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Delays for council project funding Brodie Cowburn brodie@baysidenews.com.au FUNDING for seven key projects could be deferred for a year by Frankston Council. Council is set to hold its mid-year budget review at its 27 January meeting. Council officers have recommended that funding for some projects be pushed back because of the strain COVID-19 has put on resources. “This financial year, council has

faced COVID restrictions which has reduced resources on the ground to deliver some major projects and has had a significant impact on our ability to engage with the community and key stakeholders on projects. As a result, project cash flows on seven projects have been revised and a total of $6.720 million out of an $8.770 million expenditure reduction has been deferred to 2021-2022,” council officers wrote. Funding proposed to be deferred to the 2021/2022 budget includes $3.6 million for the Jubilee Park In-

door Multipurpose Netball Complex, $1 million for the Frankston Yacht Club fit-out and accommodation of the Frankston Coast Guard, $1 million for a soccer pavilion at Monterey Reserve, $400,000 for the redevelopment of the Frankston BMX Track, $400,000 for the Kananook Creek Arboretum, $157,000 for the new Kevin Collopy Pavilion at Jubilee Park, and $155,000 for plant and equipment acquisition and new tree management crew. The proposed budget amendments

councillors will consider on Wednesday will result in a cash deficit of $641,000. Council officers wrote “the impact of COVID-19 and subsequent government directives have had a negative effect on council’s financial position. “From the 2020-2021 adopted budget, expectations are that COVID-19 impacts will result in reduced income of $4.909 million. This reduction has been partly offset by a decrease in expenditure of $1.707 million relating to COVID-19 events. Therefore the im-

pact of COVID-19 on council’s budget is a net cost of $3.202 million.” Council officers propose funding the cash deficit through $358,000 in “contingency savings to be found across the capital works program in the remainder of the financial year” and $283,000 “funded from reallocations within the relief and recovery package activities.” At their 27 January meeting, councillors will also consider endorsing the allocation of new funds for Nat’s Track, $87,000, and the Urban Forest Action Plan, $60,000.

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$2.8 million towers put to work THE MPNFL season is all set to start under lights. The newly installed light towers at Frankston Park will get a run when the ground hosts Pines and Frankston YCW in a blockbuster Round One clash. Frankston YCW confirmed the news on 21 January. “Tonight, after 12 months of planning, Pines Football Netball Club President Jeff Svigos, Frankston Dolphins Football Club CEO Adrian Lloyd and Stonecats

President Andrew Schneider finalised the agreement to play the first MPNFL game under the new lights at SkyBus Stadium,” the club said. The match will take place on 9 April. The lighting towers were installed at Frankston Park last year. The project was funded through $850,000 from the federal government, $650,000 from the state government, and $1.3 million from council ratepayers. Council touts the new lights as around nine times more powerful than

the previous lights. Illumination levels are expected to exceed 500 lux a maximum of six times a year, but the lights will be switched off by 10.30pm on those occasions (“Lights tower over Frankston oval”, The Times, 17/8/20). DOLPHINS CEO Adrian Lloyd oversees an agreement for Pines and Frankston YCW to open their season at Frankston Park. Picture: Supplied

MUSICIAN Simon Levick plays for Cr David Asker and Ginevra Hosking at the Norman Avenue shops, Frankston South. Picture: Supplied

Ratepayers to fund live tunes RATEPAYERS will help foot the cost for musicians to perform at outdoor dining venues. Council has contributed $40,000 to the initiative. Cr David Asker said “we’ve provided the funding (...) to support our Do It Outdoors campaign. The funds will go towards providing performers and entertainers at venues.” The Committee for Greater Frankston has “successfully applied via the state government for a $20,000 Victorian business chambers and trader organisation grant, which it is proudly contributing to bringing locals to our streets and diverse outdoor dining activations,” the lobby group’s CEO Ginevra Hosking says. “Outdoor dining is a great way to reconnect with friends and dine

alfresco-style among new and innovative dining installations. We encourage our community to get behind Frankston’s cafes, bars, restaurants and traders,” she said. Frankston musician Simon Levick said performing at outdoor venues this summer has been “fantastic”. “The new outdoor dining areas look awesome and have injected a sense of community into these spaces. I’ve also been able to involve my music students, which has been a huge opportunity for them,” he said. Scheduled events and participating businesses in council’s “Do It Outdoors” campaign can be found at discoverfrankston.com/doitoutdoors or at the Discover Frankston Facebook page.

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Rail to Rosebud is part of wider plan URBAN planning graduate and public transport advocate Robert Whitehill (pictured) says his dream of constructing a rail line to Rosebud under the first stage of his Peninsula Rail Link project would cost $6.1 - $7.5 billion. His project, which he began in 2012 as a “potential” train line running from Frankston to Rosebud, has since evolved into planning for better rail and bus services across the peninsula – including upgrading the Stony Point line (“All aboard for $20 billion rail ride to Rosebud” The Times 11/1/21). Mr Whitehill said financial projections for stage one includes high-capacity signaling, triplication and grade separation through Mordialloc, and two new platforms at Frankston. They also include new buses and regional trains as well as the Stony Point line’s duplication. Over time, the two-stage project would connect the peninsula to the Melbourne CBD using the Frankston and Cranbourne rail links. Mr Whitehill says people have been put off by suggestions the project’s initial stages – just getting trains to Rosebud – would cost $20 billion. “This is not the case,” he said, admitting that errors in his initial estimates had increased the costs of the second stage to $14.7-$17 billion, pushing the totals of both stages to $20.8-$24.5 billion. Mr Whitehill said the project began as an investigation into running a rail line along the peninsula’s west coast. “I found the concept so feasible that

STARLINGS Spatial Sound Collective will debut “diffusion compositions” in Langwarrin next month. Picture: Supplied I decided it should become a reality and have been pushing for it to happen ever since,” he said. “With summer seeing a mass exodus onto the peninsula there is always going to be a surge in transport demand that the road network alone can’t handle. It happens every year.” Mr Whitehill, who earned a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours) in 2018, says he has presented the idea to politicians and “piqued the interest of many”. For more information visit the project’s Facebook page and peninsularaillink.net Stephen Taylor

Unique sound experience at gallery MCCLELLAND Sculpture Park and Gallery will host a unique sound art experience next month. Melbourne sound composer group Starlings Spatial Sound Collective will perform its ongoing project Blended Fields at the gallery on 27 February. Inhabitation: Spatial Sound Showcase will run concurrently. The exhibition will debut new “diffusion compositions” by Starlings members

Lisa Rae Bartolomei, Gillian Lever, and Josh Peters, as well as a range of other artists. Diffusion is a sonic arts practice in which a sound composition, such as a standard stereo recording, is played back over multiple speakers. A diffusionist performs by moving the fader banks of the mixing desk. Starlings Spatial Sound Collective sound artist and composer, Gillian Lever, said “McClelland is the perfect

venue to experience the wonders of sound art and diffusion.” “We’ll be presenting a suite of new compositions in conjunction with the RMIT University and McClelland’s Site and Sound exhibition. It’s an opportunity to enjoy sound art and diffusion in a truly magical setting,” she said. The performances will take place at 12pm and 3pm on Saturday, 27 February. Bookings via mcclellandgallery. com/programsandevents

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Ventana Fiesta kicks off next month FRANKSTON’S Ventana Fiesta will return this year. From 9 February to 24 March, a packed calendar of events will take place to celebrate Latin-American, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish cultures. High-flyers will take to the sky in a showcase of Lucha libre professional wrestling. Music, dancing, food, and art will all feature over the course of the event. Frankston councillor Suzette Tayler said that “Ventana 2021 Reimagined” will be an “amazing celebration with something for the whole family.” “There’s so much to do, enjoy and explore – from the online drinks activity where participants can learn to make margarita with Mexican-style icy poles, sangria and mojitos, as well as cooking where you can learn to make delicious Spanish paella and mouth-watering tacos,” Cr Tayler said. “There’s great activities for the kids including craft where the younger members of our community can make face and head art and design their own fantasy mascot. You can also learn how to wear a contemporary poncho and watch Guatemalan weavers at work. “In addition to our usual amazing program, this year’s Fiesta is also heading online for the first time bringing the best of Latin into your living room. Enjoy a taste of the Ventana program from the comfort of your home with an array of tempting free online activities and workshops available.” To view the full program and to make bookings, visit ventanafrankston.com. au

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Shop break-ins investigated A MAN who broke into a chemist, automotive shop, and bottle shop over the New Year period is wanted by police. Police believe a man broke into and stole tools from an automotive store on Berwick-Cranbourne Road, Clyde North, on 29 December. The next night the man broke into a bottle shop on South Gippsland Highway, Cranbourne North, and stole multiple boxes of alcohol. Police also believe the man broke

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A MAN police wish to speak to about three alleged break-ins. Pictures: Supplied


Mail thief on the loose A MAN is believed to be stealing mail across Frankston and Seaford. Frankston Crime Investigation Unit are investigating the recent thefts, which occurred over the Christmas and New Year period. Police say that they are looking for a man who they describe as “large, heavy set male with short hair and a goatee beard can assist them with their enquiries”. “Frankston CIU understands that a number of people on local Facebook groups have made comments as to being victims of these thefts,” a statement on the police eyewatch social media page read. “Anyone who has had their mail stolen during this period, and who may also have any CCTV or images of the incident, is urged to report it to Frankston Police Station on (03) 9784 5555.”

Patrolling Port Phillip A POLICE operation will dedicate more resources to monitoring Port Phillip Bay over the long weekend. Operation “Unity” runs from 24 January to 26 January. Police officers and Water Police Squad members will be at local beaches to enforce water safety and try to reduce the number of marine incidents and collisions caused by unsafe behaviour. Rosebud Police Assistant Sergeant Flyn Loughlin said “we generally see a surge in the holiday population on the Mornington Peninsula over this long weekend and more people utilise the foreshore precincts and the nearby water. It’s a great atmosphere over the summer period, and I encourage everyone to have fun. But it’s been well publicised recently that there have been a spate of water related incidents ranging from drownings, injuries due to misadventure, and jetski collisions.” “We simply won’t tolerate people who fail to

observe marine safety laws, local by-laws, or those who commit criminal and anti-social behaviour – there will be no warnings. We just want people to think particularly when they’re on and next to the water. I can assure the greater community that police won’t hesitate in holding offenders to account if people don’t obey the rules.”

‘Poached’ abalone seized SEVEN men were arrested and 50kg of abalone seized in a joint operation by Mornington police and Fisheries officers last week. Two men were nabbed as they beached their boat south of the town, 2.50pm, Tuesday 19 January, allegedly with 20kg of abalone aboard. Five others were intercepted at 8pm on the Mornington-Tyabb Road allegedly with 30kg of abalone inside their car. The day was a no-take day for the valuable shellfish. Acting Sergeant Cam Fields said diving equipment and two cars used in the alleged poaching were also seized and that many of the abalone had been undersized. He said most were able to be returned to the water unharmed. The men, from Cranbourne, Hampton Park and Endeavour Hills, were charged with taking a commercial quantity of abalone and bailed to appear at Dromana Magistrate’s Court next month. Acting Sergeant Fields said strict bail conditions prohibited the men from being within five kilometres of Victorian marine waters. This means they cannot go near any marine waterway, such as beaches, rivers or lakes, or be found in possession of any dive equipment, such as goggles or flippers, at least until the court date in February. Other restrictions are aimed at reducing their risk of reoffending and ensuring their appearance at court. Further investigations may result in new charges being laid, Acting Sergeant Fields said. Anyone seeing or suspecting illegal fishing is being carried out is asked to call iFISH on 133 474.

Seized abalone: Police and fisheries officers who seized catches of abalone from boats and cars were able to return most of the shellfish to the water unharmed. Pictures: Supplied

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Age proves no barrier to enjoyment Stephen Taylor steve@baysidenews.com.au A WOMAN who has been a part of Melbourne’s growth and prosperity for more than 100 years celebrated her 108th birthday this month. Marjorie Andrew, a resident at Benton’s Lodge, Mornington, was born at Moonee Ponds on 15 January 1913. Speaking to The Times she said: “I grew up in Mordialloc, attended Mordialloc Primary School and finished my Leaving Certificate at night school. “My first job was as a clerk with the State Electricity Commission, first in Flinders Street and then Cheltenham.” After marrying Cyril “Bruce” Andrew at Mordialloc’s St Nicholas Church in May 1939, Ms Andrew faced the prospect of losing her husband when WWII broke out just four months later. “He was away for five long years and the world changed in the meantime,” she said. Looking back on those chilling times, Ms Andrew said part of the war effort for women who stayed at home was to work in the munitions factories, drive ambulances and staff cars, learn field nursing and first-aid, and to fill other positions traditionally held by men. “So, I learnt to drive, got my licence and drove management around, as well as defence force officers,” she said. “I joined the Red Cross and was a volunteer for 70 years. “In those days it was very much frowned upon for a woman to be behind the wheel of a car, so it is not surprising that when Bruce came home he was quite upset and forbade me to drive – until one night when he needed my driving skills, and the rest is history.” The couple had a daughter, Francine, who in turn had one son, and Ms Andrew says she is “blessed with two great grandchildren to date”. “I like to try new things and, even though I am getting on in years, if the body and mind allows, I will continue participating,” she said.

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Frankston Environmental Friends Network Chair David Cross, Cr Liam Hughes, and Dolphins FNC secretary Paul Wright at Overport Park. Picture: Supplied

Upgrades planned for Overport Park OVERPORT Park is being eyed for an upgrade. A master plan is being worked on for the Frankston South space. Frankston councillor Liam Hughes said “the master plan includes a large number of recommendations covering elements such as dog use with provision for more bins, bench seats and drinking fountains with dog bubblers. As a designated dog free roam park, there are no fenced dog areas proposed.” “We’ve listened to feedback on paths and following consultation, the pathway around oval two has been revised

and gravel proposed for the majority of paths. Concrete paths are recommended for high use zones to create path circuits that provide an even surface for equitable access. “The draft plan also caters for our keen cyclists with a recommendation for the detailed design for a bike park on the location of the existing informal track, as well as other facilities such as shelters, bins and drinking water.” Frankston Dolphins Football Netball Club secretary Paul Wright said “with our player numbers having increased by around 40 per cent in 2021 in line with

the expansion of netball and women’s football, the master plan includes a new netball court which is vitally important to us as a growing club.” A final report is expected to come back to council in March. To view the plan visit frankston.vic. gov.au/Your_Council/Have_Your_Say/ Overport_Park_Master_Plan Feedback can be provided to council on the draft document by emailing leisureservices1@frankston.vic.gov.au with the subject line “Overport Park Master Plan”. Feedback closes 14 February.

EXPRESSIONS of interests are open for the next round of the Dunkley Stronger Communities grant program. The federal government has allocated the Dunkley electorate $150,000, which will be used for grants for up to 20 projects. Grants of between $2500 to $20,000 are available. Dunkley MP Peta Murphy said “this program will support our wonderful community organisations and clubs to deliver capital works projects across our community.” “I strongly encourage interested organisations to contact my office to receive an expression of interest form. The Stronger Communities programme funds small capital projects, for example, upgrading a local community hall or sporting facility, building new bike paths, or providing essential equipment.” Expressions of interests close 28 February. Call Ms Murphy’s office on 9781 2333 or email peta.murphy. mp@aph.gov.au to receive an expression of interest form. DUNKLEY MP Peta Murphy at Belvedere Bowls Club. Picture: Supplied

THE second round of travel vouchers from the state government have been quickly snapped up again. Vouchers were on offer again on 20 January, but the allocation was quickly exhausted. 40,000 vouchers for $200 were taken up. During the first round of offers, 70,000 vouchers were claimed. The state government says that the Mornington Peninsula was one of the most popular destinations for holiday makers who claimed vouchers. Tourism minister Martin Pakula said “Victorians love exploring their own backyard and these vouchers make it easier for families to get out into our beautiful regions and enjoy a well-earned break.” “More people travelling in regional Victoria means more money over the counter for businesses that are recovering after a very difficult 2020, and more jobs for local workers,” he said. Regional development minister Mary-Anne Thomas said “these vouchers mean more Victorians have the chance to see more and do more in regional Victoria this summer – helping local businesses and the communities they support, hit hard by the challenges of 2020.” Second round vouchers will be redeemable for travel between 27 January and 1 April. Successful applicants are able to redeem their voucher after they have travelled and spent their money so that cash flows immediately to the local businesses. Another batch of 40,000 vouchers will be offered on 30 March for travel between 6 April and 31 May. For more information and to apply visit vic.gov.au/regional-travel-voucherscheme

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Going overboard for water safety BOATERS and paddlers are being urged to practice getting back on their craft so they will be better prepared to save themselves this summer. Maritime Safety Victoria acting director Gareth Johnson says he expects a surge of water activity as boaters and paddlers make the most of free time from the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. “With increased activity comes the possibility of increased incidents, injuries and fatalities,” he said. “In 2018-19 there were 717 incidents in Port Phillip (excluding Corio) and 219 in Western Port and we don’t want to see those numbers increase. “Our critical safety message for boaters and paddlers – practice getting back on. “If you’re planning to go out on a boat or a kayak in the next few months, don’t wait until you’re treading water to find out you can’t get back on. Just because you could once doesn’t mean you can now.” Mr Johnson says that with incidents on the rise in recent years, TSV’s five messages for summer remain critical. “Boaters and paddlers usually remember to check the weather and wear a lifejacket, but many injuries – and, sadly, fatalities – happen when they go out alone, can’t get back on and are unable to raise the alarm.” Research shows 37 per cent of paddlers and 31 per cent of coastal boaters, on their last outing, did not carry equipment to help them get back on board. “That’s why we recommend boaters and kayakers practice getting back on board – soon,” Mr Johnson said. “If you own a boat you should do this once a year and if you’re a kayaker or canoer do it more frequently.” Paddlers should learn to use a paddle float and stirrup and consider taking professional instruction before kayaking trips. Boaters are advised to have a kill switch that ensures the engine cuts out if they fall overboard. They should buy a ladder that extends into the water. The Prepare to Survive campaign focuses on preparation, so that if something does go wrong, boaters have the best chance of survival. This includes knowing the weather; practicing getting back on; carrying a distress beacon; having a buddy plan and wearing a lifejacket. Details: Visit msv.vic.gov.au/prepare

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Ready to roll with ‘action’ after lockdown Keith Platt keith@baysidenews.com.au THE arts in all its various forms is acknowledged as being one of the hardest hit industries as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. But the lockdown and fluid restrictions have not deterred Mount Eliza-based filmmaker Riley Sugars from embarking on a new project. Although not yet fully financed (hopes are pinned on GoFundMe), Sugars is planning a March shoot around various Melbourne locations. Cast and crew are already signed up for the feature which has also been mentioned by industry websites Film Ink and Film Magazine. Sugars says the “black comedy” Hatchback, co-written by Chloe Graham, “could best be described as [Ted Kotcheff’s] Weekend at Bernies meets [Quentin Tarantino’s] Reservoir Dogs”. The plot revolves around attempts by Vince (Stephen Curry - The Castle, Hounds of Love, The Cup, Save your Legs, The Nugget and in his AFI winning role as Graham Kennedy in the TV Movie The King) to “clean up” a dead body for the mob. Things get out of hand when he calls for help from his brother-in-law Ted (Jackson Tozer - Mr Inbetween, Rostered On, The Ex-Pm and Secret Bridesmaid’s Business). Curry portrays a “wanna-be professional cleaner for the mob. He is highly strung and adamant in doing a good job”. The brother-in-law assistant “tries hard to do well in his [cleaning] debut … but his first time is far from a picnic”. “Ted is always just missing the mark

and bumbling something up,” Sugars says. Hatchback follows Sugars’ period drama Rabbits, selected at the BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival, as well as being judged Best Student Film at the Nottingham International Film Festival and the Oxford International Film Festival. Co-writer, editor and producer Graham was executive editor for Rabbits (2019) and worked in production for TV’s Australian Ninja Warrior (2020) and advertising for Brazen Hussies (2020). Producer credits will be shared by Los Angeles-based Jon Grosland and Charlotte De Pedro. Grosland will work from LA, assisting in initial development, production and travel during the festival circuit. De Pedro has worked overseas, with Beyond Charlie (2019) being her most recent work. The production which she wrote, produced and directed won awards in Australia and overseas, including best female producer and best drama short. Melbourne-based cinematographer Anthony Littlechild has a string of credits to his name, including commercial productions (LA Lakers, Uber, Carlton FC, McLaren, Ferrari), feature films and music videos. He recently received Australian Cinematographers Society Silver Award for his work on the TV Series Photo Number 6. Other crew members include production and costume designer Phoenix Waddel and “sound designer” Gemma Stack. Details: facebook.com/HatchbackComedyFilm or instagram.com/hatchback.film To help Hatchback financially go to: gofundme.com/f/hatchback-film-starringstephen-curry

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Gorgeous Valentines to bring glamour and sparkle to Frankston TWO of Australia's favourite leading ladies of stage and screen will sizzle together on the Frankston Arts Centre stage in a production of cabaret and song. Rachael Beck and Rhonda Burchmore’s collective successes on stage and screen create an irresistible chemistry resulting in a superb performance of entertainment and glamour. Rhonda says, “I am really looking forward to ‘Gorgeous Valentines with my beautiful friend Rachael Beck and Musical Director Jack Earle at Frankston Arts Centre. We’ll be presenting sparkling renditions of our favourite tunes and woo you with heart-felt stories and spicy tales.” From Melbourne to London’s West End to the depths of the South African jungle, Rhonda Burchmore has endeared herself into the hearts of all Australians. With a career spanning over 35 years, this vivacious beauty continues to turn heads wherever she goes and draw thunderous applause wherever she performs. Rhonda will be joined by Rachael Beck, an award-winning performer whose talents span stage and screen, as both an acclaimed vocal artist and actress. Widely remembered for her award-winning role as Belle opposite Hugh Jackman in Beauty and the Beast, she has also received Green Room award nominations for performance in Les Miserables and Cats. After a year of cancelled performances and closed theatres, this Daytime Music + Theatre performance of Gorgeous Valentines is an uplift-

ing start to the 2021 theatre season. With new COVID-Safe changes to the theatre introduced to keep audiences, performers, crew and staff safe and healthy – trips to the theatre are back on the calendar in 2021! There are many shows scheduled for this year, however, most will not open for ticket sales until six weeks prior to ensure that the venue complies with the latest capacity restrictions. Patrons are encouraged to join a waiting list for particular events on the FAC website to be the first to know about ticket sales. Frankston Art Centre Box Office and main foyer are open for reduced hours Monday to Friday, 11am to 4pm. For more information, visit www.thefac.com. au or phone 9784 1060. Gorgeous Valentines Frankston Arts Centre Friday 12 February, 10.30am & 1.30pm Tickets $19 - $21


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Quarries opened by Chairman of Country Roads Board under the supervision of Mrs H. McComb, assisted by other lady helpers, and as the weather was extremely hot, the council’s thoughtfulness in this connection was much appreciated. The Shire President (Cr Mason), in welcoming the visitors, said they were taking part in a function of considerable importance. From a monetary and utility standpoint, it was one of the biggest enterprises undertaken by any shire. When first mooted it seemed too large, as several thousands of pounds had to be provided, and the money market presented difficulties. Ultimately all obstacles had been overcome, and the plant was now in running order at a present cost of £12,000. The Council had been fortunate in securing as manager, Mr Frank Jolly, in whom they had implicit faith, and he was carrying the full responsibility of the works. In launching the new venture, the council had been subjected to much criticism. This was not resented as long as it was fair and reasonable. Some critics said they had paid too much for the land—400 acres had been purchased at £6 per acre. The area was covered with timber, still growing, and the value of the wood as fuel was £6 per acre. He was satisfied the council had secured a very fine asset. The machinery was capable of turning out 400 yards of metal per day and no difficulty would be experienced in disposing of the stone. A contract had just been entered into to supply the Railway Department

Compiled by Cameron McCullough THE opening of the stone quarries at Moorooduc on Friday, January 7 proved a notable event, destined to prove memorable in the history of the district’s development. Men competent to express an opinion on the subject give the unqualified verdict that the Council of the Shire of Frankston and Hastings has done the right thing in establishing an industry so vital to the needs of the municipality. The great need of the day is for roads and yet more roads. The council, assisted by the Country Roads Board, has not been unwilling to supply all reasonable demands for improved thoroughfares, but in many instances construction has been retarded, owing to the inability to obtain adequate supplies of road making material. In establishing quarries and crushing plant of its own in the heart of the shire, the council has become independent of outside supplies, and although the initial cost had been heavy, the ultimate gain will be proportionately large. The official opening attracted a large number of visitors to the works, where the Shire President (Cr W. P. Mason) directed the proceedings. Mr Calder, the Chairman of the Country Roads Board, was in attendance, and representatives of many neighboring municipalities were also present. The extensive nature of the works caused considerable surprise to many and great interest was taken in the working of the massive machinery and the adjoining quarries. Light refreshments were provided

with 12,000 yards of metal at a very favorable price. He wished to make it clear that the council would never have been able to establish the plant had it not been for the forward policy of the Government in establishing the Country Roads Board. (Applause) They were pleased to have Mr Calder (chairman of the Roads Board) present at the opening of their quarries. (Hear, hear) The Board had done such excellent work that the system was now being copied by the Government of New South Wales. It was at last recognised that good roads were essential to the proper development of the country. Good roads made good neighbors and good towns, and kept the railways going. The Mornington Peninsula would have remained in a somewhat primitive state had not the Country Roads Board stepped in and provided adequate highways for the producers, and he hoped before long to see the Board take over Humphries Road and the 3-chain road linking Tyabb and the main Hastings Road. If these were treated as developmental roads, the council would have little to complain about. Mr Calder, who met with an enthusiastic reception, said he was acting on behalf of Mrs Mason, the wife of the shire president, in setting the machinery in motion. He felt flattered at being asked to take part in such an important ceremony. He congratulated the shire council on the progressive step it had taken. People were inclined to whine a little

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class, it was superior to the best basalt from Melbourne, and was well suited to the requirements of the district. The C.R.B. would do its best to keep the plant going. (Cheers.) *** AT the Frankston Police Court on Monday last — before Cr W. P. Mason and Mr C. W. Grant, J’s.P — a female offender, who admitted prior convictions, was fined £1, in default three days, for being drunk and disorderly at Frankston on Saturday last. A defendant, charged with non-compliance with the Vaccination Act, was fined 10s. *** WESTERNPORT Bay owes its discovery to Sir George Bass, the surgeon, who came to Australia in 1795. Its discovery was the outcome of a remarkable feat on Bass’s part, for the voyage from Sydney to Westernport was made in a miniature type of whaling craft. Bass was a fearless, wandering spirit, but his fate was ultimately a sad one, for whilst visiting Valparaiso, he was seized and sent into the slavery of the Brazil quicksilver mines. *** SPORTS in the Bittern and Balnarring district are thinking about holding a race meeting at the Emu Plains Racecourse shortly. Nothing definite yet, but it’s coming. *** SOME of the latest land buyers in the Frankston district include residents of Barnwartha, Kiewa, Benalla, Rushworth, and Strathmerton. *** FROM the pages of the Frankston and Somerville Standard, 21 January 1921

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Somerville net the Sharks, Dromana prevail, Seaford let it slip, Sorrento slide in for a win By Brodie Cowburn

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A GREAT performance by Somerville’s batsmen got them a win over Flinders on Saturday. Somerville looked comfortable out in the middle, and set a huge total. Opener Brenton Alp and number four Bradley McDonald top scored with scores of 83 and 85 not out respectively. Flinders worked hard to get within reach of a target of 282, but fell short. A middle order collapse proved costly, and they ended up all out for 229. Flinders opener Kane Hawkins can hold his head high after scoring a half century. Long Island’s bowlers were in fine form on Saturday, helping their side defend a total of 172 against Seaford Tigers. The Tigers stumbled out of the gates, and at 9/49 were no chance to win. Their tail end batsmen were gutsy, and dug their heels in to help get their side to 125 before being bowled out. The Tigers were defeated by 47 runs. Daniel Kelly was the pick of the bowler, taking four wickets. At Ditterich Reserve, Heatherhill notched up a win over Main Ridge. Main Ridge set a target of 148, which proved to be too small. Heatherhill hit the winning runs with four wickets and four overs to spare. Pines had little trouble dealing with Moorooduc. They won by seven wickets on their home deck.

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A HALF-CENTURY from opener Dewayne Bowden set Dromana up for a victory on Saturday. Pearcedale hit the road to take on Dromana. The travelling outfit chose to bat first and put 174 runs on the scoreboard before being bowled out. Dromana’s run chase started well, and at 1/96 they were in pole position for the win. Despite losing a few late wickets, Dromana were eventually able to claim the points. They hit the winning runs with three wickets left. First drop batsman Matthew Whelan’s knock of 79 was the highlight of the day as his Delacombe

Just enough: Dromana hit the winning runs with just three balls to spare in their clash against Pearcedale. Picture: Andrew Hurst

Park side took on Carrum. Delacombe Park set 157 runs for Carrum to chase down. Carrum struggled badly, and their run chase came to an end when they were bowled out for 96. Whelan also starred with the ball, posting figures of 3/5 off eight overs. Hastings bowled impressively to defend a total of 156 against Frankston YCW. The Stonecats were toothless, and were bowled out just 88.

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SEAFORD let a good chance at victory go to waste on Saturday. They failed in their run chase against Mt Martha. On their home deck at Ferrero Reserve, Mt Martha struggled with the bat. They got off to a rough start when they lost their first three wickets for

Tootgarook defended a total of 202 against Skye. Travis French top scored for the winning side with a knock of 87. Skye opener Ishtiaq Ahmed scored 80 runs to give his side a chance, but they still lost by 42 runs. Around the grounds Tyabb defeated Ballam Park by 90 runs at Bunguyan Reserve, and Carrum Downs defeated Boneo by 25 runs at Boneo Rec Reserve.

just 11 runs. When Mt Martha’s innings came to a close they were at 9/111. Seaford’s run chase was shaky. At 5/43, a win was far from assured. They got things back on track and were in the driver’s seat at 7/100, but then disaster struck for Seaford. The side lost their last three wickets for nine runs and ended up all out for 109. Mt Martha emerged victorious by just two runs. Balnarring claimed a win over Rye in another low scoring clash on Saturday. Rye chose to bat first but did no damage on the scoreboard. They were bowled out for 78, with just two batsmen making double-digit scores. Balnarring were hardly convincing, but managed to get the job done. They won by just two wickets.

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SORRENTO scored the narrowest of victories over Baxter on Saturday. Thanks to a half-century from Joseph Rule, Baxter set their opponents 146 to chase down. Sorrento set themselves up well during their run chase. First drop batsman Robert Wilson scored 50

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Greening returns to Somerville SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie THE topsy-turvy relationship between Dave Greening and Somerville Eagles took another twist last week when the club appointed him senior player-coach for 2021. The peninsula goals king with nine league Golden Boot awards to his name was re-appointed last week for his third stint as player-coach. He resigned from the role last June but recent changes at the club played an important role in his return. Close friend Stan Packer stepped down as senior coach earlier this month and took over as director of coaching and he supported Greening’s return as did club president Luke Mulder. “I’m thankful to Luke and Stan and the rest of the committee for their efforts in getting me back to the club,” Greening said. “After what was a really tough year for me personally in 2020 it feels fantastic to be back as those that know me well know that this this club is very close to my heart. “I had some interest from other clubs but I didn’t have the drive and passion to succeed that I have here. “This is the sort of family club where I can bring my wife Emma and son Alfie to and it’s a place where I can see out my playing days while continuing to learn from a fantastic mentor in Stan whom I have the highest regard for. “Over the past eight seasons I’ve also played under and worked alongside successful coaches like Scott Morrison and Kevin Taylor and I’ve taken a huge amount of positives from them. “That has served as a good apprenticeship for me. “This will be our first ever season at this level (State 4) which is super exciting and something to embrace. “It’ll be great to pit our wits against some of the big hitters in this league, many of whom have deep pockets along with the challenge of coming up against some very well-respected coaches.” In State 1 news Mornington coach Adam Jamieson confirmed late last week that the club had re-retained defender Lachlan Hogben for the upcoming season. Hogben joined Mornington from Eltham Redbacks last year. Jamieson now oversees a 21-strong senior squad which includes a number of teenagers. Here is the current squad with the previous club of new signings in brackets: GOALKEEPERS: Taylor Davidson, Nathan Lynders. DEFENDERS: Joshua Heaton, Steve Elliott, Lachlan Hogben, Andy McIntyre, Andrew Goff, Charlie Gunning. MIDFIELDERS: Craig Smart, Sam Scott, Luke Goulding (Langwarrin), Dejan Radojicic, Kyron Kerr, Ethan Goulding, Thanasi Matziaris (Langwarrin). FORWARDS: Josh Hine, Milos Lujic (Port Melbourne), Wayne Gordon, Matt Harrington, Campbell Steedman (Bulleen), Zach Hutchison. In State 2 news Peninsula Strikers and Skye United continued their pre-season programs with friendly matches last weekend. Strikers defeated State 5 outfit Aspendale Stingrays 4-0 at Centenary Park while Skye lost 2-1 to State 3 side South Yarra at Comets Stadium. Strikers’ New Zealand forward Riley Anderton continued to impress with a second-half double after Tom Hawkins had put the home side ahead in the first half when he beat the offside trap on the right and hammered the ball home from close range. Aspendale’s failure to quickly close down Aaran Currie in the second period allowed the Scot to pick his spot from just outside the area and his strike eluded the diving attempt of young Stingrays’ keeper Matt Self. The pick of Anderton’s goals was his second, a firmly struck finish from inside the area following a cutback from the right. Strikers featured newcomers in former Langwarrin and Hampton Park United attacking midfielder Ahmad “Sosa” Suleiman and ex-Langy and Mornington defender Tim Millar. Former South Australian striker Chris Mara (ex-Northern Demons and Modbury Jets) played wide on the right for Strikers as Jai Power was rested but injury forced Mara to go off in the first half.

Third time lucky: Player-coach David Greening (left) is back at Somerville Eagles. Picture: John Punshon

Teenage central defender Noah Berends, Self and Kenan Nuhanovic were the visitors’ best and coach Lee Barber must have been pleased that his side was able to create chances against a higher-ranked opponent. Nuhanovic could have levelled from inside the area early in the second half but his shot struck the post. Last Thursday night Aspendale lost 4-2 to State 4 opponent Noble Park United at the Serbian Sports Centre in Keysborough. Ben Garside and Matt Bruce scored for Aspendale. The best for the Stingrays were Sam Timuska Carr, Garside and Bruce. Meanwhile Skye went into the clash with South Yarra with eight senior squad players unavailable so head coach Phil McGuinness was forced to use some newcomers and some young players to get through three 30-minute periods of play. The newcomers were right-sided defender/ wingback Naveed Ali (from Olimpia FC Warriors, Tasmania), striker Rod Saavedra (Berwick, Churches League), striker Duol Jang (Sandown Lions) and midfielder Denis Mujcinovic (Langwarrin). A thumping Marcus Collier drive from outside the area late in the first period put Skye 1-0 up but South Yarra took advantage of the many changes McGuinness made for the second stanza and goals from Ronan Kelly and Leo Holmes gave it a 2-1 lead. McGuinness made further substitutions and changed his side’s formation for the final 30-minute period but South Yarra ran out a deserving winner. “The game was probably better than any training session I could hold and you can’t beat match practice and fitness,” McGuinness said. “We have a long way to go to get back to the fitness we are accustomed to but it was our first hit-out and we also got the chance to give the new boys a run. “Huge thanks to South Yarra for making it a tough one and best of luck to them for the rest of the year.” A feature of the match was the return of Skye striker Travis Ernsdoerfer who had been out of the game for two years due to illness and last season’s shutdown. In other news the inaugural Mount Eliza Soccer Sevens tournament was concluded a fortnight ago. It involved 432 games played over six weeks with around 700 players and 72 teams from the peninsula and surrounding suburbs. Age groups from under-7s to under-15s participated in the tournament held at Mount Eliza Secondary College. Mount Eliza soccer club is embarking on an expansion program which will be boosted shortly with the installation of new lights at Emil Madsen Reserve as the club targets State League membership in 2022. This week’s friendlies: THURSDAY: Frankston Pines v Peninsula Strikers (Monterey Reserve, 7.30pm, reserves Centenary Park, 6.30pm). SATURDAY: Peninsula Strikers v Chelsea (Centenary Park, 1pm & 3pm), Frankston Pines v Skye Utd (Monterey Reserve, 5pm & 7pm), Baxter v Mooroolbark (Baxter Park, 3pm), Aspendale Stingrays v Tullamarine (Kingston Heath Soccer Complex, 7.30pm). SUNDAY: Langwarrin v Eastern Lions (Lawton Park, 2pm, U19s 12 noon, U21s 4pm), Seaford Utd v Hampton Park Utd (North Seaford Reserve, 11am & 1pm), Mount Eliza v Mount Martha (Mount Eliza Secondary College, 12 noon). Frankston Times

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