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Wacky waving welcome back STUDENTS are finally back in Victorian classrooms. Victorian students have been learning from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, but were allowed back on campus last week. Principal of St Jude’s Primary School in Langwarrin, Marita O’Sullivan, said that there was a “buzz in the air” when students returned. “Use your kind heart underpins everything that we do at St. Jude’s. We believe the most important first step is to ensure our students feel safe and respected and have every opportunity to rebuild positive connections and remember that school is a great place to be and a stimulating place to learn,” she said. Students at the school were greeted at the gates by inflatable tube men. “We wanted to create a typical St Jude’s warm, friendly welcome so the first day jitters were replaced with excitement, the inflatable dancers certainly helped with this”, Ms O’Sullivan said. Picture: Yanni

Three arrested in drug raid Brodie Cowburn brodie@baysidenews.com.au THREE people have been arrested after police allegedly found drugs and stolen goods at a Frankston North house.

Frankston crime investigation unit detectives raided the short stay rental on Rosemary Crescent at around 1.20am on 15 October. They allege that they found GHB and cannabis inside the house alongside stolen phones and tools. Two men and a woman were ar-

rested at the house. A 29-year-old Carrum Downs man was charged with traffick GHB, three counts of possess drug of dependence, two counts of possess proceeds of crime, two counts of contravene bail conditions, commit indictable offence on bail, and

breaching the chief health officer’s directions. He was remanded to appear at the Frankston Magistrates’ Court on 15 October. A 27-year-old Mount Martha man was charged with possess cannabis, possess GHB, two counts of possess proceeds of crime, handle sto-

len goods, and breaching the chief health officer’s directions. He was bailed to appear at the Frankston Magistrates’ Court on 7 July 2021. A 26-year-old Frankston North woman was interviewed and released. Police investigations are ongoing.

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FRANKSTON resident Glenda taking part in the 2020 Frankston Seniors Festival. Picture: Supplied

Seniors festival goes online FRANKSTON’S first ever online only Seniors Festival is running this month. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has put all in-person events on hold for the time being, there is still plenty to do online. Frankston U3A President Andrea McCall has called on local seniors to get involved with the festival. “There’s plenty to keep seniors connected, stimulated, engaged and motivated,” she said. “The University of the Third Age has been part of the Frankston community for 35 years. We are delighted to collaborate with Frankston City Council for Seniors Festival this year, a

year like no other. For seniors who don’t know much about what we do, I urge them to participate in Zoom sessions scheduled for Frankston Seniors Festival 2020.” PARC Frankston is running free online exercise classes, and the library is hosting also a range of online workshops and author talks. Events run through all of October. For the full program, visit frankston.vic.gov.au/Things_ To_Do/Events/Major_Events/Frankston_Seniors_Festival For more information, call Giselle on 9784 1895 or email positiveageing@frankston.vic. gov.au

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Regional tourism focus needed - former Governor-General THE cover for Sir Peter Cosgrove’s memoir You shouldn’t have joined.

Brodie Cowburn brodie@baysidenews.com.au SIR Peter Cosgrove has urged holidaymakers to visit the Mornington Peninsula to help restart the regional tourism industry. The former Governor-General estimates that he attended more than 4000 events during his five years in the job. His life’s work took him all across the globe, but this year the overseas flights have come to a sudden stop. Sir Cosgrove says that Australians should take this as a chance to explore some of the best locations the country has to offer, once it is safe to do so. “For beautiful places like the Mornington Peninsula, this year has been a great worry,” he told The Times. “Australians are the greatest international travellers you’d hope to see, but now we can’t do that and spend money overseas. So I say to those travellers that where possible, spend that money at home in Australia. Be the tourist that goes to the Mornington Peninsula, spend your money there. “This is a message of exhortation to other Australians and those who have time and disposable income, it is time to help Australians.” Since retiring from the role of Governor-General last year, Sir Cosgrove has spent time working to help bushfire affected communities get back on their feet. This year he was asked by the Business Council to head up BizRebuild, an organisation which aims to assist bushfire affected businesses. The damage done to small businesses by the bushfires was only made worse when the COVID-19 pandemic

hit. Decades-old shops have been forced to shut their doors, and some will never reopen. Across Frankston, the Mornington Peninsula, and beyond, small businesses have been devastated. Despite the challenges ahead, Sir Cosgrove urged business owners to “refuse to give in”. “Businesses scale themselves on

both the local population and annual visitation, and that has gone down when their backs are already to the wall,” he said. “What I observe though, is that ingenious small businesses that refuse to give in will struggle through, with the help of the wider community.” Never one to sit still, Sir Cosgrove

has been keeping as busy as expected during the pandemic. This year he has penned his new book titled You shouldn’t have joined, his second memoir. The book will provide an inside look at his time as the GovernorGeneral. “I thought back when I wrote my first book that would be the end of my public life. Then out of blue I had all these corporate experiences and became Governor-General, so there was another book in it” he said. “My time as Governor-General is the meat and drink of the book. I speak about politics, politicians, the routines of the Governor-General, Kings and Queens and Presidents, the republic, and other essential challenges we will face in the future.” Sir Cosgrove will talk to Frankston library members about his memoir via Zoom at an event next month. The event will take place on Monday 9 November at 6pm. Bookings can be made at library.frankston.vic.gov.au or ourlibrary.mornpen.vic.gov.au

MP reported to IBAC by councillor A FRANKSTON councillor running for re-election says he has reported local MP Paul Edbrooke to IBAC. Cr Steve Toms told his Facebook followers in a lengthy post that he had reported Mr Edbrooke to the state’s peak anti-corruption body, alleging that he was “interfering with a local council election”. Cr Toms wrote that “Frankston’s State Labor MP Paul Edbrooke has tried to inappropriately interfere with our local council election by targeting and harassing me on social media multiple times, without telling the whole story.” “He’s done this because he’s afraid I’ll win. Me winning means one less party slave on our local council for Paul. A State MP interfering with a local council election and trying to engineer a particular outcome for his own Labor Party is completely inappropriate, and a corruption of our democratic process. As such, I’ve reported Paul’s actions to IBAC,” he said. Mr Edbrooke elected not to comment. There is no love lost between Cr Toms and the Labor Party. Cr Toms was formerly a member, but was booted from the party in December 2017. He had clashed publicly with Mr Edbrooke over works at Young Street (“Councillor forced out of Labor Party”, The Times, 11/12/17). Cr Toms’ four year stint on council has been littered with turmoil. He was suspended for four months late last year after a councillor conduct panel upheld a complaint that he had bullied a fellow councillor. Brodie Cowburn

Eight storey shopping expansion approved AN eight-storey extension to the Bayside Shopping Centre has been approved by the planning minister. Frankston MP Paul Edbrooke confirmed that the project had been given the green light last week. “The project is shovel ready and will assist in stimulating our economy with a capital expenditure of $240 million, and creating employment with 210 construction jobs and 1,470 ongoing jobs in our CBD. These are a priority in the current economic circumstances caused by the coronavirus pandemic,” he posted on his Facebook page. “The eight-storey development will deliver a high-quality urban design outcome and achieve a high sustainability rating. The project includes 14,037 square metres of office floorspace with 1,772 square metres of retail floorspace at ground level. The

project will enhance the public realm, particularly for pedestrians using Balmoral Walk, White Street Mall and Shannon Street Mall.” The project had been put before Frankston Council in August, although they deferred a vote on the proposal. The minister wrote to council in July to tell them he was considering preparation of a planning scheme amendment to directly enable the construction of the building. Councillors signalled their concern that the proposal would not have a sufficient amount of car parking (“Shopping centre expansion considered”, The Times, 17/8/20).

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ARTIST William Kelly and actor Martin Sheen discuss peace in the documentary “Can Art Stop a Bullet”. Picture: Supplied

Peace film online ‘one more time’ THE multi-award winning documentary “Can Art Stop a Bullet: William Kelly’s Big Picture” is having its final online screening on Thursday 29 October. Described as a peace documentary, the film follows Cheltenham-based artist William Kelly through various countries, recording his views on peace along with those of actor Martin Sheen, photographer Nick Ut (whose photo of a child fleeing napalm bombing is credited with adding impetus to ending the Vietnam War) and

philosopher A C Grayling. The image of that young girl is also incorporated in Kelly’s 13-metre long “Peace and War/The Big Picture” banner, which hangs in the La Trobe Reading Room at the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne. The banner includes Kelly’s “visioning” of Picasso’s Guernica. Its creators say “Can Art Stop a Bullet” is international, but was “born” locally, with director Mark Street living in Mentone, sound recordist David Muir, Mornington, online editor Alan Ryan, Mount Eliza and media

producer Terry Cantwell, Mornington (“Film follows artist’s pursuit of peace”, The Times, 9/6/20). The 90-minute documentary was one of the last films shown at Mornington Cinemas before it was closed due to the COVID-19 emergency. "Can Art Stop a Bullet?” will be streamed online via fanforcetv at 6pm Thursday 29 October as part of the City of Kingston's Seniors Festival. Tickets: $10 at fanforcetv.com/programs/kfhr-casab Keith Platt

GALLERY TALK Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery has evolved over many years. In the summer of 1969–70, an exhibition was organised in the foyer of the 1885-built Mornington Shire Council offices by two key Peninsula residents: the Shoreham-based art critic, author and artist Alan McCulloch and Director of Mount Eliza’s Manyung Gallery, Betty Meagher. The show had a stellar lineup of important works by artists like Arthur Boyd, Sidney Nolan, Russell Drysdale, John Perceval and Fred Williams. Alan McCulloch went on to become the founding director of the Mornington Peninsula Arts Centre, as it was then known, and acquired over 1000 works for the collection. He also oversaw major fundraising activities for the purpose-built gallery at the current Civic Reserve site in Mornington. We are looking forward to reopening to the public sometime soon to share our 50th anniversary exhibition MPRG: FIFTY. For the most up to date information on when the gallery will re-open please keep an eye on our website. We hope that before the end of November we will be able to open and share this exhibition and the wonderful collection we should all be proud of.

You can check out our latest online programs at MPRG TV, including talks with Flinders resident Vera Möller and NSW based artists Locust Jones and Robyn Sweaney. We also have an online workshop about mastering watercolour and ink with local artist Rosie Weiss coming up on 14 November and a Christmas wreath weaving online workshop on 21 November. Over summer, MPRG will present the 2020 National Works on Paper, a prestigious biennial acquisitive exhibition, featuring many of Australia’s best contemporary artists. This year’s prize features 76 artists from across the country, selected from close to 1200 entries. Stay safe, stay inspired and look out for each other.

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Drive safe at school SCHOOLS are back for Victorian students, and police are warning drivers to be extra careful around school zones. Victoria Police road policing command assistant commissioner Libby Murphy urged caution for drivers around schools. “Children are understandably excited to get to school and see their friends after a lengthy break,” she said. “In that excitement, it can be easy to forget the dangers of the road and passing traffic. “Whether kids are walking or riding their bike to and from school, or getting out of a car to walk to the front gate, if a child is hit at greater than

40km an hour they have very little chance of survival. Slow down, be patient and stick to the speed limit. “With extra people moving about, it is so important that we take note of those reduced speed limits and stick to them. Police will be actively patrolling in and around school zones to make sure everyone gets to and from school safely. If you choose to speed, expect to get caught.” The minimum penalty for speeding in a school zone is a $207 fine, and the loss of one demerit point.

Push to stop bikes MONKEY bike riding in Frankston North is being reported to police at an

increasing rate. A statement on the Frankston police eyewatch page read that “police are again appealing for information in relation to monkey bike offending in the Frankston North area. We are aware of an increase in incidents in the Monterey Reserve and surrounding streets.” “Any mobile phone footage is requested. Unfortunately, we are still experiencing injury collisions and fatalities. You all have some information we want. We continue to request for more information on this offending. If you know something, say something.” Information can be reported confidentially to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or at www.crimestoppers. com.au

THE Victorian Electoral Commission has issued a statement to reassure residents that it does not distribute contact details to candidates. Electoral commissioner Warwick Gately said “some voters in the current local council elections have become concerned upon receiving text messages from local council candidates in their campaigning.” “I understand voters in a small number of wards have received text messages on behalf of candidates for local council elections. The messages were not sent using enrolment information available to them through the VEC,” he said. “Upon being contacted by voters about the origin of the contact details, some council candidates mistakenly stated that they were provided by the VEC. I can definitively state that the VEC does not provide voter mobile phone number or email address details to candidates or political parties. If anyone is concerned, they should take it up directly with the candidate or the person who authorised the message.”

Investment wanted for social housing DUNKLEY MP Peta Murphy has used anti-poverty week to shine a light on local homelessness. Ms Murphy said that 600 local people were currently homeless, and that a shortfall of 3000 social housing dwellings exists. “Housing affordability is one of the biggest issues facing Australians, and the COVID-19 crisis has made it even clearer just how important safe and af-

fordable housing is,” Ms Murphy said. “For months Labor has been calling on the Morrison government to invest more in social housing. It would provide thousands of jobs, stimulate the economy and put a roof over the head of Australians who desperately need it. “There are more Australians experiencing homelessness than ever before, particularly among women and children experiencing domestic and family violence, older women, veterans and our First Nations people. “Labor is calling on the Morrison government to create work for thousands of tradies in almost every suburb and town across Australia by investing half a billion dollars to fast-track urgent repairs to social housing. This is exactly what Dunkley needs.”

Woman of the year nominations open THE search has begun to find Kingston’s 2021 woman of the year. Nominations are now open for the award, which launched in 2019. Last year’s winner, June Rea, said “to have been chosen as the winner from such an outstanding field of nominees is very humbling.” “I strongly encourage you to consider nominating deserving women of Kingston who are making great contributions across many varied fields within their community.” Kingston Council CEO Julie Reid says that “these are women who make incredible contributions to their community every day, are passionate and extraordinarily devoted to what they do.” The winner will be announced at an event on 5 March, 2021. Nominations close 30 November. To nominate someone visit kingston.vic. gov.au/kwa

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Eastern brown snake. Picture: Rene Martens

Snakes spring into action SNAKES are starting to emerge from their winter hibernation to bask in the sun and search for food and a mate. However, there is nothing to fear provided precautions are taken, according to Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) senior wildlife management officer, Rebecca Dixon. Her tips for living safely and close to snakes include leaving them alone and not attempting to capture or harm them. Ms Dixon said all snakes were considered venomous and highly dangerous and urged property owners to maintain lawns and clean up around houses “as snakes are attracted to shelter such as piles of rocks and timber, sheets of metal, and building materials”. She said snakes were often found around watercourses and parks.

“There are a variety of different snakes found in the urban fringes and suburbs of Melbourne, with the tiger snake and eastern brown snake the most common. “Both these species are highly venomous and dangerous to humans, but it is rare for them to bite people. Most snake bites occur when people try to capture or kill a snake.” Snakes would bite dogs and cats if they felt threatened and “the best course of action” was to take pets from the area or tie them up while the snake passes. “Snakes are generally very shy and prefer to keep away from people and often when a snake is found in a backyard it’s because it’s moving through the area to other habitat,” Ms Dixon said. For more advice call DELWP on 136 186 for call a licensed snake catcher.

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Bill Gates: Succubus of the Universe (Or ‘Things the Internet Taught Me’) By Stuart McCullough SOMETIMES I feel a little sorry for Bill Gates. Not often, but sometimes. You’d think that his spectacular success and billions of dollars would shield him from both wild conspiracy theories and his abominable haircut, but apparently not. Even the most cursory glance at the Internet will tell you two things. Firstly, pretty much everything is the fault of Bill Gates. Secondly, there are a lot of different food delivery options out there right now. That has nothing to do with Bill, but they’re everywhere. Since cashing in his (micro)chips, Bill has taken an interest in philanthropy. Once upon a time in the not too distant past, philanthropy was considered a good thing and not something to be destroyed at all costs. In fact, the term ‘philanthropy’ comes from the Greek work ‘philanthropia’ which translates to ‘loving people’. Not normally the kind of thing you’d expect to make people bubble over with molten fury, but these are not normal times. Bill, so it seems, has become something of a target. The claims about Bill are pretty wild. So wild that they don’t bear repeating, lest it should inadvertently add further grist to the rumour mill. Suffice to say, COVID-19 is Bill’s fault. And his efforts to develop a vaccine will, apparently, either result in millions of people being wiped off the Earth or, alternatively, in Bill being able to control the thoughts of those who take it. I’m not sure what Bill would do if he controlled people’s minds. Probably tell them to always wear a pair of pressed Chinos and a sensible sweater. Had he really wanted to control people’s minds, Bill would have stayed at Microsoft. According to either an Essential Poll or, alternatively, something I managed to Google from the Internet, a staggering one in eight Australians believe Bill Gates was involved in the creation and spread of coronavirus. Confusingly, one in eight Australians also blame the spread of the coronavirus on the 5G network. It begs the question – is it the same one in eight who are blaming both Bill and 5G for the pandemic? Are

they completely separate groups, each of which regards the other as heretics? Or is there some kind of ‘Venn diagram’ with an unknown degree of overlap between the two? Worryingly, the results are particularly poor for the 18 to 35 year old demographic, with one in five blaming Bill. Personally, I’m a little surprised that one in five 18 to 35 year olds have heard of Bill Gates, much less know enough about him to think he’s the source of all their troubles. I’d like to think that they’d misheard

the question. Perhaps they mistook Bill Gates for, I dunno, Satan or BTS (if there’s a difference). Somewhat ironically, the webpage I looked at to research 5G conspiracy theories is chock-a-block full of Telstra adverts. I’d never thought of Telstra as having a sense of humour, but there you go. In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, humankind went through a period of philosophical and intellectual enlightenment often referred to as ‘The Age of Reason’. This movement later

culminated an album of the same name by John Farnham. The video clip, in particular, really summed it up, as one J. Farnham stood on top of a large rocky outcrop while wearing a pair of Ugg boots; sporting a mullet that could be seen from space. (Clearly, the Enlightenment did not extend to fashion sense.) To make it even more miraculous, he was also wearing leather trousers. Ever gone mountain climbing in leather pants? I didn’t think so. But just as John Farnham eventually climbed down from that mighty apex, so too has humankind come down a notch. We’ve moved from the Information Age to the Disinformation Age with barely a pause. Remember when the Internet was ‘the Information Superhighway’? Nobody calls it that anymore. What we thought would be eight digital lanes of cruising comfort has turned out to be a gravel road loaded with potholes where, if you don’t hold tightly onto the steering wheel, you’re likely to end up in a ditch. Quite literally, anyone can say anything on the Internet and there’s almost zero accountability. Some might expect me to defend Bill Gates. Quite the opposite. Instead, I’ve decided to blame Bill Gates for everything. Out of milk? I’ll fall to my knees, raise my clenched fists to the sky and cry ‘Bill Gates!’ at the top of my lungs. Can’t find a shoe? Blame Bill. A lot of people think that the Bermuda Triangle is some kind of supernatural phenomenon that eats boats but, guess again: Bill Gates. In fact, floods, fires, El Nino, VHS rather than Betamax and the failure to screen ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ next year are his fault. From this day forth, millions will curse the name ‘Bill Gates’ down through the ages until…. It just occurred to me that everything I know about Bill I read on the Internet. Which, given all I’ve just said, should be treated with caution. In fact, I’m writing this story using a Microsoft program. Perhaps Bill’s not such a bad guy after all. Bill, if you’re reading this, the kettle’s on. Come on over for a cuppa anytime. stuart@stuartmccullough.com Frankston Times

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on current politics. On Saturday night, Mr Downward addresses a meeting at the Town Hall, Hastings. *** TONIGHT, at the Kismet Hall, Chelsea, the Frankston Pictures will present their first programme at that place. Dustin Farnum will be starred in a Paramount feature. The Chelsea people have promised a hearty welcome in the shape of liberal support. As Carrum does not at present boast a picture enterprise, it has been suggested that the Frankston Pictures make a start at Carrum. At the present time, that move is no contemplated, but the immediate future may see a change in that respect. *** AT a recent meeting of the Frankston II’s Football Club, members presented Mrs C. Wood with a silver mounted biscuit barrel in recognition of services rendered, during the past season. Mr H. Morrison made the presentation and Mr Hector McComb spoke in suppport. Mrs Wood suitably returned thanks. *** MISS Ivy May, who was specially engaged to contribute. songs and dances at the Frankston Pictures on Saturday night, failed to put in an appearance, or notify the management. The audience were disappointed, but the management were not to blame. The writer of these notes would suggest these names – Misses Dulcie Carr, Vera Nuttall, Addie Goble, Freda Cuthbert, Rosa Sinclair and Mr Fred Hayes – as artists likely to “go big”

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assaulted Rupert Mains, farmer, of Balnarring, in the Mornington train on Saturday, October 2nd. *** THE Frankston Fire Brigade requires recruits. Those who desire to become members are advised to see Mr D. H. Petrie, or meet at the brigade tonight at eight o’clock. *** BLOCKS, quarter acre size, in Nolan St, Frankston, near Hastings Road, last week brought £30 apiece at a sale in Melbourne. The upset price was £15. Mrs Rogerson was the purchaser. *** WHEN speaking at Somerville and Tyabb recently, Mr Dowling stressed the necessity, for opening new overseas markets for surplus fruit. This has now been done – the State Government having arranged for the opening of markets in India and China. *** MEMBERS of the Melbourne Piscatorial Club are urging the abolition of mesh netting in Port Phillip Bay, as they allege that, from the economic standpoint, it is the most wasteful form of fishing yet devised. It was stated that 320 miles of mesh net was being used in the bay. The Rosebud fishermen have already asked for a closed area. *** MRS Geo. Shepherd, of Somerville, has been indisposed for some weeks, but is now convalescent. *** FROM the pages of the Mornington Standard, 15 October 1920

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Compiled by Cameron McCullough THE councillors of the shire of Frankston and Hastings have received a communication from the Minister of Public Works requesting them to attend before him, at his office in Melbourne, on Tuesday next, 19th inst., for the purpose of discussing the present position, and arriving at an amicable settlement of the dispute which has caused a deadlock for nearly three months. *** AN open air meeting, under the auspices of the Frankston branch of the anti-liquor league, will be held in Bay Street, under the electric light, on Wednesday evening next, at 8 o’clock. Ex-Senator Watson will deliver the address, and, according to an advertisement in another column, “will refute the anti-prohibition lies.” *** SOLDIERS from the Caulfield hospital will visit Frankston on Sunday next, and will be entertained at afternoon tea by the local ladies. Gifts may be left with Mrs D. Petrie, Mrs Ward or Miss Gregory. *** A GRAND bazaar, organised by the Somerville ladies’ hall committee, will be opened in the Somerville Horticultural Hall on Friday, 22nd October, at 8 o’clock, by Major Conder. Features will be the Diggers’ stall, book stall, and all sorts of novelties. The bazaar will be continued on Saturday. *** MR D. E. Manson, of Frankston College, is now forming shorthand and typewriting classes for which a

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ABC spotlight falls on Pines SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie A TV show, a new home ground for 2021, community projects and hospital beds for Fiji … Frankston Pines has been a hive of activity recently. Last week the spotlight fell on the club’s four young Fijian internationals, Pines vice-president Victor Kumar and senior coach Kevin “Squizzy” Taylor who were interviewed by former Socceroos inhouse videographer Ben Coonan. Coonan’s company Side Netting had been contracted by Beyond Productions to work on a show commissioned by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation focussing on the lives of Pacific Islanders in Australia. There’s no working title yet for the program which is likely to have two episodes air before Christmas with the Pines’ segment expected to be part of the first episode. Kumar combines his administrative responsibilities at Pines with presidency of the Victorian Multicultural Sports Association, a Fijian community group which is now headquartered at Monterey Reserve after partnering with the local club late last year. Kumar played a pivotal role in the signing of goalkeeper Aeseli Batikasa, defender Penni Tuigulagula, midfielder Savenaca Baledrokadroka and striker Tito Vodawaqa who arrived from Fiji in February this year. They were set to spearhead Pines’ State 3 promotion push until the season was scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic. The quartet has been active during Melbourne’s lockdown by becoming involved in a series of community projects including shopping and gardening for locals in the Doveton area in which they live. They also have been working with Connect Community Care Frankston, a Christian volunteer-based organisation that assists the local community and have helped deliver a large number of meals to needy and vulnerable people in the Frankston area. The link with the Connect group came through the Play For Lives campaign spearheaded by former Socceroo and SBS football analyst Craig Foster, which aims to place professional athletes into the thousands of essential volunteer positions left vacant in the

Lights, camera, action: Pines gaffer Kevin “Squizzy” Taylor being interviewed for ABC TV. Inset: Pines’ Fijian internationals, from left: Savenaca Baledrokadroka, Tito Vodawaqa, Aeseli Batikasa and Penni Tuigulagula. Pictures: Ben Coonan, Side Netting. Peter Psarros

wake of the pandemic. But it’s not just local community projects that Pines have been involved in. Had anyone visited the Monterey Reserve clubrooms last week they would have found 40 hospital beds housed in the function area. This joint project between the club and the VMSA saw these beds flown to Fiji later in the week. The beds were donated by the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and Arjo Australia and free transportation was made possible by Praveen Prasad of Capital Transport and Ron Sharma of Swift Transport Services. Then came news the club has been trying to keep under wraps for weeks when Frankston council finally lifted the embargo on plans to relocate Pines to the newly upgraded Carrum Downs Recreation Reserve in Wedge Road for the 2021 season. This move has been facilitated by the $3.9 million makeover of Monterey Reserve with demolition of the existing clubrooms due early next year. It’s anticipated that building of the new clubrooms could start in Febru-

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that,” senior coach Taylor said. “I’ve spoken to council about the surface at Wedge Road and at the time I expressed some concerns about softtissue injuries that can come with artificial surfaces but I’ve been assured that council has seen to it that everything has been done in terms of shock absorption and things like that. “From what I’ve been told it looks like we’ll also have access to the grass surface there and be able to do recovery sessions on the grass if need be so I’m happy with that.” Taylor has firsthand knowledge of synthetic surfaces having guided Bentleigh Greens’ under-20s to a championship during his time with the NPL giant. He thinks that the pitch could be advantageous to his squad. “It should allow us to continue with a possession-based style and I think there will only be us and Monash playing on an artificial surface which could give us an advantage I guess. “If you are not used to it then it can be a bit tricky at first. “We might continue to play home games at night and it can be a little

ary and feature flooring roughly 1.5 metres higher than present and a glass front to enable spectators to watch matches from inside. There will be an embankment in front of the clubrooms and it’s expected that new dugouts will be built with Pines keen to situate the away team dugout on the outer part of the main pitch. Four new changerooms, male and female referees rooms, a new bar and new canteen are expected to transform Monterey Reserve into a first rate facility. It also will provide the club with an infrastructure base on which to develop its all-abilities and junior programs. At Wedge Road Pines will play on a FIFA-approved synthetic pitch constructed by the Tuff Group. The pitch consists of a combined synthetic turf product with sand and TPE infill on a preformed shock pad. There are now over 3000 such pitches worldwide and they come with a claim of state-of-the-art performance. “We could have stayed at Monterey but that would have meant operating out of portables and we didn’t want

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Paralympics star sets sights on fourth games Brodie Cowburn brodie@baysidenews.com.au ELLIE Cole was just 16 years old when she waved goodbye to her Frankston High School classmates and jetted off for the Beijing Paralympics. By the time she returned her whole life had changed, and she was a three-time Paralympic medal winner. Cole was treated like a star by her classmates, a time she recalls with both fondness and a hint of embarrassment. “I still remember the pride the school had,” the star swimmer told The Times. “There were posters all over the place, and I’m a bit modest so I didn’t handle the attention that well. I asked them to take them down when I got back! “I was really fortunate to go to a very understanding school. I was in a team with other school athletes who were struggling with their workload, but my teachers were really great,” she said. “When I came home with my two bronzes and a silver all my schoolmates thought it was pretty cool, and they wore my medals around. Everyone was super proud and I still keep in touch with those friends now.” More than a decade has passed since Cole competed in Beijing. During that time her trophy cabinet has grown considerably, and now features six Paralympic gold medals. Cole is currently working hard to stay fit for the 2020 Paralympic Games, which thanks to the bizarre nature of this year, will take place in 2021. Cole is no stranger to adapting to difficult circumstances though, and has taken the delay in her stride.

“It’s been pretty difficult preparing, we had to push back everything for 12 months. So for this year we are trying to stay fit, but I think that athletes going through this coronavirus period can learn a lot and teach something to kids,” Cole said. “Everything is now back to a relative sense of normalcy, but we did have to get really creative with our training programs, including having Zoom training sessions.” In the 12 years that have passed since Beijing, Cole says that the perception of the Paralympics has improved. “It’s become a lot more professional,” she said. “Now I can train for the Paralympics full time without having to have a full time job. “A lot of people also didn’t understand what the Paralympics really were, but we really saw a jump in interest in Australia after the Commonwealth Games. Now I train with two Olympians, and they’re all really interested in how I do things.” Last week, through the Optus Olympics Unleashed program, Cole returned to her old high school for a Zoom session with sports students. She knows all about overcoming adversity having lost her leg at a young age, and shared her tale of resilience with the students that have done it so tough this year. “It’s really important to stay connected at the moment,” she said about struggling young people this year. “From my experience of going through life and being really adaptive, I know it forces people into making changes. It makes people feel uncomfortable. But, it makes everybody into top people.” SIX-time Paralympic gold medallist Ellie Cole. Picture: Supplied

Ruby Skye bounces back to best HORSE RACING

By Ben Triandafillou THE Jason Warren and Dean Krongold partnership has immediately struck winning form with new stable acquisition Ruby Skye on Sunday 18 October. Formerly in the hands of Sylvia Thompson, the seven-year-old mare has thrived in her new surroundings at Denistoun Park to win her way into the $500,000 Melbourne Cup Carnival Country Series on Kennedy Oaks day (November 5). With her last win coming up eight months ago, Ruby Skye shot straight back to somewhere near her best to take out Heat Five of the Country Series first-up for her new stable at Kilmore. Weaving a passage from the rear of the field, the daughter of Reset came with a determined run to knock off the race-favourite Lord Markel by a quarter of a length. With the victory, Ruby Skye secured her spot in the $500,000 final along with the Wendy Kellytrained runner-up Lord Markel. Warren/Krongold’s racing manager Steve Leonie was thrilled to make an immediate impact with a mare he’s been following for quite some time. “There’ll be a long time before a win gives me more pleasure than that,” Leonie said post-race with a grin from ear to ear. “I’ve been trying to get this horse for some time. I know that sounds terrible, but I love this horse, and always have. The Mcphee’s, from when I was at Luke Oliver’s, very kindly sent her down and I’m just so pleased that we got it done first-up for them. I am just beaming, couldn’t be happier.” Leonie believes the change of environment on

the Mornington Peninsula, with the use of the Balnarring beach, as well as the chiropractic work from Brendan McCarthy has worked wonders for the mare. “[Brendan] came and did her two or three days after arriving at the stables and the release that she showed, was as much as I’ve seen of any horse, so we were quietly confident coming here today,” he said. Now with the first-up win under her belt, Ruby Skye we’ll be targeted towards the final in three weeks’ time before potentially aiming at a country cup. “We’ll take that today and she’ll head to the final,” Leonie said. “I’d love to take her up to the Wodonga Cup for the Mcphee’s since it’s their local track. They’ve won it a few times with horses like Minnie Downs and god it’d be lovely to win another one for them.” The grin never wavered from Leonie’s face as their stable star Brooklyn Hustle heads into the Group One Manikato Stakes (1200m) on Friday night in full flight. “She’s looking fantastic,” Leonie said. “She’s the best she’s been.” “A jockey that rode a treble yesterday at Caulfield (Ben Melham) spun her around on Monday and said ‘that was the best she felt’. James Winks spun her around yesterday at Moonee Valley and I think he’s a good judge, and he said ‘that’s the best she’s felt’ and we’ve got a Caulfield Cup winning rider on her on Friday.” Brooklyn Hustle heads to the Group One fourthup from a spell with her most recent run resulting in a fast-finishing fourth in the Group One Moir Stakes (1000m) at The Valley. Skye’s the limit: Ruby Skye gets back into winning form at her first run for her new stable with Jason Warren and Dean Krongold. Picture: Supplied

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