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Turning logs into art WOMEN and chainsaws are not usually mentioned in the same sentence – except when the woman is chainsaw artist Angie Polglaze. The Hastings resident carves timber into eye-catching shapes and has won more awards than any other female carver in the world. Her skills have earned her a Service to the Arts Award from the United Chainsaw Carvers Guild in 2011 for her “encouragement and inspiration to women carvers everywhere”. Their challenge is to carve sculptures from a single piece of wood. This year’s theme is The Garden. “Chainsaw carving is mindboggling,” said Ms Polglaze, who draws her inspiration “from life” and learned her craft mainly from watching fellow competitors. The arts honours graduate’s 22 years as a wood carver included a decade “living out of a suitcase” while travelling the world. Times have changed: “Five years ago I got a house and a mortgage, two dogs and a cat, and decided not to travel so much. I’ve got critters who count on me.” Ms Polglaze loves giving renewed life to cypress pine which is her favoured material as it “doesn’t split, holds together and paints well”. “I find the events exciting. Coming from an arty background I use a lot of colour – that’s my trademark.” This week Ms Polglaze competes in the annual Australian Chainsaw Carving Competition at the SkyHigh Observatory, Mt Dandenong, 16-21 January. Her nine opponents include Canadian Marina Cole and men from the US and Japan. Stephen Taylor

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Rocks to fight erosion Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au BOULDERS will be used in a bid to stop further erosion of cliffs at Mt Martha Beach North and damage to the Esplanade. Engineering consultants have warned that the ongoing loss of the cliffs between Alice and Augusta streets threatens to eventually damage the coastal road linking Morning-

ton and Safety Beach. The bitumen is cracked in many sections of the road which has also been closed twice in recent years because of landslides Work on installing rocks at the cliff base will start in April, although 430 metres of the beach is likely to remain officially closed until the project is completed. The Mt Martha North Beach Group sees the rock revetment going only “some way towards solving our problems”.

Members of the beach group believe a 25 metre long rock groyne should be built north of the beach to prevent further loss of sand. Consultants have put a $330,000 price tag on the groyne (“Call to make a point” The News 5/12/18). In the weeks leading up to Christmas five beach boxes were demolished, while others remain on precarious stumps. Access stairs to the remaining beach boxes end high above the sand, giving an indication of how much of the

beach has been swept away. Steps to the beach opposite Alice St are closed. The cliff continues to crumble behind the boxes making them vulnerable to landslides as well as to being knocked down by the sea. Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio says while $880,000 will be spent protecting the base of the cliff the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) will have a closer look at “engineering solutions” to prevent further erosion of

the beach and cliff (“Beach ‘repairs’ could cost $4m” The News 31/10/17). Mornington Peninsula Shire – in a news release welcoming the state government’s intervention – points out that it only manages the beach which is owned by DELWP. “Significant erosion and wave action over a number of years has caused damage to the land and buildings located on the foreshore resulting in unstable cliffs,” the shire states in its news release. Continued Page 7

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‘Ambassadors’ for Australia Day

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EIGHT “ambassadors” have been chosen by the National Australia Day Council for Australia Day celebrations on the Mornington Peninsula. Those chosen by the Australia Day council are past recipients of the Australian of the Year Awards, sportspeople, scientists, businesspeople, actors and community workers. The ambassadors will attend Australia Day events on the peninsula and talk about what being an Australian means to them. Mornington Peninsula Shire mayor Cr Bryan Payne said he was “thrilled to hear the announcement of our local ambassadors”. “Our ambassadors have diverse backgrounds and come from all walks of life. Having them attend our Australia Day events gives us all the chance to hear their stories and achievements which illustrate the many opportunities Australia has to offer.” The ambassadors are chosen for the peninsula by the Australia Day council. The ambassadors chosen for the peninsula are: Hastings – Sally Tucker, a sports “business professional” with experience in sales and business development, sponsorship and commercial partnerships. Mt Eliza – Brett McLeod, a journalist and presenter with Nine News in Melbourne with more than 30 years in media. Mornington – Karen Livingstone, co-founder of Ovarian Cancer Australia after her mother was diagnosed with the disease. Dromana – Doug Christie, broadcaster and event producer and managing director of Focus Communications Group. Rye – Jessica Smith, a former Paralympian who represented Australia for seven years in swimming. Rosebud – Sue Stanley, a aerobics competitor. Sorrento Bowls – Rachel Porter, speaker and presenter. Sorrento RSL – Peter Smith, television presenter and chairman and patron of the GTV Foundation. To see what’s on across the peninsula on Australia Day, visit mornpen.vic.gov.au/australiaday

JIMMY Barnes holds the stage and the attention of thousands of fans during Sunday weekw’s Under the Southern Stars concert on the foreshore at Hastings. Following the hottest day in years, the afternoon-into-night concert saw performers and the crowd able to relax and enjoy the show which also featured Ritchie Sambora and Orianthi, Diesel, Richard Clapton, Ash Grunwald and Dallas Crane. Pictures: Gary Sissons

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Shire digs deep to buy swamp By Mike Hast MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire will compulsorily acquire a large section of Tootgarook Swamp to save it from housing development. About 30 hectares (70 acres) at 92 Elizabeth Av, Capel Sound (Rosebud West), will be acquired from property developers who wanted to build a retirement village of 80 units plus a 75room hotel and a recreation centre. Earlier plans sought permission to build 99 units and 163 units. The land consists of 5.7 hectares zoned general residential, where the village was to be built; 21 hectares of “wetlands recreation area”; and 1.5 hectares split between a road reserve (VicRoads’ future freeway) and land for light industry. The block is between Chinamans Creek and Truemans Rd Recreation Reserve (formerly a rubbish tip). It is one of several privately held blocks in the wetlands that were zoned residential by the former Shire of Flinders before environmental considerations became common in planning. Shire councillors agreed to buy the land and begin the acquisition process in December at a special closed meeting. A notice of its intention was published in the Victorian Government Gazette last Thursday. The land was last listed for sale for between $4.3 and $4.7 million. The shire will now begin negotiations with land owners Steller Estate Rosebud Primary and Watermark Village. If they fail to agree terms, the matter

Swamp saved: Tootgarook Wetlands and the southern peninsula. The land to be compulsorily acquired from housing developers by the shire is outlined. Picture: Save Tootgarook Swamp

could go to the state planning tribunal VCAT. The purchase will be the most expensive by the shire since it bought a site for the still-unbuilt Rosebud aquatic centre for $5.87 million in late 2012. (Rosebud Central shopping centre for $5.1m and Brown Gouge dry cleaners in Ninth Av for $$770,000.) Removal of 92 Elizabeth Av from developers will end years of controversy over building in the wetlands including multiple cases in the VCAT and disputes between shire representatives and community groups. The land remains under an unen-

forced remediation order imposed by the VCAT as part of a penalty for alleged illegal clearing and cultivation in 2009. On Friday, Cameron Brown of Save Tootgarook Swamp said the group was “absolutely ecstatic at the decision”. “Members of the community have been advocating for preservation of the important wetlands since the 1990s,” he said. He said the land was part of “a vital and integral part of the swamp, the largest remaining shallow freshwater marsh in the entire Port Phillip and Western Port region”.

It contained a large number of “significant fauna species such as 106 bird species including migratory birds listed under four international conventions covering migratory species, to which Australia was a signatory” as well as the endangered Australasian bittern and five significant ecological vegetation classes. Cr Antonella Celi told The News the purchase would end “developer threats” on the land and was part of the shire’s management plan for the wetlands. “It’s a significant step and although state and federal authorities have been

involved in creating the management plan, there is no state and federal money for the purchase,” she said. Cr Celi praised Cameron Brown and Jessica Durrant of Save Tootgarook Swamp, Norm McKinlay of Friends of Chinamans Creek, peninsula conservation group SPIFFA, BirdLife Australia’s peninsula branch, state water authorities, Parks Victoria, VicRoads and others including her council colleagues and shire staff. She said there was other land in the wetlands that was at risk of development, which the shire would look at in due course.

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Shire takes leave of holiday fun times Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au HUNDREDS of workers stand to lose their jobs as Mornington Peninsula Shire looks to contract out its holiday school programs and aged care and disability services. Private operators will run children’s activities from this year’s first term school holidays. The shire announced last week it was “transitioning” out of the school holiday program business before the end of this year’s first term. The current school holiday program - the shire’s last - ends Thursday 25 January. The move comes at the same time that the shire is also looking at “all options” for the delivery of its aged and disability services. The mayor Cr Bryan Payne says the “market test” for “potential operating models” now underway is in response to federal government changes to the aged and disabilities services sector. Cr Payne gave assurances that the shire’s inquiries would have “absolutely no effect whatsoever on the current services provided to any of our 5000 clients, our staff, or our volunteers”. The shire’s aged care sector operates with 280 employees and 160 volunteers. Companies interested in taking over the shire’s role have until 31 January to respond with a plan. Rather than giving a figure on how many individual jobs would be lost by the shire opting out of the school holiday program, Cr Payne was quoted in a news release as saying the move would affect a “predominantly casual workforce,

MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire’s advertisement for new operators of its school holiday programs.

an equivalent of around four FTE [full-time employees]”. The shire has since stated contracting out the school holiday programs will affect 33 casual employees. “For the majority of staff, being either teachers or currently training to be teachers, this program is not their main employment,” communities acting director Jenny Van Riel said. “There are 290 families registered to utilise the school holiday program, that have used the program for at least one day in 2017. Only around 10 per cent of the families utilise each of the four holiday programs across the year.” Cr Payne said the casuals losing their jobs were “valued members of the team” and would be given “support and training opportunities”. He said the number of children attending the shire’s holiday programs had fallen “consistently” in the past five years. However, the shire was “determined to support families by working with them to ensure a

smooth transition to the new provider and by assisting in securing appropriate, affordable school holiday services for our local families”. A newspaper advertisement run by the shire two weekends ago said it was looking for “suitably qualified” operators to run school holiday programs at Mornington, Bentons Square and Hastings. The shire’s licences with the Victorian Department of Education and Training would be transferred to the successful tenderer. The licences allow the shire to run school holiday programs for up to 75 children at Mornington, 51 at Bentons Square and 60 at Hastings. The shire expects to announce the new operator later this month. “While council will transition out of the direct provision of the school holiday program, we are committed to working with the new provider to ensure the continuation of appropriate school holiday programs that are accessible and affordable for our local families,” Cr Payne stated in the shire’s news release. “Out of the families that are registered with the service, less than 30 families utilise the program across all holiday periods.” Cr Payne many families were sending children to sports camps, excursions “and other activityspecific programs”. He said the shire will support families “throughout the transition, ensuring alternative programs are available and families are provided with a list of alternative school holiday programs and activities that are offered across the peninsula”.

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Continued from Page 1 “The rock revetment (or sloping rock wall) will protect the cliff toe from waves and erosion, and maintain public safety from cliff deterioration. The revetment will help prevent damage to public assets and infrastructure behind the cliff, including the Esplanade. “The revetment will extend south 140 metres from the southern end of the existing revetment. A further 60m of revetment may also be constructed north of the access stairs.” The mayor Cr Bryan Payne said the rock revetment “is vital to improve public safety near the cliff area following erosion over the years”. “We thank the state government for working hard to get the cliff stabilised and the beach safe to get it reopened for public use as soon as possible.” Consultants Water Technology was hired by DELWP to study erosion at Mt Martha Beach North following two severe storms in winter 2016. Their options – subject to an “options analysis by DELWP later this year – ranged from the $330,000 rock groyne to $4 million. Nearly 13,000 cubic metres of sand trucked in to replenish the beach in 2010 was lost within three years. The DELWP consultants said the remaining beach boxes may need to be removed during work to stabilise the cliffs.

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Litter was fair trade for scavengers Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au MORE than 270 eager beach cleaners got into the spirit of things at the third annual Seaside Scavenge Festival at Rye, Sunday 7 January. They collected 770 kilograms of litter in three hours – including 10,000 cigarette butts. Rye Scavenge chapter leader Sacha Guggenheimer said after three years of collecting data the butts “appear to be Rye’s signature littered item”. “High litter categories are singleuse items, such as straws, coffee cups and lids, plastic bags, plastic food wrapping, plastic ice-cream spoons and bottle tops,” she said. In the water, more than 80 metres of fishing line was gathered near Rye pier, as well as many alcohol bottles and cans. Unusual items collected included gazebos, shade tent, chairs, umbrellas and boogie boards. At the clean-up event, litter was used as a type of currency to buy items such as second-hand clothing and books donated by the wider community. It could also be traded for food, coffee and beer through Peninsula Paella, Tag For Life and Jetty Road Brewery. Prizes awarded at the event included tickets from Polperro Dolphin Swims, vouchers from Dive2U, Peninsula Hot Springs passes and a voucher from Max’s Restaurant, Red Hill Estate. Workshops promoted plastic-free lifestyle alternatives and marine debris pollution awareness.

The clean team: Scavenge Festival organisers, above, Anna Jane Linke, Sacha Guggenheimer and Jemma Heritage at the event. Two youngsters, left, who swapped their litter currency for clothes. and far left, Up to 35 volunteers sorted and counted items for the database.

Ms Guggenheimer said 84 per cent of those attending the event had not attended a clean-up previously. Mornington Peninsula mayor Cr Bryan Payne spoke, and Lionel Lauch welcomed participants to country. Sea Shepherd, Dolphin Research Institute, Boomerang Bags, Marine Mammal Foundation and Tag for Life held stalls on the day. Live music was

organised by Ryan Luckhurst. Representatives of other community groups spoke about their work and how to get involved. The Seaside Scavenge committee presented litter data to Mornington Peninsula Shire councillors on Tuesday 9 January. “Our results show that this is not just a problem but an environmental disaster,” Ms Guggen-

heimer said. “The Scavenge’s 270 participants collected 770kg of litter at Rye, so surely there are many more tonnes along the Mornington Peninsula coastline. “If the council cannot physically clean it up, we must change our tactics, such as not handing out singleuse plastics. “If we stand together as a com-

munity and support each other to find reusable alternatives of servicing consumers, then we can tackle this problem from the root of the cause. “Our vision is to unite our community and businesses to work together and stop these plastic tides polluting or precious beaches.” The Seaside Scavenge community email is hello@seasidescavenge.org

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Elvis to hit Frankston

Under construction: A sculptor puts finishing touches to one of the Arabian Nights exhibits before the annual Sand Sculpting Australia event at Frankston’s foreshore. Picture: Gary Sissons

Sand sculptures tell tales THANKFULLY it took less than 1001 nights to build the latest attraction on Frankston’s foreshore telling the tales of Aladdin, Sinbad the Sailor, Ali Baba and the forty thieves and other Arabian Nights stories. Twenty skilled sculptors put in more than 5000 carving hours over 30 days using 3500 tonnes of brickies’ loam sand to build the Sand Sculpting Australia exhibition illustrating the stories of the Arabian Nights. Sandstorm Events director Sharon Redmond says the exhibition is open to visitors until 25 April. “Our aim is to capture the imagination and provide a unique experience that reappropriates the natural environment and encourages people to enjoy it in a new way,” she said. “This summer, you’ll be transported back in time to explore the ancient and ever-so-magical stories of the 1001 Arabian Nights, made completely from sand.

“You can see Aladdin fall in love with Princess Jasmine and trick the Genie of the Lamp with his three wishes. “Take a journey with Sinbad the Sailor on his seven magical adventures as he meets mystical monsters and fantastical creatures; then, ‘Open Sesame’, go deep with Ali Baba into the cave filled with jewels and gold.” The annual sand sculpting exhibition is hosted at the Frankston waterfront, 510N Nepean Highway until 25 April; Monday-Friday 10am-4pm daily and 10am-6pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Adults $14, concession $11, children (3-15 years old) $9, children under 2 free entry. A super pass for children is $18. More than 130,000 people visit the exhibition in Frankston each year. See sandsculpting.com.au or call 0426 280 603 for more exhibition details.





ELVIS is on the way to Frankston in the form of Ben Portsmouth, officially crowned the king of The King tribute singers by Elvis Presley Enterprises six years ago. Portsmouth, from Berkshire in the UK, shook up the world of Elvis performers by being the first non-American to take out the Ultimate Elvis crown in Memphis in 2012. The singer’s success in the contest led to an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman to perform An American Trilogy. “It was an incredible opportunity to do that on such a big show,” Portsmouth told The Times. He is bringing his Taking Care of Elvis show to Frankston Arts Centre on Thursday 25 January. The singer was honoured to win the Ultimate Elvis accolade despite hailing from Old Blighty. “Obviously Elvis is an American icon but I think as long as you do a half-decent respectful job the fans like you.” The Taking Care of Elvis show takes the audience on the journey through The King’s career from starting out in the 1950s at Sun Studios through major life events including Elvis joining the US Army, his mother dying and meeting wife Priscilla Presley. The two-hour-plus show also features songs from the Elvis-starring movies, the ‘68 Comeback Special and his 1970s live concerts in Las Vegas. “My favourite era is the 70s,” Portsmouth said. “I think the music was better, his voice had matured and it was really just the climax of his career.” The Berkshire lad has been hitting the road as Elvis for the past decade and says his father’s love for his music sparked initial interest in The King. “My dad listened to Elvis when I was a child in the car. There was a guitar in the house, and

Elvis is in the building: Ben Portsmouth takes to the stage as The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Pic: Supplied

unbeknownst to my dad because I was quite rebellious, I didn’t want to admit to my day that I liked Elvis so I’d be out in the garden with a tape on and picked up a guitar and try to learn the chords. That’s how it all started.” The good-humoured Brit says he does not take offence being called an “Elvis impersonator”, regarded as a slur by some diehard Elvis fans. “It can be seen as a bit of a joke, really, but it’s not a joke. I enjoy what I do and try to do it the best I can.” Portsmouth is looking forward to visiting Frankston for the first time as a stop on the national Taking Care of Elvis tour. “I’m sure it’ll be a great night. I feed off the audience so it’s going to be an electric atmosphere.” Neil Walker

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Camp garden a growing concern THIS long-stay camper went all out to feel at home on the Rye foreshore by establishing his own garden. The camper is among a small number who, perhaps unthinkingly, dig up the foreshore, introduce weeds, and prune indigenous vegetation so they have a better view of the water. Others throw exotic pot plants into the bush when they leave. Mornington Peninsula Shire’s buildings and facilities manager Davey

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Smith said foreshore camping was renowned a family-friendly experience where campers create a homey environment. “While management doesn’t allow any planting into the ground, some campers do choose to decorate their sites with pot plants and take them home at the end of the season,” he said. “Illegal pruning and damage to vegetation is taken very seriously

by the shire and, over the past few seasons, campers have been evicted and breaches passed onto the Local Laws team. “Waste at the end of the season is an on-going issue that continues to be managed in a proactive manner. We encourage all campers, visitors and residents to enjoy the peninsula and ensure rubbish is disposed of appropriately. Picture: Supplied

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Wildlife shelter seeks new home Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au THE future is bleak for injured and displaced wildlife on the Mornington Peninsula, with Crystal Ocean Wildlife Shelter carer Brenda Marmion being forced to find a new home. The dedicated carer, who has been looking after distressed wildlife for the past 30 years, was recently asked to vacate her Golf Parade, Rye, rental property by April. This gives her four months to find a suitable base “somewhere on the peninsula” that will allow her to temporarily house and rehabilitate wildlife. She said she had good references. Ms Marmion, 74, said she was beginning to feel the pressure of finding a larger property at a reasonable rent that would provide suitable accommodation for her injured and ill charges. “I suppose not everyone would like me living in their house but I always do improvements and always pay my rent on time,” she said. “Of cours, I would love acreage but it’s not often you would find a cottage on acreage for rent. I really just need some place with a big garden.” Presented with a Good Neighbour Award last year and nominated for Australian of the Year in 2016, Ms Marmion said it was “always hell moving house”. “We will need a convoy when the time comes,” she said. “We needed a convoy when we moved here from Dromana four years ago and we probably have more items, such as aviaries, to move this time.”

Friend and supporter Roslyn Browning said the next closest shelter to Crystal Ocean was at Tyabb. “At any one time the shelter can have around 30 animals to rehabilitate,” Ms Browning said. “[Caring for them is a] huge task for Brenda who is living on the aged pension, paying rent and who is in poor health. “She is absolutely dedicated to looking after injured wildlife and is very well regarded by rescuers and all the vets on the southern peninsula. “The need to move has added to Brenda’s anxiety around finances and her health problems.” Crystal Ocean Wildlife Shelter is registered with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. It receives no government funding. Volunteers are always needed to assist to “share the burden”, said Ms Browning, adding that vets in Rye, Rosebud and Dromana frequently call on Ms Marmion to help with injured wildlife. “Last Saturday I organised a fundraiser at Rosebud which was reasonably successful,” she said. “I have other activities planned to support Brenda and the wildlife.” The women said volunteers would be needed at the Golf Parade shelter on moving day. Those interested can visit the Facebook page and donate on the attachment. “Brenda is struggling to meet the running costs of her shelter and she welcomes any donations of help she can get.”

Time’s almost up: Brenda Marmion has until April to find a sanctuary for her injured charges. Picture: Gary Sissons


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Young talent takes a bow

Art that stands out on a wall DUTCH born John Vanderwerf, above, arrived in Australia with his family in 1953 and has lived in Mt Evelyn for most of his life. He has worked as a visual merchandiser since he was 18, managing his own business for the past 28 years, including designing and building Christmas sets and exhibitions in major shopping centres and at trade fairs. Vanderwerf says he has experimented with painting as a hobby throughout his working life. In 2002 he began water colour lessons. Since then he has exhibited and sold some of his artwork in various art exhibitions including an exhibition at Lady Hawke Cafe in Mt Dandenong, being the artist of the month, and through the Sherbrooke Art Society Gallery, of which he is a member In both 2008 and 2009 Vanderwerf won awards in the Lilydale Show including Best Exhibit and First Prize. “He has a strong desire for experimenting with

a variety of mediums where his natural inclination aims for something novel and new, and the use of synthetic materials which form some of his contemporary artwork giving a three dimensional perspective,” art show organiser John Renowden said. In 2011 Vanderwerf started making sculptures from aluminium composite. Using this hard wearing and non-fading material (often seen on the outside of buildings as coloured panels or used for business signs) he has been able to transform the panels by cutting and bending the material manually into sculptures suitable for wall hangings, table centre pieces and garden ornaments. A range of Vanderwerf’s work will be on display and for sale at the Mornington Art Show held at the Peninsula Community theatre, corner of Nepean Highway and Wilson’s Rd Mornington from the opening night Thursday 18 January to Australia Day, 26 January.

STUDENTS from year 10 to VCE have again entered works in the annual Mornington Art Show. This includes award-winning photography by Toorak College, Mt Eliza, students. Toorak student Grace Dymond will display her stained glass windows. Students from Balcombe Grammar, Mt Martha, are exhibiting art work from a range of genre, including pencil portraits and a backlit abstracts. Mornington Secondary College students are also showing their photographic skills as well as some portraits which have won awards.


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Feature artists and ‘never shown before’ works KATE Jenvey and John Bredl are the invited featured artists at this year’s Mornington Art Show. Jenvey is from north eastern Victoria and Bredl from the Mornington Peninsula. The more than 800 works at this year’s show include several by David Chen, including three of which have not been on public display. Kate Jenvey, pictured with two of her works, specialises in painting and drawing animals, from horses to the wildlife of east Africa, where she once lived. Now in Victoria’s north east Jenvey says she is enjoying creating works of art as well as running adult classes and holiday workshops for children at the Benalla Regional Art Gallery. In contrast, Bredl experiments with a variety of mediums including synthetic materials to create

a three-dimensional perspective. In 2011 Bredl started his most recent form “outdoors” content capturing Australian land and seascapes. He is regularly invited to judge art shows, give demonstrations, workshops and art classes. He paints daily, either in the field or at his studio and has been a regular at Mornington Rotary Club’s art shows since 1993.

Top End art SCULPTURES from the Tiwi Islands form part of this year’s Mornington Art Show. Twenty three pieces of hand carved and painted art work from the Jilamara Arts and Craft Association on Melville Island will be on display and for sale.

Smaller painted iron bark carvings of birds will be featured together with some almost two metres high totem pole carvings of Tutini Tokwampini – the bird carvings. These authentic pieces will stand on the stage, adding to its environmental theme.

Trees from art sales THE Mornington Art show has for the past 46 years been a source of money for projects undertaken by Mornington Rotary Club. More than $1 million has been raised over the art show’s lifetime with more than 60 per cent being spent in Mornington. Following Rotary’s International environmental them for this year, the 70-year-old club plans

to plant 70 trees in autumn. After talks with Mornington Peninsula Shire representatives several locations have been chosen within the Civic Reserve, Mornington, including near the rose garden. The stage decorations at this year’s art show will reflect the club’s environmental theme. Other projects recently been by Mornington Rotary include building a long table in Mornington Park, repainting of the clock tower in Main St, Mornington, buying a defibrillator for the Mornington Support Centre and a CPR dummy for the Bays Hospital. The Mornington Art Show is at the Peninsula Community Theatre, cnr Nepean Highway and Wilsons Rd, Mornington from Friday 19 January to Australia Day, 26 January.

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NEWS DESK Fete of Flinders CLASSIC cars - including two Lagondas - home-grown produce, plants and flowers, books huge selection, pony rides, a bouncy castle and mini golf are among the attractions at Saturday’s (20 January) fete, 10am12.30pm at St John’s Church, King Street, Flinders. Morning tea and sizzling sausages will be served alongside stalls selling homemade cakes, slices, jams and pickles. Organisers tip the white elephant stall to contain anything from an Alessi Kettle to a tricycle or a Chinese bowl encrusted with barnacles from a 1608 shipwreck. Pet show entrants often dress up to enhance their chances mof a win (registration is from 8.30-9.15am).

Stamps, coins, cards PENINSULA Stamp Club will host a stamps, coins and card fair, 9am-3pm, Saturday 20 January, at Dromana Uniting Church Hall, corner Pt Nepean Rd and McCulloch St, Dromana. (Melway 159 G6.) Admission is free and refreshments will be available. Children welcome. Fair coordinator J. H. Thomas said some of the proceeds would go to the Mornington Peninsula Food for All project. Details: 0418 322 315.

Business lunch THE Job ConneXions team will hold its first Aspire business lunch at Seawinds Community Hub, 11am-2pm, Tuesday 6 February in the Casuarina Restaurant, Chisholm Institute, corner Boneo Rd and Henry Wilson Drive, Rosebud. RSVP by Wednesday 24 January to info@seawindscommunityhub.com. au. Details: 5982 2204.

Emily braves the waters to find the cross Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au THE way is open for girls to take part in the Blessing of the Waters in future after a girl pipped the boys for the Rye prize for the first time at this year's Rye event. Emily Paxevanos, 16, of Whittlesea, was the only female in the usually male-dominated event when Red Hill Greek Orthodox priest Eleftherios Tatsis threw the wooden cross into the water, Saturday 6 January. Legend says good fortune will favour the winner of the annual event attracting thousands of competitors to the pier in anticipation. Frankie Ferraro, of Lysterfield, won the race for the crucifix at Frankston pier on the same day. He was among more than 1000 hopefuls eagerly waiting as Bishop of Miletoupolis Jakob Jakovos hurled the icon into the water to start the annual challenge. Among those watching were Police Assistant Commissioner Rob Hill and Inspector Rob Clarke, as well as Frankston mayor Cr Colin Hampton. After his win, Mr Ferraro was invited to dine with the bishop, mayor and dignitaries. Emily received a $600 gold cross and chain and $200 cash from Father Tatsis for her efforts. Emily had earlier asked Bishop Tatsis for his permission to break with tradition and enter the race against the boys. Her father, Rob, was right behind her in her quest which received a favourable response. “He said, ‘Why not, it’s the Blessing of the Sea’,” Mr Paxevanos said. Father Tatsis was thrilled to confirm

Emily Paxevanos’s achievement is acknowledged by Red Hill Greek Orthodox priest Eleftherios Tatsis. Picture: Kostas Deves

that Emily was the first female to retrieve the cross in his 51 years as a priest – and possibly the first in Australia. “Our congratulations to dear Emily,” he said. “Her achievement in

retrieving the cross also helps dispel the oft-levelled charge the Orthodox Church is misogynistic in character.” Father Tatsis said she was “very polite and respectful”.

“She kissed the cross and gave it to the boys,” he said. “We live in a wonderful society and must treat everyone equally and that is why we welcome girls to enter.”

Summer: weekly recycling Monday 18 December until Friday 2 February Your household recycling bin will be collected every week over summer! Our weekly Summer Recycling Service is a boost to the usual fortnightly recycling service to help you better dispose of your waste over summer. Your normal 240L recycling bin (blue lid) will be collected on the same day it is currently every week rather than fortnightly.

What can you recycle?

Here are a few recycling tips:

• Aluminium and steel cans and foil • Rigid and solid plastic items, such as kids’ toys, kitchenware, cups and drink bottles • Pots and pans • Wrapping paper and envelopes • Cardboard, newspapers and magazines • Milk, juice and soft drink bottles • Glass bottles and jars

• Don’t place recycling in a plastic bag • Empty containers of contents/liquids • Recyclables that can’t fit into your bin can be taken to a rubbish tip (Rye, Mornington and Tyabb) or hopper (Sorrento, Dromana and Flinders) for free.





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Testing, testing: Police breath test motorists on the Mornington Peninsula in November last year.

Some drivers not so wise THERE was little rest for many police highway patrol officers over the festive season. Victoria Police’s 24-day Operation Roadwise blitz over the Christmas and new year period nabbed 39 drink drivers in across the Mornington Peninsula amid a total of 1045 detected driving offences in the region. A total of 59 drivers found to be under the influence of illicit drugs while drivingPolice said the operation aimed to “take dangerous, impaired and irresponsible drivers off our roads”. The operation from 15 December-7 January targeted motorists drink driving, speeding and driving while unlicensed. There were 33 disqualified and 39 unlicensed drivers caught in the dragnet on the peninsula and 141 vehicles were found to be unregistered. Fifteen cars were impounded and 20 people

were fined for using a mobile phone while driving. Police advised there were 225 offences across the neighbouring Frankston region over the same period. They said no drivers were caught drug driving in Frankston. A high 141 vehicles were found to be unregistered and 365 drivers received tickets for speeding offences on the peninsula compared to 29 in Frankston. Last year, 237 people lost their lives on the state’s roads, with the main factors being speeding and impaired driving caused by alcohol, drugs and fatigue. Roads Minister Luke Donnellan said the state government would spend more than $1 billion on safer roads as part of the Towards Zero road safety strategy. Stephen Taylor

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SUPERB DESIGN AND CREATIVITY RADIATING the best this exclusive Mount Eliza enclave has to offer, this grand home, offered for sale for the first time in 17 years, has a magnificent orientation that maximises the view across the Moorooduc Plains. Like the opening lines of an epic poem the first introduction to the home is one of enticement; beckoning you to proceed further. The entrance opens onto an elevated position where the astonishing outdoor vista before you is framed by floor to ceiling windows that flood the expansive open plan living and dining room with calming natural light that gleams off the handsome oak floors. Incorporated into the space is a crisp white kitchen which will be every entertainers dream with thoughtful attention to detail fulfilling practically every culinary need. The kitchen island features elegant stone tops and a clever use of the glistening cabinets reveals the concealed dishwasher and refrigerator, plus there is an induction cook top with gas wok burner and twin wall mounted ovens. The luxurious master bedroom with walk-in robe and ensuite also enjoys the breathtaking view, whilst downstairs to the ground floor are three more large bedrooms with built-in robes sharing a superb family bathroom, and a brilliant media room that opens out to a series of landscaped paths that meander through the stunning gardens. Complete with its own pleasant brook, the gardens invite you to indulge in the relaxation of pool side living and there is the divine option of two alfresco entertaining areas. The upstairs balcony has a built-in barbecue and overlooks the garden and in-ground solar heated pool, which is in turn surrounded by merbau timber decking, extensive paving and landscaped hedges and grasses. The closing stanza to this poetic dream home is a host of fine appointments that perfectly illustrate the thoughtful attention to detail provided in this recently updated home.n



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JuniPEr lanE • Breathtakingly refurbished post-war home, just moments to Toorak College, the Village and the beach • Brand new double solar-heated swimming pool, poolside entertaining tropical deck with date palm, plus massive sub-level storage and remote garage • Contemporary stone kitchen with stainless-steel appliances, plus two stunning living areas with fireplace and drinks bar • Ducted and wood heating, split-system air conditioning, plus thick new wool carpeting and engineered oak floors

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7 Craigrossie Road


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CraigroSSiE • European style tri-level villa with 180 degree bay and harbour views, just moments to the Esplanade and Mills Beach • Two formal and informal living/dining areas, double glazed tinted west facing windows, plus automatic external blinds and awnings • Spacious stone kitchen boasting Smeg and Miele appliances with walk-in pantry, custom cabinetry, plus hydronic heating and air conditioning • Two private terracotta tiled balconies and terraced garden, plus storage shed, 6 water tanks and remote double garage

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5 Lois Place


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rESort liVing on tHE golDEn MilE • Elegance and luxury set on a 2386sqm (approx.), just minutes’ walk to esteemed Toorak College, Canadian Bay Beach and Mt Eliza Village • Stunningly renovated boasting two living/dining areas, master with double ensuite and WIR, plus home office/library and study • Magnificent Carrara marble kitchen with European appliances, plus parquet floor, bar and cellar • Competition tennis court, infinity edge swimming pool, poolhouse with sauna, plus in ground trampoline, alfresco and firepit

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840 Esplanade


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aEriE • Architect-designed luxury with spectacular panoramic views across Mornington Harbour and Port Phillip Bay, just steps to Mills Beach • Expansive outdoor entertaining area with pizza oven and pergola, solar-heated swimming pool, sun patio and designer gardens • Vast living boasting walls of bifold doors, plus gourmet kitchen with butler’s pantry, wine fridge, dual Miele ovens, integrated dishwasher and coffee machine • Double garage, large storeroom and internal lift, plus C-Bus, video intercom and electronic gated entry

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Mornington 1 Ellinbank Crescent Style and Substance in a Quiet Crescent Elegant, spacious 4 bedroom, 2-bath rendered brick family home in a quiet crescent within easy reach of excellent schools and Main Street. Walk to Benton Junior College. Low-maintenance garden, 3 distinct living spaces. Single-level, 675 sqm (approx) with secure offstreet parking behind an automatic gate. Bay windows with plantation shutters, parquetry flooring, precision temperature control, high ceilings. Open fire, terrace, open-plan kitchen with large breakfast island, built-in wine racks, s/steel appliances. Master with WIR and FES. Remote double garage, ducted heating & cooling plus split system air-cons, intercom, BIRs.

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Price $790,000 - $865,000 View Saturday 11.30 - 12.00pm www.harcourts.com.au/VMG27377 Malcolm Parkinson M 0421 704 246 P 03 5970 8000 malcolm.parkinson@harcourts.com.au Sue Monaghan M 0400 481 862 P 03 5970 8000 sue.monaghan@harcourts.com.au Harcourts Mornington Suite 2/1a Main Street

Mornington 14 St Mitchell Circuit Garden Oasis In A League Of Its Own 3 bedroom, 2-bath home opposite a reserve and wrapped in stunning gardens. BV, 2 sunken lounges, full-length covered alfresco entertaining deck, s/steel appliances. Walk to St. Macartan´s Parish Primary, minutes to Aldi and to Main Street. North-facing 959 sqm (approx) allotment with patio, pear trees, veggie gardens, water feature. Spacious kitchen under a vaulted ceiling, twin pantry cupboards. Master suite with WIR and FES, family corner spa bathroom, BIRs. Remote double garage with rear roller door, ducted heating, split system air-con, security, 3.5kW solars, 5000L rain water storage, external blinds, remote garden lighting, 2 garden sheds & irrigation.




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Price $790,000 - $860,000 View Saturday 12:30-1:00pm www.harcourts.com.au/VMG27353 Malcolm Parkinson M 0421 704 246 P 03 5970 8000 malcolm.parkinson@harcourts.com.au Sue Monaghan M 0400 481 862 P 03 5970 8000 sue.monaghan@harcourts.com.au Harcourts Mornington Suite 2/1a Main Street

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Mornington 1/102 Beleura Hill Road




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Price $680,000 - $720,000 View Saturday 2:30-3:00pm www.harcourts.com.au/VMG1727363 Kara James M 0412 939 224 P 03 5970 8000 kara.james@harcourts.com.au Daniel Brooker M 0435 858 244 P 03 5970 8000 daniel.brooker@harcourts.com.au

Freestanding 3 bedroom, 2-bath beachside villa unit wrapped in glorious courtyard gardens. Steps to the Beleura Hill Shops, walk to Aldi, Main Street & Bunnings. One of 4, front-row position. North-easterly facing courtyard, covered alfresco patio, nothing needing to be done. Updated kitchen with s/steel appliances, gas cooktop, soft-close cupboards, tiled splashbacks. 2 sets of patio doors, remote single lock-up garage plus single car space. Master with WIR & FES, second bedroom with WIR. Ducted heating, split system air-con, external lighting and blinds.

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Mornington 2 Butler Avenue





Big, Bold And A Future Untold Swing your imagination into gear and strap on your eye for an opportunity with this rough diamond offering bay glimpses high atop Beleura Hill. 860sqm (approx) of beachside land walking distance to Mills Beach and Main Street. Renovate or detonate (STCA), the double-storey 4BR, 2-bath, BV family home is in need of a fresh start. Features a commanding northerly-facing corner allotment with an elevated view to the Bellarine Peninsula and a private garden with double gates. Includes 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom on the ground floor. Kitchen, dining, living, master and 2nd bathroom on the first floor. Full-width first-floor deck with treetop bay glimpses, 3-car garage. Make her next chapter yours.

Saturday 2nd February at 12:00pm View Saturday 11:30-12:00pm www.harcourts.com.au/VMG27376 Kara James M 0412 939 224 P 03 5970 8000 kara.james@harcourts.com.au Daniel Brooker M 0435 858 244 P 03 5970 8000 daniel.brooker@harcourts.com.au Harcourts Mornington Suite 2/1a Main Street

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Mornington 4/110 Bungower Road Little Miss Hot to Trot! Spacious freestanding 3 bedroom, 2-bath BV villa with modern finishes and an ultra-convenient location opposite St Macartans Parish Primary. Low maintenance, towards the front of a boutique development, close to the Peninsula Home centre. Walk to school, zip to Aldi and Peninsula Link, 5mins (approx) to the beach. Stone-topped kitchen and bathrooms, visitor parking nearby. Large covered alfresco patio, remote drive-through double garage with remote double rear door! 2 living, s/steel appliances, gas cooktop, high ceilings. WIR and BIRs, ducted heating, split system air-con, alarm, water tank plumbed to the toilets.




For Sale

Price $490,000 - $530,000 View Saturday 1:30-2:00pm www.harcourts.com.au/VMG27396 Kara James M 0412 939 224 P 03 5970 8000 kara.james@harcourts.com.au Daniel Brooker M 0435 858 244 P 03 5970 8000 daniel.brooker@harcourts.com.au Harcourts Mornington Suite 2/1a Main Street

Mount Eliza 12 Stewart Street




LAND 702sqm

Family-Friendly And Close To Schools Relaxed 4 bedroom, 2-bath BV home in a family-friendly pocket close to Peninsula Grammar. Within easy reach of Moondah Beach, the village shops and Main Street Mornington. Single-level, master with walk-through robe and FES plus a good-size family bathroom. Entrance bedroom offers potential as a home office. Bosch dishwasher, breakfast bar, gas cooktop. Double carport plus DLUG behind double gates, 702 sqm (approx). Side patio, garden terrace, low-maintenance back yard. Ducted heating, split system air-con, garden shed, BIRs, mirrored windows.

For Sale

Price $735,000 - $810,000 View Saturday 11:30-12:00pm www.harcourts.com.au/VMG27375 Carolyn Cooley M 0430 132 712 P 03 5970 8000 carolyn.cooley@harcourts.com.au Harcourts Mornington Suite 2/1a Main Street

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Sale 5

31 Wellington Street, Tyabb This spacious family home is situated on an idyllic 2.5 acres approx and includes a separate two bedroom cottage with own driveway. The main house offers spacious living area with stunning bluestone fireplace and timber lined ceiling, renovated kitchen, dining room, master bedroom with ensuite & walk in robe, casual living with built in bar, study, 2 further bedrooms with built in robes and kids retreat. The fabulous outdoor entertaining area offers views over the sprawling landscaped grounds that feature a boardwalk, kids play ground, orchard and vegetable garden. Conveniently located with easy access to Melbourne via Peninsula Link, close to schools, shopping centres and all that the beautiful Mornington Peninsula has to offer.



For Sale

Andrew Jones

$1,500,000 - $1,650,000

0419 339 995 andrew.jones@raywhite.com

View: Sat 1-1:45pm

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7 Kooyonga Grove, Mornington







The 'Renoir' Townhouses - Luxurious Seaside Masterpieces COMPLETED & READY FOR NEW OWNERS Discerning buyers with an eye for style and quality will not want to miss this. Theses stunning 2 storey townhouses sit directly opposite a large park and offer a privileged coastal lifestyle opportunity with top of the range S/S Miele appliances, Joel Hood | 0429 886 188 and just minutes to fabulous Fossil Beach and the Dava Drive shops. Adrian Calcedo| 0402 703 236



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MOUNT ELIZA | 12 Bilgola Court 4




Architecturally Designed Oasis - Executive living at its finest - 4Bedrooms, Master with WIR & Ensuite - Stunning central kitchen with Quartz bench tops - Covered alfresco entertaining deck - Double lock up garage with internal access - Picturesque 15 metre lap pool - 1568sqm (approx) - Breathtaking views to Red Hill

FOR SALE | $1,750,000 - $1,900,000

Louise Lupton

LICENSED ESTATE AGENT 0414 525 298 | louise@luptonferguson.com.au

MOUNT ELIZA | 30 Beluga Street

LAND 776sqm

Rare Beachside Land - Prime opportunity to secure a vacant beachside block - 776sqm (approx.) - Potential views over Ansett Estate & Blue of the Bay - Fully fenced block - Services available - Walking distance to primary school, beach & transport

FOR SALE | $780,000 - $830,000

Rob Ferguson

LICENSED ESTATE AGENT 0412 789 696 | rob@luptonferguson.com.au

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3 Unit Development Site (STCA)

D L SO 7 WENDY AVENUE, MOUNT ELIZA SOLD PRICE: $830,000 Days On Market: 28 day auction campaign Inspections: 34 Rob Ferguson LICENSED ESTATE AGENT 0412 789 696 | rob@luptonferguson.com.au

A professional and honest real estate agent I highly recommend Rob Ferguson and his firm to sell your home. He is genuine, sincere and caring. The journey to selling was made easy due to the professional integrity that Rob has, and most importantly he always took my calls at anytime during the sale process. Rob and all his team care, and that is most important with an agent relationship. I wish Rob and his team great success. Thank you again.


We believe in service. We believe in our team. We believe you will not find a better agency to represent your property. When you choose Lupton Ferguson Real Estate you choose to have the directors at the helm of your property sale. Our Mission is to make you our greatest advocate. - Rob Ferguson & Louise Lupton

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Great estate agents


SAFETY BEACH Lot 12/1 The Cove




“The difference between a good price and a great price is a great estate agent”



$800,000 open to view by appointment

SAFETY BEACH Berth 102 Martha Cove Waterway $300,000 open to view by appointment

● Off-the plan luxury town residences

● 12m berth with water and power

● Close proximity to future Martha Cove Village

● CCTV camera close by; Fob entry

● Estimated completion March 2019 Mornington Peninsula

Jarod Joseph | 0427 051 084 Sally Gray | 0402 246 081

● Fixed fenders along pontoon Mornington Peninsula

Jarod Joseph | 0427 051 084 Sally Gray | 0402 246 081



MORNINGTON Lot 40/2 Phillip Street





$679,000 open to view by appointment ● 2 & 3 bedrooms floorplans available ● 15-19sq approx; Roof top terrace options ● Completion expected around early 2018! Mornington Peninsula

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Jarod Joseph | 0427 051 084 Charlotte Rowe | 0411 207 321

Why list with one, when you can list with all Office: Mornington, 311 Main Street| 5971 0300

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Great estate agents

“The difference between a good price and a great price is a great estate agent”



Artist impression only

Artist impression only



McCRAE 2-4 Wattle Place








MOUNT MARTHA 1-24/ 129 Harrap Road




CONVENIENT CAREFREE LIVING Contact agent for price

● Sophisticated seaside style

● Quality, class and supreme convenience

● Luxury development of 15 apartments

● Luxury development of 24 homes

● High spec finishes throughout

● Close to shopping, beaches & transport

Mornington Peninsula


Jarrod Carman | 0423 144 102

Mornington Peninsula

Images are for illustrative purposes only

Jarrod Carman | 0423 144 102

‘Mornington Peninsula’s most trusted real estate agent’ Eview Group Mornington Peninsula Office

Awarded #1 Office of the Year 2015 and 2016

Jarrod Carman Awarded #1 Principal of the Year 2015 and 2016


MOUNT MARTHA 2/2 Shanns Avenue






$1,165,000 - $1,255,000 open to view by appointment ● Steps from foreshore trails & Birdrock Beach

Licensed Estate Agent

● Stylish modern residence with luxurious space ● Vast open living flowing out to covered alfresco Mornington Peninsula

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Jarrod Carman 0423 144 102

Jarrod Carman | 0423 144 102

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Why list with one, when you can list with all Office: Mornington, 311 Main Street| 5971 0300

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Great estate agents

“The difference between a good price and a great price is a great estate agent”

Perfectly situated on a quiet street in a highly desirable beachside location, and just a 5 minute stroll to the golden sands of Fisherman’s Beach.

1&2/ 14 Nelson Street, Mornington Luxury living awaits you with these brand new four-bedroom townhouses. Each offers 35+ squares of living space, on a generous 450m2 parcel of land. Currently under construction with completion anticipated in July 2018, the intuitive designs were created by an award winning Architect and Interior Designer. Contact Jarrod Carman for further details.



Artist impression only





Jarrod Carman | 0423 144 102

Live in a Mornington Beachside Masterpiece! introducing



Why list with one, when you can list with all Office: Mornington, 311 Main Street| 5971 0300


18-20 Eumeralla Grove, Mount Eliza

Striking Design and Beautiful View

Unique design with real wow factor Modern, stylish and high quality property throughout n Open plan, zoned floorplan n Generous 2025m2 block in tranquil, natural setting n n

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SMS 73836 to 0428 031 728 for more details








open to view Saturday 1:00-1:30pm $1,200,000 - $1,300,000 Jonathan Rivett 0421 026 520

List with one, sell with all

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Mornington 4/25 Barkly Street

A2 B1 C1

Ripe for Renovation!

Ideally positioned being just a short stroll to both vibrant Main Street and the sandy shores of Fishermans Beach, this charming unit comprises two bedrooms, lounge, separate dining room, kitchen, laundry and bathroom, plus a single garage with two extra car spaces. With the bare bones already in place, this is the perfect project for the would be renovator as it offers plenty of scope to improve and would be a great long term investment or a nice place to call home. This is a fantastic buy and will not last. Inspection is a must.

For Sale $470,000-$517,000

Simon Farrar 0412 734 130

inspect OFI or by appointment

Mount Martha 18/125 Harrap Road

Vivienne Spencer 0409 558 330

A3 B2 C2

Size of a House - Price of a Unit

Beautifully presented and situated in a neat, modern complex, this single level three bedroom unit provides all the space you need without the maintenance of a large yard. Features on offer include master with walk-in robe and ensuite, large modern kitchen overlooking the spacious dining and living area, formal lounge, ducted gas heating and evaporative cooling, double remote garage, paved courtyard, small garden shed and a water tank. Just a short drive to Mornington’s fabulous Main Street or Mt Martha Village, it would be a great addition to your investment portfolio, 1st home or downsizer.

For Sale $610,000-$660,000

Mandy Castle 0407 855 585

inspect OFI or by appointment

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Bentons Square 5976 8899


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Safety Beach B201/83 Spinnaker Terrace

A3 B2 C2

A Front Row Seat to the Best View Available! Boasting one of the largest floor plans of all of the apartments at Spinnaker Terrace, this single level upstairs waterfront apartment offers approx 17 squares of internal living. Combine this with a prime corner position and stunning views over the Martha Cove waterway and an inspection will definitely not disappoint. 3 double bedrooms, separate study/home office & generous open plan living opening directly onto the large outdoor balcony. Ducted heating & cooling, 2 bathrooms including a full ensuite, basement car parking for 2 cars & a lock up storage cage all add to the property’s appeal.

For Sale $800,000-$850,000

Stuart Cox 0417 124 707

Inspect OFI or by appointment

Mornington 5976 5900



Bentons Square 5976 8899



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/ Commercial jacobsandlowe.com.au/commercial


94 Baxter-Tooradin Road COMMERCIAL FREEHOLD The tenant, Bubbles Dog Grooming business has been established for 30 plus years. Exceptional reliable tenant Building area 80m2 approx n Vacant land area at the rear of 61m2 approx n Close to Peninsula Link, Eastlink, Frankston Freeway n Month to month lease at $9600 per annum + Outgoings n n

FOR sale $580,000

Michelle adams

0407 743 858


200 Main Street IDEAL LOCATION A prime retail position on Main Street is now available for lease. n 80m2 approximately n Corner position n Laneway access to rear parking n Available now

FOR lease $3116.92pcm + Ogs

Michelle adams

0407 743 858




5/29 Henry Wilson Drive n n n

Brand new factory close to Peninsula Link Approximately 171m2 with 3 phase power Kitchenette, disabled toilet & electric roller door

FOR lease $1550pcm + GsT + Ogs

Michelle adams

0407 743 858

Hastings n

Mornington 03 5976 5900 mpnews.com.au

n n

250m2 building approx Small secure yard at the front Inspections now available

FOR lease $2400pcm + GsT + Ogs



Michelle adams

0407 743 858

Michelle adams

0407 743 858


n n n

Benton’s Square 03 5976 8899

FOR lease $1380pcm + Ogs $3,333.34pcm + GsT + Ogs

n n n

Michelle adams

0407 743 858

Michelle adams

0407 743 858

n n n

FOR lease $1600pcm + GsT + Ogs

Michelle adams

0407 743 858

175 Main Street

140m2 approx with heating & cooling Executive office spaces with reception Lift from the basement carpark & 5 spots

FOR lease $3500pcm + GsT + Ogs

203m2 approx Fully fitted office with heating and cooling Roller door


Level 2, 2/315 Main Street

Brand new factory for lease in Tyabb 225m2 approx Carpeted office with split system

FOR lease $1900pcm + GsT + Ogs

33 Speed Circuit

Warehouse with street frontage in Peninsula Business Park Office/Showroom 108m2, W/H 258m2 approx


5 Lamandra Place

740m2 approx plus 120m2 approx of mezzanine office space 2 road frontages with roller door entry on both

FOR lease $3750pcm + GsT + Ogs



43 Watt 71 Glendale RoadAvenue


136 High Street n


9 Bennetts Road

n n n

Michelle adams

0407 743 858

Great position, now available for lease Approx 43m2, suitable for office or retail use Allocated car space

FOR lease $2600pcm + GsT + Ogs

Michelle adams

0407 743 858


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For Sale- Mornington

Business Sale - Mornington

For Sale - Mornington

2/10 Blamey Place MORNINGTON

26 McLaren Place MORNINGTON

• Fantastic position central to Main Stret • Rare freehold opportunity in Mornington • Will return approximately $65,000pa (Based on average Mornington rentals) • Building area of 216sqm • Includes 4 x car spaces separately titled.

• To be purchased as a whole or as individual offices. • Ideal Superannuation Investment • A-grade tenants with long leases • Net income of approx. $119,000pa • Lift Access/Balcony

FOR SALE Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454

FOR SALE Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454

Business Sale - Mornington

Business Sale - Hastings

Mornington Bakery

Main Street Marvel

For Lease - Mornington

Opportunity Awaits

Blamey Place Office Space

• Prime location in the heart of Main Street • Approx 160sqm of retail space • Excellent street frontage • New Lease available

• Popular business with loyal clientile • Ideal opportunity to establish yourself in this location. • Very attractive leasing package • Positioned next door to Aldi

• Located in the heart of High Street Hastings • High foot traffic close to post office, banks & newsagent • Popular café with funky décor, friendly staff & great menu • Great long term lease package

• Large open office space of approx. 216 sqm • Entry and exits off Main Street and Blamey Place • Wheel chair access, staff room, toilets & data cabling • 4 reserved car spaces assigned to the lease.

Sale Price: $60,000 fit-out only Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454 Alisha Maestrale 0400 700 169

Sale Price: Contact Agent Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454

Sale Price: $59,950 Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454 Alisha Maestrale 0400 700 169

Lease Price: $5,400pcm+GST+OG Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454

Business Sale - Mornington

For Lease - Mornington


Business Sale – Mount Eliza





For Lease – Mornington

Hey Hey Hey, It’s Albert Street

Conrads Restaurant

Mornington’s Premier Restaurant

Mornington Industrial

Lease Price: $5,400pcm+GST+OG Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454

Sale Price: Contact Agent Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454

Sale Price: $310,000 Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454 Alisha Maestrale 0400 700 169

Lease Price: $1,450pcm+GST+OG Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454 Alisha Maestrale 0400 700 169

•Restaurant in busy Mornington available to lease. •Excellent long term lease package available. •Property comes with a grease trap. •Ample public parking opposite. •Corner position.

For Lease – Mornington

•Priced for quick sale •Two commercial kitchens on two levels •Long term lease package •Well established business

• Great position for any bar or restaurant businesses • Attractive leasing package • Huge space with deck and bay views • Fantastic commercial Kitchen

For Lease - Mornington

Business Sale - Mornington

SUITES ON McLAREN 5 LEASED - 3 REMANING Call Us Now, As These Spaces Won’t Last Long

Lease Price: From $195 per week Kevin Wright 0417 564 454 Alisha Maestrale 0400 700 169

1/26 McLaren Place

From $185pw+GST inc OG $5,400pcm + OG


2/10 Blamey Place - 216sqm

Mornington Park Fish and Chips

Prime Main Street Position

• Prime Retail Position • Long Term Lease Package • In excess of 200sqm • Ready to Occupy

• Great opportunity to secure fantastic family business • Steady takings, profitable business • Attractive lease • 4BR residence above the shop included in the lease

Lease Price: $5,500pcm + GST + OGS Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454 Alisha Maestrale 0400 700 169

For Lease - Rosebud

Properties For Lease OFFICES FOR LEASE (Mornington unless specified)


• Small office spaces overlooking Mornington Centro • Outgoings and WiFi included • Lift Access / Kitchen and bathroom facilities

• 120 sqm factory with mezzanine • 3 large offices and kitchen area • Parking, air-conditioning • Available Feb 2018

Sale Price: $120,000 Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454 Alisha Maestrale 0400 700 169

For Sale - Mornington Peninsula

Business Sale - Tyabb

212 Karingal Dr Frankston - 19sqm


6/356 Main Street - 105sqm


11 Railway Grove – Varying sizes

Price On Application

4/15 Carbine Way - From 12sqm Suite 2, Level 3/28 Main Street -14sqm

From $750pcm+GST $1,300pcm+GST+SF

FACTORIES FOR LEASE (Mornington unless specified) 16 Peacock Rd Somerville – 200sqm


16 Peacock Rd Somerville – 250sqm


6/27 Progress Street – 120sqm


2/6 Jennings Court, Rosebud - 400sqm


10 Thamer Street Rosebud – 300sqm


132 Browns Road Boneo – 260sqm







SHOPS FOR LEASE (Mornington unless specified)

When Location Matters

Ideal Freehold Investment

Healthy Body – Healthy Mind

• 300sqm factory with high clearance • Street frontage opposite Bunnings for great exposure • Kitchen and Bathroom amenities with shower • Private driveways with car parking

• A1 tenant with long lease • Recent upgrade of all equipment on site • Currently leased as successful carwash • Excellent long term investment

• High Exposure with main road frontage • Health food Café • Yoga studio at rear of premises • Brand new fitout with great lease package

Lease Price: $2,500pcm+GST+OG Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454 Alisha Maestrale 0400 700 169

PH: (03) 5977 2255 mpnews.com.au

Sale Price: $699,000 Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454 Alisha Maestrale 0400 700 169

Sale Price: $85,000 Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454


Main Street - 210sqm


68-74 Ocean Beach Road Sorrento - 72sqm


1E Albert Street – 102sqm


118 Main Street - 575sqm

Price on Application

STORAGE UNIT (Mornington unless specified) 18/10 Blamey Place – 17.5sqm


MISCELLANEOUS: Mornington Golf Club – 200sqm


Contact: Office on 5977 2255

1/26 McLaren Place, Mornington VIC 3931 Tuesday, 16 January 2018


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Letters - 300 words maximum and including full name, address and contact number - can be sent to The News, PO Box 588, Hastings 3915 or emailed to: team@mpnews.com.au

Council should have transparent ‘gifts’ list I thought I was reading part of the “Yes Minister” scripts when I trawled through the answers on the gift register issue given to the by Mornington Peninsula Shire CEO Carl Cowie (“Call to open gifts list” The News 9/1/18). Sir Humphrey Appleby would give his seal of approval to the gobbledegook that Mr Cowie offered to the reasonable questions asked of him. On top of that we had the accompanying report of all the councillors running for cover on this issue. What is wrong with this council that it cannot, or will not, publish details of gifts received by councillors and senior staff? Why are they hiding behind the Local Government Act? The act may well say that a council has no legal obligation to publish a list of gifts but any council that has a genuine commitment to transparency would happily disclose such information. MPs in both state and federal parliaments are required to disclose gifts and there are penalties if they fail to do so. It seems that Mr Cowie and his councillors think they should be subject to a much more lenient level of public scrutiny. I suspect that the majority of ratepayers of the shire would think otherwise. Robin Cooper, Mt Eliza Editor: A long term councillor with the former Shire of Mornington, Robin Cooper was elected as the Liberal MP for Mornington in 1985. In 1987 he was appointed arts and police and emergency services minister before moving to local government and tourism and then public transport in the Kennett government in 1990. Mr Cooper retired before the 2006 state election.

Trouble ‘exaggerated’ As a member of many a community group committees, with nary a coloured face among them, given the pristine WASPness of the Mornington Peninsula, I would really like to know where [Flinders MP Greg Hunt] and his colleagues gain their knowledge of African youth and the issues they may face. I have made a point of finding out about our local indigenous people and tribal groups in Africa, as well as Islamic groups. Have they? An examination of crime figures by youth shows that approximately one per cent are committed by Sudanese youth. I believe support by Mr Hunt of [Home Affairs Minister Peter] Dutton is disgusting, given his equal lack of knowledge and his attempts to stir up trouble by exaggerating issues of young people on the streets of Melbourne. Unfortunately, having worked for over 50 years and now being on income close to the poverty line, I cannot afford to go to the restaurants of which Mr Dutton spoke with his broad knowledge of what happens in Melbourne. The few I have been to have certainly not caused me any fear, nor have I ever been scared of the few people of colour with whom I have travelled on the trains. I am more fearful of white young men who, as a former psychologist, I judge have mental issues which are not being addressed by the poorly supported outreach services. How dare MPs think they express the views of all Australians. As with their lack of humanity in solving the issues of Nauru and Manus, their political expediency is “unAustralian” and repulsive. One could almost imagine there is a state election in the offing for which a beat up of law and order issues is paramount over the fact that most crime rates are down. Barb Rimington, Balnarring

Poisonous politics Brian A Mitchelson, stop digging, we all know by now that you may have become older, but you surely have not become wiser. [Home Affairs Minister] Peter Dutton is now trying to give the liberals in Victoria a helping hand by criticising another disadvantaged group of immigrants. I wonder if [state opposition leader] Mathew Guy is appreciating it? It seems Dutton has already conceded the next federal election to Labor and the Greens, so the only thing he thinks he can do is to help keep this poisonous brand of politics alive in a

Victorian Liberal government. No thank you Mr Dutton. Rupert Steiner, Balnarring

Action needed “Lock yourself in a bathroom and dial 000,” we are told. Meanwhile, your house is ransacked and if you’re lucky you are not bashed, or worse, before police arrive. Defend yourself with a weapon or even simply point a legally registered firearm, despite many of these thugs having guns, then you are charged with a crime. It never used to be like this. Our current insane legal system has seen us degenerate from a rough ‘n’ ready laid back mob to a society of cowering victims. We are told that Melbourne as an unsafe place is “absolute garbage”. It must be very reassuring to the dozens of innocent victims whose lives have been changed by violent invasions to their homes and businesses. Talk is cheap. Somebody do something. Austin Sadler, Mornington

Solo swimming The commentary from Carol Dickman (“Pool support” Letters 19/12/17) highlights how we now live in a community where an individual’s personal interests seek to override what is in best interests of the broader community. Ms Dickman swims regularly at the privatelyowned and operated Colchester Rd, Rosebud swimming centre and I commend her for that. However, she is not satisfied with that facility and wants a 50 metre pool to better suit her requirements. Ms Dickman encourages others to review the business case and back the 50m pool option. Clearly her self interest overrides the need to actually read the business case herself, as she would have then seen that for a 50m pool to be functionally viable, you need a catchment area of at least 100,000 people. The southern peninsula catchment area has just under 57,000 people and is projected to grow to about 68,000 over the next 13 years. Why should the ratepayers of this shire fork out an extra $700,000 each year (as explained at page 45 of the business case) from its rate base, just so Ms Dickman and other lap swimmers don’t have to make as many tumble turns. Ms Dickman’s letter also thanks Cr Antonella Celi for her “continued passionate representation of the case for a much-needed 50m indoor pool”. Surely this can’t be the same Cr Celi who, just a few years ago, was both a vigorous and tearful champion of a 25m pool complex on the foreshore? Irony is not lost on some that Cr Celi is now solidly backing the Besgrove St, Rosebud location for the pool; a location that she so belittled during the “SPA on the foreshore” fiasco. Had she not decried Besgrove St back then in favour of the monument on the foreshore I believe we would all be swimming now. Ian Bennett, Fingal

Selective regulations While it is extremely positive for the Hastings area to receive an economic boost from the recent [Under the Southern Skies]music event on Hastings foreshore, one question which needs to be pointed out is how did the organisers manage to close local roads without any public notification? As a member of the volunteer team who ran and managed the Western Port Festival last year, our committee of management received criticism from VicRoads and Mornington Peninsula Shire, despite spending thousands of dollars on variable message sign boards, hand delivering 1750 notices to letterboxes, and other activities to notify the general public of road closures. If both VicRoads and the shire can find the inclination to critique a local not-for-profit volunteer group which spends significant time planning to make sure it meets specific legislative requirements, then surely they should be doing the same for a private company that runs events to make money.

It would be a shame if VicRoads and the shire were to turn a blind eye to the activities (or in this case, lack of activity) of a private company running an event, while on the other side of the coin, attacking and creating financial burdens for a community group which runs the largest free entry, multi-day event on the peninsula. Will VicRoads and the shire hold the organisers of Under the Southern Skies to any form of accountability by asking why the public was not notified of road closures, or will they only decide to uphold rules and regulations for easy targets such as volunteers and community groups? Chris Fisher, Hastings

Popularity problems We have had a house in Dromana for more than 40 years and each year the peninsula has become more popular as a holiday destination. However, each year I’m becoming further disappointed with the number of people sleeping overnight and illegally camping. For example today, 6 January, the same family as in other years is camped out near the pergolas across the road from the Dromana Hotel. They do this each year and nobody stops them. Each year the tents are becoming bigger, the family takes up all four tables and refuses to share with anyone. What hope do we as ratepayers have of enjoying the pristine area we so deserve to enjoy over the summer period? Walk around early in the morning and you can see people illegally camping and sleeping in their cars. The amount of rubbish they leave behind is a disgrace and nobody from the [Mornington Peninsula] council or police do anything about it. It’s such a pity with what our area has become. Can’t something be reported or done? These people should be stopped. Name and address supplied, Dromana

Council neglect It is so disheartening to see Mornington Peninsula Shire again put visitors before residents. Once again this summer the population has tripled yet council turns a blind eye to the mess left behind by visitors and the total disregard for the pristine environment we as residents choose to live in 365 days a year. How does this council fail to be proactive knowing that there will be an increase in rubbish left behind by this swelling population. It is the responsibility of council to increase the number of rubbish bins at this time of year along the foreshore to avoid rubbish being left by people too lazy and too ignorant to take it with them. Council also continues to turn a blind eye to illegal parking which on a number of occasions has left residents being blocked in their own streets. The council needs to listen to the residents and stop looking to simply appease the summer visitors. I do not understand how the council fails every summer on the same issues causing on going inconvenience for the residents who support the local area every day of the year and not just during the summer months. Nadia Wilson, Safety Beach

Exodus is coming I’ve been whinging about the January influx (invasion) for years now; time to list the pleasures. Two quiet Sunday beers around 4.30pm at the RSL, almost empty, a lull. The first Sunday in January is always that little bit better; the second Sunday better still, third Sunday almost heaven but, best of all, is Sunday the 28 January, two days after Australia Day. Every Sunday evening, knowing a percentage are leaving to go back to work, thinning out nicely, gradually. Yes, they all return for the horror of Australia Day, but like the odd single day of 40 degree heat, there’s a calm in knowing the next day is mass exodus (arrivederci) day, and no carnival as a bonus. There’s a degree of sadness for our shopkeepers, some in tears no doubt, softened likely by the oodles of cash retrieved from the till. Cliff Ellen, Rye

Times have changed I see Brian A Michelson’s answer in reply to Heather Forbes-McKeon (“We’re all equal” Letters 9/1/18) as being pathetic, archaic and misogynistic. To refer to Ms Fobes-McKeon as a “silly girl”, is downright rude.

This guy claims that there are female sexual predators out there. I am yet to read of a bloke being gang raped by a group of women. I have yet to hear of a male being raped and murdered by a female. Brian, there are no ugly people out there. They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I feel sure that Mrs Mitchelson, if there is one, found you attractive at some stage. To call people plain is just an unfeeling attitude to your fellow man. I don’t know where Brian met up with women who are sleaze bags but, in my 75 years, I am yet to meet one. Women have historically been pursued by men, but some blokes still are of the belief that they have the right to bang the woman over the head and drag her off to the cave. The Old Testament (if you like to read fanciful garbage) that was written by some old farts who obviously had a bad experience with women, made sure the female population was treated as second rate humans (humans, not chattels). I bet if there had been a Mrs Methusla, she would have been tied to the sink for 700 years. For years males have gotten away with sexual predation and, thankfully, women are starting to find their voice and prosecuting some of these low lifes, whether it has been years of suffering at the hands of these people or just recently. Finally, to quote Brian A Mitchelson, he and others like him, are slightly imperfect. John Cain, McCrae

Dangerous views At first glance one could be forgiven for thinking that Brian A Mitchelson’s letter (“We’re all equal” Letters 9/1/18) was an attempt at humour or perhaps a poorly crafted caricature of a man firmly stuck in the dark ages. Indeed, readers could be forgiven for thinking that they were reading not the letters column, but that other fine feature in the same paper, “100 years ago this week”. Sadly, based on his past correspondence, the reality would seem to be that Mr Mitchelson’s letter isn’t intended to be humorous but accurately reflects his firmly held and deeply offensive views about women. It would be tempting to ignore his misogyny, but the danger is that such views, given an airing in the public domain, may become a focus for others who might relate to his flawed beliefs. All that is needed for such an objectionable regard for women to become acceptable is for them to go unchallenged. Mr Mitchelson’s ideas come at a time when women around the world are protesting against sexual abuse, bullying and harassment from men in their workplaces. That he should seek to justify and minimise the devastating effects of such behaviour is hugely disappointing. Hopefully there will be sufficient reaction to his comments from other men that will encourage him to consider challenging his ideas about women, or if that fails, to keep them to himself. Geoff Selby, Moorooduc

Starved on the range What benefit is a free range life if you are starved of food and harassed by unfriendly neighbours? Is that why the “free-range” eggs we have been buying have such fragile shells, watery albumen and yolks that break when the eggs are cracked into a cup, let alone a dish of boiling water Yesterday I decided to buy a dozen of those bad-mouthed “cage” eggs. Lunch today was poached eggs on toast. The “caged” eggs broke sharply, pale yolks admittedly, but the enclosing membrane held and the albumen was firm. What are they doing to those poor free- range chooks. Pop them in a bare paddock with thousands of others, throw a bit of crushed seed about and let them root for themselves? Any thoughts anyone? Henry Broadbent, Somers

Blue over hotel Hotel developer Julian Gerner states that “The magnificent limestone [Sorrento Hotel] building is deserving of restoration and preservation” (“Partnership to restore hotel” The News 12/12/17). Pity he didn’t have the same concerns before he painted his heritage listed limestone fish and chip shop in Sorrento bright blue. Ken Hailes, Sorrento Mornington News

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Fire warning issued across nation Compiled by Brodie Cowburn AN OFFICIAL WARNING. With the dry weather and high winds serious losses through fire have occurred in several country districts of Victoria. A warning notice against careless use of fire was circulated by the Lands department in November last and the Minister of Lands is again publishing this warning and appealing to all persons to exercise the utmost care. *** PRIVATES Jerry O’Neill and Slocombe have been invalided home to Australia, after a long time on active service. *** FREDERICK Albert Gould, youngest son of Mr and Mrs T. M. Gould, Nolan Street Frankston has enlisted for active Service abroad in the Light Horse, and is now in Light Horse training camp, Seymour. Private T. J. Gould second eldest son sailed for the front on 22nd December as a stretcher bearer in A. M.C. Private Gould leaves behind him a wife and 4 children living at Hopetown. Mrs Martin Gould of Petrie Street received word on Wednesday from New Zealand that her youngest brother Private F. Mortimer had given his life for King and country. *** DR MAXWELL, who enlisted for active service on 1st November, and received a commission as captain in the A.A.M C. left Frankston last Tuesday.

During his absence on active service, his practise will be carried on by Dr George Atkinson, who was practising at Murumbeena for some years, but gave up practice there in order to do military service, twelve months ago. Dr and Mrs Maxwell will be spending a fortnight’s holiday with Mrs Sharland, at Aberdeen street, Geelong, before the doctor goes into camp. Mrs Maxwell intends to live in Geelong *** WE ARE pleased to be able to announce that Mr Sidney Plowman, son of Dr Plowman, has gained an open Scholarship in Science of the value of £50 per annum at Trinity College, Melbourne University. On leaving the Geelong Grammar School he has gained the position of sharing with another the Cuthbertson Scholarship. This is worth £40 per annum, but the School Council have added £30 to its value. That Mr Plowman, is not a mere book worm is shown by the fact that he played in the School eighteen in the recent Public School football matches, and at the last competition won the School Championship medal for gymnastics. (His son would go on to become speaker in the Victorian parliament.) *** MR A. G. Young, who enlisted in the A.I.F. in August 1914, has received his discharge. Mr Young left for the front in November 1914, was at the memorable

Landing at Gallipoli, and served in the A S.C. on the Peninsula until he contracted enteric fever. He was invalided to Australia, reaching home in November 1915 On returning to the front in October 1916 he served with the Infantry in France, until he was severely wounded in February 1917, remaining in hospital until the following November when he was once more boarded for Australia. He has now been discharged as medically unfit for further service, after serving 1241 days. *** ANOTHER of the of identities of the Peninsula passed away at the end of last year in the person of Mr Samuel Male, who for many years had made his home at Frankston. Arriving from England in the year 1839 when 7 years old he with his parents went to reside at Brighton where his father started the first butcher’s shop in that locality. Young Male was amongst the first who drove a team of bullocks to the diggings in the early days of Victoria. About 50 years ago he came to the Peninsula and has resided here off and on ever since. He has been an invalid for many years and at the time of his death (November 23) he was in his 85th year. *** A “LINEN SHOWER” is an American idea, and has been very popular in the States during the last five years. When a girl becomes engaged and a date for the wedding is fixed her

friends get together and arrange her what is called a “Linen Shower.” All the friends are invited and each one brings a piece of linen —a table cloth, a half-dozen serviettes, a pair of sheets, or something of the kind and in this way the result is a collection of household linen which will last an ordinary married couple for several years. *** A PARTY of about 40 returned soldiers were entertained by the Wattle Club on Thursday last. A cheque for £29 17s 2d has been handed to the Wattle Club, as a result of Henley on the Kananook Creek, held on New Year’s Day. *** IT IS hoped that there will be a good attendance of ladies and gentlemen, interested in the noble work done by the Royal Life Saving Society, at the meeting next Wednesday evening at the Mechanics’. *** ATTENTION is called to the advertisement of Mr P. E. Boyett, who announces elsewhere in our columns that he undertakes surgical and mechanical dentistry in all its branches, also gold work as a speciality. *** THE FOLLOWING letter has been received by Mrs Geo. Shepherd of Somerville from her son, Frank, who is on active service abroad: I have not heard from you for about a month, but hope to get a letter by next mail. As you see by the above address I have left Head-

quarters. I told you in my last letter that we all were ready to go, and I am just here temporarily, getting a little training. I am on the first draft for France and expect to be over there in a weeks time. We have had an enormous casualty list, and they want every possible man at once. They have been clearing men out of Bhurepore at the rate of 100 to 150 per day. All the old boys whom I knew in Abbey Wood have all gone, and the Headquarters are now run by men on crutches and permanently unfits. I tell you things are pretty bad just now and the war is a long way off from being won. Don’t worry too much. I’ll come out on top alright. *** SATURDAY afternoon and evening, December 22nd, a bazaar and Xmas tree were held in the Horticultural Hall, in aid of the Hall funds. Cr Oates performed the opening ceremony. The stalls were all prettily decorated with patriotic colors and greenery. *** ALEX Scott and Co Pty Ltd. report. A good supply of sheep and pigs but a moderate yarding of cattle. The demand was excellent for all classes of stock and prices very satisfactory. *** From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 12 January 1918


Mornington Peninsula Food+Wine Festival MARK February 24 in the diary and savour the date, Nepean Events invites you to join us for this inaugural gastronomic event at the idyllic and historic grounds of Pt. Nepean National Park, Portsea Victoria. So, join us as we transform the lawns in too one large wine lounge for one great day of food, wine and entertainment. Come and enjoy the sunshine and salt air with all the delights on offer Great Food, Great Wine and Great Entertainment. Local produce and producers showcasing their wares, and vigneron’s displaying their passion. With a hand selected range of the Mornington Peninsula’s finest and boutique wineries, breweries, cider and spirit makers this will give a diverse range for everyone’s taste’s. This will be a day of impeccable experiences. Enjoy the delights of local chef’s applying their skills with premium local produce to taste. The hardest thing on the day will be deciding what to eat first with such a wide selection. While vignerons educate your palate with the diverse range of variety on offer to drink. Enjoy cold beer from the best boutique breweries on the coast; sip a cider apple, pear, strawberry, passionfruit what’s your flavour? Wander the market stalls for all the quality produce from the artisan producers


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of the area. Immerse yourself with everything that the Mornington Peninsula is famous for Food, Wine and Entertainment in the Mornington Peninsula’s most beautiful and historic surrounds. Set on the lawns of Pt. Nepean National Park overlooking Port Phillip Bay, so bring the picnic rug and soak up the summer sun and relax with friends. While listening to some of the Peninsula’s finest and Australia’s best musicians playing as the couta boats sail past. Musicians will have the boat’s and crowd rocking along with the swell as the day floats on. Musicians on the line up so far; Nick Barker (the reptiles) Lachlan Bryan (the wildes), Kris Schroeder (the basics), Cousin Leonard, Ryan “Lucky” Luckhurst. This is the perfect day for all food & wine enthusiasts, so book now and don’t miss out on the inaugural Mornington Peninsula Food+Wine Festival. For you chance to win tickets and stay up to date with all the latest Food+Wine news visit our facebook page or checkout @mpfoodwinefestival on Instagram. Tickets are limited so don’t delay, pack the rug and plan for the best day on the Mornington Peninsula this summer. Tickets available at www.morningtonpeninsulafoodwinefestival.com


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Tips For Making 2018 Count By Stuart McCullough IT’S a new year. Hooray! The possibilities are almost endless. As always, I’m determined to get a lot of stuff done. And, as history has taught me, the only way to truly get stuff done is to have a list. Were it not for the fact that he kept meticulous lists, there’s no way that Thomas Edison would ever have invented the world’s first non-portable iPod. As it happens, creating the wheels of steel and becoming the world’s first master DJ was something he sandwiched between doing a Pilates class and remembering to put the bins out. Lists work. That’s why I’ve decided to share my list with all of you. Create my own crypto currency. Honestly, how hard can it be? With the value of Bitcoin currently heading into the stratosphere in a way that defies both gravity and common sense in equal measure, there’s never been a better time to get into imaginary money. Something that has no intrinsic value and is seemingly fictional is right up my alley. If anyone asks what my crypto currency can be used for, I’ll tell that sucker it can use it to purchase the Sydney Harbour Bridge, which is currently for sale for a surprisingly reasonable price. I’m thinking of calling my contribution to the pseudo fair-

ytale currency exchange market something catchy like ‘Digidoodles’ or ‘I Can’t Believe It’s Not Bitcoin’. Release my own rap single.

Everyone should release at least one killer rap single at some point during his or her life. I fear, however, that I may have left my run too late. Ide-

ally, one should start to build an empire of rhyme while still in high school. Not wait until the suburban Middle Ages. That said, it’s worth noting that I have the kind of microphone skills that will inevitably put sucker MCs to shame, but what to rap about? My last trip to Bunnings? My on-going struggle to get the barbecue to work properly? It’s not very gangsta. Not very gangsta at all. But the more I put it off, the harder it’ll be. 2018 is definitely the year I’ll bring the rhyme. Start a band. When I was younger, I used to start bands all the time. Barely a week would go by when I wouldn’t embark on an ill-fated new musical adventure that was destined to end in both anonymity and acrimony. But, I confess, it’s been ages since I’ve packed the boot and headed down to a rehearsal space. It’ll be just like it was when I was in my twenties, but now I’m heaps wiser. I’ve already made key decisions, including the kind of sound we’ll be going for. I’m thinking of something that’s quite ‘indie’ in nature, yet with a great ear for melody. Kind of a nineties grunge aesthetic meets an eighties pop sensibility. Possible names include ‘REM Speedwagon’ or ‘Poodlefinger’. Get fit. By which I mean, be

crowned Australia’s next Ninja Warrior. I’m tired of making do with a single abdominal muscle, when those suckers should be lined up like roof tiles. I don’t just want to be able to conquer a flight of stairs without needing a rest, I need to be able to hurtle through the air and latch on to a rope net before bouncing between buildings like a human grasshopper. These are skills I can use everyday. And, preferably, I’d like to achieve all this without the inconvenience of having to do any training. At all. Master a new sport. There are so many sports to choose from. This is because not only are there loads and loads of sports in existence but also since, to date, I have successfully mastered none of them. This means the field is pretty much wide open. But if I have to choose just one, I think I’d choose fencing. It’s just so incredibly practical. Besides, in these uncertain times, you can never be sure when someone might challenge you to a duel. It pays to be ready. Lose weight. Ideally, this would occur without the need to resort to amputation. Granted, this might seem like a bold attempt to defy middle age and I’ll admit there’s a certain attraction to surrendering to the inevitable, but not yet. How I’ll

actually achieve this without discipline or anything resembling sacrifice is something of a mystery to me at this point. Ideally, I’ll lose weight in much the same way as I lose my car keys – regularly and without really trying. Start a new business. Not just any business or ‘pop up’ shop. Something bold. Something innovative. Something so completely groundbreaking that it’ll rewrite the rulebook not in English but in Wingdings so that anyone who tries to read that rulebook will be instantly mystified. At the moment, I’m considering a therapeutic massage business that serves high quality desserts. I think I’ll call it ‘Tiramasseuse’. Imagine. All your troubles melting away as your muscles dissolve and you shove a spoonful of coffee, sponge and mascarpone into your mouth. Both relaxing and delicious. There are other goals too. Start a Twitter war with Donald Trump. Make a savoury croquembouche using meatballs. The list goes on. I guess I’m hoping for the best. That’s really what a new year is all about. Time is just a continuum. But human nature is all about wishing for something better. Happy New Year to you. stuart@stuartmccullough.com


Golf and so much more at Safety Beach Country Club SAFETY Beach Country Club/Golf Club is nestled in a valley surrounded by Arthurs Seat and Mt Martha, on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula. This flat 18 hole golf course, meanders around lakes that are dotted around the Golf Course. The club house, which overlooks the course, is a great place to relax and have a drink after the game. The club house is also available for private functions and weddings. Golf is a leisurely game that keeps you fit and healthy, as well as socializing with like minded friends. Our resident golf professional – Shane Johnson, is on hand to give individual lessons. Ladies clinics commence in late February, for ladies who are wanting to play golf but need guidance. Kids clinics commence in March. The Safety Beach Country Club also have an 18 hole mini golf course, a wonderful game for both kids and adults alike. Tennis courts

are available for a game of tennis, with tennis lessons available on request. To complete the package, a swimming pool is on the estate for the hot summer days. The Safety Beach Golf Club are conducting a “Mixed Ambrose” on Sunday 11th March 2018. The entry fee is $40 per person or $160 for a team of four, which includes a BBQ on completion of the round. Entries close 1st March 2018. For further enquiries phone Shane Johnson – 0409 509 315 – sjohnsongolf@bigpond.com. Safety Beach Country Club/Golf Club 10 Country Club Drive Safety Beach 3936 5981 0100 – Pro Shop – Shane Johnson 5981 0120 – Office – Debbie Hedges admin@safetybeachcountryclub.com.au www.safetybeachcountryclub.com.au Mornington News

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By Louise Clifton-Evans RAINBOWS and light are the themes of an exhibition by Su Fishpool and Leoni Jenkin at Frankston Art Centre’s Cube 37. Su, a painter for many years, has taught art at the Peninsula Art Society for two decades and is exhibiting 15 works in mixed media on canvas and paper. Leoni, who has had a lifelong love of photography and worked in digital media, has 22 photo works on display. The two women have called the exhibition “Chasing Rainbows - Catching the Light” which will feature at the gallery until February 17. Su said her work was about the way colours filtered through the emotions. “Rainbows are a gift and colour is a gift,” she said. “If people are open to the colours around them it can be a very healing process. “Some of my work is vision filtered from a landscape base.” Su said her paintings were about the essence of what was felt. “The colours are not based totally on nature’s colours but they are an expression of a feeling,” she said. “My work is classically based and heavily worked with layers of colour to bring out the intensity of the mood.” Leonie said her photos reflected catching the light. “My photography involves waiting for those moments when light illuminates the essence of a subject,” she said. “I am interested in capturing the feelings that emanate from that moment.” Leonie said photography provided an opportunity to immerse herself in the natural environ-

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By IT Gully MORNINGTON Peninsula Cricket Association round eight matches were rightfully called off last weekend due to 40 degree-plus temperatures. However, in complete contrast, most of the round nine matches on Saturday (13 January) were called off due to torrential rain. Despite rain-effected round across Provincial, Peninsula and Sub-District divisions, there were some little gems that emerged from the damp. Flinders beat Delacombe Park in District and Frankston YCW and Boneo drew in Sub-District. Dromana went agonisingly close to knocking over Carrum Downs. The game was called off when the Hoppers were 2-93, chasing just 116 for victory. The feel-good story of the round happened at Ballam Park when Long Island took on Main Ridge. Main Ridge debuted Jason Banks, a 49-year-old, along with his 15-yearold son Charlie, who was also in for his first senior game. Jason’s eldest son Jack is a regular in the Main Ridge First XI and has become a bright young quick in the competition. Obviously, the game was raineffected, however, Main Ridge won the toss and elected to bat. The Ridge fell badly to 5/18 off six overs with openers Travis Barker (6) and Michael Holmes (4) falling cheaply and then Nick Jewell being dismissed for a duck and Gareth Wyatt for five. When Ed Aaron was sent packing for a blob, that brought the oldest and youngest players on the park out together. Jason and Charlie, the two debutants, found themselves out in the middle together, trying to save their team from complete embarrassment. They achieved their objective. Charlie contributed nine and Jason

53 in a partnership of 74, taking the score from 18 to 92 before Charlie was run-out. Jason followed without another run being added. Andrew Tweddle was superb for the Islanders with 5/34 from eight overs. In the Flinders v Delacombe Park match, Flinders successfully chased-down the 111 required for victory, getting there five wickets down in 17.5 overs. Delacombe was bowled out for 110 in 32.1 overs, Dwayne Field claiming 3/21 and Will Tuck 3/33. Charlie Burgess cracked 56 for the Sharks in the chase. In the drawn game, Frankston YCW batted first and finished 40 overs at 9/135. Luke Hutchison top scored with 35 while Joe Gott helped himself to 25, including three boundaries. In reply and playing against the rain, Boneo was bowled out in 21 overs for 135. Needing five runs with one wicket remaining, Boneo couldn’t get there, Glenn Peterson stumped off the bowling of Andrew Kitson. ‘Kitto’ finished with 4/35 and Jeremy Daniel 3/39 for the Stonecats.

Batting on: Flinders faced up to Delacombe Park in a match despite rain stopping play elsewhere at the weekend. Pictures: Andrew Hurst

Balnarring decision ‘a farce’ By IT Gully THE Mornington Peninsula Cricket Association has upheld its decision to strip Balnarring of all of its points for an “administration error” in playing an unregistered player, Mitch Klienig. Whilst the second round of 2018 was again influenced by the weather, Balnarring was left to lick its wounds in a decision the club has labelled “a farce”. The First XI was stripped of its points last year by the MPCA after they found that despite Klienig being registered with Balnarring, he was permitted out to Ivanhoe CC last season for the final three games of the year. Knowing Mitch Klienig was in fact registered, Balnarring CC was not aware that it required a permit from Ivanhoe back to their club for this season. Rather than communicate and use common sense, the MPCA simply


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stripped the Saints’ points after the completion of round four and provided them with the opportunity to appeal. Balnarring contested the pennant committee ruling, which was subsequently on-forwarded to five nominated clubs outside of Sub District Grade to adjudicate. This is despite the MPCA having a full-time, paid administrator which you would assume has been employed to manage such situations. Why did it take four completed rounds for this to be picked up? Why wasn’t Balnarring CC given the opportunity to discuss the situation before action was taken? Balnarring CC was not given an opportunity to state its case to the five voting clubs. The MPCA did not provide any detail of the vote, simply replying via email, “all appeals against rulings of a committee or sub-committee of a com-

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mittee or tribunal shall be to a panel of five (5) member club representatives. These representatives must be from their respective clubs’ executive committees. The representative clubs cannot be members of the same grade (based on the associations first eleven grading) as the club which the appealing player, member, person belongs,” the email stated. “As a majority of the five clubs, resolved that the Rules have been correctly applied by the MPCA and don’t believe that the Balnarring CC have the right to take this matter to an appeal hearing. “Trust this now finalises the matter,” the MPCA email stated. Balnarring CC legend Peter Mereszko said he found it difficult to understand what the role of the MPCA was given they are handing season-defining decisions back to clubs. “Isn’t this why we have a governing

body?” Mereszko asked. “When you appeal a decision, you should have the right to present to a panel, yet in the MPCA, you have a long, drawn-out process that just might give you an opportunity to do this. “As far as I was aware, the league administrator was in the role to help guide the clubs through the administration of their rightful club - to work with them, not against them. “Why did it take five weeks (four rounds) for the MPCA to notify us that we had breached a rule? “The MPCA board and pennant committee are just too quick to hand out fines and suspensions. They are always looking for hangings rather than giving fair trials. “Despite the decision, we still believe that the penalty was far too harsh. It was a minor administration error. Mitch was a registered player with us,” Mereszko said.

Balnarring CC contested the pennant committee ruling on the grounds that “due process was not followed in accordance with senior playing rule 17 (b), under powers and responsibilities of the pennant committee which states (b) the pennant Committee shall determine appeals against refusals of clearances and applications for match permits. All permit applications must be submitted in writing and must have been submitted to the player’s club. Such applications must be made on the appropriate form”. There was no permit application submitted in writing to the Balnarring Cricket Club at any point by the MPCA. Balnarring CC has always stated that it “certainly would not have played an ineligible player had the MPCA protocol been adhered to.”


Draw released for Wallace Cup SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie THE draw for the 2018 Steve Wallace Memorial Cup has been conducted and this year’s tournament features eight clubs split into two groups. Group A comprises Langwarrin, Casey Comets, Peninsula Strikers and Baxter. Group B is made up of Mornington, Frankston Pines, Seaford United and Skye United. The annual fundraiser for the emergency department at Frankston Hospital will be held at Baxter Park on Saturday 3 February. The Bayside Football Association will again supply the referees and event organiser Tanya Wallace is seeking donations for the major raffle to be conducted on the day. She can be contacted on 0425 450 596. The round-robin event kicks off at 10am with the Langwarrin v Peninsula Strikers (pitch 1) and Mornington v Seaford United (pitch 2) matches. Here is the rest of the draw: 10.35am: Casey Comets v Baxter (pitch 1) and Frankston Pines v Skye United (pitch 2). 11.25am: Seaford United v Frankston Pines (pitch 1) and Peninsula Strikers v Casey Comets (pitch 2). 12 noon: Skye United v Mornington (pitch 1) and Baxter v Langwarrin (pitch 2). 1pm: Langwarrin v Casey Comets (pitch 1) and Mornington v Frankston Pines (pitch 2). 1.35pm: Peninsula Strikers v Baxter (pitch 1) and Skye United v Seaford United (pitch 2). The semi-finals are at 2.15pm with the winner of group B v runner-up group A (pitch 1) and the winner of Group A v runner-up group B (pitch 2). Semi-final winners will meet in the final at 3.30pm. Preliminary round matches are 15-minute halves, the semi-finals are 20-minute halves and the final consists of 25-minute halves. In the event of tied scores in the semis and final, a penalty shootout will decide the outcome. The tournament is a celebration of the local game and honours Stephen William Wallace, Langwarrin life-member and former club president, committeeman, coach, player and Bayside League referee who died on 19 July 2011 at the age of 54. This will be the sixth staging of the event and previous winners are Mornington (2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017) and Casey Comets (2013). Meanwhile, Langwarrin is close to agreeing terms with five new players as it gets set to take its NPL bow. John Kuol (Morwell Pegasus), Sam Klepac (Mooroolbark), Luke Burgess (Whittlesea Ranges), Andrew McLean (Eltham Redbacks) and Harrison Michaelis (Bulleen) look certain to sign. Kuol and Klepac are forwards, Burgess is a defender, McLean can play in central defence or up front and Michaelis plays in defence or in midfield. Young gun Aaran Currie fell foul of a recent change in the visa rules and was released last

Cup kings: Mornington captain Simon Webster, left, and senior coach Adam Jamieson hold the 2017 Steve Wallace Memorial Cup aloft.

weekend while fellow visa player Alex Metcalfe returns to the UK this week. Liverpool-based duo Connor Belger and Paul Speed are set to return to Melbourne on Tuesday 23 January. In State 3 news Billy Painting, Erman Sepetci and Sajnesh Sugrim are the latest players to be retained by promotion candidate Skye United. The club made the announcement late last week and that brings the number of players retained from last year’s squad to nine. Skye is in a battle with Frankston Pines for the services of 24-year-old defender Kurt WagnerGoldsworthy who captained Langwarrin’s championship-winning reserves side in the back half of last season. He can play at full back, in central defence or in midfield and should prove to be an astute signing for whichever club wins his signature. He trained with Skye on Tuesday last week and with Pines on Thursday and is likely to decide which club to join later this week. He started his soccer career at sub-junior level with Mornington before spending two seasons in the under-18s and reserves at Peninsula Strikers. He joined Langwarrin seven years ago and made his senior debut in 2016 but was cut from the senior squad late last year. “Pines have told me to take time to make up my mind,” said Wagner-Goldsworthy. If he opts for Skye he could line-up alongside his teammate from Langwarrin in midfielder Jordan Redburn who wore the captain’s armband in the reserves in the first half of last season before getting injured. Skye and Baxter have been trying to lure Red-

burn and Baxter believes that Skye has won that battle. In other news, the home ground saga that has dominated talk about Rosebud Heart during the off-season is over. The State 4 South side will play its home games in 2018 at Boneo Recreation Reserve behind Boneo Primary School. Heart will continue to use Truemans Road Reserve as a training base and its juniors will play home games at Rosebud Secondary College. The club remains hopeful that funding will be found for a major revamp of Truemans Road Reserve. Currently, Mornington Peninsula Shire council has had $200,000 allocated towards two new pitches at the venue and needs another $300,000 grant to start work next September. “It’s been a very frustrating experience and it’s taken well over a year to sort something out,” said sponsorship manager and former club president Rob Vosjan. “We have been dealing with council for some time now about our safety concerns with Truemans Road.” The next pressing matter on Heart’s agenda is finding a new senior coach. “We are putting ads in the newspapers next week and on social media and we’ll organise a kickaround this week,” Vosjan added. “We won’t start serious training until the first week in February and that will give us eight weeks to prepare for the season.” Vosjan will oversee training until a coach is appointed. He was a striker with Vvozc during his playing

days in his native Netherlands and after arriving here spent two seasons with South Yarra. He sees a bright future for Heart which has only operated as a senior entity since 2015. “Our growth in player numbers shows that there is a positive vibe in the community for what we can deliver. “This year I see a great opportunity for players on the fringe with teams higher up the leagues to come here and play seniors with us. “Ideally we’d like to have a young team with some experienced players.” Prospective coaches or players requiring more information about Heart can contact Vosjan on 0438 585 820 or at info@rosebudheart.com.au. Fellow State 4 South outfit Baxter is closing in on the signings of goalkeeper James Foster, midfielder Matt Morgan, right back Tim Lee (all from Langwarrin) and sweeper Joe Iline from Doveton. Defenders Heath Goss and Jake Kidder and midfielders Owen Kilner, Dan Disseldorp, Alan Lipsett and Ben Meiklem have been retained. Baxter boss Francis Beck continues to pursue the capture of strikers Mitch Blake (Langwarrin) and Isaak Barr (Peninsula Strikers) but tertiary studies may thwart his attempt to sign defender Conor Keely from Strikers. Beck remains hopeful that ace forward Liam Kilner can overcome a debilitating back injury and play a part in the club’s 2018 campaign. Former Baxter hitman Mark Pagliarulo was up to his old tricks recently and this time his target was Roy Kilner his ex-gaffer at Baxter Park. Pagliarulo saw an advert from State 5 South club White Star Dandenong on social media seeking a senior coach and put Kilner’s name forward. A White Star official phoned Kilner early last week telling him that the president was keen to sign him, they had potentially four to five State 2 players joining and that they would play home games on Friday nights to give Kilner free weekends every fortnight. The official emphasised that the club had assistant coaches who could take training and that they needed a mentor. “They asked me last season but I’m not interested,” said Kilner. “While I would have loved to go head to head with Dave Greening (Somerville Eagles) I wouldn’t want to upset the legend like I did last year,” he said with a grin. Hot on the heels of confronting a player exodus from its senior squad Southern United received another major blow with news last week that secretary Michael Woodward has had to resign due to health issues. Woodward is one of the leading administrators in the local game and although he remains involved with Southern it will be in a greatly reduced capacity. STR Truck Bodies has withdrawn as Southern’s main sponsor and the club is seeking a replacement.

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Peninsula Boxer bound for Commonwealth Games By Ben Triandafillou AFTER narrowly missing out on qualifying for the past two Commonwealth Games, Peninsula Boxer Jason Whateley will join 13 of Australia’s top boxers at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April. Whateley is hoping to claim a gold medal in the Men’s heavyweight division (91kg) and will also be joined by Peninsula Boxing head coach Marcos Amado who has been appointed assistant coach of the Australian Boxing team. Coming off a silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games Qualifiers and again earning silver at the qualifiers in 2014, Whateley made his biggest change to date and joined Amado at Peninsula Boxing in late2016. Since making the move and being coached everyday by Amado, Whateley says that he has come forward leaps and bounds. “Training with Marcos has been massive in getting me to where I am now,” Whateley said. “Working with him every day has

been beneficial for me. It’s pushed me to my limit and made me stronger and more skilful than ever.” Whateley made amends at the 2017 Commonwealth Games Qualifiers which were held in New South Wales in November. Having been seeded number one, Whateley had a bye in the first round but was dominant winning in the Semi-Final having not dropped a round against Queensland boxer David Hadfield. In the final Whateley again showed his dominance in the ring defeating Western Australia boxer Brandon Rees without dropping a round to earn a gold medal and a spot in the Australian Commonwealth Games team. Whateley put in the hard yards throughout 2017 to prepare him for the qualifiers and competed in 13 fights for 10 victories. His three defeats came from opponents who were top 20 internationally ranked, including the world number two, Vassiliy Levit. Whateley continually travelled racking up fights in Brisbane, Perth, New South Wales, Germany and Po-

land and in doing so accumulated two Australian titles, a Victorian title and an Australasian Golden Gloves gold medal. Whateley was also chosen to represent Australia and competed in the World Championships in Germany where he made it to the Quarter Finals and finished top eight in the world. Whateley said it had been the busiest year he’s had but the main goal had always been to make the Commonwealth Games team. With the announcement being made in December that he had made the national team, Whateley has now been able to plan a program in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games. Whateley will have a three week training camp in America and a two week training camp in Melbourne before he heads to the Gold Coast to represent Australia and undergo his final five week preparation camp. Hunger for gold: Peninsula Boxing combination Jason Whateley (left) and coach Marcos Amado get set for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Picture: Supplied

Bowling club reaches new milestone

Bowling stars: Dromana bowling fours team Heather Gray (left), Sandra McColgan, Annemaree Ryan and Gill Fletcher win the Regional finals. Picture: Supplied

Dromana women continue winning streak By Ben Triandafillou THE Dromana Bowling Club women have continued their winning ways as they saluted in the Regional Women’s Triples and Fours events at the Belvedere Bowling Club on Sunday 7 January. The Fours team which consisted of Annemaree Ryan, Sandra McColgan, Heather Gray and Gill Fletcher defeated Cranbourne in the final and continued their path towards the state finals

in Bendigo in April. Having finished runners-up in the state final last year, the women are eager to go one better and after taking out the regionals they edge slightly closer to their main goal. In the Triples, Ryan, McColgan and Gray teamed up to again face Cranbourne in the final and again walked away with another regional trophy. The women are now set for the state finals in Bendigo for both the Triples and Fours events.

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By Ben Triandafillou THE Mt Eliza Bowling Club recently celebrated their 50th anniversary since it opened in 1967 but it hasn’t always been smooth sailing for the community association. When the idea of having a bowling club in Mt Eliza was first conceived in 1963 the committee of management was unconvinced of the need for a bowling club in the area. It wasn’t until Mrs Alma Schmidt developed a questionnaire and received positive feedback from the community that a steering committee was formed in 1966 to oversee the creation of the bowling club. Shortly after Harry Lynch was elected as the first president for the club and on December 2nd 1967 the first round of bowling began. Now 50 years on, the current president Chris Stallard paid tribute to the dedication and commitment of the myriad of volunteers who over the years have continued to serve the club and make it what it is today. At the clubs 50th celebration on December 2nd 2017 Stallard said, “The key to the success of the club is the wonderful, caring and supportive nature of the members who come together to share not only their sporting and social lives but also to enrich our community.”

In recent years the club has begun to place a greater focus on providing access to the game for the whole community and move away from the idea of lawn bowls being a sport just for retirees. To help entice non-bowlers to the sport, the Mt Eliza Bowling Club created the six week Community Challenge competition in 2016 and on Tuesday 6th February the club will commence its third season. With members of the club ranging from the ages of nine to 96, the club welcomes anyone interested to enter. For more information contact Gordon Sanders on 0438501438.

Continuing to thrive: Mt Eliza Bowling Club celebrates their 50th anniversary. Picture: Supplied

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History made as girls rule Rye Gift By Barry Irving History was made at the Rye Gift run on Saturday. In a male dominated event Maddie Coates became the first ever female athlete to win the prestigious race. Maddie won the 120 metre open event in 12.279 off a handicap of 15.00 metres. The Ladies Diamond120 metre event was won by Holly Dobbyn in 14.190 off a handicap of 3.75 metres. In another first Rye Football Club won both the junior and the senior footballers events. Despite the inclement weather the gift was well supported by leading VAL athletes and supporters and spectators. This annual event is conducted by the Rye Sports and Social Club representing the seven sporting bodies in Rye. The winners: (l to r) Major Sponsor Gary Sanford Rye, Dromana & Rosebud Community Banks, Maddie Coates winner 2018 Rye Gift, Holly Dobbyn winner Ladies Diamond Event, with Gary Gillies President Rye Sports & Social Club. Footy run: Rye Football Clubs victorious junior and senior relay winners with Gary Sanford.

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