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Stage is set Live music is finally playing again on the Frankston Arts Centre stage. The band Teenage Dads (pictured) performed for a live streamed show last week. See story page 10. Picture: Gary Sissons

Prison punishment for scamming ratepayers Brodie Cowburn A FORMER Frankston Council employee who scammed ratepayers out of nearly half a million dollars has been sent to prison. Andrew Williamson, a former manager at Frankston Council, was sentenced in the County Court on 22 October. He was handed a 12 month

prison sentence Mr Williamson was sentenced on three charges. He was found guilty of obtaining property by deception to the amount of $460,872, attempting to obtain property by deception to the amount of $65,530, and misconduct in public office. The former community development manager also received community correction orders of 30 months, 12 months, and 15 months for each of

his three charges. These will be served concurrently. The sentencing came after an investigation by Victoria’s peak anticorruption body into Mr Williamson’s conduct. Allegations had been made that improper procurement practices were used to obtain Frankston Council funds. Operation “Topi” was initiated by IBAC after a mandatory notification from Frankston Council. IBAC an-

nounced that Mr Williamson had been charged on 14 January last year, and he pled guilty to three charges in August 2020. A second man, Aiden Magnik, was also hit with charges. Frankston Council CEO Phil Cantillon said “on behalf of our community we are pleased that justice has been served in this matter.” “It was our strong auditing processes that picked up this irregularity in a timely manner, allowing us to prompt-

ly report it to the Independent Broadbased Anti-corruption Commission for investigation,” he said. “We will be closely following the trial of Mr Magnik as it moves forward next year.” Public sector corruption or police misconduct can be reported to IBAC at or by calling 1300 735 135.

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Easier path to outdoor dining THE state government has moved to make it easier for restaurants to expand their outdoor dining areas. The latest change to COVID-19 restrictions has given the green light for the hospitality industry to restart. 50 people will be allowed to dine outside compared to just 20 indoors, meaning many restaurants are looking to expand outside dining spaces. The state government has announced that it will “streamline” planning approvals by allowing exemptions for existing pubs, restaurants, and cafes to use existing outdoor spaces, nearby parks, and public land to serve patrons without the need for a planning permit. Business owners will still need to apply for a letter from their local

council to expand their outdoor dining space. Frankston Council CEO Phil Cantillon applauded the move. “Our teams, led by dedicated precinct officers are working overtime to contact local hospitality operators to discuss their options and understand their intentions,” he said. “While some may choose not to open immediately, others have the potential to take advantage of kerbside dining, parklets and potential laneway closures to create more dining spaces. “Businesses wishing to extend seating into public spaces outside their private land boundary will still be required to apply for a permit from council, however in a further effort to

support local business, no fees will be charged.” Premier Daniel Andrews said “the move to more outdoor drinking and dining has the potential to change our city and our state for the better and open up exciting new experiences. Not just for this summer, but for every summer.” “Our world famous restaurants and food scene are a vital part of Melbourne and Victoria, and we all want to see them bounce back and welcome back patrons in a safe way,” he said. Businesses can contact council’s business concierge with inquiries about the exemptions at or by phoning 1300 322 322

RATS have been seen at Frankston Hospital’s COVID-19 testing clinic, the Health Workers Union alleges. Health Workers Union secretary Diana Asmar said that “staff working in the COVID-19 testing facilities at Frankston Hospital have made formal complaints after giant rodents have been seen inside erected tents, near PPE equipment, and staff meal areas.” “The Health Workers Union is aware of a rodent infestation inside the Covid staff tents, specifically erected for staff working across five hospital wards during the pandemic,” Ms Asmar said. “Some of our members are scared to attend that area. You cannot be worried about rats scurrying up your leg while

you’re at work. The non-response from Frankston Hospital management to date is unacceptable.” Peninsula Health CEO Felicity Topp said that the allegations would be investigated. “We have received no complaints about rats near any of our many, current COVID-19 testing sites across Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula. However, we will investigate this Health Workers Union allegation,” she said. “The health and safety of our staff, patients and community is paramount to us. Stringent infection prevention and control measures are in place to ensure a safe environment is maintained at all of our sites, including COVID-19 screening clinics.” Ms Asmar said that WorkSafe has been notified.

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Affray arrests made but more wanted THREE men have been arrested after allegedly attacking a car and house with weapons, but police are still looking for more offenders. Police allege that three men smashed windows of a house and car on Corlett Street, Frankston, around 3pm on 15 August. Police say the men were armed with weapons and caused extensive damage. It is alleged they fought with a fourth man, also armed with a weapon. Three people fled in a van, two of which are unidentified. Three people were later arrested af-

ter search warrants were executed in Bittern and Frankston. A 21-year-old Bittern man was charged with affray, assault related charges, weapon offences, and criminal damage and was remanded in custody to appear at Frankston Magistrates Court on 28 October. A 28-yearold Frankston man was charged with affray and prohibited person possess firearms and has been convicted. A 23year-old Pakenham man was released without charge. Police would still like to talk to two more people in relation to the incident.

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Drugs found in car TWO people have been arrested after the discovery of drugs and cash in Frankston North. At around midday, 28 October, a car was pulled over on Rosemary Crescent. Police allege that there were drugs in the car and that the driver, a 27-year-old Frankston North man, had a suspended license. At the same time a second car was pulled over, and police allegedly found drugs in that car too. Police later went to a short stay rental on the street, where they allegedly found Gammahydroxybutyrate, cannabis, Methylamphetamines and prescription medication. The 27-year-old man has been charged with possess drug of dependence, traffick drug of dependence, negligently deal with proceeds of crime, and commit indictable offence on bail. He appeared at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on the evening of 28 October. A 26-year-old Carrum Downs woman was charged with possess drug of dependence and bailed to appear at Frankston Magistrates’ Court on 30 July 2021.

Dating app worries POLICE are urging victims to come forward to report sexual assaults committed by people that have been met on dating apps. A police statement released last month read that “instances of predatory sexual behaviour on dating apps” is becoming a greater worry. Sexual Crimes Squad Detective In-

spector Juliann Goldrick said “I want to assure the community and victims of sexual assault that Victoria Police is committed to investigating these matters and holding offenders to account”. “In terms of dating apps, we might have people who are unsure about making a report because the person has blocked or removed their profile on the app, or maybe a lengthy period of time has passed and victims are worried it has been too long,” she said. “I cannot stress enough that it is never the victim’s responsibility to determine whether or not there is enough evidence to investigate a sexual offence or solve a crime. “I think it’s crucial that victims understand that reporting to the dating app is not reporting to police, and so we encourage people to speak to us when they have been subject to concerning behaviour. “Everyone in our community has a right to go about their lives, meet new people or start a relationship without fear of being a victim of crime.”

Ute stolen A FORD utility was stolen from Frankston last month. On 25 October, the car was stolen. The vehicle has the number plates 1RO8UX attached and a red number 80 on its side. An image of the car has been released by detectives (below). Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or make a report online at and quote the incident number 200392724.

Bald-faced tyre A MAN caught driving with three bald tyres on Oliver’s Hill has had his car impounded, 21 October. Police patrolling the car park found an unregistered Ford (pictured right) and spoke to the driver. The 21-yearold Dandenong North man will be charged for traffic offences. Three passengers, a 20-year-old man from Mickleham, a 24-year-old man from Mildura, and a 24-year-old man from Keysborough were given penalty notices for breaching the Chief Health Officer’s directions.

The grenade was taken to the rear of the house and police called, Sunday 11 October. Senior Constable Gillson said he notified the police bomb response crew who called in their Army equivalent. They placed the grenade in a container and took it away for detonation.

Bogged at beach A LANGWARRIN man who finished work at Frankston, 1am, Friday 23 October, drove to Schnapper Point, Mornington, and then onto the sand (pictured above). The 21-year-old did some circle work before finding his rear wheel drive Commodore could not cope and he became bogged. Revving the accelerator did not help and patrolling police found him buried up to the axles. An after-hours tow truck was called to pull him out.

Grenade surprise A CLEANER got a fright when tidying up a West Park, Hastings property earlier this month. Going through drawers in the garage he uncovered a military hand grenade with the pin inserted making it, technically, still “alive”. Senior Constable Rob Gillson, of Hastings police, said the cleaner had been called in by the wife of a World War II veteran, aged 92, who had been moved to a nursing home.






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Voters waiting for poll results NOVEMBER is set to be a blockbuster month for election results. It may be true that the outcome of the US presidential election will get a little more attention worldwide than the results of the Frankston Council vote, but there will still be plenty of residents keeping a keen eye on the future makeup of local government. Voting has closed for the local government elections. Ballots not mailed to the Victorian Electoral Commission by 6pm on 23 October will not be counted. The results of the Frankston election are expected sometime this month and could have widespread ramifications for locals. Guiding the municipality out of the COVID-19 pandemic is set to be a huge test for the new council. The VEC says that based on the number of ballot packs it had received back by the morning of 23 October, it is expected that this year’s turnout will be higher than it was for the 2016

election. “The average turnout rate in 2016 was 73 per cent, but based on current return rates, this year’s average is anticipated to be around the 76 per cent mark or higher,” electoral commissioner Warwick Gately said. “The public’s response has been positive overall. Voters have been very responsive and have exceeded expectations with the number of early returns surpassing that in 2016. “The counting of votes will take place over the next three weeks locally within each council wherever possible.” Candidates will be vying for nine spots on council. If the results go against him on election day, US President Donald Trump has not committed to leaving office peacefully. Thankfully, a slightly calmer transition of power is expected if any incumbent Frankston councillors lose their re-election bids.

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Sports back in full swing CRICKETERS have been given the all clear to return to the crease for the 2020/2021 season. COVID-19 brought an end to local cricket earlier this year. The onset of the pandemic saw the Mornington Peninsula Cricket Association call off the season the week before the scheduled Grand Finals. Last week the MPCA board voted to proceed with next season, with the first ball set to be bowled on 14 November. This season will only feature one day matches. The first seven rounds will be played with a red ball, and the rest will be played with a white ball. Fixtures have been posted online at the MyCricket website. Brodie Cowburn

Rooming houses a focus for COVID safety PENINSULA Health has teamed up with council to implement more infection control measures in Frankston’s rooming houses. Nurses have attended local rooming houses to offer COVID-19 swabs to residents. Residents have also been given disposable masks, highgrade disinfectant, hand sanitiser, disposable gloves, paper towel, and bin liners. Peninsula Health community health operations director Iain Edwards said “we’re pleased to be partnering with Frankston City Council in creating COVID safe environments.” “Peninsula Health and Frankston City Council are continuing to work together to minimise the spread of infection and protect rooming house residents,” he said.

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Radio turns to TV to ‘rescue’ gala ball RADIO station RPP FM turned to television to hold a virtual gala ball that raised $75,000 for the Children First Foundation. Realising restrictions caused by COVID-19 would destroy its major 2020 event, foundation executive officer Elizabeth Lodge approached RPP breakfast host John Shore who arranged a TV broadcast of

the big night. “We dared to dream, took a risk, and the outcome was awesome,” she said. Observing strict COVID protocols, the RPP crew of MC John Shore, co-host Amy Campion and technical producer Steve Meyers, used RPP’s TV broadcasting ability to stream the event live to a

national audience. The at-home attendees enjoyed gourmet hampers of premium Mornington Peninsula produce while being entertained, listening to speakers, and bidding at auctions on the night. “We shared the kids’ and the foundation's stories,” Mr Shore said. “We passed our target by

more than $15,000, brought joy into homes across the country, and had loads of fun along the way.” The Children First Foundation has been arranging life-changing, sometimes life-saving, surgery in Australia for disadvantaged children from developing countries since 1999.

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Musicians ready to restart shows Lockdown easing MUSICIANS are finally taking to the stage again at the Frankston Arts Centre. The seats may have been empty but the stage certainly was not. Four acts performed on 29 October to an online audience. The concert was put together as a way of helping struggling artists who have been hurt by effects of COVID-19. The pandemic has been devastating for the arts industry, with live shows being cancelled for most of the year. Mt Eliza indie pop act Teenage Dads, Rye based soul band Velvet Bloom, Frankston rapper Boler Mani, and Frankston band Subcult rocked the Arts Centre for the free performance. In lieu of ticket sales, viewers were asked to donate to a gofundme with all proceeds distributed amongst the performers and hosts. Frankston Arts Centre head of programming Tammy Ryan said “the arts has been hit hard by COVID-19 and this is a fun way for the community to get behind our local artists while taking in some terrific tunes.” Visit the Frankston Arts Centre Facebook page to watch the replay of the show and go to and-we-are-live-artist-fund to donate.

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AFTER an arduous four months, Victoria is moving back out of lockdown. Premier Daniel Andrews announced the easing of further restrictions last Monday. The same day, Victoria recorded no new cases of COVID-19 for the first time since 9 June. From Wednesday, 28 October, the hospitality and retail sectors began to reopen. Restaurants and cafes will be able to serve up to 20 people indoors and 50 outdoors, with social distancing guidelines in place too. The permitted reasons to leave home have been removed, although the 25km radius will remain for the time being. Indoor religious gatherings of up to 10 will now be permitted. 10 people can now attend weddings, and 20 can attend funerals. Outdoor contact sport for kids will kick off once again. Up to 10 people from any number of homes can also now meet outdoors to socialise. Home visits are also allowed from now on. Two people and dependents can visit another home within their 25km radius, but this can only happen once per day. Further restriction changes are expected from 8 November, including the removal of the 25 kilometer travel limit. The regional border is also expected to be scrapped. Capacity for hospitality is expected to increase, and gyms are also expected to reopen next month with strict guidelines. “I know personally just how much this will mean for thousands of Victorians who haven’t been able to see loved ones for far too long It will mean families are whole again. Our state is whole again,” Mr Andrews said. “We want to reach COVID normal by Christmas and right now, we’re on track to do that. It’s why we’ve got to keep going, all of us. Understanding that even though restrictions may ease, our personal responsibility in all this doesn’t. “As we take these steady steps towards reopening, the message remains the same. Please, stay safe. And if you have symptoms, you must get tested.”


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Boys plea to not write-off jumps Stephen Taylor A GROUP of Peninsula Grammar students are determined to keep themselves active and involved in making jumps for their bikes – despite Mornington Peninsula Shire confirming their actions contravene local laws. A group of grade 5 boys has written to The Times after reading about other boys building bike jumps at Mountain View park, Mount Eliza. Fintan O’Dea, Angus Donges, Jack French and Ethan Drummond want the shire to understand their needs and let them continue making the jumps as a way of “letting off steam” and allowing them to stay active outdoors. Ethan’s mum Donna Drummond said she felt sorry for the playmates who had struggled through the COVID-19 restrictions. “There’s really nowhere safe for them to ride around except in the parks,” she said. “They were all talking about the story in the paper and just want to be active.” Here are their letters: Fintan O’Dea, 11: “Imagine you are in a game and you just were about to get the second checkpoint. Then you fail and go back to the first checkpoint. That is what is happening to us in COVID-19. The only thing helping us kids get back to the second checkpoint is by having fun doing jumps on our bikes it is bringing us together having fun and building stuff. While we are building, we do the jumps, so we are learning things. That is why I think we should be able to ride on bike jumps.” Angus Donges, 10: “Bike jumps are a free source of exercise and fun where kids can meet others and socialise. You can also follow COVID-19 restrictions as well. When you destroy bike jumps you are ruining hours of work as well as our pleasure and enjoyment. All I am

BIKE jumpers Angus Donges, Jack Mackay, Kai Mackay, Ethan Drummond, Fintan O’Dea and Bay Mackay put their pleas in writing. Picture: Gary Sissons

asking for is to leave us alone and don’t destroy the jumps. We have already gone through a lot and I think it’s time we all had a break from this awful and dreadful year.” Jack French: “Here are some reasons why bike jumps are actually good for you: I have been on my Xbox a lot lately and haven’t been very active. But, when I got into bike jumps, it changed my fitness and my time with my family. I’m sure some kids like me have been inside on games a little bit too much, so if they could possibly go out on some bike jumps it could change their health and fitness. What’s the point of wrecking something that changes their time with family, having fun, health, fitness and their moods?” Ethan Drummond, 11: “I think that the jumps keep us active that make their health great and you get happy and who does not like happy people and if you don't like the jumps and you are trying to be voted councillor you will not be

it because our parents will not vote you. If you will destroy them don’t.” But it appears public liability concerns may be a factor in the shire’s opposition to the children’s bike jumps. The shire’s acting director of place Jessica Wingad said: “The shire has the responsibility of managing risk to the public and on public land and so we must address this. “Some bikes and jumps are unsafe, in inappropriate locations, not built to the correct standards, including clay types, jumps distances, slopes and curves, [and] therefore risk management from an insurance and legal perspective requires that we remove them. “We urge members of the public to be respectful of shire staff as they carry out these duties.” Ms Wingad said many jumps “generally disregard other users of tracks and trails, as well as the environmental and ecological values of the site”.

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Unsolved murders a 40 year mystery By Jake Pike THE death of a family member or friend is never easy. COVID restrictions have highlighted the pain caused when those closest are not afforded closure around the death of a loved one. But this pain and uncertainty is not an unprecedented pandemic phenomenon, it’s a feeling all too familiar for the friends and family of the women found in Tynong North and Frankston between 1980 and 1983. Despite the six-million-dollar reward and multiple investigations, the murders of Catherine Headland, Bertha Miller, Allison Rooke, Joy Summers, Narumol Stephenson and AnnMarie Sargent have gone unsolved for forty years. While Belanglo State Forest and Snowtown leave most Australians with an eerie sense of familiarity, Tynong North is best known for local theme park Gumbuya World, rather than the disposal site for one of Australia’s worst serial killers. Over the past four decades scores of top detectives have worked the case to no avail, the advances in technology can’t account for a lack of physical evidence. The bodies of the women were all found in such a state of decomposition that homicide detectives were unable to determine a cause of death. DNA evidence was not yet on the scene and it would be another nine years after the first women were found that DNA would be used in an Australian court to convict someone of a crime. Frankston Murders Allison Rooke On May 30 1980, Allison Rooke (59) disappeared from the Frankston area. Her neighbour confirmed to police that she was headed to Frankston to pay bills and get groceries when she disappeared sometime after 11am. Allison usually drove, but on that day car troubles forced her to take public transport. However, the usual bus driver didn’t remember picking her up. Allison Rooke was found on 5 July 1980 hidden among the bushland at McClelland Drive, a few kilometres from where she was last seen. Joy Summers Joy Summers (55) was on her first lone shopping trip to Frankston on October 9, 1981 when she disappeared, Summers suffered a stroke a couple of years before she went missing and was usually accompanied by her partner. Joy was last seen sitting at a bus stop at 1:20pm just 100m from her home. It is believed she was taken from the bus stop as no bus drivers on the route remember picking her up. Joy Summers was discovered November 22 1981 in bushland off Skye Road in Frankston, a small distance from where Allison Rooke was found.

Tynong North Murders Bertha Miller Bertha Miller (73) lived in Glen Iris and was a very active member of the Spring Wesleyan Street Mission in Prahran, a church she had attended for 48 years. On August 10 1980, Bertha caught the same tram from High Street Glen Iris to Prahran as she did every week for Sunday service, meeting a close friend along the way. But her friend never met her on the tram. It is believed she was taken


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Six victims: Top left: Allison Rooke Top middle: Bertha Miller Top right: Catherine Headland Bottom left: Ann-Marie Sargent Bottom middle: Narumol Stephenson Bottom right: Joy Summers Pictures colourised by Cinta Veal

Three murderer theory: Frankston and Tynong North murders were committed by separate individuals, but this theory also separates Narumol Stephenson from the other Tynong cases. from the tram stop as she waited. Bertha was also the Aunt of then Victorian Police Commissioner Mick Miller. Catherine Headland Catherine Headland (14) was headed to a holiday job at Coles Fountain Gate when she disappeared. Headland had left home early to meet up with her boyfriend before starting her shift. On August 28, 1980, after a morning of listening to records and watching TV, Catherine headed to the bus stop on the corner of Manuka Road and the Princes Highway. While the bus driver claimed he picked up a girl matching Catherine’s description at another stop, Victorian Police ruled that Catherine never got on the bus. Ann-Marie Sargent Ann-Marie Sargent (18) was between jobs when she disappeared on October 6 1980. She was a frequent hitchhiker and it is believed she got a lift from Cranbourne to Dandenong the day she went missing. Ann-Marie was last seen at an unemployment office in Dandenong. Her Father strongly believes that she had hitchhiked that day as she had no money when he had seen her earlier that morning. Catherine Headland, Ann-Marie Sargent and Bertha Miller were found together in November 1980 by men disposing of sheep offal at a quarry off Brew Road, Tynong North. Narumol Stephenson Narumol Stephenson (34) was Thai and had been in Australia just over a year before she went missing from outside a house in Brunswick on November 29 1980. Narumol and her husband were visiting Melbourne with another couple and after a disagreement about visiting friends late at night, Narumol stayed in the car while the others went inside. Her husband came outside to check on her regularly, but after a number of hours Narumol disappeared. Narumol Stephenson was found in February 1983 after a man who taught anatomy and physiology spotted a bone he recognised as human while he waited for assistance with a flat tyre. Her body was found in Tynong North at a different site from the other women.

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Investigations and Theories When people think serial killers and abductions, our minds often wander to places dark and discreet, not busy streets in broad daylight. With the exception of Narumol Stephenson, all of the women were last seen between 9am and midday and had the intention of getting public transport. Serial killers usually have an ‘ideal victim’ based on characteristics such as age, race, physical traits or any other innumerable quality, so there are typically similarities between victims. Personal items were removed from each of the victims, a practice former FBI profiler John Douglas describes as common of serial killers who like to relive the experience of what they’ve done. In this case, all of the victims were women, they were abducted near public transport or from Melbourne streets, but that’s where the similarities end. Five of the women were Caucasian, one was Thai, their ages ranged between 14 and 73, half of the women under 35 and the other half over 55. The older women were found clothed while the younger women were not. Investigators believed that the reason there are so few similarities between the women is because the murderer was opportunistic rather than selecting individuals based on their characteristics. Throughout the decades there have been a number of theories surrounding the murders. A 1985 inquiry into the murders found that they were caused by three separate offenders. In 2017, in conjunction with the release of the $1,000,000 reward per victim, Victoria Police said that they were looking for one suspect in relation to all six murders. One murderer theory: The current theory supported by Victorian Police is that all six women were murdered by the same person. Two murderer theory: The theory supported by early investigators was that the victims found in Tynong North were not connected to the victims in Frankston and that the time frame of the murders is the only link between the cases.

Narumol Stephenson was considered to be the outlier, taken well outside the area and time zone that the murder had previously operated in, her circumstances didn’t match the other women. Narumol Stephenson’s remains were not found in the same state as the other women in Tynong, while the killer had taken their time hiding the bodies of the others at the Brew Road location well off the beaten track, Narumol was found a 30 second walk from the main road and no care was taken with hiding her remains. It was theorised that Narumol’s killer may have intended to take her to the Brew Road disposal site, but was spooked by another person in the area and they then hastily placed her body at the secondary location. A new taskforce was created for the case in 1998, but despite the exhaustive efforts of different detectives over the years, nobody has ever been charged for the murders.

Suspects Since the 1980s, Victoria Police have interviewed over 2000 people in relation to the murders, with a handful of people standing out as the top suspects. Raymond Edmunds Also known as Mr Stinky and The Donvale Rapist, Edmunds was a rapist and serial killer from Victoria who had committed a spate of violent and sexual crimes from the mid-60s to the mid-80s. He declined interviews with police after his conviction in 1986, and it wasn’t until 2018 that he reached out to confess to a number of sexual attacks. Edmunds has presently been convicted of two murders, nine rapes and a handful of other violent crimes against women, but police once believed that he may be responsible for as many as 32 rapes and several unsolved murders. Edmunds was not believed to have been the offender in the Tynong North and Frankston murders as he had been living in New South Wales at the time of the time of the murders. While there is the possibility that Edmunds returned to Victoria for the murders, Police believe that he lacked the charm and interpersonal skills required to get the women into a vehicle without a significant struggle.

Bandali Debs A man whose actions were once described by a NSW Supreme Court judge as ‘lacking humanity’. Debs is currently serving consecutive life sentences for the murders of two police officers and two sex workers in the mid-late 1990s. Debs was considered a suspect due to his penchant for opportunistic sexual violence and his proximity to the Princes’ Highway. Police believe he committed a series of violent armed robberies in the early 1990s with the help of his nephew, Jason Ghiller. Debs was in his late 20s when the Tynong North and Dandenong murders started in 1980, but his earliest violent conviction wasn’t until 1988. The woman Debs murdered in Sydney was also found naked near a quarry, similar to some of the victims found at Tynong North. Harold Janman Unlike the other two suspects, Janman was never convicted of any violent crimes, the only blemish on his criminal record comes from soliciting sex workers. The reason Janman become a key person of interest in the case was because he was well known for offering lifts in the area that the Frankston victims were taken from. Despite living in the Frankston area for over a decade at the time of the first disappearances, Janman only began offering people lifts in the same time frame as the murders. When interviewed, he claimed that he had been to the bank in Frankston with his wife on the day that Joy Summers disappeared, an alibi supported by his wife. However, his bank records didn’t tell the same story that he did. While Janman had close ties to Frankston, he also had connections to Tynong North. In the late 50s – early 60s, Janman lived in Garfield, the area south of Tynong North, on the opposite side of the Princes Highway. He had worked in the area at the Tynong Hotel and at the quarry where the Tynong North murderer would dispose of their victims decades later. In 1985, the first analysis of the cases stated, “The dearth [lack] of physical evidence and eyewitness accounts linking him to either of the [Frankston] victims means that it is unlikely that he will ever be charged with any offence or eliminated as a suspect”. The report also stated that Janman was likely only responsible for the Frankston murders and that two other killers were responsible for the bodies at Tynong North. However, in 1990 a second report was not as kind to Janman, the analyst described him as a “viable suspect with weak or non-existent alibis”. It went on to say that the murders in Frankston and the three women found together in Tynong North were likely connected, and that “on the information available [Janman] is the best nominated suspect for the offences”. But all of the evidence against Janman was circumstantial; gut feelings, odd behaviour and coincidences doesn’t make somebody a murderer. Harold Janman always maintained that he was innocent and was not involved with the murders. Harold Janman died on Wednesday 26 August 2020, two days short of the 40th anniversary of Catherine Headlands disappearance.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS CALENDAR Sponsored by Frankston Arts Centre

Although these events and support groups are not meeting due to the COVID 19 virus, this page still contains the email or phone contacts for these important services. Peninsula Activities Group Friendship Club meets every third Friday of each month at Uniting Church Hall, High Street, Frankston. Meet at 10.00 for 10.30 start. After meeting stop and have a cup of coffee/tea and a chat. Contact Joana 9775 2304. Zoom into Permaculture Level 2 Low cost of $50 for 8 online sessions, starts Monday 31/08/20 7pm-9pm, call Langwarrin Community Centre 9789 7653. Lots of information to grow a plentiful veggie garden. Learn while you stay home and stay safe

Peninsula Women’s Hockey Association Dust off your hockey stick & come and join the PWHA (Peninsula Women’s Hockey Association) who play at Monash University grounds at Frankston throughout the year on a Monday night. Friendly, fun but competitive and a mix of skills and ages range from 13 to 70+. A great way to burn off some of those Covid kilos enjoying affordable outdoor exercise! Contact to express interest or request a chat/more information. Royal Naval Association, Port Phillip Bay Branch. We are aligned with the Frankston Naval Memorial Club and meet at 11.30 on the Second Sunday of each month at our premises in Langwarrin South for meals, drinks, raffles, presentations, dancing on occasions and the odd video show. We also welcome associate members from the Army and Air Force from both the UK, Australia and elsewhere both married or single. We publish a monthly newsletter circulated by email or snail mail to all members so why not come and join us for good company and a generally good time. Please contact the Branch Secretary, Mike Murphy on or 0449 070842 for further details. South End Spirit Basketball The Peninsulas newest community based basketball club South End Spirit is looking for players of all ages to join us in the Chelsea Basketball Competition. Contact Nicola on for more info Sequence (Board Game) Looking for people who may be interested in playing Sequence with a group of people. Happy to teach new players. For details call Alan on 0429 429 296

Try Croquet Est in 1947, The Frankston Croquet Club prides itself on social recreation, healthy activity and friendly competitions. Open Tues, Thurs & Sat. from 9am to 3pm. Equipment supplied, flat soled shoes required. Enquires to Fay 97837340 Little Hands Playgroup Lead by dedicated volunteers, children aged 0-5 years and their parent/carer enjoy free play, craft activities, music, singing and story time. Tuesdays during school term, 10am-12pm, Frankston Forest Baptist Church, 43 Monterey Blvd Frankston North. Details: or 9013 0483 Voices of Frankston Choir We welcome new singers to come along and enjoy the friendship and support that this all-inclusive choir provides. We meet every Wednesday morning at 10am at High St Uniting Church Frankston. Lunch is provided. Contact Trudi 0406678261 Family Drug Support – Frankston Non-religious, open meetings for those impacted by someone’s drug and/or alcohol use. Talk/listen in a non-judgemental, safe environment. Wednesday fortnightly, 6pm at Frankston Hospital, 2 Hastings Rd. Meetings are free. Further details phone Chloe 0448 177 083 IBS/FODMAP Sensitives Support and Self-Help Association Suffering bloat, pain, foggy-thinking. Chronic foodrelated gut dysfunction. Food sensitivities. Guidance through self-diagnosis of specific food intolerances, resolution, recipes. Face-face forums, individual, small group sessions. No cost. SASHA 0422 918 074 or 0407 095 760 Family History Melb PC Users Group, Mornington, Family History and DNA. We meet at the Mornington Information Centre every 3rd Monday for Family History and every last Wednesday for DNA (research) Q&A, Information, Presentations. sigs/mornington-peninsula-sig/family-history Contact Colin 0417 103 678 Frankston & District Stamp Club Not sure what to do with your old stamp collection? Come along and meet our friendly club members, always available for help and advice. We meet at 7.00 pm on the third Thursday each month at Belvedere Community Centre, 36 Belvedere Road, Seaford. Enquiries 5995 9783. Southern Sounds Chorus Ladies - want to learn to sing? You’ll make great music and great friends by joining us. No previous experience required. Tues 7pm St Jude’s Primary School hall, Warrandyte Rd, Langwarrin. Call Jennyne for details 0438783475 Angling Club Snapper Point Angling Club is looking for new members. For a short time all joining fees will be waivered so why not come along to one of our monthly meetings, fishing comps or just an excursion. Experience the friendly comradery between like-minded fishos and swap some of those legendary stories. Website or call Russ on 0418320314 Volunteers Wanted Enveco Health is an innovative social enterprise aiming to assist those with mental ill-health live independently in the community and to recover in a supportive non-clinical environment. We’re currently seeking volunteers to get involved in this innovative project. If you would like to know more visit, and send us a message.

Dog Lovers Walking Group Tuesdays at 8:30 am & 9:30 am, also Thursdays at 9:30 am. Join us for friendship, fun and exercise for dogs and owners. At Baxter Park (Near Tennis Courts). Great for puppies. Regular social events as well. Contact Suzanne on 9789 8475 Frankston Parkinson’s Peer Support Group Meets in the Bridget Clancy room at St John of God hospital, from 10 am on the 3rd Monday of each month to listen to speakers, share information and socialise. More info available from Karen 0412 979 902 or Glenys 0437 956 305. National Seniors Australia Frankston branch meets on the last Wed of each month at Francis Xavier Hall, Davey Street, Frankston. We meet at 10 am for a cup of tea or coffee, followed by meeting at 10.30 am. For further info - Marion: 9776 6648. Frankston CWA Looking for members from the age of 10 for our junior group, meets the first Sat per month from 1-30pm and there is also craft on Wed mornings from 9-30am. Details call Jenny: 041051930 Seaford SASH Weight Loss Club Ladies only self-help group. Our ladies are welcoming and encourage each other each week in a non-judgemental way. Weigh-in Tuesday mornings from 8am-10am. Meeting closes approximately 10:30am. St Luke’s Church Hall, 64 William Rd, Carrum Downs. Call Chris Francis 0416046953 Frankston North Men’s Forum A forum for food, health and community. First Tuesday of each month, 6:00pm-8:00pm Frankston North Community Centre, 26 Mahogany Avenue, Frankston North. Free hot meal, coffee and tea; chat and chew with like-minded chaps Further details contact Bill on 97862710 East Frankston Over 55s Club 200 Beach St Frankston Mon: Melodies 1pm - 3pm Tues: carpet bowls 12pm - 3pm Wed: 9.30am -11am gentle exercise class, craft/chat group 12pm – 3pm. Rummikub 1pm – 3pm Fri: line dancing 10am – 12pm. Sat: carpet bowls 12pm – 3pm. Sun: bingo from 12.45pm and carpet bowls every 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month Details Pearl 97660290 or Joy 9789 0498 Frankston Food Swap 2nd Saturday of the month at 1pm Swap your excess vegies, homemade foods or seedlings. Kareela Café, 53 Kareela Rd, Frankston Frankston Ladies Probus Meets every second Thursday of the month at 2 Logan St. Frankston. 10am - noon. We have a guest speaker at each meeting. Throughout the month we have lunches, day trips, chat/coffee mornings, etc. Ring Jo for more info. 0400514212 Mornington Peninsula Welsh Ladies Choir Every Sunday 7pm. Join our happy and supportive group of choristers singing in both Welsh and English. You don’t need to be Welsh or speak Welsh. We rehearse in the Uniting Church High St Frankston. Call Helen 0424 719 291 for info about joining, email or just come along to a rehearsal and you will be warmly welcomed. Polio Have you or do you know anyone who had polio or is now experiencing after effects of polio? Please come to our support group meeting held at 11am on the second Saturday of each month at the Information Centre, Main St, Mornington. Enquiries: 5981 2540

Frankston Prostate Support Group The support group meets on the last Thursday of each month at 10am in the King Close Community Hall in Frankston North. Men with prostate health issues and their partners are invited to attend the support group for discussion on prostate health issues and some friendly banter. Details: 0407817996 (Gordon) Epilepsy Support Group Meet every 2nd Saturday at St Francis Xavier Parish, 60 Davey St, Frankston from 1pm – 3pm. Further details phone Sue 0407 509 519 or Cris 0437 386 867 Dog Park The Langwarrin Community Centre needs support to allow a purpose-built disabled friendly and fenced Dog Park in Langwarrin. Please support this fully funded dog park project by signing a petition at Langwarrin Community Centre or Harcourt’s Langwarrin. Peninsula Activities Group We welcome visitors to join in outings & trips. Meets in High Street Frankston for a cuppa and nibbles, book future activities and hear a speaker of interest. Joana 9775-2304. Are you a Breast Cancer survivor? If so come and join us for a paddle in our Dragon Boat. We offer 3 ‘come and trys’ before joining our club. The 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month at Patterson Lakes, Carrum For fun, fitness and friendship. Call Marilyn 0433 114 338 or Lyndsay 0425 743 455. Alcoholics Anonymous - Mornington Peninsula Do you need help to stop drinking? You’re not alone, contact us now on our 24 hour helpline 1300 880 390 or find a local meeting at JP Locations National & International documents inc affadavits, stat decs & cert copies signed FREE of charge at police stations on the Peninsula. Frankston weekdays 10am to 3pm. Carrum Downs: Mondays & Thursdays 5pm to 7pm. Ph: 1300365567. Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society Public Stargazing Hear inspiring talks, view stars, planets, clusters and galaxies through our powerful telescopes at 8pm on the 1st Friday of every month at The Briars dark-sky observatory. Melway ref 151 E1. Bookings are essential. Small fee payable. Details www.mpas.asn. au or phone 0419 253 252. Find us on Facebook Frankston Masters Athletics Club Meets every Thursday 7pm at Ballam Park Athletics Track, Frankston. Sprints, middle distance and distance events. Come along and join us in a supportive and fun environment. All abilities welcome. Phone Frances 0405 474472

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3 November 2020


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Become a candidate to get something done Now that the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council elections are over and the results unknown it’s a good moment to reflect on our system of selecting councillors. As a candidate for Watson Ward it has been very interesting. Apart from the bit of mudslinging, an acute shortage of facts, and any analysis of past history or knowledge of how the council actually works, it has at least generated a positive in my area. Since announcing my candidature I believe the council has spent more than $100,000 in cleaning up the Yaringa area. Even all the locals would agree that’s in marked contrast to the past 40 years when nothing was spent and the whole area was just a dump. So maybe, if you want some attention to your particular area, just stand as a candidate, make noise and you may get results beyond your dreams and not even need to get elected. As to the election itself, which reflects the country as a whole, it’s a three-horse race in Watson Ward, between a celebrity, a Green and a businessperson: a simplistic description but one that reflects the choice we need to make for our future. Who do we, the shareholders/ratepayers, want to help guide the shire, a $200 million operation, for our personal long term benefit? Will it be a “Father Christmas” promising to give all - do all for everyone with unlimited cash to splash? Or do we just concentrate on the environment and forget the economy (jobs), or do we strike a balance? Dreams versus reality, a lot depends on where you sit. The view from a secure job is vastly different to being unemployed and having a mortgage. In the end we the voters get what we deserve. Stefan Borzecki, Somerville

Dog psychology I am surprised that a clinical psychologist hasn’t considered the rights and needs of the many of us who are not dog owners/ lovers (Letters 21/10/20). I have been attacked by a large dog on McCrae beach while walking at 9am when the dog was not on a leash. I had to ask for the owner’s identification, who was duly prosecuted. Not every dog owner would have complied with my request, and not everyone feels that they can ask for ID given those circumstances. Many of us feel that most dog owners believe that they are above the law and disregard our anxieties when they walk their dogs off-leash in areas where they should be restrained, like on the foreshore track along McCrae. Yes, anxiety levels are high during a pandemic and so should non-dog owners be subjected to more anxiety by allowing dogs to roam freely? I think not. Heather Forbes-McKeon, McCrae

‘Alarming’ quarry plan I am alarmed at Hillview Quarries’ recent proposal to create a massive new quarry on Boundary Road, Dromana. This quarry site was mined out before Hillview purchased it in 1998. Hillview applied to extend the mining permit in 2016, but this was rejected by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal as mining on the site had ceased. As a consequence, Hillview has sought to gain permission from the state government to recommence mining but, have bypassed Mornington Peninsula Shire Council and the community by applying directly to the planning minister. Besides avoiding the council and the community I believe it has been deceptive in naming this venture the Boundary Road Project and has indicated that it would only mine the former pioneer quarry when having also purchased the neighbouring 65 hectare property at 115 Boundary Road. This property is the habitat for many of our flora and fauna including koalas, wallabies, powerful owls and sea eagles but, more importantly, the destruction of this area would create a break in the green corridor between the Arthurs Seat National Park, which is vital for wildlife access. The Arthur Seat hinterland has myriad walking trails which I have hiked and run over many years and the walk from the OT Dam to Eatons

Cutting is especially beautiful with fern valleys, 100-year-old trees, creeks and a brilliant waterfall. Walking down Eatons Cutting on a spring morning or on a summer night is something to treasure and fight to keep for the generations to come. However, this pleasant and peaceful environment will be destroyed by Hillview’s proposed quarry. It’s time Hillview and the Ross Trust came clean on their intentions and follow their stated intentions to protect the environment. Steve Vosti, Dromana

Lead with trees Has Mornington Peninsula Shire embarked on a serious planting regime as part of its much trumpeted climate emergency? Billions of trees need to be planted globally, with some countries and regions doing just that. The shire could lead by example but is concentrating more on tree removal and allowing rural landholders to demolish rows and indeed swathes of trees, particularly pines. These trees are 70–90 years old and replacing old growth with (say) 20cm pots will take decades before there is any environmental benefit. Most of us will be gone by then. There’s an opportunity here to lead by example with large plantings of established trees and encouraging communities to follow suite. Is the shire really “ahead of the game”? Peter Avery, Flinders

Not adding up The eight-storey, $116 million building proposed for Vicinity’s Bayside Shopping Centre, Frankston is one of six major projects granted priority approval by Victorian Planning Minister Richard Wynne to create jobs and bolster economic recovery. It’s a big private investment tick for Frankston’s languishing CBD but has a major flaw – insufficient car parks. Frankston MP Paul Edbrooke, a keen supporter of the project, stated it would “generate 1470 ongoing jobs” but conceded it would provide just “85 new car parks” for those new workers. This is 389 fewer than required under planning law but it’s been claimed there is sufficient existing parking. It’s a Ponzi scheme that double-counts old parking spaces. Frankston Council was so concerned about insufficient parking that it twice deferred voting on the proposal, asking Bayside to solve the problem. Instead, the project was called in for fasttracking by Mr Wynne. Councillors wrote to Mr Wynne, asking him to reject the development as the car parking discrepancy remained unresolved. The council had commissioned a report that included staff physically counting how many spaces Bayside actually had. This revealed car parks required for Bayside’s previous expansions had not been met. Bayside was 346 car spaces short even before the eight-storey proposal. Total shortfall of spaces is 735. When a developer cannot provide sufficient parking for a new building, the council levies $19,500 per space. This pays for construction of new council-controlled car parks. Bayside’s missing 735 car spaces are worth $14.3 million. This episode makes a mockery of one of the big issues of Frankston’s CBD – insufficient affordable parking. This a key reason why we’ve been advocating for extension of the Frankston rail line to Langwarrin and beyond – to create park and rides and take pressure off CBD parking. Ginevra Hosking, CEO Committee for Greater Frankston

Bookings ramped up The car park by the boat ramp at the bottom of Oliver's Hill, Frankston serves two purposes. One is to allow boats to be launched into the bay, safely leaving their trailers behind. The other is to allow people to enjoy the foreshore.

There is competition between managing these choices. The caricature of a parking Inspector is of someone who is mean and nasty, with no common sense or compassion. Regretfully that was on full display last Tuesday. In these days of COVID-19 the parking area has seen an increase in people wanting to enjoy the foreshore. The day was very windy, there was not a boat trailer to be seen and the parking area was full of cars double stacked in the longer trailer bays. Along comes a Frankston Council parking Inspector and books the whole lot with a $165 fine. Nice one Frankston Council. Ian Cayzer, Karingal

Break with China Leasing Darwin Harbour with its American military base was positively outrageous. Equally insane was the inexcusable sale to China of Bellamy's baby formula company. In damming the flow of life giving rivers through South East Asia and posting noxious crop killing plants throughout Europe and America, [Chinese President] Xi Jinping has made clear the lengths to which he will go to achieve world domination of which the Belt and Road strategy is integral. [Premier] Daniel Andrews, in signing Victoria up to it, is embracing someone I regard as being a 21st century Hitler. China’s boycott of Australian imports and it serious effects on our already damaged economy illustrates the alarming control China has on Australia. We have no choice but to find alternative, friendly trading partners such as India and Malaysia to break China's stranglehold before Australia becomes another Chinese colony. Aussie Sadler, Mornington

Lockdown learning As former primary school teacher and a grandmother of a prep this year I have been amazed at the quality of learning that has taken place during the Victorian lockdown. This has come about by the dedication of my granddaughter’s school, her teacher and her parents all working together to achieve their goals. Perhaps [federal Treasurer] Josh Frydenberg could take a closer look around his own state and see the wonderful things that have taken place. He might even see what cooperation, kindness and understanding can achieve. Marilyn Hoban, Mornington

Opposition ‘support’ We must thank Victorian Opposition leader Michael O’Brien for being so supportive and encouraging to the Victorian government during the pandemic. It has been an extremely difficult and unprecedented challenge. One during which our leaders and health workers have had to continually develop and learn new practices. How thoughtful and courageous of Mr O’Brien that he did not use the opportunity to attempt political gain by continually griping and providing unhelpful negative responses at this serious time. That would, of course, have been divisive and provided oxygen and encouragement to those selfish people in our society who are unable to follow simple rules and understand the situation. Imagine if he had been Premier during 2020. Jim Carr, McCrae

Premier praise COVID-19 has never ever happened before. There is no guide book. Critics of [Victorian Premier] Dan Andrews and his team need to show respect. Dan saved your life. Living in Victoria is a privilege. If you can find a safer place - go there. Vic Langsam, Frankston

Group amnesia I am not a Liberal Party voter. However, enough is enough. When a regular Liberal basher and Labor worshipper asserted that amnesia was running rampant in LNP ranks I sniggered at the hypocrisy (“Health before wealth” Letters 27/10/20). John Cain seems to have forgotten about the greatest case of amnesia in Australian political history. I refer to the procession of Victorian

government ministers, from the premier down, none of whom could remember who made the decision to employ unqualified, untrained security guards to supervise the recent hotel quarantine debacle. If it wasn’t such a tragedy it would be a laugh. Michael Long, Frankston

Post no more Today is today, not past activities. Pollies have to be judged by today's voters, who live now. No more letters John. John Hodgson, Balnarring

Memorable minister Federal Aged Care Minister Richard Colbeck denies any responsibility for the almost 700 deaths in Victorian private aged care facilities. That's typical of the Morrison government, stuff it up and then deflect the blame elsewhere. Colbeck is a hypocrite. He claims to have "felt every single one of the aged care deaths". Yet, when asked some weeks ago at the inquiry into aged care, he couldn't provide the number of deaths that had occurred on his watch. Who can forget him walking out of the Senate when being questioned by [Labor’s] Penny Wong. Morrison needs to sack him. John Cain, McCrae

Hope for honesty Politics does not just involve political parties (“Council politics” Letters 20/10/20). It is a contest of ideas, the science or art of dealing with social organisation, be it in the workplace, a club or government. Belonging to a political party, of any label, affords opportunities for like-minded people to discuss and reshape their ideas. The same can occur in a sporting club, service club or any other association. An individual joins because of some common interest – and voting within that organisation, to achieve leadership or change, requires forming allegiances of one kind or another. So, to express surprise about aspiring councillors voluntarily disclosing, or not, political party membership, is a matter of individual choice. It is folly to maintain that political views have not influenced councillors’ decisions in the past. Any person standing for public office has an agenda, whether it be personal or something else. There is no “new form of democracy” about to descend on local government in Mornington Peninsula Shire. We will still see councillors pursue their particular hobby horse – be it a climate change emergency, more separation of garbage to be collected, retaining the unique location in which we live or how to ensure we do have vibrant local economies to sustain the payment of our rates. Even decisions to make investments to sustain pension payments are based on decisions of one kind or another. The labels Labor, Liberal, Green or “independent”, are still based on a set of personal beliefs. All we should hope for is that councillors maintain honesty and openness in how they arrive at a particular decision. Coalitions of interests are not new. Don Reeves, Mount Eliza

Victoria wins The women's netball team, Vixens, travel to Western Australia and win the grand final, The AFL team, Richmond’s travels to Queensland. and wins the Grand Final. The NRL team, Storm, travels to NSW and wins the grand final. All Australians, but hail from Victoria. What a state Victoria is. Geoffrey Lane, Mornington

End horse cruelty Watching police horses flinch from a stick during a anti-lockdown protest felt like a prescient reminder of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. In this grotesque event, sensitive horses –who can feel a fly land on their skin—are repeatedly whipped to run faster. Juvenile horses are forced on the tracks, despite their skeletons not being developed for such exhausting work. Horses are fed a cocktail of drugs to run through their injuries and push their exhausted bodies to the finish line. In the last racing year, 116 horses died on Australian racetracks, as a result of injured limbs and broken bones. Horses forced to race can also suffer from stomach ulcers and bleed from the lungs. Unlike the scenes we witnessed at the Shrine, all of that abuse is entirely legal. Mimi Bekhechi, campaigns strategist People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Frankston Times

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Even simple things like a cup of three to five treatments are required, but most “Your home with loving care” is cant investment in our new Langwartea can be painful if your elbow is bad. This can people should see an improvement within three not just a catch-line; it describes the rin Community Aged Care home, an really make work a misery, or the prospect of sessions. It has a success rate up to 90%,’’ thought and consideration that has investment that will not only benefit playing tennis, foreboding. Ternes says. gone into ensuring that the residents our residents and their families, but The pain on the outside of the elbow The Shockwave therapy is administered for a feel at home in their new home. For the Langwarrin community at large," is due to inflammation of the tendon, the three-minute period to the affected area during example, they have provided large said Signature Care Director Amal common extensor origin, where the forearm consecutive weekly appointments. “It is a bit satellite kitchens (smaller break-away Witnish. extensor muscles attach. It is commonly of an uncomfortable sensation” Ternes says, kitchens), where residents can see the "We have not only invested extenknown as “tennis elbow” but is called lateral “like most physio hands-on treatments with a meal choices on offer and can smell sively in the design, construction and epicondylalgia or epicondylitis amongst physios little discomfort during the treatment. Rowson the meals which are cooked fresh on fit-out of our home, including providand doctors. Physiotherapist David Ternes says says “After each session, most people get a site daily. They also have a café that ing all the mod-cons that you would that it is an is an overuse injury, and requires significant reduction of pain and symptoms. overlooks our children’s playground, expect to find in a luxury hotel – large initial rest, particularly if aching at night, icing, which we hope will encourage greatsingle rooms with private en-suites, strengthening and stretching exercises, and grandchildren to visit and spend time views from your patio or balcony, massage. with their loved one. chef-cooked meals, on-site laundry Apart from the above solutions, there is a Residents can be treated to some service, personally controlled reverse newer healing technology that is making a pampering at the onsite hairdressing cycle air conditioning, smart TV profound difference to Tennis Elbow sufferers. and beauty salon and they have a with Combitel (internal Channel that Practice owner, Paul Rowson says movie theatre, chapel, piano lounge, shows movies, various lifestyle activ“Shockwave Therapy is often useful, because billiard lounge, library and activities, etc) – but more importantly, we the common extensor origin is a connective ity rooms to engage residents and have invested in systems and software tissue, not a muscle. It puts a significant encourage socialisation, which has that will keep your loved ones safe shockwave through the tissues you apply it to. never been more important. including electronic care planning It is a pressure wave which brings blood flow Langwarrin Community Aged Care software, personal care, medication to the area. Tendons and connective tissue do will provide permanent, respite and management and clinical care. not have much blood supply and can take a long dementia care for 144 residents in the "Against the backdrop of a Royal time to heal. Shockwave artificially stimulates local and surrounding community. Commission and the Covid 19 panthe healing of the tendon.” They are looking forward to weldemic, we have also invested in a Shockwave therapy can also be used on coming our new residents and their facial recognition and fever screening Achilles tendonitis, Plantar Fasciitis, golfer’s families from 5 November 2020. terminal at our entrance points, which elbow, and rotator cuff tendon problems, and If you are interested in booking a ensures that access for staff and visiis usually most effective on long term chronic tour or have any enquiries, please call tors is restricted if their temperature is problems, rather than acute injuries. 1300 1300 13 and they will be more above 37.5 degrees. Both physios say, Shockwave is not the than happy to assist you in any way "Most importantly, we have first line of treatment for injured patients. they can. invested in our people – people from


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Drive to keep ‘idiotic galoots’ out of Frankston Compiled by Cameron McCullough THE objectionable conduct of those idiotic galoots who visit Frankston in the summer time, is to be stamped out, according to Mr Clapp, the new Chief Railways Commissioner. He has made a special note of the rowdy elements, and proposes to leave nothing undone to put a stop to it. If Mr Clapp’s prohibitive measure actually prohibits, he will have gained the gratitude of the local and visiting people. Frankston, as a holiday and seaside resort, stands second to none, but once you give the rowdies a bit of rope and permit these unthinking ones to make it “free and easy,” in its worst sense, it would become as about as respectable as the worst parts of the city. Hence “The Standard’s” desire to see Mr Clapp’s move successful. *** ON Friday last, several soldiers’ mothers, resident in the city, had a day’s outing at Frankston, assembling at The Towers, the residence of a Mr. Parer. The inclemency of the weather militated against the enjoyment of the outing. *** ON the same date, some 750 boys and girls, students of the Melbourne High School, visited Frankston, for the purposes of sports and a day’s outing. The weather, however, turned out contrary to expectations, and they returned home, disappointed at the way the weather had spoilt the day’s outing. ***

THE death occurred at Port Lincoln, Byre’s Peninsula, S.A., last Sunday night, of Mrs Weaver, wife of Mr Edward Weaver, a leading orchardist, and mother of Mrs Harold A. Prider, Kars Street, Frankston. The late Mrs Weaver came to Australia from Ireland, as a child, with Dr T. Atkinson, and had resided at Port Lincoln ever since. *** WHY these late October rains! Already complaints are being made by the orchardists of Langwarrin, Tyabb and Somerville about the unseasonable rains spoiling the apricots and other fruits. Yet, in parts of N.S.W. they have drought, dire and dreadful in its consequence, and the stock losses alone represent the value of a national debt! *** TALKING about land prices, as we were last issue. Recent lists of properties advertised give some idea of the sound values prevailing in these districts, as here noted: Langwarrin, 5 acres, £75; Bittern, 50 acres, £600; Red Hill, 60 acres, £550; Seaford, 10 acres, £250; Rosebud, 2½ acres, £200. Many of these properties, of course, are considerably improved. During the past month or two several estates have been subdivided between Cheltenham and Mornington, notably the Mornington Heights, the Tongala at Cranbourne, the Broadway (with its 81 allotments) at Chelsea, and the Booker and Devon estates at Cheltenham. *** AT the Executive Council meeting

on October 19th, His Excellency the Lieutenant-Governor, Sir William H. Irvine, appointed Mr J. Nott Marsh of Frankston, a Sworn Valuator (under the Transfer of Land Act, 1915) for the County, of Mornington. Mr. Marsh was duly sworn in by Mr. Justice Schutt on the 25th inst. *** MISS Elsie Ferguson was the artist featured at the Frankston Pictures on Saturday night. Supported by Mr Arthur Standing, the great emotional artist made “The Marriage Price” in reality a drama of life. As the advertising notice says, it was a tense drama of the soul. A very excellent picture, indeed. The management are to be complimented upon the excellence of the pictures they are showing. On Tuesday night, the Pictures visited Somerville, but the violent storm made it impossible to show. As this is the second time they have struck bad nights at Somerville, it is to be hoped the next visit will be more successful. On Thursday night they showed Catherine Calvert in “The Career of Katherine Bush” a story by Elinor Glyn, at Frankston. *** BETWEEN Sandringham and Frankston there is a growing demand for considerable improvements to the beaches and foreshores. Up at Mentone, they are removing the old piles of the old jetty from the water. Directly at the back of the Pier Hotel, Frankston, there are several un-

sightly piles that ought to be removed by the local authorities. They are eyesores at present. Likewise, one or two bridges over the Kananook Creek are in a most disreputable state. The one close to the Prince of Wales Hotel, leading to the beach, scarcely tends to the beauty of the otherwise fine for shore at Frankston. All these in themselves are but little things, but it is more pleasing to see a bridge so much used by the public neat and tidy than rotting, breaking and falling to bits. *** MR Alfred Downward, M.L.A., who now commences his 27th year as Mornington’s representative in the State Legislature, is, so friends say, “as young as ever he was” though he has seen 75 summers and winters flit by in his time. The recent contest showed that the veteran does not lag superfluous on the political stage. Some few years ago the “too old at 40” cry originated. How men of Mr Downward’s type must smile at that old rot! *** LAST week’s “Table Talk” gave a photo of the Haag-Kann wedding celebrated some little time ago at St Patrick’s Cathedral. The bride, Miss Elsie Kann, is a daughter of Mr and Mrs Kann, Hanover Street, Fitzroy, who have a summer residence at The Heights, Frankston, where the honeymoon was spent. *** MR F. J. Groves, M.L.A. had little

difficulty in retaining the Dandenong seat at the recent elections. A plumber by trade, Mr Groves resides at Aspendale, and “struts the civic stage” as Mayor of Carrum. Altogether, the Dandenong people have a very live representative. *** AT the last Melbourne market, 13 heifers, bred by Mr Thompson, Red Hill, brought nice prices, averaging £14 9s 4d, whilst 12 sent from Bittern averaged £11 14s 7d, selling to £14 12s 6d. On a/c Mr A. H. T. Sambell, Stony Point, 109 shorn hoggets brought 28s 7d. *** AT the last euchre party and dance under the Auspices of the Frankston Brass Band, a waltzing competition was contested for a prize of £1 1s. The judges chose Mr Gardiner and Mrs Tait as the most graceful couple in the contest. The verdict was a popular one. The Frankston Orchestra, under Mr H. Blaskett, supplied captivating music. *** OWING to the shortage of ballot papers, no voting took place at KooWee-Rup on the 21st inst. In response to a message, Mr Mark Brody dispatched a bundle from Frankston by motor, which arrived at closing time. The electors exercised the franchise yesterday. *** FROM the pages of the Mornington Standard, 29 October 1920

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Barr backs Baxter for title SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie WHEN it comes to long-range forecasts Baxter captain Izaak Barr doesn’t hold back. The 22-year-old and his teammates have set their sights on winning the State 4 South championship next year. “I was absolutely devastated when we couldn’t play football this year because (with) the team that we had I reckon we could have won the league,” Barr said. “We put some absolute quality into the team with guys coming back from 2019 and a couple of Mornington senior players coming down in Charlie O’Connell and Charlie Parker as well as Robbie O’Toole in centre mid. “And Ben Meiklem came back plus Owen Kilner.” Barr is one of the youngest captains in local senior ranks and has played the game since childhood. Born in the New Zealand capital Wellington he arrived in Melbourne as a 10-year-old and joined Mornington at under-12 level. Darren Collins and Marc Slack were the two main influences during his progress through junior ranks at Dallas Brooks Park. “I was with Darren and ‘Slacky’ through most of the juniors. Started off as a striker but ‘Slacky’ put me back to centre back. “They’re just winners these guys. They get the best from you and make you want to play for them.” Another winner at Mornington was former Glasgow Rangers striker Craig Lewis who was coaching the reserves. Lewis gave Barr his first call-up to that level and the squad was primarily made up of Mornington juniors. When Lewis took over at Peninsula Strikers for the 2015 season he enticed the youngster to follow. “That first year at Strikers I was pretty much a reserves player. I got a few call-ups (to the senior squad) then in my second year I played a lot in the ones at right back or centre back then in my third year we had a really good team with Raph, Danny and Leo.” Barr is referring to Swiss defender Raphael Stulz, English midfielder Danny Brooks and Italian midfielder Leandro Parrella who had arrived at Centenary Park as visa players thanks to football agency Soccer Smart Ltd.

Baxter boast: Club captain Izaak Barr, pictured against Sandown Lions, is confident his side can have a big year in 2021. Picture: John Punshon

But Barr suffered his first serious injury in 2017 when he damaged his hamstring tendon and he struggled to recover from the setback. “Every time I came back I’d redo it so I didn’t play much that year.” When season 2018 arrived Barr had switched to Baxter, a choice made easier by his friendship with players there. “Benny Meiklem and a few other mates were there and they got me down to training. “I just rocked up and they were the best bunch of lads. “I got my first carpentry job there through Liam (Kilner) so when you think about it I wouldn’t be a carpenter now if I hadn’t joined Baxter plus I wouldn’t have all these mates if I hadn’t gone there.” That’s Barr’s way of saying that the connections he made at Baxter Park are special and you sense that the need to repay the club motivates him to succeed next season.

an opportunity lost Barr recognises that the enforced break can benefit the senior squad by allowing powerhouse central defender Matt McDermott to fully recover from a broken fibula and help Nathan Yole to deal with a lingering back injury. “If everyone sticks together – and I’m pretty confident that they will – then I’m certain we’ll do well next year. “It’s just a matter of picking up from our last training session. “We have the depth and the quality and looking back at State 4 last year I think football-wise we can be a class above everyone else in the league.” Barr’s next training session with his teammates looks likely to be later this month after recent easing of pandemic restrictions by the state government. Sport and Recreation Victoria is expected to release detailed guidelines for community sport this week and FV will then update its return to play conditions.

This would have been his third year there and it’s been a rollercoaster ride. In 2018 Baxter went within a point of being relegated and a mass player exodus during the following pre-season brought the club to its knees. “Yeah last year we had a shocker at the start but we got a few players back and won a few games and ended up finishing off the season well.” Being senior captain doesn’t weigh heavily on Barr’s shoulders in fact he thrives on the responsibility. “It means a lot to me to be captain at a club like Baxter. “Obviously we’ve got great facilities but we’re also supported by really good people. “George (Hughes) isn’t just a great coach but he’s also a great person off the park and we can always talk about team things. “Robbie (Mathieson) is the same and the banter between them and the players is always good.” Despite feeling that 2020 has been

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It’s expected that Frankston council and Mornington Peninsula Shire council will allow clubs to access their facilities in line with FV’s timeline. In NPL2 news Langwarrin announced last week that goalkeeper Fraser Maclaren had returned to the club for a second stint. The ex-Dandenong Thunder, South Melbourne and Melbourne Victory youth played for Langy in 2019 before rejoining another former club, Beaumaris, last February. Young keeper James Burgess who joined Langy from Springvale White Eagles this year is believed to be on South Melbourne’s radar. Langy also announced its junior boys’ NPL coaches for 2021: Jim Constantinou (under-14s), Johnny Martin (under-15s), Gary Brisbane (under16s) and Liam George (under-17s). Mark Cassar has stepped down from his technical director’s role at Lawton Park and his replacement is club legend Gus Macleod. The big man will combine his junior NPL TD role with his community juniors’ TD role. Ben Caffrey and Mark Negritas have been retained with Caffrey in charge of the under-21s and Negritas in charge of the under-19s. Peninsula Strikers and Mornington are the other local junior boys’ NPL licence holders. Strikers have retained this year’s coaching staff for the 2021 season so Jonathan Magee is technical director, Danny Topping is under-14s coach, Graeme Ferguson is in charge of the under-15s, Darren Hili has the under16s and Christian Castro is under-17s coach. Lee Davies, who doubles as Frankston Pines president, is Strikers’ junior NPL goalkeeping coach. Mornington is expected to announce its appointments shortly.


Princess Jenni bounces back in Bendigo Cup HORSE RACING

By Ben Triandafillou DAVID Brideoake’s Group One winning mare Princess Jenni spoiled the internationals Melbourne Cup party to win the $400,000 Group Three Bendigo Cup last Wednesday. Despite having been winless for over a year, Princess Jenni took control of the race at the top of the straight before fending off the challenge of the Lloyd Williams-owned import, Pondus, who was having his final crack at gaining a Melbourne Cup start, to win by a headmargin. The Archie Alexander-trained Haky finished a further two lengths away in third. Stepping up to the 2400m trip for the first time in her career, Brideoake’s High Chaparral mare went into the Cup looking to turn around her run of four unplaced finishes this preparation. Despite this, Brideoake was still adamant that she had been progressing nicely for the staying contest. “She’s just such a good horse and I knew she was in good shape, to lift like that. But the ride, the ride was outstanding,” Brideoake said post-race. “This preparation she hasn’t done anything wrong, she’s just had a series of gates, and bits and pieces that didn’t allow us to get a result. But, today it is a good result.” The re-application of ear-muffs clearly paid dividends for Princess Jenni, having raced at her past couple of starts without them. Inform jockey Jye McNeil, who had

Jenni’s back: David Brideoake’s Princess Jenni wins the Group Three Bendigo Cup defeating the Lloyd Williamsowned Pondus. Picture: Supplied

also won the Geelong Cup the week prior on Steel Prince, said she felt like the winner a fair way out. “Her form probably wasn’t going the best into it but a small little gear change and everything going well during the racing, she put her best foot forward

and put in quite a nice performance,” McNeil said post-race. “I was travelling so well before the turn that I nearly fell into the trap of improving too early, but she was starting to peak a little bit on her run late. The race was over by then and the way

things went during the race it was just perfect.” Princess Jenni had been nominated in early September for the Melbourne Cup but was not among the first acceptances late last month. Brideoake said the mare will likely

head to the Group Two Matriarch Stakes (2000m) on the final day of the VRC Spring Carnival instead. “We just didn’t get enough mile-anda-half work into her. There’s always next year.”

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