Mornington News 15 September 2020

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Dolphins a splash hit with viewers Pictures: Alan Dillon

OBLIVIOUS to restrictions onshore, a pod of about six dolphins provided entertainment for morning walkers at Mornington. Alan Dillon watched from the pier as the bottlenose dolphins leaped from the water, possibly as part of a ploy to catch fish. Mr Dillon said the dolphins appeared to be “in a frenzy at times” and thought it may also have been a training lesson for a younger spotted one among the group. While untouched by the restrictions facing those on land (except maybe seeing an increase in fish stocks due to a ban on fishing), the dolphins would be just as unperturbed by the new regulations facing owners of the beach boxes which provided the backdrop for their gymnastics. In a revamp of the 20-year-old existing regulations, Mornington Peninsula Shire plans, among other changes, to make it mandatory for beach box owners to either live or own property on the peninsula. Submissions on the draft boat shed and bathing box policy close next Monday, 21 September. Visit: mornpen.vic.gov.au Keith Platt

Pandemic’s violent complication Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au ELDER abuse, an insidious stablemate of family violence, is rampant on the Mornington Peninsula during these strained days of COVID-19. With Victoria’s second highest population of elderly people, the peninsula has the highest number of police callouts per capita for family violence in

metropolitan Melbourne. Data presented to Peninsula Health shows family violence presentations to emergency departments and inpatient settings have increased 88 per cent in the past year. Similarly, elder abuse presentations are up 59 per cent. Statistics suggests that at least 10 per cent of those living on the peninsula aged over 65 are at risk of, or are experiencing, elder abuse.

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Peninsula Health’s head of social work Dr Meghan O’Brien said the referrals coming through had a “higher risk rating and severity compared to pre-COVID, and included stalking, sexual assault, head-butting, trauma to the head and strangulation”. She said about 70 per cent of older people experiencing elder abuse are women and that older people experiencing elder abuse are usually coping with

more than one form at any time, such as financial and psychological abuse. While the main perpetrators are adult sons and daughters followed by partners, many older people do not want to involve the police or take legal action. “The older person is more likely to be focused on supporting the perpetrator, perhaps their child, who may have factors such as financial stressors – gambling or unemployment – or

mental health issues or a disability,” Dr O’Brien said. “Research has shown that they may not recognise [it] as family violence and may regard abusive behaviour as a normal part of their intimate partner or family relationships or part of ageing. Hospitals had an important role in reporting and preventing elder abuse as most older people trusted health professionals. Continued Page 11

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Aged care COVID outbreak traced to staff member Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au RESIDENTS and staff at the Village Glen Aged Care Residences, Mornington are this week expecting to be tested for COVID-19. If the Department of Health and Human Services does arrive, it will be for the “fourth or fifth time” since five deaths and 37 positive cases were recorded at the home in August. Chief operating officer Peter Nilsson said on Saturday (12 September) that while five residents had died “with COVID-19”, the home had been virus-free for 23 days. He said DHHS had been told that it was wrong to keep saying there were still active cases. He expected DHHS staff to test all staff and residents “for the fourth or fifth time” and, provided the tests prove negative, that by Wednesday the home would be declared virus free. “DHHS is wrong [to say there are active cases] and I have no idea where they got their information from,” he said. “It’s very frustrating.” Mr Nilsson said the virus was introduced to the home in Nepean Highway in early August by an asymptomatic staff member who began a shift without realising she was positive. “She only found out when her housemate tested positive and then she was checked and found to be positive. She immediately informed us and went home to self-isolate,” he said. “This is the industry’s greatest fear: not knowing if staff or residents are positive because there may be no outward signs. The only way of knowing is if people you are in contact with test positive. Most active cases emanate from asymptomatic cases.” Mr Nilsson said staff had been tested daily “ever since the virus has been with us” with an

emphasis on temperature checks, asking if they have a runny nose or sore throat, and if they know anyone with it. “If someone tests positive we are obligated to notify the DHHS which we did [on 5 August]. We isolated that person and then found more that tested positive. “The virus is so contagious that once staff selfisolate we trace all who they have been in contact with. “Of the 37 cases here, 16 staff and 21 residents tested positive. The five that died had COVID-19 but they may not have died from it.” Mr Nilsson said the average life expectancy in an aged care home was two years. “The residents are in the twilight of their lives and have multiple health issues,” he said. Village Glen, which has 92 beds and 77 residents, has had to replace 40 per cent of its staff to cover those self-isolating. Under its COVID-19 action plan all remaining staff must wear personal protective equipment and residents must stay in their rooms and among their cohorts to limit cross contamination. A staff m ember i s r equired t o r eport d aily at 2pm to DHHS. “On Friday we called DHHS and complained that the figures were wrong and that we didn’t have any active cases,” Mr Nilsson said. “They’ll take it on board but who knows their thought patterns. Mr Nilsson said that after being given the all clear “we will then instigate a whole range of measures, such as deep cleaning every room and every staff and resident area”. The virus has not appeared at Village Glen’s Rosebud aged care home where the situation is said to be “normal”.

Hot topic: The fire which destroyed this Rosebud beach box also damaged others. Gary Sissons

Beach box fire ‘deliberate’ POLICE believe a fire which destroyed a beach box at Rosebud early last Friday (11 September) may have been deliberately lit. Rosebud police said the 3am blaze at beach box number 80 near Adams Avenue, was being investigated by the arson squad. The fire which caused a gas bottle to explode also damaged boxes on either side, destroying the roof in one. Fire Rescue Victoria from Rosebud and CFA crews from Rosebud and Dromana took one hour and 40 minutes to bring the blaze under control. Witnesses said they saw a man on the median strip on Point Nepean Road after being woken

by the explosion. He ran off in a westerly direction, they said. Police report “ongoing issues” with homeless people on the foreshore. Detective Senior Constable Pete Butland, of Somerville CIU, said the owner of the vacant beach box had been in a “constant battle” with squatters. “People were always taking property inside, such as furniture and even a gas heater,” he said. “They would cut off [the owner’s] padlock and put their own padlock on and then he would go down there, often with police, and replace their padlock. “Police are checking the box constantly.”

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SPONSORED BY: Although these events and support groups are not meeting due to the COVID 19 virus, this page still contains the email or phone contacts for these important services. Mornington Rotary Club Meet at 6pm on Wednesdays, (temporarily online). We continue to work on a range of community projects. New members are always welcome. For details see www.rotaryclubofmornington.org.au or ph Ross 0412171666 Mornington Apple Users Meet in Mornington at 5:00pm on August 20th & September 17th. Currently meeting via Zoom, with a short video, main presentation and separate Q&A groups for macOS, iOS/iPadOS and Camera & Photos. For more details contact amg@ausom.net.au Mount Martha Life Saving Club MEMBERSHIPS OPEN October 1st 2020. Nippers, Starfish nippers, Seniors, Masters, Patrol, Icebergers, Fitness, Socialising, Community fun. Visit MMLSC website: www.mmlsc.com.au Contact Pam, Club Administrator: admin@mmlsc.com.au or 5974 4140 for further information. Mornington Croquet Club Mornington Croquet Club invites you to come and try croquet. Enjoy 3 free 1 hour lessons, all equipment is provided, just wear flat shoes. Bookings essential. Phone Moira: 0498733071 Biala Peninsula Offering new service delivery options for children with disabilities, birth to 12 years and their families - online, telepractice, home program packs and telephone counselling and support. Phone 5975 1820 for information. Red Hatters 3rd Thurs each month For ladies over 50. Are you retired , semi-retired, divorced, married, separated, lonely or just wanting to join a fun group to enjoy your life. Enjoy lunches, outings and other activities, we meet monthly in Mt Eliza. Further info Vivienne 0422399920 or email viviennevanette1@dodo.com.au Are you a breast cancer survivor? Come and join us for a paddle in our Dragonboat. We paddle every Sunday at Patterson Lakes. You can have three “Come and try’s “ before deciding to join our special team. We provide paddles and PFD’s For more info call Marilyn 0433 114 338 or Lyndsay 0425 743 455. For fun, fitness and friendship Mount Martha Men’s Probus Club Welcome you to come along and listen to exciting and interesting speakers, in a friendly group. Enjoy social events throughout the year such as, theatre, restaurants, walking groups and other activates. Further details call Ron: 0407327470 Family History Melb PC Users Group, Mornington, Family History and DNA. We meet at the Mornington Information Centre every 3rd Monday for Family History and every last Wednesday for DNA (research) Q&A, information and presentations. www.melbpc.org.au/sigs/mornington-peninsulasig/family-history. Contact Colin: 0417 103 678

Mornington Senior Citizens Club Every Wednesday $2 sausage sizzle at 12.30pm followed by 1 hour of entertainment with different artist each week. 1 Flinders Dr, Mornington Ph 5975 3688 Family Drug Support – Frankston Non-religious, open meetings for those impacted by someone’s drug and/or alcohol use. Talk/listen in a non-judgemental, safe environment. Wednesday fortnightly, 6pm at Frankston Hospital, 2 Hastings Rd. Meetings are free. Further details phone Chloe: 0448 177 083 Mainly Music Fun, interactive music sessions for young children and their parent/caregivers as they join together for a fun, thirty-minute music session. Followed by coffee and catch up while the children are given a snack, drink and followed by free play in a relaxed setting. $5 per week (per family) Tuesdays 10am -11.30am (school terms). For more info & registration forms contact Deacon Liz 0419 581 792 or deaconliz@mmmanglican.org.au IBS/FODMAP Sensitives Support and Self-Help Association Suffering bloat, pain, foggy-thinking. Chronic foodrelated gut dysfunction. Food sensitivities. Guidance through self-diagnosis of specific food intolerances, resolution, recipes. Face-face forums, individual, small group sessions. No cost. Sasha: 0422 918 074 or 0407 095 760 Mornington Environment Monthly meeting held 1st Thursday of each month at Mornington Library Meeting Room at 7:00pm. Contact morningtonea@gmail.com Angling Club Snapper Point Angling Club is looking for new members. For a short time all joining fees will be waivered so why not come along to one of our monthly meetings, fishing comps or just an excursion. Experience the friendly comradery between like-minded fishos and swap some of those legendary stories. Website spac.org.au or call Russ on 0418320314 Mt Eliza Farmers Market 9am – 1pm. Held the fourth Sunday of the month. Mt Eliza Village, Mt Eliza Way, Mt Eliza. $2 entry View Club Members of Mornington VIEW Club will meet at the Mornington Golf Club on the fourth Friday of each month at 11.30am. We are a very active and friendly club that is now in its 26th year of raising money for The Smith Family supporting disadvantaged Australian school children. New members are always welcome. Call Judy on 0410 486 204 or Jenny on 0426 240 573. Mornington Peninsula Hockey Club Players Wanted. Under 10’s, 12’s, 14’. Both male + female. Men’s, Women’s and Masters 35+ + 45+ Come and join our family friendly, inclusive club. We can provide a team to suit all levels of experience and skills. Please contact Cheryle: 03 9766 7478 or info@mphc.org.au Card and Board Games Group New social group looking for members who are interested in an array of card and board games. We are looking at 500, Bridge, SOLO, Scrabble, Chess and more. Everyone is welcome! Wednesdays 1.30pm – 3.30pm. Gold coin donation. Equipment is provided however you are more than welcome to bring along a game. Bentons Square Community Centre, 145 Bentons Rd, Mornington

Mornington Peninsula Community Dog Club Come and have fun with your dog while training it. We welcome dogs of any age. Every Saturday morning at Citation Oval, Mt Martha. Beginners class is at 10.15am. We help you to train your dog to listen to you and be obedient using positive reinforcement, through fun and games and everyday life experiences. For more info contact June 0407846991 or www.dogclub.org.au. Polio Have you or do you know anyone who had polio or is now experiencing after effects of polio? Please come to our support group meeting held at 11am on the second Saturday of each month at the Information Centre, Main St, Mornington. Enquiries: 5981 2540 Frankston & District Stamp Club Not sure what to do with your old stamp collection? Come along and meet our friendly club members, always available for help and advice. We meet at 7.00 pm on the third Thursday each month at Belvedere Community Centre, 36 Belvedere Road, Seaford. Enquiries 5995 9783. Epilepsy Support Group Meet every 2nd Saturday at St Francis Xavier Parish, 60 Davey St, Frankston from 1pm – 3pm. Further details phone Sue 0407 509 519 or Cris 0437 386 867 Frankston Parkinson’s Peer Support Group Meets in the Bridget Clancy room at St John of God hospital, from 10 am on the 3rd Monday of each month to listen to speakers, share information and socialise. More info available from Karen 0412 979 902 or Glenys 0437 956 305. Mornington Mahjong Mornington Mahjong Group meets Tuesdays and Fridays at the Mornington RSL in Virginia Street Mornington. Come join us for a pleasant afternoon. Contact: Lucy 5981 0801 or 0416 043 527 Mornington Dutch Australian Seniors Club Inviting you for a social get together, every Monday from 10.30am - 2pm. Join us in a Dutch card game, “Klaverjas” and a social game of Rummicub. Coffee and tea supplied. New members welcome. For more information ring Nel 59775680 or Elly 0432933292. Tyabb Hall - Frankston Flinders Rd, Tyabb. Free parking Writers and Poets Society Meetings Morn Pen/Frankston Writers & Poets Society Meet fortnightly at Benton’s Square community centre, 145 Benton’s road, Mornington at 11 am – we all have a story inside us to write. Warm, supportive, and inviting group welcome you. $5 includes refreshments and friendship. E: mpwritersfest@gmail.com www.mpwritersfest.org FB & twitter Volunteers Wanted Enveco Health is an innovative social enterprise aiming to assist those with mental ill-health live independently in the community and to recover in a supportive non-clinical environment. We’re currently seeking volunteers to get involved in this innovative project. If you would like to know more visit www.enveco.org.au and send us a message. Peninsula Transport Assist needs Volunteer Drivers Do you have time, like driving and want to contribute to your community? Induction costs are covered and drivers are reimbursed from pick-up to return locations. For details call the P.T.A. Office on 03 9708 8241 or email: peninsulatransportassist@gmail.com. P.T.A. also needs drivers for 12 and 24 seater buses.

Probus Club The Combined Mornington Peninsula Club meets at The Mornington Golf Club, Tallis Drive, Mornington. The Club meets on the first Tuesday of the month (except January) at 9.30 for 10.00am start. Visitors welcome. Call Membership Officer on 0422849177 for details. Community Lunch. Join us for a “Pot Luck” lunch each Thursday from 12 pm to 1 pm. Lunch is prepared and cooked in our own kitchen. Cost $5. Bookings essential before Wednesday 2pm. Mt Eliza Neighbourhood House 90 Canadian Bay Rd, Mt Eliza phone 9787 8160. Alcoholics Anonymous - Mornington Peninsula Do you need help to stop drinking? You’re not alone, contact us now on our 24 hour helpline 1300 880 390 or find a local meeting at www.aatimes.org.au/meetings Mornington Life Activities Club We meet bi-monthly on the 1st Tues of the even month at Mornington Information Centre. We are a friendly group and welcome new members. Many activities are on offer – table tennis, walking groups, golf, yoga, dinners, trivia nights, jazz nights and bbqs. Phone Miriam 0408 332 817 for further info. Mt Eliza Mahjong Club The Evening Group of the Mount Eliza Mah Jong Club meets each Monday evening in the Mount Eliza Village Community House from 7 – 9pm. New members are always welcome, seasoned players or new to the game. Our friendly members are very happy to introduce them to this ancient game. Grandparents Playgroup Registrations are now open for our grandparents playgroup. A semi-structured program, in a purpose built space specifically for grandparent carers. Mondays 10am-12noon. Located in the Barn – behind the Anglican Church 3 Queen Street, Mornington. For more info & registration forms for this group contact Deacon Liz 0419 581 792 or deaconliz@mmmanglican.org.au JP locations National & International documents inc affadavits, stat decs & cert copies signed FREE of charge at police stations on the Peninsula. Mornington: Mondays & Thursdays 11am to 2pm. or Google find a JP Victoria or Ph1300365567. Mt Martha Ladies Probus Club Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month at Mt Martha House, commencing at 10am. Visitors and new members welcome. Come, join our friendly ladies. Contact for more details: Dorothy 0437 759 440, or Toni 0419 301 303. Mt Eliza Neighbourhood House Walking Group for Men. Join Lester and other men for a moderate paced 4km walk around Mount Eliza. Starts 8.30am every Tuesday. For further information contact Lester on 0407 414 955. Over 55’s Mt Eliza Seniors Club Calling over 55’s who are interested in participating in various activities, including table tennis, dancing, tai chi, carpet bowls, snooker, computer classes, card afternoons and films. Enjoy a cuppa and good chat in our Mt Eliza clubrooms. Further info Lorraine on 5977 3838 or 0434 088 821 www.mteliza55plusclub.com Probus The Mt Eliza Village Ladies Probus Club, meet on the first Monday of each month at 10.00am at the Uniting Church, Canadian Bay Rd. Mt Eliza. We welcome visitors and new members. Details 9787 3640

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Balcombe Estuary Reserves Group BERG Mt Martha is a bushland friends group for the Balcombe Estuary Reserves Mirang Ave Mt Martha. Regular working bees are held on Sun, Tues, Wed and Friday mornings as well as Waterwatch and Estuary watch to monitor water quality. For more information please contact: info@berg.org.au, 0447 160 288, www.berg.org.au Peninsula Prostate Cancer Support Group Bentons Square Community Centre 7:00pm second Wednesday each month Share the journey in a relaxed, caring environment. Partners, carers and friends are most welcome. Contact 0422 608 345 peninsulapcsg@hotmail.com Community Choir Monday night 7 – 9 pm Our new choir is up and running but we need more members! Led by Jess Wynne, the choir will be singing old songs, new songs, and songs from around the world. For beginners and the more experience and you don’t have to read music to attend. $10.00 per session, first session free, just come along. For further info please contact the Mt Martha House 466 Esplanade, phone 5974 2297 Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society Public Stargazing Hear inspiring talks, view stars, planets, clusters and galaxies through our powerful telescopes at 8pm on the 1st Friday of every month at The Briars dark-sky observatory. Melway ref 151 E1. Bookings are essential. Small fee payable. Details www.mpas.asn.au or phone 0419 253 252. Find us on Facebook - www.facebook.com/mpas0/ Zonta Club of Mornington Peninsula Inc. 3rd Thursday of every month, 7.00pm – 9.30pm Zonta is a leading global service organisation of professionals, empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. Join us at a dinner meeting and see what we do. Email: zontamornington@hotmail.com Mornington Police Senior Community Register Helping the elderly, frail and isolated community members to feel safe in their homes. For more information and or application forms to join the register phone 5970 4983. Mon - Fri 9.00am - Noon We are located at the Police Station in Main Street, Mornington Mount Eliza Men’s Shed. Our men’s shed opens each Wed afternoon from 1.30pm to 4pm, and each Thurs morning from 9.30am to 12pm. We are looking at opening on a Tuesday morning to accommodate new members. Do visit our web site: www.mountelizamensshed. org and enjoy the pitch in the Events section. Pop in at the Mount Eliza Club site to have a chat.

COMMUNITY EVENTS CALENDAR The next Community Events Calendar will be published 13th October 2020. Email your free, 40 word, listing to communityevents@mpnews.com.au by 7th October 2020.

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‘Map’ shows the way on climate Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au AN “ambitious” climate emergency plan has been adopted by Mornington Peninsula Shire Council one year after declaring a “climate emergency”. The Ensuring Our Future: Our Climate Emergency Response plan aims to guide the peninsula towards having no carbon emissions by 2040 through seven “summits” and 21 “action steps”. However, the shire says the outcome “can only be achieved by the community and the shire working together”. A 10-year program includes targets around leadership and governance, climate advocacy, zero carbon energy, resilient and adaptive community, sustainable transport and travel, sustainable land use and environmental restoration, circular economy and zero waste. The shire says it was the 34th council in Australia to declare a climate emergency - there are now 96 - while its plan is one of the first six developed and adopted by an Australian municipality. The mayor Cr Sam Hearn likened the seven “summits” to a “map to guide us away from the dangerous emergency situation and the kinds of impacts that should still be stark in our mind from last summer”. “The shire is ready to lead by example and show the way,” he said. “In August 2019, the shire declared a climate emergency. Since 2016, we’ve had a five-year plan for the shire’s operations to become carbon neutral, which we’re on track to achieve by 2021. “The need to act to stop climate change and cre-

ate a better future story is more urgent than ever.” The shire says it is “focused” on achieving the targets of the plan and has accelerated some projects based on the climate emergency declaration. This has resulted in environmentally sustainable design being included in the planning scheme, it says. Three recycled water projects are supporting agricultural growth and drought proof the peninsula. The Beyond Zero Waste Strategy was also adopted on 25 August 2020. As part of the plan the shire’s economic stimulus projects are being aligned to climate emergency objectives, including tree-lined footpaths. “Along the way, we have encountered a stark reminder that we are all connected and our current and future wellbeing is collective,” Cr Hearn said. “This year, the coronavirus pandemic brought home the fragility of our current systems and the vulnerability we have to existential threats. It has also revealed the value of local connectivity, [and] the immense power we have when we do act with a united purpose and move toward selfsustaining community. “Let’s turn that awareness into opportunity. We can each make climate-friendly choices to rebuild the economy, revitalise our community and restore nature. “The climate emergency plan looks ahead 20 years to a world in which the Mornington Peninsula community has transitioned to net zeroemissions. We know there is steep terrain ahead.” Details: mornpen.vic.gov.au/climatechange

The art of growing: Admiring the pond and its revegetated shoreline in bentons Road, Mornington are Amanda Brewer with her children Peyton and Caleb and Jodie Bradshaw with Lennox McCan. Picture: Yanni

Pond opened up for nature PARENTS, staff and students at Goodstart Mount Martha, on Bentons Road, have been bitten by the nature bug. This has led them to beautify and revegetate an otherwise neglected pond area in partnership with Mornington Peninsula Shire Council. From the beginning of June through to late August, works have transformed the area with about 80 plants providing food and protection for native bird and animal life. Passers-by can see it from a nearby path. “Parents and children have been involved in the planning and feedback of the project,”

teacher Amanda Brewer said. “Due to COVID-19 we couldn’t do a community planting as planned, but some children and staff assisted in the planting alongside the shire workers. “We plan to make this a progressive project where we will care and extend the development with a biannual review and yearly development.” The project, which was planned to coincide with National Tree Day (Sunday 2 August) had the added benefit of educating children on land care as well as on Aboriginal perspectives, Ms Brewer said.

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Drop in numbers a positive sign THINGS seem a little lighter this week, with the reopening of children’s playgrounds, exercise times being extended to two hours and a later curfew (9pm-5am). On the Mornington Peninsula active cases of COVID-19 have dropped from 18 on Monday 7 September to four on Sunday 13 September. In Frankston, the drop has not been so dramatic, falling from 20 to 13 over seven days. Frankston Hospital was on Sunday reporting six active cases from a total 90 positive cases among staff and patients. Mornington Peninsula Shire has issued a reminder to parents that maternal and child health and immunisation services are available during the current lockdown. The shire is also planning for the lifting of restrictions by adopting a “parklets program” to increase the amount of footpath space that will be available to cafes, restaurants and shops. Applications from businesses to diversify will be processed within four business days and a reduction in some fees and charges. A 25-year-old Lancefield man and a 24-year-old Seaford woman have been fined for breaching COVID restrictions, 7 September. The pair were found in Arthurs Seat, by Somerville Highway Patrol police members, watching the sunset from their vehicle. On investigation police say they found the vehicle to have cancelled registration and incorrect number plates affixed. The male driver was also found to be unlicensed. The vehicle has been impounded for 30 days and the driver summonsed to appear in court for the related charges. The man and woman were also fined $1652 each for breaching directions issued by the Chief Health Officer. Keith Platt

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Active cases (current)

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60

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Mount Martha

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27

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Somerville

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16

0

Mount Eliza

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11

0

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3939

10

0

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7

1

Flinders

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7

0

St Andrews Beach, Tootgarook, Rye Sorrento

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7

0

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7

0

Portsea

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7

0

Capel Sound

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6

0

Arthurs Seat, Dromana, Safety Beach Somers

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6

0

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4

0

Blairgowrie

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3

0

Bittern

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3

0

Baxter

3911

2

0

Crib Point

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2

0

Balnarring, Balnarring Beach, Merricks Beach, Merricks North Moorooduc

3926

2

0

3933

2

0

Tyabb

3913

2

0

Main Ridge

3928

1

1

Shoreham, Point Leo, Merricks

3916

0

0

HMAS Cerberus

3920

0

0

Red Hill, Red Hill South

3937

0

0

McCrae

3938

0

0

Cases by postcode on the Mornington Peninsula as of Saturday 12 September show the location as the residential address provided when the case was notified and may not be where they were infected and may not be where the case currently resides.

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Tradies’ tools taken THREE offenders in a white Holden Commodore are being sought by detectives over a series of car break-ins at Hastings, Tuesday 8 September. Detective Senior Constable Nick Passmore, of Somerville CIU, said about half a dozen cars were broken into in Olivia Way about 2am. He said the offenders targeted tradies’ utes to steal mainly power tools, as well as wallets and other items. “The loss of their tools means the tradies are finding it hard to do their work,” Detective Passmore said. “It’s causing a huge disruption to their working lives.”

Hunt for burglar A MAN is being sought over an aggravated burglary at Hastings, Wednesday 2 September. Police say the man, right, entered a house on Elisa Place and assaulted the victim. He then demanded money before stealing the victim’s 2007 Mercedes sedan, registration BEQ 477. The man was wearing white/grey coloured pants, blue and white check shirt, and cap. He arrived in a maroon sedan with a missing hub cap on the rear passenger-side wheel. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

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Car park is not a work in progress THE outgoing commodore of the Canadian Bay Club at Mount Eliza says he has been unsuccessfully fighting for years to get Mornington Peninsula Shire Council to resurface the public car park. Grant Haworth says the shire had obfuscated on the necessary works for “five or six years”. “Yet during that time they hypocritically demanded that the club resurface its driveway to make it safe at a cost to the club of $3500,” he said. Mr Haworth said the car park surface is so bad that older members have complained they would not be renewing [memberships] because they felt unsafe on their sticks and walkers getting from their cars to the club entrance. “They’d like to use the facilities here but they’re scared of falling in the car park,” he said. The complaints follow those of Mt Eliza Association for Environmental Care which called the car park and road leading down to Canadian Bay beach a “disgrace” (“Push for better beach access” The News 4/8/20). The association wants the council to quickly implement its Mount Eliza Coastal and Marine Management Plan which recommends upgrading the road, car park and picnic ground. Mr Haworth said when the club was submitting plans for new buildings six years ago, he was shown council plans for the car park upgrade and “we’ve got nowhere since then”. He said the club would prefer to have all of Canadian Bay Road resurfaced, not just the car park. “It gets very busy in the car park during summer, yet it must be 30 years since the road has been done.” The shire’s coastal planner Laura Crilly said recently that the 2004 Mount Eliza Foreshore Reserve Management Plan had recommended updating the Canadian Bay car park and picnic area and that “funding for the completion of the new coastal and marine management plan is included in the 2020/21 budget.” Although the new plan would include the car park upgrade as a “key action” no money had been included to design or construct it. Stephen Taylor

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Councils unite on homeless moves Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au

‘Frustrating’: Canadian Bay Club’s past commodore Grant Haworth, is upset at the substandard surface of the car park. Picture: Gary Sissons

MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire is one of 13 councils representing two million residents in Melbourne’s east and south east lobbying for more social housing to “end homelessness”. Their focus was informed by research commissioned by Monash Council through the Council to Homeless Persons: ‘Making a Difference – effective local government responses to homelessness.’ It identified that the “single, most powerful way” councils can contribute to preventing and ending homelessness was to advocate for more social housing across Victoria. This housing is owned either by the state government or not-for-profit community providers and rented to low income households at either 25 per cent (public housing) or 30 per cent (community housing) of their income. Those more recently affected include the “new vulnerable”: the people who have lost their jobs and homes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, with many seeking crisis accommodation for the first time. The 13 councils, supported by Eastern Affordable Housing Alliance, Municipal Association of Victoria, Eastern Region Group of Councils and the

Cricketers in line for pavilion upgrade MORE than 2100 Mornington Peninsula Cricket Association players can look forward to their home at the RM Hooper Pavilion, Tuerong, getting a much needed refurbishment. Mornington Peninsula Shire Council has committed $760,000 from its capital works program plus a $250,000 grant from Sport and Recreation Victoria’s community sports infrastructure fund for the project. The works have started and are expected to be completed in December. “This pavilion upgrade will include female change rooms and amenities, new kitchen and kiosk, first-aid room and additional storage space,” the mayor Cr Sam Hearn said. “This project is crucial to removing barriers to female sport participation.” Cr Kate Roper said the inclusion of female change rooms would “contribute towards the goal of an all-inclusive peninsula”. “Such a seemingly small act will have a large impact on those girls and women who use the

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new space. We are supporting women in sport through providing inclusive and welcoming environments.” This project is part of the shire’s sports capacity plan and active sports strategy aimed at improving provision of sports and sporting infrastructure throughout the peninsula.

Flinders hall grant FLINDERS Civic Hall will receive $2.25 million as part of a state government upgrade of pavilions, playgrounds, community centres and other infrastructure in Melbourne’s fastest growing suburbs. The grant was among 28 projects to share in $25 million from the Growing Suburbs Fund which aims to support jobs and business through the coronavirus pandemic. The money complements a $2.7 billion state government building works program which includes $278 million in shovel-ready infrastructure projects to be delivered through local councils.

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Department of Health and Human Services, say they want more housing as the “first step towards addressing the often complex social and health needs of the region’s most vulnerable community members”. Providing a safe home first, as part of a broader social housing framework, is the way to stem the increase in homelessness, they say. “Only with a home can the compounding set of circumstances leading to homelessness be properly addressed to enable better outcomes for vulnerable people facing extreme adversity.” Statistically, homelessness is more likely to affect the most vulnerable in our society, including women and children fleeing family violence, those with a disability, or living with a mental health condition, those living in poverty and marginalised groups. A charter to guide the campaign: the Regional Local Government Homelessness and Social Housing Charter 2020, came through a forum of CEOs and senior staff from all councils, initiated by Monash Council in November. It was attended by housing providers, peak bodies and the state government. Homelessness advocate “Nova”, who has lived experience as a result of family violence, shared what was described as a “powerful and moving story” with forum attendees.

The charter commits the groups to working together, and with state and federal governments and private partners, to deliver social housing and respond to homelessness in the east and south east and to identify land in their municipalities for social housing. The mayor Cr Sam Hearn said shire officers were often the first to respond to people experiencing homelessness. He said the COVID-19 crisis had further pushed vulnerable people into crisis, especially women and children experiencing family violence, and those on low incomes. “A safe home is fundamental for recovery and safety,” Cr Hearn said. “Everyone deserves to have a roof over their head, a door they can lock and a place where they feel secure and safe. A place to call home. This is a fundamental and basic right.” He said: “All 13 councils are committed to working together to see change in social housing provision. Never has it been more important.” The other municipalities are Frankston, Casey, Cardinia, Greater Dandenong, Knox, Kingston, Manningham, Monash, Maroondah, Whitehorse, Yarra Ranges and Bayside. To see the campaign forum and hear homelessness advocate Nova’s story visit monash.vic.gov.au/homelessness

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Taste what you’re missing

Producers from across the Peninsula have been busy creating delicious new products for you to enjoy in the comfort of your own home. We’ve curated a collection of local cafes, restaurants, bakeries, breweries and bars who are proudly offering online ordering and contactless delivery services. Visit our website to buy online direct from the finest producers and growers across the Peninsula. Stock your pantry with fresh local-produce, and treat yourself to take-away tapas, or even wine tastings at home. Support the local businesses you love, and get a taste of what you’ve truly been missing.

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Dr Meghan O’Brien

Keeping creative in school holidays HERE’S a way to keep the children occupied and creative during the school holidays – Saturday 19 September to Sunday 4 October – with a series of activities they can enjoy from home. The young ones can get artistic by crafting collages, creating indigenous animals and learning about their habitats, as well as creating watercolour and food dye artworks. Those keen to get crafty now can take part in the activities already online, so there’s no need to wait until the holidays. Artist/educator Jill Anderson has created a series of creative activities inspired by works from the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery. Children can create a Patrick Pound-inspired collage and learn about his artworks of collected photographs and objects. They can watch a virtual tour of Pound’s recent MPRG exhibition

and learn how to create a themed collage. Ms Anderson refers to Danie Mellor’s work ‘An unsettled vision’ and asks children to think deeper about our native wildlife and their habitats. Mellor won the 2008 National Works on Paper and is prominent in the MPRG collection. In this creative activity, children learn how to create their own collage work of a koala’s home. In another video, Ms Anderson talks about how nature inspires artists Rosie Weiss and GW Bott, both of whom feature in MPRG’s permanent collection. Children will learn how to discover and then borrow ideas to make their own artwork. They will gather interesting natural specimens from the garden or a park and learn to arrange and trace them with a permanent pen. They will learn how to create watercolours from marker

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A Patrick Pound-inspired collage, above left, and koala’s home. pens or food dye and paint a work on paper. Artist, musician and animator Jerome Rush has also created fun online tutorials for children. Learn how to create an observational collage using coloured paper and a fine liner pen, how to paint a portrait with decaf coffee or a crazy crocodile hand puppet. Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery is in the Civic Reserve, Dunns Road, Mornington. Email: mprg@mornpen.vic.gov.au

Continued from Page 1 Dr O’Brien said the “true picture of what is occurring will probably not be visible or understood until after the pandemic”. “The restrictions have heightened the known risk factors – especially isolation – as well as financial stressors, depression, previous trauma history, dependency on family for care-giving, and pre-existing medical conditions,” she said. Telehealth calls – where the health professional does not visit them at home – make it difficult to engage with the older person, especially where the perpetrator is present but not be visible during the call. Similarly, fewer meetings where all the family and the older person are in the same room, make it harder for health professionals to gain an insight into the family’s dynamics. Seniors Rights Victoria provides information, support, advice and education to help prevent elder abuse and safeguard the rights, dignity and independence of older people. Services include: Helpline, 1300 368 821 (10am-5pm Monday to Friday) and Bayside Peninsula Orange Door, 1800 319 353.

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will be staying, and will be joined by: Dr Nyree Littler, Dr Brian Sun, Dr Mary Tai Kie, and Dr Myn Lee

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Ageing now seen as a ‘positive’ event Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au

MEALS are prepared for daily delivery throughout the Mornington Peninsula (the picture was taken before COVID-19 restrictions were enforced).

Daily delivery provides more than a meal

ANN Smith and husband Les get as much enjoyment out of their Meals on Wheels deliveries as their clients. The Hastings couple enjoy “doing something worthwhile” and are good mates with their often-vulnerable client base. “We get to know them and their funny little ways and always make sure they are OK, especially during lockdown,” Ms Smith said. Last month’s National Meals on Wheels Day (26 August) aimed to highlight the contribution made by more than 700 Meals on Wheels services and 80,000 volunteers across Australia. It’s a big operation on the Mornington Peninsula, with the service relying on 130 volunteers to deliver 74,000 meals a year to older residents and younger ones with disabilities. The Smiths have for the past four years been delivering meals four or five days a week to as far away as Shoreham and Point Leo. They consider themselves lucky to be “allowed out

and about” during lockdown. “We’ve got our little permission slips in the glovebox,” Ms Smith said. The mayor Cr Sam Hearn said of the volunteers: “Under the challenging circumstances we find ourselves in due to coronavirus, it has been outstanding to see the bedrock of community strength and spirit shining through. “Our Meals on Wheels volunteers, with support from our aged and disability service staff, are still working hard delivering meals to our most vulnerable. “At a time when all kinds of services are ceasing, it is more important than ever that our residents in need have dedicated community members watching out for them. “Many of our clients, including their friends and family, say the social connection the service provides is just as important as the meal itself.” Details: mornpen.vic.gov.au/mealsonwheels Stephen Taylor

MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire Council last week adopted a draft five-year positive ageing strategy while acknowledging the “growing body of evidence… [that] the social and economic contributions of the older population outweigh the cost of pensions and healthcare”. A report to the 11 August council meeting by officers Michelle Wright, Vicki Bishop and Tanya Gilbert, pointed out that age-friendly communities make “good sense economically and socially”. Their report said the draft strategy provided a “road map to strengthen the shire’s commitment to positive ageing”. The ageing strategy with the theme: “Our Wellbeing” and seeking “A healthy, happy, inclusive and active community” aims to make older people feel valued and supported through the implementation of programs and services helping them remain healthy, active and independent. The officers said the policy was committed to creating a community that enabled all residents to participate, belong and contribute. “An age-friendly community benefits all community members, not just older residents. Council is well placed to influence the domains that contribute to an age friendly community, enabling positive ageing for all.” The mayor Cr Sam Hearn said the shire in 2001 had been one of the first local governments to develop a strategy dedicated to supporting older residents. “This [latest] strategy builds on the work done over the past 19 years and benefits from input

and direction from the Peninsula Advisory Committee for Elders (PACE),” he said. About 500 residents contributed to the community consultation process and the shire received 31 public submissions during its exhibition period in June. Amendments were made to the original draft strategy to include the impact of COVID-19 on older people. The draft action plan prioritises areas that have been most affected by the pandemic, the officers said. It is also mindful of the budget implications of the pandemic and does not require finance beyond what is allocated in 2020/21 budget or available through government grants, they said, adding that key actions supporting the goals of the strategy complement existing plans and strategies, such as communication, transport, and housing. Shire CEO John Baker said the strategy was based on the World Health Organisation’s AgeFriendly Cities’ Framework, which highlights eight areas to creating an age-friendly community. They are transport, social participation, respect and social inclusion, housing, communication and information, community support and health services, civic participation and employment, and outdoor spaces and buildings. He said the shire’s strategy included a ninth domain: Quality of life, which identifies challenges, including obesity, dementia, climate change and – topically – our recovery from COVID-19. “The strategy will play a key role in … ensuring our community is one where older people can continue to thrive, contribute and be appreciated.”

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LOCKDOWN PICTURES A VARIETY of weathers inspired contributions to this week’s Lockdown pictures. Clockwise from left: Marilyn Davy saw the beauty of Port Phillip from the well-tended but unplayed Mornngton Golf Course; Alexandra Harrison saw the bright side of a rubbish bin; Jonte Field enjoyed a walk in the rain at The Briars, Mount Martha; while Helena Van der Haar was struck by the solitary, overgrown appearance of the Mornington steam train station in Bungower Road, Mornington, normally tended by an enthusiastic band of volunteers Readers are invited to send and share their own pictures, with a short caption, to: lockdown@mpnews.com.au

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Supporting our local businesses Our roadmap to a COVID-safe economic recovery on the Mornington Peninsula.

The Shire is working with local businesses, business groups and chambers of commerce to support them through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic Financial relief

Promoting local businesses

Hardship Policy extended

Support Local campaign

Fast tracking temporary change of use applications for businesses

Procuring goods and services locally

Reduced/waived/deferred many business fees and charges

Helping food and retail businesses

Business concierge service

COVID-19 social distancing measures have made it difficult for restaurants, cafes and retailers to operate with reduced patrons and remain profitable. Extended footpath trading

Business workshops and mentoring

Parklets trial

Keeping businesses informed Business information Funding Finder website

Supporting the arts and recreation Our Active Peninsula website active.mornpen.vic.gov.au Arts and culture website artsandculture.mornpen.vic.gov.au

Creating jobs, building infrastructure Mornington Peninsula Shire was one of the first councils to announce a package of shovel ready projects to advocate to State and Federal Government for investment. If funded, the package will hugely aid the economic recovery of the Mornington Peninsula region by creating 4,771 jobs and delivering projects valued at $320.8 million. Council is already spending $50.9 on capital works in 2020–21 to boost our local economy.

The Shire will work with businesses to repurpose carparks outside shopfronts into additional outdoor dining space.

Funding economic recovery Funding program to chambers of commerce and business groups for community-led recovery

Contact us about how we can support your business through COVID-19. 5950 1000 business@mornpen.vic.gov.au mornpen.vic.gov.au/businessinfo mpbusiness.com.au

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Cerberus sets course for next century HMAS Cerberus – the Royal Australian Navy’s oldest commissioned base – has celebrated its centenary. Known as the “cradle of the navy”, the 15 square kilometre base at Crib Point faces Hanns Inlet, between Sandy Point and Stony Point in Western Port, was bought in 1911 and formally commissioned as Flinders Naval Base on 1 September 1920. To commemorate the milestone, Commanding Officer Captain Mike Oborn and his senior leadership team this month unveiled a centenary plinth at the site of its original commissioning. Cerberus provides training for recruits from all three branches of the Australian Defence Force. About 1800 people are at the base at any time, with about 6000 Navy, Army and Air Force personnel undergoing training annually. Defence Minister Senator Linda Reynolds said HMAS Cerberus had played a foundational role in the Australian Defence Force. “Our investment in the redevelopment of the base will deliver world class training to best prepare our forces of the future. I look forward to Cerberus continuing to play a role in the training of our defence forces for many years to come,” she said. Flinders MP Greg Hunt said “local residents” knew HMAS Cerberus as “an important part of the Mornington Peninsula story”. “For 100 years, the base has provided training to cadets who go on to serve our nation with pride and purpose as members of the Australian Defence Force. “Each of these individuals plays an important role in our local community.” The $465.6 million redevelopment of the base is scheduled to be completed by mid-2023. “This secures not only improved training for our next generation of cadets, but HMAS Cerberus’s legacy as an enduring part of the Australian Defence Force,” Mr Hunt said. The redevelopment of the base was announced in 2017 as part of the local industry capability plan pilot projects. It will include an engineering services upgrade, refurbishment of live-in accommodation and mess facilities, construction of a logistics precinct, new School of Survivability and Ship Safety, new Survival at Sea centre and upgraded physical training centre. Stephen Taylor

HMAS Cerberus today, top, is undergoing a $465.6 million redevlopment which will make much larger than when it was known as Flinders Naval Base, right. Above, the gates to the naval base at Crib Point. Pictures: Supplied

It’s the season to duck and weave head with a hat, helmet or umbrella – perhaps with a pair of “eyes” on the back. People should not harass or feed wildlife, Ms Dixon said. To report a swooping incident by any species of bird and mark its location on the swooping bird map visit wildlife.vic.gov.au/managingwildlife/swooping-birds Magpies and other native birds are protected in Victoria under the Wildlife Act 1975. Under the Act, it is an offence to kill, take, control or harm wildlife in Victoria.

MORNINGTON Peninsula residents are being warned that with spring in the air so too are swooping birds. The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning says it is the time native birds swoop humans (and their dogs) to defend their young for the six-eight weeks between when they hatch and when they leave the nest. Reports are already being received of birds, such as magpies and masked lapwings, swooping surprised passers-by. Senior wildlife management officer Rebecca Dixon said swooping happened every year during breeding season and was largely a defensive manoeuvre. For some species, including magpies, this is mainly carried out by males. “Being swooped by a territorial bird is no fun, but this is just normal bird behaviour,” Ms Dixon said. “The best way to avoid being swooped is to stay away from the area all together, although this isn't always possible. “If you do end up in an area where there is a swooping bird, try to protect your head and eyes and move quickly through the area without running.” Tips to avoid being swooped include avoiding known swooping hotspots and covering your

GALLERY TALK Even though the MPRG is currently closed to the public, we are continuing to develop and share our podcasts, videos, collection, exhibitions, stories and children’s activities across all our online platforms. Public galleries across Victoria, including the MPRG, are currently closed. On Sunday 6 September, the Premier Daniel Andrews released the Victorian Government’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Roadmap to reopening. Under this plan, galleries in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria remain closed until 23 November. Our series of artist studio conversations have been really popular on MPRG TV, with lots of people tuning in each week. You can catch up on my recent interviews with master printmaker Raymond Arnold, Archibald Prize-winning artist Euan Macleod, virtual reality superstar Jess Johnson and leading contemporary artist Cameron Robbins who uses natural forces to create his works.

More than half too long THE caption accompanying an artist’s impression showing the estimated size of the floating import gas terminal proposed to be anchored by AGL at Crib Point in last week’s edition of The News incorrectedly stated the vessel was nearly 3000 metres long. This was incorrect, the floating regasification storage unit (FRSU) is nearly 300 metres in length. The image shows the vessel in the Yarra River, melbourne near Flinders Street Station.

MPRG is presenting a special online exhibition featuring new photographic based work by Tara Gilbee. Tara was an artist in residence at the Mornington

Peninsula Shire’s Police Point Artist in Residency program in 2018 and 2019. Using solargraphic and pinhole techniques, her powerful and haunting images capture a unique and other worldly perspective of Point Nepean. MPRG’s artist/educator Jill Anderson continues to inspire children with a series of online creative activities based on artists in MPRG’s collection, including create a Danie Mellor-inspired collage and paint a work on paper inspired by artists Rosie Weiss and GW Bot. Kids can also learn how to create a still life vanitas with artist and animator Jerome Rush. Finally, MPRG has launched a major collection publication featuring historical essays about the gallery and over 70 works reproduced from the Collection. This is available to order through our website. Stay safe, stay inspired and look out for each other.

Danny Lacy Artistic Director Senior Curator

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Scrutinise councillors and candidates before voting I did look forward to judgement day for Mornington Peninsula Shire councillors at the October election, but half of them have quit. As well as new candidates, the remnant incumbents seeking re-election need scrutiny. It is still in memory that some councillors converted their generous expenses accounts into junket holiday trips to China and Paris; that a councillor overspent the expense account by $11,000 but was forgiven the debt by other councillors and did not have to repay it; that another one used the account for a business course for personal benefit. The state government imposed a rates cap in an attempt to curtail unnecessary expenditure and slow the spiraling rates burden on citizens, but council thumbed its nose at this and imposed a levy, a “municipal charge” (later called a “waste services charge”) to make it legal. We now have two rates, one uncapped at $322, this year, ever rising, 13 per cent more than last year and well and truly negating my pensioner rates concession. All of this behaviour, unethical to me, will be described as accountants speak, but I choose to use plain talking. Not to forget that some council officers were given bonuses of $40,000 to $60,000, and a city office is maintained for their convenience. Considering the desperately lean times ahead, it will be hard to sort out all of the candidates, particularly if you don’t give any credence to social media, and I for one, will be relying on our local paper, The News, for an honest profile of the candidates. Perhaps the incumbent councillors seeking reelection could stand on their record. Brian A Mitchelson, Mornington

Unfair to a minority [Nepean Ward councillor] Hugh Fraser wants one small section of the community, in this case the hapless boat shed owners, under the control of the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council to pay for three so-called significant projects “(although they lack detail)”, he says. A licence fee and charges are now, to some constituents, more than they pay for their house in rates. Boat shed owners are apparently responsible for cuts to other projects which are already “shovel ready” he says, no details on these projects either by his own admission. This is how Hugh Fraser thinks. Will he find another group of people in the community to blame for a so-called loss of revenue? Why are boat shed owners targeted under the control of MPSC? Dromana boat shed owners do not pay a license fee of up to $1000 because they have a management committee, which is a fair reflection of the use of boat sheds. It is unfair to target one minority group of people in the shire. As boat shed owners, we are ratepayers. We vote for our councillors to be fair and to consider all constituents whether they reside in their ward or not. Judy Martin, McCrae

Parking needed Rye, with its beach and pier, is one of the loveliest places on the Mornington Peninsula, but the shabby foreshore doesn’t match the beauty of the bay vista. For years now the community has flagged the foreshore as a priority for attention. As chair of Rye Community Group Alliance (RCGA) I have worked hard to get this to happen with Mornington Peninsula Shire being told many times that a “foreshore for all” was the basic principle for any changes. Hence, the all-inclusive picnic tables and disability access ramp and the Parks Victoria new accessible lower landing. Why, in the draft foreshore plan is parking removed from the beach and pier? If this plan goes ahead the closest car space (on Point Nepean Road) will be a minimum of 150 metres – easy if you are able bodied, but certainly not if you have a mobility issue, or you are lugging diving,

fishing or family picnic gear. This area is the heart of Rye, it is why people come here. Given the proximity of the huge boat trailer car park there is no logical reason for not retaining a linear car park on the western side. The $6.5 million isn’t going to come Rye’s way again, so it is vital as a community we make sure the shire gets it right for local communities, not just for tourists. Mechelle Cheers, Rye

Region required There is a very vital thing the state government MP for Nepean [Chris Brayne] should be doing to help Mornington Peninsula Shire residents and businesses and for their future benefit: It is to start the process in the Legislative Assembly to remove the shire from the Melbourne area and return it to being a region. There are many aspects to this which he is no doubt aware of, as our MP. The fact we have to be in stage four restrictions at present is only one very significant consequence of having been put into Melbourne Metro. Glenn Whipp, Sorrento

Coming through Several times recently when walking on a shared track (for bicycles and walkers) I have been frightened by a cyclist coming up behind me at speed and passing without any warning. This may happen more frequently now because of the increase of people cycling and walking. On talking to other cyclists about this problem it seems that they don’t realise that it’s frightening to the walker. Some of the bikes do not have a bell fitted; one of them had a horn, which was great. Please, would bike riders give walkers ahead of them an audible warning? Ring their bell, hoot their horn, click their device or sing so people are not discouraged from walking? Any other ideas or suggestions would be welcome. Liz Sarrailhe, Balnarring

Missing details Brewis Atkinson fails to clarify that there is a daily movement cap on take offs and landings at Tyabb Airport for aircraft weighing more than 2041 kg at take-off (“Umpire to decide” Letters 2/9/20). He also fails to mention that take offs and landings at night are permitted except for aircraft weighing more than 2041kg at take-off. The exception to this is that Mornington Peninsula Shire Council has authorised aircraft which are used for emergencies or any government response, regardless of size and weight, to use the airport at any time. The clever and misleading wording used by Mr Atkinson in his letter reminiscent of his “survey”. In that survey he asked hypothetical questions which elicited a negative response. I once made the comment to Mr Atkinson that had he asked for a response to one of his questions he offered me as an example, I would have given him the same negative answer too. On 1 September VCAT (Victorian Civil Administrative Tribunal) handed down its most recent decision regarding Tyabb airport operations. As in the previous tribunals and panels, the decision was in favour of the airport (“More turbulence ahead despite aero club’s win” The News 9/9/20). I wonder how many more “umpire’s decisions” it will take to satisfy Mr Atkinson. Or will he not accept the umpire decision at all? Jack Vevers, president Peninsula Aero Club

Kick in guts decision The VCAT (Victorian Civil Administrative Tribunal) decision to allow aircraft to take off and land at Tyabb [airfield] on Sundays from 9.30am to 10.30am, despite this having been prohibited by the permits controlling operations at the airfield, is the result of three main co-existing circumstances (“More turbulence ahead despite aero club’s win” The News 9/9/20): The “[Peninsula Aero Club] has been breaching the ‘church hour’ condition for in excess of

15 years” (VCAT reasons, paragraph 46). During the 15-years immediately before the VCAT proceeding commenced, the council did not give the PAC any written direction that the operations cease (VCAT reasons, paragraphs 50, 59). The All Saints Church has not existed since 1978 (VCAT reasons, paragraph 47). For residents who have justifiably complained about excessive noise from “church hour” aircraft operations to PAC and council, this VCAT decision is a kick in the guts. Had the council acted on those complaints during the 15-year period and taken steps to ensure the relevant condition was met, the VCAT decision may well have been different. However, this decision does not change the use of the land from being an “authorised landing ground” nor does it imply that if there were breaches of any other permit conditions for 15 years or more, they would be approved by VCAT in future. Based on my extensive door knocking and conversations in the local area, most residents want the council to work as strongly as possible to establish effective controls that protect our right to enjoy where we live without excessive aircraft noise. I encourage all Somerville, Hastings and Tyabb residents who want better controls on aircraft noise to select very carefully who they vote for at the upcoming council elections. Brewis Atkinson, Tyabb

Pilot responsibilities Following the claim by the Peninsula Aero Club to the Victorian Civil Administrative Tribunal that pilots unable to land before 9.30am on Sundays could be forced into a holding pattern if the “church hour” permit was enforced, we again need to ask where do the facts lay in the airfield saga (“More turbulence ahead despite aero club’s win” The News 9/9/20). CASA regulations are clear that a pilot must, before a flight away from the vicinity of an aerodrome, make a careful study of many factors including the condition of the aerodrome to be used and, prior to operating at any non-controlled aerodrome, which Tyabb is, pilots should satisfy themselves that it is suitable for their operation by reference to ERSA or by contacting the aerodrome operator. In the case of Tyabb, according to its entry in the relevant air services publication ERSA (ERSA is the reference publication pilots use to obtain information about an aerodrome and generally have it available at all times) it is the responsibility of visiting pilots to obtain landing permission prior to arriving. This permission is not available over the radio. Pilots would be informed of any curfew when ringing to seek that permission. Furthermore, the ERSA allows for any such curfew details to be published in its information section for that airfield. This issue would only apply to less than a handful of visiting aircraft, if any, on most Sundays during the disputed hour as the majority, if not all of the operations that take place during this hour, are Tyabb-based aircraft, the pilots of which would be well aware of the local rules. One by one the already inadequate airfield controls are being stripped away. Peter Davis, Tyabb

A better way Michael Davey wants critics of [Premier] Dan Andrews to “explain in detail what you would have done differently” (“Andrews maligned” Letters 9/9/20). This would only be possible if the editor would allow us all four columns to reply, but I will try to trim it down. At the national cabinet on the 27 March I would have taken note of the other seven premiers and chief ministers who intended to chair meetings of their health ministers, chief health officers, police commissioners, Australian Defence Force and hospitality and transport representatives, rather than leave it to some middle tier public servants to set up hotel quarantine. Once told that one quarter of infected people could not be found at home, I would have immediately closed the one hour exercise loophole and upped the frequency of home checks, not wait another two weeks to do so. When offered tech support in May to help with contact tracing I wouldn’t have knocked it back only to then install the same system in September. I think I may have come up with a bit better system for recording contact tracing than a

pencil and a note pad and doctors reporting by fax. I certainly wouldn’t have spent from May till September getting angry with anybody who suggested the NSW contact tracing was superior to ours and then send a delegation to NSW to try to learn more from them. Too much was left to public servants who didn’t seem accountable to ministers and, after all the witnesses so far, the inquiry is yet to ascertain what minister was in charge. Michael G Free, Mount Martha

Question of health The three musketeers, [Prime Minister Scott] Morrison, [Treasurer] Frydenberg and [Health Minister and Flinders MP Greg] Hunt are putting the boot into [Premier] Dan Andrews again, wanting him to open Victoria’s borders so their voting bloc, big business, can start making money again. Firstly, they haven’t realised Victoria’s borders have never been closed. All other state borders have been closed to us. Secondly, I’m disgusted that these people and in particular Greg Hunt, are putting wealth before health. They criticise Andrews at every opportunity, but it’s Dan Andrews that fronts the media every day and answers questions, even the inane garbage asked by some reporters. Dan even had to explain the birds and bees to one reporter known for feeble stupid attempts at “gotcha” questions. What do we get from the musketeers? Not much. Just orchestrated questions from tame reporters. We discovered Scomo has built a cubby and the rest of the time he’s duck shoving the blame elsewhere. The federal government is pathetic. John Cain, McCrae

Lives saved It is so wrong to suggest we let nature take its course with COVID-19 (“Let nature prevail” Letters 9/9/20). He makes the mistake so many do of saying that the deaths, particular under 60s, have been in such few numbers that we should not worry too much about it. What he and all those who rail against the restrictions fail to recognise is that without the restrictions our death toll would be higher, not just from coronavirus but from a whole range of other causes. Letting the virus have free rein would mean our health care system, including intensive care units, would be overrun, so people who are injured in car accidents, who have heart attacks or other traumatic illnesses would have to fight for access to healthcare with those who have caught COVID-19. It is the lockdowns that are stopping us from that. We are now learning that contracting the virus leaves many younger people with sever long term health impacts. People in aged care are not in heaven’s waiting room. They are grandparents, mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers who are eminently capable of enjoying life and giving love and comfort to those close to them. Marg D’Arcy, Rye

MPs all quiet Just where are our state MPs on the Mornington Peninsula? They are silent during the lockdown while their constituents are suffering under [Premier] Daniel Andrews. Businesses are going to the wall, students are suffering from never ending home schooling. Bars, restaurants and cafes are closed, yet across the bay in Geelong they are on stage three lockdown. They are not part of greater Melbourne. However, the Mornington Peninsula, which is far more rural and considerably far larger in size, is included in Greater Melbourne. Not a word from our local MPs voicing their concern about the blatant discrepancy. No seats to be won on the peninsula for Labor, but Dan is not going to upset the marginal seats over in Geelong. These local members may not succeed in changing anything on the peninsula, but at least they could be seen to be trying and visible, not hiding in their offices still drawing their recently inflated salary and waiting out the time for their pensions. Dean Fletcher, Mount Martha Editor: There are three Legislative Assembly electorates on the Mornington Peninsula: Mornington, held by Liberal David Morris; Hastings, Liberal Neale Burgess; and Nepean, Labor Chris Brayne. Mornington News

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100 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK...

Railway Commissioners visit to Frankston Compiled by Cameron McCullough ON Wednesday last the Railways Commissioners arrived at Frankston by special train on their annual tour of inspection. They were met at the station by Cr F. H. Wells, and Mr H. Vicars, President of the Frankston Progress Association, and the secretary, Mr W. C, Young. Cr Wells reminded the Commissioners of the necessity for a sub-way or some other method to connect Wells Street with Cranbourne Road, and specially referred to the notice recently posted in the vicinity warning the public that trespassers at that point would be prosecuted. This, he contended, was contrary to a previous promise given that the public would be allowed to cross the line at their own risk. Mr Norman, chairman, after consulting the plans prepared in connection with improvements about to be made at the Frankston Railway Station, stated that provision had been made for a sub-way at the Wells St entrance. In the meantime, he allowed it to be inferred that the custom of the public in crossing the line would not be interfered with. Cr Wells also urged that the goods shed be opened at 8am instead of 8.30 as at present. Mr Norman replied that to do that would involve the appointment of an additional porter, and he thought that as these sheds were open continuously from 8.30am to 5pm the public were very well served. Additional Morning Tram Promised Mr Vicars asked for an improved

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railway service, and suggested that trains at present running as far as to Carrum should be extended to Frankston. Mr Norman replied that the line to Frankston would be electrified within 12 months, when the service would be much improved. He could not recommend additional trains in the afternoon or evening, but was of the opinion that an additional train could be provided between 9.30am and 12.30pm. He believed it was necessary. The Commissioners were heartily thanked, after which they left for Mornington and Stony Point. *** WHEN I grow up to be a man I’ll smoke cigars! like Uncle Dan, And flirt with girls, and own a car, And wear long pants! like my papa, And when the winter days are damp, I’ll have goloshes an a gamp. But coughs and colds I’ll not endure, I’ll Just take Woods’ Great Peppermint Cure. *** The Morwell Scheme Letter To the Editor. Sir, Your interesting article in “The Standard” August 20th, dealing with the immense value of the Morwell coal as a source of cheap power, does great credit to your paper. Although the Lawson Ministry deserve praise for actually setting the work in hand, there is no excuse for the years of dallying with this great venture. However, it can be surmised that it has taken every minute of the thirty

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years you mention to overcome the powerful influence of the interests in the various tinpot and expensive electric plants, which are spread about Melbourne, and it’s safe to conclude that at last National Progress is to receive consideration over Vested Interests. The figures you give are very instructive, proving beyond doubt the immense value of the Morwell scheme to Victoria’s industrial life, for we have the whole of the essentials of a great producing and manufacturing State, except cheap power, and we have only to watch the papers to see that the State’s who are advancing most are those making the greatest use of natural power resources. It is impossible to know at present the intention of the commissioners as to the way they intend to use the power for generating purposes, or whether fullest use is to be made of this gift of Providence. Without doubt, coal is intended to be used by man for other purposes than simply burning it to produce heat, and I appeal to your readers to interest themselves in the matter of obtaining from the Morwell coal, not only cheap coal, but also the increased industrial benefits to be derived by the proper utilisation of the wealth of the byproducts contained in the coal. I am, &c. CLAVIS. Seaford, August 25th. *** A MEETING of the Frankston Football Accident Committee was held on Monday evening last. Miss Dolly Gregory presided. Mrs C. Dalman, Miss Gamble, and Mr E.

K. McComb were also present. Recommendations were received from the Football Club for the payment of small amounts to various players who had been temporarily disabled, and the sum of £4 was passed to meet same. An account for £10 10s for medical fees in connection with the serious accident to Mr McGinisker, early in the season, was also passed for payment. *** Council Deadlock. Following the unsuccessful attempt to hold the ordinary monthly, meeting of the shire council at Frankston last week, owing to the absence of a quorum, the Frankston and Seaford Riding councillors immediately waited on the Minister of Public Works, in Melbourne. As the result of the interview, the councillors of the ridings named forthwith made a “call” of the council for Monday, 13th September, at Frankston, at 10.30am. Notices to the above effect were posted to all the councillors on Friday, 3rd inst., with the intimation that any councillor failing to attend would be liable to a penalty of £20. In accordance with a previous adjournment, councillors of the Frankston and Seaford Ridings met yesterday at Frankston, but the East and Centre Riding representatives did not attend, and a further adjourned until the “call” meeting at Frankston on Monday next was made. It is stated that after receiving the “call” notice referred to the Centre Riding councillors issued a similar summons, requesting councillors to

attend at Somerville on the same day as the Frankston date but half an hour earlier. Frankston councillors are not treating this document seriously. Fortified by the advice received on their recent visit to the Minister, they state they are confident that their position is correct. *** FRANKSTON was visited this week by Sgt A. T. Leadbeater who will oppose the Hon A. Downward for the Mornington seat in the Legislative Assembly, the expectation being that the general elections for the State will take place on 14th Oct. Sgt Leadbeater saw active service in the great war as a member of the 9th Light Horse, and on his return to Australia resumed his avocation as a farmer and agriculturalist. Mr Leadbeater will stand as a Nationalist and supporter of the Lawson Government. *** LAST Sunday night or early Monday morning a burglary was committed at the Peninsula Motor Garage Frankston. The thieves departed with a quantity of motor car accessories. Senr. Constable Bray, in company with city detectives last week arrested at Langwarrrin two young men who are suspected of being implicated in recent robberies in the district. They will appear at the Frankston Court on Monday morning next. *** FROM the pages of the Mornington Standard, 10 September 1920


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By Craig MacKenzie THE long-awaited announcement of Football Victoria’s refunds policy was made late last week. The policy was prefaced by a reference to a recent Australian Sports Foundation survey on the severe economic impact of the pandemic. It estimated the total financial loss to Australia’s 70,000 community sports clubs to be around $1.6 billion which jeopardises the survival of many. FV hasn’t been immune to the impact of having its competitions disrupted by suspension and eventual cancellation. The federation stood down most of its staff from March and all of its staff from August. It has been formulating a refund policy for weeks now and this process has taken much longer than clubs expected with most local clubs being forced to offer refunds well in advance of an official FV announcement. However, not all Australian jurisdictions were tardy in announcing a refunds policy. For example, Football Queensland announced its policy in March and Football West released its policy in May. Albeit that these policies have since been tweaked their early release enabled clubs to make informed refund decisions and it can be argued that they were better-placed than their Victorian counterparts to deal with refund requests from players and parents. FV’s policy essentially deals with player registration fees and team entry fees but it includes the revelation that Football Federation Australia has decided to retain 95 per cent of National Player Registration fees. FFA’s 5 per cent refund equates to 70 cents for every registered junior player in Australia and $1.65 for every registered senior player. “That’s ridiculous,” was the blunt response from Langwarrin president Tanya Wallace. “And this has a knock-on effect for Football Victoria and in turn the clubs. “I don’t think that keeping 95 per cent of those fees is fair. “What about the state federations that do all the work?” Langwarrin is an NPL2 club and holds both senior and junior NPL licences. It doesn’t pay player registration fees

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for seniors, under-20s and under-18s as part of its senior licencing agreement but it pays a $20,000 team entry fee to cover all three squads. FV is refunding 45 per cent of the team entry fee for NPL2 clubs and Wallace is surprised by the amount. “I emailed Football Victoria and told them I couldn’t understand how their refund for NPL2 and 3 was at 45 per cent because as far as I was concerned their only outlay for that league was match balls,” she said. “We’d only paid two-thirds of the team entry fee and I don’t get how they can take $14,000 off us and only give 45 per cent back. “That amounts to $6300 for balls as there were no competition fees incurred because there were no matches. “We had to pay for referees ourselves for any practice matches so what are we paying for here? “The brand? The name? “Makes no sense to me.” When it comes to NPL senior and

junior fees FV openly discriminates in favour of women and girls who have for some time now been the focus of the federation’s attempts to grow the game through participant numbers. The refund policy highlights this disparity. NPL senior men pay a team entry fee of $25,000, NPL 2 and 3 senior men pay $20,000 and NPLW senior women pay $11,000. The team entry fee refund percentage for NPL men in all three levels of competition is 45 per cent while the refund for NPLW is 75 per cent. Junior NPL boys pay player registration fees while junior NPL girls do not. When it comes to junior NPL team entry fee refunds again there is no gender parity as the boys will receive a 45 per cent refund while the girls receive 75 per cent. Yet the state body can’t be accused of masking a policy weighted in favour of female participation as it points to this discrimination in its policy announce-

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ment. “Fortunately, FV has received substantial support from the Commonwealth and Victorian governments throughout this period, including JobKeeper and the Survival Package Fund respectively. These packages have subsidised our ongoing operations, return to play activities and allowed FV to make strategic decisions in relation to this policy – for example, the increased level of refunds to support football for women and girls.” Most local clubs fall into the category of community clubs and they will receive a 70 per cent refund of senior men’s and women’s player registration fees. Men’s State League clubs can expect a 60 per cent refund on team entry fees (which are different for different leagues) while Women’s Victorian Premier League clubs receive a 100 per cent refund. Team entry fees for women’s State League clubs have been waived.

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Frost breaks through for black-type victory HORSE RACING

By Ben Triandafillou MORNINGTON-based trainer Rachael Frost landed her first blacktype race at Flemington on Saturday 12 September with her inform gelding, Travimyfriend. The eight-year-old son of Tavistock had relished the wet tracks of late to pick up a win and second placing at Caulfield in his three prior runs, but demonstrated on Saturday that he’s not just a mudlark. With the rain setting in later than expected at Flemington, Travimyfriend did what he had never done before and saluted on a good surface for the first time in his career. Ridden by Dean Yendall, the gelding sat at the rear of the field before launching late in the straight to pick up the heavily-supported Western Australian visitor, Windstorm, and claim a three-quarters-of-a-length victory in the Listed The Sofitel Handicap (1400m). Trainer Rachael Frost was glad to see Travimyfriend back-up his solid jumpout the week prior. “He might’ve ran last the other day in a jumpout against Pippie but he worked through the line really good and it ticked him over nicely for this,” Frost said post-race. “All of his stakes performances had been on good tracks, it’s only his wins that haven’t been. It was just as long as there was a bit of give in the ground today. “He’s a neat old horse and it’s my first winner here so it’s great.”

Jockey Dean Yendall said it was a great effort by the gelding to overcome a couple of setbacks. “It unfolded straight away when he got a fair old bump out of the barriers and he was back where I had never been on him before,” Yendalls said. “I just followed the race and they went at a really solid tempo and he actually travelled really nicely.

He put the writing on the wall last time when he ran a good race up against Showmanship so I knew he wasn’t hopeless but I was just hoping this rain would come earlier so it would’ve been a genuine soft when he did go around, but he adapted to that.” “He wanted to lay in a little bit under pressure with the whip in the

left hand it helped him find the line straight and it probably got him the win. It was a great effort by him and a great effort for Rachael to get him to go again.” The victory sent Travimyfriend’s prizemoney past the $450,000 mark and brought up his seventh career win from 50 starts.

Black-type: Rachael Frost’s Travimyfriend wins the Listed The Sofitel at Flemington on Saturday 12 September. Picture: Supplied

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