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Man charged after alleged Mentone kidnapping A 25-YEAR-old man has been charged with making threats to kill, reckless conduct causing injury, the theft of a motor vehicle and reckless driving after an alleged kidnapping in Mentone and police chase. Police chased a car along the Monash Freeway on 27 November after a man allegedly assaulted his pregnant partner and kidnapped a 10-monthold baby. The man allegedly kidnapped the baby and threatened to harm the child and himself. The car he allegedly fled in was later found abandoned in Cranbourne. The Wodonga man was arrested at a petrol station on the Hume Highway later that day. The baby was found unharmed. He was remanded to appear at Moorabin Magistrates’ Court.

Pokies losses concern Kingston councillors Brodie Cowburn KINGSTON Councillors have voted unanimously to make a push to minimise the negative impact of pokies on the municipality. Councillors voted on 26 November to “prepare a report for the first ordinary meeting of council in 2019 that outlines an advocacy strategy to curtail this issue and minimise harm caused by electronic gaming

machines in the city of Kingston.” The gaming machine industry is regulated by the state government. Councillors outlined their plan to call for reform, which they said could include capping the total number of pokies allowed in Kingston at 898. There are currently 898 pokies machines in Kingston, meaning no more could be installed. The current cap stands at 1200. Other possible measures proposed by councillors were to “reduce the hours of operation at gaming venues

from 10am to midnight, restrict designs in machines which can cause harm or addiction, introduce a $1 bet limit per button push,” and to “adopt a range of other measures to curb the impact of gaming in our community.” A report from the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation revealed gamblers in Kingston lost $86 million on pokies machines in the municipality during the 2017-2018 financial year. The Dingley International Hotel was the venue that raked in the most

from gamblers’ losses in Kingston, with gamblers losing $15 million at its 90 gaming machines. The venue ranked 16th of 498 venues across Victoria by how much money was lost on their poker machines (“Pokies losses hit new high”, The News 8/8/18) . “By working together with other local councils, we can highlight the devastating impact gambling is having on our community and join forces to call for tighter regulation by the Victorian Government,” Kingston

mayor Cr Georgina Oxley said. Cr Steve Staikos said “if we get an application for a casino with 300 gaming machines in it, it would still fit within the cap we have at the city of Kingston. That is really dangerous territory, and we can’t risk that.” In 2017, Kingston Council paid $25,000 to joined the an Alliance for Gambling Reform alongside the councils of Melbourne, Greater Dandenong, Moreland, Whittlesea, and Monash.


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THE re-elected state Labor government announced their new cabinet on 29 November, with local MPs being promoted to parliamentary secretaries. Carrum MP Sonya Kilkenny was appointed parliamentary secretary for early childhood education, while Mordialloc MP Tim Richardson was appointed parliamentary secretary for schools. Frankston MP Paul Edbrooke will also be working under Lisa Neville MP as the parliamentary secretary for police and emergency services. All three retained their seats at the state election with hugely increased majorities. Mr Edbrooke said in a Facebook post “it’s a huge honour to be appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Police and Emergency Services.

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Lisa Neville MP is an incredibly effective minister and I can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to working beside her. “I have worked alongside ambos, SES, police officers and firefighters for a long time. I know what it’s like for first responders because I have been one myself. Having been a firefighter for 14 years, working with all services on Black Saturday, spending weeks leading staff and volunteer crews at the Morwell Mine Fire and training at Fiskville has given me valuable insight into the challenges our police and emergency services face.” The appointment to the police portfolio is a twist of fate for Mr Edbrooke, who defeated serving police officer Michael Lamb to retain his seat.

Heritage decision deferred A DECISION on if Pompei’s Landing in Mordialloc is worthy of heritage status has been delayed until early 2019. The Heritage Council was due to hear submissions on the heritage application for Pompei’s Boat Works, but postponed that process until next year. A heritage overlay at the site would ensure that a planning permit is required to subdivide or consolidate land, demolish or remove a building, construct a building, externally alter a building, construct or carry out works, construct or display a sign, or externally paint an unpainted surface. A group titled ‘Save Pompei’s

Landing” has been lobbying to get the area heritage listed by Heritage Victoria. An application has already been made to have the area heritage listed by the Heritage Council of Victoria, but a recommendation report from executive director Steven Avery recommended that “the place NOT be included in the Victorian Heritage Register”. Kingston council decided in August to attempt to engage an independent consultant to determine whether “a State heritage registration or local Heritage Overlay” for Pompei Boatshed would likely be successful.


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MARINA Prior will head a star-studded evening to celebrate the Christmas season at the much-loved annual Carols by Kingston event on Sunday 9 December. This year Carols by Kingston will be held in a new location, Bicentennial Park in Chelsea. Mayor Steve Staikos said that Kingston has a reputation for booking outstanding performers at the free carols event. “This year we are delighted to announce that Australia’s ‘leading lady of musical theatre’, Marina Prior, will head the line-up,” said Cr Staikos. Alongside Marina Prior, Carols by Kingston will feature: • performances by Kate Amos, Alinta Chidzey, Bernard Curry, Nina Ferro, Patrick Harvey, Ross Irwin, Chelsea Plumley and Wendy Stapelton • the Mordialloc Jazz Orchestra • artisan Christmas market stalls including jewellery, homewares, ceramics, giftware and a range of handcrafted items • food trucks, offering a wide range of food

• accessible services including Auslan signing. The Christmas gift market will give visitors the chance to shop for last-minute gifts and a ‘Kids Zone’ will offer a range of activities for children as well. “Visitors will enjoy the wide selection of food available, including a community barbecue. And a spectacular fireworks display will finish off the night,” said Cr Staikos. The event is sponsored by Quest Cheltenham, Barry Plant, Costco Moorabbin and South East Water. Candles are available for purchase onsite, and the program is available to download online. Some reserved seating is also available for $15 per seat. Carols by Kingston 2018 will be held at Bicentennial Park on Thames Promenade in Chelsea, on Sunday 9 December. The market opens at 6pm and performances run from 6.30-9.30pm. Find out more at:

Daily water quality checks go online BEACHES at Carrum and Seaford have both recorded over 70 per cent “good days” according to Environment Protection Authority Victoria. The EPA this week started its summer water quality tests at Frankston and Mornington Peninsula beaches. The forecasts over the next four months will cover eight peninsula beaches and four at Frankston. EPA chief environmental scientist Dr Andrea Hinwood said last year’s forecasts for peninsula illustrated how conditions could vary from beach to beach. “Last season, good water quality was forecast for Sorrento beach 81 per cent of time – the second highest score [out of 36 beaches in Port Phillip],” she said. “But a few kilometres away, Rye beach had forecasted good water quality 72 per cent of the time – among the lowest scores. “Many different things, like recent rainfall, stormwater drains and the nature of the beach, contribute to water quality.” Dr Hinwood said rainfall was a risk to water quality because it washed substances like oils and detergents, and litter and dog poo into the stormwater system, which then discharged into the bay. “A good day at the beach isn’t just about a sunny day, you should also be checking for good water quality to reduce your risk of getting sick from water-borne pathogens,” she said. “Children, the elderly and people with vulnerable immune systems have the highest risk for getting ill from water-borne pathogens which is why we’re calling on parents to ‘make sure it’s ok, check Yarra and Bay’.” On beaches are rated as Good, Fair or Poor. On Fair days, people should

check for signs of pollution, such as discoloured water, odour, rubbish and stormwater drains flowing, before deciding whether or not to swim. On Poor days, the water quality is not suitable for swimming. “EPA’s ongoing advice is to avoid swimming for up to 48 hours after heavy rain as in that time there may be a higher risk of illness from increased bacterial levels,” Dr Hinwood said. “But we know Melbourne’s weather can go from stormy to sunny very quickly so the Yarra and bay report will provide more localised and timely information to ensure people can safely enjoy as many beach days as they want this summer.” Through the website, people can sign up to receive SMS alerts when water quality at their nominated beaches is poor and see alerts on issues affecting the bay and its water catchments. Forecasts are also posted on EPA Victoria’s Twitter page daily and displayed at 28 Life Saving Victoria clubs on weekends and public holidays. The twice-daily water quality forecasts will be published online at Based on water quality forecasts for 1 December 2017 – 12 March 2018: Sorrento had 81 per cent Good days; Safety Beach – 81 per cent Good days; Portsea – 80 per cent Good days; Rosebud – 80 per cent Good days; Blairgowrie – 78 per cent Good days; Dromana – 75 per cent Good days; Canadian Bay – 71.5 per cent Good days; Rye – 72 per cent Good days. Two locations at Frankston recorded 71.5 per cent Good days; Carrum – 77 per cent Good days; and Seaford – 73 per cent Good days.




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AN app to help people with disabilities find accessible venues for their needs has been tested in Mornington and Frankston. The program, called Data for Inclusion, is a database of local businesses that displays how accessible they are for people with disabilities. The program is led by Debbie Roberts, who said she was called into action through her personal experience. “I was inspired to do what I’m doing because of my brother with MS,” Ms Roberts said. “I wanted to make it easy for people to go out and know what to expect. There are lots of apps out there about accessibility which is great. But we need to know what a venue does not have, we need to know if they’re not suitable. A lot of stress happens when a person doesn’t know what to expect of a venue. “We get info from businesses who fill in a form of about 25 questions. We have nearly 40 businesses in Mt Martha and along Main Street in Mornington on board. We’ve had high participation at shops in Benton Square, and we’re working with Frankston Bayside. Ms Roberts said the program began testing in Mornington, and has since expanded to Frankston due to the positive reception from council. “This idea started in Mornington, and council helped expand beyond where it was intended to go. This

FRANKSTON Council has made a plea to re-elected Frankston MP Paul Edbrooke to make funding commitments to their ‘Future Frankston’ projects. Council last week released a statement which heaped praise on Liberal candidate Michael Lamb for committing to council’s four major projects. “Council is delighted that Michael Lamb and the Victorian Liberals have met each of the four priority funding requests made in the lead up to the state election,” said mayor Cr Michael O’Reilly. “This is a fantastic achievement following months of extensive advocacy and we’re proud our work alongside relevant stakeholders has resulted in this positive outcome for the Frankston City community.” Cr O’Reilly also said he was “urging Paul Edbrooke” to support “these vital projects” prior to the election. Council’s tone has changed significantly since Michael Lamb was easily defeated on election day by sitting member Paul Edbrooke. “Council has worked tirelessly advocating to Members, candidates, Ministers and Shadow Ministers in order to secure much-needed funding for local projects that meets the needs of our local community,” Cr O’Reilly said after the election. “This has included numerous meetings, letters and the Future

App for inclusion: Debbie Roberts of DFI and Tamara Reinisch from the NDIA at the launch of the Data for Inclusion app. Picture: Gary Sissons

will hopefully be Australia wide, but we’re piloting it in Frankston, Mornington and Mt Martha,” she said. Ms Roberts said the free app will be a big help to people with “differing abilities” and is the product of hard work from a number of institutions. “We’ve worked with RMIT University for three months, they did the testing of the program. Macquarie has also helped with language translations. We have Spanish, Korean, Chinese, French, and other translations being worked on. This is important social inclusion,” she said.

Ms Roberts said she is working on plans to take the app beyond the local area. “The response has been very high. The MCG are putting their data in, and so are Subway,” she said. “We’re looking for people to participate in pilots for the website. The only time we ask for your details is your email address so we can get feedback. Once it’s live there will be no login or email required, and any info will be saved on your own device, not centrally on a server.” The program and more information can be found at

Frankston campaign involving key stakeholders and community members, a combined effort that has resulted in over $1 billion worth of funding being committed to Frankston City.” “Our role now is to work with our elected members to ensure delivery of the funding promises made during the campaign.” A council statement said it “aims to meet with new Victorian Government ministers soon to discuss election pledges made, including extending the electric rail line from Frankston towards the Mornington Peninsula, building a new tennis and gymnastics centre at Centenary Park, expanding the Jubilee Park Indoor Stadium, building a new safe boat refuge and Coast Guard facility, and upgrades to Frankston Hospital Mr Edbrooke has committed to the project at Jubilee Park, but made no commitment to funding Centenary Park, Oliver’s Hill, or the Baxter rail extension. Mr Edbrooke’s main event pledge was to expand the hospital at a a cost of over half a billion dollars. The statement does not mention Baxter as the final destination of the train line, as had been previously touted.

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Brains trust: Local school captains are working together to help discuss issues facing young people in Frankston. Picture: Gary Sissons

Students team up for youth expo SCHOOL captains from across the local region have teamed up to put together a plan for a youth expo in Frankston. The young leaders have been meeting once a month for the “School Captain’s Conference of Frankston” chaired by youth mayor Gerard Felipe. The aim of the monthly meetings is to improve relations between local schools and discuss ideas and issues relevant to young people in the area. One idea that has formed from the meetings has been the establishment of a youth expo. The “Youth Mayor’s Stay Safe and Healthy Youth Expo” got a thumbs up from Frankston Council at their 19 November meeting. A $3,500 budget was set for the event, to be held on 23 January, which would be conducted “in partnership with local youth service providers, VicRoads, Victoria Police, and Victoria Ambulance”. The approved motion said the event would “include information and activities to increase awareness, understanding and responses to cyber bullying, road safety, staying safe talks, alcohol and drugs presentations, [and] sport and recreation activities.” Youth mayor Gerard Felipe said the success of the monthly meetings was a reflection on the

quality of local students. “When my term started as Youth Mayor, my number one priority was to focus on youth disengagement and with that in mind, I decided to create the School Captains Conference of Frankston to give young people a voice, and the opportunity for them to be more involved in their community,” he said. “I’m very proud of the display of leadership, dedication and compassion our local school leaders have shown, and I have no doubt that the future is in really good hands.” McClelland College, John Paul College, Frankston High School, Mount Erin College, Patterson River Secondary College, Elisabeth Murdoch College, and Woodleigh School are among those that have sent representatives to the monthly conference. 22 captains in total have made their voices heard at the meetings. McClelland College captain Sara Riippa said “I think it’s a really good experience, I’ve got to meet a lot of new captains and hear about lots of different viewpoints and issues that’s been going on in Frankston that I didn’t know about before, so it’s made me more aware of the community.” Brodie Cowburn



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Invaluable property stolen A WOMAN has had a letter from her deceased sister stolen from her in a cruel theft. The letter was written to the woman before her sister had passed away from leukemia. It was kept inside the victim’s purse, which was stolen after a thief broke into her car on Gould Street, Frankston overnight on 13 October. The offender, a 46-year-old Cranbourne woman, was arrested on 14 November and charged with theft from a motor vehicle and obtaining property by deception. She was sentenced to 14 days imprisonment

on 16 November. Although the offender was sentenced, police were unable to recover the stolen purse or letter. Police said they believe the purse may have been thrown away. It is a small black zip purse that was purchased at a Target store. A credit card stolen from the purse had been used at a Coles in Frankston. Police are appealing for anyone who has found a purse similar to the description provided to hand it over to police.

Tomahawk attack at petrol station A 24-YEAR-old Mornington man has been charged with armed robbery after allegedly using a tomahawk while robbing a petrol station in Frankston South, 26 November. The alleged incident occurred a little before 6pm. Police allege that the male drove away in a Commodore towards Oliver’s Hill. An off duty police officer allegedly saw the car driving erratically and having a collison. Police said the followed the alleged perpetrator to the foreshore, where a search was conducted with uniformed officers. Police said the man fell and injured himself before being arrested. He was taken to Frankston Hospital. Police said the alleged robber will be remanded until 4 December.

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Stolen property: Police are appealing for the return of a purse of this design containing an important letter. Picture: Supplied

A 25-YEAR old Seaford woman and 30-year-old man have been charged with a long list of offenses in relation to an alleged burglary on 26 November. A Seaford home was allegedly broken into and valuables were stolen. The offenders allegedly took the keys to a ute, and drove it through the garage door. Plaice said they later found the ute on East Road in Seaford. Police said they conducted a large manhunt and found the man at a flat in Frankston, where they also allege to have found a loaded pistol, ammunition for other weapons, ice, cocaine, GHB, xanax, and cash. They arrested him at 12.30pm. Police said they recovered a large amount of the stolen items from the flat. Police said they arrested the woman from a white Commodore, which they believe to be linked to the burglary. The man and woman were charged with a variety of charges, including burglary, theft of a motor vehicle,

possessing a firearm, and a drug related charge.

Man stabbed in leg AN alleged stabbing in Frankston on 22 November has led to a 32-year-old woman being charged with intentionally causing injury, The alleged incident occurred at 9.30pm, when an argument between a male and a female broke out. The woman allegedly took two knives from the kitchen and stabbed a 46-year-old man twice in the leg, causing two deep lacerations. The woman then allegedly fled the scene and disposed of the weapon in a drain. The victim was taken to Frankston Hospital for surgery, and was there recovering for a number of days. The woman was arrested on 25 September. Police said they believe the parties are known to each other.

Investigation of suspicious blaze A SUSPICIOUS fire broke out at a property in Orwil Street, Frankston 5pm 23 November. Flames and smoke could be seen coming from the address, where a fire caused extensive damage to a vacant house. Police said they believe a man left the property shortly before the fire broke out. Frankston CIU were investigating.

Car avoids collisions on wrong side of road A 2008 TOYOTA Corolla was spotted speeding along Hall Rd, Carrum Downs 3.30am on 24 November. The car was seen speeding at 130 km/h on the wrong side of Cranbourne Frankston Road. Police said it “breached a traffic control signal” and turned onto Pearcedale Road. A taxi had to swerve to avoid a collision.


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Your Hearing Questions Answered Is it important for patients to see an audiologist if they think they may be having difficulties hearing? Yes, if you are starting to notice difficulties it’s important to have a full hearing test. We don’t just test which sounds you can hear, we also check how clearly you can understand speech, in quiet and in background noise. Some common indications that you may have a hearing loss are: Turning the TV up Frequently asking for repeats Not being able to hear properly on the telephone Difficulty in noisy situations such as restaurants Missing out on important parts of the conversation Often your partner or a close family member may be the first person to notice that you are having difficulty hearing. Is it true that a lot of patients don’t actually need hearing aids? Yes. Probably 25 percent of those that we see do choose to get hearing aids. Some people have a little bit of hearing loss that we just need to talk about, and continue to monitor. Are there steps people who aren’t ready for hearing aids can do to help combat hearing loss? Yes. Pick a seat in a restaurant where

you can see the faces of the people that you are taking to. This can make it easier to follow what they are saying. With the television, if you’re not ready for hearing aids, we can get a set of cordless headphones. These can be one of the best options for hearing the TV clearly. Are there ever very simple solutions to hearing loss? Yes. Sometimes a hearing loss can be caused by ear wax blocking the canal. If someone needs a hearing aid, should they always choose the most expensive, top-of-the-line model? Most people don’t need the most expensive hearing aids, fully loaded with all the bells and whistles. It really is patient specific. You don’t always need the absolute top-of theline hearing aid technology, if the features that you need are available in something less expensive. At Chelsea Hearing, we always offer you a range of options, and it is up to you to choose something that you are comfortable with. You should never feel pressured to proceed with hearing aids that you don’t feel ready for. Are smaller hearing aids more expensive? Generally, the style of the hearing aid does not have very much impact on the price. There are very good, small hearing aids available at all price points. Larger hearing aids are not necessarily less expensive either. The good news

is that the very small, comfortable hearing aids are suitable for most people these days. How much do hearing aids cost? Most people who are on a Centrelink pension (such as an age pension or a disability pension) are eligible for the Office of Hearing Services Voucher program. This enables them to choose from a range of hearing aids that are “free-to-client”. These hearing aids have improved significantly over the past few years, and a lot of people are pleasantly surprised at how natural they sound, and how small and comfortable they can be. Pensioners can also choose to contribute to more expensive hearing aids if they wish. For people who are not eligible for the voucher program, hearing aids typically start at $2,700 for a pair. What brand of hearing aids to you recommend? Chelsea Hearing is an independent clinic. We fit hearing aids from all of the major manufacturers. Our recommendations are made after we have tested your hearing, looked in your ears, and had a discussion about the things that you want to hear well. We also take the time to consider your preference for style and size of the hearing aids, as well as your budget. We will recommend the most appropriate hearing aids for you, and we will always give you a range of options to choose from.

What is your philosophy on health care? If I wouldn’t do it for my Mum or Dad, I don’t do it for a patient. When I’m making recommendations for a patient, I think “if this was my mum or dad, with this hearing loss, and these difficulties, would I be making the same recommendations?”. If the answer is “yes”, then I know I’m doing my best for a patient. What does the relationship you have with your patients mean to you? The patient comes first. The patient is your customer and you want to have the healthiest, happiest patient that you can. That makes me happy as well. To know that we are helping that patient to be happy is just rewarding. What is one thing about your job that really sticks out in a positive way? It’s really nice to be able to make a difference for people. Often the partner of the person with a hearing loss may have been repeating themselves and having to speak louder for years. When we help with a hearing loss (often with hearing aids) it’s often the family members who notice the benefit first. Suddenly they don’t have to repeat everything, and they don’t get so tired from speaking loudly all day. It can make a big difference for the whole family.

the right pace of the individual patient. Some people come in here, and they know they want to get hearing aids and they want to get it all happening as quickly as possible. Other people come in, and they are having some difficulties hearing, but they don’t know if they have a hearing loss. They may need a little bit more time to understand their hearing loss, and the options available. It doesn’t help anyone to push someone in to getting hearing aids before they are ready for them, or to pressure someone to purchase hearing aids that cost more than they are comfortable with. Sometimes the best thing to do is explain what’s causing the problem, and what solutions are available. It can also be helpful to bring your partner or a close family member to your appointment with you.

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Edward Meldrum writes about the fall of Damascus Compiled by Brodie Cowburn THE following letter was received by Mrs Meldrum, of Somerville, from her son Edward, on active service in Damascus: I have not had much time for letter writing lately. I don’t think anyone had an idea of what this stunt was going to be like. All thought we would strike some stiff fighting. We started off one night and got within a few miles of the front line, unsaddled for the night and were let into the know of what was going to be done in the morning. We were all awake waiting for the guns to open up, which they did a while before daylight. The bombardment was terrific while it lasted. The next thing we heard was cheers from the infantry, when they charged and broke through the Turkish line. We then waited till we got orders to be ready to move in quarter of an hour. We were set off at a fast pace which lasted well into the night. The only Turks we saw were prisoners. After a few hours spell were off, and travelled until midday the next day, arriving at a place just too late to see a charge made by the Indian Cavalry Brigade, which resulted in the capture of over a thousand prisoners. We stayed at this place for a few hours to feed the horses and ourselves, and then received our marching orders which were to travel twelve miles over very rough country, and capture the general Headquarters of the Turks. The distance was covered in an hour and ten minutes, a resulted in the capture of eight thousand prisoners

by a thousand of our boys, with only about half a dozen wounded men on our side. This gave me some idea of what the morale of the enemy was like. In one place I saw four men capture over seven hundred Turks and Germans. It seemed queer to see them give in with very little resistance, just like a flock of sheep. The next few days found us still travelling, and collecting prisoners. One night we rode through Nazareth and on to the Sea of Gallilee, and had a borzer time giving the horses and ourselves a much needed wash, after which we moved off again, and were held up for a few hours at the Jordon, as the Turks had blown up the bridges and wore holding the opposite side pretty strong with machine guns, which made crossing rather difficult. Our artillery, in the meantime, had drawn into position and opened up at a target even the gunners could see, so you may imagine what work they did. About dark our regiment forded the river, and cleared the opposite bank of what enemy was left. We all moved on again and up a high hill, covered with big boulders and not even a goat track, and as dark as pitch we reached the top after a few hours climb. At day break we halted till midday and by this time most were rather saddle weary and took advantage to lie at full length on the ground, or rather rock and thistles of which there were plenty. At four o’clock we unsaddled and had tea, when word came to move on six miles. We had a days rest there and were off again to Damascus.

That night we were held up by the Germans, with a lot of machine guns. They had a beautiful position and hard to locate, so it took some time to clear the road. With all their commanding position, all the damage done to us was five horses killed. We captured the Germans and their machine guns also two field guns. By this time it was daylight and fast moving was the order of the day. During the afternoon we came in sight of the outer forts of Damascus. This brigade had nothing to do with them so we worked round their flank. It was here that I saw the charge by our Australian boys and resulted in the capture of the forts. It was a great sight to see and they had few casualties. We were now within sight of the city and our brigade was playing havoc with the retreating enemy. We camped that night in the hills and I got more thistle pricks than I could count, but all the same I slept until the next morning. We moved on to the place where our machine guns had been at work. I never wish to see again such a dreadful sight, the roads were simply blocked up with waggons, horses and men wounded and dead; it was too awful for words. We then had the honor of being the first troops through Damascus, which is a beautiful city, but as we only rode through we didn’t have much chance of seeing things. We received a great welcome by the inhabitants, who lined the streets and cheered all the time. Some standing on the balconies threw scent over the boys, and grapes, figs and tomatoes were handed to us

as we rode by, but like most of good things here they came to a finish. We left the city and came on to about 3 thousand more enemy, who took a day and a half to collect. We then came back through the city at night We are resting at present a few miles out of Damascus, waiting to see if Turkey has had enough. *** OWING to the price of chaff having risen, members of the Southern Suburban Master Carriers Association have decided to increase the price of sand from Monday Frankston sand will be 3d a load extra, and pit sand 6d a load extra. The incidence of the increase is based on chaff at £5 a ton. For every rise of 30s in the price of chaff, the price of Frankston sand will be increased by 3d, and pit sand by 6d a load. The present price of chaff is £6 10s a ton. The difference in the charges of the two kinds of sand is accounted for by the fact that Frankston sand is carried by rail close to the place of delivery whilst pit sand has to be carted a considerable distance. *** MESSRS T. R. B. Morton and Son report having sold, through J L. Parkes, one of their auctioneers, acres at the Tyabb railway station (cleaned and fenced) on account of Mr A. S. Krerouse, at a satisfactory price. *** STATE schools will close for the Christmas vacation on 20th December and will resume on 3rd February. Head teachers of high schools have been advised that they may use their discretion in the closing of schools after 13th December.

The Education department has been notified by the Railway department that tickets at holiday excursion fares will be on issue from 11th December to 2nd January inclusive, available for return until 4th February. *** JUST after lunch hour, on Thursday, as the Frankston and Hastings council was about to resume its sitting, Cr Longmuir received word that his son, George, had died in the Tenth General Hospital, England, from influenza and bronchial pneumonia. General regret was expressed at the council table. The President said the council deeply sympathised with Cr and Mrs Longmuir in their affliction, and though dead, the deeds of their son, would live for ever. He moved that the council adjourn for a quarter of an hour, as a mark of respect to Cr Longmuir. Cr Oates said that not only the council but the whole community would deeply sympathise with Cr. Longmuir. The motion was carried in silence, the members standing. After being rejected twice the deceased was accepted the third time, and has seen some stirring times. He was on the Ballarat when it was torpedoed, and about twelve months ago was badly gassed. The last news his father had from him was that he was better, and expected to be at the front again shortly. The flags in Sommerville were flown half mast during the afternoon in token of sympathy. *** From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 7 December 1918

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How to Avoid an Upcoming Copper Conundrum By Stuart McCullough I WISH it were easier. But there’s no getting around the fact that it’s going to be both monumentally difficult and fraught with danger. I’ll admit I’m concerned. That’s because there’s nothing more worrisome than the look of disappointment on the face of a spouse as they unwrap the anniversary gift you’ve selected for them. This should be avoided at all costs and, much like a shuttle launch, there’s no such thing as being ‘too prepared’. With that in mind, I’ve got just three weeks to get my act together. Time is running out. Frankly, the odds are against me. This year marks our seventh anniversary that, apparently, requires a gift made of copper. Or wool. I am at a loss. If only I could travel back in time; say, to 1987 when the store ‘Copperart’ was a ubiquitous presence in shopping malls. I could stride in, my handsome mullet flowing behind me and grab anything, confident in the knowledge that whatever I had selected would be made of a-grade copper. In fact, you could have walked into ‘Copperart’ wearing a blindfold and emerge with something suitable for a seventh anniversary. Year four was super easy. Traditional gifts for your fourth wedding anniversary include linen, silk or electrical appliances. Nothing says ‘I love you’ quite like a robot vacuum. The ‘Sucktastic 4000’ has given us hours of enjoyment as we’ve watched it roll around the house, alarming the dog before inevitably breaking down and refusing to function for months on end. I suspect sabotage may be involved. The dog is my chief suspect.

The first year was also pretty straightforward. As gifts go, ‘paper’ is setting the bar pretty low. It’s as though someone made a conscious decision not to peak too early. Confusingly, though, wedding anniversary gifts vary from country to country. In British culture, ‘cotton’ is the first year anniversary gift and paper is the gift in year two; the exact opposite of America. It’s the whole ‘which side of the road do you drive on?’ thing all over again. It doesn’t help. Both sides of the pond are in fierce agreement over year three. It’s leather. The great thing about leather is that the options are almost limitless. There’s furniture, clothing,

footwear or, possibly, a football. For the life of me, I can’t recall what it was I bought my wife for our third wedding anniversary, but I am semiconfident that it wasn’t a brand new Sherrin. Granted, it would have been a great opportunity to claim that I was ‘Sherrin’ the love, but I’m not sure that anniversaries are the best time to make that kind of joke. The less said about the fifth wedding anniversary, the better. According to a list compiled by the Public Library of Chicago (although I suspect they really should have something better to do), the modern expectation at year five is silverware. Maybe it was because I was underpre-

sounds pretty self-explanatory. I’m especially looking forward to our twenty-fourth wedding anniversary as the designated gift is a musical instrument. Although, by that time, I fear it might be too late. I’m not sure if your twenty-fourth wedding anniversary is quite the right time to request a set of DJ decks. I’ll admit I’m a little wary of year fourteen. I suspect ‘ivory’ is probably frowned on these days, much like a monkey paw back-scratcher or rhinoceros foot umbrella stand, no matter how long you’ve been hitched. Luckily, the more acceptable modern standard is gold jewelry. Having grown up listening to Run DMC, I know a thing or two about gold jewellery. Word! All of which me brings me back to copper and wool. Ideally, I’d find something that combined these two materials but I don’t fancy my chances. It’s unlikely to be clothing. The combination of metal and textile fibre won’t very comfortable if worn, for example, as a pair of pants but it may well explain where the term ‘seven year itch’ comes from. Even Copperart drew the line at copper trousers. As I do with these important decisions, I’ve been consulting closely with my wife. She has suggested that we buy an outdoor setting. It is unlikely to involve either copper or wool. Instead, she proposes to add copper staples. This, I feel, could well be cheating. But at least I know it’ll avoid controversy. I’ll consider it a ‘copperomise’. Happy anniversary Kate.

pared and in something of a rush that I misread ‘silverware’. Suffice to say that when my wife arrived home from work to find me performing ‘Straight Lines’ by Silverchair on a ukulele, she was underwhelmed. Year six could easily have been a disaster. According to the internet, acceptable gifts for your sixth anniversary include ‘iron’. I can tell you from experience that such gifts should be made from iron as in the mineral element and not something that takes the creases out of your pants. Woe betide anyone who mixes those two up. Luckily, it gets easier from here. Silk and fine linen are the go-to gifts for your twelfth anniversary, which

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Bailing out: Hastings blew their chance to beat Heatherhill. Chasing 176, they were all out for 151. Picture: Andrew Hurst

Sorrento keep the Doggies on a tight leash By Brodie Cowburn


SORRENTO have worked hard to restrict Mornington to a total of just 160 in their clash at Alexandra Park. Defending a total of 205 runs away from home, helped by a brilliant 77 from Liam O’Connor, the Sharks started well to claim the first two wickets of the innings for just 19. Mornington’s middle order steadied the innings to put their side back on track, but once their wickets fell the rest collapsed quickly. Jake Wood was the best of Sorrento’s bowlers, taking 4 wickets for 26 runs from his 16 overs. At Emil Madsen Reserve, Langwarrin’s total of 246 was put under threat in their two dayer against Mt Eliza. Mt Eliza were struggling at 2/13 to begin with, but recovered well to end up at 2/108 and in pole position for a win. Tim Clarke’s 48 has handy, but it was Justin Grant’s huge total of 95 that put his side in a good position. Travis Campbell eventually got Grant out just 5 runs short of his ton. His wicket was taken with Mt Eliza at 5/194. They ended up all out for 219. Leigh Paterson claimed a five wicket haul, positing figures of 5/45 for the day.

At BA Cairns Reserve, Flinders and Baxter got underway with Flinders having already lost the first innings. Flinders came in to bat on day two and batted out the afternoon, improving greatly on their first innings total of 76. Flinders recovered from 2/3 to end the day at 6/208. Blake Hogan-Keogh hit 14 fours to get to 74 runs before retiring hurt. Peninsula OB performed well to pass their target of 168 against Pearcedale. John Forrest was in fine form, passing his century and ending the day at 101 not out. Old Boys finished at 6/255.


BADEN Powell have held on to claim a first innings win over Somerville. Baden Powell won the toss and elected to bat first. They put together a complete team performance to get to 6/158. Somerville started poorly and lost their first wicket for just four runs. From there some of their batsmen made starts but none could make any real impact. They were eventually bowled out for 114, well short of their target.

On the first day of Red Hill’s clash with Main Ridge, spectators were treated to a phenomenal performance from Simon Dart. He smashed an astonishing 6 sixes and 8 fours on his way to a brilliant total of 108 not out. Main Ridge were left rocked, and could not get close to their target of 227. They ended up at 7/126 at stumps, well short of a good result. Pines were prolific at home against Moorooduc, passing their first innings target of 154 with relative ease. A good bowling performance from Moorooduc’s Robbie Lancaster was not enough, as Pines finished the day at 6/213, taking the first innings.


CARRUM’S run chase against Delacombe Park proved fruitless in the second day of their clash, as they fell nearly 100 runs short of a win. Corey Hand came in late and was the best of Carrum’s batsmen, top scoring with just 38 runs. They ended up all out for 130, well short of the required 225 to win. The Seaford Tigers recovered from a sluggish start to easily claim a first innings win over Seaford. Chasing 91, Seaford Tigers lost their first 6 wickets for just 73 runs

and looked to be struggling as well. A stunning performance from the tail saw them get out to 243. Middle order batsman Matthew Roach was the best contributor with 74 runs. Seaford came in to bat a second innings, and restored respect with a much better total. They finished at 5/252 at stumps. Opener Ryan Mcqueen put together a knock of 82, an improvement from his first innings total of 6. Rosebud were in grave danger of losing their first innings against Mt Martha, passing their target of 144 with just one wicket in hand. Rosebud were struggling badly and lost two quick late wickets to be at 9/137. With the game in balance, Billy Quigley held on help claim the winning runs. He top scored for Rosebud with 36 not out. At Thomas Barclay Oval, Jake Hewitt nearly proved the difference for his Hastings side, but ultimately his 48 was not enough to help his side to a win over Heatherhill. Chasing 176 to win, Hastings blew their chance by losing their last three wickets for just 2 runs. They ended up all out for 151.


BALNARRING put together a good team performance to pass Frankston YCW’s total at Peninsula Reserve. The Stonecats set a total pf 156 on day one. Balnarring had good performances from many of their batsmen. None passed a half century, but all contributed to reach 9/188 at stumps. Andrew Kiston claimed five wickets. At Boneo Rec Reserve, Boneo were relentless as they pumped Rye by over 200 runs in the first innings. Caolan O’Connor’s 91 from 101 balls was a highlight of their innings of 2/266. Skye got 8/141 in the second innings to restore some respect. Dromana put together a stunning opening partnership of 150 runs to help themselves to a four wicket win over Tyabb. Nick Taranto’s terrific ton put Tyabb off to a dream start on day one, but he was let down by a lackluster bowling performance. Dromana’s Adam Ciaverella put together an innings of 77 runs, while Mark Whitehead contributed 76 runs of his own. Once their wickets fell the middle order toiled away to eventually end the day at 6/235. Rye had a bye.

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Wayne Wallace joins Langwarrin SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie LANGWARRIN has signed Wayne Wallace from Oakleigh Cannons as it gears up for an assault on the NPL2 East title. The 33-year-old midfield general has been released from the final year of his deal at Jack Edwards Reserve and is now part of Langwarrin gaffer Scott Miller’s major overhaul of the senior squad. It is a massive signing for Miller and a clear statement of intent – Langwarrin is targeting promotion to the premier club competition in the state. If it achieves that goal it will become only the third local club to have done so after Frankston Pines who reached a Premier League grand final in 2003 and Frankston City which last competed in 1982. “We went hard on Wallace because he brings identity and profile which is what we wanted and the leadership that we required in the middle of the pitch,” Miller said. “It’s also about the accountability and responsibility that he brings to the table. “Off the field we want to build the profile of Langwarrin and he’s one of the players that does that.” Sponsorship has been crucial in assembling Langwarrin’s current squad thanks to main sponsors Premier Builders Group and civil construction company LOJAC along with a raft of lesser sponsors. Former Langwarrin players Greg Kilner and Craig Hosie have played significant roles as Kilner is the founder and principal of Premier Builders while Hosie is the founder and managing director of LOJAC. Hull-born Wallace has only spent one season outside Victoria’s elite club competition and that was his first season here in 2008 when he was part of the Sunshine George Cross side that won the Division 1 title. He played in the then VPL with Georgies in 2009, spent the following season back in England before returning for the 2011 season and joining and captaining Bentleigh Greens winning the 2014 Grand Final 3-1 against South Melbourne and the 2016 Dockerty Cup. He also led the Greens to an historic FFA Cup semi-final berth against Perth Glory in 2014. He switched to Hume City after the 2016 season but joined Oakleigh Cannons midway through 2017. Wallace is a local as he now lives just a couple of kilometres from Law-

Key signing: Wayne Wallace has joined Langwarrin after being released from his contract with Oakleigh Cannons.

ton Park and has had no trouble adopting Miller’s mantra for 2019. “I wouldn’t be signing for a club that just wanted to stay in that league,” Wallace said. “I’m hoping that Langwarrin is heading to the NPL.” The tall Englishman has been doing regular gym sessions under the supervision of Langy high performance manager Alistair Wallace for some weeks now after being assessed and an individual program developed. “I’ve never done gym work on my legs in all the years I’ve been playing football and everything we’re doing is geared towards strengthening.” Wallace is part of a large player turnover at Langy and is the club’s 11th new signing if you include Connor Belger who is unlikely to return from

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England. The other signings are Damir Stoilovic, David Stirton, Roddy Covarrubias, Jaiden Madafferi, Jamie Cumming, Callum Goulding, Jordan Templin, Fraser Maclaren and Thomas Ahmadzai. Robbie Acs, Lloyd Clothier, Liam Baxter, Andy McIntyre, Andy Mclean, Mat Luak, Mehdi Sarwari, Max Boulton, Paul Speed and Michael Kariuki have left the club. Acs has joined Mazenod as its No 1 keeper replacing Kris McEvoy who has joined Berwick City along with twin brother Paul. Speed has returned to England, Baxter, McIntyre and Mclean have joined Mornington, Kariuki looks set to join Box Hill United, Boulton is in talks with Frankston Pines and Luak is ru-

moured to have attracted interest from Casey Comets and Berwick City. Jonny Guthrie has been absent from pre-season training due to cricket commitments and continues to be linked with Baxter as does Nabil Mozaffaruddin who is recovering from long-term injury. On Sunday Langwarrin announced that John Kuol, Boris Ovcin, Luke Burgess and Dylan Kilner had been retained. The senior squad remains a work in progress and the club is believed to be in contact with a number of targets. It’s understood that talks were held with teenage defender Lucas Portelli who has decided to remain at Melbourne City. Talented trio Ryan Losty and brothers Chris and Kostas Droutsas were

strongly linked with Langy and are rumoured to have received firm offers from the club but they have re-signed with Eastern Lions. Meanwhile Mazenod Victory has appointed local legend Gus Macleod as head of coaching. The former Langy boss took on the role after fielding offers of coaching and technical director positions from a number of clubs. “It’s just Tuesdays and Thursdays working with the coaches and there’s no real pressure attached so I’m really looking forward to it,” Macleod said. “It’s something to keep my hand in and something I really enjoy having worked with FFV in that area for years.” In State 1 South-East news Mitch Ball has joined the coaching staff at Mornington. Ball, 21, has been appointed as assistant to reserves coach Andy Mason. Ball has coached at Skye United, Bulleen, Langwarrin and Baxter and met with Mason last week to sign off on the appointment. “It’s a great opportunity to work at State 1 level and with Nathan Peel there and ‘Jamo’ back I knew that Mornington was heading in the right direction,” Ball said. “I had a good chat with Andy about what we want to achieve and we’ll be working with a young squad and hopefully we can produce players who will go on and play senior football for Mornington.” In other news Rosebud and Rosebud Heart are in merger talks and both clubs took to social media last week to publicise their discussions. A merger proposal will be discussed at their next club committee meetings as a precursor to extraordinary general meetings where club members can vote on the proposed merger. Both clubs wrote about an exciting future in their respective facebook posts but Rosebud struck a note of caution. Heart posted: “As a committee we are excited about the future this opportunity affords us. We believe one strong, united club on the Southern Peninsula has significant benefits for all involved and together we will be a great force now and into the future for our great game in our region.” Rosebud posted: “Preserving the history and heritage of our great club is of the utmost importance to us all and we will only move forward on this if the greater good of our club and community will be realised.”

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Sons of guns selected in AFL Draft By Ben Triandafillou THE next generation of footballers made their way through the AFL draft on Thursday 22 and Friday 23 November, with a few familiar surnames among them. Former Frankston VFA stars Steve Hamill, Paul Williams and Paul Foot all shared the exciting, yet slightly relieving, feeling of seeing their sons get drafted alongside some of Australia’s best up-and-coming talent. Will Hamill (pick no. 30), Bailey Williams (pick no. 35) and Zac Foot (pick no. 51) will all be heading interstate to live out their dream of playing with the elite in the AFL. Hamill will be heading to the Adelaide Crows, Williams will go to the West Coast Eagles and Foot was drafted to the Sydney Swans. Will Hamill’s father and newly appointed Crib Point coach, Steve Hamill, said there’s something a little bit special about seeing all of their sons get drafted. “There was no guarantee of those boys going so it was nice for them to get picked up and it’s great to see a bit of symmetry of the dads who played together 20 years earlier,” Hamill said. “I’ve watched Bailey develop as a person and as a footballer/sportsman for a long time. He’s a different sort of character to Will but he’s a really nice fella too, and I think he’ll make a pretty good fist of it. “Zac Foot who got drafted to the Swans, his dad played at Frankston too, so I played with Paul as well who was a fantastic footballer, so it’s nice to see the next generation of boys

Rising stars: Will Hamill joins five other Dandenong Southern Stingrays players to be drafted into the AFL. Picture: Supplied

playing.” Like many young draft prospects, Will had caught the eye of several AFL clubs leading into this year’s draft but was still no certainty of being chosen. “It’s one of those things, you hope as a dad, that he has enough skills and qualities that they’re looking for,” Steve said. “We always went with a hope, but it was never expected, it was a sort of relief I suppose. “These days a lot of the clubs will talk to lots and lots of kids about their footy, so we sort of knew he was around the mark, but no one ever guaranteed him anything. “He had a couple of good seasons at the Stingrays but so did a lot of the

boys. Probably the two things that helped him a little bit I think was the Stingrays playing in the finals and winning the premiership and he had a pretty good final series which exposed him to the next level. Then when he got asked to the Draft Combine and tested really well, I think that elevated his stocks a little bit but again you never know.” Will caught the eye of recruiters at October’s NAB AFL Draft Combine, showing off his speed in the 20m sprint with a third-place finish as well as ranking in the top 10 in the standing vertical jump, agility and Yo-Yo tests. Even with these results, it was still an exciting shock for Hamill’s name to be read out on live television. “We were just sitting there watching the TV. There wasn’t anything before that in regards to someone ringing up and saying they’re going to pick you now or that it’s going to happen, it was just wait for your name to be called out across the TV really,” Steve said. “It had been a dream that he had had for a while so in the first sense it was a bit of relief and then all of a sudden pride, and then there’s this sort of surreal feeling. “Within three minutes Don Pyke had rang and was on the phone speaking to Will and then Rory Sloane rang him, and Tex Walker was speaking to him. He had a big text from Mark Ricciuto and this all happened in the first 20 minutes. “He went from a kid who’s straight out of high school, literally turned 18-years-old four days before, to get-

ting phone calls from all these people who are celebrities in the football world. His phone was going off the hook and it was just really surreal with everything that happened so quickly.” There was no time to lounge around for Will and the other draftees, with the boys flying out to join their interstate clubs on the Sunday. “[The draft] was Friday night and then he flew out to Adelaide on Sunday so that’s how quick it was,” Steve said. “Monday he was training so there’s absolutely no sitting around waiting for anything.” “Pretty much all the Victorian boys who got drafted were flying out that day so they all sort of shook each other’s hands and said ‘congratulations and good luck’. All the Adelaide boys who got drafted congregated together too so it was sort of nice that there was four or five of them flying out together. “They’re going to share that journey together, so we feel pretty comfortable with Will embarking on this journey with some other boys who are going to go through exactly the same experience and are going to learn and grow and develop together – I thought that was really comforting.” Williams and Hamill had played representative basketball together at the Western Port Steelers for the past five years as well as making their way through the Dandenong Southern Stingrays program with Foot and many other talented youngsters. The boys were part of the Stingrays’

2018 TAC Cup premiership winning team that broke the club’s drought and claimed their first ever TAC Cup title. Also coming from the Stingrays, left-footed forward, Sam Sturt (Fremantle), was drafted at pick no. 17 as well as the speedy small forward, Toby Bedford (Melbourne), at pick no. 75. The rookie draft also saw Mornington’s Lachie Young get picked up by the Western Bulldogs. In regards to the Stingrays’ program, Steve couldn’t offer anything but a glowing review. “For Will and our family, it has been a fantastic program,” he said. “They really looked after him and they developed him to that next level.” Despite feeling incredibly proud to see his son get drafted into the AFL, Steve only hopes the best for the other talented footballers who fell just short of making it this year. “It’s such a cut-throat industry,” he said. “There were six boys that were lucky enough to get drafted this year, but I think Stingrays had a record number of kids invited to national or state combines so there was a lot of good boys who didn’t get picked up but in their own right could have if their number got called out. “I hope from a football coach point-of-view that those guys stick it out and the great thing about the AFL these days is that you don’t have to be 17 or 18 to be drafted. There’s a lot more pathways now which is great but they’re going to have to just put their head down and keep working.”

Girls step out Sailing MORNINGTON Yacht Club is hoping to attract more women into sailing with their new program, ‘Girl’s Out Sailing’. The program looks at the basics of sailing as well as behind-the-scenes aspects of a sailing club such as volunteering. Mornington Yacht Club board member, Michelle Pickford, said the five-session program is all about have a good time out on the water. “Girls Out Sailing was put together to get women and teenage girls to step out into an unreal program,” Pickford said. “It’s all about socialisation, meeting new people and learning the basic sailing skills to enjoy some time out on the water.” At just their third session the Girls Out Sailing group entered into the Mornington Yacht Club’s Ladies Skippers race on Sunday 25 November. “They twisted my arm,” Pickford said. “We had to change the program slightly, but they all loved it and I think it was great for them to compete against the other general members at the club. “The experience would have been great with who they have to give way to or if they get to keep going. They were all more than fine about entering the race. We’ve got the right people out there with them and they do a great job making

everyone feel comfortable.” Pickford said the program has worked really well so far because of the “friendly, relaxed atmosphere” that it has. “You don’t need any prior experience just a little bit of a want for adventure,” she said. “This was our pilot for the program and that’s allowed us to feel our way through it and everything has gone really good so far.” The program introduces the women into other aspects of the Mornington Yacht Club as well the basics of sailing. “It also introduces them to club life,” Pickford said. “There’s more to a local club than the main activity so with our next session we look at volunteering around the club and all the other jobs that go into making the club so great.” “You might find that you might absolutely love sailing, but you might find that you enjoy the volunteering aspect of the club instead.” The Girls Out Sailing group has one more session before Christmas and will finish their program with a final session at the start of February. If you’re interested in the Girls Out Social Sailing program, contact Michelle or Sarah on 5975 7001 or visit their Facebook page, ‘Girls Out Sailing’. Girls set sail: Mornington Yacht Club is attracting more women into sailing with their new program ‘Girl’s Out Sailing’. Picture: Mornington Yacht Club

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