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Keeping track Crews putting the finishing touches on Mentone Station, which reopened this week. See story page 3. Picture: Supplied

Coronavirus case linked to nursing home Brodie Cowburn brodie@baysidenews.com.au A CASE of COVID-19 has been recorded at an Edithvale nursing home. The Department of Health and Hu-

man Services confirmed last week that a single case had been linked to the BUPA Edithvale nursing home. Mordialloc MP Tim Richardson wrote on social media “we are advised this outbreak is from a staff member and screened during temperature

checks onsite. We will keep everyone updated.” Coronavirus cases across the Kingston municipality have been rising. There are 20 Kingston residents with a confirmed case of the virus as of 20 July. A total of 57 Kingston residents

have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. In a bid to stop the rising number of community transmissions, people in the metropolitan Melbourne area will be made to wear face coverings. Most people leaving their homes for

activities allowed under current stage three restrictions will have to wear a face covering. Scarves and bandanas are permissible. Face coverings will be mandated from Thursday, 23 July, with anyone not complying risking a $200 fine.

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BY LAURA GREEN CARRUM Downs couple Beverley and Ivan Guy celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary last Saturday, July 18. The couple, who met at Marysville Football Club in 1946, were married four years later in 1950. In their younger days, Beverley was a waitress, while Ivan worked as a logger in Healesville before they married and moved to Carrum Downs in the 1960’s. “You have to be able to talk and explain [yourself] to one another. Nobody’s the same. You have to be able

to talk,” Mrs Guy said of their longlasting relationship. The Guy family became a wellknown name across the Mornington Peninsula as a multi-generational football family. Mr Guy ran Carrum Football Club for many years and coached at Seaford and Somerville clubs before retiring. Sons Leslie and Gary played across local football and the Victorian Football League, while their sister Carol’s sport was tennis. Mr and Mrs Guy still love their football; Ivan barracks for St Kilda while

Beverley cheers on Collingwood. “Now Ivan coaches on the couch at home with Beverley,” granddaughter Fiona Smith said of her grandparents. Five generations of the Guy family are living today, including three children, seven grandchildren, five greatgrandchildren, and two great-greatgrandchildren. The coronavirus pandemic halted celebrations with the family this year, but they hope to see their children soon to mark the occasion. “They’re still so in love to this day,” Ms Smith said.

Works continue in July and there will be transport disruptions Public transport disruptions: Buses replace trains Frankston and Stony Point lines

Until 19 Jul

Moorabbin to Mordialloc

Until 15 Aug

Southland to Mentone

Werribee Line

From 6 to 13 Aug

Newport/Laverton to Werribee

Upfield Line

From 28 Jul to 2 Aug

Flagstaff to Upfield

From 3 Aug to 8 Nov

Brunswick and Anstey to Upfield

Road disruptions: Closed roads, lanes and ramps Monash Freeway

From 11pm on 18 Jul to 6am on 19 Jul

Closed outbound between Jacksons Road and EastLink

In July

Reduced speed, overnight lane and ramp closures

Hume Freeway

From 10pm on 18 Jul to 4am on 19 Jul

Freeway closed northbound between Cooper Street and Hume Highway

Dohertys Road, Laverton North

From 8pm 17 Jul to 5am 20 Jul

Intersection closed at Fitzgerald Road

Greensborough Road

In July

Lanes closed overnight between Lower Plenty Road and Erskine Road

M80 Ring Road

In July

Reduced speed, overnight lane and ramp closures

Bell Street, Coburg

From 8pm 27 Jul to 6am 28 Jul

Closed between Main Street and McKay Street

Moreland Road, Brunswick

From 8pm 28 Jul to 6am 29 Jul

Closed between Colebrook Street and Cameron Street

Munro Street, Coburg

From 8pm 29 July to 6am 30 July

Closed between Victoria Street and Railway Place

Reynard Street, Coburg

Until November

Road closed between Railway Place and Loch Street

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Trains back up and running TRAINS have returned to the Frankston line after nearly two months of replacement buses. Buses have replaced trains between Moorabbin and Mordialloc stations since 23 May. An uninterrupted train service resumed one week ahead of schedule on 20 July, with works on the underground rail trenches now complete. Trains are also stopping at the new Mentone Station since the restart of regular service. Works on the station have been completed two weeks ahead of their scheduled completion date. Cheltenham Station is on track to open on 16 August. Mordialloc MP Tim Richardson said “wrapping up works early and getting people moving on the Frankston line will reduce disruption for the locals in our community who need to travel for essential reasons.” “Our local community will now get home safer and sooner with the removal of these dangerous level crossings at Mentone and Cheltenham, with thanks to our hard working construction workers who helped deliver this once in a generation project ahead of schedule.” Three level crossings at Park, Charman, and Balcombe roads in Cheltenham and Mentone have been removed as part of this batch of works. At Mentone, twelve beams weighing 30 tonnes each have been put in place. This batch of works has seen over 6800 tonnes of steel and 15000 cubic metres of concrete used. Brodie Cowburn

WORKS to construct the new Mentone Station. Picture: Supplied

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Burglary investigated A BURGLARY at a Mentone property is being investigated by police. Moorabbin Criminal Investigation Unit detectives believe that a man gained entry to an underground car park on Collins Street, around 9am 25 June. The offender forced open the padlocks on storage cages, and stole a suitcase and other items. The offender left the scene on foot. An image of a man police wish to

speak to has been released. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers.

A MAN police wish to speak to about a Mentone burglary. Picture: Supplied

‘Suspicious’ fire

Assault on bus

War medals stolen

A FIRE broke out at a Cheltenham unit in the early hours of 19 July. Investigators believe that a car outside the Moonda Crescent unit caught fire and then spread to the house at around 2.35am. The blaze is being treated by police as suspicious. The occupants of the unit, a 50-year-old woman and 12-year-old boy, were not hurt. Anybody who witnessed the fire or who has any information should contact Crime Stoppers.

AN assault on a bus between Frankston and Mornington last month is being investigated by police. Police believe that two students were assaulted on the bus at around 2.45pm on 15 June. Transit Crime Investigation Unit is handling the investigation. Detectives have released an image of people (below) they wish to speak to help with their investigation. Anyone with information is urged to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 and quote incident 20220996.

A 91-YEAR-old man has had his World War 2 medals stolen from his home. The man entered his home on Margate Avenue, Frankston on 10 July to discover it had been ransacked. Nine of his medals, including MBE and Citation medals, were stolen. Cash, jewellery, an army uniform, and other items were also stolen. Police say they also believe the offender “defecated at the side of the house and used some of the stolen clothing to clean themselves”. The burglary occurred sometime between 5pm on 8 July and 5pm on 10 July. Frankston Crime Investigation Unit detectives are investigating, and have released images (below) of the stolen items to help with their investigation. Anyone who recognizes the items or who may have witnessed any suspicious activity should contact Crime Stoppers.

Cards stolen POLICE are investigating the theft and subsequent use of bank cards in Springvale last month. Investigators believe that a car was broken into and the cards were stolen in the early hours of 29 June. They were later used that day at stores on Springvale Road between 6am and 9am. An image of two men police wish to speak to has been released. Anyone who recognises them is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers. TWO people wanted over the theft of bank cards. Picture: Supplied

Workplace manslaughter is now a jailable offence.

As an employer, if a workplace death is caused by criminal negligence, you could face up to 25 years in jail, and fines up to $16.5 million. If you don’t take care of your employees at work, and make sure they can return home safe every day, we’ll make sure that you face the consequences. Everyone. Every workplace.

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A VEHICLE of interest in a drive by shooting investigation. Picture: Supplied

Shooting victims ‘mistakenly targeted’ discharged in a suburban street, this is a cause of distress especially for the individuals, and the other families and children residing in the area.” “Someone out there knows something. Crime Stoppers is a confidential crime reporting service that does not require any personal details. We don’t need to know who you are, we just want to know what you know.” Police believe the vehicle was a light coloured hatch manufactured after 2012. They believe the weapon used was a .22 Magnum. Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.

AN investigation into a drive by shooting in Aspendale Gardens last year remains ongoing. At around 1.05am, 6 August 2019, an offender in a Volkswagen Golf fired shots into a home in Oriflamme Court. One shot entered the front bedroom and narrowly missed the sleeping victims. Police put out an appeal for public assistance last week to help find the perpetrator. A statement released by Crime Stoppers last week read that the victims, a man and woman in their forties and two teenagers, had been “mistakenly targeted”. Crime Stoppers Victoria Chief Executive Stella Smith said “firearms are always a concern for the Victorian community. When a firearm is

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Olympic hopefuls team up to train By Bree Masters ATHLETES training for the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics are being confronted by an unforeseen obstacle: the six-week lockdown aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19. With their training options suddenly curtailed Mornington Peninsula Athletics Club sprinters Sophia Fighera and Matthew Rizzo have teamed up to help each other stay fit for Tokyo. Matthew Rizzo, 2017 Stawell Gift winner, said news of sporting facilities and gyms closing and outdoor exercise being restricted to two people, means his Olympic dream is at stake. “With gyms closing, it will mean that we will not be able to complete our gym sessions and may cause us to be behind the eight ball compared to athletes from other states once the restrictions are over,” Rizzo said. “I am currently in the process of modifying my training sessions and working out a revised training plan with my coach for the next six weeks, that will still allow me to take the path that I need to get me to the Olympic games next year.” Rizzo, 21, of Langwarrin said the lockdown would also have a big impact on training for many athletes around Victoria. “At first, I was disheartened about the news, however I am trying to stay positive, despite the new restrictions,” Rizzo said. “I’ve wanted to go to the Olympics since I was a young boy, so I’m willing to jump a few hurdles to achieve my ultimate goal of representing my country at the Games.” Training partner and fellow Olympic hopeful, Fighera, said training would be different without the moti-

Fit for purpose: Australian Ninja Warrior competitors Ashlin Herbert, Troy Cullen, Zak Stolz and Charlie Robbins, and Ashlin’s girlfriend Sarah Blackmore, train at Peninsula Gymnastics, Rosebud. Picture: Yanni

‘Warriors’ vie for an edge

In step: Matthew Rizzo, above, and fellow 2021 Olympic team hopeful Sophia Fighera are training together on the Mornington Peninsula in line with the latest coronavirus restrictions. Picture: Clay Nettlefold

vation and company of her peninsulabased Pride Performance squad. “Training without my squad will be very difficult, as we all push each other to be better and we have a lot of fun at training,” Fighera, runner-up in the 2019 Stawell Gift, said. “I am very lucky to still be able to train alongside my sister and have a little gym set up at home so I can still work on my strength.”

With the big goal of racing at the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games, 22-yearold Fighera said despite the restrictions, she will continue to focus on her ultimate goal of racing at the Games. “I will continue to push myself in every session and focus on both my small and big goals,” she said. “I will focus on working on my weakness and continuing to improve the small aspects in my training.”

THE season return of Australian Ninja Warrior has a Mornington Peninsula flavour. The competitors include fan favourite Ashlin Herbert, of Mornington, alongside his mates Troy Cullen and Zak Stolz, of Rye, and last year’s winner Charlie Robbins, also of Rye. Joining the Channel 9 show is Herbert’s girlfriend Sarah Blackmore, also of Rye, who, after training with the boys for the past three years, decided to give the course a go. Fans believe there’s a good chance one of the peninsula’s team will take out the title of Australia’s first Ninja Warrior. The show is being contested by 140 “everyday Aussies who just happen to be inspirational athletes” training hard to take on the obstacle course. Ninjas will compete head-to-head

for the first time, and the fastest Ninja on the Power Tower will receive a time advantage going into the semifinals. There, the two fastest Ninjas each night will compete on a tougher Power Tower set-up, and the fastest Ninja will earn a rerun if he or she splashes out in the grand finals. The competitor who goes farthest and fastest wins $100,000. A competitor who conquers the so-far-unclimbable Mt Midoriyama in the fastest time will win $400,000 and claim the title of Australia’s first ever Ninja Warrior. The ninja warrior course is at the Melbourne Showgrounds. In a new, later program the best competitors from each state will team up to battle it out for $100,000 as Australian Ninja Warrior: State of Origin. Stephen Taylor

Move to curb CEO’s ‘bonus’ powers Keith Platt keith@baysidenews.com.au MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire councillors want the state government to rein in the power of municipal chief executive officers to prevent bonuses being secretly given to staff. Under the current rules CEOs can grant bonuses to staff without telling councillors, residents or ratepayers. Council CEOs are the only council officers appointed and controlled by councillors. All other council staff are under the jurisdiction of the CEO. Cr David Gill told The News that the shire’s current CEO, John Baker, had not awarded any bonuses to staff.

However, a previous CEO who he declined to name, had provided bonuses to individual officers “of $40,000 and up to $60,000”. The 2019/20 budget shows staff costs comprise $82.1 million of the shire’s total expenses of $191.7m. “We all have the right to know how our rates and any other income is spent,” Cr Gill said. “A former CEO of the shire has apparently been able to pay huge bonuses without the knowledge of council. “I believe that the council of the time set up a mechanism to prevent bonus payments being paid without their knowledge, but that was seemingly ignored.”

Councillors at the 14 July meeting (held online) agreed with Cr Gill that the Local Government Minister Shaun Leane be asked to “review … the situation where chief executive officers of municipalities in Victoria have extraordinary powers to give confidential large yearly bonuses to selected staff … and is apparently entirely at their sole discretion”. Mr Leane was appointed local government minister in June following the sacking by the Premier Daniel Andrews of Adem Somyurek amid allegations of branch stacking and offensive language. The request was also made to Local Government Victoria and Victorian

Auditor-General’s Office and listed for adoption by other councils at the next state conference of the Municipal Association of Victoria. The shire’s letter to the minister will state that the powers given by the government to CEOs “lacks transparency and accountability and creates apprehension of outcomes that may not be in the community interest”. Comments made on the agenda by an unnamed officer said there were “mechanisms” already built into the system to stop the CEO telling council if any bonuses had been granted. “Therefore, it is the officer position that such oversight does not require any legislative or state policy change,

with mechanisms to address the concerns raised presently available within the existing legislative and policy framework,” the unnamed officer stated.” The officer stated that council could ask to be told about any performancebased bonuses and if they had been appropriately assessed. The officer then stated that “council officers will be seeking clarity regarding what points of advocacy are to be raised and specifically what changes are sought” if councillors asked Mr Leane to curb the powers of CEOs. Councillors voted unanimously to approach Mr Leane, the auditor general and other municipalities.

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Complaints against Cr. W. J Oates - allegations unsustained Compiled by Cameron McCullough MR. Murphy, dairyman, had made certain complaints to the Frankston branch of the Returned Soldiers’ Association to the effect that Cr Oates was interfering in his business which has since been purchased by Mr Barber. The branch invited Mr Barber to make a written complaint, but he did not do so, and made a verbal statement, which was taken down in writing. It was decided to acquaint Cr Oates with the nature of the complaints made, and Mr Barber was informed that he must substantiate his charges at this meeting. Cr Oates was supplied with a copy of the complaint as follows: (1) Using your position and knowledge, whilst a member of the Local Repatriation Committee, to obtain and canvas Mr Barber’s customers, whilst negotiations were in progress for completing the purchase of Mr Murphy’s business by Mr Barber through the Repatriation Department. (2) Sending out circulars and business cards notifying Mr Murphy’s customers that he, Mr Murphy, had sold his business, and asking that you should be favored with their patronage. (3) Having entered into an agreement (verbal) with Mr Barber that the price of milk be 8½d per qt and advertising same in the local paper, you have in several instances without Mr Barber’s sanction or knowledge (at the time of serving such customers) sold milk to them at a reduced price, viz 7½d per qt. The Chairman then read the signed statement made by Mr Barber on which the complaints were based, and in which Mr Barber also described

how he got certain information from a friend in the Repatriation Department. The Chairman – You have heard the complaints read, Mr Barber, are they correct ? Mr Barber – Yes ! He added that he had been unable to obtain a copy of the circular sent out by Cr Oates, but had been given permission to mention that Mrs Garrood had received one. This lady also stated that Cr Oates had waited on her before he (Mr Barber) took over from Mr Murphy and solicited her custom. The Chairman – But we must bare proofs of your statements. If you can prove these charges against Cr Oates, we will know how to deal with him, but if not its up to you to make amends. Mr Barber said he had no proofs. Dr Maxwell said they could not act on a mere statement. Members of the branch were anxious to stick to a returned man, but they could not endorse Mr Barber’s’ complaints without supporting evidence. Cr Oates thought Mrs Garrood should have been present. They had only a mere statement. Mr Barber – Mrs Garrood’s statement is as good as yours! Dr Maxwell (warmly) – But she is not here! You are making fools of us! The Chairman said that definite proof must be adduced. Mr Barber – I have tried to get it. The Chairman – Are you willing to withdraw? Mr Barber – No, I will take the case to the Repatriation Department. Mr Murphy said that when Mr Barber complained to him that Cr Oates was canvassing his customers the

speaker interviewed them, and asked them to support Mr Barber, who was a returned soldier, and had paid £275 for the business. After he had sold the business to Mr Barber, several customers stated that they had received letters and cards from Mr Oates asking for custom. The Chairman – Was that while the sale of the business was being negotiated and in the hands of the Repatriation Committee? Mr Murphy – I don’t know that the business was ever referred to the local Repatriation Committee. Cr Oates claimed the right to cross examine. He said he was charged in the first place with “using his position and knowledge.” The returned men present and the public generally expected Mr Barber to prove that allegation. Did he (the speaker) go to returned soldiers and say “Give me your custom – I am president of the Repatriation Executive and will see that you are dealt with alright?” The Chairman thought the meaning was that Cr Oates’ knowledge was obtained as a member of the Repatriation Committee to the detriment of Mr Barber’s business. Cr Oates thought Mr Barber should explain. Mr Barber – You knew that the business was for sale, and you said to my customers, “If Murphy is selling will you give me first turn.” Cr Oates – Will you withdraw that now ? Mr. Barber – No, I will withdraw nothing! Cr Oates – I will let that stand over for the present.

Referring to the next charge, Cr Oates said it was complained, that he obtained and canvassed Mr Barber’s customers. He asked would Mr Barher give names? Mr Barber – No, I refuse. Cr Oates (excitedly) – That is no good to me. You have mentioned one lady’s name. “I don’t know her. I have never met her in my life. I am not going to put up with anymore of this business. I have been humiliated by men who have only been in the district a few weeks, and I am going to have these scandals exposed. Cr Oates – When were these customers supposed to have been canvassed ? Mr Barber – I can’t give the exact date, but it was sometime between 1st and 22nd April. Cr Oates – I will give you some information. It was not until May 7th that the Frankston Repatriation Committee was advised that Mr Murphy’s business was for sale. We appointed Mr Johnson and the secretary, Mr Barrett, to value it. When they interviewed Mr Murphy on the following Wednesday, Mr Murphy told them the business was sold and that Mr Barber was taking possession on Friday. Cr Oates, continuing, said that Mr Barber had been asked to produce a copy of the circular he, the speaker, was said to have sent out, but he had failed to do so, and for a very good reason. He had never issued a circular, but simply distributed the ordinary business cards. (Cr Oates here produced the cards in question.) Cr Oates, to Mr. Barber – How many customers do you say were lost from the time Mr Murphy’s started to sell

his business until you took over? Mr Barber – About half a dozen. Cr Oates – I thought it must be 100. Did you ever say it was 40? Mr. Barber – No. Cr Oates said he was still waiting to hear the charge justified that he had used his position to benefit his business. Mr Barber said he would withdraw the word position. The Chairman said that Mr Barhad brought no proof whatever in support of any of his charges, This branch finds that Mr Barber’s charges against Cr Oates are not proved The Chairman, in formally conveying the decision to Cr Oates, said he was very sorry that the matter had come before the branch. The branch was out to right the wrongs of soldiers, but complaints must be backed by evidence. Mr Barber had brought no proofs. Cr. Oates, in reply, said he was sure all present understood his feelings. He had been placed in a humiliating position. It was not necessary for him to detail the work he had done in the interests of the Returned Soldiers. All he had done he had done grudgingly, and his heart was still with the returned men. Cr Oates said he thought Mr Barber ought to apologise? Mr Barber – I withdraw altogether, after hearing Cr Oates, and apologise for what I have done and said. Cr Oates – I accept. (Great applause). *** FROM the pages of the Mornington Standard, 16 July 1920

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Music theatre stars Raise the Curtain to support local theatre companies ‘THE show must go on’ is a phrase many in the performing arts industry have long adhered to, until COVID-19. Whilst some states are beginning to open up their venues, theatres in Victoria still sit dark and empty as performers, stage crew, staff and audiences wait at home for their time to shine again. Like so many arts workers, Nick Rees has been affected by the temporary dimming of the lights in Australian theatre. With the aim of supporting artists and local theatre groups, Rees was inspired to produce Raise the Curtain featuring an incredible cast of names from the music theatre industry to assist both the artists and the local theatre companies who have had productions postponed or cancelled in 2020. “Seeing how much the arts industry has been effected and how long it’s going to take to recover from all this really made me want to dig deep and not only help out those in the professional arts industry but also the local amateur companies,” explains Rees. “A lot of people who are working behind the scenes on the event are from the local companies down on the peninsula so it’s great to have their involvement.” Hosted by Jimmy Rees (ABC’s Giggle & Hoot), Raise the Curtain is a music theatre production not-to-be missed featuring pop, rock and music theatre classics. Performers include Bella Paige (The Voice runner-up 2018), Euan Doidge (Priscilla: Queen of the Dessert), Kala Gare (Six the Musical), Simon Gleeson (Les Misérables), Samm Hagen (Legally Blonde), Nigel Huckle (The Ten Tenors), Joseph Naim (Beautiful: The Carole King Story), Nat O’Donnell (Mamma Mia!), and Angela Scundi (Thoroughly Modern Millie). From adversity comes great opportunity and the Frankston Arts Centre have embraced digital opportunities to open up pathways for performers and artists to connect with audiences. As the

Principal Theatre Partner

fourth event in their digital series, the FAC are proud to partner with NR Productions for this exciting fundraising event. Raise the Curtain will be livestreamed from the Frankston Arts Centre on Thursday 30 July, 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at whatever you can afford, with all ticket sales distributed amongst artists on the night, along with local companies PLOS Musical Productions and Panorama Theatre Company. More info at thefac.com.au.au.

Nick Rees (above) and Jimmy Rees.

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Masks – Part of Victoria’s heritage since 1880 By Stuart McCullough THE news of mandatory mask wearing has taken me completely by surprise. Knowing that I'll be fined $200 for not wearing a mask after Wednesday has made me regret continuing to panic buy toilet paper when everybody else was probably panic buying face masks. How could I have got panic buying so wrong? Now masks are going to be compulsory, the chances of getting one of those officiallooking blue ones that Anthony Edwards used to wear on ‘ER’ are slim to none. Which means I’ll need to make my own. Luckily, I am incredibly practical by nature and willing to face the challenge head on (no pun intended). Using Google and whatever I could find around the house, I managed to create a prototype that is so fit for purpose it could do a three minute mile. If I’m being honest, the overall effect is less ‘pandemic’ and more ‘bushranger’. But also, a fitting nod to our unique Victorian heritage. I'm going to call it the 'Ned Kelly pandemic mask'. As I write, I am wearing the 'Ned Kelly pandemic mask'. That’s despite the fact that I’m currently indoors. It’s sturdy, although a little on the heavy side, which makes entering and exiting a vehicle kind of a challenge. But, boy, do I feel safe. In the same way that Australia has invented everything useful in the past hundred years, including wine casks, the Hills Hoist and grunge music, we also invented the first full-functioning pandemic mask. Ned Kelly was an outlaw and a surprisingly early adopter of the face covering. Like many of us, Ned made his mask at home. It’s as good a model as any – not only

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will it assist to protect you from coronavirus, you can also get your mail delivered to it. But I'm not going to bore you with a full history of Ned and the Kelly Gang. Everybody knows the story. Well, perhaps a quick recap for those that have only arrived here in the last 140 years.... Ned had decided to get together with a few of his friends in Glenrowan for a houseparty at the local inn they had hired out on Airbnb. Well above the number of people allowed in a single dwelling under Level Three Restrictions (especially considering they had 62 hostages), the constabulary were sent in to slap Ned with a $1652 fine. Ned would have none of it, and from there it all went pear-shaped. Unfortunately for Ned, and contrary to modern epidemiology, the thing that would eventually take him down would end up embedded in his legs, and not in his upper nasal passage. If only the police had been firing airborne virus particles and not lead bullets, Ned would still be with us today. Ned Kelly was convicted for the crimes of murder, armed robbery, and the excessive hoarding of toilet paper. Some things never change. Although things didn’t work out for Ned, we can all enjoy the fruits of his labour. Ned Kelly - bushranger, early adopter and Victoria's first mask wearer. Thanks Ned. As for me, if anybody would like to swap some masks for some toilet paper, please let me know. stuart@stuartmccullough.com

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FV shuts down senior season SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie FOOTBALL Victoria early last week placed a full stop next to the 2020 season for senior teams in the metropolitan region. However the state body clings to the hope that junior competition at both NPL and community club levels can resume in September pending state government approval. The anticipated end to the 2020 season was first announced in an email to clubs and followed up the next day with an official media release whose main points were: – Senior metropolitan competitions (NPL and community) will not proceed or resume as fixtured – Junior NPL and community club competitions are planned to resume in a modified form in September (subject to government restrictions) – Modified football competitions to be developed with clubs for September onwards in various forms and locations (subject to government restrictions) – A FV 2020 fee policy, based on cost apportionment principles, is being finalised. All three local clubs with junior NPL licences – Langwarrin, Mornington and Peninsula Strikers – are likely to participate in whatever may remain of the 2020 season. However neither Mornington nor Strikers will compete at community junior level this year. Langy hopes to but if a modified junior season starts up as scheduled it will coincide with the redevelopment of the top pitch at Lawton Reserve. “It’s going to be a logistical nightmare but we will absolutely make it work,” Langwarrin president Tanya Wallace said. A major electrical upgrade at Lawton Park was completed last week but in September the top pitch will be ripped up and completely resurfaced with new drainage, new irrigation, levelling of the new pitch, upgrade of coaching boxes, new fencing, new gates at the second entrance off Barrett’s Road and a new high fence behind the goals at the clubroom end of the pitch. Mornington is in talks with FV and Mornington Peninsula Shire Council about arranging an abbreviated junior season for local community clubs. The Dallas Brooks Reserve outfit has

Pines’ plans: A recent bird’s-eye view of Monterey Reserve which Frankston Pines hopes will become a training and playing hub in coming months. Picture: Steven Gray, Football Chaos

held talks with Mount Eliza, Mount Martha, Somerville, Rosebud, Rosebud Heart and Westernport. “It’s early days yet but the signs are promising,” Mornington president Matt Cameron said. “We’re hoping to put together a sixto eight-week junior competition and we’re still working through the details with Greg (Hurvitz, local FV club ambassador). “The clubs prefer to stay within the local area rather than travelling to other municipalities. “We are all working together which is fantastic the way we’ve been able to do that over this period. “We’ll talk to the council about getting extended times on grounds and if we can run into summer that’s probably what we’ll try and do.” Mornington is now dealing with the issue of refunding player fees to parents. “We probably will look at a rollover to next season,” Cameron said. “If we can arrange some sort of season with the local clubs that will go some way to dealing with the issue but we haven’t had a lot of requests for re-

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funds to be honest, maybe around 10 or so from the 400 kids we’ve got. “We sent out an email a couple of weeks ago when the season got put off again and quite a few people have said they don’t expect anything back as the club has been working harder than ever having to set up twice only to have things called off each time.” Strikers also called off the season for its community junior clubs and junior president Matt Harrington believes the club has acted in the best interest of parents. “We’ve made a difficult decision not to compete in any Football Victoria community competitions this year as we felt it would be too cost-prohibitive for families,” he said. “We worked very hard at putting the COVID-19 return to training and playing conditions in place for our NPL program but found that providing the same diligence for our 20-plus community teams significantly more challenging. “After the last restart we reduced our (community) fees by between 25 and 60 per cent depending on the age group then went through the process of

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Rawiller claims Rising Star Series HORSE RACING

By Ben Triandafillou IN form apprentice jockey Campbell Rawiller was crowned this season’s RMBL Investments Rising Stars Series champion at Flemington on Saturday 18 July. The Mornington-based apprentice jockey had an unassailable lead heading into the final event of the Series, but still managed to claim second aboard the Grahame Begg-trained Beauty Bolt and collect a further six points to add to his total. Rawiller, who has ridden 73 winners since debuting in September, finished 10 points clear of Teo Nugent and a further 19 points ahead of Lewis German who claimed third. The 19-year-olds victory emulated the success of his aunty, Stacey Rawiller, who claimed the 2009/10 Rising Stars Series with 72 points. Campbell Rawiller said it was a massive thrill to be able to follow in the footsteps of his Aunty and claim the apprentices’ prize. “Being able to step up against great apprentices like Teo, Michael Poy and Thomas Stockdale and try to get the challenge was really thrilling,” Rawiller said. “It’s definitely a big credit to my manager, Liam Prior, who has done a lot of work to get this. It’s been a great opportunity to have a goal to work towards and try to win it and thankfully it’s all worked out.” Rawiller joins other past winners of the Rising Stars Series which includes Melbourne Cupwinning jockey Blake Shinn and multiple Group 1-winning jockeys Craig Newitt and Nick Hall. With another goal checked off the list, Rawiller’s next focus is to outride his provincial claim which he’s seven winners off succeeding. He’s currently riding at a 14% strike rate from his past 50 rides.

Rising star: Campbell Rawiller takes out the Rising Stars Series for the 2019/20 season. Picture: Supplied

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