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Food recycling program begins next month Brodie Cowburn brodie@baysidenews.com.au FOOD waste recycling will be introduced throughout the Kingston municipality next month. Kingston residents can use their

green waste bin to recycle food scraps from May onwards. Meat, fish, bones, cooked food, dairy products, and vegetables can all be recycled into compost. The mayor Georgina Oxley said “food waste makes up about 35 per cent of Kingston’s household waste that is sent to landfill. Soon we will be

able to start transforming it into nutrient rich compost for Victorian farmers rather than creating harmful greenhouse gases in landfill.” “In May, every home with an existing green bin will receive a free food waste caddy and a supply of compostable caddy bin liners,” she said. “The caddy

is a small bin that can be used to collect food scraps to transfer from your kitchen to your food and green waste bin, or your home compost if you have one. The compostable bags can be used to line the caddy or to bag smelly food before putting it in the green waste bin. “It’s really important that we all do

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Stephen Taylor steve@baysidenews.com.au A DROMANA woman who has been volunteering as a family violence victim advocate for the past three years fears enforced isolation because of the COVID-19 pandemic may lead to an increase in abuse. Geraldine Bilston said isolated living, less contact with people outside their homes, financial pressures and unforeseen stresses could mean “we are now bracing for an increase in domestic violence on the Mornington Peninsula”. As a survivor of domestic violence who fled with her daughter from a “man we should have been able to trust and feel safe with”, Ms Bilston said she experienced many forms of family violence. “He ran us off the road in his car a day after I escaped the relationship,” she said. “Before I left I was physically assaulted and abused after enduring years of emotional abuse, which had been escalating during our relationship.” Her attacker was initially charged with assault causing serious harm, several breaches of an intervention order, and conduct endangering lives. “However, his lawyer got a plea deal with the police prosecutor where he pleaded guilty and the charges were down-

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Bikes stolen from school Thefts from cars POLICE are investigating a bike theft that occurred in Cheltenham last month. Police believe that the offender stole two bicycles from Cheltenham Secondary School, around 10.20am Monday 23 March. The suspect jumped the school fence to gain access to the school before walking into the unlocked bicycle cage. The man rode one bicycle away and pulled a second one beside him. Police describe the offender as “of slim build, wearing a black tracksuit with a hoodie bearing the logo ECKO, white sneakers with light blue trim”. An image of a man (below) police wish to speak to has been released. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic. com.au

A SPIKE in thefts from cars has been reported across a number of local suburbs. In Mentone, Parkdale, Mordialloc, Aspendale, and Chelsea Heights, more than 80 reports of items stolen from motor cars were made to police between 2 April and 6 April. Police say that most of those thefts occurred because cars were left unlocked in driveways. A police statement read “whilst you are all doing the right thing and staying home, please be aware there are others who are not. Please be vigilant over the long weekend and keep an eye out for yourselves and your neighbours. If you see anything suspicious, call 000 immediately.”

our roads. “Our community does not need any additional grief or stress caused through road trauma at this already challenging time.”

Virus hotline THE non-urgent police line launched last year can be used to report people not abiding by new social distancing guidelines. Anyone who sees someone violating restrictions can make a report on 131 444.

Death investigated POLICE are investigating the death of a man in Frankston North. Emergency services attended Lehmann Crescent just after 11.20pm on 4 April. They found a man dead when they arrived. Homicide Squad detectives are investigating the death. Police have yet to determine the circumstances. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

Operation targets drivers POLICE undertook a roadside operation last weekend, devoting more resources to making sure people were behaving on the road. Operation Nexus took place between 9 April and 13 April. On 12 April a 33-year-old Clarinda woman was pulled over on the Westall Road extension by Moorabbin Highway Patrol officers. Police say she was driving at 127kmph in an 80 zone in an Audi. The woman tested positive for methylamphetamine, and was also found to have had a suspended license due to other speeding offences. Her vehicle was impounded and she is expected to be charged. A police statement said “we aim to reduce the incidence and severity of road trauma across the Easter long weekend by targeting key causes. We will be highly visible and mobile in the community.” “We anticipate traffic to remain local as people leave their homes for essential needs only. This is a crucial time to be switched on when driving for these essential needs. There is no excuse for drivers to exercise poor behaviour on

POLICE attend the scene of a death in Lehmann Crescent. Pic: Gary Sissons

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Police investigate after infant’s body found Brodie Cowburn brodie@baysidenews.com.au THE remains of an infant girl have been found on the beach in Seaford. The baby is believed to have been a newborn. The umbilical cord and placenta were present with the body of the girl. Police are investigating, but have not yet established the circumstances of the death or the identity of the infant as of 11 April. It is believed that the baby was left on the beach sometime between 7am and 5pm on Monday, 6 April. A police statement read that “police hold serious concerns for the health and welfare of the baby’s mother and are asking for her to contact police as soon as possible”. “At this stage she is yet to be located and ensuring her wellbeing is the primary focus of the current investigation.” A passer-by found the remains on the beach adjacent to Nepean Highway about 4.30pm, 8 April. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com. au.

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Frankston light - the council’s position Compiled by Cameron McCullough A LETTER from the Frankston Gas Company relating to the electric light supply, but making no reference to the council’s decision to have the company’s charter cancelled, caused Cr Mason to ask at the meeting last week what action had been taken by the shire solicitor to give effect to the council’s resolution. The secretary said that Mr Cook had explained to him that he had been too busy to attend to the matter. Cr Mason – He has not replied to the council’s letter of six weeks ago. I move that Mr Cook be directed to carry out the council’s instructions forthwith. Cr Oates seconded. It was time Mr Cook gave more attention to matters connected with this shire. If Mr Cook could not find time to do their work they must get someone else. The motion was carried unanimously. *** MR T. H. Burns has purchased the dairy produce and ham and beef business lately carried on so successfully by Mr N. Callander, in Bay Street Frankston. Mr Burns, in announcing the change in our advertising columns, asks for a continuance of the support accorded to his predecessor. Mr Callander, as the result of war service, finds it necessary to undergo an operation for eye trouble, and prior to placing himself in the hands of a specialist, Mr and Mrs Callander intend spending a fortnight’s holiday at Daylesford.

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*** A LITTLE girl named Kimlin had a sensational experience during the holidays when she accidentally rode a bicycle over the end of the Frankston pier. Fortunately she was able to swim and succeeded to reaching the steps safely. The bike was recovered later in the day. *** FRANKSTON hall was too small to hold all who sought admission to the Good Friday Night concert in aid of the Frankston Presbyterian Church building fund. It was a most successful gathering and the organisers have handed to Miss MacKay the sum of £21 5s 4d as the result of the effort. *** Frankston Football Club held a wonderfully successful annual meeting last night, the attendance numbering over 50. Mr E J Parker was elected president, with Mr A Aitken secretary. *** A MOTOR cycle with side car collided with a dog at Mile Bridge last Tuesday afternoon, when Lieut Kirkwood, M.C., M.M., ,and his mother were seriously injured. A phone message for assistance was received at the Peninsula Motor Garage and Mr O. Olsen, driving one of the company’s cars, speedily had the sufferers conveyed to St. Pancras private hospital. *** AT about 1 o’clock this morning the house occupied by Mrs Pal-

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lamountagne, in Cranbourne Road, Frankston, was totally destroyed by fire. The occupants were all in bed when the alarm was given and they escaped from the burning building with only such articles of wearing apparel as could be hurriedly snatched up. Mrs Pallamountagne is a heavy loser, the contents being uninsured. The house was owned Miss Baxter. *** Heard in the Train Easter holidays saw an unusually large influx of visitors to Frankston, and railway traffic was particularly heavy. The weather throughout was good, with the exception of Saturday, when rain fell in the forenoon. A satisfactory demand continues for township properties, both business sites and residential areas being in strong request. Frankston lighting supply was the only cause for complaint with visitors, the electric power as usual failing to materialise when most required. A re-valuation of the whole shire of Frankston and Hastings has been decided upon. Several business changes effected and pending in Frankston. Cr. Chas. A. Jones received a cordial welcome on taking his seat at the council table for the first time last week. Frankston’s ranger cast his net the other day and made a notable haul for the shire pound, including two horses owned by a Frankston Riding councillor.

The Frankston owned Bothulla annexed the steeple at Mentone last Wednesday. *** NOTICE. ANYONE found taking Hay or Wood out of any of my Paddocks, or found trespassing, with or without dogs or guns will be Prosecuted. N. C. HOLDSWORTH. Baxter *** Our Letterbox To the Editor. Sir, During the Easter vacation I took occasion to visit my house in Frankston, and I was simply dumb with amazement at the position of affairs in connection with the electric light. Light, did I say, Mr Editor? (please excuse my smile). The following was my experience each evening. Between 6.30 and 7 p.m. the light (?) was put on, and was fairly good for about 10 minutes, then a gradual dimness came on, and eventually darkness. Kerosene lamps had to be requisitioned. After another half-hour, suddenly a faint glimmer appeared, which, within half-an-hour reached a stage of about 4 candle power, and there it remained until well after 10 o’clock. Then, when nobody wanted to use it, it suddenly brightened. I can assure, you, Sir, that at no time between dusk and 10 o’clock was I able to read a newspaper, without lighting a kerosene lamp. I tried new globes—same result. The above was my experience with a 50 c.p. globe, and you can judge

how the other rooms were with 30 c.p. What passes my comprehension is how the permanent residents stand it. Some two years ago were all circularised, asking us to signify our intention, or otherwise, of having electric light installed in our houses, we, on our part, undertaking to pay a minimum fee per month whether we used the light or not. So far, so good. Surely, per contra, the Company entered into a contract to supply us with light – not the apology for it, which we have to put up with, and although I am no lawyer, I should very much like to know what position any court would take up if a consumer refused to pay the minimum fee per month, maintaining, as I do, that there is a breach of contract on the Company’s part, and something which seems to me very akin to obtaining money under false pretenses, for, under no circumstances, can the glimmer the Company gives us be called a light. One hears whispers that the Shire Council are going to take the matter up – the sooner the better – so that Frankston and it’s electric light shall no longer be a laughing stock amongst the many visitors who go there. Trusting that some more able pen than mine will take this matter up, and that the residents of Frankston will see that they get fair play. Yours faithfully, W. MOULTON, Gould St., Long Island. *** FROM the pages of the Mornington Standard, 9 April 1920


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By Craig MacKenzie MICHAEL Woodward is one of the “invisible men” of local soccer. There are committee members at some clubs who have never heard of him but that’s more a reflection of how football is structured in Victoria than of the man himself. In a wide-ranging interview Football Victoria’s southern zone representative has chosen to share his personal views on the sports’ governance, clubs’ focus on their senior teams, the high cost of player fees especially at NPL junior level and what the prospects are for restarting the 2020 season. Woodward, 59, has a son and daughter that both played soccer and he has held administrative positions in the sport with Frankston Strikers, Peninsula junior soccer club, Peninsula Strikers and Southern United. He has represented clubs in FV’s southern zone for over six years. “As a result of the Crawford Report (2003) we moved at state level from a system of club voting weighted in favour of premier league clubs to a zone and standing committee system,” Woodward said. That restructure was supposed to democratise the sport by the enfranchising of groups not previously represented – for example, referees and female players – but it now means that 24 zone representatives and four standing committee chairpersons are the only people empowered to vote come FV board elections. “A group of us have been pushing for a big review of FV’s constitution and the current (governance) structure with a view to making the constitution fairer and giving people more input,” Woodward said. “At the same time we need to get more clubs to vote under the present system as currently very few of them even bother to vote for zone reps.” Woodward’s role is to act as a bridge between FV and its member clubs but he’s rarely used as clubs prefer to deal with FV directly. “It’s the sort of job where you often take one step forward then four steps backward. “When you have no power to make changes it is very, very frustrating. “What’s been put in place recently regarding a women’s VPL and the NPL junior structure are things we recom-

mended to the federation almost seven years ago and for four years now we’ve been pushing for constitutional change. “We keep getting told that nothing can be done until the situation is sorted out at FFA level but we say no, that’s not the case. “We say to FV all you need to do is get permission from FFA to change your constitution and they won’t withhold permission without reason because FV is a separate incorporated body.” Outgoing FFA technical director Rob Sherman has been calling for a major structural overhaul of Australian soccer involving a disbandment of state and territory federations and their replacement with regional offices of the national body. His pleas fell on deaf ears prompting his departure but he has an ally in Woodward. “Federations have become involved in areas they should have nothing to do with. They should be regional offices concentrating on running competitions. “The NPL is an example of why there should be one centralised body because FFA brought out the NPL system then each state changed it to suit themselves. “The more you look at it the more you realise they should just get rid of state federations.

“Just look at the money involved. “Each federation has a CEO, a CFO … the list goes on and on. “Everyone says there’s not much money in soccer well there’s heaps of money in the sport. “It’s just that it’s spent wrongly whether it’s on a State 5 player getting $300 or $400 a game or half a dozen CEOs getting a million dollars. “It’s all wasted money that could be used on facilities development for example.” Another of Woodward’s bugbears involves the issue of child safety. It’s much more than employment screening and involves players, coaches, parents and administrators playing a part in embedding various aspects of child safety into a club’s culture. “I’ve been pushing this for years but it’s only now that we’re starting to get our head around it. “You have to set up info sessions for everyone involved if you are to make a serious impact on a club’s culture in this regard.” The child safety issue is among a number of subjects and policy settings that Woodward believes is best handled by one national organisation. “Why shouldn’t there be consistency throughout Australian soccer in areas such as inclusion, growth, child safety etcetera?”

He also has a firm view of what clubs should focus on when measuring success. “One of my biggest gripes about the sport is that the success of a club is measured by what level its senior team plays and that shouldn’t be the case. “There is so much more to the sport than just senior team football.” According to Woodward the focus on a club’s senior team is linked to one of the hot topics in Victorian soccer – player fees, especially at junior NPL level. “One of the pillars of the creation of a junior NPL system was to reduce player fees and clearly that hasn’t worked. “So where did we go wrong? Well it’s not just the cost of NPL licence fees. “One of the problems is that the criteria has been written in such a way that people can ask a fortune to be your TD (technical director), coach etcetera and TDs especially at NPL level are not being used properly. “They should be spending time in community football too given that at junior NPL level they only have four teams to look after. “If they helped raise standards at community level among what you might call your feeder clubs then we wouldn’t have to waste time and money dealing with so many basics once kids come into the NPL system. “And there’s another aspect to this. No matter what they say, no matter what club, to a certain extent junior fees go towards senior player match payments. “That’s the main reason clubs are loathe to reduce junior NPL player fees. “I know a bit about costs and you can work it out. “If you have the maximum amount of mini roos and junior NPL players then you could bring around half a million dollars into your club and you can’t tell me that these programs cost half a million to run. “If a federation was serious about

controlling costs then it would make clubs justify the costs.” Woodward also is critical of FV’s planning given that the 2020 season is currently officially suspended until 31 May and waiting on FFA approval to restart. Last week the state federation’s competitions department emailed clubs saying that it is “currently working through a range of scenarios to ensure football is played again in season 2020 when the opportunity presents.” The email asked clubs to inform FV of ground availability and the possibility of extending the season into summer, a strategy employed by the state body in Queensland among others. “My initial take on it is that all this sort of information should already be known and they should have been doing something about this a long time before now,” Woodward said. “My gut feeling is that if they get the season going it’s going to be very late and very short. “I don’t think there will be long enough to run a proper and fair competition. “There are a few issues to consider and ground availability is pivotal in all of this. “As you know lots of clubs ground share and the word out of Cricket Victoria is that they’re not going to budge so it’ll be interesting to see what impact that has. “But it’s not just about facilities it’s also about player availability given that so many juniors for example also play summer sports. “Then there’s an issue about visa players and players from interstate and I know that’s one of the discussions that’s happening at senior NPL level right now and how that might skew the competition and advantage some clubs and disadvantage others. “There’s a lot to consider before we’re up and running again and people need to bear that in mind.” But before you think that Woodward’s FV role has simply spawned criticism of how the sport is run there’s a definite upside to it. “We work hard at what we do but lifelong friendships are formed out of being involved in this way and that’s the really positive and rewarding aspect of it. “It’s something that means a lot to me.”

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