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FOUR young Frankston South residents have helped put together a fundraiser to raise money towards bushfire relief. Saskia, Willow, Sebastian, and Ella (pictured left to right) set up a lemonade stand on Neil Street in the hope of raising some money to help those in need. The team manned the stand for two days, and raised over $140. Willow said “we heard about the people in need, and we wanted to help them.” Willow and Sebastian’s mother Sheryn said the money has been donated to the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund. “I am so proud of the kids and the generosity of our neighbours. One gentleman was heading past, saw their sign and gave them $50,” she said. Picture: Supplied

Industrial expansion rejected again Brodie Cowburn brodie@baysidenews.com.au AN investigation into rezoning green wedge land in Carrum Downs for industrial use will not go ahead. Frankston councillors had voted on 14 October 2019 to reject the move, but the investigation was brought back up for debate at their 28 January public meeting. Cr Colin Hampton moved a motion which, if successful, would have withdrawn council of-

ficer’s authority to “write to the Minister for Planning about amending the Frankston planning scheme to include the Frankston Green Wedge management plan” and directed them to “not proceed with implementing its resolution of 14 October 2019 concerning the Frankston Green Wedge management plan.” The motion was defeated, with Crs Hampton, Michael O’Reilly, and Brian Cunial voting to investigate the potential rezoning of the land. Some councillors expressed concern

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that their previous resolution approved in October to authorise council officers to write to the planning minister about the Frankston Green Wedge Management Plan had not been acted on. Cr Kris Bolam said ”the organisation is duty bound to act on a resolution.” “Three months have passed on the minister has not received our correspondence,” he said. “Something has gone wrong.” Frankston Council CEO Phil Cantillon confirmed to The Times that “council wrote to the minister on 29

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THE former chairperson of the Frankston Susono Friendship Association has been awarded the 2020 Frankston citizen of the year award. Peter Patterson was given the award on 26 January. He spent 18 years as the chairperson of the Frankston Susono Friendship Association, and has also volunteered his time to other community groups. “If you have a go, you can succeed in things you think are far beyond your capacity,” Mr Patterson said. “If in my own little way, I’m making a difference for people in the community, then I’m motivated to do more.” Frankston’s senior citizen of the year was named as Gina Poulos. Ms Poulos runs an emergency food bank organisation, Theodora’s Cheerful Givers, and helps prepare around 1200 pre-cooked frozen meals and 400 food hampers each week. “My volunteers make me look good, they pull it all together. I’m over the moon that all the hard work we have put in has been recognised,” she said. Frankston High School student Michaela Goggin was named the 2020 young citizen of the year for her work tutoring refugees and helping create a recycling hub at her school campus.

Continued Page 1 Cr Quinn McCormack said “this is an issue of governance. We passed a resolution and for three months officers have done nothing.” “How can we have confidence in our governance if one councillor can hold up a resolution for three months,” she said. Cr McCormack also spoke in opposition to the rezoning of green wedge land. She said the argument of “jobs necessity” was “the same argument used to enable slavery.” “An industrial ecological park is an oxymoron,” she said. “The six star environmentally friendly option would be to not do this at all. It would be utterly reckless to support this motion.” Cr Hampton said “this is about our future. We must make sure our children are able to get employment.” “Employment for youth is at 27 per cent in North West Ward, it’s the worst in the state. That is terrible,” he said. The debate broke down into shouting across the chamber at numerous points during the night. Cr Hampton’s campaign was aided by the Committee for Greater Frankson, who created a video at Cr Hampton’s request which was played at the meeting. The committee also made a submission to council at the meeting through CEO Ginevra Hosking. Cr Steve Toms said “it is astounding that the Committee for Greater Frankston shows scant concern for the CAA.”

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All clear for surf beach day PREDICTED smoke pollution failed to eventuate for the Saturday 18 January beach day organised by the Disabled Surfers Association Mornington Peninsula at Point Leo. “After our concerns about air quality the day was fine, air quality good and we had fun waves,” DSAMP president John Bowers said. He said the decision to go ahead with the day after the air quality was passed by Point Leo Surf Life Saving Club “based on the distance you can see”. “The club also provides invaluable facilities and assistance on our event days,” Mr Bowers said. Preparations for surf day began on the Friday, including

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extending plastic matting beyond the end of the boardwalk to allow surfers to take their wheelchairs on to the beach and to the water’s edge. “We took more than 100 people with disabilities for a surf with the help of over 200 volunteers and we all had a fantastic day,” Mr Bowers said. “The comments on our Facebook site still keep coming with one volunteer’s comment being: Disneyland is meant to be the happiest place on earth … no, Pt Leo Saturday 18th”. The DSAMP’s next beach day is Saturday 14 March. Details on the association’s website.


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A MOTORCYCLE driver has died after a crash in Frankston, 13 January. Somerville highway patrol officers believe that a man on a motorbike was heading east on Cranbourne Road when he collided with the back of a Toyota Hilux at around 11.15am. The driver of the motorbike, a 38-year-old Skye man, was taken to hospital and died on 28 January. The death takes the state’s road toll to 18 for the year. The Hilux driver was uninjured and stopped at the scene. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic. com.au

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was allegedly in possession of stolen property. They believe that is linked to a theft from motor vehicle incident on Norman Street, Frankston South which took place overnight. The 17-year-old boy was taken to hospital where he remains under police guard.

Cash charge A WOMAN has been charged with the alleged theft of a pensioner’s wallet, 9 January. It is alleged that the 55-year-old Malvern East woman stole a large amount of cash from a lost wallet at a Cranbourne Road, Frankston newsagency. Frankston police later arrested and charged the woman with one count of theft. She was bailed and will appear at the Frankston Magistrates’ Court on 20 July.

Monkey bike impounded CARRUM Downs police impounded an unregistered monkey bike in Centenary Street, Seaford, 10pm, Saturday 25 January. The 27-year-old rider, who was not wearing a helmet, mounted the kerb and rode onto the footpath before being intercepted. He was found to be disqualified from holding a car/motorbike licence and will be summonsed to attend Frankston Magistrates’ Court at a later date. The bike (below) was taken to an impound yard with a $961 release fee. A 26-year-old man died in Karingal on 5 December after crashing his unregistered an unroadworthy monkey bike.

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Arrests made by Birds of Prey POLICE operation “Birds of Prey” resulted in over 400 arrests for vehicle crime related offences in the last year. The operation, which began in March 2019, has taken place across Kingston, Frankston, Mornington Peninsula, Port Phillip, Stonnington, and Glen Eira Bayside. Police have made 408 arrests and charged people with more than 2,950 vehicle crime-related offences, including theft of and theft from motor vehicles. A 34-year-old Seaford man was charged with 129 offences, including theft of motor vehicle, theft from motor vehicle, carjacking, armed robbery, arson, assault, property damage, and theft offences. Victoria Police Inspector Justin Cornford said the Birds of Prey operations “focus on addressing the issue of vehicle crime and the high harm, high impact offending that is often generated by these kinds of crimes.” “We know people often view theft of or theft from a motor car as low-impact crimes, however we know it frequently leads to more violent offences such as burglaries, ram raids, pursuits, and evading police,” Inspector Cornford said. “Our Birds of Prey operations show how seriously police are treating the issue of vehicle crime in Melbourne’s south eastern suburbs and our commitment to holding offenders to account. As part of our ongoing focus on these kinds of crimes, we’re using a mix of general duties police, detectives from the crime investigation units and officers from the frontline tactical and

divisional response units to tackle vehicle crime in Melbourne’s south east. “These officers are consistently targeting known hotspots based on current intelligence and actively monitoring persons of interest. We are also utilising automated number plate recognition technology to identify false registration plates, stolen vehicles and people wanted on outstanding warrants. “While police are working hard to stop vehicle crime offenders in their tracks, we also want to remind the community about the importance of reporting any vehicle crime incidents as soon as they can. It’s crucial that police have the opportunity to attend the scene as quickly as possible to potentially locate and arrest the offenders, as well as collecting valuable evidence. Even if you think it’s insignificant, you never know what kind of information can help police solve a crime.” The operation is ongoing.

POLICE arrest a man as part of their “Birds of Prey” operation. Picture: Supplied

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Words of warning for jet ski hoons Stephen Taylor steve@baysidenews.com.au MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire officers can now get tough on jet ski hoons but, instead of issuing fines for bad behaviour, will still only be “speaking to and educating the public, surveillance and gathering evidence”. Instead of issuing infringement notices, officers will use cameras to gather evidence and act as witnesses to inform Marine Safety Victoria of dangerous and unlawful behaviour by jet ski riders. Acting manager environment protection Katie McKenzie said officers would enforce compliance within

the five-knot zone – usually within 200-metres of shore – or 500-metres from shore along the coastline from Safety Beach to Portsea. These are the areas where jet ski riders come into most contact with swimmers and paddle boarders. “Our officers will focus on hoon behaviour in the five-knot zone, which includes enforcing speed limits, in an effort to protect swimmers and other water users,” she said. “Hoon behaviour outside the five-knot zone can only be enforced by the Water Police.” Ms McKenzie said as well as shire officers “patrolling beaches watching out for speeding and erratic operation of jet skis, they will also be encour-

aging good behaviour on our heavily used beaches: after all, summer is for everyone”. The shire is the third largest coastal municipality in the state with 10 per cent of the coastline. “We hope visitors have a fantastic time this summer at peninsula beaches. Be sure to treat our precious environment with care and show respect for those enjoying it around you,” the mayor Cr Sam Hearn said. The council has called on the state government to introduce a range of measures to address community and council concerns regarding personal safety, amenity and threats to marine wildlife. To learn more visit: mornpen.vic.gov.au/pwc

FIREWORKS will go ahead at the Frankston Waterfront Festival despite calls to cancel them in the wake of the bushfire crisis. The move was debated at council’s 28 January public meeting, but ultimately it was decided to proceed with the fireworks display. Frankston councillor Quinn McCormack said it would be “insulting to celebrate by exploding fire into the sky”. Cr Glenn Aitken said he was “astonished by people who are sensitive to fireworks.” Cr Colin Hampton said “I can’t see the logic in abandoning them.” To assist with the bushfire relief effort, council agreed to a number of measures. They included donating funds raised at the Waterfront Festival and the Ventana Fiesta to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal. Council also agreed to the following measures: • Waiving fees for overdue or lost items at Frankston Libraries for patrons caught in the 2019-2020 Australian bushfires. • Waiving of hall hire fees for le-

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gitimate fundraising activities for victims of the 2019-2020 Victorian bushfires between 1 January - 31 March 2020 Donation of wildlife nesting boxes (occurred 6 January 2020) Establishment of a concierge service to provide a higher level of support and reduce red tape for fund raising activities A $1,200 cash donation for Sundown at McClelland Sculpture Park (being held on 8 February 2020) to go towards event logistics expected with a larger crowd The waiving of up to $972 of commission from green fees due to Council at Centenary Golf Club stemming from a Charity Golf Event to be held on 7 February 2020 Waiving of up to $1,500 hall hire fee for AWARE to hold an event where approximately 40 people will make dreys for ringtail possums on 15 February 2020 Brodie Cowburn

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The confronting realities of gun violence PENINSULA-born playwright, Joanna Murray-Smith, tackles the confronting and heartbreaking issue of gun violence in American Song. Originally commissioned by Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, the play tackles the confronting and heartbreaking issue of gun violence, reaching beyond national or cultural borders in an intimate exploration of love, forgiveness and parental responsibility. With playwright Mur¬raySmith’s characteristically deft wit and compassion American Song makes a difficult topic thoroughly gripping, wryly humorous and deeply moving. “My biggest fear was writing a play that wore its political heart on its sleeve, that proclaimed its allegiances and set the audience on alert. Regardless of my view on guns, I didn’t want to box myself in to an anti-gun identity as a writer, or allow cultural commentators to declare my allegiances in responding to the play.” Told through a single character – Andy – an ordinary man who is led to places he never imagined, thanks to unforeseen events. Andy’s experience is common to many of us; the slow accumulation of a good life: love, work, friendship,

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family. As he heads off to work to give the biggest presentation of his career, he wishes his teenage son Robbie goodbye. Eight hours later, everything has changed. A profound tour-de-force for one actor, performed by Red Stitch ensemble member Joe Petruzzi, American Song asks: What could I have done differently? Can we ever know the moment when a good life turns irredeemably wrong? American Song was first

produced in the US to great acclaim in 2016, with its acclaimed Australian premiere at Red Stitch Theatre in October 2017. Red Stitch and Critical Stages Touring bring American Song to the intimate Cube 37 Theatre at Frankston Arts Centre. See heart gripping show on Wednesday, March 18 at 7.30pm Tickets: $30-$40 Bookings: 03 9784 1060 or thefac. com.au


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Cranbourne Cup – where the city meets the country THE 46th running of greyhound racing’s annual Cranbourne Cup will take place on Saturday night, 8 February, with local greyhound Ultimate Bling stamping his authority on the event with a breathtaking heat win. Five heats were conducted on Saturday 1 February, with Ultimate Bling, trained in Clyde by Carol Westerlo, running a Best of Night 29.97sec over the 520 metre journey. Other big names to make the 2020 Cranbourne Cup include Often Imitated, trained at nearby Pearcedale by Jacqui Greenough, two-time Group 1 winner Barooga Brett and Melbourne Cup finalist Jaro Bale. The Cranbourne Cup is the premier event held by the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club each year, and many champion greyhounds have won the race including last year’s winner Orson Allen, who went on to be crowned the 2019 Victorian Greyhound of the Year. The Cranbourne Cup is this year sponsored by Backman’s Greyhound Supplies, which supplies pet food, accessories and supplies for all breeds of dogs including delivery. Boasting $50,000 in prize money to the winner, the Cranbourne Cup Final will be supported on the night be several other feature events including the Casey Steel Victoria Cup (699m), Rams Security final (520m) and TAB Cup Night Sprint Final (311m). Cranbourne GRC President, Barry Toner said the Cranbourne Cup promises to be a great night out. “We’d like to thank the Victorian Government for its support of our Cranbourne Cup and for the opportunity to provide race-goers with a familyfriendly and value for money social and sporting event that kick starts 2020 in the best possible way,” Mr Toner said. Entry into the Cranbourne Cup is free from 5.00pm, including entertainment, food trucks, the famous trackside party paddock and loads of prizes and giveaways. The Cranbourne Fire Brigade will be in attendance along with Captain Koala.

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FEBRUARY Frankston North Mens Forum Mon 10 Feb, 10.30am – 1pm Second Monday of the month Frankston North Community Centre 26 Mahogany Ave, Frankston North. Ph 87739545 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. www.melbpc.org.au/

sigs/mornington-peninsula-sig/family-history Contact Colin 0417 103 678 Stay Fit Fit Over 50 has moved to a new venue. Scout Hall, Nursery Ave Frankston. Stay fit and keep active come along to fabulous fitness classes, held Monday, Wednesday and Fridays 9.30-10.30am $10.00 per session, no bookings required, just turn up or for more information call 0419713635 or 0403021868 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 spac.org.au or call Russ on 0418320314 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 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 Orwil St Community Centre Events include chair yoga, meditation, belly dance, interior design, Office basics, fitness class, singalong, card making and more. Please call 9783 5073 for more info.

Social Twilight Tennis Come along after daylight saving starts and enjoy social tennis every Monday at 6.00pm onwards at Belvedere Park Tennis Club, East Road, Seaford. $5.00 Non members. Enquiries Kerry 0412712328 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: playgroup@frankstonbaptist.com.au or 9013 0483 Mornington Peninsula Veterans Cricket Missing active cricket & looking for some exercise? Join the growing trend of former and current cricketers, now over 60, who are re-establishing their cricketing skills. We play matches every Sunday and mid week so there are plenty of opportunities to have a game of cricket in a wonderful social atmosphere. For more info please call Michael 0407 823619 or Ian 5975168 or email mbou2030@bigpond.net 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. 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 5996 3745. 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 YCW Cricket Club Players Required Season 19-20 All ages required. 67R Frank St, Frankston. Enquiries to frankstonycw@club.cricketvictoria.com.au or phone 0413 751 923 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 Frankston Sunday Market Every Sunday 8am – 1pm Over 100 stalls. 79 – 83 Young St, Frankston 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 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 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 mpwlc@gmail.com 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 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 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. Seaford Farmers Market 3rd Sunday of the month, 8am – 1pm Broughton Reserve, Station St, Seaford 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 www.aatimes.org.au/meetings 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 www.facebook.com/mpas0/ 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 www.enveco.org.au, and send us a message. 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 Mount Eliza Men’s Shed Our men’s shed opens each Wed afternoon from 1.30pm to 4pm, and each Thurs morning from 9.30am to 12pm. We are looking at opening on a Tuesday morning to accommodate new members. Do visit our web site: www.mountelizamensshed. org and enjoy the pitch in the Events section. Pop in at the Mount Eliza Club site to have a chat. Mt Eliza Mahjong Club The Evening Group of the Mount Eliza Mah Jong Club meets each Monday evening in the Mount Eliza Village Community House from 7 – 9pm. New members are always welcome, seasoned players or new to the game. Our friendly members are very happy to introduce them to this ancient game. Bowling Tournament Sat 18 April, 10am (for 10.30am start) Mornington Civic Bowling Club, Civic Reserve, Dunns Road, Mornington Come join us on the greens for our Bowling Tournament $5000. Open 3 Bowl Triples - $75 per team includes morning, afternoon tea and lunch. Limited number of teams so get your entry in, contact Gerry 5975 6846 or Ros 0402 246 242

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Need writers with humour and pearls of wisdom Your Letters page needs to have a holiday for 12 months. Two years ago it was an interesting and humourous page to read at times, with some very good pearls of wisdom for Mornington Peninsula Shire councillors to digest. You currently have about 10 weekly contributors from the socialist left wing loony tunes group that are outraged that the majority of normal Australians dared to vote in a Liberal government. I think Marg D’Arcy, [Rupert] Steiner, Joe Lenzo, and [John] Cain, to name a few, are puerile, vitriolic and appear to have too much time on their hands. Marg must choke on her [breakfast cerials] if she reads a newspaper and there is a photo of [Prime Minister] Scott Morrison on the front page. Not to worry, backstabbing Billy will be back to lead the party in the next federal election and they can have their say in the ballot box again. The best letter I have read and is of an immediate concern to the Mornington Peninsula, was from John Dusting about how we will need a Dunkirk evacuation if and when a bushfire occurs on the peninsula (“Dunkirk-type effort needed to evacuate a burning peninsula” Letters 21/1/20). The amount of traffic coming down on the weekends is unsustainable. Why not put a toll gate on the entry points and charge tourists and day trippers $100 dollars a car, $200 for jet skis. Good revenue for the shire and our rates might drop. Try to encourage writers that will generate, humour, gossip, upcoming local events, sporting achievements, and don’t print the political garbage. Graham Griffiths, Rye

Green Wedge protection In response to ‘Jobs growth to stall as industrial land runs out’ (The Times, 21/1/2020), the Frankston Environmental Friends Network (FEFN) would like to offer a different perspective on some of the assertions stated in the article. Firstly, Frankston Council didn’t “miss a golden opportunity” to rezone land out of the South East Green Wedge. This land is adjacent to the Eastern Treatment Plant and as such, has State Government restrictions, including being covered by Schedule 2 of the Environmental Significance Overlay. This regulates against the establishment of odour sensitive uses and excludes the presence of large numbers of people over an extended period of time. The plant is also a registered Major Hazard Facility, with much of the land falling within the 1,000 metre threshold limit. This same land has been identified as ‘Potential Strategic Agricultural Land’ in the State Government’s current project to protect agricultural land around Melbourne. Most of the land is covered by Schedule 2 to the Significant Landscape Overlay which aims to preserve the River Red Gums and landscape character – which is deemed as Green Wedge, not industrial land. Furthermore, as Green Wedge land, it falls under the State Government’s commitment to a permanent Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) and the protection of agricultural land – to change the UGB requires ratification by both houses of Parliament. The land is also a declared Area of Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Sensitivity. With increasing pressures on open spaces and increasing populations, we need to protect the Green Wedges we have, not rezone them – the

land in question is so obviously unsuitable for industrial development. Once Green Wedge land is eroded and fragmented, it’s gone for ever. Finally, the FEFN is pleased that Frankston Council has now finalised their draft Green Wedge Management Plan, which can put to rest the speculation of rezoning. David Cross, Chair Frankston Environmental Friends Network

Adding fuel Barry Kirkpatrick and Michael Long point out to your readers a common sense approach to where the responsibilities lie when our country faces a dramatic situation like the recent fires (“Leave leaders along”, “Maligned Morrison” Letters 21/1/20). The people who are trained to manage and fight these situations do not need inference from politicians or the public diverting their attention away from the task at hand. Media and many of the country’s population have forgotten a fire needs flame, oxygen and fuel. These ingredients, coupled with the very dry fuel loads on forest floors that weren’t reduced to recommended levels after the 2009 Black Saturday royal commission, this lack of responsibility and action by the appropriate bodies did not assist our firefighters in their bid to fight and control our recent disastrous fires. Bruce White, Rosebud

Sports interference The last federal election did not produce quite the result the pollsters and some thought it would. We now understand that there may have been a reason for that in some seats, including the distribution of sporting grants to various marginal National Party electorates. Regardless of the outcome of the senior public servant inquiries into the decisions by the minister responsible and the likelihood that, to be seen to be doing something, this minister is stood down, it will not alter the presumption that our federal election may have been interfered with.

Perhaps we need an impeachment inquiry and then, if there is sufficient evidence, a trial in the Lower House and, if passed, then in the Upper House, to ascertain if there are grounds to impeach the offending party. Only then will the people be satisfied. Ken Norris, McCrae

Charities under fire What? Donating to Red Cross for bushfire victims? Why? The [organisation] has already stated [on television news] that many of these funds will be saved for a “rainy day”. This is not the first time it has withheld donated funds and banked them for other “causes”. I say do not donate to Red Cross but find some better legitimate fund to support and check what the organisation is. There are a lot of scams going around. And the Red Cross is not alone with the ABC accusing St Vincent de Paul and the Salvation Army of drip feeding donations to fire-affected communities and stockpiling money for future emergencies. Do morals and ethics have any standing with even charities? Joe Lenzo, Safety Beach

Off court battle Is Martina Navratilova losing “the point”, again? By having a jealous hate outrage against Margaret Court, a real champion who also has the well deserved honour of a sports arena being named after her. Margaret mentioned on social network a quote from the Bible, the most well read book in human history, and which is totally relevant to the Judeo/Christian ethics and the civilisation that we enjoy today, apart from the loud, outraged few that come and go in every period of human history. Stay calm. Martina likes using free speech, so does Margaret Court. Bless us all. Maureen Federico, Frankston South

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General Birdwood visits Frankston *** THE annual statement of accounts in connection with the Shire of Frankston and Hastings has been printed and will be presented to the Council at next meeting. The auditor’s report, already received, bears testimony to the excellent work of the Shire Secretary (Mr. John E. Jones), and in referring to this consistent reference to the ability of their officer, Cr. Oates, at last meeting, said the Council should deem itself fortunate in possessing such a painstaking shire secretary. This view was cordially. endorsed by other councillors. *** IT seems probable that sugar is likely to cost the house holder more in the next few months. When the present season’s output is disposed of, the contract made by the Commonwealth for the Queensland crop comes to an end. At present no further arrangements for the purchase of future crops has been arrived at, and the Minister of Customs indicated recently that it was impossible at present to say what the future position would be. But the fact remains that growers are asking for an increase in the price paid to them. In addition, it will probably be necessary in the future, as in the past, to import sugar in order to make up the requirements of the Australian public; and overseas sugar is now fetching tremendous prices, which do not appear likely to fall for some time. Last year by forward buying, the Commonwealth was able to obtain a

spirit. General Birdwood, in a short pithy speech, acknowledged the welcome, which, he said, was on a par with what had greeted him everywhere in Australia. He gloried in the reception he had received from his old comrades. What better could anyone have than the hand of the A.I.F. in friendship. He congratulated the citizens on their determination to win the terrible struggle so happily ended. The morale of the people was as much a part of the victorious force as the fighting men. Addressing the children the General said they would carry on the work of making a great nation, which was begun on Gallipoli and in France. “As the ‘boys’ had kept their promises so would the children of this great land keep true to the traditions laid down by their fathers and their brothers.” (Cheers.) On leaving the dais, General Birdwood was borne shoulder high to the car by returned men. Although his stay in Frankston was only of about 30 minutes duration, this great soldier has left lasting impressions on the minds of all who met him. The spirit of comradeship, which made him by far, the most popular British member of the A.I.F., is apparent from the first moment of acquaintanceship. *** THE monthly meeting of the Shire of Frankston and Hastings takes place next Thursday. Tenders returnable on that date are advertised in another column.

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Heading Straight to the Sauce of Aberrant Behaviour By Stuart McCullough THERE’S no such thing as ‘normal’. Not really. Instead, there are rituals passed down to us in childhood that we perfect as adults; oblivious to the fact that outsiders view these behaviours as freakish expressions of outright perversion. I speak, of course, of Worcestershire sauce. For those us in the McCullough household, Worcestershire sauce was standard operating procedure whenever we had fish and chips. Which, as it happens, was probably every second Friday night. It was always on hand, a seemingly inexhaustible bottle that was perpetually two-thirds empty. Kind of like Norman Lindsay’s Magic Pudding or the Terminator, it had mastered the ability to regenerate. Deciding to get fish and chips was always the first obstacle. Despite the fact that it happened on a routine basis once a fortnight, and notwithstanding that me and all my siblings were accomplished spellers, my parents would always broach the subject in what they believed to be code but, in actual fact, was the alphabet. ‘The Imitation Game’ would have been a much simpler film had the German forces simply spelled out their diabolical plans. The trip down the street to obtain dinner was more a sacred quest than it was a chore. There was no shortage of volunteers. Not that going along resulted in any special privileges, just being in the presence that pile of steaming magnificence was enough. Ours was the kind of house that had a standing order. There was no

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wait with all the other families who’d made the same decision yours had. It was definitely a ‘come as you are’ experience. There were a lot of thongs, stubby shorts and a laminated picture on the wall of all the fish species in Victoria, just in case you wanted to refer to your dinner by its Latin name.

The trip home was the best part. The power of anticipation, the heat of the paper parcel and the intoxicating scent of the dinner to come. Given we were a large family, there was no ripping the paper before getting home to snaffle a few sneaky chips. The very idea would be heresy. As an adult, I was completely shocked the first time my sister in law and I got fish and chips together and she started eating them in the car. It was, I later learned, their family tradition. It’s possible I over-reacted. Once the food was safely home, the Worcestershire was plonked on the table. There, my father would splash about large quantities of the stuff all over his fish. Without questioning why, we followed suit. For those unfamiliar with it, Worcestershire sauce is fermented and includes two types of vinegar and anchovies. Yum! And if that doesn’t get your mouth watering, it was created in the nineteenth century by two chemists down in a basement. This, I feel, explains quite a lot. It’s something of an acquired taste. Apparently, it’s frequently used in recipes such as Welsh rarebit, deviled eggs and Oysters Kilpatrick. Which makes its appearance on the McCullough-family’s flake all the more mysterious. I remember being shocked the first time I had fish and chips with someone else’s family and there was no Worcestershire sauce in sight. I didn’t know whether to complain or to simply point out the obvious but I struck by how little they seemed to care. It was as though ours was the only family to elevate the status of Worcester-

shire sauce to ‘indispensible’. To this day I keep a bottle in the fridge at all times. This is a departure from the family tradition that saw it stored in the pantry despite the label clearly stating ‘keep refrigerated after opening’. (There is something quite rebellious about my family that treats the rules of refrigeration with something bordering on contempt.) Whenever we order fish and chips, it takes pride and place on the table. I can’t help but notice, though, that I’m the only one who’s interested. Worcestershire sauce was never explained to us. It appeared and we accepted it as normal. We had to learn the hard way that – as condiments go – this was something of a niche interest. One that would deny us familiarity with more orthodox choices like ‘tartar’ sauce. The first time someone used the term ‘tartar’ in front of me, I thought they were saying goodbye. When they explained it was a sauce, I assumed it was something from the occult. Which goes some way to explaining why I reacted by splashing vinegar over the person that said it. Tolstoy said that all happy families are alike and each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. To the best of my knowledge, Tolstoy loved fish and chips and was particularly keen on Chiko rolls. Each family is kind of like a cult; with its own traditions, superstitions and ceremonies. Ours continues to this day; whenever I visit my siblings, there’s always a bottle of Worcestershire sauce in the fridge. stuart@stuartmccullough.com


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Langy’s Cup, top signings named SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie LANGWARRIN’S Wallace Cup breakthrough and some major signings by local clubs stole the spotlight last weekend. Langy’s cup success was eight years in the making as the annual event named in honour of the club’s former president had never graced the trophy cabinet at Lawton Park. It does now thanks to penalty shootouts in the semis and final. Langy prevailed in the first semi against State 4 outfit Seaford United but not before its less fancied opponent made life tough for the NPL2 club. Langy triallist keeper James Burgess from Springvale White Eagles saved penalty attempts from Tristan Stass and Scott Webster and that proved decisive. It was ironic that Webster failed to score as the veteran midfielder had played well during normal time and evoked thoughts of his Premier League days. Despite being unfit and up against opponents who have been training for months for the upcoming season his composure in possession shone through time and again. The other semi pitted State 1 Mornington against State 4 Baxter and although outclassed Baxter gave a good account of itself. As Baxter gaffer George Hughes pointed out after the match his team won’t face an opponent of Mornington’s calibre again this season. Baxter had reached the semi by surprising Skye United 2-1 in the knockout stage. With teams locked at 0-0 in the second half a low Lewis Gibson cross from the right was touched into the far corner of goal by attacking midfielder Nat Daher and a few minutes later Liam Kilner turned superbly and unleashed a left-foot drive that beat Jonathan Crook in the Skye goal. A Gerrard Lawler far post header was Skye’s sole response. Mornington star Josh Hine had Baxter on the back foot in the first half of the second semi when he got clear on the right and slotted the ball past keeper Sam Greig. Hine is a class act who could easily play at NPL level. Hine made it 2-0 before half-time and one of the emerging talents of

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peninsula soccer, teenage winger Matty Harrington, made it 3-0 in the second half. And so to the final. Mornington had won the Wallace Cup five times in seven years and Langy was never going to take its long-time local rival lightly. For the first time in Wallace Cup history three brothers played in the final with Callum and Luke Goulding playing for Langy and 15-year-old Ethan playing for Mornington. Kane Bentley’s surging runs forward out of midfield were impressive and he came within centimetres of opening the scoring in the first half when he drove into the area on the left and smacked the ball off the far post. Hine broke the deadlock in the second period. He laid the ball off to Bentley and continued into the area as his teammate hammered a low shot at goal. Burgess parried and Hine finished the rebound in style to make it 1-0. Just when it looked as if Mornington would claim its sixth Wallace Cup Luke Goulding on the right rolled the ball into the path of the incoming John Maclean whose first time strike gave Mornington keeper Taylor Davidson no chance. Langy had grabbed a lifeline and Mornington’s inaccuracy during the shootout settled the matter. Hine’s penalty hit the post and bounced clear and Wayne Gordon’s attempt is still orbiting the Earth. Now onto the signings. English striker Tom Youngs, 25, joined Langwarrin late last week after Murray United lost its NPL licence and was forced to withdraw from NPL3.

perienced striker Liam Ryan who has had stints with Doveton, Casey Comets and Peninsula Strikers. His immediate aim is dealing with the demands of the fitness regime put in place by his former teammate at Langy and now head coach of Skye Phil McGuinness. Ryan should have a major impact on Skye’s State 2 season. However young striker Travis Ernsdoerfer remains sidelined through illness with no indication of when he’ll be able to return. The big news at Seaford United is the capture of Shane Tagliaferro. The veteran attacking midfielder renews his link with another recent signing, Scott Webster. Both have switched from Doveton and they previously were teammates at Mornington. Tagliaferro has had stints at Casey Comets, Morwell Pegasus and Langwarrin and can bring a serious goal threat to Seaford. The club has done well to pick up a player who won the State 1 title last season. “Tags” starts training at North Seaford Reserve this week. Liam Kilner has already been mentioned in this round-up but he’s akin to a new signing for Baxter and head coach Hughes knows what sort of impact Kilner came make at this level. “He knows where the goals are that’s for sure,” Hughes said. “It’s the fitness side of it that he has to deal with and knowing when to use his explosiveness. “He sometimes comes back into the midfield but I want him to use it up front and if he commits to what we want him to do I’m sure he’ll be one of the top strikers in the league.” Meanwhile Football Victoria released the 2020 State League fixtures last week to a mixture of bewilderment and rancour from local clubs. The federation’s competitions department fixtured Mount Martha’s entry to State 5 South with a home match against White Star Dandenong

The Londoner has been on the books of Gillingham, Bolton Wanderers, Cray Wanderers, Greenwich Borough and VCD Athletic and was league leading scorer in 2018 in his debut Australian season with Myrtleford Savoy in the Albury-Wodonga Football Association. He switched to Murray United for the 2019 season and scooped the pool at the club’s presentation night winning the best and fairest, players’ player of the year and top scorer awards. “Langwarrin was interested midway through last season but I didn’t want to move in the middle of the season,” Youngs said. His preferred position is left wing but he can play as a 10 as well and if Langy gets the goals return he achieved at Murray United it will have made one of the most important signings of 2020. Youngs nabbed 16 goals in 26 appearances in NPL2 East last season in a side that finished third from bottom. Peninsula Strikers finally won the battle to sign veteran keeper Robbie Acs who has played with Essendon Royals, Heidelberg United, Casey Comets, Southern Stars, Langwarrin and Mazenod Victory. Strikers also announced that they had signed striker Jason Bradbury (from Sunshine Coast Fire, ex-Mornington and Pines) and midfielder Alex Mooy (from Spirit FC, ex-Blacktown Spartans). “I’m really enjoying the culture they’re bringing to the club and I’ve known Paul (Williams, head coach) for a long time through the AFS (Australian Football Skool) program,” Bradbury said. Skye United looks likely to sign ex-

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on Saturday 21 March at Wallace Reserve, Glenroy then proceeded to fixture Mount Martha’s remaining home games at Princes Park Oval, Parkville. Mount Martha operations manager Cheree Lane planned to contact FV as we went to press to remind competitions that the club’s home ground was at Civic Reserve, Mornington. Baxter’s round one home match against Dandenong South was deferred to the first catch-up round on Saturday 11 April despite Baxter having year-long use of Baxter Park. Frankston Pines requested home games under lights on Friday nights at Monterey Reserve but was fixtured as playing home games on Saturday afternoons. Arguably the most bizarre aspect of the fixturing was listing North Caulfield’s away games for Saturday afternoons. North Caulfield is a Jewish club that prefers its matches to be played on Sundays and has done so for decades. Last week in far less controversial circumstances FV held the draw for the first qualifying round of the 2020 FFA Cup involving local State 5 clubs. These matches will be held on Saturday 15 February: Rosebud v Barwon, Olympic Park, 2pm; Aspendale Stingrays v White Star Dandenong, Kingston Heath Soccer Complex, 7.30pm; Mount Martha v Shepparton South, Padua College, 3pm. The draw was conducted at the Football Victoria headquarters in St Kilda Road and live streamed on facebook to 31,054 people. This year’s event boasts a record number of Victorian entries with 223 clubs participating. There are 355 clubs registered with the state’s controlling body. This week’s pre-season friendlies: TUESDAY: Baxter v Bayside Argonauts at Baxter Park, 6.30pm. SATURDAY: Eastern Lions v Langwarrin at Gardiners Creek Reserve, 12pm (U18s), 2pm (U20s), 4pm; Mornington v Clifton Hill at Dallas Brooks Park, 11am and 1pm; Peninsula Strikers v Spring Hills at Centenary Park, 1pm and 3pm; Skye Utd v Mazenod Victory at Kingston Heath Soccer Complex, 6pm and 8pm; Frankston Pines v St Kilda Celts at Monterey Reserve, 5pm and 7pm; Seaford Utd v Aspendale Stingrays at North Seaford Reserve, 1pm and 3pm; Baxter v Pakenham Utd at Baxter Park, 1pm and 3pm.


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Pinecliff trainers win in the wet HORSE RACING

By Ben Triandafillou THE Pinecliff-based racehorse trainers had a day out in the rainy conditions at Caulfield on Saturday 1 February by claiming four of the nine races on the card. Trainer Grahame Begg took out the second race of the day with impressive up-and-comer Nonconformist before striking again in the fifth race with his gutsy two-year-old Mildred. Fellow Pinecliff-based trainer, Anthony Freedman, then made it threeon-the-trot for the Mt Eliza setup, by winning the sixth race with potential Mornington Cup hopeful, Just Benjamin, and the seventh race, being the feature Manfred Stakes, with talented three-year-old colt Super Seth. Freedman’s running double kicked off with exciting import, Just Benjamin, who toughed out an all-the-way victory at his second Australian start. Despite saluting only narrowly, Freedman was pleased with the gutsy effort from his stayer to fight off the challenges of Sam Slick and second-favourite Aktau over 1800m. With greater targets in the Spring,

Super return: Super Seth returns a winner for the Anthony Freedman stable and tops off a race-to-race double. Picture: Supplied

Freedman said he would likely give Just Benjamin another month before his next run before heading towards a race like that Mornington Cup which provides the winner with ballot exemption into the Caulfield Cup in the Spring. Third placegetter, Aktau, will likely meet Freedman’s galloper in the Mornington Cup as well. To top off Freedman’s afternoon, the

gifted three-year-old colt, Super Seth, was impressive in taking out the Group Three Manfred Stakes (1200m) first-up from a spell. The son of Dundeel made the most of his gun run in behind the leader to kick clear in the straight for a comfortable length-and-a-quarter victory over Free of Debt and Dalasan. The victory was the colt’s fifth win from eight career starts which has in-

cluded his exceptional Group 1 Caulfield Guineas win in the Spring over Queensland galloper, Alligator Blood. His earnings now exceed $1.5 million in prize money. He’s likely to head towards the Group Three CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) and the Group One Australian Guineas (1600m) this campaign. Nonconformist, a three-year-old son of Rebel Raider, kicked off the winning run for trainer Grahame Begg by claiming back-to-back victories at his fourth career start. Sitting up on the speed, Nonconformist showed a fine turn of foot to over run the Shane Nichols-trained Brazen Song in the straight and score a comfortable twoand-a-quarter length victory.

Begg said the gelding has been a work in progress but he’s continuing to improve with raceday experience. “He’s coming around. Each time he comes to the races, he’s just getting that little bit better,” Begg said. “His ring craft is getting a lot better so onwards and upwards.” Nonconformist will eventually start to get out over longer distances, but his next target will likely be the Group Two Autumn Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield. The tough two-year-old filly, Mildred, made it a winning double for Begg and jockey Jordan Childs by staving off the heavily-supported favourite, Aryaaf, in the straight. Leading from start to finish, Mildred was headed by the Lindsay Park galloper when turning for home but found plenty to score a length victory with a further four length gap back to third. The first-up victory was the filly’s third win from four career starts and her second black type victory. Having been twice successful up the Flemington straight last preparation, Begg said Mildred’s next target will likely be the Listed Talindert Stakes at Flemington in two weeks’ time.

Seriously unserious tennis WITH so much interest in tennis due to the Australian Open, a new program aims to encourage new and lapsed players to get involved. Open Court Sessions offer a way to meet people and play tennis at any skill level. The sessions go for 90-minutes, which include a 10-minute warm-up, 50-minutes of tennis activities and

30-minutes of socialising. Tennis activities include playing on smaller courts, pickleball and triples on a full-size court. Venues include Rye, Boneo, Sorrento and Rosebud. No equipment is required. Details: play.tennis.com.au/opencourtsessions

Courtside fun: Anne-Maree Hudspeth, Andrea Morris and Heather Kingston. Picture: Supplied

Juniors in a league of their own THREE golf clubs have joined forces to create a MyGolf Junior League. The move by the Devilbend, Mt Martha and Safety Beach clubs is in line with one of the key objectives of Golf Australia: to increase junior participation in the game. The MyGolf Junior League is aimed at boys and girls aged nine and

over who have already been introduced to golf through Golf Australia school-based programs or the MyGolf program. The four teams of juniors have played on Friday afternoons over three weeks during the summer holidays. The Mygolf program aims to

introduce juniors to on-course competition. They play on a modified nine-hole shortened course in a two-ball Ambrose match play format. Pairs receive one point for winning a hole and half a point for a halved hole All points will be tallied to give an overall team score.

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BMW SALE EVENT

SATURDAY 8 FEBRUARY

Only at the BMW Expo Sale Event at Mornington BMW. Receive complimentary stamp duty and up to 12 months registration across a range of selected new and demonstrator vehicles.~^ Plus, complimentary 5 years/80,000km BMW Scheduled Servicing Basic package on selected demonstrator vehicles.~* And until 29 February receive up to $5,000 deposit contribution on selected demonstrator vehicles financed with BMW Australia Finance.**

Don't miss out. Visit Mornington BMW today. Mornington BMW 181 Mornington-Tyabb Road, Mornington. Tel (03) 5970 5970. morningtonbmw.com.au LMCT 7674 ~Offer applies to new and demonstrator BMW vehicles ordered between 07/02/20 and 08/02/20 and delivered before 29/02/20, unless extended. Offer not valid for fleet, government and rental buyers. Terms and conditions apply, consult Mornington BMW for further details. ^Includes 12 months registration and stamp duty (registered vehicles receive balance of 12 months registration) but excludes dealer delivery which varies between dealers. While stocks last. *Offer applies to demonstrator BMW Vehicles only. “Scheduled Servicing” refers to the BMW Service Inclusive Basic package, which covers scheduled service maintenance costs based on the vehicle’s Condition Based Service monitoring for 5 years from the date of first registration or up to 80,000kms, whichever occurs first. Exclusions apply, see bmw.com.au/BSI for details. Scheduled servicing must be conducted by an authorised BMW dealer. **Offer available at participating authorised BMW dealers, while stocks last, and applies to selected 2019 and older Demonstrator BMW vehicles purchased and retail reported between 01.01.2020 and 29.02.2020 and financed by BMW Australia Finance Limited (ABN 78 007 101 715, Australian Credit Licence 392387) (“BMW Financial Services”). The deposit contribution of $5,000 applies to selected BMW 5, 6, 7, 8 Series, i8, X5, X6 and X7 models. Deposit contribution of $3,000 applies to selected BMW 1, 2, 3, 4 Series, Z4, i3, X1, X2, X3 and X4 models. Excludes all 2020 Demonstrator BMW vehicles, all MINI vehicles and all Motorrad vehicles. Lease products are not eligible to receive this deposit contribution. Only one contribution applies per finance contract. Cannot be combined with any other BMW Finance offer. Excludes fleet, government and rental buyers. Minimum 24 month term. Minimum amount financed $30,000. Conditions, lending criteria, fees and charges apply. BMW Financial Services reserves the right to change or withdraw the offer without notice.

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