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Feeling better: Graeme Johnson of Rosebud with Polio Australia’s program manager Mary-Ann Liethof and Nola Stewart of Frankston at Mt Eliza Business College.

MEMORIES of childhood illness were revived when a group of polio survivors toured the former Mt Eliza Rehabilitation Centre during a health and wellness retreat. Members of the group, who had received treatment at the centre, were among 70 polio survivors and their families and carers at the four-day Polio Australia Health and Wellness Retreat at Mt Eliza Business College. Those attending came from Victoria, NSW, Queensland, Tasmania, the ACT, SA and WA. The theme of the retreat was Mind, Body and Spirit with presentations given on breathing and swallowing problems, foot care and pain management and diet. “The session on mind dealt with keeping the mind active, early memories of having polio and finding that story as well as a laughter-filled art workshop,” said a member of the Mornington Peninsula Post-Polio Support Group, Fran Henke, who ran the art workshop. “The spirit was attended to with sessions on meditation and balancing your life.” Next year’s retreat will be held in Brisbane.

Costly close encounter A 45-YEAR-OLD Montrose man will have to make a $500 donation to the Dolphin Research Institute and pay court costs for going too close to dolphins while riding his jet ski near Olivers Hill. The man pleaded guilty to three offences but will avoid having a conviction recorded against him if he makes the donation to the Hastings-based research institute, is of good behaviour for four months and pays the Department of Sustainability and Environment’s court costs. DSE wildlife officer Emily Gibson said the man was placed on a magis-

trates court diversion program after pleading guilty to the offences under the Wildlife Act 1975 and Wildlife (Marine Mammal) Regulations 2009. The case followed an incident on 14 December 2010 when the man was seen approaching a pod of common dolphins while riding his jet ski off Olivers Hill, a popular launching place for the craft. Ms Gibson said jet ski the man had gone within 50 metres of the dolphins and stopped the jet ski directly in the dolphins’ direction of travel. “The dolphins quickly ducked under the water – a common response to

disturbance – after the jet ski travelled past at speed,” she said. “This case sends a clear message to recreational jet ski and boat operators that seals, dolphins and whales are protected wildlife and you must stay outside the prescribed minimum approach distance. “We are privileged to have dolphins in the bay and we want to ensure they remain here for current and future generations to enjoy.” Jet skis are classified as prohibited vessels under the regulations and are not permitted to be within 300 metres of dolphins or whales. Other recrea-

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Proof in the playing at Ballam Park THE new playground at Ballam Park has been unveiled, completing a month of upgrades to parks around Frankston to make them more attractive to children and their parents. The junior playground near the Cranbourne Rd entrance to Ballam Park features climbing walls, forts, a maze, slides and bridges along with a new rotunda next to the play area. The works cost $370,000. Other upgrades and new playgrounds were opened at Franciscan Reserve, Escarpment Reserve and Joy Reserve, next to the Joy Street Kindergarten and Maternal and Child Health Centre. Council spent more than $500,000 on the four projects. The play areas were designed by council’s design team following consultation with nearby residents, both young and old, to find out what they wanted in the parks. The play equipment was constructed by council’s parks development team. Mayor Kris Bolam said: “These works have been part of council’s continuing program of upgrading neighbourhood reserves to encourage more people to use them. “Our consultation certainly showed parents want modern play areas nearby that are more attractive to children, and these works have certainly delivered that. The upgrade at Ballam Park only adds to what is already one of the best regional playgrounds in south-eastern Melbourne .” The next round of playground works are scheduled to start in July, including Carrum Woods, Burgess, Fingal and Manna reserves, and design works for Beckenham, Dunn, Havana, Kananook and Peninsula reserves.

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Budget threat to cut workers’ free legal aid STAFF at the Peninsula Community Legal Centre are alarmed that Jobwatch, Victoria’s only free specialist employment legal service, may be forced to close. “This vital service promotes safe and fair workplaces for Victorian workers and the closure of Jobwatch would leave many already disadvantaged Victorians at risk of workplace exploitation,” said Helen Constas, CEO of Peninsula Community Legal Centre. Ms Constas said the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations Richard Dalla-Riva had told Jobwatch that it was unlikely to receive funding from the Department of Business and Innovation after 30 June. “Jobwatch, like Peninsula Community Legal Centre, has provided a crucial service to Victorians for more than 30 years. It has enabled access to just outcomes for the most disadvantaged Victorian workers who cannot afford private legal assistance and are unable to obtain assistance anywhere else.” Ms Constas said Jobwatch was the only free specialist employment legal service of its kind in Victoria. “There are organisations such as Fair Work

Australia, the Fair Work Ombudsman and Work Safe Victoria, which provide the community with general legal information on relevant workplace matters. However, these services do not provide the same level of information, advice and representation in their services as Jobwatch. “We understand that Victoria Legal Aid generally does not provide legal representation in employment matters and refers many people directly to Jobwatch for assistance.” Jobwatch’s telephone information service takes about 11,000 calls each year, 55 per cent of which are referred from Fair Work Australia and the Fair Work Ombudsman. “About 350 people have sought advice from Peninsula Community Legal Centre in relation to employment matters in the past two years alone, with many of these being referred to Jobwatch for a more specialised service,” Ms Constas said. “If Jobwatch is forced to close, the legal centre would be heavily impacted with increased demands for assistance in complex employment issues.” For more information about free legal services, contact Peninsula Community Legal Centre on 9783 3600 or visit www.pclc.org.au

Gallery breaks attendance record MORE than 300,000 people have visited McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park at Langwarrin in the past three years. Attendance records in 2008 and 2010 were the two highest years in the park’s 40-year history with 123,000 and 109,000 visitors respectively. Voting in the Frankston City Award at the gallery shows that 59 per cent of visitors are drawn from other areas of Melbourne; 11 per cent come from the Mornington Peninsula; 9 per cent from country Victoria; 5 per cent from interstate; and 1 per cent from overseas.

The main attraction over summer has been the 2011 McClelland Survey. The $100,000 prize was taken out this year by Louise Paramor for her work Top shelf. There is also $20,000 on offer for the work that receives the most public votes in the Frankston City Award. Voting closes on Saturday 11 June and everyone who casts a vote goes into the running to win a one-night stay at a Melbourne hotel. Visitors also go into the draw to win weekend accommodation at a Frankston apartment with sparkling wine and chocolates on arrival.


Smoke bans may widen

High hopes: Plans have been drawn up for a 13-storey building at 10 and 12 Davey St, Frankston, (left) while at least 19 $1000 deposits were taken for a “phantom” development on the neighbouring site next to Kittens nightclub, although no permit has been issued.

Davey St plans reaching new heights By Keith Platt AN architect has been hired by Frankston Council to recommend maximum heights for buildings in the city centre. Findings for one of the city’s most prominent and valuable precincts have already been handed in, although details have yet to be released. The main focus of the architect’s early investigations included a string of once stately homes in Davey St which are likely to become subject to a heritage overlay. Although there is no height limit set for any new buildings, the “preferred” maximum is 20 metres. A developer who last September

unveiled plans for a $13-$16 million eight-storey apartment block has redesigned the project and added and extra five storeys (‘High rise for Davey St’, The Times September 2011). Ross Voci of the South Melbournebased PNP Property Group said he hoped council would increase height limits to more than 32 metres. The properties along Davey St sit on a ridge overlooking central Frankston and the bay. Any apartments built there would command bay views and across to Melbourne and the Dandenong Ranges. The attraction for real estate investment seems obvious and last month it

was revealed by The Age newspaper that at least 19 investors had been induced to pay $1000 deposits on apartments, even though no approach had been made to council for the “phantom” 33-storey building. The 180-apartment project being promoted by Gateway Tower Developments was earmarked for land now occupied by a former church next to Kittens nightclub. Plans for the $100 million building listed apartments ranging in price from $340,000 to $1.68 million. Gateway does not own the land, which remains on the market. Mr Voci said developers in Frank-

ston would be unable to obtain “a satisfactory yield” unless height limits were lifted. The latest plans for his proposed development at 10 and 12 Davey St had been drawn up by international architects Denton Corker Marshall “to a very high standard of design”. The 13-storey building, to be named Ario after his father, incorporates two existing 1930s houses in anticipation of heritage protection. The original plans included basement car parking, an 80-seat licensed restaurant, serviced offices and a walkway leading from Davey St to a rear laneway bordering Frankston oval.

SMOKERS in Frankston are facing permanent “smoke-free outdoor areas” following six months of trials by Frankston Council. Councillors are considering widening bans to some streets not included in the trials as well as beaches, prominent sporting reserves and playgrounds. Smoking will be banned in Station St Mall, Shannon St Mall, west side of Young St between Wells St and Station St Mall, Gallery Lane, and Stiebel Place. Also included in the permanent bans will be the west side of Young St, between Station St and Beach St, Clyde St Mall, and Balmoral St. More than $52,000 has been set aside for signs designating the nonsmoking areas. Permits issued for kerbside trading throughout the municipality will also include a non-smoking clause. Councillors were told that banning kerbside stallholders from smoking would reduce the number of stalls and complaints from shopkeepers that they were losing business. Other smoke-free outdoor areas under consideration are the west side of Young St between Wells St and Playne St, Wells St, Thompson St, and the Hastings Rd service lane. Submissions against the smoking bans included: • Council should be dealing with drug users, violence, litter on beaches and crime; • Breeching of human rights and discrimination against smokers; • Concerns for business trade in the smoke-free areas; • Requests for smoking areas; • The ban is a revenue-raising activity.

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Early grapes a warming sign You be the judge: Judges compare notes at Mornington racecourse during the 2010 International Cool Climate Wine Show.

Cool wins matter of taste COLOURS and palates will be under the microscope at Mornington next month. But instead of being scrutinised for their use in creating some form of artwork, the two subjective tastes will be used by judges awarding medals at the International Cool Climate Wine Show. The annual event that began on the Mornington Peninsula 12 years ago promotes the grape varieties and wine styles of cool climate regions. The event comprises judging, a public tasting, a lunch and a dinner at Mornington Racing Club’s Gunnamatta Room.

The show attracts more than 600 entries from the cool climate regions of Australia and New Zealand – about 20 per cent from the Mornington Peninsula, 20 per cent from Tasmania and 20 per cent from across the Tasman. Wines are also entered from the Yarra Valley, Macedon Ranges, Whitlands and Geelong in Victoria and the Limestone Coast and Adelaide Hills in South Australia. The most popular grapes used to make the cool climate wines are pinot noir, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and riesling. As part of the wine show

week, 10 peninsula restaurants and cafes are offering a twocourse lunch featuring local produce and a glass of cool climate wine for $49.50. The offer is available only on Friday 27 May. Public tasting of the wines at the racing club is 6-8pm Wednesday 25 May; the awards presentation dinner is 7-11pm Friday 27; and the Cool Climate Classic Lunch on Friday 27 May at restaurants around the peninsula. Details: www. classiclunches.com.au Details of the wine show are at www.coolclimatewineshow. org.au or call 5983 2400.

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By Mike Hast MORNINGTON Peninsula grapes being harvested earlier than historically normal since 1998 was a key marker of climate warming, says climate scientist Roger Jones. Dr Jones, of the Centre for Strategic Economic Studies at Victoria University, told the Greenhouse 2011 Conference in Cairns last week that regional warming occurs in a series of “steps” rather than as a gradual trend. Southeastern Australia had experienced two large steps in warming during the past 45 years. The evidence showed most of the change was not due to natural climate variability. “On the Mornington Peninsula, grapes have ripened at least three weeks earlier since an abrupt shift in 1998. The forest fire danger index in Victoria has increased by almost 40 per cent from 1997,” he told delegates. Two large steps occurred in 1968 – when minimum temperature increased by 0.7°C and an underlying change in maximum temperature was masked by increased rainfall – and 1997-98, when maximum temperature increased by 0.9°C and rainfall fell by 9 per cent. Most of the warming in southeastern Australia had occurred during these two periods, with little change in between. The southern hemisphere also warmed in a step-wise fashion in these two periods. In 1997, the step-change was mirrored globally, with average temperatures worldwide increasing by 0.3°C, he said. When regional climate simulated by 11 climate models was analysed, the same patterns of change were found. “Early 20th century climate is stable in all simulations until the second half of the 20th century,” he said. “Warming begins abruptly in one or two steps, then during the 21st century, as greenhouse gas emissions accelerate, regional temperature warms in steps and trends.” The 1968 step-change also coincided with major decreases in rainfall over southwest Western Australia. Professor Jones said major effects of the 199798 step change in southeastern Australia included increased fire danger, heat stress, water shortages and faster crop ripening times. “Most planning for adaptation to climate change is based on assuming gradual change. These findings have the potential to completely alter how we manage changing climate risks.” Last year, Snow Barlow, professor of horticulture and viticulture at the University of Melbourne who owns a vineyard north of Melbourne, said he rarely meets a climate change sceptic in the wine industry. He said Australian winemakers were at the forefront of climate change detection as most growers carefully recorded details of their

vineyards, including temperatures, grape picking dates, sugar and acid readings, and soil moisture levels. In 2007 one of the peninsula’s best known vineyards, Red Hill Estate, harvested its crop the earliest in its 18-year history, two weeks before picking in 2006. Chief winemaker Michael Kyberd said milder winters and drier conditions had triggered early budding on the vines, and fruit was becoming ready for harvest earlier each year. He had been on the peninsula for a decade by 2007 and in his time, harvest was now a full month earlier. Some winemakers say the drought, which broke last winter, had been responsible for earlier ripening.

Dr Jones, I presume ROGER Jones was the principal research scientist with the CSIRO’s marine and atmospheric research in Aspendale before taking up a post with Victoria University in early 2009. Trained as a physical scientist, he has a Bachelor in Earth Sciences, a PhD in palaeoclimate studies and applies an interdisciplinary focus to understanding climate change risk, bridging science, economics and policy. He joined CSIRO in 1996 and developed methods for assessing the risks of climate change. They contributed to the Australian Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, the United Nations Development Program adaptation policy frameworks and are used by researchers in Australia and overseas. Earlier in his career, Dr Jones investigated the 16,000-year history of climate change in western Victoria by modelling water levels of crater lakes. He has published more than 100 papers, book chapters and reports.

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steaming past Portsea Beach (you can see the pub in the background) and later when he had a closer look at the image, saw the dolphin (silhouetted against the Polperro) leaping out of the pressure wave created by the ship’s bulbous bow as well as a smaller dolphin in the water.


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Surfers answer call of the bell By Keith Platt MANY of the Mornington Peninsula’s surfing old guard have once again followed the road to Bells Beach for a “gathering of the tribe reunion”. The east coast surfers rallied to the call of the bell, some coming from as far away as Queensland’s Gold and Sunshine coasts. These days it is easy to avoid the straight stretches of the Geelong Rd by catching the car ferry from Sorrento to Queenscliff, something that was out of the question in the early days of contest surfing at Bells. The reunion was held Saturday 16 April as a lead-in to the 50th anniversary of the Easter Bells Beach surfing contest, won the following week by Queenslander Joel Parkinson. Invited to the reunion was “anyone who has ever competed in the event (main or trials), officiated, worked at or come to watch”. Among the peninsula crew were surfers who had competed and helped run the event, which has now become a major stop-off on the world tour of surfing contests that each year culminates with a series of competitions in Hawaii. Making the trip were Peninsula Surf Centre’s Ted Bainbridge, Trigger Brothers’ Paul and Phil Trigger, Peter Wilkinson, Rod McCarthy, the Fowler brothers, surfboard makers Mick Pierce and Neil Oke, surf coach Ian Portingale (now living in Queensland), former contest judges Peter Wilkinson and Rob McCartney and Jon Wilson of Balin. Former foes in the water were friends in the Bells car park, now ringed by portable stands of tiered seating of a type most frequently seen at motor racing grand prix. The coveted viewing spots among the hardy, naturally bonsaied vegetation clinging to the cliff face are now out of bounds. Onlookers must keep inside fences, or the beach below. The old guard from the west and the east coasts stood around in the car park, swapping tales of past and present deeds. Names were raised and guesses made to explain their absence or mention made of their passing. While the organisation of the contest has changed along with communications in the digital age, the waves remain the same. The right-handers peeling from the almost perfect reef off Bells are the same as they ever were. The classic shape is confirmed in old photos charting the changes in fashion of surfboards and dress. Mingling with the crowds in the car park were former winners and losers. Surf company moguls as well as champion surfers may be counted among surfing royalty, but all wear thongs, T-shirts and jeans. But no matter what has happened in their lives or careers, waves are a great leveller. The sea is the ultimate force that binds these varied characters to each other and makes Bells such a special event on the world’s surfing stage.

Back to Bells: Clockwise from top: A line-up of east coast surfers, including Rob McCartney, Chris Fowler and Ian Portingale, front, and from left standing, Gavin Duffy, Mick Pierce, Neil Crumble, Mark Harrison, John Collins, Mark McCabe, Phil Nichols, Mark Howey, Scott Abbott, Peter Wilkinson, Ian Cochrane, Geoff Vockler, Tony Fowler and Ted Bainbridge.

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Houdini’s aquarium escape Song support for Dolphins By Keith Platt HOUDINI is renowned for being an escape artist. Bound in chains, he would untangle himself and escape from a variety of tight situations. To the amazement and applause of crowds watching from below (if dangling from a building) or above (submerged in a tank), Houdini would invariably emerge safe from harm. Years later another escape artist with the same name left people shaking their heads in disbelief. Standing in the shallows at Sorrento in 1996, Richard Thorpe watched as Houdini the New Zealand fur seal came up for seemingly one last look at his owner before disappearing beneath the waves. Mr Thorpe’s Houdini had been the star attraction at the nearby Sorrento aquarium until he made his dramatic escape while being trained to swim around in the shallows before waddling back to his pool. “He was supposed to walk down between the people to the sea where he would swim to the middle and then catch fish we threw to him,” Mr Thorpe, of Frankston South, said. “The seal trainer had thrown him about five whiting before he finally popped his head up. “I reckon I could read his mind and immediately thought ‘this guy’s gonna go’. “He ducked back under and was gone.” Mr Thorpe said he was taken up in the Southern Peninsula Rescue Squad’s helicopter to look for Houdini. The search proved fruitless and once

Wave wall: Workers build a house on the waterfront at Sorrento are overshadowed by wave mural that once formed part of the Sorrento aquarium. Picture: Andrew Mackinnon, www.aquamanships.com

they hovered over Chinaman’s Hat, the game was over. There was no way of identifying Houdini among the many seals frolicking about in the water or lolling on the structure’s timbers. Mr Thorpe and his wife Robyn were the last ones to run the property in St Aubins Way, Sorrento, as an aquarium. Since then it has had several uses, including a restaurant, and is now a construction site for a waterfront house. Owner Nick Williams intends to replace the jetty, which has already been demolished at the front of the property, and he has laid to rest what he describes as a “Sorrento urban myth”. Contrary to many reports, contractors demolishing the aquarium did not find 10,000 pounds Sterling in a wall cavity. “I wish they had,” Mr Williams told

The Times. “It would be terrific if it was true, but I can assure you it isn’t.” Mr Williams said he was bound by a confidentiality agreement and was unable to disclose the amount he paid for the aquarium. Mornington Peninsula Shire statutory planner Arthur Cooksley said a permit for the two-storey house was issued in July 2010. One objection had been received, which was settled after mediation at the Victorian and Civil Administrative Tribunal. “The approved building is not significantly different in scale to the former aquarium building,” Mr Cooksley said. Mr Williams said the house would be finished later this year and a new jetty opened next Easter.

I LOVE FRANKSTON Footy Day is back at Frankston Park on Saturday, 14 May, and this year sees a great lineup for parents and kids along with the Frankston Dolphins playing in the VFL game of the week, broadcast live on ABC1. World renowned Victorian blues guitarist Geoff Achison, who won the coveted Albert King Award at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, will be one of the main attractions, performing two sets at 12.30pm and 2:10pm. This is one of Geoff’s last shows before he heads off on another tour of the USA. For the children the day features free entertainment including temporary tattoos, jumping castle, handball competitions, slides, fairy floss, hot brush art and the What? Truck complete with Playstation 3, Wii, X-box, computers, internet access, DVDs, magazines, music and other activities. The Dolphins take on the Carltonaligned Northern Bullants at 1.10pm, with the Bullants expected to feature as many as 18 Carlton players. The Bullants have played in the last two VFL Grand Finals, but two years ago the Dolphins toppled the top-ofthe-table Port Melbourne on I Love Frankston Footy Day, and they’ll be keen to cause another upset with 100,000 people watching on TV. Entertainment runs from 11.45pm

to 4pm, entry is free for children under 15, $5 for concession and $10 for adults, with all entertainment free. Frankston Park is located on the corner of Young and High streets in Frankston, for more information go to www.frankston.vic.gov.au or call 1300 322 322.

Councillor costs FORMER Frankston mayor Cr Christine Richards topped the councillors’ expense account list in 2009-10. In her mayoral year Cr Richards claimed $14,413, followed by Cr Sandra Mayer on $13,736, of which nearly $8000 was for childcare. Expenses claimed by 2008-09 mayor Cr Colin Hampton came to $9892. Cr Glenn Aitken was the lowest spending councillor, claiming just $398 for fares. Councillors’ expenses for the year were $65,232, averaging $7248 a councillor.

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HASTINGS Hastings turns 150 in 2011 With a history masked in intrigue, the beautiful township of Hastings is turning the ripe age of 150 this year. Established by early Europeans, the land was formerly known as King’s Creek – after the first settlers, the King family. Now called Hastings, it is unknown whether the village was named after its British fishing village counterpart, or the British Imperial Administrator, a local resident, Warren Hastings.

Since opening in 1911, the Flinders Naval Depot was renamed HMAS Cerberus in 1963. As an impeccable training facility, HMAS Cerberus attracts school leavers from all over Australia, and is proudly home to some of the country’s finest naval personnel. Combining the friendly village atmosphere with an abundance of picturesque wineries and beaches that fringe Hastings, this township is becoming more the day trip destination for families and couples looking for something off the beaten track.

Established as a fishing village, Hastings has a rich heritage of booming business. The railway line and establishment of orchards in the 1800s meant that many people and businesses flocked into Hastings to make it a thriving township.

With hundreds of boutique shops settling into High Street there is an endless supply of unique trinkets and products to sample and buy. Enriched with a tremendous history, Hastings is becoming more popular by the day!

With one of the deepest natural ports in the world, Hastings is often one of the first destinations for large shipping containers. Marking a major milestone in the 1970s and taking advantage of this rare opportunity, Esso and BlueScope Steel moved their manufacturing plants to call Hastings home. As the largest employer on the Peninsula, the township underwent another boom period as demand for new housing increased.

For the history buffs, you can visit the Hastings-Westernport Historical Society Museum on Marine Parade. Complete with a Gun Museum and Fishing Museum, you can take the children on a tour of White Fairy Garden, the Back Garden and Remembrance Garden. Open 2-4pm Sundays and 10am-12pm Wednesdays. Admission is by gold coin donation for adults, children go free when accompanied by an adult.

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Complete with ample free parking, Hastings has endless opportunities to whet your appetite. With freshly brewed coffee wafting in the air, you can sample freshly baked goods at any number of the intimate cafes or spoil yourself with a succulent exotic meal from one of the local restaurants. There is no excuse to go home hungry when in Hastings. As a gateway to Southern Peninsula locations, like Flinders and Merricks, Hastings is a perfect location

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Man dies at boat harbour

Scissorhands: Mt Martha Community Bank chairman Nick Roberts cuts the ribbon being held by Bendigo and Adelaide Bank chief executive Mike Hirst.

Bank opens the door MT Martha’s Bendigo Community Bank opened its doors on Thursday 7 April. The town’s residents and shopkeepers acted swiftly by forming a committee to set up their own community bank after National Australia Bank announced in April 2009 it was closing several branches on the Mornington Peninsula including Mt Martha. Mt Martha Community Bank director Barry Kirkpatrick said it was “very pleasing to see the large crowd present when Bendigo and Adelaide Bank chief executive Mike Hirst officially opened our branch”. Mr Hirst said community bank bran-

ches had put more than $50 million back into communities for projects, usually in conjunction with local governments, that otherwise would not have been finished in the short term. “Not only has Mt Martha Community Bank become one of the quickest on record from start of project to the opening of the branch – two years – but also it showed that communities that bank locally with their community banks can make a difference in what can be achieved; a bank that puts funds back into the local community to help with projects that benefit all.” Terri Rew

Recovery: Water police tie up at Yaringa boat harbour after recovering the body of a man believed to have drowned after falling while boarding his moored boat.

A CORONER’S inquest is expected to be held into the death of a man whose body was found on a mudflat near Yaringa boat harbour, Somerville. Water police recovered the body after being alerted by a security guard

from the harbour at about 8am on Good Friday. Senior Sergeant Steve O’Neill of Hastings police said the dead man, 49, may have slipped into the water while climbing aboard his boat after 10pm

on Thursday, 21 April. It is understood the man, who worked at the boat harbour, had been drinking with a friend on another boat and it was raining heavily when he returned to his own vessel.

Great War stories of peninsula ‘boys’ By Mike Hast RELATIVES of peninsula pioneering families descended on the Royal Hotel at Mornington on Sunday for the launch of a unique history book. Our Boys at the Front – a compilation of letters, diary entries, stories, war poems and photos from The Peninsula Post – brings together information about the First World War from what was once the peninsula’s dominant local paper. The Post was published between 1913 and the late 1970s. The book was launched by former Howard government Veterans Affairs Minister, Dunkley MP Bruce Billson in front of more than 100 people crowded into the stunning Victoriana Room at the hotel. Pioneering names like Stone, Sorrell, Garlick, Tuck, Butler, Allchin, Bradford, Coxhell, Jones, Linley, Miller, Bryant, Connop, Haddock, Harrison, McLear, Oldfield, Olley and Skelton were either represented or feature strongly in the book, which comes with a DVD. The DVD contains a short documentary as well as scanned stories, biographies, feature articles and 140 poems from The Post, and the entire 424-page book in PDF format with its lists of almost 700 men who went to war, the units in which they served, timeline of the war and a comprehensive index. The book and DVD are the work of the Mornington & District Historical Society and supporters, historical societies and financial backers including the Tallis Foundation, Grand, Royal and Kirkpatricks hotels

of Mornington, Victorian Community Fund – Holsworth Local Heritage Trust, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, Mornington Racing Club and Dymocks Mornington. Society president Diane White said the project had its genesis in the late 1990s when the society decided to scan, or digitise, the crumbling pages of its archive of The Post. It applied for and won a federal grant with the assistance of Mr Billson, she said. “During the process we saw the potential for many books about the Mornington Peninsula in the newspaper’s pages, especially the story of the First World War. “I remember talking to Bill Coventry who said it was mateship that helped keep our peninsula ‘boys’ together.” (Former prison of war Bill Coventry, who died last year aged 91, was the driving force behind the creation of Memorial Park in Mornington, and was active in Legacy and the wider returned services community. A path is named in his honour at the park.) Mrs White praised Michael Collins, who wrote the book, and the other members of the publications committee including Val Wilson, Janet Groves, Vicky Sapkin, Marg Nichols, Wendy Clark, Derek Smith and Frank Green. (She omitted herself and husband Keith, who worked on photos and illustrations, and production of the book and DVD.) Mr Collins said it had been a major undertaking: “We’ve got here at last.” The driver was the amount of information in The Post and wanting to make it available to a wider audience. The book was the compilation of

Pioneer families: At the launch were, from left front, Chris Johnstone, Val Davenport, Beryl Burrowes, Janet McKie and Audrey Reeves; from left rear, Adrian Sayle, Kevin Davies, Don Stone, Barbara Thorn, Dorothy Watt, Doreen Stone, Norma Stewart and Janet Groves.

more than 200 issues of the newspaper that had been “condensed, summarised, reordered and grouped in topics”. “During the war, most peninsula residents got news of the war from the daily newspapers, but The Post provided a valuable and contemporary perspective of what communities went through. Here are the stories of the boys that have remained hidden; the boys who answered the call to colours,” he said. Peninsula men had taken part in nearly every major engagement of the

war; from the landing at Gallipoli, in the deserts of the Middle East and on the Western Front. Some letters covered the first, fateful day of the Gallipoli landing, on Sunday 25 April. One soldier of Dromana wrote in the understated way of the time that “we had a hot time of it”. The book records stories from the war front as well as from the home front, where residents produced items for parcels to send to their boys. The Post’s wartime publisher, Frederick Grantley, whose descendants

were at the book launch, wrote editorials about controversials issues such as recruitment and conscription as well as support for the wounded, their repatriation, relief funds and government war loans to pay for the long conflict. About 118 peninsula men were killed or died from wounds, and those who returned were welcomed home with special celebrations and given medals by their grateful communities. Many were wounded or suffered from shell shock. Repatriation and absorbing them back into the community was another demand to which much support was given. It also led to the foundation of the RSL. Bruce Billson said Our Boys at the Front was “a blessing, a gift being handed over today”. “This is a vivid account of wartime experiences, many of which will make your hair curl. It’s the story of individuals and the pain felt by their families. “It’s a wonderful tribute to people who gave so much.”  Our Boys at the Front: 1914-18 The Mornington Peninsula at War from the pages of The Peninsula Post ($39.95) is available from peninsula bookshops and newsagents, the Shrine of Remembrance bookshop, Hylands Bookshop, 1/23-31 Heffernan Lane, Melbourne (9654 7448) and by mail order from Mornington & District Historical Society, PO Box 71, Mornington 3931 (add $9.50 for post and handling). The society is based at the Old Post Office, Main St, Mornington, and is open on Sunday afternoons. Frankston Times May 2011

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Spoil your mother on Mother’s Day. Make or buy her a cheesecake. BLUE BAY CHEESE have all the necessary ingredients with the cheese (made on the premises) and free range eggs which are used for this cake. They also sell freshly made cheesecakes. Truly from paddock to plate experience. Blue Bay Cheesecake is very light, gluten free and simply delicious. This is a cross between a pudding and a cake. When served warm, the luscious soft and delicate centre is beautifully balanced by the tang of the lemon. Irene keeps the old-fashioned recipe and still makes those cakes in the traditional way. She is very happy to share her recipe. BLUE BAY CHEESECAKE. Serves 12-15. Preparation time: 45 minutes, baking time: 45 minutes. Ingredients: 500g Blue Bay Ricotta 500g Blue Bay Quark 3 large or 5 small free range eggs 1 lemon(juice and rind) 200g caster sugar 1 tbsp corn flour 1 tsp vanilla extract Sprinkle Icing sugaron the top to serve. Strawberries or any other fresh berries or coulis can be served on the top as well. 1.Preheat the oven to 170˚C. Grease a 20cm/8in, loose-bottomed cake tin with the olive oil or butter. Line the base with baking paper. 2.Separate the egg whites from the yolks. 3. Beat the egg yolks and sugar, mix in the ricotta and quark cheese, followed by corn flour, vanilla extract and the lemon juice and rind until the mixture is light and fluffy. 4. Beat the egg whites in a clean bowl until they start to form stiff peaks, then gently fold into the cake mixture. 5. Pour into the prepared cake tin, smooth over the top and smear with the beaten egg yolk. Bake in the oven for about 45 minutes- to 1hour, until lightly browned and still slightly soft in the centre. Allow to cool slightly in the tin, then turn out. Serve warm or cold, dusted with icing sugar or coulis on the top.

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Made in Japan JUNE last year saw Made in Japan sneak under the radar into the back streets of Mornington at 1 Watt Rd, near the Yuilles Rd corner. A dedicated following of loyal customers, both old and new, have in turn been been sneaking in to search through the treasure trove of unique and beautiful product that never ceases to delight and intrigue. A recently arrived ceramic shipment (yes, it made it through the tsunami) lots of new furniture & Antiques, have added even more interest and excitement to the amazing array of homewares and furnishings from Japan and the Orient for which Made in Japan is renowned. Endless new ideas for Mothers’ Day gifts are in store now including kimono, tea sets, bags, hair ornaments, beautiful ceramics and fabrics as well as incense, ikebana accessories, vintage dolls – the list goes on... Add to that the range of vintage ceramic and tableware that is still being sorted - some dating from as far back as the 1950’s – and you have a truly unique shopping destination second to none on the Peninsula.

So feel free to drop in and say hi, stay for a chat, pick up something gorgeous and then go home and tell everyone you know about the wonderful shopping experience that is Made in Japan in Mornington. And the new extended trading hours mean that you’ll have

even more opportunities to drop by for a visit… Made in Japan Furniture & Homewares Outlet store 3/1 Watt Rd , Mornington. Ph 5976 3464 New Trading hours: Tues to Sat 10am-4pm; Sun 11am–3pm (Closed Mondays)

Mothers Day at the drive-in

ROMANTIC love story, nostalgic surrounds, and a prize draw for 2 people to be pampered at Peninsula Hot Springs…… With the special pre-release of the movie ‘Water for Elephants’, on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th May 2011, all patrons can entered into the draw for a Natural Balance Treatment Package for two at Peninsula Hot Springs, drawn Sunday night; the perfect way to refresh your mind, body and spirit. Every patron viewing the movie will receive a small gift on the night. “Peninsula Hot Springs is the first natural hot springs & day spa centre in Victoria around 1.5Hrs from Melbourne. Natural thermal mineral waters flow into the pools and private baths providing the idyllic setting for relaxation and rejuvenation. Peninsula Hot Springs makes it possible to bathe in the naturally healing waters of mineral rich thermal pools”. So take a trip back to memory lane and visit our classic 50’s drive- in picture theatre, relive an experience, with your favorite guy or gal, bring the kids, we cater for all ages. Dromana 3 Drive In has been

showcasing movies to locals and tourists since 1962. Independent and still in the Whitaker family, “We show movies for all tastes; for the romantics, the comics, for families through to the thrillers”. 1950’s retro styled Shel’s Diner, a unique feature to the Drive In, is exclusive to patrons. The classic burgers are the real deal, milkshakes, cappuccinos, cinnamon donuts, ‘Dippin Dots’ Ice cream and so much more. Enjoy in the diner, which caters for 75 people seated ,or take back to your car or under the stars. Dromana Drive In is located at Dromana on the Mornington Peninsula, about 15 minutes

drive from Frankston. It is one of only 3 drive-ins that continue to operate in Victoria, a popular destination place for tourists and locals. www.drivein.net.au Info: 0359 872492 Water for Elephants: When Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, drifters, and misfits, a second-rate circus struggling to survive during the Great Depression, making one-night stands in town after endless town. A veterinary student who almost earned his degree, Jacob is put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It is there that he meets Marlena, the beautiful young star of the equestrian act, who is married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. He also meets Rosie, an elephant who seems untrainable until he discovers a way to reach her. Water for Elephants is illuminated by a wonderful sense of time and place. It tells a story of a love between two people that overcomes incredible odds in a world in which even love is a luxury that few can afford.

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is something best served in t-shirt form. It was quite a sizeable irony – I would estimate between XXL and XXXL – that the offer for which I had apparently been ‘selected’ came in the form of a free t-shirt. Blinded by my sense of betrayal, tears stinging my eyes, I immediately logged on. The basic premise was that you could design your own t-shirt for free and get it shipped to you with the kind of speed that normally requires the use of lycra. They used to say there were five stages

of grief – denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Or, as they are colloquially known; sporty, scary, baby, posh and ginger. Then, like an ever-expanding home and away football season, they decided to add a further two stages of grief. It is widely accepted that the additional stages are confusion and, most importantly, sarcasm. Luckily, I had been chosen for accelerated advancement through the five (plus the two extra) stages of grief and by the time I’d logged on to design my t-shirt, I was at ‘sarcasm’. Frankly, sarcasm is something I wear remarkably well. It is a slim-fit state of mind for me, and I eagerly set about designing a t-shirt that would be so witheringly incisive that it would cause Ticketmaster to fall, helpless to its knees and beg my forgiveness. But what message could possibly be so powerful? ‘Ticketmaster sux’? Too crass. ‘Ticketmaster made me feel more special than I am’? Accurate, but not so good on a t-shirt. The answer was obvious and the message as simple as it was inevitable: ‘I have been selected’. I have never before designed so much as a sock much less an entire t-shirt. I would have to say that I took to it not necessarily like a duck to water but at least an egret. The results, if I do say myself (and, for lack of alternatives, I certainly do), were most impressive. Having sent off my order, I sat back and waited for the world as Ticketmaster knew it to crumble to dust. It arrived after only five or six days, despite my choice of ‘standard’

postage. As I pulled out my t-shirt, I marveled at the genius of my blistering retort. From this moment on, all of corporate Australia would surely be on notice. Here was one person who would no longer tolerate their shenanigans. Things were bound to change. All I had to do was put on my t-shirt and wait for Ticketmaster to see the error of its ways. I have now been wearing my ‘I have been selected’ t-shirt for the best part of two weeks without a result. Maybe they’re embarrassed. But perhaps the real lesson here is not to take things at face value, or even body value despite the fact it is wrapped in a complimentary t-shirt. For now, let me simply say that I curse the day that I ever stared across a crowded room at Ticketmaster. Like the Mata Hari of ticket service providers, I had been seduced into thinking that I was something special when nothing could be further that the truth. It occurs to me now that such declarations of affection are all too common in the business world. These corporate trollops think they can get away with treating us like the gullible fools we most certainly are. No more. From now on, I’ll not believe a single word they say. My capacity to be sucked in like a marble up a vacuum pipe has now come to end. I am not a valued customer. They do not value my feedback. This offer is not limited and, in spite of my t-shirt’s sarcastic protestations to the contrary, I have not been selected. www.stuartmccullough.com

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A drunk stumbles along a baptismal service on Sunday afternoon down by the river. He proceeds to walk down into the water and stand next to the Preacher. The minister turns and notices the old drunk and says, “Mister, Are you ready to find Jesus?” The drunk looks back and says, “Yes,Preacher. I sure am.” The minister then dunks the fellow under the water and pulls him right back up. “Have you found Jesus?” the preacher asked. “No, I didn’t!” said the drunk. The preacher then dunks him under for quite a bit longer, brings him up and says, “Now, brother, have you found Jesus?” “No, I did not Reverend.” The preacher in disgust holds the man under for at least 30 seconds this time brings him out of the water and says in a harsh tone, “My God, have you found Jesus YET?” The old drunk wipes his eyes and says to the preacher...”Are you sure this is where he fell in?”

ANSWER: A river

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FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT

Entertainment AUSTRALIAN country music singer Nicki Gillis is a traditionalist who weaves in and out with a touch of soul and jazz. The daughter of Italian and Croatian migrants, Nicki was singing from age six and was a backing singer for major Perth tours at 16. She enjoys great success in Australia but is one of a few local acts who enjoys great success overseas including the United Kingdom, Belgium and Sweden. Nicki has also toured Iraq, Kuwait, East Timor, Solomon Islands, the UK, United States and Germany. In 2007 she released her debut album Lucy’s Daughter, which produced three Top 10 singles taking her total of Top 10s to 10. Nicki has picked up a swag of awards along the way including the 2010 People’s Choice Award, 2009 Frank Ifield International Spur Award, 2008 Australian Golden Saddle Award for Best Entertainer, and she won the Gympie Muster Talent Search. Nicki recalls her music heritage: “Mum played keyboards and piano, and sang while dad played the drums.

Mum also taught piano and was the leader of the church choir. “Growing up we listened to all sorts of music including The Judds, INXS, Laura Branigan, John Farnham, Divinyls and U2. My first big concert was INXS at the Perth Entertainment Centre.” Nicki is a big John Farnham fan and is currently playing the soundtrack to Burlesque in her CD. Her latest album is Woman of Substance, which contains some of her favourite songs as well as fan requests. “The album was inspired by fans who over the years have either asked me to sing these songs or have asked

for them on CD after watching me perform,” she said. I never thought anybody could sing a Carly Simon song until I heard the first track on the album, You’re So Vain, which is probably the best track on the album with Ode to Billy Joe, Ballad of Lucy Jordan, Harper Valley PTA and River Deep, Mountain High not far behind. “You’re So Vain was written by Carly Simon and when I was young, I thought the words in the chorus were ‘there were clowns in my coffee’ and for some reason it made sense.” Some excellent guitar work is featured by Bob Howe on the Ike and Tina Turner classic River Deep, Mountain High with strong vocals by Nicki. The song was chosen by Rolling Stone magazine in 2004 as the 33rd greatest song of all time. It has been a part of Nicki’s live repertoire for many years. Rose Carleo features on backing vocals. “Rose and I met when we were young teenagers. We had a trio together with my mum called Sweet Revenge when we were in our early 20s. It was great to hook up with Rose

again and have her in the studio doing something together again. Rose is like a sister.” The bonus track on the album, Nutbush City Limits, is perhaps not what you’d expect to hear from a country music artist. “Nutbush has to be one of the first line dances I ever did,” she said with a laugh. “I have always loved this song and sung it from a young age. I would have to say disco was in the mix of music I grew up listening to along with rock, country, cabaret and lots of musical theatre.” The album features the great talents of Bon Howe who also produced the album with Nicki at Kenilworth Studios in Sydney. Nicki will head off on tour to New Zealand shortly to promote the album and will appear at Music in the Mulga Nardoo Station, Cunnamulla, Queensland 6-8 May. She will travel to Nashville in June and do a UK tour in July before returning to Australia for a tour of country NSW and Victoria. Woman of Substance is available online at www.nickigillis.com

any wrongdoing I did in my past and (hopefully) any future wrongdoings are as a result my BB, my apparently vast subconscious brain, and so are “not my fault”. It also explains why I (and all of us) cannot make a number 6 with my finger at the same time as moving my foot in a clockwise direction. *** LIVING alone is a working assignment, particularly after your working life has had the gong. Loss of selfesteem and social status beckons; possibly depression if you let it get to you. Keeping busy, staying positive, going for walks are important. The key is not to “retire”; so find other interests, the problem being in the finding. As an actor I’m not technically retired until the telephone stops ringing after about two years so I’ve still got a few days left. After Darling passed away, the physical separation was slowly replaced by some sort of spiritual togetherness. In the strangest of ways we are still connected regardless of my present life path, the end being, as always, another beginning. I don’t recommend living alone despite the dreamlike qualities of some partners desperately seeking

peace. It presents the danger of selfobsession. Wasn’t it always there? Maybe, but tempered by compromise and love in spite of arguments. Alone however, on its own, it presents a danger with no one to communicate with, particularly at night. Just you, alone, after (often) years or a lifetime of being in company. Learning to bring other people into your life as a defence to self-absorption helps. The more we change the more things stay the same. I work on the theory that if you wake up in the morning and you’re not sick, and you’re fit enough to do a 15-minute walk, all is well. Remember that old joke: “What happened to Jimmy Smith?” “He went mad and they shot him.” The day I don’t arrive for a morning coffee I’ll be Jimmy Smith, unless it’s raining. *** MEMORIES that stick forever: As a kid I had two Auntie Elsies; big Aunty Elsie and little Auntie Elsie. Big Auntie Elsie was no taller than little Auntie Elsie but she was fatter and tougher. She secretly dug a hole in her Preston backyard underneath the chopping block and hid some money in a to-

bacco tin. Back then it was common to have a chopping block spot where the wood was cut for the fire, more often than not by the mothers. They were hard times and how she saved the money and why she buried it we never found out. Four years later big Auntie Elsie needed that money. Alas, Uncle Tom of short memory had moved the chopping block. An extensive search failed to unearth the money tin; Preston back then had enormous backyards. We sympathised, never knowing how much was involved. “Leave me alone in my misery,” big Auntie Elsie said, as she moved from the kitchen to way down to the far end of her backyard, and sat there, a forlorn figure. The money was never found and is likely still there, but I never forgot her famous words, which has been a catchphrase for me for the past 50 years. Misery is endemic when the telephone never rings. *** PETER Costello’s rants about Julia Gillard are becoming more and more sexist. “She’s an atheist who keeps her unmarried partner in the Lodge”, he said, which borders on misanthropic

with Gary Turner Top Ten Albums 1. Best of Australian Country – Various (EMI) 2. Planet Country – Lee Kernaghan (ABC) 3. All the Women I Am – Reba McIntyre (Universal) 4. Woolshed Creek – James Blundell 5. Hit Country: Hits of the Decade 2001-2010 – Various (ABC) 6. Pre Loved – Beccy Cole (Core) 7. What You Hear is What You Get – Johnny Chester 8. Country 4 Mum – Various (ABC) 9. Bad Machines – Shane Nicholson (Liberation) 10. Cream of Country 39 Biggest Hits – Various (Sony) Album of the week: Woman of Substance – Nicki Gillis.

A Grain of Salt I HAD this system during the football off season where the DVD of the 2010 grand final replay was permanently in the machine so that when there was nothing on the box I’d simply switch to my boys winning the grand final. Now that we’re into a fresh season what to put in the machine as my standby? Crown Prince William and Kate Middleton, of course. “The wedding.” I was glued to the telly naturally, and taping every second for afters, but it’s the DVD I’m anxiously waiting for to take the place of my beloved 2010 Magpies. May the marriage be successful, and if ructions arise, who better to ask for advice than grandad Philip and father Charles? *** NEUROSCIENTIST David Eagleman tells us that the innumerable facets of our behaviour, thoughts and experience are inseparably yoked to a vast chemical–electrical network called the nervous system, and most of what we think and feel is not under our conscious control, the conscious being the smallest “bit” of our brain. This is fascinating; you think you know yourself but in fact you’re under some kind of Big Brother control. Two thoughts come to my conscious brain:

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with Cliff Ellen jealousy for mine. I disagree with Julia on euthanasia, gay marriage and bible study in schools but why the constant personal comments? Buddy Franklin was upset about a racist comment in Tassie but that was insignificant compared to what the big boys say about Julia in the privacy of their clubs. Howard must have been smarter than we credited him with. *** CONGRATS to the RSLs for their wonderful efforts on Anzac Day. Ditto to Essendon and Collingwood. *** Harvey ‘Big Daddy’ Pollitt: Truth is dreams that don’t come true, and nobody prints your name in the paper ’til you die. (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams) Adieu cliffie9@bigpond.com

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All eyes on Brisbane as carnival kicks off WITH the Sydney Autumn Carnival over, attention turns to the Brisbane Winter Carnival. Over the next two months there will be a series of feature meetings at Doomben and Eagle Farm. There also will be a shorter carnival in Adelaide where the major attractions will be the Goodwood Handicap and South Australian Derby – both Group 1 events – at Morphettville. Among the Victorians likely to cross the border into SA will be Right Of Refusal and Shrapnel. Right Of Refusal has been patiently handled by Flemington trainer Nigel Blackiston and indications are the best is still to come. After holding a forward position in the VRC St Leger at Flemington on Anzac Day, the Refuse To Bend gelding easily dispatched his rivals and is the one to beat in the $350,00 SA Derby on Sunday 8 May. Exciting colt Shrapnel was scratched from his assignment in Sydney because of a wet

Clean pairs of heels: Ears back and feet flying, Right Of Refusal takes jockey Michael Walker toward the line to easily win the $200,000 VRC St Leger at Flemington on Anzac Day.

track but has been redirected to Adelaide for the Group 1 Goodwood Handicap also on 8 May. The Mark Kavanagh-trained 3yo is already proven at Morphettville clocking a very slick 1.8.81 when running his rivals ragged in the Group 2 Yallambee on 14 March. Another Victorian heading west for the SA Derby is the Peter Moody-trained Elusive

King. An on-pacer, Elusive King had been racing consistently against 3yos before a slashing fourth to Morningtontrained 4yo The Big Steel at Flemington on 25 April. While the major focus will be interstate, there are several horses to follow on the local horizon. Foremost among these are: Well-bred filly Miss Stellabelle caught the eye on

Dogs tackle Swans at Manuka in match of round Round 7 previews Friday 6 May Port Adelaide v Hawthorn, AAMI Stadium 8.40pm The Power don’t get too many Friday night matches in prime time so they’re going to want to make the most of this to win some fans back after the previous losses. Hawthorn will be livid after surrendering a last-quarter lead to go down to the all-conquering Cats. Lance Franklin will be unstoppable, mainly because the Power haven’t got anyone to go with him. Port will be pleased to get their best player, Travis Boak, back in the side but it’s still a lost cause. Hawthorn by 64 points. Saturday 7 May Western Bulldogs v Sydney, Manuka Oval 1.10pm In what is probably the match of the round, these two middle-of-the-road teams have so much to benefit by winning. The Bulldogs again were gallant in defeat but they need to start winning or their finals chances will steadily get slimmer. Sydney will be most disappointed after losing two SCG games in a row and will be getting desperate as well. Justin Sherman last week played his best game for his new club, kicking three goals in the wet and getting them back into the contest against the Pies. The Swans will get the win in Canberra. Sydney by 26 points. Geelong v North Melbourne, Skilled Stadium 2.10pm Last week North Melbourne finally broke

the drought with a 60-point win against Port Adelaide, now they face a pretty heavy reality check when they meet Geelong down at the Cattery. Geelong, still undefeated, fought hard a fortnight ago to get the tight win against the Hawks. Brad Ottens is having a sensational year in this revived Cats side and should be too good for young Todd Goldstein. Geelong haven’t lost at Skilled Stadium since 2007 and it’s not likely to happen any time soon. Geelong by 95 points. Richmond v Fremantle, MCG 4.40pm Richmond goes into this game after two wins that were great for their confidence. This will be Fremantle’s first game in Melbourne this year and it’s their time to make a statement that they can win at the home of football. Richmond’s Dustin Martin is one of the best 19-year-olds I have ever seen – he’s tough, he wins his own ball and he doesn’t let big games hinder his performance. The Dockers so far this season have been brilliant considering they’re missing players such as Barlow, Silvagni, Morabito and Mzungu. Fremantle by 18 points.

Gold Coast v Brisbane. Gabba 7.10pm In what is the first-ever Queensland derby, these two struggling sides will meet on a Saturday night in front of a huge crowd. The Gold Coast last week was brought back to earth in humiliating fashion against a rampaging Bombers’ side. Despite their second quarter they were absolutely woeful. Brisbane last week had another close loss to Richmond in which they were competitive for the majority of the night and just fell away at the end. I think this match comes down to who wants it more and Brisbane will do that little bit extra to prevail. Brisbane by 11 points. Sunday May 8 Essendon v West Coast, Etihad Stadium

debut at Caulfield when a brave third to Manhattan Maid. After covering ground in midfield, she stuck to her task nicely and is sure to derive great benefit from the experience. Another to impress in the same race was fourth-placed Panhandle, a Starcraft filly who took time to find her stride but was very strong at the finish. Cranbourne-trained She

Commands doesn’t win too often but is worth backing when she returns to the country. Having her second run this campaign, the seven-year-old stuck on nicely when sixth (80/1) behind the classy Miss Octopussy over 1100m at Caulfield on 23 April. Staying bred 3yo External is worth following when he steps up in distance. After two nice efforts at the provincials, he was an unlucky third behind the free-striding Frenetica over 1600m at Caulfield. Former Kiwi Shadowfax has been a model of consistency since joining Mark Kavanagh and is destined for further success judging by his desperately unlucky fourth when resuming over 1100m at Caulfield. Suited to 1200m and 1400m, the 5yo is capable of getting a mile this campaign. Mornington-trained Kutchinsky started favourite in the $125,000 Easter Cup (2000m) at Caulfield but was always up against it after setting back in a race dominated by horses racing handy. His closing sectionals were excellent and punters can recoup their losses when the 4yo steps out to 2200m or 2400m. Runner-up behind

Bart Cummings Dariana in the Queensland Derby last year, trainer Tony Noonan is sure to be heading north for the winter. In-form Adelaide trainer David Jolly was unlucky not the land the Group 3 Victoria Handicap with Budriguez. Backed into favouritism at $4, the lightly raced 4yo was trapped wide from an outside barrier but only relented in the last few strides. Smart mare Moment In Time, who is now under the ownership of Patinack Farm, worked home stylishly in the Victoria Handicap and is sure to collect more black type when she steps out to a middle distance. Sale-trained Miss Matari failed to produce her best when campaigning in Queensland last year but her recent efforts have been encouraging and she has her foot on the till. Octagonal filly What A Beauty continues to work to the post strongly and is worth backing over 1600m or further while Gonna Be A Rocksta, Our Tigress, Sheila’s Star and Too Deadly are others worth following in the coming months. Best: Kutchinsky

Got any local sport news? 1.10pm You can say what you like about the Gold Coast, but when your team kicks 15 goals in the first quarter, it is absolutely phenomenal. If you are an Essendon fan, it must have been pure heaven, because they were nothing less of brilliant. West Coast are looking pretty good after easily disposing of Melbourne last week. It’s funny how quickly things can change: older players like Dean Cox, Andrew Embley and Quinten Lynch, whose careers were in the twilight, have returned to their former brilliant form. Essendon by 29 points. Melbourne v Adelaide, MCG 2.10pm The Demons are hurting after their demoralising loss in the west last week and Dean Bailey will be expecting a much better effort against the Crows. Their experienced players haven’t been the problem – Brent Moloney has bounced back well – it’s their youngsters who have struggled, players like Austin Wonaeamirri, Jamie Bennell and Jack Watts go missing far too often. Adelaide got over the line against a lacklustre St Kilda last week. Kurt Tippett played a great game with four goals, and one of those, the sealer, was pure genius. Melbourne by 1 point. Monday 9 May St Kilda v Carlton, Etihad Stadium 7.20pm In what is the second, and last Monday night game of the season, the in-form Carlton plays the greatly out of form St Kilda. Last week Carlton won against the odds in the wet against a decent Swans side. Chris Judd was the difference in the end; when the game was up for grabs, he played flawless, inspirational football and got his team over the line. Sadly St Kilda are at their lowest point since Malcolm Blight was senior coach. Nothing has gone right this year and coach Ross Lyon appears to be at a loss to figure out what to do about it. Carlton by 58 points.

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