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Awards night coming up Kingston’s woman of the year will be named at an event in March. The award was won last year by June Rea (pictured). See story page 3. Picture: Supplied

Lockdown end drawing near Brodie Cowburn brodie@baysidenews.com.au THE statewide snap lockdown is due to finish at 11.59pm on Wednesday, 17 February. The “circuit-breaker” lockdown was announced by Premier Daniel Andrews last week in response to a growing cluster of cases linked

to hotel quarantine. The lockdown came into effect statewide on Friday night. Further exposure sites in suburbs inside the Kingston local government area were named by the Department of Health this month. The DHHS website read that a positive COVID-19 case attended Nakama Workshop in Clayton South between 11.15am and mid-

day on 1 February. Lululemon at DFO Moorabbin between 5pm and 5.45pm on 1 February was also listed as an exposure site. Both locations have since been removed from the list of public exposure sites. On 15 February there were 4 new cases reported statewide, two of those transmitted outside hotel quarantine. That took the state’s tally of total cases to 25.

At a media conference on 16 February Premier Daniel Andrews signaled that the state was in a good position to move out of lockdown as planned. “With a relatively small number of new cases, the excellent work that our contact tracing teams have done, the work of lab technicians and so many other people, we are very well placed. But we won’t know and we won’t be able to make

a final call on that until some time tomorrow,” he said. Under the current lockdown restrictions, people can only leave home to work, shop for essentials, exercise, and for caregiving. Businesses have shut their doors, students have been sent home, and masks are once again mandatory indoors and outdoors. The five kilometre travel limit was also reinstated.

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CONCEPT designs for a new pavilion at Chadwick Reserve. Pictures: Supplied

Chadwick Reserve works to begin THE next stage of works at Chadwick Reserve have been signed off. A $3.2 million contract has been handed out by Kingston Council for “stage two” works at the Dingley Village reserve. Works are expected to include a new pavilion, a playground, BMX track upgrades, and a basketball half-court.

Council has also approved spending $1.2 million on improvement works at Dolamore Athletics Track in Mentone. “This is a community that loves its sport and the existing aging facilities at Chadwick Reserve just didn’t meet their needs,” the mayor Steve Staikos said. “Last year we were able to provide the clubs that use the site

with some fantastic new playing fields and sport lighting and very soon they will also have a terrific new fit-for-purpose pavilion. “We are focused on inspiring greater involvement and participation in local sport across Kingston, and these two projects will ensure that the city’s sporting infrastructure benefits our growing community for years to come.”

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Woman of the year to be announced THE third Kingston woman of the year will be announced next month. There are 24 nominees for this year’s award. The winner will receive the award at Kingston’s International Women’s Day celebration event on Friday, 5 March. The event will be hosted by 2020 Kingston woman of the year award and youth awards finalist Tara Graves. Indigenous Outreach Projects and Melbourne Djembe Group will perform, and Resilient Aspiring Women cofounder Mariam Issa will be the keynote speaker. The mayor Steve Staikos said “this year there are 24 exceptional nominees for the Kingston woman of the year award, who each contribute wonderful things to our community, through their professional, volunteer or personal achievements.” “This year’s theme is a challenged world is an alert world. We can choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.” The event will be held at Kingston City Hall in Moorabbin, 9:45am12.30pm on 5 March. Attendance is limited due to COVID-19 restrictions. Register attendance at kingstoniwd2021.eventbrite.com To read more about the nominees visit kingston.vic.gov.au/kwa

2020 Kingston woman of the year June Rea. Picture: Supplied

Kinder project completed BONBEACH Preschool has been officially opened. The early learning centre will offer three and four-year-old kindergarten programs. The centre is located at Bonbeach Primary School. The $2.6 million project was promised by the state government in the leadup to the 2018 state election. Carrum MP Sonya Kilkenny said “we are investing in the future of our next generation of learners and ensuring they can access the best education close to home in Bonbeach.” “I am so proud that the Andrews Labor government has funded this $2.6 million project, on top of the $6.3 million in funding provided by this government to upgrade and modernise Bonbeach Primary. I want to acknowledge the tireless work of the pre-school and the broader school community who worked with me to help bring the whole master plan to life,” she said. Early childhood minister Ingrid Stitt said “creating more places for children to attend kinder and ensuring they learn in the best facilities across Victoria is vital to ensuring they get the best start in life.”

Playground plans for reserve CONSULTATION closes next week on the redevelopment plans for Peter Scullin Reserve. The Mordialloc reserve is set to receive upgrade works in the near future. A new playground is planned for the site. Kingston mayor Steve Staikos said “as part of the redevelopment we’d like to create an inclusive playspace for a wide range of age groups with both traditional play equipment combined with natural elements. But it’s really up to the community to tell us what they want and how they would like to see the area enhanced, to ensure our plans meet the needs of our community.” Visit yourkingstonyoursay/peterscullin to fill out a survey on the redevelopment plans. Consultation closes Friday 26 February.

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Lamp thief not very bright A MAN is wanted by police over thefts from a home in Clayton South. At around 8.40pm on 10 January, a man entered the garage of a house on Main Road. The door to the garage had been left unlocked, police say. Lamps were stolen from the property

before the man left in a blue Nissan XTrail. The car bore the cloned number plates 1OY6KH. Shortly afterward the car was used to steal petrol from a Clayton Road service station. An image of a man police wish

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Fines loom for non-voters KINGSTON residents who chose not to vote in last year’s council elections will be sent “please explain” notices by the Victorian Electoral Commission. The VEC says it may send an infringement notice and a penalty of $83 to anyone who doesn’t respond to the letter, or doesn’t provide a sufficient reason for not voting. Around 350,000 letters will be sent

out statewide. The letters are due back to the VEC within 28 days. “This notice is not a fine. It’s your chance to explain why you appear not to have voted, if this is the case. This is a question that must be asked of those who appear not to have voted,” electoral commissioner Warwick Gately said. “Please complete and send the notice back within the 28-day timeframe so that we can consider your explanation.”

Total voter turnout in Kingston was high, with each ward reporting a turnout of more than 80 per cent. This was an increase on turnout in 2016, which averaged around 75 per cent.

RESIDENTS who didn’t vote in the Kingston Council elections now face a fine. Picture: Gary Sissons

MATT Charleston stars as Sam Phillips in Sons of Sun. Picture: Dusk Devi

Classic music to rock the stage THE music of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Roy Orbison will reverberate through the Kingston City Hall next month. Sons of Sun tells the tale of Sun Records in Memphis, and the superstar artists who recorded there. The show debuted in 2012 in a small venue in Sydney, and has since been played at the Sydney Opera House. Edithvale playwright Kieran Carroll penned the script for the show.

Sydney-based actor Matt Charleston features in the lead role alongside costars Victoria Beck and Ben Maclaine. The stage band is fronted by John Kennedy, and features former Wiggle Murray Cook on guitar. The show will be performed at the Kingston City Hall in Moorabbin on Friday 5 March, 7.30pm. For tickets visit kingstonarts.com.au/PERFORMANCE/All-Performance/Sons-ofSun or call 9556 4440

GALLERY TALK There is only two weeks left to see the 2020 National Works on Paper the exhibition must close on Sunday 21 February. With a long and rich history, NWOP features leading artists from across Australia working in the fields of drawing, printmaking, digital prints and paper sculpture. You are able to vote for your favourite work in the People’s Choice Award - the winning artist will receive $1000. On MPRG TV you can watch a conversation with six artists featured in the 2020 National Works on Paper from all around Australia - Kath Fries (NSW), Tamika Grant-Iramu (QLD), Winsome Jobling (NT), Annika Romeyn (ACT), Robert Ewing (WA) and Robert Fielding (SA). Our Young at Art program for preschoolers is now being run every Tuesday morning. With the guidance of an experienced early childhood educator, participants respond to works in the current exhibition with a different hands-on creative activity every week, using materials from the take-home art materials box supplied each session. In our online workshops for kids and adults, Nobenti Oho shows us how to

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Mixed reactions to new council social media policy Brodie Cowburn brodie@baysidenews.com.au A FACEBOOK post made by a Frankston councillor comparing a proposed social media policy to life in the Soviet Union has been labelled “extremely offensive”. Cr Steven Hughes made a post last week criticising proposed changes to council’s social media guidelines. The post and accompanying image have been described as “shocking” by the mayor. Council’s new draft communications policy proposes that councillors on social media must remove content for up to 24 hours if directed to by the mayor. “In instances where there is a breach of [the communications policy] or relevant code, the mayor can direct a councillor to temporarily remove the content in question from their social media channels and website for a period of up to 24 hours to allow investigation into the severity of the alleged breach,” the draft policy reads. Council has confirmed that a complaint about an alleged breach can be made by anyone. Council officers have recommended that the draft policy be approved and sent out for public consultation. Cr Hughes’ lengthy Facebook post read that the proposed changes would “suffocate free speech”. He told The News that council would have a “censorship committee of the mayor and CEO” if the changes to the communications policy pass. “This is essentially censoring any criticism of council, and I think that’s dangerous. We don’t have

that in other areas of politics, you can post the truth,” he said. The mayor Kris Bolam called Cr Hughes’ claims on Facebook “melodramatic and simply untrue”. “The right to freedom of expression is important but it is not absolute, and it may be limited when its exercise causes harm to the public interest or the rights of others,” he said. In his post, Cr Hughes said “proposed changes to the code of conduct and communications policy will greatly limit the accountability of Frankston Council. Any criticism of a council decision will be an offence. Any commentary (even if factual) that brings council into disrepute will be sanctioned. The mayor will have unprecedented power to shut down any councillor’s social media accounts even if an offence has not been proven. Lenin would be proud.” The proposed policy would not actually allow for a councillor’s social media account to be deactivated at the instruction of the mayor. “Nowhere in the proposed update does it give council the power to deactivate a councillor’s social media account,” Cr Bolam said. “What the policy does propose is to allow the mayor at his or her discretion, to request that a councillor remove content for a period of up to 24 hours should there be a suspected breach of the relevant code or policy, in order for a proper investigation to be undertaken. If no breach is identified, the councillor is within their rights to reinstate the content.” Cr Bolam said that punishments for breaching the new communications

policy “would depend on the severity of the situation and is assessed on a case by case basis.” When asked if he thought he was being targeted by changes to the communications policy, Cr Hughes said “I can’t say yes or no to that, it’s to keep all councillors in line I suppose. I have made some posts and they haven’t been popular.” Cr Bolam said “it’s not unusual for policies and strategies to be reviewed and strengthened at the commencement of a new council, and in this case there were changes to several sections that required updating, including the social media portion.” Cr Hughes’ post criticising the proposed changes was accompanied by a bizarre Photoshop of a dolphin in front of the Soviet Union flag. Cr Hughes said the image was created by him and his son, and that the post had been constructive. “I had to make it dramatic and big,” he said. “Look at the attention that it has brought. If I hadn’t done a post, then there’s no more posts about the communications policy.” In a statement, Cr Bolam said “Cr Hughes to put it bluntly, your post is extremely offensive not only to council, but to the members of our community and indeed staff who have personal experience or connections to those who have fled communist regimes. The imagery depicted, which was clearly planned and calculated would be highly concerning by anyone, but the fact that it was disseminated by an elected official is quite frankly shocking – and it’s sad that so many have already been exposed to it.” “Councillor Steven Hughes, I im-

Making a splash: A provocative image posted on Cr Steven Hughes’ Facebook page. Picture: Facebook plore you to concentrate your efforts on working together with your colleagues and council officers, in the interests of the community we have been elected to represent. If you feel you cannot do that, then I suggest you reconsider your position, because as it stands your behaviour is not conducive with what our community expects from their local

government representatives. “As you seem to be unable to take responsibility for your actions, I will – and I would like to sincerely apologise to the people in our community, and officers within our organisation who have in any way felt hurt or offensive as a result of his poorly judged post.”

Council ignores move to end kangaroo shoots Keith Platt keith@baysidenews.com.au A LACK of scientific evidence has seen all but one of the shire’s 11 councillors decline to call for a ban on the slaughter of kangaroos on the Mornington Peninsula. Cr David Gill said kangaroo shooting should be stopped because “we don’t know how many there are and how many are being killed”. His move failed to get the backing of even one councillor and lapsed without a vote being taken at the council’s Tuesday 9 February meeting. Cr Gill’s motion called for a ban of kangaroos shooting “until scientific research is undertaken justifying the need for this practice and determining the long-term ramifications on our kangaroo population”. However, his 10 council colleagues appeared to want the scientific evidence before wanting to stop the issuing of licences which property owners to kill kangaroos. The licences are issued by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) but the information about how many kangaroos are allowed to be killed is only available through a freedom of information (FOI) application. The peninsula is included in the Gippsland region for the purposes of issuing licences. Unofficial estimates of the number of kangaroos on the peninsula range from 1500 to 3500. Chris McEvoy, whose family runs a wedding reception business and grows grapevines on more than 40 hectares at Merricks North, saw councillors’ reactions to Cr Gill’s concerns as “a

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shown kangaroos did not compete with livestock for grass, or eat crops, or destroy fences “and they only get caught in poorly maintained fences without access points or when terrorised by shooters or dogs”. “Studies have shown a cow eats seven times more grass than a kangaroo and generally they are eating different grasses.”

Nathan Stamkos, DELWP’s conservation regulator manager, regulatory operations Port Phillip, said the number of kangaroos available for “harvesting” varied each from region to region “based on environmental conditions, such as rainfall and the availability of food”. The decision was made by DELWP scientists after annual aerial surveys

and information such as rainfall data, the age and sex ratio of the animals and how far grey kangaroos move around the landscape, to ensure the population remains sustainable. The DELWP would not provide The News with details of how many kangaroos were living on the peninsula or how many were allowed to be killed each year. “The number of kangaroos controlled through the commercial harvesting program and the ATCW system is closely monitored throughout the year to ensure it remains sustainable. Harvesting may be suspended or closed if numbers taken approach the total allocation, or other events, such as bushfires, threaten kangaroos,” Mr Stamkos said. Before Cr Gill’s motion to ban kangaroo shooting on the peninsula lapsed through want of a seconder, he said spotlight shooters were killing kangaroos from a distance. He knew of one farmer who said kangaroos had an impact on his property, while another had told him about a mother kangaroo and two joeys being shot. Cr Anthony Marsh wanted to know if Cr Gill knew what “impact” a shooting ban would have, while Cr Sarah Race asked how long Cr Gill had “known about this issue”. Cr Gill said he was a “third generation” peninsula resident and had known about kangaroos being killed “since I was a baby … it’s always been an issue”. Cr Race then stated that Cr Gill did not have “much information to go on” and wanted to know if he had lobbied MPs or sought details through FOI. Cr Gill said her questions were “totally irrelevant”.


Artwork to remember Natalie Russell ARTWORK in memory of Natalie Russell will be installed on the Frankston North track named after her. Natalie Russell was walking home from school on what is now known as Nat’s Track in 1993 when she was taken and killed. Works will soon begin to improve the track, which is still used by students today. Ms Russell’s parents Brian and Carmel praised the plans to improve the track. “We are pleased and honoured about the works – it’s what we have wanted and they will improve safety,” Brian Russell said. Frankston Council recently approved spending another $87,000 on the track. That funding will be used for solar lights, landscape beautification, public art, and the installation of the memorial artwork in consultation with Ms Russell’s family. Frankston mayor Kris Bolam said council has already spent $80,000 “for the installation of CCTV at the Skye Rd end of the track, with footage streamed live to the Frankston Police Station.” “Council has also invested $25,000 on the installation of warning signage and access gates to deter monkey bike activity, and the construction of decorative planter boxes as part of a Monterey Secondary College VCAL program,” he said. “Peninsula Kingswood Golf Club also replaced 100 metres of fencing along the track with the support of a $10,000 council grant. The track was also recently repaved to improve wheelchair and bicycle accessibility.” Principal of John Paul College, where Ms Russell attended, John Visentin, said “the school community is proud to be a partner in the project with Frankston City Council and other schools and organisations to ensure that Nat’s Track is safe for the use of students and the wider public.” “Our students acknowledge the College’s special link and responsibility for this track given the connection to former John Paul College student, Natalie Russell, and they look forward to lending their skills and time to bring this project to its completion,” he said.

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Motorcyclist accused of negligence Compiled by Cameron McCullough THERE was an extraordinary conflict of evidence in the Frankston Police Court on Monday last, when John Bell was charged with negligently driving a motor cycle. Additional interest was given the case from the fact that the chief witness for the prosecution was a well known resident of the Peninsula named William Cooper Meldrum, who was knocked down by the motor cycle in question, and sustained injuries resulting in the loss of a leg. The Bench was occupied by Mr. Knight, P.M., and Messrs C. G. V. Williams, C. W. Grant, and Cr W. Armstrong, J’s.P. When Mr Meldrum’s name was called, a stalwart relative carried the old gentleman from the body of the court and placed him in a chair near the witness box. Mr Meldrum gave his age as 67, and his occupation as an orchardist at present residing at Carrum. He said that on the 12th August last he was standing on the edge of the road at Carrum, near the railway station. He was standing still, facing towards Melbourne, when the motor cycle struck him. After the accident he was conveyed to the Melbourne Hospital where he remained for 15 weeks and 3 days, during which time his leg was amputated. Cross-examined Witness did not step back when he heard the cycle approaching. A van was standing close in to the gutter on the other side of the road.

Witness did not know Bell, the driver of the cycle, and he did not remember Bamford, giving assistance after he had been knocked down. To the P.M.– I am certain I stood still, on the edge of the road while waiting for the train. Frank Guy, builder, and a councillor of the Borough of Carrum, said he was standing at the door of Hacking’s store, when he saw defendant’s cycle with side-car pass; it was travelling at about 20 miles an hour. The side car struck Meldrum who was standing on the side of the road. The cycle was on the centre of the road, but the side car, which was affixed to the right hand side of the cycle, was on the wrong side of the road. Witness ran to Meldrum, whose leg was broken, the bone was sticking through a tear in the trousers. Defendant continued on for about 60 yards and witness signalled to him to return which he did after some delay. Witness then told defendant that he had plenty of room to pass. Cross Examined – Witness was certain the cycle was on the crown of the road and would swear the side car was affixed to the right of the cycle. Albert Henry Hackling, retired storekeeper Carrum, said he rendered first aid to Meldrum. He noticed that the tracks of the motor cycle went well over towards the railway fence. Cross examined – I did not see the accident. Louis Poulson, painter, Carrum, said he saw Meldrum standing about 3ft on

the asphalt before the accident. He was standing quite still. Cross-examined—I was about 70 yards distant from Meldrum. This closed the case for the prosecution. The defendant, John William Bell, employed as hall-keeper at the Prahran Town Hall, said he saw a van standing on the road and an old gentleman on the other side; he tried to steer his way between the two, but something went wrong with the control, the rod broke and his machine dashed off at 50 miles an hour. The handle of the machine and the step on the right side struck Meldrum. The side car was on the left of the machine, and the cycle was running on the crown of the road at the time. Cross-examined – I visited two hotels on the road and had three drinks. I have had the machine repaired since the accident. The position of the side-car was not changed. It was always on the left of the machine, which is an “Excelsior”. James Bamford, who was the occupant of the side-car, said defendant tooted the horn on approaching Carrum station and continued doing so. A train was just coming in. There was a lorry standing on the side of the road and as the cycle approached Meldrum stepped back. Bell was working at the machine as though something had gone wrong. The side-car was on the left hand side of the cycle. Frank Guy (recalled) said he still maintained that the side-car was on the left hand side of the cycle. The P.M. – We find defendant guilty.

We think he was too far over on his wrong side, and the pace was too fast. Remarking on the possibility of defendant having to bear civil damages (although a conviction was not necessary to establish civil liability) the Bench inflicted a fine of £3 with 30s costs. *** A DISASTROUS fire occurred in Hastings last Saturday, when the residence of Mr Phillips was destroyed by fire. The origin of the fire is a mystery. The whole of the furnishings, &c, to the value of £200, were reduced to ashes. Mr Phillips was at Sorrento when the fire occurred. *** THE Shire of Mornington is about to issue debentures for the raising of £10,000. The date of repayment covers a period of 20 years. The purpose for which the money is being borrowed is for the installation of an electric light and power plant at Mornington. *** A CORRESPONDENT writes: – It is rumored that some time ago a man and his three daughters, who were ailing, were recommended to take a drink of the Kananook Creek because of its “saline qualities.” In time, he died – likewise his fair daughters. This is what he arranged to have placed on his headstone: “Here lie I and my three daughters – all through drinking Kananook waters; if we had but stuck to Epsom Salts, we should not now be in these

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*** REFERENCE to the Sorrento convict settlement in “The Standard” some issues ago, recalls the fact that “the wild white man,” William Buckley, whose life has formed the theme of many stories by novelists, was a convict at Sorrento. Buckley had been transported for attempting the life of the Duke of Kent at Gibraltar. Ignorant of the country, he and two others escaped from Sorrento, and “set out to walk to China”. But he got amongst the blacks and lived the simple life for 32 years before being discovered! *** MR and Mrs Bland Holt, of East Melbourne, motored through “our little village” a day or two ago en route for Sorrento, where they are staying with Miss Lucy Coppin at The Anchorage. Most old-time theatre-going people doubtlessly recall the days when George Coppin and Bland Holt were the shining lights in the theatrical firmament. *** MISS Mary O’Shea, a youthful Morningtonite, was one of the most successful students at the last Melbourne University examinations, passing in English, Latin, French, history, arithmetic, algebra, geometry and trigonometry. Miss O’Shea was prepared by the College of Our Lady of the Sea, Mornington. *** FROM the pages of the Frankston and Somerville Standard, 11 February 1921

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Making a Spectacle of Myself By Stuart McCullough I’VE been wearing glasses for a long time. They became a necessity part way through high school and I embraced them in the hope that they might make me appear more intelligent and thoughtful. In retrospect, a more diligent approach to studying might have achieved much the same outcome. The thing about glasses is that once you start wearing them, there’s really no going back. My first pair of glasses were roundish gold frames, the closest I could find to those worn by John Lennon in the ‘White Album’ era. They were a wholly unusual choice for a fifteen year old in the mid-eighties. They were the kind of shape that – no matter what mood you were in – made you look slightly surprised. ‘Surprised’ and ‘intelligent’ are, sadly, not the same thing. No one mistook me for a former Beatle, either; and my guitar playing remained, at best, rudimentary. Nevertheless, these were the glasses that got me through high school and well into university. If roundish gold-rimmed glasses were an odd choice, my next pair was nothing short of baffling. For reasons that are lost to me now, I thought it was a good idea to get a pair of ‘half glasses’. These are the kind of frames over which a stern Magistrate might peer as a means of expressing incredulity towards some hapless defendant. They most definitely did not belong on the face of a second year university student. The effect was almost immediate. Fellow students gave me

a super-wide berth. Perhaps they were concerned that I might stare at them over the rim of my glasses – fact is, they never got close enough for me to ask. My spectacles were spectacular form of self-inflected social isolation. At a certain point, I must have tired of my half-glasses. Presumably I had

become somewhat pessimistic and concluded that my half glasses were half empty rather than half full. I aspired to something more conventional and yet striking. Either my next pair would be an expression of my personality or, alternatively, a substitute for not having a personality at all. I chose

black-rimmed glasses. The kind preferred by librarians everywhere. Presumably I had abandoned my teenage dream of being mistaken for a Beatle, preferring instead to be confused for a chartered accountant. They were remarkably effective. To this day, complete strangers slip their tax returns under my front door in the hope that I might assist them. This, of course, gives me little chance to explain the mix up. All I can say is that those people are in for a rude surprise when the ATO comes knocking. My eyesight is quite appalling. Colleagues who’ve caught a fleeting glimpse of the font-size on my phone, which I have set to ‘ginormous’, have noted as much. In fact, it’s getting worse the older I become. A while ago, I thought I might be going blind. However, a visit to an optometrist managed to simultaneously reassure and insult me when I was told it was a natural part of reaching middle age. Upon being reminded of my advancing years, I failed to see the point. That said, I failed to see anything much, which was why I was visiting the optometrist in the first place. The time had once again come for me to get my eyes tested. This involved staring at an eye chart and taking a flying guess at what the letters may be. I am concerned that – as a result of sheer chance – I might be guessing them correctly even if they appear to me as little smudges on a light bulb. If people can guess the lotto numbers then, in theory, there’s a chance – no matter how slim – that

I might be correctly identifying letters on the eye chart. What should happen is that you get some kind of score – like getting a test back with ticks and crosses - that way, I could disclose whether I stumbled upon the answer as a result of sheer, dumb luck. This time, however, the results were emphatic – it was time to update my prescription. Grasping both the nettle and my wallet, I decided it was time for a new set of frames also. The shop assistant was incredibly young and very, very trendy. His glasses told me as much. My instructions were simple – I wanted frames that were positioned somewhere between ‘edgy’ and ‘arts administrator.’ He’s seemed to understand what I was saying. The first pair were more like a sculpture than your routine face furniture. Had I picked them, I’d definitely be handing out money for some kind of avant-garde experimental dance troupe. I waved them away. The next were in a style that I would describe as ‘ironic nerd’. The difference between an ‘ironic nerd’ and a regular nerd is subtle yet spectacular. Either way, they screamed ‘part-time DJ, full time barista’. They would never do. Eventually, I settled on a pair of somewhat severe black-rimmed glasses. Kind of like my current ones but more so. Now that they’ve arrived, I can see things clearly. Glasses aren’t going to make me appear thoughtful, intelligent or like John Lennon. Ideally, they’ll make me look like, well, me. stuart@stuartmccullough.com

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By Craig MacKenzie TEAM formation, culture change and depth are the key elements of success according to Seaford United senior coach Peter Schwellinger. The former Melbourne Knights, Richmond and Langwarrin goalkeeper has coached at Frankston Pines, Old Carey, Melton Phoenix and Whittlesea United and success has walked handin-hand with him in recent years. Schwellinger took Whittlesea United from State 3 to State 1 North-West in successive seasons so he knows what it takes to climb through the leagues. “I want to use a formation that has won promotion for me previously,” he said. “I don’t know that I should talk about it too much but I can tell you it is pretty much a radical change from what we have been doing before. “I also want to try and cover each position. “That’s hard because it’s not easy to get two players for each position but to do that is a big thing for me.” Schwellinger took over the reins at Seaford late last year and has identified a lack of discipline and commitment at State 4 level that he has addressed. “Obviously discipline and commitment are part of your culture and they are just so important,” he said. “You have to train and you have to turn up at the right time and to train properly. “At our level players are often allowed to take it a bit easy but I’ve told the boys if they can’t train then don’t expect to get a spot in the team. “It’s not like you rock up once a week and expect to play because I don’t work like that.” So far the reaction of the players at North Seaford Reserve has been positive. “Yes I’m pleased with the way they have reacted. “When we played our first practice match against Hampton Park we only had a half a team but the Mount Eliza game a few days later was much, much different. “I had more players there and their response was encouraging. “I thought the players understood the system in the Wallace Cup and looked pretty good. “We should have won against Skye

Schwellinger’s system: Seaford United at the 2021 Wallace Cup with senior coach Peter Schwellinger (far left back row) and assistant Andy Lancaster (far right back row). Picture: Darryl Kennedy

who scored from a corner not from open play so my defence was very hard to break down. “Against Strikers I left out some key players and we did well. “We won that one and it was great to see some young players from the ressies who really stepped up and I think they understood the formation and what we are trying to do.” Schwellinger is keen to add two or three more players to his squad, perhaps a midfielder and a central defender. “I’m pretty happy with the squad from an attacking point of view and I’m pleased to see Tom Hogan back at training. “He’s a good player. He can play on the wing and he’s looking nippy and quite fit.” Schwellinger also confirmed that club great Andy Lancaster will assist him this year. Meanwhile on Tuesday last week Peninsula Strikers defeated Casey Comets 1-0 at Comets Stadium with a first-half goal from Jai Power. Power also hit the post, Nick Simmons hit the bar and Aaran Currie should have finished from a one-onone so there were lots of positives for

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Somerville player-coach David Greening gave a blunt response when asked if the rumour was true. “I can’t and won’t speculate on any rumours until such time as a player has signed for Somerville Eagles,” he said. “As a club we will be keeping things a lot more in-house and striving to do things more professionally moving forward.” In other news Victoria’s five-day coronavirus lockdown forced Football Victoria to suspend all football activity during that period. The FV announcement on Friday afternoon included “all organised competitions (Junior Boys’ NPL), all practice matches, club and/or player training sessions, refereeing training sessions, coaching courses, Talent ID camps and FV elite development programs.” The federation hopes to resume all football activity at the end of the lockdown period. In FFA Cup news Rosebud is unable to host this weekend’s home tie against Lara United and has been forced to play away. As we went to press no venue or kick-off time had been confirmed but the clash is expected to take place on Saturday restrictions permitting. This weekend’s scheduled FFA Cup qualifying round matches: SATURDAY: Aspendale Stingrays v Bundoora Utd (Kingston Heath Soccer Complex, pitch 2, 7.30pm), Mount Martha v East Kew (Civic Reserve, 2pm), Lara Utd v Rosebud (TBC). This week’s scheduled friendlies: THURSDAY: Frankston Pines v Beaumaris (Monterey Reserve, 7.30pm, reserves 6.15pm pitch 2). FRIDAY: Box Hill Utd v Mornington (Wembley Park, 7.30pm), Rosebud v Essendon Utd (Olympic Park, 7.30pm). SATURDAY: Nunawading City v Langwarrin (Mahoney’s Reserve, 11am, U21s 1.15pm, U19s 3.15pm), Frankston Pines v Croydon (Monterey Reserve, 5pm & 7pm), Seaford Utd v East Bentleigh (North Seaford Reserve, 1pm & 3pm), Baxter v Brandon Park (Baxter Park, 1pm & 3pm), Lyndale Utd v Chelsea (Lyndale Secondary College, 1pm & 3pm), Somerville Eagles v North Melbourne Athletic (Somerville Secondary College 3pm, reserves v South Springvale U21s 1pm).

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