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FREE showers for those doing it tough and sleeping rough are available weekly at the Chelsea Community Church of Christ. Wendy Lewis and Kim Piercy help Noel Turnham, who gave the shower a go, as he steps out of the portable free shower. The church also hosts community breakfasts to keep people connected in our busy times. Picture: Yanni

Election complaints secrecy Neil Walker DIRTY tricks accusations plague most federal and state election campaigns and council elections are no different but it seems council election wrongdoers can escape without public sanction. This month’s Kingston Council elections again have candidates on high alert about allegedly misleading and unauthorised flyers being handed out amid claims some candidates have had election material removed from letterboxes in some streets after they were hand delivered. The News understands complaints will be lodged with the Victorian Electoral Commission but there seems little chance of any substantial or public action being taken against anyone found guilty of election campaign misdeeds. Previous Kingston council elections held in 2012 saw widespread coverage of complaints about some candidates distributing “dirt sheets” aimed at undermining the election chances of Rosemary West, Steve Staikos and Trevor Shewan. The trio accused Justin Scott, a Liberal Party member and founder of the site and protest group, of publishing and distributing flyers wrongly accusing the then councillors of “bullying” and the alleged misuse of council funds. Crs West and Staikos were re-elected

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but then councillor Mr Shewan, who is standing again this time around, missed out on re-election in the South ward in 2012. Four years later, on the eve of the 2016 Kingston Council elections, the Local Government Investigations and Compliance Inspectorate refuses to name any individuals found guilty of breaching Local Government Act election rules. The LGICI said 33 complaints regarding the 2012 Kingston Council elections were lodged including 30 to the VEC. “The vast majority of complaints received related to misleading and deceptive electoral material,” inspectorate spokeswoman Christine Panayotou said. “One complaint was received regarding an alleged misuse of position and three complaints received were in relation to matters outside the jurisdiction of the inspectorate. “Of the 30 investigations undertaken, two resulted in the finding of a prima facie breach of the Act and in both cases a warning was issued.” The Inspectorate refused to name the individuals who received a warning and said complainants and the relevant council CEO are also advised of any breaches of the Act during election campaigns. Continued Page 8

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Music treat: International Youth Silent Film Festival goers will see and hear Kingston City Hall’s 1928 Wurlitzer theatre organ.

Film festival comes roaring back KINGSTON Arts is rolling out the red carpet with a Great Gatsby themed celebration of the Roaring Twenties at this year’s International Youth Silent Film Festival. Attendees are being encouraged to wear 1920s inspired outfits while heading along to the Kingston City Hall at the end of the month. Aspiring young filmmakers’ works will be showcased on and three winners will be awarded major prizes. The return of the annual event sees filmmakers aged 20 years and under invited to create a three-minute film to accompany one of seven original scores in the genres of slapstick, action, horror, romance, mystery, sci-fi and hero.

Each film is accompanied by music composed by awardwinning organist Nathan Avakian from the US to perform on Kingston City Hall’s iconic 1928 Wurlitzer theatre organ. The event features pre-show entertainment, screening of top-quality short films followed by classic tunes to help the crowds dance the night away. The 2016 International Youth Silent Film Festival will be screened at the Kingston City Hall, Moorabbin on Saturday 29 October, 6pm, $20 adults, $15 groups of six or more or $5 for children. Call 9556 4450 or see for bookings.

A YOUNG woman driving for ridesharing service Uber was subjected to a barrage of lewd comments and offensive behaviour after picking up a fare in Bonbeach early Sunday morning. The 25-year-old told police she drove to Harding Av to collect a man who ordered a ride via the Uber mobile app and when she arrived, two men were waiting to be picked up. The man with the Uber account hopped into the back seat while the other man – possibly named Sam – sat in the front passenger seat. The unidentified man in the front then began making “inappropriate sexual remarks” and exposed himself before trying to force the Uber driver’s hands onto him. He then tipped two small bottles of water onto her lap. The driver decided to stop and drop him off, near Mathilda Way, where he stood inside the open door and again exposed himself and urinated in full view of the driver. As the woman drove off, the backseat passenger repeatedly apologised for his friend’s actions before being dropped off elsewhere in Keysborough. The woman called her boyfriend afterwards and they reported the incident to police. Sam is described as Caucasian, 25, blond hair, blue eyes, no facial hair, with a black nose ring in his right nostril and wearing a black baseball cap.

Police have been provided with screenshots of the pick-up and dropoff locations. Uber communications manager Mike Scott confirmed the incident had been reported to police. “Everyone deserves to be treated with respect and we treat the safety of all drivers and riders seriously,” he said. “We’ve been in touch with our driver-partner to offer her our support and have been actively assisting police with their investigations.” Detective Sergeant Ian Bucher, of Moorabbin Sexual Offences Unit, said the investigation was ongoing but he was confident of tracking down the offender soon. “There’s always a presumption of innocence [and] if the person involved was to come forward we would be happy to arrange a meeting where we could discuss the incident,” he said. The state government last month announced plans to legalise Uber in Victoria by setting up a registration system for taxis, hire cares and ridesharing services. Passengers will pay a $2 levy per trip for eight years to contribute towards a $75 million “fairness fund” to help taxi drivers facing immediate hardship due to Uber’s legalisation as a competitor. The Uber ride-sharing service relies on passengers and drivers giving each other online reviews after journeys to try to ensure reliable drivers and well-behaved passengers use the service.

Five businesses hit by thieves FIVE businesses in Carrum and Chelsea were robbed or had attempts made to rob them overnight on Tuesday (11 October) last week. The businesses – all in Station St or Nepean Hwy – included a coin laundry, pizza shop, fast food caravan, antique shop, and licenced tavern. In two of the robberies, thieves used heavy implements to punch holes through plaster walls to gain entry. Police have charged a 36-year-old Whittlesea man with the coin laundry robbery. CCTV footage shows a

man placing a magazine between the back door and the wall of the Nepean Hwy premises about 10pm, possibly to prevent it closing. A man is then seen attempting to jemmy open a wall mounted change machine before using a sledgehammer to smash his way through a plaster wall into an office where he stole $50 coins. He is also seen cutting through electrical wiring, possibly to disable the CCTV camera. A man was arrested on the weekend and charged with robbery. He appeared at Melbourne Magistrates’

Court on 13 October and was further remanded until 14 November. Thieves climbed over a two-metrehigh wire fence and smashed a glass door to enter a Chelsea antiques shop, corner Nepean Hwy and Chadwell Gr. They ransacked the counter and office area and stole $200 in coins and notes as well as a charity tin. Next door, a few hours later, thieves broke into a fast food caravan by bending metal surrounding a door vent and stealing a small number of gold coins. The van was previously

robbed on 21 September. Police are checking a fingerprint found at the scene with records held by Australian Border Force officials. It may match those contained in a possible suspect’s immigration application. A pizza shop proprietor told police thieves tried to enter his Station St premises by jemmying open a back door and placing a garbage bin near a fence. They also jemmied plaster from a wall and damaged a wall jamb. Nothing was stolen.

Thieves pushed down a two-metrehigh wire fence topped with barbed wire in an attempt to enter a Station St tavern the same night. They failed in their attempts to unscrew bolts on the backdoor and window and ripped flywire off window screens at the tavern, which is next door to the pizza shop. Police are appealing for witnesses to the incidents. They should call Crime Stoppers, 1800 333 000. Stephen Taylor


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NEWS DESK Footy champions ONE of Carrum’s most dedicated grassroots footy volunteers has been declared a Champion of the Code. Carrum Labor MP Sonya Kilkenny nominated Katherine Gillespie-Jones for an award at a special reception at Government House to pay tribute to the hard-working volunteers who make local footy tick. Katherine joined fellow Champions of the Code from all over Victoria to watch the 2016 AFL Grand Final Parade, before taking in the NAB AFL Under-18 All Stars Match at Punt Road Oval, and then lunched at one of the Grand Final live site pop-up restaurants. The Western Bulldogs broke its 62year premiership drought by downing the Sydney Swans on Grand Final day in a close tightly-fought game. “We love our footy in Carrum, and it’s people like Katherine GillespieJones who make the game the great experience it is,” Ms Kilkenny said. “Week after week, Katherine is there putting in long hours to ensure players, coaches and spectators enjoy the magic that is football.” “Come rain, hail or shine, grassroots volunteers are the unsung heroes working way to make a real difference for thousands of lovers of football.” Volunteers like Katherine mightn’t do it for the recognition, but the Champions of the Code reception is the footy family’s way of saying thank you for the hours of dedication volunteers give every winter.

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Election results weekend after council votes are in THE results of this weekend’s council elections will not be known until more than seven days after polling day. Voters must return completed ballot papers to the Victorian Electoral Commission before 6pm on Friday 21 October to be counted but the election overseer will also count any votes received before midday on Friday 28 October to account for any postal delays. Kingston Council votes will be tallied by computer count. Provisional results are expected between noon on Friday 28 October and Sunday 30 October and will be listed on the VEC’s website. Results for all elections are

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Best start to day: Jacob Ker and his mum Leanne share a hearty breakfast together. Picture: Yanni

Breakfast is served among friends THERE’S nothing quite like treating yourself to a hot breakfast to start the day, and the ones they serve at Chelsea Care Works are up there with the best. Chelsea Care Works, the outreach arm of the Chelsea Community Church of Christ, runs a free community breakfast every Wednesday that has drawn diners from all over Melbourne since it started eight years ago. Pastor Judi Turnham said the restaurant-style breakfast is more than just a “free feed”; it’s a friendly community service where people from all walks of life are invited to

enjoy a meal and a smile. “It is about community, belonging, friendships, reducing isolation and loneliness, because many in our society can go days without seeing another person or are trying to survive living in their cars or on the street,” she said. “We’re very friendly down here and it really is wonderful to see people enjoying the food and the company.” Pastor Judi, as she is known in the community, said the church had also opened two new services for homeless people or anyone struggling to live on pensions or low paid work.

provisional until the official declaration of results, between Monday 31 October and Friday 4 November, for all council elections across Victoria. Elections to vote for councillors to represent the community at council are held every four years. Forty-five candidates are running for nine seats on council. The News has asked all candidates some questions about their background, political affiliations and the challenges facing the Kingston area. The answers can be read online at where a full list of candidates for each ward is also available.

She thanked Uniting Church Australia Share Grants for a generous grant to help with the continuation of our meals and pantry service and a business group called Pay It Forward for its support. The ‘your pantry’ service provides free food and toiletries every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 7.45-9.45am, while a portable shower comes to the church every Wednesday between 6.30-8.30am. Chelsea Community Church of Christ is at 3-5 Blantyre Avenue. Call 9773 0301 for further information. Liz Bell

EIGHTY-ONE Kingston households, schools and community groups will join thousands of people across the country taking part in the ‘Garage Sale Trail’, Saturday 22 October. The days offers people an opportunity to pass on pre-loved goods and clothes to others looking for a bargain. There are 81 garage sales already listed in Kingston for the day, which encourages Australians to reduce

waste by buying or selling used items in a fun, creative way. Events include vintage treasures at the ‘My Children’s Inheritance for Sale’ event in Mentone, an ‘Orchids Galore’ sale in Cheltenham, the ‘Book Lovers Rejoice’ sale in Parkdale or the ‘Amazing Toy Spectacular’ in Edithvale. See for details.

Authors’ showcase at seniors fest MENTONE Public Library’s An Author for All Seasons event presents local author Amanda Apthorpe and The Mordialloc Writers Group in a back-to-back Kingston Seniors Festival Literary Showcase, Saturday 29 October.

Ms Apthorpe, who will speak 11amnoon, has written a second book: A Single Breath. The writers’ group, 12.15-1.15pm, will present their most recent anthology release Kingston My City: An Anthology of Personal Essays.




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THE creepy clown phenomenon is concerning police, with their antics alarming motorists and passers-by. Reports of the clowns holding fake knives and cap guns and terrifying motorists along FrankstonDandenong Rd, Carrum Downs, came to light Monday afternoon last week. The trio was said to be standing on the side of the road in full view of passing motorists. They ran off before police arrived. Senior Sergeant Kim Young, of Frankston police, said wearing a clown outfit was not necessarily against the law – it “has to be taken in context and depends on what they are doing”, she said. “Every instance will be assessed on its merits but, generally, if the offenders are making nuisances of themselves they will be dealt with.” Senior Sergeant Justin Watson said police also responded to reports of clowns on Robinsons Rd, Langwarrin, on Monday. “They were young kids who scampered and there was no incidence of violence,” he said. “However, we are treating the issue seriously and we won’t tolerate offensive behaviour.” Sergeant Watson said the clowns were copycats mirroring the US craze. Asked if they would be arrested, he said: “It is an offence to possess an article of disguise, however, it all depends on the circumstances. “For example, it is not an offence to wear a balaclava in the snow but it is not allowed in a bank. If there is no threat then there is no crime.” Mornington Sergeant Jodie Powell said police received “three or four” calls from residents complaining about clowns on Racecourse Rd, Mornington. One reportedly was carrying a wooden knife. “It’s bad and scary,” she said. “I know of at least three jobs. We didn’t locate anyone on the first two but on the third we spoke to a young man but no charges were laid.” Stephen Taylor

19 October 2016

Scary face: Clown craze has frightening overtones.

MPs hail tougher sentences for criminals THE state government is introducing tough new legislation to combat a rising tide of violent carjackings and home invasions, many in the south-eastern suburbs, Mordialloc state MP Tim Richardson said last week. Specific and targeted stand-alone offences have been created for carjacking, aggravated carjacking, home invasions, and aggravated home invasions. “These have been developed in close consultation with Victoria Police and will include tough new penalties and statutory minimum sentences,” Mr Richardson said. “This is about giving police the tools they need to keep the community safe.” There will also be a presumption

against bail for aggravated carjacking, home invasion and aggravated home invasion. This new show-cause provision will apply to offenders regardless of age. A statutory minimum non-parole period of three years will also apply to aggravated carjacking and aggravated home invasion. The Labor MP has called on Police Minister Lisa Neville to visit Kingston to talk to residents and hear police views on crime and punishment. “There is nothing more fundamental in our community than feeling safe and secure,” he said in state parliament. “When confronted with some of the systematic challenges we have been facing recently, which include family violence, the dev-

astating effects of the drug ice, as well as recent examples of theft, home invasions and carjackings across the south-eastern suburbs, we need to take swift action.” Mr Richardson said there had been no cuts to police numbers in the Mordialloc district, adding that it was the role of the Police Commissioner, Graham Ashton, to determine what resources were needed to tackle crime. He said there were no changes to the 24-hour counter services at police stations Cheltenham, Mordialloc and Chelsea. Carrum Labor MP Sonya Kilkenny says the state government is introducing legislation to restrict the courts’ use of community correction orders for the

most serious crimes – such as rape and murder. She said the Sentencing (Community Correction Order) and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2016 would bring sentencing “more into line with community expectations and ensure those convicted of the most serious criminal offences go to prison”. The legislation aims to prevent the use of community correction orders and other non-custodial orders for 10 serious offences, including murder, rape, kidnapping, extreme sexual and physical violence and serious drugs and terrorism offences. “When police are under pressure to cope with the increasing crime rate, they

do not need the courts to put perpetrators of serious crimes back in the community instead of behind bars,” Ms Kilkenny said. “That’s what the community expects, and that’s what these tough new laws will deliver. “For the most serious crimes, the only appropriate sentence is a prison sentence.” Crime in Kingston has surged 9.3 per cent in crime in the past year according to figures released by the Crimes Statistics Agency Victoria. Liberal state Upper House MP for the South Eastern Metropolitan Region Inga Peulich says “crime is out of control under Labor”. Stephen Taylor

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A DISPUTE over a disabled parking bay led to a verbal altercation and then a physical assault outside Lakeview shopping centre, Patterson Lakes, Saturday afternoon. A Patterson Lakes woman with a permanent disability told police she had been unable to find a free disabled parking space at the centre, 2.50pm, 15 October, forcing her to drive around longer than expected. The woman, 58, saw a free space and parked, but noticed a car without a disabled sticker in the next bay. She had a verbal altercation with the female passenger whom she alleges threw a drink at her. The driver of the offending car returned and all three continued arguing. The woman said the passenger then grabbed the sunglasses off her face, causing her to stumble backwards, further injuring her knee. The two women, described as African/Suda-

nese, then drove away. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

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STAFF at a Chelsea liquor store were spat at by a troublesome customer when they refused to serve him, Saturday night, 15 October. They said the man had been in the shop the night before, causing a nuisance of himself and spitting blood. When they refused him service he became aggressive and again spat at them, before leaving the store and heading towards the Woolworths car park. The man is described as 50 years old with bad teeth, and is mostly bald with some grey hair and was wearing track pants and a flannelette shirt. Police said he may be the same offender who stole items from the nearby NQR store. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

Gamble does not pay off

A MEAT and poultry delivery driver who told police he had been robbed of $800 was later charged with making a false report. The man, 54, of Dandenong, called 000 to report that he had been robbed by men armed with a gun and a knife near the Gladesville shopping centre, 1.15am, Saturday 15 October. Police attended the scene and took a formal statement, but became suspicious when details of the man’s story did not match. They were then able to access nearby CCTV footage and disprove the man’s claims of robbery. After being confronted by police the man admitted losing the money at Mornington poker venues the night before. He said he feared his wife would leave him if she found out he had lost his wages. Police told him the matter would be reported and that he may receive a summons.

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A MAN arriving back at his Chelsea home saw an unfamiliar utility parked in his neighbour’s driveway, and then saw torchlight in an upstairs bedroom on Friday 14 October at about 10pm. The man then realised the torches had been switched off when he parked his car in Newington Parade. He saw a passenger in the ute and noticed the garage door had been propped open, with another man walking from the house back to the ute. This man is described as Caucasian, aged in his 20s with short hair, tattoos down his left arm, is of slim build and was wearing a black singlet and black tracksuit pants. The neighbour followed the ute when it drove off but lost sight of it on Nepean Hwy, Chelsea. Police later found that three bedrooms at the house had been ransacked and jewellery stolen.


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Election complaints under wraps Continued from Page 1 Kingston Council CEO John Nevins said council had never been notified of any proven misconduct in the aftermath of the 2012 council elections. “This is a matter for the Local Government Inspectorate. Kingston council was not party to the investigation,” Mr Nevins said in a statement. When contacted Mr Scott said he couldn’t remember how far the investigation into alleged dirt sheets proceeded but “I don’t know how far that went,” he said. “I think there was a letter to say there was a complaint made but I don’t recall receiving a formal warning or anything like that. “We sought legal advice and it basically said ‘in an election campaign, all’s fair in love and war’.” Mr Scott said he returned the candidate

donations declaration, that showed no declared donations, later than required but said that was the only matter the inspectorate had raised with him after the 2012 elections. The paperwork mix-up could account for one of the two prima facie breaches mentioned by the inspectorate. “I don’t recall that there was a formal warning. That would mean I’d be threatened to be disqualified from the race and I certainly don’t recall receiving anything like that,” Mr Scott said. It emerged this week that there are fears the inspectorate is underfunded and underresourced and ill-equipped to investigate any claims of alleged misconduct at councils across Victoria. The Age noted there have been no prosecutions listed on the inspectorate’s website since 2013. Sore spot: Rye’s Vincent Misitano thought his ulcer was just a harmless insect bite. Picture: Yanni

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Liz Bell FRANKSTON and the Mornington Peninsula have emerged as “hot spots” for a flesh-eating bacteria that leaves sufferers disfigured and has doctors baffled. Variously known as the Bairnsdale ulcer, the Daintree ulcer and the Baruli ulcer, the infectious disease is affecting up to four residents a week in the Frankston and on the peninsula. Data from the Department of Health shows that 42 cases have been reported in Mornington so far this year, up from 33 last year. In Frankston, there have been 12 cases, up from seven last year. State-wide there were 106 cases of the infection last year while already this year 108 cases have been recorded. The bacterium is thought to enter the bloodstream via a mosquito bite, but little is known about the source. Head of infectious diseases at Peninsula Health Dr Peter Kelley said the rate of infection on the peninsula had increased steadily every year since it was first detected in the south east in the early 2000s. However, he admitted doctors knew little about its origins, the reasons for the increase, or the methods of transmission. The disease, caused by the Mycobacterium ulcerans bacteria, causes a small, painless bitelike mark which, if left untreated, will ulcerate and form large gaping wounds. In severe cases, the bone can be infected. Dr Kelley said the ulcers were common in tropical climates, such as Queensland, and were common in rural sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, where poor healthcare often led to severe infection and amputations. He said since 2011 the number of people presenting at Peninsula Health had increased significantly, but doctors were unsure why. “The peninsula area is emerging as a bit of a

hot spot, but nobody knows why,” he said. “We know it has been associated with stagnant water and coastal vegetation, and there has been some evidence gathered that mosquitoes are involved. “If you can avoid being bitten, you probably avoid the disease.” Every year there are 5000-6000 cases worldwide, according to the World Health Organisation, but Australia is believed to be the only developed country with significant Bairnsdale ulcer outbreaks. Dr Kelley said it was important to raise awareness of the disease among doctors and the public, as the key to recovery was to pick it up early. Rye resident Vincent Misitano believes he may have been bitten by an infected mosquito in May last year, but it wasn’t until he returned from an overseas trip that he sought treatment for a sore that wouldn’t go away. He described the initial wound as a small bite that looked like it was “brewing” underneath. “The doctor took a swab and, once it was confirmed, I had to take two courses of antibiotics and have regular wound dressings, and while it’s slowly getting better it has still not gone completely,” he said. A keen gardener, Mr Misitano believes he may have been bitten while gardening and is urging people not to ignore insect bites. Dr Kelley said he expected infection rates to rise significantly with the onset of warmer weather, and warned people to use insect repellent and cover up outside. There is some evidence that the bacteria can be transmitted from mosquitos to wildlife, as it has been found in wildlife faeces. A 2007 study in Point Lonsdale, Victoria, detected Mycobacterium ulcerans among 11,000 mosquitoes. It is a reportable disease and the third most common bacterial disease after TB and leprosy.


INTRIGUE surrounds the workings of the Peninsula Community Legal Centre, whose board resigned last month after their recommendation to solve a “governance problem” was rejected by members. Chairperson Amanda Graham wrote to members late last month saying independent legal advice had recommended the centre’s constitution be amended to resolve the problem, but that three proposed resolutions put forward had been voted down at a special meeting on 8 September. This prompted the board to resign – a move over which it is now backtracking to enable the appointment of an administrator “to demonstrate that all options had been explored in attempting to resolve the governance issue”. This is a blow to the organisation, which Ms Graham described as “one of the largest and most highly regarded legal centres in the state”. In her letter, seen by The News, she said PCLC members “have given their hearts and souls” to the independent, not-for-profit organisation that has been providing free legal services to Frankston and Mornington Peninsula residents since 1977. No one from the centre would comment last week. The service, with the help of volunteers, helps clients use the law to protect and advance their rights, and offers free advice to disadvantaged clients in family law, child support, intervention order, fines clinic, tenant and consumer advocacy programs. “The decision [to resign] was not taken lightly, and was made with the best interests of the PCLC at heart,” Ms Graham said in the letter.

“It is simply untenable for our community organisation, with an annual budget in excess of $2 million, to rely on governance structures that fall outside of general accepted practice. “As a leading CLC, we should embody the very best of governance practices.” She said the committee of management had believed that handing the running of the organisation over to a statutory manager would allow a “totally independent review of the PCLC structure – thereby giving key stakeholders and funders confidence that PCLC would transition to good governance”. But, that all fell in a heap when subsequent legal advice found that, for a court to appoint such an administrator, the board members would have to rescind their resignations, and to demonstrate that all options had been explored in attempting to resolve the governance issue. A members’ forum to be held Thursday 13 October was called to discuss with the committee “the importance of PCLC instituting proper governance and canvassing any concerns members may have about doing so”. A second special general meeting on Thursday 20 October will consider a single governance resolution regarding the introduction of associate members. Ms Graham said the highly regarded PCLC was “in a precarious position given the membership has rejected independent legal advice pertaining to good governance. The committee of management has resigned as a result and then reformed in order to put the matter to members one last time”. “Such scrutiny could jeopardise PCLC’s good reputation and potentially shake the confidence of PCLC supporters and funders. For this reason, we ask that these matters not be discussed with nonmembers,” she said.

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A lot of drive needed to cure MND Cameron McCullough IT is hard not to be moved by the story of Neale Daniher. The football great was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2013. Currently incurable, MND is a progressive disease involving the degeneration of the motor neurons and wasting of the muscles. The life expectancy of a person diagnosed with this terrible disease is only about two and a half years. Neale Daniher has not taken MND lying down though. He has shown a determination to live life to the fullest, and face the challenges this disease brings with courage, humour, and a drive to help prevent the suffering of those that may be diagnosed with this disease in the future. It was through a few meetings with Neale Daniher that Brad Fitzsimmons, the Dealer Principal at Bayside Automotive Group in Frankston, decided to get involved with Neale’s crusade to find a cure for MND. “He is such an inspiration. His spirit and drive are unbelievable,” said Mr Fitzsimmons. “It got me thinking. If he can do all this to work towards a cure for this disease then why aren’t we doing more?” That was the catalyst for Brad and his band of supporters to get involved in this year’s Daniher’s Drive, which ran between 13 and 16 October. “Daniher’s Drive last year raised

On a mission: (l to r) Ashley Robertson (Mornington Race Club), Ben Sii (FCA), Sam Quattrone (FCA), Brad Fitzsimmons (Bayside Automotive Group Dealer Principal), Phil Gray (Sales Manager FCA), Brett and Jody Lovett (A Positive Move), Saree Bremert (A Positive Move, Peter Christopherson (Sales Executive FCA). Picture: Cameron McCullough

over $500,000 that will go towards curing MND. “This year, they aim to raise over $700,000. The great news is that, even before the event had started, we had raised over $556,000 for 2016!” It is an impressive sum of money, and Brad’s team have raised a considerable amount towards the overall sum. “We jumped on the phone to all those great businesses and people we

deal with. We’ve asked them to put their hands in their pockets for such a worthy cause. “We’ve also had great support from Suzuki Australia, Jeep Australia, and our parent company, AHG”. The ‘Bayside Slayers’ as they call themselves, will be joined by ‘A Positive Move’ team, also behind the wheel of a Jeep Grand Cherokee. “It will be great to have another Jeep alongside us. They are fantas-

tic cars, and I’m sure they’ll handle the over 1,100 kilometre route with ease!” The trip is tinged with sadness for the ‘A Positive Move’ team. The car was to be driven by Dick Custerson. Mr Custerson recently lost his battle with cancer. “Dick was a great friend of ours, and will be sorely missed. Dick’s car will be driven by Brett Lovett who will be accompanied by his wife

Jody, and Sue and Saree from ‘A Positive Move’”. The four day Daniher’s Drive took the cars up through Lilydale, Yea, Mansfield, Bright, Mount Hotham, Lakes Entrance, Sale, Inverloch, San Remo, and Cowes before heading back to Melbourne on Sunday 16 October. To donate to Daniher’s Drive, go to: danihersdrive/bayside-slayers

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Mr H. Smith dies in gun accident Compiled by Cameron McCullough A GUN accident, which resulted fatally, occurred at Mornington Junction on Saturday last. It appears that Mr H. Smith, a well known resident, took the gun from its place, saying that he would just have one shot. He went about 50 yards from the house, and on getting through a fence that was there must have caught the trigger in the wire, as the inmates heard a shot and on going to ascertain what was shot, found the unfortunate man quite dead, lying close to the fence. Death must have been instantaneous, as there were no signs of a struggle. The deceased was well respected, and deep sympathy is felt for his wife and family in their sudden bereavement. *** MESSRS Brody and Mason will hold a clearing sale as Somerville on Wed nesday next, of horses, farm implements, vehicles etc on account of Mr Morrow, who is leaving the district. *** THE hon. sec. of the Frankston District Roll of Honor Fund, wishes to acknowledge receipt of 10s 6d from Mr Richard Wells. Any member of the committee will receive donations and the secretaries will forward a receipt. *** AT courts held at Dromana, Mornington and Frankston on Tuesday, 107 men presented themselves, of which 73 were declared fit and 32 unfit. At Dandenong on Thursday out of 113 men, 91 were declared fit and 42 unfit.

*** LIEUT. J. A. Whitaker was sworn in before His Honor Mr Justice Hood at the Practice Court Law Courts, Melbourne, as one of His Majesty’s Justices of the Peace for the Centre Bailiwick of the State on the 17th October 1916. *** MISS Dulcie Bland, who performed at the recent concert given by Mr Harry Skinner, for the Frankston District Roll of Honor Fund, was again successful in gaining first prize at the South street Ballarat competitions. *** ON Wednesday next, Oct 25th an old Linen afternoon will be held in Red Cross depot room, Mechanics’ Hall, from 2pm to 6pm. A liberal response is asked for, as the demand in hospitals for old soft clean rags is very heavy, and many people can help in this way by coming to the depot with clean white linen, or if unable to come may be able to send cloths. *** IT will be seen by our advertisement in another column that the fourth meeting in the district in connection with the forth coming referendum will be held at Mt Eliza on Tuesday next. The object of the meeting is to secure replies of “Yes” on the 25th inst. Mr Hugh Menzies and other prominent speakers will address the meeting. It is to be hoped that there will be a good attendance and a practically unanimous decision in the affirmative. *** THREE splendid bream, weigh-

ing about 2lbs each, were caught on Thursday, in the creek, by Cr C. Murray and Mr W. P. Mason. The nature of the bait used is a profound secret, only known to themselves. The lines used were of the type known as flathead. Wading was one of the essentials. Mr Hefter, who also indulges, caught a beauty; he states that bream is the easiest of all fish to catch. *** THE members of the W.C.T.U. and some friends, at the invitation of Captain Condor, drove to Langwarrin camp, and were all greatly interested and impressed with the splendid discipline as seen, also the many improvements effected at the camp. The men were busily employed at various occupations, some building a band stand, others working in the carpenter’s shop which looked replete with all necessary tools. There is great promise of gardens, which are laid out with great taste, and many trees are planted which in time will afford grateful shade. Capt.Condor and Chaplin Gates met the party on arrival and were most kind. The grounds, buildings, picture hall, canteen, Y.M.C.A. hall (over which Mr Smith is organising secretary) where the men may avail themselves of writing materials, books etc, and where they may rest in their leisure hours, were visited. Some of the party were shown through one of the hospital wards where they distributed flowers. There were about eighty patients in

the wards. An invitation to afternoon tea was gratefully accepted and much appreciated. Just before leaving, the band played several selections exceedingly well. The impression made was that everything should be done to help cheer the sick and encourage them by sympathy to redeem the past, and prove themselves better men in the future. Over 2,000 men had recovered and returned to the front and the majority of the men now in camp were anxious to get back and do their bit. Capt. Condor has the welfare of the men at heart and is most sympathetic towards them and is very desirous that the Frankston people should feel kindly interest in them and show it by visiting the camp as often aspracticable. “I am satisfied,” says Mr F. W. Bamford, a Labour member of the House of Representatives for Queensland, that compulsion is necessary and I intend to support it by my voice and vote. We have heard a good deal about the evil of Prussian militarism, and have been told that men have left Germany in order to escape. Well, if Prussian militarism has been severe on the people of Prussia, how much more severe would it be upon the people of a conquered country ? The position in such circumstances would be intolerable. There would be only one thing to do, and that would be to commit suicide. I say quite seriously that it would be better for any man with a family

to do as many others have done in those countries already subjugated by the enemy, namely, to put them into closed chambers and turn on the gas. Far better would it be for them to die thus than to fall into the hands of the enemy. Now, suppose we did not send more men to the front; suppose we left unfilled the gaps that have been caused in the ranks of our soldiers? What would happen then? Our battalions would become reduced, our men would be drafted into other units, and finally Australia would not be represented by one complete unit at the front. Of what avail then, would be the glory of our men at Gallipoli and of the heroes of Anzac ? Where today, it would be asked, are the men who so bravely shed their blood in the defence of the country ? They are gone but none have come to fill their places. It behoves everyone of us to consider well what he ought to do.” *** ABOUT one hundred soldiers were entertained on Tuesday last, by the Frankston “Wattle Club”, and although the secretary only received word Monday midday, notifying the club of their intended visit, everything passed off well. *** From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 21 October, 1916

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Practical tips for surviving the Zombie Apocalypse By Stuart McCullough It’s coming. As surely as Christmas, Sam & Dave, your in-laws and the scratch at the back of your throat that you just know is going to turn into a fully fledged gargantuan head cold; its arrival is both imminent and inevitable. There’s little that any of us can do other than to switch off the lights, barricade the doors and hope against hope for the best. Try as we might, some things can’t be stopped. Deny it all you like, but the zombie apocalypse is on its way, ready or not. This country is in danger of being swamped by Zombies. There – I said it. Eventually, someone was bound to pluck up the bravery to state the obvious. That this person should turn out to be me is a source for no small amount of pride (and, possibly, prejudice). I realise that such a statement might be considered controversial. But sometimes it takes a fair slice of courage if not the cloak of Parliamentary privilege to say out loud the kind of things that would never be uttered in polite conversation and are usually the preserve of slurred discussions over a wet table at your local drinking hole in the final minutes before closing time. I appreciate that I’m being controversial. Indeed, I’m pretty much resigned to the fact that my anti-zombie campaign will be frowned at by the urban-dwelling, latte-sipping, leftleaning, cardigan-wearing, Q & A watching intelligentsia who own Jackson Browne albums and drive huge petrol-skolling four wheel drives with bald-faced, irony-free bumper stickers that decry climate change, but so what? Those people don’t live in the

real world like you and I. Instead, they live in ivory towers that have butler’s pantries but nothing in the way of a bathroom mirror in which they could have a long, hard look at themselves. It’s time that someone called a spade a shovel. Zombies have a culture and

ideology that is incompatible with our own. They don’t support our way of life. In fact, as members of the undead, zombies don’t support any way of life at all. That’s why they shouldn’t be allowed to come here to steal our jobs and eat our brains. If they don’t like

things the way they are, they should go back to where they came from. Granted, where they came from is approximately six feet under the pavement but it’s the principle rather than the actual distance that matters. If you think that my unbridled attack on zombies is unfair, then consider the evidence. And when I say ‘consider the evidence’, I mean, pretend that everything I say actually has some scientific basis and is not just a random stream of repulsive alphabet vomit. The UN is a giant conspiracy. Climate change is a ruse invented by NASA and KFC to encourage sales of their original recipe chicken. Skittles are terrorists. Siri is stealing your dreams. Donald Trump is not a fictional character even if he and Sacha Barron Cohen have never been seen in the same room together. International banking families are conspiring to break up One Direction and are responsible for Taylor Swift’s rise to world domination. The list goes on (and can be downloaded from the Internet at your convenience). Come to think of it, perhaps zombies are the least of our problems. For we live in a golden age where what passes for debate is something that once would have been mocked for being an evidence-free rant against the universe. Once, demented outbursts of this kind would be greeted by a refusal to make eye contact and a quiet shuffling of feet. Now they hand out ‘how to vote’ cards. It makes you wonder at how we’re ever going to get anything done if the rules of engagement are less stringent than those applying to ‘Uno’. Before I go any further, I should make something of an admission. I

don’t actually know any zombies. For reasons I can’t quite explain, our paths have never crossed. But despite the fact that zombies have never done anything personally to me, I find myself despising them nevertheless. It’s more than a matter of not liking them very much and far exceeds your garden-variety antipathy. Given my emotions, you’d think that zombies had just stolen my car park at Southland even though I clearly had my indicator on. It’s both irrational and immeasurable. Now that I think about it, there’s something so illogical, so unreasonable about my feelings that maybe, just maybe, it’s not them so much as it is me. Now there’s a thought. Perhaps I ought to own up to the fact that I have an unquenchable prejudice against the undead. There’s something about things that I thought were long-gone and buried and then, without warning, turn up again that I find inherently unsettling. Whether it be on my doorstep or in the Australian Senate, I find it confronting. I must do better. In fact, I should go out of my way to make sure that people who come here feel welcome. After all, it was only two generations ago that my family turned up. Now we’re part of the furniture. I only wish that some of our new parliamentarians could find it in their own hearts to be a little more understanding. After all, when you think about it, some of our new Senators are not so very different from zombies; with the obvious exception that only one of them has a thirst for brains.

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All eyes on the prize: Attention is focused on one Skye fieldsman as he reaches out for a passing ball. Skye are struggling in their Sub District match against Ballam Park. Picture: Rab Siddhi

Doggies in command PROVINCIAL

By IT Gully MORNINGTON are just seven wickets away from a comprehensive victory against Pines in MPCA Provincial cricket after 13 wickets fell on the first day. The Doggies had the Piners reeling at 3/8 at the close of play after the visitors had to face the final six overs of the afternoon. The only good news for the Piners is that of the three wickets that fell, only one was a recognised batsman (Jarred Coad). Rhys Chalkley remains at the crease with Harley Peace-Stirling while

Craig Entwistle and Damien Lawrence are still to come. The visitors will be chasing down 193 for victory after the Doggies were bowled out for 192. Skipper Matt Foon was superb again with a high score of 46 while a number of players got starts but couldn’t go on with it. Entwistle was the pick of the Pines’ bowlers with 4/16 from 6.5 overs, giving his side a slight sniff. Langwarrin is up against it, chasing 255 for victory against Baxter. The top order for Baxter set the tone against the Kangas, Daniel Warwick opening with 54, Chris Brittain scoring 61 and Justin Bridgeman 68.

Celebrating the birth of his daughter Indi, Jake Prosser was the pick of the bowlers for the Kangas with 3/40, while little brothers Sam (2/30 off 10) and Matt (2/54 off 19) also got in on the act. An unbeaten 124 from Keith Biggs has Mt Eliza in a reasonable position in its match against Crib Point. Biggs scored more than half of Mt Eliza’s entire score of 9/235. Only Shaun Knott (35) and Tim Strickland (24) contributed anything worth noting. Warren Herrington and Henry Dolphin snared three wickets each for the Magpies while Luke Herrington chipped in with 2/11 from six overs.

Sorrento has set Somerville a big task of 271 for victory on day two of the match. The top order for the Sharks was solid with Corey Harris getting 27, Jack Falck 48, Liam O’Connor 45, Bobby Wilson 63 and Brandon Rulach 38. Russell Wilkes was superb with the ball for the Eagles, picking up 5/86 from 21 overs. Pearcedale superstar Kaine Smith snared 5/31 off 17 overs to help his side roll Long Island for just 156. Chris Dew also picked up 3/45 from 19 overs while Shayne Gillings chipped in with 2/38 off 20 overs. In reply, the Dales have started

steady, scoring 0/17 off the first 13 overs. Peninsula Old Boys continued its domination of the opposition. The Old Boys are just 69 runs away from victory against Moorooduc. Jon Forrest was at his vintage best for the Old Boys with 5/32 from 20 overs as the reigning title holders rolled the Ducs for just 139. Nathan Hangan top scored for the Ducs with 35, Ben Williams scored 33 and Ben Marsh hit 29. In reply, the Old Boys are making light work of it, Dylan O’Malley unbeaten on 46 and Wade Pelzer on 21 after just 14 overs.

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The Demons’ nightmare continues DISTRICT

By IT Gully RYE were taken back to the horrors of last season when they came up against Red Hill in MPCA District cricket on Saturday. Despite coming down a grade after being humiliated last season, the Demons wound back the clock a full year when it lost 16 wickets in a day for just 64 runs. The Demons were sent in to bat on the opening day of their match at Red Hill Reserve, lasting just 21.4 overs as they were bowled out for 32. Jarrod Saw with 14 was the only

Rye bat to score double figures. Glen Collett was at his menacing best for the Hillmen with 5/16 from 11 overs while Simon Dart claimed 5/13 from 7.4 overs. The Hillmen then went out and hit a quick fire 7/185 off 40.5 overs before sending Rye back in for the final 18 overs of the day. Felix McKillop top scored with 76 and Brent Martin hit 46. Collett picked up 2/12 in the second innings and Lincoln Toy claimed 2/6. The Demons have just four wickets in hand and need more than 120 runs to make Red Hill bat again. Boneo is also in a world of pain af-

ter dropping 12 wickets on the opening day against Mt Martha. The Pandas were sent in by the home side and were bowled out for just 44 in 31.3 overs. ‘Extras’ was the highest score with nine. Rhys Whitling was the pick of the Reds’ bowlers with 5/11 from eight overs while Kyle Bendle helped himself to 3/11 of 6.3 overs. In reply, the Reds declared at 8/140, chasing quick runs. Mitch Darville top scored for the home side with 45 while Sean Spencer and Leigh Janssen picked up 4/45 and 4/33 respectively for Boneo with the ball.

Boneo is 2/41 in its second innings, still 55 runs behind. Rhys Elmi smacked 121 as Baden Powell scored 217 against Seaford. Chris Cleef picked up 4/62 to be the pick of the Seaford bowlers. In reply, Seaford is travelling nicely at 0/40. Heatherhill is in a strong position heading into day two of its match against Seaford Tigers. The Tigers were bowled out for 175 with Dave James top scoring with 57 and Gavin Whyte hitting 39. Max Watters was also solid at the end with 24. Matty Meagher was the best of the

Hills’ bowlers with 3/29 off 11 overs while Jake Theobald was also solid with 3/42 from 10 overs. In reply, Heatherhill is 2/91 with Kristian Miller unbeaten on 50. Brad Hogan-Keogh crafted a superb 113 to help Flinders to 9/229 against Delacombe Park. The home side was in some early trouble at 3/30 before the Sharks got on top. Ricky Ramsdale bowled 30 overs and picked up 3/95, while Dean Blight was superb with 2/16 from 21 overs.

Blues in strife against Frogs SUB-DISTRICT

By IT Gully HASTINGS is on the verge of losing its round two match against Tootgarook in MPCA Sub District cricket. The day started alright when the Blues won the toss and elected to bat in good conditions. However, when skipper Robbie Hearn was dismissed for just one by AJ King, things didn’t get a lot better. Jake Hewitt was superb again for the home side in the middle order

with 48 while Ashley Coles hit a very timely 61 after scoring 84 in the Seconds the week before. The Blues were eventually rolled for 164 in the 51st over. Matt Whelan was the pick of the bowlers with 4/56 from 15 overs while Luke Thompson picked up 3/52. In reply, the Frogs are cruising at 3/120 after Travis French blasted 91 to go with his half century in Round 1. Tyabb has set Frankston YCW

186 for victory in their match at Peninsula Reserve. The Yabbies were sent in to bat and started extremely well with Nick Taranto scoring 57, Aidan Pateman 38 and Michael Edwards 35. Brett Hudgson was the best of the YCW bowlers with 5/46 from 20.2 overs. In reply, the Yabbies struck early in the first five overs, knocking over Liam Greenwood and Michael Casey. The Stonecats will resume at 2/6. Carrum Downs will be chasing

down 218 for victory when it resumes batting this Saturday against Balnarring. The Cougars are travelling nicely at 2/57 with Mark Snelling on 26 after rolling the Saints for 217 in 53.4 overs. Jayden Barker was the best of the Cougars’ bowlers with 5/67 while Mark Walles top scored for the Saints with 65. Skye needs to produce something remarkable to beat Ballam Park. Skye batted first and were bowled

out for just 67, while the Knights responded with 5/175 at stumps. Carrum has set Dromana 201 for victory. Hayden Moulton was superb at the top of the innings for the Lions with 71, following his 41 in Round 1. He and Jon Mitchell (33) shared a 106 run opening stand. Craig Dunlop was the best of the Hoppers’ bowlers with 4/53.

Pure pleasure for rugby fans The 2016 Frankston Festival of Rugby (FFR) incorporating the 2016 Melbourne International Sevens was a huge success following the inaugural event held in 2015. Six teams from Fiji participated alongside one team from South Australia and five Victorian teams in the men’s draw, as well as four Victorian teams in the women’s competition. The entertaining Rugby Sevens, Pacific Island performances, food stalls and kids’ activities provided a carnival for all. Results: Melbourne Fiji defeated the Victorian Rebels (woman’s cup final); Box Hill Rugby Club defeated Festival State Bula Boys (men’s cup final); Melbourne Sinali defeated Bula Quins (men’s plate final); and Melbourne Fiji defeated Newborn (men’s bowl final). Hands on: There was plenty of action at the 2016 Frankston Festival of Rugby/Melbourne International 7s at Frankston Park, as Seniboro tussled with Bula Quins. Pictures: Gary Sissons

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