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Pets and paint at park party HULA hooping, cupcake decorating (pictured), and bracelet making were part of Frankston’s Party in the Park event this month. Attendees at the Frankston Arts Centre also got to enjoy an animal farm, face painting, and story time hosted by popular authors including Claire Hooper. Picture: Supplied

Voucher scheme features in draft budget Brodie Cowburn brodie@baysidenews.com.au FRANKSTON residents could receive vouchers for the Frankston Arts Centre, PARC, or at-call hard waste collections under a new council scheme. The proposal features in council’s draft budget, due to be considered on 10 May. The $1.1 million voucher scheme would equate in value to around $25 per ratepayer. The draft budget also features an additional $2.86 million for COVID-19

recovery measures. These include providing two hours free parking in council owned off street car parks, fee relief for kerbside trading permit fees, and more. The draft budget projects a $20.2 million surplus for the 2021/2022 financial year. Council says its adjusted underlying result less non-operating income and expenditure “is expected to be relatively breakeven with a minor surplus currently budgeted of $0.003 million”. Council’s healthy surplus is boosted by the expectation it will receive

$18.221 million in capital grants. Council expects to receive grants for projects including the rehabilitation of Hall Road, the development of a park in Evelyn Street, and for various sporting ground improvements. Ordinary rates are expected to rise by 2.75 per cent. Rates on industrial land and commercial land will decrease, bringing the total average rate rise for Frankston residents to 1.5 per cent. That figure is the maximum rate rise allowed under the Fair Go Rates System legislation. The draft budget features a $66 mil-

lion capital works bill. Multi-million dollar works at Jubilee Park, Monterey Reserve, and Lloyd Park are projected to occur in the next year. Frankston mayor Kris Bolam said “in 2021-2022 the budget provides approximately $240 million to fund service delivery and infrastructure projects. Each year, our budget provides services for people at all stages of life, maintaining our infrastructure, community facilities and parks, operating our libraries, events, festivals and art centre as well as rubbish and recycling collections.”

“This council plan and budget was developed following a time of significant upheaval for our residents and local traders, due to the pandemic. Our initial COVID-19 relief and recovery package delivered $7.038 million in community and business assistance, and in 2021/2022 an additional $2.86 million will build on these supports.” Council will vote on the draft budget on 10 May, shortly after publication deadline. If it is approved it will be publicly exhibited between 11 May until 7 June.

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Frankston a contender for best holiday hotspot IS Frankston the hottest tourist destination in Victoria? The answer will be revealed soon. The Frankston area has been named as one of 22 finalists at the Victorian Top Tourism Town Awards. The awards are hosted by the Victoria Tourism Industry Council. The awards website describes Frankston as “a city with a heart of diversity. All walks of life flow through the streets adding to its eclectic, creative vibrancy. It’s an evolving city with a new energy, and a

tease of discovery to what is new.” Voting closes 27 May. To vote visit surveymonkey.com/r/FVBN8JV

VOTING has begun to determine if the picturesque beachside city of Frankston is Victoria’s best tourist hotspot. Picture: Supplied

A SHOT from Brigitte Jarvis’ film The Endless Hourglass, which will be screened at the Frankston Arts Centre. Picture: Supplied

Frankston filmmakers not short on talent A SERIES of short films made during last year’s lockdown will be screened at the Frankston Arts Centre later this month. The films were created by local residents for the 2020 Lockdown Short Film Competition. James Griffiths and Imogen Adeney were the major prize winners, and will have their work

screened at the Arts Centre. Brigitte Jarvis will have her short film The Endless Hourglass shown. “This film was inspired by poetry written by Lyn – a single 70-yearold woman, who continues to remain healthy and positive and write wonderful visceral poetry about her experience of daily life,” she said.

“She travels a great deal and her poetry is often like a journal of her adventures, so this poem about isolation is particularly poignant.” The films will be shown at a free event at the Frankston Arts Centre’s Cube 37 venue on 21 May from 6pm. Book a spot at www.thefac.com.au or phone 9784 1060.

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Sandy Yule, Rev. Albert Lang Bhakta Dasa, Mr. Jasbir Singh Suropada, and Mr. Syed Wadood Janud. An Iftar dinner was served to attendees to close out the event.

A CROWD listens at an event at the Baitul Salam Mosque in Langwarrin. Picture: Supplied

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Council cancels committee membership FRANKSTON Council has ended its alignment with the advocacy group Committee for Greater Frankston. Council joined the lobby group in May 2018, agreeing to pay $10,000 a year for membership (“Lobby group spreads influence”, The Times, 21/5/18). In March it told the committee that it had decided to withdraw its membership. The mayor Kris Bolam said the group had “tunnel vision”, and had become too preoccupied with the Green Wedge, Baxter electrification, and car parking. “Council is of the view that there are some philosophical differences with the

Committee regarding both policy and advocacy matters,” he said. “It is standard practice for a new council – such as the current Frankston City Council, which was elected late last year – to review relationships with and memberships of various organisations. Following a review, it was of the view that it was already undertaking significant advocacy and as such, membership of the Committee for Greater Frankston was no longer warranted. “Council believes the decision to end our membership of the Committee will ensure it is able to independently advo-

cate to all three levels of government.” Committee for Greater Frankston CEO Ginevra Hosking said “under the network’s charter, local businesses, notfor-profits, community leaders, local councils and other government entities can become full voting members at their own discretion.” “Since our committee’s formation in early 2017, we have worked constructively and collaboratively with Frankston Council on shared objectives and will continue to do so in the future,” she said. Brodie Cowburn

FRANKSTON mayor Kris Bolam has hit back at the ABC for publishing a story which read that a “lack of diversity” was a challenge in Frankston. The ABC article cited statistics from the 2016 census which showed far fewer people spoke a non-English language in Frankston compared to nearby Cranbourne and Greater Dandenong areas. It also quoted local residents and business owners. Frankston mayor Kris Bolam said “there has been some recent media suggesting that Frankston could be a more welcoming city for those from multicultural backgrounds.” “I wanted to go on record as saying that Frankston City is and always will be a welcoming place for people from differing communities, faiths and cultural backgrounds, and as a council we are always looking to identify new ways to enhance cultural diversity and connection in our city,” he said. “For those of us who choose to call Frankston City home, we have a lot to be proud of. For some, that might be that interfaith events at the Bait-ulSalam Mosque, located in Langwarrin. As recently as this past weekend we welcomed more than 100 members of the Muslim community to this beautiful place of worship where various faith leaders spoke passionately about caring for each other and accepting the cultural differences that make us all unique. It was a great honour to have been invited to attend and speak on behalf of council. “ The Committee for Greater Frankston is quoted in the article, which focuses on Frankston’s location at the end of the train line. A statement from the lobby group read “while the Committee for Greater Frankston appreciates any media coverage of the inadequate public

transport in our city – as well as the long-running call to extend the metro train line as part of the solution – the article’s focus on the lack of demographic diversity in Frankston was unbalanced.” “This is a symptom of successive governments’ inadequate planning to increase the variety of housing options as well as insufficient investment in our region’s transport infrastructure. It is not the fault of Frankston residents,” it said.

Local dancer in new show A LANGWARRIN dancer is set to star in a new show at Crown. Molly Kealey will feature in Dracula’s: The Resurrection Tour this month. Ms Kealey, 20-years-old, is a student at Patrick School of the Arts under the direction of Todd Patrick. She is in her final year at the school. The dancer worked with Scimm Dance Company for three seasons within Platforms Youth Company before joining the cast of Dracula’s. Tickets from www.draculas.com.au/ tour. The show is restricted to guests over the age of 15 due to its content. MOLLY Kealey. Picture: Supplied

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A MAN wanted for breaking into a butcher last month. Picture: Supplied

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Thief fires up the grill A MAN cooked and smoked meat after breaking into a Langwarrin butcher last month. The man broke into Marshall’s Quality Meats inside the Langwarrin Plaza on 5 April. He cooked food inside the butcher before deciding to steal over $400 in cash. Police say the man they are looking for is in his 40s or 50s, Caucasian, and was wearing a

black and white striped hooded jumper, black and white striped pants, black shoes, and black cap. CCTV footage has been released. Anyone who recognises the man pictured is asked by police to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Detective Senior Constable Sanders at Frankston CIU on 9784 5555

Break-in investigated A MAN is wanted for allegedly breaking into a property. Police allege that a man gained access to a property on Lewis Street in Frankston through an unlocked garage door, around 11.30am on 31 March. The victim saw and confronted the alleged offender. He took a photograph of him while telling him to leave. Police have released the photograph (pictured right) in the hopes that someone will recognise the man and come forward. Police describe the offender as “Asian, early 20’s, skinny build, approximately 165cm tall, wearing a blue hooded jumper, dark grey t-shirt, light grey tracksuit pants and black slider shoes.” Information to www.crimestoppersvic.com.au or contact Detective Senior Constable Sanders at Frankston CIU on 9784 5555

Assault warrant issued LUKE Grist in wanted by police. Mr Grist, 33-year-old, is wanted on warrants for assault and theft-related offences. Police say Mr Grist “is known to frequent the Mornington, Frankston and Dandenong areas”. They describe him as “185cm tall with a medium build, dark brown hair and dark facial hair.” An image of the wanted man has been released. Anyone who recognises him can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

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P-plater off road A P-PLATER who obtained her driver’s licence in December had it suspended for 11 months last week on drinkdriving counts. The 18-year-old, who was driving south along Point Nepean Road, Rosebud, without lights, will be summonsed to appear at Dromana Magistrates’ Court at a later date. Rosebud Police spotted the white Ford Festiva at 3.30am, Saturday 1 May. The driver, of Mount Martha, was taken to Rosebud Police Station where she allegedly returned a breath test reading of 0.115 per cent. Her car was impounded for 28 days.

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‘Looking lost’ MORNINGTON police have charged a man with drink driving and other traffic offences after he allegedly crashed into two parked cars and a fence in Canadian Bay Road, Mount Eliza. The 32-year-old, from Mornington, allegedly walked away from the scene before police arrived, 4.30am, Thursday 29 April. Soon afterwards, police were called following reports a man had been seen walking around “looking lost in a dressing gown”. He was found nearby and taken back to the police station where he allegedly returned a breath-test reading of 0.192 per cent. The man’s licence was suspended and he is expected to be charged on summons with exceeding 0.05 per cent, careless driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

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A TRUCK rollover closed the left-hand lane of Peninsula Link south-bound for four hours, Monday 3 May. The cement mixer, loaded with 13 cubic metres of concrete weighing 13 tonnes, flipped after the driver tried to correct a drift into the inside lane. Sergeant Bruce Buchan, of Somerville Highway Patrol, said the truck veered into shrubbery and ploughed through a light pole, 2pm. The driver, a Springvale man, 56, was not injured in the incident and did not require hospital treatment. Sergeant Buchan said two heavy haulage trucks were required to right the mixer near the Golf Links Road entry ramp. He said a Peninsula Link clean-up crew using a frontend loader arrived soon after to clear concrete from the road surface while an EPA crew mopped up spilled oil. South-bound traffic was redirected onto Golf Links Road and along Fulton Road or the Moorooduc Highway. Sergeant Buchan said the incident was being investigated.

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That’s the spirit: Women walk for others WOMEN on a three-day walk from Frankston to Cape Schanck earlier this month aimed to “inspire and empower those experiencing disadvantage and transform their lives through fitness, health and wellbeing activities”. The Women’s Spirit Walk – the Frank to Schanck Challenge – set off from Frankston pier on Friday 30 April with about 70 women and some men on a mission to reach Cape Schanck lighthouse by Sunday afternoon, 2 May. Founder and managing director of Women’s Spirit Project Jodie Belyea said one-in-four women experienced mental health issues, family violence and/or social isolation. “Fitness, health and wellbeing are crucial to living a balanced, purposeful and passionate life, however, opportunities to participate in these activities are not financially accessible to all women – many in the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula areas,” she said. The project provides access to free activities that support women to get connected and participate in these activities in person and virtually. In the lead-up, women took part in online discussions on mental preparation, fitness, nutrition and equipment. Training walks gradually increased in distance and difficulty. From Frankston the women walked to Mount Eliza and then to The Briars at Mount Martha. On the Saturday they were due to descend to Safety Beach before heading up Arthurs Seat. On Sunday they planned

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to walk from Rosebud to Cape Schanck. On the Saturday evening a function was due to be held attended by Dunkley MP Peta Murphy, Frankston MP Paul Edbrooke, Yan Yean MP

Danielle Green, Nepean MP Chris Brayne, Frankston City’s Cr Claire Harvey, Women’s Health South East CEO Kit McMahon, Family Life CEO Allison Wainwright and “Extraordinary Adventurer” Cath Wallis. Ms Belyea said: “After training

and talking with a range of women these past few weeks there are some really inspiring stories: women recovering from cancer, caring for loved ones who are ill, socially isolated, or recovering from family violence.

“This event and the work leading up to it helps build connection, confidence and essential life skills, inspiring and supporting women to transform their lives.”

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LETTERS

Letters - 300 words maximum and including full name, address and contact number - can be sent to The News, PO Box 588, Hastings 3915 or emailed to: team@mpnews.com.au

Beware, AGL not only threat to Western Port So, thankfully, the big, bad AGL regassification plant is not to be, as the potential threat was, quite sensibly, rolled (“AGL withdraws request for federal approval” The News 3/5/21). Why, because of the value of Western Port as a natural resource. Yet, many threats to the Ramsar-protected ecology remain. Balnarring Beach is still subject to threats from sea level rise, horses, dogs, foxes, cats, invasive weeds, a toxic creek, and the annual pyrotechnical display of selfish stupidity. Yes, these are not the sorts of issues that will get your face on the television news, but they are real, present and damaging. A lot of impetus was generated by the Save Westernport [community group] movement. Will it be lost because these existing threats to the ecology are not as sexy as the AGL thing? While I hope not, I also worry a lot that our community will return to the complacency that preceded the No AGL campaign. As long as we can let our dogs run on the beach, gallop our horses along the sand and watch the fireworks blow the bejesus out of the place every New Year’s Eve, we’ll be happy. Or will we, in the long run? Barry Greer, Balnarring

Hydrogen gas project It was more than comforting to read that the AGL [gas import terminal] proposal has been withdrawn by [power company AGL]. I think we can all breathe easier on that one now, but we must remain vigilant on the never ending plans to turn Western Port into an industrial hub. The hydrogen [from Latrobe Valley brown coal] trial by the Japanese conglomerate led by Kawasaki Heavy Industries, to be exported from Hastings, is the latest threat to this fragile environment. Cr David Gill is quite right when he says that governments cannot be trusted to protect Western Port and the Mornington Peninsula’s green wedge (“Cheers and fears over threats to green wedge” The News 3/5/21). We have been fortunate that our current state Planning Minister [Richard Wynne] was willing and able to resist the overtures of big business and, probably, big unions pushing the AGL proposal. This planned hydrogen gas project is another thin edge of a wedge to force industrial development on the area by stealth. Along with the industrial development there will be a need for ancillary industries and housing for employees with further encroachment on farm and recreational land for subdivision. If the “trial” proves to be successful, what happens next? Obviously, a major expansion of the industrial hub and all that depends on it. This project has no natural connection with Western Port other than the proximity of the sea. It needs to be strenuously resisted and killed off at the pilot plant stage along with any further rezoning of the area for any purpose. The state government needs to come clean

with its long-term plans and vision for Hastings and Western Port in general. Is it to remain an enjoyable residential and holiday location or not? I have said before, and I say it again, the present government has a policy to urbanise the area by stealth and we all need to be aware of it before it is too late. Barry J Rumpf, McCrae

Rescuers thanked Our family would like to sincerely thank all of the emergency services involved in the rescue of my husband Peter Harrison when his car plunged 30 metres down the embankment on Two Bays Road, Mount Eliza (“Rescue crews rush to save trapped man” The News 28/4/21). These included Baxter Fire Brigade, Moorooduc CFA, Fire Rescue Victoria Frankston, the High Angle Rescue Team, SES Frankston, police and Ambulance Victoria. The cooperation between all agencies was exceptional and very professional. A special thanks goes out to Leading Senior Constable Anthony Deason, of Somerville Highway Patrol, for keeping Peter company for well over two hours while he was trapped in the car. Peter is still recovering in hospital, but things could have been a lot worse if not for the amazing work of the first responders. Sue Harrison, Mount Eliza

Family heartbreak Families that stay together, stick together is often quoted. Families are regarded as important to the wellbeing of our society. Apparently, our MP for Flinders has other ideas. [Federal Health Minister] Greg Hunt wishes to put members of families in jail or be heavily fined if they attempt to return home from India. These families are faced with heartbreaking problems. Surely, we have the ability to cope with people returning home? Geoffrey Lane, Mornington Editor: The Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Friday that some of the more than 9000 Australians in India would start to be flown home via Darwin on 15 May. On Saturday 1 May Mr Hunt announced the temporary pause in flights from India would come into effect on Monday 3 May with fines of up to $66,000 or five-year jail terms for anyone trying to avoid the ban.

Paved paradise Who in their wildest days could think it a good thing to remove a small, grassed area in the park adjoining the Blairgowrie shops where people would sit and enjoy the glancing views of the beach and their coffees too, and replace it with loads of concrete paving and concrete walls? Unbelievable. Shopkeepers seem to know nothing of the disaster until it happened and were horrified. Please Mornington Peninsula Shire Council

take it all down and reinstate our lovely peaceful shopping area. Peter Meeking, Blairgowrie

Praise reserved We are both blessed and cursed to live immediately adjacent to the Moonah Warrain Reserve, Rye and I have been peripherally involved around its development for three decades (“Eyesore now nature’s haven” The News 4/5/21). We use the reserve every day for exercise and consider ourselves fortunate to have such a large area of bushland available to us without the previous threat of a school or a housing development. Unfortunately, there was little or no maintenance under the Education Department and since Mornington Peninsula Shire took it over, mere tinkering around the edges despite the best intentions of the friends group. The problem is the fuel load of downed trees and undergrowth has built up to such an extent that when we get a normal fire season this area presents a major danger. We have friends both in the regional and local CFA and they have advised us that the major fire risk is from the east and in that scenario our property would be lost because of the reserve and our lives are at risk. Both our families are farmers and if this fuel load had built up on their properties, they would have been served with a substantial penalty notice – the fact that this is shire land does not absolve it of this responsibility. I am pleased that the shire has purchased this land to maintain bushland areas, it does not have to be manicured, merely maintained – this can surely be done while looking after habitat and native vegetation. Our family contracting company is willing to donate our equipment and labour free of charge to achieve both a better amenity and bushfire mitigation if matched by a shire contribution. John Bagot, Rye

‘Usual suspect’ responds I was intrigued and somewhat uplifted by Mornington Peninsula Shire CEO John Baker’s comments to newbie councillor Susan Bissinger that [citizens panels] would be protected from the “usual suspects” and exposed exclusively to the “sophisticated citizens” only (“Reassuring omissions” Letters 3/5/21). I put my hand up to being a proud member of the usual suspects and lacking sophistication. I could think of several other well-meaning and unloved elderly ratepayers who tirelessly confront the council with pettifogging maintenance, spiritual, public safety and societal health issues. I won’t embarrass them by mentioning these wonderful people who try to express their concerns and show passionate care for our community. Most of them have done sterling unpaid service to local clubs, seniors clubs, associations and been embedded in our peninsula for years, unlike the cancel culture and supposedly “woke” recent bunch of renta-councillor lobby group members. I regard the CEO’s comments as being arrogant and politically incorrect towards these usual suspects and require a retraction and public apology. I don’t think past CEOs like Dr Michael Kennedy would have spoken like this. Many of these so-called litigious complainants have often sought support from their councillors and state politicians only to be ignored and distanced from

opportunities to participate in such events as a proposed citizens panel. Just to be listened to and some small effort to mediate a happy outcome, whether it is a council railing, a dead light bulb or overgrown grass, would show humanity and justify respect for both parties. Some of our elected representatives and paid council officers lack basic people skills and have lost the respect of the electorate. Ian Morrison, Mount Eliza

Motivated memories I’ve been reminded about the “pink batts” insulation scheme to provide jobs during the global financial crisis was a great policy rorted by a very few ratbag tradies (“Spending rules” Letters 4/5/21). But then, how could we ever forget after the ideologically-motivated, neoliberal pseudoChristian extremist party (then in opposition) and News Corp went on and on about it for months? Yet nary a word from the ideologically-motivated, neoliberal pseudo-Christian extremist government and News Corp about the hundreds of millions of dollars of JobKeeper fees paid to the corporate mafia to be passed on in profits, executive bonuses, and dividends to fat cat investors. Just think if those hundreds of millions had been paid directly to those who “earned” it. Jobs would have been maintained, small business would have benefited and more people would have been employed. Think about how many tens of thousands of dollars the ideologically motivated neoliberal pseudo-Christian extremist government would spend to collect $250 that they overpaid to a pensioner. Joe Lenzo, Safety Beach

Shocking figures The Victorian government announced a $3000 subsidy for 20,000 new electric vehicles sold here, claiming savings of $1600 a year in fuel and maintenance. Before rushing to buy one, consider: Available cars are micro or small, there are no family-sized cars. Have you ever seen an electric car towing a caravan? Mileage (range) claims are exaggerated. In the real world it’s about half that being claimed. Cars have huge and hugely expensive compliShopping mall charging stations, some free, supply 22kw. A small car with a 70kw-hour battery will need three hours to charge. Home electricity costs about 25 cents a kwh; so, with a 7kw, $2500 wall charger hard-wired into your house, the charge cost is $17. Plus the new road tax. If you live in a flat you cannot charge at home. Roadside chargers, none in most country towns, are around 45 cents a kwh, that’s $31 for this small car. Fast chargers only charge to 80 per cent and still take an hour. Electricity is not zero-emission, most of our grid is coal generated, particularly at night. The average house uses 100kwh a week. If all cars went electric we’d have to double our already inadequate power generation. EV batteries last seven to 15 years, average maybe 10. When you sell your $50,000 small car, with a weak or dud battery, it won’t be worth much, possibly zero. Brian A Mitchelson, Mornington

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Little boy shot dead at Carrum - Man charged with murder Compiled by Cameron McCullough AN extraordinary shooting tragedy took place on Sunday last, the victim being a little boy, Don Marcel Kirkham, aged five years. At the time we write, there is not much information available, beyond the fact that Clement George Eyles, aged 22 years, has been arrested on a charge of willful murder. It appears that Eyles, who is a farm laborer, and John Gervasoni had been batching at Thompson Street, Carrum, and Mr Kirkham and his little boy came to visit them. Eyles had been cleaning a room at the house, and placed a gun on the verandah. Kirkham and Gervasoni had been conversing at the back of the house, when they heard the report of a gunshot, and rushing to the verandah, they found that the little fellow had been shot through the eye, and killed instantly. It was thought to be accidental, but Detective Ethell went to Carrum on Wednesday, and, after making inquiries, he arrested Eyles on a charge of murder. The accused was lodged in the Melbourne gaol. *** For influenza colds, take Woods Great Peppermint Cure. *** Mr and Mrs J. M. Rivett, of Baxter, have had the misfortune to lose their youngest child from pneumonia. *** We omitted to state in our last issue that the State School children formed part of the Anzac procession. ***

By direction of the Committee, Mr J. D. Jennings has selected a very nice strong name-plate for the trees in the Frankston Honor Avenue. It is of brass, 5in by 1¾in, and 14 gauge. The engraving of the names is now in progress. *** Mr A. H. Gregory, of Frankston, met with a motor accident on Tuesday last. One of the wheels of the car in which Mr Gregory was travelling came off, and although he received a severe shaking he is now able to be about. *** Mr O. Olsen, who recently underwent an operation at Mount St. Evin’s Hospital, Melbourne, returned to his home at Frankson on Wednesday last. *** The committee of the Frankston Caledonian Society met on Wednesday evening last, Mr W. Crawford Young occupying the chair, and there was a large attendance. Owing to the Mechanics’ Hall undergoing repairs it was decided to postpone the concert arranged for this month until June. Several new members were proposed. *** The death of Mrs Martha Millard, wife of Mr James Millard, occurred at her residence, Wells Street, Frankston, on Sunday night last. The late Mrs Millard had been ill for some considerable time – the last five weeks being spent in a continual state of collapse – and her demise was not altogether unexpected. Although she had lingered for a long time, the end was peaceful.

The deceased lady was a Tasmanian by birth, and was 73 years of age. The daughter of the late Joseph Chudley Codell, one of the early pilots of Port Phillip Bay who had been transferred from the Tasmanian Pilot Service, she came to Frankston with her sister, the late Mrs J. Thompson, when only eight years of age, and had lived here ever since – more than 65 years. Thus, she, with her husband, watched Frankston grow from the little olden time sleepy hollow to its present commanding position and status – the outlet to Melbourne’s expanding population. Mr and Mrs Millard were married at Brighton, and had as issue two sons and five daughters, namely – Messrs Arthur (Melbourne) and Alfred Millard (Sydney), the late Mrs. Kerr, and Mesdames C. Fletcher, Kirvell, C. Bunny, and J. A. Benson, all of whom reside at Frankston. The late Mrs Millard herself was the youngest of a family of 14 children. The funeral took place on Tuesday last, when a very large number of people gathered at the graveside to pay their last respects to the fine old lady whom they so widely respected. The floral tributes were exceptionally numerous. The Rev C. Angwin, assisted by Captain Kathleen Carr, of the Salvation Army, conducted the burial service, whilst the pall-bearers were – Messrs Arthur and Alfred Millard (sons), J. A. Benson and C. Bunny (sons-in-law) and W. Kervell and J. Kerr (grandsons). *** THE circumstances of the death of Charles Clifton Welsh, of Malvern Road, Toorak, who died from injuries

sustained in a motor accident near Hastings on March 24th, were investigated at the Melbourne Morgue on Wednesday last. Kenneth McKenzie Austin, student at Trinity College, stated that he and Welsh were motoring to Flinders for the Easter holidays. They had proceeded about two miles from Toorak, when witness’s machine skidded and struck the road. Although the handle bar was broken, he rode the cycle slowly to Frankston. The bicycle was left there, and he mounted behind Welsh and continued the journey. They had just passed Hastings, at 7.30pm, when they collided with a car. They were travelling at 30 odd miles an hour, but had no lights. Evidence was given by Aage Hansen (chara-banc owner), William H. Gomm (orchardist), Constable Stanbury and Edward Algernon Leveckie. The latter said he was driving a car from Flinders to Melbourne, at 25 miles an hour. He had one headlight and two side lamps burning. He conveyed Welsh to St Pancras Hospital, Frankston, where he died. The Deputy Coroner returned verdict of accidental death, stating that Welsh had been entirely to blame in not carrying a lamp. It was, he said, one of those unfortunate accidents which were becoming all too frequent, but he exonerated Levecke from all blame. *** On the 9th March a very pretty wedding was celebrated in the local hall at Pearcedale, the contracting parties being Mr T.C. Roberts, of Hopetoun,

and Miss R. Pearce, of Pearcedale. The knot was tied by the Rev A. C. F. Gates, Church of England clergyman, Somerville. The bride, who was given away by her brother, was attired in a beautiful dress of ivory crepe-de-chine and customary wreath and veil. The bridesmaids (Miss Bessie Pearce and Miss Agnes Roberts) were becomingly robed in dresses of net over pink satin, with black picture hat and embroidered voile, with pink satin and white tuille hat. The bride carried a beautiful bouquet of white daisies, dalhias and maiden hair fern, whilst the bridesmaids carried bouquets of pink belladonna lillies and asparagus fern. The breakfast, which was served at the residence of the bride’s mother, was partaken of by the relatives and a few very old friends of the young couple. The usual toasts were proposed and responded to, and everything passed off merrily. In the evening about 130 of the young couples’ friends were entertained at an evening in the hall. Dancing and vocal items were the order of the evening, and these were thoroughly enjoyed by everyone present. The party dispersed at 3.30am and as the folk wended their ways to their respective homes each declared that it was the best night’s entertainment they had had for a long time. The happy couple spent their honeymoon at Healesville and Frankston. *** FROM the pages of the Frankston and Somerville Standard, 6 May 1921

PETE THE SHEEP A LIVELY and mischievous musical for young audiences based on the picture book ‘Pete the Sheep’ by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley is set to bound onto the Frankston Arts Centre stage. Adapted by Monkey Baa Theatre Company, with foot tapping music and lyrics by Phil Scott and comedic direction by Jonathan Biggins, Pete the Sheep is an award-winning musical, which will enthral young audiences and their adults. Shaun isn’t like the other Shearers in Shaggy Gully… he’d rather be styling than shearing and instead of ‘sheep-dog’, he has a ‘sheep-sheep’ named Pete. After being rejected by the shearers and their dogs, Shaun and Pete set up their own Shearing Salon in town and before long word is out and they are inundated with woolly clients and maybe a Ringer or two!

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This hilarious show, imaginatively told by four performers playing shearers, dogs and sheep explores the challenges and rewards of being an individual. It is a tribute to honouring your own spirit and strength, whilst working with the flock. Director, Jonathan Biggins, says, “Pete the Sheep began life on the page and now it finds a new life in the theatre. “Pete the Sheep is a simple yarn of difference, acceptance and friendship. But it was never our intention to simplify it further – why should theatre for children be devoid of sophistication, wit and wordplay? Thankfully, we’ve left in a sheep poo joke for the grownups.” Pete the Sheep can be seen Frankston Arts Centre on Friday 18 June, 10.30am & 1.30pm. Tickets at thefac.com.au or 03 9784 1060.


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Pythons come from behind to get first win DIVISION ONE

Letting it slip: Dromana weren't able to keep Frankston YCW contained, falling to a 37 point loss. Picture: Craig Barrett

By Brodie Cowburn EDITHVALE-ASPENDALE fell just short of a win in a see-sawing thriller against Mt Eliza on Saturday. Edi-Asp were looking to score their first win of the season. The Redlegs raced out of the blocks at Regents Park, taking a 29 point lead into the first break. Momentum swung the other way in the second term. An eight goals to zero blitz saw Edi-Asp muscle their way into a 15 point lead by half time. The Redlegs took advantage of having the scoring end in the third quarter, converting seven goals of their own. Heading into the final term, Mt Eliza led by 15. The Redlegs weren’t able to hit the scoreboard in the final term, but Edithvale-Aspendale couldn’t capitalise. The final siren blew with Mt Eliza one point ahead 13.8 (86) to 11.21 (87). The loss keeps Edi-Asp on the bottom of the ladder with an 0-5 record. Thomas Rourke kicked five goals for Edi-Asp. Jeremy Burton and Elliot Simmons were Mt Eliza’s best. Pines have finally won their first game of the 2021 season, getting the better of Red Hill. The Pythons did it tough, but managed to secure the points. They overcame a nine point three-quarter-time deficit to win 10.9 (69) to 13.6 (84). Guy and Beau Hendry were both influential for Pines. Guy Hendry booted five goals. Bonbeach’s great start to 2021 continued with a win over Sorrento at David Macfarlane Reserve last week. The contest looked poised to go down to the wire, with Bonbeach just two points ahead at the final break.

Superb Seaford smash disappointing Demons DIVISION TWO

Tim Broomhead’s great form for Seaford continued. He kicked four goals and was named best-on-ground. Two goals from former Richmond star Brett Deledio helped Devon Meadows get a win on Saturday. The Panthers took on Hastings at Glover Reserve. Devon Meadows got off to a great start, scoring five goals to one in the first term. Hastings weren’t able to recover from their shaky start, going on to lose 11.9 (75) to 7.15 (57).

By Brodie Cowburn RYE have come crashing down after a good start to 2021, losing to Seaford by more than 100 points. Seaford looked sensational all day, applying consistent scoreboard pressure. They scored at least five goals in every quarter of the match. Rye had no answers for Seaford, eventually succumbing to an 8.6 (54) to 23.21 (159) loss.

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but their inaccuracy in front of goal cost them badly. The Bulldogs kicked four goals and eighteen behinds for the match. Somerville ran out 31 point winners. Karingal defeated Crib Point at Ballam Park Reserve on Saturday 18.7 (115) to 10.12 (72). Langwarrin have continued their good form with a win over Chelsea.

A stunning final quarter swarm saw Bonbeach run out 8.10 (58) to 14.12 (96) winners. Trent Dennis-Lane kicked four goals for the victors. Frankston Bombers came from behind to win a thriller against Rosebud at Olympic Oval on Saturday. Down by 27 at three-quarter-time, the Bombers’ backs were to the wall. Frankston booted five goals to one in the final quarter to scrape over the line by just one point. The final score read 8.16 (64) to 8.17 (65). Frankston YCW rounded out the winner's list from round five with a 13.4 (82) to 6.9 (45) win over Dromana. The Stonecats finished the round on top of the ladder.

NEXT WEEK’S GAMES MPNFL Division One Seniors Saturday, May 15, 2021 Dromana Vs Sorrento, 2PM – Dromana Recreation Reserve Pines Vs Edithvale-Aspendale, 2PM – Eric Bell Reserve Frankston Bombers Vs Bonbeach, 2PM – Greg Beck Oval (Baxter Park) Rosebud Vs Mt Eliza, 2PM – Olympic Oval Red Hill Vs Frankston YCW, 2PM – Red Hill Recreation Reserve MPNFL Division Two Seniors Saturday, May 15, 2021 Karingal Vs Devon Meadows, 2PM – Ballam Park Reserve Tyabb Vs Somerville, 2PM – Bunguyan Reserve Chelsea Vs Mornington, 2PM – Chelsea Reserve Crib Point Vs Langwarrin, 2PM – Crib Point Recreation Reserve Seaford Vs Pearcedale, 2PM – Oval 2 Belvedere Reserve Hastings Vs Rye, 2PM – Thomas Barclay Oval SEWF Premier Friday, May 14, 2021 Tyabb Vs Eastern Devils, 7:30PM – Bunguyan Reserve Saturday, May 15, 2021 Frankston Vs Seaford, 11AM – Skybus Stadium Sunday, May 16, 2021 Mornington Vs Coburg Lions, 12PM – Alexandra Park St. Kilda Sharks Vs Mount Eliza, 2:00PM – Peanut Farm Reserve

Yabbies struggle against Sharks SEWF PREMIER

By Brodie Cowburn TYABB’S dominant start to the SEWF Premier season has come to an end at the hands of the St Kilda Sharks. The Yabbies were dominant in their first two games of the year, but faced a tougher challenge at home against the Sharks. St Kilda piled on the pressure early with a six goals to zero opening term. Tyabb were able to stop the onslaught throughout the second and third quarters, but play opened up again in the final term. A five goals to zero quarter saw St Kilda run out dominant winners over Tyabb 2.6 (18) to 13.7 (85). Jess Gardner was named in the Sharks’ best thanks to her three goals. Mornington got the better of Mt Eliza on Sunday in a scrappy contest at Alexandra Park.

Mt Eliza had plenty of opportunities throughout the day, but were let down by poor goalkicking. They kicked 2.13 for the afternoon. The Bulldogs capitalised, running out 18 point winners. Skye Nisbet scored two goals for Mornington, while Georgia Howes and Bianca Vernon also impressed. Frankston had a tough day at home on the weekend. They fell to defeat at the hands of the Eastern Devils. The Dolphins started well, holding the Devils scoreless until quarter time. They were soon overwhelmed and eventually lost 2.3 (15) to 9.5 (59). Seaford scored an impressive win in their clash against Coburg. The Tigers held Coburg goalless after the first term, running out 8.7 (55) to 1.1 (7) winners.


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Seaford United still unbeaten SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie SEAFORD United is the only local club that remains unbeaten after seven rounds of the 2021 league season. Peter Schwellinger’s side prevailed 2-1 against Chelsea in Saturday’s State 4 South local derby at North Seaford Reserve while State 1 leader Mornington and State 3 pacesetter Frankston Pines both lost their unblemished league records. Mornington went down 3-2 away to Boroondara-Carey Eagles on Saturday while Pines lost 2-1 to Hampton East Brighton at Carrum Downs Recreation Reserve on Friday night. Two second-half goals from Wayne Gordon put Mornington 2-1 up but Benjamin Osei-Safo equalised shortly after and Alex Meaney got the winner from the penalty spot in the 80th minute. Meanwhile Pines’ goalkeeper Aeseli Batikasa had a night to forget and was at fault for both of the visitors’ goals. Pines were down 1-0 at half-time but not long after the restart Joe O’Connor finished well from an Alex Roberts cross to the back post. Hampton East Brighton sub Oscar Knight was only on the pitch for five minutes before being gifted the winner when Batikasa’s attempted clearance went straight to him and he ran in and scored. In NPL2 Langwarrin lost 1-0 at home to Goulburn Valley Suns. Goulburn keeper Zac Mcleod made a superb save in the 59th minute to deny Langy striker Damir Stoilovic and the visitors broke forward quickly where Vani Shamoon finished from a one-on-one with Langy keeper Fraser Maclaren. In State 2 Peninsula Strikers drew 2-2 away against Collingwood City on Friday night while Skye United lost 2-1 at home to Heatherton United the following day. In State 4 it’s increasingly likely that only second spot is up for grabs in the promotion race as league leader Noble Park United firms into odds-on favouritism for the title. And Seaford is in the chasing pack. Peter Schwellinger and assistant Andy Lancaster have fashioned a side

Danger averted: Seaford United midfielder Jack Carter clears the ball before Chelsea striker Adrian Lotca can get to the contest. Picture: Darryl Kennedy

with structure, discipline and resolve and a side that is fit and can maintain a competitive edge right through to the final whistle. All this despite having their plans being thrown into disarray when Matthais Schwellinger’s season ended with a broken leg in a Cup match and other key players were injured. The derby against Chelsea last weekend was always going to be a test and the physical nature of Chelsea target man Adrian Lotca’s approach would have unsettled most opponents but Dean Snoxell and Jeremy Schwellinger withstood the challenge. Seaford was without suspended goal ace Dylan Waugh so Mitch Lander led the frontline with Blake Hicks and

Mitch Hawkins in supporting roles. Right back Jamie Baxter and left back Tom Hogan were given licence to get forward when the opportunity presented itself. Baxter’s first half opponent William Ong was subbed at half-time and Baxter made a series of well-timed runs in the second half that had the Chelsea defence on the back foot. Chelsea could have led in the 17th minute had Hayden Hicks not effected a good save to deny Max TimuskaCarr and the home side’s best chance came in the 39th minute through a stunning break from the back. Baxter’s crossfield pass picked out Blake Hicks on the left and he touched the ball off to Jack Carter who had

made a gut-busting run from his defensive midfield position only to blast his shot over when well positioned. A minute before the break the deadlock was broken. Chelsea failed to clear and a little dink over a static defence set up Lander who lobbed the ball over the head of keeper Calum McLauchlan. Lander had to follow up as the ball struck the post but he tucked away the rebound from point blank range. Six minutes into the second half Lander should have extended the lead. He played a one-two with Blake Hicks and charged toward goal. He placed his shot well or so it seemed until it struck the inside of the near post and bounced across the face of goal before being cleared. But two minutes later it was 2-0 when Hawkins was tripped and Blake Hicks converted from the spot. Chelsea had plenty of the ball in the last half-hour of the contest but couldn’t force Hayden Hicks into action often enough. It’s a problem that needs to be solved as Chelsea’s line-up is impressive and there’s no doubting the quality of its key players yet it has not won since the opening match of the season. It was given a lifeline against Seaford in the 80th minute when a handball prompted referee Aurel Ioana to point to the spot. Up stepped Chelsea’s leading scorer Piers Brelsford and he had no trouble converting to make it 2-1. But it wasn’t enough and there were no late Brelsford heroics this time around. In other State 4 matches Somerville Eagles went down 4-2 at home to FC Noble Hurricanes while Baxter lost 3-0 away to Sandown Lions. Somerville player-coach Dave Greening scored both his side’s goals but could not hide his disappointment after the loss. “As good as we’ve been in recent weeks we were not at the races today,” Greening said. “Silly mistakes again cost us dearly and at this level you get brutally punished.” In State 5 news Jarryd McMinimee has been released by Rosebud and could join Baxter while after just one

appearance for the ‘Buds Carlo Cardoso has called it quits due to family commitments and travel. Midfielder Callum Richardson also has stopped playing for Rosebud and can’t say whether or not he’ll play again this year. The leading local club in State 5 is Aspendale Stingrays and they continued on their way last weekend with a 4-3 win at home over Casey Panthers. Lee Barber’s outfit now sits third in the league three points behind the top two clubs with a game in hand. Adrian Pace, Taylor Davison, Hayden Nuhanovic and second-half substitute Kenan Nuhanovic scored for the Stingrays whose best were Peter Dimopoulos, Davison and James Macnab. Mount Martha lost 3-0 to Pakenham United and Rosebud drew 3-3 with White Star Dandenong. Doug Cunnison, Chris Parry and player-coach Mark Pagliarulo scored for Rosebud.

NEXT WEEK’S GAMES Friday May 14, 7.30pm: Pascoe Vale v Langwarrin – CB Smith Reserve Friday 14 May, 8.30pm: Chelsea v Somerville Eagles – Edithvale Recreation Reserve Saturday 15 May, 3pm: Mornington v Richmond – Dallas Brooks Park Peninsula Strikers v Knox City – Centenary Park Skye Utd v Collingwood City – Skye Recreation Reserve South Yarra v Frankston Pines – Fawkner Park Baxter v Seaford Utd – Baxter Park Mount Martha v Knox Utd – Civic Reserve Hampton Park Utd v Aspendale Stingrays – KM Reedy Reserve Saturday 15 May, 8.30pm: Rosebud v Pakenham Utd – Olympic Park

You can’t keep a champ down HORSE RACING

By Ben Triandafillou MORNINGTON-based trainer Brett Scott landed one of the most memorable wins of the Warrnambool May Carnival having taken out the elusive Galleywood Hurdle (3200m) just five weeks after being released from hospital. Scott was immediately flooded with congratulatory cheers following the tenacious win of his promising jumper The Statesman, ridden by another Mornington-based jockey Will Gordon, in one of the carnival’s feature jumps races on Wednesday 5 May. Scott, a four-time Grand Annual Steeplechase-winning jockey, had overcome lifethreatening injuries after being kicked in the head by a horse at his Mornington property just two months earlier. Scott said to just be at the Warrnambool Carnival was a thrill in itself, let alone win one of the feature contests. “Just walking around and talking to people I’ve known for years and then to have this horse actually give us a reason to celebrate is just great. I’m just so happy to be here again,” Scott said post-race. Despite being a prominent jumps rider in

Victoria for more than a decade, the Galleywood Hurdle always seemed to evade Scott during his riding career having finished second in the race on two occasions. A feat that he has now ticked off as a trainer. “Will Gordon has done something I couldn’t do,” Scott quipped following the victory. Jockey Will Gordon gave the seven-year-old gelding a terrific ground-saving ride, ducking up the inside of the field at the final hurdle before kicking clear to win the Galleywood by a comfortable three-length margin. “I just wanted to win it more for [Brett] Scotty and the family than anything,” Gordon said. “They’ve obviously been through a tough time recently. It’s just a massive credit to the whole family. Scotty for bouncing back, Kylie for picking up the pieces, Tylah and everyone back at home that’s been supporting them – it’s unbelievable. “Scotty being the true champ he is said ‘you just do what you want mate’. It’s my second feature race but this one is up there at the top.” The Yulong Investments-owned jumper will now head to Sandown for his next start in the Australian Hurdle (3900m).

Scotty’s back: Mornington-based trainer Brett Scott and his daughter Tylah celebrate the win of The Statesman in the Galleywood Hurdle on Wednesday 5 May. Picture: Supplied Frankston Times

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