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Art attack At least five more sculptures will be installed around Frankston in the next year, with council allocating more ratepayer funding to its public art program. The Love Flower (pictured) is currently installed by the Mornington Peninsula Freeway. See story page 5. Picture: Supplied

Man arrested over alleged kidnapping attempt Brodie Cowburn brodie@baysidenews.com.au A TEENAGE girl was nearly kidnapped by a man at a Frankston bus stop last week, police say. At around 7.30am on 3 August, a

man allegedly tried to take the girl from a bus stop on Ashleigh Avenue. A good samaritan stepped in to help the young woman. The next day, police arrested a 20-year-old man at a property on Gamble Road in Carrum Downs. He was hit with 20 charges includ-

ing attempted kidnapping, attempted child stealing, unlawful assault, theft of motor vehicle, possess controlled weapon, possess imitation firearm, affray, careless driving, criminal damage, and possessing a drug of dependence. Police allege that the man, of no

fixed address, also used a firearm in Carrum Downs to threaten two people in a car. He also allegedly caused issues and ran from security at a Moorabbin shopping centre. The man will appear before the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court. Investigators are asking for the

good samaritan who helped save the girl from the alleged would-be kidnapper to come forward. He was a man driving a blue sedan. Any witnesses can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.


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Plans for 30 storey tower near foreshore Brodie Cowburn brodie@baysidenews.com.au A PLAN has been put forward to construct two huge towers standing at 30 and 22 storeys on Davey Street. If it goes ahead, the development will be constructed on 6-12 Davey Street, Frankston. The proposal will mean the demolition of heritage buildings on the site, and construction of a building with two towers of 22 and 30 storeys plus three basement levels. The buildings will be used for accommodation - a residential hotel with 200 rooms and four serviced apartments, and 116 apartments. The proposal also asks for a reduction in car parking requirements, to display internally illuminated business identification signage and panel signage, and to alter access to a road within a road zone. The proposal was lodged with Frankston Council in February. The Times understands that it will be considered by councillors later this year. In the advertised plans, council commented that the building would exceed the preferred height limit for the area. The applicant’s representative wrote “in this case, increased height is appropriate as the proposal is able to manage potential amenity impact of visual bulk and overshadowing, whilst also creating a landmark built form”. The representative for the applicant called the proposed height jus-

tified because “it will deliver a premium hotel offering which is to be operated by global hotelier Marriott International” and that “providing this amenity is expected to expand the role of Frankston as a regional capital and destination for accommodation, tourism, and business activities and capitalises on its waterfront location and its arts, nature, and cultural experiences.” The 6 Davey Street site has had a troubled development history. On 10 November 2014, councillors voted to approve the construction of a seventeen storey dwelling for “accommodation and office use” on the site. In 2018 councillors refused the developer an extension of their permit, as construction work had still not begun.

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Man charged with Frankston murder A MAN has been charged with murder after the death of a man at a Petrie Street property. Police were called to the Frankston property just before 3am on 4 August.

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in Frankston. He was subsequently charged with murder. The charged man was scheduled to appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court last week.

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FIVE new sculptures will be installed around Frankston in the next 12 months. Council’s sculpture program is delivered in partnership with Sculptures By The Sea and McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery. Council’s budget for this financial year included an investment in public art. The mayor Kris Bolam said “council has worked hard to build our city’s impressive collection of public art, which features interactive murals, dynamic sculptures, public performances and the popular yearly street art festival, Big Picture Fest, with an investment of $140,000 to $180,000 annually.” “In June 2021, council endorsed its new budget, which provides an investment of $3.86 million in COVID-19 recovery support and reinstates public art funding to the tune of $500,000,” he said. “Over the next 12 months, residents and visitors will see at least five new sculptures installed across our city and its suburbs, including a new gateway sculpture. “Known as The Lighthouse, this iconic sculpture is scheduled for installation by March 2022 at the former intersection of Eel Race Road and Nepean Highway.”

MORE than 1000 people in the Frankston area registered to be organ donors last year. Organ donation has the potential to save and transform lives. Carrum Downs man Matt Ngaputa-Cripps had his life changed after a lung transplant in 2018. Mr Ngaputa-Cripps was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis about 15 years ago. It is an inflammatory disease which affects the bones and organs. The disease left him chronically unwell. He spent time in and out of hospitals, and said he “did life from a chair”. After a lung transplant, Mr Ngaputa-Cripps’ life has changed. He now runs three businesses and enjoys his life alongside his wife, Linda. Mr Ngaputa-Cripps says he is grateful to his donor for the improvements in his life. “When my lung birthday comes around, the thought that goes through my head every year is that somewhere out there a family is hurting,” he said. DonateLife says there are 13 million Australians aged over 16 who are eligible to register as organ and tissue donors, but haven’t yet. DonateLife Victoria state medical director, Dr Rohit D’Costa, said “the biggest barrier to families saying yes to donation is not knowing their family member was willing to be a donor.” “When donation is a possibility, it helps when families know what their loved one wanted. Across Australia we know that 9 in 10 families give consent to donation when their loved one was a registered donor, and this number is halved when a person is not registered and has not discussed donation with their family.” To register as an organ donor visit donatelife. gov.au

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Service helps placate persistent pain THE persistent pain management service team at Peninsula Health has helped to change the life of a Langwarrin mother living in near constant pain. Terryn Huggard first felt discomfort on the right side of her body when she was just 12-years-old. Since then, things have only become worse. “Ongoing body pain stopped me from doing many everyday tasks to my full ability and drastically reduced my enjoyment of life in general. I’m only 33. These are things that I want to do. Things my body should allow me to do,” Ms Huggard said. “The fear of my pain worsening would stop me from moving my body in the way it is meant to, even walking around the block or the suggestion of a family bike ride would cause me worry of how my body would feel afterwards. “It didn’t matter who I turned to, countless professionals told me my pain was from previous injuries and I

just had to deal with it. I could not get any answers – the suggestion always was to take some pain medication or just stop thinking about it.” Since being referred to the Peninsula Health service running at The Mornington Centre, Ms Huggard said she has made “outstanding” progress. “The persistent pain management team has opened my eyes to how my nervous system produces pain as a protective response to a perceived threat, using science and data alongside genuine care and compassion to teach me how to better manage what my body is dealing with,” she said. “Throughout my life it has ripped me away from my hobbies and things that defined me. I used to play competitive netball in my teens and loved the power my body gave to the game. Netball took a seat way down the back for 14 years for fear it would cause my pain to flare up, and that I was at high risk of injuring myself. Now I’m back on the court, some-

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times playing 2 games a week.” Peninsula Health persistent pain management service coordinator Tessa Heine said persistent pain is complex to treat. “This can be pain related to conditions such as arthritis, diabetes or fibromyalgia, pain continuing after an injury has healed, it may begin at a time of particular emotional challenge, or can occur where the cause is not known,” she said. “Learning about strategies to change the pain experience is not enough, it takes repeated effort to create new pathways in the brain and Terryn challenged her automatic thoughts, movements and responses to pain. She did the work and got the results, and we are so pleased to see that she has continued to improve after completing her work with us.” To learn more about the service call Peninsula Health ACCESS on 1300 665 781 or visit peninsulahealth.org. au/services/services-n-z/integratedpain-service/

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Sunday music shows start with strings A SERIES of soirees starts on a Sunday in September with a string quartet. McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park in Langwarrin is hosting the events. The musical program kicks off with a show by the Partridge String Quartet, 2pm to 4pm on 5 September. The performances will be held on the first Sunday of each month. McClelland director Lisa Byrne said “it is wonderful to be able to support musicians at this time with performance opportunities and to offer our community experiences that promote social connectivity and positive well-being. What better way to spend an afternoon than with friends in our beautiful setting listening to a live performance by some of the best musicians in the country. Maybe even share a grazing plate, a glass of wine, and take some time to appreciate our sculpture park and gallery.”

“From the Partridge String Quartet to the Stiletto Sisters we will be presenting a fantastic array of musicians,” she said. Series curator, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra violinist Monica Curro, said “I am thrilled to be working with McClelland in its 50th year to bring a smorgasboard of musical events into the artistic fold of this unique Australian cultural asset. Through its cross-disciplinary artistic collaborations, McClelland ensures the continuing nourishment and vibrancy of its community.” After the Partridge String Quartet performs in September, Sarah Curro’s Volume will be held in October. The Michelle Nicolle Quartet performs in November followed by Stilletto Sisters in December. There will be four performances this year, and a further four in 2022. For the full program and to buy tickets visit mcclellandgallery.com

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Young people can access COVID-19 jabs VICTORIA’S sixth lockdown continues into this week, with 11 cases recorded statewide on 9 August. There are currently four active cases of COVID-19 among Frankston residents, in postcodes 3198 and 3199. As of 9 August there is just one local exposure site. United Petroleum in Baxter was listed as a tier two site after a positive COVID-19 case attended it between 7.15am and 7.30am on 26 July. From this week, 18 to 39-year-olds will be able to get AstraZeneca vaccines at some state run vaccination hubs, as long as they provide informed consent. The vaccine clinic at Bayside Shopping Centre will offer AstraZeneca jabs to young people willing to get the shot. At a press conference on 8 August, Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said that young people should seriously consider taking the AstraZeneca jab. “I’d say to any person between 18 and 39 considering getting vaccinated with AstraZeneca, speak to your GP, understand those really, really remote risks and make that informed decision,” he said. “I’m a 52-year-old bloke, if I were 25 and AstraZeneca was the only vaccine available to me today, I would get it. Of course, it’s your individual choice but I have said all the way through that the best vaccine to get is the one that’s available to you today. You will get protection from that first vaccine. You get very, very good protection from being fully vaccinated.” The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation advises that the AstraZeneca jab reduces the risk of hospitalisation from COVID-19 by 92 per cent. Victoria was plunged into a one week lockdown on Thursday, 5 August. The restrictions are largely the same as they have been for the prior lockdowns. People can only leave their homes to shop for essentials, exercise for up to two hours, caregiving, authorised work or education, or to get vaccinated.

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Shire seeks metro break Keith Platt keith@baysidenews.com.au

Hospital marks a medical milestone A SPECIALIST surgeon has performed the Mornington Peninsula’s first liver resection using a surgical robot. Associate Professor Charles Pilgrim performed the surgical-first earlier this month at Peninsula Private Hospital. The patient was a 49-year-old woman whose bowel cancer had spread to her liver. Dr Pilgrim, the first surgeon in Victoria to use the da Vinci Xi robot for liver resections, said the cutting edge technology was great news for the hospital. “Using the da Vinci Xi robot means

we can perform surgery with the minimally invasive approach more often, expanding what is possible using the keyhole approach,” Dr Pilgrim said. “There are areas of the liver that you can get to with the robot that you just can’t get to with traditional laparoscopic surgery. The instruments give you more flexibility to give more precise directions in hard-to-reach areas.” Peninsula Private CEO Michelle Henderson said the patient was able to receive all of her cancer treatment close to home, without having to travel into Melbourne. “We have a fantastic team of spe-

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MONEY and planning are behind the latest motivations to reassess the status of the Mornington Peninsula. Officially designated as part of metropolitan Melbourne, the peninsula is regarded as being regional when it comes to some services, such as fire protection from the Country Fire Authority. This split identification can also mean that Mornington Peninsula Shire is prohibited from applying for some federal and state government grants. However, if the shire is officially regarded as regional, it would lose the protection of green wedge planning restrictions. The solution being sought by the shire is for the peninsula to go half way and be designated peri-regional and, hopefully, retain most of the benefits of being metropolitan. The shire will by October seek the opinions of peninsula residents through an online poll. Advocacy facilitator Emma Lindsay, in a report to council’s 13 July meeting, said that “the debate surrounding the current metropolitan classification … is a complex issue including significant planning, land use and administrative implications”. “Most of our community are not aware of the complexities involved beyond COVID lockdown, which necessitate careful analysis and consideration, beyond a yes or no vote,” Ms Lindsay said.

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There has been widespread anger from residents faced with the same restrictions during lockdowns as those imposed on metropolitan Melbourne. Ms Lindsay - who described the peninsula as having a hybrid urban and rural character - cautioned councillors against pushing for a change in the peninsula’s status until it had “a clear advocacy position, informed and validated by external and independent research”. A timetable would be “dictated” through negotiations “with the successful company procured, to deliver supporting external data”. “At this point, the shire will be in a better position to share the reasons for our proposed way forward with the community, so they can make an informed decision about their view.” Ms Lindsay said a peri-urban group of councils had successfully persuaded the state government to let them access the Growing Suburbs Fund. “This advocacy approach looks beyond our metropolitan status to address the unique mix of urban and regional challenges across the Mornington Peninsula, while potentially preserving the Green Wedge Zone and avoiding other significant financial costs to the shire,” Ms Lindsay said. “The external support will further inform our case for access to regional Victoria funding, where clear and comparable regional issues exist. “This will help enable the local tourism and agricultural sectors to reach their full economic potential, where they are currently overlooked by metropolitan focused funds.”

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Ryman redraws plans for second permit bid Stephen Taylor steve@baysidenews.com.au RYMAN Healthcare will submit a new planning permit application to Mornington Peninsula Shire Council for a retirement village and aged care facility at Mount Eliza. The new application will come just weeks after a knock-back from the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal for a much larger development. The New Zealand-based company contends VCAT “supported the use of the Kunyung Road site for that pur-pose” in its refusal and has resubmit-ted a smaller proposal with 13 fewer assisted living units and 77 fewer apartments. The number of care beds remains at 82. The development is expected to cost $85 million. In its 82-page determination released on Friday 2 July, VCAT confirmed Mornington Peninsula Shire Council’s permit refusal and long-standing op-position to the project saying: “… the decision of the responsible authority is affirmed” and that the Ryman permit application would not be granted. “We accept that the proposal for a modern, integrated aged care and retirement facility would have the capacity to meet the future needs and expectations of an ageing population,” the

VCAT decision stated. “[However] this is not a preferred location for aged care, neither is there strong evidence of unmet localised demand.” But Ryman contends the VCAT ruling “supported the use of the 8.9ha site for retirement living and aged care, pointing to the clear community benefit [the] proposal would provide”. “The tribunal declined to issue a permit, citing concerns about the scale of some components of the proposed village, but gave clear guidance on what would be an appropriate outcome for the site,” the company said. Ryman’s development manager David Laing said the “new permit application … responds directly to VCAT’s guidance”. “We were really pleased the independent umpire ruled that retirement living and aged care is a suitable use for the site, and how much the community would benefit from having a Ryman village there,” Mr Laing told The News. “The recommendations VCAT has given have been incredibly helpful, so we’ve been able to take those on board and submit a new permit application that responds directly to it.” Ryman recently appealed to the Supreme Court to review how a point of planning law was interpreted by

VCAT, but Mr Laing said this would “have no bearing on how the new permit application will be considered”. “We obviously have a long-term interest in this site so just want to make sure that the correct policy and planning framework is applied to it, now and into the future,” he said. Former Mornington Peninsula Shire councillor Leigh Eustace, who contested the VCAT review, said the word “suitable” in the Ryman statement was “misleading”. “The tribunal said, ‘The use [retirement village and aged care in association with a place of worship] was permissible under current zoning’, but was very clear in its assessment that this site was not a preferred location and neither was there strong evidence of unmet localised demand,” he said. “The tribunal was clear … that the site was not in a preferred location, was outside the urban growth boundary, does not satisfy non-urban development planning and settlement policies, would impact on the inter-urban green break between Mount Eliza and Mornington, and would have a detrimental impact on the heritage, coastal, landscape and environmental aspects of the site.”

Green wedge zone would stop plan - MP MORNINGTON MP David Morris is pressuring the state government uses planning laws to stop the former Mount Eliza Business School site being developed as an aged care home and retirement “village”. Mr Morris called on Planning Minister Richard Wynne in state parliament last week to rezone the Ryman Healthcare site in Kunyung Road as green wedge. The move would prevent the company using the 8.9 hectare site for a retirement village and head off its latest attempt to win approval for a smaller development. “This government brags a lot about protecting the green wedge,” Mr Morris said. “We have had lots of words. It is about time those words were put into action, and we have seen precious little in the way of actions on this site.” Mr Morris said Ryman’s original proposal was for eight four-storey buildings, three three-storey buildings, 272 apartments, 115 nursing beds and

362 car spaces over 23,000 square metres “all outside the urban growth boundary”. Ryman says its new, reduced version is for 104 independent apartments, 35 assisted living suites and 82 care beds. Mr Morris said Mr Wynne had ignored his pleas over the past 17 months to “call in” the project saying in February last year that he “would look into it” and again, in June and October, stonewalling over pleas to act. “This rezoning [to green wedge] is supported by an overwhelming majority of the community,” Mr Morris said. “It is supported by an overwhelming majority of the new [Mornington Peninsula Shire] council as well. “Let us see if this minister is actually fair dinkum, if all the words that we have heard about protecting the green wedge—and we have seen zero actions in Mount Eliza—are fair dinkum or not. I do ask him to act and act as expeditiously as possible to finally protect this land.” Stephen Taylor

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Milestone for Probus THE Combined Mornington Probus Club celebrated its 25th anniversary with lunch at Norwood House in June. After months of COVID-induced lockdowns and restrictions to the club’s activities, those who attended made up for lost time, treasurer Linda Ivanovski said, adding that a quarter of a century was a “long time to run a club with continued success and popularity”. “Obviously they are doing something right, as there are still six active foundation members,” she said. The club came about in the summer of 1995 when six people on a lengthy Probus Club waiting list approached Rotary and sought permission to start a new club. Details of the inaugural meeting at The Atrium Restaurant at Dromana were advertised locally and 50 people attended. Anecdotally, it was said half were from Red Hill looking to form a caravan club!

“The numbers were certainly there, and so the new club was launched,” Ms Ivanovski said. Initially, membership was limited to 85, but within 12 months this was increased to 125. Bus trips, dine outs, golf matches, book and garden groups, cards and mahjong groups, theatre and walking groups, were all well supported – often with a waiting list. “The club is still focused on social activities, fun and friendship. It is open to men and women who have retired or semi-retired,” Ms Ivanovski said. Meetings are held at Mornington Golf Club on the first Tuesday of each month. All activities are at cost, with no fund raising except for raffles. The Combined Mornington Probus Club monthly newsletter can be seen at probussouthpacific.org/microsites/ Morningtonc or call Carol 0422 849 177 or email The Secretary, at cmpcsecretary@gmail.com. Visitors welcome.

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All a flutter over flag protocol On a recent visit to Sorrento we were astonished to see the Victorian flag at the top of the mast in the shopping centre with the Australian and Aboriginal flags relegated to two lower jackstaffs (pictured right). Flag etiquette as defined in the Flags Act 1953 clearly defines how flags should be shown when flagstaffs are not of equal height, with the order of precedence is from highest to lowest. “The Australian national flag takes precedence in Australia over all other flags when it is flown in company with other flags” (and therefore should be flown from the highest to lowest). “Thereafter, when flown in the community the order of precedence, where applicable, of flags is: national flag of other nations, state and territory flags … the Australian Aboriginal flag and the Torres Strait islander flag in either order; Defence ensigns, ensigns and pennants of local government; Commonwealth, state and territory agencies; and finally non-government organisation.” I note that outside the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council offices in Mornington, where the flags are all the same height, the order of precedence of the flags is correct as defined in the Flags Act. As clearly the way flags are flown at Sorrento is wrong and in fact illegal, it is either a mistake made by someone who is not aware of the order of precedence, or some woke council person trying to infer that Victoria is more important than the Commonwealth as a whole. Darryl Chambers, Mount Martha

Pre-existing worry My husband is 84 and in good health after a recent successful hip replacement, although this was followed by a deep vein thrombosis. He has been actively, but unsuccessfully, trying to get the Pfizer vaccine rather than the Astra Zeneca because he has a 20-year history of deep and superficial vein thrombosis. He also has a family history of blood clot death and his mother died from a stroke.

service like electricity. You cannot have such a service being a market place. To put things into perspective, most Victorian solar farms are around 50 to 100Mw each, maximum output, daytime only. Little old Loy Yang B power station at Traralgon, has under its roof, two coal fired generators, each one generating over 500Mw of constant power, 24 hours a day, 7/365 if required. One Australian aluminium smelter uses 1000Mw of power constantly, all day and all night; iron or steel production is proportional, 24/7. We desperately need other heavy, and light, industries. Run-off batteries? Brian A Mitchelson, Mornington

If he has the Astra Zeneca and dies from a clot, would I be told that it would have been caused by a pre-existing condition? Would I be told the same if he catches the virus and dies from it? How many other older voters, and their families, are out there in the same predicament? Perhaps we should get together. Val Kent, Mornington

COVID ignorance No offence to our Premier Danny (Andrews), but let’s be honest. New boy [Nepean Labor MP] Chris Brayne would be wise to look for another career after the next election: Lockdown 6. We live with so many arrogant people at this time, indeed ignorant. [federal Labor leader Anthony] Albanese’s suggestion of $300 to be vaccinated sounds silly but, listening to the wall if ignorance locally, it’s perhaps a good idea: The RSL, two unvaccinated tradies, lots to say on self-importance, one with a wife and child, oblivious to the COVID-19 risk factor. Their logic of never anything down here? I tried, but brick walls don’t listen. Cliff Ellen, Rye

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Solar unsettling With regard to the proposed 240 megawatt battery installation at Tyabb, I couldn’t help seeing it from another angle (“Battery plan to ‘stabilise’ power supply” The News 27/7/21). Effectively, it is soaking up all of that rooftop solar panel power generated during the day, peaking at around noon, that is not wanted because nobody is at home or, if they are, there is little electricity used. The battery [owner] buys this unwanted electricity at a dirt cheap price, then sells it back to the same suckers five hours later at a much higher price. Yes, at the same time it is stabilising the grid, the instability being caused by an excess of solar panels. Most of our remote solar farms should be fitted with even bigger batteries for similar reasons, but are not because the cost is prohibitive,

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uneconomic. The Tyabb battery will be, I believe, of 240Mw DC capacity which will manufacture about 200Mw AC back into the grid for two hours at maximum capacity, worst case scenario. All of this mish-mash of private investments, profiteering, kindergarten engineering, part time generators all over the place, is a disastrous way to run an essential

As we re-enter what is now our COVID-normal in Victoria, we must spare yet another thought for all the small businesses which have gone under, and those which have survived so far, but are on the brink of failure. How much produce will go to waste this week after restaurants and cafes are given three hours’ notice that they will be closed for a week? The simplest way of bringing more understanding to those who are wreaking such havoc is to cut all Victorian public service salaries by 50 per cent for the duration of the lockdown. To those who say that’s not fair, public servants are not to blame, I say nor are the small business owners, and many are losing all their income and then some. The money saved could then be paid to those businesses to cover their wastage. We might even start to believe our chief jailer when he says, “We are all in this together”. Jack Wheeler, Mornington

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Returned Soldiers Hold Smoke Social Compiled by Cameron McCullough A MOST successful smoke social was given to its members on Saturday night, 23rd July, by the Hastings Branch of the Returned Sailors’ and Soldiers’ Imperial League of Australia. After the toast of The King had been honored, the President, Mr Russell, in proposing the League, made it clear to those present, the great advantages to be derived by its members from the organisation if they would only stick together, attend the meetings regularly, and keep at heart the welfare and progress of the League, which should not be judged by what it bad been, but by what they could make it. It was in their hands entirely, and in the future they ought to be able to reply to the query as to whether they were in “this Lodge, or that Society” by proudly saying “No, but we belong to the Returned Soldiers’ League.” Several toasts of varying importance were honored, interspersed by items of songs and recitations, ably rendered by Messrs Bryant, Josephs, Armstrong, McInerney and Haddock. Instrumental music was volunteered by Messrs Campbell, Broadley and Carey. An outstanding event was the presentation to Mr J. Campbell, retiring secretary, by the branch, of a solid gold League medal, in recognition of his willing and efficient work during the past eighteen months. The secretary, Mr MacRae, reminded all present of the branch meeting, held on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month, and urgently requested

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that all returned men keep those evenings free in order to take part in transacting the business of the branch. Messrs Goodwin and Bickley, in whose hands the catering arrangements had been left, were accorded a cordial vote of thanks for the splendid way in which they carried out their work. A most enjoyable and memorable reunion was brought to a close shortly after 11 o’clock. The next event of social interest will probably take the form of a musical evening and dance, which the close and steadfast ally of the Returned Soldier – the general public – will be asked to support. *** MISS McFarlane, who has been appointed to take charge of the Hume Creek State School, was, prior to her departure, entertained at a social by members of St Paul’s, and was presented with a wallet and £13 in notes. She has been succeeded at Frankston by Miss Cunningham. *** MR Mark Brody reports that the following rainfall has been registered at Frankston:—June, 1.69 points; July, 3.56; total for past 7 months, 16.41. It may be mentioned that the tides are the highest since 1893. The past week is believed to have been the coldest since 1899. Over 100 points fell at Hastings on Wednesday last. *** THE death is announced of Mr Mark Young, who for many years was identified with the Frankston district. He came to Victoria in 1858, and,

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with the exception of a short residence in New Zealand, spent his early days in Ballarat. In 1878, he removed to Melbourne, and thence to the Mornington Peninsula, where he displayed great interest and initiative in all public matters. The late Mr Young, who was then licensee of the Pier Hotel, was for many years an active member of the Dandenong, Mornington and Frankston shire councils. *** THE claim made by Miss Florence Oswin and Mrs Robb, of Cowes, and others, against Frank Jeffrey, Kent, England, for £40,000, relative to an alleged breach of contract regarding the sale of certain lands at Bittern, Balnarring, and the Naval Base, has been referred to the Full Court. It was stated that 873 lots were sold for £33,255. *** LIEUT Ray Parer started on his flight around Australia on Wednesday last, but, flying through hail at Macedon, he met with an accident, and had to be conveyed to Mount St Evens Hospital for treatment. Lieut Parer began his flight against the advice of the Commonwealth Meteorologist, Mr Hunt. *** TOMORROW’S umpires will be: Frankston v Dromana, Hunting; Naval Base v Somerville, Hughes; Mornington v Hastings, Bickford. *** AT the last Euchre Party and Dance conducted by the Frankston II’s Football Club the prize winners were: Ladies, Mrs George Dugan; Gents,

Mr Les Hughes; Boobies, Miss Lily Gamble and Mr Sam Wells. The next euchre party takes place next Thursday night. *** A BURGLAR, caught by Mr Claude Bannister, of Westernport, was sentenced to three months imprisonment in Melbourne during the week. *** THE claim made by Henry Wallace, of Porepunkah, against the Orchard Planters Association for the recovery of £240 for blocks on Warrenda Estate, Crib Point, on the grounds of misrepresentation, was heard in the County Court by Judge Wasley, who reserved his decision. *** THE caveat lodged by Mr James Caughey in reference to his father’s will has been withdrawn on £112 being advanced to defray his costs. The case concerned property at Westernport, valued at £1900, which the late James Caughey left to two of his children, without recognition of the rest of the family. *** SPEAKING at the annual meeting of the Nature Photographer’s Club, Mr Jones, of the Department of Agriculture, deprecated the destruction of wattles and orchids in the Frankston district. He said that through the thoughtlessness of orchid hunters, who did not merely pluck the flower, but pulled up the tuber from which it grew and from which the root of the next year’s flower would spring, Victoria was in danger of losing many rare and beautiful orchid varieties.

*** YET another Hastings orchardist steppes into the advance line and replaced waggon and horse team with and up-to-date motor vehicle. Cr Chas Jones annihilates time and space in most care free fashion. Recently he left home on Thursday morning with his motor van full of produce. He delivered its cargo at the Melbourne market, and was back at Somerville at 10.30am the same day, ready to wrestle with the weighty problems of municipal government. Cr Jones and his colleague, Cr H. E. Unthank are now both well provided with means of speedy transit, and should be enthusiastic witnesses in support of the gospel of good roads – and more roads. *** A MOST successful and enjoyable meeting of the Frankston Progress Association was held last week, when after the transaction of routine business, including a report by Cr Wells re railway and other matters. Mr P. Wheeler entertained members with his “Talk about Fiji.” Keen interest was taken in the descriptive story connected with Mr Wheeler’s recent visit to the Islands in question and additional point was given a well told narrative by the display of many curios collected by the speaker during his tour. It is intended to ask Mr Wheeler to repeat his highly interesting lecturette at an early date. *** From the pages of the Frankston and Somerville Standard, 5 August 1921


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Lockdown Five and a Half: Zeroing In By Stuart McCullough AND so it is. After coming through lockdown five, we find ourselves in lockdown six. To be honest, I don’t think we can say the curtain had completely fallen on lockdown five – if you can’t visit family, you’re still in lockdown, even if can get a flat white at a café. Besides, using the ‘Police Academy Theory of Relativity’, this would put us in ‘City Under Siege’ territory that, although aptly named, holds a zero percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s no easy thing to get a ‘zero’ on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s a rating reserved for pieces of cinematic filth for which no one on the entire planet could find a kind word to say. Movies for which there is no redeeming feature whatsoever. Where critics could not bring themselves to say as much as ‘at least the on set catering was good – half a star’. In that sense, ‘Police Academy Six: City Under Siege’ joins an elite but diverse group of movies, bound together only by their sheer putrescence. ‘Jaws: The Revenge’ worked hard for its zero rating. It followed the spectacularly poor ‘Jaws: 3-D’ which, as the title not so much implies as it does boldly declare, was a three dimensional experience with the notable exception of the script. Let me say right now that I accept that I am partly to blame for the existence of ‘Jaw: The Revenge’ as I am one of the unfortunate few who went and saw ‘Jaws: 3-D’ at the cinema. Forgive me. Amazingly, the film features Michael Caine. Not just someone called ‘Michael Caine’ but the actual, ‘what’sit’s-all-about-Alfie?’ Michael Caine.

He claims never to have seen the film but has, he says, seen the house it built which he describes as ‘terrific’. It was an opportunity squandered. It would have been better had bits of previous Michael Caine films had been incorpo-

rated into ‘Jaws: The Revenge’. Had it featured a scene where Michael Caine flees the shark while driving a Mini Cooper, a huge, stinking ‘zero’ could have been avoided. If the shark had been blown up, as in the original film,

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From Morpeth to Mount Martha SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie ETHAN Sanderson has come a long way in the last six years. The distance between Morpeth in England’s northeast and Mount Martha is almost 16,895 kilometres. In 2015 he made that journey as the Sanderson family settled in the Mornington Peninsula and it didn’t take long for the youngster to start playing the sport he’d grown up with. “Before we came here I played for my local club back home mainly as a defensive midfielder,” Sanderson said. “Initially I trained with Mornington then we met someone here on the Mount Martha committee who knew friends of ours back home and he told us to come down and have a look around the club.” Sanderson, who turned 19 last Friday, was in his early teens back then and he immediately liked what he saw. “It was very junior orientated but it also had a goal to get a senior side. “With me being in one of the higher (junior) age groups it would be our group that would be the first senior side and I thought it would be a great opportunity for me to get into senior football.” Sanderson’s early career with the local club was successful winning a junior league title and in late 2019 Football Victoria accepted the club’s application to join State League 5. Last season’s shutdown meant that the youngest side in the competition would face its league baptism in 2021 and the introduction to playing senior football has been tough. Sanderson readily acknowledges the challenge Mount Martha faced when coming to terms with playing against men. “It takes you by surprise,” he said. “I’d watched a lot of senior men’s football but once you are actually in the game you realise that there are all these little things that don’t really happen in juniors. “You’ve got be tougher and you’ve got to put up with a little bit of push and shove. “In junior football you’re protected from that but it’s so much different in senior football. “The older guys definitely try and take advantage of you. “They do little things like how they try and hold you up and they try and get inside your head but we’re learning how to deal with it. “We’re starting to give it back which is good.” A watershed moment in the young team’s evolution arrived on Saturday 31 July. Mount Martha was winless on the bottom of State 5 South and although the venue was Civic Reserve, the club’s headquarters, its opponent was fifth-placed Pakenham United which had lost just one of its previous seven games. Yet the locals defied the odds to record their maiden league victory thanks to a Sanderson brace that earned his side a memorable 2-1 result. “It was euphoric, absolutely amazing. “Coming off the pitch there was a massive feeling of relief that we’d finally done it. “All the hard work in training and in games had finally paid off.” It also vindicated the decision by his father Chris, Mount Martha’s head coach, to switch his son from an attacking midfield position into

FFA Cup flashback: Ethan Sanderson in action for Mount Martha in last year’s Cup tie against Shepparton South. Picture: John Punshon

a central striker’s role. Ethan Sanderson admits that there was “a little bit of nagging” involved as he pressed his dad to push him further forward but the relationship between father and son is sound both on the pitch and off. “Basically he’s been my coach since I was nine years old and I quite enjoy it to be honest. “A lot of people naturally think if your dad’s the coach then you’re going to be let off but he’s pretty hard on me. “I always get the talk on the way back from every game about what I could have done better.” And doing things better is on the youngster’s mind. For himself and for his team. “I’d love to get a goal-a-game ratio. “At the minute I’m not far off it but that’s because I’ve missed half the season with injuries. “My left ankle went in our last pre-season game so I missed three games because of that. “Then I had an injury to my knee and I also had an operation. “It’s been pretty frustrating as it’s been stop-start with injuries and now COVID. “I haven’t really had a big run of games under my belt and that’s quite infuriating for me personally.” Yet he sees a positive future for Mount Martha and he wants to play a part. “When you’re on the bottom of the league it can get a bit disheartening but we always knew that this season was going to be a massive learning curve. “We’ve been able to keep our heads up though and there’s a lot of good mates in our team and we socialise a lot which kind of keeps things together. “Off the pitch the club is looking really good. “I believe we’ve been told that we’re getting a new clubhouse built and hopefully that will be done by the end of next season.” By then Sanderson is hoping that he’s achieved his goal-a-game target but he has a team goal in mind too. “I’d like to help take Mount Martha up the league. “I want to play at as high a level as I can but I hope it’s with Mount Martha. “We’ll definitely be in State 5 next season but hopefully because of the progress we’re making as a young team we can finish a lot higher up the league.”

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