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Great leap forward FRANKSTON’S VFL team the Dolphins are on the crest of a new era with planning starting for the long-awaited, $3 million function centre. The Frankston Park facility will secure the club’s financial position and provide a hub for club and community activities. The team has had an unforgettable year on the field with just two wins, but coach and goalkicking legend Simon Goosey and club powerbrokers are sticking to their plan to rebuild with a team of youngsters and astute recruiting of key position players to take on the AFL-aligned teams in the VFL. Dolphins’ stalwart and general manager Bryan Mace, pictured in front of the old building on Wednesday morning, reveals plans for on and off field success on Page 5.

City flood alert By Keith Platt FRANKSTON’S current budget is millions of dollars short of flood-proofing the city. Studies have shown it is impossible to protect all 1635 of the city’s floodprone properties, but completion of work that can be done is years away. Climate change is predicted to produce higher rainfall and rising sea levels, which, if occurring simultaneously, would

see many parts of the city inundated. Although flooding hotspots have been identified, council’s latest drainage budget is $755,000, far short of the $12 million needed for drainage and flood mitigation. Frankston has no flood warning system and the municipal emergency management plan does not assess the flood risk within the municipality. A separate Flood Emergency Plan

will eventually be developed to deal with the response of emergency services during a flood. Ironically, while council has invested money and time in drought-proofing the city’s parks and reserves, it now needs extra millions to protect it from floods associated with climate change and water runoff from expanding urban and industrial areas. The city’s shortcomings and flood

mitigation needs are outlined in a $61,000 flood management plan paid for by Melbourne Water. The plan says that it is not feasible to flood-proof all properties in the city but some areas, such as the central business district, must be protected “almost regardless of the cost”. A report to be considered by councillors next week outlines the flood management plan, which defines the roles

and responsibilities of council and Melbourne Water. Council has spent $39,000 on Water Sensitive Urban Design guidelines aimed at stopping polluted stormwater flowing into waterways and Port Phillip. Last November the council hired a drainage asset planner who is now reviewing the current drainage management plan. Continued Page 2

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Too small: Kananook Creek would be unable to provide the drainage needed during a major flood.

City properties in flood’s way Continued from Page 1

The flood plan warns of the need to avoid “downstream flooding” from 20 projects already flagged over the next decade that will produce 888 dwellings. On top of that, there are plans to create thousands of lots on another 247 hectares of greenfield sites. Some protection for the city will come from Melbourne Water, which is spending $100 million improving Frankston’s drainage, including the Sandgate drainage scheme that aims to reduce flooding impacts on the central area. The three-stage works started in September 2009 and are due to be finished next year. The works from Chisholm TAFE on Fletcher St to Kananook Creek include a gross pollutant trap in Olsen St and increasing drainage capacity upstream of Monash University. The Flood Emergency Plan categorises flood risk areas as being medium, high or extreme. The area classed as extreme in Frankston stretches from Robinsons Rd in the south to Eel Race Drain at Seaford in the north and several kilometres inland. Two catchments involved are identified as the Lee StSandgate Av and Skye Rd-Karingal areas. Frankston has an estimated 1500 to 3100 residential buildings that would be inundated by a one-in-100 year storm combined with a 1.1-metre rise in sea levels, making it the state’s sixth-most flood-prone municipality. These figures do not include 148km of roads, eight kilo-

metres of railway lines, 26 bridges, 10 sewer pumping stations, 98 km of drains, and industrial areas that would also be severely affected. The drainage plan warns that the city’s drainage systems “are subject to back water impacts of flooding or high tides within Kananook Creek” making it “almost impossible” to cope with floods during “high intensity events”. “Much of the areas are known to pond and some may even be impacted from flows from catchments outside the municipality. In particular, the potential exists for extreme flood events to break across catchments in the north of the municipality. “This may impact on the Seaford Swamp and former swamp areas to the south even through to the CBD that sits in behind the coastal dune system.” After six years of negotiation and investigation, council and Melbourne Water are about to sign an agreement identifying which drains each agency is responsible for. The agreement is based on Melbourne Water managing drains in catchments greater than 60 hectares while council is responsible for catchments less than 60ha. Effectively, Melbourne Water manages 150km of drains while council has 1010km. The fact that the city’s drainage network has more than 35,000 drainage pits requiring inspections on a five-year cycle with hot spots done more frequently is one statistic that illustrates the magnitude of the problem.

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Ambassadors change role and name By Keith Platt FRANKSTON’S ambassadors have had a makeover and are now operating as the Street Watch team. While still providing information to people in the street, the former ambassadors’ focus now swings to enforcing smoking bans and dog laws. “Our residents have made it clear they have had enough of the minority of people who flaunt council local laws and engage in anti-social behaviour, particularly in the city centre,” Frankston mayor Cr Kris Bolam said. “These people make the city centre an uncomfortable place for others to visit, and this is simply not acceptable. “With 35 new police last financial year and 35 more promised this financial year, this relationship will enhance the impact this increase in police numbers will have on safety and amenity on the streets of Frankston.” The move to upgrade the role of the ambassadors also follows council’s decision in February to scrap its $380,000, six-month City Safe Officer trial, which used private security guards to patrol the streets. The trial ran into trouble when one of the officers was bashed by a drunken 19-year-old man. “The primary purpose of this trial was to demonstrate the need basis for additional police resources in Frankston, which we have achieved through the recent announcement regarding additional police in the municipality. Ultimately policing is a state government responsibility, not local government,” Cr Bolam said in February when announcing there would be no more private security guards.

Enforcers: Frankston’s new Street Watch team with mayor Kris Bolam (centre).

The ambassador program introduced in 2006 was also aimed at deterring anti-social behaviour and improving people’s feelings of safety. The new four-person Street Watch Team – which derives its name from Neighbourhood Watch, also born in Frankston – will be on patrol on weekdays, although it might also be deployed during special events.

The ambassador program received an Australian Crime and Violence Prevention award in 2008. “The Ambassador program was clearly a success with the strong networks it formed, and the Street Watch Team will build on these and add a new dimension to council’s presence in the city centre, while also taking on some of the duties of the City Safe

Officers during their trial,” Cr Bolam said. The Street Watch Team will also work with the One Stop Squad, a council maintenance team that is taking over responsibility for the upkeep of public spaces in the city’s central shopping area and all neighbourhood shopping strips from October.

Melbourne’s return IT may be one of the shortest bits of bitumen in Frankston, but deciding on a name for it was a long road. Probably few people even know there is a name for the street, but there it is marked on council maps: Moorooduc Highway–Beach Road Off Ramp. It is the bit of road used to access Beach St by vehicles travelling north along Moorooduc Hwy, formerly McMahons Rd. The two houses facing the off ramp will soon be identified as being in Melbourne St, Frankston. The name, honouring Stanley Melbourne Bruce, businessman, the 1st Viscount Bruce of Melbourne, politician, diplomat and the eighth Prime Minister of Australia, was suggested by the owner of one of the two houses. Bruce, who lived at the now-heritage listed Bruce Manor in Pinehill Dve, Frankston, was elected MP for Flinders in 1918 and became prime minister in 1922. Throughout his political career he consistently supported the British Empire, the League of Nations and the White Australia Policy. In 1929 Bruce was defeated by Labor’s Jack Holloway, becoming the first sitting Australian prime minister to lose his seat. This record was held until 2007 when John Howard was defeated by former newsreader Maxine McKew. Bruce was inducted into Frankston’s hall of fame in 2010. The new Melbourne St will give some certainty of location if emergency services are called to either of the properties. Next on the agenda could be a suggestion that a section of Nepean Hwy be renamed Gracehill Rise.

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Minister okays Boral asphalt plant By Mike Hast PLANNING Minister Matthew Guy has approved the Boral asphalt plant in McClelland Dve, Langwarrin, with the stroke of a pen. Mr Guy took the application for the plant away from the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and amended the Frankston Planning Scheme “to facilitate the construction of the Peninsula Link freeway in a timely, practical and appropriate manner�. Boral will make more than 400,000 tonnes of asphalt over 18 months working night and day for the $1.3 billion, 27-kilometre freeway between Carrum Downs and Mt Martha. Boral submitted a planning application to Frankston Council in mid-December 2010 after discussions with council officers started in July. The asphalt plant became a hot potato earlier this year March when Langwarrin residents near the plant found out about the proposal and formed a loose alliance to oppose it (‘Quarry base for freeway’s asphalt maker’, The Times, March 2011). They were concerned about dust, noise, odour and truck traffic. Residents were supported by Defenders of the South East Green Wedge, which claimed the manufacturing plant should not be built in the green wedge zone. The asphalt factory will be trucked from Queensland and assembled in the Aidan J Graham quarry in McClelland Dve. Boral has avoided the restriction on manufacturing plants by using sand from the quarry in the asphalt mix, about five per cent. This means the operation is classi-

fied as an extractive industry, a permitted use in green wedges. The Defenders were also worried about carbon emissions and the amount of energy used for the asphalt. Late last month a spokeswoman for Mr Guy, Bronwyn Perry, said approval for the asphalt plant had been accidentally omitted from official plans when Peninsula Link was first approved. She said Mr Guy had amended the planning scheme under “section 20 (4) of the Planning and Environment Act�. “This provides for the temporary operation of a mobile asphalt batching plant by Boral on part of an existing sand quarry at 240-300 McClelland Drive, Langwarrin. The plant will ensure the prompt supply of asphalt for the construction of the new freeway. The ... plant is required to be removed after completion of the project. The amendment will come into effect when notice of its approval is published in the Victorian Government Gazette.� Mr Guy’s action raises questions about why Frankston Council was even required to consider the plant at two meetings in July as well as the earlier meetings with council officers. The first council meeting on 6 July before a packed public gallery ended when a majority of councillors knocked back the Boral application. Langwarrin area councillor Colin Hampton, who supported the Boral plant, called the matter back to the council on 27 June and the decision was reversed. More than 50 Langwarrin residents as well as environmentalists erupted in anger. The decision was opposed by the

Defenders and so it was off to the VCAT, but it was always likely the issue would be “called in� by Mr Guy as Boral was running out of time. The matter would not have considered by the tribunal until October and Boral wanted to start in August. Barry Ross of the Defenders said the minister’s action “killed off our VCAT appeal and thus deprives the community of its democratic right to participate in the planning process�. “It is a pity because we had developed a strong case and were confident of having the council’s decision to grant a permit overturned at VCAT. “The minister’s involvement comes as no surprise. We wrote to him on 15 July asking that if he did intervene he should refer the application to an independent panel.

By Mike Hast THE controversial Peninsula Link freeway will cost nearly double the estimate made by the Brumby Labor government last year when it awarded the construction contract to the Southern Way consortium. On 15 January 2010 then roads minister Tim Pallas said tit would cost $759m, but a parliamentary committee has been told the cost had risen to $1.1 billion. The latest estimate puts the bill at $1.3 billion. The freeway is a public private partnership between the government’s Linking Melbourne Authority and Southern Way, a consortium of Abigroup, Bilfinger Berger and Royal Bank of Scotland. The consortium will “own� and operate the freeway for 25 years, and be paid by

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the VCAT, it means we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get the chance of a fair trial.â&#x20AC;? There were plenty of other alternative locations for the plant. Cr Hampton told The Times he did not know Mr Guy had approved the plant. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I knew it had been called in, but we [councillors] have not been told the result,â&#x20AC;? he said on Tuesday. Cr Hampton said a huge amount of research had been done to make sure the impact on residents was minimal. He said a plant at Dandenong was about 300 metres from some houses and there had been no complaints. It was short-term pain for long-term gain for residents of Langwarrin and Carrum Downs, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Peninsula Link will make a huge difference for residents and dramatically reduce travel times.â&#x20AC;?

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of Major Roads Projects, was a scathing critique of the freeway, one of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most expensive road projects. Mr Pearson slammed VicRoads and LMA, saying they failed to take into account the concept that bigger and better roads encourage more traffic, so-called â&#x20AC;&#x153;induced demandâ&#x20AC;?, when deciding whether to build new freeways. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They did not adequately assess the traffic induced by these improvements, communicate the risks, or estimate the impact of the economic benefits,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These shortcomings create a risk of over-estimating the benefits and giving decision-makers false confidence.â&#x20AC;? LMA also had weaknesses in the way it had made procurement decisions.

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Looking up: Dolphins’ general manager Bryan Mace in front of the new grandstand, which replaced the one that burnt down in 2008.

VFL teams in season 2011 and their AFL affiliates in brackets (in ladder order). Port Melbourne Williamstown (Western Bulldogs) North Ballarat (North Melbourne) Casey Scorpions (Melbourne) Werribee Tigers (North Melbourne) Northern Bullants (Carlton) Bendigo Bombers (Essendon’s reserves) Box Hill Hawks (Hawthorn) Geelong Sandringham (St Kilda) Coburg Tigers (Richmond) Collingwood Frankston

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Leap into a new era By Mike Hast FRANKSTON Dolphins have had an unforgettable season, but life off field is on the up with the first steps made this week toward starting its $3 million function centre. The club, which won just two games, will see construction start in June and be finished in March 2013. The project will transform the club, which has resolutely stood alone since 2000 when most VFL sides aligned with AFL clubs. Club stalwart Bryan Mace is excited about the future. “We’re on the pinnacle of good things happening,” he told The Times on Tuesday. “We had our first proper meeting with [Frankston] council yesterday” to plan the new centre, which will replace the ageing social club. Cash for the project comes from the state government ($1.5 million), AFL and VFL ($500,000), Frankston Council ($500,000) and a

Tough times on the field THE Dolphins won 11 games in 2006, six in 2007 and 10 in 2008, finishing in seventh spot and winning an elimination final against Coburg, but losing to Williamstown by a point in the semi-final. Former Melbourne great Brett Lovett was at the helm for these seasons. Shannon Grant took the team to just three wins in 2009 and top players left in droves at season’s

Dolphins loan of $500,000, with the council going guarantor. The centre will replace the existing social club, but be much larger. It will be used as a meeting venue for service clubs and other community groups as well as for social events, helping to guarantee the financial viability of the Dolphins. Mr Mace said a committee was working on where to locate the Dolphins’ social events and the club’s 27 poker machines during construction. He said the pokies were “better than raffles”. “The council has said they can’t build around us so we’ll have to find a temporary base.” The club has been doing it tough financially since the grandstand burnt down on 13 February 2008, just three years after the council spent $1.2 million refurbishing it. “The fire cost us at least $40,000 in lost revenue that year,” Mr Mace end. Good judges said the Dolphin spirit went missing that year. In 2010 Mornington Peninsula goalkicking legend and former Dolphin player Simon Goosey accepted the tough task of rebuilding without high-priced recruits. The club brought in young players with the ambition of creating a team capable of competing against the AFL-aligned clubs. The Dolphins won just a single game, but the spirit returned. In October the state government promised $1.5 million for the longawaited function centre.

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said. “We’d just signed up some high-priced recruits” and gate takings fell dramatically with the loss of the grandstand. On field the club had a good year in 2008 despite the nay-sayers who said the fire would affect the it. Then things started to fall apart. It was a combination of events; Bryan Mace would not apportion blame, being a club loyalist, but it’s common knowledge the club was disappointed when Brett Lovett left after three relatively good years. His successor Shannon Grant and the Dolphins were a mismatch, and they severed ties after just one season. The process of rebuilding the grandstand dragged out. Attendances at games stayed low. Cold winters in 2010 and this year cut deep. “There’s only so many people who are happy to lean on the fence and watch a game,” Mr Mace said. The rebuilt grandstand was ofThis season has been another tough one for the Dolphins with just two wins, but the young team showed flashes of brilliance. Coach Goosey, who played 49 Dolphins games from 1992-94 before breaking all goalkicking records in the MPNFL with Mornington, which he also coached to four flags, and Dromana, said during the year: “We’ve probably got the best 18 to 22-year-old list.” For season 2012, the club will retain its philosophy of recruiting young players from the Mornington Peninsula and Frankston re-

ficially opened in November 2010. Speculation about St Kilda moving to Frankston Park muddied the waters, with the council at one stage offering the Saints the grandstand site for a training and social centre. Last October, Sports Minister James Merlino promised the Dolphins $1.5 million for the longawaited clubhouse and function centre. Just over a month later the Brumby Labor government was defeated by the Ted Baillieu-led coalition, but the promise was carved in stone. Then the AFL/VFL and Frankston Council came to the party. With the future of the VFL likely to see more stand-alone clubs, the Dolphins will be well placed to top the stellar years. It’s not preposterous to imagine a premiership flag hoisted up the flagpole in front of the new function centre some time this decade. gion, and continue to avoid paying big money for AFL retirees who often “just circulate”, in the words of Bryan Mace. “However, we’ll recruit a couple of leaders, senior blokes who can hold down centre half-forward and centre half-back,” he said. Mr Mace said the club would continue to rely on the loyal support of about a dozen corporate sponsors. “Graham Quarries have been sponsors for as long as I can remember. Other strong backers include Superpages and Joe Russo of Core Health Club.”

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Murder most foul in Mt Eliza The gruesome case of William Hastings By Cameron McCullough This story is from numerous newspaper reports at the time. In many cases, the language used has been left unchanged to best relay the mood and writing style of the era. WHEN Ann Hastings went missing on December 1, 1876, suspicion immediately fell on her husband, William Hastings. Hastings, a 41-year-old labourer, lived with his family at Mt Eliza, and on the day in question, his wife headed to Schnapper Point (Mornington) to purchase supplies. Her husband followed their two sons to a school at Frankston, but did not return to his home until 6 the next morning. The statements made by Hastings to police as to where he spent the night and his replies to queries about his wife were considered contradictory, and in some instances were alleged to be untrue. It was thought he was connected with his wife’s disappearance, especially as she had not been accustomed to receiving uniform kindness from him. Gradually suspicions were excited among the residents and the local police that the missing woman had met with foul play, and that she had been murdered by her husband. Bands of people turned out and assisted the police to search the country, and continued to do so for about a week without obtaining any clue to unravel the mystery. The mysterious disappearance of Ann Hastings was solved 11 days later when her lifeless and mutilated body was found in a paddock on the farm of Mr Grice, near Mt Eliza. The gruesome discovery was made by the children of a labourer named Martin, who were drawn to where it

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lay by the smell arising from its decomposition. The paddock in which the body was found was near the beach, about two miles from the Hastings’ house, and one mile and a half from Mornington. On being examined, the body was found to be bruised all over, and the head was battered both in front and behind. A piece of the deceased woman’s hat had been knocked inside the skull as with a hammer. The body was removed by the police to Mornington, and Senior Constable Boyle telegraphed the information to Mr Candler, the district coroner, who had signified his intention to hold an inquest on the body. William Hastings, the husband, had been kept under surveillance by the police, and on the finding of the body he was arrested on suspicion of having committed the murder. There was at the time no direct evidence against him, but since his arrest an axe stained with blood and with human hair upon it had been found near his house. Although the house had been searched carefully, the prisoner’s working suit had not been found. Detectives Williams and Considine were despatched from Melbourne to investigate the case, and, if found necessary, two black trackers were to be sent for to lend assistance. The inquest At the inquest on the body of Anne Hastings, 20 witnesses were examined, the first being Dr Neild, who stated that the post-mortem examination showed the cause of death to be fracture of the skull, inflicted by such an axe as the one found in the prisoner’s house. All the bones of the skull were completely smashed in, and death must have been instantaneous. William Hastings jnr, son of the

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murdered woman and the prisoner, and 13 years of age, and Eliza Hastings, their daughter, 15 years old, both gave evidence, but it was not important, and differed in no material respect from the statements made by them previously. William Johnson, analytical chemist, deposed that he had examined the shirt of the prisoner, which had been washed, but carelessly. There were numerous stains which, under the microscope, proved to be human blood. He had also examined a pocket knife, a heavy axe, several flooring boards, a piece of a print dress, and a dirty towel, which were all stained with human blood. He had, in company with the police and two black trackers, searched the paddock in the vicinity where the body was found, and found stains of blood on the fences, leading to the conclusion that the body had been carried through them. At the end of the proceedings, a verdict of wilful murder was returned against the accused. The trial The trial of William Hastings began in the Central Criminal Court on February 26 on the charge of murdering his wife on December 1, 1876. Eliza Hastings, a girl about 16 years of age, the daughter of the prisoner, gave evidence that her father had had criminal intercourse with her since she was nine years of age. Her mother knew of it; but there had never been any quarrelling about it in her presence. John Hastings, son of the prisoner, a boy about 10 years of age, gave evidence as to his frequently bleeding from the nose at night. A number of other witnesses were examined, including Mr Johnson, the analytical chemist, who repeated the evidence he gave at the inquest. The case was circumstantially clear against the prisoner. One of the witnesses deposed: “I was present at an occurrence between the prisoner and his wife on the 26th May last. I saw the prisoner leaning up against the post of my gate, between my place and Mr William Davey’s yard, and I saw Mrs Hastings come in the direction from her own house. I did not know her at the time. She said, “Well Bill, you’re here still, I see”. He

said “Yes”. She continued “You have not been home for a week, and me and my poor little children have been for three days on one crust of bread. Bill, could you have the heart to serve me like this?” He turned round and said “You – I’ll cook you some of these days,” and the poor woman went away crying. At the conclusion of the evidence, Mr O’Loghlen, who acted as Crown prosecutor, addressed the jury, counsel for the defence having intimated that it was not intended to call evidence on the prisoner’s behalf. The defence Mr Purves, who appeared for the defence, commenced his address to the jury, and in a speech lasting over three

The idea that the prisoner could do all these things in the time was one that “exceeded the wildest dream of the most imaginative novelist”. hours pointed out to them all that he could urge in his client’s favour. He argued that the nature of the country between Hastings’ house and the place where the body of the murdered woman was found was of such a rough character that it was physically impossibile for him to have removed the body during the time in which the Crown case assumed he had done it, namely, between about 11pm, when he was last seen at Davey’s Hotel, in Frankston, and six or seven in the morning, when he was seen by the witness Adam Orange lying asleep in the ti-tree scrub on the road leading from Frankston to his own hut. In a short space of time he would have to take the body to the spot where it was discovered, and lay it out as it was found. It was strange, too, that the prisoner should have chosen an open spot in which to expose the remains of his victim, as there were plenty of secluded places where he might have

disposed of them. Then he would have to get rid of his clothes, as they could not have escaped being stained with blood, to wash his hut free from all traces of the murder, and get to the top of the hill where he was passed in the morning by Orange, and simulate sleep. The idea that the prisoner could do all these things in the time was one that “exceeded the wildest dream of the most imaginative novelist”. As to the fact of the prisoner being found asleep under the ti-tree, there was nothing more natural than that he should be discovered in such a position after having been drunk the night before. Another fact in the prisoner’s favor was that the trousers he had worn, which must have been as much saturated with blood as his shirt, had never been produced, and it had never been attempted to show that he had destroyed them. His two sons had been at home the whole night, and if the prisoner had shown by his own appearance that anything unusual had occurred, or if he had changed his clothes, or cleaned up the house, they must have seen it, and if the floor was not washed that night, then they must have seen the blood. The theory had been set up that the prisoner had murdered his wife behind the door of their bedroom, and that he had scraped the floor in order to remove the traces of the blood. The scraping of the floor, however, was easy of explanation, it being due to the fact that the door itself was difficult to open, and caused the abrasion of the boards. Between the time of the disappearance of the deceased woman and the discovery of her body there was an interval of 11 days, during which the prisoner was subjected to a great amount of questioning suspicion. In fact, he was hunted down, every man’s hand being against him. Some people went so far as to tell him that they thought he was guilty of killing his wife. Had he been guilty, he would have been satisfied with the first story he told, but as a fact he gave substantially the same account right through. The trap that was laid for the prisoner by Constable Kelly was most unjustifiable. He had pretended that he was going to search in the vicinity of the coal hole, and the prisoner at once consented to go with him; Kelly knowing at the same time that the deceased women’s body had already been found. The witness Baxter, who met them, remarked that he presumed they were going to look at the body, and when they did go to where the remains were, what did the prisoner do when he saw the body? He wept. The action was one that was most natural, and one of the most hard to simulate under any circumstances. Mr Purves then went on to argue that there was no absolute certainty in the blood tests that were used by the analytical chemists. The only proof of the existence of human blood had been in regard to the boards in the hut, and the spots found there were in all probability caused by the bleeding nose of the prisoner’s youngest son, there being no trace of such a quantity of blood as must have flowed from wounds such as those which the deceased woman was found to have sustained. As for the blood on the axe, it could not be decided by the analyst whether


it was human blood or dog’s blood. He concluded by saying that the case for the prosecution depended solely on circumstantial evidence, and that there were numerous instances on record in which convictions based on such evidence had been afterwards found to have been wrong, and all that could be said of the case for the prosecution in this instance was that it was consistent with the prisoner’s guilt, there being no direct evidence that he was the guilty person. The judge sums up the case Judge Fellows then summed up the case to the jury. He recalled the witness Adam Orange, who in answer to questions from his Honour stated that on the morning of December 2, when he observed the prisoner sleeping in the ti-tree on the Red-hill, the latter had on a pair of trousers, a white shirt, and a hat. The shirt produced was not the same. His Honour then went on to point out that the case was one in which the evidence was purely of a circumstantial character, and the jury must therefore carefully weigh the facts of the case, giving due consideration to those that would go in favour of the prisoner’s innocence as well as those which pointed to him as being the murderer. The first point was whether a murder had been committed at all, and then whether the prisoner was the guilty party. One part of the defence had been that the injuries to the head of the deceased had been caused by horses kicking her after death, and it was also suggested that the fractures were caused by the sticks used in raising the body by the persons who found it. It was for the jury, however, to say if there was any such foundation for such suggestions and if there was there would then be an end to the case. If

there was not, then, they must consider who had committed the murder. They had heard the evidence of witnesses as to the nature of the country over which Hastings would have had to pass in carrying the body from his hut to where it was afterwards found, and they must consider whether he had time enough to do it. The next question was the different accounts which the prisoner gave to various people as to his actions about the time when his wife disappeared. The fact he gave false accounts was one which must lead the jury to consider whether he had something to conceal. His Honour then went on to point out the various contradictory statements made by the prisoner relative to the money his wife had with her when, as he said, she left her home. To some he said she had a £10 note, while he had told others that she had only a half sovereign and a shilling. Then again he had told one witness that the only thing that she had about her which could be identified was a purse, while it was shown that the purse she was in the habit of carrying was found subsequently in a box in the hut. As to the motive for the crime, his Honour said that it was not necessary to establish one in any case, as it is well known that murders had been committed for the most paltry motives, even to gain possession of a few pounds; but at the same time, where there was apparently no motive it would go far in a prisoner’s favour, while on the other hand, if a motive was proved; there would be the more reason for arriving at the conclusion that the accused prisoner was guilty. The motive imputed in this case was the fear of improper intimacy with his daughter being exposed, and evidence

had been given as to quarrels which took place relative to the girl returning home. There were also other facts that had to be considered, namely, the blood found on the back of the axe and on rails of the fences over which the prisoner was supposed to have passed. An important point was whether the blood on the axe was human blood or that of a dog. There was, however, no evidence to connect a dog with the case. There was also the fact of the prisoner saying he was the last man to see his wife alive, and that it was no use looking for her body in Cole’s paddock, as she would be found towards Schnapper Point. If the prisoner was the last man to see his wife, who was it that murdered her? And how was it that he knew where her remains would be found? The jury must carefully consider the whole facts of the case, and if they could reconcile them with the prisoner’s innocence, they must give him the benefit of any doubts they might have. If, on the other hand, they thought the circumstances pointed to his guilt, they must convict him. The verdict The jury then retired, and after an

Mr Castieau went at once to the condemned cell, and communicated the decision to the prisoner. Hastings received the information as if it had been expected by him, in a cool and collected manner, and when asked if he he had anything to say, he simply replied in the negative. On being visited later in the evening by Mr Castieau, he took occasion to again assert that he was innocent of the murder of his wife and of incest with his daughter. The execution William Hastings, who was tried and convicted before Mr Justice Fellows, for the murder of his wife, was executed on March 14, 1877 within the precincts of Melbourne Gaol. With the circumstances of the crime for which Hastings suffered the last penalty of the law, the public were fully familiar. The murder was one of the most mysterious and diabolical that Victorian criminal annals furnish, and of the guilt of the wretched man, no dispassionate reader of the evidence adduced at the trial could have the slightest doubt. His constant assertions of innocence, therefore, could only be looked upon as another instance of the reckless hardihood which many criminals

He said “you need not look for any mercy on this side of the grave. Use the short time left ... on earth in pleading for the forgiveness of Heaven”. absence of four hours and five minutes returned a verdict of guilty. The prisoner, on being asked if he had anything to say, remained silent, and his Honour, in passing sentence of death, told Hastings that he had been found guilty of murdering one whom he was bound to have protected. He said “you need not look for any mercy on this side of the grave. Use the short time left him on earth in pleading for the forgiveness of Heaven”. The prisoner said at the close, “I am quite an innocent man before God and man.” He was then removed from the dock, and the court adjourned. Mercy? At an executive meeting, the case of William Hastings, was considered. After a careful examination of the circumstances, the Governor-in-Council decided that the case was not one for the exercise of the prerogative of mercy, and that the law should be allowed to take its course. The execution was set to take place in Melbourne Gaol on Wednesday, March 14, 1877. The decision of the executive was forwarded by the under secretary to Mr Castieau, governor of the gaol.

have displayed even on the scaffold. Since the conviction of Hastings, he was assiduously attended by the Reverends Caton and Long, Church of England clergymen, to which denomination he professed to belong. His conduct since receiving his sentence was of a quiet and impassive character, but he listened with apparent respect to the admonitions of the clergymen. He, however, always maintained his innocence of the crime of which he was convicted, even when all hope of a reprieve must have disappeared from his mind. His appetite whilst in gaol was very good, and he evinced an apathy regarding his approaching end which showed the stoic character of the man. On the night prior to his execution he slept well, and when his breakfast of hominy was brought to him, he requested that it should be exchanged for a little white bread, a request which was complied with at once. The clergymen were with the culprit from the time he awoke, and remained reading to him and praying until the last moment. At 10am the sheriff and under-sheriff presented themselves at the door

of the cell to receive the convict. At the same time Gately the executioner emerged from a cell opposite to that where the condemned man was, carrying in his hands the straps used for pinioning, and proceeded to pinion him. A few moments later he was led on to the drop. He seemed to feel his position; nevertheless he stood firm and erect. The rope being adjusted, Mr Castieau, governor of the gaol put the question, “William Hastings, have you anything to say.” He replied “No, nothing more than I have already stated”. Gately then pulled the cap over Hastings’ face, and again looked to the arrangement of the rope. He then stepped back and the clergyman proceeded with the service for the dead. In another instant the bolt was drawn, and the soul of William Hastings was launched into eternity, there to be judged by its Maker. Death must have been instantaneous; no movement whatever (other than the swaying of the body), was observed by any one of the spectators. In accordance with the provisions of the act, the body remained hanging for one hour, when it was taken down and removed to a cell in another part of the prison. The inquest At 12pm a jury was empanelled to hold an inquest. The jury viewed the body and returned to hear Mr Castieau, the governor, who gave evidence of having been present at the trial and heard sentence of death passed. He produced the warrant of commitment, together with the death warrant, also certificate of death, the latter signed by a number of the spectators of the execution. He identified the body as that of William Hastings, who had suffered death that morning in the gaol. The senior warden gave corroborative evidence of the identity of the body and certified to having witnessed the execution. The coroner read over the evidence and the jury returned a verdict in accordance therewith. A reporter wrote: “We may here state that on viewing the body, the face presented all the appearance of one who had died a quiet peaceful death, it was calm and placid as though in a sound sleep.” William Hastings had drawn up a statement, wherein he asserted his innocence, which was given to the governor of the gaol, who immediately handed it over to the sheriff. The reporters were not allowed to peruse this document, however the governor of the gaol gave assurances that there was nothing of interest in the document.

Star witness: Adam Orange ADAM Orange was born in America about 1812. He was an AfricanAmerican who appears to have arrived with the Liardet family in 1839 as their servant. The Liardets built and lived in the Ballam Park homestead (Frankston), which stands today. Orange later become the cook at the Pier ‘Brighton on the Beach’ Hotel at Liardet Beach, Sandridge (now Port Melbourne). Evidence points to him being the first African-American in the Port Phillip District (now Victoria). Josephine Liardet (daughter of Wilbraham and Caroline) later wrote: “We had an American coloured man as a cook, his name was Adam Orange, he used to bring down a barrow and take what fish he wanted to cook for supper [for the Pier Hotel], and next morning’s breakfast.”

It seems that Orange accompanied the family to Frankston and later settled there independently after they left. He was called as a witness in the trial of William Hastings, who was tried in March 1877 for the murder of his wife Ann between Frankston and Schnapper Point (now called

Mornington) in December 1876. Hastings had spent most of the day drinking at William Davey’s Hotel in Frankston and at his subsequent trial, Adam Orange “deposed giving [the] prisoner a glass of beer. He saw him knocking about all day half drunk”. This implies that Orange was working as a barman in the hotel. After some years working as Frankston’s first official gardener, Orange died of bronchitis and heart disease in the Gipps Ward Hospital, East Melbourne, on 9 December 1889, aged 77. He had never married and his parentage was unknown. Once rumoured to be buried on the grounds of Ballam Park, his remains lie in an unmarked public grave in the Melbourne General Cemetery. Source: The Families of Ballam Park Homestead by Andrew Gaynor Frankston Times 1 September 2011

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1/97 High Street 14 Balnarring Village Cnr Cook and Wood Streets

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www.satchwells.com.au 03 5979 1888 03 5983 5509 03 5989 0744

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1/97 High Street 14 Balnarring Village Cnr Cook and Wood Streets

03 5979 1888 03 5983 5509 03 5989 0744


REAL ESTATE SOMERVILLE Est 1989

Somerville

$355,000

Somerville

$400,000 - $420,000

Somerville

$450,000

5A Buckingham Close

25 Deanswood Drive

Lifestyle Is All About Choices

Putting the Value into your Dollar

Opportunity knocks for the Right Buyer this very well presented 3 Bedroom B.V Property would be ideally suited to the First Home Buyer/Investor located only minutes drive to local township. Features include huge formal lounge area with gas heating/Reverse Cycle Airconditioning.

Ɣ 2 brand new, modern units - as big as a house! Ɣ Quiet court position, short walk to shopping Ɣ 3 bedrooms, FES & open plan living Ɣ Double lock-up garage with internal access Ɣ Invest or retire - the choice is yours

Inspect Saturday 11-11.30am

Inspect Saturday 2-2.30pm

Ɣ Double storey home on large 833m2 approx. allotment Ɣ Four bedrooms Ɣ Large formal lounge and dining area with ducted heating Ɣ Timber kitchen Ɣ Large family room upstairs Ɣ Air conditioning

You’ll Want to Live here!

Somerville

$485,000 - $495,000

Frankston South

$495,000

Somerville

2 Diane Court

27 Chesterfield Road

Timeless Appeal - Lasting Quality Ɣ Character filled colonial style family residence Ɣ 3 good sized bedrooms plus study Ɣ Beautiful timber kitchen with meals area Ɣ Rumpus room Ɣ Landscaped gardens Ɣ Double garage

Inspect Saturday 12-12.30pm

Pearcedale

$520,000

$599,000

Affordable and Well Located

Simple Irrestible

Ɣ Ideally located on 2979m2 approx. allotment Ɣ Five minute drive to Frankston shops Ɣ Two formal lounge rooms with Coonara wood heater Ɣ Kitchen with stainless steel appliances Ɣ Three good sized bedrooms Ɣ Rumpus room with built-in bar

Ɣ Set on 1300m2 approx. allotment in Hedgley Dene estate Ɣ Contemporary 3 bedroom home with study Ɣ Polished floor boards Ɣ Large formal lounge & dining area Ɣ Reverse cycle air conditioning

Somerville

Inspect Saturday 11-11.30am

$649,500

Somerville

$650,000+

26 Kumala Drive

Finarlee

The Perfect Hideaway

Peaceful Tranquil Surrounds

Ɣ Impeccably maintained privately located 10 year old Colonial styled residence Ɣ 4 double bedrooms, FES to master with spa bath Ɣ Formal combined lounge & dining area with bay windows Ɣ Modern tiled kitchen with stainless steel appliances Ɣ Ducted heating, rumpus room, outdoor entertaining area & more

Ɣ Delightful 1.25 acre (approx.) property Ɣ Three bedroom renovated family home Ɣ Ensuite to main bedroom Ɣ Large rumpus room with open fire place Ɣ Brand new kitchen with stainless steel appliances • Two brand new bathrooms Inspect Saturday 1-1.30pm

Ɣ Picturesque three bedroom character cottage home located on 2.8 acres approx. Ɣ Open plan lounge & dining area with Coonara heating Ɣ Timber kitchen with dishwasher + renovated bathroom Ɣ Outdoor sun room plus spa room with wet area, Ɣ Great horse property with 12m x 6m shed, 2 lose boxes & 2 enormous paddocks

Somerville

For Public Tender

Hastings $3,300,000 - $3,700,000

50 Eramosa Road East Prime Development Site - TENDER CLOSES 8TH SEPTEMBER, 2011 @ 4.00 PM Ɣ Fabulous opportunity to re-develop large 3700m2 approx. site Ɣ Delightful four bedroom home with study and games room Ɣ Lovely established gardens Ɣ Rear verandah

Broiler Farm - 2 Houses - 13 Acres Approx

Ɣ Polished floorboards and open fire places to living areas Ɣ Double carport Ɣ Zoned Residential 1 Ɣ Potential to sub-divide (STCA)

Inspect Saturday 10-10.30am

1067 Frankston-Flinders Road, Somerville 5977 7766

Ɣ Well presented broiler farm with 168,000 bird capacity Ɣ 5 cross flow sheds, Auto winches in 4 sheds Ɣ Huge water storage for drinking and cooling Ɣ Back-up generator, upgraded switchboards Ɣ Big 4 bedroom home with 4 car garage Ɣ Current contract with Baiada

PHIL STONE 0412 226 758 HUGH GAMBLE 0401 319 811

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INDUSTRIAL & COMMERCIAL

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Factory with vacant possession

Popular salon with excellent fit-out

THIS large factory has approximately 800 square metres of lettable area and is divided into three areas, two of which are leased on a month-to-month basis. The total area is available with vacant possession or choose to keep the current tenants and occupy the front section for your business. Total land area is approximately 2065 square metres with plenty of onsite parking and yard area.

LOCATED at the beach end of Main Street, this first-floor salon is a well-established business with good clientele and an excellent fit-out including polished floating timber floors, reception area, waiting room and several cutting stations. Stocking Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Oreal Professional and label M products, current services provided are beauty therapist and clinical myotherapist.

Address: 3 Archer Street, MORNINGTON Price: $950,000 Agency: Kevin Wright Commercial 2/26 McLaren Place, Mornington 5977 2255 Agent: Kevin Wright, 0417 564 454.

Address: Hair & Beauty Salon, MORNINGTON Price: $49,950 Agency: Kevin Wright Commercial 2/26 McLaren Place, Mornington 5977 2255 Agent: Kevin Wright, 0417 564 454.

Asian restaurant with 60 seats

A happy surprise

THIS Chinese food restaurant trades five and a half days plus evenings each week and is prominently located in a prime corner position of a busy shopping plaza. The premises have a full commercial kitchen, air-conditioning and seating for up to 60 diners. There is also a BYO licence. The owners want to retire after 10 years running the business.

ONE of the Mornington Peninsulaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best-known stores in for sale. Selling gifts, home decor and furniture, and in a prime Mornington location, the store trades Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 5pm and Sunday 11am to 3pm. The shop is well stocked with goods from Indonesia, China and Australia. The business has high turnover figures, good profits and can be run by the efficient staff when the owners are away. The vendors are now ready to retire.

Chinese Restaurant, SOMERVILLE Price: $119,000 plus stock Agency: Latessa Business Sales 50 Playne Street, Frankston, 97811588. Agent: Tony Latessa, 0412 525 151.

Gifts, homeware, decor & furniture, MORNINGTON Price: $300,000 plus stock of approx. $95,000 Agency: Latessa Business Sales 50 Playne Street, Frankston, 97811588

Agent: Tony Latessa, 0412 525 151.

To advertise in the next edition of the Frankston Times commercial real estate section, contact Jason Richardson on 0421 190 318 or email jason@mpnews.com.au Page 8

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NICHOLSCROWDER.COM.AU

INVEST WITH THE LOT

UNITS 1-4 / 2 BRETT DRIVE, CARRUM DOWNS AUCTION FRIDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER @ 2.00PM (ON SITE)

The property comprises of a takeaway food shop, warehouse and two offices. The anchor tenant is the Homestyle café which has a new 5x5x5 year lease. There are also 22 on-site car parks. • Four units on one title with potential to subdivide (STCA) • Iconic corner complex • Currently returning $72,504pa (approx.) • Quality tenants with secure leases • Total land size: 1647sqm (approx.) • Building size 533sqm (approx.) Contact: Richard Wraith 0419 564 528 or Michael Crowder 0408 358 926

9775 1535

LEVEL 1/1 COLEMANS ROAD, CARRUM DOWNS, VIC, 3201 Michael Crowder 0408 358 926 zRichard Wraith 0419 564 528

www.chelsea.harcourts.com.au

Only the second time offered for sale in 50 years!

Hastings Newsagency

A rare opportunity has presented itself for the purchase of a tightly held local business servicing the community. This well established retail/wholesale/distribution newsagency sells a wide range of products, and is a landmark of the town, trading from its current location for 50 years. Situated in fast growing Hastings, this business enjoys a perfectly central position, with front and rear access, and plenty of parking. Hastings Newsagency products lines include, newspapers, magazines, greeting cards, stationery for school/offices/businesses, books, with a printing and photocopying service also available. This newsagency has a solid trading history, with massive opportunities for growth in both the retail and wholesale side of the business. With a container port on the way, Hastings is set to expand rapidly, and this newsagency is perfectly placed to make the most of the wonderful opportunities. An ideal family business, the owners are pursuing other interests, and are very motivated to sell. Price reduced to $495,000 + gst + SAV.

Terri Adams 0437 773 538 CHELSEA 1/463 Nepean Hwy

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MORNINGTON PENINSULA PROPERTY SELLOUT Investors and OFFER: FUNDING FROM •DEVELOPERS owner occupiers 50% Vendor Terms DO NOT MISS OUT • Balance 2 years DEVELOPER • Immediate occupaƟon No similar products are on

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the market in these areas.

DROMANA SELF STORAGE GARAGE DEVELOPMENT SITE WITH PA 3351 SQM

$650,000 ΈLAND AND BUILD OPTIONΉ

Mini-tradies Factories from $149,000

Commercial Oĸces in Mornington

Dromana Factories

From 134sqm @ $220,000

From $299,000 (stca)

Mini-tradies factories in Mornington From 71sqm @ $149,000

Storage garage in MorningtonYou can own from

www.aussiestoragegroup.com.au

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34sqm @ $72,000


For Sale – Sorrento

For Sale – Mornington

For Lease – Red Hill

NE

W

For Sale – Frankston

Fruit Fusion

Salute

Priced To Sell

Next To Proposed Epicurean Centre

An excellent opportunity to own your own Juice Bar with brand new Įt-out in busy Bayside Shopping Centre. This easy to run and manage business has a new lease, no franchise fees and is ready to go! Priced below set up costs this is a bargain!

The well known and highly popular CellarbraƟons Sorrento is on the market. Following eight very successful and proĮtable years, the current owners have decided to move on. Prime Ocean Beach Road locaƟon compliments this very strong business. Great rent, great lease.

Excellent, well known business with great passing traĸc. This would make an ideal Įrst business for someone wishing to downsize. Great central Mornington locaƟon with long lease and cheap rent. Vendor moƟvated to sell.

Excellent retail space of 76m2 right next to the proposed Red Hill Cool Store building which will be converted into an Epicurean Centre. The Epicurean Centre concept will build upon and enhance Red Hill’s reputaƟon as a sophisƟcated source of fresh, local produce and merchandise.

Sale Price: $119,000 WIWO Contact: Tanya Scagliarini 0438 289 859

Sale Price: $180,000 + SAV Contact: Russell Murphy 0407 839 184

Sale Price: $59,000 + SAV Contact: Russell Murphy 0407 839 184

Lease Price: $1,420pcm + GST + OGS Contact: Gary Ralph 0418 535 503

For Sale – Mornington

For Sale – Dromana

For Sale – Mount Eliza

NE

W

For Lease – Mornington

Rent Free Period Available

Bakery

Landlord Wants A Tenant

Blue Chip Freehold Investment

These three prime oĸces of approx. 15sqm, 17sqm and 30sqm are situated at the beach end of Main Street and would be ideal for individual, professional businesses. As new Įt-out, great locaƟon and at this price they are extremely good value. Be Quick.

Award winning bakery, currently operaƟng only 6 days a week, with long established clientele. There is a demand for increased opening hours, so this could be your opportunity to take this business to the next level. Adding coīee sales, wholesaling and trading 7 days would see this business reach its full potenƟal.

SƟll near new and with outstanding exposure this property is ideally suited for retail or professional oĸces. Superb Įt out with kitchen, shower and disabled access. An inspecƟon will not disappoint. Available from September 30, 2011.

This is a rare opportunity to secure a high proĮle retail investment in the heart of Mount Eliza Village. There are two shops available with a combined area of 166.8sqm and currently let to two long term tenants showing a net return of $77,250pa. Situated close to Safeway and other prominent businesses in the town.

Lease Price: From $780pcm + GST + Service Fee Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454

Sale Price: $299,000 WIWO Contact: Tanya Scagliarini 0438 289 859

Lease Price: $1,750 pcm + GST + OGS Contact: Russell Murphy 0407 839 184

Sale Price: On ApplicaƟon Contact: Gary Ralph 0418 535 503

For Lease – Mornington

For Sale - Mornington

W NE

SO

NE

W

LD

For Sale – Mornington

For Sale – Frankston

Wild Cards & GiŌs

ParƟal Fit Out Only

For Lease - Mornington

Smell The Roses

This business has been designed to be successful and provide you with all the necessary tools. With excellent sales and presentaƟon there is huge growth potenƟal in this business that could very easily be run by a family with full franchise support and low franchise fees of only 4%. New lease terms available.

• Prime locaƟon in the Mornington Mall just oī Main Street. • Shop size approximately 60sqm . • Would suit a variety of uses. • Great Lease terms available. • Available September 2011

First Ɵme available in over 6 years this retail shop is situated behind Main Street, adjacent to free parking area and is well set up for professional businesses; EG: accountant/solicitor or real estate. There are two oĸces, boardroom, two toilets and lunchroom. Long term lease available.

The well known and very popular WaƩle Gardens of Mornington is on the market. The current owners have run this business for the past 10 years and are looking to reƟre. A great sized shop with excellent lease condiƟons and Main Street locaƟon. Priced to sell. InspecƟon recommended.

Sale Price: $175,000 +SAV Contact: Tanya Scagliarini 0438 289 859

Sale Price: $29,000 (Fit Out Only) Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454

Lease Price: POA Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454

Sale Price: $97,500 + SAV Contact: Russell Murphy 0407 839 184

For Sale – Mornington

For Sale – Frankston

For Lease – Dromana

SO

NE

W

LD

For Sale - Rosebud

Great Beachfront LocaƟon

3 Archer Street

With superb locaƟon this fully licensed café/restaurant has seaƟng for 80. Currently operaƟng as The Capel Restaurant, this is a golden opportunity for the savvy operator to take this prominent beachside business to the next level. Also included in the lease is a three bedroom residence.

This large factory has approximately 800sqm of leƩable area. 106 sqm oĸce for sale in the Frankston Business Center The factory is separated into 3 areas, two of which are leased on • Formal recepƟon • Open plan oĸce a month to month basis. • Large kitchen area • Separate meeƟng room Excellent value / moƟvated Vendor

Sick of RenƟng? – Freehold for sale

Near new factory, never been used. Ideal locaƟon to base your business. • 155 sqm approx • Remote roller door access • Easy access to freeway • Priced to lease

Sale Price: Oīers Over $100,000 WIWO Contact: Russell Murphy 0407 839 184

Sale Price: On ApplicaƟon Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454.

Lease Price: $1,085pcm + GST + OG Contact: Russell Murphy 0407 839 184

Sale Price: $240,000 Contact: Tanya Scagliarini 0438 289 859

Factory 3, 5 – 7 TrewiƩ Court

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Business Sales Specialists www.latessabusiness.com.au

50 Playne Street Frankston

Tel: (03) 9781 1588 HAIR SALON

SPORTS CLOTHING

CONTINENTAL DELI

LANDSCAPING & MAINTENANCE

DRAMA ACADEMY

FRUIT & VEG RETAIL

7 stations, 2 basins, nothing to be done to this well presented salon with large glass frontage. New lease available. Stock included in price.

Women’s apparel for yoga, gym, pilates etc. Well known to locals, easy to run with 1 or 2 staff. Many repeat customers.

Well presented, large shop open 6 days. Selling set up costs and equipment only. All stock included. Close to Main Street.

Clients are based from Sth Melbourne to SE subs, incl body corps, estate agents and private residential. Est 12 years, work hours to suit yourself. Vehicle optional.

Worldwide organization, 6 locations on Peninsula. Full training in teaching, marketing & admin. Unique creative curriculum.

Very busy foot traffic area. Extensive coolroom, good vehicle, renovated 18 months ago. KEEN VENDOR

$45,000

$49,000 + sav

$50,000 WIWO

NOW $55,000

$57,500 + F/Fee

$65,000 + sav

HAIR SALON

TAKEAWAY

CAFÉ

MILK BAR

FISH & CHIPS

ACCOUNTING FRANCHISES

Large spacious salon on busy road, has 5 beauty rooms, 8 stations, 2 basins. Nothing to be done, very attractive, good equipment.

Lovely kiosk in busy food court selling sushi, noodles, pasta, fresh juices, coffee etc. Near new equipment, cheap rent, can be fully managed. URGENT SALE

Niche market in town for whole/organic foods inc fruit & veg. 5 ½ days, seating for 18 in/out. Well known to locals and passing trade.

Well presented shop with plenty of parking. Sub-let upstairs 1 bm accomm. 7 days 8am until 8pm. Good lease arrangements.

Trades Tues to Sun from 11.30am. Two twin self cleaning deep fryers. Located in large residential area.

Two models, one homebased or one office-based. All details available on application.

68,000 + sav

$69,900 + sav

$69,950 + sav

$72,000 + sav

NOW $75,000 + sav

$75,000

CHARCOAL CHICKEN

CHARCOAL CHICKEN

CLEANING

BEAUTY, HEALTH & SPA

TAKEAWAY

CAFÉ

Large fully renovated shop with plenty of preparation area, has coolroom. Est 40 yrs, keen vendor. Trades daily from 10.30am.

Located in S/C, no opposition. Very good equipment inc coolroom, seats 25 in & 15 out. Suit H/W team.

Large coolroom, seats 20 in Residential & commercial 6 rooms & reception area, Highly visible, near Safeway, & 10 out, new cappuccino customers mainly on M’ton staff and client parking. Wide good parking. New fryer, machine. 7 days from 11am. Peninsula. Major contracts in variety of services offered, rotary oven, freezer, Cheap business priced for place. Past Business Award sound system and fully coolroom. Good lease, owner quick sale – vendor has winner. air-cond. Business Award operator with 7 casuals. bought elsewhere. winner.

NOW $75,000 + sav

NOW $79,000 + sav

$79,500 + sav

$80,000 + sav

$85,000 + sav

$91,500 + sav

BEAUTY, HAIR & NAILS

RETAIL ELECTRONICS

TAKEAWAY

MANUFACTURING

COIN LAUNDRETTE

CAFÉ

Very attractive presentation with 8 beauty rooms. Sub-lets to manicurist and masseur. No competition, about 2000 clients, Yellow Pages ads. Stock included.

Main street, well known, pleasant business. Optus Premium dealer, computing & entertainment. Full security 24/7.

Prime residential area/ food precinct close to main road with good signage. Lots of near new equipment. Has 3 bm home.

Innovative components est 30 yrs, working one day a week. Excellent equipment, major account and many stores. Full assistance given.

8 washers, 10 dryers, 2 HWS. Open 24 hours, but has auto open/close doors. Male & female toilets, and office. Fully renovated premises. Est. 20 years.

Est 35 years in Main St M’ton. Seats 20 in & 20 out, has coolroom. Ideal family business reduced to sell quickly.

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Well established in modern S/C, qualified staff, fully managed. Confidentiality applies. Full assistance offered.

Large shop, long standing business, double storey 3 bm residence. High density residential area. Trial on $6,500pw.

Well equipped, quality P&E, operates with 2 liquor licences. Confidentiality applies. Two kitchens. Seats 35.

Only 3 owners in 25 years, prime area, no opposition. Huge potential to introduce more lines, ideal H/W team. Excellent takings.

Installation & servicing of all manner of security systems, plus ongoing client maintenance and upgrades. Industry experience an advantage.

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Landmark building with attached accommodation. Fully renovated, opens 6 days to 4pm. 65% food, 35% other items.

Only 5 days a week with short hours in the heart of M’ton industrial area. Small shop, simple to run, est 40 yrs. Trial on $7200 pw.

Sales & service, well One of about 75 franchises S/steel & glazed balustrades equipped showroom & in Australia, S/C location with for res and comm clients, workshop. Est 10 yrs, vendor very busy foot traffic. pool fencing, self closing owns freehold & offers new Confidentialty applies. gates, high quality lease with neg terms. architectural features. 70% Good profits. Melbourne 30% Peninsula.

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GYM EQUIPMENT

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Power and hand tools, BOC gas agency, large repair section. Only 2 owners in 28 years, well known, long standing staff. Vendor willing to stay on.

Well known, bbq chicken, ideal location, modern premises and kitchen facilities. Indoor/outdoor seating. Confidentiality applies.

Repairs and refurbishments, servicing the needs of transport operators throughout Aust. 16,000 sq ft factory, deals with major insurance companies.

Installation, service, sales of new and used equipment to 80 gyms. 4 vehicles inc, has huge potential for hospital equipment. 5 days.

Large shop on corner position of main road. Huge profits! Short hours! 5 ½ days.

Well presented, profitable. Sale & installation of tiles, pavers, concrete finishings, retaining wall blocks etc. Main road in industrial estate, store recently expanded.

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Large packaging business with huge growth potential. Needs to be taken to next level. W/sale with deliveries & large retail section. Confidentiality applies.

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Operates from twin factories, hires all party requirements, large or small. Good reputation, excellent profits, est 18 yrs.

Operating, hiring, servicing, parts & repairs in well equipped factory/workshop. All P & E inc. Showing good profits. Well known to industry.

Business & freehold, 4.5 acre property with 5 bdm residence, pool & entertainment area. Confidentiality applies.

Country club licensed restaurant & function centre. Large premises seats 450, 4 rooms, function areas, middle of golf course. Inc 3 bm manager’s residence.

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NEWS DESK Briefly

School brings book characters to life

PUPILS at St Francis Xavier Catholic Primary School are getting a reputation for being real characters. While that might be a bit of an exaggeration, they did at least dressed up for the day as characters from favourite books. The day to dress up, Wednesday 24 August, was during Book Week and included a book “parade”, with children dressed in character. The principal, Colleen McGreal ,chose to dress as The Wizard of Oz’s

Musical afternoon FRANKSTON Music Society will present ‘An afternoon at the proms’ at 2.30pm Sunday 18 September at the Frankston Arts Centre. The Frankston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ingrid Martin, and Mornington Peninsula Chorale will be celebrating pioneers in music from 1765 through to 2011. Pieces include Leroy Anderson’s Piano Concerto in C, in its premier Australian performance with soloist Tom Buchanan; excerpts from Dvoraks New World symphony; Beethoven’s Eroica, Mozart’s Symphony No. 40, Grainger’s Children’s March, Les Miserables and other Proms favourites. Tickets from Frankston Arts Centre, Davey St, Frankston. Adults $22, concession $20, 14 and under $10. Call 9784 1060.

Costume kids: St Francis Xavier Catholic Primary School pupils dressed as book characters are, from left, Alina Kelly, Brayden Davenport, Zach Wood, Anush Sharma and Joel Celbular.

Wicked Witch from the West. “The reason being because I love red shoes,” Ms McGreal said. Pupils had their own opinions on wearing costumes for the book parade. “It’s not about you, it’s about the book character. No one judges you because you were the book,” Oliver Wright in grade five said.

Chloe Davenport of grade two said: “The best part was how you can guess what the book character was.” The school’s next major event is the I Love Frankston fun run at Beauty Park, Frankston. The event is on Sunday 18 September and registration forms are at www. ilovefrankstonfunrun.com.

Briars Park, 450 Nepean Hwy, Mt Martha. Learn how to save your own seed and get prepared for summer sowing. Also learn about the abundant varieties of tomatoes and their different uses. Cost: $10 a person. Bookings: Peninsula Visitor information booking service on 5987 3078 or 1800 804 009.

History talks MORNINGTON & District Historical Society’s monthly coffee morning is at 10.30am on Tuesday 13 September at St Mark’s Church, Barkly St, Mornington. Guest speaker Val Wilson has been researching the families buried in the Mornington Cemetery and will give an illustrated talk. Cost $5. All enquiries can be left at the Old Post Office Museum open Sundays 1.30- 4.30pm, call 5976 3203.

Angel day

Golf for seniors

THE Royal Children’s Hospital fundraising wares will colour the Tyabb Craft Village, 14 Mornington-Tyabb Rd, from 10am-5pm on 11 September for International Angel Day. On the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attack on New York, the world unites to give hope to children of the universe through the angel order world and funds will aid Charli’s Angels Auxiliary on the peninsula. Includes angel workshops, live performances from Nowra and The Fuzzbirds, kids entertainment Hee Di Ho, activities, angel dress-up competition, raffles and sausage sizzle. Details: 0414 465 344.

TOBIN Brothers is holding a two-day seniors golf tournament at Rosebud Park golf course with Carrington Park Club and Seniors Victoria on Monday and Tuesday 17 and 18 October. The event is part of a statewide festival to promote the wellbeing of seniors. Cost is $25 a day and includes 18 holes of golf, a showbag, prizes and a light lunch. Monday is Stableford for men and women with AGU handicaps and a non-handicap event. Tuesday’s event is four ball best ball for men, women and mixed (AGU handicap required) and a non-handicap event. Registrater at 8.15am for shotgun start at 9.15 with lunch at Carrington Park Club at 1.30pm and presentations 2pm. Entry forms from www.rosebudpark.com.au, Rosebud Park Pro Shop.

Saving seeds A SEED saving workshop will be held 1.30-4pm on Saturday 10 September at the Eco Living Display Centre, The

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Knitters cast on for troops KNITTERS have responded to the call in droves, making garments for Australian troops in Afghanistan. Nearly 1000 balls of wool have been handed out by the Carrum Downs Bendigo Bank, which is one of the collection points for the Country Women’s Association campaign to make beanies and fingerless gloves for the troops (‘Beanie knitters cover Australian troops’, The Times 4/8/11). “We have given out nearly 1000 balls of wool, with other knitters providing their own,” bank branch board chairman Gary Rowe said. “On hearing we were out of wool, a knitter approached Rye RSL where she works to fund her wool, which it gladly has done. A 91-yearold knitter at Mt Martha is also hard at work, while a church group at Mornington has become involved. This is just some of wonderful support we’ve received.” Werribee CWA, which started the program,

has distributed 8000 balls of wool and wants to see garments coming back in before using the $6000 the Carrum Downs branch has donated to buy more. “We are asking callers needing wool to be patient until more is available, or to ask friends to look in their cupboards for unwanted wool. Op shops often sell wool cheaply,” Mr Rowe said. The wool needs to pure wool, not synthetic, and in dark colours. The beanies, scarves and fingerless mittens are needed for troops going into the Afghan winter; 8ply is suitable for beanies and scarves, with 4ply for the mittens. Finished garments can be left at any branch of the Bendigo Bank. Hundreds of beanies have already been passed on to Werribee CWA. For details call the Carrum Downs branch on 9782 9799 or email organiser Fran Henke at fhenke@bigpond.net.au.

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AROUND THE PENINSULA

Playtime: Whales break the surface off Mt Martha on Saturday 13 August. Photo by Sue Mason of the Dolphin Research Institute. Catchline: Anglers crowd the rocks at Mt Martha chasing garfish and squid on Sunday.

Whales in bay for play, not stay By Keith Platt WHEN a pod of teenage whales put on a show off Mt Martha, some audience members put themselves in line for a fine. Although strict rules apply, some boats carrying sightseers were filmed getting too close as the humpbacks began rising to the occasion. Researchers from the Hastingsbased Dolphin Research Institute were out on Port Phillip “surveying common dolphins when the big fats ones took over”, executive director Jeff Weir said. “The photo shows three humpback whales together, one being very aggressive. “If a little boat got near them it would be demolished. “The aggressive behaviour seen with these animals has not been re-

corded before and considering the animals’ 40-tonne size, in made it extremely dangerous for vessels to get too close.” Mr Weir said Department of Sustainability and Environment officers were likely to prosecute “or at least make a phone call to the owners of several boats which went within 200 metres of the whales”. He said jet skis must stay at least 300m away from whales. “Some boats were repeatedly going too close and deliberately went within 10 metres of the whales time after time after time,” he said. “Our researchers filmed them, although most people on boats usually do the right thing.” Mr Weir said the whales sighted off Mt Martha on two consecutive weekends would not go as far north as mature breeding whales.

The whales were unlikely to come into Port Phillip to feed, although they would take fish “opportunistically if they swim through a really tight school”. “Unlike dolphins, which go wherever the food is, whales feed up in the Antarctic during summer. “There’s been one observation of a whale feeding in the bay, but generally they don’t feed for long periods when migrating north.” Mr Weir said the whales in Port Phillip were “only biding their time before heading south; they’ll be gone by October”. “It’s fairly new seeing them here in early winter, but it may be because their numbers are picking up well.” Although not providing food for whales, Mr Weir said recent research pointed to the eastern side of Port Phil-

lip having several “hot spots of productivity” where larvae and plankton provided the basis of food “right up through the food chain”. Spurred on by Sunday’s fine sunny weather, anglers were also out in force on the rocks below the Esplanade at Mt Martha. It was one of those days where owning a boat did not necessarily give any advantage when it came to making the catch of the day. Fishing expert Paul Pingiaro said he had heard reports of good catches of garfish and squid being taken near the cliffs. “There will be whiting and snapper coming in the next few weeks and you’ll see people there after dusk. “The cliffs along the Esplanade seem to be the first place to see snapper each year and I believe it’s because

Hands on pier for deck fitting THE jack-up barge carrying the pile driver used to repair Mornington pier faced a head wind on Tuesday as it left for a job in Melbourne. The barge returns next week to replace piles holding up the wooden jetty in front of Mornington Yacht Club. Meanwhile, work continues on installing new timber decking on the centre section of the pier wrecked by storms

in 2010. The 185-metre pier was closed in April of that year and suffered further storm damage in August and September. The 53-metre centre section is being repaired at a cost of $3.5 million while the cost of completing the remaining 75-metre end section has been estimated at $9.5 million. Kevin Johnson, whose Carrum Downs-based company K V Johnson

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won the contract to repair the pier, hoped the work would be finished in four to six weeks “weather permitting”. He said the spotted gum timber deck was being cut and pre-drilled at Carrum Down before being bolted in to place on the pier by six workers. Mr Johnson said the jack-up barge could also be fitted with a drilling rig or used as a platform for an excavator.

they follow Selwyn Fault, which is why it’s really deep in close.” Mr Pingiaro said jigs were used to catch the squid while the garfish responded best to silverfish, a small bait fish imported from China. “It’s ridiculous how they bite the silverfish, although worms are OK, too.” Mr Pingiaro said some anglers were freezing their catches to use as bait during the snapper season. The Department of Primary Industries website shows there are no size limits for squid although catches are limited to 10 a person. Garfish can also be taken at any size and there is a limit of 40 fish a person. When the snapper do arrive, catch limits are 10 a day; with a minimum size of 28cm. Anglers much not keep more than three fish over 40cm in length.


Church angst over licensed backpackers By Mike Hast ST Peter’s Church will build a new entrance to its office and meeting rooms after shire councillors last week approved a three-storey backpacker lodge with a rooftop bar in narrow Octavia St, Mornington, overlooking the historic church. The lodge will hold 110 people in 21 rooms. It is permitted to have 80 people in the first floor licensed area and 80 people on the rooftop bar until midnight, all entering the building from Octavia St, opposite an existing church entrance. St Peter’s vicar Rev Jan St James says the church and its members are disappointed with the decision. “We have many unhappy parishioners,” she said on Tuesday. “We will be forced to build a new entrance in Queen St utilising the house we own next to the front of the church.” Rev St James says the Octavia St laneway entrance is used by 500-600 people each week. “We are a seven day a week operation with church services on Sunday, playgroup five days a week, support groups for carers of elderly frail and disabled folk, exercise groups, a ballet school that has been running for 30 years, music programs for preschoolers and youth, our opportunity shop, and people visiting the church office.” She said the backpacker lodge would overlook the church and its courtyard, which is used as a children’s play area, a gathering place after funerals and other events, and was to have a memorial garden where the ashes of the deceased were interred. “The lodge will have a detrimental impact on our services.” The church is also concerned the lodge will block sun from the courtyard from May until late August. “This is unacceptable for a series of buildings and activities that rely on natural light for their good usage; cheerfulness and warmth for our activities,” Rev St James said. “We are most concerned this will be a licensed venue. It will add to the already abundant outlets for alcohol in the area given the issue of overuse and anti-social use of alcohol by young people. “We already battle on a weekly basis with empty and broken bottles over our fence and on the church doorstep, cleaning up of vomit and other rubbish.” She said there was concern over the lack of a traffic and noise study, and how security and management issues would be handled.

Proposed backpacker lodge

High times: Aerial diagram showing the location of the proposed three-storey backpacker lodge with its rooftop bar and entrance on narrow Octavia St (blue outline), opposite St Peter’s Church on the corner of Queen and Octavia Sts (bottom centre with dark roof) and Bellamy Hall on Albert St (white roof).

Shire planner Nicholas Harrison told councillors the backpacker lodge was listed as 39 Main St, but was behind La Porchetta restaurant and had its entrance in Octavia St. He recommended councillors approve the application. Victoria Police was asked to comment and told the council the concept of a backpackers and a licensed area the size applied for was at odds with the amenity of the area. “The inclusion of a backpackers residential component in this application in my view does not assist in justifying the establishment of a tavern,” the writer said. “Main Street, Mornington, is a well serviced strip for licensed premises, as is the Esplanade with four more licensed premises in that area. “The issue surrounding this area is the increased public order offences occurring due to alcohol from these premises which police are attempting to curb both through targeted operations and the Liquor Accord meetings. “The addition of premises with a general licence to this area will further compound the problems being experienced by affecting the amenity of the

area.” Backpacker lodge proponent is developer Joseph Alesci, a Mornington resident who has a law firm in Rosebud and is the eldest son of Giovanni Alesci, who operated the popular Deli By The Sea in the town for many years and now runs McCrae General Pizzeria. Joseph Alesci is the developer of Centrepoint in Red Hill South, now called the Red Hill Epicurean Centre and due to open this summer with a mixture of shops, a restaurant and apartments. The family also established Rose GPO restaurant and bar in Rosebud in the early 2000s, and another son, David, operates Mediterraneo restaurant at 1 Queen St, Mornington. Mr Alesci told councillors he wanted to make efficient use of his land and the project was a high-quality, welldesigned backpacker lodge using expensive building materials. There would be family suites and a dormitory, and the lodge would add to the diversity of Mornington. “Tourism statistics show backpackers stay longer and spend more money

than other visitors,” he said. Mr Alesci said if getting the project approved depended on the hours the rooftop deck operated, he would reduce them. Later he agreed to serving last drinks at 11.30pm and closing at midnight, 30 minutes earlier than planned. He still has to obtain a liquor licence from Liquor Licensing Victoria. “The rooftop deck is where guests and their friends can have a glass of wine or a cup of tea,” he said. “There will be no amplified music and entry will be monitored. It’s a residential hotel, not a high-risk venue. I used to own the Bay Hotel and the Social, and the lodge is not designed to be a high-risk venue.” He said Mornington had welcomed tourists for a very long time. Cr Bev Colomb, who represents Mornington on the council, spoke strongly against the proposal and moved a motion that the backpacker lodge would have an unacceptable impact on activities at St Peter’s Church and its 150-year heritage, and that the sale and consumption of liquor would have a cumulatively negative impact

on the surrounding area. The motion was defeated and a second motion approving the lodge was carried. Crs Colomb, Leigh Eustace and mayor Graham Pittock voted against approval. Voting for the lodge were Crs Antonella Celi, Tim Rodgers, David Gibb, Bill Goodrem, Frank Martin, Anne Shaw and Reade Smith. Cr Lynn Bowden was absent from the meeting. Mr Alesci will have to meet a raft of standard conditions relating to building materials and setbacks, car parking, security, noise, guest numbers, construction and environmental management plan, building hours, traffic management, waste management, drainage and more. He has four years to build the lodge. Mr Alesci agreed to liaise with St Peter’s to minimise any adverse impacts at the church on sensitive event days, although Rev St James said Mr Alesci owned the building, but would not run the lodge.

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Gradually coming to my Census By Stuart McCullough YEARS ago, we were filling in forms. It may have been for health insurance or to become a member of the local video shop – I really can’t remember. In actual fact the use of the plural ‘we’ may be stretching it. To be more precise, Kate was filling forms that contained a range of questions. I guess that, after a time, a person can know you almost better than you know yourself and it’s just as easy to let them answer. One question, however, was blank. It was left undisturbed on the basis that I, and only I, could give an honest and accurate answer. That question was, to put it in ‘Roxanne’ terms: have I ever put on the red light? That this question should give rise to even slightest pause may mean I have not sufficiently explained myself. Granted, it’s one that for a whole range of reasons – politeness being only one of them – seldom arises. Rarely, if ever, has someone asked me during the course of casual conversation whether or not I have ever been a ‘lady of the night’. Just to be clear, while I have seen Pretty Woman several times, I have never been ‘Pretty Woman’. My eventual response of ‘no comment’ was driven by a sense of

indignity and a belief that such information is not wholly relevant to whether or not I should be able to rent Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants and five weeklies for 10 dollars. A few weeks ago, we had Census night. There’s something kind of glorious about the entire nation having the same piece of homework to do. Of the 60 or so questions, not one of them asked whether I had ever sold my body for cash. It did, however, refer to our house as a ‘dwelling’, which seems a little harsh. In a strange way, the Census divides your life into five-yearly chunks. Last Census, I was living much as I am now. Had I kept a copy, I could have simply resubmitted

it. Go back a further five years, however, and I was living in Brisbane. I have no recollection of filling in a Census form while I was there but would probably still have been offended by the word ‘dwelling’. Certainly, the place could have done with a tidy up, but it was nothing that a better filing system and a little Spray ’n’ Wipe couldn’t cure. Five years further still and ‘dwelling’ would have been a generous description. ‘Shelter’ might have been more accurate. Back then I was living in Prahran in a house that was on the last of its last legs. The building had a slight lean and you could see clear through the floorboards to the dirt below. I

Mind reading the key to life I DON’T believe chance encounters are accidents at all. I met my husband, best girlfriend and a number of key people in my life in so- called chance encounters. How different my life would be if I had not acted on these encounters. I decided to buy a lottery ticket the other day and as I walked into the outlet I was overwhelmed by three boisterous children attended to by a patient, smiling mother. Feeling sympathetic towards this fearless woman as six arms grabbed her along with wailings of “can I have this, pick me up, when are we going home”, I couldn’t help blurting out “how can you stand this; how come you are not insane?”. She tells me she has not three but six children all under the 15 living with her. To top things off, the third youngest is autistic but, due to special therapies along with help from his brothers and sisters, he has improved remarkably. Her secret? Love, patience and choices, she explains with a smile. Incorporating music, art, writing, “brainastics”, basic maths and memory formula taught in schools across the United States, into the way they learn. The teaching methods are changing to suit our children’s evolving brains so it seems. I am fascinated with the latest evidence of the brain’s neuroplasticity and that we are not hard wired as thought. Joe Dispenza’s book Evolve your Brain: The science of changing your mind is about understanding how thoughts can create chemical reactions that keep you addicted to patterns and feelings – including ones that make you unhappy. And when you know how these bad habits are created, it’s possible to not only break these patterns, but also reprogram and evolve your brain so that new, positive and beneficial habits can take over. Dr Dispenza is an example that the brain is neuroplastic in nature. As it states inside the jacket of his book, a bike accident caused multiple fractures to his vertebrae a number of years ago. Several doctors said his only hope of walking again was to fuse some of the vertebra in an operation that would leave him with a lifetime of pain and limited mobility. He refused the operation and,

shared the house with a friend and an inexhaustible quantity of mice. I was working in a bookstore and just beginning to find my feet. Had I started this process by looking at the end of my legs, it would, of course, have been a much quicker process. But instead I seemed hellbent on searching everywhere other than the obvious. I can’t recall filling in the Census form there either, so I suspect my housemate Marcus may well have done the honours. What I do remember about that time is that there were a bunch of us living within a couple of blocks and we’d catch up at the pub from time to time. Back then, I didn’t think too much of it, never realising that people in-

evitably scatter to the wind. Stepping back a further five years and I was at university, living in a share house in Clayton. There were two other students and I can recall the three of us sitting around the kitchen table trying to complete the form. More than anything, I remember that house as being cold. The kitchen, in particular, was like an inverted refrigerator much of the time, and fog would often form in front of your lips when you spoke, like a cartoon speech bubble. Completing our Census would have been one of the very first adult things any of us had done. At that time, a life outside that house and that kitchen seemed difficult to comprehend. It was my first time living in house with people who weren’t my family. Living in a share house is an art. It is a skill that is learned through years of practice. Back then I was a complete and utter novice. One of my housemates was a deeply religious fellow who took down a picture of Paul Kelly on the grounds that he ‘looked Satanic’. While I gravely doubt that Paul has ever dabbled in the dark arts, I thought the best way to respond to this was to colour the eyes of the picture with whiteout and draw horns on it. Tearing down was now

no longer enough, and the picture was torn up instead. Being the diplomatic soul that I was, I used words to bridge this growing divide. Specifically, I wrote a short story and submitted to a National Radio Competition entitled ‘Housemates from Hell’. It was, apparently broadcast with no small amount of fanfare. While I didn’t hear it, several members of my housemate’s church most certainly did and staged an ‘intervention’ at our house and I was the subject. A lot can happen in five years. It can bring unimagined joys and unfathomable disappointment. In many regards, five years may be too infrequent – it makes me think of all the momentous events that have come and gone in that time. There was the seven-room share house in St Kilda and the tiny one-bedroom flat in Grosvenor Street that was little more than a linen cupboard with windows. I’d even say it was a ‘dwelling’. Most of all, it makes me think about who I was at these various points in time. Filling in my Census form, Pretty Woman playing in the background, I’d tell my earlier self not to worry so much. Things turn out regardless. www.stuartmccullough.com

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Entertainment IT’S no surprise Ross Wilson is appearing at the 2011 Gympie Muster and Lizottes later this year. The Gympie Muster website says “Loads of country, dollop of blues, rock and folk”. Ross Wilson is certainly all of that and more. Just listen to his song Just as Long as We’re Together on the new remastered Daddy Who? album and you will know what I mean. For Ross Wilson it all started in 1965 with a band called the Pink Finks with Ross Hannaford. Then they met Wayne Duncan and Gary Young who were playing in the Rondells, a band that also backed Bobby and Laurie. Daddy Cool was born in 1970 and released its debut single Eagle Rock (written by Ross Wilson) in 1971 with the B side being Bom Bom written by the two Rosses. Eagle Rock went on to become the biggest-selling Australian single of the year. In July 1971 Daddy Cool released a debut album, Daddy Who? Daddy Cool (Sparmac). It held the record for the most copies sold for a local album (60,000) until 1974, when Skyhooks Living in the 70s was released. Daddy Cool became one of the most

popular Australian groups of the ’70s, not only for their music but also their outrageous stage outfits, which included jughead cap (Gary Young), Mickey Mouse ears (Wayne Duncan), a propeller beanie (Ross Hannaford) and a fox tail on a belt (Ross Wilson). Now 40 years on Sony has released for the first time on CD Daddy Who? Daddy Cool! as a remastered digital album. I caught up with Ross Wilson during the week and chatted about the album

release and why it took so long. “Sparmac sold its catalogue to BMG/Sony and they approached us regarding the release on CD,” he said. “The initial thing was to give the identity of the album back. Daddy Who? is the foundation of my career and representation of what was going on in my life at the time. “Robbie Porter came long and produced the album and Roger Savage engineered it. Robbie also played piano and we had a great sax player called Dave Brown. “The album contains the long version of Come Back Again plus the single edit. We got the Daddy Cool theme song from the Diamonds who sang it in 1957. We learnt the song and it became our theme.” Daddy Cool was released in 1971 by Adelaide group Drummond (Fable), which included Graham Goble, later of Little River Band fame. In addition to the original tracks remastered, the CD comes with four bonus tracks that were included on the Reprise Records international pressing. The artwork comes with all the images from the original LP cover as designed by Ross Hannaford and Ian McCausland along with liner notes by

Ross Wilson, plus vintage photos from the Daddy Cool vault. It’s a great collection of songs including Eagle Rock, School Days, Come Back Again, Bom Bom, Cherry Pie, Zoop Bop Gold Cadillac, Blind Date and more. This is only the first chapter in the series of one of Australia’s greatest music groups. We hope to see more classic Daddy Cool songs in the digital age in the future including Hi Honey Ho, I’ll Never Smile Again, Teenage Blues, Cadillacin’, Jerry’s Jump, Duke of Earl, Boogie Man, Don’t Ever Leave Me, Blind Date and more. Daddy Who? Daddy Cool! (Sony) is in music stores and online at www. jbhifionline.com.au Ross Wilson will perform at Gympie Muster on Thursday 25 August and Bulimba Festival in Brisbane on 28 August. www.rosswilson.com.au www.daddycool.com.au

could that nasty coalition have than a woman intent on cultural change at the helm of a largely macho organisation.” Good stuff sometimes happens.

thing, but knowing that he gets paid many thousands for his efforts, which amounts to convincing people to put money where it’s safe, and knowing that he wouldn’t have a clue about the bank’s financial structure, I worry. I hope my worry is misplaced. Is there a nexus between a knowledge of a certain subject and an understanding of human nature? Say you’re chatting with someone who is an expert in their field. In terms of human behaviour and philosophical insights, they may well be asinine, as is sometimes the case. We assume they have expertise in other fields. And yet, you may come across a labourer, a dogsbody, a financial adviser or even a psychologist and discover a jewel. Rare, but surely a fascination.

Top 10 albums 1 Daddy Who? Daddy Cool – Daddy Cool 2 Born This Way – Lady Gaga 3 Masters Apprentices 2CD – Mas-

with Gary Turner ters Apprentices 4 101 70s Hits – various 5 101 60s Hits – various 6 Live at Sunbury – Billy Thorpe & Aztecs 7 Falling Into Place – Adam Harvey 8 More Arse Than Class – Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs 9 The Best Of – Dolly Parton 10 Out of the Darkness – Peta Evans-Taylor. Top 5 singles 1 I Wanna Go – Brittany Spears (Jive) 2 Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5 (Universal) 3 You Don’t Know My Love – Adam Harvey (Sony) 4 Last Friday Night – Kate Perry (Capitol) 5 On the Floor – Jennifer Lopez (Universal).

A Grain of Salt IT’S official. According to Relationships Australia’s Samantha Aldridge in her survey of 1200 people, those having regular sex in their 70s are happier with the quality and quantity of their bedroom action than their grandchildren’s generation. Samantha darling, visit the dedicated smoking zone of my local RSL and you shall discover that your findings are somewhat skewed. The big question is who paid Samantha to carry out this survey and what does she/they hope to achieve? It would have been interesting to see sex questions on our Census form, optional obviously. Who could resist a touch of dreaming. How regular? Every week, but currently overdue? *** SHOULD David Hicks be allowed to keep any profits made on the sale of his book? Definitely. The poor bugger deserves a ray of sunshine. It was the Libs who crucified him for political purposes. Any similar action by the Labor Party will be disappointing, to say the least. How about “Chopper” Read you hypocrites? Leave the poor, sad man alone! *** DURING my 37 years at racetracks, I developed a nasty habit of picking a

number and announcing it was a certainty. A human nature study. Someone was always available to follow my expert advice. I was working at Echuca trots one night and announced they would not bring a particular horse from NSW for nothing. Sure enough, one chap plonked and lost, with NSW a mere kilometre away. Around that time I was watching World of Sport every Sunday with a neighbour, a police sergeant; nice bloke, self-opinionated like me. One night I came across him at the Sandown greyhounds; told him number 4 was home and hosed. He listened, which intrigued me. Way out of character. A month later he was arrested and went to jail. Stealing police fund monies. One very nice chap who got caught in the gambling trap. Very sad. Sometimes it pays to shut up. *** I’M no great fan of Louise Adler of Melbourne University Press; a shade too arrogant for mine. I must, however, give her five stars for her words on behalf of our former top cop Christine: “She took on a coalition of hardcore recidivist police resistant to change, opportunistic politicians adept at the dog whistle and a tabloid media both stroking and profiting from resentment and ignorance. What better target

*** YEARS ago I nearly bought a rundown shack in Somers with a view and a backyard onto Western Port. I figured I couldn’t lose but conservatism ruled. I had the same feeling for Flinders, South Melbourne and Burleigh Heads. Living costs, the wife and kids first; well, second anyway. We all have whatifs. Lately we get updates of moves in the median price of houses. Rye often gets a mention as being on the up, possibly influenced by the multitude of real estate agents. If one happens to blink when driving through Rye in winter, one misses it altogether, apart perhaps from the pulling power of the pier. As always I’ve left my run too late, opportunity gone along with capital, but if I was younger my feelings would be with Hastings. A beautiful little town with much potential, if they ever get around to realising it. *** AM uncomfortable with actor John Wood doing those ME Bank commercials. There’s something trustworthy about his face, which is not a bad

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*** I’M not good at comprehending poetry. I’ve tried valiantly with Alexander Pope and Walt Whitman, but never made it. Sometimes however, at a stretch, I can understand Leunig. At my age, as I approach the possibility of dementia, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, cancer and the certainty of sexlessness, one wonders what’s to come. I’m a believer in the individual having the right to determine how and when they say farewell.

with Cliff Ellen On this one occasion it’s appropriate to pass on one beautiful poem I clearly understood... What is to come we know not. But we know That what has been was good – was good to show, Better to hide, and best of all to bear. We are the masters of the days that were: We have lived, we have loved, we have suffered ... even so. Shall we not take the ebb who had the flow? Life was our friend. Now, if it be our foe – Dear, though it spoil and break us! – need we care What is to come? (W E Henley) Cheers. cliffie9@bigpond.com

Joke!!! A preacher is buying a parrot. “Are you sure it doesn’t scream, yell, or swear?” asked the preacher. “Oh absolutely. It’s a religious parrot,” the storekeeper assures him. “Do you see those strings on his legs? When you pull the right one, he recites the lord’s prayer, and when you pull on the left he recites the 23rd Psalm.” “Wonderful!” says the preacher, “but what happens if you pull both strings?” “I fall off my perch, you stupid fool!” screeched the parrot.

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Absolutely fabulous leader of spring hopefuls MICHAEL Kent has four-yearold mare Absolutely right on the mark for an assault on the $2.5 million Caulfield Cup (2400m) on 15 October. The winner of the Australian Oaks (2400m) at Randwick last autumn, Absolutely resumed with a slashing fifth behind former Kiwi King’s Rose in the Group 2 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday. Over the years the Memsie Stakes has proven to be a reliable guide to Melbourne’s feature races in spring and Absolutely’s effort indicated she would follow that pattern. Others to come under notice in the Memsie were Red Colossus, Rekindled Interest, Precedence and Linton. The Greg Eurell-trained Red Colossus, which finished third in the Memsie, also seems set to fly the flag for Cranbourne. The five-year-old looked in brilliant health and has obviously thrived since his last run in May, giving every indication he will be highly competitive in the handicaps coming up. Another Cranbourne representative – Rekindled Interest – confirmed his impressive first-up effort at Flemington when he finished

fourth just in front of Absolutely. The winner of the AAMI Vase (2040m) at Moonee Valley last spring, Rekindled Interest will be a legitimate chance in the Cox Plate if trainer Jim Conlan decides to head that way. Taking a line through the Memsie, the Lloyd Williamsowned Linton, who finished strongly in the straight, could also be a serious Cox Plate threat. Although only lightly raced, Linton has proven his quality with a series of top class performances and judging by his appearance at Caulfield, the Cox Plate could be well within his grasp. Australian racing icon Bart Cummings also seems destined to walk away with some of the big prizemoney on offer over the next three months. Cummings, who has an incredible 12 Melbourne Cups to his credit, has Precedence ticking along nicely for the first Tuesday in November. A proven stayer, Precedence has developed and matured since

last season and his first-up sixth in the Memsie indicates the best is still to come. While the Memsie was the feature event at Caulfield, there were numerous other horses who caught the eye. Cranbourne trainer Ken Keys has the even-reliable Status Symbol going as well as ever. A stakes winner at Flemington last spring, the six-year-old was unlucky when a first-up second ($17) to the Aldersons’ Miss Bindi in heat 1 of the Sprint Series. Underrated Simply Put had excuses when down the track on resumption, but never stopped trying when third behind the inform Little Tycoon and is worth following in similar company at her next start. Cranbourne mare Ocean Challenger and Mark Kavanagh’s Midnight Martini who finished on the heels of Simply Put and are also worthy of an investment over the next few weeks. Euroa-based trainer David Hayes may have found himself another classic winner in Cross Of Gold. A striking individual by Redoute’s Choice, Cross Of Gold hit the line powerfully when runner-up behind the

speedy Golden Archer and will continue to get better as he steps up in distance. Staying bred Tanby has been brought along quietly by trainer Robert Hickmott and that patience is likely to pay dividends this spring judging by the five-year-old’s fast finishing third behind the emerging Testascana in the National Jockeys Celebration Day Stakes (1700m). Greg Eurell’s Lakedro and David Brideoake’s I’m Jake also hit the line with gusto and will be winning in the near future. Others to catch the eye at Caulfield were Testa My Patience, Rightfully Yours, Lucky Eighty Eight, and Luen Yat Forever while at Sandown on Sunday I was taken with the performances of Candy Stripes, Hi Belle, Sassy Bay, Excluded and Savoy. Best: Cross Of Gold Spring fever in the air: Kiwi King’s Rose flashes to the front to win the Memsie Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday. Michael Kent, left, had Absolutely in good form to finish a slashing fifth in her first race back from a break. The Memsie has been a springboard for many a major winner over the spring carnival. Pictures: Slickpix

Gulls rise to the occasion R U O Y when the chips are down BUYXT CAR NE MORNINGTON Seagull’s Soccer Club will progress to the State League division 2 next year following a gutsy 3-2 come-from-behind win against the Waverley Wanderers in the third last round of the season. After missing out on promotion by a point last year, Gull’s coach Adam Jamieson was a relieved man when he spoke to The News on Monday. “It was roller coaster of week I tell you but I am very proud of our performance on Saturday,” Jamieson said. “It was one of the best halves of football I have ever seen.” The Gulls copped a punishing 6-0 hiding the previous Monday night against co-leader Kingston City before being 2-0 down at half time on Saturday against mid-table Waverley. In front of a home crowd at Dallas Brooks Park the Gull’s dug in and turned on a three goal second half with Lee Vallance scoring twice and Cameron Syratt nabbing one. This is the side’s third promotion in four years and vindication for Jamieson who by now has surely silenced the knockers who said he was too young and inexperienced to coach first class football. Jamieson was mentored at Frankston Pines by respected coach Stan Webster and, like Webster, he gets the best out of his players, regardless of their level of ability. Jamieson was messily deposed from Pines in early 2008 after coaching them back into the

Premier League the previous year. Along with Pines’ then core playing group, Jamieson reluctantly headed south to Dallas Brooks Park but has not looked back. The controversial decision by the then committee also marked the start of diverging fortunes for the two clubs. In the three and a half years since they parted company, Pines have won less than 10 games and are now headed for the previously unthinkable, the Provisional League. Somewhat ironically, Pines’ impressive nil draw against the rampaging Kingston on Saturday means the Gulls still have a chance at the premiership. Jamieson said that while the Gull’s won’t be just making up the numbers in next year’s competition, it will take the time to consolidate their remarkable ascension over the past few years. With a number of quality players nearing retirement, the club will continue to cultivate youth. “We will be focussing on having a good look around the peninsula for young players who want to commit to the club,” he said. Still in division 3, Peninsula Strikers went down 3-0 to Old Scotch on Saturday but have enough of a buffer to avoid relegation heading into the final two rounds. Meanwhile, it appears Langwarrin has managed to avoid the chop from State League division 1 after two solid wins against Sunshine George Cross and Preston Lions respectively. Langwarrin is three points clear of the relegation zone with a game in hand and is unlikely to be demoted.

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