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WORK is underway to create a new tennis precinct at Centenary Park. The $4.2 million development will host the merged Frankston and Frankston East tennis clubs. The project is funded with $3 million from the state government, $1.365 million from council, and a $35,000 contribution from the clubs. The Frankston Tennis Club, which has existed for well over a century, was based at a site next to the Frankston Hospital which has been earmarked for future expansion. Council had failed to secure the funding needed to create a new $30 million tennis facility to home the club, before eventually settling on the $4.2 million project. Picture: Supplied

Stood down PARC workers ineligible for support program Brodie Cowburn brodie@baysidenews.com.au ALMOST 300 staff at Peninsula Aquatic Recreation Centre in Frankston have been stood down in response to the coronavirus pandemic. PARC is run by Peninsula Leisure, which is owned by Frankston Council. Peninsula Leisure CEO Tim Gledhill said “our people are the absolute heart

and soul of PARC and their talent, commitment and passion has been instrumental in delivering PARC success over the past five years. So it was with great disappointment that following PARC’s 23 March closure, 259 casual staff and 26 permanent staff have since been stood down.” “We are committed to having all our people back at work as soon as possible to support the reopening and to ensure PARC is positioned to once

again deliver high quality health and wellbeing services to the Frankston community,” he said. Dunkley MP Peta Murphy said that PARC employees were not eligible for the federal government’s JobKeeper program because the pool is run by a company which is owned by council. Frankston mayor Sandra Mayer said “council will continue to explore all feasible options moving forward, including identifying which impacted

staff are eligible to apply for the JobSeeker allowance.” “Council is disappointed that, at this stage, the federal government JobKeeper payment is unavailable to local government employees and employees of subsidiary organisations. Council is advocating as part of the wider local government effort to ensure appropriate relief packages are in place for impacted workers,” she said. “Council is also actively working

with Peninsula Leisure management to explore other feasible options moving forward, and will provide the community with an update on this matter as soon as practicable.” At council’s March meeting it was agreed to dedicate $3.37 million for COVID-19 relief in the next budget, which is currently out for community consultation. That consultation period closes 4 May. Continued Page 4

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A NOTE ABOUT CORONAVIRUS Our community’s contribution to limiting the spread of COVID-19 and saving lives is outstanding. Whether it is staying home when asked, working in essential services, or supporting people in need; what everyone is doing is making a real difference. But we know that the health, economic and personal impacts of the pandemic have touched us all, some of us more deeply than others. And sadly they are likely to do so for some time yet. As we continue to navigate our way through these difficult times, it is really important that we continue to follow the most up-to-date expert and medical advice. Official advice can be found at www.health.gov.au or by calling the coronavirus hotline on 1800 020 080. The Stay at Home Directions issued by Victoria’s Chief Health Officer are in place until at least 11 May 2020. They are available at www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/state-emergency. There is also financial assistance available to individuals and businesses. Information can be found at www.servicesaustralia.gov.au, www.treasury.gov.au and www.ato.gov.au. Please don’t forget that as your local federal member of parliament I am here to help. I am available to assist with any issues you may have accessing government support or services. And I am always up to hear your ideas, views and concerns. You can contact me on Peta.Murphy.MP@aph.gov.au or call 9781 2333. Stay safe,

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Apartment block approved Brodie Cowburn brodie@baysidenews.com.au A NINE storey apartment building has been approved for construction on Plowman Place. The proposal was ticked off at Frankston Council’s March meeting. The building is proposed to contain 79 apartments. The mayor Sandra Mayer said the approval was “a great outcome, particularly considering the economic challenges being faced in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.” “I’m so proud we were able to support this important project which will provide a much needed boost for those looking for jobs and homes locally,” she said. “The plans look great and are proof that developers still have confidence in investing in Frankston City. Even in this tough economic climate we have so much to look forward to.” The building is planned to be constructed on 1-2 Plowman Place. The developer had originally submitted plans for an eleven storey building with 100 apartments and an infinity pool, but later amended them.

Virus spread eases THE number of people who have tested positive for coronavirus in Frankston has risen by just five since the start of April. The total number of positive cases in the Frankston area stands at 36 as of 20 April. On 2 April it was at 31. The total number of COVID-19 cases statewide was 1328 on 19 April, an increase of nine from the day prior. 15 people had died. Neighbouring municipality Kingston had 24 cases, while the Mornington Peninsula had 59. Despite the slowed rate of positive cases, Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton says that “now is not the time for complacency.” “We still have a long way to go,” he said. “While we are starting to see some improvement in the rate of transmission, that rate could climb quickly if we lose focus. “Physical distancing will save lives. Everyone needs to comply with restrictions in place to keep yourself, your loved ones and the whole community safe. Our message is clear. If you can stay home, you must stay home.” Picture: Gary Sissons

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MPs call on council to help pool employees Continued from Page 1 Local federal member Peta Murphy said “this is a terrible blow for locals who will lose employment security just when they need it the most.” “Because PARC is run by a company owned by the Frankston City Council, the federal JobKeeper wage subsidy is not available. Unfortunately, at this stage the council has made no provision to look after PARC staff,” she said. “Last week Labor tried to amend the JobKeeper legislation so that it would apply to local government

employees. The Morrison government voted against it. But, Josh Frydenberg has the power to change the eligibility rules to fix this. I have written to him asking him to give these 300 locals financial security by including them in JobKeeper.” Council’s coronavirus support package is expected to be funded through $3 million from its strategic reserves, and $370,000 reallocated from other projects and programs. CEO Phil Cantillon said “council will be in a better position to determine the needs of the municipality

over the coming months and will consider what the priorities are to deliver services and infrastructure for the community.” (“Council okays cash for COVID-19 relief”, The Times, 6/4/20) State Frankston MP Paul Edbrooke wrote on social media “at this stage, council have made no provision to look after these employees.” “We’ve heard from Frankston councillors many times that they will fight for every job and now with 300 locals out of work today at their own facility, it’s time to prove it,” he said.

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Car park health help for Indigenous Keith Platt keith@baysidenews.com.au HUNDREDS of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islanders and their families have being vaccinated against the flu and tested for COVID-19 at car park clinics in Frankston and Hastings. Those attending the clinics are met by medical staff wearing masks and, in some cases, gowns bought online from food industry suppliers. The clinics are run by First Peoples' Health and Wellbeing, whose CEO Karinda Taylor says the peninsula needs a health service controlled by the Aboriginal community “if we are ever going to make headway on closing the health gap in the area”. Thomastown-based First Peoples' Health and Wellbeing was earlier this year hoping to obtain federal government finance for a comprehensive health service in Frankston and on the peninsula but the “funding round” was abandoned because of the COVID-19 emergency (“Aboriginal health ‘misses out’ on health ‘boost’’’ The Times 10/12/19). Health Minister Greg Hunt, whose Flinders electorate covers the peninsula, said the funding round was delayed after “consultations with key stakeholders” to allow them to “focus on preparations for addressing the COVID-19 pandemic”. Ms Taylor said she was “not sure who the key stakeholders are that Hunt’s office has spoken to, however, as the only Aboriginal community-controlled health service offering primary and mental health service across Frankston and the peninsula catchment I can assure you we were not consulted”.

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Car park care: First Peoples’ Health and Wellbeing CEO Karinda Taylor (a registered nurse and midwife), Aboriginal health practitioner Stevie-Lee Ryan, public health specialist Erin Manderson and Dr Peter Walsh at Nairm Marr Djambana, Nursery Avenue, Frankston. Picture: Supplied

Ms Taylor said the annual $778,819 that Mr Hunt said would be maintained “has been the same amount for 10 years”. “Our service massively expanded 18 months ago, from chronic disease co-ordination and transportation to delivering complex primary health services to address the significant unmet health needs of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across greater Melbourne,” she said. “This is what the community asked for. This is an example of self-determination at a local level. However, the government appears to determine health need, not the community.” “Let’s be really clear, the existing

funding that Mr Hunt is referring to covers around one third of our organisation’s total expenditure for the Thomastown clinic alone, and he is aware of this. “He is also well aware the Frankston clinic remains completely unfunded.” Ms Taylor said the Medicare benefits schedule - which Mr Hunt said was available to First Peoples' Health and Wellbeing - was not “designed to fully support Aboriginal health services”. “MBS suits five-minute medicine which is demonstrated by super clinics on every second corner offering care than will never see our nation close the gap in Aboriginal health,” she said. “Mr Hunt uses the term ‘as per usual

practice’. We are in the middle of a pandemic and this is anything but usual. “We have completely transformed our entire model of care to rapidly respond to COVID-19. “As the only Aboriginal testing site in Victoria we still remain unfunded.” Dr Peter Walsh said staff working for First Peoples' Health and Wellbeing in Frankston were using tele health “simply because of staffing and funding shortages - while at Thomastown we are able to offer a swab clinic, flu vax clinic and face to face consultations if absolutely necessary”. “Due to overwhelming demand we are now running outreach clinics at Hastings and in Frankston. We have

been inundated with new patients. “As you can imagine, the logistics of this are enormous and prior to COVID-19 we were already stretched beyond capacity. The team running the Hastings clinic will consist entirely of our executive team – simply because we don’t have any other staff. “The majority of the people who attended [the car park clinics] were new patients to us, making the logistics of sign-up and coordination a huge task. “This, combined with our rapid tradition to tele-health at the start of the pandemic and as the only Aboriginal controlled health service in Victoria testing for COVID19, we have been utterly swamped with new patients and requests for outreach clinics by community.” Dr Walsh accused Mr Hunt of having “walked away from the health of the Aboriginal people in his own community during their time of greatest need”. “There is so much money going into funding the pandemic response, I can’t understand why he wouldn’t want to fund this great work happening in his own electorate.”


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Projectile fired A PROJECTILE was fired through a home in Seaford last week, 14 April. Police say that around 4am, the projectile was fired through a lounge room window at a house on Seaford Road between Wicklow Street and Elisdon Drive. No people were injured in the incident. Frankston CIU detectives are appealing for information from the public. Anyone who noticed people in the area or has any information can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or the Frankston CIU on 97845555.

Transit Safety Division Superintendent Alison Boyes “we know seeing PSOs at train stations or on public transport gives people an overwhelming feeling of safety. More often than not, they are pivotal when it comes to apprehending persons of interest using the public transport network, or those wanted on warrants. “We’re extremely glad our PSOs can assist during this uncertain time with instilling those same perceptions of safety to commercial areas and retail precincts that would otherwise be teeming with people.”

Drug, weapon, theft for man Arrested after search charges A FRANKSTON man has been A MAN was arrested on Beach Street last week after police allegedly found an imitation firearm, knife, ammunition, and methylamphetamine on him. A police statement read that at around 5.40pm, 14 April, a man was seen by Frankston protective service officers “acting suspiciously”. Police searched the man and allegedly found the items. The 30-year-old was arrested and charged with drug trafficking, possess drugs, prohibited person possess imitation firearm, possess controlled weapon, and possess ammunition. He has been remanded to appear at Frankston Magistrates’ Court on 29 April. The officers were working on Operation Shielding, which has seen police assign 160 PSOs and 80 police officers to commercial retail precincts each night.

charged after the discovery of methamphetamine, GHB, cash, and keys to a stolen car at a Hallam motel, 11 April. At around 2.45am, police spotted an allegedly stolen car with false plates outside the motel on the Princess Highway. A search warrant was executed and the car was seized at around 10am. In addition to the drugs, cash, and car keys found inside the motel, police also allege that they found two firearms, ammunition, and suspected stolen goods inside the car. A 30-year-old man from Frankston was charged with traffick methamphetamine, traffick GHB, theft of motor vehicle, handle stolen goods, possess a controlled weapon, two counts of prohibited person possess firearm, three counts of possess ammunition without a license, and commit an

indictable offence while on bail. He was remanded to appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court last week. A 21-year-old Yarra Glen woman was also charged with two counts of possess drug of dependence. She was bailed to appear at Dandenong Magistrates’ Court on 6 July. The investigation was carried out by Casey Crime Investigation Unit detectives. Patrolling officers from the Dandenong Frontline Tactical Unit identified the allegedly stolen car.

Door creates sticky situation A MAN was issued with a defect notice last week after he was spotted driving with a makeshift door sticky taped to his car. Somerville Highway Patrol officers pulled over the 63-year-old man in Mornington around 10.30am, 13 April. The door to the white Daewoo Lanos was missing, replaced by a

makeshift door held together by tape. The driver told police he was going to Western Australia to visit his sister, who had contracted coronavirus. He was issued with a defect notice.

MAKESHIFT repairs to a car didn’t impress Somerville Highway Patrol officers. Picture: Supplied

Christmas cheat POLICE are searching for a person who made a series of fraudulent transactions on Christmas day. The victim’s bank cards were used at around 7am to make multiple transactions. An image (below) of a man police wish to speak to has been released. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report online at crimestoppersvic.com.au and quote the incident number 190473381.

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New role cast for agile fishing business THIS month a small factory in Somerville has made 10,000 plastic face shields to protect workers during the COVID-19 crisis. Martyn Gittens said that his company, BerleyPro, which normally makes equipment for kayak fishing and visors for fish finders, could easily switch to making the medical shields. “It was really fun to ramp up and now we’re almost out of control,” he said on Monday. “I knew we had to run with it as so many people needed them.” Buying and sourcing materials was easy at first but had become problematic since the federal government last week put out tenders for medical supplies which led larger companies to start “buying them all up”. Mr Gittens said three hospitals had ordered the face masks while he had given them free to many workers who needed them in their regular jobs. “We’re creating jobs in a time of need,” he said. “Usually we have three or four people and now we have five working round the clock and we could even step this up.” Mr Gittens said 1500 of the masks had been donated to companies and hospitals and orders had been received from all over Australia, the US and New Zealand. With the protective masks already widely supported, Mr Gittens is moving onto making intubation chambers. Details: berleypro.com Keith Platt

Masked men: Martyn Gittens, right, with Vinny Mabarrack at the BerleyPro factory which has switched from fishing gear to making protective masks. Picture: Supplied

LETTERS Disrespect disappointing It was most disappointing to read the disrespectful disparagement of David Lines and Mornington Peninsula Shire Council in a letter supporting the Peninsula Aero Club (“Planning minister should take over airfield planning” The News 14/4/20). The letter disregarded the aero club president’s repeated calls for courtesy and restraint among the club’s members and supporters. As the president stated in this paper: “We can always disagree, but we should always be respectful” David Chalke, Tyabb

Break from reality Caring for our community, or a farewell to common sense? I’ve managed most days to walk 863 steps (0.43 of one kilometre), take a threeminute rest and then walk another 863 steps to my home. It is a psychological break to enforced isolation. Alas, some bright spark in our Mornington Peninsula Council has had a brainwave. Resting is not allowed. Previously just me, alone. No more. Why? Cliff Ellen, Rye

Looking back Good grief, poor Marge D’Arcy has again copped a flogging from the born to rule mob (“MPs doing their best” Letters 15/4/20). As usual, we got waffle, abuse and inaccuracies. We could have been in lockdown a couple of days earlier but [Prime Minister Scott] Morrison decided to start it on the Monday, which meant the weekend was clear for his Hillsong mob to hold its convention and he was able to see his beloved Sharks play. And while he was telling all the kids they had to attend school, his brood was safe and sound at home witth private tutors. Both Victorian and NSW premiers have been getting pats on the back because of their decisiveness, while Scomo has been getting a belt around the ears for his blunders. Who can ever forget his pathetic performance during the fire disasters. By the way, where’s [Home Affairs Minister

Letters - 300 words maximum and including full name, address and contact number - can be sent to The News, PO Box 588, Hastings 3915 or emailed to: team@mpnews.com.au Peter] Dutton? Probably letting more passengers off the Ruby Princess. Much better to allow people infected with the virus on to Australian soil than refugees. Michael O’Brien, the then treasurer in the Napthine state government, and now the leader of the state opposition, did a secret watertight deal with the construction companies on the eve of the election that ensured Victorian taxpayers were going to be hit with a billion dollar debt that [Premier] Dan Andrews could not get out of. The only thing the born to rules can criticise [former prime minister Kevin] Rudd for is the pink batts during the GFC. They seem to forget the building of school halls as part of the stimulus package made Australia the envy of the world. Then treasurer Wayne Swan was recognised as the best treasurer in the world and the IMF awarded him a medal in recognition of that achievement. John Cain, McCrae

Pause for Anzac Right now we are facing the most significant challenge and threat to our way of life since the World War II. The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we live, and it will change how we observe one of our nation’s most sacred days this year — Anzac Day. There will be no marches, no parades and no gunfire breakfasts or games of two-up at your local RSL, but Anzac Day has not been cancelled and we will continue to pause this year to honour our servicemen and women. Australians are at their best when we come together to support one another and while we cannot physically gather to commemorate the service and sacrifice of our defence personnel, we can show them our respect. Whether it’s a solitary driveway tribute, baking Anzac biscuits, a small ceremony with your household, sharing a message for our service personnel, or watching the televised service from the Australian War Memorial on the morning of 25 April, I encourage everyone to pause, reflect and say a simple “thank you for your service”. Teach your children about the importance of the day and

MORNINGTON psychologist Louise Edgoose continues to find inspiration for her “quirky humour” in the COVID-19 emergency.

the service of the original Anzacs as well as the service of the almost two million Australians who have served over more than a century. Think of those who are currently serving, both in Australia and abroad. And reflect on the more than 102,000 who have died in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations whose names are inscribed on the walls of the Australian War Memorial. Anzac Day is now more important than ever and we will remember them. Lest we forget. Darren Chester, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel

Kangaroos contaminated Prime Minister Scott Morrison has criticised the World Health Organisation for supporting the reopening of China’s wet markets, one of which is widely considered to have been the source of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s not just China that permits these vile places to exist: PETA Asia has just released footage of wet markets in Indonesia and Thailand showing blood and rotting flesh covering the floors and countertops, dogs lying dead with flies buzzing around them, and chickens and cats awaiting slaughter in cramped cages. Mr Morrison is right to criticise these filthy torture galleries as potential breeding grounds

for the next pandemic virus. The US centre for disease control has stated that 75 per cent of new or emerging infectious diseases in people come from other animals. But the PM is wrong to think that Australian industries do not pose a similar risk. Millions of kangaroos are shot every year for their flesh or skins. Many, including mothers carrying joeys in their pouches, are wounded but escape, only to suffer and die slowly. Incapacitated adults and orphaned joeys are decapitated or have their heads smashed in. Others are left in the field to die of starvation, predation, or exposure. Kangaroos are often butchered in the field and transported on unrefrigerated open trucks. An investigation found that many of the carcases stored by the kangaroo-meat industry were contaminated by dangerous bacteria. Russia has banned kangaroo-meat imports several times because of pathogenic contamination. A study by Belgian spatial epidemiologist Marius Gilbert found that Australia had generated more instances of historical “conversion events” (when a non-toxic avian flu strain suddenly becomes dangerous to humans) than China. It is becoming ever clearer that the exploitation of animals, anywhere, invites human disease. Desmond Bellamy, PETA Australia Frankston Times

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Car wrecked in Mile Bridge accident Compiled by Cameron McCullough THE Peninsula Motor Garage Frankston, was the centre of attraction last Saturday afternoon, the object of interest being a wrecked motor car which bore the appearance of having experienced a hot time on the battlefields of France. It turned out that the car had met with misfortune near the Mile Bridge. It was one of the fleet of motors supplied by the Volunteer Motor Corps, conveying invalid soldiers and nurses to Somerville. When approaching a spot near the Mile Bridge Mr McFarlane, the driver, appears to have lost control, and the car left the road and tore through the ti-tree. When the Messrs Olsen, of the Peninsula Motor Garage, who had been phoned for, arrived on the scene, they found the car half way up a tree, with another tree, 2ft. in girth, lying across it. After much chopping and lifting, the wrecked car was released and returned once more to the highway. The motor experts succeeded in setting the engine going, and the car was taken to the garage. It is difficult to understand how the party of nurses who were in the car, escaped injury. Mr McFarlane was also unhurt. *** FOOTBALLERS’ working “bee” at the Frankston park tomorrow afternoon. *** AT Hastings, tomorrow afternoon the State school Honor Board will be unveiled.

*** BRISK booking of reserved chairs for Anzac night concert is reported. Box plan is on view at Messrs Brody and Mason’s. *** TODAY, the Victorian Railway Commissioners, accompanied by the interstate Commissioners, visited Frankston, and later in the afternoon proceeded to Mornington. *** MR T. Salmon, merchant, of Tongala, during the Easter holidays purchased no fewer than five building allotments in Frankston. *** ST. Paul’s Church of England, Frankston, was crowded to overflowing on Easter Sunday. *** THE local motor garages and cab proprietors had an exceptionally busy time during the Easter holidays. *** IT was stated officially this week that military camps in other States, for the treatment of venereal disease, had been closed, and that patients from other portions of the Commonwealth were being treated at Langwarrin. *** MESSRS Ekins and Wright (late A.I.F.) announces in our advertising columns that they have taken over the motor garage at the Pier Hotel, Frankston. They have motors for hire day or night and repairs entrusted to them will receive prompt attention. *** THE Frankston Brass Band on Friday evening last held its initial concert

and dance in the Mechanics’ Hall, and the success attending it augurs well for the success of the remainder of the series of similar entertainments, which will be promoted during the coming winter in aid of the band funds. Dancing formed the chief attraction, and the excellent music, provided by the band, under the baton of Bandmaster Blaskett, was greatly appreciated. Selections by the Frankston Orchestra, and items by little Miss Logan were greatly appreciated. The next dance is advertised to take place on Tuesday evening next, April 20th. *** FRANKSTON Grammar School will reopen on Monday next, at 9.15. in the same rooms. Mr Austin will resume charge. New arrangements as to fees and times of payments have been made and it is believed now that the school is a well founded and firm institution. *** LOCAL sportsmen will be interested in the announcement that the Cranbourne Turf Club intend holding one of its popular meetings on Thursday, 29th April. The entries close on Monday, 19th inst., with the joint secretaries, Messrs W. Maher and J. Taylor, at Cranbourne, or Mr Considine V.R.C. offices. The programme appears in our advertising columns. *** MR and Mrs A. S. Woolcott are spending the Easter vacation at their

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He had been ailing for some time. Sixty-three years of age, he leaves a widow. a son, and four daughters. *** The recent death of Mrs. Louisa Evelyn Liardet, at Dundas place, Albert Park, at the age of 68, removes one of the earliest pioneers of this State. She was born in Dublin, arrived in Victoria in infancy, and lived with her parents on the site now occupied by the Rialto buildings, Collins Street. Later she married the late Mr. Frederick Evelyn Liardet, of Liardet’s Beach, afterwards known as Sandridge and now Port Melbourne. The first three hotels, the Pier, the Royal, and the Chusan, were built by the Liardet family. The Stevedores’ Club now occupies the site of the last mentioned. The bricks were made on the then family estate, “Ballam Park,” Frankston, and cost £5 each. Mrs. Liardet leaves five sons and two daughters, who are the claimants of the Deptford dockyard estate, England, which was let by their great grandfather to the British Government on a “peppercorn lease.” Just before the outbreak of war the estate was thrown into Chancery, and valued at £2,000,000. It came into the family through an ancestor, Lady Perpet, Countess de Lamonon De-albe, of the French Court, who settled in England after the French Revolution, and was afterwards lady-in-waiting to Queen Victoria. *** FROM the pages of the Mornington Standard, 16 April 1920

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Pines set for Monterey boost SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie FRANKSTON council looks certain to approve a $1.43 million makeover of Monterey Reserve in next financial year’s budget. This was one of the major capital works projects announced last week in a proposed annual budget posted on the council’s website and inviting community feedback. It’s no secret that Monterey Reserve tenant Frankston Pines and council had been at loggerheads for some time over long-standing plans for a major makeover with the club strongly opposed to important aspects of the project. For reasons the club could never understand the original plans had public toilets at the entrance to the new facility, a greatly reduced interior and no player race. “The loss of space was a major issue for us,” club president Lee Davies said. “Apart from the public toilet placement and the removal of the player race there was no entry point which could be policed on matchdays. “The suitability of the facility to service the whole community not just Frankston Pines was important to us. “We believed the club should be used more whether for school football, all abilities, darts and other groups which local residents are involved in but the design didn’t provide this option.” Meetings were held between club and council but Pines’ attempts to alter the plans proved fruitless. So the club elicited the help of north-west ward councillor Glenn Aitken who arranged a meeting late last year between Davies, Pines food and beverage manager Pat Duffy and relevant council staff. “Glenn took charge of the meeting and basically the council said they would address our issues,” Davies added. “They agreed that the new building wasn’t fit for purpose so they’d look at changes and a redesign. “I spoke to council the other day and they said they were going ahead with what Glenn asked them to do and what we wanted. “Everyone is aware that when the council addresses our concerns it may push the project back a little bit but

Monterey makeover: Frankston Pines’ clubrooms are to have a $1.43 million revamp approved by local council. Picture: Football Chaos

there’s no specific timeframe as yet. “The council was very positive about the whole thing in fact they’ve been great.” Davies also said that council had been supportive when queried about rent relief given the impact of the corona virus pandemic. “They’ve been very helpful and noone is chasing us for money,” he said. “We seem to be getting on great with them for the first time in a long time. “We deal with Fiona (Dalla-Rossa) and James (Madder) and they’ve been brilliant ever since we started to work together.” The issue of rent relief has been of concern to all the local clubs and although council is yet to decide on a relief package the topic is definitely on its agenda. Frankston mayor Sandra Mayer acknowledged that rent relief wasn’t specifically mentioned in last week’s proposed annual budget but assured clubs that they wouldn’t be left without assistance. “That level of detail is not in there as we are still working through the relief package and it has not yet come to a council meeting for official endorsement. It is in the package though,” councillor Mayer said.

It’s understood that some clubs have been told that their tenancy will be charged on a pro rata basis and if the venue remains unused then no fees will be charged. Skye United is one such club. “I’ve got it in writing that if our season starts and it’s for only three months say then we’ll only pay three months of the normal six-month winter tenancy,” Skye United vice-president Stuart Lawrence said. “We’re quite happy with that because we weren’t sure if we’d get anything.” Meanwhile the contrast in managing the sport at state level between Football Victoria and Football Queensland could not be more stark. In a statement released late last month FV cautioned clubs on refunding player fees and said its fees and charges to clubs would remain in place whereas its Queensland counterpart in the same month released an updated document entitled “Refund of Governing Body Fees Policy”. That refund policy statement alerted clubs and players to FFA’s National Refund Policy and outlined the application process involved. Last week the Queensland body released another statement on the cur-

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rent situation and explained the reasons for updating its refund policy. In part it said “… the FQ Refund Policy was updated to provide clubs with greater clarity around the refund process for governing body fees, eligibility and payments, and to assist clubs in communicating the refund process to their members.” Last week’s statement also gave a breakdown of how registration fees for junior and senior players are used. Pines head coach Kevin “Squizzy” Taylor lamented the different approaches by the two state federations. “The Queensland approach was to clearly outline and articulate why the fees are charged whereas here in Victoria I’d be surprised if many people genuinely know where the fees are going,” he said. “I’m sure most people look at them and say ‘it’s just wages’. “I have no idea why we are kept in the dark here.” One club that seems set to ignore FV’s repayment advice is Peninsula Strikers juniors. Strikers senior club vice-president Steve Schreck liaises between the senior and junior clubs and echoed Taylor’s sentiments when it came to FV’s handling of the current situation.

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Noonan nails long-range plan HORSE RACING

By Ben Triandafillou MORNINGTON-based racehorse trainer Tony Noonan has landed a blowout result at Caulfield on Saturday 18 April as his tough filly Florent took out The VOBIS Sires Guineas on the three-day back-up. Having finished fifth over 1400m at Geelong on Wednesday 15 April, the three-year-old daughter of Fiorente stepped out once again over the mile in the Guineas at the odds of $51 before executing Noonan’s long-range plan to perfection. The tough filly had been luckless at her first two starts this prep before landing the dream run in transit on Saturday with the aid of a nice barrier – something she hadn’t received at her two previous runs. Florent, ridden by Noonan’s son Jake, still had to be good enough to make it count and certainly didn’t disappoint to hold half-of-a-length margin over the rest of the field. Trainer Tony Noonan said it took a certain type of horse to be able to back-up after racing three days prior. “You couldn’t do that with many horses,” Noonan said. “She’s only a small filly but she’s a very gross sort of filly so her racing was going to bring her to peak fitness and because she’s such a tough little filly she was one that we felt it might work with. “She’s by Fiorente and out of a Pins mare so her pedigree also gave us some confidence that we’d be able to achieve it.”

Florent fires: Tony Noonan’s tough filly Florent scores a strong win at Caulfield after racing three days prior. Picture: Supplied

Noonan said there were also numerous factors that decided whether they went ahead with the plan. “She didn’t have a very hard run [on the Wednesday] so that then gave us some confidence that she might have been in a position to be able to back up but there was a number of parameters that needed to be ticked

off,” he said. “One was whether she ate up after the race, how she trotted out the next day, what her blood was like on Thursday, so all those things needed to be in place and fortunately they were all good which allowed us to go ahead with the plan.” With Florent’s main target ticked

off, she’ll now potentially progress towards a black-type race in Adelaide. “She may go to Adelaide for a Fillies and Mares Group Two race over 1600m, and she’ll probably be nominated for the Oaks over there which is in a fortnight time over 2000m but I would think that’s unlikely,” Noonan

said. “She’ll probably have two more runs here as well before she goes for a break.” Florent was purchased for $22,000 as a yearling from the Magic Millions Gold Coast March Yearling Sale and has now raced 10 times for two wins and three placings, with prizemoney of $284,905.

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Frankston Times 21 April 2020

JimmyRum Distillery in Dromana, Victoria’s only dedicated craft Rum distillery, is still open for business, operating as normal (well, as normal as we possibly can in these times). All our rums, sample packs, merchandise, and now our artisanal Hand Sanitiser are available at the cellar door or via our online sales www.jimmyrum.com.au/shop And, as we say… Do you really know rum? 6 Brasser Ave, Dromana

Home Delivery for over 750 items including Groceries, Chocolates, Lollies, Chips, Snacks, Biscuits, our Red Hill Confectionery Range, Drinks, Juices, Health & Beauty, Cleaning Products and more DELIVERY TO YOUR DOOR AVAILABLE to the Mornington Peninsula, Westernport, Frankston and surrounding suburbs. Like us on Facebook to keep up to date with promotions Shop Online at southernbuyinghomedelivery.com.au Phone 0423 696 033

Promo Code NEWSPAPER at checkout for 10% OFF!

TRE.AND BAXTER VALLEY ESTATE Locally grown, handmade wines DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR at no charge. Order your wine and gift packs for Mother’s Day on the website or pop into the cellar door to pick up - open Friday 2pm-5pm or Saturday 10am-3pm and other days by appointment. 165 Baxter-Tooradin Rd, Baxter Ph 0404 837 160 www.treand.com.au


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