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‘No injuries’ after water accident TWO people have walked away uninjured after a jet ski capsized off Carrum beach. The water vehicle capsized at around 5pm on 10 October. The passengers were picked up by the Coast Guard, with the Chelsea SES, Water Police, and ambulance crews also attending. A statement from Chelsea SES said that “it was not clear if there were any serious injuries” when they arrived at Launching Way to assist. “Both the Coast Guard and Water Police attended, and soon headed into the boat ramp on the Patterson River, with what turned out to be a capsized jet ski in tow,” the statement read. “Once the vessels docked, the two people involved were able to walk from the boat with no injuries and none the worse for wear. One person was checked by the ambos but didn’t need to be taken to hospital. All in all, a lucky result for all concerned.” Picture: Gary Sissons

MP calls for ‘family bubble’ Brodie Cowburn brodie@baysidenews.com.au MORDIALLOC MP Tim Richardson has called for COVID-19 restrictions to be changed to allow people to reunite with their families. In a letter to Victoria’s chief health officer Brett Sutton, Mr Richardson wrote that the establishment of “family bubbles” should be considered when

the current stage four restrictions ease. As it stands, Victoria is not on track to meet the five case a day average required to move to the next step of restrictions. However, Premier Daniel Andrews is expected to announce the removal of some restrictions on Sunday. Mr Richardson wrote that “connection with family and loved ones needs to be a key priority” when deciding which restrictions can be eased.

“We have heard countless stories of constituents having not seen family since the start of the pandemic in March. This includes parents who have been separated from their children since March. Grandparents have told me they are yet to meet their grandchildren, while children write to me to tell me of their struggles daily in isolation,” he said. “I ask that family bubbles be given strong consideration and not be sub-

ject to the five kilometer restrictions originally outlined in step three of the roadmap to recover. This is respectfully submitted based on the overwhelming feedback and engagement of many thousands of residents in Kingston and the Mordialloc electorate.” The rules of the proposed “family bubble” would be similar to the social bubble for singles currently in place. Mr Richardson said he had received “many thousands of messages, emails,

phone calls, and comments” from residents struggling during the pandemic. “Everyone is doing outstanding work complying with the rules and guidelines and we need to acknowledge them all for all they have sacrificed. To have the ability to see and spend time with family is crucial to our communities’ ability to confront this challenge together and keep hope and spirit alive as we head towards COVID normal,” he said.

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Rail extension funding still in the budget Brodie Cowburn brodie@baysidenews.com.au THE extension of the Frankston line to Baxter is still included as a “key project” in the federal budget, despite being at a standstill for a year. A business case assessing the electrification and duplication of the Frankston line to Baxter was completed in October last year. Despite pressure from the opposition and state government, the federal government have not released the finished business case. The state government has also not committed funds to the project, leaving it in limbo. The federal government’s $225 million commitment to the project was first announced more than two years ago by former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull. After the release of the federal budget last week, urban infrastructure minister Alan Tudge released a statement confirming that the funding is still in this year’s budget, and has been included in the “National Rail Program”. Dunkley MP Peta Murphy said she has written to Mr Tudge twice to ask for the release of the business case to get the project moving again. “Despite their failure to even release the business case, Minister Tudge said in a letter [that] the next step is a detailed business case in order to further investigate the options available and enable Infrastructure Australia assessment,” Ms Murphy said. “It is clear that the federal government is not committed to extending

THE long touted Frankston line extension remains in limbo. Picture: Gary Sissons

the line to Baxter given the minister has said he still needs to investigate the options available. If the federal government was genuinely committed to extending the line to Baxter, they would have increased funding for it like they have with countless other infrastructure projects.” State Frankston MP Paul Edbrooke told The News that “nothing has changed” in regards to the state gov-

ernment’s position on the project “because the actual cost is still hidden in the business case that has been hidden for almost a year”. “If the federal government was really committed and the business case stacked up, they would release it to our community and fund the project appropriately as promised,” Mr Edbrooke said. Committee for Greater Frankston

CEO Ginevra Hosking said her advocacy group was “greatly relieved” that the funding “remains locked in the federal budget”, but called on the state government to come forward with funding of their own. “There was little progress made on the project last year due to the state government delaying and refusing to commit to the project, which will extend the metropolitan electrified train

line beyond Frankston to Langwarrin and/or Baxter, at an estimated cost of $500 million plus.” she said. “Many people in the community thought the project was a done deal after the 2018 federal budget. It is not. If the Victorian government does not back the project, and match the federal commitment, it cannot go ahead. State inaction places our federal funding in jeopardy.” The proposed project would see two new stations at Langwarrin and Frankston East constructed. Earlier this year, a report endorsed by local MPs and council employees suggested that the rail line could be extended with twin tracks to Langwarrin at a cheaper cost. That report estimated that electrifying the track through to Baxter could cost more than $550 million (“Report backs shorter rail extension”, The News, 22/6/20).

EVERYTHING WE’RE DOING IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE Thank you Victoria. As hard as this is, every sacrifice we’re making is making a difference. But we can’t stop now, or lose everything we’ve worked for. We will get through this together.

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PRIME Minister Scott Morrison announcing funding for Ballarto Road before the federal election in 2019. Picture: Supplied

Promised project on the road to nowhere IN February 2019, Prime Minister Scott Morrison visited Ballarto Road in Skye to announce that it would receive $30 million in funding for upgrades. Nearly two years has passed since that announcement and contruction has not begun. Dunkley MP Peta Murphy has called on the government to update the community on the project. “For almost 20 months, we haven’t heard a word out of the federal government about this upgrade, our community needs and deserves certainty,” she said. “We know the Morrison government is always there for the photo op, let’s hope they are there for the follow up.” The upgrades were expected to be funded through the federal government’s urban congestion fund, a program which shadow infrastructure minister Catherine King says was

“underspent by $572m last year alone, with only $148m of the promised $720m getting out the door”. The upgrade plans were not finalised when the Prime Minister made the announcement last year, but they were expected to include works at Greenwood Drive, Dion Drive, and Potts Road (“Cash splash on busy Ballarto Road”, The News, 11/2/19). The 2020/2021 federal budget was announced last week, featuring new funding announcements for a number of local roads. The budget included millions of dollars in taxpayer funds toward works on South Road, Western Port Highway, Hall Road, and Narre Warren North Road. The federal government says that $84.5 million will be spent on Hall Road in Skye and Cranbourne West to increase traffic lanes, bike paths, and safety measures. Narre Warren Road

was provided a sum of $31 million for additional lanes and safety features. $27.15 million was put aside for the enhancement of Western Port Highway roundabouts at Ballarto Road and Frankston-Cranbourne Road, while $22.5 million was set aside for new turning lanes, traffic lights and safety features at South Road in Moorabbin between Nepean Highway and Warrigal Road. “Commuters in greater south-east Melbourne will benefit from reduced travel times due to improved traffic flow and improvements in road safety due to these road upgrades,” Victorian Senator David Van said. The federal government touted 264 jobs would be created as a result of the works, which are expected to be completed over the next four years.

Woman of the year nominations open

One COVID-19 case in Kingston

THE search has begun to find Kingston’s 2021 woman of the year. Nominations are now open for the award, which launched in 2019. Last year’s winner, June Rea, said “to have been chosen as the winner from such an outstanding field of nominees is very humbling.” “I strongly encourage you to consider nominating deserving women of Kingston who are making great contributions across many varied fields within their community.” Kingston Council CEO Julie Reid says that “these are women who make incredible contributions to their community every day, are passionate and extraordinarily devoted to what they do.” The winner will be announced at an event on 5 March, 2021. Nominations close 30 November. To nominate someone visit kingston.vic. gov.au/kwa

JUST one case of COVID-19 is active in the Kingston local government area, as of 12 October. A total of 300 cases of the virus have been recorded among Kingston residents since the onset of the pandemic. An outbreak at Chadstone Shopping Centre has pushed up the state’s total number of cases. There are 19 active cases linked to the shopping centre, and have been 33 in total. A statement from the Department of Health and Human Services read that “anyone who visited Chadstone shopping centre between 23 September and 8 October should get tested – if they have even the mildest of symptoms. Testing is available at Chadstone car park drive through – Level 2 Chadstone Carpark, outside Coles and a walk-in clinic is open for staff only at Central Amenities on the ground level.” There are 191 cases of coronavirus currently active in Victoria.

KINGSTON mayor Georgina Oxley with the 2020 woman of the year award nominees. Picture: Supplied

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Peace film online ‘one more time’ THE multi-award winning documentary “Can Art Stop a Bullet: William Kelly’s Big Picture” is having its final online screening on Thursday 29 October. Described as a peace documentary, the film follows Cheltenham-based artist William Kelly through various countries, recording his views on peace along with those of actor Martin Sheen, photographer Nick Ut (whose photo of a child fleeing napalm bombing is credited with adding impetus to ending the Vietnam War) and

philosopher A C Grayling. The image of that young girl is also incorporated in Kelly’s 13-metre long “Peace and War/The Big Picture” banner, which hangs in the La Trobe Reading Room at the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne. The banner includes Kelly’s “visioning” of Picasso’s Guernica. Its creators say “Can Art Stop a Bullet” is international, but was “born” locally, with director Mark Street living in Mentone, sound recordist David Muir, Mornington, online editor Alan Ryan, Mount Eliza and media

producer Terry Cantwell, Mornington (“Film follows artist’s pursuit of peace” The News 9/6/20). The 90-minute documentary was one of the last films shown at Mornington Cinemas before it was closed due to the COVID-19 emergency. "Can Art Stop a Bullet?” will be streamed online via fanforcetv at 6pm Thursday 29 October as part of the City of Kingston's Seniors Festival. Tickets: $10 at fanforcetv.com/programs/kfhr-casab Keith Platt

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Four times over A DRUNK driver who crashed into three cars in Mentone last week has been arrested by police. Police attended the scene on Glenelg Drive at around 8pm on 7 October. When they arrived they discovered the damaged cars. The driver allegedly fled the scene, and was picked up by police on Aveza Street. The 28-year-old Mentone man was taken back to the police station, where he recorded an evidentiary breath test reading of 0.198. Police say the man is expected to be charged on summons in relation to leaving the scene of a crash, drink driving, and driving while suspended.

Drive safe at school SCHOOLS are finally back for Victorian students, and police are warning drivers to be extra careful around school zones. Victoria Police road policing command assistant commissioner Libby Murphy urged caution for drivers around schools. “Children are understandably excited to get to school and see their friends after a lengthy break,” she said. “In that excitement, it can be easy to forget the dangers of the road and passing traffic. “Whether kids are walking or riding their bike to and from school, or getting out of a car to walk to the front gate, if a child is hit at greater than 40km an hour they have very little chance of survival. Slow down, be patient and stick to the speed limit.

“With extra people moving about, it is so important that we take note of those reduced speed limits and stick to them. Police will be actively patrolling in and around school zones to make sure everyone gets to and from school safely. If you choose to speed, expect to get caught.” The minimum penalty for speeding in a school zone is a $207 fine, and the loss of one demerit point.

Scam call warning TELEPHONE scams have been on the rise lately, police say. Scam victims are told that they have an outstanding tax debt, and are asked for their personal information or bank account details. A statement on the police eyewatch Facebook page read “often the number displayed on the caller identification is that of a local police station or other government agency, such as the ATO. The scammers reportedly ask for personal information or bank details, and in some examples request the victim purchases online music vouchers or similar products to pay supposed fines.” “If you receive a phone call requesting personal information or payment from a person representing themselves from a law enforcement or government agency, do not respond to the request and hang up, call the institution back via a publicly listed phone number, if you have lost money as a result of this type of scam, please report the matter to your local police station.” Scams can be reported at scamwatch. gov.au

Man hits police van A MAN has had his license disqualified for more than a year after crashing into a police van in Carrum Downs. Police officers were stopped at a red light on the Eastlink off ramp at Thompsons Road when a car hit them from behind, around 8.15pm 7 October. Police took the driver to the police station for an evidentiary breath test. The driver blew 0.139. The 46-year-old man’s license was taken off him for 13 months.

Boy assaulted A 13-YEAR-old boy has been assaulted and robbed by a group of people at the Frankston Pier. Police say that the boy was approached by a group of 10 to 15 people at around 5pm on 2 October. They say that the group consisted of both men and women aged between 15 and 25. The victim was followed along the foreshore before being assaulted. The victim’s property was stolen and the group fled the scene. Police have provided descriptions of three of the males they are looking for. They describe them as a “20 year old Caucasian, 5 foot 7 or 165cm, wearing a black cap, white shirt and a black satchel, a 15-year-old Maori, short with black hair, and a 15-year-old Caucasian with blonde hair.” Police are encouraging any witnesses to make a report to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or go to crimestoppers.com.au and quote the incident number 200366086.

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LETTERS

Letters - 300 words maximum and including full name, address and contact number - can be sent to The News, PO Box 588, Hastings 3915 or emailed to: team@mpnews.com.au

Compulsory pool registrations badly planned and confusing The compulsory badly advised, badly planned, confusing and incompetent new pool and spa registration fees smack of (state and council) revenue raising and could have been a simple less costly two-step process (“Shire starts search for pool inspectors” The News 6/10/20). But instead all pool owners must write in to council before 1 November and “register” by paying a $79 fee so that council can inform these registrants that they need to apply for a compliance certificate from a separate council authorised inspecting entity that will inspect and charge $300 - $395 (first inspection) and $150 to $165 for it to be renewed every four years. What is amazing is that I received this “notice/ request” from council (in the mail) demanding I register my pool and pay the $79 fee or risk a $330 fine. Council has all the relevant forms, applications, plans and permits “registered” for most, if not all, pools. My pool has been catalogued, recorded and, dare I say, registered (by any other name) within various council departments. Otherwise, how did council know to send me an addressed request to register? Council has my town planning pool application and building application for a pool and “registered” plans for a pool. Why is this not registration enough? What is amazing is that a final inspection of the pool/spa fencing barrier had to be registered, yet again, and approved prior to allowing it to be filled with water. I don’t begrudge paying rates or registration fees. I just loath incompetence and waste. Has anyone really thought this out? We should (often and continually) remind local and state governments that they are our paid elected representatives, not just a whip or oppressor. We should always voice unfair initiatives. Paul Georgeson, Dromana

Trust being lost Sadly, in the state of Victoria the police are starting to lose the respect and trust of the populous. I believe they have been over zealous in their methods, as instructed by command and government, inflicting unnecessarily harsh discipline on a largely compliant people and interfering in their human rights as installed by this same government. The citizens do not wish this, and I am sure the vast majority of the force don’t either. It is a bit like the proverbial fish, the state is rotting from the head. Peter Grey, Rye

Hepburn and Helen When I was just 10 years old, my father took my two brothers and me for a 10-day holiday in a little hotel in Hepburn Springs. The only guests were us and a Ms Stella Lamond and her daughter, Helen Reddy, who was also 10. My father and Ms Lamond got on very well at meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner and I became a good friend of Helen and the two of us walked and ran over Hepburn’s bush and springs all day, every day. Me in my jodhpurs and Helen in her cool jeans. I was a bit envious of those jeans because they were rare in Australia in 1952. We had great fun and felt like soulmates. Over the years I followed her fame and her music, but I never saw her again. When she died last week, I felt really sad. She was a lovely little girl and some woman. Mary Lane, Mornington

Social justice vote Southern Women’s Action Network (SWAN) would like to thank the more than 20 Mornington Peninsula Shire Council candidates who responded to our recent survey, thus demonstrating a genuine willingness to respond to community concerns. In addition to social justice issues, the candidates provided their reasons for standing for council and links to further information about themselves. The responses make interesting reading. It is evident from the responses to our survey that SWAN’s social justice concerns are shared

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passionately by many of the candidates: access to affordable housing, to adequate income/ income support, disability access, prevention of violence against women, reconciliation with First Nations people and humanitarian treatment of refugees and asylum seekers. Also evident was the commitment of many to the principles of access, equity and inclusion. A number of candidates expressed concern about services for young people and also vulnerable older people. Significantly, the majority of responses reflect a deep commitment to climate action, environment protection and prevention of over-development on the peninsula. Candidates unanimously rejected the idea that social justice issues are just state and federal responsibilities. All saw council as having a vital role in both advocacy and policy and program development at the local level. Responses are available at swanwomen.org. au/candidate-statements-mpsc-2020/ or can be mailed or emailed by calling 0404 811 422. Erica Churchill, SWAN facilitator, Bittern

Important election It is concerning that the current [Mornington Peninsula Shire Council] election process is being attempted to be influenced by a single entity. How many members of Peninsula Aero Club actually live in the shire (“Pro-airfield candidates want state to act” The News 6/10/20)? This is an important election and the number of new councillors that will be elected across the shire could lead to inexperienced decision making. As we come out of lockdown it will be vitally important that as many of the existing councillors are re-elected. It is going to be difficult enough without having one trick ponies influencing decisions Rod Kerley, Moorooduc

Testing time Candidates wanting transparency on Mornington Peninsula Shire Council is looking like thick cloud (“Candidate ‘stacking’ could lead to a chaotic shire” and “Local test” Letters 6/10/20). Local test homework in my Red Hill Ward leads to one candidate who doesn’t actually live in the ward, though advertising in The News and the address given would suggest that is the case. Len Minty (“Candidate stacking”) is correct in his assessment of “affiliation with other interests” can lead to “candidate stacking” and end in chaos in council. Why nominate in a ward you do not reside in? Campaigning on “complete transparency in council”, I feel this candidate’s campaign is in a thick grey cloud already. If this candidate is elected Red Hill Ward (the shire’s largest) will be represented by a councillor who doesn’t even reside in our community. Yet the Briars Ward will have three councillors and a councillor elected in Red Hill Ward, who actually resides in the Briars Ward. Vote on performance first, or at least someone who lives in your community. John Blogg, Somers

‘Fair’ proposals The planning scheme amendments proposed for Tyabb airfield by Mornington Peninsula Shire Council actually allow for big increases in aircraft movements and in aircraft noise above those experienced in 2018 and 2019 (“Pro-airfield candidates want state to act” The News 6/10/20). One significant restriction in the council proposal is a night-time curfew, but that should not cause the wheels to fall off the airfield. It would be only fair for night operations to be restricted to aircraft on an emergency given the runway is only 250 metres from the Tyabb general residential zone and more than 2650 people live within 1.5 kilometres of the runway. If this petition [signed by five council candidates] is successful, the effect would be to deny the vast majority of local residents a say in the limits on aircraft noise from Tyabb airfield, while giving a say to people from all over Victoria who signed the petition. The support for the petition by the five candi-

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dates also raises the serious issue whether they believe local residents should not have a say about the aircraft noise. The report that 12 candidates did not answer the question [included on a questionnaire from The News] about PAC membership is terrifying. If they are not prepared to answer a simple question, then perhaps they should not be trusted to be our councillors. Brewis Atkinson, Tyabb

No money for research, either. It all points to the government returning to exactly the same philosophy that existed before COVID-19 came along. That is total reliance on China, support for coal and gas, and support for only the wealthy. James McLoughlin, Balnarring

‘Shocking’ maintenance

I couldn’t believe my ears when the Treasurer [Josh Frydenberg] was announcing the relaxing of financial lending rules. What is he thinking? I was always cynical of the Liberal/National government’s response to the very recent royal commission into banking and financial institutions. I didn’t think it was broad enough. Namely, credit card exorbitant interest rate charges and internet banking, didn’t get looked into. Easing the rules of lending will lead to more unscrupulous lending cowboys/girls to entice the vulnerable in our society to rack up debit that, more than likely, they cannot afford. I can just see another royal commission in the near future. I hope I am proven wrong but, given no one was jailed for all the atrocious and in some cases illegal practices, time will tell. Methinks unfettered greed will prevail. Denise Hassett, Mount Martha

Who is responsible for the shocking condition of Coolart Road north of Wonderland Avenue, Tuerong? Every time it is graded it becomes a bigger disaster: gutters clogged with debris and the water flowing over the road is breaking up the bitumen. Trevor Billson, Tuerong

Problem masks With the widespread use of facial masks during the ongoing lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic I have noticed with alarm the discarding of these masks increasing around parts of the Mornington Peninsula. This practice seems more prevalent around some of the shopping centres and on the footpaths of the main streets. I’m hoping this does not become another version of the long-term problem we have always had with the discarding cigarette butts, many of them ending up in beautiful Port Phillip. Maybe Mornington Peninsula Shire could promote an awareness campaign and nip in the bud a potential eyesore and pollution problem before it gets out of hand. Brian Boyd, Rye

Coalition decision It was the Kennett government that created Mornington Peninsula Shire in 1994 (“Mixed up politics” Letters 30/9). The shire was incorporated into the Melbourne metropolitan area at that time. I share the frustration with our current lockdown, but it must be remembered that it was a Coalition government that put us in this geographical quandary. Steve Weal, Blairgowrie

Metro peninsula It appears Edward O’Donohue, Liberal member of the Upper House in the Eastern Region, likes to spread misinformation. As part of a campaign with [Flinders MP] Greg Hunt he is circulating a letter referring to the decision by the Andrews government to classify Mornington Peninsula as metropolitan. In fact, it was under the government of Henry Bolte that the peninsula was made part of greater Melbourne, and that was continued when Jeff Kennett amalgamated the councils back in 1994 when the western part of the peninsula was added to the shires of Flinders and Mornington. What that means is that when COVID restrictions were applied to the whole of metropolitan Melbourne it included the peninsula. Comparisons with Geelong are irrelevant as it is a regional area. Better to compare with Yarra Valley which is facing the same dilemmas as the peninsula in lockdown. We need to carefully weigh up the pros and cons before we embark on a campaign to become a regional local government area rather than part of metro Melbourne. What would happen to our green wedges? Would we be forced to compete for funding with larger councils such as Bendigo or Geelong? It is not a decision to be made on the hop. Ed O’Donohue might serve his electorate better if he asked his federal counterparts why only one Victorian region was nominated for the $50 million Recovery for Regional Tourism Fund? Marg D’Arcy, Rye

Nothing changes I am disappointed in the [federal] budget. Once again, we see the LNP refusing to listen to the public and taking the wrong options in getting out of the recession and not trying to put Australia in a better place. Most of the tax cut money goes to people earning over $120,000 who will not spend it and so will not help the recovery. It appears the dole will revert to $40 a day next year and the unemployed can starve with the temporary visa holders who also got nothing. Better than tax cuts would have been investment in building more affordable housing and incentives to manufacture in Australia to lessen our reliance on an ever more belligerent China.

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Chinese colony According to the Macquarie Dictionary treason means violation of allegiance to the state. China’s President Xi Jinping is arguably world enemy No1. Premier Daniel Andrews, having signed Victoria up to the Belt and Road strategy and now initiating a Chinese technological development centre in Melbourne, is quoted as saying that Victoria is China’s gateway to Australia. Say no more. Aussie Sadler, Mornington

Risk assessment Every so often one stops to examine one’s priorities. Seventy years following politics changes nothing. Highs, lows, crooks and the occasional honest joker. All right wing governments are only interested in four things: your vote, your spending, your taxes and their place in history. Possibly a fifth their bank balances? The Labor Party, slightly in our favour, has much the same interests. Today it’s COVID-19. Nobody really knows what’s ahead in 2021. Add in climate change (vital, particularly if you envisage sticking around till 2050, with Scott Morrison into his usual ducking and weaving alongside the prevaricating Anthony Albanese), Donald Trump and democracy itself, in America, England and here, a psychological nightmare for the future, where already some 0.1 per cent own 20 per cent of the world. Strangely, others say it’s all about the dangers of China. True for Tibetans no doubt, but not necessarily for Australia ahead of these other dangers. I’m too old to get to an emotional point of view. Just saying. Cliff Ellen, Rye

Different approaches Is this prime minister fair dinkum? He’s claiming international travellers from “safe” COVID-19 countries could bypass hotel quarantine. Has this bloke learnt nothing? The country may be COVID-19 safe, but are the travellers? Maybe Victorian Premier Dan Andrews should be running the country. He obviously believes in health before wealth. Andrews has out performed the PM consistently. He daily stands before the reporters for as long as the questions keep coming, even the inane ones. Whereas the PM gives edicts such as the one I’ve mentioned then goes on holidays complete with family to South Australia (a LNP state) does a photo op and then disappears. The cases are falling, so Andrews has got it right. Another three weeks and we’ll be able to have more movement out and about. All we need is for the knockers and the whingers as well as the LNP dirty tricks unit to give it a rest. Restaurant owners in Melbourne can’t have it both ways. They can’t be losing thousands of dollars during the lockdown and the curfew (which has now been lifted) to not making enough during the warmer seasons when things were normal to pay their staff normal award wages. Which is it? Prince or pauper? John Cain, McCrae


100 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK...

Protest at Land Sale – Question of Subdivision Compiled by Cameron McCullough LAST Saturday afternoon, the land situate between the Prince of Wales Hotel and Mr Sage’s shop, Frankston, was offered for sale, on the site. The owner, Mr. Short, considers the situation admirably adapted for shop sites, and he subdivided the block into four allotments. The whole block has a frontage of 100 feet to Mornington Road, with a depth of 200 feet to Kananook Creek, where there is a three feet right-ofway along the bank of the stream. Mr Short has cut his block in two, reserving the rear portion – 100 x 100 ft – as a residential area for himself, his frontage being the creek. The front part, which has a rightof-way on both sides, be subdivided into three parts, each having frontage of 30 feet, and a depth of 100 feet. The auctioneer, Mr W. P. Mason, had completed reading the conditions of sale, when Mr J.D. Jennings stepped forwarded, and asked several questions relating to the survey. He received information confirming the fact that the three front allotments ran into a dead end, and that the only frontage possessed by the rear allotment – reserved by Mr Short – was the three feet right-of-way along the creek. Mr Jennings then entered a vigorous protest against the action of the Shire Council in permitting what he termed “the creation of a slum area” in such a favored locality. He contended in connection with the rear block that the granting of a frontage to a 3ft right-of-way was most improper, and he hoped the peo-

ple of Frankston would not be slow to disapprove of the whole thing. Mr Mason drew attention to the fact that the plans of sub-division bore the seal of the Shire Council and proceeded with the sale. The corner block, nearest the hotel, was first offered, the purchaser having the option of taking the other two. Bidding started at £10 per foot and increased by 5s bids to £10 15s, at which it was passed in. It is stated that the vendors reserve was something like £15 per foot. *** Local Soldiers Ignored AT the conclusion of the Soldiers’ Memorial committee meeting, Mr H. Vicars referred to the advertised fact that Lieutenants Parer and McIntosh were to be entertained at Frankston. As president of the local branch of the Returned Soldiers’ Association he could say that members deeply resented the manner in which they had been ignored in the matter. They were anxious to co-operate, but had never been consulted by the two or three individuals who had taken upon themselves the responsibility of acting on behalf of the people of Frankston. Cr Oates said the Council had written to Mr Parer senr., over a month ago concerning the matter of giving a public welcome to Lieut. Parer, and the Council was still waiting a reply. He promised that enquiry would be made. Mr Morrison took exception to the high price fixed for admission. In the past ls had been deemed sufficient

charge to welcome home socials to returned soldiers. Mr McMurtrie: Did the Returned Soldiers’ make any move towards organising a welcome? Mr Vicars: We were waiting on the Council. Our branch is nearly 100 strong, and we expect to be consulted. *** “Digger’s” Doings – A Day at the Races and a trip to the seaside THE escapades of three “diggers” named Arthur Hall, Charles Newman and Stanley James (inmates of the Caulfield Military Hospital) occupied the attention of Messrs C, G. V. Williams (chairman), C. W. Grant, and W. J. Oates, J’s.P. at the Frankston Police Court on Monday last, when Newman and James were charged with stealing between £20 and £30 from their comrade, Hall. Detective Ethell, in outlining the case, said that on Saturday, Sept 25th Hall invited Newman to accompany him to the city, where Hall collected £22. They were joined later by James, and proceeded to the Moonee Valley races. They consumed a good deal of drink during the day, and finally found themselves at the Carrum Hotel, where they secured accommodation for the night. When Hall was awakened on Sunday morning, he found his companions of the previous day had taken their departure. He also discovered his empty wallet near the bed, but no trace of the £27 it had contained when he retired to rest. Hall informed the police, with the result that Newman and James were

interviewed at the Caulfield Hospital. At first they denied all knowledge of the money, but after being confronted with the motor driver, whom they engaged on the Sunday to take them to Mordialloc, and the manager of the Mordialloc Hotel, where they changed a £5 note, they made certain admissions to the police. Arthur Hall, a young soldier, with one arm, gave evidence detailing the day’s doings. He said he backed winners. He had 30/- on Pimpara at 7 to 1, and he gave James £1 to put on Earl Simon, and received £3 in return. After the races. He, with Newman and James, engaged a motor car and arrived at the Carrum Hotel at about 10 o’clock at night, where they went to bed. James did not undress. Witness had about £27 in his wallet, which he carried in the pocket of his jacket. The money consisted of four £5 notes and seven. £1 notes. Witness paid all the expenses of the trip. He thought Newman had about £11 on Saturday morning, when they set out for the races. James had no money. They all had drinks during the day, and were just “nice and merry” when they got to Carrum. Newman: You told us you got 7 to 2 Pimpara. Hall: No, 7 to 1. James denied the statement that he went to bed fully dressed. John Crosby, motor driver, and Raymond Broomhall manager Mordialloc Hotel, gave evidence relating to the doings of the accused on Sunday, Sept

26th. Constable McDonald read the statements made by Newman and James. They admitted having taken a couple of £5 notes, which, they said, they found lying on the floor near Hall’s bed at Carrum. The accused pleaded guilty, and asked to be dealt with at once. Newman: This would never have happened had we not been drinking. I had three year’s active service, and was never in trouble before. If you give us a chance, we will make amends, and pay back the money to Hall. James, who was on crutches, also promised amendment. Detective Ethell: It looks like a drunken spree! The Bench said that consideration would be given to what the men had suffered in the war. This trouble seemed to have resulted from their drunken condition. They would be sentenced to three months imprisonment, sentence to be suspended on them entering into a bond of £25 to be of good behavior for 12 months. *** A MEETING of the Peninsula’s Cricket Association was held at Hastings on Saturday last, when delegates were present from Tyabb, Hastings, Crib Point, French Island and the Naval Unit attached to the Flinders Naval Base. *** FROM the pages of the Mornington Standard, 8 October 1920

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Help! Corona virus Has Infected the Way We Speak By Stuart McCullough VERTICAL consumption. Had you asked me six months ago what ‘vertical consumption’ referred to, I’d have assumed it involved an ointment and a lie down. But, as it turns out, it refers to the act of eating and drinking while standing up. Why they don’t simply refer to it as ‘doing stuff whilst standing’ and went with ‘vertical consumption’ is beyond me. It’s unlikely to be a medical term. Not since the nation was collectively boxed around the ears with the term ‘programmatic specificity’ has something so simple been put in such a mind-bogglingly complex way. The long and short of it is that ‘vertical consumption’ is now permitted in South Australia. Good luck to them, I say. Which means that there are people standing up while eating and drinking as we speak. It’s not something I ever thought I’d be jealous of. Then again, it does strike me as somewhat reckless. Whose to say that, after all this time, people still remember how to eat and drink while standing up? I can see it now – dozens of people falling over as they attempt ‘vertical consumption’ for the first time in six months. People toppling off bar stools as they try to do too much, too soon, as gravity gets the better of them. I suspect when ‘vertical consumption’ is eventually re-introduced in Victoria, it will be gradual and accompanied by a seven-stage ‘vertical consumption’ roadmap that will take us to 2023 to complete. It will be time-limited too, with malingerers who stand too long either given a squirt from the bar-hose or, in less severe circumstances, dragged out by the riot squad and fed to the canine unit. I, however, will be ready. While the rest of you have been foolishly allowing your ‘vertical consumption memory muscle’ to wither, I have been practicing at home. I’d like to say that this has been to ensure that I’m ready to vertically consume at a moment’s notice, but mostly it’s to ensure my dog – who has started bullying me for food – doesn’t jump onto the table and eat my dinner.

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Restrictions have been in force for a long time here in Victoria. What if we forget the things we once took for granted? It’s been ages since I wore a necktie. There’s a chance that I won’t remember how and will have to resort to one of those elastic ones that are normally only worn by substitute teachers. Or, worse still, what if I can’t remember how to tie a tie, but can remember how to do a cravat and, as a result, have to attend work looking like a seventeenth-century Croatian soldier. (Fun fact: the cravat was invented by the Croatian army in the seventeenth century – who says defending sovereign territory and being

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fashionable are incompatible!) Dancing was banned in Queensland. For those of us who were lousy dancers to begin with and needed all the practice we could get, such prohibitions really mark the end of any hope we had of turning professional. You may consider that a good thing. But until you’ve seen me crump, you should reserve judgment. From 1 November, people can dance at weddings in the Sunshine State but capped to a maximum of forty people at a time. If this is a glimpse into the future, it means that there will soon be a new job at weddings – dance-floor wrangler.

The job of the dance-floor wrangler will be to ensure that the forty-person cap is complied with at all times and that people don’t get too close to each other. How this is to be enforced in an atmosphere of driving music and heightened spirits is anyone’s guess, but I’m pretty sure it’s likely to involve a cattle prod and a bucket of cold water. DJs across the country will need to revise their playlists; discarding the guaranteed floor fillers they’ve been relying on for years – forget ‘Uptown Funk’ by Mark Ronson, say good-bye to ‘Superstition’ by Stevie Wonder, so long ‘I Want to Dance with Somebody’ by Whitney Houston – and replace them with songs that will hopefully appeal to no more than forty people at a time. I have a sneaking suspicion that Wang Chung is about to be very popular at weddings. As for me, I think I’m getting used to it. Wearing a mask feels, if not like second nature, then probably third nature. There are some upsides too. Once I worried about whether I’d blown my nose properly. So long as facemasks remain mandatory, I don’t think I’ll have to bother with blowing my nose ever again. Ditto for yawning in public. I’ve become used to treating others with suspicion whenever I set foot outside my house. I marvel at the sheer unpredictability that comes with squirting hand-sanitizer. (Will it come out straight? Or will is shoot out at some unexpected angle and squirt the dog who’s about six feet away. Who can tell?) I’m a little tired of the whole ‘five kilometer radius’ thing, though. Most of the things I need fall within our ‘zone’, but I’m about eight hundred metres short of my preferred butcher. Perhaps we can move to a trading system where meterage can be sold on the free market and I can offset the additional distance with those days that I hardly travel at all. When that day finally comes that I can leave my territory, I’ll be so happy that I might just eat while standing up. Just don’t ask me to dance – I won’t remember how. stuart@stuartmccullough.com


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By Craig MacKenzie FOOTBALL Victoria held secret online meetings two weeks ago with senior and junior licence holders to discuss restructuring the state’s NPL setup. The game’s governing body held a zoom meeting with NPL1 clubs on Monday 28 September, with NPL2 and NPL3 clubs the following evening then met online with junior NPL clubs on Wednesday 30 September. The opening address at the meeting with NPL2 and NPL3 clubs was made by FV director Sezar Jakupi with the federation’s Football Strategy Manager Emilio Amanatidis and NPL Competitions Manager Hakan Dogan participating. At all three meetings clubs were told not to discuss the proposals put forward or the discussion that took place. The rationale behind the federation’s attempts to shroud these meetings in secrecy is unclear. Attendees were always going to report back to club committees who in turn would inform coaching staff so the thread of confidentiality was severely frayed. The meetings canvassed major changes to under-18 and under-20 competitions, the possible axing of the under-16s and allowing clubs to field two under-13s but reducing that age group to small-sided competition. NPL2 and NPL3 clubs were told that if they reached the last 32 of the 2021 FFA Cup they would have to compete under the constraints of the Player Points System despite the PPS not applying during their respective league seasons. It also was confirmed that NPL clubs would retain their respective league status next year and that promotion and relegation would again be in play. Last week NPL senior and junior licence holders voted on these changes and it is expected that the federation will inform clubs of the outcome this week. Proposals put to the vote included replacing the under-18s and under-20s with under-19 and under-21 competitions and introducing a finals series for 19s and 21s. Clubs were told that they would be allowed to include three under-23 players not listed on their senior roster

Meet the convener: Football Victoria director Sezar Jakupi (right) pictured with Oakleigh Cannons stars Joe Guest (far left) and Harry White at last year’s club presentation night. Picture: Peter Psarros

as part of their new under-21 squad. But the most controversial proposal involved how the new under-19 competition would be run. While remaining part of a club’s senior NPL licence FV suggested that it should be run over 33 matches with the first 11 matches amounting to grading games as is the case presently with junior NPL teams. Currently the under-18s are aligned with club seniors and under-20s in terms of fixtures but the FV proposal would regionalise a new under-19s competition during the grading phase. Once grading is completed clubs would be placed in separate under-19 leagues which would not mirror the senior and under-21 setup. One of the youth coaches involved at NPL level thought the under-19 proposal was doomed to failure. “It’s going to be a really, really hard sell,” he said. “The idea that the 18s will simply

move on to the 19s is ridiculous. “These kids will want to play senior football or at least be involved at senior level but this disenfranchises them by cutting them off from the seniors. “They might still come under the senior licence but they won’t feel part of the senior club having a completely different set of fixtures. “It’s a car crash. “I don’t understand how clubs are going to sell that to a player – you’re doing your VCE and you’re going to be playing more games than the seniors and 21s and against different teams. “It won’t work mate. “They restructured then didn’t even give it a season to find out how it turned out. “There was bugger all consultation with clubs no matter what FV might say and none of the clubs I’ve spoken to saw this coming in fact they were completely blindsided by this one.”

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By Ben Triandafillou PINECLIFF, Mount Eliza-based trainers Anthony and Sam Freedman remain adamant on bypassing the VRC Derby with promising colt Ain’tnodeeldun despite claiming the Listed Hill Smith Stakes (1800m) at Morphettville on Saturday. Co-trainer Anthony Freedman believes the $2million VRC Derby (2500m) on Saturday 31 October will come up too soon for the improving Dundeel three-year-old. “He still has some maturing to do so I don’t want to give him a gut buster in the Derby,” Anthony Freedman said on the Freedman Racing website. “I think he will be a better horse in the autumn so we will give him a light spring and lift the bar in the autumn with him.” Ain’tnodeeldun broke his maiden status in dominant fashion at Sale (1615m) two starts ago to win by five lengths, before proving too classy for his rivals on Saturday. Ain’tnodeeldun, who jumped as the $1.65 favourite for the race, settled towards the rear of the field before hitting the front with 150m to go and held off the late charge from Victoria Quay to win by three-quarters of a length. Freedman believes the colt will benefit from the experience interstate. “He was well-ridden today, but he was left in front a long way from home which probably isn’t the way to ride him,” Freedman said. “Dom Tourneur was of the opinion he had a lot more left to give, which is what I wanted to hear. He is still learning the game and I believe the trip away would have done him the world of good. He should come back a more mature horse.” With the Derby off the table, Freedman will instead aim Ain’tnodeeldun towards the Listed TCL TV Stakes (1800m) for three-year-olds on Melbourne Cup day.

Up-and-comer: Anthony and Sam Freedman’s three-year-old colt Ain’tnodeeldun wins the Listed Hill Smith Stakes (1800m) at Morphettville. Picture: Supplied

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