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Bay Trail safety report to proceed Brodie Cowburn A REPORT investigating the safety of works along the Bay Trail will proceed after a rescission motion failed at Kingston Council’s most recent meeting.

In February, council voted to “prepare a report (…) detailing the number and nature of safety related incidents that have occurred during the construction phase of the Baytrail. The report should include matters that relate to safe work practices and road safety and should detail the re-

sponses and remedies that have taken place as a result.” At their latest meeting councillors debated the merits of the report again, but ended up narrowly voting against a rescission. Cr Steve Staikos, who moved to rescind the successful vote for a safety

report, said “I believe the officers have been very competently and very conscientiously updating councillors on all of these matters as they are coming up, so in effect we are getting periodic reports sent to us as councillors and this would be an additional and unnecessary step to take.”

Councillors Staikos, Ron Brownlees, and Rosemary West voted to call off the safety report. Crs Tamsin Bearlsey, Geoff Gledhill, and George Hua supported it going ahead. The mayor Georgina Oxley and Cr David Eden both abstained from voting, meaning the rescission motion was lost.

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SKATERS will soon be able to ride safer after dark at Bicentennial Park. Kingston Council has ticked off spending $300,000 of ratepayer money on a new lighting system at the Chelsea skate park. The lights will only activate if the park is in use after dark to preserve energy. The mayor Georgina Oxley said “installing the lights will allow more

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access to this great community recreation space.” “The skate park gives local teens and youngsters a fun, active, positive activity to entertain them and serve as a community meeting place,” she said. “The new lighting will enable skaters to use the park outside of daylight hours and at the same time provide a safe location for people to be active

after dark.” The skate park remains closed until further notice during the coronavirus pandemic.

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‘Mistakes made’ at Cove site Brodie Cowburn A LEGAL review ordered by Kingston Council into planning decisions at Endeavour Cove in Patterson Lakes has been completed. A council statement confirmed that a review into planning decisions made at the site has been conducted by Hall and Willcox Lawyers. Kingston mayor Georgina Oxley said “while the law firm’s findings found no evidence of corruption or fraud, it did identify a number of mistakes made and we are now focusing on putting in place stronger controls to ensure no future errors are made.” The statement read that “unusual planning controls” were to blame for a number of “errors” made. They included “a six storey apartment building built on a site identified for car parking, approval [being] given for buildings that were taller than should be allowed including a four storey building built where only two-three storeys were allowed, and townhouses [being] approved in an area that was meant to be open space and pedestrian walkways.” Recent development plans at the Cove site have included the construction of two 10 storey buildings. A 66 dwelling building for 64 Pier One Drive, a 142 dwelling building for 54 Pier One Drive, and a building with 28 dwellings for 115A McLeod Road have made the plans (“Investigation called into Cove development”, The News, 30/10/19). Late last year VCAT knocked back a parking reduction for one of the planned 10 storey buildings. Founder of resident group Carrum and Patterson Lakes Forum, Cameron Howe, said “dogged by missing records to support decisions, the

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report confirms planning concessions enabled overdevelopment, through the approval of buildings taller than permitted and the development of designated open space and car parking. It reiterates the non-compliance of the current application, which has not been appropriately managed resulting in community uproar.” “Arguing that the planning scheme is ambiguous and continuing to approve developments for almost 20 years, demonstrates poor process control that wouldn’t stand up in the business world. In almost two decades no-one thought something was wrong? In business we do not

allow incompetent decisions to continue for almost two decades. “Living in Patterson Lakes is a lifestyle choice for many, who enjoy the close connection to the bay and river. Preserving the outlook to Patterson River is critical and the impacts of overdevelopment are a leading community concern.” Council says it will prepare background work for “a potential planning scheme amendment to update the planning controls for the area”. Council says the review conducted by Hall and Willcox recommended “stricter consideration of planning applications by two senior

staff to ensure they are properly allocated and processed, improved advertising of applications to make sure the community is well informed, improved responses to community requests for planning information, and improved notification to councillors of significant applications in the area to ensure they can keep the community informed”. It was also recommended that council “educate staff on the review findings and improved processes to ensure no further errors are made” and “seek legal advice on any planning matters within the Comprehensive Development Zone (Schedule 1)”.

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COVID-19 cases close radiology clinic

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New visitor restrictions at hospital PENINSULA Health has revised its visiting rules to help stop the spread of coronavirus. Visitors are no longer permitted to enter the Intensive Care Unit, Acute Medical Surgical Unit and Ward 5GN at Frankston Hospital. Peninsula Health CEO Felicity Topp

said in a social media announcement that “with increasing numbers of patients coming into the organisation we are concerned for your safety and our staff’s safety.” “We’ve made a very tough decision about ceasing all visitors to areas where we do have COVID-19 positive

patients. I know this is extremely difficult for people and we do understand, therefore we will try and facilitate conversation, discussions, and updates of patients’ conditions using technology that we can provide to you and your loved one while they are in hospital.”

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THE I-MED radiology clinic in Frankston has closed after staff members tested positive to COVID-19. A joint statement issued last week by I-MED Radiology CEO Dr Shrey Viranna and Chief Medical Officer Dr Ron Shnier read that “a number of our employees at Frankston Radiology have tested positive for COVID-19.” “We have worked with the Department of Health and Human Services to ensure any patients who had experienced close contact with the employees were notified. In addition all employees who had experienced close contact have self isolated for 14 days and have been tested before recommencing work,” the statement read. “As an essential healthcare service provider, I-MED Radiology is committed to maintaining our services to practitioners and patients during the current coronavirus pandemic. Our priority is also ensuring the safety of all patients and our clinical staff. To this end we are following all guidelines issued by the Australian Department of Health for healthcare environments. “Our procedure is to close the clinic while we conduct a full sanitisation and disinfection of the facility, at which point it will reopen and resume providing vital patient services.” The statement read that “given the current environment an increasing number of healthcare workers will test positive to COVID-19 in the coming months.”

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Supermarket cuts hours FRANKSTON Woolworths will operate under reduced hours to help provide home deliveries. The Frankston branch will become a “priority delivery hub” and be open from 9am - 6pm each day. Woolworths managing director Claire Peters said the extra hours would be used to catch up with increased demand for deliveries from the elderly and people with a disability, compromised immunity, or in mandatory isolation. “Following an extraordinary level of demand for groceries in recent weeks, reducing trading hours in some of our stores to turn them into priority delivery hubs will help us assist more people who can’t access a store to get products they need,” she said.

Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery is currently closed to the public until further notice in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Even though the gallery doors are temporarily closed, we are continuing to share our collection, exhibitions, stories and children’s activities online.

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methodology and how the collection became the medium. If you’re looking for ideas on how to keep the kids entertained, MPRG’s artisteducator Jill Anderson has created some creative tutorials using basic materials you should have at home. We also have a tutorial on how to do observational collage with artist, musician and animator Jerome Rush. Visit the ‘Creative Activities’ section of our website.

Our 2020 National Works on Paper (NWOP) deadline has been extended until 19 July. $50,000 acquisitions and awards are up for grabs. With a long and rich history, NWOP attracts leading artists from across Australia working in the fields of drawing, printmaking, digital prints and paper sculpture. Find out Also check out our website for the more about submitting a work in the 2020 latest news on our 50 year anniversary NWOP on our website. celebrations, exhibition catalogues, Visit the MPRG website and see a virtual artist podcasts and videos, children and tour of Patrick Pound’s A Collection of adult online creative Stranger Things. Patrick is well known workshops and more. for his collections-based artworks. You can also listen to a podcast with Patrick and discover more about his collection

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THE number of positive COVID-19 cases in Kingston has grown by just one from last week. There are now 17 people in the Kingston municipality who have tested positive to coronavirus, as of 8am 6 March. In neighbouring local government areas, Frankston has 34 cases and Bayside has 26 as of 6 March. The Mornington Peninsula area has recorded 53 positive cases. The statistics of positive COVID-19 cases have been provided by the Department of Health and Human Services. There were 1158 positive coronavirus cases in Victoria as of 6 March. Ten people in the state had died.

GALLERY TALK We know this is a tough time for all of our creative communities across Australia. Yet, art has the ability to give us hope and to offer respite during this challenging moment in time. We hope that many people at home are finding more time for creative pursuits and connecting with their loved ones.

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Assault investigated AN assault in St Kilda is being investigated by police. Just after 8pm, 13 March, a 41-yearold man was assaulted while standing outside a licensed premise on the corner of Grey and Barkly streets. A conversation between the victim and two unknown men turned physi-

cal. Police say the victim pushed one of the men away, and that the man then struck him in the face. The victim fell back and his head hit the ground. The offender was wearing a black long sleeve top and shorts. He and the other man left south on Barkly Street. An image of a man police wish to

speak to has been released (below). Any information to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

A MAN police wish to speak to in relation to an assault. Picture: Supplied

Man dies in crash A MAN died in a three-vehicle collision at Frankston South, Friday 3 April. He was the driver of a van which was extensively damaged when it hit a four-wheel-drive causing it to crash into a truck north-bound on Peninsula Link, near Robinsons Road, about 6.40am. The men driving the grey fourwheel-drive and the truck, both sole occupants, were taken to hospital with minor injuries. Drivers were advised to avoid Peninsula Link where possible. Earlier, five cars were involved in a nose-to-tail south-bound on Peninsula Link near the Stony Point railway bridge, 6.15am, Friday 3 April. Sergeant Bruce Buchan, of Somerville Highway Patrol, said the first car had “appeared to come to a complete stop” while heading south in the right lane causing the car behind to crash into it. The driver of the second car jumped out and ran to get a child out of the back seat while the third, fourth and fifth cars crashed into each other from behind. Debris was strewn along Peninsula Link. Three drivers were injured. One was taken to The Alfred hospital and two to Frankston Hospital. Sergeant Buchan said investigations were continuing into why the first driver appeared to stop unexpectedly. “It is a 100kph zone and stopping is extremely dangerous because, as happened, it can set off a chain reaction,” he said. Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with dash-cam footage of either incident to contact Crime


Music to your ears in times like this PLAY-based music making has long been known to foster creativity, encourage brain development and strengthen bonds. And while some families are still able to access in-person tuition, the changing landscape of 2020 has meant that creatives have had to think outside the box when it comes to the best way to tender their offering to their communities. After many years of delivering music classes in group and one on one settings, Julie Murray, the music-making-marvel behind Sounds Like This, is delighted to now be taking all the fun into her online sessions. With group classes for all ages from babies to big kids, the young and the young-at-heart now have easy access to the magic of music. “Being able to deliver moments of joy, right into your loungeroom is what Sounds Like This Online is all about. Making music together strengthens your bond with your child and allows you to enjoy all the eye-sparkly alchemy of

connection” says Julie, who holds a Bachelor of Music Education. With a focus on simplicity and accessibility, joining in on the fun is easy! Using Facebook to access several sessions a week, you and your children can join Julie live or catch up on your class at a time that suits you. Fees are charged per household so the more, the merrier. The best part? There’s no sign-up costs or ongoing commitment. Simply pay a small membership fee, week to week, and you can enjoy as many of the week’s classes as your heart desires. Each class includes stories, songs and all of the pleasure that comes with new discoveries. If playing, singing and being silly with your children, in the comfort of your own home, sounds like music to your ears then Sounds Like This Online may be just what you have been waiting for. Book at

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Frankston Council okays cash for COVID-19 relief Brodie Cowburn

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MORE than $3 million of ratepayer money is set to be put aside by council to help people affected by the coronavirus pandemic. On 30 March Frankston Council endorsed their draft annual budget, which will go out to public consultation before being given final approval. They agreed to put together a coronavirus care package with $3 million from their strategic reserves, and $370,000 reallocated from other projects and programs. Council CEO Phil Cantillon wrote in the draft budget that “with the financial uncertainty surrounding the impacts of the coronavirus, council proposes to set aside a provision of up to $3 million once-off care package available from the 2020-2021 financial year.” “Council will be in a better position to determine the needs of the municipality over the coming months and will consider what the priorities are to deliver services and infrastructure for the community,” he wrote. “These funds will be drawn down from council reserves that have been earmarked to deliver major projects in future years. This will not have a short term impact on the delivery of projects that were scheduled to be delivered in the long term infrastructure plan over the next four years.” Council’s last annual report released at the end of the 2018/2019 financial year showed that council had just under $26 million in their strategic asset reserve. Councillors also voted “to not apply any penalty interest for the remainder of the rating year which will be further reviewed over the next rating period, to suspend any legal action for the recovery of rates for the remainder of the rating year which will be further reviewed over the next rating period, and for those operators that have closed and seek to resume business

within three months after the emergency lockdown is lifted, provide free food registration and kerbside trading fees.” Refunds will be provided for food registrations and kerbside trading fees subsequent to operators closing, and rent will be waived for council commercial tenants until 30 June 2020. Projects including a mural on the corner of Station Street and Nepean Highway, Seaford,

a moon and fairy lighting trial, boulevard tree planting, and electric box beautification had funds reallocated from them into the coronavirus care package. Removing funds from footpath constructions at Spruce St and Mitre Crescent was considered, but councillors vetoed it. Cr Quinn McCormack advocated for the reallocation of money from other projects. She said the budget had been drafted “without considera-

tion of hardship that the majority of the community are facing with job losses, partners out of work, and the difficulties of managing sick relatives or loved ones.” “We will do our best to be agile and adjust the budget to address their concerns,” she said. Cr Glenn Aitken agreed to the passed budget changes, but said “if my ward is targeted again you are going to hear a scream.”



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Coronvirus situation gives us a chance to rethink If you have ever seen the film The day the Earth stood still you will probably find similarities between it and the world at present. Now is the time to rethink our situation brought on by COVID-19. The planes have stopped, rampant consumerism has slowed, the importance of Australian made goods is obvious and the concept of national sovereignty, but national co-operation is clear. The Earth has breathing space and we should use this opportunity to rethink and moderate what we are doing to the environment that keeps us alive. It is time for politicians and people to adopt strategies for a sustainable future or future generations will suffer an. Environmental meltdown far worse than the privations and sadness of COVID-19. Henry Kelsall, the Sustainable Future Association, Frankston

Train ‘games’ It’s always disappointing when a politician plays silly political games, let alone during a national health and economic crisis. Paul Edbrooke’s comments in ‘Rail extension at a ‘standstill’ (The News, 30/3/20) is game-playing at its worst. Edbrooke knows that the state governmentprepared preliminary business case (PBC) for the Frankston rail extension was submitted to the Morrison government six months late and that it is now being actively considered. Since the federal government received the PCB in late 2019, it has been dealing with the drought, bushfires and now COVID-19. As everyone knows, we have a budgeted commitment of $225 million for this project on top of the existing $4 million for the PCB. We want this rail extension, but cannot do it without buyin and engagement from the state government. In a twist of irony, Edbrooke has achieved nothing towards getting his government to con-

tribute one cent to the project. Considering our government funded his government to write the PBC, one would assume Edbrooke has seen it and presume the reason he hasn’t leaked it is so that he has fodder for his foolish games. Interestingly, the project he has spruiked in the past, the redevelopment of the Frankston Hospital, hasn’t progressed since it was announced two years ago. Out of the $562 billion the state government announced at the 2018 state election, only $6 million has been budgeted this financial year and construction continues to be kicked down the line. Contrastingly, the Morrison Government is getting on with the job of delivering a $32 million Health Futures Hub and $10 million paediatric ward at Frankston Hospital without any state contribution. Rather than playing the fool, Edbrooke should get his government to commit to funding its share of the Frankston rail extension. David Van, Liberal Senator

Safety from soap I would like to recommend an anti-viral procedure that I have adopted, which is to carry a half filled bucket of soapy water in the back of the car, with a bar of soap and a roll of paper. Upon leaving any shop, shopping centre, bank or public place, we wash our hands in this water before driving away. We also drop any change money in and wash that at the same time. Handrails, trolleys, seats, escalators, shelves; all may be contaminated, as well as money, so this seems to be a good practice. The basis for this action is that qualified scientists seem to be agreed that that plain old soap is the most effective way of destroying coronavirus COVID-19, even better than alcohol. The soap’s properties cause disruption to the shell layers of the virus causing the whole thing

to fall apart and be destroyed. It would probably be an ideal procedure for trains, even buses, since you don’t need running water, just refresh the bucket or trough often. Brian A Mitchelson, Mornington

has done – at least to reduce the spread of the virus if not to show a little humanity? Ann Renkin, Shoreham

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Hundreds of elephants in are dire trouble in Thailand. While the human factor of the ongoing catastrophic pandemic is very real in Thailand, the welfare needs of the endangered animals should be alerted to. The wealthy in the world should act immediately. Anyone who has contacts with American philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates, Warren Buffett, Michael Bloomberg or Australians John and Pauline Gandel, Frank Lowy, Louise Tuckwell, John Kinghorn, Nicola and Andrew Forrest, the Pratt family, Gina Rinehart and Dick Smith should ask them to urgently act and do what they can to save these amazing animals. These people could be the lifeline to these desperate, magnificent animals. How many other animals are now in trouble because of our inhumanity and lack of action. Denise Hassett, Mount Martha

When is Frankston Council going to clear the drain on corner of High street and FrankstonFlinders Road? Every time it rains the road floods and just putting up a sign is not good enough. As well as being a nuisance to pedestrians it is also dangerous to traffic. Trevor Billson, Tuerong

Release refugees Concerns about the ongoing inhumane policies and treatment of refugees and asylum seekers are still not being addressed by the federal government. Denise Hassett refers to the depiction of these shown in the ABC TV production “Stateless”, a harrowing reminder of why we continue to challenge this unjust treatment of people fleeing danger in their own countries (“State of shame” Letters 25/3/20). A rally calling for justice for refugees was to be held Sunday 5 April but has been postponed due to the social restraints caused by COVID-19. But refugees and asylum seekers confined in detention centres and city motels now face additional health risks during this pandemic. It is impossible for them to practice social distancing when they are regularly patted down by security. They are dependent on authorities to provide soap and antiseptics. For years they have endured the confronting strictures of confinement and isolation, and the resulting ongoing mental health issues. While we in the community learn to live with new restraints to safeguard our health and wellbeing, and with access to many resources, these people are deprived of many of these supports and safeguards. Why can’t our government transfer refugees into the community – as the British government

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Time to turn vegan Perhaps COVID-19 will give us an opportunity to rethink some things we take for granted. While we are suffering anxiety and discomfort, let’s take a moment to empathise with the terrified animals who are torn away from their families, kept in tiny cages, deprived of everything they enjoy, and brutally killed, simply because humans like the taste of their flesh. Animal agriculture kill billions of animals every year and is a leading cause of climate change, but it is also a breeding ground for the viruses and bacteria that cause pandemics. Our suffering is necessary and temporary; theirs is routine and will continue for as long as we subsidise it through our grocery expenditure. That’s why caring people are opting for tasty vegan foods rather than animal-based ones. Going vegan is the sensible thing to do for your health and the wellbeing of others. Desmond Bellamy, PETA Australia

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Call to curtail ‘dazzling headlights’ Compiled by Cameron McCullough A SEAFORD correspondent writes:– It seems evident that there are no motor headlight laws in Victoria, or if there are, very little attention is paid to them. Any night on Point Nepean Road, users of this road become subjected to the blinding glare of what are known as “dazzle hogs.” In many countries, headlight laws exist, which not only protect motorists, but the public generally. These laws are compulsory, and a heavy fine is imposed upon those who disregard them. It is high time some action was taken to enforce some such law here, and a strong move should be made by the Progress Association to have these “dazzle hogs” put down. Motor car makers have solved the problem of controlling the headlight rays, so that the maximum light is given for driving, and, at the same time, the blinding glare is completely eliminated. Come on Seaford Progress Association. *** MISS Nellie Thomson, who has been holidaying in Queensland, where her relatives reside, returned to Frankston this week, and has resumed her business as dressmaker, milliner, draper, & c. *** A NEW industry has just commenced at Baxter, in the shape of saw-mills and case-making factory. The enterprising proprietor is Mr. H. C. Barclay, who advertises in another column that he is prepared to purchase pine trees, blue gum and stringy bark.

He offers the best prices, and pays cash before removal. *** AS it is intended to issue certificates to all who worked for the Red Cross for a period of three years or more, applications from those who are entitled to and desire same should send their names to the hon. secretaries of the Frankston branch, Mesdames M. E Dial and W. M. Utber. *** THE public will welcome the opportunity, offered on Friday, 9th April, of helping the Brass Band. A grand musical evening and dance has been arranged, when a first-class musical programme and other items will be submitted. Funds are required to liquidate the amount due on the purchase of instruments and music, and, this fact being generally known, there should be no lack of response on the part of the public. *** A CRICKET match between teams from the Phillip Island Cricket Association and the Peninsula Cricket Association will be played on the Tyabb cricket ground next Saturday afternoon, April 3rd (Easter Saturday). Several of the leading players from the various Peninsula clubs will take part, and the match promises to be a great “go.” Lunch and afternoon tea will be handed to the players of the contesting teams taking part by the local ladies. As the Tyabb cricket ground is very suitable for picnic parties, there promises to be a large attendance. ***

REV. E. Tonkin preached his farewell sermon at Frankston on Sunday last, when a large congregation assembled at the evening service. After four years’ highly successful ministry in this district, the Rev. Tonkin goes to the Cheltenham charge. His successor at Frankston is Rev. C. Angwin, of Kilmore. *** THE Frankston Soldiers’ Memorial Committee met on Monday night; Mr. A. G. Wilcox presiding. The Secretary, Mr. H. Vicars, stated that he had been in communication with the Defence authorities, who stated that a number of 1914-15 stars would be available for presentation on Anzac night, 25th April. He also read a letter from MajorGeneral Grimwade, consenting to present same. The committee decided to hold a high-class concert on the occasion, and a sub-committee, consisting of Cr. Mason, Mr. A. E. Lasslett, J.P., the President and Secretary, was appointed to arrange the programme, and to engage Melbourne talent. Tickets will be sold at 1s 6d, and a limited number of reserved chairs at 5s. The box plan will be on view at Messrs. Brody & Mason’s. A decoration sub-committee was appointed, consisting of Messrs. Morrison, A. Hill, W. Hanton, and M. Brody. The occasion is to be made a notable one from every standpoint, and a special committee has been appointed to wrestle with the problem of providing

adequate seating accommodation. *** THIS week, at the instance of the Frankston Progress Association, a plebiscite of the business people of Frankston was taken, on the question of closing shops from 12.30 to 1.30 p.m. daily. Mr A..E. Lasslett. J.P., and the Secretary of the Association conducted the voting arrangements. The result shows that, while a majority favored the proposal, a large percentage of the whole were opposed to the innovation. An examination of the voting cards gave the following figures: YES: 22 NO: 14 The voting cards issued numbered 46, and it may be taken for granted that the ten who did not return their papers were either opposed to the scheme, or felt quite indifferent as to the result. Under the circumstances, it is probable that the idea of introducing midday closing into Frankston at present will not be proceeded with. *** TO the many anxious enquiries received as to the condition of Mr. James Grice, it is pleasing to be able to state that he is now progressing favorably. His medical attendant is Dr. Maxwell, of Frankston. *** MR. L. J. Ward, who recently underwent a serious operation at “Lancewood” Private Hospital, Kew, hopes to be able to resume duty at the local railway station next week.


His many friends will be pleased to see this popular officer back in harness again. *** Heard in the Train The Shire Council is to be asked to reconsider its action in prohibiting Sunday tennis in Frankston. It is argued that the prohibition debars many visitors from enjoying healthy recreation, and offers no adequate substitute. The Anglican Synod in Newt South Wales recently declared in favor of Sunday tennis. Kananook Creek is to be stirred up again shortly, when all land owners abutting thereon will discuss the why and the wherefore at Seaford. It is high time some definite decision was arrived at regarding this difficult problem. At present every other person has a different solution to offer. Enterprising burglars are now working full time. When the weekender goes to the sea-side, Bill Sykes gets to work on the town house. He then devotes the early part of the week to plundering temporarily vacated bungalows along the foreshore. Seaford is considering the question of appointing a watchman as a means of protecting week-end residences against these unwelcome visitors. Nothing heard about Frankston light supply lately, and now the gas is beginning to “talk’ again. Time those long promised purifiers got to work. *** FROM the pages of the Mornington Standard, 2 April 1920

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