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The Australian Ballet will kick off its regional tour in Frankston at the end of this month. Dancers will perform pieces from The Sleeping Beauty on the evening (pictured). See story page 5. Picture: Supplied

Karingal cinema a COVID-19 exposure site Brodie Cowburn ATTENDEES at a Karingal cinema have been thrown into 14 days of isolation after a COVID-19 positive case saw a film there. The Karingal Village Cinemas has been listed as a tier one exposure site by the Department of Health. A person attended a screening of Black Widow in cinema seven from 6pm until

8:30pm on 12 July, then later tested positive for COVID-19. Anyone else who also attended the Black Widow screening has been told to isolate for two weeks. Chemist Warehouse Karingal has been listed as a tier two exposure site. Visitors to the chemist between 5.40pm and 5.50pm, and 8.30pm and 8.50pm on 12 July were asked to get tested and isolate until they received their result. A positive COVID-19 case attended the venue.

Melbourne went into a five day lockdown on Thursday night, 15 July. The restrictions are the same as the last snap lockdown, meaning people can only leave home for shopping, caregiving, exercise, authorised work and study, and to get a COVID-19 vaccination. The five kilometre travel limit was put into place. Face masks must be worn at all times. As of publication deadline, it has not been confirmed if the lockdown will end as planned or be extended.

13 new COVID-19 cases, all linked to the current outbreak, were announced on 19 July. There are 81 active cases in Victoria. There are no active COVID-19 cases among Frankston residents. When announcing the lockdown, Premier Daniel Andrews said “we now have new cases, new exposure sites and a strain of this virus that is wildly infectious. We’ve seen this strain before and you probably already know what we need to do next.”

“Victoria will not wait to act. We know that not much good comes from waiting. Waiting could see more people infected and the number of exposure sites explode. If we act now, while we’re right on the heels of this outbreak, we can give ourselves every chance of getting ahead of it,” he said. Financial support for businesses affected by lockdown has been announced. For more information visit

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THE mayor’s reading challenge will begin soon. The challenge runs through August. It is in its eleventh year. Children aged up to five are welcome to get involved. Those who take part in the challenge go into the running to win prizes. Frankston mayor Kris Bolam said “Australian research has found that children who are read to six or seven times a week have a literacy level almost a year ahead of children who are

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not read to at home, and tend to learn more when they start school.” “The mayor’s reading challenge is a great opportunity to read to kids and collect some pretty cool prizes along the way. Everyone who completes the challenge of 60 books receives a free book and goes into the draw to win one of the major prizes. “We encourage parents to make reading interesting by not only sharing children’s books but materials you enjoy. You could read snippets of your

favourite magazine or newspaper out loud, point out road signs or sing nursery rhymes.” Register on the Frankston City Libraries website, or at Frankston, Seaford, and Carrum Downs libraries. For more information visit library. FRANKSTON mayor Kris Bolam with Spencer and Lily, aged 3. Picture: Supplied

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cation, services delivered by council, housing and development, transport and sustainability.” The survey will be conducted by Metropolis Research on behalf of council. It is expected to run over three weeks from July to early August.

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Artworks in the running for awards SHORTLISTED works for awards will be exhibited at McClelland Gallery in Langwarrin from next month. The pieces on display are in the running for awards totalling more than $50,000. Drawings, watercolours, and ceramics will be in contention. The top prize, the Rick Amor Drawing Award, is worth $20,000. Three winners of the Splash Contemporary Watercolour Award will be chosen, receiving $10,000 each. A tertiary arts student will receive $3000 for a ceramic artwork.

Funding for the awards were from the Fornari Bequest, artist Rick Amor, and Mary and Lou Senini. McClelland director Lisa Byrne said the exhibition is “an important snapshot of contemporary practice, and a wonderful opportunity to support artists who we know have been doing it hard during lockdown.” “The 2020 lockdown appears to have stimulated regular artistic practice, with many artists portraying intensely internalised subject matter reflective of this period of restricted

lifestyle,” she said. Curator Simon Lawrie said “drawing and watercolour have traditionally been used for preparatory sketches and studies ahead of finished paintings or sculptures. These Awards demonstrate the vibrancy of drawing and watercolour practice as exciting media in their own right, full of invention and experimentation.” The exhibition runs from 28 August to 7 November. The winners will be announced on 5 September.

FRANKSTON Council is holding a survey to help better understand its citizen’s needs. Council will choose 2,250 households at random to take part in the voluntary survey. Council says data collected from the survey “may inform service reviews, activities to improve residents’ experience of Frankston City, activities and services involving health and wellbeing, to inform advocacy to government in areas including transport, strategic priorities and plans in health, wellbeing and housing, activation of the Frankston City centre and tracking progress on priorities identified in council’s strategic plans.” The mayor Kris Bolam said “the voluntary survey will provide us with an update on the characteristics of the community since the last ABS Census was held 2016, so that our planning is up to date and responsive to changing community needs. Understanding the needs, views and aspirations of people living in Frankston City is key to the successful delivery of services and infrastructure that meet the diverse needs of our community. “The findings from the survey will help to shape the activities, programs, services and infrastructure provided in Frankston City. The survey covers a variety of topics including health and wellbeing, employment and edu-

Cars for kidney health THREE locals will set off from Mudgee in rally cars next month to raise money for children with kidney disease. Kevin McDonald from Carrum, Brett Davidson from Langwarrin, and Anthony Coulson from Frankston South will team up to tackle the Kidney Kar Rally. The six-day rally will begin in Mudgee and span Meadow Flat, Lithgow, Oberon, Cowra, Adavale Lane, West Wyalong, Hay, Finley Narrandera, and Young. Kidney Health Australia Chief Executive Officer, Chris Forbes, said “with the pandemic halting much of our community fundraising activity last year, it’s great to have the Kidney Kar Rally back raising vital funds to help children and young people deal with the physical,emotional and psychological impacts of this life changing disease.” “About 63 people die with kidney related diseases every day, and currently 1.5 million Australians are unaware they have early signs of the disease, so, the rally is also a great platform to connect with and educate local communities about kidney disease and the importance of prevention, early detection and support,” Mr Forbes said. The rally drivers are aiming to raise $500,000. The cars leave on 14 August. 52 rally cars will take part.



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FRANKSTON charities have set up a new program to help feed people experiencing disadvantage. Donation Chain Inc in partnership with Theodora’s Cheerful Givers have established the free fridge program. People can donate drinks and fruit into the fridge, which will then be passed onto people experiencing disadvantage. The fridge is currently set up at 1/12 Govan Street in Seaford. It will be a rotating program. Donation Chain has also recently helped fund Gapfed cafe owners Paula and Greg to hire a rough sleeper. The man has been working in the kitchen cleaning since February. The charity says it has been a great success. Donation Chain Inc’s AGM will be held online on Google Meets at 8pm THE redeveloped intersection of Skye Road and McClelland Drive. Picture: Supplied.

Give new roundabout a spin WORK has been completed on the intersection of Skye Road and McClelland Drive in Langwarrin. The roundabout was upgraded at the intersection. The works cost just over $520,000, funded through Frankston ratepayers and the federal government. They were completed earlier this month. Frankston councillor Steven Hughes said “the pavement at the

roundabout and sections further along Skye Road were previously identified as needing maintenance under council’s road renewal program – so council took the opportunity to combine the two components under one project, both renewing the road and improving safety at this busy intersection.” “These $340,000 works funded by council include renewal of the road

IT’S morning tea time. Dunkley MP Peta Murphy will host six morning teas for people over age 66 in the next two months. COVID-19 restrictions permitting, the events will be held in Carrum Downs, Langwarrin, Mount Eliza, Seaford, and Frankston. “There has never been a more important time for us to stay connected as a community and enjoy each other’s company as we continue to face the coronavirus pandemic,” Ms Murphy said. “Older residents play such an important role in our local community. Their experience and wisdom is highly valued and these morning teas are a terrific way to acknowledge that”. For more information call Peta Murphy’s office on 9781 2333.

DUNKLEY MP Peta Murphy at a morning tea with local resident Betty. Picture: Supplied

pavement and asphalt surfacing as part of road safety improvements at the intersection. “Council made submissions and received $180,180 under the Blackspot Program to fund the roundabout upgrade. These works include the realignment of the kerb and channel including modification of splitter islands and central roundabout.”


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DANCERS perform Spring Waters, which will feature in the 2021 gala from The Australian Ballet. Picture: Supplied

Ballet at the Arts Centre THE Australian Ballet will kick off its 40th anniversary gala in Frankston. The Frankston Arts Centre will host the 2021 gala. Two shows will be held on July 29 and 30, before the company embarks on a regional tour across Victoria and South Australia. The 40th anniversary gala repertoire features grand pas de deux from Don Quixote and David McAllister’s The Sleeping Beauty. Mr McAllister has also choreographed a new work titled Swan Lake Variations, a classical piece based on Tchaikovsky’s famous score. The Australian Ballet executive director Libby Christie said the regional tour “is a highlight of our annual calendar and will be particularly triumphant in 2021 as we celebrate 40 years of sharing the joy of dance across the nation.” “As Australia’s national ballet company, we are committed to performing outside mainstage metro cities regularly and to engage with local communities. We love to share our artistry

through our performances and to meet up with local communities and dancers during our annual regional tour. We believe in the transformative power of dance and we hope to inspire as many people as possible in all corners of the country through our regional touring,” she said. Artistic director David Hallberg said “our Regional Tour is a vital link to ballet-loving audiences around the country. Many of our artists’ careers were cultivated in remote and regional dance schools across the nation. For budding dancers, or those new to ballet to have the opportunity to see their national ballet company in or close to their hometown, shows audiences how rich the arts are here in Australia and how The Australian Ballet is helping to lead the importance of culture.” COVID-19 restrictions permitting, The Australian Ballet performs at the Frankston Arts Centre at 7.30pm on 29 and 30 July. For more information visit

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Burglars wanted TWO aggravated burglaries took place at an apartment complex in Frankston last week. At around 9.30pm on 15 July, a man and two women kicked open a front door of a Nepean Highway apartment. The man was armed with a knife.

The offenders demanded a woman’s property, stole personal items, then left. The occupant was not physically injured. Later that night, police believe the same trio broke into another apartment. The occupant awoke and chased the offenders away.

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Teens charged SEVEN people have been charged with an alleged aggravated burglary in Berwick, 11 July. The teenagers from Cranbourne, Cranbourne East, and Clyde North were hit with charges including theft of a motor vehicle, aggravated home invasion, intentionally causing injury, recklessly causing injury, and theft of motor car, and driving offences including reckless conduct endangering life. Police allege that a group of people broke into a McNair Court house by kicking the door in at around 2am. They allegedly stabbed a male occupant of the house, who later had to be taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The alleged offenders stole a white BMX X5, and drove it through Berwick and Derrimut. Four males and three females allegedly fled from the vehicle after police stopped them in their tracks with stop sticks. The three girls were charged with theft of motor vehicle, while the males faced more serious charges.

Fish and chips assault POLICE are appealing for public assistance to solve a vicious assault in Frankston North from last December. At around 8.14pm, 14 December 2020, a victim became involved in a verbal altercation with unknown men outside Seagull’s Fish and Chips on Excelsior Drive in Frankston North. The victim was then physically assaulted. One man punched the victim in the head, then another kicked him in the head while he was on the ground. The offenders fled the scene, then the victim left after getting up. The victim sustained serious facial injuries. Police believe two or three males were involved in the attack. More than six months on from the assault, the investigation continues. Police are asking for any witnesses or anyone with information to come forward. Any information can be provided to Constable Sage at Carrum Downs Police Station on 8770 4100.


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ON any weekend or during holidays roads onto the Mornington Peninsula prove its popularity. While the escarpment of Arthurs Seat already contains residential areas, there are fears that more quarrying or commercial development will be allowed on its green wedge-zoned area. Pictures: Yanni

Protecting Melbourne’s green wedges - while we still can By Associate Professor Janet Stanley and Professor John Stanley* THE natural areas of Melbourne are under threat at the same time as there’s growing evidence of their importance for humans. In the late 1960s, the Victorian government designated 12 areas, covering 17 municipalities around Melbourne, as land set aside for recreation, conservation, farming and resource utilisation purposes. These areas are known as green wedges. Over the past 60 years the world has changed. The rapid population growth and expansion of Melbourne’s footprint, along with the subsequent losses in biodiversity as increasingly scarce natural environments disappear, are particularly important to the future of green wedges. While these areas have mostly been retained, our research argues that the current legislation defining and protecting green wedges is in urgent need of updating as it’s not keeping pace with threats to these important areas of biodiversity and high-value ecosystems. The total population of Greater Melbourne increased by a quarter between 2006 and 2016, averaging 2.3 per cent annually between 2011 and 2016 – a very high rate when compared with cities in other industrialised countries. This has put increased pressure on the ability of green wedges to meet the demands for multiple uses, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, as many people rediscovered the importance of natural spaces for their health and wellbeing, and are increasingly using these spaces. Two other issues have coincided with this added pressure – the first is environmental loss. Australia has the highest extinction rate of mammals in the world and is the fourth worst country for all animal extinctions. This is due

to land clearing and climate change, with the associated increase in large and severe wildfires. Despite this rate of extinction, very little protection is offered to Australian flora and fauna. There are 194 animals, 53 invertebrates and 380 plants listed as threatened under the Victorian Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988, most of which don’t appear to have a protection plan. On top of this, many species have been left outside this act – dangling on experts’ Advisory Lists. And these lists suggest that four-fifths of Victoria’s threatened flora and 284 threatened species of fauna remain outside the act. Ironically, this extinction crisis is happening at the same time as we’re seeing an increasing recognition of the importance of biodiversity for the health and wellbeing and, indeed the survival, of humanity. Along with the many ecosystem services that our natural environment provides – like trees that improve our air quality, undertake carbon sequestration, reduce the heat island effect and stabilise soil – there are many positive impacts as a result of people’s interaction with nature. These include improving wellbeing and selfesteem, reducing stress responses and blood pressure, and even improvements in attention span and memory. So, where green wedge areas are at risk of being lost to another use, particularly those with high levels of biodiversity that also have significant biolinks (wildlife corridors that connect pockets of native vegetation), there should be very strong grounds for comprehensive protection that rules out that alternative use. Irreversibility is at stake here. Replanting new trees and under-storey is important but doesn’t substitute for a 300-year-old habitat. And these threats to high biodiversity areas are happening here in Greater Melbourne. Hillview Quarries, owned and operated by the R E Ross Trust, recently applied for an environ-

mental effects statement (EES) for a new quarry it is proposing for owned land within a green wedge area. The new quarry would mean the clearing of up to 38 hectares of native vegetation in the heart of one of only two substantial contiguous areas that represent the last 18 per cent of intact native vegetation on the Mornington Peninsula. The quarry would be bordered on two sides by the Arthurs Seat State Park. A limited ecological assessment of the proposed quarry area has identified that at least 28 endangered species are on the site, six listed under the Federal Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, including the swift parrot, which is critically endangered. The proposed site is also an important koala habitat and breeding ground and this kind of significant habitat loss is likely to make koalas functionally extinct on the peninsula. The land has what are probably the oldest eucalyptus trees on the peninsula, that provide important nesting locations for the threatened powerful owl. And, in terms of plants in the area, there are many native orchids, some not yet formally catalogued, and the land is rich in fungi – some of which isn’t yet officially identified. Conservation of these kinds of high-value ecosystems must be ensured within the green wedges. There should be no trade-off here. Ancient trees and complex habitats that are home to particular species simply cannot be offset or replanted elsewhere. Conservation aside, there are also other arguments against a narrow and inappropriate use of land in the green wedges. The proposed quarry is expected to create around 35 jobs. Meanwhile, growing tourism and lifestyle activities in the region – many of which depend on nature – generate around

10,000 jobs in Mornington Peninsula Shire. Some of these jobs would likely be lost should an industrial scale quarry go ahead in a highly visible part of the Arthurs Seat escarpment, particularly with associated pollution, loss of underground water, noise and a steady army of quarry traffic. The Victorian government’s strategic assessment of future demand and supply for quarry products demonstrates that Victoria has an ample supply of granite for the remainder of this century, without the proposed new quarry. So “need” isn’t an issue here. The quarry site would be of much more value, both now and in the future, if it was added to the Arthurs Seat State Park as a natural resource for generations of Victorians and visitors. This would also support further growth in tourism, provide a natural asset for Melbourne residents, and remain an important site for biodiversity and conservation. While this is just one specific example, ensuring the future biodiversity values of Melbourne’s green wedges and updating the legislation to prioritise their importance for the health and wellbeing of the Melbourne population, is of prime importance. The protection of irreplaceable natural areas isn’t an issue of trade-offs if humans and other species are to survive our climate futures. *Associate Professor Janet Stanley is principal research fellow, Urban Social Resilience, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne. Professor John Stanley is Adjunct Professor, Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies; Senior Fellow in Sustainable Land Transport, University of Sydney Business School. This article was first published on 28 June at



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Ugly election campaign among state’s worst Brodie Cowburn THE gloves were off during last year’s Kingston Council election. A new Local Government Inspectorate report has revealed that more complaints were made in the Kingston area during local council elections than almost any other municipality. Just three local government areas statewide had more complaints made. Five per cent of all complaints made

in 2020 Victorian council elections were from the Kingston LGA. Of the 79 councils statewide, Kingston ranked fourth for complaints with 39. After the release of the report in June, Chief Municipal Inspector Michael Stefanovic AM said “we saw trends and heard anecdotal evidence that the behaviour of a number of candidates [in Victoria] went well beyond what might be considered robust political activity. Long-time councillors reported to us that this was the most toxic and vitriolic election that they

had ever experienced. In addition, we saw numerous examples of unethical and underhand behaviour – but it was behaviour which did not breach any laws. This is a concerning trend that we will continue to monitor.” Mr Stefanovic blamed the end of the long lockdown last year and the rise of social media as two factors that led to more vitriolic behaviour at election time. “Complaints about unfavourable interactions, false or misleading material or, at the extreme end, harassment and abuse on social media rose

two and a half times (by 241 per cent) from 2016 figures. Social media is free and easy to use. Consequently, it is a very popular place to campaign – but regulation and limitations on content posting have been slow to occur. The ability for people to set up anonymous or unauthorised political accounts may have allowed some candidates or campaigners to post false, misleading or abusive material,” he said. “The new Local Government Act 2020 made some significant changes

to the election process, such as introducing mandatory training for candidates. In this report, we have recommended further amendments to the legislation to rectify some ongoing election issues and to be authorised to issue penalty notices in lieu of pursuing potentially lengthy and costly prosecutions for minor infringements.” Statewide, the majority of the 848 complaints made during the 2020 election were about candidates or councillors running for re-election.

Frankston’s newest citizens celebrate FRANKSTON’S most recent citizenship ceremony saw 49 people made Australians. The Frankston residents originated from the Philippines, Malaysia, South Africa, Sudan, New Zealand, Lebanon, Pakistan, the United States of America, India, Austria, Vietnam, Britain, Ireland, Thailand, China, Romania, and Russia. Frankston mayor Kris Bolam said that citizenship “marks the start of your new life as an Australian. Australia welcomes you and encourages you to contribute to your new country to help build our great nation.”


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THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET’S REGIONAL TOUR RETURNS IN 2021 WITH A SPECIAL 40TH ANNIVERSARY GALA THE Australian Ballet is thrilled to welcome back its 2021 Regional Tour, a gala program celebrating 40 years of regional touring by Australia’s national ballet company. The 2021 gala season will be presented in regional cities in Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia from 16 July to 22 August and will provide an opportunity for ballet lovers outside the capital cities to enjoy the magic of dance in their hometowns. The 2021 Regional Tour will visit Wollongong, Orange and Wagga Wagga in New South Wales; Port Pirie, Whyalla and Renmark in South Australia; and Warrnambool, Ballarat and Wangaratta in Victoria. During the tour, The Australian Ballet will also deep dive into local communities with activities for children, schools and community groups beyond the stage. The 40th anniversary gala repertoire will include grand pas de deux from Don Quixote and David McAllister’s acclaimed production of The Sleeping Beauty, as well as two rarely seen works, Spring Waters and Poems. The Australian Ballet’s former Artistic Director David McAllister has choreographed a beautiful new work, Swan Lake Variations, especially for the gala; it is a classical piece celebrating the joy of dance and the beauty of Tchaikovsky’s famous score. The company’s Executive Director Libby Christie says, “The Australian Ballet’s Regional Tour is a highlight of our annual calendar and will be particularly triumphant in 2021 as we celebrate 40 years of sharing the joy of dance across the nation. As Australia’s national ballet company, we are committed to performing outside mainstage metro

cities regularly and to engage with local communities. We love to share our artistry through our performances and to meet up with local communities and dancers during our annual regional tour. We believe in the transformative power of dance and we hope to inspire as many people as possible in all corners of the country through our regional touring.” The tour is expected to reach more than

5,000 audience members in regional locations across three states, showcasing the artistry and technical skills of performers of The Australian Ballet and graduating students of The Australian Ballet School. The Regional Tour provides an opportunity for The Australian Ballet School’s graduating students to gain valuable experience of professional dancing. The students rehearse, prepare and tour with company dancers and

members of The Australian Ballet’s artistic staff. The Australian Ballet will also engage with locals through education and special community programs. As part of the tour, the company’s Education team will visit schools and communities in South Australia, giving more than 3,600 students the chance to experience fun and immersive workshops for free. It will also offer programs that give regional communities an opportunity to peek behind the curtain. In addition to the Regional Tour, the Education team will continue its journey of educating and inspiring communities in regional and remote areas of Victoria, Queensland, Northern Territory, Tasmania, New South Wales and Western Australia. Artistic Director David Hallberg says, “Our Regional Tour is a vital link to ballet-loving audiences around the country. Many of our artists’ careers were cultivated in remote and regional dance schools across the nation. For budding dancers, or those new to ballet to have the opportunity to see their national ballet company in or close to their hometown, shows audiences how rich the arts are here in Australia and how The Australian Ballet is helping to lead the importance of culture.” “This year is especially unique as we celebrate 40 years of regional touring and I am thrilled to be a part of this milestone in my first year with the company.” Tickets have just been released with prices from $35. Frankston Arts Centre | 29-30 July, 7.30pm. Tickets at or 03 9784 1060.

PIRATES, PINAFORE, MIKADO AND MORE TO DELIGHT AUDIENCES For 25 years, Promac Productions has toured Australia with their critically acclaimed Gilbert and Sullivan Productions. This year – their silver anniversary tour - will be no exception, and they are thrilled to be touring to Frankston Arts Centre as part of the Daytime Music + Theatre program. Gilbert and Sullivan were the innovators of their time and wrote over eleven hit musicals, some of which ran for over seven hundred performances in their initial seasons. The Best of the Best of Gilbert and Sullivan features a great cast, led By Chris McKenna, featuring tenor Roy Best, Opera Australia’s Caroline Vercoe, international soprano Alison Jones and virtuoso on the piano William Schmidt.

This production promises mayhem and madness, with beautiful singing and the odd updated lyrics to some very well-known tunes. Songs such as Poor Wandering One, A Policeman’s Lot is Not a Happy One, When I was A Lad, Three Little Maids from School, A Wandering Minstrel, A Modern Major General and more will be performed in front of a gorgeous full stage backcloth painted by leading stage artists Scenic Studios (Australian Ballet, Phantom of the Opera). Do not miss The Best of the Best of Gilbert and Sullivan at Frankston Arts Centre on Friday 3 September, with performances at 10.30am an 1.30pm. Tickets at au or 03 9784 1060. Frankston Times

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Decisions, not meetings, count at the council It is silly nonsense for Cr David Gill to allege that state Nepean MP Chris Brayne has “always refused to meet with the whole council” (“Spoiler alert as MP ‘meets and greets’” The News 13/7/21). Here is a picture of Cr David Gill at a meeting with our MP Chris Brayne and [the then] mayor Sam Hearn and councillors Antonella Celli, Simon Brooks, Frank Martin and me [when a councillor] at Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Rosebud offices on 23 February 2020 just before the first COVID lockdown. Since then, there have been Zoom or teams’ meetings. I know that Chris regularly meets with shire CEO John Baker and has one on one meetings with councillors. It’s time these dysfunctional allegations are put to one side and responsible persons get on with making the shire a better place to live - especially for our ever growing number of homeless and disadvantaged. Hugh Fraser, Rye

Newsmaker It seems out new [Briars Ward] councillor Anthony Marsh is making a name for himself and not necessarily for all the right reasons (“God struck off the agenda” The News 13/7/21). Dare we hope that when his term is up and, if he stands for re-election, he too gets “struck off”. Beverley Treloar, Mornington

Childish approach Rarely have I read such a mean-spirited, miserable, caustic, spiteful and downright nasty letter as the one regarding our Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s support for the publican who wishes to give a complimentary beer to those patrons who are vaccinated (“Cheers for the jab” Letters

13/7/21). The letter lashes out at the current situation in NSW but never our home state as we enter our fifth lockdown, never a disparaging word against the man who remembers with total clarity everything that happened at the time of his unfortunate fall but has no memory of the quarantine disaster that led to the deaths of 800 people. The quote “the LNP has so much naughty stuff going on” is childish. Evin Cahalane, Mornington

Cheers all round Contrary to the comment about the PM encouraging a publican to break the law by offering a free beer to those patrons who are COVID vaccinated it was good to see Labor joining the party (“Cheers for the jab” Letters 13/7/21). Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley took a similar stance, telling reporters he was “all for it”. “What we need is everyone vaccinated, and if the Prince Alfred’s suggestion of a beer is going to help as part of that, then good on the PA,” Mr Foley said on 8 July. Cheers to a rational comment. Bill Holmes, Sorrento

Eight years too long Do not look away – eight years of trauma and shame must end. On 19 July it was eight years since [then prime minister] Kevin Rudd presided over the decision to never ever allow any asylum seekers people arriving in Australia by boat, to settle permanently in this country. Imagine, eight years of extreme lockdown, with the constant feeling of threat and uncertain future. Not tolerable and yet many are experiencing this situation.

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The federal government has during these eight years strengthened the borders and turned boats back. Stronger borders policies and practices work. It is now time for alternative arrangements for these asylum seekers and refugee men women and children. These current policies are unsustainable and cruel. The government should accept the New Zealand offer as it did with the US and allow people to go there and rebuild their lives in safety. The government should close down offshore processing operations and bring all asylum seekers and refugees in Nauru and PNG to Australia and allow them to settle her. The government can make changes. The ministers involved have the power to ensure that this small group of refugees are freed from the limbo and political games they are entrapped in. Safe resettlement after eight years for these people is a very reasonable request to our elected representatives. Ann Renkin, Shoreham

Cooking with gas I’m glad to see that someone knows who is in La La Land (“Warm with no gas” Letters 13/7/21). This person has installed a solar system, gets some electricity cost credits, installed reverse cycle aircon, dispensed with his gas heating and queries how much my gas bill is: $138 for two months (including $24 government concession for the poor). Seventy dollars a month in winter, includes cooking, two room heaters and hot water. Not bad, eh? Cheap, reliable and efficient. We like it. Two of my enlightened friends have installed solar panels and the accrued credits largely pay their gas accounts. They both say they’ll never abandon gas as they like it. Their installations were purely economic, not to save the planet. Never forget that electricity and credits are not free for some years. Effectively, you pay in advance several thousand dollars, which is fed back to you in “free” electricity and credits for a

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Vote for change If we look at the US and COVID post [President] Donald Trump you can see the difference a non-ideologically motivated, neoliberal pseudoChristian extremist government can make. The COVID Situation in the US went from one of the worst under the Trump government to one of the best for the vaccination rollout and containment. Australia continues, based on data published by Australian Mathias Cormann, secretarygeneral of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, to languish at the complete bottom of the pile in its rollout, behind third world countries. Add this to all the rorts, such as sports, car parks, stronger community fund, water rights, $40 million to Newscorp, NSW airport, JobKeeper, COVID support pork barreling, women’s sport and Great Barrier Reef (only 3000 words allowed so gotta stop). Time for a change in government? Put Labor and Libs last on the ballot paper and put a stop to corrupt governments only interested in their own interests and vote for any independent on the ballet. Put an end to non-transparent morally corrupt governments with no moral compass. Put an end to the “democratic dictatorship’ Joe Lenzo, Safety Beach

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Mrs Griffith dies at nearly 100 years Compiled by Cameron McCullough MRS Hannah Rose Griffith, who passed away after a brief illness on the 10th inst at “Danby Lodge,” Somerville, was born nearly a century ago at Bangor, Wales. She was one of six daughters of the late James Courtney Cottingham. She had two brothers, one being Judge James Cottingham, of Manchester, and the other, Christopher Cottingham, the Editor of the “Mercantile & Shipping Gazette,” London, whilst her cousins were Sir Hercules Robinson (later Earl Rosemead) and Sir William Robinson, Governor of NSW and later of Victoria. Her early life was spent in Dublin. She was tutored with her friend, Lady Ann Fitzgerald, at the Duchess of Leinster’s home. She was both accomplished and fascinating, and for some time was considered to be one of the belles of Dublin. She was married in 1848 at St George’s, Dublin, to Arthur Hill Griffith, a leading solicitor in Dublin, who was a scion of the ancient Griffith family of Penrhyn, Wales, and 30 years her senior. Subsequent to this – his second marriage – Mr Griffith took up a country estate at Gortmore, County Westmeath, and it was here that all the family, consisting of nine sons and two daughters, were born. In 1870, Mr Griffith decided to come to the Antipodes, whither his brother, Hon Charles Griffith (a member of the first Victorian Legislative Council) and his cousins, Molesworth Green and the Very Rev. Hussey Burgh Macartney, D.D (first Dean of Melbourne) had

preceded him. Mrs Griffith accompanied him, with nine members of the family, the eldest, James de Burgh, remaining at Trinity College, Dublin, to complete his medical course; another son, Walter Hussey, being already settled in New Zealand, where the family arrived after a passage of six months. Subsequently the family settled in Victoria, and Melbourne became their home. Here the family grew up and entered their several professions. Two became doctors, Dr J. de B. Griffith, of Somerville, and Dr C. A. Griffith, of Berwick; another, Hon Arthur Griffith, took up politics, and became Minister of Education in New South Wales; the others entered various banks. Few of the family, however, married. The number of grandchildren (viz, 11) was exactly that of her family, whilst the great grandchildren numbered twelve. Mrs Griffith was widowed in 1882, and she finally decided to live with her eldest son, Dr J. de B. Griffith, keeping house for him until the time of her death. For some years, Dr Griffith practiced in Carlton, from where he went as Medical Officer of the famous Bushmen’s Contingent to the South African War. On his return from a subsequent visit to England, he, in 1906, settled in Somerville, where the home was later totally destroyed by fire but rebuilt. The late Mrs Griffith had lived under five Sovereigns, viz:—George IV, William IV, Victoria, Edward VII, and George V. She possessed almost up to

the hour of her death wonderful powers of both mind and body, and until her last brief illness – the only serious one through life – was remarkably active and energetic. She was at all times interesting, kind hearted and generous to a fault. Being of a deeply religious nature, she possessed a calm, sure faith in things eternal, and of later years was ever prepared for and joyfully anticipated her death, which was truly the end of a long journey. She died quietly and peacefully of asthma of the heart and was laid to rest in the Frankston Cemetery on Tuesday last, several of her sons and grandsons being present as mourners, and quite a number of friends to pay their last respects to her memory. The solemn service of the Church of England was impressively read by a grandson of the deceased, the Rev. Maurice de Burgh Griffith, M.A., B.D. who conducted a short service at the house before leaving. The Rev. A. P. McFarlane assisted in the service at the graveside; also speaking a few words eulogistic of the deceased lady, whom he had known for a number of years. The coffin was of polished oak and was covered with floral tributes from relatives and friends. *** AT the delegates meeting last night it was decided that investigation be made by the Mornington Peninsula Football Association regarding the allegations made against Johnston and Laidlaw, of the Carrum Club, who are alleged to have been dis disqualified for life by the Federal Association last season.

These players are to be asked to sign a declaration, and if their disqualification prove actual fact Carrum will most likely lose all the matches they have won when these players have played. A full report will appear in our next issue. *** IN order to avoid holding concerts in the Mechanics’ Hall on successive nights the Children’s Cantata and grand concert in aid of Frankston Methodist Honor Board will be held on Tuesday, 16th August, instead of Friday, 19th August. *** A DEFINITE move has been made in the direction of securing a Soldiers’ Memorial for Frankston. The Memorial Committee met last Friday night (Cr Oates in the chair) when it was decided to call for competitive designs. The secretary (Mr H. Vicars) reported that about £600 was in hand towards the estimated cost of £1300. A further asset is held in the Club Room, now held by the Returned Soldiers. Messrs A. Hill and Hugh Morrison were appointed trustees of this building. *** GOOD old time hospitality was experienced at “Malunnah,” the residence of Mr A. H. Gregory, on Wednesday evening last, when members of the Frankston Football Club were entertained at a social evening. A delightful time was spent by a large and merry company, who found the fleeting hours all too short. Occasion was taken to congratulate Frankston’s youthful and popular

captain, Mr Reg. Coxall on having that day attained his 21st birthday, and his health, proposed by President McCulloch, was drunk with enthusiasm. “Reg” make a response which was heartfelt and appropriate, but his performance as an orator is far short of his prowess on the football field. *** ARBOUR Day, celebrated at the Frankston school on Monday last, was a memorable event. The day was beautifully fine, and there was a large gathering of parents to assist in the proceedings. The Head Master, (Mr J. D. Jennings) conducted the visitors over the spacious grounds, already bearing testimony to artistic and intelligent treatment, and giving promise of charming and unique effects, when the full scheme of plotting and planting has been completed. The children rendered an interesting programme of songs, recitations and dialogues, and speeches were given by the Shire President (Cr W. P. Mason), Mr J. F. Bell (Presbyterian Minister) and Dr Maxwell. Others in attendance were Rev. MacFarlane, Crs Oates and Wells, and members of the school committee. There was a representative attendance of ladies, who were keenly interested in the proceedings, and several planted an olive tree each. After the serving of tea and cakes, Mr Jennings, by request, planted a fine chestnut tree, and some girls then recited “The Village Blacksmith”. *** From the pages of the Frankston and Somerville Standard, 15 July 1921


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Lockdown Five: The Assignment Miami Beach Parallel By Stuart McCullough LOCKDOWN number five. As sequels go, we’re definitely heading towards the shallow end of the pool. Nothing good ever came of installment number five. Looking at this purely from a ‘Police Academy’ point of view, that puts us in ‘Assignment Miami Beach’ territory. I could bore you with plot details, if there were any, but it’s enough to say that this particular sequel didn’t even include Steve Guttenberg; whose absence rendered it something worse than pointless. There’s a law of diminishing returns. It’s a law even more powerful than the one that requires you to wear a mask whilst at the supermarket so your glasses are continually fogging up as you attempt to read your shopping list. I, however, am determined to make this lockdown count. Forget learning a new language or acquiring a new skill. I refuse to squander this lockdown by adopting an on-line fitness program – a pointless exercise that involved actual pointless exercise. No way. This time, I’m surrendering to binge watching. When I was a kid, ‘binge watching’ referred to what you ate when watching television rather than the act of watching television itself. Eating Milo straight from the tin whilst watching ‘The Fall Guy’ was as close as I ever came. But in this era of content on demand, ‘binge watching’ means something else entirely, even if it is still best done with a tin of Milo and a spoon to hand. I’ve got my work cut out for me. I’m not sure how, but I’d never seen ‘The Sopranos’. It’s meant to be one of the greatest shows of all time and whilst as someone who used to regularly watch ‘It’s A Knockout’ I treat such

claims with skepticism, it’s time I filled that particular pop culture knowledge gap. But I plan to mix things up. Rather than solely indulging in something

new, I plan to engage in nostalgia also. Which is why I’ve dusted off my DVD collection of ‘A Country Practice’; all fourteen seasons spanning some two

hundred and two separate discs. That ought to fill a five-day lockdown nicely. ‘What?!’ I hear you cry. ‘You’re not using lockdown for a Police Academy marathon?’ Put simply, no I’m not. That’s because I saw ‘Police Academy Five: Assignment Miami Beach’ at the cinema. Every smutty joke, ribald innuendo and moment of acting so hammy that if you slapped two pieces of bread around it, you could call it a sandwich, was projected onto a forty-foot screen. That was nearly thirty-five years ago and all I can say is that I’m yet to fully recover. Lining up a bunch of DVDs to watch feels like I’m stepping back in time. Nowadays the idea of getting up to change one disc for another seems like an incredible burden. But for all the convenience that streaming offers, you never get buffering when you’re watching something on DVD. There’s something to be said for that kind of reliability. Specifically, ‘phew’. A couple of days into lockdown and I’m finding ‘The Sopranos’ kind of tense. To balance that out, I’m swapping between Tony and the gang and the lovable characters from Wandin Valley. Esme Watson is the ying to Paulie ‘Walnuts’ Gualtieri’s yang. I don’t want to put it too highly, but watching two entirely different series simultaneously feels like it may be an act of genius. I need to disclose something at this point – I’m terrible at watching television. Don’t get me wrong; I like movies and TV shows. It’s just that I struggle to stay awake. For me, watching a film involves me viewing (and enjoying) the first forty-five minutes before waking up as the credits roll. Invariably, vari-

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By Craig MacKenzie FOOTBALL Victoria is holding its nerve and continues to look positively towards the completion of the 2021 season. FV CEO Kimon Taliadoros this week expressed confidence in the stewardship of the state government and Sport and Recreation Victoria despite the sport facing its second shutdown this season. “I’m comfortable that we’re in good hands,” Taliadoros said. “I feel that the state government and in particular sport and rec are now so well drilled that we can get the most out of this season that we possibly can. “After working so closely with government and the local councils last year I feel that we are well placed to make sharp judgements but in the meantime all everyone can do is to monitor the numbers.” There has been much conjecture as to how many games it will take for FV to make a call on the important promotion and relegation issues that didn’t come into play last year when the 2020 season was scrubbed. While Taliadoros won’t be drawn into speculation over how many games would constitute a season there’s been talk that completing a minimum of 16 games in the 22-game season could suffice. Currently most local clubs have played 13 games. Mornington has played 12 but there’s a bye in State 1. In State 2 Peninsula Strikers have played 12 games but have a game in hand (a postponed away fixture against Doncaster Rovers) while Somerville Eagles are the only local State 4 club to have only played 12 games due to a postponed away fixture against Sandown Lions. The picture in State 5 is less clear as the fixtures have been disrupted by the withdrawal of Endeavour Hills while Mount Martha is the only club in that league to have played 13 games.

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“The first thing we think about is the financial wellbeing of the clubs,” Taliadoros said. “Once we feel comfortable about that then we can think about the integrity of the competition. “The implications of lockdowns may prove to be significant but at this stage we remain confident that we can still complete a full season. “After the last lockdown Football Victoria refixtured to ensure the season could be completed and that wasn’t the case with other sports. “The challenge for us is how we manage the time available to us before the season switches to summer. “That’s always a consideration for many community clubs – not so much NPL clubs – as they

Red Can Man eyes off another Group Three HORSE RACING

By Ben Triandafillou DAVID Brideoake will be looking to land backto-back Group Three successes with his newly acquired sprinter Red Can Man on Saturday. The former Western Australian sprinter has had two runs under the Mornington-based trainers care, with his most recent resulting in a gusty long-neck victory in the Group Three Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield. He’ll be looking to continue his successful run at the track on Saturday when he lines up in the Group Three Bletchingly Stakes (1200m). Looking to take substantial improvement from his first-up run when finishing beyond midfield at Flemington, Brideoake believes the gelding relished getting onto a firmer surface second-up and gained plenty of fitness from his first-up outing. “He had been a long time between runs and I think he just needed a pipe opener [first-up],” Brideoake said. “He got onto a four or a five (track rating) the other day and showed good improvement. He’ll take natural improvement with it being his third run in and I think he should be competitive

come Saturday.” Red Can Man, who finished within three lengths of the winner in the Group One Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at the end of his last prep, will face another talented galloper from Mornington on Saturday. Shane Nichols’ dual Group One winner Streets of Avalon is also set to resume in the Group Three contest. Brideoake, who is in a purple patch of form having saddled up 17 winners from his last 50 runners, said he was more worried about the rainy forecast more than anything. “They’re proven Group One horses there so I’m not going to get too carried away,” he said. “It is very hard to take on a horse like Streets of Avalon but I’m sure there’ll be plenty of other handy horses in there as well. I think watching (Red Can Man) win the other day though, a lot of people will be in his camp. “I’m very happy with him but I’m a bit concerned about the weather. He looks better suited on top of the ground.” Red Can Man, who has now earnt $863,090 in prize money, has had just the two starts in soft conditions or worse and has finished outside of the placings on both occasions.


our sport and our football economy would be substantially weaker. “The other thing government has been particularly good at is the speed at which they’ve acted to ensure we could operate in a COVID-safe environment. “They’ve been really efficient in that area.” But it’s not only state government that has offered a financial lifeline. “The federal government subsidies came in the form of JobKeeper last year. “That was meaningful as well for us so the combination of that and the state government grant was really significant. “Our revenues dropped by almost 80 per cent and these initiatives enabled us to stand up for the 2021 season.” Meanwhile in State 3 news league leader Frankston Pines was stunned by the impact of its recent social media announcement about the signing of Fijian international midfielder Nickel Chand. The post reached 24,157 facebook accounts. It also stimulated interest in Pines from five other Fijian players and two Nigerians who have played alongside Chand. All are keen to join. In State 4 news Zach Peddersen has returned to his role as director of football at Somerville Eagles. The local club announced some off-field changes last week. Peddersen retains the role of club secretary while Neil Wypior has joined Stan Packer as senior assistant to player-coach Dave Greening. Nathan Brown will fill the goalkeeping coaching role vacated by Wypior.

are obliged to hand over their grounds to summer sports and while that’s an opportunity for us to try and work with other sports it’s an enormous logistical challenge for us and really it’s only something we can do effectively when we have some certainty.” In the worst case scenario that season 2021 becomes our sport’s Groundhog Day there is every reason to believe that FV and its 365 member clubs won’t be left teetering on the edge of a financial abyss. “State government provided us with a substantial grant last year that effectively enabled us to survive financially and work through that complicated refund policy,” Taliadoros added. “That ensured we could spread that money as far and as wide as we could in order to maximise its positive impact. “If not for the government’s meaningful grant

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For further details or an expression of interest please contact: Paul Tuff, Director of Umpires – 0417 169 718 Garry Seaborne, Secretary – 0422 432 915

Frankston Times

20 July 2021


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Frankston Times

20 July 2021

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