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Lopped locks: Lucy and Alyssa show off their new cuts and the hair that will be donated to make wigs. Picture: Yanni

LUCY (12) and Alyssa (11) have just had the haircut to beat all haircuts, lopping off around 35 centimetres to donate for the making of wigs. Going into grade six at the start of the year at St Macartan’s Parish Primary School, the students are allocated a “prep buddy”. Lucy’s “prep buddy” was Ava. In the midst of her battle with leukaemia, Lucy was inspired by Ava’s courage, bravery and zest for life. Teaming up with friend Alyssa, the two girls decided to grow their hair all year to enable them to donate the hair at the end of the school year. Along the way, they also decided to raise money for Challenge; an organisation that supports kids with cancer and their families. They have currently raised $4475. “Challenge had been a great help to Ava and her family, so the girls really wanted to give back to them”, said Lucy’s mother, Sallie Thomas. “It has been a great lesson for the girls too; learning that it is valuable to give back in this world and help where you can”. Also donating their time was Mr Fox HairSkin-Body in Mt Martha to assist with the snip. Donations to Lucy and Alyssa’s fundraising can be made at and search “Cuts for Cancer”.

God purged from council ‘prayer’ Cameron McCullough THE 150-year-old tradition of reciting a prayer before local government meetings on the Mornington Peninsula has been scrapped after a motion by rookie councillor Anthony Marsh. His notice of motion, tabled at Mornington Peninsula Shire’s 8 December meeting and passed with a

6-5 majority, replaces the “prayer” with a “pledge” by councillors to act in the best interests of the community. Council officers advised that the existing prayer was in the governance rules of the council and that, under the Local Government Act, could not be dropped without community consultation. It could, however, be altered, and Cr Marsh’s notice of motion suggested just that. The National Secular Lobby was

quick to celebrate the removal of God from the prayer, releasing a press release on the night of the council meeting stating, “Tonight’s push to remove Christian prayers from council meetings at the Mornington Peninsula Shire has succeeded!” The president of the lobby group, Peter Monk, claimed the outcome as a “win for secularism” and that “the [shire] is the first council or parliament to be removed from our list of

government institutions that impose prayers on elected representatives”. Cr Antonella Celi told The News that the thrust of the debate at the meeting was not about the removal of God from the prayer, but the lack of community consultation and engagement on what was an ingrained community issue. “Not one of the councillors was elected on a mandate to make this change,” Cr Celi said. “I am most

concerned about the precedent for future decisions. What’s the next thing that will be changed without community consultation?” Cr Marsh did not return calls from The News. In favour of the change were Crs Marsh, Sarah Race, the mayor Despi O’Connor, Lisa Dixon, Paul Mercurio and Kerri McCafferty. Against were Crs Celi, David Gill, Debra Mar, Hugh Fraser and Steve Holland.

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Shifting of sand abandoned Keith Platt BEACH box owners at Mount Martha North Beach have missed out on what was planned as a sand-filled beach Christmas present courtesy of the federal government. Plans to move 10,000 cubic metres of sand from Mount Martha Beach South were abandoned on Thursday 3 December following concerns for public safety. WorkSafe Victoria wanted the beach closed while earth moving equipment was being used to shift the sand, but the Department of Land, Water and Planning said it had no intention “to fully close Mount Martha Beach to complete works during summer nor at any other time of year”. Storms also delayed work and the earth moving contractor had other work commitments. The work was being carried out by the state government with $1.5 million from the federal government, an election promise by Flinders MP Greg Hunt. A similar bid to “renourish” Mount Martha North with 12,000 cubic metres of sand in 2010 was all but washed away within three years. Experts hired by the state government have stated that building a rock groyne to protect the beach would cause adverse effects elsewhere. However, both Mr Hunt and the Mt Martha Beach Group Committee want the money spent on providing sand and building a rock groyne in the water that they claim will retain the

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Safety trumps sand: Plans to replace thousands of cubic metres of sand swept away from Mount Martha Beach North has been cancelled because of safety issues surrounding the use of heavy earth moving equipment on the popular beach. Picture: Keith Platt

trucked-in sand. The group has told Energy, Environment and Climate Change Minister Lily D’Ambrosio that sand could be imported to neighbouring Hawker Beach (“on an as required basis”) if it further deteriorated as a result of the groyne. Meanwhile, cracks have again appeared in the bitumen along the Esplanade between Balcombe Creek and Alice Street, apparently as a

result of the eroding cliff. The DELWP has hired consultants Water Technology to investigate future beach renourishment works at Mount Martha North, focussing on using sand dredged from offshore. “DELWP is aware that some in the community believe that construction of hard structures, particularly groynes, are the right solution at Mount Martha North Beach,” the

department stated in its December “Stakeholder Update” newsletter. “However, the advice from a series of expert studies is that such engineering solutions are not appropriate at this particular location because of significant adverse impacts they would cause along the adjacent coast, and because they would not be effective in keeping sand on the beach in the long-term.”

WORKS to provide temporary vehicle access to the property cut off during the landslip at the Esplanade, Mount Martha, in October were set to begin last week and take two days. (“Landslip closes Esplanade” The News 5/10/20). This week, residents will see further activity with the drilling of three bores near the service road above the Esplanade. The bores will obtain samples to determine the strength properties of the rock and soil and determine the depth of groundwater. These works are expected to take three days. Two further bores, lower down the hillside nearer the Esplanade, are also planned before Christmas. They will likely impact traffic over two days. Revegetating the area is an important element in addressing the environmental impacts of the slip and in stabilising the slope. To ensure successful regrowth, this will be completed after all engineering works. Speed limits on the Esplanade are 40kph near the slip. The service road remains closed to through traffic, however, residents can access their properties.

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Water world: Junior sailors get some guidance at Mornington Yacht Club. Picture: Supplied

Opti yachts get young sailors off to a flying start MORNINGTON Yacht Club last week christened a further six Opti junior sailing dinghies which are ideal for children aged 8-10 learning to sail in the club’s Try Sailing program. The free sessions will be held on four consecutive Sunday mornings. The purchase of the dinghies was made possible by donations to the Mornington Yacht Club Foundation with the boats named after significant boats in the club’s history: Morning Mist was a leading keel boat sailed by Alf Neate in 12 Sydney-to-Hobart races, three Melbourne-to-Hobarts, and nine Queenscliff-to-Devonport races. Flying Cloud was Max Rodd’s catamaran

used as a stable platform to train junior sailors for many years. Wild Thing won line honours in the 2001 Sydney-to-Hobart. The boat was designed by member Don Jones, built in Mornington by member Mal Hart and sailed by Grant Warrington with a number of members in the crew. Wild Thing competed in 18 Sydney-toHobarts. Firefly was Kevin Willey’s last yacht. Kevin joined the club in 1947 and sailed with distinction for over 50 years in a number of classes. Pamken was owned by Pam and Ken Donaldson who were active in keel boat racing in their yachts Obsession and Marie Louise.

Warringa was former Commodore Murray Barnett’s yacht. As Commodore Murray’s emphasis was on nurturing the family-friendly atmosphere at the club. The christening was conducted by family members connected to the boats, and by Don Jones and Kevin Willey who attended in person. The club’s Try Sailing program will be conducted throughout the sailing season. Anyone interested can call 5975 7001 or email office@ The club will provide all the equipment needed, including life jackets, at the free sessions.

THE fire danger period on the Mornington Peninsula began yesterday (Monday 14 December) and will extend until Saturday 1 May, unless extended or shortened by fire authorities in the meantime. The CFA declares the Fire Danger Period at the onset of warmer weather to help prevent fires from starting at a time when dry vegetation and hot weather increase the incidence of fires accidentally starting and spreading. Every effort is being made to prevent an occurrence of last year’s catastrophic fires which blanketed the state and led to fire victims from as far away as Mallacoota being evacuated to HMAS Cerberus. When fire restrictions are in force, burning off is prohibited without a permit, including on roadsides. If a Total Fire Ban day is declared, the lighting of fires or solid fuel heaters and barbecues is illegal. The Fire Danger Rating and Total Fire Ban status for various areas are listed at or by calling the VicEmergency Hotline 1800 226 226. The shire says it is residents’ responsibility to ensure they are aware of and comply with fire restrictions. Anyone seen lighting fires during the Declared Fire Danger Period should be reported to Victoria Police on 000. When the risk of bushfire is high, the CFA will be on full alert, however they say it isn’t possible to give personal warnings to every home or person. Residents are advised to listen to ABC 774 AM radio and to keep in contact with their neighbours. When travelling, they should let people know where they are and where they are going. They should prepare a Bushfire Survival Plan in advance and contact the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226 for general advice. Check for current warnings and keep a look out for smoke. Call 000 in an emergency situation. For information on what can and can’t be done during the Fire Danger Period and on Days of Total Fire Ban visit Stephen Taylor

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Hotel ‘land grab’ irks group Stephen Taylor THE Nepean Ratepayers Association is up in arms over an application by the developers of the Hotel Continental to build a 120 seat “outdoor dining room” on the front footpath. Ratepayers’ president Colin Watson described the bid for the 225 square metre Sorrento site as a “blatant land grab which only benefits the developer.” The “outdoor room” would be an audacious addition to the Conti’s revamp alongside three new buildings, including 106 hotel rooms, restaurants, spa centre, outdoor pool, two retail spaces and underground car parking. The Hotel Continental Development Consortium wants Mornington Peninsula Shire to approve the room and allow it to remove seven car parking spaces from the street outside the 1876 limestone icon on Ocean Beach Road. Mr Watson says pedestrians would be diverted onto an alternative footpath rather than having them walk through “the middle” of the outdoor room. “A 120 seat dining room will create considerable foot traffic … across the existing footpath with diners and waiters entering and exiting the hotel building,” he said. “The developer is using public land for its own financial benefit. While [it] will pay a licence fee for the use of land it in no way compensates for

Logical or land-grab?: An “outdoor dining room”, pictured to the right of the main building, has caught the attention of Nepean Ratepayers Association. Picture: Supplied

the full commercial value [with] fixed planter boxes, pergola and permanent roof. “This is the ‘thin edge of the wedge’ in that if the application is granted it will create a precedent and every restaurant in Ocean Beach Road will be able to build a permanent outdoor dining room on the footpath.” Trenerry Property Group director Robert Dicintio said: “Having already been approved and endorsed by Heritage Victoria, the proposed outdoor dining area, which is contained within a semi-permanent pavilion structure, will not affect pedestrian flow around the area. “The addition of two new footpaths either side of the dining zone will actually improve pedestrian circulation

and provide more space for pedestrians than is currently available. “The Ocean Beach Road car parks … will … sit alongside the other public car spaces below the proposed porte cochere, so there will be no net loss of … spaces available 24/7, free of charge.” The Nepean Ratepayers Association also wants the developers to reduce the height of the rear hotel rooms so they don’t overshadow the tower parapet. While agreeing the committee is “generally delighted that the hotel will be refurbished and returned to its former glory” Mr Watson confirmed the roof height was a sticking point. “It will be higher than the roof line of the apartments at 21 Constitution

Hill Road,” he said. “Our preference would be for one floor from this fourstorey building to be removed.” The hotel group rejects this, saying the top of the tower parapet is five metres higher than the roofline of the hotel rooms at the rear. It said hourly shadow diagrams, from 9am-3pm, at the equinox, assessed that there would be “no overshadowing of the heritage building as a result of the proposed amendments to the roof of Building B”. Mornington Peninsula Shire Council is expected to discuss the controversial application this week. Works at the Conti include protection of the heritage buildings and restoration of the historic Grand Ballroom which has been approved by Heritage Victoria; luxury 5-star hotel, multiple function spaces, public bar, food and beverage choices, glass-ceiling conservatory and wellness centre; European-style alfresco dining piazza. The developer says “approval of the planning application this month means we can deliver on this vision and re-open this iconic venue in late 2021”. “Without this support, these works cannot progress, and construction of the Hotel Continental will be once again delayed significantly – adding months, perhaps years to the reopening timeline.” The developer says delays threaten “220 jobs during construction and 100 full-time equivalent, ongoing jobs across hospitality, hotel management, service and administration once [the work] completed”.

Weekly summer recycling is back THIS summer recycle bins on the Mornington Peninsula will be collected every week from Monday 14 December until Friday 29 January. The normal 240-litre recycle bins with the blue lid will be collected weekly on the same day as the usual fortnightly recycling service, including public holidays. Items that can be recycled include clean aluminium and steel cans and foil, rigid and solid plastic items, such as kids toys, bottles (lids off), clean take-away containers and cups, pizza boxes (with only small amounts of grease), pots and pans, wrapping paper and envelopes, cardboard, newspapers and magazines, empty milk, juice and soft drink bottles, glass bottles and clean jars. Recyclables should be placed loosely in the recycling bin – not packed. Items that cannot be recycled include soft plastics, such as bread bags and cling film, which should be taken to the supermarket for recycling. Also not for recycling is household rubbish and food waste, while garden waste should be put in a green waste bin, compost bin or taken to the tip. Textiles should be repurposed, donated or, if not salvageable, put it in the rubbish bin along with polystyrene. Extra recycling, or large items which can’t fit in the recycle bin, can be dropped off at the tip or hoppers free of charge. Extra recycle bins can be bought for a one-off fee of $65. Details: visit recycling Find out about how to recycle other items at

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Visual appeal: The award-winning Brynor Constructions house at Blairgowrie. Picture: Supplied

Brynor wins judges’ praise – again MORNINGTON Peninsula-based builder Brynor Constructions has won the 2020 HIA Eastern Victoria Home of the Year Award for the second year running. The custom-built home at Blairgowrie was praised by HIA judges as being an “architectural masterpiece”, “built to a very high standard” and “simply spectacular”. It will now become a finalist in the overall Victorian

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HIA Victorian executive director Fiona Nield said: “HIA congratulates Brynor Constructions on this outstanding achievement. “A HIA Home of the Year title is something every builder aims for. So winning the award twice in two years is something truly special.” The awards were announced online, Thursday 3 December.

Taste treats from imaginative minds AS an exercise in persuasive writing this was a humdinger … Grade 1/2 students at Moorooduc Primary School while learning how to write persuasive text were tasked with designing a donut and convincing Rebel Donuts in Mornington to make it for them. The store’s owners Hayley Bradley and Ben Swan agreed to read their entries and choose which design and writing had tempted them the most. They ran a competition and shortlisted the entries, with the students receiving vouchers to spend in the store. Winners Patrick Harding and William Saltmarsh-White, of Grade 2, had a tray of their donut designs made and sold in the shop and were given a box of their donuts to take home. More than 100 were sold in the shop that day. Teacher Mel Baird said writing was a curriculum area the school had focused on this year. “The project engaged the students and was authentic in that there was a real life audience,” she said. “They were so excited and couldn’t wait to see who the winner was. Their donut designs and writing were amazing. “They included emotive language, rhetorical questions, high modality words and an introduction that would get the reader’s attention.” Yummy: Donut design winners William Saltmarsh-White and Patrick Harding, front, surrounded by classmates Chase Douglas, Rory Grainger, Kyen Green, Laila Simpson, Matilda Drew, Zelenka Wilson, Poppy Weir and Saskia Taylor. Mouthwatering result: The donut creations of the two winners. Pictures: Yanni

Mornington SC lockdown due to ‘incident’ MORNINGTON Secondary College was forced into lockdown after a student incident last week. Principal Linda Stanton would not comment, Friday 4 December, instead referring The News to the Education Department. A spokesperson said: “The health and safety of our students and staff is always our top priority. “Our student safety procedures were enacted and students [were] dismissed as normal. No student or staff member was hurt or placed at any risk during the incident. “Student support services are available to provide wellbeing support to our students.”

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A safe New Year for all We are working with emergency services to ensure the southern Peninsula remains family friendly on New Year’s Eve. The following restrictions will apply: • No planned events and no fireworks on foreshore reserves • Alcohol ban applies in public spaces from 30 December to 11.59pm, 1 January • Flares to be discharged in an emergency only • Rye pier closed from 6pm, 31 December to 2am, 1 January

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Mixed results for veterans MORNINGTON Peninsula Veterans Cricket Club had mixed results last weekend with the Over 50 team easily winning its first ever match and the Over 60 team going down in a close finish. The Over 50s played their historic first game at the picturesque Nyora ground against South Gippsland. They batted first and made 6/245 from their 40 overs. Henry Dolphin, Stella Jackson and Brian Parton all retired at the compulsory 40 runs. They were well supported by Simon McEvoy 22, Al Davie 15, captain Dave Martin with 29 and Dave

Hunter, 14. The bowling was excellent with John Harrison and Peter Klauer starting well with a wicket each. Jason Nagel and Jackson both took two wickets and keeper Paddy Swayn tried to catch a top edge with his teeth. The fielding was good and the opposition was restricted to 7/137. It was a great win first up and the next game is at Lloyd Park Langwarrin against Traralgon on Sunday 10 January. The Over 60s played Bayside at Elsternwick Park. The opposition made 5/192 at the close.

Hugh O’Brien took 0/27 off eight overs, Ron Salkowski was again successful with 2/33 and Bob Holley 1/30. Lindsay Murray had a brilliant runout and the boys fielded well. Skipper Phil Mayne started the innings with a brisk 32 followed by the consistent Mark Dunn with 41-retired. Trevor Burt, 18, and Murray with 34no tried hard but the total score of 6/175 fell just short. The Over 60s next game is at Alexandra Park Mornington against ACS on Sunday 20 December.

First-up win: Mornington Peninsula Veterans Cricket Club Over 50s team. Picture: Supplied

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Burst pipe floods road A BURST water pipe gouged a hole in the road “big enough to park a bus in” and caused flooding at McCrae, 5.30am, Monday 7 December. The water had still not been connected by 1.30pm. South East Water acting general manager customer service delivery Charlie Littlefair said the pipe on the corner of Coburn Avenue and Point Nepean Road was repaired and the water back on later that day. “Our crews finished up the rest of the works, including a temporary road reinstatement, by Wednesday morning,” he said. “Unfortunately, these works were a little more complicated than usual, with a council stormwater pit and a Telstra pit impacted by the burst and heavy rain causing additional water to enter the hole after it had been filled. “We worked with Mornington Peninsula Shire Council to provide a temporary solution for the stormwater pit until these works could be completed. We’re sorry for any

inconvenience to our customers and community in the area.” South East Water customers who spot any leaks, bursts or faults can call the faults and emergencies team 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 13 28 12, Mr Littlefair said.

Donations for Christmas

DONATIONS from the Rosebud Lions Club and Sorrento Community Centre Boomerang Bag Group together with personal donations have taken the Food for All Christmas Appeal total to $32,954. Co-ordinator Diane Falconer thanked all donors for their generosity. All donations of $2 or more are tax deductible and can be sent by cheque to Food for A11, P.0. Box 440, Rosebud 3939 or electronically transferred to Bendigo Bank 633000 A/C No 133457218. Details: Ms Falconer 5988 4353 or email to


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Fire burns car, fence A SUSPICIOUS fire damaged a car and partially destroyed a boundary fence in Hastings, Monday 30 November. A member of the public raised the alarm when they saw palings on fire in Arden Court, 9.38pm. The side of a car was badly damaged in the blaze which was extinguished by Hastings CFA. No-one was injured. Anyone with information or who noticed any suspicious behaviour is urged to call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

not have his phone or any money. Mr Darby has a medium build and dark hair. Anyone who can provide information regarding his current whereabouts is urged to call Rosebud police, 5986 0444.

Frankston drowning POLICE will prepare a report for the Coroner following the death of a man at Frankston Beach on Saturday 12 December. Emergency services were called to the beach along Nepean Highway to reports a man was unresponsive in the water about 12.05pm. The man was brought to shore by members of the public who attempted to revive him before first responders arrived. Despite the continued effort of emergency services, the man died at the scene. The death is not being treated as suspicious.

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Man sought by police A HASTINGS man was attacked and robbed during an aggravated burglary in Hastings in September. Police issued an identikit of the offender last week. They said the man forced his way into an Elisa Place house and assaulted the victim with a metal pole, 1.30pm, Wednesday 2 September. The man demanded money and forced his victim to drive him in his own car, a 2007 Mercedes Benz sedan, to an ATM to withdraw cash. En route, the offender realised his victim’s injuries were so serious he returned him to his home before stealing his car. The 41-year-old was later taken to hospital for treatment. The offender, pictured in a computer generated image above, is Caucasian in appearance, aged 20-30, medium build, brown hair, facial hair and blue eyes. He was driving a red Mazda sedan. Anyone who recognises the man or the vehicle is urged to call police 5970 7800 or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at (reference 92143).

All other parties fled the scene and the exact circumstances surrounding the incident are yet to be established. Police are urging anyone who witnessed the incident or who has footage to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.

Search for missing man ROSEBUD police were last week ramping up their search for missing Red Hill man Ron Darby (pictured right). They put out a call for 30 Sorrento SES members to conduct a line search around Mornington-Flinders Road, Red Hill, near Collins Street, Monday 7 December. Police are also seeking public assistance to help find the missing man. The 55-year-old was last seen at his Red Hill home in the afternoon of Wednesday 2 December. Police and family have concerns for his welfare. He is likely to be travelling on foot and does

Police investigate Frankston stabbing POLICE and emergency services were called to a stabbing in Frankston on Saturday 12 December. Investigators have been told a fight broke out between a group of people at the intersection of Station Street and Gallery Lane about 1.20pm. An 18-year-old Frankston man has been taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

A MAN’S car has been impounded after he was allegedly caught driving almost four times the legal alcohol limit in Frankston North on Friday 11 December. State Highway Patrol officers were conducting a breath testing site on Monterey Boulevard when they intercepted a Holden Commodore about 3pm. The 52-year-old male driver allegedly admitted he had drunk half a bottle of vodka before rolling into the site and was on his way home from a liquor store where he had purchased another bottle. The man, from Frankston North, returned an alleged evidentiary breath test reading of 0.186. The man’s licence was immediately suspended, and his car was impounded for 30 days at a cost of $1280. He will also be charged on summons with drink driving offences.

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Rethink foreshore plan: divers

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Stephen Taylor ASPECTS of the proposed Rye Foreshore Plan are so detrimental to divers that would likely go elsewhere, a dive shop owner says. More than 1000 objectors have signed the Rye pier Access-UnderImmediate-Threat petition indicating their dislike of proposed changes by Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, especially towards removing car parking near the pier. Lloyd Borrett, who owns the Scuba Doctor Dive Shop, said even enthusiastic participants would be reluctant to dive at Rye pier were the proposed changes to go ahead. “This would be a real shame given the resources Parks Victoria has invested in providing a world-class diver entry-and-exit point out towards the end of the pier,” Mr Borrett said. “The dive industry [has] indicated how the proposed changes would transform Rye pier from being the go-to location for diver training into a place to avoid. “Adding extra distance to the already very long walk out would be a game changer.” The petition – presented at the 23 November council meeting – requested the shire “conduct further consultation” with divers, snorkelers, swimmers, fishers and sightseers, and that a revised plan “take into account the needs of the community and that the revised plans be made available for public consultation”. The petitioners are concerned no

Out at sea: Dive operators claim the new Rye Foreshore Plan does not take divers into consideration. Picture: Yanni

extra car parking spaces are included in the plan and that the car parking area is far from the pier. This discriminates against those who are less physically capable, wheelchair users and other disabled people, they say. The shire’s urban designer James Bryan said “submissions were being reviewed and that adjustments would be made based on feedback received”. “While not all requests … will be able to be accommodated, council has heard the concerns from the scuba community and how the current proposal could be improved to assist with the usability by scuba divers,” he said. “Council must factor in all user groups when making adjustments to

the plan.” Reconfiguring car parks in a linear design along Point Nepean Road was to create large, connected areas of unencumbered public open space and plenty of pedestrian spaces, Mr Bryan said. “One of the key drivers for the Rye Township Plan and this foreshore revitalisation project is to improve the pedestrian amenity and open space areas of the foreshore. “At present, carparks dissect the foreshore in multiple areas and (along with building, infrastructure and camping) have slowly eroded the usability of the foreshore and the larger areas of contiguous green space.” Mr Borrett said during a meeting

with planners the dive industry had indicated “they would simply be forced to go elsewhere” if aspects of the plan were implemented. “The dive industry is concerned about the negative impact [the plan] would have on Rye shops and cafes,” he said. Mr Bryan said: “We are currently reviewing the layout of the car parks near the pier … and we have also had an access consultant review the plan from an all-abilities perspective. “We are also looking at how we can accommodate the other recommendations within the petition, such as a ‘changing facility’, all-abilities access and amenity block upgrades.”

WITH the most septic systems of any Victorian council, it’s important that residents and commercial premises on the Mornington Peninsula ensure their tanks are in good condition. Waste water is any water derived from domestic, industrial, commercial or agricultural activities, surface runoff or stormwater and sewerage. More than 25,000 properties across the peninsula have no reticulated sewerage and rely on septic tank systems - all posing a risk to the environment. The age of these tanks is a problem, with many having deteriorated and becoming porous over the years allowing them to discharge bacteria and other contaminants into groundwater and waterways. Where no sewer is available, households must install and maintain their own treatment systems. The mayor Cr Despi O’Connor said: “It is really important to ensure the health of your septic tanks system all year round. A poorly maintained septic system is a health risk to your family, friends, our waterways and the wider community”. An annual health check on septic systems is advised, particularly before busy holiday periods. Tanks should be pumped out every three years to maintain the health of the wastewater system. Seasonal attention to the care and maintenance of septic systems can prevent environmental problems and save on costly repairs and early replacement. To learn more visit mornpen.vic. or call customer service 1300 850 600.

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Flying Fish puts on displays for all to see Stephen Taylor “FLYING fish” sounds like a misnomer because fish aren’t supposed to fly. But some fish do, after a fashion, so the name can be applicable. This rationale also helps explain how Rosebud business Flying Fish Exhibitions – which is doing work in the field of international touring exhibitions – got its name. Founder Jay Brown said a friend came up with Flying Fish after realising the team was capable of doing things that they really shouldn’t be able to do. But, like flying fish, they can. Seven years down the track, after starting inside a basement at Mount Martha, and later moving to Capel Sound, the creative minds at Flying Fish get together to design, make and stage a host of exhibitions at museums all over the world, as well as taking all manner of shows and permanent exhibitions “on the road” to be seen by audiences everywhere. A staff of six on the Mornington Peninsula and five in North America make and stage the whole gamut of touring the shows. They manage overall projects after developing the initial concepts, designing exhibits and handling multi-media and motion graphics. They also make the characters and props and the crates for their transport, handle sales, marketing and venue booking, and then plan freight and logistics. If that’s not too much they also arrange the tours, which includes

Ice hockey in close-up: Flying Fish’s Bek Voller and Carli Brown with a display from Hockey: Faster than Ever, which featured at the Montreal Science Centre, Canada. Picture: Yanni Outside the box: Jay Brown works on international exhibitions. Picture: Gary Sissons

preparing each venue in advance, and then overseeing on-site installation and dismantling of exhibits. Theirs is a world of wonder, none more so than Mr Brown’s favourite – Apollo: When We Went to the Moon at the US Space and Rocket Centre, Huntsville, Alabama. It chronicles the space race – in graphics, original artefacts, mementoes, newspaper cuttings, pictures and sounds – from a time when the US and the Soviet Union were front runners in space exploration. The timeline progresses to the collaborative culture of today’s international space station program. “We designed and built Apollo. It was a really interesting subject and we managed to strike a balance with our

expertise and the high-end technology,” Mr Brown said. The experience the team created in this, its second major exhibition, conveyed the sense of awe felt by the technicians, engineers, and astronauts who flew to the moon 50 years ago. Neil Armstrong’s haunting words, “One Small Step for Man…” brings the exhibition to life. The company’s first major international exhibition was in 2017 when motion graphics were used to put visitors “on” the planets in a virtual display which is also at the US Space and Rocket Centre. Visitors follow a virtual moonwalk path, leaving moonboot prints behind. Visitors can control astronauts’ movements.

Mr Brown said his team had worked with NASA for five years and had contacts at museums in Sydney, Melbourne, China and Europe. Other exhibitions in North America include HOCKEY: Faster than Ever at the Montreal Science Centre, Montreal, about the history of ice hockey; The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited, about famous cartoon characters, at the Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria, New York; and Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family, the first exhibition to showcase the revised family tree of the tyrannosaur family and provide a snapshot of dinosaur life, at the Australian Museum, Sydney. The exhibition has been shown at nine venues across two continents and

been viewed by half a million visitors. The Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO Bricks at the Sydney Living Museum has been seen by double that number. The travelling exhibition was created with the help of Ryan McNaught, one of 14 certified LEGO professionals worldwide. A Flying Fish exhibition which struck a parochial chord was The Dressmaker, at the National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra, which showcased high-end fashion from the book/movie The Dressmaker worn by Australian actors in the outback town of Dungatar. An upcoming exhibition is Voyage to the Deep, at Nauticus in Norfolk, Virginia. Visitors will go on an underwater journey into the fantastic world of ground-breaking sci-fi author Jules Verne. The exhibition, to run throughout January, was developed by Australian National Maritime Museum and is also being toured internationally. Then there’s the Museum of Underwater Art in Queensland. As the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, the museum highlights Great Barrier Reef conservation, restoration, and education. The museum – with help from Flying Fish – offers a contemporary platform to share the stories of the reef, and the culture of its First Nations people, as well as spark conversation and solutions to reef conservation. So, it seems the scope and wonder of Flying Fish’s exhibitions are limited only by our imaginations – which means they are not limited at all.

GALLERY TALK It’s wonderful to announce that the winner of the 2020 National Works on Paper prize is ACT based artist Annika Romeyn with her large multi-paneled watercolour monotype Endurance 5. The Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery’s biennial National Works on Paper (NWOP) prize is one of the most prestigious awards and exhibitions in Australia, attracting leading contemporary artists from across the country working in the fields of drawing, printmaking, collage, animation, digital prints and paper sculpture. Annika has won the $15,000 major acquisitive award.

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Parking in Mornington, Hastings and Rosebud We’ve been developing long-term Parking Precinct Plans to improve how car parking works for you in Hastings, Mornington and Rosebud.

Visit the Shire website before 20 December to contribute your thoughts: parkingprecinctplans

We’re all impacted by the availability and location of parking. The Plans will improve the liveability and connectivity of our three largest townships and provide better access to parking.

If you missed out on attending our online information sessions in November, they are available at the above weblink for viewing.

With support from the Mornington Peninsula Shire and the Friends of MPRG, the Gallery has acquired a brilliant selection of important contemporary works for the MPRG Collection for our local community to enjoy for generations to come. This year we have also acquired stunning works by Suzanne Archer, Timothy Cook, Robert Fielding, Winsome Jobling, Linda Puna and Jenna Lee. From over 1200 entries from around Australia, 74 works were shortlisted and are on display in the gallery until 21 February.

tune in for Hubert Pareroultja: Mastering Watercolour Workshop ‘A Tree Study’ where NWOP finalist Hubert Pereroultja will host from the Iltja Ntjarra Art Centre in Alice Springs. We are excited to be able to offer these free creative workshops by such esteemed, leading artists. You can use your own materials or purchase an MPRG materials Art box for these events. MPRG Kids online features a Summer 2020 Kids Program, including a Sensational Sea Creatures workshop with Jill Anderson, for ages 2-10. Discover fantastic patterns inspired by artist Vera Möller. We also have a VCE Folio Development Workshop on Monday 18 or 25 January to help give VCE art students a head start for the year. This will be held in person at the gallery and is a great way to support our up and coming creative talent. We strive to make art accessible to everyone in our community and entry to the Gallery is now free, bringing MPRG in line with all of the regional public galleries across Victoria. You can check out our online programs on our website

You can enjoy a range of free online public programs, for kids and adults. Free online workshops include David Frazer: Mastering Linocut Printmaking on Saturday 16 January, where NWOP finalist David Frazer will explore the fundamentals of linocut printmaking. On Saturday 30 January,

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Margaret Jacqueline Crittenden – mother, visionary and mentor OBITUARY

Margaret Jacqueline Crittenden 18 October 1942 – 26 November 2020 WELL known Mornington Peninsula vigneron and restaurateur Margaret Crittenden died at George Vowell Aged Care facility on Thursday, 26 November. She was 78. Her funeral service was held at Tobin Brothers, Mt. Martha, on Friday, 4 December. Her husband, Garry, compiled the eulogy on which this obituary is based. *** Marg, as she was generally known, was an only child, born at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Hospital, East Melbourne, to Jack and Marion Down, on 18 October 1942. Jack, a trained accountant, originally from Warrnambool, met Marion in the late 1930’s while he was working at the Onkaparinga Woollen Mills near Adelaide. Marion was born and raised in Adelaide. After marrying in 1941, the couple moved to Melbourne. Upon leaving hospital, Marg was taken to the family home at Domain Rd, South Yarra, and she spent all her childhood and teenage years living in South Yarra and Prahran. Her entire school life was spent at Melbourne Girls’ Grammar in South Yarra, where lifelong friendships formed. This was where she met her oldest and dearest friend Carolyn McIntyre, who was later bridesmaid at Marg’s wedding to Garry Crittenden. They didn’t know it at the time, but for decades to come they would enjoy many family gatherings with the McIntyres, the Rabys and the Crittendens; including the tradition of Boxing Day lunch.

Marg demonstrated her sense of adventure at an early age by frequently, unbeknown to her parents, escaping through her bedroom window in the early dawn light to hitch a ride on the horse drawn milk carts around the

streets of Prahran. It was this exposure to horses, including harnessing and feeding them at the milk depot stables, that gave her a life-long love of them. She became a member of a suburban pony club in her teens and was very enthusiastic and supportive when daughter Zoe became interested in horses twenty years on. On leaving school, she entered the nursing academy at The Alfred Hospital in Commercial Rd and lived, for part of her time, in the student nurses’ accommodation there. Graduating in 1963, Marg continued to work at The Alfred until the call of Europe beckoned, as it did in those days for

so many girls in their late teens and early twenties. Embarking in Melbourne on the SS Orcades in 1965, Marg ended up in London. She then travelled around England, Scotland and Wales, before taking a job, of all places, at a mink farm in southern England. The possible highlight of her time away was purchasing an Austin A30, shipping it across the Channel to France and, with a girlfriend, spending months driving around France, Spain, Italy, Germany and, perhaps the ultimate adventure for the Cold War period, going as far east as Czechoslovakia. Marg returned to Australia via the Panama Canal, travelling through the Pacific, briefly stopping in New Zealand, and then home to Australia, where she resumed her nursing career. By the late 1960’s, her parents had moved to North Balwyn, so Marg purchased a flat in the conservative suburb of Hawthorn, which is where she was living when she met Garry through mutual friends in 1969. By now, she had left the disruptive shift work of day-to-day hospital nursing, and had secured a job in the pathology research laboratory at Prince Henry’s Hospital in St Kilda Rd. After a courtship lasting two years, the happy couple were married in Christ Church, South Yarra, on 26 February 1972 and, in lieu of a honeymoon, the groom gave his new bride a toaster and a washing machine. Garry had started Crittenden’s Nursery in Mt Eliza in 1967, specialising in the increasingly popular Australian native plants. The retail nursery prospered due to the housing boom taking place around Frankston and Mt Eliza at the time. For a while they lived in Marg’s flat in Hawthorn and Garry drove to the peninsula seven days a week. Eventually the rigours of driving over an hour in each direction daily, before the advent of freeways, became too much, so they decided to move down to the peninsula, purchasing a house in Mt Martha in 1973.

Left: Nursing at The Alfred in 1962 Below: Margaret and Garry on their wedding day, 26 February 1972


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They spent the next two years there, and their first born, daughter Zoe, was born at Frankston Hospital on Christmas Eve 1974. By now, Marg was working in a private pathology service laboratory in Frankston. However, the daily travel and odd hours became a bit onerous on life with a new child, so the decision was made to move closer to her work. That is how the family came to purchase 106 Kars St, Frankston, in 1975; a landmark house in the locality due to its mock Tudor façade and ample gardens on three building blocks; enough for a large vegetable garden. The house was in need of some love and attention, so Marg relished the opportunity to show her flair for period decoration by giving the interior a thorough makeover. Garry satisfied himself by digging a wine cellar under the house for his evergrowing collection of bottles. It was while living there that Rollo was born on the 13 June 1976, eighteen months after Zoe. In 1978, the family took a holiday, driving a hire car around Tasmania; the journey included Garry getting bogged, and subsequently rescued, on an abandoned rail track on the West Coast near Strachan. On that holiday, the family had dinner one night in Hobart at a restaurant purporting to sell Tasmanian wine; something Marg and Garry had never heard of. After being convinced by the waiter that it was legitimate and being given a name and address, they returned to the motel where Garry rang the now legendary Claudio Alcorso at 9pm. Claudio generously granted a meeting at Morilla Estate the following day and tasted them through his astonishing range of virtually unknown wines, grown on his property at Berridale (now known as Mona) on the Derwent River in the northern suburbs of Hobart. The rest, as they say, is history. Mulling it over for a few weeks after returning from the holiday, Garry proposed over dinner one evening that maybe the family should sell up everything and move to Tasmania to

plant a vineyard. Marg was not so enthusiastic although, exactly nine years later, in 1987, they did plant a vineyard in the Coal River Valley near Hobart (with Marg’s full support). Back on the mainland, the kids were in preschool and prep at Minimbah in Frankston where the family got to know one of the first vineyard owners on the Mornington Peninsula, Nat White of Main Ridge Estate. It took little time to convince Marg that it could be a bit of fun to plant a vineyard somewhere on the peninsula, especially as she realised that she and the kids would be able to have horses on a country property, unlike living in Frankston. After spending the best part of a year combing the peninsula for likely sites, they eventually found and purchased the place the family still occupies to this day in Dromana. And they didn’t have to sell up everything either; just the family home. The nursery business remained intact for the time being. In September of 1982, family and friends gathered on the property over one weekend to plant the first five acres [two hectares] of vines, and in so doing, doubled the entire aggregated area of vines planted on the Mornington Peninsula at that time, from five to ten acres. Marg embraced farm life enthusiastically, from planting the vines in 1982, to providing the workers with generous lunches and designing her dream home which, in 1984, after their first vintage, the family moved into. Today, it still stands and serves as the office and the wine centre. As the years rolled on, Marg was the mainstay of the family and for many years, during the ten to twelve weeks of vintage from March to May, she provided endless meals for fam-

ily, friends and itinerant workers engaged in the process. So much so that it gave her the inspiration for what became her crowning glory: her restaurant and wine-tasting room, which today houses Stillwater Restaurant. Marg’s lifelong ambition to have horses came to fruition, and she and Zoe cared for them. Zoe’s interest in horses grew increasingly until she was riding competitively on a regular basis. Marg thought nothing of getting up before dawn on cold and rainy winter mornings to hitch up the horse float, load the horses and a lunch basket, and head off to Pony Club. On one occasion Garry was asked to fill in and be the float driver. He took a corner too fast, the horse slid and fell onto its side and it took half an hour to get it, luckily uninjured, upright on its feet. Garry was never asked again. After Zoe completed her tertiary education, she returned to the family business in 2004 and is a major contributor to its ongoing success. Rollo attended Charles Sturt University in Wagga to study winemaking and spent vintages in the King Valley, Hunter Valley, Oregon, California and Piemonte in Italy, to gain exposure to the broader industry. Today, he heads up the family business and serves as president of the local vigneron’s association, as well as sitting on a number of national industry boards and committees. Marg was justifiably immensely proud of her children’s achievements and was hoping to see her grandchildren follow suit and flourish in their careers. The contribution made by Marg to the family wine business cannot be over-stated. On a whim,she erected a trestle table in the then winery building during the January 1988 summer holidays. With nothing more than a

notepad, pen and a cash tin [no such thing as a till or credit card devices in those days], she opened the peninsula’s first “Cellar Door”. Garry was unaware of this development as he was away at the London Wine Trade Fair aiming to develop an export market. He only found out about Marg’s “Cellar Door” when he returned home in early February after the summer holidays were over. Marg was so taken with the potential that she went on to conceptualise, design and build her real cellar door and restaurant, and worked behind the stoves there, seven days a week, for the next thirteen years after opening in 1992. It was, categorically, the first cellar door restaurant on the Mornington Peninsula. Today, it still operates as Stillwater Restaurant. After Marg hung up her apron in 2005, she then went on to conceptualise, design, build and manage (for the next five years), the three multi-tourism award winning Lakeside Villas that adorn the lake on the property and are now managed by Rollo’s wife, Linda. Between the years 1984 and 2011 Marg compiled a significant collection of press clippings and other memorabilia about the establishment of vineyards and wineries on the Mornington Peninsula. This was published in December 2018 after the Crittenden family had completed 35 consecutive vintages, and stands as a seminal history of the early days of the Mornington peninsula wine industry. Her contribution to the family business notwithstanding, Marg was a leader and innovator who made an immense contribution to the Mornington Peninsula wine industry. In 2003 Garry was inducted as a Legend by the Melbourne Food and Wine Festi-

Above: Marg and Garry toasting the opening the new cellar door, pictured behind them, in December 1992 Below: Marg and Garry with children Rollo and Zoe, and eldest grandchild, Finn

val for his contribution to the wine industry in Victoria. He firmly believes Marg would have been a more worthy recipient of that honour, for the years of unstinting service and sacrifice she made on behalf of the wine, food and

tourism industries of our state. Marg will be remembered as a devoted wife to Garry, mother to Zoe and Rollo, grandmother to Finn, Maia, Oscar and Digby, and a very loyal friend to countless others.

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The character of Mt Eliza at risk by retirement development Mt Eliza residents have been opposing this over-development retirement settlement project at 60-70 Kunyung Road site which would result in four storey buildings, suburban security gated frontage, loss of access to the general public of heritage listed buildings, hundreds of trees removed, our koala corridor put at risk and a primary school community of over 700 pupils further threatened by increased traffic, loss of roadside parking space and that’s just for starters. VCAT has been called in to resolve this failed building application for approximately 250 apartments and rooms. On 20 November all parties including the applicant for the overturning of the council’s rejection, the shire’s legal team, the peninsula branch of the National Trust of Victoria, the Save Sir Reggie’s Wedgies Association the South Eastern Centre for Sustainability, Mt Eliza Community Alliance, social groups and concerned residents were called before VCAT. With considerable investments at risk and the property developer prepared to buy popularity with financial donations to local activities, sponsorship and advertising expenditure to raise its public perception, our community has a fight on its hands. Do you want to pay a million dollar plus entry fee to buy into this residential suburban development five years down the track that will impact upon this unique Mt Eliza area? 1068 said no and only 33 were in favour at the last shire call for opinions. The local member for parliament doesn’t want it, the federal member for Dunkley is against it as is the shire and councillors. We want this area of Kunyung Road Mt Eliza left as is and for future generations to celebrate its cultural, historical, environmental and coastal residential strengths as a community perhaps known as The Kunyung alongside the Ranelagh Estate, The Woodlands and the Village. Ian Morrison, Mt Eliza

The Blame Game AT no time was it implied that Scott Morrison hired the security staff for the quarantine hotels (Letters 1/12). The Andrews Government engaged the same security companies used and recommended by the federal government. It was implied by a Morrison supporter in these pages that Andrews hired the staff, which is false. Victoria was inundated firstly by the obviously infected tourists from Ruby Princess and secondly because the Federal and NSW State governments diverted all international flights from Sydney into Melbourne. Plus we also had “super spreaders” among those tourists. The Andrews Government was given just thirty hours to come up with a strategy. I defy any one from the LNP ranks to do any better than Andrews. Yes mistakes were made but COVID-19 is something no one was prepared for. The indications are that the Andrews government has learnt from the mistakes. We have gone from 725 daily confirmed cases to 0 cases for 43 consecutive days to date so, what the Andrews Government has achieved should be commended not condemned, not the baying for his head. Under the circumstances, Andrews has performed quite well. His actions have been met with the approval of the majority of Victorians. COVID-19 though has been quite a convenient diversion for Morrison. By blaming the Labor states, and in particular Andrews, for the ills of the country, he has successfully diverted the heat away from the rorts, the incompetence, the forsaking of the fire victims still without aid and any other questionable behaviour of his government with the enthusiastic backing of certain sections of the media. It’s with interest that I note that the “gold standard” screening system of NSW has allowed yet more untested international travellers into Victoria. I know who should resign and it certainly ain’t Andrews. John Cain, McCrae


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Give it a rest Exactly when did our local paper become a forum for about half a dozen “experts” to sprout their monotonous political diatribe. People, you are not changing anyone’s mind, so please just bore your spouses with it. Paul Haddock, Mornington

Not an airfield mandate MR Loois (Letters 1/12) suggests the 55% primary vote for Paul Mercurio is a verdict against complaints about Tyabb Airfield’s operations. This is invalid. In his candidate’s statement, which all voters received, Mr Mercurio made no mention of Tyabb Airfield, Peninsula Aero Club, or aircraft noise. He did say “Let’s create a sustainable environment for … ourselves.” There is also little doubt Mr Mercurio received most of his votes from people living north of Bungower Road, i.e. not near the airfield. And Mr Mercurio is a pop-culture identity who appeals to many voters regardless of his views about aircraft noise. Mr Loois’ claim about “fake results from previous push polls” is wrong. My survey in 2018 accurately captured local residents’ views about appropriate limits on aircraft noise: 90% of residents who responded indicated they wanted better protection. Even if everyone who declined the survey wanted no better limits (a clearly invalid assumption), then the proportion of residents wanting better protection would still exceed 75%. Mr Loois’ opinion about where power lies in controlling aircraft noise is misguided. The Victorian Government has jurisdiction over planning and environmental matters concerning the airfield and power to control its operations with respect to noise and other impacts on the local community, whether through the Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme or otherwise. VCAT is the proper forum to deal with issues arising under the planning permits covering the airfield. Local residents are tired of the baseless claim by PAC supporters that most night aircraft noise is made by aircraft on emergencies – it is not. Local residents support use of the airfield at night by aircraft on an emergency. My survey showed that for all other aircraft, the vast majority want, on average, a curfew from 7pm-7:30am Monday-Friday and 7pm-9am on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Brewis Atkinson, Tyabb

The PAC need to adapt Peninsula Aero Club (PAC) ran a campaign against any individual who did not support the Airfield, which is the only reason Mercuiro gained his seat. Loois’ comment (Letters 1/12) that night flights are only the police helicopter are not true at all. There are many planes taking off and landing late into the night (up to 2230hrs), on several nights during the week and occasionally during the weekend. I know, as I sadly live near the airport and planes fly over the property, at times so loud you cannot have a conversation in the back yard or hear the TV. If as Loois argues the jurisdiction is Federal and not local government, why at the recent VCAT hearing wasn’t this pushed to another court. Clearly another error in Loois’ argument. What is clear PAC will endeavour to bend and twist any point to suit their own argument. Collier wants to make the point: we were here first, so stop complaining (Letters 1/12). Well given that Tyabb is a fast growing area (Canstar August 2020), there will be more housing into this area and this will bring others who may find the airfield noise and volume of traffic intolerable. One thing that is guaranteed in life is change, and it would seem that many at Peninsula Aero Club (PAC) do not like change. We are not in the 1960s any more, wake up and see how the area is changing and developing. Either PAC learns to live with its neighbours,

Main Street closure tough for the oldies I too share the sentiments of Jeff Seager (Letters 17/11). I was distressed to see what the Council has done to Main Street, Mornington from Barkley Street to the Esplanade. I like many other elderly and disabled depend on our taxi rank and disabled parking in the area of the post office, banks, phamacies and paper shops, and seats to sit on while waiting for our scripts to be made up, or just to rest, Why not just keep it on the Market Day on Wednesdays and weekends for the tourists if you must and leave us to go about our business

as usual, and stop this nonsense. When I raised this with the council, I was advised to park further away and walk more, or hop onto a bike! You’d have to be joking. One day they’ll be old and the joke will be on them! As for taxi ranks and disabled parking behind the shops, the walk throughs to the Main Street are too steep for us to walk up. Please come to your senses and change it back, and let us enjoy our town too. Rosemary Tybura, Mornington

or otherwise there may well be the possibility it could close. Dr Ian Munro, Somerville

We don’t have to have a Christian prayer at every meeting. The councillors could join together in a short statement remembering or supporting our First nation people. In the past, so many lived off the fruits of our Mornington peninsula. There are so many suffering on a daily basis with mental illness and domestic violence to name only two issues. But let’s not be too harsh on the young Marsh. I did notice while he was campaigning on Facebook he does have a good sense of humour. We’ll all watch with interest. Peter Royal, Mornington

Thoughts and Prayers Great letters last week from Brian Stahl and Paula Polson (Letters 8/12) looking for God to help the council and our community. Brian fears councillors might not talk to God at the start of meetings and has his focus on the needs of the wider community of the Mornington Peninsula, while Paula prays for protection “from arrogance and haste” for her new councillors. Lovely. I had a thought though, that Brian and Paula’s prayer priorities may be a little bit out of whack? In her prayer to her Almighty God, Paula is big on understanding science, “and that there is an evidence base (yes!) to prove that prayer is often effective.” So, I thought that it could be a good idea if the council gave away praying for the little stuff like wheelie bins, parking, and dog poo on the beach, then converted all those prayers towards Brian’s concerns about Covid 19, where for him a “divine intervention” would be a big-ticket priority. That way we could perhaps unclutter the prayer waves and get Paula’s “often effective” prayers up to the next level of maybe “more effective” prayers? We should leave the big stuff to the Fed’s and the P.M. because I’m fairly sure he has a direct line. (He’s very generous with thoughts and prayers.) If we did all that, the current councillors could then use the time allocated to join in with Paula’s newbies and all just do a really big strong thoughts thing. Then we would have a good clear “thoughts and prayers” set-up going on. Seriously though, we really need to get our praying ducks in a row, otherwise, people are just going to start thinking that talking to your invisible best friend is a complete load of nonsense and a total waste of time. Ron Musgrove, Dromana

Positive prayer change I read with interest the article (“Urgent bid to change protocol” The News 24/11/20) regarding the view of our new councillor Anthony Marsh. In it he wants to remove the prayer that proceeds council meetings. Strangely he says it’s in the interests of inclusivity but in Keith Platt’s balanced reporting, 70% of our shire adhere to a Christian belief. Maybe maths isn’t Anthony’s strong point. Inclusivity should not have a negative effect but a positive one.

Experience matters You have got to be kidding me! Two newly elected, inexperienced councillors in the role of mayor and deputy mayor. Likewise, two first timers “Let’s make a name for ourselves” moved to have the traditional opening prayer removed from the procedure of council meeting agenda. There is nothing wrong with tradition. In what was the City of Mordialloc a councillor needed to have completed a full three year term before being considered for mayoral duties. During the initial three years a councillor would chair a council committee “Town Planning/ Finance” to gain experience in controlling meetings. Councillors, you are not heading a volunteer organisation, you are being paid to look after municipal management programmes. This is not a game, residents deserve experienced representation. Ian Lyons, Safety Beach

They’re back! The early settlers, God bless them, when settling on the peninsula brought with them their shovels and spades. They then started to plant row after row of pine and cyress trees which we landowners, a century or two later, are left to clean up. These trees are massive; over 30 metres high with an understory of 15 metres or more. Well, it seems we never learn as there is a new wave of settlers and once again they have the shovels ready planting rows of cypress all over their boundaries and driveways. There are alternatives with many native trees and shrubs to consider. They will bring native birds and wildlife to your blocks along with koalas, bees and many others. I ask you to please consider this option for our wildlife and birds and our general wellbeing. David Marriner, Balnarring





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Heartfelt thanks to end a difficult year PENINSULA Health is saying thank you to its more than 6500 staff across the Frankston Mornington Peninsula as 2020 draws to a close. “We know that many people in our health service and in our community were impacted by the pandemic, in a multitude of complicated and difficult ways,” says Felicity Topp, Chief Executive Peninsula Health. “Each and every staff member at Peninsula Health went above and beyond to ensure we could provide outstanding care to our community. I’d like to give my heartfelt thanks to all of our people for their wonderful contribution this year.” As part of the Peninsula Health Thank You Festival 14-20 December 2020, Peninsula Health is also hosting its Service Recognition Ceremony, with 485 staff recognised for 10 plus years of service with the organisation. Kim Heriot began her nursing career at Frankston Hospital in 1990 as a graduate nurse – three decades later she is one of our most experienced nursing leaders, taking on many roles including Operations Director of Medicine. This year Kim has supported the Infection Prevention & Control Team, Geriatric Psychiatric Inpatient Unit and the Medical Wards across the health service. “It has been incredibly rewarding to be part of a team doing some phenomenal work in response to COVID-19.” Working on the frontline of a pandemic is not a new experience for Kim – she travelled to Liberia and

Kim Heriot Sierra Leone to help fight the Ebola outbreak in 2014 and 2015. “These overseas trips were a really good opportunity to support local staff in the affected areas and undertake rewarding work in the Infection Control space,” says Kim. “It was a once in a lifetime opportunity, and to be able to go twice was just amazing.” Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Consultant and Patient Services Manager Viktorija Bonnamy, better known as Viki, is also

Viktorija Bonnamy celebrating 30 years of service. “I thought I’d seen it all in my many years here, but 2020 threw up more surprises than any of us could ever have imagined. An unforgettable year, in so many ways,” exclaims Viki. “I’m so proud of, not only what I’ve been able to juggle this year in my two roles, but proud of the way all my colleagues have risen to the endless challenges. It truly has been inspiring.” One of the first OHS initiatives

Viki supported was a No Lift project in 1999, which was “a real culture changer for staff.” Flash forward to 2020 and Viki is continuing to support staff in new and varied ways. “This year I have reviewed more than 500 ergonomic applications for staff that have been working from home during the pandemic,” explains Viki. “I’ve also been involved as a fit tester (on the wards,) helping our staff appropriately fit their masks so we can help stop the spread of

Covid-19.” Peninsula Health would also like to extend thanks to their volunteers, consumer representatives and the wider Frankston Mornington Peninsula community. “Thank you to our volunteers, consumer representatives, partners and the local community for your ongoing support,” adds Felicity. “Our close ties are invaluable and enable our people to be able to provide the best of care for everyone.”


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Compiled by Cameron McCullough THE public meeting held at Frankston last Tuesday night for the purpose of considering the matter of forming a bowling club, established the fact that a good deal of enthusiasm underlies the movement. The shire president (Cr W. P. Mason) explained that he had convened the meeting by request, and it gave him considerable pleasure in so doing. A bowling green would, he was sure, prove a great asset to the town, and attract visitors from all parts of the State. It was unanimously resolved on the motion of Mr Milner Macmaster, seconded by Mr E. J. Parker, that a bowling club be established. Mr Macmaster was appointed secretary. The question of site caused consider able discussion. Mr T. J. McMurtrie gave valuable expert information relating to the laying down of greens and said that the cost would vary a great deal in accordance with the suitability or otherwise of the site. He considered the reserve near the tennis court as being a site admirably adapted in every way for a bowling green. He was supported in this by Mr W. Bell, an experienced bowler, and Messrs Dalman, Jennings and others agreed. Cr. Oates and Mr S. Lawrey thought there might be difficulty in the way of securing the reserve referred to, and it was ultimately decided on the motion of Mr W. C. Young to appoint a committee consisting of Messrs BelI,

McMurtrie and Macmaster to meet the shire president and Cr Oates and inspect the reserve on Mornington Road, and report at a further meeting to be held on Wednesday, 16th inst. *** IT was with the deepest regret that the sad news of Mr Clement Renard’s untimely death was recently received in Hastings. His strong personality combined with exceptional business ability, had gained for him many friends and universal respect in this district, where it is felt that it will be long before his place is filled. By the fruitgrowers especially, his loss will be keenly felt, as he was untiring in his efforts to promote their interests, and to him is due a very large part of the credit of pushing on so rapidly the erection of the fine Cool Store which is proving such a boon to the growers. The sympathy of the community in general is extended to his widow in her sad bereavement. *** ON Friday and Saturday the 26th and 27th November, the annual bazaar and sale of gifts was held in the Town Hall, under the auspices of Holy Trinity Ladies’ Guild, and was, in spite of the closing night being very wet, the most successful yet held, the takings totalling about £72. Among the many well stocked stalls one of the most attractive was the produce stall, with its plentiful supply of lovely fresh fruit and vegetables. Needless to say the ladies in charge were kept fully occupied attending to the wants of their numerous custom-


*** HARRY Lord, of Carrum, appeared at the Frankston Police Court last Monday, before Messrs C. G. V. Williams (chairman), C. Grant and Giles, J’s.P, to answer a charge of failing to register the birth of his child within the time specified by law. The defendant produced a document purporting to be an affidavit taken before the registrar, Miss McGowan, and on the face of it the Bench decided to dismiss the charge. Senior-Constable Bray, who appeared to prosecute, contended the Registrar should be present to verify her signature. The chairman said inquiries could he made, and in the event of the document not proving what it appeared to be, the police could take further action. The name of Mr Giles, J.P was then called and that gentleman stepped down from the Bench to enter the witness box, and explain why he had not had his child, born in March last, duly vaccinated. Mr Giles explained at some length, but he was fined 10/- all the same. *** THE Mornington Races on Tuesday last was largely attended The Mornington Handicap was won by the Flemington trainer, J. Accola, with Tulkara, second place being filled by J. Curr’s Linass, who was ridden by W Duncan. *** ON Tuesday last an aeroplane might have been noticed flying in the direction of Mornington.

It was merely Melbourne’s greatest bookmaker, Mr. Wallace Mitchell, flying to the Mornington races. He recently visited Randwick in the same style. *** DURING the Xmas holidays the New South Wales baseballers will visit Frankston and Mornington in char-abancs. The trip will take place on Sunday, and they will be accompanied by representative Victorian players. *** ON Saturday, December 18th, the Presbyterian Church, Frankston, will hold a Xmas Fair in the Mechanics’ Institute. All sorts of novelties have been arranged, and during the evening the Frankston Brass Band will be present. The kiddies will also have the opportunity of meeting Father Xmas. The proceeds are in aid of the Presbyterian Church, which is to be erected at Frankston shortly. *** ACCORDING to reports, Mr. Walter Schultz, of Mt. Eliza, who recently sold the Pier Hotel, Frankston, to Mr. E. J. Parker, licensee of the Bay View Hotel, Frankston, for £6500, has sold his orchard at Mt. Eliza to Mr. Thomas, who comes from “Sunraysia,” Mildura. Mr. and Mrs. Schultz propose visiting Egypt, Shanghai, Honolulu, San Francisco, and Hong Kong. After visiting California’s capital, they will visit Mr. Schultz’s birthplace in Nicaragua, the largest republic in Central America. ***

DROMANA, like every district throughout the country, sent its quota to Europe to fight the cause of the Empire. Some returned, but unfortunately, many did not, and to honour these the Dromana people have erected Soldiers’ Memorial Club Rooms. These were recently opened by Colonel Farr in the absence of the State Commandant. Mr. J. Lemmon, M.L.A., and Major Corder assisted at the opening service. Next Saturday the Tyabb Soldiers’ Memorial will be unveiled by Brigadier-General (Pompey) Elliott, who is one of Victoria’s representatives in the Senate. *** IN the course of time, no doubt, Mr. J. Bradbury has received many flattering testimonies regarding the charming interior of The Fernery, on Mornington Road, Frankston, and there is not the slightest doubt these complimentaries were thoroughly deserved. The Fernery is situated in a charming locality – the ti tree on the cliffs appear, viewed from the beach, to lay right over it, whilst the charmingly arranged tables, amidst a wealth of greenery and fernery, make it one of the finest lounges in the State. Mr. Bradbury has now erected a refrigerating plant at the Fernery, and is supplying the Peninsula with ice. This is a commendable enterprise, and we will have more to say about it next issue. *** FROM the pages of the Mornington Standard, 10 December 1920

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Pines steady to win, Dromana across the line against Hastings, Tyabb come close By Brodie Cowburn

Somerville stride in: A modest total of just 95 by Seaford Tigers was no trouble for Somerville. Picture: Andrew Hurst


A BIG score from Damien Lawrence got Pines over the line in their clash against Long Island. Long Island chose to bat first and got off to a horror start, losing both openers for a combined total of just one run. Losing star batsman Nick Jewell for one proved a huge blow. Jewell’s output this season has been down compared to his usual lofty standards. Long Island ended up all out for 144. Pines’ run chase was a little shaky to start off with, as they fell to 2/11. Opener Damien Lawrence held his ground though, and ended up scoring 87 not out. Lawrence has started well in all of his innings this season, but ended up out for less than 30 each time. He made this match his own though, helping his side to a four wicket win. At Bruce Park, Heatherhill claimed a win over Moorooduc. Shamith Kannangara and Kasun Perera both impressed for Moorooduc, scoring half centuries. They got little help from their teammates though, who all ended up out for scores of less than 10. Kieran Lenehan was impressive with the ball, claiming figures of 4/17 off six overs. Heatherhill chased down a target of 164 with five balls to spare and four wickets in hand. At Belvedere Reserve, Seaford Tigers set a target of just 95 for Somerville to chase down. Somerville won the contest with 5 wickets in hand and 20 overs left to play.


DROMANA scored a hard-fought win over Hastings on Saturday Batting first, Dromana put 124 runs on the board before their innings expired. Ben Brittain’s knock of 44 was his side’s best. The Dromana bowlers would have to work hard to get a result, but they proved they were up to the task. A middle order stand from Luke Hewitt and Matthew Shean put Hastings in a decent position to win. Once


their wickets fell though, the match came to a swift conclusion. Hastings lost their last seven wickets for just 29 runs, and ended up all out for 91. Sam Fowler was the pick of the bowlers for Dromana, taking 4/16. It was his best performance for the season. Delacombe Park celebrated a victory at home on the weekend, getting the better of Pearcedale. No Pearcedale batsmen could capitalise on good starts to go on to make big scores. They ended up all out for 144, giving their opponents an attainable target to chase down. They lost a few batsmen along the way, but good performances from Matthew Whelan and Ashley Walker got Delacombe Park the win - with three wickets left to spare. Carrum secured a thumping victory at home against Crib Point on Saturday. Openers Shaun Foster and Mark Cooper managed to chase down Crib

Point’s total on their own. Both batsmen finished not out as their side chased down 116 to claim a 10 wicket win. Frankston YCW grabbed a victory against Rosebud at home. They won by five wickets.

Tootgarook only set their opponents a target of 106 to chase down. Archie Shepherd did damage with the ball, taking 4/24 to help restrict Tootgarook to a low score. Balnarring’s run chase was unconvincing at times, but they ended getting over the line with two wickets in hand. A second consecutive half-century from Anthony Joel helped Ballam Park to victory over Seaford. Joel’s knock of 60 batting at number eight got his team to 174 at the expiration of their innings. Seaford’s run chase got off to a nightmare start, with the side in dire straits at 5/37. Ryan McQueen came in and put 41 runs on the board, but he didn’t get much support. Seaford ended up losing by 59 runs. At Ferrero Reserve, Rye were rattled by Mt Martha. Rye set their opponents a target of 82 to chase down, which they did without much trouble. Carrum Downs had a good day against Skye, claiming an eight wicket win.


TYABB fell agonisingly short of a win against Boneo on Saturday. Boneo chose to bat first on their home deck, and put on a good show. Opener Chris Jobling spent two hours at the crease and put 78 runs on the board. Boneo finished their innings at 8/176, giving Tyabb a lot of work to do to get a win. The Yabbies gave it their best shot, bringing the game right down to the wire. Tyabb’s innings expired with the side at 6/174, just three runs short of victory. Tootgarook and Balnarring also played each other in a nail-biter on the weekend.

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BAXTER and Mornington’s clash on Saturday turned into a run-fest. After losing the toss, Baxter was sent in to bat first. They played aggressive cricket at the crease, and ended up putting 219 runs on the scoreboard. Daniel Warwick and Chris Brittain were both in good form, putting on scores of 64 and 77 respectively. Faced with a huge mountain to climb, Mornington got to work. Opener Zac Garnet played his part, scoring 81 to get his side in a good position to win. Although they worked hard they just couldn’t get over the line. Mornington’s innings came to a close after 40 overs with the side 20 runs short of victory. Yohan Maddege was instrumental for Baxter, taking five wickets and wiping out Mornington’s middle order. Peninsula Old Boys managed to secure a narrow 11 run win at home over Baden Powell. A half century by Wade Pelzer put Peninsula OB in a good position. They would have to defend a total of 180. Baden Powell worked hard to get within reach of their target. Batsman Rhys Elmi was in fine form, scoring 80 runs to give his side a chance of winning. Once Elmi’s wicket fell, disaster struck for Baden Powell. They collapsed from 5/166 to all out for 169. Sorrento scored a win on Saturday against Mt Eliza. A knock of 80 by Jedd Falck helped Sorrento to a three wicket victory. At Lloyd Park, Red Hill got the better of Langwarrin. Simon Dart was the man of the match, scoring 78.


Scott Webster returns to Pines SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie FIFTEEN years after his last game for Frankston Pines veteran midfielder Scott Webster has returned to Monterey Reserve. He last played in Pines’ 3-3 home draw with Fawkner-Whittlesea in the final round of the 2005 league season. Webster’s impressive CV also includes stints at Eastern Pride, Oakleigh Cannons, Dandenong Thunder, Morwell Pegasus, Casey Comets, Mornington, Doveton and Seaford United. His sole appearance for Seaford came in an FFA Cup tie against Brunswick Zebras last March which saw Seaford win 7-6 on penalties. The 38-year-old adds much needed experience to the Pines’ midfield and looks certain to sit in front of the defensive line in what looms as one of the better midfields in State 3. “I want to use pre-season to get as fit as I can and I really want to try and get promotion with Pines,” Webster said. “I’m looking forward to playing under ‘Squizzy’ (head coach Kevin Taylor). “He likes a laugh and he can be serious too which fits in well with me.” Pines lost 3-1 to Doveton’s under21s last Thursday night at Monterey Reserve with Logan Crouch, Keegan Myatt and Sam Maggs giving the Doves a three-goal lead before Lachie McMinimee hit back for Pines. The home side featured a couple of trialists and one was former Langy and Hampton Park United attacking midfielder Ahmad “Sosa” Suleiman. Pines have kept the other triallist under the radar so far but it’s Alirezah Alizadeh who played on the left wing. “Ali” played for Bollnäs in Sweden in 2019. Former Langwarrin and Phillip Island player Max Boulton has trained with Pines as he makes steady progress in his comeback from an ACL injury incurred during the 2019 pre-season when training with Casey Comets.

Heading back home: Frankston Pines president Lee Davies welcomes midfielder Scott Webster back to Monterey Reserve last week. Picture: Supplied

The 23-year-old has not played since. This Saturday (19 December) Monterey Reserve will host a clash between a Mauritius Select and a Fiji Select which kicks off at 3pm. Bar and canteen facilities will be available and a number of internationals will take part. Pines’ pre-season match schedule resumes on Saturday 16 January when it takes on Bunyip District at the multipurpose sports facility at Wedge Road in Carrum Downs (times to be confirmed). In NPL2 news Langwarrin announced on facebook late last week that it had signed Vojo Milojevic from Springvale White Eagles. Milojevic, 25, is a former Avondale winger who usually operates on the right. “Langy’s a great club with a lot of

great people around the place,” Milojevic said. “There’s a lot of talent in the playing group and they’re a good group of boys. “Obviously winning the league is the aim but on a personal level I just want to give my best week-in weekout and be consistent with my performances.” And followers of English League One may be interested to know that two former Langwarrin players could go head to head on Sunday at 2am (AEST). Matt Millar should be in Shrewsbury Town’s matchday squad while Socceroo Bailey Wright is expected to be in the Sunderland line-up. Shrewsbury hosts the Black Cats at New Meadow with the home side involved in a basement battle while the visitors are pushing for a play-off spot.

In State 4 news Peter Schwellinger is the new senior coach of Seaford United. The club recently announced that Schwellinger and Matt Morris-Thomas would be joint senior coaches but Morris-Thomas has stepped down due to work commitments. Schwellinger has coached at Frankston Pines, Old Carey, Melton Phoenix and Whittlesea United. In 2017 he guided Whittlesea to a runner-up spot in State 3 North-West and the following year he led the club to the State 2 North-West title. He didn’t coach in 2019 but his hunger for success hasn’t diminished. “With the facilities and the players we have at Seaford if we can get a few additions I want to go for promotion,” Schwellinger said. “The players we already have should make us a top four team so I’m working on new players now so we can finish in the top two and maybe get promotion. “I think State 4 is one of the hardest leagues to get out of as only the top team is automatically promoted and the second team is in a play-off.” Morris-Thomas told Schwellinger of his decision to step down last Tuesday and it came as a surprise. “I initially signed on just to help Matt as I live in Pascoe Vale and work in Truganina so it can take me a couple of hours to get to training but I have taken the job on now so we will do what we can do. “I love Matt as a player and I’ve told him that I want him to play. He’s an

outstanding player. “And I want to help this club because it’s a great club with such great people.” Schwellinger has reached out to former senior assistant and club legend Andy Lancaster asking him to become his assistant and is waiting for his response. On the playing front he already has attracted ex-Waverley Wanderers, Peninsula Strikers, Doveton and Heatherton United striker Aziz Bayeh to training as well as Rosebud striker Blake Hicks. “I used to coach Aziz in the Super League in the juniors with Dingley and I’ve also coached Blake in the past as well. “Blake may bring down his brother and Hayden is a good goalkeeper and we need two good goalkeepers.” Meanwhile State 4 rival Chelsea has arranged four pre-season games starting in January. Chelsea takes on Aspendale Stingrays on Saturday 30 January at Browns Reserve, Pakenham United on Saturday 6 February at IYU Recreation Reserve, Casey Panthers on Saturday 13 February at Prospect Hill Reserve and Lyndale United on Saturday 20 February at Lyndale Secondary College. Both reserves and senior matches have been arranged with 1pm and 3pm kick-offs but these times are subject to change depending on weather conditions. In State 5 news Aspendale Stingrays have arranged friendlies for January and early February. Senior coach Lee Barber confirmed that his club will play Noble Park United on Thursday 21 January at 7pm (venue to be confirmed), Peninsula Strikers on Saturday 23 January at Centenary Park (reserves and seniors, times to be announced), Chelsea on Saturday 30 January (see State 4 news above) and Ringwood City on Saturday 6 February at Jubilee Park (reserves and seniors, times to be announced).

Vinnie succeeds in Sydney again HORSE RACING

By Ben Triandafillou MORNINGTON-based trainers David and Coral Feek have continued their successful raid on Sydney racing with their gutsy gelding I Am Vinnie. Bringing up his third victory at Randwick and remaining unbeaten in New South Wales, I Am Vinnie proved too good for his opposition to win the $125,000 Fujitsu General Handicap (1400m) by a length on Saturday 12 December. Despite being pocketed with 300m to run, jockey Jake Noonan navigated a clear passage aboard the gelding to overhaul his rivals and skip away to score a one length victory over the Kris Lees-trained Juventus. Co-trainer David Feek said he was thrilled to see their plan pay off. “He went to Ballarat [two starts ago] and ran what was probably a career best and yesterday he was just beyond belief. The application of the blinkers this prep and targeting the race has worked wonders,” he said. While I Am Vinnie has clearly thrived with competing in Sydney, Feek said that there hasn’t been anything obvious in his work at home that would suggest it.

“The stats don’t lie but there’s nothing physically or mentally at home that suggests he should run better going that way. He did well at Eagle Farm and that’s right-handed so perhaps the travel stimulates him, and I think Randwick is such a great, fair track,” he said. Feek said the victory on Saturday was extra special for connections. “Louise Mancinelli (owner) has put the whole group together and unfortunately she lost her brother Troy, who was in his mid-40s, about three or four months ago after battling cancer. If we’re superstitious then perhaps Troy was with Jake and with Vinnie on Saturday. It was particularly pleasing to secure the win for the ownership group,” Feek added. Jockey Jake Noonan, who rode another winner on Sunday for his father Tony, couldn’t have been happier to secure a third victory aboard I Am Vinnie in Sydney. “What a fantastic story for not only myself but David, Coral and the staff and the owners,” he said. “There would’ve been about 20 people from Melbourne that flew up to follow him, as they do every start. He’s got an impeccable record there. He’s been a great horse for me. He’s just a real warrior and when you need him, he’s always

there to count on. It was a fantastic day. We weren’t in until the last at 6:20pm so there was a long think about it but it’s great to be rewarded.”

I Am Vinnie’s record now stands at seven wins and seven placings from 30 starts. He has amassed just over $300,000 in prizemoney.

Back again: David and Coral Feek’s I Am Vinnie winning his first of three raids on Randwick. Picture: Supplied

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