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Music makers Bridget Allan (above), and Kaiyah Mercedes (left) are two of the talents featured on a new compilation album by young local musicians. See story page 4. Pictures: Supplied
Better buses suggested rather than rail extension Brodie Cowburn email@example.com A NEW report released by Infrastructure Victoria has recommended improving bus services in Frankston rather than moving forward with the long-touted rail extension to Baxter. Infrastructure Victoria released its updated 30-year strategy last week. The organisation is an independent body that advises the state government on its projects. Among the recommendations
included in the report was to investigate the rollout of more bus services in Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula in the next year “instead of progressing a rail extension to Baxter”. The report read that “a preliminary business case considered different rail and bus options for more extensive public transport improvements between Frankston and Baxter. The Victorian Government allocated funds to undertake network reform in the Mornington Peninsula. This network reform should consider the role of next generation bus services.
“Our modelling of selected rail extensions to other outer suburban growth areas found they can encourage more people to move further out. An extension of the Frankston line could create extra pressure for new housing developments in environmentally sensitive and agriculturally important places on the Mornington Peninsula. “The Frankston Station Precinct is a designated multi-modal transit interchange. This should be the hub for better bus connections to the Frankston metropolitan activity centre, railway station, Chisolm TAFE and Frankston
Hospital. As the station precinct develops, it will require an intermodal terminal upgrade and more bus services to help manage traffic flow and congestion. This would build upon the Victorian Government’s funded improved bus services to the Mornington Peninsula.” The proposed duplication and electrification of the Frankston line to Baxter has been at a standstill for years. A business case released last year quoted the full cost of the project at an eye-watering $1.3 to $1.5 billion (“Business case casts doubt on rail extension” The
Times 17/11/20). The federal government has committed $225 million to the extension, but the state government has not got on board. The release of the IV report shocked some groups who have long been advocating for the extension of the rail line. CEO of advocacy group Committee for Greater Frankston, Ginevra Hosking, said “Frankston’s residents have been thrown under a bus. Commonwealth money is on the table to build the Frankston extension today, yet the state recommends even more studies.” Continued page 7
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Short film features Frankston THE car park of the Frankston Arts Centre became a temporary stage earlier this month when a crew used it to shoot footage for a short film. Answer your Phone was shot at the Arts Centre. The short was written and directed by Frankston resident Benji Wragg. Mr Wragg said the story was “inspired by a relationship one of my closest friends went through”. “The film follows Greg as he walks
home while an oppressive force hunts him. I wanted the film to be a metaphor for a mentally abusive relationship,” he said. “Because of Covid it has taken me a year and a half to make this film. Each time we got close to filming it, we would go back into lockdown. Finally we were able to film it in the Arts Centre parking lot between 7pm to 1.30 am.” The film is produced by Dia Taylor.
Ollie Midson stars as Greg. The film’s director of photography is Darby Heaysman. The film is expected to be available next month. For updates visit facebook.com/answeryourphonefilm
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Works continue near you and there will be transport disruptions As part of Victoria’s Big Build, we’re removing level crossings and building the Metro Tunnel. Train disruptions: Buses replace trains in both directions
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COVID-19 exposure site list grows VICTORIA’S sixth COVID-19 lockdown is nearing its fourth week. The vaccination hub at Bayside Shopping Centre in Frankston was named a tier two exposure site last week after a positive COVID-19 case went there. Anyone who visited the vaccination centre on 16 August between 11.30am and 12.45 pm must get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result. A statement on Peninsula Health’s Facebook page said that the positive case had no symptoms while at the hub. “The Frankston Community Vaccination Hub remains open and is safe for you to visit if you have a booking for your COVID-19 vaccination. To make a booking, please call 1800 675 398 or you can book online through the Department of
Health’s website,” the statement read. Carrum Downs residents were also put on notice last week, after seven local exposure times were listed. Oakwood Drive Reserve is a tier three exposure site during two different times - 1:30pm to 3:00pm on 12 August and 2pm to 3.30pm on 14 August. Anyone who was also there during those times should monitor for symptoms of coronavirus. Another tier three exposure site has popped up at Wedge Road Oval. People should monitor for symptoms if they visited the oval between 2pm and 3.30pm on 11 August, 10am and 11.30am on 12 August, and 1pm and 2.30pm on 14 August. Goodstart Early Learning Carrum Downs at 169 Hall Road is a tier
two exposure site between 3pm and 3.40pm on 11 August, and 5.20pm to 6.10pm on 13 August. Anyone who was also there during that time must get tested immediately and isolate until their result comes back. COVID-19 restrictions were tightened last week in a bid to quash the growing number of cases in Victoria. Additional restrictions were placed on the construction industry, with further staffing reductions put into place. Use of playgrounds, basketball hoops, skate parks, and outdoor exercise equipment has been banned, with exercise also now limited to just two people from a household. People can also not remove their masks to drink alcohol in public places. Brodie Cowburn
AN initiative to combat the skyrocketing rates of local homelessness has been officially launched. The Frankston Zero project was launched at an event online last week. The initiative was established by the Frankston City Strategic Housing and Homelessness Alliance, a group of 14 local organisations that have come together to tackle homelessness. Frankston mayor Kris Bolam said that local rough sleeping homelessness has grown by 388 per cent since 2016, and that the initiative would help to fix this. “Frankston Zero – based on international best practice models to end homelessness – has reoriented the local service system to deliver a coordinated response for people sleeping rough,” he said. “Frankston Zero defies traditional sector barriers by bringing together all services and sectors that have a role to play in supporting the pathway out of homelessness. These include health and mental health services, family violence and legal services, alcohol and other drug services, local government, and many more. Its aim is both simple and ambitious – to achieve functional zero homelessness for rough sleeping in Frankston City by 2023.” Part of the initiative involves the maintenance of a “By Name List”, a
record of every local rough sleeper’s name. Cr Bolam said that a recent state government announcement that it would continue workforce funding for local organisations like Launch and NEAMI was “a crucial enabler for the delivery of Frankston Zero and without it we would not be celebrating the launch of this important initiative.” NEAMI service manager of Frankston’s towards home program, Amanda Williams, said “Frankston Zero has already achieved some great outcomes including one person being placed into a public housing property after spending years of rough sleeping in the Frankston municipality.” “We have had 12 people from the By Name List shortlisted for priority housing and two of our youngest persons on the list, both aged 17 years, have been prioritised into emergency accommodation while receiving a coordinated response of assistance. We now have 25 people allocated to a case manager and agency to receive tailored, wrap around supports,” she said. To read more about Frankston Zero visit frankston.vic.gov.au/ Your-Council/Advocacy/TacklingHomelessness-in-Frankston-City.
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MUSICIAN Beast of Virtue appears on the Fresh Compilation Album 2021. Picture: Supplied
Musicians team up for album A GROUP of young local musicians have recorded a compilation album,which is due for release soon. The Fresh Compilation Album 2021 is expected to release in September. It features local talents BayZa Leslie, Beast of Virtue, Bridget Allan, Chaliah Hilton-Cronin, and Kaiyah Mercedes. Album contributor BayZa Leslie said the album features “unexpected stars” and “diamonds in the rough”. “It was an opportunity to collaborate with people they wouldn’t normally
collaborate with and to do things musically they wouldn’t normally do.” The album was recorded through the FReeZA program, a state government initiative which is facilitated by the youth services team at Frankston Council. The artists on the album were successful applicants for the program, and were provided with technical assistance and expert advice on how to distribute their work. The album will release on Bandcamp at freshfrankston.bandcamp.com/music
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Teens arrested A FRANKSTON teenager was one of five young people charged after an alleged crime spree across the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne last week. Between 14 and 16 August, a spate of thefts and robberies allegedly occurred across Pakenham, Cranbourne North, Beaconsfield, Carrum Downs, Springvale, Sandown, Balwyn, Box Hill North and Warrandyte South. On 16 August, police arrested four teenagers in Mooroolbark and one in Dandenong. Police charged an 18-year old Pakenham man with ten offences. They included theft, theft of motor vehicle, attempted theft of motor vehicle, attempted aggravated burglary, evade police, and criminal damage. He was remanded to appear at Dandenong Magistrates’ Court on 6 September. A 19-year-old woman from Narre Warren was charged with theft of motor vehicle, theft, and evade police - with an appearance at Dandenong Magistrates Court expected at a a later date. An 18year old Narre Warren man was also charged with theft of motor vehicle and theft. He was bailed, and will appear at Dandenong Magistrates’ Court on 27 October. A 15-year-old Noble Park boy was charged with seven offences including theft of motor vehicle, robbery, and theft. A 13-yearold Frankston boy was charged
with theft of motor vehicle, robbery, unlawful assault, and two counts of commit indictable offence on bail. They were both remanded, and will appear at a children’s court at a later date.
A PLAN to construct 136 dwellings at a site on Pagett Road in Carrum Downs has been approved. The dwellings will sit on 17 and 18 Pagett Road. Part of the land was previously used as a poultry farm. Frankston councillors unanimously approved the plans at their August public meeting. The report prepared by Frankston Council officers recommended that councillors approve the development. “As part of the future public open space contribution (required at the subdivision stage) the existing council reserve to the east will be expanded by approximately 2700 square metres. A pocket park is proposed to the centre/west of the site to retain and protect a high value tree,” the report reads. “A pedestrian link is proposed to the existing 38R Access Way reserve to provide pedestrian connection to the existing industrial park. Pagett Road, Trafford Road and Sky Way will be extended to intersect within the site. A number of private roads will be created which will be accessed off Pagett and Trafford Road, these will become part of the common property and be managed by the owners’ corporation. “Part of the land was previously a poultry farm, resulting in a medium risk of site contamination. Further assessment of this risk is required and a requirement for rehabilitation may be necessary. These matters are recommended to be dealt with via conditions of approval.”
Driver blows way over legal limit A CARRUM Downs man has been arrested after allegedly driving drunk and being involved in a crash last week. At around 4.30pm on 19 August, a white Ford ute collided with a Triton ute travelling in the same direction on the Mornington Peninsula Freeway. Police allege that the Ford had been “driving erratically”. The Triton became airborne after the crash, and hit the safety rail. Police allege that the Ford driver had to stop his car because of the damage sustained, but still attempted to flee. Police arrived and took him to the police station where he allegedly returned an evidentiary breath test reading of 0.224. The 27-year-old man from Carrum Downs is expected to be charged with multiple offences. Any witnesses or anyone with dash cam footage can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report via www. crimestoppersvic.com.au to assists with the investigation.
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Deadly pet poison ‘may reappear’ Stephen Taylor email@example.com AGRICULTURE Victoria is warning that more cases of pet-food poisoning – which killed two dogs at a Mornington Peninsula pet hospital in the past month – may reappear in coming weeks. The two dogs were among six taken by distressed owners to the Peninsula Vet Emergency Hospital with lethargy, lack of appetite, vomiting and jaundice consistent with liver disease. The cases occurred from mid-July to mid-August. Testing found the toxin indospicine in the blood and liver of the sick dogs and in pet meat samples. The naturally occurring contaminant is found in the indigofera plant from the Northern Territory. Dogs are especially sensitive to its toxic effects in meat from livestock that grazed the plant. Horses grazing where the plant grows are considered the most likely source. While there have been no more recent cases reported to the vet hospital, Agriculture Victoria and PrimeSafe – the authority responsible for regulating meat, poultry, seafood and pet food in Victoria – warn that more cases of indospicine poisoning may appear “in coming weeks”. Dr Wey Yen Loh, who heads the pet hospital’s emergency and critical care department, in Mornington-Tyabb Road, said of the six dogs treated “two progressed to develop severe liver failure and had to be euthanised. Four other dogs recovered after developing mild disease”. Agriculture Victoria said about 60 dogs had been affected across Victoria, with 21 dying. Cases were rife on the Mornington Peninsula,
Bairnsdale, Traralgon, and in the eastern suburbs. Dr Loh said the authorities had confirmed pet meat from the Maffra District Knackery was contaminated with indospicine between 31 May-3 July. It has been found to affect dogs “more significantly, whereas livestock that have grazed on these plants will end up storing the toxin within the muscles. Indospicine is not known to be toxic to humans.” Affected products sold at Backmans Greyhound Supplies, Seaford, had been recalled. The outlet was contacted for comment but referred The Times back to the Maffra knackery. Dr Loh said contaminants may be present in pet supply products across Victoria. “We recommend anyone with raw pet meat sourced in the above dates dispose of it immediately to reduce the risk of exposure.” PrimeSafe and Agriculture Victoria have closed their investigation but warn the toxin may still be in products in pet owners’ freezers and that neither cooking nor freezing will destroy it. All pet meat, including beef and kangaroo, should be considered at risk of contamination due to the blending of pet meats during processing, the department said in a statement. “Indospicine can build up slowly when affected meat is consumed regularly by dogs. It can then reach levels sufficient to cause toxicity, so, if your dog has been fed pet meat matching the description, and they have not become unwell, do not assume your pet meat is safe. “Contact your supplier to confirm the source of your pet meat.”
WORKERS remove a Frankston line boom gate. Picture: LXRP
Station rebuilds on track FOUR sets of boom gates have been removed as part of Frankston line level crossing removal works. Last month between 26 July and 29 July, boom gates were removed at Edithvale Road, Chelsea Road, Argyle Avenue, and Bondi Road. Bonbeach, Edithvale, and Chelsea stations were all destroyed, with a rebuild imminent. Trains are now running express through Edithvale, Chelsea, and Bonbeach. This will occur until 13 September when buses will replace trains between Mordialloc, Frankston and Stony Point. The three rebuilt stations are expected to be open and operational by November. A statement on the Level Crossing Removal
project website read “we understand that the next few months are going to be challenging for residents, traders and commuters — particularly along the Nepean Highway and Station Street — as we deliver one of the biggest projects we’ve undertaken. Completing all the works at once significantly reduces the total disruption period.” Late last month, the state government announced two more level crossings it would remove along the Frankston line. The boom gates at Parkers Road in Parkdale and Warrigal Road in Mentone are both set to go. The preferred solution for the project is to build rail bridges between Mentone and Parkdale. (“More level crossings on the chopping block” The Times 4/8/21).
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Public transport solution throws Frankston ‘under a bus’ Continued from page 1 “The final report is saying another five years is needed for feasibility studies but in the meantime next generation buses will do. It’s again kicking the can down the road. The public benefits of the rail extension have been well documented, widely circulated in the community, and strongly supported by our region’s major organisations. Ongoing delays like this place the $225 million funding for the extension in jeopardy,” Ms Hosking said. “Providing a metro-standard train service to the [Monash University] campus is one of the compelling reasons for the long-awaited rail extension. A station near Monash would enable six-times as many students to access the campus by rail. “The report recognised that Frankston’s multi-modal transit interchange – situated right in the middle of the CBD – is unable to handle high traffic volumes, and needs upgrading, so how will sending more buses there solve our problems?” The report made other recommendations about the Frankston line. IV has also suggested completing a business case in the next two years to reconfigure the city loop, with a plan for more frequent metropolitan services on the Frankston, Craigieburn, Upfield, and Glen Waverley lines included. “Reconfiguring the City
Loop also has other benefits. It could allow more frequent services on the Frankston and Glen Waverley lines, using depot facilities in Melbourne’s north,” the infrastructure strategy reads. “Our modelling shows that providing more frequent train services in these parts of the network attracts more jobs and housing along the Craigieburn and Upfield rail lines and surrounding areas, and other places such as Cheltenham and Moorabbin.” At a launch for the strategy at the Committee for Economic Development of Australia last week, Infrastructure Victoria CEO Michel Masson said “our final recommendations consider the medium to longer-term impacts of the global pandemic. Despite the current challenges, Victoria will continue to grow and transform.” “Our 30-year roadmap outlines how Victoria can make the most of the infrastructure we already have while ensuring new infrastructure, such as road and rail projects, deliver maximum value to areas where it is needed most,” he said. The state government is expected to respond to the strategy’s recommendations and form its own integrated 5-year infrastructure plan sometime in the next year. To read the full report visit infrastructurevictoria.com.au/ victorias-infrastructure-strategy-2021-2051-home
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Cryptocurrency under the microscope this tax time THE Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is concerned that many taxpayers believe their cryptocurrency gains are tax free or only taxable when the holdings are cashed back into Australian dollars. ATO data analysis shows a dramatic increase in trading since the beginning of 2020. It is estimated that there are over 600,000 taxpayers that have invested in crypto-assets in recent years. “This year, we will be writing to around 100,000 taxpayers with cryptocurrency assets explaining their tax obligations and urging them to review their previously lodged returns. We also expect to prompt almost 300,000 taxpayers as they lodge their 2021 tax return to report their cryptocurrency capital gains or losses.” Assistant Commissioner Tim Loh said.
Last year, the ATO directly contacted around 100,000 taxpayers who had traded in cryptocurrency and prompted 140,000 taxpayers at lodgment. Mr Loh explained that gains from cryptocurrency are similar to gains from other investments, such as shares. Generally, as an investor, if you buy, sell, swap for fiat currency, or exchange one cryptocurrency for another, it will be subject to capital gains tax (CGT) and must be reported. CGT also applies to the disposal of non-fungible tokens (NFTs). “We are alarmed that some taxpayers think that the anonymity of cryptocurrencies provides a licence to ignore their tax obligations.” Mr Loh said. “While it appears that cryptocurrency operates in an anonymous digital world, we closely track
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Bad blazes inspire firefighter to help AFTER living through the terrifying blazes of late 2019, Edithvale firefighter Alison van den Dungen decided to make a difference. Ms van den Dungen was in East Gippsland during the 2019 fire season. She was urged to evacuate, and watched as the situation worsened. “Over the next few weeks, I was watching what was happening on fire grounds across Australia and I just knew I had to do something,” she said. “I didn’t want to go through another fire season thinking here I am, perfectly capable with the right skills to be able to put my hand up and am not doing what I can to help.” After the experience of being so close to the danger, Ms van den Dungen signed up for the Edithvale CFA. “I was welcomed with open arms from the moment I walked in,” she said. “Edithvale brigade is quickly becoming a family to me. “I was excited to put my hand up for it – I was new to the CFA world but was able to apply my everyday skills to this role and have become quite confident in it. I’ve helped the brigade organise community events like school visits, getting the truck to school fetes, as well as managing brigade social media channels and other outward-facing roles. No matter what your skillset is, the brigade will find a role suited to you.” To submit an expression of interest form for joining the CFA visit cfa.vic. gov.au/volunteer. ALISON van den Dungen in her CFA gear. Picture: Supplied
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‘Correcting the record’ over federal Pfizer negotiations Both Pfizer, the Australian government and Department of Health have previously rejected these unsubstantiated, unsourced claims about negotiations with Pfizer, including from the articles mentioned (“Mixed messages” Letters 17/8/21). They are false and I am surprised that an already discredited claim was published. The quote that I said we rejected the offer is fabricated. No such offer was made. No such quote has been made. The Australian government entered into an advanced purchase agreement (APA) with Pfizer for the purchase of their COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible, while ensuring safe and effective vaccines for Australians based on the medical advice from SITAG and the maximum doses available. In addition, Pfizer themselves stated to the Senate committee that “the supply of vaccine in Australia was developed following consultation with the Australian government and each agreement was based on the availability of doses and earliest schedule that could be provided at that time”. The government has followed the advice of SITAG at all times on both the selection and quantity of vaccines. Any assertion to the contrary is incorrect. With over 15.7 million vaccine doses administered at time of writing, our rollout continues to gather pace and I thank each and every Australian who has come forward to be vaccinated. Greg Hunt, MP for Flinders, Minister for Health and Aged Care, Somerville
Vaccine truth Thank you for Cameron McCullough’s excellent article on vaccines and COVID (“Seek the truth about vaccines from doctors, not ‘know-it-alls’” The News 17/8/21). It’s refreshing in this time of misinformation and those seeking “affirmation not information” to get someone advising people to speak to the experts, not your barista. This piece came at a good time for me. It’s been a hard week as it leads up to the one-year anniversary of the death of my mother in law from COVID-19. Every day I have to listen to the “opinions” of people fed misinformation about COVID-19 and the media who are not supporting the government health directions and undermining our leaders. It’s frustrating, heartbreaking and makes this time so much harder when you understand how much we have to lose. Thanks for continuing so show responsible journalism when it’s not always what people want but because it’s the right thing to do and, ultimately, will save lives. I know you will get the full force of the antivaccine movement unleashed on you because of this story, but I just wanted to say there are those of us who have seen what left unchecked this virus can do, and we thank you for doing the right thing. Take care and stay safe. Sharon O’Hehir, Dromana
Lockdown idiocy It appears the lockdown and the idiocy of some of the population is getting to you as it is with me (“Seek the truth about vaccines from doctors, not ‘know-it-alls’” The News 17/8/21). I just find the reaction of these (so-called) rational younger people are mind boggling. I guess it is because they have never been through anything dangerous (like polio, smallpox, tetanus or a big financial crisis) in their lifetime. I do hold hope for the future but do question the thinking processes of these younger (against me) people, they do need to stop believing all this crap being fed to them on social media. Keep up the good work. Barry Kirkpatrick, Mount Martha
Uncharitable changes [Flinders MP] Greg Hunt and his colleagues in the LNP are at it again by threatening the charitable status of public groups (“AGL allies at odds over charity laws” The News 17/8/21). It is hard enough for small local groups get-
ting enough resources together to fight projects and proposals that clearly are against public or environmental interest without big government interference. I’m sure trusts like [Hillview Quarry owner] the Ross trust will be untouched. Hands off community not-for-profit organisations. Rupert Steiner, Balnarring Beach
Centrelink ‘win’ Flinders MP [and Health and Aged Care Minister] Greg Hunt has proudly announced on Facebook that the Centrelink office in Mornington will not be closed by his government. Wow, not doing something is now counted as some kind of achievement. I guess if you were the minister responsible for the vaccine rollout stuff up you would probably view sweeping your driveway as a noteworthy achievement. Ross Hudson, Mount Martha
Frightening future When observing the political grandstanding, egos and mistakes of many politicians in dealing with COVID-19, I shudder at the frightening prospect of how they will deal with climate change and species extinction that are already here. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse have now been joined by three more carrying fire, floods and rising sea levels. All are riding straight at us but, unfortunately, it seems business as usual is the call for most Australian politicians. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns of seven tipping points related to potential areas of abrupt change. One I find particularly frightening is change to the Atlantic Ocean’s circulation, the Gulf Stream. There are huge climatic differences between similar latitudes in North America and northern Europe and it is quite feasible that a further slowdown or even a stop to the Gulf Stream will have disastrous results. It could render parts of northern Europe uninhabitable, at least for the present population. Where are they going to move to? My guess would be Australia, with or without our permission. We need clear vision and tight strategy to halt and, I hope, reverse the seemingly inevitable through: Politicians pursuing policies of true sustainability; protection of old growth forests; protection and enhancement of biodiversity; total commitment to renewable energy; and, economic support for third world countries to achieve these goals as well; Henry Kelsall, The Sustainable Future Association, Frankston
Numbers count There is a lot of local interest in matters published every week by The News and some also of state and federal proportions. There have been items promoting the creation of a new party to oppose [Flinders MP] Greg Hunt at the next election, and I thoroughly endorse those motives. However, the creation of a new party able to contest a federal election is now fraught with greater difficulty than when Pauline Hanson decided to take on the establishment. Little publicity has been given to Electoral Legislation Amendment (Party Registration Integrity) Bill 2021 introduced by the Assistant Minister for Electoral Matters on 12 August. This bill is an obvious collusion between the Liberal, National and Labor parties to kill off small emerging parties which are attracting growing support simply as an alternative to the failed major parties. This bill raises the minimum number of members for a viable party to exist and remain registered from 500 to 1500. A list of members must be provided within 90 days and failure to comply and remain compliant results in immediate deregistration. Groups with ambitions to form a new party or parties should be aware of these proposed changes and proceed on the basis that they will be passed. To marshal a group of 1500 people into a new party in an electorate the size of Flinders is a tall
No rest for the whales I was among the fortunate on-lookers at Safety Beach on Wednesday 21 July when two adult southern right whales spent rested in the shallows close to the shore opposite the yacht club. Because of the lockdown there were few boats around while the whales enjoyed a peaceful time in this sheltered area. Suddenly, with a throbbing beat, a helicopter appeared and hovered overhead to get some shots for the nightly television news.
While it is important that news of such interesting animal encounters gets publicity, it seems a bit unnecessary to fly around so close, every time a whale shows up in Port Phillip. Remembering that southern right whales are among the most endangered species of baleen whale and one of the largest animals to ever have lived on Earth, some great shots could have been taken from a higher altitude, allowing these rare visitors a little peace before continuing their epic migration to Antarctica. Bill Boyle, Dromana
order and groups planning to create new parties should get together ASAP and find common ground to attract the numbers and the funds to launch an organisation of that size. One should not forget the events that destroyed One Nation by internal dissent. On the other hand, there may well be some icing on this cake if it thwarts the formation of small “independent” parties that are little more than a front for one of the majors to give support to crucial legislation. Barry James Rumpf, McCrae
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In the light of the reported chaos and seeming rapidly deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, Australia should follow countries such as Canada and the UK and increase our humanitarian intake of Afghan refugees and offer extra places to people living in extreme danger. Three thousand people from our current planned intake is not enough. That number is part of our current annual humanitarian intake of 13,750. Australia has in the past generously offered a safe haven to those in danger over and above our annual intake of refugees. Afghan people already in Australia, many on temporary protection visas, have not been eligible to make applications for their families – often their wife and children - to come to Australia. Their applications should now be accepted by the Home Affairs Department as a matter of priority. It is time to immediately provide for more family reunions. Family members back in Afghanistan now face heightened danger. Refugees on temporary protection visas should be granted permanent protection visas after years of the uncertainty. Their return to Afghanistan is no longer an option. The reason for their fleeing from their homeland over the years is clear as our role in Afghanistan for the last 20 years attests. In this emergency I along with many Australians expect the federal government to act responsibly and with compassion for Afghans in Australia, as well as the continuing rescue of those supporters of our forces fleeing from Afghanistan. Ann Renkin, Shoreham
Trail blazers We too would like to endorse the remarks regarding the resurfacing of the Bay Trail from Morris Street, Tootgarook to Shirlow Avenue, Rye (“Gold standard” Letters 17/8/21). We would like to inform the users of the Bay Trail that our past councillor, Hugh Fraser, and the relevant employees of Mornington Peninsula Shire Council were responsible for bringing forward, by five years, the upgrading of this section of the trail. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Fraser for his efforts in fast tracking the upgrade along with all his fine work for the community while serving as our councillor. Mary and Lester Walkenhorst, Tootgarook
I’m distressed by Mornington Peninsula Shire Council’s chainsaw gang that is destroying trees around Mornington. The team has cut to the ground coastal tea trees and other species in the Whitby and Herbert Street area without regard for the environment. I hope that no further destruction is carried out within Mornington. Gary Down, Mornington
I was alarmed to read an allegation that flag protocols are not being properly observed on the flag pole located in Sorrento (“All a flutter over flag protocol” Letters 18/8/21). Many people are confused about the proper way to fly a national flag and much of this misunderstanding stems from the role yardarms and gaffs play in proper placement. Flagpoles without a gaff require the national flag to be flown from the masthead, with the state flag located on the left and the house flag on the right. However, positions change when a flagpole is fitted with a gaff. With a gaff, flagpoles must always position the Australian flag on the gaff (which is the position of honour). This harks back to the sailing days when galleons at war positioned their national flag over the transom on a gaff to safely protect it against falling spars. For anyone still doubting the correct protocols I suggest they consult the Australian National Flag Association website: anfa-national.org.au The Sorrento gaff rigged flagpole conforms accurately to Australian flag protocols. I am sorry my devotion to this role- has unwittingly- been besmirched. Rob Tucker, Sorrento
Powered off The feed-in tariff for [power from] solar has been reduced again this time by 11 per cent. Adding insult to injury, it has also been decided that electric companies can charge solar owners when they feed into the grid. Why? Simply put, the energy companies have not reinvested into the grid. Part of their charge to us is to cover upgrades and maintenance. We know from their lack of maintenance contribution to the bushfires that does not happen. So why would anyone purchase a solar system today, especially with the prohibitive cost of storage batteries to thwart this? How will this ideologically-motivated, neoliberal pseudo-Christian extremist government be able to take credit for clean energy even though it continues to ignore the problem. Australia has one of the highest uptakes of rooftop solar in the world, but maybe not for much longer. In summary: God save us from the shortsighted politicisation of intelligence. Joe Lenzo, Safety Beach Frankston Times
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‘The Standard’ takes an election stand Compiled by Cameron McCullough THE election to fill the seat so long occupied by Mr Downward is exciting an extraordinary amount of interest. The reason is on the surface. Mr Downward, in allying himself with the Labor Party to defeat the Government, lost the support of a great body of electors. Of those electors some were Nationalists, some were supporters of the Country Party, most were men and women with no respect for the wirepullers, paid organisers and touts of any party organisation. All were, however, agreed on a few simple points. They want a Government which will develop the resources of the State as a whole and of this district in particular, on sound lines, squandering no money, pandering to no class. They want, further, to choose their own parliamentary representative, and to give him his mandate. That being so, they were righteously indignant when they found that a coterie in Melbourne had selected Mr W. S. Cook, not as the candidate of the clique, but as the candidate for whom the people of Frankston, Somerville, Hastings, Wonthaggi and of other parts of the electorate were to vote. For this attempt to drive us like a flock of sheep there is absolutely no justification. It is a piece of gratuitous impertinence, a piece of impertinence resented by all thoughtful men and women from end to end of the electorate. Of Mr Cook there is no unkind word to be said. He is a cultured,
upright citizen; he is not old, but he has passed the age at which a man should enter on a parliamentary apprenticeship. But even were he an experienced parliamentarian in the very prime of life, the electors would say “No”, when a little group of anonymous wirepullers in a Melbourne office dare to foist him on a constituency they had not so much as condescended to consult. As the “Age” has pointed out, it is the meek acceptance of this offensive dictation of cliques, which has brought our political life to its present sorry level. Happily, however, we are still free. An obscure coterie can lay the snare full in our sight, but we need not walk into it. Mr Sambell, aware though he is that party organisations are powerful, has courage to assert his own independence; to say that he will make his appeal, not to a group of unknown despots in Melbourne, but to the great body of electors in the constituency. The sole question is, whether we, as electors, are going to return the man who asks for our votes, the man whom we called on to fight the battle, or are we going to desert him, and return one for whom Melbourne orders us to vote. Mr Sambell is in the prime of life; he knows the roads and the waters, the requirements of the district, as only one who has been actively engaged in local matters can know them. He lives in the part of the electorate where he can be most readily reached
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by the majority of the electors, whether they travel from Stony Point or from Moorooduc. The seat has been held by a Mornington man for very many years, and no exception has been taken to Mr Downward on that ground; but the seat must not be regarded as belonging to Mornington. The people of the electorate as a whole want things done. Mr Sambell is an energetic man, an engineer, who will speak with authority on local requirements on the matters which affect our comfort and our incomes. As to the good government of the State, there isn’t a brass farthing to choose between Cook and Sambell; that being clear, it would be simple madness to choose a lawyer who is entitled to enjoy ease with dignity, when we are offered the services of an engineer who is just entering on his best years as regards intellectual life and vigor. *** A SMOKE social was held at Mr Macafee’s residence on Tuesday evening, the occasion being a send off to Constable Dyball, who has been stationed here for the past three years and has now been removed to Kiewa to take charge of that station. The chair was occupied by Mr P. Wheeler, who spoke eulogistically of the guest of the evening, both as a private citizen and as a constable. Other speakers followed, and thoroughly endorsed the remarks of the chairman. During the evening a presentation was made of a handsome travelling
rug and suitcase, on behalf of a few friends, and a smoker’s outfit from the Gazeka and Humming Birds. Constable Dyball feelingly responded and thanked them for their expressions of regard and useful gifts. Various other toasts were proposed and responded to, a pleasant evening terminating with Auld Lang Syne and God Save the King. *** THE friends of Mr Edward Sage will regret to hear that he is still very seriously ill, his medical adviser holding out no hope of his recovery. *** LIEUT H. V. Mays, who, at the last elections, acted as campaign secretary to the Hon. A. Downward in the Mornington Electorate, has been selected to oppose the Mayor of Carrum (Mr Frank Groves) for the Dandenong seat in the Country Party’s interests. *** CR David White, of Mordialloc, has been elected President of the Victorian Protestant Federation in succession to the Rev. G. A. Judkins, who recently visited Frankston. *** MR John Robertson, the well known Carrum estate agent, was at one time foremost in Scottish concert circles throughout New South Wales and Victoria. It was he who had most to do with the formation of the old Caledonian Society at Richmond. *** MR W. S. Cook, the Nationalist candidate for the Mornington electorate, will speak at Frankston tonight.
A comprehensive report will be published in “The Standard” next issue. *** MR and Mrs R. Sprigg, of Sth Yarra, were amongst the visitors to Frankston on Sunday last. *** MRS Mary Anne Ward, wife of Mr Ernest S. Ward, late of Hastings, died at Rippon Lea on Sunday last at the age of 44 years. *** THE Government statistics state that there has been a decreased output of potatoes in the Mornington county for the past season – 14,241 acres giving 33,473 tons as against 46,125 tons from 13,227 acres the year before. There was 3,985 tons of onions and 42,077 bushels of maize produced last season in this county. *** THERE is a shortage of vegetables in the Melbourne market. The Dandenong and Carrum supplies are nearly exhausted, and supplies from Westernport, Dalmore and Somerville are not expected before Xmas. Carrum was once an extensive vegetable gardening district, and one of the chief sources of supply for Melbourne, but the district is being rapidly populated by dairy farmers. *** THE Commercial Travellers’ Association presented Mr. J. B. Jolly, of Frankston, with a costly piece of silver-plate on Saturday last. *** From the pages of the Frankston and Somerville Standard, 19 August 1921
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Postcards from the Fridge: How I Lost The Plot Before Finding It By Stuart McCullough THIS was the week. The week I could no longer ignore the incontrovertible and mounting evidence that I had well and truly lost the plot. There will be some who assert (somewhat unfairly) that I never had a tight grip on it to begin with, but the fact is that weeks of lockdown have finally loosened whatever grip I had and the plot has drifted off like a helium balloon. Goodness knows where that thing will end up. It happened on Sunday. I finished my run and wandered over to the local coffee shop, mask now firmly in place. As I always do, I ordered a small skinny flat white with one. I waited patiently as the barista weaved her particular magic until my name was called and I stepped forward to collect my caffeinated prize. It was then I made the mistake that I’d successfully avoided making the entire pandemic - I raised my take away coffee to my lips and attempted to drink it through the mask. Skinny flat white immediately cascaded down my face and splashed across my chest. Others turned their faces away in abject disgust as coffee began to land in big, dark drops on the footpath. Even the barista looked horrified. I did what any reasonable person would do under the circumstances – I continued trying to suck flat white through my mask. For something thin enough to allow you to breathe, a mask is surprisingly resistant to liquid. Soon, what had been droplets turned into a veritable waterfall as coffee tumbled down my front before splashing across the footpath. I can’t have been the first. Surely others have experienced the ‘forgot I was wearing a mask and attempted to drink a coffee’ syndrome? There are many different types of mask. I’ve stuck with orthodoxy and have been wearing surgical masks. It makes me feel as though I fit in as well as suggesting I’m more qualified than I actually am. However, a light blue surgical mask really highlights coffee stains around the mouth region. Essentially, it ruins the mask forever. It also makes you easy to spot – passersby are left in no doubt as to what’s
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happened. Possibly as a result of feeling humiliated, possibly because I was under-caffeinated, I over-reacted by deciding to spend the day gardening. If, as I suspected, I had lost the plot; there was some chance I might find it buried somewhere in the back yard. Those who consider gardening part of their routine probably can’t appreciate how bizarre it is for me to be in the garden. Besides mowing, we’ve mostly left each other alone. A respectful distance if you will. But here was I, violating the very neutrality that had kept us all safe up to now.
I’ve not lived at this address for long. To that extent, this particular garden is a mystery to me. There are some raised garden beds completely overrun with grass and weeds, which seemed like a logical place to start. Using the wonder-mattock I bought just before lockdown, I ripped up the garden beds and fished out as much of the grass as I could. It was then that I started to discover more surprising artifacts. In an ideal world, this would be the part of the story where I told you about the gold doubloons, diamonds and other treasures I discovered. But if
the past eighteen months has taught us anything, it’s that an ideal world doesn’t exist. Instead, I found a menagerie of random household items. A foam ball, a toy car, tinsel (leading me to speculate that previous occupants may have grown their own Christmas tree, decorating it ‘in situ’ rather than dragging it into the living room) and, somewhat alarmingly, bones. The more I dug, the more bones I discovered. There were moments when I thought I’d soon be calling in Forensics before it became obvious that these were animal bones. In lockdown, you’re supposed to start new hobbies, and for an instant I considered trying to re-construct the skeleton into a museum display before deciding that skeletal modeling was not a skill I wanted to take into the post-pandemic world. Then it struck me. With all the force of a skinny flat white with one that you’ve inadvertently attempted to drink while still wearing a facemask. These were, most likely, the remains of a cat. In fact, these weren’t raised garden beds at all, but a shrine to a revered family feline that I had inadvertently managed to desecrate. Other cats would be out for revenge. I would have to go into hiding – which is hard to do when you’re already in lockdown. I’m not sure how, precisely, but the catkingdom will exact its revenge. I now live in fear that there’ll be a knock on the door and I’ll open it to find Mr. Mistoffelees standing on the porch before punching me in the nose and storming off. In the middle of the week, there was a knock. Naturally, I was nervous. But rather than finding an angry Mr. Mistoffelees bent on wreaking vengeance waiting for me, I found a box. In that box I found food. Coffee, milk, donuts, cheese and a pizza. Sent by a family member for no reason at all other than to make me feel better. I rummaged around the bottom of the box before pulling it out. And there it was – the plot. Just when I needed it most. Thanks. email@example.com
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Langy lad: Langwarrin’s Sam Orritt in action against Moreland Zebras at Lawton Park earlier this season. Picture: Darryl Kennedy
By Craig MacKenzie HE’S played football in more countries than perhaps any other player on the peninsula and he has a close connection with the Smashing Pumpkins. His career has seen him parade his skills on pitches in England, Scotland, the US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia and he’s spent much of 2021 showing what he’s capable off with a team that calls Lawton Park home. Life for Sammy Orritt started in Doncaster in Yorkshire 28 years ago. Life for Orritt the footballer started in California at the age of three and the Smashing Pumpkins introduced him to the game and provided the springboard for what was to follow. His father was in the quarrying and mining industry and the Orritts moved to the US when he was only six months old. “Believe it or not my first team was called the Smashing Pumpkins and they ran a program for three- and four-year-olds,” he said. When Orritt was “five or six” the family returned to England and he played with local club Retford United up until under-11 level when he trialled with Nottingham Forest “for 12 to 18 weeks”. Orritt returned to Retford but shortly after moved to Epworth Colts “to play with lads I knew from school”. He played with Epworth for two seasons before signing with Rotherham United in 2007 and playing in the under-15s. He had two seasons there but suffered a knee ligament injury that took almost a year to recover from and when he was released he joined Lincoln United. During his time there he scored in the FA Youth Cup but in 2011 the opportunity came to take up a college scholarship in the US. The Ziada brothers, Keegan and Bryce, well known to local soccer fans here through their connections to Mornington and Berwick City, were to play a part in Orritt’s decision to join South Carolina’s Limestone University. “Initially I was going to go to Michigan but they signed Keegan from Limestone so I ended up going there and playing with Bryce,” Orritt
said. It was a great move. “I probably had the best four years of my (football) life to be honest. “The lifestyle suited me and I made some really good mates that I’m still in touch with. “It was like being in a pro environment but you were getting your (academic) education at the same time. “I majored in PE and sports management with a minor in business in the end and that’s helped me later on. “I work for a heating business as their internal sales manager.” Orritt’s time in the US included two summer seasons playing with Canadian club Toronto Lynx in the Premier Development League.
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“You’re not allowed to be paid to play but your accommodation is taken care of and they give you food vouchers and vouchers for local restaurants rather than pay you directly.” While playing with Limestone Orritt won AllAmerican honours in 2013 and 2014 and was named conference attacking player of the year in 2014. In 2015 he returned to England and contacted a number of clubs. Scottish side Kilmarnock notified Fife-based Cowdenbeath who offered him a trial. “I did well and had a couple of pre-season games – one against Hearts – before they signed me. “I was there for about six months and in all honesty I didn’t enjoy it there.” Orritt was living in York and making the roundtrip to Scotland but the closure of the Forth Bridge due to emergency repairs in December 2015 was the final straw. “I’d just had enough and I ended up signing with Bishop Auckland.” The irony of that move wasn’t apparent until March 2017 when he arrived in Christchurch, New Zealand, to take up a deal with Coastal Spirit thanks to a former teammate at Toronto Lynx who was then playing with Canterbury United, another Christchurch-based outfit. His stint there was short-lived though. He took advantage of a suspension early in his time with Coastal Spirit to visit his uncle in Melbourne in May that year. That was when family friend Chris Marshall, long-serving assistant to current Oakleigh Cannons coach Chris Taylor, arranged for Orritt to go down to Mornington. “I loved it over here.” Shortly after Orritt signed with the Dallas Brooks club and his impact was immediate. “I think I scored 11 goals in 10 games. “I’ve been robbing a living off that ever since,” he said with a laugh.
“We had a good side and we had a tight group of lads who looked after me.” Orritt had another two seasons with Mornington but eventually felt impelled to move. “I’m an ambitious player and I wanted to play at the highest level I could. “No disrespect to State League but I didn’t want to be stuck there for another year and get in a rut.” Orritt spoke to Mornington head coach Adam Jamieson who understood the player’s NPL ambition. Orritt emailed a few clubs to find out if they were interested and this led to his switch to Langwarrin but things didn’t go well in his initial preseason there. “I’d broken my collarbone in my last year at Mornington and I tried to recover from that without surgery. “Just before Christmas (2019) Langy played Melbourne Victory in a pre-season game and I took a bit of a weird fall and did it again. “I didn’t want it to keep happening so I decided to bite the bullet and have surgery. “I was on track to be ready for the start of last season before COVID hit which actually allowed me to fully recover and to get fit again. “Last year being called off wasn’t so bad for me because I had a bit of fire in the belly and wanted to give myself the best possible chance of coming back and breaking into a new team. “This year with the on-off it’s been two weeks here then two weeks there and you can kind of keep yourself motivated but this latest lockdown has really knocked the wind out me. “I think it’s because it’s so late in the year and it’s been harder to keep motivated and to keep going.” Orritt has had to adjust to playing in the NPL and what is required from him at Langy is different to what he has been used to. “I wouldn’t say it’s a bit slower than State League but lads want to play football a bit more where State League is more hell for leather. “With me being a high intensity player I’ve got to get into the routine where you’ve got to let people have the ball sometimes rather than trying to win it back as soon as you can which is what it was like with teams I’d played for previously. “Scott (Miller) has been really good. “He talks you through things and how he wants you to play and when you’ve got someone who does that and gives you individual instructions it makes it a lot easier.” We mightn’t see Orritt in action again in 2021 as ongoing COVID restrictions look likely to scupper the season. His deal with Langy is for this year but he’s keen to stay and is positive about the club’s short-term prospects. “If Scotty and the club want to keep me then I’ll be there. “The people that are down there every week and the people that run the club are great and I really enjoy knocking about with the lads there. “Maybe next year if we can keep everyone then we can certainly make a push for promotion.”
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By Ben Triandafillou DAVID and Coral Feek continued their successful run of late with their handy mare Belsielle claiming another city win on Saturday 21 August. The Feek partnership utilised a freshen up for the speedy ‘pocket rocket’ to find her best at The Valley and bring up the stables third winner from their last six runners. Coming off a four-week break, Belsielle sat at the hind-quarters of the leader and race-favourite Malicorne before taking over on the bend. She dug deep in the last 100m to hold off the swoopers Love Sensation and Don’ttelltheboss to win by half-of-a-length. Mornington-based co-trainer David Feek was toying with a rise to stakes class for the mares next assignment. “You had a couple of horses in that field that had been competing in stakes races. She’s probably another win away from being a genuine stakes contender herself but while she’s in such good form and we’re happy with her in four weeks we’ll certainly put that nomination in,” Feek said. Looking to utilise the freshen up again, Feek identified the Group Three How Now Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield as a potential target for the mare. “She’s a little horse. She takes her racing well but I think we’ve identified, particularly as we raise the bar, that we’ve got to go into each race at 120%,” he said. “I think that four-week break between runs is really helping her.” Now with two wins and four minor placings to her name, the four-year-old daughter of Brazen Beau has earnt just over $135,000 in prizemoney.
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