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Book holds hope for the ‘disengaged’

Crafty tipple: Kevin and Dan Dainton toast the success of their family founded brewery in Carrum Downs.

Craft beer the top brew A CARRUM Downs brewery is now firmly on the map for drinkers seeking a top drop. The Dainton Family Brewery’s Cherrywood Smoked Baltic Porter was named Champion Australian Craft Beer at last week’s Craft Beer Awards held in Adelaide. The Cherrywood Smoked Baltic Porter saw off competition from more than 680 beers from 118 breweries to take top honours after also winning its Champion Porter/Stout category on the night.

Co-founder and brewer Dan Dainton said the judges said it was simply “the best beer they tasted”. “It has a unique style. We used a lot of really good ingredients and have got to know our system and what we can do so when the beer came out we were really happy with it.” He said it was “really surprising but really nice” for the porter, described as “like a chocolate cigar”, to be crowned top craft beer at the Craft Beer Awards. The brewer, who established the

Dainton Family Brewery at Carrum Downs two years ago with his father Kevin, said more of the award-winning beer will be brewed but existing supplies are now dwindling as news of the award spills out. “It’s definitely highly drinkable even at nearly 9 per cent [alcohol by volume].”  See daintonbrewing.com.au for the brewery’s opening hours and beers. Neil Walker 

By Bob Simpson PENINSULA Voice* this week hosts the launch of The Mouth that Roared, a book by social worker Les Twentyman. Twentyman describes issues concerning disengaged people and families around Melbourne. His stories are disturbing. If skimmed, one could lose all hope for disengaged people. Read more deeply and there are profound truths for redefining complex community issues. Previously, Peninsula Voice opened up conversations on complex issues, including youth depression. While individual stories are heart-breaking, disengagement, about which Twentyman writes, could leave readers generally at the point of despair. However, despite his earthiness, Twentyman has great faith and hope in the people he serves. In reading his book, these qualities were learned from people with whom he engaged over the years. Like his mum. And Father Bob [Maguire] whose “great hero is Jesus”. I imagine Twentyman would be one of Jesus’ knockabout friends, because he loves and cares for people on the margins. I think he believes there are rewarding ways of bringing disengaged young people into the engaged mainstream. Maybe, that’s wishful thinking. Or does he know how to change social policy so we can all flourish? First, Twentyman, who came from economically poor Braybrook, says, “Your belly doesn’t have the final

say, all the time. I (always) wanted what we now call fulfilment.” This highlights the universal struggle for survival. But human beings also have choice and free will. Used well, there is always hope. Second, no city or shire will ever flourish unless we care and love those on the margins. Arguably, in Twentyman’s view, the quality of family relationships comes first. Third, we will never flourish if we depend on illusory economic development; hunger games mentality of survival of the fittest; unthinking compliance with rules-based legislation and regulations; or unthinking religious attitudes. There are many questions I’d like to ask. Why and how some people are fully engaged? What’s the place and nature of responsibility within disengagement? What genuine use is political government in these complex issues? Where does all the government money go? The launch of Twentyman’s The Mouth that Roared, is an important event. If you want to see the Mornington Peninsula flourish, arrange to be there, and ask important questions. The 6.30pm-9pm 9 August book launch is at the Peninsula Community Theatre, Wilsons Rd, Mornington. Details: 0438 306 594. * Peninsula Voice is a not-for-profit group of volunteers, which organises and presents public forums to promote “healthy community development”.

Arrests at station ‘outstanding’ result OFFICERS from Victoria Police’s transit safety division joined forces last Tuesday (1 August) with Frankston police, Sheriff’s officers and Metro Trains officers to target anti-social behaviour at Frankston train station and the bus precinct. Over the course of the day as part of Operation Rickman, police issued 92 infringements, five traffic internments and arrested 15 people wanted on outstanding warrants. Two people were arrested for carrying weapons. Sheriff’s officers executed 311 warrants totalling in just under $130,000

in outstanding fines. Inspector Martin Hardy, Local Area Commander for South Transit Safety Division said: “Operation Rickman is just one great example of law enforcement agencies working together to ensure community safety and security on the public transport system.”

Stop and search: Police officers and Metro Trains staff question a passerby as part of Operation Rickman last week. Picture: Supplied

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