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Seagulls sunk CHELSEA was squeezed by the Pythons in its weekend Peninsula League game against Pines. Edithvale-Aspendale also went down to Seaford Tigers. Bonbeach eased to victory over Mornington, See sports Page 13. Picture: Gary Sissons

Un-social media ‘menace’ Neil Walker neil@baysidenews.com.au ONLINE comments criticising councillors have been blasted as “deplorable” by the targets of “demeaning attacks” amid claims of death threats during discussions with members of the public about narrowing Beach Rd to build the Mentone to Mordialloc section of the Bay Trail. Cr Tamara Barth highlighted a post on

Facebook at May’s public council meeting last Monday (22 May) that showed a montage of the North ward councillor “scratching my nose” and “looking at my phone” during council meetings. The post showed a montage of selectively-edited screenshots from streamed video footage of Kingston Council meetings. She said she had been subjected to racist and misogynist comments online and criticised the person responsible for “manipulating” and posting the montage.

“I wonder if they thought about what the impact was when you victimise or vilify a person,” Cr Barth said at the meeting. The councillor said people who commented on the post did not say such “cyber bullying” is unacceptable and were “bystanders … who do nothing when someone else is attacked”. “[These people] have tried to demean, belittle and intimidate me.” Cr Barth said she had tried to contact the people responsible for posting

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derogatory comments online but none were willing to talk about it in person. She said people had a right to disagree with her opinion but not a right to attack her personally “or try to humiliate or demean me” despite “being a public figure” as a councillor. Fellow North ward councillor Steve Staikos said the “repulsive, hateful” behaviour started in the public gallery during previous debates at council meetings about the Bay Trail “then spilled out over social media”.

South ward councillor Georgina Oxley said at the meeting she had received a death threat from a person unhappy at some councillors’ view that Beach Rd should be narrowed to avoid the removal of some foreshore vegetation when constructing the Bay Trail. “I have been told that my body will be dumped in the bushes of the Bay Trail,” Cr Oxley said. “I have been attacked for my age and attacked for my gender.” Continued Page 3


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Trail build still not on the road COMMUNITY feedback on plans to build the Mentone to Mordialloc section of the Bay Trail will be presented to Kingston councillors in June. Councillors at last week’s May public council meeting voted 5-4 to write to state Roads Minister Luke Donnellan and VicRoads to discuss ways to “finalise plans” to finish the Bay Trail. Councillors are divided on how to build the trail section with five favouring a narrowing of Beach Rd and four preferring the removal of vegetation along the foreshore to construct the shared cycling and walking path. The debate has become increasingly bitter amid councillors noting they have been personally attacked online for their views. Cr Rosemary West said council needed to get VicRoads’ approval to possibly narrow Beach Rd while “minimising” any loss of car parking spaces. If the road is narrowed between the lifesaving club and Peter Scullin Reserve in Mordialloc, it would reduce from about 14 metres on average in width to about 13 metres to build the final Kingston leg of the trail. “VicRoads has not demanded proof that the community supports the narrowing of Beach Rd,” Cr West said. Cr Ron Brownlees said VicRoads,

Un-social media Continued from Page 1 Cr Ron Brownlees cited pop star Ed Sheeran when slamming online attackers. He said Sheeran described social media as “a toxic wasteland”. “It is a faceless engagement. You can put your finger to keyboard and really try not to be responsible for what comes out of it.” Cr Rosemary West said she has also been the target of online attacks and read out several comments about her made on Facebook forums. The mayor Cr David Eden said politicians and news outlets had been contacted by an anonymous person “alleging false things” about his family shortly after he was elected mayor late last year. Cr Geoff Gledhill said flyers and emails have been distributed criticising his family. Cr Tamsin Bearsley said “there is no place for personal attacks” but she has subsequently had “some good conversations” with some people who have criticised her online if they do not use “fake names”. Councillors at last week’s meeting voted for council to write to the administrators of a Facebook page against any narrowing of Beach Rd “expressing its disappointment in the misogynist and personally demeaning attacks on women councillors hosted as unmoderated comments and asks owners of the account/s to do their best to discourage this kind of behaviour”. Councillors also agreed to “draft amendments to the Councillor Code of Conduct to ensure that councillor social media accounts are not used to spread/host misinformation and hateful remarks against other councillors and council remarks”. Crs Barth, Brownlees, Eden, Oxley and Staikos backed the move while Crs Bearsley, Geoff Gledhill and George Hua abstained. Cr Hua did not believe council should “censor” councillors or residents despite personal attacks “being wrong”. “All Australians enjoy freedom of speech,” he said.

“responsible for road safety in this state”, is concerned about cyclists’ safety if parts of Beach Rd are narrowed. “It’s no wonder people get confused when we [council] can’t present a plan that really highlights which parts of Beach Rd are going to be impacted.” Cr Brownless said approval from VicRoads was not sought when the previous Charman Rd to Mentone Lifesaving Club was built since “a back of kerb alignment” on along the foreshore was done. The construction of that section was delayed amid arguments between councillors about the removal of foreshore vegetation to build the Bay Trail. Crs Tamara Barth, David Eden, Georgina Oxley, Steve Staikos and West voted to write to VicRoads about possibly narrowing Beach Rd lanes. Crs Tamsin Bearsley, Brownless, Geoff Gledhill and George Hua voted against the move. Once finally complete the trail will form a continuous bike and walking path around Port Phillip Bay. Neil Walker Cycle path: Cr Geoff Gledhill and grandson Beau at the 2015 opening of the Mentone to Mordialloc section of the Bay Trail. Picture: Yanni

Cricket play for AFL club training hub the Saints pulling up stumps at Seaford. Cricket Victoria spokesman Hamish Jones confirmed Frankston could become a prominent player in the state’s cricketing future. “Cricket Victoria is having discussions with Frankston Council regarding an opportunity for a future regional cricket hub as part of our statewide Community Cricket Program,” Mr Jones said in a statement. “This is an ongoing project focused on providing infrastructure to empower local cricketers and support continued growth in participation in the south east region. “Cricket Victoria is currently talking to a range of stakeholders about these opportunities in the region and

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CRICKET could be coming to the south east region in a big way after the Saints march out of Seaford’s Linen House sporting complex. The News can reveal Cricket Victoria has been in touch with Frankston Council to talk about possibly leasing space at the centre. St Kilda Football Club is set to leave Seaford and head back to its “spiritual home” of Moorabbin just four years after Frankston Council kicked in about $4 million of ratepayers’ money to a joint AFL, state government and council deal to entice the Saints to Seaford.

The Saints pay a peppercorn rent of $1 per year to council and share maintenance costs at the Linen House training and office base. Councillors discussed St Kilda’s exit from Seaford behind closed doors for commercial-in-confidence reasons after last week’s public council meeting. “There are a number of key stakeholders who have expressed an interest in being a part of the facility post St Kilda including Cricket Victoria and AFL South East,” Frankston mayor Brian Cunial said in a statement. “However no firm commitment has been given to any party.” It is understood councillors have talked about a potential timeline for

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across Victoria.” Questions about Cricket Victoria potentially leasing office space – St Kilda administrative staff work at Seaford – or the pitch at the sports centre went unanswered. The arrival of Cricket Victoria could be a boon for council and ratepayers although some councillors have in recent months voiced discontent at public council meetings about the disappointing economic returns the AFL club’s move to Seaford provided compared to promised riches before the peppercorn rent lease deal was agreed. Any deal to bring the governing body of cricket in the state to the Frankston area would be heavily scrutinised.

“Council will be receiving a presentation from Cricket Victoria and have indicated that they are prepared to listen to the details of the proposal as a part of the development of a plan going forward,” Cr Cunial said. “Council has community involvement as a key priority in our thinking and will naturally listen to any external party to determine what the final shape of any future use will be.” Stage one of a $28.4 million revamp of Moorabbin Reserve has been approved by Kingston Council and is due to be completed by the start of the 2017-18 AFL season, possibly triggering St Kilda’s official move out of Seaford.

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Kitchen of distinction gets nod A NEW kitchen will rise from the ashes of a fire at Patterson Lakes Community Centre after councillors agreed to fund a commercial-grade kitchen at a cost of about $40,000 including appliances. South ward councillor Tamsin Bearsley raised the proposal for the community centre to be supported during repair works. “I think it’s an opportune time to bring the kitchen up to a commercial standard so it can be hired out to com-

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munity groups,” she said. Cr Bearsley the volunteer group at the centre has been “put under an awful lot of stress” due to a loss of income of about $35,000 while the centre has been closed to activities. Council will also contribute a maximum of $7500 of ratepayers’ money to pitch in half of the cost of new spring flooring needed in the hall at the community centre. Councillors unanimously agreed to support the centre in rebuilding a chil-

dren’s playground at the centre. Cr Georgina Oxley had wanted to postpone buying the kitchen appliances for about $20,000 as part of the $40,000 kitchen fit-out. “A kitchen without appliances isn’t really a useable kitchen,” Cr Bearsley said. The Patterson Lakes Library and Community Centre was reopened early last month after fire damage forced its closure for a couple of weeks in March. Neil Walker

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Police patrol Play centre break in A BURGLAR spent 10 minutes trying to break into shops in a Wells Rd, Chelsea Heights, shopping centre, 5.50am, Saturday 13 May. CCTV footage also shows the man attempting to break into a parked car. The man, pictured right, wearing a fluoro hi-vis vest, then smashed a window to a children’s play centre and entered the office where he stole cash. He was picked up by a co-offender driving a white hatch, possibly a Hyundai. Detective Leading Senior Constable Michelle Young, of Kingston CIU, is appealing for public assistance in finding the man. She said CCTV had been released in the hope someone may recognise him or his car.

Drugs, cash found POLICE allegedly found a crack pipe and baton under the seat of a car they searched in a hotel car park, McLeod Rd, Patterson Lakes, 1.30am, Friday 26 May. A further search revealed small bags of the drugs ice and MDMA, as well as prescription drugs and Viagra tablets. Police allege they found $2730 cash in the wallet of a Seaford man, 38, who was arrested in the car. Police also seized his phone, which they allege contained messages relating to drug trafficking. The man will be charged with trafficking methamphetamines. He was released on summons.

Boys run amok SCHOOL boys allegedly used a piece of wood to smash their way into the Carrum Seaford Scout hall and steal a kayak, 1pm, Wednesday 24 May. A man working on his house in Whatley St, Carrum, said he heard noises in the hall but thought it was being caused by workmen. Going outside he saw five boys aged 14-15 in school uniform carrying the $500 kayak along Whatley St. When he yelled out to them they ran towards Patterson Lakes Secondary College. A nearby club member said repairs to the one-metre by two-metre hole in the club house’s asbestos wall will cost $1000.

Drugs user nabbed STAFF at a Patterson Lakes shop called police when they saw a woman sitting in a car outside taking drugs, 12.30pm, Saturday 27 May. Police searched the car in Glades-

ville Blvd and allegedly found deal bags containing a small amount of methamphetamine in her handbag. The woman, 29, of Mentone, was charged with possessing methamphetamine and released on summons.

him to the face and body. The man’s wooden cast was pulled from his arm and used to hit him over the head. He said he heard the men use the names “Dwight” and “Dean”.

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A BURGLAR stole $3000 in takings from a hamburger shop in Como Pd West, Parkdale, overnight Sunday 28 May. CCTV footage showed the man, described as having a solid build and wearing a dark coloured jacket and light coloured track pants, using a key to open the front door and then deactivating the alarm. He then walked to the manager’s office and opened the safe, which has a code and a key. Police said the man made a conscious effort to shield his face when walking past CCTV cameras.

A RAM-RAIDER smashed a utility vehicle through the front window of a cycle shop in Braeside on the weekend and stole three high-end bikes valued at $22,500. CCTV shows the man, wearing a motorbike helmet, drive a dark coloured utility with silver tray through the front window of the Bicycle Central store in Boundary Rd. He threw the bikes into the utilty’s tray before driving off. Earlier, the man had tried five times to smash the window of the Burson Auto Parts store next door with a sharp-edged object. The two stores were targeted by thieves two weeks ago.

Battery stolen AN offender forced the door lock of a Subaru station wagon parked in Rodney Drive, Patterson Lakes, popped the bonnet and stole the battery, overnight Sunday 28 May.

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Cash, cards stolen A MAZDA sedan parked in Main St, Mordialloc, near the Plaza, was broken into and a wallet containing $500 cash and credit cards stolen.

Homeless man punched TWO men who assaulted a homeless man in a Mordialloc park, 11.30pm, Friday 26 May, are being sought by police. The man said he was asleep in his tent when woken by the men. One approached him in a “fighting stance” and both later punched and kicked

Anyone with information about any of these incidents can provide information in confidence at crimestoppers. com.au online or by calling Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

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Sports ‘empire building’ bid ends Neil Walker neil@baysidenews.com.au EXPANSION plans by a company set up by Frankston Council to manage swim centres have been sunk by councillors. Councillors at the May council meeting last week voted 5-3 to instruct Peninsula Leisure Pty Ltd directors “not to enter into or tender for projects outside of their core obligation, that being the management of PARC and the Pines Pool”. The vote came after The News revealed Peninsula Leisure, established in 2012 and wholly owned by Frankston Council, last year expressed an interest in managing Mornington Peninsula Shire council sports centres (“Sports ‘in the swim’”, The News 16/5/17). Councillors who voted to stop Peninsula Leisure bidding to take over sports and recreation centres outside Frankston municipality voiced concerns, while praising the company’s running of the Peninsula Aquatic Recreation Centre, about ratepayers being exposed to “financial risks” through “empire building”. Cr Colin Hampton said directors “have done a magnificent job” running PARC but he was “very concerned” when he heard Peninsula Leisure “wanted to branch out and put in expressions of interest elsewhere”. “I’m just being conservative. I do not want to risk ratepayers’ money in any way,” Cr Hampton said. “We have been burnt too may times – far too many times.”

Life aquatic: Peninsula Leisure will not expand its management of sports centres beyond Frankston’s reach after councillors voted down any expansion plans. Picture: Gary Sissons

Cr Glenn Aitken supported his fellow longtime councillor’s view. “Cr Hampton remembers only too well the disaster with ‘the Gandel development experiment’ many years ago.” Council was forced to sell Central Park nearly two decades ago to the Gandel Corporation over a failed public-private partnership to build what became the Bayside Shopping Centre. “I don’t want to see this council go into another major risk area. The PARC management currently at Peninsula Leisure are doing an extremely good job and certainly have demonstrated the ability to be able to handle facilities

like this,” Cr Aitken said. “The interest they’ve shown in branching out is good from their perspective but at a council level, essentially a parent body in a sense, to have connections in any way with facilities in diverse or distant places takes it out of the realm of our immediate observation.” Cr Kris Bolam said he was concerned about “overextension” and “empire building”. “[It’s] taking away focus from the Frankston PARC facility which we’ve spent many millions on and the Pines pool that deserves any attention right now,” he said. “From what I am hear-

ing, Peninsula Leisure are doing a great job at maintaining both facilities.” Cr Sandra Mayer did not want councillors to limit Peninsula Peninsula’s board and “tie their hands”. “I’ve done the company directors’ course. I interviewed all the people that are on the board except, I think, there’s one new one and one left,” she said. “There always an element of risk ... the legal advice that we got was that this was ‘low risk’ and the only possible risk was I think ‘political’ or ‘reputational’ they called it. Cr Mayer said the Peninsula Leisure board members “are highly, highly qualified would not take on something

that is high risk, I don’t believe.” The directors of Peninsula Leisure are – chair Roseanne Healy who is also a director on many South Australia company boards; remuneration and reward committee chair Barbara Crook; strategy and marketing committee chair David Shilbury; audit and risk committee chair Simon Allatson and Phillip Johnson who is also chief financial officer of South East Water. Mayor Cr Brian Cunial said: “The rewards, in my view, that Peninsula Leisure can deliver to not just this municipality but also to the region far outweigh any risks which can, in my opinion, be considered standard business risks.” Cr Cunial did acknowledge councillors were concerned about expansion plans. “[Peninsula Leisure] quite rightly should be telling us about any initiatives being explored pursued outside the region,” he said. “Unfortunately, it does appear we haven’t been made fully aware of some of those.” Crs Aitken, Bolam, Hampton, Quinn McCormack and Lillian O’Connor voted to instruct Peninsula Leisure to only operate the two Frankston swim centres. Crs Cunial, Mayer and Steve Toms voted against the proposal. Cr Michael O’Reilly was on leave and was absent from the meeting. Cr Bolam said Peninsula Leisure could approach councillors at any time to discuss the possibility of managing sports centres within the municipality if a business plan was presented to council.

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AUSSIE hip hop duo Horrorshow are bringing their show to the Chelsea Heights Hotel on Friday 9 June as part of their nationwide tour in the wake of the release of their Bardo State album. Producer Adit Gauchan says the band is touring with a full band on the tour to showcase songs from the album. “I’ve been listening to a lot of Soulection in recent years, that’s definitely found its way into the production, whether that’s Carmack, or Kaytranada. Kanye is probably my single biggest inspiration since day one, there is always so much soul and emotion in his productions. Also Anderson .Paak; the way he blurs the line between rapping and singing is real cool and definitely pushed us to be more free with our sound. “We just wanted to bring the songs to life in a way people hadn’t heard before in the live context. It truly is bigger and better. Also, it’s more fun with more friends on stage with you.” The Sydney-based band have been rocking beats and words for more than a decade and Gauchan credits their longevity on “making

music we truly love first and foremost”. “Despite being bigger and better, we still want to remain true to the original songs, particularly the new songs which people haven’t even heard before live,” he said. “So the show will sound like the album, we’re just going to be playing around a lot more with the arrangements, and making sure those drums knock hard with our drummer, Dane in the fold! “Having Freddy Crabs from Sticky Fingers also brings a whole new musicality to our sound. It’s a big vibe.” Horrorshow, whose name is inspired by slang language used by the Droogs in the book A Clockwork Orange, are looking forward to hitting the heights at Chelsea Heights Hotel. Gauchan says: “There’s heaps of surprises in store. Bring your friends, let’s get it poppin’!” n Horrorshow hit the Chelsea Heights Hotel, Cnr Springvale and Wells Road, Chelsea Heights on Friday 9 June with support from David Dallas and Turquoise Prince. See chelseaheightshotel.com.au/shows or call 9773 4453 to for tickets from $30.


Joshua’s 24 hour MS splash Neil Walker neil@baysidenews.com.au AN upsetting customer service experience made Joshua Kaiser determined to pool his swimming skills to make a difference. The former coffee shop worker became friendly with a regular customer who later revealed he suffered from the debilitating and degenerative disease, multiple sclerosis. Seeing the downward spiral of a customer named Greg was a confronting sight and made Joshua, 23, think about how upset he would feel if the disease afflicted a family member. The Hastings resident subsequently became a swimming teacher and participated in the annual MS Mega Swim fundraiser “in teams of 15”. This year he wants to get “out of my comfort zone” to attempt to swim for 24 hours on his own at Frankston’s Peninsula Aquatic Recreation Centre (PARC) to raise money for MS support services. “Greg was a normal guy in absolutely every single way. He came in literally every day and had a latte. Over a span of a couple of months, we noticed he got a bit slower. “Opening the door became difficult, picking his coffee cup up became a bit more difficult and eventually, we asked ‘are you alright?’ and he told us he had multiple sclerosis and it is getting worse.”

Broadband ideas at hackathon BUSINESS leaders, entrepreneurs and ouncils from across Melbourne’s south east will gather for a “Hackathon” to explore innovative solutions to improve broadband in the region with a prize pool of $3000 on offer for new ideas. Melbourne lags behind countries like Thailand and New Zealand when it comes to affordable fast broadband. Kingston, Frankston, Monash and Knox councils are partnering with entrepreneurs and corporate leaders to conduct a public hackathon to explore alternative solutions to south east Melbourne’s broadband connectivity challenges. “Improving broadband services has been a key priority for a number of years and is vital for our business community,” Kingston mayor Cr David Edens said. “We need to find innovative solutions to solve connectivity issues and we are confident we have the local talent and technical expertise to do it when we join forces.” Broadband connectivity issues facing the region include problems in the local loop or the “last mile”, backhaul and data centre limitations and a need to better use the existing connections. “The hackathon will explore practical solutions for some of these very real business challenges,” Eastern Innovation Business Centre and the Monash Incubator CEO Danielle Storey said. The judging panel includes council representatives, technology corporates and partners including Data61 from CSRIO, Monash University, and the South East Melbourne Manufacturing Alliance (SEMMA). See connecthack.com.au for more details.

It was “an emotional day” when Joshua farewelled Greg on his final shift working at the coffee shop. “He had went from his usual happy self, walking in the door with just a little bit of a limp to basically being in a wheelchair and not being able to open the door for himself. “I didn’t realise how much people with MS really suffer.” Joshua says swimming for 24 hours for 2500 laps of the swimming pool at PARC for the equivalent of 65km will be “a massive undertaking, a big goal”. “In reality, 24 hours of pain, fatigue, mental endurance is absolutely nothing compared to a lifetime of living with multiple sclerosis.” A strict training regime should help Joshua achieve his lofty goal and competing at triathlon has given him a taste of lapping up pain during endurance sports. “In the end, it really isn’t for me. It’s for people living with MS. It’s for them, really.” So far, he has raised about $8300 of a $24,000 target ahead of his 24-hour swim on Saturday 15 July. See msmegaswim.org.au and search for ‘Joshua Kaiser’ or call 1300 733 690 to donate. In the swim: Multiple sclerosis sufferers Dani Nebuna and James Miles with Joshua Kaiser at a MS Mega Swim fundraiser. Picture: Gary Bradshaw Photography

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Container port plans sink Keith Platt keith@baysidenews.com.au THE state government has been told that it should rule out Hastings for the state’s next container port on economic and environment grounds. Infrastructure Victoria last week recommended that a container port be built at Bay West, in Port Phillip north of Geelong. The Advice on Securing Victoria’s Ports Capacity report also states that it is unlikely there will be a need for a new container port until 2055, with detailed planning needed to begin in 2040. The advice from Infrastructure Victoria is not binding and state government’s are becoming notorious for overturning decisions made by their Hastings was more than double the predecessors. cost of the Bay West option, $12.8 While a previous state Labor govbillion as opposed to $6.14 billion ernment saw Hastings as its preferred (“Hastings costliest port option” The site for a container port, this was Times 13/3/17) changed after the subsequent Liberal “The Port of Hastings will be an imstate government established the Port portant part of Victoria’s future comof Hastings Development Authority. mercial port network and is particularROTARY CLUB Following Labor’s 2014 election ly well suited to handling automotive victory the authority was stripped of of FRANKSTON SUNRISE trade, while the ports of Geelong and finance and staff. Portland could grow their existing Infrastructure Victoria’s CEO trades and support emerging supply Michel Masson said the decision fachains,” Mr Masson said last week. vouring Bay West was “based on new “Bay West has strong transport, land evidence and a direct comparison of use, environmental and amenity adall the available options - something vantages when compared to Hastings. which had never been done before”. It can initially handle overflow conIn March, Infrastructure Victoria tainer capacity, but is also well suited released a discussion paper which to becoming Melbourne’s future conshowed building a container port at

tainer port in the longer term.” The advice from Infrastructure Victoria also comes at the same time that the government will take over the management of the Port of Hastings through the Victorian Channels Authority. As from 1 July the harbourmaster and assistant harbourmaster will be responsible for shipping in and out of Western Port with the Port of Hastings Development Authority managing the ports on-land requirements. Eight development authority staff – down from a peak of 30 full time and 30 part time staff, including consultants – will move from their offices in High St, Hastings to Stony Point. About 100 ships have visited the

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port in each of the past three years, either picking up gas, crude oil or steel for export or importing petroleum products. In the 1970s and 1980s there were about 600 ship movements a year. Shire councillors were briefed in March by Infrastructure Victoria in the lead up to the release of its latest report recommending against a container port at Hastings. The mayor Cr Bev Colomb said on Friday the council was disappointed by at the Bay West decision. The shire had seen a container port at Hastings as a “key strategic priority” and would keep telling the government that Hastings “is the right solution”. “The shire strongly believes that a green port should be developed to showcase ‘green’ technology and international best practice in marine and terrestrial environmental management recognising the environmental and cultural heritage values of Western Port,” Cr Colomb said. Meanwhile, Kawasaki Heavy Industries appears to be continuing its plans to export liquid hydrogen from the Port Hastings. At the same 20 March briefing councillors were given information about by Kawasaki’s “hydrogen energy supply chain proposed pilot project”. The shire’s chief operating officer Alison Leighton said on Friday that Kawasaki was considering BlueScope Steel’s existing wharf in Hastings for its “pilot project for the production of hydrogen energy in Victoria”.

She said the company had not applied for a planning permit and it would also need permits from state and federal authorities. “If successful, the plant project is not expected to begin operations until 2020,” Ms Leighton said. Hastings MP Neale Burgess has accused the state government of signing a secret deal with Kawasaki that could lead to “long coal trains or a coal slurry pipe bringing huge amounts of coal to Hastings, building of a huge coal gasification plant at Hastings and the produced hydrogen being shipped through Western Port”. Kawasaki says it has been negotiating with state and federal governments for six years and has never been involved in plans to process coal at Western Port. However, it is understood a pilot plant to extract gas from coal may be built at Hastings before any major construction near the source of the brown coal in the Latrobe Valley. Ironically, the French company that closed the Hazelwood powers station leading to hundreds of jobless in the Latrobe Valley is part of a consortium promoting the use of hydrogen as a power source alongside solar and wind. Engie is reported to be building a test power grid on a small island off Singapore where it will use hydrogen gas to convert power from solar panels and wind turbines into stored fuel.

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No port in a storm for council FRANKSTON councillors refused to reverse a flip-flop on support for a major container port at Hastings. An attempt by mayor Cr Brian Cunial to rescind a notice of motion passed by a majority of councillors at an earlier council meeting ran aground last week. A 6-2 vote went against reversing council’s decision to end its support for a container port at Hastings. Frankston Council officially backed a port at Hastings until councillors voted to sail away from that policy early this month. Cr Kris Bolam said he had changed his mind about backing a Hastings port and promises of future jobs were not concrete. “The workforce we have now won’t be the workforce we have in 30-40 years’ time. You’ll find that many of the labour-intensive jobs that accompany the Port of Hastings proposal will be automated in 20-30 years’ time,” he said. “Machinery and technology will likely replace those jobs, as much as I don’t want to say it, in all likelihood that will be the case.” Cr Cunial made a last-ditch attempt at a public council meeting last Monday (22 May) to persuade his fellow councillors to continue backing a port in Hastings and implored them to have

more briefings about Hastings as the preferred port destination. Infrastructure Victoria last week recommended that a container port be built at Bay West, in Port Phillip north of Geelong rather than at Hastings. “I’m not at all confident that all of us are completely 100 per cent aware of all the facts pertinent to such an important decision,” Cr Cunial said. The mayor said he has been advised the port at Hastings is a “deep water port” that “does occasionally get dredged”. Cr Quinn McCormack, whose 1 May meeting notice of motion originally floated the idea of council officially no longer supporting a port at Hastings, said at last week’s meeting: “We need employment in the region now – not in 40 years’ time”. “The old style ports strategy as a cornerstone of economics has really gone out with the industrial revolution,” she said, advocating for “a third way” to avoid “destruction of either of the bays”. Crs Glenn Aitken, Bolam, McCormack, Sandra Mayer and Steve Toms voted against the rescission motion while Crs Cunial and Colin Hampton wanted to revisit the decision. Neil Walker


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Bay becomes a regular stop-off for killer whales Keith Platt keith@baysidenews.com.au KILLER whales, or orcas, have returned to Port Phillip. A group photographed off Point Nepean included a male known as Ripple, who has been tracked and catalogued by whale watchers since 2005. Marine wildlife consultant with the Dolphin Research Institute David Donnelly said Ripple was last sighted in Port Phillip in 2015, but has also been recorded in waters off southern NSW, western Victoria and south eastern Tasmania. “Australian killer whales are highly mobile and on the east coast rarely spend longer than a few hours to a day in any one location,” Mr Donnelly said. While killer whales were often in Port Phillip and reported sightings were becoming more frequent, Mr Donnelly said they were still regarded as being relatively uncommon. “This is probably as a result of improved reporting rather than a population increase,” he said. “They enter the bay from time to time and occasionally travel as far as Mornington.” He said the killer whales were identified by their fin, saddle and eye patch. “Using photos with these features we compare with other killer whales to determine an individual. Once an individual has been identified, it is given a unique ID number and added to the Killer Whales Australia catalogue.” The Hastings-based Dolphin

Point visit: Killer whales off Point Nepean, Portsea. Picture: Karen Pecar

Research Institute this week reported dolphins being seen in Patterson River, Carrum as well the Yarra and Maribyrnong rivers. Institute executive director Jeff Weir said the dolphins “provide an exciting reminder of Melbourne’s close connection to our wonderful bay”. “This [the river sightings] is not an everyday event, but we do have

sightings in our database going back nearly 25 years. Dolphins have been seen as far up the Yarra as the Chapel St Bridge and in the Maribyrnong far beyond the racecourse.” Mr Weir said it was believed the dolphins followed migrating bream into the rivers. “Researchers believe the river visitors are bottlenose dolphins, possibly a

mother and calf. Port Phillip is home to resident communities of approximately 120 bottlenose dolphins and more than 30 common dolphins,” he said. “It is remarkable to have these dolphins living in our backyard, when many coastal communities around the world are losing their resident dolphins. “It’s natural for dolphins to explore

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Three Frankston men killed in action in France

Compiled by Cameron McCullough WE note that Mr and Mrs Masterton, have donated another £100 to the Red Cross Funds. *** MR Percy Fuller, of the Peninsula Motor Garage Pty. Ltd., Mornington branch, was married at Glen Huntly last week. *** THE Somerville Red Cross Society intend holding a concert on Saturday next, 9th June, when a first class programme will be rendered by St. Stephens’ Choir and their talented singers. *** THE Australian Club invite all members to “Clarendon” House, Frankston, on Sunday, 10th June, on the occasion of entertaining 100 returned soldiers. *** MESSRS Eric McLeod, W. H. Rennick, and C. W. Johnson, all Frankston property owners, we regret to say, have been killed in action in France. *** A GENERAL meeting of the Somerville Fruitgrowers’ Association will be held on Monday evening next, when the following business will be brought forward. Election of trustee, leasing of show ground, and general. *** ONE hundred and fifty returned sick and wounded soldiers will be entertained at luncheon at 2 o’clock this (Saturday) afternoon, in the Somerville Mechanics’ Hall, by the ladies of the local Red Cross Society. The Langwarrin Band will play selections during the afternoon. ***

WE hear that a big effort is being made locally, to induce one of Frankston’s leading, and most respected residents, to allow himself to be nominated to contest a seat in the Frankston and Hastings Shire Council. *** A VERY successful social on behalf of the Frankston Methodist Church Trust was given by the young folk of the church on Saturday evening last. Miss Purvis occupied the chair. The School Hall was well filled and a very enjoyable time was spent. The programme was contributed to by Misses Croskell, Barber, Carr, G. Twining and Goodie and Messrs Barber and Marchant. Miss F. Tonkin played the accompaniments. There were a number of amusing competitions which created considerable interest. Advantage was taken to “farewell” Lance Corporal F. Bray who is about to proceed to the front. Rev. E. Tonkin on behalf of the Sunday School Teachers presented him with a Khaki-bound bible; and on behalf of a number of friends, with a fountain pen and leather belt. At the conclusion, the young folks handed around refreshments. *** ON Tuesday evening Mr J. Holley nurseryman, residing at Mornington Junction, was crossing the railway line near the junction of Cranbourne and main Gippsland roads, when a goods train crashed into the vehicle he was driving. Holley was found to be seriously injured, and was conveyed to Miss Cambell’s private hospital at Dandenong. He is suffering from internal injuries

and several fractured ribs. His condition is reported to be critical. *** EMPIRE Day was celebrated at the Mount Eliza State School on the 24th inst. The children, after saluting the flag went through a number of exercises most creditably, under the leadership of Miss Poultnap, the head teacher. The Rev A. P. M’Farlone and Mr Wall suitably addressed the children, after which a programme of sports was gone through, prizes for which were subscribed for on the ground to the amount of over £2, Mr A. Davey generously donating 10s 6d towards that object, and also acting as judge for the different events, Messrs Dixon and Walker doing the handicapping. A successful social was held in the schoolroom in the evening, carried out by the school committee, at which a sale of surplus donations was held, realising 17s 6d, making a total of £2 6s which was raised during the day for the benefit of the British Red Cross fund. *** AMERICA promises to be one of our best Allies in this great war. Her huge organised resources will help up considerably to victory. Mr J. D. Rockfellow. the Oil Magnate and head of the Standard Oil Coy., last week took out two further bonds in the Liberty War Loan, bring his subscription to date to the huge sum of £25,000,000. *** A SUBSCRIPTION list has been opened is several of the business places inFrankston for the purpose of making a suitable presentation to Mr C. P. Wat-

son, who has been manager of the local branch of the State Savings Bank for the past five years. Mr Watson took his departure for Sale at the begining of the week, to which branch he has been promoted. *** THE “Wattle’’ Club advertise that the first of a series of euchre parties will commence on Thursday evening next. Prizes for the tournament are donated by Mrs Deane and Mrs Moloney. A dance will be held at the conclusion of the card playing, so that it will be advisable to commence the euchre at eight o’clock. Supper will be provided and a good evening’s enjoyment is assured. A dance, in aid of the “Anzac Buffet” will be held this (Saturday) evening. Every thing is being done to ensure a successful entertainment. Music, supper and floor will all be of the best. *** FORESHORE PRIVILEGES. TO THE EDITOR. Sir,–It is with disgust and no little amusement that I read the silly, childish letters written and Published in the “ Standard.” The letters are like spoilt children quarreling over a toy. Fault is found with Mr G. E. Thomas’ motor house. Well it is no eye sore and in no one’s way. It does not obstruct the roadway, and Mr Thomas pays the Council the fee charged for permission to erect it on the foreshore. Then comes a novel bathing box and boathouse, belonging to Mr Anderson. It again is no eye sore to any beach, and it is enough to make people never visit our picturesque Frankston, when they

look along the beach and see such a lot of dilapidated looking affairs arrayed in no straight line. Mr Utber complains of people feasting on the beach at their bathing boxes. Well, it is much over the odds if people cannot have morning tea, afternoon tea, or any other meal on the beach that they please. I always understood that the beach was a free pleasure ground for everyone. Then again, Mr Utber or Mr Atcheson do not pay for either a boathouse or a bathing box. I have seen Mr Utber crossing the Mornington road (a much used road by the public) in his bathing suit, without either kimono or dressing gown on. Well now, if any one was to do such a thing in the town or near it, they would be very soon stopped. What I think of all this quarreling about such a trifle as these picturesque boat and bathing houses on the beach is that these worthy gentlemen, not paying a boat or bathinghouse fee, think they will stir up our quiet little town to fight. They are not content with the peaceful shores of Australia. They want fight. Well, if such is the case, let them leave our peaceful Australia and its folk in peace and go and take their paces alongside our brave boys, and do their bit of fighting in France with the rifle in their hands (that is if they have the pluck). If not, obey the commandments, and love your neighbours yourself, and live at peace with all the world A SOLDIER’S WIFE. May 30th, 1917. *** From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 2 June 1917

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A Simple Guide to Solving Everything By Stuart McCullough APPARENTLY, there’s no silver bullet to fix housing affordability. This is clearly some kind of sick joke. Previously, we’ve been told there’s no silver bullet for the Global Financial Crisis, cyber security, the fight against childhood obesity, increasing diversity, the war on terror (where, presumably, a silver bullet would come in handy), work/life balance, better freeway commuting times, longer life spans, global warming, sustainable retirement incomes, poverty, energy and making sure the 7.08 from Frankton to Flinders Street gets away on time. Despite this, no one’s willing to call out what is clearly a national crisis – we are running out of silver bullets. Who’d have thought that the key to our prosperity and future happiness should be so inextricably tied to the supply of novelty munitions? Silver bullets, it must be said, are hard to come by. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a silver bullet, much less deployed one to solve some kind of intractable problem. All I can say is, given our dog’s recent efforts in digging up our lawn, I don’t think they’re buried in our backyard. Chances are, somebody somewhere has a stockpile. It is now our sacred duty to find these blessed problem-solving vessels. So where to begin? My mind immediately turns to some kind of national treasure hunt – much like the Pokémon Go thing but without the awkwardness of having people hypnotically glued to their phones before blithely stepping out in front of fast-

moving public transport. This would be a far more focused affair. Hoards of eager volunteers would scour local parks, drains and check behind the couch cushions. Any silver bullets would then be sent to a central collection point where they would be stored before being used for the greater good. Think ‘Cash A Can’ on steroids. Sadly, silver bullets, much like twenty-dollar notes, do not grow on trees. Which is a pity. It’d be superconvenient if all we had to do is hand people a bucket and ask them to wander through the orchard, picking ripe silver bullets to their heart’s content. Perhaps science could help. In fact, I know it can. All we have to do is get the Vacanti Mouse back on the job and – before you can ‘mutant’ –

we’ll have the problem licked. Forget breeding a rodent with a human ear growing on its back; let’s make one that pops out little silver bullets whenever it’s had too much fibre. That way, we could sweep those suckers up and shovel them into a hessian sack. I feel we’re on to something. I have to admit, though, armaments are not my area of expertise. I don’t know whether silver bullets are multipurpose and can be used for a wide range of reasons or whether they’re issue specific. Personally, I think they ought to be flexible. I understand that, sometimes, it can be useful to specialize. I mean, you can eat a steak with a butter knife if you want to, but it’s definitely not the best tool for the job. Chances are we’ll need a variety of

silver bullets if we’re to solve all our problems. But I still feel as though I don’t know enough about this most elusive of objects. So I decide to plug myself in to the gargantuan human databank of knowledge that is the Internet. As I search the term ‘silver bullet’, I’m beyond surprised by the results. By Googling the term ‘silver bullet’ I discover that they’re readily available for the somewhat reasonable price of $69.95. We’ve been misled. Turns out the whole ‘silver bullet’ shortage is nothing but a complete furphy. All those folks claiming that there’s no silver bullet were simply not looking hard enough. Granted, I was a little shocked to find that a ‘silver bullet’ was not, as

I had previously assumed, a form of fancy-pants ammunition. Rather, it turns out the ‘silver bullet’ is a brand of hair accessories. Whilst it’s not immediately clear to me what use a ceramic conical curling iron would be in solving the issue of housing affordability, by locating silver bullets in such plentiful supply, I feel that we’re over the first very, very large hurdle. But wait, there’s more. More than a high quality curling iron, the term ‘silver bullet’ also refers to a ‘magical solution to an intractable problem’. Fair enough. But what’s disturbing is that the expression originates from the belief that werewolves could only be slain with a silver bullet. That’s right. Every time you hear one our great policy makers use the term ‘silver bullet’, they’re referring to a magical weapon used to slay werewolves. And if the connection between housing affordability, global warming and a host of other tricky social issues and some lycanthrope-slaying armament eludes you, then I suspect you’d be forgiven. If, at this very moment, you’re turning your house upside down in search of hard-to-get munitions, call off the search. As it turns out, there are no silver bullets because, well, there really are no silver bullets. Much like unicorns, they simply don’t exist (apologies to unicorn fans – but you were bound to find out eventually). But at least werewolves are real. Or at least I think they are. stuart@stuartmccullough.com

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Redlegs make a statement PENINSULA LEAGUE

By Toe Punt MT ELIZA was able to put a tough week behind it and get back on the winners’ list in superb fashion on Saturday, steam rolling Karingal. It was a rough week for the Redlegs with one of their young stars Brodie Shaw going down in the final quarter last week with a compound fracture of his leg. However, with a successful surgery and a few days to recover behind them, the Redlegs were able to focus on the job at hand on Saturday and put Karingal to the sword. Kicking with the wind in the first quarter at Frankston Park, the Redlegs were able to boot six goals to zip and should have been further ahead than 41 points after having 13 scoring shots to two. In the third quarter with Justin Van Unen (eight goals), Dan Gormley (three goals), Shaun Knott and Jimmy Freeman all dominating in attack, the Redlegs were able to ram on another nine goals with the wind and go on to record a 19.12 (126) to 7.7 (49) win. Karingal has been a well-structured, competitive team this season and has pushed the best, however, Mt Eliza was at a different level on Saturday.

Pines’ Aaron Edwards made it 17 goals in two matches and 31 for the season when he booted eight majors against Chelsea. The Pythons dominated across four quarters and were able to stop Chelsea’s three game winning streak. Guy Hendry controlled the match across half back and Corey Ash has taken his game to a new level since being given run with roles. He has taken some big scalps, including Joel Miller and Michael Burke. Pines booted eight goals to zip in the opening quarter and went on to win 21.12 (138) to 10.9 (69). Seaford set up an exciting RPP Match of the Day top of the table clash against Pines next weekend with another impressive victory on Saturday, this time against Edithvale-Aspendale. Only four points separated the sides at half time before the Tigers came out after the long break, booting 10 goals to six to win 16.17 (113) to 12.10 (82). Dean Williamson was superb with four goals, Damien Rayson was dominant once again and Matt McCormack helped himself to four goals also. Liam Harris and Callan Vandyke were the best of the Eagles. Mornington’s season is officially over after Bonbeach led all day to win

14.7 (91) to 10.5 (65). The difference between the sides was Bonbeach’s ability to take advantage of the wind advantage and then keep pressing when it was game on in the final term. With just seven points separating the sides at three quarter time, Shane McDonald booted two goals and Darcy James and Lachy Stenning hit the scoreboard too in the last to take the game away from the Dogs. Beau Bailey was a welcome return from the VFL for the Sharks and Justin Bennett and Dylan Jones were at their best also. Kieran Bird and Michael Gay were the best of the Dogs. Frankston YCW bounced back after a disappointing game last week and completed the expected and beat Langwarrin, 13.13 (91) to 6.10 (46). Josh Butland booted four and Kyle Hutchison dominated for the Stonecats while Matty LaFontaine returned from Collingwood and impressed after kicking a goal with the Pies last week. Gerard Brown and Kieran Albanese booted three and two goals respectively while Shane Paterson was once again the Kangas’ best.

Taking flight: Despite this big grab, Edithvale-Aspendale went down to Seaford Tigers by 31 points. Picture: Andrew Hurst

The upsets continue in Nepean Division NEPEAN LEAGUE

By Toe Punt THE evenness and unpredictability of the 2017 Nepean Division season continued on Saturday. Rosebud caused the upset of the round when it headed to the home of reigning premier Hastings and touched them up to the tune of 41 points. The Buds enjoy the open spaces of Thomas Barclay Oval and the ground holds no fear for them, given their great record there over the past few years. It proved to be the case from the opening bounce on Saturday. Rosebud really set up its win in the second quarter when it was able to defend well against the breeze and go into the long break with a 16 point lead. With the wind in the third, the Buds were able to extend the lead to 27 points and with the wind dying down in last, put the opposition to the sword and kicked away to enjoy a convincing 12.15 (87) to 6.10 (46) win. Perhaps Hastings started to drink their own bath water on the back of some impressive victories. A total of 27 scoring shots to just 16 highlighted Rosebud’s domination. Anyone thinking Rosebud isn’t quite at the level were reminded on Saturday that it’s still well and truly in the mix. Keegan Downie was sensational with four goals, Ben Dwyer was at his best in the ruck and dominated Josh Mulheron and Greg Bentley was his usual ‘Rolls Royce’ self. Stevey Robb with three goals was the best of the Blues. Rye’s Ben Winters-Kerr went out of football in the best possible way on Saturday, booting four goals as his team knocked over Devon Meadows in another upset. The Meadows, who again forfeited Under 19s, have shown pretty good form in the past month and were ex-

Trying to find a way through: It was Rye’s day on Saturday against Devon Meadows, winning by 38 points. Picture: Scott Memery

pected to win. However, in Winters-Kerr’s 200th and final senior game, Rye dominated across four quarters, winning 16.8 (104) to 9.12 (66). Winters-Kerr became only the 10th player in the club’s history to play 200. With a new look, young side, I would think beating Devon at Devon would have been one of the most satisfying wins the club has experienced in recent memory. Pearcedale booted the opening three goals of the game with the wind against Red Hill on Saturday. It took until the 15-minute mark of the final quarter for the Panthers to kick their fourth.

In the meantime, the Hillmen bangedon 21 goals and humiliated the opposition in front of their own crowd, 21.17 (143) to 4.12 (36). Make no mistake, this was a new low for Pearcedale coach Leigh Stewart, who was confident his side could get the job done against the Hillmen. The fact is the clubs are poles apart. To make matters worse, former Pearcedale players Dylan Hoare and Chris Irving dominated for the Hillmen, booting two goals each and controlling the game throughout. In another upset, Dromana headed to Crib Point and not only won, but belted

the home team by almost 100 points, 22.17 (149) to 9.12 (66). Sam Fowler was back from Northern Bullants and booted four while Ethan Johnstone and Sam Guerts dominated. In the final game, Sorrento played one outstanding quarter of football and it was enough to beat Somerville by 43 points, 16.14 (110) to 9.13 (67). The Eagles trailed by 11 points at half time despite having four more scoring shots and in the final quarter, they booted five goals to three. The problem was, it allowed Sorrento to boot 7.8 to 1.2 in the third quarter and blow them away.

Sorrento skipper James Hallahan was the best player on the ground, providing enormous drive from half back, Nick Corp marked everything that came near him in attack and Chris Dawes kicked a sensational right foot snap goal against the boundary line after sharking it from the ruck. The Eagles’ aren’t that far away but height is a major issue for them, as is a lack of concentration for periods of time. In better news for the Eagles, there were rumours around the ground that key forward Luke Rowe may return, while Justin Farrelly may come back sooner than expected.

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Brilliant Belger wins it for Langy, Eagles finally fly SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie TWO goals in the final two minutes gave Langwarrin a stunning 2-1 win over Mornington in Saturday’s derby at Dallas Brooks Park. Connor Belger’s 91st minute strike was a goal for the ages and left Mornington players and fans gobsmacked. Langwarrin had equalised in the 90th minute after Alex Metcalfe’s curled strike from the left. The ball eluded Liam Baxter’s attempted header and deflected off Mornington stopper Steve Elliott before sneaking inside the far post. A minute later Langy keeper Robbie Acs gathered then launched a long kick downfield. Belger trapped the ball inside his attacking half then surged forward before unleashing a 30-metre strike that sailed over Mornington keeper Kris McEvoy who was at full stretch and into an unguarded goal. The remarkable strike triggered a celebration among the Langy faithful that released the emotions built up over recent years from playing second fiddle to Adam Jamieson’s outfit. And when the final whistle sounded Langwarrin had beaten Mornington for just the second time in 11 games and surged seven points clear of second-placed Caulfield United in the race to win the championship and clinch a spot in Victoria’s elite National Premier League. Mornington had suffered a setback prior to the kick-off when captain Simon Webster failed a fitness test. He was replaced in the starting line-up by Josh Valadon, returning from injury, with Nico Georgopoulos replacing Valadon on the bench. Langy was without captain Boris Ovcin who was on holiday in Las Vegas, Caleb Nicholes was interstate, John Guthrie was suspended and gun central defender Kieron Kenny was still recovering from a quad injury. Mornington looked threatening from the outset. Ryan Paczkowski’s pace and guile was evident in the early exchanges and Langy coach Gus Macleod was forced to rejig his defence with Nick Thorogood marking the dangerous Wayne Gordon. Mornington should have hit the front in the 32nd minute but Paul Speed and Lewis Foster combined to clear Elliott’s header off the line. In the 39th minute Belger’s left foot strike from just outside the area was mistimed and flashed wide and a minute later Andy McIntyre’s intercept fell to Paczkowski whose low leftfoot shot beat Acs for the opener. In the 43rd minute Belger missed

King Connor: Star Langwarrin import Connor Belger carries Langy mascot Thomas Petrucci off the ground on Saturday.

a great chance to level but he headed just wide following a Thorogood cross. Paczkowski should have stretched Mornington’s lead three minutes into the second half after a defensive blunder but he shot into the side netting from close range. Aaran Currie’s free kick in the 59th minute glanced off Valadon’s head and onto the bar before being scrambled clear and in the 64th minute Jack Truelove’s cross from the left found Matty Wade unmarked at the far post but he headed wide. With five minutes of normal time left Belger’s shot in the 85th minute was blocked, substitute Nabil Mozaffarrudin headed down from the rebound but McEvoy parried Metcalfe’s shot from 10 metres. Mornington substitute Nathan Smith curled his 88th minute attempt just wide of the far post before Metcalfe and Belger turned this contest on its head.

Saturday 27 May 2017 is an historic day for Somerville Eagles who won their first league game in State 5 South by beating White Star Dandenong 3-0 at Greaves Reserve. For posterity the Eagles’ line-up was Neil Herd, Ciaran McConville, Kevin McCormack, Matthew Swanson, Mark McIvor, Joel Wade, Jarryd Lymer, Damien Finnegan, Alex Colville, Patrick Acha, Liam Morgan. Substitutes: Ryan Francis, Mathew Roach, James McKenzie, Bailey Henderson. Lymer (19th and 29th minutes) and McIvor (51st) were the goalscorers and immediately became Eagles immortals. “Finally we got the win. The song was sung with gusto let me tell you,” said an excited Eagles president and assistant coach Felix Arena. Eagles’ striker Eric Manahong has recovered from injury and is expected to come into the matchday squad for Saturday’s home game at Barber

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Reserve against Rowville Eagles. Frankston Pines went down 3-2 to Beaumaris at Beaumaris Reserve in Saturday’s State 2 South-East clash. Cedric Permal scored his first goal for Pines in the 35th minute and substitute Ioasa Saemo was played in by Jack Wrobel in the 72nd minute and finished well. Beaumaris striker Toby Nowell notched a hat-trick. Harry McCartney reports that Seaford United found another way to drop points late in the game when it lost 2-1 away to Old Scotch in their State 2 South-East fixture last weekend. The sides were deadlocked at the interval after a first half in which the home side transitioned quickly whenever it won possession while Seaford took a more conservative approach playing into the wind. Three minutes into the second half Old Scotch hit the front after a poor pass from Matty Morris-Thomas allowed Piotr Korczyk to skip clear and sidefoot the ball past Seaford keeper Harrison Burgess. In the 70th minute a long high ball into the attacking half caught out the Old Scotch defenders appealing for offside against a Seaford striker who made no attempt to attack the ball. Alex Roberts broke clear and rounded Old Scotch keeper James Toulson before making it 1-1. In the 78th minute Seaford failed to deal with a corner and Sam Shearer got the final touch for what proved to be the winner. Peninsula Strikers won 1-0 at home against Heatherton United in a State 2 South-East fixture last weekend thanks to a 36th minute Sam Scott goal. Skye United lost 4-2 to ladder leader and championship favourite Knox City in their State 3 SouthEast contest at Egan Lee Reserve on Saturday. Skye kicked off proceedings in less than a minute when Daniel Attard’s toe-poke sent Jason Nowakowski clear and he finished well to put the visitors ahead. However Knox prevailed for the rest of the half and deservedly went into the shed 3-1 up with goals from Nem Verscharen (18th minute), Phil Hawkins (24th), and Matthew Hames (30th). Knox continued to dominate in the second half and Sam Wheeler made it 4-1 after finishing off a cutback inside the six-yard box. Skye made it more of a contest in the last half an hour and was rewarded in the 69th minute after Attard beat the offside trap following a through

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ball from Jacob Scotte-Hatherly to complete the scoreline. Baxter had to settle for a 2-2 away draw against Harrisfield Hurricanes in last weekend’s State 4 South fixture. Mark Pagliarulo shielded the ball then turned and hit a firm shot that gave Baxter the lead in the 15th minute but goals to Ilias Tzintzis (21st minute)and Tasos Psonis (26th) gave the home side the upper hand. In the 38th minute Pagliarulo was felled inside the area and converted from the spot to make it 2-2. Baxter had chances to claim all three points in the second half but failed to convert. Five Harrisfield players were cautioned while Baxter’s sole transgressor was new signing Edin Aljija from Springvale City. Alan Lipsett from Rosebud Heart also made his Baxter debut. David Greening’s fourth hat-trick in five games powered Rosebud Heart to a 5-1 away win over Hampton Park United in their State 4 South clash on Saturday. Blad Klarenbeek was in goal for Heart deputising for Sean Skelly who had joined the holiday exodus to Las Vegas. In the 21st minute Greening’s long run cutting in from the right ended when he was felled inside the area and he scored from the penalty spot. A fine interpassing move in the 29th minute involving Chris Sibson, Mikey Turner and Blake Hicks was finished by Greening to make it 2-0 and six minutes later Cory Osorio let fly from outside the area and a slight deflection made it 3-0. Greening completed his hat-trick in the 52nd minute and turned provider four minutes later with a far post ball that enabled skipper Daniel Hodge to slide in and finish. Beau Sharpe took down an opponent inside the area in the 81st minute and although Klarenbeek saved the initial penalty attempt and the rebound he couldn’t stop Matthew Esquivel a third time. This weekend’s games: SATURDAY 3pm: Clifton Hill v Langwarrin (Quarries Park), Malvern City v Mornington (Kooyong Park), Frankston Pines v Heatherton Utd (Monterey Reserve), Berwick City v Seaford Utd (Jack Thomas Reserve), Skye Utd v Collingwood City (Skye Recreation Reserve), Baxter v Monash Uni (Baxter Park), Rosebud Heart v Harrisfield Hurricanes (Truemans Road Reserve), Somerville Eagles v Rowville Eagles (Barber Reserve). SUNDAY 3pm: North Caulfield v Peninsula Strikers (Caulfield Park).


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AFL South East wants restructure By Toe Punt IN two months’ time, AFL South East will deliver recommendations that are likely to reshape the current structure of Nepean and Peninsula football. Since April, AFL South East Region general manager John Anderson and his team have been consulting with clubs throughout the region, which has included clubs in the SouthEast Football Netball League (SEFNL), as they look to complete a competition review into the 2018 season. There are 31 clubs managed by AFL South East and according to presidents from Nepean and Peninsula divisions, they are being told that the push for a restructure is being driven by clubs in the SEFNL. Make no mistake, this review and restructure is not being driven by any clubs. It is being driven by the AFL and AFL South East. It all began in 2011 when the AFL then asked for a review of country football, which later resulted in 13 regions being created. It has been on the AFL’s agenda for a long time. When former AFL SE general manager Jeremy Bourke was at the helm, one of his key strategies was to bring in divisional football across the three leagues. He had the experience given his history with the amateurs. However, the restructure wasn’t being driven by personal

preference, it was driven by the desire to have three ‘even’ competitions across the region. Whilst Bourke may no longer still be in the chair, the agenda for AFL South East remains the same. There is one hurdle though – a steadfast group of Nepean and Peninsula presidents who are not remotely interested in joining a three-tier competition with the SEFNL. Frankston president Chris ‘Batty’ Sharman, fresh from a Presidents Meeting last Wednesday night, said on the RPP Footy Show on Saturday morning that “being in a divisional competition with clubs from the SEFNL put Nepean and Peninsula clubs to the wall once before and we are not interested in this happening again.” “We have had the opportunity to put our case forward and now we wait for the recommendations,” Sharman said. “When the recommendations are delivered in July, as presidents we will meet again and decide what action we will take,” he said. The AFL South East Review principles look like this: n To investigate and explore the senior football competition structures in the south-east region that will promote the sustainability of clubs n To investigate and explore the senior football competition structures in the south-east re-

gion that will promote participation growth n To consider the competitive balance of the senior football competition structures for implementation in 2018. n To consider the impact on netball in the south-east region in any review findings The review will also consider feedback received during 2016 when a survey was sent to clubs asking several questions relevant to this review. Despite being anonymous, responses were received to the survey by a majority of clubs. The final line in the AFL SE review was that there would be “no further comment by the commission until the draft recommendations are released.” That’s a bit rich from an organisation that based transparency as its platform to boot the old MPNFL board and administration and take over office two years ago. Rosebud Football Club, which was one of the key drivers in replacing the old administration with AFL SE, wrote on its social media page that “the findings and ultimate outcome of this review has the potential to completely change the face of Peninsula football – and not for the better! “In particular it is clear that there is an agenda to implement a backward return to divisional football, with promotion and relegation re-introduced be-

tween two or more leagues. “How anyone thinks it would be good for local footy and netball to see one or more of a Rosebud, Rye, Sorrento or Dromana competing in a different league that includes a Seaford, Frankston YCW, or worse a Berwick, Doveton or Narre Warren beggars belief. “You can rest assured that our club and others will fight tooth and nail to prevent this from occurring,” the post suggested. So, as you can see, not only do Nepean and Peninsula clubs not want to join a super league with SEFNL, there are some Nepean clubs that are not even interested in promotion or relegation with Peninsula clubs. Without question, clubs and the AFL SE are poles apart on this one. My guess is that AFL SE will spend the next eight weeks working out a PR plan to try and roll it out with minimal damage. For mine, the focus of AFL SE should be to come up with a plan to fix their dysfunctional junior program, work with and build a relationship with Mornington Peninsula Juniors, conduct a review of the Under 19 and Under 17 programs and leave strong, healthy competitions the way they are for now. Can we see a parent in Sorrento driving their 17-year-old son to Officer for a 9am start on a Saturday morning?

Ballkids: Summer Leatitagaloa and Campbell Steedman prepare for Roland Garros Picture: Tennis Australia

Tennis teen leaves for French Open

FOLLOWING on the article from the 13 February, Campbell Steedman, 15, left for Paris last Thursday 25 May to join the ballkids squad at the 2017 French Open. Achieving the “Most Outstanding Ballboy” award at this year’s Australian Open, Steedman was given the opportunity to take part at Roland Garros with the “Most Outstanding Ballgirl” Summer Leatitagaloa. Steedman, who attends Padua College, will spend 17 days in France alongside some of the world’s best tennis players, including 11 Australians. The second major Grand Slam of the year began on Sunday and will finish with the Men’s Grand Final on the 11 June.

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The Shark Tank: Peninsula Sharks training at their home ground in preparation for the 2018 season.

Gridiron club makes waves By Ben Triandafillou A MORNINGTON Peninsula-based Gridiron club is looking to provide the area with the first and only Gridiron club on the peninsula since 2009. Currently based in Carrum Downs, the Peninsula Sharks was formed in earlyJanuary and is currently in a recruitment phase. The Peninsula Sharks are hoping to have teams entered in the 2018 Gridiron Victoria league, but co-founder Garry Smith said, that the club will have a different ‘feel’. “We want to start fresh and put new games in place because some teams have the stigma that it’s just a boys club but being a young dad with two kids we want to make it more of a family orientated sport,” Smith said. “We want to remove the idea of Gridiron being a dangerous, hard-hitting sport where the blokes would go out afterwards and have some drinks, to a more family-

friendly sport where you can bring your kids down and enjoy the game.” Since the Southern Seahawks folded in 2009, the Mornington Peninsula has been without a Gridiron team. With the closest Gridiron club for people on the Peninsula being in Pakenham and Cheltenham, the Peninsula Sharks want to provide players on the Mornington Peninsula with a club located closer to home. “We floated the idea in October last year as it’s a bit of an untapped resource on the Peninsula,” Smith said. “We were there at the start of the Seahawks in 2003 and we wanted to get back into it as we just have a passion for the game.” “Some of the founding members and I live down here and don’t want to travel to Clayton or Monash.” The Peninsula Sharks had their first training session at Ballam Park, Frankston on Saturday 22 April where more than 30 people turned up to watch and play.

The Sharks are currently training on a Saturday afternoon between 11.30am-2pm at Banyan Reserve, Carrum Downs until their new ground at The Sands is ready for play. “We are getting some lights put in with our new sponsors at The Sands Hotel so that we can have weeknight trainings,” Smith said. “We are recruiting for all teams and we’ll keep training and developing the sides to hopefully put in a team for next year.” “There are four leagues, the Junior Varsity league which is for kids between 11 and 15 years old, the Junior Colts which is for boys aged between 15-19 years old, the senior men’s which is 19 plus and the Women’s league which is 16 plus.” If you are interested in joining the Sharks or just want to have a try call Garry Smith on 0431 681 318 or visit their website at peninsulasharks.com online.

IT’S been a year since the Mornington Peninsula Junior Football League announced their smoke-free initiative and now football clubs across the Mornington Peninsula will be following in their footsteps. Clubs will stand together to remove smoking at both junior and senior levels ahead of the ‘World No Tobacco Day’ on 31 May. Working towards becoming smoke free, AFL South East and its leagues, Frankston District Junior Football League (FDJFL) and Mornington Peninsula Football Netball League (MPNFL), have teamed up with Peninsula Health, St Kilda Football Club, Good Sports, Frankston Council and Mornington Peninsula Shire. All senior clubs including Seaford, Pines, Frankston YCW, Mornington, Red Hill, Edithvale-Aspendale, Pearcedale, Dromana and Crib Point will be stamping out smoking everywhere at their clubs, except for one designated area for the Quit Challenge Round on 3 June. “Going smoke-free and banning smoking in all areas except one is a significant achievement for these senior clubs,” Peninsula Health health promotion practitioner Andie Murphy said. “I congratulate all of the clubs for signing the Frankston Mornington Peninsula Smoke Free Charter and working to create a healthier environment for their players, supporters and the community.” In some pockets of the Mornington Peninsula and Frankston region, smoking rates range from 21-30 per cent compared to the Victorian average of 13 per cent. The Seaford Football Club will be hosting the Quit Challenge Round on Saturday 3 June at their senior oval and on Sunday 4 June at their junior oval. Seaford Football Club president Dale O’Neil said the club is committed to making footy a fun and safe day out for families and the local community. “Footy and smoking isn’t a good mix – it’s not good for players or supporters to be around which is why we signed onto the smoke-free charter and implemented a designated smoking area,” Mr O’Neil said.

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