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TWELVE new citizens took part in Kingston’s first online citizenship ceremony this month, hosted by the mayor Georgina Oxley (pictured). See story page 3. Picture: Supplied

Man arrested after 360kg drug bust Brodie Cowburn brodie@baysidenews.com.au A PATTERSON Lakes man has been arrested and charged after police seized 360 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine from a shipping container which had arrived from Malaysia. On 8 June, Australian Border Force

officers examined a shipping container of furniture which had landed in Melbourne from Malaysia. Inside the container alongside the cargo, they found 18 unidentified cardboard boxes. It is alleged that the boxes were filled with small packages, which when opened and tested returned a presumptive positive result for methamphetamine.

Approximately 360 kilograms of drugs were seized, which police estimate had a street value of up to $180 million. In the early hours of 17 June, Australian Federal Police officers arrested a 36-year-old man at a Patterson Lakes home. They then arrested two Malaysian men at a property in the Melbourne CBD.

The three men were charged with attempting to possess a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug. The Patterson Lakes man was remanded in custody, and the two Malaysian nationals faced the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on 18 June. AFP officers also executed search warrants at properties in Carrum, Williams Landing, and Cheltenham as

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Citizenship ceremony goes online longer to be able to call themselves an Aussie”, she said. “These families were due to take part in a ceremony in March but due to the COVID-19 pandemic unfortunately we had to postpone all ceremonies. It’s fantastic that the Department of Home Affairs has given us and these families the option to take part in an online ceremony.” The twelve new citizens, from India, China, USA, Sri Lanka, and the United Kingdom, have had to wait since November to have their ceremony.

KINGSTON Council hosted its first ever online citizenship ceremony last week. On 18 June, the mayor Georgina Oxley held one on one ceremonies with twelve new citizens from six different countries. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the process online, Cr Oxley said it was still a “special moment”. “Becoming an Australian citizen is such an important and special moment for these families and we want to make sure they don’t have to wait any

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They will receive their citizenship certificates in the mail. New citizens who wish to wait until they can attend their ceremony in person can wait if they choose. Anyone awaiting citizenship can speak to the Department of Home Affairs on 131 880 for more information.

THE mayor Georgina Oxley hosting a citizenship ceremony last week. Picture: Supplied

Facilities reopening COUNCIL owned facilities have begun to reopen following the COVID-19 shutdown. Libraries, recreation centres, and community sporting grounds will be included in the next phase of reopening. The Chelsea, Clarinda and Westall libraries reopened for booked visits last week. On 22 June, Parkdale, Cheltenham, Dingley Village, and Patterson Lakes libraries reopened. The pool at Waves Leisure Centre has reopened for pre-booked lap swimming and exercise rehabilitation, although the gym remains closed. Kingston’s customer care centre in Cheltenham has also reopened. The mayor Georgina Oxley said “we are really excited to be able to open up our community facilities again to residents and visitors to Kingston, but safety is our main priority and we want to make sure we reopen in a staged way that allows people some access but doesn’t create any additional risks.” “I know the community has missed being able to take their children to their local library, go for a swim at our wonderful Waves Leisure Centre or play sport on our netball courts and sporting fields, I have too, but we can’t rush into this we need to work together to keep the community and our staff safe,” she said. “It’s really important that when the community visit our libraries, recreation centres and other facilities or meet friends at our skateparks and playgrounds, they continue to follow physical distancing guidelines and keep up the hygiene practices we have all become so good at.” To book a visit to a local library

call 1300 135 668. To book a swim at Waves Leisure Centre visit kingstonactive.com.au

Road works create ‘chaos’ THE state opposition has slammed works which have closed the Thompsons Road and Frankston-Dandenong Road intersection for five weeks. South Eastern Metropolitan region Liberal member Gordon Rich-Phillips said the works have “created an absolute nightmare for over 58,000 daily road users”. “The road detours put in place as a result of this closure are now blocking lanes on surrounding key intersections causing traffic chaos. These roads include McCormicks Road where it intersects with Thompsons Road, Wedge Road where it intersects with Frankston-Dandenong Road, Hall Road and FrankstonDandenong Road, Ballarto Road and Frankston-Dandenong Road. “With COVID-19 restrictions starting to be lifted, we are seeing traffic volumes starting to increase and return to normal. Priority should have been given to complete this project earlier to take advantage of the significantly reduced volumes of traffic. “The Andrews Government’s botched detours around Thompsons Road are causing traffic chaos. It needs to immediately fix the lane closures and traffic light sequences to get traffic moving again”. The intersection closed on 5 June and is scheduled to reopen on 13 July (“Roundabout to go”, The News, 3/6/20).

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Hospital equipped for complex pregnancy A NEW mother has paid tribute to staff at Peninsula Health for helping her through a complicated pregnancy. Grace Buffinton’s 20 week scan showed that her unborn child’s brain was not developing properly. “They discovered part of his brain was missing,” she said. Fetal Diagnostic Service midwife Sharelle Goodwin and Obstetric Ultrasound specialist Dr Andrew Edwards counselled Grace and her partner Ben throughout the pregnancy, “If it turned out part of his brain was missing, his life expectancy was going to be around 12 and he would have

had the mental capacity of a two-yearold,” Ms Buffinton said. “There were times when I was at work and I would get emotional, and I would call Sharelle or Andrew and they would always answer. It was so reassuring to have that care when something like that was going on.” Dr Edwards said “previously, women like Grace would have been referred elsewhere, meaning many local pregnant women would be travelling outside of the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula region for this kind of specialist care. So offering the Fetal Diagnostic Service in Frankston gives

these women the opportunity to continue their care at the hospital nearest to their place of residency.” A later MRI scan contained good news, showing a part of the unborn baby’s brain that had not been seen earlier. On 23 December 2019, baby Isaac was born. Peninsula Health’s complex pregnancy care team was set up last year. They run clinics twice a week for pregnant women with fetal and maternal conditions. For more information visit the maternity services page on peninsulahealth.org.au.

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Drug smugglers warned by officers Continued from Page 1 “These arrests should serve as yet another warning. Even despite COVID-19, the AFP and its law enforcement partners continue to doubledown on organised crime, working harder to outsmart the criminal networks in order to dismantle and prosecute them at every opportunity,” Mr Giles said. “Had this drug seizure made its way to Australian streets, countless lives would have been affected. Drug us-

ers, healthcare workers who deal with drug issues each and every day, and families torn apart from the scourge of illicit substance abuse.” Australian Border Force regional commander Craig Palmer said “the ABF uses a variety of methods to find illicit drugs, including x-ray, detector dogs and a range of sophisticated substance detection technologies. Our techniques and intelligence is constantly evolving, and so is the dedication and ability of our highly trained

officers.” “Criminals continue to find different ways to try to hide harmful drugs, and while concealment methods are getting more advanced, so is the ABF’s ability to detect them.”

A MASSIVE discovery of what police allege is methamphetamine. A Patterson Lakes man was arrested after the drugs were seized. Picture: Supplied

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A FRANKSTON man was clocked driving at 180kmph on the Mornington Peninsula Freeway earlier this month. Moorabbin Highway Patrol officers pulled the 31-year-old over in Patterson Lakes at 9.10am, 14 June. He underwent drug and alcohol testing which police say “indicated the presence of an illicit substance in his system.” Police also allege the man was driving an unregistered car, and was in breach of interlock conditions. The car was impounded for 30 days

Adult store robbed POLICE are looking for two people who stole over $1000 worth of goods from an adult entertainment store. The theft happened in Keysborough in May. The value of the stolen goods was around $1200. Images of two men (below) police wish to speak to have been released. Anyone who recognised the men can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppervic.com. au.

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Report backs shorter rail extension A NEW report has assessed the different options for extending the Frankston line. Picture: Supplied

Brodie Cowburn brodie@baysidenews.com.au A PLAN to electrify and duplicate the Frankston rail line to Langwarrin has been endorsed by a committee of MPs, council employees, and local business representatives. A business case looking into duplicating and electrifying the train line to Baxter was completed last year. The project has since been at a standstill, with $225 million in funding committed by the federal government but none committed by the state government (“Rail extension at a standstill”, The News, 30/3/2020). Since the completion of the business case an advisory committee has been set up to explore the future of the project and make a recommendation to Infrastructure Australia, an independent body which advises all levels of government on infrastructure projects. The committee featured representatives from Mornington and Frankston councils, Monash University, Chisholm TAFE, the Committee for Greater Frankston, the Committee for Mornington Peninsula, state MP Paul Edbrooke, federal MP Peta Murphy, and Liberal senator David Van. The advisory committee endorsed two plans, one of which would see the rail extended with twin tracks to Langwarrin. The rail line would run past a new Leawarra station to a new Langwarrin station. The advisory committee’s report estimated the cost of that project to be just over $400

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million. A second more expensive plan was also endorsed by the advisory committee. That plan would see the track electrified all the way to Baxter at a cost of just over $550 million. The committee assessed the possibility of extending the rail line using

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a single track, but their report read that the option would not meet the “minimum service requirement” of trains every 15 minutes. Committee for Greater Frankston CEO Ginevra Hosking said that both endorsed options would “allow a 15-minute service, a new Leawarra–

Monash campus station servicing the growing Frankston health and education precinct with estimated patronage making it the 15th busiest suburban station, and moving the main commuter parking outside Frankston’s CBD, freeing up the city centre for other users.”

“The most controversial aspect of the advisory committee’s report was what to do if, without state government investment, there was insufficient funds to duplicate and electrify all 8 kilometers of the line to Baxter,” she said. “One shorter term option we investigated was electrification of the existing single track rather than replacement with a double track, on the assumption that a second track could be built in future. However, a single track would severely reduce train frequency.” The advisory committee’s 54 page report was handed to Infrastructure Australia on 16 June. The committee was set up in response to IA listing the expansion of public transport services in Frankston as a “priority initiative” on their priority list (“Public transport a priority”, The News, 2/3/2020) To view the full report visit c4gf. com.au


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Push for improvement of Kananook Creek Compiled by Cameron McCullough AT Frankston last Monday night the initial meeting took place of the subcommittee appointed to give effect to the resolutions passed at the public meeting held at Seaford last month to secure the improvement of the Kananook Creek. The following representatives were present: Crs W. P. Mason and J. B. Howell (Shire Council): Messrs Hunter and Cotton (Seaford Progress Association) : Messrs McCullloch and Jennings (Public nominees); Messrs P. Wheeler and W. Crawford Young (Frankston Progress Assodiation). Cr Mason was voted to the chair, and, by request, Mr W. Klauer consented to act as secretary to the committee. The question of organising a deputation to wait on the Minister of Public Works was fully discussed, and it was agreed that the attendance at same should be as large and as representative as possible. To ensure success in this respect, it was decided to arrange a date well ahead. Cr Howell moved, and Mr Wheeler seconded, that the Hon. A. Downward be asked to arrange with the Minister to receive a deputation on or about July 4th next, and that the Chairman of the State Rivers and Water Supply Commission be invited to be present. – Carried. Reference was made to the fact that Mr Sambell, C.E. had promised every assistance to the movement, and appreciation of his offer was expressed. It was decided to ask Mr Sambell to keep in touch with city men who were

interested in the creek improvement scheme with the view to securing their assistance at the deputation. It was resolved to ask the following gentlemen to act as speakers: Dr. Cameron; Messrs J. Ogilvy-Smith, R. W. B. McKenzie, W Moulton, and Boyce (Tourist Bureau). It was thought that the foregoing gentlemen might find it convenient to confer with Mr Sambell in Melbourne, and report to the committee in two week’s time. Mr Cotton kindly undertook to have the wishes of the committee personally brought under the notice of the gentlemen named. Other speakers mentioned were Cr Mason, Cr Howell, Dr Maxwell, Dr Mackeddie, Mr P. Wheeler, and Mr C. Hunter. It was agreed that a public meeting should be held at Frankston prior to the deputation leaving for Melbourne. The question of finance cropped up and it was decided that steps should be taken to start a fighting fund, the preliminary expenses in the meanwhile to be borne by the Seaford Progress Association. *** THE depature of Mr and Mrs A. G. Wilcox from Frankston will cause regret among a large circle of friends. Mr Wilcox took an active interest in the affairs of the town, and apart from his position as president of the local branch of the R.S.S.I.L.A, he was also president of the Soldiers Memorial Committee and in that capacity was chiefly instrumental in promoting the race meeting which returned over £300 to the fund.

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MASTER John Frederick Benson the infant son of Mr and Mrs Frederick Benson, was christened by Captain Chaplain Gates at the Somerville Church of England on Saturday last. It had been arranged that the ceremony should be held immediately on the arrival of the football special train, so as to permit Frankston friends being present. Mrs Reynolds acted as sponsor, and although the young gentleman’s father is a prominent member of the Somerville team, the predominance of “Red and Black” at his christening showed that his allegiance to the “Blue and Gold” is in danger of being undermined. Refreshments were served at the parent’s residence, and a hurried but delicious repast was partaken of before the guests hurried away to render moral support to their team. *** Heard in the Train There are several live questions agitating ratepayers’ minds at present. First there is the referendum to be taken on 24th June, when ratepayers will be asked to vote “Yes” or “No” to the proposal which authorises the sale of the shire building and land at Somerville. The public meeting at Frankston last Thursday night strongly emphasized the feeling of the people on the electric light question, and their unanimous desire to rid themselves of the company and its tin pot plant. The Kananook Creek improvement campaign has been opened auspiciously, and the committee put in some solid foundation work last

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By Craig MacKenzie FOOTBALL Victoria announced a July start to the 2020 season late last week for all senior and junior competitions. The announcement came a day before the state government withdrew from lifting some pandemic restrictions but as we went to press there was no indication of any change to FV’s restart dates. NPL junior boys are scheduled to return to competition on the weekend of 4/5 July, NPL junior girls, community club juniors and MiniRoos on the weekend of 11/12 July with senior competitions back in action on the weekend of 25/26 July. However doubts over the NPL1 season continue with news that Bentleigh Greens have decided not to participate this year. FV had made a number of fee-relief proposals to NPL1 clubs on the proviso that they all agreed to play so Bentleigh’s decision effectively shelves FV’s offer. The federation caught clubs on the hop last week when failing to offer any fee-relief support for junior NPL competitions. It had made offers of support throughout senior men’s and women’s competitions so it had been anticipated that an offer would be made to the 48 clubs holding junior NPL licences. Langwarrin, Mornington and Peninsula Strikers took part in a video linkup on Saturday 13 June where junior NPL clubs discovered FV’s stance. “They said point blank during the meeting that they were not reducing fees,” Strikers vice-president Steve Schreck said. “And it was also made clear that clubs had to work things out for themselves if they want to give money back to parents for player fees.” Strikers have withdrawn their under-20s side and three MiniRoos teams from competition this year and are looking closely at the fee structure of their community juniors having already lowered their under-7s fees from $295 to $120. FV also held a survey of junior NPL licence holders last week but the results were not known as we went to press. Schreck left the FV video hook-up

All Abilities promotion: Local federal MP Peta Murphy pictured with (from left) Kevin “Squizzy” Taylor, CJ Hodgson, Daniel Taylor, Hayden Taylor and Alex Bevacqua of Frankston Pines. Picture: Darryl Kennedy

frustrated by the federation’s response to a number of issues raised by clubs and his mood didn’t change when he filled in the survey a few days later. “Not one of the things discussed was implemented and FV just stuck to their original plan. “There were three options put forward for the length of the season but FV only put two options on the survey and it seemed to me (during the conference) that no matter what question was put up they just seemed to stymie it.” As things stand FV plans to complete the 11-game grading section of the junior NPL season (seven rounds have already been played) by playing weekend double headers on 4/5 July and 11/12 July during school holidays. Once the grading games are completed leagues will be structured on quality rather than geography for the remainder of the season. That almost certainly means increasing the travel requirements as junior NPL licence holders include Murray United and Gippsland FC. Clubs have expressed concerns about the possible public health risk that poses. Meanwhile Frankston Pines may be

the first local club to appear in Hansard after the Member for Dunkley, Peta Murphy, mentioned the launch of the club’s All Abilities Program during a speech in federal parliament last week. “Covid-19 has reminded all of us of the importance of social connectedness and that it often comes from our involvement in sport,” Murphy told the House of Representatives. “So the announcement that Frankston Pines Football Club will participate for the first time this year in Football Victoria’s All Abilities program is absolutely fantastic. “The program was established in 2017 to promote an inclusive approach to football regardless of age, gender or ability. “Pines FC are running a Come and Try Day on Saturday the 27th of June at 10am and everyone in my local community who is interested in the program should get down to Monterey Reserve and give it a go.” In State 2 news Peninsula Strikers assistant coach Scott Morrison was linked with a possible return to Somerville Eagles last week and the rumour mill would have you believe he had a meeting with Somerville

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Plans in place for sports return Brodie Cowburn brodie@baysidenews.com.au THE Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League is set to return on 25 July, albeit with a shortened season and a zero salary cap. The league’s return is subject to the further lifting of COVID-19 restrictions which would allow up to 500 spectators to attend matches. The top two divisions of the senior

football and netball leagues will return on 25 July, with Grand Finals to be played on the weekend beginning 17 October. Division one football will consist of nine rounds, with teams playing each other once. A top five finals series will begin on 25 September. Division two football will be 11 rounds this year with clubs playing each other once. A top four finals series will take place starting 10 October. A bye has been introduced to the sec-

ond division to accommodate for the exit of Chelsea. The club pulled out of the season earlier this month. A statement from AFL South East read that “netball will remain an integral element of the MPNFL competition and operational staff will continue to work with clubs to ensure that this remains the case in 2020. Maintaining a strong community football and netball environment is a key factor in the strength of the MPNFL community.” “MPNFL clubs will be surveyed over

the coming days to confirm their engagement in all levels of competition.” The path back to competitive sports was outlined after AFL South East’s Richard Black and Shaun Connell, MPNFL operations manager Haydn Parsons, and representatives from MPNFL clubs met on 18 June. The Frankston Dolphins VFL squad is also gearing up for the start of the season, with the VFL’s 2020 campaign set to get underway on 1 August. Frankston will be one of eight teams

taking part in the state’s premier competition this season, alongside Box Hill, Casey, Coburg, Port Melbourne, Sandringham, Werribee, and Williamstown. The AFL affiliated clubs will not have access to AFL listed players this season. Dolphins players returned to training at SkyBus Stadium on 2 June with a modified program. Full contact training will be allowed for VFL clubs from 13 July.

It’s A Work In Progress By Molly Haines IT’S A Blaze has just done a great thing. Well a brilliant thing, broken Cranbourne’s 520 metre track record in his second career start. Previously held by Pop The Cork, the track record now stands at 29.541sec. Amazingly, this wasn’t the first time It’s A Blaze has broken the track record. He first did so unofficially in May during a clearance trial to use blinkers, stopping the clock in a time of 29.578sec. “It wasn’t a surprise he broke the track record because he can run, but you never expect a track record,”

trainer Kel Greenough said after his GRV VICBred Maiden final heat last week. Greenough admits that he has never raced a greyhound with blinkers on before and if it wasn’t for his daughter suggesting blinkers he may not have tried. “He had never fought, but he did tend to run with other dogs rather than going past them,” Greenough said. Greg Sprod is the owner and breeder of It’s A Blaze, who is the son of Fernando Bale and It’s A Fling. It’s A Blaze picked up the $7,500 first prize in tonight’s GRV Vic Bred Maiden Final at Cranbourne.

Ocean Miss back with a splash HORSE RACING

By Ben Triandafillou DAVID and Coral Feek’s talented filly, Ocean Miss, made a winning return to racing on Thursday 18 June by scoring a decisive win at Seymour. The fourth placegetter in last year’s Group Three Ethereal Stakes, showed her class to win over 1300m with 60kg in what was a tight drive to the line. Coming from off midfield, the three-year-old daughter of Ocean Park got to the outside and hit her straps in the straight to hold off the fastfinishing challenge from the Busuttin/Youngtrained The Executioner. Despite failing to fire in the Group One Kennedy Oaks in the Spring, Ocean Miss showed that she’s back and in for a good preparation with a further three-length gap back to third. The up-and-coming filly provided the Mornington-based Feek stable with their first runner in a Group One race in the Spring. While she wasn’t able to threaten in the Oaks, trainer David Feek believed the filly still had plenty of maturing to do. “She’s still relatively immature skeletally and physically but she’s shown us that she’s capable of doing so much,” trainer David Feek said prior to the Oaks. “These guys who are up at the top, most of them have had a horse to kick start them and a flagbearer to then move forward and hopefully this one is ours.” Based off her first-up run, the filly looks to have come on leaps and bounds with Feek Racing saying their “excited” for her preparation ahead.

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As President of Greenways Village Resident’s Committee, I am delighted to have this opportunity on their behalf to say thank you from each and every resident for the happy, selfless, dedicated and professional manner in which we have been cared for during these weeks of isolation. From day one of isolation, Lesley and her team immediately swung into action to implement systems for our safety, health and benefit. For example, pick up and delivery service from our local chemist to the village, and then hand delivered to our units. Inward mail hand delivered to our door by the staff and a drop off box at the front door for outgoing mail each day. The same process for parcels.

With the restaurant closed, it was converted to a packing line for food deliveries five days a week. Frozen meals were available from our kiosk for the weekend. The kiosk was expanded and restocked to become an old-fashioned General Store for so many of us. Payment was achieved by a simple process of direct debit with a weekly invoice. All this has been achieved by the staff whilst still performing all their normal tasks, which were not easy under isolation. A mere thank you is totally insufficient to portray our gratitude to all the staff here at Greenways, but I am hopeful that in the very near future we will find a way to totally embarrass Lesley, our very special manager and her staff, with a gesture of our gratitude!

Brian Casey

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There are Seven Reasons why Greenways is the best Village for Us Retirees 1. You make us safe in ways we would not think of, so we have far less stress, and do not have to think about the situation. 2. Your honesty makes you trustworthy, and we know you have our best interests at heart. 3. You looked for ways to relieve days at home without social contact, so you created residents’ stories and jokes for us to have a laugh.

To Lesley, Sandra, Lee, and all our wonderful Staff at Greenways.

4. You made it easy for us to have mail, chemist, food, and essentials available by arranging delivery and payment (delivered to 130 residents despite the weather conditions). 5. We always have after hours help if needed.

Thank you for the way you covered with door to door delivery of all our daily needs during our recent lockdown.

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Much also appreciated the constant notices with information and updates.

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