cause: VCAL students Beth, left, and Jayme take part in a lunch fundraiser at Oakwood School. Picture: Gary Sissons

‘Fair way’ to go on golf course development Neil Walker A PLAN to subdivide the Kingswood Golf Course into more than 500 residential lots has moved to the next stage after Kingston Council announced it has now formally contacted the Victorian Planning Minister to exhibit plans for public feedback. Councillors voted late last year to begin the planning exhibition process (“Golf course development drives on”, The News 27/9/17) and mayor Cr Steve Staikos confirmed last week council has now written to state Labor Planning Minister Richard Wynne. Council is seeking the Planning Minister’s approval to begin the formal planning scheme amendment process. “For some time, the Dingley Village community have been keen to see all the details of the proposed development and to have their say on the plans,” Cr Staikos said in a statement. The mayor said council will “widely advertise” the submission period of six weeks and will send a letter to Dingley Village residents if Mr Wynne approves the exhibition request. The proposed Planning Scheme Amendment would: n rezone the site from part Special

Use Zone (Golf Courses) and part General Residential Zone to a General Residential Zone to allow for redevelopment of the site for residential purposes n subdivide the land into 514 lots including six “superlots” and approval for buildings and works on lots of less than 300 square metres n apply a new Development Plan Overlay to the site to guide the future use and development of the land n apply a Vegetation Protection Overlay, Environmental Significance Overlay and Significant Landscape Overlay to protect significant vegetation on the site n apply Environmental Significance Overlays to address any potential impact of groundwater contamination and landfill gas migration “Council’s planning officers have been working on the application for almost two years to ensure that all required information had been provided by the applicant,” Cr Staikos said. “Now the community will have the chance to assess the plans and have its say. Following that community feedback period, council is required to vote on whether or not they wish to refer the matter to an independent panel for advice.” Continued Page 4

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Golf course plan goes to next stage Continued from Page 3 The planning application has been lodged by property fund manager ISPT. “We’re pleased the process is moving forward,” ISPT spokesperson Anna Martiniello said in September when council first decided to write to the state government seeking permission to exhibit the plan to redevelop Kingswood Golf Course. Save Kingswood Group secretary Kevin Poulter said nearly 1700 have signed an online petition against the residential redevelopment of Kingswood Golf Course. “This ghetto plan is without precedent. Thereʼs nothing like it in a unique village like ours, and there is no net benefit for Dingley Village,” Mr Poulter said. “Just horrendous ruination for no other reason than absolute profiteering. Crime is absolutely bound to increase and thereʼs a long list of disadvantages. There are almost no twostorey units in Dingley Village and they want to build hundreds of threestorey highest density units. “Up to 1000 tiny units is so out of character, they would destroy an entire village and affect nearly 10,000 residents’ quality of life … nearly 150 homes would suddenly have shadowing and two-storey buildings overlooking their backyards.” The mayor said there is still a long way to go in the planning process.

Clash over councillor candidates Neil Walker A MOVE to clamp down on state and federal candidates who are Kingston councillors from participating in debate and voting on council matters has sparked a war of words between Kingston Council and the state Liberal Party. Liberal state Upper House MP for the South Eastern Metropolitan Region Inga Peulich condemned the council move in Parliament last Wednesday (7 March). Ms Peulich called on state Labor Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings to intervene. “What that seeks to do is improperly use the position of council — the majority on the council which controls the Kingston Council — to deny the rights of a person to be involved in political activities, something that is enshrined in our Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006,” Ms Peulich said. “It seems to me that the definition of a councillor is the one who nominates at the issuing of the writs. This far extends the limitations. “It is an improper use of the position on council, and I call on the minister responsible to immediately investigate this matter and take the appropriate action to make sure that the rights of individuals to be involved in the democratic process and to continue representing the constituents are protected. Kingston Central Ward councillor Geoff Gledhill is the Liberal Party’s

preferred candidate for the seat of Mordialloc at November’s state election. The mayor Cr Steve Staikos, whose cousin is Labor Bentleigh MP Nick Staikos, said council “will not be drawn into becoming a player in the forthcoming state election campaign”. “Under council’s newly adopted policy, a councillor who is a prospective or nominated candidate should not participate in council’s decision making processes if they choose to use council, a council issue or decision as a campaign is-

Politicians rules OK? Kingston mayor Cr Steve Staikos and Inga Peulich are at odds on rules for councillor candidates standing for state election.

sue,” Cr Staikos said in a statement. “Kingston’s adopted policy goes beyond the standards set out in the Local Government Act. While this is not enforceable, it aims to clearly delineate between the roles of a councillor and an election candidate. “Council will not come under the undue influence of any Member of Parliament or candidate. I am disappointed to read in Hansard yet again that some members of the state par-

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2 March – 29 April 2018 An exhibition that reflects upon Australia’s sporting culture featuring work by Jon Campbell, Richard Lewer, Shaun Gladwell and Fiona McMonagle amongst others.

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CAMPBELL VS LEWER Tuesday 27 March In this unique event, well known artists talk art and sport over a friendly match of table tennis. Richard Lewer, The theatre of sports 2016 (detail), oil on canvas, Courtesy of the artist Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney and Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide, Collection of Basil Sellers AM, Photo credit: Andrew Curtis

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Attack baffles dog walker A DOG walker at a Mentone beach was allegedly assaulted by another owner who accused him of kicking his dog, 6.30pm, Friday 9 March. Detectives at Kingston CIU said the dog walker, a 48-year-old Cheltenham man, and his eight-month-old Labrador were walking up the ramp to the car park when an unknown man abused him, followed him to his car, and “began swinging punches”. The victim’s T-shirt was ripped and he was punched in the head and kicked in the legs when he tried to flee along Beach Road. He suffered severe bruising and swelling to his head, legs and arms in the attack. Police urge anyone who saw the incident to call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

Tools easy targets

TRADIES’ tools are being stolen in increasing numbers – and that’s frustrating police who say simple precautions would remove the temptation to thieves and make their jobs easier. Detective Senior Sergeant Shane Cashman, of Kingston CIU, said tradies should lock their ute doors and trays, make sure toolboxes are secure, and remove tools completely if possible to deter thieves. They should engrave their names and licence numbers on tools to make their resale more difficult, he said. On the other side of the ledger,

up overnight, Thursday 8 March. The victim’s bank called next morning to report the breaches. Detectives are piecing together the transactions to help identify the tap-n-go thief. The front side window of a Toyota Hilux ute parked in Main Street, Mordialloc, was smashed and a mobile phone and Makita drill, with a total value of $960, stolen overnight, Sunday 11 March.

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tradies offered tools in pubs or clubs should take note of the person trying to sell them and notify police. Detective Cashman was speaking after a spate of thefts from cars and utes was reported during the past week. “It’s a constant issue,” he said. In one robbery, the window of a Mitsubishi Triton ute parked underground off Balcombe Road, Mentone, was smashed and a wallet, Stihl power saw and cash, with a total value of $1840, were stolen overnight on Sunday 11 March. The thieves later unsuccessfully attempted to use a credit card in the wallet to make purchases, but they were declined. Tools valued at $1280 were stolen from a Holden sedan parked in the driveway of a Station Street, Chelsea house, overnight Thursday 8 March.

The thieves opened the boot before stealing a De Walt drill set kit, Makita impact driver and two large tool bags containing hammer drills and socket sets. Two mountain bikes were stolen from the carport of a Chelsea Road, Chelsea, property after thieves broke into a Toyota Prado and stole keys to the locks, overnight Thursday 8 March. The Cannondale and Giant brand bikes are valued at $1500. A GPS unit valued at $150 was stolen from a car parked in the driveway of a property in Ivan Avenue, Edithvale, from 4-11 March. The owner returned to find his Chrysler sedan unlocked and the unit missing. A wallet was stolen from the front seat of a car parked outside its owner’s house in Arwon Street, Mordialloc, and $850 in “suspicious” transactions from a credit card racked


POLICE are searching for an excavator, pictured left, stolen from a trailer parked outside a property in Frankston-Dandenong Road, Carrum Downs, Frankston, Friday 26 January. The Kanga excavator, pictured below, is black and red with a model number of DT835. It was specifically made for Jims Diggers. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or Frankston Police 9784 5590.

Bike stolen

A DISTINCTIVE Mongoose brand BMX bike was stolen from outside the community centre and library, Thompson Road, Patterson Lakes, 5-6.30pm, Tuesday 6 March. The orange bike, which was not locked, is covered in stickers and has Max-brand tyres and chrome rims. It is valued at $550.

Break-in fails

THREE Woffenders wearing hoodies were unable to force their way inside a marine parts dealer in Ashley Park Drive, Chelsea Heights, 5.15am,

Friday 9 March. CCTV shows them arriving in two cars – a tradies’ ute and a sedan – and forcing the front sliding gate but then failing to enter the main building. They left empty-handed.

Items stolen

TAPS, curtains and stove-top knobs were stolen from a house in Parkside Boulevard, Carrum, being readied for sale, from 2-9 March. The owner found the back door unlocked and the items stolen. They are valued at $1500.

Neighbours rush to help wounded girl RESIDENTS of the Ambassador apartments rushed to help a woman screaming for help after allegedly being attacked with a knife by a male friend, 3am, Saturday 3 March. Police said the 18-year-old received lacerations to her arms and head in the incident and was taken to Frankston Hospital for treatment. She was reportedly in a non-life threatening condition, Friday. A 23-year-old man, of Nepean Highway, Frankston, was later taken into custody. He has been charged with intentionally causing injuries and related charges and bailed to appear at Frankston Magistrates’ Court at a later date. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at online.


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Perfect pictures win big at Lens Mist comp THE winners of the annual City of Kingston Lens Mist photography competition have been announced. A judging panel featuring artists Mira Oosterweghel, Lou Hubbard and Eliza Hutchinson decided three photographers were the pick of the crop of 150 entries this year. Kingston mayor Cr Steve Staikos said the annual contest, now in its seventh year, has “become one of Melbourne’s premier photography awards”. “Photographers were asked to put Kingston under the microscope to capture something they have never noticed before,” Cr Staikos said. Rose Goodson won the Best Photograph category for “a striking image captured our beautiful beaches bathed in unusual light”. Matt Harvey was Highly Commended for a photo celebrating the Australian National Aviation Museum at Moorabbin Airport. Mia Thompson won the Youth Award for a picture of her sister “on a quiet Sunday morning” at Edithvale beach. Works by the winners and finalists will be on display, and available to buy, at competition sponsor DFO Moorabbin from 3-15 April. People can vote for their favourite for the People’s Choice Award featuring a $2000 prize.

Strike a light: Rose Goodson’s winning photograph capturing a beach in unusual light, far right. Early dawning Sunday morning: Mia Thompson’s shot capturing her sister off Edithvale beach, right.


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Fenced off: The end of Seaford pier has not been publicly accessible since late 2016. Picture: Gary Sissons

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All change: Car parking at Frankston train station will be reduced and free spaces available elsewhere during station redevelopment works. Picture: Gary Sissons

Station parking changes ALTERNATIVE car parking spaces will be made available to commuters while Frankston train station is redeveloped. Works will see 120 spaces at the Beach Street end of the station car park unavailable from Sunday 10 March until late 2018. The Old Law Courts car park, at the corner of Playne and Young streets, will have 120 free all-day parking spaces and Frankston Council will make 50 free all-day spaces at the Mechanic’s Institute car park available. “Careful planning has been undertaken to minimise disruption and while there will be some temporary changes to regular parking, we have worked to offset these impacts,” Frankston Labor MP Paul Edbrooke said. The Level Crossing Removal Authority will lease 50 parking spaces at Bay-

side Shopping Centre for construction workers and LXRA staff. “I thank the Frankston City Council and Bayside Shopping Centre for their participation in making the transition to building a new Frankston Station as easy as possible on our community,” Mr Edbrooke said. “In simple terms, the loss of 120 free spaces has been replaced with 170 free spaces.” LXRA has also leased the 50-space private car park at 122-124 Young Street for construction site use. A temporary train station will be opened while the main train station is demolished and rebuilt to a new design. After the new station is complete late next year, the Old Law Courts will revert to paid all-day and short-term parking, and 122-124 Young Street will revert to paid short-term parking. Neil Walker

THE sopranos are hitting Frankston. The Ten Sopranos, that is. The classically-trained and contemporary singers are getting ready to bring their show that has wowed audiences to Frankston Arts Centre later this month. With more than 300 shows, 1000 ovations, two CDs and a DVD, The Ten Sopranos deliver a varied repertoire of operatic favourites and well-chosen popular songs, “in a spinetingling fashion”. Lead vocalist and director Penny Pavlakis says the strength of the show “is the meticulous detail spent on every note sung”. “It’s a show for true fans of the singing voice,” she said. “I’ve seen many people shed tears when we sing O Danny Boy, and I hear them sing along with John Denver’s Aye Calypso.” Audience members who believe they have the voice to compete may also get a star turn on stage. “There is always someone in the audience who thinks they can out sing the group and we give them the opportunity with La Donna Mobile,” Pavlakis said. The principle soprano has worked with Baz Luhrmann, Tommy Tycho, Secret Garden, Dame Joan Sutherland and Grammy and Brit award-winning conductors and songwriters. With more than 1000 performances across the world, she will bring star power to the Frankston stage few can match. “All in all it’s a night of feelgood entertainment featuring 10 very gifted singers,” Pavlakis said. n The Ten Sopranos will be hosted at Frankston Arts Centre on Saturday 24 March, 8pm (110 minutes including interval). See or call 9784 1060 for more details and tickets.

The Voice: Penny Pavlakis will lead The Ten Sopranos at Frankston Arts Centre this month.

Wonderwall fest to transform skyline A THREE-DAY festival in late March will bring colourful art to Frankston’s walls. The Big Picture Fest will see experienced street artists, hired to transform drab walls at high-profile sites across central Frankston, work on a highlyvisible vast canvas. A magnificent seven of street artists — headlined by Smug from Glasgow renowned for artwork with photographic realism — will get to work painting images on exterior building walls during the fest. The festival program will include an art walk, street party, photographic tour, a group street artwork and the largescale artworks displayed for all to see. Artists will begin work on Monday 19 March around Frankston streets and the Big Picture Fest itself will be held

on Friday 23 March until Sunday 25 March. “Council is excited to see blank walls at key locations in Frankston’s city centre being transformed over the coming weeks as part of The Big Picture Fest,” Frankston mayor Cr Colin Hampton said. “Making the laneways bright and vibrant with street art will create an intriguing outdoor exhibition for art lovers to admire.”Artworks will be displayed at: n The BRAAP Motorcycle Centre in Park Lane n The Alley Barber wall in Steibel Place n The second storey of the wall at the back of Robinson’s Book Shop on Steibel Place. n Two adjoining walls on Olsen Street

The Frankston Foundry wall on Wells Lane and n Two adjacent walls towards the Station Street end of Gallery Lane. The Big Picture Fest will be overseen by Brecknock Consulting and Joel Van Moore, creator of the Wonderwalls Festival in Port Adelaide. The festival is being funded through council’s Street Art Masterplan, part of the state government’s $63 million Frankston Station Precinct Redevelopment. Council has allocated $165,000 over three years to the Street Art Masterplan. See online for more details. n

Wonderwall on way: All the roads that lead you there are winding ahead of The Big Picture Fest in Frankston. Picture: Supplied

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Foam factory faces closure Neil Walker A SEAFORD polystyrene making factory subject to complaints about noise and pollution from neighbours seems set to shut down its operations next month. Frankston Council has refused a grant a planning permit application to operate within 30 metres of a residential area. The business Wuzhou Australia applied to council for the permit last July despite operating at 6-7 Apsley Place premises for the past five years (“Neighbours ‘fume’ over factory noise”, The News 24/1/18). The mayor Cr Colin Hampton said council has ordered the business owner to “cease use of the land by 12 April”. “Council has taken on board concerns raised by residents and a Notice of Refusal to grant a permit was issued on 9 February due to council not being satisfied that the business could operate in a way which would not impact upon the amenity of the area,” the mayor said. Neighbours also complained about a barking guard dog at the factory. A recent court case found the business guilty of having no enclosure for the dog, no warning signs displayed and no collar for the guard dog. The business owner was fined $1000 plus $122 costs. Council hosted a meeting with residents on 27 February to discuss complaints and advise a planning permit had been refused.

Write up Wuzhou: Frankston Council has informed Seaford factory to cease using premises for polystyrene making.

Neighbours have been perplexed about Wuzhou Australia’s ability to operate its business without a council permit in Seaford for the past five years despite repeatedly raising concerns with council. Environment Protection Authority Victoria officers also attended the meeting with residents in Seaford late last month.

“EPA outlined that the site did not require formal approval or a licence from EPA to operate,” EPA southern metro region manager Marleen Mathias said. The agency had inspected the premises twice in 2014, once in 2015 and once in July 2017 at council’s request. “EPA was requested to undertake air quality testing around the Wuzhou Australia premises in Apsley Place, Sea-

ford,” Mr Mathias said. “EPA will work with Frankston Council to manage issues arising from the Wuzhou foam site until the site shuts down or moves to new premises.” Seaford Community Committee chairman Noel Tudball, who addressed councillors at a December public council meeting on behalf of frustrated residents, said “everyone involved is

extremely pleased with this decision and are very hopeful that the operator will accept council’s decision, respect the residents’ right to quiet enjoyment of their properties, will accept that this is not the right location for this type of manufacturing process and will relocate very shortly”. The business can appeal to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) against council’s decision. “Everyone also hopes that the operator will not exercise their right of appeal, which would only require council taking further steps to force the operator to relocate,” Mr Tudball said. He said council officers advised “steps will be taken” to ensure a business does not operate without a planning permit for such a long time in future. “No-one had any issue with the operator. It is only the polystyrene manufacturing and its waste products, odour and noise that has been of concern.” Wuzhou factory manager Joe Zhou did not return calls last week. In January, he said the company is a small business employing seven people including two who live in Seaford and he was worried council would shut it down. “If I knew this was going to happen I never would have opened here,” Mr Zhou said at the time.

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Poison suspicions in Mornington death Compiled by Brodie Cowburn TWO miles out of Mornington, the body of an unknown man was found on Tuesday afternoon by Constable Kerr. Nearby were discovered two packets of strychnine, one of which had apparently been used. On the body was a ticket for a Bay street issued that morning, but there was nothing that would lead to identification. Deceased had a heavy bushy moustache; and was dressed in a grey sac suit, black woollen socks elastic “slipon” boots and a cotton shirt and singlet. *** PROFOUND regret was expressed when the news of the death of Sir John Madden, Chief Justice of Victoria was announced on Monday last. Death which was of a particularly sudden nature, was due to heart failure, and occurred at the flat of Mr W. H. Jowett, Como avenue, Toorak. The late Sir John Madden was born in Ireland in 1844, and at the age of 13 came to Australia with his father, mother and brothers. His hobbies included farming and carpentry, and on his estate in Frankston he followed both in his leisure hours. In 1872 he married the daughter of Francis J.S Stephens, and he had one son and five daughters. The loss to Frankston in Sir John Madden’s death is a particularly severe one, as he was always ready give his very best help to any movement for the improvement of the town. *** IN the 385th casualty list published recently, appears the name of D. Longmuir, Tyabb, under the heading

of wounded. We trust he will have a speedy recovery. *** PTE D. Downs, who recently returned to Australia after service abroad with the A.I.F., spent the week end at Frankston, where he was warmly welcomed by his friends. *** AT the Frankston Methodist Church Mr Elijah J. Stranger will conduct the service on Sunday morning next. At the evening service Rev E. Tonkin will preach and pay a special tribute of respect to the memory of the late Sir John Madden, who for so many years resided in Frankston *** THE deputation to the Minister of Public Works, re improvements to a Kananook creek, and the Municipal deputation with reference to excessive motor traffic to have taken place on Thursday have been postponed, owing to the unexpected defeat of the Bowser Ministry on Wednesday *** WE are pleased to note that Mrs Shannon accompanied by her daughter Sheila, has returned to Frankston, where numerous friends congratulated Miss Sheila on her triumphs in the city, with the J. C. Williamson Pantomime Company. In the nine weeks spent with this company Sheila established herself a firm favourite and the season was marked with huge successes, playing the prominent parts allotted to her with wonderful intelligence, and proving herself a talented dancer. On different occasions this gifted little Frankstonite has assisted in

raising sums of money for Patriotic purposes, and from different papers, from districts where she has appeared, we quote the following “The graceful and clever little dancer, Miss Sheila Shannon, was seen to advantage in the Butterfly dance, and she won the admiration and loud applause of the audience.” *** THROUGH the Overseas Club Southern Cross Tobacco Fund gifts of tobacco and cigarettes sufficient to keep a fighter happy for work may be sent for 1s. From what is subscribed nothing is deducted for expenses; all costs of organisation, packing despatching etc, being borne by the English Headquarters of the Overseas Club. Collection lists will be found at all post officers, and at every branch of the various banks. *** WITHIN four days, the head master called together the successful candidates for the recent exciting contest for the Moorooduc school committee. When the “lucky seven” had taken their seats at the table, after their eventful fall out of the bag, the selection of positions was dealt with. Mr Lucas was unanimously voted to the chair and Mr F. Jones was likewise selected as correspondent, while Mr Joseph Turner was given the most honorable position as Treasurer of the funds. *** THE elements were against the successful carrying out of the water sports arranged to be held at Frankston on Saturday afternoon last. A good crowd had assembled at the pier and several

items of the programme had been gone through when a severe thunderstorm, accompanied by heavy rain drove most of the spectators to shelter. Most of the programme had to be abandoned but when conditions were brighter a fair number of enthusiasts returned and were spectators at a Life Saving Display and Exhibitions by Gazeka Camp members. Mr Millett in apologising to the spectators for the non-appearance of the “Pirates Romance” owing to the inclemency of the weather, stated, so as not to disappoint the company present there would be a Demonstration of Life Saving and Exhibitions in the water by the Gazeka Camp members. *** IN the evening the seating accomodation of the local hall was quite inadequate, and despite the fact that all the seats from St. Paul’s schoolroom and every available chair from the hotels and boarding houses were requisitioned many were unable to gain admission, and “standing room only” was at a premium. Despite their being so tightly packed, patrons were in good humour, and the splendid items rendered by the artists received hearty applause, encore after encore being responded to. Without a doubt the programme was one that would not often be heard outside of Melbourne, and the organiser and his committee deserve great praise for the hard work they did to make the evening so successful. The Langwarrin Band rendered selections outside the hall before the concert starred, and the efforts of this body together with the Langwarrin orchestra,

were much appreciated. *** ALTHOUGH contrary to military instructions it is a fairly common practice among troops travelling overseas from Australia, on their way to the front to drop overboard bottles containing messages to friends or relatives, or addressed perhaps to no one in particular. As a rule when these bottles are picked up the messages are forwarded by the finder to the person to whom they are addressed or to some newspaper. The Minister for Defence on Thursday made a request that in future all communications found in bottles or other receptacles should be handed to the police for transmission to the district censor. He pointed out that the practice of dropping messages overboard from vessels was a foolish one. Some of the messages that had been picked up would have been of considerable value to the enemy and had they by any mischance fallen into enemy hands would probably have jeopardised the lives of hundreds of soldiers and caused the loss of several transports. He urged, therefore, that in the interests of the troops themselves any messages found in future should be handed direct to the police. It was not that the authorities desired to punish anyone, but they wanted to prevent any possibility of useful information leaking out to agents of the enemy. *** From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 16 March 1918

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Clear and President Danger By Stuart McCullough MY father was a teacher. He taught geography, history and English. He also taught music for a time despite having no skills in this area, having been selected after accidentally walking into the music room, after mistaking it for the stationery cupboard. But despite a breathtaking lack of talent, he gave it his best shot. Teachers are like that. My mother in law was a teacher also. Our neighbour from across the street too. The schools I went to had loads of them. In fact, I’ve been surrounded by teachers my whole life. To the best of my knowledge, all of them were unarmed. I can’t pretend to understand it. A tragedy of unthinkable proportions unfolds on the other side of the world. Students step forward and speak bravely and passionately for change and a President who, to preserve his right to anonymity I’ll refer to as ‘Donald J Trump, c/o the Caretaker’s Cottage, Mar a Lago Resort, Florida’, decides the best response to school shootings in America is to arm the bloke teaching social studies. It’s not so much a matter of jumping the shark on water skis as it is jumping the Sharknado whilst naked, standing backwards and wearing a blindfold. And, quite possibly, sporting a small cactus for a hat. Put simply, it’s the strangest, craziest thing I’ve ever heard in my life. My father owned a rifle. But I can’t imagine him ever taking one into the classroom. Besides, I don’t really picture my father as a heavy armaments kind of guy. He’s more a

about rock formations. I can’t imagine my mother in law taking a weapon to class either. Unless, of course, it was something practical like a flamethrower. That’s the kind of hardware that has multiple uses – not only can you can ensure that you retain the full attention of the class, you can also use it for other things – like get rid of any spiders lurking in the multi purpose room or

nunchucks person. I can almost picture him; talking at length about great sedimentary rock formations before losing patience with the chatterbox at the back of the class, dropping into the combat stance and somersaulting the full length of the classroom as he brings his nunchucks crashing down on the desk of some delinquent no hoper who’d rather be outside terrifying sheep than listening to father talk

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toasting your sandwiches quickly if you’re on yard duty. When I was student, the weapons of choice for the faculty were chalk and blackboard dusters. They could propel those items to any corner of the room with pinpoint accuracy. One moment you’d be talking to the person next to you; the next instant you’d be struck by a stick of white chalk right between the eyes. Dusters were worse still. When hit, a small cloud of chalk dust would erupt, the scent lined your nostrils for days. Worse still, the duster would leave a chalk outline on your jumper that you could never fully erase. Which was kind of ironic, really. Reflecting back, I was a good student but there were definitely times when my attention wandered. I was in year 11 when I started to daydream for extended periods of time. Had it been a subject for VCE, my score would have been much improved. But, it begs the question: would I have been a better a student if some of my teachers were packing heat? Probably. There’s no way I would have been late handing in my Year 10 history assignment, that’s for sure. Under such heightened circumstances, I would have feigned greater interest in Maths B. Maybe. I don’t think you could ever convince teachers to take guns into their classrooms. In fact, it’d probably be a lot easier to find people who are completely comfortable with guns and train them to be teachers. Charles Bronson would be terrific teaching Home Economics. I had an Austral-

ian History teacher who kind of looked a bit like Bruce Willis. Why not get the actual Bruce Willis? In fact, why limit it to teachers? Get Dirty Harry as the lollypop person in charge of the pedestrian crossing. Believe me, everyone’s gonna wait until the whistle blows before driving across when Dirty Harry’s in charge. Sylvester Stallone, wearing a Rambostyle bullet sash could do Tuck Shop duty. ‘Doyawansorswifthat?’ he’d mumble, muscles glistening under the flickering blue light bug zapper as frightened kids decide to skip lunch altogether. That someone even remotely important has suggested something as patently insane as arming school teachers says a lot, much of it unprintable in a newspaper. I don’t mean to make light of a tragedy - it’s a reflex action in response to something absurd. I will say, however, that I was deeply impressed by the students in Florida who spoke. I couldn’t have said anything so sensible at that age. But it does make me think how lucky we are. That teachers get to teach and are not asked to carry a concealed weapon. Thank goodness. A high calibre student should mean one with good grades. Marking essays doesn’t earn you the title of ‘marksman’. Nor should it. So far as I’m concerned, the only Magnum at a school should be frozen, covered in chocolate and available from the tuck shop for four bucks. Possibly served by Sylvester Stallone.

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Kangas to meet dogs again PROVINCIAL

By Mr & Mrs IT Gully LANGWARRIN will meet Mornington in this weekend’s MPCA Provincial semi-final after finishing on top of the ladder. The other Semi Final will be played between neighbours Mt Eliza and Peninsula Old Boys. The Kangas will head into the semifinal with great confidence after knocking over the Doggies by 38 runs in the final home and away one-day game at Lloyd Park. It is a remarkable effort by the Kangas considering many experts believed they would fail to make the top four. However, they have proved that relentless pressure in the field and with the ball can dictate the result of any match. That is what happened on Saturday against Mornington. The Kangas were in all sorts of trouble at 6/74, however number nine batsman Sam Prosser finished with an unbeaten 31 and Riley Davie, batting at 10, was unbeaten on 18 which helped the Kangas to a competitive, all be it on the low side, 144. Mornington quick Ryan McDonald was the best of their bowlers with 3/16. Langwarrin needed quick wickets early in reply and they got just what they were looking for, removing openers Sam Wiese and Matt Foon to leave Mornington 2/6. Brad McDonald top scored for the Doggies with 33 while Ryan Mc Donald was next best with 21. Langwarrin used six bowlers to remove Mornington for 106, with Adam Campbell the best of them with 2/13 off eight overs. Sam and Jake Prosser picked up two wickets each. Mt Eliza stormed into the Provincial semi-finals with a convincing win over Baxter.

Batting first at home, Baxter started very well with the top four batsmen scoring 110 between them. Justin Bridgeman made 50 before being bowled by Justin Grant while Daniel Warwick hit 40 and Chris Brittain 28. With Todd Quinn finishing unbeaten on 18 Baxter scored a very competitive 7/178. Rob Maskiell and Justin Grant each took two wickets for the Mounties. In reply, Mt Eliza scored 4/184 off 38.4 overs to comfortably win the match. Justin Grant scored 51 and Lyall House helped himself to 49 while Josh Goudge hit 29. Peninsula Old Boys eased their way into this weekend’s semi-final against Mt Eliza with a seven-wicket victory over Sorrento. The Sharks batted first and hit a very competitive 7/193 from its 40 overs. Jed Falck top scored with 52 and Liam O’Connor hit 31 of the Sorrento total. Old Boys Skipper Wade Pelzer was superb with the ball, bowling eight overs for a return of 4/20. However, despite the strong total it still wasn’t enough, as Pelzer blasted 87 and Tom La Brooy hit 54 to help the Old Boys to 3/194 with five overs to spare. Crib Point will be relegated next season after finishing on the bottom of the 2017/18 Provincial Cricket Season. The Magpies would have liked to have finished the season on a high but they were touched up by Pearcedale to the tune of 70 runs. Pearcedale batted first and the openers, Brad Trotter (80) and Will Kennedy (75) shared 141 runs in their opening stand. As it turned out the Pearcedale openers scored more than the entire Crib point team as the Pies finished at 9/133. Jake Roberts was the pick of the Panthers bowlers with 3/18 off eight overs.

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By Mr & Mrs IT Gully IT was always going to be a really tight finish in MPCA Peninsula Cricket, and that proved to be the case on Saturday. The cricket has been hot in this division all season and picking a top four at any stage was always fraught with danger. However, Flinders came out on top with 108 points, while Main Ridge were second with 98, Long Island third on 90, Moorooduc fourth, also on 90. To highlight the closeness of the season Somerville just missed out on 86 points, as did Pines with 78 and Red Hill with 78. Delacombe Park finished bottom on 60 points and will be relegated to District next season. Main Ridge simply had to beat Red Hill to play finals. The Hillmen batted first and were rolled for 158, Riley Shaw top scoring with 46, Tim Collette hitting 34 and Ben Shorthouse contributing 30. The Ridge’s Owen McEncroe was the pick of the bowlers with 3/35 off eight overs. The Ridge needed somebody to stand up and take control of the contest. This came in the form of skipper


Nick Jewell who opened the innings and set the team up with 65. Will Noall hit 35 and Gareth Wyatt finished unbeaten on 39 to guide The Ridge to 4/161 off 37 overs. Flinders may have taken the points against Long Island on Saturday to finish on top of the ladder, however, it wasn’t overly impressive in its victory. Skipper Neil Barfuss again played a lone hand hitting 72 including nine fours and two sixes before snaring 3/5 off five overs with the ball. Come this weekend his teammates need to rally behind him and contribute. Flinders’ Charlie Burgess opened with 31 and Mason Mail hit 19 to help Flinders to 157. James Paxton was the pick of the bowlers for Long Island with 4/23, while Andrew Tweedle snared 3/42 off eight. Long Island was never in the contest with the bat with Stuart Doolan top scoring with 40 and Pubudu Edirisinghe hitting 25. While Barfuss took three wickets, Max Royal also contributed strongly picking up 3/16 off eight. Moorooduc snatched fourth place on the ladder with a convincing 50 run win over Pines. The Ducks batted first and made 6/198, Shamith Kannangara hitting

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62 and Pathum De Mel top scoring with 64. Justin Mc Cleary was important at the end with an unbeaten 34. In reply, Pines’ Nick Wilcox was the only batsman to offer resistance with 35. Harley Parker contributed with 25. However, despite batting their full 40 overs, Pines could only score 9/149. Reece Cordeux and Michael Whincup each snared three wickets. Somerville was prevented from playing finals cricket by Delacombe Park. The team that has now been relegated. The Parkers must be the best team that has ever been relegated, after all, they smashed the Eagles by 114 runs on Saturday. Batting first the Parkers made 8/274 with Steve Anderson top scoring with 59, Jon Guthrie hitting 50 and Nick Christides smashing 49, including five sixes. In reply, Somerville was bowled out for 160 in the 24th over. Justin Allsopp top scored with 52. Dean Blight was the pick of the Parkers’ bowlers with 4/50. Christides took 3/10 off 2.2 overs.

By Mr & Mrs IT Gully BADEN Powell flexed its muscles at the right time leading into the MPCA District semi-final, recording a sevenwicket victory over Rye. Baden Powell batted first at the beautiful RJ Rowley Reserve and set Rye 183 for victory after scoring 182 for the loss of three wickets. Craig Entwistle hit 85 off 109 balls while Tom Kellerman hit 30 runs off 46 balls. In the chase Matt Whelan top scored with 44 for Rye while Dean Collins scored 35 and Andrew Dunn 29. No other Rye player hit double figures and consequently, they were bowled out for 128. The Brave’s Ryan Barnett was the best of their bowlers with 4/35. Unbelievably, despite Rye being in the four a handful of rounds ago, the bottom finish means they will be relegated to Sub-District next season. Mt Martha slotted into fourth place on the ladder after beating Rosebud in a thriller by three runs. The Buds batted first and made 102 with three batsmen scoring double figures. Peter Doughty top scored with 37, Matt Williams hit 22 and Jason Mathers 17. Curtis Stone bowled eight overs and finished with 4/13 for the Reds. Mt Martha was in a world of pain early in the chase, scrambling at 4/8, they were then 8/51 and in real trouble.

However, an unbeaten 49 from Brad Wilkinson, 14 Brad Schreuder and an unbeaten nine from Curtis Stone, saw the Reds scramble to 9/105 and record an unlikely victory. Rosebud’s Pat Nagle and Billy Quigley each took 3/22. Heatherhill will meet Seaford in this weekend’s semi-final after smashing Hastings by seven wickets on Saturday. The Blues batted first in the one-dayer and at one stage were 4/18, however, the middle order, led by Nathan Hunt with 28 and Sean Hewitt with 25 helped the Blues to a defensible 145. What was thought to be defensible proved to be far from the case, Heatherhill reeling in the runs in 19.2 overs. This was largely due to Steve O’Donnell who spanked 96 while Matty Meagher hit an unbeaten 22. O’Donnell has now hit almost 300 runs in his last two hits after almost scoring 200 in his last innings. Seaford is nicely primed for the finals after winning a tight one against old foe Seaford Tigers. Seaford Tigers batted first and made 9/176, Mackenzie Gardener top scoring with 78 and Anthony Joel hitting 30. In reply, Seaford chased down the runs with 5 wickets and four overs in hand. Faisal Payenda top scored for Seaford with 41 and skipper Ryan McQueen hit 39.


Tigers on top form ahead of finals campaign SUB-DISTRICT

By Mr & Mrs IT Gully DROMANA is on fire heading into the MPCA Sub District finals after belting Ballam Park on Saturday by more than 100 runs. The Tigers will host Carrum Downs in the first semi-final, while Carrum will host Tootgarook in the other final. The winners will play off in the grand final. Dromana scored 192 batting first against Ballam Park on Saturday,

Blake Pappas top scoring with 54 and fellow opener Daniel Byatt contributing 40. Ballam Park’s Justin Moore was the pick of his team’s bowlers with 3/14, while Gabriel Lawrence picked up 3/27 off five overs. In reply, Ballam Park was bowled out for 89 in 24 overs with Ben Bradley-Bridge picking up 3/13 off four overs and Jack Fowler claiming 3/30 off 8 overs. Carrum and Tootgarook will do it all again in the semi-final this week-

end after the Lions beat the Frogs in the one day game by 21 runs last Saturday. There will be no excuse for not knowing what to expect in the semi. The Lions batted first with Dale O’Neil scoring 44 and Dylan Steed top scoring with 46. In reply, Tootgarook fell short with a number of batsmen getting starts but not able to go on. Jake D’Atri was the pick of the Lions bowlers with 3/23 off 7.1 overs. Finals were on the line between Carrum Downs and Boneo. Quite

simply, the winner was in and the loser didn’t play finals. On Saturday it was Carrum Downs who prevailed, knocking over the Pandas by four wickets. Boneo just didn’t score enough runs after winning the toss and batting. Chris Jobling was superb, smashing 75 off 67 balls, however not one of his fellow batsmen could make it past 8 runs. In fact, the next highest score was extras with 12. The Pandas were bowled out for 122 off 31.3 overs. In reply, Carrum Downs scored 130

off 31 overs, Ryan Lynch top scoring with 39. In the final games, Skye finished the season in great fashion beating Tyabb by 15 runs, 134 versus 119. The win helped to prevent Skye from finishing bottom of the ladder. Balnarring made light work of Frankston YCW scoring 189 before bowling out the Stonecats for just 114. Ben King was the standout in the game for Balnarring picking up six for 25 from eight overs.

Langy, Mornington, Strikers all triumph SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie LANGWARRIN’S victory against high-flying Dandenong City and FFA Cup wins to Mornington and Peninsula Strikers highlighted last weekend’s local action. Langy went into Saturday’s league clash at Lawton Park as a pronounced underdog having come off a 4-1 thumping from Springvale White Eagles and facing the big-spending second-placed team in NPL2. But Gus Macleod’s men defied the odds and stunned the Croatian-backed visitors with a 2-1 triumph in front of a large crowd. “I keep telling people that we’re three years behind all these other NPL clubs,” Macleod said, a reference to the league’s inception in 2014. “We go into the unknown every week because we don’t really know how good we are but this result will give the whole club a lot of confidence.” One of the revelations of the season so far has been the defensive display of Andy McLean, recruited from Eltham Redbacks. Last year he played as a striker and finished second in State 2 South-East’s Golden Boot award but his preferred position is at the back where he played for Scottish League club Berwick Rangers. Macleod gave 17-year-old midfielder Cody Eszes his full senior debut and after Dandenong’s Josh Knight and Ben Everson spurned chances to open the scoring it was the turn of Langy midfielder Callum Goulding to blast his shot over the bar when well placed on the right of the area. Three minutes into the second half Langy strikers Liam Baxter and John Kuol combined but the latter couldn’t control the ball and the chance went begging. A minute later Dandenong captain Shaun Filipovic went down inside the area but his pleas for a penalty went unheeded. It took a slide-rule pass from Paul Speed in the 68th minute to set up the opening goal. Baxter had pulled wide on the left and took a defender with him leaving Kuol one-on-one and the quicksilver striker shielded well then turned his opponent and struck a low left-foot shot past Dandenong keeper Damir Salcin to make it 1-0. Despite Dandenong enjoying the bulk of possession Langy continued to frustrate its opponent in sweltering conditions that forced a drinks break in both halves. A lapse in concentration looked to have proved costly when Dandenong substitute Daniel Visevic stole in at the back post in the 84th minute and his close-range strike levelled the scores. But two minutes later Baxter’s bril-

Cup contest: Mornington’s Keegan Ziada takes control watched by teammate Wayne Gordon, left, and Casey Comets stars George Whiteoak and Connor Belger, far right. Picture John Punshon

liant first-time finish at the near post restored Langy’s lead and there was no way back for their much-vaunted opponent. Macleod’s squad will soon be strengthened by the arrival of Queensland-based striker Matt Heath and the availability of defender or midfielder Johnny Guthrie who has been playing cricket. Langy’s under-20s got the afternoon off to a winning start by downing their Dandy counterparts 3-2. Nat Daher gave Langy the lead in the 35th minute but Jaydon Unmack equalised eight minutes later. Langy under-20s gaffer Kevin “Squizzy” Taylor took off his baseball cap and threw it on the ground when Unmack scored. The linesman drew the referee’s attention to the incident and Taylor was sent off. Half-time substitute Travis Ernsdoerfer restored Langy’s lead when he stole the ball from a defender and slotted it home. The visitors thought they had at least salvaged a draw when Jarryn Fittock’s pinpoint free-kick gave Langy keeper Ben Caballero no chance but with time running out Ernsdoerfer again won the

ball and prodded it forward for Nick Simmons to score the winner. Mornington and Strikers are still in the 2018 FFA Cup after Mornington defeated Casey Comets 2-0 at Comets Stadium and Strikers earned a hard-fought 1-0 away win over Lalor United. Both Mornington and Comets have revamped their first team squads during the off-season and are eyeing the State 1 South-East title which opens up entry to NPL2. Mornington’s Cup win strikes the first psychological blow and Adam Jamieson’s outfit took just four minutes to hit the lead thanks to a superb finish from Welsh import Curtis Hutson after a good build-up involving Wayne Gordon and Sammy Orritt. When substitute Luke Locasto was brought down inside the area in the 82nd minute Orritt converted from the spot to round off the scoreline. Mornington was without five visa players waiting for international clearances. Among them was goalkeeper Liam Little who has been playing in his native New Zealand. Little was part of Mornington’s 2015 State 1 championship side and takes

over the No 1 mantle from Kris McEvoy who has left the club. Peninsula Strikers have a first-half Nathan Smith goal to thank for Saturday’s Cup success over Lalor United, the former Mornington winger’s leftfoot shot from the edge of the area proving decisive. The club has recruited heavily in the off-season but most of its new signings were still waiting for international clearances and were unavailable. Off the pitch, Strikers have been buoyed by an end to the stand-off between their junior and senior clubs. “Both committees have met and we are in a pretty good place right now,” said senior club president Trevor Johnston. “I’m doing what I can to demonstrate how much I want this to work and I’m really excited at the prospect of turning our reserves into a proper development squad.” Johnston also has had a positive meeting with Frankston Council over the unplayable status of Centenary Park’s main pitch and is hopeful that Strikers will be able to host their round 3 home clash with Frankston Pines on 14 April. Strikers have been forced to play two

FFA Cup home fixtures at alternative venues and Johnston is preparing to lodge a formal compensation claim with council. Both parties have discussed the issue and are believed to have reached a verbal agreement. Frankston Pines’ No 1 keeper Alfonso Cardinale has signed for State 2 South-East rival Heatherton United. Former Langwarrin, Strikers and Rosebud Heart keeper Sean Skelly is believed to be on Pines’ radar. Skelly was seen in earnest discussion with Pines assistant coach Ben Caffrey at Lawton Park on Saturday. Pines defeated Dandenong South 3-1 in a friendly last Thursday with Mitch Landers, Luke Murray and Aaryn Rix scoring for Pines. Baxter lost 4-0 to Skye United in a practice match at Baxter Park last Thursday. The game was stopped early due to a head injury to Baxter striker Liam Kilner who was taken by ambulance to Frankston Hospital and diagnosed with fractures in his cheekbone and jaw. Kilner will find out this week if surgery is required and it is unclear how long he will be sidelined. Skye followed up with a 5-0 loss in a friendly against Knox at Egan Lee Reserve on Saturday. Meanwhile, Hong Kong international Avery Lau made her debut in Southern United’s 7-0 home loss to title-chasing Alamein on Sunday while the under19s lost 9-1. The club’s other underage sides had impressive wins. The under-12s won 6-2 with goals from Kayla McLeod (2), Stella Rodgers (2), Eden McKeown and Chiara Renzella. The under-14s bounced back from the previous week’s loss to smash Alamein 5-0 with goals from Alex Jones (2), Taylah Hennekam, Rhys McKenna and an own goal. The under-16s won 7-3 with goals from Haylea Porter (3), Jasmine Ristevski (2), Briana Dias and Mia SunkelLozell. The local soccer community suffered a huge loss last week with the death of Andy McKenna after a long illness. McKenna, 56, played in the National Soccer League with Green Gully and made his mark on the local scene with Frankston Pines, Seaford United and Peninsula Strikers. He also coached at Casey Comets and Morwell Pegasus and was a muchloved figure. A funeral service will be held at Bunurong Memorial Park on Friday at 2.30pm. This weekend’s league games: SATURDAY 3pm: Langwarrin v Murray Utd (Lawton Park, U20s 1pm). SUNDAY 3.15pm: Southern Utd v Bulleen Lions (Monterey Reserve, U12s 9am, U14s 10.15am, U16s 11.40am, U19s 1.15pm).

Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News 14 March 2018



Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News 14 March 2018

14 March 2018  
14 March 2018  

Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News 14 March 2018