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Crowd enjoys carols A BIG crowd turned out last week for the annual Carols By Kingston event on 8 December. Bicentennial Park at Thames Promenade Chelsea hosted the excitement. Among the attendees was special guest Santa (pictured, middle), who was a big hit with the kids. The Mordialloc Jazz Orchestra got things started, followed by performances from Rhonda Burchmore and Tim Campbell. Pictures: Supplied

Council to look at Woodman applications Brodie Cowburn brodie@baysidenews.com.au KINGSTON councillors have agreed to take a closer look at applications approved by council that may have involved property developer John Woodman. Mr Woodman’s alleged financial links to City of Casey councillors

have been the subject of an IBAC investigation. Public hearings beginning last month have looked into whether those alleged financial ties resulted in favourable planning decisions. On 9 December, Kingston Council voted to order that “officers provide a report to council that lists all applications or approvals of developments with more than 10 dwellings in the past 15 years in the City of Kingston

with which the following planners and lobbyists named in current IBAC proceedings have been involved: John Woodman, planner and developer, Megan Schutz, planner, Phil Staindl, lobbyist, Lorraine Wreford, lobbyist, [and] Wolfdene, development company owned by John Woodman’s son.” The list prepared by council officers will include the date of the application and approval, what rezoning

or planning permit application was involved, and the names of any other lobbyists, planners, developers, and landowners associated with those applications. The successful motion also read that “noting the involvement of persons of interest from the recent IBAC hearings and Operation Sandon council undertake a probity review of the following planning applications,

including but not limited to: controversial or non-compliant Green Wedge applications, Chicquita Park, Waterways [and] 44 First Avenue Chelsea Heights.” In February 2020, council will receive a report on the costs involved with appointing an independent legal expert to carry out that probity review and to “advise on whether or not referral to IBAC may be warranted”.

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Recycler exit reaffirmed Brodie Cowburn brodie@baysidenews.com.au

MISSING man and woman Adrian Meneveau and Felicity Loveday. Picture: Supplied

Search for missing mother and son Brodie Cowburn brodie@baysidenews.com.au POLICE are searching for a mother and son who were last seen at Olivers Hill on Wednesday, 11 December. Felicity Loveday, 83-years-old, and Adrian Meneveau, 56-years-old, were sighted at 7am at the boat ramp. Their boat was later found submerged near Ricketts Point on Sunday with no sign of the two occupants. A police spokesperson said that the

pair had “told family they were going on a trip for a couple of days on their boat”. “Water Police with the assistance of Search and Rescue, Police Air Wing and Coast Guard are continuing to search for the missing mother and son Felicity Loveday and Adrian Meneveau after their boat was located this morning [15 December],” police said. “It is believed the submerged boat was located by a fisherman about four nautical miles from Ricketts Point.

Water Police are towing the boat to Black Rock where it will be examined. “The 83-year-old and 56-year-old were last seen at 7am on 11 December at Olivers Hill boat ramp in Frankston. “The search for the pair continues.” The mother and son had not been announced as found as of 15 December. The boat had the registration number ER422.

KINGSTON Council last week reaffirmed its move to push the Alex Fraser Group from their Clarinda recycling site by refusing a second application to extend their permit to operate. The recycler’s permit is valid until December 2023. They had hoped to extend it until 2038, but had that move rejected by council (“Council agrees to take out the trash”, The News, 27/11/19). After the group’s first application was rejected in November, Alex Fraser Group put out a news release calling on the state government to step in. “If the Victorian government allows the Clarinda recycling facility to be shut down by Kingston City Council, it will be disastrous for the state’s recycling capacity, and for Victoria’s infrastructure program,” Alex Fraser managing director Peter Murphy said. “If the Clarinda recycling facility is shut down, one million tonnes of recyclable material could go to landfill instead every year. Kerbside recycling will be further disrupted, with recyclable glass again going to stockpile or landfill. “This decision by Kingston City Council will also cut off the supply of construction materials urgently needed for Victoria’s Big Build, driving up costs, increasing trucks on south-eastern roads, and blowing out construction timelines of major

projects. A major metropolitan quarry would need to be established to counter the material shortfall.” The mayor Georgina Oxley said “Kingston’s residents have made it clear that they feel they have put up with the waste industry located on their doorstep in the Kingston Green Wedge for far too long.” “Alex Fraser has known for four years they would need to find a new location, and the Victorian Government has been working with them to find alternatives. They still have another four years to find a suitable site that will ensure both the company’s long-term success and an end to waste-related activities in the Green Wedge,” she said.

Fire restrictions now in force SUMMER’s official fire danger period started on Monday, coinciding with the week’s predicted high temperatures and dry conditions. The CFA-announced fire restrictions will last until 1am Monday 1 May and include a ban on any burning off without a permit, including on roadsides. Lighting fires or solid fuel heaters and barbecues is illegal if a total fire ban day is declared. Fire danger ratings and total fire ban status of all area with Victoria are available at cfa.vic.gov.au, or by calling the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226. Advice is available from the VicEmergency hotline, 1800 226 226 and check emergency.vic.gov.au for current warnings. For information on what is allowed and not allowed during the fire danger period and on days of total fire ban visit cfa.vic.gov.au/can.

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Woman of the year nominations open NOMINATIONS have opened for Kingston’s 2020 woman of the year awards. Emma Gierschick was named the municipality’s first woman of the year in 2019 for her work advocating the cause of preventing family violence. “Whatever your background or whatever culture you represent, I strongly encourage you to nominate women who you believe are making an outstanding achievement or contribution in their local community,” she said.

The categories open include the Courageous Commitment award, the Arts and Sport award, The Inspiring Innovation award, and the award for success in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The mayor Georgina Oxley said “we were overwhelmed with the positive response from our community with over 25 outstanding women nominated.” “The awards will return in 2020 and we’re once again seeking nominations to celebrate women making a positive

difference in our community.” Nominations close 12 January. The winner will be announced on 6 March.

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Driver blows .244 A WOMAN who crashed her car in Chelsea Heights returned a breath test reading almost five times over the legal alcohol limit last week. At around 2am, 15 December, police were called to Thames Promenade to attend a car which had crashed into a parked vehicle. Moorabbin Highway Patrol officers arrived and breath tested the 24-yearold woman. She returned a positive preliminary test, and was taken to the police station where she returned a reading of .244. The Bonbeach woman is expected to be charged on summons with drink driving and other traffic offences. Police will run Operation Roadwise to prevent further drink driving incidents over the holiday period. “During the festive period, motorists can expect to be breath tested, drug tested, and have their vehicles scanned and speed-checked by police to ensure everyone returns home to their loved ones safely this Christmas and New Year,” a police spokesperson said. “Operation Roadwise involves all available personnel including local road policing units, general duties, other operational policing units and centralised resources from Road Policing Command.” The police operation began on 13 December and runs until 5 January.

an unmarked police car and committing a series of alleged aggravated burglaries, overnight 11 December. The two teenagers are alleged to have tried to carjack the vehicle in Keysborough. Cardinia Crime Investigation Unit detectives charged the 17-year-old and 19-year-old Noble Park residents with theft of a motor vehicle, home invasion with an offensive weapon, aggravated burglary with a person present, attempted aggravated burglary and attempted aggravated carjacking. The 19-year-old appeared at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court and was remanded to appear again at court on 5 March, 2020. The 17-year-old will face the children’s court.

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Car theft FRANKSTON Crime Investigation Unit detectives are asking for public assistance to help solve an alleged car theft. Police have been told that an unknown man and woman stole a car from a car park on Olsen Street, between 3pm and 4pm 14 November. The stolen silver Toyota Echo hatch has yet to be found. The car was bearing the license plate number SLH 248. An image of two people (below) police wish to speak to has been released. Anyone who recognises them can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

POLICE are looking for a woman who stole credit cards from a car and used them to make purchases from a bottle shop, 29 October. The offender broke into a car in the Frankston CBD and stole the victim’s cards. An image of a woman (below) police want to speak to has been released. Anyone who recognises her is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers.

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Unassuming banker a green wedge warrior OBITUARY

Barry William Leslie Ross 30/1/1943-7/12/2019 Banker, surfer, conservationist By Mike Hast BARRY Ross played a major role in the protection of green wedges in Melbourne’s southeast including Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula for almost two decades. He was a conservationist for more than 40 years. As long-time secretary of Defenders of the South East Green Wedge, part of the Green Wedges Coalition, Mr Ross was the bane of many a developer. Mr Ross, who died in his sleep on Saturday 7 December aged 76 after a long battle with oesophageal cancer, provided a sharp edge to the Defenders in the state’s planning tribunal, VCAT. He challenged dozens of cases in the tribunal, many successfully, as he fought to keep green wedges free of housing estates, industrial buildings and depots, and waste transfer stations. Barry Ross was born in Richmond in 1943, the eldest son of Hugh and Alys Ross. Hugh, a salesman, served in the military during the World War II, and Alys worked in retail as well as raising Barry and younger brother Hugh Jnr, who died in his teens. After the war the family moved to Edithvale where Mr Ross acquired a lifelong love of the beach and bush, later becoming a keen surfer. He attended Mordialloc High before joining ES&A bank, forerunner of ANZ,

Dauntless defender: Barry Ross on his birthday in 2014. Picture: Supplied

where he worked for 39 years, retiring in 1998. His first conservation activity was opposing subdivision of Rossdale golf course at Aspendale in 1976. He joined Port Phillip Conservation Council and Friends of Edithvale Wetlands. Later he helped the wetlands gain a Ramsar listing to protect migratory bird habitat.

By day he was an unassuming banker, by night and at weekends he was a conservation warrior. The Defenders was founded in 2001 as more and more developers eyed off the green wedges in Greater Dandenong, Kingston and Frankston municipalities. The state government passed laws to establish the urban growth boundary

and set green wedge zones in December 2003 but there were exceptions for certain industries including waste storage as well as grey areas in special use zones. Mr Ross’s first-ever VCAT appearance was to oppose a service station on Frankston–Dandenong Road at Bangholme, rejected by the tribunal in April 2002.

Between 2001 and 2015 he fought 28 cases in the VCAT and won 11. He was made a life member of the Defenders in 2011. Mr Ross’s wife Christine said Barry worked hard even when he was very ill. “He would sit in his armchair with his laptop and crack hardy [put on a brave face]. He went to fewer meetings in recent times, but his productivity was undiminished.” The couple was married for 38 years, first living at Seaford before moving to Hampton in 2012. Both Christine and son Sean helped Mr Ross with his projects, which they called his “green matters”. Last week, colleagues and friends praised Mr Ross and his work. Rosemary West, a Kingston councillor and Green Wedges Coalition coordinator, wrote online: “We pay tribute to his courage, tenacity, integrity, decency and ability to fathom complex legal and bureaucratic matters.” Fellow Defender Alan Hood said: “He was always calm under fire; I’d be emotional and letting fly at developers; he’d be calm, organised and deadly.” Green wedge advocate and former Mornington Peninsula Shire councillor Leigh Eustace said: “Barry could dissect a planning application and find its weaknesses. He helped people and groups opposing green wedge incursions on the Mornington Peninsula. He helped write the shire’s first green wedge management plan in 2006.” Mr Ross is survived by his wife Christine, their son Sean and grandson Arlo, and son Stewart from his first marriage.

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Aboriginal health clinic’s call for help ‘rejected’ Keith Platt keith@baysidenews.com.au A GROUP that offers health care to the 6000 people in Frankston and on the Mornington Peninsula identifying as being Aboriginal or Torres Strait islander is in dispute over federal funding with Health Minister and Flinders MP, Greg Hunt. Mr Hunt says the First Peoples’ Health and Wellbeing organisation received $779,000 this year. However, First Peoples Health and Wellbeing’s medical director Dr Peter Walsh says no money has been allocated by either the state or federal government for the organisation’s recently opened clinic in Station Street, Frankston. Mr Hunt said organisations could apply early next year for help in expanding “the coverage of the Aboriginal community-controlled health sector, which will look at relative national need and will follow appropriate processes to ensure transparency in future funding decisions”. He said a new finance model was being developed for existing Aboriginal community-controlled health sector organisations. “This model will distribute $90 million in primary health care funding under the Indigenous Australians’ Health Program fairly and transparently, based on activity levels, the cost of delivering services and relative health need.” “Applications from the First Peoples Health and Wellbeing and other eligible services providers will be consid-

ered as part of this process.” Dr Walsh said a “detailed application made at the request of Minister Hunt’s senior advisor, specifically to fund our Frankston site … was rejected by the minister last week without explanation”. He said the federal health department’s first assistant secretary, Gavin Matthews, had sent a letter stating that First Peoples Health and Wellbeing “is not eligible for funding under the model at this point in time”. “This has subsequently been confirmed during multiple follow up meetings, despite the $90 million extra in funding [for Aboriginal health services]. This brings in to question the [Mr Hunt’s] commitment to the health of the 6000 Aboriginal community members of the Mornington Peninsula and surrounding areas.” Dr Walsh said the $779,000 mentioned by Mr Hunt was “residual federal government funding our parent organisation Access Services for Koories has received for over 10 years”. “It was designed to fund a manager and four outreach workers. Since changing the focus of our service to primary health care clinics, no increase in funding has been received, despite the massively increased cost of running our Thomastown service. “For comparison, the average urban Aboriginal medical service receives $2.2 million per site, meaning our Thomastown clinic is underfunded by two thirds. “Our Frankston clinic has never received a single dollar from the state or federal governments.”

First peoples’ Health and Wellbeing CEO Karinda Taylor said the Frankston clinic provided “culturally appropriate, comprehensive primary health care”. She said it was “heartbreaking” not to receive any federal money for the clinic. “Since we opened, we have been booked out and desperately need even a small amount of funding to be able to continue to provide the comprehensive health care that the community in this area need and deserve,” Ms Taylor said. Frankston MP Paul Edbrooke said he had “made representations” on behalf of the clinic to both the state and federal ministers. “It is my understanding that the clinic opened in Frankston under a commitment of funding from the federal government prior to the [May] federal election, which has not been delivered,” he said. The Labor MP for Dunkley Peta Murphy described the First peoples’ clinic as “a needed service” and hoped Mr Hunt would see the importance of it being financed before it “is forced to close”. “It is extremely disappointing that the federal Liberal government has declined to fund the Frankston clinic, despite representations from me, the clinic and the local Aboriginal community,” she said. By last Friday 1300 signatures had been added to a petition “demanding” the state and federal governments provide more money to the First Peoples Health and Wellbeing organisation.

Frankston goes mobile Brodie Cowburn brodie@baysidenews.com.au FRANKSTON’S first official mobile app has been launched. The Visit Frankston application was released on 28 November, with the aim of being a companion for visitors and residents travelling through area. The development of the app was completed at a cost of just over $35,000 to Frankston ratepayers. The mayor Sandra Mayer said “the app was created in response to a recent review of council’s visitor and information services.” “This review identified the need to diversify the way information is delivered to residents and visitors by providing interactive, engaging and personalised experiences,” she said. “The app immerses audiences in the city’s events, natural attractions, arts, culture and dining scenes in a

Help needed: At the First Peoples’ Health and Wellbeing clinic in Station Street, Frankston are, from left, Dr Peter Walsh, Frankston MP Paul Edbrooke, CEO Karinda Taylor, Stevie-Lee Ryan, Dunkley MP Peta Murphy and Erin Manderson. Picture: Supplied

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convenient, accessible and playful way. “The app further cements council’s place as industry innovators and supports the city’s reputation as a regional hub of tourism, visitor and business services.” The app features what’s on listings, interactive maps and location-based services, restaurants, and accommodation options. Cr Mayer said “each year 991,000 visitors come to Frankston City, many to see friends and relatives or attend our great events and festivals.” “Our guests use different tools to learn about new places and find their way around the city. The app will provide them convenient and highimpact ways to explore,” she said. “We want Frankston to be a smart city for our locals and visitors.” The app can be downloaded from the app store now.

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Disgraceful conduct displayed on the train Compiled by Cameron McCullough To the Editor Sir, As a passenger who travelled by the 5.10pm train to Pearcedale via Baxter on Saturday, I wish to protest against the unseemly conduct of a number of men who travelled by this train. On the way from Frankston to Baxter the language used was shocking, the men also standing up and fighting one another. On arrival at Baxter the station master made an effort to seek the offenders, and I believe he took the name of one of them and put him into another part of the train. There was then a general melee in the compartment from which the man had been taken. As the train was moving out of the station one of these hoodlums called the porter a most objectionable name, and pulled his shirt nearly off him. The train was pulled up, and the porter went into the car to see who it was called him the name, and he came out again with one of these hoodlums punching into him for all he was worth. The station master came along then, and he was landed two heavy blows on the head. The station master overpowered his man and kept him on the ground till the train was moved out, and the porter also engaged his man till the train was sent away. Can nothing be done to put a stop to these most objectionable men travelling under the influence of drink? This sort of thing is becoming too

frequent, and it is time the Railway department sent a special officer down on this train occasionally. Yours, etc., PASSENGER. *** FOLLOWING our usual custom there will be no issue of the “Standard” during Xmas week. The next publication of this paper will take place on 2nd January, 1920. We take this opportunity of wishing our numerous readers a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year. *** A DANCE under the auspices of the Frankston branch of the Returned Soldiers Association will be held on Saturday night, 20th December. Miss Ford’s city band will supply the music. *** IN our condensed report of the Council discussion re Seaford valuation, it was not made quite clear that Cr Armstrong’s statement that the sandpits should be valued at £200 per acre referred to the land in its original state and not, of course to the worked out area. *** SEAFORD Progress Association will meet tomorrow night, and Frankston Association on Tuesday night, after the sports committee meet on Monday night, Frankston citizens are asked to attend and arrange for New Year’s Eve Carnival. *** THE Elections – CAPT. BRUCE REELECTED FOR FLINDERS. Contrary to expectations, the entry of the Farmers’ candidate into the

contest for the Flinders seat did not seriously affect the position of the sitting member, Capt. Bruce, M.C. It was generally stated that the farmers would go solidly for their nominee, in the hope of gaining second, if not first, position on the poll, so that when the second preference votes of the last man were distributed, the Farmers’ candidate would go well to the front, and stay there. Results did not work out according to schedule. Labour supporters went solidly for Mr. Riley, and succeeded in placing him second to Capt. Bruce, who scored a fine Nationalist vote. The officials at the Frankston polling booth, under the direction of Capt. Sherlock, the Deputy Returning Officer, had a very busy time all day, but the staff proved a highly capable one, and proved equal to every emergency. The figures from the various district polling booths are not available, as the regulations do not permit separate results being published. *** WEDDING BELLS. DEE – THORNELL. A very pretty wedding was celebrated at the Roman Catholic Church, Frankston, on the 4th December, the Rev. W. O’Hagan officiating. The contracting parties were Mr James Dee (of the 4th Light Horse), third son of the late Mr and Mrs John Dee, of Bairnsdale, and Miss Hannah Thornell, youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs Mark Thornell, of “Frampton”, Somerville. The bride, who was given away

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acknowledged by the latter. Mr Charlie Callanan, in his usual pleasant manner, proposed the toast of the bridesmaid. The happy couple left by motor amidst showers of confetti and good wishes, en route for Healesville, where the honeymoon is being spent. The bride travelled in a smart tailor-made costume of smoked blue gabardine, champagne crepe de chene hat and front. The presents were costly and numerous, and included many cheques. Mr and Mrs James Dee will, reside at “Clyde Vale”, Warragul. *** Our Calendar – FREE TO SUBSCRIBERS. With this issue “Standard” subscriber will receive our attractive sheet almanac, attractively printed in two colours. The letterpress is very satisfactory, while the information included in the publication will be found to be most useful. The different phases of the moon are clearly marked in an original and effective manner, and country people particularly should find this feature particularly useful. Other information given relates to postal matters, public holidays, taxes, etc., the whole making a most useful compilation for office, farm, or home. Subscribers enrolling now will be entitled to a free copy of the 1920 calendar. *** FROM the pages of the Mornington Standard, 19 December 1919

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Homeless are forgotten I recently read the Interim Report into Mental Health and am very disappointed that the correlation between people suffering mental health issues and homelessness was not mentioned and made a priority. As a member of Peninsula Carer Council I know in our submission we included the need to address homelessness. Too many people with mental health are sleeping rough as there is inadequate, unaffordable housing, this is particularly so on the Mornington Peninsula Public housing waiting lists are huge. Often people are released from acute stays in mental health hospitals with nowhere to go and picked up by police hours later, or the next day, ending back into hospital. It ends up being a revolving door situation. I do hope the final report, due next year, addresses this important issue of homelessness. Surely, this should be a priority. Adequate housing is a basic human right. Denise Hassett, Mt Martha

Call for change I would like to know when The News is going to move on regarding climate change. I was disgusted to see that four of eight letters published last week were by climate change deniers who seem to be incredibly threatened by [climate activist] Greta Thunberg. Once again, all letters published were written by men. I would like to know whether these realities are (backward) editorial policies? If so, I will not bother to go out of my way to read the paper again, and will actively encourage others to do likewise. A few facts: 1 Australia was recently given the world Fossil Award for showing incredible inaction in the face of climate change which has been universally accepted in the world as being both real and human caused.

2 Even the Liberal Party has tacitly recognised the existence of climate change, despite it fiddling the books to make it look like we are meeting outmoded emission targets. 3 Greta Thunberg is internationally recognised and indeed has recently been listed as Time magazine’s Person of the Year. Why are there no articles on why it seems (older) men in particular, are so threatened by her? As an older female I would much rather put my trust in Greta, and 99 per cent of world scientists who are in agreement about the effects of climate change, than our so-called “leaders” who are helping us move headlong in to more extreme weather events of all kinds. Barbara Rimington, Balnarring

Greta’s time has come I bet three breakfast bowls were tipped over when three letter writers heard that teenage activist Greta Thunberg was made Time magazine’s Person Of The Year. The United Nations feels she is competent enough to address it again. She was strong enough to unite the children of the world to fight against climate change because the adults are to busy having one talkfest after another with no action in between. Here’s a few more teenagers that have made history: Joan of Arc, heroine of France and canonised by the Catholic Church, she was 19 when she was burned at the stake in front of 10,000 people. Malala Yousfzai, 14, shot by the Taliban in 2014 because she campaigned for the education of girls in Pakistan, became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Jessica Watson OAM was 16 in 2010 when she became the youngest person to sail solo and unassisted around the world. At 14, Rishab Jain developed a software tool that showed doctors how to zero in on pancreatic cancer. Thandiwe Abdullah, 15, is the co-founder of

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effects of climate change on our bushfires and worsening droughts seriously, he tells us not to worry, the volunteer firefighters don’t need any help or rest, as they’re so keen to fight fires that one couldn’t stop them from doing so. Such cavalier statements from our PM just show how deluded he is. Hey Scomo, thoughts and prayers will not do any more, when our east coast is on fire from north to south. Summer has only just started and the next four months are going to be testing our firefighters severely when Victoria will be drying out as well and face the scourge of bushfires. Scomo, it’s time to face up to the fact that we in Australia and the whole world have to start acting on meaningful reduction of greenhouse gases before civilisation goes down the gurgler. I’ve written to our local [Flinders] MP Greg Hunt and asked him if it was now time to talk about climate change. Sadly, all I got from him was the standard reply and spin that the government is going to meet its Paris targets easily. All this in the face of Australia’s [greenhouse gas] emissions actually going up and up over the past years. I know the usual suspects here on the Mornington Peninsula will ridicule my concerns with deluded facts of the climate change deniers, but this won’t change the fact that we have very little time left to save ourselves from certain disaster. Rupert Steiner, Balnarring Beach

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THE MEANING OF EXISTENCE... AND OTHER SHORT STORIES

Tales from the Middle Ages By Stuart McCullough IT was my brother who first said it. He did so with enough relish to supply a delicatessen. ‘Happy birthday!’ he cried. ‘You’re now in your late forties….’ It was the kind of shade normally associated with a complete solar eclipse as I was temporarily plunged into darkness. For someone who is slightly less than twelve months younger than me, it’s the kind of thing that’s his to enjoy only for a little while. I can take my revenge next year. It’s often said that revenge is a dish best served cold with a crispy salad and a light, dry white wine. If that’s a little more detail than you were expecting, I can only say that these are the things my experience has taught me. I’m not an expert about everything, but I’d like to think I can whip up a pretty decent meal using whatever’s lying around the house – and not just things in the kitchen either. I once created cordon bleu using little more than a discarded sticky tape dispenser and a VHS of ‘Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em’. Late forties? The slur rolled around my mind before falling over. I don’t think I was late at all. In actual fact, I was perfectly on time for my forties if not, in actual fact, running ahead of schedule. I was in my twenties when I decided to boycott denim. I can’t remember why. It meant I was seriously out of step with my peers. Instead, I wore the kind of slacks that entitle you to a discounted dinner at five o’clock. I also owned a series of cardigans, about which the less is said

the better. Suffice to say, I was well and truly ready for middle age. I’ve never been much for birthdays. There’s something about the attention that startles me. Which, I realize, makes me a difficult customer. But I can’t help but notice that birthdays are becoming less significant as time goes on. When you’re a kid, every birthday is a major event worthy

of a ticker tape parade and a public holiday. Then you reach a point when only landmark birthdays are truly worth celebrating. Suddenly, what was once an annual event rolls around once a decade. I know, however, there’ll come a point at which each birthday becomes increasingly important again as they (hopefully) gradually become more

and more improbable. It’s a tipping point I’m yet to reach but I know it’s coming. I plan to make a fuss. To make up for lost time, as it were. According to my very helpful and informative brother, this was the year I lost the right to use the term ‘midforties’. I don’t think I’ll miss it - it’s hardly the kind of thing that comes up in casual conversation. Your age matters more when you’re younger because you’re in a hurry. It can also be a useful measuring stick both in terms of achievement and surrender. At a certain point, your age ought to tell you you’re unlikely to be drafted by an AFL team. The chances of my being drafted in as a mature age cast member of ‘Young Talent Time’ have greatly diminished. It’s a shame – especially since I not only learned all the words to ‘I Knew the Bride When She You Used to Rock and Roll’ but prepared my own choreography as well; but there you have it. Time waits for no one. Despite the fact that I’m between decades, this year was still a landmark birthday. It’s the first time my father forgot it. Traditionally, he calls first thing in the morning, which for him is around four o’clock. He did this without regard for the circumstances. If your birthday fell on a weekend and there was a chance you’d been out celebrating the night before, you could be guaranteed that my father would call while it was still dark to say ‘happy birthday’. He treated birthday phone calls like going to airport – always be early. But not this year.

This year, I received a text message a day later. Not directly, of course – my father owns a mobile phone but uses it as a paperweight. Besides, I suspect the technology is somewhat beyond him and the risk of an autocorrect greeting of ‘Hairy Bedrock!’ or similar was deemed too great. It’s the first time it’s ever happened and I’m not sure what to make of it. Granted it was the day after, but I’d also pretty much forgotten my birthday by that point. My father has a landmark birthday next year. I won’t say which one it is, but according to my brother, my father’s currently well into his late seventies. I haven’t quite got my head around it. Once, my siblings and I gave him a tea towel with our faces printed on it. This was in the early eighties where computer graphics were something of an approximate art. The results were less attractive than they were entirely frightening. Perhaps it’s time for us to try again and update the tea towel. Or, alternatively, I’ll get him a calendar with my birthday marked in fluorescent yellow. Now that I am officially – at least according to my brother – late forties, I need to figure out what to do with it. It may be time to start wearing denim again, although I’ll leave the cardigans where they might currently be rotting. And while discounted car insurance is still a way off, some activities – such as queuing to enter a nightclub – are well behind me. So be it. It’s a good thing. stuart@stuartmccullough.com

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Taking no prisoners: Baden Powell have set quite the task for Langwarrin with a score of 244. Picture: Andrew Hurst

Somerville’s Jayde Herrick wreaks havoc with an eleven wicket haul and a century By Brodie Cowburn

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SOMERVILLE star Jayde Herrick took 11 wickets and scored a century in a dazzling display of cricket against Pearcedale on Saturday. Somerville thrashed their opponents to claim an outright win on day one of their matchup. Pearcedale came in to bat first and were thoroughly embarrassed. None of their batsmen managed to reach double digit figures and the side was bowled out for 28 off 24 overs. Herrick posted figures of 6/13 off 12 overs, which alone would have made him the man of the match, but he wasn’t content to stop there. Herrick opened the batting for Somerville in their innings, and smashed 20 boundaries in quick fashion. He hit 14 fours and 6 sixes on his way to a total of 105. His side declared at 0/140 off 15 overs. Pearcedale came in for a second innings to close out the day, and although they managed to perform a little better they still could not hold off the Somerville bowling attack. They were left all out for 111, dooming them to an embarrassing outright loss after just one day of cricket. Travelling to take on Red Hill, Pines had a difficult afternoon on Saturday. They were bowled out for only 68 in their first innings, handing the

Hillmen a golden opportunity to wrap up the win on day one. Red Hill bowler Jamie McCall was brilliant, claiming a five wicket haul and only conceding 16 runs for the day. With the willow, Red Hill managed to pass Pines’ total with six wickets in hand. They finished up on 5/109 at the close of play. Half centuries from Jake Theobald and Kristian Miller helped Heatherhill to a big total of 295 in the first day of their clash against Main Ridge. Main Ridge restart on day two from 0/4. Moorooduc’s middle order and tail end failed to capitalise on a good start in their clash against Long Island. They fell from 2/103 to all out for 198 at home. Long Island will start from 0/10 on the second day of the match.

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AN impressive innings of 81 runs from opener Kane Donald has helped Rosebud put together a good total against Hastings. Donald was working hard on his way to his first century of the season after an impressive innings of 84 last week against Dromana. He ended up caught out before he could reach the milestone. Daniel Poulter and Kieran Hanley

also lent a helping hand for the Buds, notching up scores of over 30. Playing Delacombe Park away from home, Carrum elected to bat first in their clash on Saturday. After losing both openers for a combined total of just 9, Carrum’s innings steadied thanks to a half century from number three batsman Shaun Foster. His innings of 65 was his best showing for the season so far. Carrum ended up all out for 207, setting their opponents a tricky total to have to chase on day two. At Belvedere Reserve, Crib Point look in danger of falling to defeat against Seaford Tigers after a tough first day. The Magpies were sent packing for 98 in their innings. Tigers’ bowler Liam Cox did the most damage, taking 5/38 off 19 overs. They were his best ever figures for his club. The Tigers restart on day two from 2/46, needing 53 more runs to grab a win. Travelling to take on Dromana, Mt Martha set a target of 141 for their opponents to chase down. Dromana reached 1/47 before stumps was called.

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A CENTURY from Travis French has helped Tootgarook to a healthy total against Carrum Downs.

French scored 13 fours on his way to a big total. He was helped by number eight batsman Jamie Clarke, who managed to notch up a half century of his own. Tootgarook ended up bowled out for 225. Shane Smith was Carrum Downs’ best bowler on the day, posting figures of 5/57. Carrum Downs lost two early wickets as they came in to bat nine overs before the close of play. They restart on day two from 2/23. Tyabb had a good day against Boneo, posting a healthy total of 238. Things got off to a bad start for Tyabb when they lost opener Nick Taranto for a duck. Tyabb’s middle order helped them to recover when they all put on good performances. Anthony Craddock was their best performer, scoring 56 runs. Jarrod White also contributed, scoring 46. Boneo will have to reach 239 on day two in order to get a result. At RJ Rowley Reserve, Rye were bowled out for 196 runs in their clash against Skye. Opening batsman Jarrod Shaw was Rye’s best performer, scoring 80 runs. He and first drop batsman Beau Suffern put together a 143 run partnership. Skye’s innings started poorly when their opener fell for a duck, and they finished the day at 2/31.

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WADE Pelzer’s brilliant century has helped Peninsula OB to a strong total on day of their matchup against Sorrento. The Old Boys chose to bat first on their home deck, and Pelzer was their biggest contributor. He scored 105 runs, hitting 10 fours along the way. The damage was done after a middle order collapse. Pelzer combined with James La Brooy to put together an undefeated eighth wicket partnership of 115. Peninsula OB ended up at 8/224 at the close of play, giving Sorrento a tough task to face on day two. A century from Rhys Elmi put Baden Powell on track for a good total against Langwarrin. Elmi scored 104 before being dismissed. He smashed 15 fours during the entertaining innings. At the close of play the scoreboard read 9/244. Langwarrin face a difficult mountain to climb to get a win on day two. Flinders set Baxter a target of 223 to chase down in the first day of their clash. Baxter restart on day two from 0/10. Mt Eliza had some difficulties at Alexandra Park, being bowled out for 145 by Mornington. Mornington will begin on day two from 1/27.

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By Craig MacKenzie SAM Orritt’s trial with Langwarrin ended with a visit to Frankston Hospital last weekend and x-rays confirmed that he’d broken his collarbone. He’d lined up against Melbourne Victory at Lawton Park on Saturday in a friendly that was to play a part in determining whether he would be offered a place in the senior squad. Just 20 minutes later he was given a support bandage for his injured right shoulder and assisted from the arena before Langy president Tanya Wallace drove him to hospital. Orritt will decide shortly whether to pursue a surgical option but it seems likely that he’ll be sidelined for up to eight weeks. Langy gaffer Scott Miller is due to decide soon whether or not John Prescott, Jordon “Kaka” Avraham and Orritt have been included in his senior squad for next season. Both Orritt and “Kaka” were in the starting line-up against a young Victory side while Prescott is in the UK until next month. Senior squad absentees from Saturday’s Langy line-up were Wayne Wallace, Jamie Cumming, Alex Van Heerwarden, Delarno Pharoe and Dylan Kilner. Victory ran out a 2-0 winner with both goals coming after half-time the second via a superbly crafted curling shot low into the far corner from outside the area. Langy gave as good as it got in the first period but Victory’s passing and movement lifted a notch after the interval. It created a number of clearcut chances and Langy keeper Fraser Maclaren was forced into a couple of fine one-on-one saves. “You could see the physicality drop off in the last 20 minutes which was to be expected,” Miller said. “Victory’s program is running fulltime now and unfortunately we had a few players ill this week and some have gone away.” Miller is likely to finalise his squad in the new year and is looking at bringing in two players in the attacking half of the field. He was happy with the hitout and Langy’s pre-season match program won’t get into full swing until February. In State 1 news an impressive Mornington enjoyed last Thursday’s night 5-0 romp at Dallas Brooks Park against Brian MacNicol’s Oakleigh Cannons under-20s.

Langy lad: Brandon Jansz started at left back in Saturday’s clash with Melbourne Victory at Lawton Park. Picture: John Punshon

It was the unveiling of the Seagulls’ new strike force and the interpassing and movement between Josh Hine, Wayne Gordon, Dejan Radojicic and Matt Harrington was superb. Teenager Harrington is yet to sign but the club is hopeful that he’ll do so soon. “I want to get Matt locked away but it’s up to him now,” head coach Adam Jamieson said. “He’s done a few sessions with us and he played really well against Oakleigh and we want him as a Mornington player.” It took just five minutes for the home team to cut a swathe through Oakleigh’s defence with Gordon and Hine combining on the left before Hine’s cutback was met first time by Harrington whose precise low strike made it 1-0. Five minutes later Andy McIntyre got forward and headed home powerfully from a Gordon cross from the left to make it 2-0. McIntyre and another newcomer, Reece Caldecourt, were partnering each other at the heart of defence with Andre Bennett at right back and teenager Kyron Kerr at left back. “Reece is a hard nut, he’s an organiser, he likes to win and he’s a good

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Gordon conjured up the individual goal of the contest when he nutmegged an opponent on the left then curled a pinpoint shot inside the far post from a tight angle to make it 4-0. Jamieson made a series of changes in the second half taking off most of his experienced players and Harrington’s second goal rounded off the scoreline. Sam Scott continues to recover from a fractured fibula and ankle incurred in June against Nunawading City but he should be fit for action for the start of the new season. Mornington has confirmed a number of challenging pre-season fixtures in February against State 1 North-West and NPL opposition. The local club will take on Clifton Hill on Saturday 8 February, Banyule City on Saturday 15 February, Bulleen on Saturday 22 February and Werribee City on Saturday 29 February. All matches are away from home and kick-off times will be confirmed closer to these dates. Mornington’s pre-season training resumes on Tuesday 14 January. In State 2 news Peninsula Strikers are now faced with finding a new senior assistant after Alex Halikias left last weekend to become senior coach

footballer,” Jamieson said. “Andre was a professional footballer (in England) at right back and right wing back and I’ve gone away from the idea of using him as a central midfielder.” Both Caldecourt and Bennett looked very comfortable in their roles. Peninsula Strikers midfielder Danny Brooks took up a central midfield role alongside Ethan Goulding, younger brother of Callum and Luke at Langwarrin. Ethan Goulding is a tremendous prospect, a composed control and pass player with excellent vision who only turns 15 this week and has been involved in junior NPL programs at Melbourne City and Bulleen. “Ethan signed with us last week and he’s already said that he’s learnt a lot in the first three or four weeks here and we’re absolutely rapt to have him,” Jamieson added. “We’ll keep working with him and I have no doubt that he’ll play some sort of senior football here next season.” “That’s how much I rate him.” Mornington continued to control the first half and went 3-0 up after a low corner to the near post wasn’t cleared and Hine acrobatically volleyed home from close range.

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of State 5 South outfit White Star Dandenong. Strikers president Adrian Scialpi and senior coach Paul Williams were disappointed to lose Halikias but understood why he chose to move. “Alex has been a senior coach before and we understand that he wants his own team and wants to do things his way,” Scialpi said. “Alex said he wanted to do this now because doing it after Christmas or heading into round one wouldn’t be fair on the club and we appreciate that.” Strikers are likely to talk to prospective candidates for the vacancy inhouse at first and may not need to advertise. Meanwhile Strikers will host the eighth staging of the Wallace Cup on Saturday 1 February at Centenary Park. The competing teams are Baxter, Frankston Pines, Langwarrin, Mornington, Peninsula Strikers, Seaford United, Skye United and Rosebud. State 5 South outfit Rosebud is competing for the first time. The annual event is a celebration of the local game and honours Stephen William Wallace, Langwarrin lifemember and former club president, committeeman, coach, player and Bayside League referee who died on 19 July 2011 at the age of 54. Casey Comets won the inaugural Wallace Cup (2013) and had featured in every subsequent staging of the tournament until last year when it chose not to compete. Mornington has won the tournament five times and has failed to reach the final on just two occasions. In State 3 news Frankston Pines will play Doveton’s under-20s at Waratah Reserve on Thursday at 6.30pm. Pines will go into this pre-season contest without key defender Cedric Benza who is recovering from torn ankle ligaments sustained in the recent Pacific Cup tournament in Auckland. Benza is expected to be out for up to eight weeks. Pines have arranged pre-season games against Bunyip District on Saturday 18 January at Monterey Reserve (5pm and 7pm), Peninsula Strikers on Thursday 23 January at Centenary Park (6.30pm) and Beaumaris on Friday 28 February at Beaumaris Reserve (6pm and 8pm). A reserves match between Pines and Strikers will be held at Monterey Reserve on Thursday 23 January at 6.30pm.


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Hunter urges for change to racing fixture HORSE RACING

By Ben Triandafillou MORNINGTON-based racehorse trainer, Jerome Hunter, landed a dominant double at the Cranbourne night meeting on Saturday 14 December but was quick to urge for change to the current racing fixture. Hunter, who saddled up Catching Beams (Race 5) and Iknewshewasmine (Race 7) to victory for apprentices Will Price and Matt Cartwright, called for more balance to accommodate racing participants lifestyles with the additional twilight and night meetings. Hunter, who like most in the industry gets out of bed as early as 4am every morning, said that the additional night meetings were ‘killing the industry from the inside’. “I won’t sugar coat it, who was the bright spark who came up with this because we’ve all got lives and it’s just pump, pump, pump and I don’t know one trainer that’s happy to do this,” Jerome Hunter said. “We’ve all got families, everyone here, we’re all pump, pump, pump, seven days a week.” “It is [a big crowd tonight] but they didn’t get up at 4am in the morning. They’ve had their sleep in and they’ve come out, which is fantastic, but we’ve got to work out a way that it helps the participants as well.” Hunter said that its incredibly tough for staff to work at the night meetings and back up again the next morning as early as 4am and suggested working out a suitable balance so that young people don’t get deterred from enter-

ing the industry. “Staff don’t want to go out [to the races] on a Saturday night, they’d rather be out with their friends and they’ve got to be up early Sunday morning so it’s something that should be addressed,” he said. “It’s something that I think a lot of trainers should get together and work out because we all want it to work.” There has been talk about pushing early morning starting times back later, which for many trainers isn’t suitable, but Hunter suggested the idea of extending the number of trackwork hours. “If they leave tracks open for longer so that people can start later that have been to the races at Moonee Valley or Cranbourne like tonight, then the whole staff and stable can get to the track later and work the horses properly,” he said. “But at the moment so many horses have to get worked at a certain time during a certain period which is something that also really should be discussed.” The full turnover and crowd figures from last weekend’s twilight and night meetings are expected to be available early this week to provide a comparison to the usual day meeting’s figures.

Hunter wants change: Jerome Hunter urges for a re-think to the additional twilight and night meetings to the racing calendar. Picture: Supplied

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