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Whale of a time A WHALE was spotted near the beach at Aspendale last week. See story page 7. Picture: Rudy Chitty

Residents get rate reduction Brodie Cowburn brodie@baysidenews.com.au KINGSTON Council has approved a five per cent rate cut for residents. Council’s draft annual budget for the 2020/2021 financial year had suggested that rates should be raised by 2 per cent, but councillors moved to change that at their 13 July meeting. The mayor Georgina Oxley said the decision was made to reduce rates be-

cause “there are people and businesses struggling through COVID, and with the increased numbers and restrictions we have seen people struggle even more, so it’s important we support them.” “What we passed was a necessary adjustment for a five per cent rate reduction from last year’s budget,” she said. “We have received a lot of feedback from the community. At our meeting I spoke about a number of people who

had contacted me, and their stories have been really heartbreaking. They feel as if they can’t come to us and ask for support, so I feel we had to offer that support. It is important for them to feel like they can come forward and ask for assistance. “We have been discussing this move for the last couple of weeks, working through the numbers so we can deliver this and still deliver our high levels of service.”

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It is understood council will lose out on around $6.3 million by reducing rates. Cr Oxley told The News that the cut would mean that some of council’s capital works projects would have to “be reshuffled and delayed”. “We will be working through any projects that need to be delayed, but we need to support residents now. Part of that support though will be how we move through the recovery period and the end of restrictions. We still need to

be able to provide local jobs to local people, so we will need to continue our capital works projects, which employ local people through construction.” Councillors met for over an hour before the budget was adopted with a unanimous vote. The rate reduction will be in effect when residents receive their next rate notices, which is expected to be in August.

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KINGSTON mayor Georgina Oxley has condemned fake signs (inset) that have been put up at local playgrounds. Pictures: Supplied

Fake signs defy lockdown law Brodie Cowburn brodie@baysidenews.com.au FAKE signs with Kingston Council branding have been put up at local playgrounds, telling residents it is okay to use the equipment despite the lockdown restrictions currently in place. The mayor Georgina Oxley called out the fake material, which contained her forged signature. “I was made aware of fake signs which had been put up at some of our playgrounds at Bicentennial Park in Chelsea and Bonbeach Recreation Reserve. Council staff are out now checking there aren’t signs up at any other playgrounds,” she said.

“These signs are falsely telling people that the park is open and that the best way to treat coronavirus is a healthy immune system. This is obviously disgraceful, a low act. It puts members of our community and our children at risk. “I understand the police will be investigating and looking at CCTV in the area to find the perpetrator. If people are trying to spread misinformation, they need to bring themselves forward.” Cr Oxley said that any residents who are unsure if material is fraudulent or not should contact council to confirm. Playgrounds are closed while the restrictions imposed by the Victorian

government last week are in place. Under the stage three lockdown restrictions, residents can only leave home to shop for food or other essential items, to provide care giving, for exercise, or to work and study. There are five active COVID-19 cases in Kingston as of 13 June. There have been 40 positive coronavirus tests returned by Kingston residents since the start of the pandemic. Victoria recorded 177 new cases of coronavirus on 13 June, taking the total number of cases statewide so far to just under 4000. The current lockdown rules are expected to run for at least the next five weeks.


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UPGRADE works to Thompsons Road have been completed at a final cost of $225 million to taxpayers. The conclusion of works at the intersection of Frankston-Dandenong Road and Thompsons Road signalled the end of the project. The roundabout at the intersection was removed and replaced with lights. Works at the intersection ran for five weeks, with detours in place during the duration. The intersection has been widened to include two right-turn lanes, three through-lanes, and slip lanes. The Thompsons Road Upgrade project has also seen a 10.7 kilometre stretch of the road duplified and a level crossing removed. Carrum MP Sonya Kilkenny said “the community wanted the roundabout gone and I’m so glad we’ve been able to deliver on that promise and improve the journey right along Thompsons Road.” Transport infrastructure minister Jacinta Allan said “we’ve delivered the Thompsons Road upgrade four months early and we’re getting on with removing the Hallam Road level crossing and delivering the brand new station.” “Our road and rail projects are easing congestion and keeping Victorians in work through the coronavirus pandemic,” she said.

KINGSTON Council believes that false rate notices may be circulating around the municipality. Council put out a warning about the fraudulent notices last week. Kingston rates notices will not be sent out until next month. A statement put out on council’s Facebook page read “we’ve been made aware of a potential scam involving fake rates notices. City of Kingston rates notices won’t be out until August this year, and would never contain your personal bank or credit card details.” “Kingston would also never contact you asking for credit card details or other personal information over the phone. If you’re ever suspicious of something we have sent you, please give us a call on 1300 653 356 to double check.” Council also had to deal with other false material during the week, with fake notices posted at playgrounds stating that they are open.

CARRUM MP Sonya Kilkenny at the FrankstonDandenong Road/Thompsons Road intersection. Picture: Supplied

Bay trail works cost confirmed THE second stage of the Bay Trail project from Parkdale to Mentone cost just over $5.5 million. Kingston Council sourced a $150,000 grant from the Department of Environment, Land Water and Planning for the project, as well as $700,000 from the Department of Transport towards road resurfacing. The rest of the project was funded by ratepayers. Work on the project’s third stage, from Rennison Street through into Mordialloc, is expected to begin in late July or August.

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Shop incident A MAN is wanted by police after an incident at a Cheltenham store in early June. On 3 June the man entered the shop and allegedly pulled multiple items from their security cables. He then attempted to leave the store. Police believe that staff members were pushed away by the man when they tried to approach him. An image of a man (right) police wish to speak to has been released. Anyone who recognises the man is encouraged to contact Cheltenham Police on 9583 9767 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Works continue in the south east and there will be transport disruptions Works are underway to upgrade the Monash Freeway and remove level crossings on the Frankston Line.

Wanted on warrant A WARRANT has been issued for the arrest of 24-year-old Grant Gaut. Gaut is wanted by police in relation to a theft. He is known to frequent Mordialloc, Melbourne CBD, Abbotsford, and Carlton. Police describe him as “181cm tall, with a thin build, hazel eyes, brown hair, and a fair complexion.” An image of Gaut has been released. Anyone who sees him is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a confidential report at crimestoppersvic.com.au.

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Whale spotted swimming at beach A WHALE relaxing in the water at Aspendale beach last week attracted a small crowd of curious onlookers. The whale was spotted on 8 July. The next day a whale believed to be the same one was spotted in Mornington. Victoria’s Conservation Regulator states that recreational boaters must remain 200 metres from whales, while “high impact vessels” like jet skis must remain 300 metres away. Swimmers are not allowed within 50 metres of a whale. Conservation Regulator program manager Paul Hutcheson said “we recognise people are interested in seeing these magnificent marine creatures up close, but the minimum approach distances are in place to ensure the safety of both you and the animal.” “Harassing marine mammals causes distress and for them to feel threatened. This can lead to unpredictable behaviour which may cause people harm. We know that whales passing through the bay at this time are often with their calves, so are particularly vulnerable,” he said.

ONLOOKERS watching a whale in Aspendale. Pictures: Rudy Chitty

100 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK...

A visit to Balnarring - Thoughts about the peninsula’s future Compiled by Cameron McCullough AWAY in the bygone past, when the pioneering stalwarts battled grimly with Nature and misfortune to make the Mornington Peninsula a fit place for the orchardist, the pastoralist, and the agriculturist, some doughty old settlers smiled meaningly at the hardships of the pioneering life. They worked day and night, from sunrise to sunset, and late into the night. They smiled in those days of woe, simply because they were peering into the microscope of the future, and there they detected visionary glimpses of those more successful days which ultimately became realities. Much the same today, we are peering into the future, as have done the forefathers of many residents here today. On Saturday last “The Standard’s” representative had the pleasure of visiting Balnarring with representative Frankston sports. Despite the chilly extremity of the breezes, it was a very pleasing outing. It gave to me a glimpse of the country between Frankston and Balnarring. And, in turn, that glimpse gave rise to these thoughts, which I here subscribe, as I passed. But, first, I must say something about what caught my eye. One of these sightly things was the adorable, flowering wattles those soft, downy, little petals resonant of Nature’s love which moved the heart of Adam Lindsay Gordon, and made that joyous singer of sweet verse, the late Miss Jennings Carmichael, glory in its ecstacies. Really, the wattles at the Bittern

railway station were lovely. It is one of Nature’s whimsicalities to please the eye, and the wattles at Bittern have surely had that happy result many times. The homes en route are another pleasing sight. There are, indeed, some very fine homes to be seen. In front, are “the smiles of the rose,” the purity of the lily, and the various exquisite beauties of floriculture; at the side, mostly shrubberis, but sometimes the useful cabbage and carrot. These homes indicate the general nature of the country. In a desolate country, remarkable for its un-productivity, one does not see fine homes like these. In the distance one’s eye detected the silvery waters of Westernport Bay, but almost everywhere, through the horticultural districts, we were rushing swiftly past young, but vigorous crops, past sheep and cattle grazing in the fields, past wealth giving orchards. There were vistas of rural scenery unfolded one to the minute. As we sped past urban scenes, through sylvan groves, one could not help thinking of mystical lore. Here, surely, the mystic Pan would have delighted to make music on his mystic pipes; here, amongst the noble avenues of gums, and the ti-tree thickets, one might, like the visionaries, see the hiding planes of fearful dryads. We did not have the chance to visualise the Baxter district, but appearances suggested that Tyabb, Hastings, and Somerville enjoy that spirit and atmosphere that serves to denote

general prosperity and the demeane of rural hospitality. In short time, these places will thrive. They are fostering the co-operative spirit, uniting the producers into a compact body with a unity of purpose and the desire to improve the district as a whole. Bittern and Balnarring, both handy to the Naval Base, are more strictly devoted to agricultural and pastoral industries. Balnarring is on the maps alright, but it is difficult for one so prosaic as the average journalist to say precisely whether its a township, a village, or just merely a place. Take away Stone’s Store, the Church of England, and the Mechanics’ Hall, and Balnarring has gone. All the residences are farm-houses, and are very scattered. But there’s money in Balnarring the rich pastures, the grassy solitudes, and the cultivated fields alike prove that. Unlike many other places to my knowledge, Balnarring does not forget those who paved the way in the early days. In its public hall, it has some of their photos, including one of the Hon. Alfred Downward, M.L.A. who for the past 25 years has represented the Mornington Peninsula in the State Legislature. The photo of Mr. Peter Nowlan, who, from 1868 to 1897, as Shire Secretary of the Flinders Shire Council, is there; likewise those of Messrs John Davies, Robert Stanley, and David Mars, three old pioneers, who took an active part in municipal life

for more than 20 years. Men like Messrs William Davies, Robert Johnson, George Cole, John Campbell Downward, William Hurley, John Buckley, John Oswin, Paul Van Suylen, Edward Downward, Edward Stanley, and Captain Bryant Tonkin are all honored in the same style. Some have crossed the Great Divide, some are here yet, but Balnarring pays tribute in the truly thankful spirit. *** A NOTE of simplicity is shown in the smart bathing costume worn by Viola Dana in “Some Bride” at the Frankston Pictures Saturday night. *** WIDOWS, orphans, widowed mothers and other immediate dependents of deceased soldiers, and also the more seriously disabled soldiers, are entitled to claim from the A.I.F Canteen Funds Trust. Particulars may be obtained from Mr E. Barrett, secretary of the Frankston Repatriation Committee, Frankston. *** FOR Children’s Hacking Cough, Woods’ Great Peppermint Cure. *** AT the monthly meeting of the Frankston Mechanics’ Committee held on Monday evening there were present – Cr. W. P. .Mason (president), Cr Oates, Messrs W. W. Young, P. Wheeler, W. Crawford Young and the secretary, C. Dalman. An offer from the Sale library to exchange books periodically was considered. It was thought that the idea could be

better worked between towns closer together. Miss P. Twining, secretary of the Welcome Home Committee, wrote asking permission to place an Honor Board in the main hall. The request was readily granted. Mr H. Vicars was elected to fill a vacancy on the committee. A vote of thanks was passed to Mr James Lambie, of “Karinza”, Mornington Road, for his gift of two framed photographs of Murray district views. Accounts amounting to £23 17s 3d were passed for payment. *** THE 12.26 p.m. train for Melbourne now leaves Frankston at 12.36, and running express from Mordialloc to Glenhuntley, arrives at Flinders Street at the same time as formerly. *** THE annual statement and balance sheet in connection with the Frankston branch of the Protestant Federation has been prepared and duly audited, and will be presented at the annual meeting of members to be held during the current month. *** NEXT Monday night Mrs Wheeler, the gifted elocutionist will appear in the Frankston Mechanics’ Institute under the auspices of the W.C.T.U. and the Rechabite Lodge. The recital will be illustrated by lantern views, and the Frankston Brass band will assist. *** FROM the pages of the Mornington Standard, 9 July 1920

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The Gypsy Barber Fortune Telling Debacle By Stuart McCullough WE’VE all had to make sacrifices. Avoiding family for extended periods of time. Treating on-coming strangers as if they might be radioactive. Piling up furniture against the front door to prevent intruders (who may or may not be zombies) while ruining the lawn as you dig yourself a fall out shelter. But of all these indignities, there is one that rises above any other – not being able to get a haircut. We’ve all had to endure various degrees of shagginess over the past few months. I had been somewhat preoccupied in the weeks leading up to lockdown, so I’ll admit that I was especially impacted. I have the kind of hair that, notwithstanding its status as a diminishing resource, tends to look wild and demented at a certain point if left to its own devices. I knew that I’d crossed a line when people started referring to me as ‘Einstein’. For a brief and glorious moment, I genuinely believed this was a reference to my awesome intellectual capacity before realizing that I simply needed a haircut. I am not so much a creature of habit as I am hopelessly habitual. I do the same thing over and over again and take great comfort from order. But sometimes order is not an option. When I called my barber, the phone rang out. Like a lot of people, he shut up shop for a time as things first started to unfold. I’d been going to the same barber for twenty years or so. There’s a rapport and understanding that you develop with the person who cuts your hair. It’s not something

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morning I completely terrified myself and hid in a cupboard. The time had come to do something decisive. This would mean either cutting my own hair or finding someone else to do it for me. Given that I have the kind of dexterity that, at times, struggles to

open a packet of Tim Tams, I decided that this was a job best left, if not to experts, then certainly to someone other than myself. I realize that in this day and age, the Internet gives you a whole host of ways to choose a service provider based on the views of others. Rather than critical acclaim, I used another method – sheer geographical convenience. This meant that I made an appointment with the hairdresser around the corner from my house. It had a sign out the front boasting that the proprietor had undertaken specific training to reduce the risk of infection. When I arrived, I was handed a business card. Somewhat disconcertingly, the sum total of that training seemed to be a quick squirt of Mr. Sheen in the general direction of the chair. I’ll admit, I found it kind of threatening. Rather than the easy conversation I was used to, everything felt stilted. My hairdresser was really into astrology. I am really not. Despite giving subtle clues such as standing on my chair and declaring that astrology was hokum and that I never wanted to hear anything more about it, she continued. I felt trapped. She asked me what star sign I was. Foolishly, I told her I was a Scorpio. She nodded, knowingly, as if to say ‘that explains everything’ before declaring that Scorpios were renown for not having any friends. Suddenly, frightening myself in the mirror seemed preferable to getting insulted while having a haircut. Later, I contemplated contacting all my friends to laugh at her, frankly, ludicrous claim,

before realizing I didn’t have any. She then revealed that prior to being a hairdresser, she had trained as an accountant but had never practiced, as she had elected to work full time as a gypsy. It was only then that I noticed that instead of the traditional mirror I was, instead, seated in front of a crystal ball. Looking at the business card I’d been given, I realized that it was, in actual fact, a tarot card. As she waved the scissors around, she declared that she would now read my fortune. I could have saved her the trouble and told her that my future involved never returning here for a haircut ever again. Only by creating a distraction did I manage to escape with my life although the same cannot be said for my dignity. I’m not sure how you’d describe the results but for several weeks I bore a strong resemblance to a gypsy. Mostly this was the haircut. But my decision to fully embrace casual dress day by wearing a single gold earring, an eye patch and a pirate shirt probably didn’t help matters much. This week I returned to my regular barber. Were it not for the strictures of social distancing, I’d probably have given him a hug. I’d go so far as to say that we were happy to see each other. Immediately, we fell into our old routine and, suddenly, everything felt right in the world. By the time I emerged, I no longer looked like a gypsy and no one is trying to tell my fortune against my will. Tossing my golden earring, neckerchief and pirate shirt to the side, I strode off down the street on a mission to make some friends. stuart@stuartmccullough.com


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By Craig MacKenzie WHILE Adam Jamieson thinks the 2020 season is all but a write-off he has an idea how Football Victoria could salvage something from the wreckage. The Mornington gaffer has called for the state body to make the most of the opportunity to align elite junior and senior competitions for 2021. “I think the season is pretty much done now,” Jamieson said. “But this is a chance for FV to address what I think is a real disconnect between what they’ve done with the NPL junior season and what the seniors are doing. “I don’t understand how juniors play 33 games and (State 1) seniors play 22. “Here’s a chance to start early next year, say February, and at least revamp some of the higher leagues into 16-team competitions. “If seniors then play a 30-game season that makes sense to me but the way things are I don’t know how we are supposed to continually produce players with that disconnect between the lengths of the different seasons.” Last week FV announced another suspension of all football activity for six weeks in line with Victoria’s return to stage 3 COVID-19 restrictions. It’s the second suspension this year and it came on the same day that Football Federation Australia called off the 2020 FFA Cup and the Australia-wide NPL finals series. Just three local clubs were still in the Cup – Langwarrin, Mornington and Seaford United. At senior level it’s believed that FV is holding on to the rapidly fading prospect of organising an 11-game season where clubs in leagues of 12 play each other once. Promotion still would be up for grabs and there would be no relegation. “That could happen only if they (FV) were prepared to play midweek games and I don’t know if they are,” Jamieson said. “I think they’ve got the venues to play midweek games and if they went Saturday, Wednesday, Saturday, Wednesday then maybe have a week off then back to Saturday, Wednesday they could get six games played

Deep in thought: Mornington head coach Adam Jamieson thinks season 2020 could be “pretty much done now.” Picture: Darryl Kennedy

in three weeks but how far down the leagues does that happen? “Probably only NPL1, 2, 3 and maybe State 1 and I’m tipping they’d want everyone involved in it if they are still going to try.” Jamieson belongs to a select group of observers not prepared to buy into the criticism of FV’s stewardship of the game throughout the pandemic. “I think a lot of people don’t understand that it’s a business and they have employees so they have to make money to pay their employees,” he said. “I run a business myself so I know it’s bloody hard in these times. “To be fair to them (FV) I think they’ve been pretty good. “I think a lot of the criticism they’ve received is unwarranted because none of us know what’s going on out there.” Much has changed since Mornington

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“It’s been a shocking 2020 I can tell you. “But through the first lockdown our boys have been so diligent in sticking to the program we mapped out for them then we ramped that up a few weeks before training started again and they were absolutely brilliant. “So you come back and it’s nocontact training and you get so close to contact training again and then it changes again. “I think the hardest thing to manage has been the players’ mental state – and our own.” Jamieson spoke to his players last Tuesday after FV’s suspension announcement. It was an emotional meeting for a group with such high hopes of success. “To be perfectly honest there were a few tears there after what we’ve been

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realised last season that its promotion prospects were over and switched its gaze to 2020 little knowing what it would face both on and off the field. “We started planning back in August when we pretty much knew our fate last season and where we were at as a football club. “Pre-season started and we played games before Christmas then ramped it up in January and February. “We aimed at a lot of NPL and State 1 clubs for pre-season practice matches to really test ourselves then with about a week to go we had the tragedy of losing Tony (McKay, senior team manager).” Jamieson paused, took a deep breath and continued. “Then a few days out from the start of the season and suddenly we’re stopped.

through this year because we’d set ourselves to try and win things not just personally but for Tony. “We just want to play so, yeah, mentally it’s been very, very hard.” Prior to the forced suspensions of training and playing Mornington was one of the favourites for the State 1 South-East title but nearby rival Casey Comets has been rumoured to have gone on a spending spree and agreed terms with a number of topflight players. Jamieson isn’t fazed. “I would have said before COVID that we would have been one of the teams to beat over a 22-game season but the changes since then and what some of our rivals have done I’d hope we still would be a top two or three side but if we have any sort of season it becomes more like a cup competition than a half-marathon,” he said. “I’ve heard the rumours about Casey and it looks like they’ve signed some very good players. “We actually spoke to the players that have been linked with them. “To be honest it doesn’t bother me at all. We know what it’s like to get labelled as the club that throws the money around but we’re in a different position nowadays. “We’ve gone out and recruited some quality kids and that’s where we want to be. “We don’t pay overs any more and our sustainability is for the long term. “We want to be as high as we possibly can but we want to build it from our kids because we’re now an NPL junior club and you’ve got to give pathways to kids. “It’s the only way football clubs like Mornington will survive. “I’m not saying that we don’t go out there and buy players every now and again – that’s football – but we’ve got to produce young talented kids. “Look I’ve got nothing against Casey – they can do what they want.” What Mornington’s rivals do is their business and Jamieson is focussed on his own club and what he can control. That focus has brought multiple promotions and championships since 2009 and we should soon find out whether or not he’ll be given another chance to bring success to Dallas Brooks Park this season.

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Breakthrough: The Rachael Frost-trained Travimyfriend lands his first win in a year at Caulfield. Picture: Supplied

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By Ben Triandafillou IT’S been just over a year since her last winner, but Morningtonbased trainer Rachael Frost was back with a bang on Saturday 11 July breaking through for a comfortable victory at Caulfield. The former New Zealander saddled up her highest rated runner, Travimyfriend (88 rating), in the $100,000 Handicap race and finally got all the conditions to suit her seven-year-old gelding. Having been up against the race shape and pattern at his past three starts, Travimyfriend finally drew a gate (barrier 2) and had the soft conditions to suit on Saturday.

The son of Tavistock was given a perfect steer from jockey Dean Yendall and pounced on the opportunity to run away for a one-and-ahalf length victory over the Nick Ryan-trained Battle Torque. Trainer Rachael Frost, who also rides Travimyfriend in all of his work, was ecstatic to see the hard work pay off and land another metropolitan victory with the gutsy gelding. “It’s not through the lack of trying,” Frost said. “Flemington was a bit of a disaster and then last start he went good here. We probably just rode him wrong. “I’ve had him for his whole

life since he was a yearling. He’s Group One placed in New Zealand and stakes placed here, too. Hopefully now that he’s got the form, he’ll hold it – he’s pretty good at that. He just keeps going.” Frost said it normally takes a few runs to get the gelding up and going but he really relishes being in work. “He might get ten days off every now and again,” she said. “But he’d rather be in work than in the paddock.” With the victory on Saturday, Travimyfriend took his earnings to $357,164 in prizemoney and brought up his ninth top-three finish since moving to Mornington.

THE Frankston and Mornington Peninsula junior football seasons have been cancelled. A statement released by AFL South East last week read that all of their 2020 junior football seasons would be called off. They include the Frankston and Districts Junior Football League, South East Juniors, and AFL South East Top-Age. AFL South East’s Richard Black said “whilst we are disappointed to cancel junior football this year, the health and wellbeing of the community have always been our top priority.” “COVID-19 has presented a very unique set of circumstances and we need to ensure that our participants and volunteers emerge from this pandemic in a healthy state,” he said. “We look forward to working with our clubs to create a safe and healthy environment for all members and volunteers as we put plans in place for 2021.” Mornington Peninsula Junior Football League president Andrew Souter said

“the Melbourne Metro area including the Mornington Peninsula has now gone into lockdown for at least a six week period. This means that our home and away season for 2020 has now been cancelled.” “If the government allows later in the year, we may be able to conduct a mini round robin type of competition, but based on government restrictions, this would not be able to take place until at least September. This will be dependent on a number of factors but obviously there will need to be a club appetite in the first place,” he said. “We want to thank all clubs for their hard work in preparing for this year. We really feel for our club volunteers, the kids, and everyone involved in our great game, but we have to do the right thing in regards to the health and safety of our community. Please let it be known that we are already preparing and working hard for season 2021.”

VFL season cancelled THE Frankston Dolphins will not get the chance to play this year, after the cancellation of the 2020 VFL season was made official last week. The 2020 VFL season was scheduled to get underway on 1 August, before the latest spike in Victorian COVID-19 cases put a stop to those plans. AFL clubs had to fly out of Victoria during the week to ensure they could continue to play. Frankston FC were set to be one of seven teams that would compete in this year’s VFL competition. Dolphins players returned to training at SkyBus Stadium on

2 June with a modified program. A statement on the club’s Facebook page read “to all of our 2020 Members, we thank you for your great support this year which has been absolutely amazing and imperative to our survival.” “To our coaches, players, support staff who have stuck with the club from the commencement of preseason training in the last week of October 2019 to our last training run last night, we thank you so much for all you have put in to this year. “We will all regroup and work towards 2021 season now with great anticipation.”

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Further details are available from the CEO Ms Karen Vanderkaay on 59 82 2204 Applications, including a CV, can be sent in confidence to Dr Robert Barnes, Seawinds Community Hub, 11A Allambi Avenue, Capel Sound, 3940 Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News

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