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School’s back THE uniform might have been different and the play equipment not so flash, but 100 years ago around this time of year tiny tots like these were walking through the gates of Edithvale Primary School for the very first time. Evie, Banjo and Cleo, pictured in the school playground, were among two classes of preppies who started at Edithvale Primary School this year. Reflecting on how their education will differ from that of the school’s first pupils in 1913, principal Denise Webster said her 25 staff members were constantly aware of the need to update their skills. “Our children live in a different world to the one we grew up in and we have to skill ourselves to help them take their place in that world,” she said. As part of its centenary celebrations, the school is building a centenary garden, publishing a commemorative cookbook and holding a birthday bash on 25 May, to which former pupils are invited. Anyone with memorabilia or information can contact the school on 9772 1393.  According to Education Department statistics, about 12,100 children are enrolled at government schools in Kingston, including 7400 primary pupils, 4400 secondary students and 200 children at special schools.

Road toll rises By Neil Walker

TRANSPORT Accident Commission statistics reveal Kingston’s road toll surged to nine fatalities in 2012, up from four in 2011. Three car drivers, one vehicle passenger, three motorcyclists and two

pedestrians lost their lives in road crashes in 2012. “The road toll for 2012 is coming off a historically very low fatality figure,” Kingston traffic management unit Sergeant Herb Lonsing said. However, Sergeant Lonsing is alarmed at the increasing number of

elderly drivers and pedestrians involved in accidents in the region. “Some elderly people are driving when they shouldn’t be,” he said.“They are very vulnerable and they don’t even realise it.” Nancy Gardiner, coordinator of the Wiser Drivers program aimed at

helping seniors assess their driving skills, said elderly drivers should ensure they are fit to drive. “Most seniors are pretty responsible drivers but if they don’t know the road rules they shouldn’t be on the road,” she said. The number of crashes which

caused serious injuries also increased slightly in Kingston last year. TAC records show claims for non-fatal road accidents involving an acute hospital admission rose 6% from 124 in 2011 to 131 in 2012. This is against a five-year average of 131. Continued Page 5


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MoJO music hits high notes By Jo Winterbottom MORDIALLOC Jazz Orchestra is the Kingston City Council Community Group of the Year. It is shaping up as a big year for the former brass band, also known as MoJO, which is celebrating its centenary and has just begun its annual Big Band Sunset Festival in Mordialloc. Also among the awards at the Kingston Australia Day breakfast was Young Citizen of the Year Laura Johns and Citizen of the Year, swimming coach and Mordialloc Life Saving Club stalwart James Evans. MoJO President Lawrie Barnes said there had been various musical incarnations over the group’s 100 year history, but the focus had always been on community involvement. “If you play an instrument, we will usually find some way to accommodate you,” he said. It began as a traditional brass band, but came up with the nick name MoJO to better indicate the group’s jazz and swing interests of more recent times. The orchestra has also nurtured a Mordialloc musical dynasty in the Foley family, three generations of which are current members, including musical director Peter Foley. Peter’s father Jack, an octogenarian aficionado of the vibraphone, is the oldest member of the group. The orchestra also has a training band and has many teenagers among

‘Please explain’ non-voters MORE than 13,000 people in the Kingston area are being asked to explain why they did not vote at last October’s council elections. People who do not respond to the “apparent failure-to-vote notice” may be fined $70. Records kept by the Victorian Electoral Commission show that in Kingston the number of apparent non-voters was 13,293, or 28.75 per cent, of an eligible 112,137 voters. By comparison, in Frankston 15,307, or 32.56 per cent of a possible 97,191 voters, appear not to have voted. The percentage of non-voters in each municipality is slightly above the 30 per cent state average. On the Mornington Peninsula the number of non-voters was 16,568, or 31.48 per cent of 145,378 eligible voters. Nearly 500,000 non-voters across the state will have 28 days to respond to the first “please explain” letter from the VEC. Voting was compulsory for all voters enrolled on the state electoral roll on Friday 31 August 2012 for contested elections. An apparent failure-to-vote notice will not be issued to people who are automatically excused from their requirement to vote at local council elections, such as those aged over 70. Eligible voters who do not have a valid excuse can expect to receive a $70 infringement notice in about 10 weeks.

its 52 volunteer members. For decades the orchestra has played at all manner of community events including ANZAC ceremonies, various municipal functions and fundraising appeals following catastrophic events such as the Black Saturday fires and the Boxing Day tsunami. It also provides music scholarships for local students. MoJO will be joined by special guest musicians at the Big Band Sunset Festival each Saturday this month at Hazel Pierce Reserve in Mordialloc. On Saturday 9 February Australian Idol finalist Milly Moodie will join the band for a set of jazz and blues classics. On Saturday 16 February Neighbours actor and crooner Alan Fletcher will sing Michael Buble tunes and Saturday 23 will feature a Blues Brothers-themed show. The music begins around 3.30pm and MoJO takes the stage at 7pm. For more information go to the orchestra’s website at au

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RECENT allegations in regard to the election of the mayor of the City of Kingston should be a cause for great concern among all residents. That concern should not be about that election but rather about the most serious attack on the fundamentals of our democracy. Newly elected councillors have admitted that all councillors met in secret to determine the occupant of the mayoral position for the forthcoming year. Claims that this has always gone on are not acceptable. It was a hallmark of the previous council that many decisions, in fact far too many, were made in secret caucus meetings long before the relevant council meetings thus robbing residents of their democratic right to hear arguments put forward by councillors and council officers on matters or to scrutinise those decisions. It is time for accountable and transparent local government and for the abuse of the use of closed council meetings and committees to be curtailed. If we are to have open decision-making making with integrity within the City of Kingston the Premier must refer the behaviour of councillors in Kingston to the Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission for investigation. Keith Maggs, Melbourne

ON behalf of the executive, committee and members of the Edithvale/Chelsea RSL sub branch, I would like to thank the businesses and shoppers in the Chelsea CBD, Chelsea Heights, Patterson Lakes, Aspendale, Aspendale Gardens, Edithvale, Braeside, commuters at Chelsea, Bonbeach, Carrum and Southern Cross railway stations for their wonderful generosity in supporting our RSL Remembrance Day Poppy Appeal in 2012. Thanks also to the nine local primary schools, local aged care facilities, retirement villages and members/guests from the Edithvale/Chelsea RSL sub branch. The grand total from all of the above sources and our dedicated volunteer collectors was $33,785.35. All monies collected are used exclusively to assist ex-servicepersons and their families, who sadly find themselves in necessitous circumstances, not only in our immediate area, but throughout Victoria. John P Morris, president, Edithvale/Chelsea RSL

Pier diving risks I WAS really disappointed to see, in your paper (ChelseaMordialloc News, 9/1/13), that you had a front page photo of young kids jumping off the pier at Mordialloc. As far as I’m aware there is a sign on the pier prohibiting this dangerous practice and there is a potential risk of spinal cord injuries when leaping off piers. I am the mother of two young children and I always encourage and promote safe fun in the water. Please think carefully about the message that is being sent when choosing such photos for front page news. Mandy Evans, Mordialloc

Volunteers show Aussie spirit AUSTRALIA Day is a great day to reflect on all the wonderful things about our community. One of the best things about Australia is that everyone is welcome to be involved in the community. We have a wealth of terrific community groups, and our community is much richer for all those that get involved as volunteers. At this time of year, we certainly think a lot about the tremendous value of volunteer fire-fighters, life savers and other summer-related roles. However, there are so many others behind the scenes. Meals on Wheels volunteers, St John’s Ambulance, Scout leaders, community association members, and so many others. I want to take this opportunity to say thanks to all those who give their time to make Kingston, Victoria and Australia an ever better place to live. Lorraine Wreford, State Member for Mordialloc Send letters to the editor to The News, PO Box 588, Hastings 3915 or email Correspondence may be edited.


Mark Dreyfus new Attorney General By Jo Winterbottom THE member for Isaacs was sworn in as the nation’s chief law officer on Monday 4 February. Mark Dreyfus was promoted to Attorney General after the surprise retirement of Nicola Roxon, the first woman to fill the role. Ms Roxon will move to the backbenches until the election in September, after which she will bow out of federal politics. Mr Dreyfus also takes on the role of Minister for Emergency Management, a significant portfolio given recent fires in Tasmania and floods in Queensland and New South Wales. Speaking after he was sworn in by Governor General Quentin Bryce, Mr Dreyfus said he would be guided by “a deep belief in the principles of the rule of law, open, transparent and accessible justice, the right to a fair trial and the protection of an independent judiciary�. “The best Attorneys General are those who seek to ensure that Australian laws reflect our national values of fairness and equality of opportunity,� he said. “Australia’s legal system should provide a framework that allows us to protect and care for all Australians, including our elderly, our sick, our injured, our workers, our new arrivals, our indigenous people, our young and our outspoken writers, artists and journalists.�

Cabinet posts: Mark Dreyfus with Governor General Quentin Bryce, shortly after being sworn in as Attorney General and Minister for Emergency Management as Prime Minister Julia Gillard looks on.

First elected to federal parliament in 2007, Mr Dreyfus qualified as a lawyer in 1982, became a barrister in 1987 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1999. A specialist in planning and defamation law, he has worked as an advisor to or appeared for local, state and federal gov-

ernments and was part of the legal team representing the aboriginal plaintiffs in the stolen generations test case. A long-time ALP member and the author of a controversial review into membership and branch stacking in the party, Mr Dreyfus won pre-selection in Isaacs

over sitting Labor member Anne Corcoran, who had held the seat since 2000. His election to parliament coincided with the Labor Party gaining power after 11 years in federal opposition and his legal skills and experience were immediately recognised. In his first term as

an MP Mr Dreyfus chaired the House of Representatives Standing Committee of Legal and Constitutional Affairs. In 2010 he was appointed cabinet secretary and parliamentary secretary for climate change and energy efficiency, a posting which saw him lead the Australian delegation at the United Nations climate change convention in Doha in December. The seat of Isaacs is home to about 140,000 people and stretches along Port Phillip from Cheltenham to Seaford and inland to Skye and Noble Park. There are neat parallels between the career of Mr Dreyfus and that of his electorate’s namesake, Sir Isaac Isaacs. Both were sons of Jewish immigrants; Mark Dreyfus’ father George was sent to Australia as a boy to escape persecution by Nazis in Germany. Like Mr Dreyfus, Sir Isaac was a senior legal eagle, an MP and Attorney General. Sir Isaac was then appointed to the bench of the High Court and went on to become Chief Justice of the High Court and Governor General, the first Australian-born citizen to hold that post. Mr Dreyfus may be hoping to diverge from Sir Isaac’s career path in one respect – he was Attorney General for only 14 months in 1905-06. But with the federal election set for September and Labor’s chances of re-election teetering, Mr Dreyfus’ position is by no means secure.

Rising road toll, seniors at risk Continued from Page 1 Sergeant Lonsing also advised increasing numbers of elderly pedestrians were being killed or injured on the Nepean Highway while trying to cross the road without using pedestrian crossings. “Our primary focus is on vulnerable road users,� he said. “Cars are getting safer and speed restrictions are playing their part in reducing the road toll, but we need to think about how we deal with ageing drivers and pedestrians.� Ms Gardiner suspected many elderly drivers feared losing their driving licence if they attended Wiser Drivers courses, but this was not the case. “There are no tests or assessments – it’s just a group of peers getting together to talk about road rules and the challenges older drivers face as they age,� she said. Victoria’s road toll in 2012 was 279, eight less than the 287 total in 2011.

TAC Acting CEO Tracey Slatter praised the Victorian community for its road safety efforts. “We thank the majority of Victorians who do the right thing and are committed to keeping safe on the roads,â€? Ms Slatter said. “But still today, there are 279 families grieving for a loved one lost in 2012 and more than 5000 people who are coping with serious injuries after a car crash,â€? she said. “Together, we must work to get the road safety message across to those who choose to disobey the road rules by speeding or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol or while fatiguedâ€?. ď Ž Contact Nancy Gardiner on 0419 398 695 or 5986 4621 for further information about the Wiser Drivers program for seniors. Smash scare: A white 4WD hit by a silver Volvo in a non-fatal head-on collision in Patterson Lakes last year. The Volvo veered onto the wrong side of the road.






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Council backflip on creek vegetation KINGSTON Council has reversed a decision to allow Melbourne Water to remove vegetation along a section of Mordialloc Creek. The water authority and council planners will now go back to the drawing board to redesign plans for a wetlands between the creek and Governor Rd in Braeside. The breaking of an extended drought was cited as the cause of an increase in significant vegetation at the site and council officers said the case would be remembered as a caution to ensure upto-date information was used in future planning decisions. At a special council meeting, Cr Rosemary West called for the original decision to be rescinded pending an

independent ecological investigation, which was carried out last month. Councillors were told an initial report, produced by Brett Lane and Associates in 2008, at the height of the 10-year drought, had found the area along the creek “considerably degraded�, but a new report by ecologist Jeff Yugovic recorded a surge in “the quality and quantity of native vegetation�, probably due to increased rain since the breaking of the drought in 2010. Councillors voted to rescind the decision to allow removal of vegetation and Melbourne Water will now reassess its plans in light of the new report. The wetlands along the creek will add to flood mitigation infrastructure in the creek catchment.

Bathing boxes auction There for one another: Neighbours cast members Stefan Dennis, left, and Alan Fletcher at the Chelsea SES golf day with SES volunteer Evette Davis.

HEAVY rain on Saturday 2 February had the volunteers of Chelsea State Emergency Service on tenter hooks as they prepared for the inaugural Chelsea SES golf day hosted by the Australasian Golf Club at Chelsea Public Golf Course on the Sunday. The day had been arranged to commemorate the flood which inundated the golf course after heavy rains at the

beginning of February 2011. Sunday dawned misty and damp, but cleared to a glorious sunny day and a field of SES volunteers and supporters teed off at 8am, as planned. Among the golfers were Neighbours cast members Stefan Dennis (Paul Robinson) and Alan Fletcher (Dr Karl). Chelsea real estate agent John Shore

presided over the charity auctions and more than $3500 was raised for the Chelsea unit, which helped mop up after the 2011 floods. Victorian SES regional manager Ray Jasper, who was on hand to present trophies, said: “It is days like these that are essential as community partnerships to assist units to continue the great work they do.�

FRANKSTON Council is going back into business with Frankston Sunrise Rotary with plans to rebuild and sell two bathing boxes. Last year a bathing box near Allawah Ave was rebuilt and sold at auction for $115,000 by the two organisations. The sale netted $88,000, with $20,000 being added to the Frankston Charitable Fund. One of the boxes for the next two projects is also near Allawah Ave and the other near Annie St. The first box will be rebuilt in August and September and the other a year later. The Rotary club will try to have materials donated while council will

FRANKSTON Hospital will not reopen its short-stay ward of 10 beds until Easter. The move has been forced on the hospital by federal government cuts announced just before Christmas. On 18 December it was stated Victorian hospitals would start closing beds after the federal government cut $107 million from Victoria’s health budget. The cuts to funding came after the Australian Bureau of Statistics reduced population estimates for the current financial year, triggering the cut. On Wednesday, hospital spokesman

John Jukes said the ward was meant to open this week after the summer break but would stay closed until Easter and staff “redeployed�. Patients use the ward if their stay is less than 48 hours. “We’ll manage without it and see if it impacts on elective surgery,� Mr Jukes said. He said Frankston had about 400 beds “if you include treatment chairs�. Extra pressure will be put on the hospital next month when Rosebud Hospital starts a major refurbishment to improve fire safety. Contractors will be installing a fire

sprinkler system in every area of the hospital, expected to take about five months and cost $750,000. Rosebud Hospital’s director of operations Alison Watts said it would be a “challenging and complex project because we want to keep as much of the hospital as possible open�. “We will be reducing bed capacity from 60 to 30 and rescheduling some surgery to Frankston Hospital for the five months. Importantly the emergency department, dialysis ward and chemotherapy ward will continue operating, though at some point they may be

temporarily relocated from their current areas while sprinklers are installed,� Ms Watts said. John Jukes said patients from Rosebud Hospital would have to be shifted to Frankston. “The principle impact will be on Rosebud’s emergency department,� he said. Mr Jukes said both hospitals would ramp up “hospital in the home� services. Since December, the state and federal governments have engaged in a public slanging match.

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bankroll the construction of $40,000$50,000 for each box. The other part of the partnership agreement includes council seek consent from the Department of Sustainability and Environment, processing building permit applications, and appointing an estate agent to market and auction the bathing boxes. An officer’s report to council’s 21 January meeting acknowledged that bathing boxes caused some erosion on nearby sand dunes but concluded that the “social capital and interconnectiveness [sic] within the community on a worthwhile project� outweighed any negative effects.

Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan said there had been an unprecedented 26 per cent increase in health funding for Victoria over the next four years. “Had the population growth been higher than expected, more funding would have been paid,� he said. Victoria’s population is increasing by 1.5 per cent a year, the same as the national average. State Treasurer Kim Wells said Victoria had received from the Commonwealth $15.3 million less for hospitals in December compared with November. Mike Hast

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Hospital goes to planning panel By Mike Hast THE proposal to expand Peninsula Private Hospital in Cranbourne Rd will go to a state government planning panel. Frankston councillors led by Crs Colin Hampton and Darrel Taylor voted unanimously at their meeting on 21 January to send the proposal to a panel. It is the next step in changing land at 525, 555 and 559 McClelland Dve from Rural Conservation Zone and Road Zone Category to Special Use Zone. This will allow hospital owner Australian Unity Healthcare Property Trust to build stage one of a $25 million redevelopment that will more than double the private hospital’s size. The first stage includes an intensive care unit, overnight and day surgery beds, operating theatres, an allied health centre, consulting rooms and car parking. The hospital is operated by Ramsay Health Care, which started in Sydney in 1964 and describes itself as “a global hospital group operating 115 hospitals and day surgery” centres in Australia, the United Kingdom, France and Indonesia. A Frankston Council officer’s report said the expansion was vital for the health of the community. “By ignoring the matter, council risks the health of the community. Extending the existing hospital … will provide expanded acute medical services in the private healthcare industry,” the report said. “It is recommended that council continue to support the amendment … by formally requesting an independent panel to consider submissions. “The majority of the objecting sub-

missions express concern with development encroaching into green wedge land.” The report said the proposal would not “set precedence for development … in the green wedge”. But Barry Ross of environment group Defenders of the South East Green Wedge said the group was “strongly opposed” to the proposed planning amendment. He agreed there was a community benefit in allowing the expansion, but the proposed rezoning was “in direct conflict with the planning scheme of what is not permissible in the green wedge”. He said the hospital should show it was a good corporate citizen by allowing a section of its land on McClelland Dve not being used for the expansion to become a park to replace, or offset, the new buildings in the green wedge. The hospital also should “chip in and help buy the block next door” owned by Hasstta Holdings to create a nature reserve adjoining Frankston Council’s Pobblebonk Wetland Reserve. “If this land can be purchased, it could help create a splendid reserve comprising three blocks,” he said. “While we oppose the rezoning, we recognise that it has strong support from Frankston Council and the Department of Community Development and Planning, which appears willing to change the rules to facilitate the development. “If the full purchase price of the Hasstta Holdings land cannot be justified, then Linking Melbourne Authority should be required to make up the difference to help offset the vegetation removed from the surrounding properties

for the construction of Peninsula Link.” Mr Ross said LMA had not “provided any vegetation offsets in Frankston City for the large amount of vegetation removed from the municipality for Peninsula Link”. Cr Colin Hampton said the hospital being in green wedge land was a “planning anomaly and should have been fixed years ago”. He said there would be strict conditions to protect the environment if the redevelopment went ahead. An earlier attempt to get state Planning Minister Matthew Guy to declare the hospital expansion land as a so-called green wedge anomaly was unsuccessful and the hospital is now seeking a planning amendment to change the zoning. Chris Smith of Australian Unity Investments said the hospital needed to expand to meet “long-term growing demand in the Mornington Peninsula and surrounding areas for additional and specialist healthcare services”. There had been a number of studies showing growing demand for healthcare services in the region. “Our plans are aimed at helping meet the growing healthcare needs of the local community and alleviate pressure on the region’s public hospitals.” The new intensive care unit was particularly important. Consultants working for the hospital said an extra 570 private hospital beds were needed in the region, “but only 449 are currently available”. Mr Smith said the hospital, which Australian Unity Investments bought in 2006, “performs an important role as the largest private hospital within the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula region”.


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:: RE/MAX Property Group :: 270-271 Nepean Highway, Edithvale :: 9772 1955 3

Edithvale :: 9a Bapaume Avenue



Edithvale :: 23 Elsie Grove



Sandy Beaches, Panoramic Views And Sea Breezes

Summer Holidays At The Beach

You’ll feel as though you are on holiday all year round with this meticulously maintained two-storey home filled with light and beautiful open plan living. There is the spacious lounge with Coonara heating, two bedrooms have BIR’s, there is a sparkling bathroom and internal access from double garage. Up the spiral staircase is an open plan dining and family room, kitchen with s/steel appliances & breakfast bar. The large main bedroom has BIR & FES with a viewing balcony looking toward the beach. From the living area you can step out to the huge entertaining deck. The property has a very private back yard with beautiful manicured gardens, outdoor shower and a bore water pump. Walk to the beach, train station, shops and all amenities.

With a short stroll to golden beaches plus excellent facilities and train stations at your door step, this delightful home with established low-maintenance gardens is sure to impress. A renovation has combined period features with a fresh contemporary colour palette and all the modern conveniences. Comprising of a cosy lounge with gas heating and split-system cooling, three carpeted bedrooms - two with BIR’s and two bathrooms. The heart of this home is the country-style kitchen complete with rustic hearth, pot belly fireplace and chic stainless steel appliances. The paved rear garden is the perfect size for outdoor entertaining and is also accessible via the remote controlled single lock-up garage.

Inspect :: By Appointment For Sale :: Price on Application

Inspect :: By Appointment For Sale :: $469,000 - $499,000

Details :: Wayne Dixon 0412 083 738 RE/MAX PROPERTY GROUP

Details :: Wayne Dixon 0412 083 738 RE/MAX PROPERTY GROUP


Aspendale :: 205 Nepean Highway




Chelsea :: 337 Nepean Highway



Beachside Cottage

Love The Beach?

This gorgeous cottage by the beach comes complete with lounge with gas heating, three bedrooms all with robes, family bathroom, original kitchen with gas upright stove and separate dining room with built in cupboards. There is a lock up garage and paved outdoor entertaining area surrounded by established lawns and gardens. Other features include panelled walls, high ceilings, original cupboards and wardrobes and the home is close to train station, shops, schools, recreational facilities and the beach.

Then this charming and captivating beachside classic, on approx.560sqm of land is for you. Just steps from the sands of Chelsea foreshore, you can enjoy the feeling of freedom as you stroll along one of Melbourne best beaches. Offering enormous scope to complete a major transformation if desired, this solid property affords a glimpse of the bay from the upstairs landing, three bedrooms, two toilets, one bathroom and large entertainer’s balcony perfect for those summer nights. There is a long driveway with ample off street parking leading to a single garage, plus a private rear garden. The property is located close to public transport, shopping, schools, golf courses and the RSL. Truly a diamond in the rough.

Inspect :: Saturday 1.00-1.30pm

Inspect :: Saturday 12.15-12.45pm

For Sale :: $499,000

For Sale :: $645,000



:: Vass Spiroglu 0417 002 363



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:: Vass Spiroglu 0417 002 363


Nobody in the world sells more property than



A statement of quality THE exterior colours of properties in Sandhurst Estate may be set, but residents can make the interior a bold statement. From the Italian quartz feature wall, porcelain floor tiles and an incredible Egyptian crystal chandelier that towers above the grand entry foyer, the statement being made here is one of absolute quality. Built by Grollo Homes, this magnificent home is on an 811-square metre block in the exclusive gated community and is on Sandhurst Island. Measuring 511-square metres (55 squares), the home has three zones. The ground floor consists of a step down study, located to the right as you enter, and then through into a splendid games and theatre room. The whole area has pure wool carpets and there is air-conditioning. One of the intriguing aspects are the curved hallways. While most homes are a series of straight lines, this property produces an exciting sense of not knowing what is around the corner. From the foyer, a perfect semi-circle takes you around to the kitchen – or downstairs bathroom – and back again, where the sleek “atrium-effect” windows overlook the pool and entertainment area. The kitchen has an Asko stainless-steel dishwasher, Smeg under-bench oven and Italian granite benchtops. There is a massive pantry. The adjoining family and dining room also overlooks the pool area. The third zone is upstairs with four bedrooms and another pleasant sitting area at the top of the stairs, which has access to balconies at the front and back of the home. The elegant master bedroom has walk-through robes with mirrored doors leading to a Roman baths-inspired ensuite complete with his and hers vanity units and a spa bath flanked by columns and complemented by exquisite quartz tiles. The three other bedrooms share a third bathroom. Outside is a nice play area and the in-ground pool has a spa and water feature. A Balinese-style cabana is the focal point of the large timber deck entertainment area. One of the most pleasing things about the house is that it is a home. It is certainly beautiful but not a museum. Children have played here, friends have gathered for parties, and for the discerning buyer who recognises quality, this stunning home is ready to be a part of their memories.

Address: 22 Bluewater Drive, SANDHURST Price: Offers over $1.1 million Agency: Munn Partners Real Estate, 2/1 Frankston Gardens Drive, Carrum Downs, 9776 9900 Agent: Michelle Munn, 0414 774 816

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$460,000 Plus Buyers 1-4 / 5 Lord Weaver Gr.




$545,000 - $570,000

3/601 Nepean Highway

Perfect Location

Beachside Townhouse

Less than 1 minute walk, with direct access, to the beach these 4 x 2 bedroom, architecturally designed apartments. have either stunning sea views or a tranquil outlook to landscaped courtyards. Situated in the heart of Bonbeach, these apartments make for the perfect investment or future beachside home with great capital growth potential. Meticulously built, features include polished timber floors throughout, open-plan living & dining with stone benchtops and European appliances. Powder room, security and watering system with single car park.

This large double story, 2BR townhouse is situated beachside with secure & direct access to private white sandy beaches. From a timber balcony there are views of the bay and a rear fully enclosed courtyard. Including polished timber floors, open-plan living & dining with stone benchtops and gas appliances. The massive master bedroom is upstairs plus a bathroom, allowing for dual occupancy possibilities. A single garage has been converted to an extra entertainment room and there is an extra car space. Expected rental return about $470 per week.



Saturday 12.00-12.20pm


0421 063 771

Nicola Nakon 0411 236 501

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0421 063 771

Nicola Nakon 0411 236 501


463 Nepean Highway, p. 9772 7077

Bonbeach 3


$600,000 - $650,000 3 Harold Street


Chelsea 2



$290,000 - $320,000 2/47 Catherine Avenue

Cutting Edge Stylish Home

First Home Buyer or Investor

3 bedroom stylish homes with 3 bathrooms (two bedrooms with FES), BIR’s to all bedrooms and four toilets are highly prized by purchasers, and as they’re positively scarce, they always sell quickly. This home boasts more great features such as carpet & floorboards throughout, covered outdoor entertaining area, fully fenced, security & ducted vacuum systems, ducted heating and cooling, ample storage options, powder room, spa, and drive through garage. Appealing location, just a 5 minute drive to Bonbeach train station, a 15 minute drive from Freeway entrances and a 5 minute walk from Bicentennial Park.

This home includes 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1 off-street reserved car space, quiet location and European laundry. A perfect match for virtually any lifestyle, there is a covered outdoor area, low maintenance yard, BIR’s to the bedrooms, electric wall heater and privacy. Well-located, just a 5 minute walk to Chelsea train station, a 10 minute walk from Chelsea shopping district, and a 10 minute walk to the beach. With all these amazing selling points, it’s a must-inspect for anyone searching for a first home. With such a wide range of features, this home won’t be available for long. Don’t miss this opportunity.



Saturday 1.30-1.50pm

CONTACT: Stavros Ambatzidis

Saturday 11.30-11.50am

CONTACT: Stavros Ambatzidis 0409 708 000

0409 708 000


Bonbeach 3


$549,000 - $610,000

2 12/595 Nepean Highway




$540,000 - $560,000 2/49 Golden Avenue

Townhouse By The Beach

Designer Quality Townhouse

Three-bedroom, double story townhouse with stunning sea views and Balinese style garden, securely set in private, gated complex with access to beaches and just a short walk to the train station, shops and schools. This home is the perfect investment with timber floors throughout, open plan living & dining with cathedral ceilings, front and rear balconies with sea views and study nook. There are two bathrooms and a double carport with plenty of storage space. Expected rental return about $530 - $550 per week. Buy now and enjoy the best that Bonbeach has to offer.

This brand new, 2BR home with study & parents retreat, is situated close to schools, shops, parklands and walking distance to the beach, with buses on your doorstop and train station just a short walk away. Also consisting of bathroom with separate shower & bath and a large open-plan modern kitchen and lounge room, this is ideal for the first home buyer, downsizer or investor. Other features include dark Tassie Oak timber floors, Tecknika appliances inc. dishwasher, Caesar stone benchtops in kitchen, laundry & bathroom. Extra features are 2000Lt rainwater tank, timber deck, full landscaping & garage.



Saturday 1.30-1.50pm


0421 063 771

Nicola Nakon 0411 236 501

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0421 063 771

Nicola Nakon 0411 236 501


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Bonbeach 2


$560,000 plus buyers


1-8 / 15 Harding Avenue

Absolute Beach Front Luxury Appointments Once in a lifetime opportunity to secure a breathtaking apartment with sand and sparkling sea right at your doorstep. Invest, live in or use as a holiday home. These spectacular beach front apartments have captivating, unspoilt panoramic beach views in a well sought after location. Situated in the heart of Bonbeach swimming area, these apartments are very close to transport, shops, parks, and freeways! All plans are available but be quick to secure this opportunity with apartments priced to sell starting at $560,000. With only a 10% deposit on purchase and the balance in December 2014 (once completed) this makes for a GREAT INVESTMENT! Rental returns over the summer months would be approximately $200 per night.

INSPECT: By Appointment CONTACT: Steve Aldinger 0410 513 446

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2/49 Golden Avenue Chelsea 3/25 Kangaroo Road Chelsea

2 2

1 1

1 1

For Sale $540,000 - $560,000 For Sale $410,000 - $425,000

3/601 Nepean Hwy 6/36-38 Broadway

2 3

2 1

2 1

For Sale $545,000 - $570,000 For Sale $290,000 - $319,000

1-3 / 61 Woodbine Gr. Chelsea 1 Immerset Drive Chelsea 1-4/3 Joyce Street Carrum 2/47 Catherine Ave. Chelsea

3 4 2 2

2 2 1 1

2 2 1 1

For Sale For Sale For Sale For Sale

2/396 Station Street 2/5 Lord Weaver Gr. 6/533 Nepean Hwy

Bonbeach Bonbeach Bonbeach

2 2 2

1 1 1

1 1 1

For Sale $295,000+ For Sale $460,000+ For Sale $429,000+

Edithvale Carrum Patterson Lakes Bonbeach

3 2 4 3

1 2 2 2

1 1 2 2

For Sale For Sale For Sale For Sale

Patterson Lakes Bonbeach Bonbeach

3 3 4

2 1 3

2 2 2

For Sale $590,000 - $660,000 For Sale $495,000 - $555,000 For Sale $665,000 - $750,000

14 Coast Banksia Dr. Bonbeach 104 La Perouse Bonbeach 3 Harold Street Bonbeach 1 Brigantine Court Patterson Lakes 3/10 Rhode Island Patterson Lakes

3 3 3 5 3

2 2 2 3 2

2 2 2 2 2

For Sale By Negotiation For Sale $540,000 - $579,000 For Sale $600,000 - $650,000 For Sale $1.15M - $1.25M For Sale $690,000 - $750,000

Patterson Lakes




For Sale $380,000+





For Sale $440,000 - $460,000

10.30am 11.00am

Bonbeach Bonbeach



12 Noon

$470,000+ $690,000 - $750,000 $430,000 - $460,000 $290,000 - $320,000

12.30pm 81 Field Avenue 1/16 Mcleod Road 14a Clipper Island 44B Scotch Parade

Price on Application $395,000+ By Negotiation $550,000 - $580,000

1.00pm 169 Palm Beach Dr 32 Cannes Avenue 2A Toulon Court


2.00pm 3/10 Inner Harbour

2.45pm 6 Illawarra Close

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Private and secluded

On the waterfront

CLOSE to Citation Reserve and the Balcombe Estuary boardwalk, which leads to the beach and Mount Martha Village cafes, this delightful four-bedroom home is perfect for active retirees or a busy young family. Privately set behind a stand of trees and only accessible via a private service road, this secret sanctuary is on a low-maintenance, 524-square metre allotment. Bathed in natural light, the home has both formal and family living areas, a tidy kitchen with stainless-steel oven, and a dining area. French doors open to a paved patio that, during warmer months, can extend the living and dining areas. The master bedroom has mirrored built-in robes and access to the dual-entry bathroom. A second bedroom also has French doors opening to a sundeck. The home is a short walk to bus routes to Mornington and Frankston or down to Portsea as well as school bus services.

NESTLED in a private court location, this opulent home can be your holiday resort all year round. Indoor and outdoor living seamlessly combine to create vast entertaining areas where views of the canals can be enjoyed by all. The spectacular outdoor area can be accessed by all major internal areas of the home. Fine examples of this is the master bedroom where you can literally step out and into a sunken spa hot tub. Sliding glass doors from both the kitchen or lounge room can open up the entire home. The incredible outdoor kitchen has a long preparation bench with sink, barbecue and bar fridge, and facing the water is a full length bar sheltered by cafe blinds. A beautiful indoor kitchen has stainless steel Smeg appliances. Set on a 950-square metre block, this fourbedroom home is the ultimate in modern appointments and the sheer size is impressive. There is air-conditioning to all living areas and the main bedroom, and secure parking for four vehicles plus a caravan. The property is complete with its own boat mooring.

Address: Price Guide: Agency: Agent:

1 Brigantine Court, PATTERSON LAKES Price: $1.150 - $1.250 million Agency: OBrien Real Estate, 463 Nepean Highway, Chelsea, 9772 7077 Agent: Stavros Ambatzidis, 0409 708 000



555 Nepean Highway, MOUNT MARTHA $450,000 – $470,000 Community Real Estate, 7/20-22 Ranelagh Drive, Mount Eliza, 9708 8667 Julie Mead, 0417 562 755





‘Together, Dreams Can Come True’

‘Together, Dreams Can Come True’




SEAFORD 4 / 8 Carder Avenue

SANDHURST, 13 Malua Circuit



Surprisingly spacious, an inspection of this home is a must!


Positioned within walking distance to the beach




Close to Frankston Shopping Centre












Spacious lounge




Central kitchen,




















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UNDER INSTRUCTIONS FROM STATE TRUSTEES JUST A BIT OF SPIT AND POLISH! Ripe and ready for a cheap and cheerful modern makeover, this well-priced, three-bedroom home is situated in an always popular pocket of Frankston South. Within the Frankston High School zone and walking distance to Mt Erin Secondary &ROOHJHWKHKRPHLVLGHDOIRUÂżUVWKRPHEX\HUVLQYHVWRUVRUD\RXQJIDPLO\VHHNLQJ affordability and some easy options to capitalise as time and money allows. Features LQFOXGHGXDOOLYLQJDUHDVHIÂżFLHQWNLWFKHQDQGPDVWHUEHGURRPZLWKHQVXLWH7KHVHcure backyard offers mature fruit trees and the option to reinvigorate with a vegetable patch. Extras include gas ducted heating, evaporative cooling and a double remote controlled garage AUCTION: TERMS: PRICE GUIDE: INSPECT: CONTACT:

Saturday 16th February at 11am 10% deposit, balance 60 days $350,000-$375,000 Saturday 11-11.30am Deb Ketting-Olivier 0403 554 955






UNDER INSTRUCTIONS FROM STATE TRUSTEES INVEST OR RETIREMENT NEST Reward yourself with the absolute ease of low maintenance living with this bright one-bedroom unit, that is perfect for singles or couples seeking the peace of mind of a 55-plus complex, handy to neighbourhood amenties. Whether you want more time IRUWKHJUDQGNLGVJROIRUMXVWWKHJRRGWKLQJVLQOLIHWKLVLVDÂżUVWFODVVRSSRUWXQLW\WR PDLQWDLQ\RXUSUHFLRXVLQGHSHQGHQFHZLWKIHDWXUHVLQFOXGLQJOLJKWÂżOOHGRSHQSODQOLYing incorporating a modern kitchen with stainless-steel appliances, slick dual access bathroom and laundry, gas heating plus a sunny rear courtyard with handy storage shed, designated car space and ample visitor parking on site. AUCTION: TERMS: PRICE GUIDE: INSPECT: CONTACT:

9708 8667

Saturday 16th February at 1pm 10% deposit, balance 60 days $180,000-$200,000 Saturday 1.00-1.30pm John Young 0412 766 804

Shop 7 / 20-22 Ranelagh Drive MOUNT ELIZA

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Modern premises

First in, best dressed

THIS bright and well-presented shop is in a modern building with all equipment in good order. There is a cool room and a large preparation area. Trading hours are Monday to Saturday 10.30am-8pm and Sunday 4pm-8pm. The business has plenty of potential to increase takings and a long lease is available.

ESTABLISHED three years ago, this bridal and formal wear business has quickly gained a solid reputation for the sale and hire of quality clothing for weddings and other occasions. The business is wellstocked with apparel and accessories for men, women and children. A website and Facebook page is included.

Fish and chips, SOMERVILLE Price: $35,000 + SAV Agency: Latessa Business Sales 50 Playne St, Frankston, 9781 1588 Agent: Tony Latessa, 0412 525 151

Bridal and formal wear, FRANKSTON Price: $75,000 + SAV Agency: Latessa Business Sales 50 Playne St, Frankston, 9781 1588 Agent: Tony Latessa, 0412 525 151

Business Sales Specialists

50 Playne Street Frankston

Tel: (03) 9781 1588 HAIR & BEAUTY






Unisex salon in Hastings, has 6 cutting stations, 2 basins, GU\HUV*UHDWÂżUVWEXVLQHVV opportunity, cheap rent, loyal clients. Vendor will assist with changeover.

Pleasure to run this fully managed, lovely shop in a busy retail & commercial location, also selling jewellery lines. Only 5 days a week with short hours. Full assistance will be given with changeover.

Great little cafĂŠ in main street location, sells breakfast, lunch, French patisseries etc. Easily operated by two staff, new lease offered. Seating inside for 16 & outside for 8. Trades Tues to Sunday.

6HOOVĂ€RZHUVSODQWV JLIWVDOVR made to order hampers. Delivers in area, only one in this part of the Peninsula. Can be a single operation, beautifully presented shop and website.

Expected to sell quickly! Great food court location, near new equipment. Healthy food options inc soups. Currently fully managed, offers excellent opportunity for owner operator.

Lovely large shop, neat and tidy, fully computerized system. Has 25,000 DVDs. Excellent takings, easy to have managed, huge scope! Trades daily from 10am.

$40,000 + sav

NOW $48,000 + sav


$58,500 + sav

$60,000 + sav






Fully set up purpose built factory with equipment less than a year old. One hoist. Well known amongst many car yards in the area. Cheap rent, new lease available. Custom GHWDLOLQJSDLQWUHÂżQLVKLQJHWF

&KLFNHQVEXUJHUVÂżVK FKLSV etc. Located in busy food court of large S/C with planty of seating DYDLODEOH5HFHQWO\UHÂżWWHG Vendor willing to stay on for a while if wanted.

6 cutting stations, 2 basins, spray tan room, waxing room, kitchen & laundry. Trades Tues to Sat. Computerised system, can be easily managed if desired. Bright, airy presentation.

Opens Mon – Fri 7am to 3pm in the heart of Frankston’s retail and commercial district. Close to train station, medical centre, library & Arts Centre.

$110,000 + sav

$110,000 + sav

Great looking shop with large frontage on outside of S/C. Near new equipment, seats 30 inside & 35 outside. Has bakery facilities. Ave weekly T/O $7,000+. NE Established 15 years.





Huge premises with comfortable Wire products manufacture and wholesale to nurseries, hardwares 3 bdm home, no opposition in etc also Caribbean Gardens. high density residential area. Sketches & drawings included, Steady income, easy to operate. willing to stay back and teach new Well stocked with huge coolroom. owner. Needs to be relocated. Opens 7 days. Trial on $7,500 pw.

$160,000 + sav

$165,000 + sav



Ducted vacuums, intercoms & security systems. 3 vehicles inc. Est 25 yrs, have all systems in place with established clients & supplier database.

Est 50+ years on the Peninsula, well known to locals and industry. No competition in area, strong, FRQVLVWHQWWUDGLQJÂżJXUHVZLWK SURÂżWV+XJHZRUNVKRSZLWK yard, very well equipped. &RQÂżGHQWLDOLW\DSSOLHV

BUSINESS $190,000 + sav FREEHOLD $460,000 PET SHOP Supplies local families, farms & holidaymakers with pet supplies and animal feed. Large showroom/factory with aquarium & hydrobath. All stock delivered, long lease, website.

$199,000 + sav



Well known on the Peninsula for Some pick ups & deliveries, extensive range of children’s clothing, shopping strip location. Full footwear & accessories. Fully FRPSOLDQFHFHUWL¿FDWHVDQQXDOO\ managed, strong reputation, many equipment in near new condition. of the suppliers on exclusive locality 5 ½ days, can easily be managed. basis. Fully computerized, NE &RQ¿GHQWLDOLW\DSSOLHV prime location.


$139,000 WIWO

NOW $63,500 + sav FRUIT & VEGETABLES 4XDOLW\SURGXFH IUHVKFXWĂ€RZHUV local home delivery, wholesale orders. To market 3 times a week. This is a well appointed shop, clean, large coolrooms. Vendor will WULDO&RQÂżGHQWLDOLW\DSSOLHV

$140,000 + sav CAFÉ / BAKERY

Modern & inviting salon in great position at entrance to new S/C. 8 stations and a basin, cater for all. Staffroom, large base of repeat customers, trades 6 ½ days. Part-time staff on roster system.

Two adjoining shops in main street with bakery, kitchen, cafĂŠ & retail sales. Very well set up, top quality equipment, spacious work areas. All things \XPP\LQÂżQH(XURSHDQVW\OH Repeat cash customers.

$175,000 + sav


$185,000 + sav

$189,000 + sav





Est 30+ years using fully treated Exclusive onsite facility at college Great position in very busy S/C, Licensed with seating capacity QHZO\ÂżWWHGLQODVW\UV+DV 140+ inside & outside. Well Australian sourced timber. Written campus has captured and local market. Includes outdoor training outside seating area, consultancy presented, large premises with contracts with large corporate clients, 8 weeks work in advance, areas. Enormous potential to build room , juice bar (can be sublet). good size commercial kitchen and on already solid business base. Promote organic products, biggest conveyor oven available, averaging 50 quotes a week. 3 Lots of equipment, large specialty breads, competitive good equipment. vehicles included. database for marketing. prices. Long lease. URGENT SALE!

$235,000 + sav



Est 15 yrs in M’ton. Has party Vending machines holding room. Dress up room, disco room, drinks & snacks, 35 placed in large coffee/eat-in area with 15 commercial areas not available to tables & 120 chairs. New play general public. M’bbin, Mulgrave, equipment with large playing area, F’tree Gully, Hallam, D’nong, CCTV, amusement machines. C’Downs. Fully set up Mercedes van included. Takeaway licence.

$240,000 inc stock

$250,000 + sav

NOW $250,000 + sav




Well equipped factory, operate and maintain their own sweepers as well as others in the industry. All P & E inc, new lease negotiable. Est 21 yrs, has 3 street sweeping machines.

Operating 15 years, weekly T/O ave $8776. 27 current clients inc Body Corps, hospital, medical centres, childcare centres, car yards, factories etc. Has uniform, vendor will assist with training & changeover.

2009 Hino 6 tonne truck in excellent condition picking up in Dandenong and delivering in northern suburbs. Set daily run, food industry, vendor to retire after 27 years.

$259,000 + sav

$275,000 + sav

$299,000 + sav

$320,000 + sav









Long established in M’ton, large modern premises on busy road. Has aquariums, dog grooming and bath, pet food, accessories. Long lease.

Est 19 yrs hiring all party requirements from cutlery to large marquees. Operates from twin factories, two leases. Excellent SURÂżWV5HDG\IRUDNHHQDQG experienced new owner.

Restoration and repairs serving residential and commercial markets. 0DMRUDZDUGZLQQHUYHU\SURÂżWDEOH can be managed. Reliable sub-contracted tradesmen. service driven. NE Customer &RQÂżGHQWLDOLW\DSSOLHV

Custom made switchboards, general sheetmetal fabricating. Large showroom & upstairs RIÂżFHV1HZOHDVHRIIHUHG &RQÂżGHQWLDOLW\DSSOLHV

Up to date software and equipment, art & design, logos, neoprene products etc. Printing, applications, stickers, signs etc. In house kiln, digital laser. Sells to gift and souvenir shops nationwide. Forward orders in SODFH&RQÂżGHQWLDOLW\DSSOLHV

UK, Germany, Italy, China, in-demand product range & opportunity for future growth. Aust distribution rights. Silicon sealant, ceramic/tiling products. Large PRGHUQZDUHKRXVH RIÂżFH

$420,000 + sav

NOW $480,000


$600,000 + sav

$750,000 + sav

$4.25 Million + sav


Tony Latessa: 0412 525 151

No. 1 REIV Accredited Business Agent in Victoria 32 years selling experience based on honesty and reliability REIV Business Brokers Committee Member

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Festival film helps boost funds for Mexico mission By Tony Murrell IN November 2000, Alan and Pam Skuse left their home on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast to volunteer for a year at an orphanage in Tapachula, a coastal city in Mexico. They had no idea the organisation they signed on with would close after six months, leaving them with a choice: return to Australia or take on the overwhelming challenge of caring for the abandoned children. The couple lacked resources and critical support, but they dreamed of creating a true refuge, a unique surf community where children who had suffered unimaginable trauma found peace in a caring home and the freedom of surfing. The Skuses decided to sell their house and dedicate their lives to helping the children of Mission Mexico. “To stay in Tapachula and continue this work was very difficult for us. We had only planned on doing 12 months of volunteer work, so to think about an indefinite period of time was daunting,” Pam Skuse said. “We had no support and would have to rely on our own savings to continue. Our grasp of Spanish was minimal and we also had no local support.” Ten years later, they care for 54 children and more than 200 children have passed through their care. “Surfing has become a huge part of the life of Mission Mexico,” Mrs Skuse said. “It is giving the kids a challenge, a challenge to better themselves. They are learning qualities like patience and perseverance. Each

Business backing

week they improve and little by little they are feeling satisfied with their efforts. It also provides a place of escape from the pasts that haunt them.” The award-winning documentry Somewhere Near Tapachula will be screened as part of Ventana Film Festival on Saturday 2 March at 9pm at Cube 37, Frankston Arts Centre. It was made by Australians Stefan Hunt and Jonno Durrant who also filmed and produced Surfing 50 States. They decided to make Somewhere Near Tapachula when visiting the mission in 2010. Each year as part of the Ventana

Carers: The work of Alan and Pam Skuse, who sold their Queensland house and have dedicated their lives to helping Mexican orphans (like Porthtowan, below) are profiled in the documentary Somewhere Near Tapachula.

PENINSULA Surf, a pioneer of surf-related retailing in Frankston, will support the screening of Somewhere Near Tapachula and the subsequent auction to help Mission Mexico. Founder Ted Bainbridge, who opened the first of the company’s six stores on Nepean Highway in 1974, will be the auctioneer. Peninsula Surf and Global Surf Industries will donate a surfboard for the auction. Global is already a significant supporter of the mission. Bainbridge has appealed to the surfing community to support the event. “Pam and Alan Skuse are inspiring examples of how like-minded people can make a positive difference to the lives of vulnerable children. Surfers young and notso-young will rally to a cause like this,” he said. Prue Latchford’s Point Leo-based East Coast Surf School has donated surfing lessons for the auction.

Fiesta organisers nominate a special cause to support: this year they have chosen Mission Mexico. To support the mission, organisers will auction donated surf-related goods following the screening. Organisers are seeking surf items for the auction with all proceeds going directly to the mission. Phone Gill Thompson on 0409 860 407. Information on volunteering at the mission will be available at the screening.




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Miss Parry recovering from fall, road to Aspendale and Frankston criticised Compiled by Cameron McCullough VERY extensive fires occurred in the Somerville district on Tuesday last. Several small outbuildings were burnt, while large quantities of fencing and grass were lost. During the evening the lurid glare of this devastating element could be seen in a great semi circle round Somerville. *** AT the last meeting of the Somerville Mechanics’ Hall committee the body of management all resigned as a protest of the lethargy and indifference shown in the management of the hall by the general public. The annual meeting was advertised for Friday week last and only one of the general public turned up to hear the annual report. There is also another reason why the committee resigned ‘en bloc’ and that is that they felt there was some feeling that they had not pushed the matter of additions to our antiquated hall. The trustees have for years past blocked any attempt at additions by their refusal to sign a deed of trust. The people came forward a few years ago and relieved them of their responsibility and since then they have refused to move in the matter of enlargement. If either of the new sheds were floored it would be possible to do without the hall as the sheds will give infinitely greater floor space and would be more comfortable in every way. *** MR Slaney, of ‘Nyora,’ on the Mornington Road, had the unpleasant experience of being visited by some destructive and thieving characters on Thursday night (30th January 1913). On Friday morning he perceived that there was something wrong with a

new cover which he had put over a stack of hay on the previous evening, and on going to investigate he found that a large portion of it (l0ft x 10ft) had been cut out of it and taken away. He has put the matter into the hands of the police, to try and discover the perpetrator. *** WE regret to have to record the death of Mr W. H. Shepherd, of Somerville, which took place on Friday evening of last week. Mr Shepherd had been under an operation for appendicitis a week or so previous and never recovered, although all that was possible was done. The funeral took place on Sunday last, the body being interred in the Frankston cemetery. The funeral was the largest that ever left this district, some 50 or 60 vehicles having joined in the procession. *** A VERY unfortunate accident happened to Miss Katie Parry, daughter of Mr and Mrs R. Parry, of Mornington, on Sunday afternoon last. The young lady was leisurely riding on horseback along the Dromana road, and on hearing the sound of the horn of an approaching motor car (which was going in the same direction) she pulled on to the side of the road, leaving fully 20 feet clear for the motor to pass, but by some unfortunate circumstances the motor dashed into the horse and Miss Parry was thrown violently to the ground. The young lady was conveyed in the motor to her home and on the arrival of Dr Somers it was found that her arm was broken and she was suffering from shock and abrasions. The horse was so badly cut that sixteen stitches

had to be inserted. We are pleased to state that Miss Parry is doing remarkably well under the treatment of Dr Somers. *** A VERY interesting demonstration of fire extinguishing was given on Friday evening in the Park ground at Mornington. Mr E. Oliver Farley, the manager of the the Ajak Fire Appliance in Australia, was the demonstrator. The subject of the test was a structure of pine, 9 feet high by 8 feet 6 inches square, thickly coated with tar and kerosene. A stiff breeze was blowing, and in a few seconds the structure was burning fiercely, so much so that the demonstrator was unable to approach near enough at the first attack. The contents of the tube missed the fire altogether. The second attempt was successful, although the demonstrator was well scorched for his enthusiasm. The success was well merited, and the gathering were more than surprised at the victory. The heat from the structure forced the crowd well back and when the Ajak was applied the tar and kerosene had a good hold, whilst the flames were bursting right through the cabinet. All present expressed themselves as being more than pleased with the result. *** A PECULIAR accident happened to a young man named Jackson on Tuesday last. It appears that Jackson, who is employed at “Mooondah”, rode into Frankston, and after transacting his business, set out on the return journey. What happened after he left Frankston has not yet been ascer-

tained, but he reached his destination riding the horse, but in a semi-conscious condition and with his clothes torn to ribbons. He was assisted to his bed, where he lapsed into unconsciousness. Dr Maxwell was sent for, but his patient was in such a critical condition that an examination could not be made. On Thursday however consciousness was regained, and Dr Maxwell found that he was suffering from slight concussion of the brain, his shoulder blade was cracked, and one of his ribs was bent. He can in no way explain his condition, and though still in a very low state, his recovery, and the consequent explanation, is being eagerly looked forward to. *** The Road to Aspendale and Frankston. The following letter appeared in the ‘Age’ re the above, on the 3rd of February (1913):– I read with regret of the terrible accident that occurred on the road on Sunday night, and, without going into the cause of the accident, I would like to write a few words concerning the terrible state of the road. During the last three weeks I have made four journeys down and four back to Melbourne over this section. I think, and everybody will agree, that this is the most dangerous thoroughfare in and around Melbourne. The reserve for the road, I think, is about 3 chains. The made road itself, I think, about 12 to 15 feet. On both sides there are tracks of sand and ti-tree. There is no pathway for foot passengers, consequently all traffic – foot, horse, bicycle and motor – are compelled to use the 15 feet strip. On Saturday nights and Sunday

nights, from Mordialloc to Frankston, there are hundreds, if not over 1000, pedestrians strolling backwards and forwards all over the road, and dodging in and out of the ti-tree. As a motor man I would like to say that, these pedestrians, or most of them, especially the campers, are the most indifferent people I have ever met. They take absolutely no notice of any vehicle coming along, and, as a matter of fact, on several occasions they have absolutely held my car up. I have practically had to stop the car before they would get off the road and allow me to pass. Last Saturday night, just after the last train had passed through Aspendale, I was travelling along the road, and at each station I met dozens of young fellows who were slightly the worse for liquor which adds greatly to the danger of this road. I certainly think that the shire councils in these districts should be compelled to make proper provision for the enormous traffic, both foot and wheel, on this most dangerous thoroughfare. In conclusion, I might also add that the surface of this road between Aspendale and Frankston is in a most shocking state of disrepair. Some of the holes extend right across the surface, and woe to the motorist who does not know the road, he is certain to break the springs of his car and more than likely have a serious accident through the steering gear being smashed. – Yours etc, E. J. Tait. From the pages of the Mornington Standard, February 8th 1913.

... and other short stories

Demon cutlery from Hell’s Gate By Stuart McCullough I WAS reaching for a teaspoon when I saw it. There in the cutlery draw was a fork unlike any other I had ever seen before. Like a cutlery colossus, it towered over the knives, spoons and splades. We tend to buy our utensils in sets. This item stuck out, if not like a sore thumb then at least like something that could cause a sore thumb when handled incorrectly. It was longer and broader than the other forks, with razor tines as sharp as a gargoyle’s teeth and an elaborate, gothic swirl running down the length of the handle. It looked like something that belonged not so much in another drawer as another age. Or perhaps even another dimension. Utensils can do a lot of things. They can cut, carve and harpoon whatever’s on your plate. The one thing they cannot do, however, is walk. How did the piece of cutlery I now refer to as “the Spooky Fork” come to be in our house? I immediately demanded answers, but the fork refused to say a word. Clearly, it had been trained to withstand interrogation. Exhausted, I left it, tied to a chair, and attempted to regroup. Even if it had responded, I’d be hard pressed to believe it. Human beings occasionally speak with a forked tongue. A fork has no other option. If freaking out at the mysterious appearance of a fork of unknown origins seems something of an overreaction, allow me to disagree. It’s not about one, isolated fork.


What concerns me is that this lone utensil may be an advance party. After reporting back, hoards of strangelooking spoons and steak knives might easily follow. Perhaps oddly elaborate plates and saucers also. It could easily be the thin end of the Wedgewood. The price of utensil freedom is eternal vigilance. There was little time to lose. I immediately secured the premises by nailing wooden boards across the doors,

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windows and cupboards. If an army of 19th century cutlery was intending to invade the apartment, my job was to make its attempted annexation as difficult as possible. But as I kept watch all night, I heard nothing – not the rattle of armed teaspoons or the sound of tiny boots. If invasion was their plan, they were happy to bide their time. But what if a full-scale takeover was the furthest thing from the Spooky Fork’s mind? Maybe it was not the ad-

vance party but the only utensil of its kind anywhere in the world. Rather than a reject, perhaps it was a singular artifact of great and immense value. Objects of beauty can be adored and even sometimes destroyed, but they are rarely misplaced. This meant the true owner might come looking both for the fork and for revenge. Based solely on its appearance, the fork’s true owner would likely be a giant; a beast of a man. I will open the door, expecting a neighbour only to find myself face to chest with a mountain of flesh, fists clenched and looking like Christmas hams, demanding that I return what is rightfully his. I will, of course, try to explain I did not steal the fork and that, instead, the fork had found its way to me. Perhaps it ran away, I will stammer, as a shadow falls across me and the creature moves forward. It will matter little as to why the fork absconded to seek solace in my cutlery drawer. Both the creature and I will know that aiding and abetting a runaway fork is the kind of crime that cannot go unpunished. A giant foot in an elaborate boot will inch forward and I’ll raise my hands but it will be no use… Then again, perhaps the owner isn’t oversized like the fork but is from another era. In the dead of night, I’ll hear the doorbell shriek and will be surprised to find a man on the doorstep dressed in 19th century finery, complete with a large velvet hat. And maybe a cape. With teeth that resemble the tines

of the fork, the man will say a simple “good evening” in a slow, creaking voice that sounds like a gate opening. Confronted by the sight of Count Forkula, I will instantly return his utensil and let him melt back into the darkness… I may have no clue where it came from, but I know it’s not mine to keep. The Spooky Fork is too beautiful to be kept a prisoner in my cutlery drawer. I had to set it free. Having decided to return it to the wild, I put the fork in a cage and drove out into the wilderness. After finding a clearing, I set down the cage and quietly, carefully opened it. The poor thing didn’t want to leave and I had to help it out, pushing it toward the scrub. Returning to my car, I could see it in the rearview mirror as I left. Overwhelmed by its sudden freedom, it hadn’t moved an inch. It would, I assured myself, feel at home soon enough. I don’t know why I find the appearance of a mysterious fork so unsettling. Perhaps it’s a reminder that, no matter how hard we try, we can control things only so much, after which fate, destiny and cutlery take over. Maybe I like to believe that some places are beyond the reach of the random. That some things are predictable and are more magnificent for being so. But it takes so little to disturb this sense of tranquility. All it takes is one unexpected event and you are suddenly faced with a choice. A fork in the road, if you will. Or maybe just in the drawer.

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Poppy’s Problem-solving

ALTHOUGH known mainly for writing the huge 1979 hit On the Inside for Lynne Hamilton, Allan Caswell has earned his place in the country music industry as one of Australia’s major songwriters. King of the Rodeo won him his first Golden Guitar as best new talent in 1980 and the following year he won another for best composition, One Armed Bandit, written with brother Brian. In 1983 he snared another Golden Guitar with Used to be a Gold Song, which he cowrote with Keith Potger of The Seekers. Caswell has won six Golden Guitars, had two gold singles and two gold albums. His compositions have been released around the world with Patti Page, Acker Bilk, Johnny Chester, Deniese Morrison, Reg Poole and Max Bygraves recording his songs. Caswell has released his latest album, It’s a Country Song (Shoestring), and it’s his best work yet. My favourite tracks are The Next Thing That You Hear and You Can’t Get Good Help These Days, a song he co-wrote and sang with Tamara Stewart. For the album Caswell co-wrote songs with Drew McAlister, Lou Bradley, Rose Carleo, Pixie Jenkins, Stephanie Jansen and Marian Caswell. Musicians joining him included Roger Corbett, Mick Albeck, Brad Bergen, Dave Skinner and Damien Odell as well as backing vocalists Drew McAlister, Camille Te Nahu, Geoff Robertson and Tamara Stewart. Marian Caswell was the project manager on the album produced by Roger Corbett. Caswell’s songs express what he feels, reflecting the attitudes of awakening to everyday life. He has an easygoing presence that is evident during live performances and in the studio. Best songs include It’s a Country Song, The Next Thing That You Hear, Love in the Minor Key, Nine Tattoos, Billy Joel Song, Clyde, Brave Enough to Dream, Kick the Bucket and Curl Up and Die. *** ANDREW Wrigglesworth and Laura Coates are The Weeping Willows, a traditional Celticbluegrass duo from Melbourne that has released a debut album Till The North Wind Blows. It was produced by Roger Bergodaz (Tex Perkins) and contains the debut single Hold On. Many people turn to the pure, simple beauty of soft bluegrass music whenever life gets too complicated. Mobile phones, traffic jams,

crowded shopping centres, iPods, Facebook and sports fanaticism chip away at our tranquility, but Wrigglesworth and Coates deliver a soft bluegrass sound with peaceful mandolins, dobros and sweet lonesome harmonies. The Weeping Willows perform around Melbourne and are currently promoting the album. Best tracks are Hold On, Free as a Bird, 16 Feet of Stone, Down Below and my favourite North Wind. *** THE 37th Port Fairy Folk Music Festival is four weeks away and a world of music is on the wing. Kiwi icon Tim Finn headlines the line-up for 2013. Finn will bring a lifetime of songs to enchant the festivals audience, having released more than 20 albums during his time with Split Enz, Crowded House, The Finn Brothers and solo ventures. Finn is known for bittersweet songwriting that has woven stories both strange and familiar into the pop vernacular. Other new acts will include Skipping Girl Vinegar, Jackson McLaren, Siskin River, Al-

By Gary Turner anna and Alicia Egan, and Shaun Kirk, joining Russell Morris, Xavier Rudd, Arlo Guthrie, Christine Anu and Eric Bogle. The festival is held over the Labor Day long weekend, 8-11 March. Tickets: 5568 2227 or *** TEN famous Australian performers and bans have been immortalised on postage stamps as recipients of the 2013 Australia Post Legends award. They have been recognised for their impact on music in nation and their influence on several generations of music fans. This year’s legends are Cold Chisel, Men At Work, INXS, The Seekers, AC/DC, Kylie Minogue, John Farnham AO, Olivia NewtonJohn, Paul Kelly and the one and only Ian “Molly” Meldrum. The legends feature on 60-cent stamps, a stamp pack, first day cover and set of maxi cards along with a commemorative book, Australian Legends of Music, written by music historian Ed Nimmervol. The stamps are at participating Australia Post retail outlets, via mail order phone 1800 331 794 and online Australia Post has given The News some packs to give away. Send your entry to Australia Post Legends, PO Box 588, Hastings 3915.

Top 10 albums 1 It’s a Country Song – Allan Caswell 2 Take the Crown – Robbie Williams (EMI) 3 Till the North Wind Blows – The Weeping Willows 4 Three’s a Crowd – Band o’ Gold. 5 Psychedelic Pill – Neil Young & Crazy Horse (Warner) 6 Grrr! – The Rolling Stones (Polydor) 7 Les Miserables soundtrack 8 Reflections – Armik 9 Celebration Day CD/DVD – Led Zeppelin (Atlantic) 10 Crank It Up – Chris “Boots” Lee

GLADYS came to see me and had a dreadful tale of woe to tell. Her husband Derek had just retired from his job. He had been a chicken sexer for one of the large poultry hatcheries for more than 45 years, and he loved his job and its prestige. His job was one of accuracy – hens to the left, roosters to the right, and any hermaphrodites went down a chute. Gladys, like a lot of people, never knew what a hermaphrodite was. Look it up. Anyway, I digress. Once Derek had retired, he was a lost soul. He missed the cut and thrust of his profession. Gladys told me she was “just about ready to knock his block off” because of what he was doing to upset her routine and daily life. He had started aimlessly wandering around the house and surrounds, and also had started following her around “to help her”. He was at his worst in the food preparation area. She had spoken to “the girls at bowls” and they said having a husband around “helping” was “the pits”. The straw that broke the camel’s back, and brought her to me, was when he started “adjusting” those dial thingos on the stove that make things hotter or less hot, depending on where the numbers on the dial were. She wanted things to cook, he “wanted to save power bills”. If she turned up the vegies to boil, he turned them to simmer, and she was angry. (Poppy knows better than to do stuff in a female-dominated kitchen, and waits for a call when a meal is ready.) Derek even wanted to help make the matrimonial bed. Now everyone knows this is beyond the capabilities of most men, and most men wisely know this and depart the scene as soon as possible. Poppy’s solution Now I know the two feminists who read this column will get angry at my solution. Please take a deep breath, relax, hum one of those mantras you like, and think this through. All I am trying to do is help Gladys. I told her to buy one of those excellent work sheds, a work bench, a bar fridge and a small stereo/radio. I told her to make sure the shed had a cement floor and was well-lit. I told her not to worry about the cost, as this would fix her problem. The next thing I told her was to make a huge list of things that needed doing or fixing around the place. I explained Granny writes her lists on a toilet roll, and Poppy tears off a sheet of things to do each day. Gladys liked this idea. I explained this would give Derek some “value” in his life and get him out of her work area, but if he was not a handyman, then just buy him a boat and fishing gear. Gladys rang me, delighted with the change in her situation. Derek was happy “doing stuff” in his shed, and busy keeping the bar fridge stocked. Poppy, of course, has inspected the fridge and its contents.

A Grain of Salt YEARS ago we had travelogues at the movies. James A Fitzpatrick: “And so we say farewell to sunny Fiji” or wherever. Boring; bring on Buck Rogers, Hopalong Cassidy. And so “farewell to 30,000 visitors to the Mornington Peninsula”. Meeting and greeting in the long queues at Woolies. If we missed you there we could always bump into you standing as a group or walking five abreast along the sidewalk or chatting stuck in our cars along Point Nepean Rd. Keep those jet skis serviced, friends; can’t wait. We’ll clean up the mess; our pleasure. Thanks for the sofas, mattresses and TVs kindly left on your nature strips. Like the Grand Prix, so good for us ... and the shopkeepers. *** SMALL yapper (dogs) at cafes. A teenage couple strolling, she with a can of soft drink and her yapper who won’t shut up. They sit; they don’t order, just sit. She tells her yapper to be good, but yapper continues yapping. Twenty minutes later and it becomes clear they are not ordering, just sitting, and twice more she softly scolds yapper, to no avail. Add in noisy, spoilt screaming darlings in high chairs and I’m well into being driven to drink. I have no objection to gorgeous females breastfeeding their darlings in front of me, assuming I don’t get a dirty look if I “appear” to be staring. Hey, but they’re visitors; always welcome. Note: In view of the tragic


floods up north and, as always, our bushfires, my small whinges kind of fade into insignificance. Point taken. *** IT’S not your problem is it? You have your own defects and miseries. You may sympathise with other misfortunes; the bushfires, floods – but only in passing. Your real thoughts are centred not so much on what you have (comfortable), but more specifically on what you want, what you believe you need. How to handle a lottery windfall? Are you aware of the likelihood of more than 90 per cent of the rest of the world’s population considering themselves to be in seventh heaven in your shoes? What defects, miseries? A migraine headache, a bad back, potholes, dog poo? Poor darling. Awake! Join a group. Make a contribution to your community. More importantly, acknowledge your happiness! *** IMAGINE, if you will, two blocks of land of equal size. Four units on one, each owned and occupied by one pensioner with little in private savings, a house on the other occupied by a married couple with three children and an elderly aunt, in all six occupants and two thirsty dogs. The parents both work and have investments. Their water usage is about double the combined usage of the four pensioners. Alas, the combined bills of the four pension-

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ers are double the bill of Mr and Mrs Right next door. Why is that? Who shall we blame? *** READING daily newspapers (believing what you read?) can be a health hazard. “Australian research has revealed” or “a new study discloses” and the like. Diets, schizophrenia, stroke screening, salt, vitamin B, diet soft drink, whatever. They trot out conclusions with gay abandon. There has to be thousands of beavers with a primary aim of sending us to la-la land. What is a new study, new Australian research or (I like this one) a high-quality study? Followed by their favourite topic of telling us what we need to be told. Allowing for the power of the big two, tobacco and grog, obesity appears to be the current thrust on our freedom, never forgetting ASIO, the tax office and Centrelink. Remember that song? “I don’t want her, you can have her, she’s too fat for me.” According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, cancer and heart disease were the big killers in 2010 at 89,000. Note: Only 7000 died in my high-risk area – behavioural disorders. A tax on soft drinks? That’s funny. *** LONG ago at Falconer Street Central School we had swimming lessons at Northcote Baths. We loved it. Then some smartarse decided to make diving a compulsory part of our weekly

visits. No problem for most of us, but hell for a few. All I could do was witness this form of punishment but it stayed with me forever. Later, doing my forced National Service in the navy, they had physical training instructors (Gestapos) taking us through a forced form of exercises discipline. I contracted a false chest complaint to escape those singleminded fools. Again, hell for a few. Now we hear from physical education lecturer and Order of Australia medal holder David Parkin calling for compulsory physical education as part of every primary school’s curriculum. “Anything we can do to mandate it is a good thing.” Mandate? Why does he think he knows what’s best for everybody? Some people are in love with their misguided form of morality. Me? I’m in love with truth (well, my truth really) and choice, with apologies to David if he includes music, dance and drama. *** RANDOM thoughts: I’ve had my share of prostate checks – females by a mile. The 30th of January, a Wednesday, and the little darlings trotted off to school, amidst a few tears. Rye to Chelsea in 45 minutes; hallelujah. Is there anything on Planet Earth that Jeff Kennett and Eddie McGuire don’t know how to fix? “I feel like Melbourne is my second

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home,” says Tony. So sweet. More comedy: Nicola’s anti-discrimination rules do not apply to some religious groups, giving them the right to discriminate against sinners? Shane Warne: “Has common sense gone out the window?” When questioned on his speeding fine in Scotland; you should know, cobber. The mafia girls make a man proud. Tanya Plibersek, Jenny Macklin, Nicola and Julia. Robina Hoods, in reverse? ABC new series of Mother and Son? Starring Inga Peulich and son Paul? Apparently hitting your children sends them the wrong message. What message do they get if you refrain? We thank God for the sports pages of the Herald Sun and Andrew Bolt’s comedy contributions. Beware of losing the moon while counting the stars. Hooroo...


Peaceful setting: Tamie and Malcolm Fraser enjoy time in their garden at “Thurulgoona”. Picture: Yanni

Frasers open garden

By Fran Henke WHEN the president of Open Gardens Australia says this will be the last time of opening her garden, you have to wonder why. Age? Aggravation? Twenty-five years ago Tamie and Malcolm Fraser opened their garden in Victoria’s western district to support the new scheme and to help keep staff going on their property “Nareen”. “There was drought, stock prices were low, it was a difficult time,” said Mrs Fraser, now president of Open Gardens Australia. A different story today: the Frasers have gardened at Merricks for 14 years and you’d think that with former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser in his early 80s, his wife in her 70s, they would wish to retire. Far from it. “It’s very expensive to open the garden,” said Mrs Fraser candidly. “The first time we had to rebuild the bridge. This time, following the wet winter, the paddocks used for parking were very pocked and we had to have them smoothed out.” When their garden, “Thurulgoona”, attracts about 10,000 visitors over two days, parking is extremely important. “But I said last time that would be the last time,” Mrs Fraser smiled. “They are very long days,” she explained. “Opening the garden starts on the Thursday with set up. And the scheme wants owners to be there to answer questions.” You wonder how the notoriously gruff Mr Fraser handles this. But he was charming this day, accepting instructions from Yanni (the photographer) on where to stand in his own garden and being extremely interested in the cameras and lenses chosen to deal with deep shade. Inside, when Mr Fraser had disappeared on men’s business, a camera magazine on the table reminds he is a keen photographer, too. We talk through eIements of gardening, colour, water, sound, and I remind Mrs Fraser of complaints about the “Nareen” garden being “too green” all those years ago. “We opened the garden to buses and a group came from Footscray, but they were so disappointed. It was the end of autumn and little was out,” she recalled. The Frasers are hardly retiring types. They chose to live on the Mornington Peninsula after considerable exploration, she said, because “people here are doing things, elsewhere they seemed too retired”. I noted how agile Mr Fraser is for his age, bending to weed or deal with Choc and Grizzle the dogs; moving easily. “He’s good isn’t he,” she agreed with clear pleasure. They play golf (at Flinders), Mr Fraser has a shed, home to his woodturning equipment, and he has a boat. On top of presidency of Open Gardens, Mrs Fraser has long supported Red Cross, which will benefit significantly from the popularity of the Fraser garden. She describes the garden design as “flagrantly amateur”, populated by “impetuous purchases and gifts from friends”, so is there a colour scheme? “No, and not a lot today, I cut everything back

after Christmas to time with the opening days [16 and 17 February]. There will be yellows and mauves beyond the rose garden, blue geraniums in front of the roses.” Mrs Fraser said she doesn’t design her garden for what other people think about colour or anything. “I don’t like structure in the garden; we have done our own thing.” She doesn’t like garden rooms but prefers the garden to lead where it will. The “Thurulgoona” garden flows from sitting areas overlooking the property and valley to a smoke-hazed Western Port, around to the “cigar garden for family and friends with anti-social habits”. Here, too, are Mr Fraser’s camellias. He is famous for breeding the registered C. japonica Tamie Fraser. Four years ago I asked Dame Elisabeth Murdoch if she still wanted to make changes to her garden, so asked Mrs Fraser that question. “There are always changes to make in a garden,” she said. “We planted too closely. Fourteen years on there’s too much shade under the oak and some plants need to be shifted or thinned out.” And not everything worked at first. Significant earthworks were undertaken to make the garden intimate and accessible. “The house was on a very steep slope and we wanted it to sit into the garden,” Mrs Fraser said. An experienced bulldozer operator moved earth from under the tennis court and around the shed. “I had collected seed of favourite plants from ‘Nareen’ and spread them when the top soil was replaced, but nothing came up; not one plant. The soil structure had been too disturbed,” she said showing early pictures of a red clay desert. The garden is watered from two picturesque lakes near the long drive, providing a grand entrance, slowed by ducky inhabitants basking in dust. When looking for the new home, Mrs Fraser said big trees were important as she loved the sound of wind through cypresses at “Nareen”. But there were none at what was to become “Thurulgoona”, so hundreds have been planted, providing windbreak and windsong. They have help in the garden once a week and more often when it is closer to open day. As president of the scheme, Mrs Fraser points out Australia’s is the second-largest open garden scheme in the world, ahead of the United States. Britain, where it all began, is the busiest. She loves the idea of people being able to wander round other people’s gardens. “And you learn so much from visitors,” she said. I asked about the property name, having found a reference to Thurulgoona Station in Henry Lawson. “It was Malcolm’s great-grandfather’s property (southwest Queensland) where he discovered the first artesian water in Australia,” Mrs Fraser said.  “Thurulgoona” will be open – possibly for the last time – on Saturday and Sunday 16 and 17 February. There will be stalls, light lunches, teas and wine tastings. Parking is free and entry is $10. Entry is near the intersection of Stanleys and Merricks roads, enter from Merricks Rd.

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FRANKLIN, 16ft, double bed, sleeps family of 5, fridge, sink, GC, plenty of storage. $5,000neg. 0402 483 707.

TANDEM TRAILER, 7’x5’, brand new, hydraulic brakes, steel floor, front and rear tail gates, registered, blue colour, 2 spare wheels and tyres. $4,000. 5941-1687.


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MAZDA, 3, SP23, black, 2005, FELTH, registered, RWC, VGC. $11,000. 0401 865 904.

TOYOTA, Corolla, sedan, 2010, metallic silver. 54,000kms, one owner, full Toyota service history, factory fitted CC and Bluetooth, XWK- 510, EC, $16,000. 0407 375 800.

CARAVAN, onsite with aluminium annexe, in Cowes, sleeps six plus, full ensuite, TV, DVD, microwave, fridge, stovetop, air conditioning and BBQ, great for family getaways. $22,500. Call Sean 0412 000 446.

PEDIGREE HORIZON, 24ft, poptop, EC, dual axles, full annexe, awning very clean, stored undercover, lots of cupboards, electric brakes, east/west bed. $26,500ono. 9546-5595. Springvale.

CAMPERVAN, 1987, Toyota Hiace, QTP-934. 90lt fresh water tank, double bed, 240-12 volts, microwave and fridge, diesel, free standing tent 6x6, 10 months reg. $8,000ono. 0419 707 828. Koo Wee Rup.

PRATTLINE LOW TOW, single axle, 17’ 6”, hydraulic pop top caravan, reg August, full annexe, electric brakes, 3-4 berth, four burner cook top with grill, rangehood, microwave, three way fridge, good tyres and two mounted spares, water and fuel holders, two gas bottles, four seasons hatch. $9,000ono. Phone 0419 356 802. GOLDSTREAM, mini poptop, 12.5’, 2010, double bed, easy tow, EC. $23,000ono. 5623-3783, 0411 092 612.

GOLDSTREAM, Storm, off roader, EC, always stored in shed, full size oven and grill and four burner stove, microwave and two burner stove outside, wardrobe, QS bed plus dbl, drop down table bed, sleeps six, full annexe, bed flys. $18,000. 0410 034 305. OUTBACK, camper, Neapean, 2009, reg until 10/13, QS bed, soft floor, annexe, 3 way fridge, washing machine, stove, table, many extras, EC. $3,500ono. 5945-7564.

SCENIC GALAXY, 1999, 15’ x 7’ caravan, EC, 1450Kg axle, galvanised chassis, shockers, full annexe plus separate awning, front boot, tinted windows, twin beds, Heron AC, plenty of cupboards, convection microwave cooker, large quiet and efficient 12volt compressor fridge, house battery and charger, Anderson plug, Winegard antenna with booster, wired in smoke alarm, security door, new tyres and brakes, tows easily, reg 04/13, fully equipped ready to go. $14,990ono. 5975 0761. Mornington. POPTOP CARAVAN, 14 foot, island dbl bed, full size oven, 3 way fridge, new awning, annexe, tyres, very clean, $13,000. 0412 783 157, 9772-7786. Chelsea Heights.

TRAVELLER STORM, poptop, 2006, 17'6" x 7', island dbl bed, innerspring mattress, centre kitchen, rangehood, microwave, 104L 3-way fridge, flatscreen TV, rollout awning, reverse cycle AC, battery pack, Winegard TV antenna, weight 1420kg, club seating, adjustable table, hotplate and griller, 2 x 9kg gas bottles, 2 x 80L water tanks, Anderson plug, radio/DVD/ CD/MP3 player, $24,240. Phone 9772-3185 or 0407 056 150.


JD 3520, compact tractor, 2006, 1850 hours, front end loader, E hydro 4WD, 2 set tyres; turf and ag, standard bucket and 4in1 bucket, canopy, WSQ-523. $27,500. Urgent sale. Call Garry: 0419 893 286.

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Baxter rolls Mounties as Dogs bite Sharks PROVINCIAL By IT Gully BAXTER flexed its muscles versus Mt Eliza in the duel of the heavyweights on Saturday and is in a commanding position in MPCA Provincial cricket. With just three rounds to go before finals, there is plenty of jostling for a spot in the top four. The Mounties are one of a handful of teams vying for fourth. On Saturday, last year’s District premiers batted first and was made to look second-rate by Baxter, the powerhouse of MPCA cricket. Travis Sawers hasn’t exactly set the world on fire since crossing from Rye two seasons ago, but on Saturday produced something special with the ball for the home side. He claimed 6/37, while Dale Irving continued his sensational form, snagging 3/21. The Mounties were skittled

for 95. Lyle House was the only batsmen to offer resistance, top-scoring for the visitors with 36. In reply, Baxter is cruising at 2/82. Shane McComb opened with 42, and Darren Uccello, back in the ones, is unbeaten on 37. Sorrento versus Mornington is another game that has attracted the attention of fans. The Doggies are enigmatic and can produce the best cricket in the competition on a good day. The Sharks are methodical, brilliant and favourites for the pennant. On Saturday, the Sharks batted first on their home strip and make 220 in 74.3 overs. Opener and pre-Christmas star Jedd Falck failed to make a contribution and Nick Jewell was out for 23 with the score on 40. Liam O’Connor was the rock of the innings for the home side with 74, and

Leigh Poholke (25) and Ross Dunball (32), batting at nine, made valuable contributions. Matt Foon was sensational for the Dogs, snaring 5/48 from 18 overs, and Glenn Wood got the prized scalp of Jewell as well as removing O’Connor. Peninsula Old Boys and Long Island are two of the other sides looking for a place in the top bracket and the visitors appear to have the upper hand after the first day’s play. The Old Boys batted first and managed a competitive total of 9/248. Dylan O’Malley has had a good run with the bat and scored a quickfire and dominant 85 on Saturday. When his opening partner Brandon Lawler was dismissed for 18, the score was on 93. Eivion Bowen with 60 runs started a middle order revival that saw Wade Pelzer (31) and Jon Forrest (42) among the runs. Chris Hocking was the surprise

packet for the Islanders with the ball, picking up 3/51 from 20 overs, while Paul Hartle snared 3/74 from 16. Mt Martha managed its highest score for the year, compiling 283 against Moorooduc. The visitors batted first and many batmen got great starts and made a contribution. This has been lacking for the Reds this season. Skipper Jason Jacoby top-scored for Mt Martha with 62, and Tim Moran entered the arena with the score on 37 and made 61. Jake Smart (42) and Luke Moran (38) also were shining lights for the Reds in the middle order. Bobby Wilson was the chief wickettaker for the Ducs, bowling 26.2 overs and finishing with 4/107. There were four run-outs in the innings. Rye skipper Darren Groves opened

the innings for his side on Saturday and top-scored with 39. Ben Ashworth with 30 and Corey Harris with 27 were the next best bats, helping the Demons to 168 against Crib Point. The Magpies bowlers, led by Warren Herrington with 5/30 and Luke Herrington with 3/13 from 14 overs, were dominant and gave their side the upper hand. The Pies are 0/10 in reply. Heatherhill has given Ballam Park plenty of work to do in their match at Bruce Park. The Hills scored 9/242 from 75 overs, keeper-batsman Dean Shaw making 38, John Hille Jnr 37 and Christian Heath 31. However, it was James Bolletta who did the bulk of the damage with the bat, scoring 71 batting at eight. Knights skipper Matty Roach was the pick of the bowlers with 3/47 from 14 overs.

Blues, Somie, Pines fight for finals spots as Langy set Boneo big task DISTRICT By IT Gully THE temperature continues to rise in MPCA District cricket following the first day’s play of round nine. The results of matches in this round will probably define which teams play finals and which miss out. Heading into the round, the teams that simply have to win to keep their chances alive are Hastings, Pines and Somerville, eighth, seventh and sixth on the table. Hastings is up against Frankston YCW, the cellar dwellers of the competition. However, the Stonecats managed to score a competitive 178. The Blues would be favourites to win the match,

but reaching the total will be no easy task as the team has struggled with the bat this season. In reply, the Blues have already lost a wicket and resume on 1/10 next Saturday. Luke Hewitt dominated for the Blues with the ball with 6/66. Somerville is more than capable of scoring the 211 needed to defeat thirdplaced Baden Powell. The Eagles are half a game outside the four and, given the wealth of talent, are capable of causing carnage if they get going. On Saturday, they bowled first and Jack Kennedy and Daniel Kelly each claimed three wickets. Sam Delaney bowled two balls, was hit to the rope and didn’t reappear. Braves skipper Rhys Elmi top-

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scored with 53, which included seven fours and a six, while Adam Landry (46) and Josh Waldron (45) made more than solid contributions. Pines has a tough task versus second-placed Carrum at Carrum, but will be reasonably happy with the first day’s play. While looking at the scores might indicate Carrum’s 163 was below par, the slow and spongy surface at Roy Dore means this is a competitive score. Josh Dent was best for the Lions with 54, and Shaun Foster hit 34. Brett Hudgson was the best of the Pines bowlers with 4/52. At the top of the ladder, leader Langwarrin has set fourth-placed Boneo a massive 298 for victory. A number of Kangas got starts and

contributed, including openers Simon McEvoy (45) and Mark Cooper (33) as well as Andy Johnson (37), Ben Wells (36), Jake Prosser (33 not out) and David Ross (26). The best of the Langwarrin bats was Danny Weare with 65. Chris Jobling was the best of the Boneo bowlers with 3/95. If Boneo loses, it is in danger of falling out of the four. Main Ridge is on the same points as Boneo and is locked in a ding-dong battle with Delacombe Park. If the second-placed Parkers can win this match, the team’s position in the top four looks safe. On Saturday, Delacombe Park rolled Main Ridge for 132, Shane Deal claiming 3/21 and Chris Brittain 3/29. Jason Albress top-scored for the Ridge with 37.

However, while the Parkers looked to be in the box seat, they slumped to 3/53 after 32 overs. Nick Christides and Joel Malcolm are back in the shed, but Jon Guthrie and Chris Brittain are still to come. Flinders’ bowlers will need to produce something special to get the points against Seaford. Batting first, the visitors managed 183, Tommy Clements top-scoring with 65 and Dwayne Field 34. Mike Manders opened the bowling for Seaford, sent down 31.5 overs and finished with the impressive figures of 5/68. Skipper Nathan Volpe bowled 20 overs and claimed 3/39.

Islanders scare Tyabb SUB-DISTRICT By IT Gully THREE important matches being played in MPCA Sub-district could have a big impact on the season. Top-of-the-table Rosebud (on 78 points) is playing fifth-placed Seaford Tigers (66 points), fourth-placed Red Hill (66 points) is locked in battle with sixthplaced Pearcedale (66 points), and second-placed Tyabb (78 points) is back and forth on the ferry, playing French Island. There is nothing between these sides. Balnarring, in third place on 72 points, has the bye and will be assured 12 points. Tyabb was expected to visit French Island and simply get the job done. The Islanders as individuals have produced special moments this season, but collectively have tended to struggle. On Saturday with the bat, the habit continued, bowled out by the Yabbies for 146. Ben King continues to produce with bat and ball for the Islanders and top-scored with 41, receiving solid support from

Mark Cox (38). It wasn’t a good day for the Islanders and it appeared again as though they would be soundly beaten. They had no answers for the Yabbies’ Geoff Glaum, who claimed 4/32 from 11.4 overs. But Ben King then weaved some magic with the ball, claiming 5/28 from 14 overs to have the visitors in strife. At stumps, the Yabbies were reeling at 7/101. They were cruising to the total at 5/95, but this quickly became trouble at 7/97. The Yabbies have enough talent and experience to return this weekend and limp over the line. Pearcedale has set Red Hill a massive 289 for victory in their match after opener Brad Trotter set the tone with 73. The middle order of Kaine Smith (54) and Mark Andrew (58) compiled an 89-run partnership that pushed the total to a more than competitive one. Nick Wood snared 3/59 from 16 overs for the Hillmen. The home side will need to produce something special with the bat to claim victory.

Seaford has left Rosebud with plenty of work to do to get the points. The Tigers batted first at Rosebud’s Olympic Park and set the home side 225 for victory. Corey Hand top-scored for the Tigers with 48 and David James scored 47 to be the best two bats. Brian Doughty picked up 3/60 for the Buds and Darren Kerr 3/71. Dromana has set Skye 247 for victory after Mark Whitehead scored 105 for his team on Saturday. Andrew Thomson also hit a half-century, while Dave Timmer ensured the tail wagged with a timely 24. Ben Milano was the pick of the Skye bowlers with 5/30 from 21.2 overs, which included 10 maidens. Tootgarook is 1/35 in response to Carrum Downs’ 163. Matty Whelan ripped through the Cougars batsmen, claiming 6/42, while Scott Didcock took 2/41.


Danger: blue-ringed octopus ON THE LINE By Paul “Tracker” Pingiaro THE blue-ringed octopus has returned to the shallows of Port Phillip and Western Port, with two spotted near beaches in Mornington harbour and one seen at Yaringa Boat Harbour in the past two weeks. The tiny octopus is as deadly as any snake, spider, jellyfish or shark. It develops brilliant blue ring-shaped markings when disturbed, and if people are stung, they can experience respiratory failure and even death. The creature is a plain brown or greyish colour when not disturbed. The octopus is found in rock pools and is very attractive, especially to children and tourists, who are at risk if they pick them up. Children playing among rocks and rock pools need to be actively supervised by an adult. Bites can also occur when the creature is trodden on by waders. Museum Victoria says the bite of a blue-ringed octopus delivers a hit of tetrodotoxin, which is found in the octopus’s saliva. This venom also is found in puffer fish. “The venom has a devastating effect on the nerve system; it blocks sodium channels and causes breathing difficulties, numbness and paralysis,”

the museum states on its website. “There is no antivenom and without immediate medical intervention, the risk of death is high.” A Museum Victoria team is studying “one of our most notorious marine creatures” and seeks “more information to assist with treating blueringed octopus bites”. Intervention can include mechanical ventilation until the effects of the venom wear off. Boating tip IF you are taking people for their first boat trip or first trip on your boat, a five-minute pre-trip briefing can often avoid all sorts of dramas if you get into trouble on the water. Show everyone where the life jackets are in case the skipper gives the order for everyone to don them. It’s amazing how many boats have them tucked away and guests or crew don’t know where to find them. Point out the locations of fire extinguishers and instruct passengers and crew on their use. Other items to be discussed during a briefing could include first aid kit, anchor, flares and marine radios. As a rule, nowadays marine radios are more of a reporting tool than a safety device, and while they are mandatory equipment on some vessels, the coverage of mobile phones means most

good and the flathead consistent. In the next 1-2 weeks, King George whiting will pick up on shallow reefs and provide a good target for landbased and boating anglers. Fishing has been reasonable from piers on both bays with anglers catching garfish, mullet, squid, flathead, salmon and even a trophy snapper or two. We have entered the last month of summer and with the awesome fishing of autumn approaching, the

emergency calls can be conducted via mobile. With this in mind, all those hitting the water should have the local rescue number stored on their phone. If there’s an emergency where grave or imminent danger is present, dial 000. A well-prepared and organised crew is a safe and happy crew, so play it safe on the water. Where they’re biting THERE is offshore action with a few nice mako sharks to 50kg being landed. Also offshore are good numbers of arrow squid and flathead, and in close on the reefs, kingfish are being caught. The best way to attract kingfish is by using a string of 4-6 plain CDs tied together and lightly weighted. In Western Port, the waterway can be summed up easily – gummy sharks in the channels and deeper water, and whiting on the banks. Deeper waters also are holding the occasional snapper and seven-gill shark, and the bycatch in the shallows has been salmon, trevally, mullet, flathead and mackerel. Southern Port Phillip has gummies in the channels, and whiting and flathead in the shallows. Off Mt Martha and Mornington in 19-22 metres of water, there is a good chance of hooking a snapper or gummy shark. In close the squid have been

serious fishing starts soon. Tight lines and calm seas.  Paul “Tracker” Pingiaro has been fishing since he could hold a rod and stay in the boat. He has boat hire businesses in Mornington and Yaringa Boat Harbour in Somerville. He has been a fishing writer for magazines and brings his knowledge to MP News Group for season 2012-13. Details: or www. western Email or 5975 5479.

Bring on autumn: Top fishing is around the corner with the end of summer looming and snapper expected to reappear in good numbers. Paul Pingiaro with a nice big red.

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