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Council to phase out herbicide use to reduce glyphosate through contract renewal processes phasing out completely by 2020, where contractually possible” and to “determine that no further contracts or agreements are to occur where glyphosate is being used.” The motion agreed to by councillors read that council will “cease the use of Local Safe to control weeds in coun-

Brodie Cowburn brodie@baysidenews.com.au KINGSTON Council has agreed to phase out the use of the herbicide glyphosate. Council voted on 28 October to “immediately reduce the use of glyphosate through improved practices and use of alternate products and continue

cil’s playgrounds, and in areas where Local Safe has been used, glyphosate will not be used.” They also voted to “commence using social enterprise organisations to undertake hand weeding in council’s playgrounds” and to “continue to monitor advice from government regulatory reviews and advice from Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority.”

The move follows a similar call made by neighbouring Frankston Council, who voted to ban the use of the herbicide by staff and contractors starting from 1 July 2020. Frankston councillor Glenn Aitken said “probably the key to the whole issue is the $2 billion lawsuit in America that was awarded, and I understand that has now passed through three trials and

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Young bowler takes national stage A MENTONE student is set to go in to bat for her country next year. Year 9 student Erin Carroll, middle school co-captain at Kilbreda College, has been selected for the Australian side in the under 18 national cricket championships. Carroll is set to represent Australia at the competition in Hobart and Launceston. The tournament, played in January, will consist of both 50 over and 20/20 games. Carroll attended a high performance camp in Brisbane during the September holidays, where she caught the notice of selectors. She attended the camp after performing well for Victoria in the under 15 national championships. The left arm pace bowler impressed, and is now set to take her talents to the national stage. The first game of the under 18s tournament will be played on 13 January.

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Erin Carroll has been picked to represent her country in cricket. Picture: Gary Sissons


Rail extension business case complete Brodie Cowburn brodie@baysidenews.com.au THE long awaited business case investigating the electrification and duplication of the Frankston line to Baxter was handed to the federal government last week. Work on the business case, which would “assess the costs and benefits of electrifying the line, as well as additional enhancements, including track duplication, level crossing removals, station upgrades, car parking and train stabling,” commenced in April 2018. The business case is now complete, and the state government has called on the federal government to make its findings publicly available. State Frankston MP Paul Edbrooke said “the initial Baxter electrification business case has been completed by the relevant state department and delivered to the federal government as requested.” “The next step is for the federal government to make the business case public as soon as possible and then get on with complimenting the $3 billion of state government works on the Frankston rail line by building the complete Baxter electrification and duplication project as per their promise,” he said. Minister for population, cities and urban infrastructure Alan Tudge confirmed that the federal government had “received the business case this week” and is “working through a full assessment”. “We will continue to negotiate with the state government on this project,”

Case closed: The business case into the Frankston rail line extension has been completed. PM Scott Morrison visited Leawarra Station with Alan Tudge MP last year (inset) to reaffirm $225 million in funding. Pictures: Gary Sissons

he said. “The Morrison government has $225 million locked in to get this project underway.” Questions sent to Mr Tudge’s office asking if the case or its findings will be released publicly went unanswered. The News also asked for updated costings for the project, but was not given an answer. While the federal government has promised $225 million to the project, the state government has yet to announce any financial contribution to the extension of the railway. Frankston MP Paul Edbrooke did not answer queries from The News asking if an announcement was expected

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soon. The Liberal state opposition made a matching $225 million commitment to the project an election promise last year, but was resoundingly defeated at the polls. The state government announced in April last year that they had started the business case and planning work for a future extension of the Frankston line to Baxter, and said it was due to be completed by early 2019. It wasn’t finished until October. Public transport minister Jacinta Allan said at the time that “whilst we remove level crossings, build new stations and upgrade stabling and signalling, we’re also doing the work

to establish the best option to extend the Frankston line to Baxter.” The business case was completed with $3 million in federal government funding. The proposed rail extension would see the line duplicated and electrified to Baxter, with two new stations at Langwarrin and Frankston East constructed. In April, Mornington Peninsula Shire and Frankston Council mayors David Gill and Michael O’Reilly released a joint statement supporting a “stage two” of the project to extend the rail line through to Hastings (“Councils united to support train for Hastings”, The News, 15/4/19)

A GOFUNDME has been set up to help the owners of a Carrum Downs cafe which was damaged in a fire. An electrical fire on 26 October caused extensive damage at Cafe Harmony. The fridge was damaged, and water damage was caused across the rest of the cafe after the fire was extinguished. A statement on the Cafe Harmony Facebook page read that “luckily the fire was confined to the fridge itself however the smoke damage is extensive and in the efforts to extinguish the fire, the majority of the other equipment and the cafe itself have been water damaged. Thankfully no one was hurt and the damage did not extend to our neighbors.” “We are currently working with our insurance company to assess the damage and work out how quickly we can get back on our feet,” the statement read. “In the meantime, if anyone knows of any part time hospitality jobs going in the local area it would be amazing to help out our lovely staff during this period of closure.” The gofundme set up to help the family has reached over $1000. Donate at gofundme.com/f/helpour-local-cafe-harmony-rebuild

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Kingston’s first mayor dies tribute to the former mayor on social media. “A man of great dignity and decency who never forgot that it was a privilege to serve in public office, he will be missed by all who knew him,” Cr Gledhill said. “Personally, I will miss our regular chats as I often sought Bill’s wise counsel on matters of council, but above all, I simply enjoyed his company. Rest In Peace Bill.” The funeral will be held at St John Vianney’s Catholic Church, East Parkdale on Wednesday 6 November, 12pm

THE first mayor of the City of Kingston has died. Bill Nixon OAM passed away on 25 October. Mr Nixon was a City of Mordialloc councillor from 1982 to 1994, and was a Kingtson councillor after amalgamations from 1997 until 2008. He served as the first Kingston mayor in 1997, and was elected mayor again in 2007. Mr Nixon spent time working for community groups including the Mordialloc Community Nursing Home, Central Bayside Community Health Centre, and the Youth and Community Centre. Mr Nixon was husband to Gwen, a father of five, a father-in-law to three, and a grandfather of four. Kingston councillor Geoff Gledhill paid

FORMER Kingston mayor Bill Nixon OAM. His funeral will be held Wednesday. Picture: Supplied

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THE Patterson River Secondary College band played in Seaford last week. Picture: Gary Sissons

Morning tea wraps up senior’s month SENIOR’S MONTH wrapped up this year with a morning tea in Seaford. The Seaford senior’s morning tea had around 200 attendees. The event capped off the October senior’s month. Students from Patterson Lakes Secondary College performed for attendees on the morning. Morning tea events have been held in Carrum Downs, Langwarrin, and Frankston during the month. Dunkley MP Peta Murphy, who hosted the

event, said “our seniors play such an important role in our local community. Their experience and wisdom is highly valued and these morning teas are a way to acknowledge that.” “Thanks to everyone who attended and made the morning teas such a great success. I’m looking forward to Dunkley Seniors’ Morning Tea being a fixture in the annual calendar.” Another morning tea will be hosted at the Mount Eliza Neighbourhood House on 15 November.

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After the success of the inaugural Kingston Woman of the Year awards the popular event is back for 2020. If you know a woman aged 16+ who lives, works, or studies in Kingston who has made an outstanding contribution to our community nominate them for a award. For nomination forms and awards criteria VISIT kingston.vic.gov.au

BAY TRAIL WORKS UNDERWAY

Construction works on the Bay Trail shared pedestrian/cyclist path between Mentone and Parkdale and now underway. The Bay Trail will create a long-awaited safe off-road path for pedestrians and recreational cyclists to walk, ride and run along Port Phillip Bay’s stunning foreshore. To minimise impact, construction will shut down completely during the peak Christmas/New Year period from Friday 20 December with works resuming Monday 13 January. Council apologises for any inconvenience during the works.

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Stepping up to summer safety MORNINGTON Peninsula police and the water police are stepping up their campaign to make our bays safer and reduce the number of marine safety incidents this summer. Acting Sergeant Steve Drew said “local police attended an increased number of drownings or near drownings last summer with many involving visitors to the area who didn’t appear to have a full understanding or appreciation of how treacherous the water can be on our local back-beaches. “This is particularly so on days with off-shore northerly winds and two-plus-metre swells, when the ocean looks completely flat between sets of

waves. “Even on days with small swells, larger ‘double-up’ waves are very common. They are good for the local surfers, but very dangerous for anyone walking along the edge of the rocks.” Acting Sergeant Drew warns parents not to drop their guard on beaches. “Please ensure you’re actively supervising your children in any water at all times,” he said. “Don’t expect anyone else to watch over your kids, and don’t get distracted using your mobile phones or chatting to others.” Leading Senior Constable Steve Carter, from the Water Police, advises

boat owners that those aged 10 and under on boats “must be wearing their lifejackets at all times”. “Water police will be working hard this summer to ensure all boat users are complying with all safety requirements,” he said. “I strongly recommend boaters to familiarise themselves with the Victorian Recreational Boating Safety Handbook, which is free and also online.”

Summer safety: Leading Senior Constable Stephen Carter and Acting Sergeant Steve Drew. Picture: Gary Sissons

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Please join us at our Annual General Meeting and Community Forum The 2019 AGM and Community Forum is an opportunity for everyone to provide feedback on our services and identify priorities for change. Our Board, senior staff and community members will attend, as we celebrate the achievements of the last year, invite feedback, comments and suggestions and look ahead to our exciting future. WHEN: Tuesday, 12 November 2019 TIME: 1.45pm for a 2.00pm start The meeting will conclude at 3.30pm, followed by refreshments WHERE: Gunnamatta Room, Mornington Racecourse 320 Racecourse Road, Mornington FOR MORE INFORMATION please call Jenni on 03 9788 1501 or email corporate.relations@phcn.vic.gov.au

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Push to use Seaford sports hub Brodie Cowburn brodie@baysidenews.com.au EXPRESSIONS of interest are open at the former training base of the St Kilda Football Club in Seaford. The site had been used by the Saints as their home base from 2010 up until 2018. After a short stay, St Kilda FC made the call to move into their revamped home at Moorabbin, leaving the Linen House facility mostly vacant. Ratepayer money had been used as part of the deal to entice the Saints to Seaford. Council has now put out the invitation to businesses to become a partner tenant at the site. Despite abandoning the site, its future use will be subject to a lease renegotiation with St Kilda Football Club. The expression of interest document reads that “St Kilda Football Club continues to have lease hold interest in the facility and any future decisions regarding use/tenants of the site will be subject to future negotiations and agreements between Frankston City Council and the St Kilda Football Club.” Frankston mayor Michael O’Reilly said that the current lease signed by the St Kilda Football Club doesn’t expire until 2059. He said “St Kilda FC representatives will not form part of the assessment panel that will make recommendations to council. The future use of the facility will be subject to a renegotiated lease arrangement with the club, given they presently

Saints march out: Tenants are being sought for St Kilda’s former training base. Picture: Gary Sissons

still hold the lease for the site.” “St Kilda FC have supported council in undertaking this EOI process ahead of future negotiations, and are eager to see new services and activities taking place at the venue that will achieve greater community benefit,” he said. “The club’s elite teams have returned to their former grounds in Moorabbin, however a small number on the club’s administrative staff still operate from the facility and

will likely continue to do so into the future. The facility is also used as part of the clubs next generation academy and to facilitate community outreach programs.” The Saints’ move into Seaford was a move which proved highly controversial among football circles. Former St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt told Fox Sports last year that the move from Moorabbin “crushed the group at the time.” The site has rebranded to be called

the Frankston Health and Wellbeing Hub. Cr O’Reilly said it was a “great opportunity for innovative and community minded organisations and businesses to become a part of the facility.” “If you are looking to locate somewhere progressive, supportive, and future looking in the arena of community wellbeing, sports and primary health, this may be your future home,” he said. “The Frankston Community

Wellbeing and Fitness Hub is a great location in the heart of the local community. “With world class sports and sports recovery facilities, water therapy pool, community program and meeting spaces, theatrette and state of the art audio visual and digital infrastructure, it is an outstanding facility and I am excited to see what the future holds. The facility has an AFL competition grade oval and matching community and sports facilities nearby.” The Seaford Football Club have used the facilities to play while works on RF Miles Reserve are being undertaken. More information at frankston.vic. gov.au/belvedereEOI.

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Fleet blessing this weekend THE Frankston Coast Guard will host their annual blessing of the fleet on 10 November. VF1 are inviting the local community to come along to the event, which sees rescue vessels

Blessed: Boats moored at last year’s blessing of the fleet. Picture: Supplied

blessed by a celebrant. Representatives from Marine Search and Rescue and Emergency Services, the Water Police, Volunteer Marine Rescue Mornington and Hastings, Southern Peninsula Rescue Squad, State Emergency Service, Live Saving Victoria, and other Coast Guard flotillas attended the event last year. The day begins at 10am with a service for representatives of marine organisations and the general congregation at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Frankston. At 11.15, vessels will be moored and a celebrant will bless each one individually. The vessels then break away and head past Oliver’s Hill. Refreshments at the Frankston Yacht Club from 12.30pm.

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DUNKLEY MP Peta Murphy is pushing to reform parliament’s question time. The first term MP made a co-submission to the standing committee’s inquiry into the practices and procedures of question time, saying that the system is “broken” and “plays into broader concerns around declining trust in government, politics and the institutions of our democracy, B L ACK & W HI T E R E V E R SE including parliament.” Among the reforms offered by Ms Murphy include the addition of a constituency question time to allow backbenchers to ask ministers questions relating to their electorate. Ms Murphy said in her co-submission that question time was “the forum where robust questioning and detailed answers should allow oppositions to hold ministers to account, ministers to explain the government’s work, and individual parliamentarians to prosecute issues that matter to their electorate. However, it is

clear that question time is broken.” “As new members, we have been struck by the way in which question time has descended into a forum that displays little of this,” she said. The proposed reforms include the removal of “Dorothy Dixers”, which are questions asked to government ministers by members of their own government. “Routinely, government members ask ministers Dorothy Dixers that give rise to campaign speeches and personal attacks on opposition members, while ministers avoid giving genuine answers to the opposition,” the submission read. Other proposed reforms include forcing ministers to address only the specifics of the question asked, the inclusion of a question from a member of the public once a fortnight, and a ban on mobile phone use during the one hour question time session. Brodie Cowburn

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Bass & Flinders invite you to attend our Anniversary Soirée, celebrating 10 years of distilling on the Mornington Peninsula. Hosted at our distillery on Saturday evening, 16th November 6:30-9pm. Live Music / Four perfectly curated cocktails paired with matching canapés / Anniversary Cuvée launch event – a world-first brandy blend, produced in collaboration with renowned cognac house Normandin-Mercier. Visit https://www.bassandflindersdistillery.com/collections/ events for more information and to book tickets, $85pp.

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Bass & Flinders Distillery celebrates 10th anniversary with limited-edition brandy blend TO mark the 10th anniversary, revered artisanal distillery Bass & Flinders Distillery (B&F) is launching a limited-edition FrenchAustralian brandy blend, in collaboration with renowned French Cognac house, NormandinMercier (N-M). Described as old-world tradition meets new world Australian creativity, ‘Anniversary Cuvée’ will be a specially curated blend of B&F Chardonnay-based brandy with N-M Petite Champagne cognac. The 330-bottle, single-release will be the world’s first French-Australian brandy blend. B&F Managing Director and second-generation Head Distiller, Holly Klintworth, has been working side-by-side with fifth-generation N-M Cellar Master, Edouard Normandin to bring this creation to life. The collaboration came to fruition after Holly connected with Edouard back in 2017 during a research visit to Cognac to explore the Charentaise distillation method (the method of producing grape based eau de vie through double distillation using an alembic pot still and open flame) – a technique which has inspired B&F’s distillation process since its inception in 2009. “As we approached the 10-year mark, I felt we had to do something special to commemorate the milestone, and what better way than with an exciting, limited-edition release like no other, an ‘old-world meets new’ brandy that encapsulates Bass & Flinders’ story and ethos,” Holly said. “I knew with Edouard’s family lineage, recognised as one of the most highly regarded cognac specialists in the region, that he would be the perfect craftsman to assist me executing my idea for this brandy blend, that honours the two worlds and family traditions.” Both distilleries have the same philosophy: nothing artificial, small volume and high qual-

ity - making the collaboration a match made in heaven. Usually, when blending, a distiller will reference from past blends and batches to draw inspiration from, but in this instance, they were working from a blank canvas and an idea. Before the two set to work, they established a few goals: the product would represent both styles equally, would only use natural elements (nothing artificial) and would achieve a full and broad reaching aroma. The creation was an iterative process of trial and error, working predominately with their noses to sort through the various layers and aromas that could meld together for the perfect blend. Holly brought several barrel samples with her to trial in various blends with the N-M cognac, and the pair selected their favourite of the B&F - N-M samples to create the base of the Anniversary Cuvée. “We went through barrel after barrel to nose each and every character and layer until we found some common threads that we felt would marry nicely in the collaborative blend, before settling on 2014 Petite Champagne cognac,” Holly said. Those lucky enough to nab a bottle of the single-release can expect a refined combination of aromatically sweet, expressive Chardonnaybased brandy, with the silky smoothness and floral delicacy of the Petite Champagne cognac on the palette. “It’s not too heavily oaked and will let the B&F brandy character and fruitiness shine through on the nose but has a floral bouquet that adds a unique accent to the blend,” Edouard said. Anniversary Cuvée is retailing for $250 for the 700ml bottles in market and will be available for purchase on the Bass & Flinders Distillery website.


School upgrades undertaken UPGRADE works are underway at Belvedere Park Primary School. Works at the school are set to total $1.4 million. Upgrades include the extension and refurbishment of existing classrooms, new toilets, and repairs to the roofs. Carrum MP Sonya Kilkenny said “these local upgrades are part of the school building boom that is happening right across Victoria.” “Upgrading Belvedere Park Primary School will give local students access to great class-

rooms and facilities, because you can’t deliver a first rate education in second rate classroom,” she said. Marradon Constructions is undertaking the project, which is projected to be finished October 2020. CARRUM MP Sonya Kilkenny, Belvedere Primary school captains and team members from Marradon Contructions. Picture: Supplied

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duced on the island. The Cellar Door Manager from French Island Vineyard will be on hand to discuss the fine art of winemaking with tastings of their boutique wines And local makers and producers will be showcasing delicious organic Island produce for purchase and tastings. Mandalaye Park Picnic Packs can be pre ordered when booking and there will be a bbq sausage sizzle from 2.30-3.30pm. Picnic in the Park all inclusive packages include return ferry transfers to and from Stony Point or Cowes, transfer to Mandalaye Park, picnic pack and bbq voucher. Priced from $56 for adults and $30 for seniors. Picnic in the Park bike package includes return ferry transfers to and from Stony Point or Cowes for passenger and bike, transfer to Mandalaye Park, picnic pack and bbq voucher. Priced from $54 for adults and $28 for seniors. To book online visit www.westernportferries. com.au/picnic

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A MAN has been arrested in Patterson Lakes, accused of stealing nine cars in a Doncaster burglary. The 41-year-old Dromana man allegedly committed the burglaries on 24 October. He was arrested at a Rhode Island address on 31 October and charged with 11 offences including burglary and theft. A 43-year-old Dandenong man was also charged with theft after he was seen in one of the allegedly stolen cars at Patterson Lakes. He was bailed to appear at the Dandenong Magistrates’ Court on 11 December . Police have recovered four cars, but five are still outstanding. A 2019 blue Subaru Forester, a 2019 red Subaru Forester, a 2019 silver Subaru Impreza, a 2016 black Ford Ranger, and a white 2013 Mercedes M Class are yet to be recovered. The outstanding cars had the registrations 1QJ5SO, 1QJ5SR, 1KL1AD, and 1QE1YA. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

A SEAFORD man has allegedly tested positive for cannabis after being caught driving an unregistered car. Somerville highway patrol members pulled the 36-year-old man over around 7.20pm, 24 October after the automatic number-plate recognition camera detected the car was unregistered and the registered owner had an expired licence. The man denied using illicit drugs recently, and will receive a summons to attend court.

Armed robbery POLICE are investigating an armed robbery that occurred in Mentone on 4 October. Transit Crime Investigation Unit detectives were told that a man had asked the victim to use their phone to make a call, around 7.30pm on Como Parade. The victim was allegedly threatened with what police called a “conducted energy device” when they asked for the man to return the phone. Police have released an image (below) of a man they wish to speak to in relation to the armed robbery. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

Luck pushed: A man who allegedly returned a positive test for cannabis. Picture: Supplied

Woman killed A WOMAN has died after being hit by a car in Moorooduc, 31 October. Police believe that several cars had stopped on the side of Peninsula Link at around 9pm after colliding with debris on the road. It is then believed that the woman got out of her car and was hit by another vehicle. The 64-year-old Safety Beach woman died at the scene. A 43-year-old Elsternwick woman, 45-year-old Rosebud man, and 67-year-old Dromana woman from other vehicles were taken to hospital with minor injuries. The driver of the vehicle stopped and helped police with their inquiries. Police are still establishing the exact circumstances of the incident. The fatality takes the state’s road toll for the year to 231, up from 173 at the same time in 2018. Anyone who witnessed the incident or with any dashcam footage is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

Crashed: The aftermath of an alleged street race. Picture: Supplied

Man hurt in alleged ‘street race’ EMERGENCY services have been called to extract a man from a car that crashed after being involved in what police believe was a street race. Police say that two cars were travelling alongside each other on Frankston Flinders Road, around 7.45pm 30 October. A black Honda (right) skidded off the road and crashed into a tree, trapping the 20-year-old Frankston South driver inside. The man was extracted by emergency services and taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries. Police allege that both drivers were P platers. The driver of the second car, a black Subaru, was interviewed by police on the scene. The driver of the car which crashed has not yet been spoken to by investigators. Police say they expect to charge a man on summons with engage in a street race and other traffic offences. Somerville highway patrol acting sergeant Anthony Deason said “when I first saw the car I thought this has to be a fatality, and it was a relief to find everyone was alive. When I found out the circumstances I thought, when are these idiots ever going to learn.” Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with dash cam footage to come forward to help with the investigation. Contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Former gambler fights against pokies Stephen Taylor steve@baysidenews.com.au A SOMERVILLE woman honoured at last week’s Victorian Senior of the Year awards says state governments and large corporations must learn to wean themselves off relying on gambling revenues. Anna Bardsley received the Healthy and Active Living Award from the Governor Linda Dessau for her work in helping others beat their own gambling addictions since winning her own self-destructive battle several years ago. The awards are part of the month-long Victorian Seniors Festival and aim to celebrate older Victorians who support and inspire others through their volunteer work and efforts in their communities. After rising above her own troubles Ms Bardsley has become an advocate for addiction issues as a participant and leader in the Three Sides of the Coin project, as a Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation Lived Experience committee member, and as a speaker and trainer at ReSpin Speakers Bureau. “I was a ‘problem gambler’ from the early 1990s and I lost 10 years of my life to the pokies,” she said. “But I don’t like to use that term because when I emerged into recovery I began to understand that the language around gambling made it worse. “It was impossible for me to ask for help because I was the problem.” Her descent into gambling addiction began innocently when she and a group of friends started visiting hotels to play the pokies on nights out. “We’d spend $20 and have a drink and dinner and it seemed harmless and I had no problem walking away,” she said. Family tragedies and a disintegrating marriage led to arguments with her former husband and

Turning the tide: Anna Bardsley receives her Healthy and Active Living Award from the Governor Linda Dessau and Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan. Picture: Supplied

one cold, wet night she got in her car and sought refuge in a hotel – playing the pokies. “I’d never been in a pub on my own before but, because I’d been there with friends I knew what to do; it was safe for women and it was a way to pass the time.” The pokies machines worked their magic, did what they were designed to do and “took me to another place” and, before long, Ms Bardsley was hooked. “I began making excuses to go more often,” she said. “I was lying to myself, my family, I lost my self-esteem – it was appalling. I would try to stop and that would last a few days before I was

back there. “It has taken years to retrain my brain to want to get out of that dark place. They are years I will never get back.” Ms Bardsley credits counselling and a writing workshop with Arnold Zable in 2013 for giving her an insight into her plight that was not apparent to her before. She put herself back in the place of the gambler she had been and felt the loneliness and the futility. “I realised I was addicted to the machines and knew I had to stop. I wrote a chapter to a book of anthologies the group was writing called: From Ruin to Recovery: gamblers share their

stories. My chapter was called Shame.” Shame has gone on to be a dramatised reading at the Melbourne Writers’ Festival as part of the Three Sides of the Coin project and is recognised as a powerful tool for recovery and education. The project presented the performance What’s your Gamble? in Chelsea for gambling harm awareness week Going full circle, Ms Bardsley accompanied shareholder activist Stephen Mayne and advocate for gambling reform’s Tim Costello to the October 2017 annual meeting of Crown Casino where she fronted former Crown chairman James Packer on the evils of gambling. “He was quite taken aback but handled it well, despite saying: ‘I am really sorry for your sad life’. “He then apologised for being patronising.” She said she spoke out because “tens of thousands of others can’t speak”. “[Gambling] is a shameful thing and I want to hold the industry to account.” Ms Bardley said local government was trying hard to curb the allure of the pokies “because it sees the pain first hand,” she said. Mornington Peninsula Shire has joined the national group Alliance for Gambling Reform. Local government is in a unique position because it doesn’t earn an income from pokies and so can put pressure on the state government to curb them, she said. Ordinary people opposed to the pokies should lobby their local members of parliament to put pressure on the industry, she said. “Incrementally we can get rid of pokies.”

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Electrification of the Frankston line in doubt Compiled by Cameron McCullough THE original intention of the authorities was to include the line to Frankston among the first railways to be electrified. That was before the commencement of the war. During the last five years the scheme naturally hung fire, and no one wondered very much, believing that with the cessation of hostilities the long-delayed work would be proceeded with on the plans already formulated. It will come as a rude surprise to many to learn that it is now suggested to hang up the electrification of the Frankston line in favour of what is described as the outer suburban system. The Progress Associations from Mordialloc to Frankston are strongly protesting against this breach of faith, and at Seaford’s last monthly meeting a circular from the combined associations was read setting out the position and asking that delegates be appointed to attend a conference to be held at Caulfield at an early date to discuss the matter. All the shire councils interested will also send delegates. The Seaford association appointed Messrs. Hunter, McCulloch and Moffatt as its representatives. Mr. McCulloch remarked that his company would be a large user of electric power in connection with the working of the sand pits, and it is believed that many other private users could be named. Apart from any advantage the department would gain in this respect, it is to be remembered that Frankston is

quite the most important seaside line in the State, and its claim to first recognition cannot be justly overlooked. *** THE public meeting held on Wednesday evening to re-organise the Frankston Brass Band proved very successful, an encouraging feature being the large attendance of playing members. The general public was not largely represented, but the assurance was given that the towns people were solidly behind the movement, and Mrs M. R. Deane, who was the only representative of the ladies present, said she was sure that the ladies of the district could be relied on for solid support. Mrs Deane gave evidence of her own sympathy with the object by subscribing £1 1s for which she was accorded a hearty vote of thanks, carried by acclamation. Mr Mark Brody donated 10s 6d and received similar acknowledgment. Mr A. Wilcox was voted to the chair and the following, were present in addition to those already named, Messrs Blaskett, Chittenden, Johns, Clements, Petrie, Aitken, Gummes, L. Prosser, Lunn, C. Taylor, C. Lawrey, A. G. Pollock, C. Willox and W. C. Young. Mr Willox as secretary of the band produced the books and balance sheet showing the financial position 5 years ago, when it was found necessary to discontinue owing to the war. At that time there were 23 playing members, more than half of whom enlisted; the others were either too young or ineligible. The balance sheet at that period

showed a debit of £26 11s 0d while the assets included instruments and uniforms valued at £147. This asset was still available with the exception of the big drum £6 and double bass instrument £15 which had bad been sold to meet the liability referred to. A general desire had been expressed in favor of reforming the band but some difficulty had been experienced in arranging for a “bandmaster”. At last they had been fortunate, said Mr Willox, in securing the services of Mr Blaskett, who had recently settled in the district. There were plenty of playing members available and no difficulty should be experienced in making a start. The public had always supported the band freely and he felt sure would do so again. Mr D. Petrie agreed that there seemed no reason why another start should not be made and this view was unanimously adopted. The election of office-bearers resulted as follows: – President – Mr A. Wilcox, Vice-President – Mr Mark Brody, Secretary and Treasurer – Mr C. Willox, Committee – Messrs A. Aitken, W. Clements, D. Petrie, and R. Lunn. Auditors – Messrs C. Dalman and A. Tasker. It was resolved unanimously on the motion of Mr Willox seconded by Mr Aitken that Mr Blaskett be appointed band-master. Members initiation fee was fixed at 2s 6d. It was decided that members meet for practice on Wednesday nights, the first practice to take place on the 12th inst.

The secretary was directed to arrange for practice hall and to secure the drill room if possible. The important question of finance was discussed and the committee directed to arrange for the collection of subscriptions. Mr M. Brody was appointed to collect in the town and the services of lady canvassers are to be utilised in gathering in funds. The newly appointed bandmaster, expressed his willingness to help players in every way possible. He would be willing, he said, to instruct a class in the playing of reed instruments the only stipulation being that members should join the band when qualified to do so. *** REV. T. W. Butcher of Elsternwick will conduct the Anniversary Services of the Frankston Methodist Sunday School at 11, 3 & 7 on Sunday next. There will be special singing by the children. On the following Monday at 8pm there will be a public entertainment in the Church. Rev. E. Tonkin will give a Lantern Talk on “Tasmania Past and Present” – touching on the Aboriginal, the Convict System, the Scenery Resources, and general Progress of the Island State, in which he laboured as a minister for 11 years. There will be a short programme and distribution of prizes. The admission will be sixpence only. *** ON Wednesday and Thursday last Inspector Cross visited the Frankston State School and conducted the annual examinations. ***

There seems to be a growing disposition on the part of parents to evade the provisions of the Vaccination Act. At the Frankston Court on Monday before Capt S. Sherlock (chairman) and Mr C. W. Grant J’s.P., four defendants entered the plea of guilty to the charge of failing to have their children vaccinated. In each case a fine of £2, in default distress was imposed. *** ON Wednesday afternoon the spectacle of a bolting horse attached to a jinker containing a lady and child caused consternation. The horse had slipped the bit and the woman was helpless. The runaway was dashing wildly past the market place when Constable Diaball threw himself at the horse and brought it to a standstill. His plucky action earned the warm admiration of all who witnessed it and the undying gratitude of the distressed woman (Mrs Ross). Constable Diaball was considerably bruised as the result of his adventure and one of his hands rather severely lacerated. *** WITH the approach of hot weather, snakes are becoming plentiful in the bush around Frankston. During the past few days Mr Hartland, superintendent of the Government Plantation has dispatched upwards of a dozen of the reptiles. A couple he brought into town recently measured 4ft 8in and 4ft respectively. *** FROM the pages of the Mornington Standard, 7 November 1919

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Tackling yourathealth feet first He Rate your hearing Nepean 4 Million Australians have a hearing loss. Nepean Hearing is offering free hearing tests and rating your Hearing for Your Age (for the over 40’s). The number of Australians who are hearing impaired is increasing because of • the Ageing Population –we are living longer • excessive Noise - in the workplace and high level music Hearing loss is often described as the ‘invisible disability’. People often wait for 5-10 years before they seek help. Hearing loss may also be a contributing factor in the speed of onset of dementia. The degree of loss is also correlated to the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. It is important to know about your hearing. Many people ignore the signs of hearing loss, which include turning the TV or stereo up so loud that others complain, frequently needing to ask others to repeat themselves and not being able to hear properly on the telephone. Constant ringing is also another warning sign of hearing loss. As technology advances, many people with hearing loss benefit from hearing aids. These innovations have made a positive difference in

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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 the-line 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-toclient”. 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. Do you have rules that you live by when treating patients? My number one rule is to take things at 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 into 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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If A Picture Says a Thousand Words, A T-shirt Says One Thousand and One By Stuart McCullough SOMETIMES a t-shirt is just a t-shirt. Sometimes it’s a whole lot more than a piece of clothing – it can be a billboard, a declaration of undying love or a pledge of undying allegiance. You can say things with a t-shirt that are very hard to say with a pair of trousers or, for example, a belt. Only hats come anywhere close, although they suffer from a comparative lack of real estate. T-shirts can do and say quite a lot but often squander the opportunity. I, for one, never saw the point in a t-shirt that simply declared who made it. That’s what the label at the back is for. There’s little benefit in having a piece of clothing made by Calvin Klein that simply says ‘Calvin Klein’ in giant letters on the front. It takes all the mystery out it. Granted, it may be an act of genius to get you to pay him to advertise his product, but I personally feel that Calvin should stump up and buy his own adverts. Sometimes they’re a declaration – a statement that says something about your personality and world view. A joke, a pun or something to think about – you see them as they float by and, often, the meaning strikes you only once the owner has already vanished. I had a fondness for them at one time. My favourite was featured a large illustration of Mr T and the words ‘I Aint’ Getting On No Plane, Sucka’ emblazoned below. It was especially poignant in that I’m both fond of gravity and disinclined towards flight. And I like Mr. T. Then again, who doesn’t? But my favourite kind of t-shirt is the band t-shirt. I have many. Mostly

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they’re souvenirs from a great night out; purchased at some sweaty pub or other venue. I have a ‘Flaming Lips’ t-shirt that I bought when I took my nephew Jake to his first grown up rock gig. I have a Nick Cave t-shirt from the brief period during which he sported a mid-seventies pool-cleaner

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moustache. I also have one celebrating the ‘Fleet Foxes’ that looks as though it was made by a child and exhibits a lack of quality control and somehow explains why their subsequent albums weren’t nearly as good as their debut. And then there’s Daniel Johnston.

If you’ve never heard of Daniel Johnston, I can’t say I blame you. His early albums weren’t recorded in some fancy studio but, rather, the basement of his parent’s house. He recorded the songs directly to cassette. They’re wobbly, with stops and starts, missed notes and squeaks and pops and random noises. In fact, they’re about as far from a professional recording as you can possibly imagine. But the songs…. the songs were glorious. He gave away cassettes to anyone who’d take them. He was also an artist and he hand-drew the covers of his home-recorded cassettes. Incredibly, his reputation as a songwriter began to develop through the 1980s until he began to struggle with mental illness. From there, his story is harrowing. There’s a film – ‘The Devil and Daniel Johnston’. It follows Daniel from boyhood through to troubled young man inside a mental institution. Despite his troubles, large record companies wanted to sign him after Kurt Cobain from the band Nirvana started wearing one of his t-shirts. Legend has it that he rejected an offer from Elektra Records because the label was home to Metallica and Daniel believed Metallica were in league with Satan. Which, to be fair, is an easy mistake to make. Perhaps the most harrowing part of the movie comes when Daniel performs at a festival. The performance is intense and rapturously received. It’s then revealed that Daniel has been avoiding his medication in the hope of a better performance. On the flight back home, Daniel’s father is

piloting a small aircraft when Daniel decides that he’s Caspar the Ghost and removes the keys to the plane, throwing them out the window midflight. His father, who’d flown in World War Two, managed to bring down the aircraft without injuring them. I first came across him when a tribute album was released in 2004. It featured recordings of his songs by artists like Beck, the Flaming Lips, Sparklehorse and Death Cab for Cutie. Trust me, those are all real bands. Highly regarded, too. They took those scratchy songs and polished them up. They were wonderful. I even had a chance to see him play at the Prince of Wales in St Kilda. That he was able to tour at all was something of a miracle given all he’d been through. I was proud to own a couple of Daniel Johnston t-shirts. Over the years, they took something of a beating and, as I grew older, they didn’t fit as well as they used to. It’s telling, I think, when a t-shirt that once fit you perfectly now feels more like a sausage casing. They lived at the bottom of my drawer, in the unlikely event I could ever squeeze into them again. Daniel Johnston died last month. I found myself listening to those songs – even the ones that had been recorded on a tape deck in his parent’s house. Then I ordered a couple of t-shirts. Naturally, I chose a larger size this time. I feel happy wearing them – declaring my allegiance and appreciation all at once. Thanks Daniel. stuart@stuartmccullough.com


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Japanese import takes out Peninsula Cup HORSE RACING

By Ben Triandafillou THE Japanese-bred thoroughbreds continued their dominance of this year’s Spring Racing Carnival with a narrow victory in the 2019 Peninsula Cup at Mornington on Sunday 3 November. Formerly trained in Japan and now under the care of Mornington-based trainer, Anthony Freedman, Danon Roman relished a hot speed to land the days $60,000 feature race and score his first win in Australia in a tight photo finish. The Kevin Corstens-trained Surreal Image went straight to his customary role of leading at a good gallop for young Mornington-based apprentice jockey, Campbell Rawiller, before the swoopers took over the running turning for home. The Mick Price/Mick Kent Jrtrained Heptagon made a real race of it, going neck and neck with Danon Roman down the straight but jockey Damien Thornton wasn’t letting another Peninsula Cup slip through his fingers after being narrowly beaten in last year’s contest. Thornton claimed the victory aboard Danon Roman and defeated the racefavourite, Heptagon, by a short head with the David Brideoake-trained Strategic Phil running into third. More than 7,500 people packed the course for this year’s edition of the

Photo finish: The Anthony Freedman-trained Danon Roman narrowly wins the 2019 Peninsula Cup over the race favourite, Heptagon. Picture: Melbourne Racing Club

Peninsula Cup, and jockey Damien Thornton said it was a great feeling to land the day’s main event. “I was having flashbacks to last year when I hung in [on Black Sail], had the race won, but got beat. It was nice to turn that around and win it this year,” Thornton said. “He was very good today and there’s definitely still improvement in him. Anthony’s team do a good job at pick-

ing races and more often than not they seem to get it right and get the job done, so it’s nice to play a small part in the team today.” Thornton said the solid tempo of the race was perfect for his runner. “He actually raced a bit fresh and I thought that would have worried him a bit late, but he was good enough to pick himself up and keep going,” he said.

As well as claiming the feature Peninsula Cup, Mornington trainers also managed to win another three of the eight other races. Jason Warren claimed the second race of the day with his three-year-old filly, Snap Crackle Boom. The daughter of Spirit of Boom landed a decisive two-length debut victory in impressive fashion. John McArdle took out the fifth

race with his heavily supported runner, Bold Type. It was backed in from $9.50 before starting the race as the $3.60 favourite. He duly saluted by three-quarters-of-a-length and brought up his third career win. The Matt Laurie-trained Katsuma won the second last race of the day and made it back-to-back victories after breaking her maiden at her previous start.

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Pines to link with Fijian group SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie FRANKSTON Pines is on the verge of the biggest off-field restructure in the club’s history as it closes in on a partnership agreement with the Victorian Multicultural Sports Association. The VMSA is a Fijian community group and hopes to base itself at Monterey Reserve and hold tournaments and functions there on a regular basis. Last week members of the VMSA executive met with Nick Hatzoglou, Football Victoria’s Head of Community Projects and the state federation has given the green light for the partnership to go ahead. “The CEO of Football Victoria (Peter Filopoulos) is aware of our plans and is very happy with what we propose,” VMSA president Victor Kumar said. The VMSA has strong ties with the Fiji Football Association and Fiji prime minister Frank Bainimarama. Kumar hosted a business event for Bainimarama in 2018 attended by former Pines vice-president Daniel Plaiche and met with the Fijian PM in September this year on his first official visit to Australia. The VMSA is the fourth ethnic community group to become involved with Pines this century following Chilean, Mauritian and Bosnian groups and although these relationships didn’t last Pines president Lee Davies is hopeful of a much more positive outcome. Pines and the VMSA are likely to enter into a binding agreement ratifying the terms of their partnership. “The VMSA has suggested signing a formal agreement that protects both parties from takeover,” Davies said. “I think there is a clause in our constitution that says you have to be a member of the club for a specified period, something like five years, before you can nominate for president and if any VMSA member is a member of our club for five years then they have every right to nominate for president if they wish.” Kumar and Davies favour a 50:50 committee set-up maintaining the president’s casting vote power and Kumar was at pains during a meeting between both parties last Friday to stress the need for a working partnership. “We have no intentions of taking over Frankston Pines but we want this club to become a sister club of the Fiji Football Association and provide a path to professionalism for

Prospective partnership: Frankston Pines president Lee Davies (left) and VMSA president Victor Kumar after Friday’s meeting at Monterey Reserve. Picture supplied.

the most promising young players in Fiji,” Kumar added. Pines coaching staff Kevin “Squizzy” Taylor, Paulo Pinheiro and Linam Wang all have B licences – more than the number of B licenced coaches throughout Fiji – and plans are already underway for them to hold clinics in the South Pacific nation. Davies holds a C licence as a goalkeeping coach. Taylor will coach the VMSA squad that will compete in the 2019 Pacific Cup in New Zealand later this month and he is confident that CJ Hodgson and Cedric Benza (Pines), John Kuol (Bulleen), James Burgess (Springvale White Eagles), Marinos Panayi (Beaumaris) and Darcy Pawlik (Murray United) will be guest players. Taylor also expects Chris Swain to be in the VMSA squad. Swain is a forward or midfielder who joined Langwarrin last year from Queensland club Sunshine Coast Fire. He switched to Altona City then Altona North and was a key player in the latter’s State 4 West title triumph last season. Swain currently is in NSW playing in the fourth staging of the National Indigenous Football Championships. Taylor tried but failed to get Ryan

Paczkowski from Oakleigh Cannons to join the VMSA squad and it seems highly unlikely that Langwarrin duo Jaiden Madafferi and Fraser Maclaren will be available. “They’ve been told by Langwarrin that they are not to participate in any external competition like the All Nations Cup, for example, so I don’t think they will be available for the Pacific Cup,” Taylor said. The VMSA will host a Pacific Cup Presentation Night at Monterey Reserve on Saturday 23 November and has already started selling tickets for the dinner-dance at $20 a head. “We expect around 200 people to attend,” Kumar said. The event is a forerunner of what Pines can expect as the VMSA holds four tournaments throughout the year and various social functions which seem certain to keep the tills at Monterey ticking over. At the tournament in NZ Taylor will get an invaluable opportunity to assess at first-hand the Fijian players playing for his VMSA side and Pines will have first option on signing them for next season. Kumar flies to Fiji today (Tuesday) to arrange visas and itineraries for the players there who will compete in the Pacific Cup. Some of the most promising under-

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age internationals in Fiji have been selected and the pick of the crop could head to Monterey Reserve. One of those players could be 19-year-old Kishan Sami, a defender or midfielder who plays for premier division club Ba and made his full international debut last year. “I’ve seen a few videos of him and he looks very quick with good feet but he’s not the finished product yet,” Taylor said. “However he definitely has the potential to be an NPL player.” The Fijian players hope to follow in the footsteps of striker Esala Masi who played for Pines in 2008 and made 52 appearances for Fiji. There already have been changes to Pines senior squad with news that Cam Bryden and Lewis Potter have joined keeper Alfonso Cardinale in retirement. And doubts persist about the availability of Callum Khiath and Serge Yanez whose 2019 seasons were curtailed due to work commitments. But the Pines-VMSA link is not the only change planned for the local soccer outfit. “As well as our seniors and reserves we’re looking at having an under-16 side next season, over-35s and over50s and we are well down the track of arranging an all abilities program,”

Davies said. “We’re also in talks with a women’s team.” The all-abilities program already has a major sponsor and Pines will approach local schools this month as it rolls out the program. Both Taylor and Davies are upbeat about the planned changes which they believe could provide the club with a stable financial future. “For the first time in a long, long time I think we are on the brink of having a business model that will make the club self-sustaining and not reliant on people having to put their hands in their pockets,” Taylor said. In NPL2 news Langwarrin last week announced the signings of striker George Howard from Hume City and winger Delarno Pharoe from Box Hill United. Howard, 23, has been on the books of Eastern Lions, Box Hill United, Melbourne Victory, APIA Leichhardt and South Melbourne. “George fits the profile of the type of player we were interested in. Even though he has his career ahead of him he’s been in the system for a while and worked under people I know like Jean Paul (de Marigny),” Langy gaffer Scott Miller said. Pharoe played for Springvale White Eagles in 2018. “I watched Delarno at the back end of last year and stayed in touch,” Miller added. “He’s similar to Jordan Templin in terms of a one-on-one dribbler and he’s quick and intelligent and takes things onboard really quickly.” In State 1 news Liam Baxter won’t be playing with Mornington next season. We reported two weeks ago that Baxter had agreed terms with Mornington and was hopeful of being granted permanent residency early next year. However the Scottish striker has since been offered a visa spot with NPL3 club Box Hill United and has accepted. In State 4 news Seaford United has identified the players it wants to sign for next season and will start approaching them and arranging interviews this week. The club refused to release the names of any targets and confirmed that it has not lost any players from last season’s senior squad. Seaford will not start pre-season training until mid-January.

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