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Call goes out for tutors

Pokies behind Dolphins crisis

U3A Mornington is looking for tutors to deliver the more than 200 courses to more than 1100 members aged 55 and over. Tutors are generally newly retired or transitioning to retirement, and can share a range of skills and enthusiasm for their crafts. Ann Gordon, who teaches petanque, said she loved tutoring because she enjoyed the company of her students, both male and female. “It is good fun and very sociable. My main challenge is keeping the group together.” Ms Gordon said that when she first joined there had been a long waiting list for petanque and four years ago U3A was looking for a tutor to offer an additional course. “After many years of lawn bowling, I thought, ‘If you teach me the rules, I will become a tutor’.” Tutors share their skills and talents and passions with others but are not trained teachers. Courses currently on offer include exercise, languages, art and craft, writing, music, discussion groups, science and excursions. Tutors can offer full year, short courses or even one day classes or events. Alongside tutors taking classes on the U3A Mornington campus are tutors take outdoor courses such as bushwalking at weeksends, petanque in the rose gardens, acting or cooking classes at Berts, a U3A venue within the area. For details contact course coordinator Sue Kershaw on 5975 9773 or email classes@u3amornington.org.au

Class work: U3A Mornington members of a petanque class: Jan Quayle and Lindsay Richards.

POKIES bankrupted the Frankston Football Club. The Dolphins went into voluntary administration late last month as the club struggled under large debts and the administrators called in by the club have now confirmed most of the club’s debts are related to pokies machines licences. Worrells Solvency and Forensic Accountants, administrators called in by the club, revealed at a creditors meeting last Wednesday (7 September) that the footy club owes the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation about $475,000 and $230,000 to Tabcorp. Both debts are related to 27 electronic gaming machines the Dolphins decided to remove from its new $3.4 million function centre in May to make the venue pokies free. Frankston Council is also owed $68,000 for unpaid rent, the administrator confirmed. Worrells confirmed all debts, including unsecured debts, total about $1 million. The administrator has tapped former Melbourne Storm CEO Ron Gauci, who comes to Frankston with a reputation for turning around troubled businesses, to help a possible restructure of the football club and its finances. Mr Gauci helped turn around the NRL club when he was called in to assist in 2010 after the rugby club faced sanctions over salary cap breaches. “Drawing on Mr Gauci’s expertise will give the Frankston Football Club the best possible chance of survival and assist in obtaining an outcome that is in the best interest of both the club and its creditors,” Mr Burness said. Worrells says it will meet with club members, staff, players, sponsors, and those with functions booked at the club as soon as it is possible. The administrator said it is working with AFL Victoria to try to ensure the club remains a VFL club. Neil Walker

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