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Students team up for youth expo Brodie Cowburn brodie@baysidenews.com.au SCHOOL captains from across the Frankston region have teamed up to put together a plan for a youth expo in Frankston. The young leaders have been meeting once a month for the “School Captain’s Conference of Frankston” chaired by youth mayor Gerard Felipe. The aim of the monthly meetings is to improve relations between local

Ambulance”. The approved motion said the event would “include information and activities to increase awareness, understanding and responses to cyber bullying, road safety, staying safe talks, alcohol and drugs presentations, [and] sport and recreation activities.” Youth mayor Gerard Felipe said the success of the monthly meetings was a reflection on the quality of local students. “When my term started as Youth Mayor, my number one priority was to focus on youth disengagement and

schools and discuss ideas and issues relevant to young people in the area. One idea that has formed from the meetings has been the establishment of a youth expo. The “Youth Mayor’s Stay Safe and Healthy Youth Expo” got a thumbs up from Frankston Council at their 19 November meeting. A $3,500 budget was set for the event, to be held on 23 January, which would be conducted “in partnership with local youth service providers, VicRoads, Victoria Police, and Victoria

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Council calls for commitments FRANKSTON Council has made a plea to re-elected Frankston MP Paul Edbrooke to make funding commitments to their ‘Future Frankston’ projects. Council last week released a statement which heaped praise on Liberal candidate Michael Lamb for committing to council’s four major projects. “Council is delighted that Michael Lamb and the Victorian Liberals have met each of the four priority funding requests made in the lead up to the state election,” said mayor Cr Michael O’Reilly. “This is a fantastic achievement following months of extensive advocacy and we’re proud our work alongside relevant stakeholders has resulted in this positive outcome for the Frankston City community.” Cr O’Reilly also said he was “urging Paul Edbrooke” to support “these vital

projects” prior to the election. Council’s tone has changed significantly since Michael Lamb was easily defeated on election day by sitting member Paul Edbrooke. “Council has worked tirelessly advocating to Members, candidates, Ministers and Shadow Ministers in order to secure much-needed funding for local projects that meets the needs of our local community,” Cr O’Reilly said after the election. “This has included numerous meetings, letters and the Future Frankston campaign involving key stakeholders and community members, a combined effort that has resulted in over $1 billion worth of funding being committed to Frankston City.” “Our role now is to work with our elected members to ensure delivery of the funding promises made during the

campaign.” A council statement said it “aims to meet with new Victorian Government ministers soon to discuss election pledges made, including extending the electric rail line from Frankston towards the Mornington Peninsula, building a new tennis and gymnastics centre at Centenary Park, expanding the Jubilee Park Indoor Stadium, building a new safe boat refuge and Coast Guard facility, and upgrades to Frankston Hospital Mr Edbrooke has committed to the project at Jubilee Park, but made no commitment to funding Centenary Park, Oliver’s Hill, or the Baxter rail extension. Mr Edbrooke’s main event pledge was to expand the hospital at a a cost of over half a billion dollars. The statement does not mention Baxter as the final destination of the train line, as had been previously touted.

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Local trials for disability assistance Brodie Cowburn brodie@baysidenews.com.au AN app to help people with disabilities find accessible venues for their needs has been tested in Mornington and Frankston. The program, called Data for Inclusion, is a database of local businesses that displays how accessible they are for people with disabilities. The program is led by Debbie Roberts, who said she was called into action through her personal experience. “I was inspired to do what I’m doing because of my brother with MS,” Ms Roberts said. “I wanted to make it easy for people to go out and know what to expect. There are lots of apps out there about accessibility which is great. But we need to know what a venue does not have, we need to know if they’re not suitable. A lot of stress happens when a person doesn’t know what to expect of a venue. “We get info from businesses who fill in a form of about 25 questions. We have nearly 40 businesses in Mt Martha and along Main Street in Mornington on board. We’ve had high participation at shops in Benton Square, and we’re working with Frankston Bayside. Ms Roberts said the program began testing in Mornington, and has since expanded to Frankston due to the positive reception from council.

App for inclusion: Debbie Roberts of DFI and Tamara Reinisch from the NDIA at the launch of the Data for Inclusion app. Picture: Gary Sissons

“This idea started in Mornington, and council helped expand beyond where it was intended to go. This will hopefully be Australia wide, but we’re piloting it in Frankston, Morn-

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wouldn’t have got this far without them.” Ms Roberts said the free app will be a big help to people with “differing abilities” and is the product of

hard work from a number of institutions. “We’ve worked with RMIT University for three months, they did the testing of the program. Macquarie has also helped with language translations. We have Spanish, Korean, Chinese, French, and other translations being worked on. This is important social inclusion,” she said. “This program will have wheelchair requirements so that people will be able to see where they can go. It will also show where the closest accessible park or toilet is to a person. I want someone who may have MS to go to a school and know if a venue is air conditioned or not, so it helps a person prepare for the situation.” Greg Hunt MP and Chris Crewther MP attended the launch of the app at the Frankston Arts Centre. Ms Roberts thanked them for their support. Ms Roberts said she is working on plans to take the app beyond the local area. “The response has been very high. The MCG are putting their data in, and so are Subway,” she said. “We’re looking for people to participate in pilots for the website. The only time we ask for your details is your email address so we can get feedback. Once it’s live there will be no login or email required, and any info will be saved on your own device, not centrally on a server.” The program and more information can be found at getdfi.com

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Community stands up to violence Brodie Cowburn brodie@baysidenews.com.au ALDERCOURT Primary, Mahogany Rise Primary, and Monterey Secondary College have teamed up to hold an event encouraging people to take a stand against violence in the community. The three Frankston North schools have called on local organisations to get involved with the cause to draw attention to and prevent acts of violence. Performances, sausage sizzles, and talks were held at Pat Rollo Reserve on 30 November in support of the cause. The event was inspired by an initiative taken by Aldercourt primary School. “This was initiated by Aldercourt Primary School. They held an event like this a few years ago which was quite a success,” Community Liaison for Frankston North Schools Jennifer Agesa said. “So the Frankston North Schools initiative is partnering with local organisations in the Frankston North area, and we’re having various speakers sharing their personal experiences. We had Sergeant Andrew Horscroft from the family violence unit sharing statistics about gender violence and his experience in the system. We also had a youth worker, Jamie Usher, talking about his experience living and coming through family violence. “Cr Sandra Mayer attended and

Young talent: Performers from the group ‘Get Along’ at the Frankston North stands up against community violence event. Picture: Gary Sissons

spoke on the resources available, and MP Chris Crewther also attended. “We had resources available, such as a wellbeing gazebo to share resources available in the community.” Ms Agesa said the event emphasised the importance of preventing violence. “Our focus is on prevention, it’s about standing up to violence in our

community. We didn’t want to isolate men with the event, because it affects all people in the community,” she said. Ms Agesa said one of the highlights of the afternoon was students getting involved by putting on performances. “We had great school performances and activities run by the local organisations,” she said.

“We had rappers from a local secondary school, the words within their song is indicative of a journey they’ve lived through. It’s quite powerful listening to their experiences through hardship. “We also had a Mahogany Rise group called Get Along to perform as part of their anti bullying campaign.”

More police to put a stop to school speeders POLICE presence at schools in Frankston and on the Mornington Peninsula will soon increase to issue fines to speeding drivers. A Frankston Council statement said that “due to ongoing complaints and incidents” there would be an increase in police “patrolling local school zones and issuing fines to drivers doing the wrong thing.” Frankston mayor Cr Michael O’Reilly said “keeping kids safe as they get to and from school is everyone’s responsibility.” “Reducing your speed from 60kph to 40kph to travel through a 400 metre school speed zone only adds around twelve seconds to your overall travel time. This reduction in speed could save a child’s life,” he said. “Most people do the right thing, however some drivers are committing offences with little regard to the safety of children, parents and other road users.” Exceeding the speed limit by less than 10 kph can result in a $201 fine and the loss of a demerit point. Exceeding the speed limit by between 25 kph and 30 kph can result in a $443 fine and a three month licence suspension. Failing to stop at a children’s crossing could also yield a $403 fine.

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looked by the general population.” Frankston mayor Cr Michael O’Reilly said “Christmas can be a challenging time for those who are doing it tough or who spend Christmas day on their own. Extending your gift giving and celebrations to those less fortunate, is an awesome feeling.” “Just by placing an unwrapped gift under the tree at Frankston Library, you could transform a potentially gift-free Christmas experience into a memorable moment for someone at the Frankston Life Community Christmas Lunch. Adults and the elderly can often be forgotten as being in need of that special Christmas cheer that comes around only once a year. “I encourage everyone to consider adding a little something extra to your shopping list so that your generous contribution can go straight to supporting our local community. Gifts of no more than $20 can placed under the tree until 21 December.

FRANKSTON Council will write to VicRoads to express their “grave concern that a government authority sees fit to grant consent for reserves under its control being used for candidate electoral signage” in the lead up to the 24 November state election. The motion to write the letter was moved as a matter of urgent business by Cr Glenn Aitken at the 19 November meeting. “Council is of the view that government agencies or authorities should be seen as impartial politically,” Cr Aitken said. “There is a member of parliament who has had signage put up in a number of locations that have been brought to my attention by people. These signs, some of them very large, have been located on the verge of roads on public land. I hounded that issue throughout last week and our officers responded quite efficiently by removing a number of them, because I believe that under a normal course of events, council doesn’t allow political advertising to be erected and remain on its areas of governance. I would assume that is the case with VicRoads.” Council resolved earlier in the year to ensure election material was removed from council land. (“Warning given or erection of election signs” The Times, 8/10/18) “What has happened is a very selective process which sees a major government authority unfortunately crossing a political line,” Cr Aitken said. Cr Steve Toms added “I think the community would feel quite sick if cozy little deals between VicRoads and the state government were taking place.” Cr Bolam said “we get approached by many community groups asking to advertise markets, garage sales, advertise charities, and routinely they are more often than not denied those opportunities. Very seldom have I seen any sort of signage on VicRoads land for anything. This has really set a precedent.” The motion was carried unanimously. Brodie Cowburn

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Carrum Coast Guard passes half century Brodie Cowburn brodie@baysidenews.com.au THE Carrum Coast Guard have blown out the candles in celebration of their 50th birthday last week. The Coast Guard was established in a chook shed half a century ago, and has now grown to a membership of around 50 volunteers. Carrum volunteer Matt Semmens said the 50 years had been full of history.

“We started in a chook shed at the Patterson River Marina 50 years ago, now we’re quite lucky to have the building we’ve got today at the Paterson River boat ramps. That was purpose built and opened in 1990, so we’ve been there 28 years and still going strong,” he said. “We’re keeping very busy, we’re based at the busiest boat ramp in Melbourne, so we’ve always got lots of activity going on and lots of calls for help. Mr Semmens said that changes to

the Coast Guard were always occurring, with a few big developments in recent times standing out. “We’ve come a long way with funding. In the last couple of years with the help of the government, we’re now partially funded for our operation expenses. We’ve renovated and upgraded our buildings and vessels, and we’ve now got a new secondary vessel as well,” he said. In addition to their work on the water, the Coast Guard gets involved with community events as well.

“We’ve done a lot of public events over the years. We often help with sausage sizzles at local community events, like at the opening of the [Carrum to Bonbeach] bridge a couple of months ago,” Mr Semmens said. The longest serving members of the Carrum Coast Guard have been there for up to 30 years. Mr Semmens said the Coast Guard is searching for new members. Volunteers can apply at coastguard. com.au.

Consultation on freeway plans KINGSTON Council is appealing for members of the community to come forward and provide feedback for how they would like to see the Mordialloc Freeway project delivered. Earlier this year the $375 million project was announced as a “nine-kilometre freeway that will link the Mornington Peninsula Freeway at Springvale Road in Aspendale Gardens to the Dingley Bypass in Dingley Village.” Two contractors were being considered in May, with an announcement on the successful bidder to be made by the end of the year. A Kingston Council statement has outlined that they would like to see that “sensitive interfaces of Braeside Park, Dingley Village, Aspendale Gardens and Waterways communities are well-managed,” that “the design incorporates high quality, visually recessive bridge structures to reduce visual impact,” and that “effective visual and acoustic screening” is provided to prevent disturbance to surrounding homes. Council also said they want to make sure that “ important community connections should be maintained and designed to allow for future connections,” “the development should tell a clear, cohesive story that reflects the area,” and that “links and journeys are integrated, direct, accessible, legible, attractive and safe.” The statement from council criticised the current design as having “no clear theme”, and said it “does not showcase views of neighbouring wetlands and open space.” Submissions can be made at planning. vic.gov.au

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ENTHUSIASM, if not waves, won the day when teams of surfers descended on Pines Beach, Shoreham for the second annual DSAMP Champs contest. Dressed “in wild costumes to match the occasion”, the surfers had to be content with beach games in their efforts to compete against one another. Rod Jones, of the Disabled Surfers Association Mornington Peninsula (DSAMP) said the “offbeat” competition attracted 15 teams. Organised by the Peninsula's Maladiction Longboarders Club the event raised $2700 for DSAMP’s surfing days at Point Leo, the second Champs event Champs on Sunday 10 November saw surfers dressed as animals, pirates, 1960s rockers, 1970s dudes, a “very hairy Snow White with his dwarves, Mexicans, Where’s Wally, monkeys and a banana, superheroes and even a couple of sharks”, Jones said. “With little to no waves on offer the event kicked off with a series of beach games, ranging from nearest to the pin golf to six–legged races where all members of the four-surfer teams were

tied together by the legs and told to run. “These were followed by a paddle race, and finally a surf expression session, in pumping two foot waves.” The paddle race with a Mick Pierce semi-gun surfboard first prize was won by Tony Reid. “The lack of waves turned out to be a bonus, as everyone could be involved all the time rather than waiting around for their surf heat,” Jones said. Major prizes were drawn from a hat, giving every team an equal chance of winning. A dinner for four at Stillwater Restaurant (donated by Peninsula Speech Pathology Services) was won by the Sea Sirens, a team which also won best costume for its shark suits. Sponsors included Bass Surfboards, Trigger Brothers Surfboards, Golden Breed Flinders, Jetty Road Brewery, Crittenden Estate Wines, and Dromana Estate Wines. The next DSAMP surf days will be held at Point Leo on Saturday 12 January and 5 March 2019. Keith Platt


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Marina surprise Concept plans for twin breakwaters at the iconic Olivers Hill, Frankston overseen by a luxury $6 million building for the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard on prime beach front land, at a cost of $24 million dollars, were sprung upon unsuspecting ratepayers mere days before the 19 November Frankston Council meeting. This is a massive blowout from the previous $10.5m costing signed off by the CEO on 29 January. And, a further massive blowout from the $14m asked for in a later Future Frankston publication. Who will pay for ongoing maintenance or repairs; sand loss and renourishment; and costly dredging to prevent silting? Apparently the new jetty and boat launch ramp, constructed at great cost to ratepayers in 2016 to allow small boats and coastguard vessels to come to shore at Olivers Hill in rough weather, is a flop. Who bears responsibility for this? Those attending the meeting were left scratching their heads trying to evaluate the myriad pages of complex technical information provided in council’s report. Perhaps unsurprisingly, CEO, managers and councillors appeared light on detail. Location options for a coast guard building were not mentioned. These are limited as council has sold off most of its open public space in the city centre. Aesthetics? Vistas? Historical and tourism values? Fragile marine ecologies? Cultural heritage sites? No worries. Environmental effects and other studies will come later. Public consultation over the Christmas holiday period is envisaged. Thoughtful timing. Is the public sufficiently informed about this project and its long-term repercussions on Frankston beaches? Only at a public meeting can these questions be answered by the CEO, council officers and councillors. Everyone interested should be able to ask and

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challenge, insist on facts and assurances regarding the future of our precious beaches. Please take an interest. Joan Cavanagh, secretary, Frankston Beach Association

Pier, not breakwater Why not build an L-shaped breakwater at the end of a long pier at Frankston, like they have in St Kilda and at Brighton Beach? Frankston has a long coastline and it has the problem of shifting sand. For six months of the year currents erode the beach and for the next six months they move in the opposite direction and bring the sand back. A breakwater connected to the base of Olivers Hill will interfere with this natural process with unknown results. A breakwater built out in the bay will not affect the coastline. It will not ruin the landscape. Dredging will not be necessary. Frankston Council is already spending money dredging the mouth of the creek and is committed to spend $100,000 a year for the maintenance of the yacht club. We should avoid making Frankston a high maintenance locality. Far more people frequent the beach at South Melbourne, St Kilda, Elwood and Brighton where there is no coast guard. Does this mean that those councils do not care about safety in the water? I think that the small number of individuals who like to dress up in uniform and play harbourside life protectors have had a good run for many years at the expense of the Frankston ratepayers. The state government is going to appoint paid lifesavers on the beach and if the members of the coast guard wish to play a useful role in the bay protecting sailors, then they should work for their money and arrange for the clubs to subsidise them. The building the coast guard wants on the breakwater will be an eyesore. Paul J France, Frankston South

The people of Frankston have spoken. Despite intense lobbying by Frankston Council and the Liberal candidate for a safe boat harbour at Olivers Hill clearly there is no community appetite for a marina at Olivers Hill. After 40 years, council is unable to prove beyond reasonable doubt the development will not damage nearby beaches. This development is not the small and inconspicuous coastal footprint we were told it would be. So, after nearly four decades and after spending many millions of ratepayer money, council is proposing yet another Olivers Hill marina. As a community we are really just going around in circles, spending lots of money and getting nowhere. Surely, it’s time to stop the fractious war for Frankston beach. Unfortunately, while the beach marina proposal stays alive ,the transformation of Kananook Creek, in the town centre, remains incomplete. The boating safety issue applies equally to the creek and Olivers Hill. The entrance to the creek must be safe and routinely dredged. Coast guard training is not dependant on Oliver’s Hill and in severe weather, how really safe is it to launch from there? It is neither good management nor good policy to look at Kananook Creek and Olivers Hill as distinct and unconnected components to boating solutions. What would the $24 million do for the unfinished creek restoration. How much bigger strategic dividend would flow from that (being directly connected to the town centre) than a not-so-safe harbour isolated from town at Olivers Hill? Kananook Creek boating investment has no impact on our much beloved beaches and the spectacular vistas from Olivers Hill. Robert Thurley, past president Kananook Creek Association

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Invaluable property stolen A WOMAN has had a letter from her deceased sister stolen from her in a cruel theft. The letter was written to the woman before her sister had passed away from leukemia. It was kept inside the victim’s purse, which was stolen after a thief broke into her car on Gould Street, Frankston overnight on 13 October. The offender, a 46-year-old Cranbourne woman, was arrested on 14 November and charged with theft from a motor vehicle and obtaining property by deception. She was sentenced to 14 days imprisonment

on 16 November. Although the offender was sentenced, police were unable to recover the stolen purse or letter. Police said they believe the purse may have been thrown away. It is a small black zip purse that was purchased at a Target store. A credit card stolen from the purse had been used at a Coles in Frankston. Police are appealing for anyone who has found a purse similar to the description provided to hand it over to police.

Tomahawk attack at petrol station A 24-YEAR-old Mornington man has been charged with armed robbery after allegedly using a tomahawk while robbing a petrol station in Frankston South, 26 November. The alleged incident occurred a little before 6pm. Police allege that the male drove away in a Commodore towards Oliver’s Hill. An off duty police officer allegedly saw the car driving erratically and having a collison. Police said the followed the alleged perpetrator to the foreshore, where a search was conducted with uniformed officers. Police said the man fell and injured himself before being arrested. He was taken to Frankston Hospital. Police said the alleged robber will be remanded until 4 December.

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Stolen property: Police are appealing for the return of a purse of this design containing an important letter. Picture: Supplied

A 25-YEAR old Seaford woman and 30-year-old man have been charged with a long list of offenses in relation to an alleged burglary on 26 November. A Seaford home was allegedly broken into and valuables were stolen. The offenders allegedly took the keys to a ute, and drove it through the garage door. Plaice said they later found the ute on East Road in Seaford. Police said they conducted a large manhunt and found the man at a flat in Frankston, where they also allege to have found a loaded pistol, ammunition for other weapons, ice, cocaine, GHB, xanax, and cash. They arrested him at 12.30pm. Police said they recovered a large amount of the stolen items from the flat. Police said they arrested the woman from a white Commodore, which they believe to be linked to the burglary. The man and woman were charged with a variety of charges, including burglary, theft of a motor vehicle,

possessing a firearm, and a drug related charge.

Man stabbed in leg AN alleged stabbing in Frankston on 22 November has led to a 32-year-old woman being charged with intentionally causing injury, The alleged incident occurred at 9.30pm, when an argument between a male and a female broke out. The woman allegedly took two knives from the kitchen and stabbed a 46-year-old man twice in the leg, causing two deep lacerations. The woman then allegedly fled the scene and disposed of the weapon in a drain. The victim was taken to Frankston Hospital for surgery, and was there recovering for a number of days. The woman was arrested on 25 September. Police said they believe the parties are known to each other.

Investigation of suspicious blaze A SUSPICIOUS fire broke out at a property in Orwil Street, Frankston 5pm 23 November. Flames and smoke could be seen coming from the address, where a fire caused extensive damage to a vacant house. Police said they believe a man left the property shortly before the fire broke out. Frankston CIU were investigating.

Car avoids collisions on wrong side of road A 2008 TOYOTA Corolla was spotted speeding along Hall Rd, Carrum Downs 3.30am on 24 November. The car was seen speeding at 130 km/h on the wrong side of Cranbourne Frankston Road. Police said it “breached a traffic control signal” and turned onto Pearcedale Road. A taxi had to swerve to avoid a collision.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS CALENDER Sponsored by Carrum Downs/Marriot Waters Community Bank® Branch telescopes every Friday in January, and then 8pm on the 1st Friday of every month at The Briars dark-sky observatory. Melways ref 151 E1. Bookings are essential. Small fee payable. Details www.mpas.asn.au or phone 0419 253 252. Find us on Facebook - www.facebook.com/mpas0/.

assistant leader or Helper for the Girl Guides. If you are interested in volunteering your time on Wednesday nights, by assisting the unit leader in mentoring, supporting the Guides or helping out practically; please give the unit leader a call on 0414612715.

Probus The Mt Eliza Village Ladies Probus Club, meet on the first Monday of each month at 10.00am at the Uniting Church, Canadian Bay Rd. Mt Eliza. We welcome visitors and new members. Details 9787 3640

Mornington Peninsula Family History Society Internet access to Ancestry, Find My Past & British newspaper archives. Also Aust BDM’s on CD’s. Library open Tues & Thurs 10.30-2.30pm & Sun 2-5pm $10 Non Members Details 9783 7058. Frankston South Recreation Centre, Towerhill Rd, Frankston

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 Peninsula Transport Assist needs Volunteer Drivers. Do you have time, like driving and want to contribute to your community? Induction costs are covered and drivers are reimbursed from pick-up to return locations. For details call the P.T.A. Office on 03 9708 8241 or email – peninsulatransportassist@gmail.com P.T.A. also needs drivers for 12 and 24 seater buses. Better Breathers Respiratory Support Group Every 4th Monday of the month Better Breathers support group meet in the meeting room at the Mornington Information Centre, cnr Elizabeth and Main Sts from 2.00 to 4.00pm. We offer education and support for patients and carers coping with chronic lung disease with the aim of leading an improved quality of life. Details Christine 0419 314 587

Top: Carrum Downs Community Bank Staff members Bottom: Marriot Waters Community Bank Staff members 50’S PLUS Seniors Fitness Classes Whether you’re a beginner or regular exerciser come along and enjoy the benefits of group exercise to music. First class is free there are no joining or membership fees, Polio $8.00 per class. Improve your strength, co-ordination, Have you or do you know anyone who had polio or is cardio fitness, balance & flexibility. Mondays/ now experiencing after effects of polio? Please come to Wednesdays & Fridays 10am-11am. St Pauls Anglican our support group meeting held at 11am on the second Church Hall Cnr Bay & High Sts, Frankston. Saturday of each month at the Information Centre, Details please phone: 0419713635 Main St, Mornington. Enquiries: 5981 2540 Southern Sounds Chorus Frankston Prostate Support Group Ladies, Southern Sounds Chorus would love you to The support group meets on the last Thursday of each come and sing with them in beautiful a capella 4 part month at 10am in the King Close Community Hall in harmony, Barbershop style! No experience necessary. Frankston North. Men with prostate health issues and All ages welcome. We rehearse every Tuesday evening their partners are invited to attend the support group for 7-10pm at St Judes Primary School hall, 30 Warrandyte discussion on prostate health issues and some friendly Rd Langwarrin. For details phone Jennyne 0438 783 475 banter. Details: 0407817996 (Gordon) or visit southernsounds.org.au Epilepsy Support Group Foster carer Meet every 2nd Saturday at St Francis Xavier Parish, 60 Every child deserves to smile. Make 2018 the year you Davey St, Frankston from 1pm – 3pm. Further details make a difference. Become a Foster Carer with VACCA phone Sue 0407 509 519 or Cris 0437 386 867 - Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency. Express your Al-Anon Family Groups interest by visiting www.vacca.org or calling 9480 7300. If your loved one drinks too much and you don’t Information sessions every month held in your area. know where to turn, Al-Anon Family Groups can help! Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society Confidential meetings are held in Chelsea every Tues. Public Stargazing. Hear inspiring talks, view stars, 7.30 - 9.00pm at Longbeach Place, 15 Chelsea Road. planets, clusters and galaxies through our powerful No appointment necessary. New members welcome.

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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 Zonta Club of Mornington Peninsula Inc. 3rd Thursday of every month, 7.00pm – 9.30pm Zonta is a leading global service organisation of professionals, empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. Join us at a dinner meeting and see what we do. Email: zontamornington@hotmail.com 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. 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 Sunday Market Every Sunday 8am – 1pm Over 100 stalls. 79 – 83 Young St, Frankston Seaford Farmers Market 3rd Sunday of the month, 8am – 1pm Broughton Reserve, Station St, Seaford Girl Guides The Overport Frankston Girl Guide Unit is looking for adult volunteers to assist, either if wishing to become a leader/

Monday walking group Frankston North area. All ages, parents with prams and well behaved leashed dogs are welcome. For more details, Contact Norma 0417 513 639. Frankston Forest Baptist Church. Orwil St Community House Life Story Writing, Introduction to Medical Reception, Seated Exercise to Music, Games & Social Group, plus much more. For further information phone 9783 5073 Book Fair The Mornington Lions Club Annual Charity Book Fair will take place on January 5 & 6 at Peninsula Community Theatre, Mornington. Donations of books welcomed. Contact Aileen 0413 507 000 for pick-up/ drop-off information. Card Players Play 500 or Canasta at Seaford Seniors 6 Broughton St Seaford. Canasta on Wed 11am – 4pm or 500 on Fri 10am – 4pm. BYO lunch. The Friendly Card Club play 500 on Wed 7.30pm – 10.30pm at 26 Mahogany Ave, Frankston North. Details Roma 9786 5612 Mornington Peninsula Welsh Ladies Choir We warmly welcome new choristers to join a happy and supportive group of women who love singing together. No, you don’t have to be Welsh. No Welsh speaking skills are needed and no auditions are required. We rehearse on Sunday evenings in the comfort of the Frankston Uniting Church, High Street, Frankston. For more information contact Helen 0424719291 or email our secretary secretarympwlchoir@gmail.com 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. Mornington Peninsula Community Dog Club Come and have fun with your dog while training it. We welcome dogs of any age. Every Saturday morning at Citation Oval, Mt Martha. Beginners class is at 10.15am. We help you to train your dog to listen to you and be obedient using positive reinforcement, through fun and games and everyday life experiences. For more info contact June 0407846991 or www.dogclub.org.au. 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. Frankston North Men’s Forum First Wednesday of each month. 6:00pm-8:00pm

Location: Frankston North Community Centre, 26 Mahogany Ave, Frankston North. Free hot meal, coffee and tea provided; chat and chew with like-minded chaps. All are welcome. For more information, contact Bill on 97862710 Mornington Peninsula Veterans Cricket Calling former and current cricketers over 60 wishing to re-establish their cricketing prowess to join us at the RM Hooper Oval, Graydens Road Tuerong on each Friday at 3 pm for a hit/training. Register your interest or for more information call Michael 0407 823 619 or Ian 0477 713 614 or email mbou2030@bigpond.net.au Orwil St Community House Classes in Self Defence for Women, Card Making, Using Essential Oils, Seated Exercise to Music, Belly Dance, Games & Social Groups. For a program call 9783 5073 Play Group Little Hands play group for pre-schoolers every second Tuesday morning during school term. Next date, December 11th. No cost. Contact Frankston Forest Baptist Church. Ph 9013 0483 Christmas Open House Thurs 13 Dec, 10am – 12noon Orwil St Community House, Orwil St Frankston. Phone 9783 5073. All welcome. 47th Mornington Rotary Art Show 18-26 Jan, 10am-5pm Cnr Nepean Hwy & Wilsons Rd, Mornington $8 entry. Over 850 paintings and photographs from across Aust for viewing and sale. This is a quality art show and is now one of the largest in Vic. Ph 59883305 End of Year Concert Thurs 6 Dec, 10am – noon U3A Frankston Choir invite you to join them for a concert featuring a variety of music including Christmas Carols and sing a longs, including morning tea. Everyone welcome. Held at The Uniting Church, 16 High Street, Frankston. Voluntary donations at the door will be forwarded to MS Australia National Seniors Of Australia NSA is a friendly group of likeminded people who meet each month for chit chat, speakers and general information about wellbeing. We are a non-political group who enjoy outings and special days. The meetings are held on the last Wed of the month at St. Francis Xavier Church hall, Davey St, Frankston begins 10am but tea and biscuits available from 9.30 onwards. Further details Marion 0425704481. Scone Demonstration Wed 5 Dec from 11am Come and learn how to make the famous CWA scones and what can be done with scone dough. Then finish the day off with a Devonshire tea. Gold coin donation for Devonshire tea. Bookings with Lynn 97838936 Country Womens Association, 33 Beach Street, Frankston Peninsula Retirees Club Are you looking to join a club that is small in membership, offers excellent guest speakers, has regular monthly outings - and an annual subscription of only twenty-five dollars? The Club meets at the Mornington Information Centre at 1.30 pm on the first Wednesday of each month. Details contact Heather on 5977 5647

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How to Avoid an Upcoming Copper Conundrum By Stuart McCullough I WISH it were easier. But there’s no getting around the fact that it’s going to be both monumentally difficult and fraught with danger. I’ll admit I’m concerned. That’s because there’s nothing more worrisome than the look of disappointment on the face of a spouse as they unwrap the anniversary gift you’ve selected for them. This should be avoided at all costs and, much like a shuttle launch, there’s no such thing as being ‘too prepared’. With that in mind, I’ve got just three weeks to get my act together. Time is running out. Frankly, the odds are against me. This year marks our seventh anniversary that, apparently, requires a gift made of copper. Or wool. I am at a loss. If only I could travel back in time; say, to 1987 when the store ‘Copperart’ was a ubiquitous presence in shopping malls. I could stride in, my handsome mullet flowing behind me and grab anything, confident in the knowledge that whatever I had selected would be made of a-grade copper. In fact, you could have walked into ‘Copperart’ wearing a blindfold and emerge with something suitable for a seventh anniversary. Year four was super easy. Traditional gifts for your fourth wedding anniversary include linen, silk or electrical appliances. Nothing says ‘I love you’ quite like a robot vacuum. The ‘Sucktastic 4000’ has given us hours of enjoyment as we’ve watched it roll around the house, alarming the dog before inevitably breaking down and refusing to function for months on end. I suspect sabotage may be involved. The dog is my chief suspect.

The first year was also pretty straightforward. As gifts go, ‘paper’ is setting the bar pretty low. It’s as though someone made a conscious decision not to peak too early. Confusingly, though, wedding anniversary gifts vary from country to country. In British culture, ‘cotton’ is the first year anniversary gift and paper is the gift in year two; the exact opposite of America. It’s the whole ‘which side of the road do you drive on?’ thing all over again. It doesn’t help. Both sides of the pond are in fierce agreement over year three. It’s leather. The great thing about leather is that the options are almost limitless. There’s furniture, clothing,

footwear or, possibly, a football. For the life of me, I can’t recall what it was I bought my wife for our third wedding anniversary, but I am semiconfident that it wasn’t a brand new Sherrin. Granted, it would have been a great opportunity to claim that I was ‘Sherrin’ the love, but I’m not sure that anniversaries are the best time to make that kind of joke. The less said about the fifth wedding anniversary, the better. According to a list compiled by the Public Library of Chicago (although I suspect they really should have something better to do), the modern expectation at year five is silverware. Maybe it was because I was underpre-

pared and in something of a rush that I misread ‘silverware’. Suffice to say that when my wife arrived home from work to find me performing ‘Straight Lines’ by Silverchair on a ukulele, she was underwhelmed. Year six could easily have been a disaster. According to the internet, acceptable gifts for your sixth anniversary include ‘iron’. I can tell you from experience that such gifts should be made from iron as in the mineral element and not something that takes the creases out of your pants. Woe betide anyone who mixes those two up. Luckily, it gets easier from here. Silk and fine linen are the go-to gifts for your twelfth anniversary, which

sounds pretty self-explanatory. I’m especially looking forward to our twenty-fourth wedding anniversary as the designated gift is a musical instrument. Although, by that time, I fear it might be too late. I’m not sure if your twenty-fourth wedding anniversary is quite the right time to request a set of DJ decks. I’ll admit I’m a little wary of year fourteen. I suspect ‘ivory’ is probably frowned on these days, much like a monkey paw back-scratcher or rhinoceros foot umbrella stand, no matter how long you’ve been hitched. Luckily, the more acceptable modern standard is gold jewelry. Having grown up listening to Run DMC, I know a thing or two about gold jewellery. Word! All of which me brings me back to copper and wool. Ideally, I’d find something that combined these two materials but I don’t fancy my chances. It’s unlikely to be clothing. The combination of metal and textile fibre won’t very comfortable if worn, for example, as a pair of pants but it may well explain where the term ‘seven year itch’ comes from. Even Copperart drew the line at copper trousers. As I do with these important decisions, I’ve been consulting closely with my wife. She has suggested that we buy an outdoor setting. It is unlikely to involve either copper or wool. Instead, she proposes to add copper staples. This, I feel, could well be cheating. But at least I know it’ll avoid controversy. I’ll consider it a ‘copperomise’. Happy anniversary Kate. stuart@stuartmccullough.com

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KINGSWOOD SET TO ROCK THE GRAND THUNDEROUS serpentine space-rock and smouldering falsetto R’nB. Stadium supports for Aerosmith and AC/DC and earnest covers of Destiny’s Child and First Aid Kit. Fly-by-night gigs in war-torn Afghanistan and recurring religious pilgrimages to the woodgrained heart of Nashville. Welcome to the world of Kingswood. Don’t be confused by the veneer. Like the iconic Aussie car of the same name, it’s all about what’s under the hood. “We wanted to make something that would rival Abbey Road,” guitarist Alex Laska told Rolling Stone magazine in the throes of their second album, After Hours, Close to Dawn. “I know it sounds insane but if you don’t strive for that kind of thing, what are you doing? Seriously, what are you doing?” The goal posts refuse to yield on the Melbourne rock quartet’s third album, currently under construction across four studios in Sydney and Nashville. The first taste, Messed It Up — all sinewy synth-soul compulsion with a restless rock undertow — presages another stunning act of evolution. “We’re a band that, in a philosophical way, wants to continue to change,” says singer Fergus Linacre. “We don’t want to make the same record twice and the support we’ve received so far has made us realise that we actually can do whatever we want. It’s a great position to be in.” OK, let’s back up here… It’s six years since Kingswood first crashed the teeming Australian touring circuit, raising

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the stakes for iconic headliners as diverse as the Saints and the Living End with balls-out and belching rock singles like Medusa, She’s My Baby, Sucker Punch and Ohio. Their debut album, an electrifying act of hard rock sophistication called Microscopic Wars, was made at Nashville’s Blackbird Studio with multi-Grammy-winner Vance Powell (Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, Kings of Leon). It made directly for the Top 10 in 2014, followed by nomination for that year’s Best Rock Album at the annual ARIA Awards. “In the early days we were like a Led Zeppelin tribute band,” Laska recalled with

amusement at the time, reflecting on how far they’d already come before adding, tellingly: “one of our first projections was to be respected by other musicians.” It took that kind of ambition to follow up with 2016’s After Hours, Close to Dawn: an exquisitely soulful departure that opened with a 4am piano ballad titled Looking For Love and peaked with the creamy electric piano and jazz harmonies of Golden, the band’s biggest hit to date. So radical was the reinvention that Kingswood’s own record company thought they were being punked on first playback. Their fans, meanwhile, held fast and multiplied as bi-annual appearances at Aussie uber-festival Splendour in the Grass escalated from rookie adrenaline rush to confetti-canon ecstasy. And so to 2018, and a highly anticipated debut appearance at Mondo NYC in early October in New York City, followed by extensive touring (watch this space) through the US and Europe. Meanwhile, sessions for as-yet-untitled Album #3 continue, with drummer Justin Debrincat, bassist Braiden Michetti and Nashville producer Eddie Spear playing “fifth Beatle” to the band’s creatively democratic, relentlessly expanding visions for the future of rock’n’roll. Nashville, says Alex “is kinda magical for us. It’s this unique community of creative people, great resources and facilities and opportunities and whether it be people, gear,

instruments, knowledge, atmosphere… it’s just all there 24/7 and we find it all incredibly inspiring.” “We’re doing this super hi-fi and the songs have gone over really well live,” Fergus says of the new material. “As writers we’ve reached the point where we don’t do album tracks; we don’t do B-sides. Every song is special and we give it everything. I think this record is going to sound amazing.” “For me, it sounds like Michael Jackson meets the future,” he says. “It’s an amalgam of that kind of creative energy and the sounds of now.” Alex doesn’t disagree. “We hear a lot of ‘Oh, rock’s dead,’ these days and OK, yeah, maybe in its classic form it is, but the spirit of rock is not dead,” he says. “Rock’n’roll is far more an attitude than it is a style. I feel like if we can take rock’n’roll into the future wrapped in this modern sensibility we’ve accumulated though the ‘90s — hip-hop culture, A Tribe Called Quest, Lupe Fiasco — I mean, that’s a pretty exciting prospect. “For us, this is a new phase again,” he says. And he fully expects the Kingswood faithful to embrace it. “I think people respect how earnest it is. You can sense disingenuousness. I think people can tell that we’re making music we love. When you get up in front of a crowd, I think that’s the quality people respond to.” Kingswood will be playing at The Grand Hotel, Mornington, Friday 4 January. Tickets at grand.oztix.com.au or www.grand.net.au


BRIAN CADD AND RUSSELL MORRIS HIT THE FAC in 1997 where he remained for the next 20 years, still rocking and playing to huge audiences nationwide. In 2007 he was inducted into the Aria Hall of Fame and in the same year was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2018 he was award an Order of Australia (AM), which he described as an “amazing different kind of honour”. Russell Morris’ career started in September 1966 with the formation of the Melbourne group Somebody’s

Image and the hit, Hush. Shortly thereafter Morris was convinced to leave Somebody’s Image for a solo career and his manager/producer at the time, one Molly Meldrum, worked with him to create a sevenminute production extravaganza called The Real Thing, undoubtedly his most anthemic song. The following year, in 1972, Morris delivered the equally beautiful Wings of an Eagle. In 2017, Russell was also awarded AO (Order of Australia) for his

services to the Arts & Music. Together, Russell and Brian deliver a dynamic show of not only their hits but also a selection of seventies rock classics that are bound to have the audience singing along with them. They may arrive on stage as 60 year old mates but they turn themselves, and their audience, truly back to 20 year old rockers. Brian Cadd and Russell Morris will be playing at The Frankston Arts Centre on Thursday 12 February. Tickets at thefac.com.au

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Compiled by Brodie Cowburn THE following letter was received by Mrs Meldrum, of Somerville, from her son Edward, on active service in Damascus: I have not had much time for letter writing lately. I don’t think anyone had an idea of what this stunt was going to be like. All thought we would strike some stiff fighting. We started off one night and got within a few miles of the front line, unsaddled for the night and were let into the know of what was going to be done in the morning. We were all awake waiting for the guns to open up, which they did a while before daylight. The bombardment was terrific while it lasted. The next thing we heard was cheers from the infantry, when they charged and broke through the Turkish line. We then waited till we got orders to be ready to move in quarter of an hour. We were set off at a fast pace which lasted well into the night. The only Turks we saw were prisoners. After a few hours spell were off, and travelled until midday the next day, arriving at a place just too late to see a charge made by the Indian Cavalry Brigade, which resulted in the capture of over a thousand prisoners. We stayed at this place for a few hours to feed the horses and ourselves, and then received our marching orders which were to travel twelve miles over very rough country, and capture the general Headquarters of the Turks. The distance was covered in an hour and ten minutes, a resulted in the capture of eight thousand prisoners

by a thousand of our boys, with only about half a dozen wounded men on our side. This gave me some idea of what the morale of the enemy was like. In one place I saw four men capture over seven hundred Turks and Germans. It seemed queer to see them give in with very little resistance, just like a flock of sheep. The next few days found us still travelling, and collecting prisoners. One night we rode through Nazareth and on to the Sea of Gallilee, and had a borzer time giving the horses and ourselves a much needed wash, after which we moved off again, and were held up for a few hours at the Jordon, as the Turks had blown up the bridges and wore holding the opposite side pretty strong with machine guns, which made crossing rather difficult. Our artillery, in the meantime, had drawn into position and opened up at a target even the gunners could see, so you may imagine what work they did. About dark our regiment forded the river, and cleared the opposite bank of what enemy was left. We all moved on again and up a high hill, covered with big boulders and not even a goat track, and as dark as pitch we reached the top after a few hours climb. At day break we halted till midday and by this time most were rather saddle weary and took advantage to lie at full length on the ground, or rather rock and thistles of which there were plenty. At four o’clock we unsaddled and had tea, when word came to move on six miles. We had a days rest there and were off again to Damascus.

That night we were held up by the Germans, with a lot of machine guns. They had a beautiful position and hard to locate, so it took some time to clear the road. With all their commanding position, all the damage done to us was five horses killed. We captured the Germans and their machine guns also two field guns. By this time it was daylight and fast moving was the order of the day. During the afternoon we came in sight of the outer forts of Damascus. This brigade had nothing to do with them so we worked round their flank. It was here that I saw the charge by our Australian boys and resulted in the capture of the forts. It was a great sight to see and they had few casualties. We were now within sight of the city and our brigade was playing havoc with the retreating enemy. We camped that night in the hills and I got more thistle pricks than I could count, but all the same I slept until the next morning. We moved on to the place where our machine guns had been at work. I never wish to see again such a dreadful sight, the roads were simply blocked up with waggons, horses and men wounded and dead; it was too awful for words. We then had the honor of being the first troops through Damascus, which is a beautiful city, but as we only rode through we didn’t have much chance of seeing things. We received a great welcome by the inhabitants, who lined the streets and cheered all the time. Some standing on the balconies threw scent over the boys, and grapes, figs and tomatoes were handed to us

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as we rode by, but like most of good The Education department has been things here they came to a finish. notified by the Railway department We left the city and came on to that tickets at holiday excursion fares about 3 thousand more enemy, who will be on issue from 11th December took a day and a half to collect. to 2nd January inclusive, available for Personalised Service, Personalised Products We then came back through the city return until 4th February. at night We are resting at present a *** few Did miles out of Damascus, waiting to JUST after lunch hour, on Thursday, you know that many audiologists are see if Turkey has had enough. as the Frankston and Hastings council *** was about resume its sitting, Cr not independent, and rely on tocommissions OWING to the price of chaff havLongmuir received word that his son, only oneGeorge, supplier? ing risen, members from of the Southern had died in the Tenth General Suburban Master Carriers Association Hospital, England, from influenza and have decided to increase theHearing, price of bronchial pneumonia. At Nepean we are proud to sand from Monday Frankston sand General regret was expressed at the will be 3dbe a load extra, and sand thecouncil table. able to pit offer latest technical 6d a load extra. The President said the council innovations fromis the industry, regardless The incidence of the increase deeply sympathised with Cr and based on chaff at £5 a ton. For every Mrs Longmuir in their affliction, and of the manufacturer. rise of 30s in the price of chaff, though dead, the deeds of their son, the price of Frankston sand will be would live for ever. offer personalised service increased We by 3d, and pit sand by 6d He moved that the and council adjourn a load. for a quarter of an hour, as a mark of personalised Callto Cr usLongmuir. today and The present price of chaff products. is £6 10s respect a ton.book The difference the charges Crassessment Oates said that not only the yourin free hearing and of the two kinds of sand is accounted council but the whole community for by the fact sure that Frankston sand is wouldthe deeplyright sympathise with Cr. make you’re getting device. carried by rail close to the place of deLongmuir. livery whilst pit sand has to be carted The motion was carried in silence, a considerable distance. the members standing. *** After being rejected twice the MESSRS T. R. B. Morton and Son deceased was accepted the third time, report having sold, through J L. and has seen some stirring times. Parkes, one of their auctioneers, acres He was on the Ballarat when it was at the Tyabb railway station (cleaned torpedoed, and about twelve months and fenced) on account of Mr A. S. ago was badly gassed. Krerouse, at a satisfactory price. The last news his father had from *** him was that he was better, and exSTATE schools will close for the pected to be at the front again shortly. Christmas vacation on 20th December The flags in Sommerville were and will resume on 3rd February. flown half mast during the afternoon Head teachers of high schools have in token of sympathy. been advised that they may use their *** discretion in the closing of schools From the pages of the Mornington after 13th December. Standard, 7 December 1918

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SORRENTO have worked hard to restrict Mornington to a total of just 160 in their clash at Alexandra Park. Defending a total of 205 runs away from home, helped by a brilliant 77 from Liam O’Connor, the Sharks started well to claim the first two wickets of the innings for just 19. Mornington’s middle order steadied the innings to put their side back on track, but once their wickets fell the rest collapsed quickly. Jake Wood was the best of Sorrento’s bowlers, taking 4 wickets for 26 runs from his 16 overs. At Emil Madsen Reserve, Langwarrin’s total of 246 was put under threat in their two dayer against Mt Eliza. Mt Eliza were struggling at 2/13 to begin with, but recovered well to end up at 2/108 and in pole position for a win. Tim Clarke’s 48 has handy, but it was Justin Grant’s huge total of 95 that put his side in a good position. Travis Campbell eventually got Grant out just 5 runs short of his ton. His wicket was taken with Mt Eliza at 5/194. They ended up all out for 219. Leigh Paterson claimed a five wicket haul, positing figures of 5/45 for the day.

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At BA Cairns Reserve, Flinders and Baxter got underway with Flinders having already lost the first innings. Flinders came in to bat on day two and batted out the afternoon, improving greatly on their first innings total of 76. Flinders recovered from 2/3 to end the day at 6/208. Blake Hogan-Keogh hit 14 fours to get to 74 runs before retiring hurt. Peninsula OB performed well to pass their target of 168 against Pearcedale. John Forrest was in fine form, passing his century and ending the day at 101 not out. Old Boys finished at 6/255.

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BADEN Powell have held on to claim a first innings win over Somerville. Baden Powell won the toss and elected to bat first. They put together a complete team performance to get to 6/158. Somerville started poorly and lost their first wicket for just four runs. From there some of their batsmen made starts but none could make any real impact. They were eventually bowled out for 114, well short of their target.

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On the first day of Red Hill’s clash with Main Ridge, spectators were treated to a phenomenal performance from Simon Dart. He smashed an astonishing 6 sixes and 8 fours on his way to a brilliant total of 108 not out. Main Ridge were left rocked, and could not get close to their target of 227. They ended up at 7/126 at stumps, well short of a good result. Pines were prolific at home against Moorooduc, passing their first innings target of 154 with relative ease. A good bowling performance from Moorooduc’s Robbie Lancaster was not enough, as Pines finished the day at 6/213, taking the first innings.

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CARRUM’S run chase against Delacombe Park proved fruitless in the second day of their clash, as they fell nearly 100 runs short of a win. Corey Hand came in late and was the best of Carrum’s batsmen, top scoring with just 38 runs. They ended up all out for 130, well short of the required 225 to win. The Seaford Tigers recovered from a sluggish start to easily claim a first innings win over Seaford. Chasing 91, Seaford Tigers lost their first 6 wickets for just 73 runs

and looked to be struggling as well. A stunning performance from the tail saw them get out to 243. Middle order batsman Matthew Roach was the best contributor with 74 runs. Seaford came in to bat a second innings, and restored respect with a much better total. They finished at 5/252 at stumps. Opener Ryan Mcqueen put together a knock of 82, an improvement from his first innings total of 6. Rosebud were in grave danger of losing their first innings against Mt Martha, passing their target of 144 with just one wicket in hand. Rosebud were struggling badly and lost two quick late wickets to be at 9/137. With the game in balance, Billy Quigley held on help claim the winning runs. He top scored for Rosebud with 36 not out. At Thomas Barclay Oval, Jake Hewitt nearly proved the difference for his Hastings side, but ultimately his 48 was not enough to help his side to a win over Heatherhill. Chasing 176 to win, Hastings blew their chance by losing their last three wickets for just 2 runs. They ended up all out for 151.

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BALNARRING put together a good team performance to pass Frankston YCW’s total at Peninsula Reserve. The Stonecats set a total pf 156 on day one. Balnarring had good performances from many of their batsmen. None passed a half century, but all contributed to reach 9/188 at stumps. Andrew Kiston claimed five wickets. At Boneo Rec Reserve, Boneo were relentless as they pumped Rye by over 200 runs in the first innings. Caolan O’Connor’s 91 from 101 balls was a highlight of their innings of 2/266. Skye got 8/141 in the second innings to restore some respect. Dromana put together a stunning opening partnership of 150 runs to help themselves to a four wicket win over Tyabb. Nick Taranto’s terrific ton put Tyabb off to a dream start on day one, but he was let down by a lackluster bowling performance. Dromana’s Adam Ciaverella put together an innings of 77 runs, while Mark Whitehead contributed 76 runs of his own. Once their wickets fell the middle order toiled away to eventually end the day at 6/235. Rye had a bye.


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By Craig MacKenzie LANGWARRIN has signed Wayne Wallace from Oakleigh Cannons as it gears up for an assault on the NPL2 East title. The 33-year-old midfield general has been released from the final year of his deal at Jack Edwards Reserve and is now part of Langwarrin gaffer Scott Miller’s major overhaul of the senior squad. It is a massive signing for Miller and a clear statement of intent – Langwarrin is targeting promotion to the premier club competition in the state. If it achieves that goal it will become only the third local club to have done so after Frankston Pines who reached a Premier League grand final in 2003 and Frankston City which last competed in 1982. “We went hard on Wallace because he brings identity and profile which is what we wanted and the leadership that we required in the middle of the pitch,” Miller said. “It’s also about the accountability and responsibility that he brings to the table. “Off the field we want to build the profile of Langwarrin and he’s one of the players that does that.” Sponsorship has been crucial in assembling Langwarrin’s current squad thanks to main sponsors Premier Builders Group and civil construction company LOJAC along with a raft of lesser sponsors. Former Langwarrin players Greg Kilner and Craig Hosie have played significant roles as Kilner is the founder and principal of Premier Builders while Hosie is the founder and managing director of LOJAC. Hull-born Wallace has only spent one season outside Victoria’s elite club competition and that was his first season here in 2008 when he was part of the Sunshine George Cross side that won the Division 1 title. He played in the then VPL with Georgies in 2009, spent the following season back in England before returning for the 2011 season and joining and captaining Bentleigh Greens winning the 2014 Grand Final 3-1 against South Melbourne and the 2016 Dockerty Cup. He also led the Greens to an historic FFA Cup semi-final berth against Perth Glory in 2014. He switched to Hume City after the 2016 season but joined Oakleigh Cannons midway through 2017. Wallace is a local as he now lives just a couple of kilometres from Law-

Key signing: Wayne Wallace has joined Langwarrin after being released from his contract with Oakleigh Cannons.

ton Park and has had no trouble adopting Miller’s mantra for 2019. “I wouldn’t be signing for a club that just wanted to stay in that league,” Wallace said. “I’m hoping that Langwarrin is heading to the NPL.” The tall Englishman has been doing regular gym sessions under the supervision of Langy high performance manager Alistair Wallace for some weeks now after being assessed and an individual program developed. “I’ve never done gym work on my legs in all the years I’ve been playing football and everything we’re doing is geared towards strengthening.” Wallace is part of a large player turnover at Langy and is the club’s 11th new signing if you include Connor Belger who is unlikely to return from

England. The other signings are Damir Stoilovic, David Stirton, Roddy Covarrubias, Jaiden Madafferi, Jamie Cumming, Callum Goulding, Jordan Templin, Fraser Maclaren and Thomas Ahmadzai. Robbie Acs, Lloyd Clothier, Liam Baxter, Andy McIntyre, Andy Mclean, Mat Luak, Mehdi Sarwari, Max Boulton, Paul Speed and Michael Kariuki have left the club. Acs has joined Mazenod as its No 1 keeper replacing Kris McEvoy who has joined Berwick City along with twin brother Paul. Speed has returned to England, Baxter, McIntyre and Mclean have joined Mornington, Kariuki looks set to join Box Hill United, Boulton is in talks with Frankston Pines and Luak is ru-

moured to have attracted interest from Casey Comets and Berwick City. Jonny Guthrie has been absent from pre-season training due to cricket commitments and continues to be linked with Baxter as does Nabil Mozaffaruddin who is recovering from long-term injury. On Sunday Langwarrin announced that John Kuol, Boris Ovcin, Luke Burgess and Dylan Kilner had been retained. The senior squad remains a work in progress and the club is believed to be in contact with a number of targets. It’s understood that talks were held with teenage defender Lucas Portelli who has decided to remain at Melbourne City. Talented trio Ryan Losty and brothers Chris and Kostas Droutsas were

strongly linked with Langy and are rumoured to have received firm offers from the club but they have re-signed with Eastern Lions. Meanwhile Mazenod Victory has appointed local legend Gus Macleod as head of coaching. The former Langy boss took on the role after fielding offers of coaching and technical director positions from a number of clubs. “It’s just Tuesdays and Thursdays working with the coaches and there’s no real pressure attached so I’m really looking forward to it,” Macleod said. “It’s something to keep my hand in and something I really enjoy having worked with FFV in that area for years.” In State 1 South-East news Mitch Ball has joined the coaching staff at Mornington. Ball, 21, has been appointed as assistant to reserves coach Andy Mason. Ball has coached at Skye United, Bulleen, Langwarrin and Baxter and met with Mason last week to sign off on the appointment. “It’s a great opportunity to work at State 1 level and with Nathan Peel there and ‘Jamo’ back I knew that Mornington was heading in the right direction,” Ball said. “I had a good chat with Andy about what we want to achieve and we’ll be working with a young squad and hopefully we can produce players who will go on and play senior football for Mornington.” In other news Rosebud and Rosebud Heart are in merger talks and both clubs took to social media last week to publicise their discussions. A merger proposal will be discussed at their next club committee meetings as a precursor to extraordinary general meetings where club members can vote on the proposed merger. Both clubs wrote about an exciting future in their respective facebook posts but Rosebud struck a note of caution. Heart posted: “As a committee we are excited about the future this opportunity affords us. We believe one strong, united club on the Southern Peninsula has significant benefits for all involved and together we will be a great force now and into the future for our great game in our region.” Rosebud posted: “Preserving the history and heritage of our great club is of the utmost importance to us all and we will only move forward on this if the greater good of our club and community will be realised.”

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Sons of guns selected in AFL Draft boys. Probably the two things that helped him a little bit I think was the Stingrays playing in the finals and winning the premiership and he had a pretty good final series which exposed him to the next level. Then when he got asked to the Draft Combine and tested really well, I think that elevated his stocks a little bit but again you never know.” Will caught the eye of recruiters at October’s NAB AFL Draft Combine, showing off his speed in the 20m sprint with a third-place finish as well as ranking in the top 10 in the standing vertical jump, agility and Yo-Yo tests. Even with these results, it was still an exciting shock for Hamill’s name to be read out on live television. “We were just sitting there watching the TV. There wasn’t anything before that in regards to someone ringing up and saying they’re going to pick you now or that it’s going to happen, it was just wait for your name to be called out across the TV really,” Steve said. “It had been a dream that he had had for a while so in the first sense it was a bit of relief and then all of a sudden pride, and then there’s this sort of surreal feeling. “Within three minutes Don Pyke had rang and was on the phone speaking to Will and then Rory Sloane rang him, and Tex Walker was speaking to him. He had a big text from Mark Ricciuto and this all happened in the first 20 minutes. “He went from a kid who’s straight out of high school, literally turned 18-years-old four days before, to get-

Rising stars: Will Hamill joins five other Dandenong Southern Stingrays players to be drafted into the AFL. Picture: Supplied

playing.” Like many young draft prospects, Will had caught the eye of several AFL clubs leading into this year’s draft but was still no certainty of being chosen. “It’s one of those things, you hope as a dad, that he has enough skills and qualities that they’re looking for,” Steve said. “We always went with a hope, but it was never expected, it was a sort of relief I suppose. “These days a lot of the clubs will talk to lots and lots of kids about their footy, so we sort of knew he was around the mark, but no one ever guaranteed him anything. “He had a couple of good seasons at the Stingrays but so did a lot of the

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Girls step out Sailing MORNINGTON Yacht Club is hoping to attract more women into sailing with their new program, ‘Girl’s Out Sailing’. The program looks at the basics of sailing as well as behind-the-scenes aspects of a sailing club such as volunteering. Mornington Yacht Club board member, Michelle Pickford, said the five-session program is all about have a good time out on the water. “Girls Out Sailing was put together to get women and teenage girls to step out into an unreal program,” Pickford said. “It’s all about socialisation, meeting new people and learning the basic sailing skills to enjoy some time out on the water.” At just their third session the Girls Out Sailing group entered into the Mornington Yacht Club’s Ladies Skippers race on Sunday 25 November. “They twisted my arm,” Pickford said. “We had to change the program slightly, but they all loved it and I think it was great for them to compete against the other general members at the club. “The experience would have been great with who they have to give way to or if they get to keep going. They were all more than fine about entering the race. We’ve got the right people out there with them and they do a great job making everyone feel comfortable.”

Girls set sail: Mornington Yacht Club is attracting more women into sailing with their new program ‘Girl’s Out Sailing’. Picture: Mornington Yacht Club

Pickford said the program has worked really well so far because of the “friendly, relaxed atmosphere” that it has. “You don’t need any prior experience just a little bit of a want for adventure,” she said. “This was our pilot for the program and that’s allowed us to feel our way through it and everything has gone really good so far.” The program introduces the women into other aspects of the Mornington Yacht Club as well the basics of sailing. “It also introduces them to club life,” Pickford said. “There’s more to a local club than the main activity so with our next session we look at volunteering around the club and all the other jobs that go into making the club so great.” “You might find that you might absolutely love sailing, but you might find that you enjoy the volunteering aspect of the club instead.” The Girls Out Sailing group has one more session before Christmas and will finish their program with a final session at the start of February. If you’re interested in the Girls Out Social Sailing program, contact Michelle or Sarah on 5975 7001 or visit their Facebook page, ‘Girls Out Sailing’.

Edwards’ kiwi galloper ready to Rox and roll BITTERN-based racehorse trainer Kerry Edwards may only have two horses in work at the moment, but the small-time trainer has started to reveal one that looks to have above-average ability on the racetrack. Edwards saddled up the former New Zealand galloper, Rox The Castle, for his first run back from a spell at Ballarat on Saturday 24 November, where he finished a game second in benchmark 70 class despite “not handling the conditions all too well”. Having won his first two starts in Australia in impressive style, including a 2.8-length maiden victory, the four-year-old gelding’s return has given Edwards an exciting hope for the future. “He’s got ability but we’ve just got to harness it and direct it and not get ahead of ourselves,” she said. “Mentally he wasn’t there when he arrived but I’m really happy with the progression that he’s continued to make.” Edwards, who also does casual garden work throughout the week, moved to the Mornington Peninsula just over 10 years ago to set up a boutique stable closer to the beach. The smaller sized stable and the hands-on training that Edwards provides is a key reason to why she has be given the opportunity to train horses such as Rox The Castle. “I actually trained this guy’s mum, Run Roxy Run.” Edwards said. “Over in New Zealand she showed a lot of ability but she had issues through her back. She hit the ground pretty hard, and as I do a lot of my training on the beach it helps take a little bit of the pressure off the animal in their training and also recovery-wise. So that’s why Tim [Di Mattina] (owner) sent her over to me. “He’s had a number of horses over the years and if they look like they’ll measure up over here he’s chosen to send them to me thankfully because he likes the smaller set up and provid-

Beach work: Bittern-based racehorse trainer Kerry Edwards enjoys riding beach work aboard her upand-coming galloper, Rox The Castle. Picture: Ben Erikssin Photography

ing more individual attention to his horses.” Rox The Castle fitted that profile after impressing in trails in New Zealand and while his first and only start over the ditch wasn’t a standout, it had more merit than might meet the eye. “He had one run over there and it was a bit of a disaster,” Edwards said. “He was beaten six lengths but when you see what he did, he did everything wrong. His head was up and he was over racing for basically the entire race.” “When he came to me he used to be hard on the bit and leaned on your hands but this morning down at the beach he was round and relaxed and I thought ‘wow, this horse has come a long way in the short time he’s been here mentally and even physically’. He’s learning to work with you and not against you.” Since Rox The Castle’s last run, Edwards said that she hasn’t had to do too much work with him. “He’s not a horse that you have to be hard on,” she said. “It has all been beach work since last week. He had a day off on Wednesday and he’ll have a maintenance gallop over 800m tomorrow (Saturday 1 December) at the track and the rest of it will just be beaching before we get to the races. “I don’t want to over-gallop him and take that natural gate speed away. I want to keep him a bit on the fresh side.” The Balnarring beach has played a massive role in Edwards training regime and it’s been no different with Rox The Castle. “Every day’s a holiday for the horses,” she said. “They’re always down at the beach, they’re out in their paddocks –it’s advantageous I think to the horse’s longevity.” Rox The Castle is likely to line up in another benchmark 70 race at Moonee Valley on Friday night 7 November.

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