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City honours top citizens CHERYL Myers was named Frankston City’s 2018 Citizen of the Year at an Australia Day ceremony at the Frankston Arts Centre on Friday. Hilary Poad was named Senior Citizen of the Year and Eilis Peters the Young Citizen of the Year. The Rotary Club of Frankston’s Seaford Farmers Market was named the Community Event of the Year. The outstanding citizens were honoured for their selfless commitment to others, inspiring community spirit and dedication to volunteering, the mayor Cr Colin Hampton said. “Each year we invite the community to nominate individuals who have made a positive impact and contributed to creating a better Frankston City so we can acknowledge and show our appreciation for their exceptional work,” Cr Hampton said. “It gives me great pleasure to present awards to our successful recipients.” The winners received a commemorative certificate and will be invited to participate in a range of Frankston City projects and events throughout the year. See Page 3

Standing proud: Mayor Colin Hampton pictured with Hilary Poad, Cheryl Myers, Eilis Peters, and representatives from the Seaford Farmers Market. Picture: Supplied

Arrests after teen’s carjack terror Stephen Taylor steve@baysidenews.com.au TWO men allegedly involved in the horrific carjacking of a young woman’s car in Frankston on Monday night were in custody Thursday morning. In the frightening 22 January incident 18-year-old Skye woman Taylor

Hall stopped her car at an accident scene on Frankston-Cranbourne Rd. Two men allegedly jumped out of a stolen, crashed Nissan X-Trail in front and ordered her, and a female friend, out of her Renault convertible and got in before driving away. Ms Hall panicked as she fought to grab her puppy from the rear seat and was dragged alongside as it sped away.

She was flung to the kerb and later taken to Frankston Hospital to be treated for facial, dental and leg injuries. Special Operations Group officers arrested a 30-year-old Skye man, Wednesday 24 January, and charged him with aggravated carjacking, reckless conduct endangering life, reckless conduct endangering serious injury, prohibited person possessing

a firearm, theft of motor vehicle and being a prohibited person in possession of a gun. He appeared at Melbourne Magistrates Court, Thursday morning, and was further remanded to reappear on 19 April. His alleged accomplice, a 23-yearold Skye man, handed himself in at Frankston police station on Thursday morning and was charged with aggravated carjacking and other offices. He

was due to face committal hearings at Melbourne Magistrates Court later that day. A 35-year-old Seaford woman arrested at the scene of the carjacking is expected to be charged on summons with theft of a motor vehicle. A 31-year-old Skye woman arrested in Dandenong South on Wednesday was released pending further inquiries. Continued Page 5

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Cheryl Myers 2018 Frankston City Citizen of the Year: Cheryl Myers

CHERYL Myers was nominated by Kelvin Park, the president of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia (Frankston Sub-Branch). The tireless community worker has been a member of the sub-branch for 11 years and secretary for nine years. She has also been the welfare officer for eight years and her vast knowledge of the veterans’ community in Victoria, particularly in Frankston and surrounding areas, allows her to fill both roles with distinction. “The main issues have been helping partners overcome feelings of mental abuse,” Ms Myers said. “They have feelings of isolation; they don’t realise there are others out there who feel the same way.” Ms Myers joined the organisation to assist her husband, Les, and now provides support and organisational skills, arranges social events – and even drives the bus for war widows on outings. A weekly coffee group at the Frankston Power Centre has been a success: it started with six people and now attracts 24. “You get a feeling of fulfilment,” she said. Ms Myer’s reputation within the groups is unquestioned with members finding it easy to talk to her about their problems, Mr Park said. “I am in no doubt that the sub-branch would not exist today, let alone be one of the leading sub-branches in Victoria, if it were not for Cheryl.” Ms Myers organised last year’s Vietnam Veterans Day Service at the Beauty Park War Memorial. It was

Hilary Poad such a success that it was lauded in federal Parliament, Canberra, by Dunkley MP Chris Crewther. Ms Myers is also the president of the Frankston and District Partners of Veterans Association. She is so highly regarded by this organisation that she has been asked to consider sitting on its national executive. National Executive.

2018 Frankston City Senior Citizen of the Year: Hilary Poad

HILARY Poad was nominated by former councillor Judy Wachendorfer, who describes her as an extraordinary citizen of Frankston. “Ms Poad’s contributions are inspired by her great passion for Frankston – its environment, liveability and community,” Ms Wachendorfer said. Ms Poad said receiving the award was “an honour”. “I have always loved Frankston as it is a caring community,” she said. “It is a very old and established and there has been some marvellous work done by community groups.” Arriving in Frankston in 1994, Ms Poad saw the need for positive change and set about achieving better outcomes. “As a democratic and dedicated community activist, her aim is to mobilise the community and involve interested parties to ensure the very best things happen in Frankston,” Ms Wachendorfer said. Ms Poad says she has attended nearly every ordinary council meeting at Frankston for the past 20 years, often giving verbal and written submis-

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sions. She frequently participates at question time. She has also taken part in many council and state government workshops, panel hearings, forums and meetings “always with a clear vision and direction for the city”. Ms Wachendorfer said Ms Poad had been an active volunteer, consultant, participant, advocate, networker, environmentalist, conservationist and community watchperson over all things happening around her. “Her devotion to Frankston, especially through her impact on planning issues and urban design, has helped those who live here and those who will live in the future.” Her community group involvements include being a foundation member and members of the executive of Friends of Frankston from 2002; member of the city’s CAD Beautification Committee; former member of the first FCC foreshore advisory committee; foundation member of Long Island Residents Group; member and former committee member of Kananook Creek Association, and member of Frankston Beach Association.

2018 Frankston City Young Citizen of the Year: Eilis Peters

EILIS Peters was nominated by John Albiston of Frankston High School, who described her as an outstanding young citizen. Eilis is the school’s deputy school captain. “She has excellent communications skills, is self-directed, highly motivated, has the ability to work and lead a team, displays initiative, possesses excellent

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organisation skills and inspires commitment to making a difference,” Mr Albiston said. Eilis, 17, has been selected to attend the Ladies Somers Camp for 2018 through her involvement and passion for change. Inspired by the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, Eilis has continued educating students and teachers on the importance of safety for young people and the safety message that the foundation promotes. “Eilis is a conscientious and highly motivated student not only in her studies but her passions,” Mr Albiston said. She received the 2018 Deakin Young Influencer recognising her leadership and work in the community. She has been involved in fundraising for various community groups, including The Kokoda Track Foundation, Daniel Morcombe Foundation, Anzac Day and Remembrance Day and the Luke Batty Foundation. Her dad, Darryll, said “words failed me” when he was told of Eilis’s nomination. “I’m normally pretty cool but I lost composure that day,” he said. “She’s a wonderful child and knows that it is an honour just to be nominated.”

2018 Frankston City Community Event of the Year: Rotary Club of Frankston’s Seaford Farmers Market

SEAFORD Farmers Market, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in November, has been nominated by David

Cross. Held every third Sunday the market brings together stallholders who sell fruit and vegetables, meat products, bread and cakes, household items, such as soaps, candles etc., and arts and crafts, along with food and drinks to eat there. The Rotary Club of Frankston runs a hot food stall with all profits going towards charitable projects. Local community groups hold stalls. They include the Seaford Community Group, Downes Estate Community Project, sustainability group BAlternative, Frankston Food Access Network and the free book program for young children. Seaford Farmers Market offers the community the opportunity to support small, local producers and retailers in a friendly, pleasant environment. Through running the market, the Rotary Club of Frankston has raised more than $400,000 which has been distributed to worthwhile organisations and charities. The most significant local donations include $20,000 for an ultrasound machine for the Antenatal Clinic at Frankston Hospital (2016), $20,000 for Jaws of Life equipment for the Frankston SES (2015), and $30,000 for a high end servo ventilator for Frankston Hospital (2015). The club believes the market has been the catalyst for the revitalisation of the Seaford Village shopping centre. “The Rotary Club of Frankston takes great pride in the positive outcomes for the community that has resulted, directly or indirectly, through the market,” Mr Cross said.

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Car burnt out A CAR parked overnight near Frankston Hospital was burnt out by a would-be thief, 5.30pm, Tuesday 23 January. The red Mazda 323 was in a street near the George Pentland Botanic Gardens when its side window was smashed and accelerant poured inside and set alight. CFA crews extinguished the blaze but the car was extensively damaged in the incident and later written off. The owner is unsure whether anything was stolen. Detective Senior Constable Mark Garrett urges anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

Burglary charges A CAPEL Sound man arrested Thursday 4 January is facing 15 charges of burglary at Carrum Downs shopping centre and at DFO stores at Moorabbin and South Wharf. Detective Senior Constable David Burgoyne, of Frankston CIU, said $20,000 in stock was taken during raids in December and January. The 41-year-old has been remanded in custody to appear at Frankston Magistrates’ Court in late February.

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at the back of his house, 10pm, Wednesday 24 January. When he investigated he was punched in the chest by an intruder who told him to, “Go back to the front of the house”. The 59-year-old later discovered his bedroom had been ransacked and keys and jewellery stolen from his Adib Court house.

Chase ends in arrest POLICE patrolling Skye Rd quickly did a Uturn when they spotted a car with stolen number plates, 8pm, Sunday 21 January, and then chased the alleged driver on foot when he ran into Karingal Hub shopping centre. A man, 24, who was possibly ice-affected and of no fixed address, was later taken to Frankston Hospital for treatment. A man was later charged and bailed on charges of theft of a motor vehicle, possessing stolen goods, reckless conduct endangering life, theft from a motor vehicle, committing indictable offences while on bail, possessing methamphetamines, driving while disqualified, using an unregistered vehicle and driving in a dangerous manner. He will appear at Frankston Magistrates’ Court at a later date.

P1 licence down to none A P1 probationary driver was at the wheel of a car allegedly travelling at 107kph in a 70kph zone on Nepean Highway, Mornington, 3am, Sunday 21 January. Somerville Highway Patrol police found four passengers on board – one tucked into the front passenger footwell. The police were then left shaking their heads when the 18-year-old returned an alleged blood alcohol reading of 0.155 per cent. Police media officer Natalie Butler said the Mornington man’s licence was immediately suspended – just days after he received it. He is expected to be charged on summons with speeding, drink driving and exceeding number of peer passengers and unsecured passengers.

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Jail after Frankston assault, kidnapping A FRANKSTON man who pleaded guilty to charges of kidnapping, armed robbery, sexual assault, making threats to kill, intentionally causing injury, dangerous driving causing serious injury, trespass and offensive behaviour was sentenced to 11 years jail with a non-parole period of 7 years in the Melbourne County Court on 22 December. The 47-year-old was involved in a bizarre home invasion which detectives initially described as an “isolated incident” and a “burglary gone

Traffic chaos: Police tape surrounds two smashed cars on Frankston-Cranbourne Rd which set the scene for the brutal carjacking, Monday 22 January. Picture: Gary Sissons

was spotted “driving erratically” along Warrandyte Rd, Langwarrin. Police did not give chase. Instead, they followed its general direction into Bevnol Rd where it hit a speed hump, blowing out its front tyres, and slammed into an embankment at the intersection of Sunnybank Rd. The victim received serious head injuries in the collision and his attacker cuts and bruises. They were taken to Frankston Hospital for treatment with the victim in a serious but stable condition.

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Carjack terror arrests Contined from Page 1 Before the alleged carjacking, the men are alleged to have rammed two police cars and three parked cars as police attempted to intercept the stolen Nissan X-Trail in a car park in Bardia Avenue, Seaford. Commenting on the Facebook, Ms Hall said she “would have held on to the car for longer but as soon as I hit that kerb, I [was] flung off and I smacked straight into the kerb”. “I didn’t really care about my injuries; I was just worried about my dog. “I just want to let everyone know I wasn’t punched in the face or hurt by the two guys. “I was only hurt because I was trying to save my dog and got dragged

wrong” in mid-August last year. Detective Senior Constable Mark Garrett said the man broke in to a Grimwade Crescent, Frankston, in the early evening and, when the home’s owner, 54, returned he was threatened with a knife. After a struggle, the homeowner was tied up and forced into the passenger seat of his black Volvo sedan with his attacker at the wheel. He was then forced to withdraw money from an ATM. Detectives said at the time the car

by the car for about 50 metres before they hit the curb and I was flung off.” In the post Ms Hall said her assailants were of Caucasian appearance and not African. “There [are] a lot of different stories going around, but this is the true one,” she wrote. “They were two white men.” Police pursued her car on Wells Rd but were ordered to end the chase because of safety concerns. It was later found dumped on Wettenhall Rd, Frankston. The men are believed to have later stolen a gold-coloured Volkswagen Golf which was reported being driven erratically on McClelland Drive, Langwarrin, soon afterwards.

FRANKSTON police are investigating a series a water meter thefts in the Seaford, Frankston North and Frankston areas over the past six weeks. Twenty meters have been stolen from schools, sporting clubs, houses and commercial properties. Detective Leading Senior Constable Ash Eames, of Frankston CIU, said the meters were being stolen for their value as brass scrap metal and sold on the black market. “Each meter is worth only $15-$40, but they cost South East Water up to $1000 to replace,” he said. “These thefts cause residents huge inconvenience as often their property has the water shut off for days and they are not able to shower, use the toilet or cook. At large: A thief who stole copper water pipe from St Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Davey St, Frankston, 1am, Sunday 14 January, is still on the run. Picture: Supplied

“They are also required to foot the bill for the plumber to install the new meter. Commercial businesses can potentially suffer huge losses if machines are forced to shut down until water is reconnected.” Detective Eames said the meters were “easily stolen by desperate thieves and only require unbolting with a shifter”. “The issue for the thieves is offloading them, as reputable scrap metal dealers won’t accept them and provide details to police of anyone attempting to sell them,” he said. Police urge residents to keep an eye out for any suspicious activity, especially late at night or the early hours of the morning when most of the thefts occur. Anyone with information regarding the thefts, or the identity of the man in the images, is urged to call Detective Eames on 9784 5590 or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

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Lib leader brings election STATE Opposition Leader Matthew Guy was in Frankston last week bearing gifts in the form of election promises ranging from extending train services to building bridges to ease traffic congestion and reviving expansion of the Port of Hastings. Mr Guy made an election pitch tailored to a Frankston audience when he addressed a Committee for Greater Frankston lunch at McClelland Gallery. (Premier Daniel Andrews will address the committee at a public event in May.) The Liberal leader said electrification of the rail line from Frankston to Langwarrin and on to Baxter was one of two major rail extension projects in the state (the other being Melton). “The [Frankston] line does need extending,” he said, “and we will be making formal comments [about it] in the months ahead.” C4GF chief executive Ginevra Hosking said extending the line would benefit two of the region’s most car-dependent suburbs, Karingal and Langwarrin, and connect 37,000 residents including 19,000 who commute to work. Mornington Peninsula residents would be able to drive to Langwarrin, leave their cars at a new car park, and access the metro rail network. Mr Guy said the Coalition’s $5.3 billion plan to build road bridges at more than 50 congested intersections in metro Melbourne included Frankston’s Cranbourne Road–Moorooduc Highway intersection, site of 53 crashes in recent years. A Coalition government would put expansion of the Port of Hastings

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Gallery lunch: At the Committee for Greater Frankston (C4GF) business lunch on Friday 19 January were, from left, Frankston mayor Cr Colin Hampton, Liberal candidate for Carrum Donna Bauer, C4GF president Fred Harrison, Liberal MP for Hastings Neale Burgess, C4GF chief executive Ginevra Hosking, Liberal candidate for Frankston Michael Lamb, and the event’s guest speaker, Opposition Leader Matthew Guy. Picture: Gary Sissons

Lobster protest: Union members endured stifling 40-degree heat beside McClelland Drive outside McClelland Gallery, Langwarrin on Friday 19 January to make a silent protest during a lunch at the gallery’s cafe where Opposition Leader Matthew Guy was guest speaker. The protesters erected a large inflatable lobster with a sign reading “Matthew Guy tough on crime”. The word “crime” was crossed out and underneath was the word “lobsters!”. The sign referred to Mr Guy attending a dinner last year at the Lobster Cave restaurant in Beaumaris with the alleged head of Melbourne’s mafia, Tony Madafferi, a wealthy market gardener and owner of La Porchetta pizza chain, and three of his relatives. Picture: Gary Sissons

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Toppling a minister Keith Platt keith@baysidenews.com.au IF you’re unhappy with decisions made by the state planning minister, try to get him sacked through the ballot box. At least that’s the thinking of Mornington Peninsula Shire councillor David Gill. Cr Gill has outlined a plan to seek public funding for an assault on Planning Minister Richard Wynne’s seat of Richmond at the November state election. “I’m not too familiar with crowdfunding, but I’ll find someone who knows the technical parts of setting up an online way of raising money to make sure he’s not re-elected,” Cr Gill told The Times. He said trying to influence the outcome of elections on the peninsula was pointless as all three seats – Nepean (Martin Dixon – who is retiring at the next election), Mornington (David Morris) and Hastings (Neale Burgess) – are firmly held by Liberals, and most likely to stay that way. Attacking the seat held by the Labor government’s planning minister would be a far more effective lobbying tool. Cr Gill stresses that he is acting as a private citizen and not a councillor, although the shire has also voiced dissatisfaction at the planning minister’s decisions, mainly to do with building heights and densities and changes to green wedge planning provisions. Emails from the shire carry the following statement: “Mornington Peninsula Shire Council is very concerned about recent state government changes that may drastically affect the peninsula. For more information, please visit our website at www.mornpen.vic.gov.au or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mornpenshire.” “There’s the ability on the peninsula [of people] to fund something like this,” Cr Gill said. “We need to show the government it can’t take safe seats for granted and there’s enough time before the November election to get something started. I won’t be asking the shire to join in,

although it’s already advocating against what [Mr Wynne is] doing. I think Richmond is likely to fall to the Greens anyway.” Cr Gill said $200 million promised to Frankston in recent elections “shows the advantages of living in a marginal electorate”. Frankston is held for the Labor Party by Paul Edbrooke with a less than one per cent margin. The three peninsula MPs are comfortable, with margins on a two-party preferred basis of 25 per cent for David Morris, and more than 15 per cent each for Mr Burgess and Mr Dixon. “We don’t get any commitments like Frankston because the peninsula is comprised of three safe Liberal seats so we need to find other ways. Because we’re in a safe seat we need to do something about this and look outside the square.” Cr Gill first raised his idea for pressuring the government through Mr Wynne at a meeting of Western Port and Peninsula Protection Council on Sunday 13 January saying that he believed Mr Wynne was “interfering with proper and orderly planning policy and long-term planning principles without public consultation under the guise of fixing short term problems”. “With this attitude developers will be allowed to continue to exploit loopholes that allow inappropriate developments on the peninsula,” Cr Gill said. The “present and future dangers” to the peninsula followed the government’s decision to include it in the Metropolitan Planning Zone “thus forcing city planning regulations onto the local planning scheme in a policy decision to increase population density”. “Governments should be listening to the views of local people, not just the top end of town,” Cr Gill said. Cr Gill said Mornington Peninsula Shire “opposes much of the damaging changes being made by Mr Wynne”, had its own housing and settlement strategy and “is attempting to get rid of planning scheme loopholes that are currently allowing over-development on the peninsula”. “Those that come to the peninsula [to live] should not bring suburbia with them or expect us to change the peninsula for them.”

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Foam fun: Leonie Wise of Frankston, above, surfs to the beach at Point Leo and, right, joins Disabled Surfers Association Mornington Peninsula volunteers for a group photo taken by carer Belinda Nills and Katie Jordan, of Safety Beach. Pictures: Keith Platt

New beach access coming soon to Pt Leo ORGANISERS hope accessing the beach at Point Leo will be made easier for the next event being held by the Disabled Surfers Association Mornington Peninsula. Plans have been approved for a boardwalk providing wheelchair access from Point Leo Lifesaving Club. DSAMP secretary Bill Hallett hoped

the boardwalk would be finished in time for the association’s next surf day, Saturday 3 March “but certainly before the end of March”. When completed, the boardwalk will have a 1.2 metre wide wheelchair ramp leading to the beach from a six metre by six metre viewing platform. Two metre wide steps will also

provide access to the beach from the platform designed to provide lifesavers with views along the beach. Mr Hallet said the boardwalk will follow the southern sand dune to the beach “making for greater access for all our events and the general public throughout the year”. “Also, the Pt Leo Surf Life Saving

Club will have the best viewing platform to work from while on patrol.” The project has been put together by DSAMP, Point Leo Foreshore Committee and the lifesaving club. The DSAMP surf day on Saturday 13 January saw 60 surfers take to the water with the help of 282 volunteers. DSAMP president Jenny Anglis-

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could not identify a rip current and two thirds of those who think they can, can’t. “Learning how to identify and avoid a rip current is essential for beachgoers,” he said. “Rivers and bayside beaches can also have strong currents which have been prevalent and active this season. Also, it’s important to recognise that beach conditions can change from day to day – even in a matter of hours.” Swimmers caught in a rip current should stay calm, conserve their energy and either wave an arm and call out for help. They should float with the current – hopefully back to a sandbank – or swim parallel to the beach to escape the rip. Then they should reassess their situation: if what they are doing isn’t working, they should try another option until they return to shore. Stay calm and remember that it is possible to escape from any rip by using the right tactics, Mr Scott said.

With another week of the school holidays, parents and carers are advised to actively supervise children around water. “It only takes 20 seconds for a child to drown,” Mr Scott said. Kayakers and paddlers should think twice about paddling alone and always wear a lifejacket. “When paddling, make sure you have the ability to raise an alarm. Know your own capability and always tell someone of your plans,” Mr Scott said. To find out patrolled locations download the beachsafe app or visit beachsafe.org.au Multilingual resources can also be found at beachsafe.org.au/surf-safety/ multilingual which has guides on how to enjoy the beach safely. The Vic Emergency App has waterway warnings at emergency.vic.gov.au and up-to-date conditions and warnings can be found at the Bureau of Meteorology app or bom.gov.au

Signs show the way on rips WITH the number of drownings so far this summer at a 10-year high, lifesavers at Gunnamatta beach are seeking to engage with beach-goers to educate them about rips and water safety. The club, with the help of Progress Signs Mornington, has put together this sign to encourage people to learn and interact with lifesavers.

“If you’re heading to the beach, remember that rips are the number one beach hazard for swimmers,” Life Saving Victoria’s operations manager Greg Scott said. “Each year more people drown in rips than die from shark attacks, cyclones and floods combined.” Picture: Ray Webb

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Plan for Pt Nepean’s future Keith Platt keith@baysidenews.com.au A MASTER plan for the development and use of Point Nepean National Park released on Sunday incorporates an “optimum mixed use scenario” that includes accommodation ranging from camping (short term and glamping but no long term caravans) to a boutique hotel. Two wings of the 1960s officer cadet accommodation and a former office building are targeted for demolition while space has been set aside for two new unidentified buildings. Much of the master plan will depend on private investors in partnership with the government. With the whole of Point Nepean and adjacent waters regarded as an area of Aboriginal cultural heritage sensitivity the master plan’s key initiatives aim to “heal the site, ecologically and culturally, through collaboration with the site’s traditional owners, with the aspiration for eventual joint management of the park”. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio said an initial $3.7 million would be used to provide such “early initiatives” as hiring new staff and establishing camping areas. The money will also see the appointment of a Point Nepean advisory group (reporting to the Parks Victoria Board), repairs to Defence Rd out to Fort Nepean, upgrading the Quarantine Station disinfecting complex and new signs. Parks Victoria says it will need a

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minimum $1.6 million annually for “business as usual” at the park and more to implement the master plan. “This plan is about better protecting and conserving the Point Nepean National Park – but also making sure

visitors can make the most out of this incredible area,” Ms D’Ambrosio said. “We’re employing new staff and introducing new camping areas to make sure all Victorians can visit this iconic destination – while maintaining its rich

history and environment.” Withis a business case yet to come, it is estimated the government will need to spend $142 million to realise the master plan. This amount will be boosted by private investment, although the government will need to spend an estimated $22m on core parts of the master plan “necessary to enable partnerships or private investment”. However, $23m is needed to attain “core deliverable projects” such as conserving heritage buildings, providing the traditional owners with a “keeping place”, demolishing buildings and infrastructure for events at Jarman Oval. A further $18.24m of government money is needed for projects aimed at increasing visitor numbers, including a new jetty. The government would be a partner for a shuttle around the park, bike sharing, guided access to Aboriginal sites, a sea kayak trail and glamping. Nearly $34m is estimated to complete projects proposed in the “master plan vision”. These projects to be done “as funding is made available” include upgrading and extending bush and coastal trails and lookouts; extra car parking; Gunners Cottage precinct; “landscape healing and regeneration; conserving forts and gun emplacements. A $62m “partnership investment” is listed for “ongoing process for lease arrangements, use and conservation of heritage buildings (internal building fitout)” and “potential new buildings”. Leases will be limited to 50 years, with approved commercial “partnership” activities including accommodation (“supported” by restaurants, spas,

“wellness” and events); art (exhibitions, performances and residencies); hospitality and retail (“from world-class restaurants, to cafes, to wine bars, to provedores, to markets”). Recreation within the Quarantine Station precinct includes walking, cycling, fishing, picnicking, beach access, croquet, youth activities and children’s play as well as such annual events as swimming competitions, charity walks and runs and polo. Major events and private functions at the park are attended by 35,000 visitors a year, with a projected 60,000 visitors in the future. The master plan says benefits outweighed risks in deciding that a new jetty would allow visitors to arrive by boat, including for nature-based tourism (diving, snorkelling, wildlife viewing, sightseeing and heritage tours) and to support marine education and research. Point Nepean is seen as a research “crossroads for specialists and the public” into coastal and terrestrial ecology, “traditional owner knowledge of country and environmental and cultural heritage”. An expression of interest program will be undertaken to find operators and establish commercial activities within the park. Uses ruled out within the national park by the plan include: industry; cinema-based entertainment, although short-term outdoor cinema and filming will be allowed; saleyards; transport terminal; and warehouses. The final master plan is available at parks.vic.gov.au/pointnepeanplan.

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Young Frankston boy reported missing Compiled by Brodie Cowburn A CHILD of five years has been missing from Frankston since Saturday afternoon. The foster mother, Mrs Rose Priest of Gwynne Avenue, Frankston Heights, states that the child was taken away in a buggy by a soldier from Broadmeadows camp and no trace of him had since been obtained. He was in no way related to the child but had been boarding with Mrs Priest. He is supposed to be a deserter from the camp, as on inquiry there it was ascertained that he should have returned last week. His wife resides at Carlton but he had not been there since Friday last. Mrs Priest said she had reported the matter to the Frankston police on Saturdy and they advised her to take out a warrant. The child is described as fairly tall for her age with dark complexion and dark brown hair, and was dressed in a black coney skin coat and bonnet, and tan sandals. *** A VERY petty case of theft was perpetrated at the Frankston State School a day or two ago, when the rope belonging to the flag pole, in the school grounds, was taken away. The School Board offers a reward of £1 for evidence sufficient to convict the person who did the deed. It is to be hoped he has now got enough rope to hang himself with. *** AN enterprising Frankston worker, rumour says, has set his mind on raising £100 for the funds of St Paul’s Church of England of and it is safe

to assume that the labours of the individual referred to will bear the anticipated fruit. *** IF Frankston runs a Water Carnival and Regatta on Easter Monday as is mooted, we hear the donor of a valuable trophy for a yacht race can be found locally. It is to be hoped that the meeting called for Friday evening February 1st will be packed to the doors. *** CR Dave Bell, Mrs Bell and family, of ‘’Banff” Princes Hill, have returned home after a very pleasant holiday spent at Frankston. *** THE Misses Pratt of “Durham” South Yarra, have just returned from Frankston, after a very enjoyable holiday spent there. *** A FETE will be held at the Tyabb Recreation Ground on Monday next, in aid of the local Red Cross Society, when a good programme of sports will be gone through. *** THE annual meeting of the Frankston Mechanics and Free Library takes place on Thursday next in the hall, when the annual report and balance sheet will be received and officers elected for the ensuing year. *** A MEETING is called for Friday, 1st February, in another column. Seaside allotments are again selling freely in Frankston. During last week several lots changed hands at good prices. Frankston is fast growing , and appears to possess an excellent future.

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Melbourne prices, she will doubtless be well patronised. *** SINCE operations connected with the Naval Base and Mornington Peninsula were begun several townships have applied to share in the supply. The Water Commission states that, while conserving the interests of centres included in the original scheme, it will add to the list any township that can he supplied effectively if the financial return to the State will prove satisfactory. Construction work has been expedited lately, and in a report the commission states that the construction of the Beaconsfield reservoir, which is to act as a regulating storage, is progressing well, the site being in the Haunted Gully, about 3 miles north of Beaconsfield. In this over 200,000,000 gallons of water can be stored at very small cost. This storage will enable a very early supply from the Toomuc Creek to be sent to the Naval Base, and although it will eventually be connected with the main supply on the Bunyip River it will afford a satisfactory service in the meantime. It is hoped to supply the Naval Base with water during the current year. *** A DEFINITE settlement of the dispute concerning coal supply between the Victorian Government and New South Wales Government was reached on Tuesday. In the morning Victoria and New South Wales Ministers interviewed the Railway Commissioners with Mr J. Brown, from whose mines coal

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for Victoria is being drawn, and a proposed contract be discussed. The Railway Commissioners, Mr Brown, Mr Heagleth, (ex-Minister for Agriculture) and New South Wales Minister attended a Cabinet meeting in the afternoon when the proposed agreement was again considered at length. *** OPPOSITION is being shown by some local residents to the rating system which will be necessary, under the Water Commission scheme, for drainage of the area south of the Eel Race Road. The scheme, which has been undertaken at the request of certain settlers, involves an expenditure of £1250, and a deputation on Monday placed their views before the Commission. *** £1 REWARD will be paid for information leading to the conviction of the person who removed the halliard from State School flag pole. *** MRS SHEARER (Organist) desires to return sincere and heartfelt thanks to the members of the Church of England Langwarrin. who so kindly presented her with a beautiful hymn book with music, which will always be very highly valued. *** ADAMSON, STRETTLE, and CO. Prop. Ltd. will hold a Special Horse Sale on March 11 at One’ o’clock, When they will offer 80 Horses and Ponies. *** From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 26 January 1918

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THE MEANING OF EXISTENCE... AND OTHER SHORT STORIES

The Great Gingerbread House Decorating Epiphany By Stuart McCullough I GOT carried away. Which is to say that my transition from bewildered detachment through to enraptured hysteria was such that I temporarily abandoned any notion of goodwill to others. Instead, I elected to mercilessly crush the opposition and do all things necessary to secure a glorious victory that, in my mind at least, would be celebrated through the ages. I speak, of course, of competitive gingerbread house decorating. I was a third wheel of sorts. Which is to say that I was attending a Christmas lunch with my sister in law who, in turn, was hosting her in laws. I’m not sure what an in law once removed is, but that’s what I was. (I’m not sure about the expression ‘third wheel’. When you think about it, a third wheel is, in actual fact, pretty useful. Try driving without a third wheel and see how far you get.) As a ‘plus one’, my job for the day was to refrain from any conduct that could be remotely described as embarrassing. This is more difficult than it sounds. Lunch was delightful. Both the food and the conversation were great. As the meal ended, I wondered what might come next. In our family, we defy the gravitational effects of a really large lunch by playing cricket in the back yard. This goes on until all the balls have been tonked into the long grass of the paddock next door and we decide to leave them to the snakes. For other families, Christmas lunch is followed by a screening of a movie – like A Very Brady Christmas, It’s A Wonderful Life or, depending on your preference, Die Hard.

As it turns out, my in laws in law (if that’s a thing) are not ones for back yard cricket or yuletide viewings of Die Hard. No one was interested in a nap. As the plates were cleared, one family member emitted a battle cry declaring it was ‘game on’ and that the annual gingerbread house throwdown had commenced. At first I didn’t take it seriously. But it soon became clear that this annual competition involved picking teams, strategy sessions and, in the end, a winner and a loser. Determined not to make any waves, I resolved to do just enough to avoid ignominy whilst taking the first opportunity to slink away. To make me, as the relative newcomer, feel as welcome as possible, I was chosen dead last.

Clearly, despite the convivial atmosphere, everyone regarded me as something of a deadweight. I headed into the strategy session, where various ideas were floated. None of them seemed quite right. I’d earlier spotted a packet of gummy bears in the kitchen and was convinced that the only logical theme for our gingerbread house was ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. My team members embraced the idea with gusto. Having quickly drawn up blueprints and gained local council approval, we set about decorating our gingerbread house. I started by hand-carving Goldilocks using a chocolate button, icing, half a Smartie and small pieces of licorice. With my Goldilocks setting in the fridge, I moved on to

creating lawn by pulverizing a mint crisp chocolate bar I stole from my wife’s handbag. In the midst of my feverish pounding, I looked up and noticed that the rest of my team were proceeding in a far more casual manner. It was then that I crossed over. Suddenly, I was barking orders. I had a vision for this gingerbread house and nothing was going to stand in my way. We made snow by grating white chocolate, a window for Goldilocks to look through and a pathway for the returning bears. Using a licorice strap, I carved a small shotgun for one of the bears. Whilst the idea of a fairytale character packing heat may seem odd, it’s worth remembering that Goldilocks, at its heart, is the story of a home invasion.

Those bears have a right to defend themselves and their porridge by any means necessary. Then I took things too far. When one of my teammates held up a car made of licorice allsorts (you didn’t expect Goldilocks to walk, did you?), I demanded to know how fuelefficient the engine was. Like Kurtz, I was heading further and further up the river into complete madness. Naturally, the end result was a masterpiece. Indeed, our gingerbread house was so awesome that I wouldn’t have been a bit surprised if a tiny gingerbread Kevin McCloud had appeared and showered me with praise. That the other house was deemed to be the ultimate winner was a substantial miscarriage of justice. I haven’t given up hope - the results of the drug tests I insisted on are yet to come back. I’m pretty sure the other team will be disqualified. Christmas is a funny thing. Sometimes you’re with your immediate family, sometimes with a newer family. In a way, family is as elastic a concept as anything else and it’s these kinds of events that serve a reminder of how life moves and changers. For me, it’s always interesting to see what role ritual plays in these gatherings. Traditions give us comfort, make us feel safe. More than that, they make us feel as if we belong. As for me, I will spend the coming year working on my gingerbread house decorating skills so that I’m ready for Christmas when it next rolls around. Assuming, of course, that I’m invited back. stuart@stuartmccullough.com

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Mounties, POB in epic contest PROVINCIAL

By IT Gully MT Eliza and Peninsula Old Boys are locked in an epic battle in the match of the day in MPCA Provincial cricket. The Mounties lasted just 54.1 overs before being bundled out for 151. The top order did OK, but the Mounties were failed by their lower order. Tim Clarke top scored the Mounties

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Langwarrin is in the box seat against Sorrento at Lloyd Park. The Kangas batted first and once again it was Matt Prosser who got his team away to a flyer. Skipper Travis Campbell was more than handy with the bat yet again, while Joel Bateman hit a timely 43 and Jake Prosser 35. CJ King was the pick of the bowlers for the Sorras, taking 3/40. The Kangas total of 261 is going to

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be a tough chase for Sorrento. Brad McDonald has once again steered Mornington to a competitive total of 208 against Crib Point. McDonald top scored with 45 while Nick Johnson provided a valuable 42 batting in the bottom order. Magpies star Luke Herrington sent down 19.2 overs for a return of 4/51. The Magpies faced the final over of the day and escaped without loss. Baxter has some work to do with

the ball after scoring just 190 against Pearcedale. The home side was 2/15 when Joe Rule and Dale Irving were dismissed cheaply. Chris Brittain (39) and Daniel Warwick (63) got things back on track while Justin Bridgeman also added 32. Unfortunately for Baxter, only 41 runs came from the last 6 batsmen. Jake Roberts was a revelation for the Panthers taking 5/65 from 30.5 overs.

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By IT Gully RED Hill was back to its run machine best, smacking 7/313 against Moorooduc in MPCA Peninsula cricket. Matt Merifield was back to his vintage best with 83 off 93 balls, while Brent Martin also played a significant role scoring 88. The evergreen Kenny Cremen wound back the clock opening with 16 overs and snatching 4/48. Long Island and Pines are locked in a dour struggle at Eric Bell Reserve. The Islanders batted first and didn’t set the world on fire with the bat, scoring just 154 despite a number of players getting starts. Captain Aaron Paxton opened with a top score of 31 while brother James Paxton hit 21 batting at number 10. Harley Parker was the best of the Pines bowlers with 4/32 while Alex Coad snared 2/34. Pines didn’t fare well with the bat in the final 14 overs of the day, losing 2/22. The Delacombe Park and Main Ridge match is sure to go down to the wire after 11 wickets fell on the opening day. The Parkers batted first and were bowled out for 197, Ricky Ramsdale top scoring with 77 while Jon Guthrie opened with 34. James Abbott was the pick of the Ridge bowlers with 3/37 while Luke Collins helped himself to 3/47. The Ridge faced the final seven overs of the day and the Parkers claimed the vital wicket of Michael Holmes. The Ridge will resume at 1/8. Flinders has set Somerville 208 for victory in their clash at Somerville Reserve. The Sharks won the toss and Blake Hogan-Keogh got his team away to a good start with 57 while Shane Beggs continued his run feast with 47. Matt Eager was the pick of the Somerville bowlers with 3/38 while Jayde Herrick and Jay Parker each took two wickets.

Chase down: Seaford faces huge challenge to overrun Rye. Picture: Andrew Hurst

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Batting on: Mt Eliza and Peninsula Old Boys are locked in a tight tussle in their Peninsula match. Picture: Andrew Hurst

Tigers close to victory SUB-DISTRICT

By IT Gully DROMANA is just 14 runs shy of victory with six wickets in hand against Tyabb in MPCA Sub District cricket. The Yabbies batted first and faced just 50 overs. Brodie Bennett hit 36 off 34 deliveries including three sixes. Nick Toranto was the next best with 21. Jeff Bluhm was superb for the Hoppers bowling 20 overs and picking up 4/24. Jye Voelkl was also impressive with the ball picking up 3/24 off nine overs. Dromana batted the final 30 overs of the day and despite a horror start (3/25) they recovered to be 4/115 at stumps.

Jack Fowler was the last man to go for 51 while Jedd Savage is unbeaten on 38. Boneo needs 51 runs with just six wickets in hand against Tootgarook in the top of the table clash. The Frogs batted first and lasted just 55 overs for 88 runs. Cameron Williams was superb for the Pandas with 6/23 from 19.4 overs. In reply, Boneo lost its top four batsmen for just 38. Frankston YCW has set Ballam Park a massive task to score the 285 required for victory. Stonecats captain Jason Bedford was at his brilliant best scoring 112 while Luke Hutchinson opened with 68. Justin Moore was the best of the Ballam Park bowlers, claiming 3/56 from

16 overs. Carrum Downs will be looking for 235 runs when they bat this week chasing Carrum’s 9/234. Zack Dent top scored for the Lions with 46 while Corey Hand and Craig Foster each hit 42. David Dervan was the pick of the Cougars bowlers with 3/53. Balnarring will be looking for another 152 runs on the second day of its match against Skye. Skye batted first and made 171. Clint Donohue opened with 60 while Sam Beckham was next best with 21. The Saints’ Ben King bowled 22 overs for a return of 4/50. In reply, Balnarring will resume at 1/20.

By IT Gully FOR one of the first times this season Hastings has placed itself in a strong position to win after batting first against Mt Martha in MPCA District cricket. The Blues were sent in to bat by the Reds, clearly aware of the Blues’ recent batting form. However, Nathan Hunt opened with 49 and Luke Hewitt contributed 40 while the middle order picked up some handy runs as well, to help the Blues to 187. Kade Bendle sent down 25 overs and was rewarded with 4/71. Brad Schreuder was the next best for the Reds with the ball snaring 4/56. Mt Martha faced the final 15 overs for the day and will resume at 1/22. Seaford is in a world of pain against Rye, even though 14 wickets fell on the first day. Rye batted the first 70 overs of the day and were bowled out for 160, Aar-

on Fidders top scoring with 31 while Andrew Dunn scored a timely 25. Facing the final 10 overs of the day, Seaford slumped to 4/42. Rick Graham snared 2/4 from two overs. Seaford Tigers have already won their game against Rosebud. The Buds batted first after winning the toss and could only muster 77. Pat Nagle was the only batsman who should be satisfied with his performance scoring 34. In reply the Tigers took Rosebud to task, clearly hunting an outright victory. The Tigers scored 3/141 in just 33 overs with Ash Mills belting 85. Kristian Miller scored a sensational 104 in Heatherhill’s 236 against Baden Powell. Brett Maxwell batting at 10 contributed 31 at the end of the innings to help the Hills to a very competitive total. Braves skipper Craig Entwistle took 4/48 from 19.2 overs.

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Peace breaks out at Southern United SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie SCRIPTWRITERS for the hit TV series Vikings could draw inspiration from the goings-on at Southern United. The NPL women’s club came into being in late 2015 as a consortium comprised of representatives from Langwarrin, Casey Comets, Mornington, Peninsula Strikers and Seaford United. There was much fanfare and high expectations for a club with the largest catchment area in the elite competition. But while trying to find its feet in the newly created league Southern found itself slowly but surely immersed in a civil war that would have brought a smile to the face of Ivar the Boneless. The club’s inaugural president was former Matildas keeper and Football Federation Australia Hall of Fame inductee Theresa Deas who stepped down to become vice-president at the AGM last November. She resigned a fortnight ago. Stuart McLeod had taken over from Deas as president. He resigned a fortnight ago. The club’s inaugural secretary was Michael Woodward. He resigned three weeks ago. Last November Southern announced the appointment of Graham Dudley as operations manager and technical director. He resigned a fortnight ago. In December the club announced the appointment of Brian Murphy as under-19s coach. He resigned a fortnight ago. And the list goes on. But emerging from the wreckage that was a crunch committee meeting a fortnight back was Shannon Palmer, co-owner of STR Truck Bodies, Southern’s major sponsor until recently and destined to once again fulfil that role. Her daughter Talia was part of Southern’s allconquering under-13 side which swept to championship and Grand Final glory last year and remains the jewel in the club’s thorny crown. Palmer, who now heads a seven-member committee, is the club’s third president in three months and she has a mountain to climb. First and foremost Southern has a $40,000-plus debt to deal with. Coaches are owed money from last season, a sticking point with the NPL’s 2017 Coaches of the Year, Rob Giabardo and Bill Mihaloudis, who quit their roles as joint senior coaches last October and switched to rival Bayside United taking the bulk of the senior squad with them including Candy Ferreyra-Bas, 2017 NPLW Gold Medal winner. But Palmer aims to tackle the financial turmoil head-on. “At the moment we are piecing together information from the previous committee,” she said. “It’s going to take a good 12 months (to stabilise) but addressing the financial situation is a priority and I’ll take all the measures required to see that this is rectified.” The club almost struck another major hurdle a week ago when senior coach Aaron Myatt came

Staying put: Natasha Dakic is one of five senior squad members from last year still with Southern United. Picture: John Punshon

perilously close to joining the burgeoning list of resignees. The debt, the player exodus, the administrative upheaval and a lucrative offer from a rival club which included paying for his A licence coaching course and subsidising his Pro licence tested him to the limit. But Myatt takes pride in being one of the club’s foundation coaches and after a warts-and-all meeting with the new committee, he reaffirmed his commitment to his role. He then headed straight to Murphy’s home and after a lengthy conversation the Irishman is back in charge of the under-19s and assisting Myatt with the seniors. Just five players from last year’s senior squad remain – goalkeeper Freya Crocker, defender Natasha Dakic, midfielder Nikolina Bucalo, forward Jess Beddows and defender Indre Christy – but the club has signed Hong Kong international midfielder Lau Yui Ching (Avery Lau) from Kitchee. The 22-year-old former Lung Moon star is required for international duty and doesn’t arrive until Tuesday 6 March so she should make her debut in Southern’s Sunday 11 March clash with Alamein at Monterey Reserve at 6pm. Defender Ella Douglass and forward Sarah Wieck have been signed from Bayside United along with 16-year-old winger Maylinda Emini from Brandon Park. Southern has a Scottish contact and is currently on the lookout in the UK for a central defender to fill its second visa spot. The club’s under-12, under-14 and under-16 squads are strong and in good hands.

John Meades is in charge of the under-12s, Debbie Nichols and Emma Bracken oversee their stellar under-14 squad while noted development coach Andrea Vignati has the under-16 reins. All three squads swept past Alamein in an impressive recent hitout. Former Langwarrin president Tanya Wallace is now Southern’s community club liaison officer. She also is an ever-present advisor and Palmer is certain to draw upon Wallace’s experience as a football administrator. It’s clear that bridges need to be rebuilt and one of the first is to reopen a dialogue with the consortium’s foundation clubs, especially Casey Comets which has a successful and growing women’s program and has become estranged from Southern for various reasons. Palmer has already spoken at length with Football Federation Victoria president Kimon Taliadoros and plans to arrange a meeting with Comets president Dawn Stone among others. On Monday (29 January) Palmer meets with FFV’s commercial and media manager Anthony Grima to formulate a strategic plan to present to Taliadoros and his board. On Tuesday morning Palmer meets with council representatives to get a full rundown on the Wedge Road sports facility in Carrum Downs where Southern’s administrative headquarters will be based. The multi-million dollar upgrade received another boost last week with the state government announcing a further $2.2 million grant for a multi-purpose synthetic playing field. On Tuesday afternoon Palmer meets with the FFV’s club development team.

For Southern, there is so much to be done and so little time. Its season kicks-off on Sunday 25 February. And if the scriptwriters from “Vikings” were arranging the fixtures which club do you think they would have pitted against Southern for the season opener? You guessed it, Bayside United. In other news, Langwarrin’s two NPL visa spots will go to Scottish striker Liam Baxter and English midfielder Paul Speed. Connor Belger was widely tipped to take up one of the visa spots but is unable to commit to a full season and has been snapped up by Casey Comets where it is hoped he will be available for up to 16 games. The NPL2 season kicks off in under three weeks and features 28 rounds of matches. Langwarrin plays Box Hill United at Wembley Park on Saturday 17 February at 3.15pm and its first home game is at Lawton Park on Saturday 24 February at 3pm against Goulburn Valley Suns. There was a flurry of activity at Langy last week and the club has agreed terms with the following players: Andy McIntyre, Robbie Acs, Lewis Foster, Boris Ovcin, Paul Speed and Dylan Kilner (all with Langy last season), Luke Burgess (from Whittlesea Ranges), Harrison Michaelis (Bulleen), Andy McLean (Eltham Redbacks), John Kuol (Morwell Pegasus) and Victor Medini (Dandenong Thunder). More signings are expected this week. In State 1 news Max Etheridge arrives on Saturday from the UK to head up Mornington’s strike force. He is a former Morwell Pegasus, Bentleigh Greens and Kingston City player and is expected to play a pivotal role in the club’s title tilt. Mornington will take on Knox in a friendly at Egan Lee Reserve on Wednesday 7 February at 7pm. On Saturday 10 February Mornington travels to Kingston Heath Soccer Complex to take on NPL giant Bentleigh Greens. The reserves kick off at 9am and the senior match starts at 10.30am. Next Saturday the focus of local soccer switches to Baxter Park with the sixth staging of the Steve Wallace Memorial Cup. Group A comprises Langwarrin, Casey Comets, Peninsula Strikers and Baxter. Group B is made up of Mornington, Frankston Pines, Seaford United and Skye United. The annual fundraiser for the emergency department at Frankston Hospital is a round-robin event which kicks off at 10am with the Langwarrin v Peninsula Strikers (pitch 1) and Mornington v Seaford United (pitch 2) matches. In State 3 news Brett Heskins may be the bolter in Billy Armour’s Skye United senior squad. Heskins, 24, broke into Langwarrin’s senior team in the 2014 season after playing in the juniors and reserves. The defender stopped playing in 2015 and headed to the US the following year. Armour rates Heskins highly and is keen to lure the big man back to the sport.

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Carrum Downs scores new playing field A NEW regional training hub is set to be built at the Carrum Downs Recreation Reserve for local clubs and school groups which will include a new synthetic oval. Victorian Sports Minister John Eren and Carrum Labor MP Sonya Kilkenny announced on Wednesday 24 January a $500,000 commitment towards the project as part of the Carrum Downs Recreation Reserve Redevelopment. The multipurpose synthetic sports facility will cater to a range of codes including Australian Rules football, cricket and soccer. Southern United Football Club – who have an elite level team in the Women’s National Premier League as well as five other female teams – will call the hub home. The $2.2 million redevelopment of the reserve, which Frankston Council is contributing $1.7 million towards, will also deliver a central cricket wicket, sports field lighting, fencing and various line markings. Mr Eren said the new training facility will open up new doors for clubs and reduce the wear and tear on other local grounds.

“This community loves their sport and participation is growing. That’s why we’re making sure local clubs in Carrum Downs have the facilities they need to play in all conditions,” Eren said. The mayor Cr Colin Hampton welcomed the announcement saying the synthetic surface will revolutionise the playing and training experience for sporting clubs, especially with the high demand for female and junior participation. “We know that improving local sports infrastructure helps build stronger, healthier and more connected communities and increases participation amongst children and adults alike,” he said. “This is an exciting time for sports and recreation within Frankston City, with part of the Carrum Downs Recreation Reserve refurbishments already completed or underway and further improvements to come in the future.” The announcement follows the $700,000 sale of the old Carrum Downs Memorial Hall which was redirected towards the new $4 million multipurpose pavilion.

Celebration: The Carrum Downs Recreation Reserve receives funding for new synthetic playing field. Picture: Frankston Community Noticeboard

Riley reaches world’s junior top 10 By Ben Triandafillou WHEELCHAIR tennis player Riley Dumsday has broken into the top 10 world junior boy’s rankings after taking out the Melbourne Open the week before last. The Mornington Elite Tennis Academy junior pushed through the scorching conditions at the Hume Community Tennis Centre to win the under-18 boys singles and finish runners-up in the mixed doubles. Riley, 12, is now ranked 10th in the world and said he was really happy to win the tournament but even happier to have ticked off one of his main goals for the year. “I’m really happy to make it into the top 10,” he said. “It was one of my goals that I made at the end of last year and I was able to do it after my first tournament for the year. “The weather was really hot, it was in the 40s and high 30s but I think I coped fairly well.” Mornington Elite Tennis Academy director Kate Antosik said she was stoked to see Riley have a great week

at the Melbourne Open. “The coaching team at Elite Tennis Academy Mornington are very proud of Riley,” she said. “Not only in his results from this tournament but also for breaking into the top 10 junior wheelchair players in the world. It is exciting times ahead

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for Riley.” In the same week another Mornington Elite Tennis Academy junior, Emmerson Priest, won her first singles title on the Australian Ranking Junior Tour. Emmerson competed at the 2018 Mornington JT Bronze January tourna-

ment held at the Mornington Tennis Centre and won the 12 and under singles against Western Australian top seed Talia Edgar (4-6 6-4 11-9) as well as the 12 and under doubles with partner Amelia Zylberman (1-6 7-6 10-8). Antosik, who is also Emmerson’s personal coach, said it was great to see Emmerson’s hard work and training pay off with her results in the tournament. “It is a huge milestone to be winning tournaments after only beginning to compete on the Australian Junior Tour less than 12 months ago,” Antosik said. “I promised her that if she won a tournament by the end of the Summer Season I would give her four new rackets and she won the last tournament of the summer. “This is the first singles tournament that Emmerson and I have won since working together and I am excited to see what 2018 brings for her.” Rising stars: Mornington tennis players Riley Dumsday, left, and Emmerson Priest, right, celebrate their victories. Pictures: Supplied

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