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Basketball stadium bill still in play no compensation is payable. We do thank the contractor for their patience throughout this process.” Council and the Frankston & District Basketball Association had been engaged in testy negotiations over new lease terms for the upgraded stadium to be built on council-owned land before council walked away from the project. FDBA president Gary Emery says the association signed a lease based on terms agreed with council at a mediation meeting brokered by former Dunkley Liberal MP Bruce Billson in late June. Cr Hampton said last month the association “drove too hard a bargain”. Dunkley Liberal MP Chris Crewther has confirmed the $5.2 million of federal funding is still on the table for any basketball stadium upgrade. State Carrum Labor MP Sonya Kilkenny, whose electorate includes Seaford, said last week “it is disappointing that agreement couldn’t be reached” between the FDBA and Frankston Council. “But I’ll be working hard to ensure that our community doesn’t lose this money because, after all, these projects are for our local community.” Questions to council about council’s spending on basketball stadium plans to date went unanswered before publication deadline last week.

Neil Walker neil@baysidenews.com.au RATEPAYERS may still face a substantial bill in the wake of Frankston Council walking away from a $12.7 million redevelopment of the Frankston Basketball Stadium. A 7-2 majority of councillors voted last month behind closed doors to withdraw $4.5 million of ratepayers’ money from the stadium revamp. Frankston mayor Cr Colin Hampton also vowed council will work to have $5.2 million of federal government and $2.5 million of state government reallocated elsewhere in Frankston. The Times understands the designs for an expanded stadium, payments to builder Devco for preliminary work including the installation of containers at the existing stadium building in Bardia Avenue in Seaford and consultancy fees will exceed $1 million. The mayor said no compensation is payable to Devco Project & Construction Management despite council awarding the builder the tender early this year to build an upgraded stadium. “Council appointed a preferred tenderer and advised them that they have been selected to undertake the works, however, a contract had not yet been signed,” Cr Hampton said in a statement last week. “As there is no contract in place,

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Neil Walker neil@baysidenews.com.au VOLUNTEER lifesavers are back out on patrol across bayside beaches for the summer months. Life Saving Victoria is expecting “another busy summer” with the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting soaring temperatures even warmer than average across the state this summer. “We urge all beachgoers to assist our lifesavers by swimming between the red and yellow flags on patrolled beaches. If our lifesavers can’t see you, they can’t save you,’’ LSV operations manager Greg Scott said. “It’s so important that people realise just how dangerous beaches can be – even when the weather is nice.” The first lifeguard patrols for the summer months hit the sand and water on Sunday (2 December). Volunteer lifesavers patrol beaches on most public holidays and at weekends. The resumption of beach patrols by lifeguards comes in the same week LSV released its annual Victorian Drowning Report collating statistics and information about drowning deaths. The report stated there is a 99 per chance of at least one person drowning each year in Melbourne’s southeast region which includes the Kingston municipality. In the 2016-17 year, there were 45

Eyes on swimmers: Frankston lifesavers will also take to the sea on jetskis to patrol beaches this summer. Picture: John Billing

drowning deaths across Victoria, a 20 per cent rise on the ten-year average. Boat passengers should wear life jackets at all times, LSV says and children are at risk of drowning in home swimming pools if unsupervised. LSV principal research associate Dr Bernadette Matthews compiled the annual report and said paramedics also attended 54 non-fatal incidents involving water in Victoria during 2016-17, bringing the number of dangerous water-related incidents across the state to 99. “Drownings are shocking to both families of the victims and the public, especially because each drowning could have been prevented,” Dr Matthews said. “Non-fatal drownings gain less attention, but they also have far-reaching effects on families and also on the

victims, who may never fully recover. Including all drowning incidents gives a fuller picture and is important in formulating our prevention tactics.” A Play it Safe by the Water advertising campaign will air during the summer to remind beachgoers and swimming pool users to always be careful in and around water. “The most common activity immediately prior to a drowning is swimming, paddling or wading, representing 29 per cent of fatal and 26 per cent of non-fatal drowning incidents,” Dr Matthews said. Beachgoers are also advised to check weather conditions and read safety signs when visiting beaches. Information about patrolled beach locations and times is available at beachsafe.org.au online.

A FRANKSTON councillor has been kicked out of the Australian Labor Party. South ward councillor Steve Toms had his party membership cancelled last month by the Victorian branch of the ALP. Cr Toms has been embroiled in a public stoush with Frankston Labor MP Paul Edbrooke over Young St traders complaints that the street redevelopment works negatively impacted on businesses. The increasingly bitter argument mostly conducted online on Facebook culminated in Mr Edbrooke threatening to sue the former deputy mayor for alleged defamation in September. Cr Toms took to Facebook last month to announce the Labor Party had cancelled his four-year membership of the party. “For four years I’ve given blood, sweat and tears to the Labor Party and to the values it upholds,” Cr Toms posted on Facebook. “I was elected by the people of Frankston to be independent in conducting my role as councillor in the best interests of the people in our municipality. “In recent times I’ve come under attack from the local Labor Party here in Frankston for standing up for our hardworking and passionate local traders here in Frankston City over the long overdue and bungled state government Young St roadworks. Cr Toms wrote: “It is obvious that

Exile on Young Street: Cr Steve Toms, centre, arm in arm with Liberal MPs Neale Burgess and Chris Crewther. Pic: Facebook

the Labor Party do not like councillors that stand up for their community adhering to the councillors oath of office without fear.” He said there has been “a constant dirty smear campaign” against him and his supporters during the Young St stoush. “The Labor Party left me I did not leave the Labor Party,” Cr Toms said. Cr Toms did not return several calls about his exit from the Labor Party. It is understood that Cr Toms had his Labor Party membership revoked for allegedly being disloyal to the party and publicly attacking another member of the ALP. Neil Walker

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Imam criticises ‘failure’ of Muslim leaders Pools back Keith Platt keith@baysidenews.com.au A RELIGIOUS leader of a Muslim community based in Langwarrin has accused other leaders of having “failed their people”. “Muslim scholars have failed their followers, hijacking a religion which literally means peace and leading masses astray for personal interests, pursuit of power and domination,” Imam Wadood Janud told a peace symposium at the Baitul Salam Mosque, Langwarrin. Imam Janud, leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Victoria and Tasmania, made his accusations while delivering the keynote address at the ‘World Crisis and the Pathway to Peace’ symposium which focused on the rise of extremism and nationalism. The Sunday 3 December symposium was the second held at the Baitul Salam Mosque. Among the 300 people at the event were 100 non-Ahmadi guests, including MPs, mayors and councillors from several municipalities, police and faith leaders. A documentary about the peace initiatives of the leader of the international Ahmadiyya community, Mirza Masroor Ahmad was also screened. Imam Wadood Janud spoke about the foundations of the “pathway to peace” based on the true teachings of Islam in the Quran (Koran) and the life of the prophet, Muhammad. "According to Islam, the principle of justice is the key to establishing peace,” Imam Janud said. He blamed the foreign policies and

Top table: Religious and community leaders at this year’s peace symposium at the Baitul Salam Mosque, Langwarrin. Frankston mayor Cr Colin Hampton said it was important that leaders of government and community groups “promote unity, peace and justice for everyone”. Picture: Supplied

vested interests of “certain countries” for the rise of terrorist organisations such as ISIS and Boko Haram. “The key role in the international arms trade in encouraging and sustaining such organisations is against the very foundations of justice.” He said Mirza Masroor Ahmad in March had told an international peace symposium in Britain that peace could be attained by curbing and restricting the international arms trade. “When it comes to equality, Islam declares that all human beings are born as equal and have equal rights

and freedoms. The holy prophet of enjoined the Muslims to always maintain a socially equal society.” Imam Janud said the media lacked justice and fairness when covering acts of terrorism in Australia and internationally. “How many of us know that every year almost 5000 Muslims gather in Sydney to condemn such extremist ideology and to present the true teachings of Islam? How many of us know that such peace symposia are organised in every major city of Australia?

“The Quran teaches that taking someone’s life is akin to slaying all of humanity and saving a single life is as though you have saved the whole of humanity. “As the world spirals out of control and heads down a path of no return, such divine acts of justice are required, even if it is against our enemies.” Imam Janud said that for the past 128 years the Ahmadiyya community “has been striving to establish peace on earth”.

SWIMMING pools at the Peninsula Aquatic Recreation Centre closed due to plumbing problems will reopen Monday 11 December. The main pools at the leisure centre have been unavailable since 12 October. Peninsula Leisure CEO Tim Gledhill said: “To show our appreciation to our members for their patience and understanding throughout the closure, there will be a range of activities during the week, including free breakfast, kids’ activities and giveaways daily.” The PARC’s main 50-metre pool, aquatic playground and a learn-toswim pool will be back in use from Monday in time for the summer months. The Times previously reported it cost nearly $1 million to repair the fault including rust on brackets and pipes underneath swimming pools. Centre members were not charged membership fees while the pools remain closed. Other PARC activities such as the gym and wellness centre were open.

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Rallying around Cara: That’s The Thing About Fishing members and friends held a fundraiser for a young Carrum Downs girl who suffered horrific burns in an accident. Picture: Gary Sissons

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A FISHING group that hosts lessons for disadvantaged and disabled children has rallied around to help a 7-year-old Carrum Downs girl who suffered burns to more than 60 per cent of her body in October. Cara Elfring is in the burns unit at the Royal Children’s Hospital and has had nine operations including skin grafts and will undergo more surgeries in the months and years ahead. Cara’s parents Sally and Ashley ‘Pav’ Elfring have spent most of their time at their youngest daughter’s hospital bedside since the horrific accident. That’s The Thing About Fishing heard about the young girl’s plight and organised a fundraiser at the Seaford Hotel early in December that raised more than $13,000 towards the Care For Cara campaign. More donations will still help Cara on the road to recovery and the Elfring family is looking to move to a disabled-friendly home since she will be wheelchair bound for up to 12

months while undergoing rehabilitation. Cara will spend Christmas and New Year at the Royal Children’s Hospital. “Cara’s going to need ongoing procedures for the rest of her life,” Mr Elfring said. “The majority of her torso is severely burnt. The money will be going directly to her for any needs she requires.” Cara’s two brothers and a sister are looking forward to welcoming her back home. That’s The Thing About Fishing co-founder Glenn ‘The Guru’ Cooper said the group will keep helping the Elfring family after Cara’s return from hospital next year. “We’ll hold the money in trust and help the family with money for Cara as it’s needed,” Mr Cooper said. n People wanting to donate to the Care For Cara campaign can make donations by bank transfer to Bendigo Bank account name CARE FOR CARE, BSB 633-000, Account number 1615 465 69. See thatsthethingaboutfishing.org.au for more details about the group’s community charity work.

Home and dry: VMR crewman Bob Chase looks on as the dismasted yacht is towed to shore. Picture: Supplied

Saved with ship-to-shore call A STRONG south-easterly wind was the last thing two Hobie cat sailors needed after losing their mast about two kilometres off Mornington last week. Their craft was rapidly heading out to sea when Volunteer Marine Rescue crews received an emergency call from the Water Police. They were quickly on the scene to help, 11.40am, Monday 4 December. VMR crewman Bob Chase: “We were alongside the stricken yacht within 30 minutes

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of the call. The two occupants in their mid-late 30s were glad to see us. They did all the right things. They were wearing lifejackets and had a mobile phone in a waterproof pouch.” VMR vessel AK1 towed the stricken cat back to Fishermans beach. VRM president Tim Warner said anyone in trouble on the water to call 000 or the VMR number 0419 233 999.


Legal centre boosted THE Peninsula Community Legal Centre in Frankston will receive a $300,000 state government grant to be able to continue employing a lawyer to help people facing financial stress due to fines. The grant — part of a $3.45 million distribution of taxpayers’ money under a Community Legal Centre Family Violence — was announced by state Attorney-General Martin Pakula last Wednesday (6 December). Peninsula Community Legal Centre has provided legal advice to more than 8000 cash-strapped or vulnerable clients since opening 40 years ago. The legal centre will also be able to continue family violence duty lawyer services at Frankston Magistrates’ Court thanks to the grant and set up a partnership with Peninsula Health to help people impacted by family violence. “We’re proud to be delivering this funding to the Peninsula Community Legal Centre because it will help to improve access to legal services in our community and deliver more support to those who need it most,” Frankston Labor MP Paul Edbrooke said. Community legal centres across the nation faced a funding crisis earlier this year when the federal Liberal National Coalition government cut funding but the decision was subsequently reversed in May by federal Attorney-General George Brandis.

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Rent stress hits home for many residents Stephen Taylor steve@baysidenews.com.au NO neighbourhood in Melbourne or regional cities is affordable for a single person on Centrelink, single pensioner, or single parent on a low part-time income, Council to Homeless Persons CEO Jenny Smith has said. The latest Rental Affordability Index shows that households earning $50,000 a year and looking for a two-bedroom rental must move out at least 115 kilometres to escape “unaffordable” rent. This is defined as paying more than 30 per cent of income on rent. This unaffordability extends to Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula, where rental affordability has declined to such an extent that it is either “extremely” or “severely” unaffordable for single pensioners. They would be forced to pay 65 per cent of their income to rent a one-bedroom flat in Frankston and 45 per cent on the Mornington Peninsula. Low-income earners paying more than 30 per cent of their income on rent are regarded as being in rent stress – a confronting issue on the Mornington Peninsula which has the second highest rate of elderly residents in the state. The dire situation has prompted the Council to Homeless Persons to call for 14,500 new social housing properties state-wide, with “at least 1800 in the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula in order to house the families currently on the waiting list”, Ms Smith said. In Frankston, a single part-time worker on parent benefits looking to rent a two-bedroom house would be paying 45 per cent of their in-

come (severely unaffordable); a $70,000 per annum household would be paying 38-60 per cent of their income, and a single person on Newstart would be paying 69 per cent of their income for a one-bedroom flat. On the Mornington Peninsula, a pensioner couple would be paying 36 per cent of their income for a one-bedroom dwelling, and a single person on Newstart would be paying 69 per cent of their income for the same dwelling. “This is a problem that needs both state and federal governments to pull together to fully resolve – and the federal government is currently asleep at the housing affordability wheel,” Ms Smith said. “In their next budget, we are calling on the Victorian Government to step in and accelerate its social housing program. “Private rental is now out of reach of lowincome residents and more and more are living on the precipice. They are spending so much on housing that they cannot afford other essentials, including food and medication. “The good news is that the state government can afford to pay more for public housing with tax revenue from stamp duty nearly doubling over the past five years to $6.2 billion a year,” Ms Smith said. “The windfall gains to the budget from skyrocketing house prices should be used to mitigate the pain that the housing crisis has caused. The maths are pretty simple.” She said a “dark flipside” to economic growth was fierce competition for rental properties with those able to afford them “crowding out those left behind with homelessness as a consequence”.

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Shire boss on Fox ‘party’ cruise Keith Platt keith@baysidenews.com.au MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire CEO Carl Cowie was among the high profile guests aboard a luxury liner cruising the Mediterranean for a so-called “conception party” of prominent businessman, Lindsay Fox, a year-and-a-half after accepting council's top job. The cruise was made in July 2016, an appropriate time before Mr Fox’s 80th birthday was celebrated in April this year with far fewer guests at Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove at Red Hill South. The boundary of Mr Fox’s sprawling Portsea property was contentiously extended across the beach three years ago due to the build-up of sand and the in-

creasing distance to the acknowledged high tide level. The mayor Cr Bryan Payne last week said Mr Cowie took annual leave and paid his own airfare to Europe. “Carl Cowie was a guest on the trip organised by Mr Fox last July. He was on annual leave and paid his own airfare to and from Europe. The shire incurred no costs as a result of this trip.” Council on Friday did not respond to questions about any declaration about the trip made by Mr Cowie on the shire’s gifts register. The shire’s Gifts, Benefits and Hospitality policy – an “internal” document “owned” by the CEO - states: “Gifts, benefits and hospitality received must not create a real or perceived sense of obligation that may lead to a perception of preference or conflict.”

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The policy also states: “Councillors and council staff are to ensure that attendance at private functions does not have potential implications for council’s reputation or image or may cause an actual or perceived conflict of interest.” The Times does not suggest any wrongdoing by Mr Cowie. When first contacted about Mr Cowie’s trip, Cr Payne said the Fox cruise happened before he was a councillor (he was elected in October 2016) “but I did know about it”. “I agree it could look like a conflict of interest if it didn’t have council approval,” Cr Payne said. “I’m surprised you guys didn’t pick it up sooner.” The Gifts, Benefits and Hospitality policy is not publicly available on the shire’s website. The official council response provid-

ed on Friday stated: “The Gifts policy is an internal corporate policy. Such policies are not placed on council’s website. “The register has been audited on an annual basis. There is no legal requirement to make this available externally subject to Freedom of Information requests.” Neighbouring Frankston Council's Staff Gifts and Hospitality Policy register is available for public inspection. As reported widely at the time, Mr Fox – generally regarded as one of the peninsula’s most high profile property owners – chartered the Seabourn Odyssey for a seven-day trip between Athens and Venice for his "conception cruise". The ship costs about $200,000 a day to charter and is capable of carrying

Letters - 300 words maximum and including full name, address and contact number - can be sent to The Times, PO Box 588, Hastings 3915 or emailed to: team@baysidenews.com.au many lines and stopped trains, with commuters stranded uncomfortably and unable to get home. Station St, Edithvale was flooded, its drains unable to cope with even the most moderate rainfall. I could imagine future flooding rains cascading down the walls of the railway trench and stopping trains entering safely. The high voltage DC electric current is an unfriendly companion to passengers on a stalled train. How foolish the choice of a damp and expensive ditch with its additional costs on moving pipelines and cables. Sky rail gave a gift of open space to enjoy but government, it seems, is blind. Les Williams, Edithvale

Not always men In The Times of 4 December is a government advertisement stating “family violence has no good days”. This is the truth, of course, but it is unilaterally focused on men as perpetrators. All categories of family violence can be perpetrated by people of both genders. I am associated with a men’s group and I see good and true men suffering extraordinarily. The greatest supporters of these men are women, but men are so circumspect now. The post-separation incidence of male suicide is 40 per cent, typically men 35 to 45 years. This exceeds all the road deaths, homicides and deaths of our people in Bali by far. There are only ineffective and pusillanimous attempts to correct the situation and I have a solution, but would only evoke an “oh yes” situation. The advertisement goes on about “respect women”, and we should, but we should surely respect all people - disrespect is not gendered. I see kids used as chattels by people, which is grievous and upsetting. Boys grow up wondering what they have done wrong by being male. As for the grub Harvey Weinstein, if you in any way endorse his behaviour you need to see someone. I suppose there are female equivalents to Weinstein but I don’t want to think about it. Give men a break this Christmas. These frenzies of misandry have been going on for years but, most of all, having happy children is best of all. Tony Nicholl, Mt Eliza

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Lads, we need to talk Driving along, you see a girl walking down the street, so you honk your horn, whistle or call out to show your appreciation, right? Wrong. Most women don’t like this at all. It’s not “a compliment”. Our recent “Young people and walking” study found this type of behaviour makes young women aged 15-20 feel vulnerable and unsafe while walking. The study of more than 1000 young people commissioned by Victoria Walks and Youth Affairs Council of Victoria and funded by VicHealth found 40 per cent of our young people do not feel safe walking in their community. Only 15 per cent of young women feel safe walking after dark. A top concern was being approached by strangers. Walking is very important to young people’s health. Our study showed they walk to get to places and to relax. With the costs of the growing obesity epidemic we need to encourage physical activity. Females particularly like walking. Victoria Walks is calling on local and state governments to invest in making our streets safer and easier for young people to walk so they can develop healthy habits as they transition to adulthood. But we need males to reconsider their actions. Young women, many as young as 15, told us they are regularly harassed while walking. We don’t tolerate this sort of behaviour in schools and workplaces. Men who think it is OK to objectify women

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more than 450 passengers. Mr Fox’s guests included actor Hugh Jackman, TV personality and Collingwood Football Club president Eddie McGuire, retail billionaire Solomon Lew and his Premier Investments CEO Mark McInnes, mining magnates Gina Rinehart and Andrew Forrest, former Crown Casino boss and horse breeder Lloyd Williams, the Pratt family and politicians Bill Kelty and Jeff Kennett. Several of the cruise guests own property on the peninsula. Mr Cowie has just returned to work after a council-sanctioned trip which included seminars and conferences in Sweden, Germany and Malta. This latest overseas trip was paid for from his $30,000 study tour allowance on top of his near $400,000 salary package.

Ditch trenches plan? A future of flood-prone rail under road along the Frankston line is a forecast for the years ahead if elevated rail is not built in Edithvale. Picture: Yanni

in public places should take a good hard look at themselves, grow up and stop it. Ben Rossiter, executive officer, Victoria Walks,

Screen scream Which genius at the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council thought that putting up screens on the median strip through the Mt Eliza village shopping centre was a good idea? It was difficult enough for motorists to navigate through and avoid pedestrians because of sight blockages from signs and vegetation and now the council has added another hazard. The screens make it almost impossible for motorists to see children or shorter adults on the pedestrian crossings until the last second when they suddenly appear in front of the vehicle. Did anybody at the council actually think before proceeding with this installation? Robin Cooper, Mt Eliza

CCTV unused Mt Eliza Chamber of Commerce is to be congratulated with its inspirational street decorations. Don’t see any of our rates at work from [Mornington Peninsula] shire contributions and

not a local councillor within cooee. Pity that some lowlife continues to graffiti and spoil the overall happy effect. Not only does the main bus stop and shelter get dumped upon, but also private businesses and government offices. The shire has appropriately demounted the baby anti-graffiti sign which got tagged by the lowlife perp, and even its own signs get tagged too. When will someone utilise the CCTV cameras that cover the main street and surely must be recording the hooded neanderthal lower than a dingo’s what’s it that crawls out from under his rock after dark and drops his CROC tag around our beautiful village? Surely the Mornington police or the shire’s environmental protection team, could actually use the expensive CCTV to catch the crim who despoils our lovely locale? The daubings will be removed, but it is always the unpaid public who has to do it and not the proper authorities or prosecuted perp. Ian Morrison, convenor Mt Eliza Community Alliance

Ditch the ditch The sky rail debate that ended up placing our future trains in flood prone ditches is a serious mistake. The recent heavy rain flooded

The proposed $250 million redevelopment of Frankston Hospital with clinical teaching and research areas in partnership with Monash University is fantastic news for Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula. The project proposed by Peninsula Health and announced at its annual meeting last week will create 1000 jobs including 500 long-term jobs for doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and administration staff. Our region’s population will increase by 50 per cent in the next 30 years. But job growth lags well behind: our area has fewer than 28 local jobs per 100 residents. A medical precinct would lead the region’s future economic prosperity and job growth. Health and education are two of our biggest employers. With investment, both sectors can create many new jobs including long-term, wellpaid ones. The project also will ensure residents, especially older people and those with serious illnesses, have access to quality healthcare without travelling to Melbourne. We can have a world-leading medical precinct to tackle important age-related health issues, chronic conditions, and social health issues. The region is uniquely placed to drive and benefit from research into age-related health issues as the peninsula has the second-highest elderly population in Victoria. More than 30 per cent of residents are over 60, almost twice the metropolitan average. Our region has a large population, and deserves healthcare that can fulfil most medical needs except perhaps trauma and neurology. I look forward to a time when specialist doctors are based here and travel to Melbourne to consult rather than the other way round. Now we need all levels of government to support redevelopment plans. I urge both the Andrews government and the Matthew Guy-led opposition to commit to this vital investment. With proper investment and support, Frankston Hospital and Monash University’s Peninsula campus and will form the hub of a vibrant and integrated health, business and education precinct. Fred Harrison, president, Committee for Greater Frankston


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COASTAL SPLENDOUR ALIVE WITH STYLE, SPACE & LIGHT BEAUTIFULLY in tune with the Australian outdoor lifestyle, yet evoking a distinctly stylish and relaxed ethos, this splendid weatherboard home offers impressive living and entertaining spaces. Handsome timber floors feature throughout the vast open plan lounge and dining areas that are all orientated towards the splendid entertaining deck which bestows fabulous natural light to all corners of the home. Central to the meals area and family room is the magnificent kitchen with Carrara Mist stone benchtops to a long breakfast counter that serves as a fantastic hub for the family. The kitchen also boasts a fine butlers pantry and a Bosch double oven. The adjoining family room has pitched ceilings which accentuate the overall sense of space and light – a Jetmaster wood-burning fireplace is a stunning focal point – and zoned away to the west wing is a formal lounge. The home has four lovely bedrooms including the wonderful master bedroom that also opens out to the deck. Complete with a walk-through robe, there is also a stunning ensuite with double shower. A guest bedroom also has an ensuite bathroom, with two more bedrooms – one with walk-in robe – sharing the equally wellappointed main bathroom and a powder room. The 1660 square metre block boasts superb gardens with established Jacaranda, Fig and various other trees creating an idyllic backdrop for children and pets to explore and play on the lush lawn. This beautiful coastal home offers captivating living and entertaining spaces where the emphasis is unashamedly on pure leisure.n

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100 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK...

Foreign citizenship results in disqualification Compiled by Brodie Cowburn TO THE VICTORIAN MOTHERS OF SOLDIERS. You who have already done so much for Australia by giving your sons, brothers or husbands to fight for Liberty, have now a great opportunity to help those whose glorious valor has won for themselves, and for the Commonwealth, a name that will live for ever. Do you wish reinforcements to be sent to your dear ones at the front? They only need 7000 men from Australia every month, one man every working day of the week from each electorate in Victoria. At present they are only getting 1000 men a month, and out of every hundred of those men there are 27 under twenty-one boys whose half-matured bodies cannot bear the strain of war; and in every hundred men there are 21 married men, many of them with big families of tiny children: and amongst the other men who go are returned men going forth again. And all this time there are in Victoria 100,000 single men who are now leaving the defence of our country to married men, old men, and boys. Do not fail your own flesh and blood. Do not be false to Australia. Do not be duped by the enemies in our midst. Send the right men to help your own at the Front, by voting YES on December 20th. Yours sincerely, W. M. HUGHES, Prime Minister ***

MR J. H. Lister, MP, will address a public meeting at the Frankston Mechanics Hall Tuesday evening to promote the reply of ‘Yes’ at the forthcoming election. *** THE Chief Electoral Officer has been inundated with queries from persons who are doubtful concerning their inclusion in the list of disqualified electors. In order that all doubt may be removed, Mr Oldham stated yesterday that the following persons are disqualified from voting on 20th December : (i) Every naturalised British subject who was born in an enemy country within the meaning of the War Precautions (Military Service Referendum) Regulations 1917. (ii) Every person whose father was born in an enemy country within the meaning of the War Precautions (Military Service Referendum Regulations 1917. *** MRS Dodd, of Chelsea, announces that she is erecting waiting rooms and lavatory opposite the station, for convenience of passengers, and also that she runs a cab to the Dandenong Market every Tuesday, and to the Frankston market fortnightly on Wednesdays. Return fares 2s. *** THE blind entertainers gave a concert at the Frankston hall on Monday evening in aid of the Home for Adult Blind. A good programme was gone through, which was much enjoyed by those present.

The home will benefit to the extent of nearly £5 as a result. *** THE Frankston Wattle Club will entertain a party of soldiers on Sunday afternoon next, and on Monday a party of three hundred interstate soldiers will be entertained at lunch. This means a considerable amount of hard work, but let us not grow weary in well doing, and give our own boys a hearty welcome home. *** A VERY fine Referendum meeting was held at Seaford on Saturday evening. Mr Fox gave a most telling speech and the masterful manner in which he showed that it was the duty of all who had the welfare of Australia at heart, to give the government power to send help to our worn out boys at the front, deeply impressed the large audience. When moving a vote of thanks to Mr Fox the speaker mentioined that as soon as the result of the last Referendum was pubished the Germans in the trenches opposite the Australians hoisted up a large placard bearing: “Scum of the earth, your mates have turned you down” and quite a sensation was caused by a man in the audience calling out “That’s true they did I saw them do it”. By request he stood up and described the incident, adding, “I ignorantly voted no, but by heavens I’ll vote Yes this time.” *** CR A. May gave a most impressive address at Frankston, on the 7th inst. in support of the conscription movement.

The hall was well filled, and for an hour and a half he had the full attention of his bearers. He is a lucid and fluent speaker and evidently knows what he is talking about. He was accorded a hearty vote of thanks the close of his speech. *** LAST Wednesday afternoon, December 5th, Brigadier General Williams attended the Somerville State School for the purpose of unveiling the school Honor Board and naming the avenue where the trees are planted to memorise the boy’s at the war. He was received by a Guard of Honor from the Langwarrin Military Camp, and the school children, who were lined up under the charge of their teachers, Mr White, Mr Farnington and Miss Cole. There was a splendid attendance of the residents, relatives and friends of the soldiers. *** A VERY successful Snowball Tea, given by Mrs Moloney, resulted in a profit of £7 1s being handed to the organiser, Mrs Maxwell, towards the funds of the Red Cross Society. The Secretary wishes to acknowledge donations of bags for Langwarrin Cheer, and would be glad if any further donations be in not later than Tuesday 18th *** THE Red Cross social at Tyabb held on Saturday last, passed off very successfully and there was a good attendance. During the evening Mrs Woodhouse sang and Mr Ben King gave a

recitation. Accompaniments were played by Mrs Boe and Miss Woodhouse. Dancing was freely indulged in, the music being supplied by Messrs Gibson and Chalwell. Our four latest returned soldiers could not attend, all having gone back to Hospital, but they hope to be present at a later date. *** J. H. LISTER M.P. will address a public meeting on Tuesday Dec. 18th at 8 o’clock in the Frankston Mechanics’ Hall to promote the reply of “YES” at the forthcoming referendum. *** MRS L. E. Westly and Mr H. D. Westly as executors of Charles Wright, deceased, have forwarded to the various charities that are beneficiaries under the half-yearly or quarterly instalments now due, ranging from £5 to £60. The list also includes £50 for the poor of Schnapper Point and Hastings. *** ARRANGEMENTS have now been made whereby tickets in The “Kitchener” Flag Grand Art Union are obtainable at all news agents throughout the country. If any difficulty is experienced in obtaining either the Art Union Tickets for the great £3,601 Raffle or the 1s Photographic Reproduction Cards, the Hon. Organisers would be pleased to supply direct. *** From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 15 December 1917

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The Emergency Superstar DJ Fiasco By Stuart McCullough THEY said it was ‘urgent’. Immediately, I sprang into action, which is to say that I managed to free myself from the couch momentarily and shuffle towards the laptop at a pace that wouldn’t trouble a glacier. What on earth could they want? Was I equipped to handle an emergency? Would I finally have an excuse to use the ‘siren’ function on my car? Only time would tell. This call to action was far from random. It came from a store with whom I had recently placed an ‘on-line’ order that I dearly hoped would be filled. In particular, I had ordered a vocoder. I’ll admit that it’s something of an obscure item. I strongly suspect that most people wouldn’t recognize vocoder if they fell over one while it was wearing a badge that said, ‘Hi! My name is Vocoder’. Put simply, it’s a piece of musical equipment that does weird and wonderful things to your voice, which is useful if, for some odd reason, you want to sound either weird or wonderful. I searched high and low for somewhere that sold them. By which I mean I typed the word ‘vocoder’ into Google and pressed a button. The results revealed that, short of building my own from bits and pieces I found in the shed, my best option was through a store that specialized in selling DJ equipment. I quickly dismissed the idea of building my own, especially since the earlier attempt to build my own time machine using melted Lego, flour and water had proved so entirely disastrous. Accordingly, I placed an order with the DJ store. I am not familiar with the world

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of the DJ. I know that they’re very popular and largely responsible for not only getting the party started but also keeping it in good working order. They wear sunglasses no matter the weather,

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carry vinyl around in metal boxes and often wear shirts where at least one too many buttons are left undone. Beyond that, the only thing I know about DJs is that they often hold half of a pair of

headphones to one ear while the other hand is used to point towards the sky. As if everyone ought to be looking at the ceiling. No one’s going to mistake me for being a DJ. Not any time soon. But I was left to speculate. Why would they need to speak to me urgently? Why the desperate need to make contact? My mind raced, grew slightly wheezy before needing a little rest before it raced once again at which point it tripped over one of its shoelaces and fell flat on its face. As best I could determine, there was only one possible explanation – they wanted to recruit me as a DJ. It all made sense. For years, the general DJ world had been intimidated by my vast musical knowledge and, frankly, superb taste. They’d never had the nerve to reach out to me before because they felt overwhelmed. I can’t blame them. Clearly, they had interpreted my decision to order something from them over the Internet as something of an olive branch. A peace offering, if you will. It was unlikely that there would ever be a better chance to convert me to the DJ way of life. Suddenly and quite unexpectedly, I realized that I was holding half a set of headphones to one ear while pointing towards the ceiling. This was destiny. There was no time to waste. By which I mean I had a cup of decaffeinated tea, watched the news and paid a couple of bills before deciding that I should get back to the DJ people as soon as possible. To prepare, I swapped my reading glasses for sunglasses and tore the top three buttons from my shirt. Immediately I regretted not

waiting until I was wearing something casual as opposed to a work shirt. Still, time was so obviously of the essence. I then scooped up large armfuls of vinyl. Not having a metal box, I was forced to improvise, wrapping the bundle in aluminum foil instead. In my imagination, it was glorious. The DJ store would explain that there was an emergency; one in which partygoers had been unable to get their groove on and would I kindly rescue them. I would, of course, oblige, turning up and parking directly outside the venue before lining up the decks and executing a set so funky, so flawlessly brilliant with grooves so deep that the Mariana Trench would seem like little more than a divot in comparison. People, hands raised, would scream exultations in between short rests to regain what little composure they had left. I’ll admit I was excited when I called. Perhaps that’s why I immediately demanded to know the address I’d be heading to for my DJ set. There was an awkward silence. By which I mean they said nothing until I started to complain that the phone was defective. Then a small voice came down the line. They just wanted to check the details of the order. I immediately removed my sunglasses and started wishing that I’d hung onto the buttons I’d just removed. The vocoder, you see, was my birthday present to myself. Perhaps the ‘urgent’ message stirred something in my about the art of the possible. Incidentally, I’ll be throwing a small party. I will, of course, be spinning the wheels of steel. It will be awesome. You’re all invited. stuart@stuartmccullough.com


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Foon dominates Kangas PROVINCIAL

By IT Gully AN unbeaten century to Mornington gun Matt Foon has placed his side in a dominant position in its Provincial match against Langwarrin. Together with Brad McDonald (79), Foon helped his side to an unbeatable 7/263 against the Kangas. Langwarrin started well, removing both openers Sam Wiese and Brad Wilson before the score had reached 30.

Charlie Parker went soon after and Foon and McDonald were joined at the crease with the score on 3/54. Travis Campbell was good for the visitors, taking 2/57 from 22 overs, while Sam Prosser was an unlikely wicket taker with 2/22 from seven overs. Baxter has already won its match against Mt Eliza, Chris Brittain the hero, however, this time with the ball. Mt Eliza batted first and was rolled for just 110. Dale Irving was damaging early

with the pill and snared 3/29 from 10.5 overs, while Brittain destroyed the middle order with 5/11 from 10 overs, including five maidens. Chamika Sattambi picked up 2/24. Josh Gouge top scored for the Mounties with an unbeaten 39. In reply, Baxter is 29 runs ahead with seven wickets in hand (3/139). Daniel Warwick is unbeaten on 61, Chris Brittain scored 32 and Todd Quinn opened with 25. Justin Bridgeman is the other not out batsman. Given Baxter’s ladder position and

poor start to the season, no doubt they’ll be looking for an outright win. Crib Point hasn’t started too well with the bat after its bowlers gave it every chance to win its match against Pearcedale. After skipper Brad Davidson dominated with the cherry with 5/19 from 16.4 overs, Pearcedale was bowled out for 160. Luke Herrington snared 2/32 from 12 overs. At one stage Pearcedale was 5/60, until Kaine Smith (30) and Shayne Gillings (33) momentarily came to

the rescue. Needing to face up for the final four overs for the day, the Magpies lost opener Tom Pengelly to the Panthers’ Chris Dew for a duck. The Pies will resume at 1/0. A stiff performance from Jedd Falck (69) and Liam O’Conner (54) has placed Sorrento in a competitive position against Peninsula Old Boys. The Sharks batted first and made 193 in 77.3 overs. In reply, POB is 0/5.

Jewell saved Ridge PENINSULA

By IT Gully MAIN Ridge skipper Nick Jewell has come to the rescue to give his side a realistic chance of beating Red Hill in MPCA Peninsula cricket. With his side in some early trouble, Jewell made 96 to help his side to a total of 214. James Abbott was also solid for the Ridge in the lower order with 45 and Sam Lyons batted well for his 27. The Hillmen were on top early, skipper Simon Dart claiming 2/28, Glenn Collett 2/41 and Brent Martin was the star witth 4/55 off 21 overs, including the wicket of Jewell, four short of triple figures. Long Island and Flinders are locked in an intriguing battle after 12 wickets fell on the first day of their match at BA Cairns Reserve. The Islanders batted first and made just 117 in 62.4 overs. Michael Burke top scored with 39 while Andrew Tweddle made 15. Shark’s Dwayne Field was again the pick of the bowlers for his team with 3/15 from 6.4 overs, while Will Tuck claimed 2/28 and skipper Neil Barfuss

2/15 from 12 overs. With 17 overs left in the day, Flinders just needed to get through unscathed – it didn’t. Opener Mason Mail was out for four and night watchman Matt Burns for a duck. Flinders will resume at 2/20 with Long Islands’ Jake Middleton the wicket taker with 2/6 from three overs. Pines and Moorooduc should go down to the wire after Pines batted first and made 189. Rhys Chalkley opened with 59 for the Piners while Pat Jackson made a solid 30 in the middle order to help his side push towards 200. Alex Coad’s unbeaten 19 at 11 and 36 run partnership with Grant Humphrey (11) could be the difference between winning and losing. Moorooduc faced the final eight overs of the day and lost one wicket, the important skipper Shamith Kannangara. Delacombe Park has left Somerville with some work to do in their match after scoring 230. Joel Malcolm was the best of he Parkers’ bats with 62, while Nick Christides and Rob Fisher each scored 30.

Park set high target: Delacombe Park’s total of 230 will take some catching by Somerville. Picture: Andrew Hurst

Demons step back in time

Blues bowlers shine: Hastings bowled out Heatherhill for just 185, but then went on to slump with the bat. Picture: Andrew Hurst

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DISTRICT

By IT Gully RYE has taken a step back in time after being humiliated by Baden Powell on day one of their MPCA clash at Overport Rd. In scenes of previous seasons, Rye embarrassed itself, losing 13 wickets in one afternoon of cricket. Batting first, the Demons were bowled out for just 73 in its first innings, all back in the sheds in 44 overs. Ryan Barnett opened with 4/28 from 16 overs, Michael Ballard claimed 3/27 from 17 overs at the other end and Craig Entwhistle picked up 3/2 from 4.1 overs. The Braves then came out and went wooshka, scoring 4/127 in just 28 overs before throwing Rye back in to bat with eight overs left in the day. It was a fruitful handful of overs for the Braves, claiming 3/9 with Nathan Rice capturing 2/1 from two overs. Still 45 runs behind, the Demons have just seven wickets in hand. There’s no avoiding an outright loss in this match. Mt Martha is just 75 runs away from victory against Rosebud, however, has just eight wickets in hand. Rosebud batted first and was bowled out for 108, Jason Mathers top scoring with an unbeaten 38. Brad Schreuder was the pick of

the Reds’ bowlers with 4/18 from 15 overs, while Kyle Bendle bowled 22.1 overs for a return of 3/39. The visitors were forced to face the final 20 overs of the day. They will resume on day two this Saturday at 2/32, Pat Nagel and Billy Quigley the wicket takers for the Buds. Hastings has placed itself in a horrible situation yet again, on its knees against Heatherhill. Once again, the bowlers did the job for the Blues, bowling out the Hills for just 185. Mitch Floyd was solid for the Blues with 4/47 from 15 overs while Isuru Dias picked up 3/27 from 16 overs. Kristian Miller top scored with 82 for the Hills, eventually run out. Facing the final 22 overs for the day, Hastings slumped to 4/59, Floyd top scoring with 32. Jason Hinde was the pick of the Hills’ bowlers with 2/22. In the battle of the neighbours at Belvedere Park, Seaford Tigers are one wicket down chasing 195. Seaford batted first and made 195, Jack Brooking the pick of the Seaford Tigers’ bowlers with 4/47. Matty Roach opened the bowling and snared 3/43 from 14 overs. In reply, the Tigers faced the final nine overs of the day and at stumps were 1/23 after Roach was gone for a duck.


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Kitto on fire for the Stonecats SUB-DISTRICT

By IT Gully FRANKSTON YCW is just three wickets away from victory in MPCA Sub District cricket against Tyabb. After being rolled for just 153 in 53.3 overs by the Yabbies, the Stonecats’ bowlers then came out and dominated the opposition, having the Yabbies 7/44 at stumps, still 109 short with just three wickets in hand.

At the end of their batting performance, the Stonecats would have been satisfied with just a victory. Now an outright win must be in their sights. Callum Bradford-Briggs was the best of the Stonecats batsmen with 40 while Levi McLoughlin-Dore opened with 32 and Jeremy Daniel hit 25 at the close of the innings. Yabbies skipper Joel Wylier and Mitch Gill-Furness were the pick of the Yabbies’ bowlers with 3/33 and

3/39 respectively. In reply, Tyabb lost 3/0 when the score was on 11 and then lost 4/11 to be 7/44 at stumps. The evergreen, wily and popular MPCA star Andrew Kitson wound back the clock and dominated the Yabbies’ batsmen with six wickets. Carrum is in a strong position against Boneo after the first day of play. Batting first at home, the Lions made 8/246, thanks largely to a sensa-

tional 111 from Jake D’Atri, while Corey Hand hit 36 and Jack Thomson 26. Carrum Downs is in a solid position against Tootgarook, scoring 9/197 from its 80 overs. Ryan Lynch again flew the flag for his side with 45, while Chris Jones was unbeaten on 44. Andrew Libby made a spectacular first up impression for Tootgarook with 3/53 from 28 overs, while Corey DeBruyn piked up 3/24 from 12 overs.

Dromana has had its best start to a game in while, scoring 234 against Balnarring. In a must-win game for the Hoppers, skipper Kieran Voelkl stepped up to the plate with 68 and Adam Ciavarella hit 46 to help the visitors to the competitive score. Mitch Kleinig was the best of the Saints’ bowlers with 4/61, while Mal Coutts opened the bowling and snared 3/24 from 14 overs.

Tale of two Rosebuds, Welsh stars sign up SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie MERGER talks between Rosebud Heart and Bayside League club Rosebud have stalled after the latter recently applied to join FFV ranks. Rosebud is keen to join the Metropolitan Leagues so that it can continue to play on Sundays and give its players a more challenging level of competition. State 4 South outfit Heart has shown interest in merging with its neighbour and sees the move as a great opportunity to create a large club on the southern peninsula with over 300 juniors, and senior men’s and women’s teams playing out of Rosebud’s home at Olympic Park in Besgrove Street. Heart’s current home ground at Truemans Road Reserve has arguably the worst playing surface in the league and the pitch and facilities at Olympic Park are far superior. The drawback is that only one pitch is available at Olympic Park. “We’ve got three men’s teams and a ladies team and at the moment we’ve only got one pitch so there’s already a lot of traffic,” said Rosebud senior coach Justin Shepard. “If there was a merger we simply couldn’t handle training on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and playing on Saturdays and Sundays all on one pitch.” There was a second pitch at the venue which has been taken over by the local baseball club and Rosebud has been trying unsuccessfully to regain use of it. “There’s a long, long way to go before any merger could take place,” said Shepard. “Heart’s playing pitch though is nothing short of dangerous and I’d hate to be a travelling team going to play down there. “Our facilities are great but it’s our club and it’s been our club for 60 years and we don’t want to give it away simply for the sake of a few guys wanting to play on a better park.” But Heart still hopes that Mornington Shire Council will approve a move to Olympic Park albeit only for the 2018 season. “The council already has had $200,000 allocated for two new pitches at Truemans Road and it is hoping that by mid-February it can get another $300,000 grant and hopefully start work on the pitches next September,” said Heart committeeman Rob Vosjan. “I think the council is keen for a merger and although at the moment I think it is highly unlikely I would never say never.” The uncertainty surrounding Heart’s home ground next season has had a destabilising influence on the club. It has fuelled rumours of a player exodus and Heart has not appointed a senior coach for 2018. Meanwhile Langwarrin is yet to agree terms with any player as it prepares its senior squad for its NPL challenge next year. That effectively turns every player into a triallist including those currently registered with the club. The triallists from other clubs trying to grab one of 20 spots in Langy’s senior squad are Nick Bergmans (Altona Magic), Lachie Hogben (Richmond), Marinos Panayi (Mornington), Luke Burgess (Whittlesea Ranges), Dimitar Mitkov (Springvale White Eagles), Darcy Pawlik (Eastern Lions), Damion Wilson (Bentleigh Greens), Tapiwanashe Munyanyiwa (Springvale White Eagles), Sam Klepac (Mooroolbark), An-

Keely keen: Peninsula Strikers defender Conor Keely is considering a move to Baxter. Picture:

Paul Seeley

thony Goweid (Dandenong Thunder), John Kuol (Morwell Pegasus), Scott Millar (Mornington), Harrison Michaelis (Bulleen) and John Carroll (Berwick City). The triallists already registered with Langy are Robbie Acs, Alex Metcalfe, Andy McIntyre, Boris Ovcin, Brandon Giles, Dylan Kilner, Serge Yanez, Lewis Foster, Navin Velupillay, Aaran Currie, Nabil Mozaffaruddin, Johnny Guthrie and Mat Luak. Langy lost 3-0 on Saturday to Kingston City at Baxter Park. The under-20s fared better recording a 4-2 win courtesy of a Travis Ernsdoerfer hat-trick and an opening goal from Josh Mulla. Langy has until 13 February to submit its senior squad to FFV and the decision as to which players will fill its two visa spots will be left as late as possible. Current visa players still on the club’s books are Currie, Metcalfe, Liam Baxter, Connor

Belger and Paul Speed. Baxter, Belger and Speed are all due to arrive back from the UK next month. Langy’s under-20s take on Skye United next Sunday at 11pm with the seniors up against NPL heavyweight South Melbourne at 1pm. Langwarrin is keen to play at its Lawton Park headquarters but ongoing council work may force the club to again use Baxter Park. The venue will be confirmed later this week. Peninsula Strikers defender Conor Keely has joined the burgeoning list of newcomers training with State 4 South outfit Baxter. Strikers’ teammate Grant Davies also is on Baxter’s radar. Other newcomers include Izaak Barr (Strikers), Ash Scholes (Heart), James Foster, Jack Thornton, Jordan Redburn, Matt Morgan, Mitch Blake and Tim Lee (all Langwarrin), Joe Iline (Doveton), Jack Morgan (Hampton Park United), Kezhia Hooft (Sandringham) and Jake

Sheppard (Alston, England). Last week Baxter announced the dual appointments of Brendan Norris and Brendan Blackhall as reserves coaches. State 1 South-East title aspirant Mornington has bolstered its strike force with the signing of 26-year-old Welsh ace Adam Wright from Northcote City. Wright played with Port Talbot in the Welsh Premier League before making his mark in Victoria with Moreland City then Clifton Hill, winning State 1 South-East’s Golden Boot award in 2015 with 30 goals. He played with Brunswick City in 2016 and joined Northcote midway through the 2017 season finishing with 18 goals, one behind league Golden Boot winner Trent Rixon of Moreland City. Mornington beat State 1 rival Richmond in the race for Wright’s signature. He was the second Welshman to sign for the Dallas Brooks Park club last week when it was confirmed that Welsh youth international Curtis Hutson is expected to arrive in Melbourne with his partner next month. Hutson, 22, can play up front or in midfield and was only 13 when he made his debut for the Welsh under-16s during his time at Cardiff City’s academy. He is the cousin of Manchester United and Wales legend Ryan Giggs and has joined from Barry Town after stints with Port Talbot Town, Newport County and Merthyr Town. In other news former Matildas goalkeeper Theresa Deas has stepped down from the presidency of Southern United and is now vicepresident. Former Casey Comets president Stuart McLeod is the new Southern supremo. The club has struck an agreement with Frankston Pines to use Monterey Reserve exclusively as its home ground and training base after previously playing home games there as well as at Lawton Park, Dallas Brooks Park, Comets Stadium and Centenary Park. Southern’s inaugural Operations Manager Graham Dudley made the announcement at last week’s AGM. Southern also released the names last weekend of the first batch of players signed up for its 2018 senior squad. Goalkeeper Freya Crocker, defender Natasha Dakic and midfielder Nikolina Bucalo were with Southern last season, defender Ella Douglass and striker Sarah Wieck are from Bayside United while striker Casey Aarons is a former Alamein player. Southern will announce additions to its senior roster in coming weeks. Two Southern juniors, Alex Jones and Alessandra Davis, were part of the Victorian schoolgirls under-12 team that won the national title in Adelaide last weekend. Former Langwarrin star Alana Murphy captained Victoria which defeated ACT 3-1, South Australia 2-1, Western Australia 2-0, Northern Territory 4-0 and drew 0-0 with Queensland and NSW. Frankston Times 11 December 2017

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League fight to continue FOOTBALL

By Toe Punt THE fight against AFL South East with the large majority of MPNFL clubs is likely to flair up again in the new year after a letter was circulated by Geelong and District Football League last week calling for AFL Victoria to convene a meeting for all interested leagues who are dissatisfied with their governance. In the letter, penned by Geelong and District Football League president of 33 years, Neville Whitley OAM, there are a number of football leagues throughout the state who are unhappy with AFL Victoria as its remains determined to regionalise football leagues throughout Victoria. The majority of MPNFL Clubs continue to fight AFL South East’s decision to bring in a third division in 2019, which will include South East Football Netball League clubs. They do however support divisional football between MPNFL clubs only and have encouraged a third division made up of clubs within the MPNFL boundaries (includes Frankston Dolphins, South Mornington, Peninsula Old Boys, Carrum, Skye etc). Mr Whitley requested AFL Victoria to convene a meeting at a convenient location for all leagues to attend to discuss “their concerns and air their grievances in a proper and democratic manner.” Mr Whitley told The News that AFL Victoria regional commissions were working towards dividing and conquering clubs at a local level to achieve outcomes that suited only them. “Generally, they (AFL Victoria) don’t care about what is best for local football

clubs, their history and their volunteers,” Mr Whitley said. However, despite the request, AFL Victoria CEO Steven Reaper replied in writing, “as this would appear to be a localised issue, AFL Victoria does not support your request to convene a meeting of Leagues at any point into the future to discuss these matters.” Despite Mr Reaper’s generalisation that it’s a ‘local issue’, football leagues around Ballarat will remain pretty much unchanged after AFL Goldfields elected not to make any competition restructures from its senior competition review. The final findings of the review were released last week with the Goldfields commission electing to go with a “watching brief” for now. “It did prove difficult to identify an alternative competition structure option that is widely supported by the majority of affiliated leagues and clubs,” the report stated. The review looked into Ballarat Football League, Central Highlands, Maryborough Castlemaine District and Riddell District league. It seems one AFL commission has listened to its clubs. Perhaps AFL SE should consider doing the same with the majority of its clubs before this conversation again dominates the 2018 season.

MPNFL Fixtures released

Meanwhile, the 2018 fixtures have been released with Frankston YCW taking on Sorrento in Round one on Easter Sunday. The clubs are in discussions about Sorrento hosting the game as it’s home game, sharing the profits with the Stonecats. Discussions will continue.

Dromana women dominant at district bowls By Ben Triandafillou THE DROMANA Bowling Club has taken out another Mornington Peninsula bowls division state championship with their Women’s Four’s side on Wednesday 6 December. The team which consisted of Sandra McColgan, Gill Fletcher, Annemaree Ryan and Heather Gray defeated Sorrento at the Rosebud Country Club and will now be heading to the regionals in January. Last year the side made it all the way through to the ‘last 16’ and ended up finishing runners-up in

the state’s Four’s championships. McColgan said the team are again striving to make it through to the final but hopefully go one better this year. “It was a bit disappointing finishing runners-up but you’ve always got someone trying to beat you we all want a title,” she said. “We obviously want to win it this year. We don’t go in it to not win. “We are all positive girls and we have a great team to do it.” The team’s partnership has been on a winning streak of late with McColgan, Ryan and Gray also

combining in the district Women’s Triple’s at Mt Eliza Bowling club last month where they again defeated Sorrento. “We had the rain, hail and lightning that night but we ended up getting through it,” McColgan said. McColgan also paired up with Paul Twyerould, of Rosebud in October to win the district’s Mixed Pairs Championships at Belvedere Bowling Club. The Dromana women are now hoping to be at the Bendigo Bowls Club around April next year for the state finals.

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Hardie sets sail as the ‘Pirates’ president By Ben Triandafillou A FAMILY tradition has continued at the Mornington Baseball Club with Matt Hardie recently voted in as the club’s president. With his father, Ken Hardie, steering the ‘Pirate Ship’ in 1992-94, Matt has worked his way through the club from playing juniors at a young age through to more recently assistant coaching the seniors. Hardie will be taking over from Chris Taylor who has spent five years in presidency growing both the club’s on-field and off-field success. Hardie said he is looking forward to continuing the great work that Taylor has done around the club and pointing them in the right direction. “It’s a bit of a weird feeling being voted in as president and following in Dad’s footsteps but I’m excited for what I can bring to the new role,” Hardie said. “Over the last few years he’s (Chris Taylor) really set the club up for long term success and I’m looking forward to continuing it on as the club keeps growing and developing. “We had all of our five junior sides make the finals last season and now I’m hoping we can get at least six sides together next winter.” Hardie recalls the little tin shed clubrooms

from when his father was president and said the growth around the club has been immense with not only the facilities and change rooms but also with the number of sides the club now puts together. “There aren’t any major changes that I want to make at this stage but I want to improve the connection between the junior and senior players to help with the junior’s development,” he said. “I want the juniors to get to know the seniors and improving that bond between them is probably one of the main points I want to focus on,” Hardie said. Hardie said he will be taking a step back in his coaching roles as he comes off being the junior club coach, social events coordinator, senior assistant coach and the senior reserves coach. Hardie will continue his playing role in the clubs first’s team. Also at the club’s most recent AGM, Myles and Gemma Dowsett were re-appointed the roles of vice president and secretary at the club while Teresa Webster will take up the role of treasurer. “They do a huge amount for our club and I look forward to working with them closely,” Hardie said.

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