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Cars in slow-mo a no go for Sco Mo Prime Minister Scott Morrison looked to impress residents in the marginal seat of Dunkley by announcing the upcoming budget would include $30 million to upgrade Ballarto Road. See story Page 3. Picture: Supplied

Council continues crackdown on ‘illegal’ residents Brodie Cowburn FRANKSTON Council officers alongside CFA and Victoria Police have entered an abandoned restaurant on the Nepean Highway to boot out people residing “illegally” in the building. Council CEO Dennis Hovenden said that six residents were kicked out of the former location of the Pint and

Pickle restaurant on 5 February after multiple reports from residents of people coming and going from the building. “We found illegal accommodation, we found the building to be unsafe, we found a lot of rubbish. Orders have now been issued that the illegal occupation has to cease within 72 hours and the owner will be served with notices to secure the building, and clean up all of the rubbish. Failure to comply

would result in enforcement,” he said. “The six residents have been told they have to vacate and find other accommodation. They said they had the permission of the owner to stay there. They’ve been told they have to vacate the premises, they have no option. “The residents were expressing concern that there was maybe illegal activity going on there, like drug taking. They were really concerned that they had in recent days seen school chil-

dren going into the building. Therefore with the concerns of the residents we took immediate action that afternoon.” Mr Hovenden told The Times “the site has a bit of a history, it is known to the police that had to attend”. He said that the living conditions in the building were very concerning, with one officer appearing to suffer from “flea bites”. Mr Hovenden said no school children were present when council offic-

ers entered the building. Mr Hovenden said if those that were booted were “having trouble finding emergency accommodation, we work with those people to identify emergency accommodation.” After first entering on 5 February, police and council officers entered the building again on 8 February to follow up. Continued Page 5

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Cash splash on busy Ballarto Road Brodie Cowburn BALLARTO Road has been targeted by the federal government for $30 million “intersection upgrade” works. The Prime Minister Scott Morrison visited the road on 5 February to announce that the funding would be included as part of the upcoming federal budget, to be released in April. Exactly what those upgrades will be are not finalised, but Dunkley MP Chris Crewther said they would focus on “Greenwood Drive, Dion Drive, and Potts Road”. “At a number of different intersections along this road, we are looking to upgrade them so people can get in and out of their residential streets easier. For example that may include lights, lanes so that people can merge with the traffic and not have to sit perpendicular to the intersection, and it may include other upgrades to reduce that congestion,” he said. “So many residents of Carrum Downs, Skye and Sandhurst, along with Skye CFA, have told me how hard it is to get in and out of Ballarto Road to and from their residential streets. So I’ve been fighting for funding to resolve this major congestion issue,” Mr Crewther said. He said one of the potential upgrades was to add “a buzzer so that the Potts Road CFA can control those lights and get out to fires when they need to help,” as they “have been finding it very difficult to get onto the road to fight fires.” He said the $30 million budget for the project was determined through “consultation with council”. Mr Crewther and Mr Morrison both said a state government contribution to the project would be “welcomed”, but Premier Daniel Andrews told media that he had only learned of the federal government’s announcement in the newspaper. Mr Morrison said he had not arranged a meeting with

Cars in slow-mo a no go for Sco Mo: Prime Minister Scott Morrison with MPs Chris Crewther and Alan Tudge announcing a $30 million upgrade to Ballarto Road. Picture: Brodie Cowburn

the Premier prior to making the announcement. “We want Melburnians to get home sooner and safer with help from our Urban Congestion Fund,” Mr Morrison said. “I want people to spend less time stuck in traffic jams and more time at home with their families and working in their businesses, that’s what matters. Chris Crewther has made it clear how much pressure congestion is putting on Bayside families and businesses given how quickly that area of Melbourne is growing. Help is on the way.” Mr Crewther said “if the project is not contracted” in the month between the budget and the federal election, then there is a risk it may not proceed should Labor win the election. He said that the tender process for a project of this scale would “most likely take more than a month”. However, Labor Dunkley candidate Peta Murphy said that “federal Labor can be trusted to work

with the Andrews state government and actually consult with the community to use this $30 million to deliver the improvements to local roads infrastructure that are needed.” As part of her state election campaign, Carrum MP Sonya Kilkenny pledged to spend $2.5 million at the intersection of Ballarto Road and Lyrebird Drive to install traffic lights. Frankston mayor Michael O’Reilly said “when this road gets to rush hour, people are sitting in their cars at the intersections trying to get out constantly. Ballarto Road remains congested throughout the day even outside of peak hours, carrying over 12,000 vehicles each day.” “Council has advocated to VicRoads on behalf of concerned residents for a number of years to have Ballarto Road upgraded and today we’re delighted to see the Federal Government is taking action,” he said.

Support for card trial DUNKLEY MP Chris Crewther has said he would be “happy to support” a trial of a cashless welfare card system in Frankston. The system being trialled interstate sees 80 per cent of money from Centrelink payments received by welfare recipients placed onto a card, where it cannot be withdrawn. The money on the card also cannot be used to buy alcohol or on gambling products. The card has been trialled in four regions across Queensland, South Australia, and Western Australia. Mr Crewther said “the program helps kids get their school books and makes sure money is not used on drugs and alcohol.” “I think this would be a good place to do a trial, I think the community would be supportive. I think all taxpayers would like to see that their money isn’t going towards drugs.” He said Frankston would make a good location for a trial due to it having “one of the highest levels of welfare, much like Blacktown in New South Wales and other discussed trail locations.” Frankston was touted as a potential location for a trial when the program was announced in 2016, but Mr Crewther said no minister has approached him to follow up since then. The program has stirred some controversy, with small protests taking place at some of the trial locations.

Dam drowning death A FRANKSTON man drowned at Baxter Park, Sunday 3 February. Police media advisor Belinda Batty said the 19-year-old failed to surface after swimming with others in a dam just after 3pm. The dam is near Moorooduc Highway in the South Frankston park bordered by FrankstonFlinders and Sages roads. Emergency services crews searched the area for several hours before finding the man’s body in the water just after 6pm. Police will prepare a report for the coroner.

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Continued from Page 1 A statement from Frankston Council on the 8 February operation said “council issued an emergency order against the owner of a property located on Nepean Highway on Thursday of last week, following concerns raised by residents relating to safety, unsightliness, graffiti and illegal occupancy.” “The emergency order was enforced on Friday in conjunction with Victoria Police. Council does not know how many people were evacuated. “Council, often in conjunction Victoria Police, investigates all complaints as they are received and undertakes the relevant action where necessary to ensure public safety.” The operation followed a similar operation at the Ambassador Hotel in

November last year, when a number of people and their pets residing illegally were booted. Council resolved to put more resources into monitoring the Ambassador to prevent the situation from happening again. Mayor Michael O’Reilly said after that operation that “Frankston City Council takes fire safety and the safety of our residents very seriously, and will take appropriate action, where necessary” “None of the agencies enjoy having to undertake this sort of work. Thankfully we were able to immediately connect these residents with local support services and pets were taken into care” (“Crackdown on illegal Ambassador residence”, The Times, 5/2/19). Messy: Council ordered the clean up of rubbish at the Pint and Pickle site last week. Picture: Gary Sissons

‘Spare no expense’ to make track safe Brodie Cowburn OVER 25 years have passed since Natalie Russell was tragically murdered walking home from school. The track she was taken from in Frankston North was subsequently renamed to Nat’s Track in her memory, and nearly three decades on from the tragic event has started to fall into disrepair. The track backs onto Monterey Sec-

ondary College, and Frankston councillor Kris Bolam said that the school principal had been in touch with him to report that students had begun to experience “anti-social behaviour on the track”. Cr Bolam said he is pushing to include funds to upgrade the track in Frankston Council’s upcoming budget. Those upgrades would include lighting, new fencing, a bicycle path, a CCTV camera, new trees and plants, a new vigil plaque for Ms Russell, and

public art at both entrances. “Nat’s Track is actually a really important connection as it bridges Frankston North with Karingal which is otherwise landlocked,” Cr Bolam said. “It is unacceptable that people in 2019 still encounter anti-social behaviour on this track” Cr Bolam said that council should “spare no expense” to upgrade the track, which “should be becoming of both Natalie and the immediate area” .

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Getting ready for the waterfront festival THE Waterfront Festival will return to Frankston’s Pier Promenade this weekend. Market stalls, food, live music and more will be on show for visitors to the festival. Frankston mayor Michael O’Reilly said “this event showcases Frankston’s iconic waterfront and celebrating Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula’s food, wine, craft beer, arts, culture and musicians.” “Enjoy live music across the weekend, get involved in some awesome free activities and indulge in great food, wine, beer and cider while

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FRANKSTON Police are investigating an alleged incident between a taxi driver and his passenger overnight on 20 January. The alleged incident occurred at 12.15am, after a row between the victim and the offender. Police said the passenger in the taxi, being driven in the Frankston area, had fled without paying the driver earlier in the evening. The driver later spotted the man and asked him for payment, which police said resulted in the offender becoming verbally abusive. Police alleged that the driver had stepped out of the taxi, and was punched in the mouth by the man. He required several stitches and suffered cuts to the mouth. Police have released CCTV images of a man who they believe may be able to assist with the investigation. If you recognise the man or have any information please contact Senior Constable Ross Williams on 9566 1555 or contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

KINGSTON CIU detectives are investigating a spree of attempted thefts from motor vehicles in Patterson Lakes, 23 January. Police said that a man attempted to break into three cars on Palm Beach Drive, trying to steal tools from utes and vans. Police said they believe the man was driving a large black ute while attempting to commit the thefts. The man was wearing a jacket, shorts, and white runners with black laces. He is described as being of European appearance, in his early 30s, with dark wavy hair and an unshaven face. Police have released images of the man they believe can assist with their inquiries. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at

FRANKSTON councillors have voted to confer with emergency services about the possibility of cutting off vehicle access to Station Street Mall. Councillors voted nearly unanimously to explore cutting off vehicle access, a move that Cr Colin Hampton said was important to ensure the area is “as pedestrian friendly as possible”. The Station Street Mall is home to a number of restaurants and other businesses, and vehicle access is currently allowed for the whole stretch of the mall. Under the proposed changes, a turnoff to the Bayside Shopping Centre car park near the Young Street entrance would serve as the cut off point for cars. The passed motion read that Council “authorises commencement of the statutory process to consider the road closure on Station Street Mall and of a short section of Station Street in Frankston for vehicular traffic, gives public notice of the proposed road closure, and refers the proposal to emergency service authorities for comment.” Cr Glenn Aitken said he had “concerns” about the effect the road closure would have on the emergency services, but said he was relieved that they would have the “opportunity to be heard during the consultation process.” Cr Quinn McCormack opposed the road closure, while the remaining councillors voted in favour. Cr Steve Toms was absent. Council voted unanimously in April to endorse final concept plans for an upgrade of Station Street. Proposed council works on Station Street Mall are currently budgeted at $1.27 million, with $360,000 of that being state government funding.



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Fines flow from police jet-ski blitz Tennis facility funding: Blaise Northey (Club President), Cameron Howe (Carrum and Paterson Lakes Forum founder) and Tennis Hall of Fame inductee Dianne Balestrat (inset) want better facilities at Long Beach Tennis Club. Pictures: Gary Sissons

Hall of Fame coach calls for upgrade Brodie Cowburn TENNIS Hall of Fame inductee Dianne Balestrat is calling for the Long Beach Tennis Club to receive funding to revamp their facilities. Ms Balestrat, a former world number 4 and Australian Open doubles champion, now spends her time coaching the next generation at the Long Beach Tennis Club, and said the facilities there had become far too outdated. “Many tennis clubs were built at a time when participation from women was lower. At Long Beach Tennis Club, there are no facilities to shower or change nor adequate lighting, which can make women and girls feel unwelcome,” Ms Balestrat said. “An upgrade will even out the play-

ing field, making all members feel comfortable, regardless of their gender and ability.” The tennis club says they host 500 participants each year, and that an upgrade is needed to keep coaching kids to a high standard. “Tennis has given me so many opportunities, and these days, I really enjoy teaching and passing on my knowledge to my students. Sound technique is imperative, I always emphasise that my students play to the best of their ability, regardless of whether they win or lose,” Ms Balestrat said. The club is based at Roy Dore Reserve in Carrum, which recently received a $3.2 million cash injection from the state government. The tennis club is calling on Kingston Council support a concept design for the development.

Long Beach Tennis Club president Blaise Northey said “Dianne knows what it takes to get the most out of her students, having coached at a national level, and it’s amazing that we have a sporting legend in our community.” “A hall of fame tennis legend like Dianne deserves adequate tennis facilities to assist with coaching upcoming talent. Upgrades will attract a wider range players and allow us to excel in the growing space of disabled tennis.” Ms Balestrat was inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame at this year’s Australian Open. She said “being in the Hall of Fame is a tremendously wonderful feeling and to have my achievements celebrated is the ultimate honour. I am so proud to be etched in history, alongside some of the game’s most famous players.”

SORRENTO and Mt Martha beaches recorded the highest number of boating offences during the Water Police’s Operation Jetwash. Thirty-one offences were detected at each of those beaches in the operation which targeted unsafe behaviour over the holiday period. Twenty-five offences were detected at Rye, 24 at Martha Cove and 22 at Frankston during the six-day blitz. As the name of the operation suggests, the police’s major focus was on jet skis and their owners’ behaviour. More than 220 infringements were issued including 53 for speeding – the most common offence. This included 39 for exceeding five knots within 50 metres of another vessel. Thirteen jet-ski riders were caught without their marine licence documents and a further eight were found to have no marine licences at all. Over the six days police issued 390 infringements – 65 a day – with many handed to boaters. More than 80 involved a range of safety-related offences including the use of life jackets and maintenance and possession of safety equipment, such as fire extinguishers, torches and flares.

Seven kayakers were fined for life jacket-related offences and four swimmers were fined – including two for swimming within 50 metres of a boat launching ramp at Frankston. “Water Police conducted about 700 vessel inspections during Operation Jetwash and it was alarming that over half resulted in infringement notices being issued,” Senior Sergeant Alistair Nisbet said. “What these results show is that all water users need to lift their game when it comes to safety. “This operation targeted jet-ski use and behaviour and, in too many cases, riders failed their safety tests. “The number of offences for speeding and operating too close to other vessels is of a real concern. Jet-skis are not toys. They’re large, heavy, fast-moving machines and the results of a collision, be it with a swimmer or another vessel, can be catastrophic. “Jet-ski users need to know the rules of the water and adhere to them or, as this operation shows, police will catch up with you. “It’s also a concern that life jacket and safety equipment-related offences were detected across all watercraft.”



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EASY FAMILY LIVING WITH ROOM TO GROW SET amongst peaceful native bush land, this wonderful 9307 square metre property enjoys a great aspect that maximises the natural light to the home creating an enjoyable family environment throughout. A vast decked area around the home adds to its overall size and scale and creates some wonderful outdoor living options, particularly during these warmer months. The flat, fully-fenced block has plenty of grassed areas for children and pets to play and a secure parking bay with electric front gate will comfortably accommodate four vehicles. Timber floors feature to a charming open plan zone that incorporates a lounge and dining space, and a kitchen creates a nice contrast between modern and antique with an eye-catching combustion stove set into a feature brick hearth. There is also an island bench and a large recess for a double door fridge. The master bedroom has a walk-in robe and renovated ensuite whilst a second bedroom across the hall features built-in robes. A study area serves as a conduit between the south and north wings of the home where there is a third bedroom, the main bathroom and a splendid rumpus room which has air-conditioning. Complementing the swathe of decking around the home is the brilliant indoor swimming pool with spa that forms a big part of a spectacular entertaining zone that also includes a built-in bar and lounge area with wood heater. External improvements to the property include two sheds with power connected, one paddock has a shelter shed and there are water tanks with pumps plus bore water to tend to a small orchard.n



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John Ward still in hospital after being thrown from vehicle Compiled by Brodie Cowburn WHILE returning from the funeral of his father at Hastings, last month, Mr John Ward was thrown from his vehicle and sustained a compound fracture of the leg. From enquiries made a few days ago it was ascertained that Mr Ward was still in the Melbourne hospital, and was progressing as well as could be expected considering the serious nature of his injuries. *** AT the last meeting of the Frankston and Hastings shire council, Constables Revell and Walker were appointed presenting officers. *** THE Shire Council has been notified that the following soldiers are returning from abroad: Private Jack Twyford by the Bakars on the 3rd inst; Artificer F. E. Shepherd, due to arrive by the Osterley on the 21st February; Driver E. W. Monro, date not stated; Private Thomas Nicholas, by the Karmala date not stated. *** LAST Friday night the hon. secretary (Mr J. T. McMurtrie) and his committee conducted the drawing for the pony raffled in connection with the recent gymkhana demonstration. The winner proved to be Mr Montgomery of Temple Court, Melbourne, with ticket No, 1191. *** ON Saturday Messrs Murray, Jones and party, of Collins Street, Melbourne, fishing at Tooradin, got a nice lot of schnapper, filling an 80-lb. fish box. A shark proved troublesome, and the fishermen baited a shark line with a 2-lb live schnapper, which was soon taken by the shark.

On being hauled to the surface it was despatched with a bullet. The shark was found to contain five schnapper, from 2lb to 6lb each. It was 10 feet in length. *** “THE Gum Leaf,” synonymous for all that is fresh, bright and invigorating, is the appropriate appellation given the view tea rooms, opened last Wednesday in Frankston House buildings, Bay Street, by Misses Somer and Gullett. No expense has been spared by the ladies in question, in fitting out their premises in an up-to-date and pleasing manner and they have every confidence in inviting a share of public patronage. They direct attention to their business announcement appearing in another column. *** IT is intended by the various Red Cross branches throughout Australia to make a presentation to Lady Stanley, the popular president of the Society in Victoria. Each branch is limited to a donation of £1. Frankston’s quota is now being collected and anyone anxious to subscribe may leave their subscriptions with Mrs Deane or with the Joint-Secretaries, Mesdames Dial and Utber. *** WE are given to understand that cases considered to have been influenza have been removed from St. Pancras private hospital, Frankston, and the institution is now considered free. Nurse Campbell has had the place thoroughly fumigated and her efforts in this direction have met with the approval of the Medical Officer of Health. As there is now no danger of infection the Council will probably take steps to

lift the quarantine at once. Quite an exaggerate idea exist in the minds of some people as to the danger arising from places considered to be infected. Cases have been known where tradesmen have refused to deliver goods even in the back yards of suspected houses. We have it on the authority of Dr. Griffith that such extreme caution is quite unnecessary. Outside the walls there is safety provided of course there, no contact with inmates takes place. *** THE Shire President, (Cr Murray) at the Council luncheon on Thursday, the 6th. inst. took the opportunity of referring to the departure of Mr and Mrs Coop, who during their residence at Somerville took such an important and useful part in the affairs of the district generally. The Council luncheon is usually restricted to Councillors and shire officers, but on the occasion under notice, Mr Coop sat on the right hand of the president. Messrs Shepherd, S. S. Gault, Revell and Walker were also present. Cr. Murray said that as this would be the last occasion Councillors would have the pleasure of partaking of the hospitality of Host Coop, he desired to express appreciation of the manor in which Mr and Mrs Coop had catered for the Council during the past six years. (Hear, Hear). No trouble or expense had been spared in providing a good table and supplying everything of the best. In fact it was always a pleasure to Councillors when lunch time came round. (Laughter). The experience of the Council had been the experience of patrons of the Hotel Somerville generally.

The people had been very fortunate in having a man like Mr Coop in the midst, and now that he was leaving he took with him, not only the good wishes of the Council, but the genuine respect of the public as well. It was a matter for regret that the residents of Somerville were unable, owing to restrictions imposed in connection with the prevailing influenza empedemic to tender Mr and. Mrs Coop a citizen’s farewell. They had made numerous friends during their residence in Somerville, and their departure was keenly regretted. Mr Coop had recognised his responsibilities as a citizen and what was more to the point, he had always observed his responsibilities. (Hear, hear). During the four-years of war Mr Coop had given generously both in cash and in kind, and the district possessed no more willing workers than Mr and Mrs Coop. They realised their duty, and did it. Many people realised they had a duty to do, but failed to perform it. Mr and Mrs Coop were greatly respected and deservedly so. In wishing them “Good Bye” he also wished them every sort of Good Luck. (Hear, hear). Cr. Oates said it gave him great pleasure to endorse the remarks of President. He knew Mr and Mrs Coop were fine patriotic workers and leading spirits in all public movements. From the Council’s point of view, Mr and Mrs Coop had always given entire satisfaction. Their catering had always been excellent. Mr G. Shepherd, speaking on behalf of the public expressed thanks for the

opportunity offered of testifying to the high esteem in which Mr Coop is held by the residents of Somerville. The speaker had known Mr Coop’s family for 30 years past. Mr and Mrs Coop senr. were highly estimable people, and it was high praise to say of the son that he was a “chip off the old block”. (Hear hear). Continuing, Mr Shepherd said that Mr Coop had proved a useful and patriotic resident of Somerville. If help was needed for any movement promoted for the public good Mr Coop was the man to whom to apply. Both Mr and Mrs Coop had done a lot of work unostentatiously and their services were always given cheerfully and ungrudgingly. Speaking as a temperance man (although not a total abstainer) he, Mr Shepherd, regarded Mr Coop as an ideal hotel Keeper, and he only hoped that the district would got someone else as good, in his place. (Hear, hear). Cr. Turner, having known Mr and Mrs Coop during the last six years, had great pleasure in endorsing the remarks of previous speakers. Constable Revell said he knew of no better country house than the Hotel Somerville as conducted by Mr Coop. He always upheld the police and gave every assistance in seeing that the law was carried out. Constable Walker gave similar testimony. Mr Coop policed his own house, and action by the police was not necessary. The toast of Mr and Mrs Coop was then given, and drunk with musical honors. *** From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 15 February 1919

THE RUBENS LEAD LINE-UP FOR THE PENINSULA PICNIC SARAH Blasko, Tia Gostelow and Jackalope’s Rare Hare confirmed for Victoria’s favourite food, wine and music gathering off the back of a sell-out event in 2018, The Peninsula Picnic returns on Saturday 30 March, 2019 with an unprecedented line-up of Australian music acts, local restaurants, wineries and producers, bringing together the best of the peninsula to the one location, for one day only. Lead by indie rock five-piece The Rubens, playing alongside beloved song writing legend Sarah Blasko, indie prodigy Tia Gostelow, Latin outfit San Lazaro, and up-and-coming folk artist Fraser A. Gordon, music lovers will be wooed by the mix of indie sounds, folk rock and soulful tunes across the day. The culinary line-up features regional greats and some new faces, including Jackalope’s Rare Hare, Montalto, Green Olive at Red Hill, Max’s Restaurant, Tuck’s Ridge and many more. Wines from T’Gallant, Prancing Horse, Quealy and Kerri Greens, beers from Wild Yak and PIMM’s cocktails will keep picnic lovers cool and satiated for a day of dancing and culinary delights. In addition to the live music across the day, there’ll be sessions with top winemakers, market stalls from local artisans and kids activities to help you while away the hours among the pristine surrounds of Mornington Racecourse. A true celebration of local wine and food talent, The Peninsula Picnic seamlessly blends a foodie festival with cellar door tastings, a farmers’ market and the sweet sounds of some of Australia’s best songwriters. Tickets are sure to sell out, so head to www. to secure yours now. The Peninsula Picnic is on Saturday March 30 at Mornington Racecourse, Mornington. Frankston Times

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Pseudo Echo, Scott from Kids in the Kitchen, Colin from Men at Work, the bloke from Geisha who went on to sing the theme song for ‘The Footy Show’ (and, with any luck,

gets a residual); to say nothing of Brian Mannix of the Uncanny X-men. (Trust me, it’s better that way.) They even roped in Angry Anderson and a pre-return to fame John Farnham.

1985 was an interesting time in music history. If I were to sum it up in a word, that word would be ‘mullet’. In what must have seemed an affront to barbers everywhere, luxurious locks cascaded well beyond the shoulders. The bigger the mullet, the better. At that time it was common for men and women in rock to have the exact same haircut. I cannot overemphasize the enormity of the impression it made on me. On the day of recording, there were more mullets in that room than the Murray / Darling basin. The most special of all the special guests to sing that day was undoubtedly Bob Geldolf. This was the very same Bob Geldolf who, at that point, was eligible for sainthood, having raising millions of dollars for the starving in Ethiopia through the ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ single and the gigantic global event that was ‘Live Aid’. Why wouldn’t he want to use his particular brand of magic to come to the aid of fairy penguins? In the film clip, Bob is clearly disoriented; something I attribute to either jetlag or the last remnants of the chloroform that must have been necessary to abduct him and drag him to the studio. With the obvious exception of Angry Anderson, those in our choir were the only mullet-free people within a two-kilometre radius. Our job was to stand in formation and look suitably angelic. The single was being produced by Molly Meldrum who – I was later to learn – had a reputation as being a genius behind the mixing board. Molly produced ‘The Real Thing’ by Russell Morris;

a song so extraordinary that it sounds like the apocalypse. I just knew him as the bloke from Countdown. All I remember of Molly is that he was not very tall and oozed cigarette smoke. All those assembled poured everything into making the best version of ‘Happy Xmas (War is Over)’ they possibly could. When the single was released, I watched the film clip with breathless anticipation. I saw myself for a couple of seconds. My brother too. The film clip showed all the various celebrities before cutting to footage of tanks, explosions and general mayhem. I struggled to understand what fairy penguins had to do with either war or, for that matter, Christmas. Whether they were the victim of some kind of sea otter insurgency or in conflict with Sponge Bob Squarepants was not explained to us. It was difficult to reconcile the images of destruction with a small aquatic, flightless bird. It was disturbing and unpleasant. And just like that, the song peaked in the charts before plummeting faster than a concrete parachute into oblivion. That, so I thought, was that. Nothing disappears anymore. Not even bad ideas. They live on the Internet to be found by friends, foes and future employers alike. ‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over)’ is on YouTube and played annually on Rage the Saturday before Christmas. Each year I see my schoolboy self, singing his heart out. Within two years, I had my own band and a mullet of my own. As for the fairy penguins, they now live in peace. Thank goodness.



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Struggle for runs: Pearcedale only managed 79 runs, a total easily passed by Langwarrin in their innings. Picture: Andrew Hurst

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of the season and posting figures of 7/33 of 24 overs.

A RUTHLESS performance by Long Island has seen them dismiss Main Ridge for just 70 runs in the first day of their two day clash. Main Ridge’s openers combined for just 12 runs, and their top scorer put only 16 runs on the board. After 46 overs, Main Ridge were dismissed and were left with a lot of work to do with ball in hand. Long Island came in to bat and finished at 4/97 at stumps, ensuring a first innings win. Pubudu Edirisinghe top scored for the day with 41 runs. At Eric Bell Reserve, Pines played well as a team to set Red Hill a daunting target to chase down. A final wicket partnership of 41 runs was especially helpful to the Pines, as they finished up the day on 233 runs. Damien Lawrence passed his half century. Overport Park played host to Baden Powell and Crib Point, with Crib Point being sent in to bat first. They struggled at times and ended up all out for 119 with 10 overs left to play for the day. Taylor Harrison was Baden Powell’s best, putting on his best performance




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66 not out batting at number 7. Heatherhill set Seaford Tigers a target of 170 to chase down at Bruce Park. Jye Thornell helped restrict Heatherhill to a tame total, posting his best ever bowling figures for the Tigers with 6/33. The Tigers will restart day two at 1/10.


DROMANA fared well in their two day clash on Saturday, as they travelled to Boneo and elected to bat first. Dromana were struggling badly at 4/24, until Kierran Voelkl came in at number 4 and saved the day. He scored a well earned century, ending up not out for 116. Ben Bailey-Bridge also played an entertaining innings, hitting 10 boundaries and 2 sixes on his way to an innings of 74. Their side finished at 7/236 at stumps. Frankston YCW also played will at home on Saturday to set Tootgarook a target of 250. Carrum Downs have fancied their chances of getting a good result against Rye, choosing to declare after

61 overs. Two Carrum Downs batsmen passed their half centuries as they finished up at 8/164 before sending Rye in to bat. Ryan Lynch scored his third consecutive score of over 50, this time being stumped before he could convert it into his first ton. Rye got off to a poor start with bat in hand, and will have to fight their way back from 2/18 to get a win. Balnarring’s middle order played well against Tyabb, as they posted a total of 184 off 78 overs. Skye had a bye.


MORNINGTON have played dominant cricket against Baxter, setting an absolutely mammoth total of 353 runs for their opponents to chase down. First drop batsman Ben Clements was in unbelievable form, scoring 156 runs, his best ever total for Mornington. He has now passed 50 runs in 10 matches this season, and gone on to score a century in 3. He hit 19 boundaries. Baxter will have a lot of work to do to secure any sort of result on day two. Mt Eliza played host to Sorrento on Saturday, choosing to bat first and

struggling. Outside of middle order batsman Tim Strickland, few Mt Eliza players made much impact. They ended up all out for 118 off 58 overs. In response, Sorrento started well and had gone 31 runs without loss of wicket, before things started to unravel. Sorrento finished the day at 5/59 off their 21 overs, setting things up for a close finish. Peninsula OB put together a decent first innings against Flinders, as they put 189 runs on the board before being bowled out. Matthew Burns was pick of the bowlers for Flinders, taking 7 wickets for 64 runs. In reply Flinders lost an opener for a duck, and will restart day two from 1/2. Pearcedale struggled badly against Langwarrin, only scoring 79 runs before they were left all out. They lost their final wicket in only the 48th over. In reply, Langwarrin secured a first innings win. They were at 4/100 at stumps.


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By Craig MacKenzie LANGWARRIN kicks off the most anticipated season in the club’s recent history when it hosts Melbourne City at Lawton Park on Saturday at 3pm. The spotlight has shone on the local club ever since it made the surprise announcement last August that Scott Miller had been appointed head coach. Few expected the former Fulham assistant manager and Newcastle Jets boss to step down from professional to semi-professional ranks but his appointment raised the bar markedly in terms of expectations for the 2019 season. Langy has backed Miller with a host of new signings and the establishment of the club’s first high-performance unit. The philanthropy of former player Greg Kilner has played a pivotal role in assembling the most expensive squad in the club’s history highlighted by the signing of midfield general Wayne Wallace, who has played at Victorian Premier League or NPL level in every season since 2011. While the guile and craft of Roddy Covarrubias, David Stirton, Damir Stoilovic, Johnny Kuol and Jordan Templin provide Miller with plenty of attacking options Langy has only won one of its pre-season matches, going down 3-2 to Beaumaris, 4-1 to Oakleigh Cannons and 4-0 to Brunswick City. Last week it had to come from 2-0 down to eventually get on top of State 1 newcomer Doveton in a 3-2 win at Lawton Park. Questions were asked of the home side’s defensive capabilities after goals from ex-Langy players Shane Tagliaferro and Wayne Gordon had the Doves looking good but two David Stirton goals squared up proceedings and John Kuol’s close-range strike in the second half rounded off the scoreline. Miller has been impressed with his players’ approach to their pre-season preparation and during the Doveton clash there were glimpses of the uptempo interpassing style he wants to implement. “Overall I think our training has been great. The focus of the players has been brilliant and we are looking forward to this,” he said. “I think it’s a great time to play them (Melbourne City) as playing a strong team first can be used as a benchmark for where we are at. “What we are really trying to do is to reset attitudes from what the players have been exposed to as juniors and young adults and trying to get them playing a more purposeful game with

variety. “We want to play to our strength and that is to keep the ball moving quickly in the attacking half.” Miller is straightforward about his expectations for the upcoming season. “I want the players to perform as a team first and foremost and I want them to respect the club. “I want them to play a brand of football that is not only aggressive and purposeful but entertaining and something potentially that the peninsula hasn’t seen in terms of ball control and that quality inside the final third and good combination play. “So my expectations are based around performance because I think with the foundations of a high level of performance and attitude then anything is possible.” Melbourne City is coming off a successful eight-match national youth league season. Former Socceroo Joe Palatsides is City’s head coach and is pleased with the way his squad is shaping up. “We’re pretty fit and we only missed out on playing in the (youth league) Grand Final on goal difference,” he said. “I’d say our boys are further ahead in their preparation than other NPL sides because of the youth league but now we’re up against men which is a different challenge.” In terms of emerging talent Palatsides has pieced together a remarkable squad consisting of six Young Socceroos and seven Joeys and he could have up to six players from City’s A-League squad available. “There’s lots of Joeys in the under20s squad but really all our players are under 20. “The average age of our first team

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squad is around 17 or 18 years old and the under-20s’ average is around 16.” Here is the Langwarrin senior squad with the previous club of new players in brackets: Goalkeepers: Fraser Maclaren (Dandenong Thunder), Sermin Sadikovski (Richmond). Defenders: Luke Burgess, Boris Ovcin, Dylan Kilner, Jaiden Madafferi (Northcote), Jamie Cumming (Mornington), Alex van Heerwaarden (Peninsula Strikers). Midfielders: Alex Whyte, Wayne Wallace (Oakleigh), Thomas Ahmadzai (Warragul), Kane Bentley (Shantou Lions), Callum Goulding (Box Hill). Forwards: John Kuol, David Stirton (Dandenong City), Rodrigo Covarrubias (St Albans), Damir Stoilovic (Springvale White Eagles), Jordan Templin (Bulleen). Here is the Melbourne City senior squad with the previous club of new players in brackets: Goalkeepers: James Delianov, Majak Mawith (Melbourne Victory). Defenders: Mitch Graham, Lucas Portelli, Bradley Chick, Mark Karlic, Jordan Bos, Dylan Pierias, Dalibor Markovic, Tim Boke, Ben Pierias. Midfielders: Josh Cavallo, Nicholas Hatzigeorgiou (Melbourne Victory), Idrus Abdulahi, Luke Duzel, Connor Metcalfe, Gianluca Iannucci, Josh Varga. Forwards: Moudi Najjar, Sam Morrison, Yaya Dukuly, Stefan Colakovski, Ramy Najjarine. Continuity of player development is one of the keys to the City squad with just two new players for 2019 whereas Langwarrin has brought 13 new players into its first team squad. Langy made a play for young City defender Portelli late last year but he eventually shunned the overtures and

opted to stay put which adds an interesting sideline to an already enticing encounter. Meanwhile the second qualifying round of the 2019 FFA Cup is scheduled to kick off this weekend. Local State 5 clubs Somerville Eagles, Aspendale Stingrays and Rosebud were all involved in the draw. Somerville clashes with Barnstoneworth United on Saturday and was keen to organise a friendly between the respective reserves squads but the visitors have only recently started pre-season and player numbers were a problem. Somerville had its last major hit-out before Saturday’s cup clash when it defeated Chelsea 4-2 last weekend with Somerville’s goals coming from Damien Alejandro, Dave Greening, Mark Pagliarulo and Daniel Hodge. Rosebud hosts Yarra Jets at the unusual time of 5pm on Sunday at Olympic Park in Besgrove Street while RMIT has forfeited its scheduled home clash with Aspendale giving the local club a 3-0 walkover. In State 1 news Mornington has signed young goalkeeper Taylor Davidson from Banyule City. “I got a text from Banyule saying ‘you’ve signed a good one there’ and they’re right,” Mornington gaffer Adam Jamieson said. “He’s big, he’s commanding and he’s got a good pair of hands. We’re very happy with the signing.” In State 2 news Peninsula Strikers drew 2-2 with Collingwood City at Centenary Park on Sunday. Triallist Vladimir Kosovac, exGoulburn Valley Suns, and English import Danny Brooks scored for Strikers while Collingwood’s ace marksman Pat Makris doubled for the visitors. Michael Hoogendyk, Adam Crabb,

Grant Lane, Danny Black, Tom Hawkins and Michael Nugent were all unavailable for Strikers but most of them are expected to get game time against Mornington at Dallas Brooks Park on Thursday. Colin McCormack and Christian Morales alternated in goal and Strikers boss Danny Verdun is expected to make a call this week on his preference as his number one keeper. In State 3 news Frankston Pines lost 2-1 to East Bentleigh at Monterey Reserve on Saturday with Travis Ernsdoerfer scoring a late goal for Pines. Last Thursday Pines defeated Old Xaverians 3-1 at Monterey Reserve with Ernsdoerfer, Meron Negasi and Voldy Bukishie scoring for the local side. Skye United lost 5-1 to Endeavour United at John Paul College in Frankston on Sunday. Jason Nowakowksi scored for Skye. In State 4 news Seaford United had a 6-3 win over Aspendale Stingrays at North Seaford Reserve on Sunday spearheaded by a Conor Mcfall hattrick. Dylan Waugh (2) and Matty Schwellinger were Seaford’s other scorers while Aspendale’s goals came from Adrian Pace (2) and teenager Ben Garside. Pace’s second was a cracker, a thumping left foot strike from outside the area that was still on the rise as it hit the back of the net. Seaford gaffer Matty Morris-Thomas played in the first half and although he’s keen to play this upcoming season he is nursing a torn meniscus. Kevin Derry from Strikers played for Seaford and the club hopes to sign him this week. Cam Leopold was unavailable but remains firmly on Seaford’s radar. This weekends’ league and cup games: SATURDAY: Langwarrin v Melbourne City, Lawton Park, 3pm; Somerville Eagles v Barnstoneworth Utd, Somerville Secondary College, 3pm. SUNDAY: Rosebud v Yarra Jets, Olympic Park, 5pm. This week’s pre-season games: THURSDAY: Mornington v Peninsula Strikers, Dallas Brooks Park, 7pm. SATURDAY: Mornington v Frankston Pines, Dallas Brooks Park, 5pm & 7pm; Peninsula Strikers v South Yarra, Centenary Park, 3pm & 5pm; Skye Utd v Old Scotch, John Paul College, 11am & 1pm; Baxter v Brandon Park, Baxter Park, 1pm; Seaford Utd v Sandringham, North Seaford Reserve, 1pm and 3pm.

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Final hurrah for Australian great BLAIRGOWRIE boxer Jayde Mitchell returns to the ring on Saturday 30 March for the final send-off of one of Australia’s greatest boxers. The current world number nine super-middleweight boxer, Jayde Mitchell, will line-up on the undercard of his sparring partner and former world champion, Sam Soliman, who will step into the ring for the final time. In a phenomenal career spanning more than 20 years, Sam Soliman will bow out against another former world champion, Manny Siaca, at the Melbourne Pavilion. While Mitchell’s opponent is yet to be confirmed, he said to be on the final card of one his idols, Sam Soliman, means the world to him. “I’ve become such close mates with him,” Mitchell said. “I’ve learnt so much from him and he’s an absolute legend of the sport. He did it the hard way to become

world champion. He fought absolute killers in their own backyards, beating every one of them, to become world champion – it’s one hell of a story.” Soliman has won 45 fights across several weight divisions from lightmiddleweight division to cruiserweight and has come up against some of boxing’s greatest. Soliman competed for the WBA super-middleweight title against Anthony Mundine in 2007 and defeated the multiple-time world champion Felix Sturm for the IBF middleweight title in 2014. It makes sense for one of Australia’s greatest boxers to conclude

his career against another great of the game in Siaca, who has a title victory over Anthony Mundine for the WBA world super-middleweight title in 2004. “They’re both former world champions so it’ll be a great fight to see Sammy go out on,” Mitchell said. Mitchell is hoping his fight on the undercard will be a stepping stone for another major title fight in May before aiming for a world title by the end of the year. “This’ll bring me back into the swing of things and then it’s full steam ahead for another big year,” he said.

Hands up: Jayde Mitchell (left) and Sam Soliman finish up a sparring session. Picture: Supplied

Kiwi trainer joins Mornington’s ranks MORNINGTON has a new up-andcoming racehorse trainer in its midst with the former New Zealander Joe Waldron setting up base opposite the racecourse late last year. The former travelling foreman for champion New Zealand trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman has been training in his own right in New Zealand for the past three seasons but decided to make the move in search of greater prize money. Along with the majority of his client base in New Zealand being from Australia, Waldron has embarked on his next chapter of his training career which now sees him own a 40 box barn with 14 horses currently in work. It’s been a move that Waldron has only seen as a positive.

“I’m loving it,” he said. “It’s certainly become home pretty quick. There’s no looking back that’s for sure.” Waldron has looked after some exceptional talent while working as a foreman for the Baker and Forsman combination, including the 2015 Caulfield Cup winner Mongolian Khan and 2016 Futurity Stakes winner Turn Me Loose but he’s also had some success in his own right which he hopes to bring to Victoria. Before making the move to Victoria, Waldron had trained seven winners from less than 50 starters in New Zealand and was training at a strike-rate of 15 percent. Now, he believes he can adapt to the slightly different training style in Victoria.

“You do need to train a little bit different over here,” he said. “Racing here is a lot more speed focussed so you’ve got to keep that in mind when you’re training but it’s relatively the same in some aspects. If you just have a fit, healthy and happy horse going to the races then more often than not they go well.” Waldron will have another 13 horses make their way from New Zealand on Wednesday 20 February and is hoping to have all 40 of his barn full by the spring.

On the rise: New Zealand trainer Joe Waldron makes the move to Mornington. Picture: Darryl Sherer

Clay shooters line up at Nationals FRANKSTON Australia Clay Target Club (FACTC) shooters made their way to Brisbane for the ISSF National Trap and Skeet titles on Monday 14 January. Some of Australia’s best showcased their skills and put some stellar scores on the board in what was a full field in the Trap events as well as the introduction of the Trap Mixed Teams events. FACTC landed some top shots to return home with eight National and Commonwealth title medals across the trap and skeet competitions. Commonwealth Games gold medallist and FACTC member Laetisha

Great aim: FACTC member Keith Ferguson returns after competing at the ISSF National titles. Picture: Supplied


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Scanlan led the way in the Ladies Trap qualifiers shooting a score of 115/125 before going on to take the silver medal in the Commonwealth Title and the National Title. It took a remarkable score to outshoot Scanlan with the winner, Penny Smith, shooting an amazing 123/125. That score beat the current world record of 122 but unfortunately isn’t recognised as it wasn’t achieved at an official ISSF World event. Nonetheless, the score was remarkable and topped the best male’s score which recorded a 121/125. Scanlan then went on to take gold in the Trap Mixed Pairs Commonwealth Title alongside fellow Australian, James Willett. FACTC’s Keith Ferguson and James Bolding also had a successful Nationals with Ferguson taking bronze in the Skeet Commonwealth Title and gold in the Skeet National Title.

Bolding came away with a silver medal in the Commonwealth Title and bronze in the National Title. Rio Olympian Paul Adams filled out the remaining spots in the commonwealth and national titles claiming gold and silver, respectively. FACTC’s Adam Vella also made a return to competition in the Men’s Trap. Vella qualified for both of the event finals before winning bronze in the Commonwealth Title (qualifying score of 117/125) and coming fourth in the National Title (qualifying score of 117/125). Vella finished the Nationals in fifth place overall with a combined score of 234/250. The shooters results from the National titles will go towards team selection for the World Cups and World Championships as they also strive to make the Tokyo 2020 Australian team.


Saints give back with community camp AFL PLAYERS from the St. Kilda Football Club made their way down to the Sorrento Foreshore on Monday 4 February as part of their pre-season training camp. The Saints had nine players head down for a beach yoga session alongside a crowd of around 40 other participants. Run by the Re-Creation Sorrento Health Club, the daily session was attended by Saints players including: Luke Dunstan, Jack Billings, Dean Kent, Josh Bruce, Ed Phillips, Paddy McCartin, Ben Paton, Darragh Joyce and Nick Hind. As well as undertaking the silent yoga session (used silent headphones) the players also signed autographs and handed out merchandise. The

entire team also hired out the Re-Creation Sorrento Health Club as part of their camp. The Saints players also visited several schools, football clubs and hospitals across the Mornington Peninsula as part of their community camps. “It’s a great opportunity to give back for us by going into the local community and engage with kids at school and try and put a smile on their face,” St Kilda player, Ed Phillips, said. Somerville JFC, Dromana JFC, Rye JFC and Red Hill JFC were fortunate enough to also have clinics run at their clubs. A community forum for 80 local footy coaches and officials was also held as well as an open training session at Rosebud Football Club on the Tuesday morning.

Day out: St Kilda Football Club players train at the Sorrento beach as part of their community camp. Picture: St Kilda Football Club

Molly signs with the Saints FLINDERS Christian College student, Molly McDonald, has been given the chance to take her next big step in her football career with the St Kilda Football Club officially securing the young gun last week. The Year 12 student and captain of the Carrum Downs Flinders campus was pre-selected by the Saints from the Women’s AFL National Academy where the 17-year-old winger showed elitelevel endurance and a damaging turn of pace. McDonald, who also plays with the Dandenong Stingrays, said she was stoked to receive the offer. “I’m pretty excited about it all,” Molly said. “I’ve always wanted to make it [to the AFLW].” McDonald had also played representative basketball before focussing solely on her football career three-years ago.

It’ll now be a big year ahead for Molly as she juggles both her school commitments, having also been named captain, and her footy career where she’s also committed to playing with the Dandenong Stingrays. But, it’s a challenge her mother, Tracey, believes she’ll grab with both hands. “She’s always made sure to put school in front of everything,” Tracey said. “It’s going to be a busy but very exciting couple of years for her. She also wants to go to University next year too so it’ll all be about making it work.” “She’s very humble about the whole thing but I’m very proud of her.” McDonald becomes the second player to sign with St Kilda ahead of AFLW 2020, alongside Southern Saints midfielder Ali Brown.

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