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NEW lifesaver Zaabihullah, 14, takes a selfie with his mates at Bonbeach Life Saving Club. The group are part of an intake of migrants from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Cambodia who are enjoying the Aussie ways of life. Watching on are Kingston mayor Cr David Eden, Cr Georgina Oxley, federal Isaacs Labor MP Mark Dreyfus and Carrum Labor MP Sonya Kilkenny. See story Page 4. Picture: Gary Sissons

Asbestos clean-up costly Neil Walker neil@baysidenews.com.au A STOUSH is brewing between Kingston Council and the state government over a bill to remove soil containing asbestos fragments from Chelsea Bicentennial Park. A dirt pile was dumped by council at a former landfill site at Bicentennial Park in October last year after being moved from land in Glenola Rd, Chelsea. The Glenola Rd land, a former car-

park opposite Chelsea Primary School, is owned by the Victorian Department of Education and has been leased to council as the future site of a new Chelsea Kindergarten. Council CEO John Nevins has advised the full cost of the clean-up of both sites is expected to be $813,500. Mr Nevins says council wants to meet Department of Education representatives to discuss the state government contributing towards the Glenola Rd site clean-up. He said about $90,000 of costs transporting the soil to Bicentennial

Park “could have been avoided”. The CEO said in a statement he has appointed “an independent expert” to investigate how the asbestos-contaminated soil was transported to Bicentennial Park “to identify any breakdown of procedures and to ensure further incidents are avoided”. “This investigation is currently underway therefore the costs, timing and outcomes are unknown at this time,” Mr Nevins said. Mr Nevins said environmental assessors Landserv analysed the Glenola Rd site.

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“Results indicated that isolated areas of the site contained small amounts of asbestos and heavy metals -- lead and zinc -- in the surface fill material. “It is believed the source of the contaminants was most likely historical use of lead-based paint at the site, building material from a former house demolished at the site or from fill material brought to the site sometime in the past. “Independent expert advice has stated that the risk is very minimal.” Mr Nevins said the contaminated soil was removed from Bicentennial Park

on 16 December last year in accordance with Environmental Protection Authority and WorkSafe guidelines. “Council notified EPA and WorkSafe regarding both sites and have complied with asbestos removal guidelines,” he said. Removal of the remaining soil at Glenola Rd was completed in January during the school holidays, Mr Nevins said. Asbestos was often used in building materials until the 1980s and small fibre particles can be a health danger if the material is sanded, drilled or sawn.


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CHELSEA boy Tom Wilcock, 12, received a $500 grant in the latest round of the local sporting champions program. The grant was announced by federal Isaacs Labor MP Mark Dreyfus. “Congratulations to Tom on this well-deserved grant, which he used to travel to Sydney to compete in the School Sport Australia national track and field championships,” Mr Dreyfus said. “Tom is one many great young athletes in Melbourne’s

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Top pair: Julie Bennett and Bob Darby will represent Edithvale Bowling Club at a sandbelt region ‘Champion of Champions’ competition this month.

Champions to take aim EDITHVALE Bowling Club is having a sizzling summer season, with club champions Bob Darby and Julie Bennett set to represent the club in the sandbelt region ‘Champion of Champions’, which starts on Monday 29 January. Mr Darby takes his place in the championships after beating gritty opponent Glen Baskett 25-14 last Sunday week. And in a grinding finish, Ms Bennett defeated Barbara Oberon after scores were level 24-24.

Edithvale Bowling Club’s popular barefoot bowls started on Friday (27 January), and the club is inviting the public to its weekly evening sessions held 6-9pm, until 7 March at 109 Edithvale Rd. Bowling committee president Bob Steele said the sport was great fun for any age group from young families, retirees, groups of friends, singles and couples. Call 9776 0983 for details.

ANGLERS after game fish in and around Port Phillip are helping research and contributing to fish numbers with a catch and release policy. Fisheries Victoria’s acting executive director Dallas D’Silva said the population of yellowtail kingfish had “rebounded strongly” since 2010 and some were being electronically tagged as part of a two-year study. “The research aims to determine whether kingfish caught in Victorian waters are from one stock or several, and to better define population characteristics like age, growth and spawning habits,” Mr D’Silva said. “Yellowtail kingfish populations have rebounded strongly since 2010 and they are now regularly caught at the entrance to Port Phillip Bay and inshore waters right along the coast. “Our understanding of yellowtail kingfish stock structure is limited for this re-emerging fishery, which is why we are undertaking a two year study funded by recreational fishing licence fees. “For comparison, genetic material has been collected from yellowtail kingfish specimens in New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria.” Mr D’Silva said the electronic tag would enable scientists to better understand the movement patterns of yellowtail kingfish “and how their travels correlate to water depth and temperature”. He said anglers had given 300 yellowtail kingfish frames to Queenscliffbased project leader Dr Corey Green. Mr D’Silva said yellowtail kingfish

have a minimum size of 60cm and a daily bag limit of five per angler. “A bag limit of one exists for mako sharks and threshers although some anglers choose to release them to help sustain wild populations. “Many of these anglers fish responsibly by using circle hooks that reduce deep hooking and improve shark survival after release. “Heavy line to reduce fight time and a prompt release is another common strategy that contributes to healthy game fisheries offshore.” For more information about fishing rules visit vic.gov.au/fishingguide or download the free Vic Fishing app for smartphones. Keith Platt



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Staff recoup missing pay A FORMER Seaford automotive repair business manager has been reimbursed $102,990 following intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman. The manager was found to have not received the correct annual leave and long service leave entitlements after he resigned from the company after 25 years. He contacted the Fair Work Ombudsman for help and to confirm that he was entitled to receive the payment. He was provided with advice to help him resolve the matter with his former employer. The entitlement was paid in two lump sum payments within a week. The Fair Work Ombudsman also helped a foreman in Carrum Downs to recover $5623 in entitlements. The woman sought help after not receiving her final pay and annual leave entitlements when she resigned from the business, despite having given the correct notice. Acting Fair Work Ombudsman Michael Campbell said the employers in the two instances avoided enforcement action “because they co-operated and voluntarily rectified the underpayments after being made aware of their obligations”. “The underpayments in these instances were inadvertent and were the result of employers failing to check their obligations under workplace laws,” Mr Campbell said. The Fair Work Ombudsman’s online tools and resources aim to assist employees and employers to determine their applicable award and classification and pay rates, allowances, overtime and penalty rates. The ‘My Account’ portal enables employers to view and save pay rates and receive alerts about minimum wage increases. See fairwork.gov.au or call 13 13 94 for assistance.

Surf’s up: Migrant lifesavers lap it up at Bonbeach at the weekend on their first official patrols. Picture: Gary Sissons

New arrivals out on patrol BATHERS at Bonbeach on the weekend were pleasantly surprised to see lifesavers from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Cambodia on their first official patrols. The 17 newcomers were part of Bonbeach Life Saving Club’s efforts to bridge the water safety “information and diversity gap” for migrants – especially those new to the Aussie beach culture. They followed in the footsteps of Imtiyaz “Minty” Saberi, who became Victoria’s first Afghani lifesaver at Edithvale Life Saving Club in 2009. With no experience in the surf, the recruits

had already completed a year of swimming training before joining the lifesaving club, and reports are that they have “improved remarkably” to gain their surf rescue certificates. This is a basic requirement for a lifesaver and allows them to patrol Bonbeach beach as volunteers. They will now build their skills through patrol experience and further training. “Programs like these not only benefit youth from other countries, but the community as a whole,” Life Saving Victoria multicultural projects manager David Holland said. “A genuine cross education of cultures takes place which educates everyone involved.

“It is a great story of young men and women volunteering their time to protect the wider community that they are proud to be part of, so soon after arriving.” Past president and 30-year club member Campbell Jordan said Aussie traditions of volunteering and helping others – embodied in surf lifesaving – should be passed onto migrant communities who have been welcomed to Australia. “Bonbeach LSC is proud to be part of this process in shaping our community and fostering our young members to carry on those traditions in the modern era,” Mr Jordan said.

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First responders: SES crews patrol the banks of the Patterson River looking for “earthquake” survivors. Pictures: Gary Sissons

‘Disaster’ gives rescuers the edge CHELSEA SES members got a taste of a “real” disaster as part of a largescale training exercise at the National Watersports Centre, on the Patterson River, Monday night. The scenario was that the area had been hit by a large earthquake. Bridges over Patterson River at Nepean Highway, Wells Rd and Frankston Freeway had all “collapsed”, as had the pedestrian suspension bridge over Dandenong Creek about a kilometre south of Perry Rd. The disaster meant there was no vehicle access to the walking track on the south bank as water has risen after

the earthquake – and pedestrians had been stranded between the suspension bridge and Wells Rd. Some had fallen off the track and needed to be rescued. Police had requested a thorough search of the area between Frankston Freeway and the pedestrian suspension bridge by 8.30pm. Casualties needed to be transported to the north side of the river, but helicopters were unavailable. That meant boats were needed to get to the south bank of Patterson River between Wells Rd and the pedestrian suspension bridge.

“So, the tasks were set, the area needed to be searched and all casualties needed to be transported back to the north side of the river by boat,” the SES’s Phil Wall said. Twenty-five Chelsea SES members were sent out in teams of four to search for casualties and missing people – including a baby. Boats hit the water and actors, hired for the event, began playing out their “stories” to their rescuers. Full communications were set up and the search was coordinated from a mobile HQ at the National Watersports Centre.

“These training exercises are designed to be as realistic as possible to ensure our members are as ready as possible for any eventuality and it’s great to report that tonight, all those that were lost and injured were rescued, transported and sent home alive and kicking including the baby boy and a very happy mum,” Mr Wall said. “We would like to say a special thanks to the Chelsea training team for all their hard work in putting this fantastic exercise together and giving our volunteers the opportunity to explore this type of scenario in the relative safety of a training situation.”

STUDENTS from Carrum Downs and Patterson River secondary colleges will have on-site access to healthcare when the ‘Doctors in Secondary Schools’ program is rolled out in term three. The Australian-first program aims to make it easier for young people who might have concerns about confidentiality and medical costs to see a doctor. Carrum MP Sonya Kilkenny said adolescents had some of the lowest GP attendance rates, and many were missing out on the vital healthcare they needed. “This innovative program commencing at Carrum Downs Secondary College and Patterson River Secondary College will help address barriers preventing students in Carrum District from seeing a doctor,” she said. Under the program, the health records of young people will be confidential and managed according to law. School-based doctors will decide whether students are mature enough to consent to treatment or whether parent or carer consent is needed. See education.vic.gov.au or call 1800 809 834 for more information.

Grants on way Applications open soon for the Kingston Council 2017/18 grants round. Each year more than $1 million in a range of ratepayer-funded grants. Grants available include general community grants, access and equity grants, arts grants, children’s week activities and youth festival events. Applications are open from 1 February to 2 April. Groups are encouraged to attend one of four information sessions. See kingston.vic.gov.au or call 1300 653 356 for more details.

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Heat blast: The aftermath of a fire possibly caused by overheated air conditioner.

Fire warning for coolers Liz Bell liz@baysidenews.com.au FIREFIGHTERS have issued a warning to have air cooling and heating systems serviced after two house fires over the weekend of 7 until 8 January. The fires in Seaford and Carrum Downs were among five in outer metro-Melbourne that fire crews believe were related to air-conditioners or evaporative cooling system. The families were home at the time of the fires and were able to escape, but both the houses were damaged. Carrum Downs station captain Steve Rhodes said investigations were continuing, but air cooling systems were likely to be the cause in both instances. CFA state fire investigation coordinator Nicole Harvey said all air conditioners and evaporative cooling units should be serviced annually to help prevent problems that could cause an electrical fault or fire. “People should maintain their air conditioners and evaporative coolers by ensuring the dust filters and vent outlets inside the properties are cleaned regularly, along with having the units regularly serviced according


to the manufacturer’s specifications,” Ms Harvey said. “Recent hot weather across Victoria means more people are cooling their homes with systems like evaporative coolers and these incidents may have been prevented had units been checked more regularly.” Mornington CFA captain Gary Bryant said heating units should be serviced at least annually to prevent a build u of dust and dirt, which can cause problems. Ms Harvey said people should also check the latest product safety recalls online. Victoria’s director of energy safety Paul Fearon said not many people took the time to get their units serviced each year. “Regular maintenance not only allows manufacturer’s upgrades and adjustments to be made, it ensures your air conditioner or evaporative cooler will be working safely and efficiently when you need it most,” he said. See productsafety.gov.au/recalls to check evaporative cooling model safety.

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Check before dip: EPA advising bayside beachgoers to check water quality before swimming. Picture: Gary Sissons

Water quality still a concern BEACHGOERS and swimmers are still being urged to check water quality updates before going for a dip off bayside beaches this summer amid risks of illness from bacteria and faecal matter swept into Port Phillip Bay during stormy weather. Water quality is being monitored daily by the Environment Protection Authority until March. Earlier this month EPA applied sciences group manager Dr Anthony Boxshall said there is a higher risk of illnesses such as gastro to swimmers from higher bacterial levels after flash

flooding (“Poo-r water quality at bayside beaches”, The News 10/1/17). “Heavy rain and storms can create a risk to the public as they can flood stormwater systems that then carry pollution that has built up in drains into waterways,” Dr Boxshall said in a statement. “In certain conditions, they can be home to bacteria from faecal pollution that poses health risks to swimmers.” The EPA issues twice-daily water quality updates of good, fair and poor for Port Phillip’s 36 beaches. It is not

advisable to swim at all waterways and beaches for up to 48 hours after heavy rain since there may be a higher risk of gastro and other illnesses. Water quality information is also displayed on signs at Life Saving Victoria clubs around the bay. The water quality forecasts can be seen online at epa.vic.gov.au and via twitter @EPA_Victoria or by calling 1300 372 842. Text message alerts can be signed up for at yarraandbay.vic.gov.au online.


Self-storage break-in

BURGLARS stole a Giant Roam Range 2014 model bike valued at $1200, as well as a black pack rack with Arkel carry bag attached, from the garage of a house in Steedman St, Mordialloc, Tuesday 17 January. A Norco mountain bike was stolen from the driveway of house in Eden St, Cheltenham, overnight Thursday 12 January. The bike has the owner’s name engraved in several places. Anyone with information on the two thefts should call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

TWO offenders used bolt cutters to enter a self-storage business in Governor Rd, Braeside, overnight Saturday 21 January. They attempted to force doors to various storage containers and entered one. Details of items taken are not yet available. Police are assessing CCTV footage of the incidents.

Shadows in the night A YOUNGSTER thought he saw the silhouette of a man near the front door of his family’s Binglebay Avenue, Waterways house, 5.30am, Monday 23 January. Thinking the man must be a family member he took no notice until a second dark figure came out of another room and three men were seen running down the driveway to the street. Keys and computer equipment were stolen in the raid.

Same group? AT around the same time, possibly the same burglars may have broken into a Hyundai SUV in the driveway of a house in Portland Pl, Waterways, to steal the garage remote control. The men used the device to access the garage and steal computer equipment.

Tools stolen A LARGE tool box containing specialist tools and three drills was stolen from a cabinetmaking business in Grange Rd, Cheltenham, overnight Thursday 19 January. Thieves attempted – unsuccessfully – to jemmy their way into the same premises again, Sunday 22 January, but were thwarted by improved security measures.


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Cars gone THIEVES stole a 1998 Toyota Hi-Ace van from a house in Voltri St, Cheltenham, overnight Sunday 22 January. A 2008 Mazda 3 sedan was stolen the same day from a property in Rivette St, Mordialloc, after keys were left in the house’s front door.

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Crop house raid THE seizure of 190 cannabis plants valued at up to $640,000 from a Frankston Heights property may put a small dent in the supply of illicit drugs in the city. Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Jayson Hamilton-Smith, of Frankston CIU, said the mature hydroponically-grown plants weighing 80kg were found at a Heatherhill Rd “crop house” in the raid, Monday 9 January. A 20-year-old man renting the property was arrested and remanded to appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on 4 April charged with cultivating a commercial quantity of a drug of dependence. Detective Hamilton-Smith said electricity was being illegally sourced from the grid and was bypassing the property’s meter.

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‘Secret deal’ for toxic plant ‑­ MP Keith Platt keith@baysidenews.com.au A WARNING has been issued that plans to create liquid hydrogen from brown coal in the Latrobe Valley could ultimately lead to a polluting industry being established in Western Port. Hastings MP Neale Burgess says Kawasaki Heavy Industries has signed a “secret deal” with the state government that could lead to “long coal trains or a coal slurry pipe bringing huge amounts of coal to Hastings, building of a huge coal gasification plant at Hastings and the produced hydrogen being shipped through Western Port”. Mr Burgess’s opposition to the plant being located at Hastings or anywhere in Western Port contrasts with that of his federal Liberal colleague, Flinders MP Greg Hunt, who has only ruled out Crib Point for “reindustrialisation”. Mr Hunt said he was “utterly opposed” to Western Port being used as a coal port, adding “I have made it clear that Crib Point should not be reindustrialised for hydrogen or bitumen”. However, the proposal would involve hydrogen, not coal, being exported from Hastings. Mr Hunt said he knew of discussions between the state and Kawasaki but “as far as I am aware, at this stage no decisions have been made as to the port they will use”. Mr Hunt would not rule out a coal gasification plant being sited at Hastings or other parts of Western Port. “Any proposal would need the approval of the state government and I would urge them not to approve any industrial use at Crib Point,” he said.

Acting Resources Minister Philip Dalidakis said the state government “has been working with Kawasaki Heavy Industries and the Commonwealth on an engineering study to investigate the possible production of hydrogen from brown coal”. “This project is in the very early stages and we are keen to explore all serious investments that have the potential to create much needed jobs in the Latrobe Valley.” Unemployment in the valleyt is about to rise with the closer of the Hazelwood power plant. Mr Burgess was on Thursday 12 January turned away from a meeting between the Port of Hastings Development Authority and Kawasaki executives. Afterwards, in an email, the authority’s chief financial officer Mark O’Donnell said he had been advised “that if a member for parliament is seeking any information in relation to the Port of Hastings Development Authority they should direct their inquiry to the Minister for Ports [Luke Donnellan]”. Mr Burgess said the Coalition “supports the exploration of uses for our valuable brown coal deposits and although there is a lot of work to be done to make it viable, its conversion to hydrogen is one of those potential uses”. “However, the Coalition was clear while in government and has confirmed in opposition, that Western Port is the location of Victoria’s second container port and that it would not be used for any of the toxic purposes the Labor Party had previously earmarked it for, including coal, urea and bitumen. “Western Port is not the appropriate place to ship coal to, whether via long coal trains, slurry pipe or any other

Plant plan? Existing port facilities at BlueScope’s Western Port steelworks could be adapted for use by a plant to extract hydrogen from brown coal. Picture: Keith Platt

means, or to develop a huge gasification plant for turning that coal into hydrogen.” It is understood Kawasaki is already building a ship to transport liquid hydrogen which would initially be produced at a pilot plant in the Latrobe Valley. If proved viable, a much larger plant would be built at Hastings. Environmentalists argue that the process adds to Australia’s carbon emissions while Japan gets the benefit of a much cleaner fuel. Many of Mr Burgess’s concerns are echoed by Jenny Warfe, of the Blue Wedges environmental action group. “A pilot project is expected to start in 2020. Under the plan hydrogen will be produced from brown coal from the Latrobe Valley, so it’s odds on that Hastings would be the unlucky recipient of this project,” Ms Warfe said. “Although representatives from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and Japan’s transport ministry signed an agreement in Canberra, the public has

been kept well in the dark about the ‘initiative’. As far as I can ascertain, there has been no public consultation about Hastings and Western Port being the unlucky recipient of an industry - or at the very least the likely shipping hub - for a fuel responsible for some of the most horrendous incidents on the planet and loss of human life. Are we mad?” Ms Warfe described brown coal as “the dirtiest coal on the planet”. “Our local community will bear the brunt of the climate and human health damaging emissions, while Japan enjoys the clean hydrogen fuel. “Although the pilot project is said to have the production plant in the Latrobe Valley, hydrogen would be trucked to Western Port, and this would mean hundreds of extra trucks a day … on roads that are already groaning under the pressures of rampant population growth. “Many of my colleagues are deeply concerned about this issue and I have no doubt that, were the public appraised of the proposal, there would be massive op-

position.” Mr Burgess said documents obtained under freedom of information “confirmed that the Andrews government is actively pushing the use of Western Port for toxic and unwanted substances, including coal and urea”. The government - while awaiting recommendations from Infrastructure Victoria on where Victoria’s next container port should be located – has previously stated the Port of Hastings should increasingly be used as a “bulk port”. Previous Labor government’s promoted Western Port as the preferred site for a container port, but the Andrews government indicated its favoured option as being at the so-called Bay West, in Port Phillip north of Geelong. Mr Burgess said the state government “has again not even seen fit to consult with this community; instead deciding to keep its dirty deal a secret”. “Locals will remember the long and ugly fight to stop the Bracks and Brumby Labor governments from allowing a bitumen depot to be built on the foreshore at Crib Point, with then Planning Minister Justin Madden personally intervening to give it the go-ahead.” After the Coalition came to power in 2010 Mr Burgess (Liberal) said he had had “the honour and satisfaction of making the phone call to tell the proponents of the bitumen plant that they no longer had permission to build in Crib Point”. Mr Burgess said the government should explain its plans at a public meeting “so that this community can have a say in what we want for our future and the future of our children”. “We will not just sit back in silence and watch Labor turn Western Port into a toxic dump.”

Travel troubles accompany Hunt’s health job Liz Bell liz@baysidenews.com.au FLINDERS MP Greg Hunt managed to avoid directly answering questions on the future of Medicare during a visit to Frankston Hospital last Wednesday when speaking to the media over his appointment as Australia’s new health minister. Mr Hunt’s promotion follows Sussan Ley’s resignation and an expenses scandal that now threatens to tarnish his own reputation, after it was revealed last week that between January 2014 and June 2016, the Mt Martha-based MP charged taxpayers $15,500 for overnight stays in Melbourne. In addition, he has spent more than $20,000 for travel to Queensland for him and his family over the past 15 years. Media adviser for Mr Hunt, Samantha Robin, said it was important for ministers to meet with key stakeholders across the country to ensure that the government “can deliver positive outcomes for our community”. Of his Queensland travel, she said all of Mr Hunt’s trips to Hayman Island were to attend the annual ADC Forum for speaking engagements, panel events and meetings, while the other six trips over Mr Hunt’s 15 years in parliament “span his time as a parliamentary secretary and shadow minister”. “On each occasion Mr Hunt was based in a single location and used

this as a base for multiple electorate or portfolio visits, events or meetings over a number of days,” she said. Ms Robin said Mr Hunt had conducted several meetings in Queensland with environment groups on Noosa being listed by UNESCO as a biosphere. He has also taken a strong interest in South East Queensland Water Catchment Authority program for supporting improved water quality and revegetation programs, and he had visited a number of sewerage treatment plants in the region. She said accommodation was claimed for dates on which Mr Hunt had formal portfolio duties. Although he managed to avoid being drawn into the Medicare freeze debate while at Frankston Hospital, Mr Hunt said he had a vision to give Australians “the best health care system” in the world, and that Medicare was the “fundamental underpinning” of the health system. “You can understand I haven’t been sworn in yet,” he said. “I wanted to set the vision today to talk with the representatives of so many sectors within the health space and as I say I have already had many calls so far.” When quizzed further, he said he would “listen” and “learn” by talking to health professionals across different areas over the coming weeks. Citing his family’s involvement with Frankston Hospital and his late mother’s battle with mental health,

Mr Hunt said health touched “every Australian” and he felt privileged to be the country’s new health minister. He also praised the appointment of Aged Care and Indigenous Health Minister Ken Wyatt as the first Indigenous Australian sworn in as a minster, and said he wanted mental health and Indigenous health to be “a critical part” of his new role. Before visiting hospital wards, Mr Hunt acknowledged the role of Australia’s health care workers, as well as the volunteers “here today at Peninsula Health”. He thanked Peninsula Health CEO Sue Williams, and Dunkley MP Chris Crewther, for their work in securing a four-year funding deal for the expansion of MRI services on the peninsula. Mr Hunt, who was officially sworn in on Tuesday, also takes up Ms Ley’s old sports portfolio, while NSW senator Arthur Sinodinos takes over Mr Hunt’s former role as industry minister.

New minister: Greg Hunt visited Frankston Hospital soon after the announcement that he would replace Sussan Ley as health minister following her resignation over MPs’ entitlements. Picture: Yanni Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News

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Meetings to be held for next recruiting campaign Compiled by Cameron McCullough IT will be seen by an advertisement in another column that definite arrangements have now been made to hold meetings in the three centres of the Shire, to promote the success of the new Recruiting Campaign. That for Somerville will be held tonight (Saturday) at 8.30pm, for Frankston, on Tuesday next at the Mechanics’ Hall, at 8 p.m., and the third will be held at the Hall, Hastings, at 8 sharp, on Saturday, February 3rd. It is particularly requested that the audience should assemble promptly at 8pm, at the Hastings meeting, as the Hall is required for another purpose afterwards on the same evening. Each meeting will be addressed by eminent speakers, and at each a local committee, representing all shades of thought, will be formed, with an executive. We may be allowed to express a hope that every adult in the Shire, whether man or woman, who desires to see a victorious and speedy termination of the war, will endeavour to attend one or other of the meetings. *** REV E. Tonkin will conduct both services at Frankston Methodist Church on Sunday next, 11am and 8pm. Mrs G. Neilson will render a solo. *** AS per advertisment appearing elsewhere Brody and Mason will sell on 8th proximo at “Sunnyside” on account Mrs A. S. Panter contents of 10 roomed villa residence. Brody and Mason will hold their


first bi-weekly sale this month on Wednesday next the 31st instant, when a good yarding is expected and a large gathering of buyers have promised to attend at Somerville. *** THE First Troop of Frankston Boy Scouts are the proud possessors of a beautiful Union Jack which was recently presented to them by Mr C. Chandler, of Frankston. The boys are justly proud of the flag which measures 6ft. by 3ft. and desire to gratefully acknowledge Mr Chandler’s gift. *** MESSRS T. R. B. Morton and Son have received instructions from Dr Woinraski to offer for sale on the premises at 3 o’clock on Monday next, his charming and commodious residence ‘Rockcliffe” situated on the Esplanade, at Mornington. The terms are easy, being one third cash balance in 1, 2, and 3 years being 5½ per cent interest. The same firm will sell on the following day (Tuesday) at their rooms 72 Swanston St Melbourne at 3 o’clock by order of the Union Trustees Co, of Australia in order to wind up the estate of A. T. McKurdy, deceased, the well known property “Cumbrae” situated at Tyabb, containing 223 acres, 3 miles from railway station and cool stores. *** A CASE which promised extensive litigation at the Frankston Court, on the 8th instant Millar v Forster, and put off to the Hastings Court on the 23rd was withdrawn.

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Briefly the circumstances arose through purchase under contract of certain implements and nursery stocks with the freehold. The defendant Forster subsequently refusing to pay the bills given under his contract owing to alleged misrepresentations of the goods. The matter was amicably settled before the court sat by the plaintiff accepting the return of the goods and returning the bills to the defendant, and we understand the articles are to be sold on Wednesday next at the Somerville market, on account of Miller, the plaintiff. *** A PARTY of nurses visited Frankston on Tuesday evening last, and were entertained by the “Wattle” Club, in the Hall, where a large party had gathered to pay homage to the nurses, some of whom had returned from the front, and others who are leaving sunny Australia very soon to face dangers unknown. The best we can give is not too good for the women who are playing such a part in the great war and whose lives are devoted to such a noble cause. Although all preparations had to be carried out at very short notice, word being received Monday night that they were coming, everything was in order and a splendid dinner of cold poultry, ham, etc., was in readiness on the arrival of the cars. After doing justice to the good things so generously provided, the nurses were entertained with songs recitations, brass instrument selec-

tions, violin obligato, whistling and clog dancing, banjo selection and first class performances on the piano, things going merrily till midnight. The Club members are deeply grateful to all who so willingly and ably provided items and aided in every way possible, to make the evening pass pleasantly. No doubt they would be amply repaid by the delight expressed by the nurses and the genuine applause which greeted each item. Mr Robinson, who accompanied the party, spoke in complimentary terms of the “Wattle” Club, Dr Maxwell responding in a few words. Mr Bailey was in charge of the programme and Mr Lidgerwood acted as M.C. for the dances. *** SOMERVILLE NEWS: Word was received last week that Pte H Overton was wounded whilst fighting the Turks in the desert. We hope that his wounds are lot serious. A dance was held here in the Mechanics’ Institute last Saturday night and there was a very good attendance. The music was provided by Miss F. Unthank and Mr Archie Meldrum capably filled the duties of M.C. names were also played during the evening. Mrs Geo Shepherd is out of the hospital now and we are pleased to say that she is progressing favorably. We shall all be pleared to have her back with us again. Fruit picking is in full swing. Apricots, plums, and other stone fruit are of a nice large size, but there is a

scarcity of all varieties of fruit. *** From the Front! The following was received by Mrs C. Tait of Frankston, from one of our local soldiers, Private George Patterson, who is fighting “Somewhere in France.” Do you wonder what I am doing Thro’ the long and empty days? If I linger as we used to, in the old familiar ways ? Do you ask me, now we’ve parted, if my thoughts are light and free ? Or if ever they are turning to the lands beyond the sea ? I’m thinking and dreaming of someone; Someone that’s far away, I’m watching and waiting for someone, when I’ll come back someday; I know there is someone who wants me, someone whose heart is true, And that’s why I’m waiting for someone, dear friend for you. Yes I think of the dear old places and the ways we used to know. And I watch the changing seasons and the stars that come and go. But it’s lonely friend without you and the hours are fraught with pain, For I’m longing, Oh ! I’m longing just to see you all again. My thoughts go out today, and every day, To one so dear to me who’s far away. Never forgotten ah! Who could forget? Dear since we parted you are dearer yet. *** From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 27 January 1917.


Mister Maker is a master of his craft By Cameron McCullough IT’S 2.45am in England when I get put through to Phil Gallagher. He is wide awake, and doing press interviews with Australian media while most of his fellow countrymen and women sleep. “Actually, it is great to be sitting on my own sofa,” said Phil. “Last year, I was only home for a total of two months. I was on the road nearly the entire year!” It is no surprise. Phil Gallagher is a super-star. Or, more accurately, Mister Masker, his alter-ego is. “I absolutely love this job,” said Phil. “I miss my family and friends with all the travel, but wouldn’t trade it for anything!” And wow, is he popular! Mention the name Mister Maker around any kids and watch the excitement in their eyes. Children of all ages love to watch what the crafty and colourful character from ABC Kids can make; especially in under a minute. Phil began his career as a journalist but always wanted to be a children’s TV entertainer. “I was sports reporting very early on, before my proper career started, and was very fortunate to get experience with my local BBC. I loved local sports and was able to report on the local footy. But it had always been my dream to work

in kids TV,” said Phil. “I had an opportunity to work on the Disney Channel many years ago and that’s where it all started.” For Phil, growing up watching kids TV presenters gave him something to work towards. “I loved watching how they entertained the kids and that connection on a one-to-one basis. That’s what I do with Mister Maker, using arts and crafts and lots of fun to create a show that inspires people of all ages to get arty. Its comical and funny and the kids feel as if Mister Maker is one of their friends.” When asked what makes the show so popular, Phil laughs and says, “My hair of course.” Mister Maker is well known for his kooky hairstyle and his colourful vests, with the show commanding the attention of tens of thousands of viewers across the globe. Screened in over 100 countries, and dubbed in several different languages, Mister Maker’s crafty approach to children’s entertainment sees mini-makers transcend culture and age, with a fan base ranging from toddlers to adults. “The main reason for the show’s success is that it is about arts and crafts which are a universal thing, or at least being creative is something people from all walks of life can do. Mister Maker teaches simple art techniques and tries to inspire people

to make something. It is making arts and crafts popular around the world.” Mister Maker is such a hit that Phil is oftern recognised when he goes out. “It is mainly parents who spot me and say ‘It’s Mister Maker’ to their kids. These days it’s quite funny as grownups will ask for a selfie with me. It’s always really lovely to meet people and I’m honoured that they watch and enjoy the show.” Mister Maker is travelling around Australia and will be paying a visit. He won’t be alone though. The Shapes will be there as a supporting cast. “It still sends tingles up my spine when the shapes come onto the stage for the first time during our shows. The kids absolutely love them! This craft-packed show is sure to be bundles of fun for the whole family, so mini-makers - book your tickets early; you don’t want to miss out. “We’ll have so much fun. There will be lots of craft, but also plenty of singing and dancing. Make sure you get along to see us. I can’t wait to see all of you!” said Gallagher. Mister Maker and The Shapes will be heading to Frankston Arts Centre for two shows on 27 January (11am and 1.30pm) For tickets go to: www.thefac.com. au or call 9784 1060.



This year, McClelland is delighted that Derek Guille the renowned broadcaster, author and musician has agreed to curate and MC what promises to be a very special event featuring two of Melbourne’s finest jazz groups The Pearly Shells and Ultrafox (featuring Julie O’Hara) along with one of our favourites in The Frankston High School Senior Stage Band, directed by Leon de Bruin. Derek Guille presented the statewide Afternoon Program on 774 ABC Melbourne and ABC Local Radio throughout Victoria and Southern New South Wales before taking up the reins of the ABC Evening Program for Victoria in 2003. In September 2011, Derek departed from his top rating evening radio show and the ABC after a career of 25 years at the microphone. During his time as a broadcaster, Derek has undertaken thousands of interviews. From the world of news and current affairs, arts and culture, science and research, the list is seemingly endless. From interviews with Bryce Courtney, Elvis Costello, Sir Gus Nossal, Malcolm Fraser and Paul Keating, to interviewing David Attenborough and chairing his literary lunch and speaking with kd lang on stage after her gig in the Iwaki Auditorium. In 2007, Derek accompanied the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra on its 2007 European tour where he found inspiration in the northern French village of Villers-Bretonneux to write a children’s novel The Promise “A heart-warming tale for children, tracing


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Perfect match: In Sub-District cricket, Balnarring skipper Brent Murdoch made 95 to get his team to 217. Tootgarook are 0/6 in reply. Picture: Rab Siddhi

Old Boys buck the trend PROVINCIAL

By IT Gully PENINSULA Old Boys have once again bucked the MPCA Provincial trend in round eight and posted a strong score against Sorrento. On a day where the bowlers were on top in Provincial cricket on Saturday, POB posted a more than solid total of 8/277 to give Sorrento plenty to chase on day two of the match this weekend. The next highest score of the round was from Pines against Somerville. The Piners were bowled out for 186. The Old Boys once again had contributors throughout their card, starting with Wade Pelzer at the top of

the order with 87, Dylan O’Malley opened with 42, Eivion Bowen contributied 43 and Will Crowder hit 63. Tommy Feldgen also contributed 18 at the back end of the innings. The Sorras used seven bowlers throughout the afternoon, Rob Parslow the pick of them with 2/40 from 15 overs, while Leigh Poholke had a trundle for the third time this year for a return of 2/45 from 12 overs. Pines were cruising at 1/112 against Somerville before the wheels fell of and the visitors lost 9/74. Rhys Chalkley top scored for the Piners with 52 after opening the innings and Craig Entwhistle hit four fours and a six on his way to 44. Ash-

ley Hupe also opened with 27, Harley Parker got going for 24 and Harley Peace-Stirling made 22. Russell Wilkes was the star with the ball for the Eagles with 5/36 from 32 overs, including 18 maidens, while Matty Roach claimed 2/29 from 12. In reply, Somerville faced the last six overs of the day and lost Sean Parker for four after he was run-out by Pat Jackson. The Eagles will pick up this week on 1/15. Langwarrin were bowled out for 180 against Pearcedale in the Bushman’s Cup after skipper Travis Campbell held the innings together with a team-high 53. Matt Prosser was the next best with 23 and Taylor Smith hit 22.

Kaine Smith was the destroyer for the Panthers, bowling 27 overs for a return of nine maidens and six wickets for just 39 runs. Will Kennedy also had an impact for the visitors, claiming 2/72 from 22 overs. Pearcedale is 0/3 off three overs in reply. Mornington and Mt Eliza are evenly poised at Alexandra Park. The Mounties batted first and were bowled out for 166. Russell Fulton (57), Justin Grant (34) and Lyle House (33) were the key contributors to ensure that their side made it past 150 after being 7/127 at one stage. Matt Foon was at his devastating best for the Doggies with six wickets, while Rob O’Toole helped himself to

a couple of wickets. In reply, Mornington are 1/12 off nine overs with Rob Maskiell claiming a wicket for the Mounties. Baxter will be chasing 169 for victory after bowling out Moorooduc or 168 on Saturday. Baxter used eight bowlers throughout the afternoon against the Ducs, Sam Wolsgrove the best of them with 4/31 from 16 overs, while Chris Brittain picked up 3/30 from 14 and Chamika Sattambi snared 2/21 from 9.5 overs. Ben Williams was a shining light for Moorooduc at the top of the innings with 59 runs while Michael Whincup scored 26.

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By IT Gully THE day certainly belonged to the bowlers on the opening day of round eight in MPCA District cricket on Saturday. In the first two day game of the new year, Red Hill was the only team to make it past 200, scoring 201 against Heatherhill. The next highest team score was 165, hit by Baden Powell against Mt Martha. The lowest score of the round was 74 after Seaford were bowled out by Rye. The Demons are in a winning position at 5/111 in reply. The match at Seaford Reserve was the real story of the day with the home side already losing on first innings to the Demons.


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Tom Baron snared 4/38 from 13 overs. In reply, the Demons are 5/111 after Andrew Hitchener top scored with 39. Tim Symons and Cooper Morks are the not out batsmen, both on 16. The scenario may stay the same of a final round showdown if Boneo can cause an upset over Delacombe Park. The Pandas rolled the Parkers for just 132 on Saturday and are just 120 runs away from victory in reply. Lachlan Yeoman top scored for Delacombe with 28 while Jon Guthrie hit 23. Chris Jobling and Daniel Wilson took three wickets each for Boneo. Stuey Peck is not out, along with Wilson and one thinks if Peck can turn back the clock and be there at the end, the Pandas will win the game. The will resume at 1/12. Shaun Foster is once again holding Main Ridge together after his side

collapsed trying to reach Flinders’ target of 127. Foster is unbeaten on 41 in the chase, his team to resume at 3/46. Earlier, the Ridge did extremely well with the ball, holding the Sharks to just 127 after Blake Hogan-Keogh again saved the day for the home side with 54. Luke Collins and Nick McNamara were the pick of the Main Ridge bowlers with 3/33 and 3/28 respectively. Sam Lyons picked up 2/18. Matt Burns was the man to get the job done with the ball for the Sharks, snaring all three of Main Ridges’ wickets in eight overs for just eight runs. Mt Martha is in a world of pain against Baden Powell. After restricting the Braves to 165, Mt Martha is struggling at 3/32 in re-

ply with Mitchel Darville, Riley Shaw and Kyle Bendle all back in the sheds. The Reds’ key bowlers did the job, Curtis Stone taking 4/35 and Rhys Whitling 3/40. Rosebud will need to bowl at their best to beat Seaford Tigers after being bowled out for 113. Brian Doughty top scored with 32 while Billy Quigley hit 26. In reply, the Tigers are 1/19. Red Hill is red hot favourite to beat Heatherhill. The Hillmen made 201 with Simon Dart again dominating with 62, while Andrew Mock made 34 and Glenn Collett a very timely 28. In reply, the Hills are 2/17 after Dart snared 2/6 from his opening four overs. The Hills faced the final 10 overs of the day.


Hastings Blues bats fail - again SUB-DISTRICT

By IT Gully HASTINGS have once again failed with the bat, this time against Carrum in round eight of MPCA Sub District. The Blues’ bowlers have been able to get their team out of trouble for the most part this season and it appears that it is going to be the case again in this match. Hastings were bowled out for just 149 on Saturday against the Lions af-

ter cruising at 2/114 at one stage. Mitchell Floyd was superb at three with 41 runs, Robbie Hearn got started for 31 and AJ Wilson opened with 29 to give the Blues the ideal start. However, the middle order offered nothing and there was no wag in the tail, which saw the Blues lose 8/35. Brett Moulton was on fire for Carrum, taking 7/42 from 15 overs, including five maidens. Lachy Dobson helped himself to 2/30 from 11.2 overs.

The Blues’ bowlers were able to get their side back in the game, however, picking up 2/7 in the final 13 overs of the day. When Dromana bowled out Carrum Downs for just 135, they would have been very confident of picking up the all-important 12 points. However, wind the clock forward 18 overs and the Hoppers are in a world of pain at 7/35. David Dervan (3/22) and Michael Flahive (3/9) ripped through the visi-

tors’ batting line up to have them in all sorts. Earlier, Jye Voelkl ripped through the Cougars with 6/34 from 19 overs. Adam Mikkelsen top scored for Carrum Downs with 41 and Joel Williams hit 29. The match between Balnarring and Tootgarook should be a ripper after Brent Murdoch single handedly got his side to a winnable total of 217. The Saints batted first and the skipper Murdoch made 95, while Michael

Thompson with 39 and Glenn Newitt with 36 were the only other bats to offer any support. AJ King was the pick of the Frogs’ bowlers with 3/30 from 14 overs whole Matt Whelan claimed 2/39 from 19. The Frogs are 0/6 in reply. Ballam Park has its work cut out to get the 9/270 set by Tyabb. Stuart Plunkett was at his best with the ball for the Knights with 7/92 from 34 overs, however, he’ll need to score a ton with the bat for his side to win.

Pinheiro targets top three finish for Seaford SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie IF there was a local coach of the year award for 2016 Seaford United supremo Paulo Pinheiro would be a valid candidate. Sure he may not have beaten Scott Morrison whose Rosebud Heart side won every game in a once-in-a-generation season and Adam Jamieson whose Mornington outfit created history with back-to-back State 1 championships but what Pinheiro achieved last year is worthy of recognition. When Darren Roberts surprisingly quit a couple of weeks out from the start of last season and half a dozen senior players followed suit assistant coach Pinheiro had suddenly inherited a basket case. Despair engulfed the club on and off the field and some already accepted that Seaford United would play in a lower division this year. That was far from Pinheiro’s mind. “I saw it as an opportunity to use what I had learned from a similar role at Skye United,” said Pinheiro. He set about instilling a positive culture at North Seaford Reserve, putting faith in players such as Dylan Waugh, who hadn’t seen much senior football and Mitch Lander, who was in one of the club’s Bayside League sides. Pinheiro also was boosted by the arrival of goalkeeper Anthony Madaferri, whom he had coached as a junior and successfully engineered the return of Paul Maguire from Sandringham. Amid the gloom and doom of relegation talk Pinheiro had a bet with a friend that he could guide the side to a top six finish. He lost the bet when Seaford finished seventh but he had unearthed regular goalscorers and transformed a group of early season easybeats into a

Seaford supremo: Senior coach Paulo Pinheiro.

competitive outfit. After eight games Seaford United was second bottom with four points but by season’s end it had amassed 28 points and Waugh was one of the top three marksmen in the competition. Pinheiro is 42 years old and arrived in Melbourne from Portugal when he was 16 having played with Union Tomar in his native country. He played primarily in midfield and had two spells with Springvale City then played with Portuguese-backed Port United before a knee injury curtailed his career.

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“My dad was a coach back in Portugal and I used to watch him thinking that this was too hard for me so to be honest I never ever thought that I would get involved with coaching,” said Pinheiro. “And now here I am as a senior coach with a B licence and doing a degree in sports coaching. Funny how things turn out.” Pinheiro is in his fourth year at Seaford and has high hopes for 2017. “I’ll be very happy with a top three finish. We only started back training last week but the positive culture is

still there and we are in talks with some new players and if we can get them then I think we can do well.” Pinheiro’s assistant coach is Jose Ramos, Peter Reddick is senior team manager, Peter Myszka is reserves coach, Paul DiGeorgio is reserves team manager and club goalkeeping coach and Rhys Painter is the club’s strength and conditioning coach. In other news Somerville Eagles have been accepted into State 5 South and the fledgling club is now in the hunt for its first senior coach. Meanwhile the groups for Saturday’s Steve Wallace Cup at Dallas Brooks Park have been decided. Group A: Mornington, Baxter, Skye Utd, Sth Springvale, Berwick City. Group B: Langwarrin, Seaford Utd, Casey Comets, Rosebud Heart, Peninsula Strikers. Here is the round-robin draw: 11am: Mornington v Berwick City (pitch 1); Langwarrin v Seaford Utd (pitch 2); Casey Comets v Peninsula Strikers (pitch 3); Skye Utd v Baxter (pitch 4). 12pm: Langwarrin v Casey Comets (pitch 1); Mornington v Skye Utd (pitch 2); Berwick City v Sth Springvale (pitch 3); Seaford Utd v Rosebud Heart (pitch 4). 1pm: Mornington v Sth Springvale (pitch 1); Seaford Utd v Peninsula Strikers (pitch 2); Langwarrin v Rosebud Heart (pitch 3); Berwick City v Baxter (pitch 4). 2pm: Peninsula Strikers v Rosebud Heart (pitch 1); Sth Springvale v Baxter (pitch 2); Berwick City v Skye Utd (pitch 3); Casey Comets v Seaford Utd (pitch 4). 3pm: Langwarrin v Peninsula Strikers (pitch 1); Skye Utd v Sth Springvale (pitch 2); Mornington v Baxter (pitch 3); Casey Comets v Rosebud Heart (pitch 4).

4pm: Final between winner Group A and winner Group B (pitch 1). Mornington’s Northern Irish import Sammy Stewart is heading back to the UK in March but could return, striker Gino Defeu from Doncaster Rovers and goalkeeper James Laminski from Frankston Pines have been signed while Manningham United’s Aaron Root is training with the club. Mornington’s pre-season schedule: Saturday 28 January Steve Wallace Cup at Dallas Brooks Park, 11am; Saturday 4 February v Knox City at Egan Lee Reserve, kick-off to be confirmed; Monday 6 February v South Melbourne at Dallas Brooks Park, 6.45pm; Saturday 11 February intraclub at Dallas Brooks Park, 2pm; Saturday 18 February v Mazenod at Dallas Brooks Park, KO TBC; Thursday 23 February v Peninsula Strikers at Centenary Park, 6.45pm; Saturday 25 February v Banyule at Dallas Brooks Park, KO TBC; Saturday 4 March v Westgate at Dallas Brooks Park, KO TBC. Langwarrin agreed terms last week with former Altona Magic and Morwell Pegasus midfielder Mat Luak and the club is keen to also sign Lewis Foster from Dandenong City and Serge Yanez from Berwick City. Former Baxter captain Owen Kilner is set to resume his career after being sidelined since round one of the 2015 season and requiring a full knee reconstruction while defensive midfielder Billy Liapsis has returned from the US. Baxter’s pre-season schedule: Tuesday 24 January v Skye Utd at Baxter Park, seniors and reserves 7pm; Saturday 28 January Steve Wallace Cup at Dallas Brooks Park, 11am; Saturday 11 February v Casey Panthers at Baxter Park, 1pm and 3pm.

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