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Sad end to cetacean A SEVEN metre long humpback whale found dead on a Mount Martha beach last Thursday (11 March) is unlikely to have died of natural causes. However, the cause of its death is unlikely to be ever known as authorities were unable to arrange a necropsy, or post mortem examination. To avoid contamination of popular beaches the whale’s carcass was towed to Safety Beach from where it was taken to a tip. “Samples, measurements and photographs taken from the whale before it was removed from the beach will help assess possible causal factors and support scientific research,” Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning natural environment program officer Mandy Watson said. “Allowing the carcass to break down naturally is the simplest and most environmentally friendly approach. However, due to Port Phillip’s beaches being heavily used, the decomposing whale would create significant human health and safety risks. “Towing the carcass out to sea is not an acceptable option as it can become a navigation hazard and is likely to wash up elsewhere. “Being a young animal, the whale is unlikely to have died of natural causes.” Earlier in the week a sperm whale was washed up on a beach at Phillip Island, adding to the mysteries being investigated by the no Dolphin Research Institute. “After 30 years dolphin, whale mysteries remain” Page 13

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Defining ‘danger’ roads Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au THE RACV is compiling a list of the Mornington Peninsula’s most dangerous roads so it can lobby governments at all levels to make roads safer and look at lowering speed limits to match conditions. The motoring organisation’s online My Country Road survey aims to find out which roads motorists and residents

regard as being the most dangerous. A map on the RACV website shows the peninsula peppered with sites of serious and fatal accidents recorded between 2014 and 2018. The red (fatalities) and yellow (serious injury) dots on the peninsula are among the most thickly clustered of any comparable-sized part of the Victoria. The map shows five sections of “identified road lengths”, or particular sections of peninsula roads, causing

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Peninsula towns suffer from ‘housing stress’ Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au SIX areas on the Mornington Peninsula suffer housing stress 33 per cent higher than the national average. They are Bittern/Crib Point, Dromana/Safety Beach, Hastings, Rosebud and surrounding district, Rye/Tootgarook/St Andrews Beach and Portsea/Sorrento/Blairgowrie. A household under stress is defined as being one that spends more than 30 per cent of its gross income on rent or housing costs. Data from the latest census (2016) shows the peninsula has the sixth highest number of rough sleepers of Victoria’s 79 municipalities. Their plight is compounded by an under-supply of affordable and social housing, particularly one or two-bedroom dwellings, and that there is no dedicated, affordable emergency accommodation on the peninsula. In June, the Department of Housing’s Frankston office – which services the peninsula – found that of the 2143 applications for accommodation, 995 were eligible for priority access to accommodation. The mayor Cr Despi O’Connor said it was concerning that Southern Peninsula Community Support, which is on the frontline of providing services to the homeless, was bracing for the end of the federal government’s JobKeeper program on 28 March. “The [service has] been overwhelmed,” she said, referring to pleas for help by those who lost

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jobs and suffered housing stress during the COVID-19 pandemic. “They have never seen anything worse and yet worse is to come.” The shire provides finance and a headquarters for the service founded in 1980. The money comes from the Department of Social Security, as well as donations from individuals, philanthropic trusts and charitable organisations. Cr O’Connor said the service “uses every cent they get” to provide for their clients. “I want to raise awareness. I’ve seen what they are talking about,” she said. “I want people to be aware of how desperate their need is.” Cr O’Connor said outsiders were mistaken in believing the peninsula was home to a mostly wealthy population. “We are like bookends – perhaps more than anywhere else in Victoria – with wealthy people on the one hand and lots of needy on the other. And some of the wealthiest could solve this problem by themselves.” Many homeless people were hiding in plain sight, she said. “We’ve all got an image of what homelessness looks like. Now we can see them on the street every day. “But we are not sitting on our hands – we want to help.” The shire, while acknowledging that federal and state governments were primarily responsible for providing social housing, believed it had an “important, although limited, role to play”. The council’s Triple A Housing Plan 2020-30 aims to guide it in achieving affordable, appropriate and available housing. It is supported by a social and affordable housing policy and a room-

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ing house policy. Under the plan, clients have access to shelter, food and basic utilities. Housing assistance services, housing providers and community organisations, work to prevent homelessness and provide support services. The shire says it is “actively advocating” for more social and affordable housing. CEO John Baker recently reinforced the council’s written submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Homelessness in Victoria by making a presentation during an online hearing. The state government’s Plan Melbourne 201750 identifies the need to provide housing choice and meet changing household needs. One option could be to provide secondary dwellings, or small dwellings, either detached or attached, to another house. These diverse and affordable housing options allow extended families to live together, couples to downsize, and also provide rental options. State Planning Minister Richard Wynne may consider rolling out a secondary dwelling code currently being trialed in four Victorian municipalities. Shire councillors at the 9 March planning services committee meeting were told that secondary dwellings would provide more affordable housing options but may need to be refined for the peninsula to stop houses being used for tourist accommodation. A submission to the minister has been prepared, outlining issues that should be considered prior to any roll out of the secondary dwelling code to all Victorian planning schemes.

Marchers call for action ORGANISERS of the March 4 Justice rally at Rosebud on Monday (15 March) are part of a nation-wide movement calling for change. Up to 40 similar marches were held around the country – most notably in Canberra – demanding action on gendered violence. Spokesperson Julie Pittle, of Rosebud, said Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Cr Sarah Race would give the keynote speech. “Our message is that enough is enough,” she said. “We are calling for justice for all women. “We see violence perpetrated by men as being linked to our colonial past and the murder and abuse of First Nations people, especially women, and the fact that they are the most incarcerated group in our society. “This behaviour extends to sexual violence against people with disabilities, those in aged care, the elderly and the bullying and harassment of those in the LGBTQI community.” Men were overwhelmingly the perpetrators of violence, Ms Pittle said, but the marches were designed to be inclusive of all genders with the aim of ending sexism and inequality. She linked the march’s values to those being explored in Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Gender Equality Strategy and Jesuit Social Services’ Man Box study and the move to “challenge men’s outdated stereotypes”. The shire has partnered with VicHealth and Family Life to “unpack” the Man Box study, to explore the social pressures on men and boys, and to discuss how we can work together to improve the health and wellbeing of the community in a free webinar, 6.30-8pm, Wednesday 24 March. Ms Pittle, a member of the Mornington Peninsula Human Rights Group, said the march aimed to promote understanding of and respect for human rights and responsibilities; provide information about the group’s work and maintain a database of people who “wish to be kept informed”; and to remain politically unaligned. Register for the shire’s webinar at: manbox. eventbrite.com.au Stephen Taylor

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Fraser bows out after ‘differences’ with CEO Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au HUGH Fraser last week resigned as a Nepean Ward councillor on Mornington Peninsula Shire Council. His resignation, just four months after being elected for the third successive time, took his fellow councillors, shire officers and constituents by surprise. Mr Fraser’s position on council will be filled by one of five candidates who unsuccessfully stood for Nepean Ward in last November’s municipal elections. The winner is likely to be known in about two weeks following a countback of votes by the Victorian Electoral Commission. The five candidates in the running to fill the vacancy are Susan Bissinger, Mechelle Cheers, Mark Davis, Simon Mulvany and Gary Naughton. Meanwhile, decisions will be made by 10 councillors, with the chair (usually, but not necessarily, the mayor) having a casting vote if the numbers are tied. Mr Fraser, first elected in 2012, gave 24 hours’ notice of his resignation in a letter emailed to shire CEO John Baker on Monday 8 March. He said he had “much enjoyed working with my co-councillors” during his first two four-year terms but, since last year’s election, had had “irreconcilable points of difference” with Mr Baker. Mr Fraser listed the areas of disagreement as being delayed spending on capital works; “best practice” amendments to council procedure rules; and councillors being told that management “may dispense with mandatory statutory and council policy requirements for community consulta-

tion”. One major issue that under current rules has to go to “community consultation” is the decision to replace the wording of the council prayer with a pledge. Mr Fraser, a barrister, disagreed with the shire’s in-house solicitor that the wording of a “prayer” could be changed without public consultation. Mr Baker said it was “disappointing Cr Fraser has chosen to resign at a very busy and exciting time for council” and thanked him “for his previous two terms as a councillor”. He said the November election - which saw eight first-time councillors elected to the 11-member council - had led to “an injection of new energy and new ideas, and a focus on new ways of doing things”. Mr Baker said he was “extremely proud of the organisational culture we have created” and stated that despite some delays caused by COVID “every single budgeted project will be completed within a reasonable timeframe”. He said governance rules, “which may include replacing the prayer with a pledge”, were “subject to ongoing debate by council”. Once decided by council the rules would then be “put out for public consultation”. The mayor Cr Despi O’Connor issued a statement thanking Mr Fraser for his years as a councillor and acknowledged “his significant contribution to the Mornington Peninsula Shire and our community”. “We have a busy year ahead of us and look forward to welcoming the new Nepean Ward councillor to council to continue the positive and exciting work the shire is doing to improve life for our community,” Cr O’Connor said.

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HUGH Fraser has resigned after being elected for a third term on Mornington Peninsula Shire Council. Picture: Yanni

Hugh Fraser came to Mornington Peninsula Council as a barrister specialising in insolvency, superannuation, probate and property, particularly property fraud. He was on to the shire’s Audit and Risk Committee in 2012 and 2019. At the time of his retirement from council he was its delegate to Friends of Lospalos, Timor Leste, appointee to Point Nepean National Park’s master plan implementation committee and a member of the International Council for Local Environment Initiatives (ICLEI Oceania) steering committee. Among his achievements Cr Fraser lists helping establish the Rye Beach Business Association; the Rye township plan; the $3 million Blairgowrie to Rye Point Nepean Road footpath; Flinders Street, Rye park being bought from the Education Department; the Sullivan Bay $1.5m Dorothy Houghton Walk; the $1.85 George Street, Sorrento mall (plus $1.8m earmarked more car parks); and the “spectacular” Yawa Aquatic Centre being moved from the foreshore to “its rightful Besgrove Street, Rosebud site”. Cr Fraser held a special interest in the “sound policies” on climate change and carbon neutrality “put in place” by the previous two councils. He represented the shire at the 2015 UN Conference of the Parties COP Paris Environmental Conference and local government at the plenary session of the 2019 COP Madrid conference. “Post council, I look forward to continuing in our communities’ work for the Timorese of Lospalos,” he said.

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THE pressures young men face living up to outdated “rules” of manhood will be the subject of a free webinar this month. AFL footballer Josh Kennedy, pictured, will discuss the high rates of anxiety and depression felt by men and boys, and the benefits of supporting young boys in questioning gender stereotypes at the free webinar, 6.30-8pm, Wednesday 24 March. Research shows how outdated ideas of being a “real man” not only lead to increased aggressive and controlling behaviour towards others, but also contribute to reduced physical and mental health for men and boys themselves. According to a Victorian Population Health Survey in 2017, nearly 20 per cent of men on the Mornington Peninsula have been diagnosed with anxiety or depression. The survey results led to the Man Box Study, conducted by The Men’s Project Jesuit Social Services, which highlights the pressures young men still feel to act tough, be self-sufficient and live up to rigid gender roles, despite most men not agreeing with this outdated view of manhood. Researchers have found people who struggle to break free of the “man box” are at a higher risk of suicide, traffic accidents, risk-taking behaviours (such as drink driving), and/or being a victim or perpetrator of violence, including violence and sexual harassment of women and girls. Mornington Peninsula Shire has partnered with VicHealth, Family Life and Jesuit Social Services to “unpack” the Man Box study, explore the social pressures on men and boys, and discuss how we can work together to improve the health and wellbeing of the community.

Speaker Kennedy will share his experiences as a dad, husband, son and AFL footballer and the impact the Man Box has had upon him. The webinar is open for all, and is suitable for parents, teachers, sports coaches and anyone who cares about the health and wellbeing of young boys, and to learn how to engage and empower men and boys to break free from outdated ideas of masculinity. The mayor Cr Despi O’Connor said: “We all want young boys in our community to have freedom to develop their own unique personalities and interests without the pressures of rigid gender roles. “Most people think it’s important for men to share their emotions when times are tough, but this research shows 54 per cent of young men still feel they are under pressure to solve their own problems without asking for help. “As a council we have a responsibility to lead change and make sure we support our local community by looking after their mental health and wellbeing.” Register at: manbox.eventbrite.com.au Stephen Taylor

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Lack of ideas to combat problems at The Pillars Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au

Digging deep: Deputy chairman Rye and Dromana Community Bank Stephen Edmund, Nepean MP Chris Brayne, Rosebud Secondary College’s assistant principal Geoff Seletto and Flinders MP Greg Hunt at the wellness pavilion sod turning. Picture: Yanni

Start on college mental health space YOUNG people on the Mornington Peninsula will soon have a new place to seek help for their mental health. This comes as work begins on the Rosebud Secondary College youth wellness pavilion to support the mental health and wellbeing of its students and the wider community. The pavilion will house the college’s wellbeing team and provide office space for mental health and community services. The concept was developed fol-

lowing the suicides of two Rosebud students in 2013. The pavilion came about through community-wide efforts to support young people living on the peninsula. Since then, the work of college staff, including Geoff Seletto and Lisa Holt, Cr Antonella Celi, as well as the Rosebud community, have helped bring this project to fruition. The federal and state governments each contributed $300,000 to money raised by college students and staff

supported by Mornington Peninsula Shire, businesses and the community. The pavilion will provide support and training for teachers and students and also improve referral processes for mental health help. Suicide is recognised as the leading cause of death among young people. More than 3000 Australians end their lives each year, which equates to eight people a day. The wellness pavilion is expected to be finished by September.

LONG running concerns surrounding the management of The Pillars cliff jumping site continue to frustrate Mornington Peninsula Shire Council. While it acknowledges that the amenity of Mount Martha residents needs to be protected from discarded litter, overcrowded streets, and even occasional abuse from unwanted visitors, there’s no denying they will continue to come – and to climb through, or over, fences to get to the water. The Pillars remain a major visitor attraction, despite lack of parking or ease of access. The mayor Cr Despi O’Connor said while the shire had “trialed a range of actions as part of a long term Pillars’ management plan, we continue to welcome any ideas for consideration that will help address some of the local challenges”. During a recent interview on ABC Radio with morning presenter Virginia Trioli, the mayor mentioned the need to “think out of the box” to fix these “challenges”. “The fence wasn’t working; people were still getting in there,” she said later, referring to concrete blocks, wire barriers and signs erected along the Esplanade during the 2018-2019 summer to keep thrill-seekers at bay. Police refused to climb the fence to check on alcohol bans brought in by the shire at The Pillars and nearby streets.

The shire has used a drone to monitor the site but adopted no new tactics – possibly because no one has thought of anything “out of the box” - since closing tracks, revegetating areas if clifftop and erecting signs aimed at reducing erosion and warning visitors of cliff instability. The shire’s website says surrounding streets will continue to be patrolled for illegal parking and fines will be issued wherever possible. Litter will be collected, and shire bins emptied daily during peak season. Officers would monitor visitor numbers and other activities. Cr O’Connor said any long term management plan would include information about Aboriginal shell middens. “Two … middens were recorded during the 1970s and a further shell midden and artefact scatter have been recorded within 200 metres of the activity area”. “This is evidence of the significant value of the area in our cultural heritage and living culture.” She said Aboriginals would most likely have been “jumping off the cliffs” for a seaside frolic over millennia. “It’s just knowledge that I know,” she said. The shire will continue to work with the community, state government, Victoria Police, Country Fire Authority, Parks Victoria, Life Saving Victoria and Bunurong Land Council to implement actions as part of its long term management plan, the mayor said.

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Arrested driver shows five times limit A MAN is expected to face court after crashing his car at Tootgarook last week while allegedly being almost five times over the legal alcohol limit. Police were called to Burdett Street following reports that a blue BMW sedan had crashed into a tree, 7pm, Thursday 11 March (right). The driver had left the scene and the unregistered car, with false plates, was abandoned. Police later arrested a 60-yearold man at a nearby house. At the police station he allegedly returned a positive oral fluid test and breathtest reading of 0.233 per cent. The man’s licence was suspended and he is expected to be charged on summons with driving while over 0.05, drug driving, driving an unregistered vehicle, having false number plates and breaching an interlock condition. Anyone who saw the crash or who has dash-cam footage is urged to contact Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or crimestoppersvic.com.au

Car impounded A CAR travelling at 98kph in a 50kph zone at Rye attracted police attention last week, 6am, Tuesday 9 March. The 18-year-old driver – who has had his licence for only four months - told police he was running late for work. Police impounded his car for a month which carries a $1200 release fee. A roadworthy check found a bald tyre (right). The driver will be summonsed to appear at court for excessive speed and driving an unroadworthy vehicle.

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Drink charges AN allegedly drunk driver will face charges after crashing into three parked cars in Langwarrin earlier this month. Police say that a 50-year-old Langwarrin woman drove into the vehicles just before 3pm on 3 March. A 51-year-old woman inside one of the parked vehicles was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The driver was breath tested by Somerville Highway Patrol officers. She allegedly returned an evidentiary breath test reading of 0.152. Police say the driver is expected to be charged on summons with driving offences and exceeding the prescribed concentration of alcohol.

A DRAFT local law may be introduced at Mornington Peninsula Shire Council this year to combat the growing incidences of night-time hoon gatherings. The move follows an effort by police over the past month to crack down on “illegal and dangerous” hoon meetings and the launch of a state-wide campaign to rein them in. As part of Operation Achilles, police across the state are working to “disrupt hoon behaviour and put offenders before the courts”. TV news’ footage over the past few weeks shows scores of hoons in tricked-up cars doing wheelies and burn-outs to the cheers of hundreds of spectators at industrial estates in Carrum Downs and Dandenong. Business owners are being left to clean up the mess – including shredded tyres, car parts and litter – on tyreblackened roads next day. The shire’s proposed new local law will increase its powers to fine hoons once caught. The shire’s manager of Environment Protection, John Rankine said he was not aware that the peninsula had a “major problem with this sort of behaviour”. But he said councils in other areas where hoon behaviour is a problem, and where police have had issues with

crowds gathering, had “introduced local laws to deal with this safety concern”. “Our general purposes local law currently has no clause that deals with this type of behaviour,” he said. “A new draft local law will be produced [this year] and council will seek input from Victoria Police on whether this needs to be included.” The mayor Cr Despi O’Connor said: “If the police are finding this an issue then we need to help them. If we can get on top of the problem and stop it then that will be good for everyone.” Somerville Highway Patrol Acting Senior Sergeant Brian Bourke says that Point Leo, Shoreham and Arthurs Seat are occasional hoon hotspots, as are areas off Jetty and Browns roads, Rosebud. He said “the usual trouble makers” came from Rosebud and Rye. It is believed smart technology, including number plate recognition, will play a major role in tackling hoon behaviour. Police hope to be able to monitor and identify offenders, and those attending hooning events, and later send them notices to present their cars for roadworthy checks. Those failing to respond will have their registrations suspended. Anyone with information on hooning can report it to Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at crimestoppersvic.com. au


WITH the state government expected to soon announce its decision on AGL’s planned gas import terminal at Crib Point, protesters have been staging a series of demonstrations against the plan. Last week rallies were held near where the gas terminal will be built if given the go ahead, above, as well as outside Parliament House, in Spring Street, Melbourne. Pictures: Julian Meehan

Anti-gas protesters fear Western Port wipeout Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au DRESS codes and parliamentary protocols were wiped out last Wednesday when a wave of demonstrators took their complaints about AGL’s plan for an import gas terminal at Crib Point to Spring Street. It was beachgoers and surfers in wetsuits and board shorts rather than suits and uniformed chauffeurs arriving in government cars that drew attention outside Parliament House. The protest included the handing over of 3000 postcards addressed to

Planning Minister Richard Wynne who is weighing up the power company’s plans which also include a 55-kilometre long gas pipeline to Pakenham. The Wetsuits for Westernport protest follows arguments against the gas terminal being voiced by Mornington Peninsula Shire, the state Opposition, Environment Victoria, Sea Shepherd Australia, Victorian National Parks Association, Surfrider Foundation, Phillip Island Conservation Society, Westernport and Peninsula Protection Council, French Island Community Association and the peninsula-based Save Westernport community group. While the line-up was crowded, the

message was clear: the state government should say no to AGL. “To tell people that their livelihood and entire way of life is under threat to ensure domestic gas security when Australia is actually the world’s largest gas exporter is bewildering and disgraceful,” Surfrider Foundation national campaign director Damien Cole said. VNPA’s nature campaigner Shannon Hurley: “We want Western Port to remain full of wildlife, not full of gas. We already know that AGL’s risky gas project has not properly assessed the impacts on marine wildlife from chlorine discharge and associated toxic

chemicals, light, underwater noise, and fuel spills. Our wildlife is far too great to risk.” Environment Victoria CEO Jono La Nauze: “Gas is a polluting, leaky fuel and a major cause of the climate crisis. AGL has failed to justify the need for this project when there are better alternatives like switching households from gas to electric appliances.” Save Westernport spokesperson Julia Stockigt: “For three years now residents of the Mornington Peninsula and beyond have been fighting AGL’s attempt to use Western Port as their gas factory. “The Andrews government knows

that no social licence exists for AGL to degrade and exploit our beloved marine environment to install new fossil fuel infrastructure in the iconic wetlands of the bay.” “Our communities have rejected AGL’s needless proposal, and we’ll continue to fight it at every stage.”

For the record THE Victorian National Parks Association is running BioBlitz: What’s Wild in Westernport, encouraging people to photograph and record their sightings of marine and coastal life in Western Port over the weekend 19-21 March. Details: vnpa.org.au

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Stills lead the way to art ARTISTS gain ideas and inspiration from many sources, but for an exhibition being run over Easter at Sorrento, all the works are based on photographs. Photographers and artists from Studio Sorrento collaborated throughout the coronavirus lockdown, with the photography group posted about 80 photos online from which the artists could create artworks in their own style. The coming together of the two genres led to nearly 60 works. Once completed, paintings and drawings were then uploaded. Photography group member Amanda Stuart said it was a thrill for the photographers to see their photo “transformed into something new”. “For the artists it was a rare treat to have a variety of subjects to paint,” Ms Stuart said. “Many of the members of Studio Sorrento live on their own and the online exhibition provided connection, for the first time, between the photographers and artists. Other local artists joined in. “At times, the same photo was painted by several artists, but the interpretation is always different, as is the medium they chose. “Landscapes and seascapes, magpies and roosters, lions and highland cattle have all featured so far, and there are more paintings underway.” The exhibition is showing at the Sorrento Activity Centre, corner Melbourne and Queens roads, 10am-4pm on Easter Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Entry $2. Free parking. Details: studiosorrento.org Keith Platt Point of difference: Painters’ interpretations of what photographers captured through the lens at Gunnamatta, above, and a restaurant at Sorrento are among the works at Sorrento Studio over Easter. Pictures: Supplied

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Have say on ‘danger’ roads

Tracing family’s story LIME in in Blood, Salt in the Air, Land in Mind, a family history authored by Suzanne Spunner and her late father, Ken Spunner, will be launched by Ursula de Jong at the Sorrento Museum 2pm on Saturday 27 March. The book begins with Ken Spunner’s 30-page memoir of his childhood in Sorrento, which he gave as a talk to the Nepean Historical Society in 1998. After his death in 2016, his eldest daughter Dr Suzanne Spunner thought she would annotate his talk and expand on a few points and incorporate some other things Ken told her and “maybe do a little bit of extra research”. That annotation and expansion added 300 pages and follows seven generations of the Spunner family and the connections to well-known Sorrento families. The book launch will also feature a recital by mezzo soprano Alexandra Mathew of songs once sung in Sorrento by Suzanne Spunner’s great grandmother, Fanny.

Continued from Page 1 The shire has also committed $1 million towards making roads safer in residential areas. Cr David Gill said last year’s nine deaths had occurred “during coronavirus, which kept people off the roads”. He said the peninsula was “at the higher end of municipalities for deaths and serious injury year after year”. Tests by shire officers had shown motorists could save little time by speeding between towns on the peninsula. Cr Gill said the RACV’s online map showed the peninsula “has the highest density of accidents in Victoria, perhaps partly due to our average of over 7.5 million visitors a year”. “Peninsula roads were not built for modern day speed and the amount of traffic,” he said. “Lower speeds and improved road conditions will help prevent the high proportion of deaths on our roads.” Cr Gill said drivers on the peninsula could “help protect our loved ones” by completing the RACV’s survey and “nominating our most dangerous roads and also advocate for 80kph speed limits on our many 100kph rural roads”. He said lowering speed limits on shire-controlled unmade roads were being considered “however, from a road trauma perspective, it is not at the top [of the list]”. “We are looking to implement a wider solution, rather than focusing on single roads, and leaving all of the others with the same risk profile at 100 kilometres an hour.” The RACV survey follows statistics that show fatalities on regional roads over the past five years have been dis-

Easter art BLAIRGOWRIE Yacht Squadron’s Easter art show runs 2-5 April and features a range of works in a variety of media by many artists living and working on the Mornington and Bellarine peninsulas. Tickets for the 12pm-6pm Friday session rare $25 each and can be booked at https://www.trybooking. com/BOQWX. Entry is $5 at the door for the 10am5pm Saturday and Sunday and 10am2pm Monday openings. Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron is at 2900 Point Nepean Road, Blairgowrie https://facebook.com/byseasterartshow.

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proportionately higher than in metropolitan areas. “Over the past five years more than half the deaths on Victoria’s roads have occurred on regional roads, but only about a quarter of Victorians live in rural areas,” said RACV senior manager transport, planning and infrastructure, Peter Kartsidimas. Research had shown that it was not only the obviously risky roads, but such also as those that are narrow or winding, that pose a danger to motorists. “What the statistics don’t tell us is local knowledge and the survey gives locals a voice that we can use to take to every level of government,” Mr Kartsidimas said. “We want to find out what local residents think. For example, is the speed limit is too high given the condition of the road? What are the potential dangers in the road design like narrow lanes, power poles or trees too close to the road, and poor line marking, or unexpected things like livestock or native animals on the road?” “Once the [survey] data is collated, the next step is for RACV to advocate [to all levels of government] on the behalf of motorists to ensure Victoria’s regional roads are safe for everyone.”

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After 30 years dolphin, whale mysteries remain Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au ALTHOUGH it has been 30 years since an organisation was formed to investigate and improve the lives of dolphins in Port Phillip and Western Port, many questions remain unanswered. Solutions to some lifestyle problems have been found, but recent events have again highlighted the mysteries that remain. A sperm whale washed ashore at Phillip Island over the Labor Day long weekend and researchers have been unable to explain why so few dolphins live in Western Port compared to Port Phillip. Executive director of the Dolphin Research Institute Jeff Weir, said dead whale and dolphin numbers were just two examples of the DRI’s “critical role” “in filling gaps and finding solutions that are only possible because of the decades of experience, understanding, and skills we have developed”. He said sharing skills with DRI i sea, i care ambassadors, interns and volunteers “empowers them to help us by working as agents of change in their communities”. Mr Weir said Western Port was about 60 per cent smaller than Port Phillip but only had about 10 per cent of the number of resident dolphins. “Nearly three decades of community sighting reports and our own surveys suggest there are about 20,” he said. “These dolphins are a bit of a mystery, so gaining a greater under-

A SPERM whale found stranded on a beach at Phillip Island over the Labor Day long weekend (Picture: Gayle Seddon) above, and a dolphin takes a leap in Western Port. standing of their lives and use of the bay is crucial to their protection.” Mr Weir said the sensitivity of dolphin populations in Western Port had been highlighted in environmental investigations into the impacts of AGL’s proposal to build a gas import terminal in the bay. “Most sightings come from the western side of the bay, but we also have some from Tooradin, north of French Island, Rhyll, San Remo and Cape Woolamai. We also know that some dolphins move between Port Phillip and Western Port,” he said. “A pilot study is underway to investigate the areas dolphins use the most

and how much of their time is spent travelling, feeding, nursing young and interacting with people, vessels and animals.” Mr Weir said the study’s results were “discussed” with the Department of Environment, Water, Land and Planning “to ensure greater protection for these dolphins”. Mr Weir it was “always sad” and there was “no single cause” for whales and dolphins to be stranded. He said early reports about the sperm whale at Phillip Island were confused, with it first being identified as a southern right, then a 10-metre female sperm whale and eventually a

16-metre male sperm whale. DRI research officer David Donnelly correctly identified it from images “soon after the animal was found”. “This is a key role that DRI plays [and] it’s quite frustrating that our team is not called in at the beginning of these incidents, as our many decades of experience would help avoid such confused messaging,” Mr Weir said. “Sperm whales normally feed on squid in thousands of metres of water off the continental shelf. “This whale is at least 400 kilometres away from its normal feeding grounds off western or eastern Bass

Strait. We can only speculate why it has stranded — although solitary strandings of whales sometimes indicate the animal is sick.” Mr Weir said the whale was being left on the beach to decompose and “let nature take its course”.

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Social Mermaids are in their element Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au A GROUP of “mermaids” swims regularly at Fishermans Beach, Mornington, to gain the benefits of cold water swimming, increase exercise levels, revel in companionship and simply enjoy the fun of getting together in the water. Afterwards, of course, they enjoy a coffee and a chat at a nearby cafe. Mornington Peninsula Mermaids are a group of women of all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds who have swum at 7am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays since early January. Their aim, however daunting, is to go right through winter. Organiser Jacky Howgate says the women float, swim (with a “few now challenging themselves by swimming to the first pole and beyond”), and do aqua-aerobics with no pressure, no judgement. “It is very important to me that every woman feels this is a safe space and I’ve tried my best to make the group as welcoming and inclusive as possible,” Ms Howgate said. “I have received many messages of thanks and support.” Diagnosed with a benign brain tumour in September 2018, Ms Howgate has spent the past two years on the difficult road to rehabilitation. “In January, I decided to spend some time each day at the beach as, in the years since I emigrated, it has always been my happy place,” she said.

Laughing, splashing: Women swimmers enjoy the water and each other’s company at Fishermans beach, Mornington. Picture: Supplied

“The next day I joined a small group of ladies at Frankston who were spending 15 minutes in the water each morning. “The following day I started the group at Mornington; I chose Fishies beach as the water gets deep quite quickly and it is easy to find. “I posted on a Facebook group and was joined by one other lady. We held hands and walked in together up to our waists and then ducked under water and stayed for 15 minutes, chatting. “I posted again that evening and gradually more ladies have joined me.” Ms Howgate came up with the name Mornington Peninsula Mermaids and membership has grown. The group has its own mascot: Maribel. “I am a French teacher and

chose the name Maribel as it is of French origin and means ‘Star of the Sea’ and ‘beautiful’ which sums up all the mermaids,” said Ms Howgate, who has even created a new verb: to ‘mermaid’. Each time they meet she takes a photograph. “This is partly to help me with my memory issues after my surgery, but also as I feel it is important to learn names so that everyone again feels welcome and part of something,” she said. “I also hope to make each mermaid feel empowered and confident enough to stand proudly in her bathers in a photo.” The growing number of mermaids crosses the road after changing in the old toilet block for a coffee and chat at

Lilo Cafe. Friendships are forming. “I’ve been asked if we will continue into winter,” Ms Howgate said. “In days gone by I would have started to worry about the winter months but I’ve now learnt that it really is best to live in the moment and enjoy the time we have right now at the beach together,” she said. “We aim to stay in for 15 minutes to benefit from the cold water immersion but some days many mermaids stay in for longer.” “[Swimming] has become something of an addiction for many mermaids and, last week, I visited some surf shops trying on wetsuits for the group as many of us are now determined to continue right through.” Knowledge of the group is spread-

ing via Facebook and word of mouth. “Mermaids bring along friends, family – we have some mother/daughter combos – and even as a result of being accosted on the beach by me,” she said. Ms Howgate’s brother in the UK sent her a video of himself bare-chested doing snow angels in the snow as a show of support. “He has also begun to research the Wim Hof method of cold water immersion so word has spread even further than I thought,” Ms Howgate said. “Ladies have shared some amazing and personal stories with me already and I’m hoping to collate some into a book of some kind. No doubt that many ladies are feeling the benefits to their mental and physical health and have reported having a real ‘spring in their step’ for the rest of the day. “Last week I met a lady in a cafe in Mornington who asked if I was the mermaid lady – she recognised me by my hair.” To add to the fun, Ms Howgate recently bought a mermaid dress-up outfit and wore it to the beach. The swim on International Women’s Day (Monday 8 March) had a special flavour: “I took coloured balloons to the beach and we were photographed holding up our hands in support of the Choose to challenge theme,” Ms Howgate said. “We had about 30 mermaids in the water and, later, 25 of us shared breakfast. “It was very humbling and moving to see ladies who were, until recently, relative strangers, chatting away so animatedly and welcoming yet more new mermaids.”

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WISER DRIVER COURSE This program, run over four sessions held over four weeks, gives senior drivers a chance to share ideas and experiences, and become safer drivers. The course covers: • Advice about the effects of alcohol and medications, fatigue and poor eyesight. • Information on safer vehicles and planning for the future. Courses are run at local venues such as a retirement villages. Dates and times can be arranged to suit your group. To book Nancye-Joy Gardner (Wiser Driver Facilitator) 0419 398 695 nancye.seniordrivers@outlook.com


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Celebrate Frankston at the Live and Local Event Series Andrew Wishart is a performer who well and truly brings the X Factor to his shows. Runner-up in the top rating X Factor music talent competition television program in 2011, Andrew credits the program with helping take his career to the next level. “It still seems like yesterday. It was an experience I will never forget. To have that level of production, commitment, mentoring and TV exposure helped my career to become full time singing,” he says. The Frankston City local is excitedly looking forward to performing as part of this month’s new Live and Local Event Series celebrating live music, street art, markets, great food and entertainment. Proudly supported by Frankston City Council, the Live and Local Event Series will be held over the weekend of 20 – 21 March at four key locations. Andrew says audiences at his show can expect great laid back acoustic tunes, interactions and killer vocals. He has been entertaining crowds around Australia for more than 25 years, playing a mixture of classic songs from the 70s onwards, and always keeping the crowds entertained and involved. “I am currently into anything acoustic based with great melody and vocals,” Andrew says. He credits Australian music icons John Farnham and Crowded House, as well as Irish superstars U2, as musical influences. His debut CD, It’s Never Too Late, went top 15 in the Australian Aria charts, and continues to sell nationally and worldwide. Andrew is passionate about Frankston City, adding: “My family and I have lived around the area for over 15 years now and we love it. The ease of travel, shopping and beach all add up to make it a beautiful place to live.”

During last year’s lockdowns, Andrew performed more than 50 Facebook live gigs to stay ‘match fit’ vocally and engaged with fans. Fellow local Rick Norman will perform with Chris Ball as the Lorenz Band Duo at the Live and Local Event Series. Rick promises to deliver great music, lots of energy and decent original songs with a story at his gigs. The talented musician, who cites his major influences as Eric Clapton and Neil Young, loves playing rock, blues and folk. His song Frankston Town has been a hit with locals. “It’s a song I wrote about the relationship between a strong-willed woman and a man, both from Frankston. I wanted to write a pure rock and roll song with a local edge to it,” Rick says. The Live and Local Event Series includes: Live and Local at the Foreshore Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 March, 2pm – 8pm daily Location: Long Island Drive and McCombs Reserve, Frankston Live and Local at Seaford Saturday 20 March, 10am – 8pm Location: Broughton Reserve, Broughton Street, Seaford Live and Local at Youth Central Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 March, 10am – 8pm daily Location: Youth Central forecourt, 60 Playne Street, Frankston Live and Local at Wells Street Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 March 2021, 11.30am – 8pm daily Location: Cinema forecourt, Wells Street, Frankston There will be increased cleaning at each site and QR code entry for all people and monitoring of numbers to enable the events are delivered in line with COVID safe practices. For more information including a full list of performers and entertainment, please visit www.discoverfrankston.com/frankston-events

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Chris Ball (left) and Rick Norman perform as the Lorenz Band Duo. Picture supplied

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An odds-on great day at the Mornington Cup CITY racing comes to the Mornington Peninsula for Neds Mornington Cup Day this Saturday 20 March. It is one of the most stunning days trackside you’ll ever experience on the Peninsula. From the rolling front lawn, to the deck with Winning Post views or three-course dining, there is a space and an experience for everyone. For a relaxed day on the lawn, set yourself up trackside with the Squealing Pig Spritz Bar dedicated to keeping you hydrated across the day and an array of food trucks with a selection of snacks and meals to keep your hunger pangs at bay. There’s a DJ playing music between races, ample shade and a big screen to witness all the racing action unfold. Bring your picnic blanket and the family and enjoy a day out with us. The racing will have your heart

pumping all day with an exciting nine races on the card. The feature of the day, the $350,000 Neds Mornington Cup (2400m) is your chance to see who gets the first golden ticket into the 2021 Caulfield Cup, with the winner gaining ballot exemption into the October race. There’s also two relatively new races on the program, the Mornington Guineas (1600m) for three-year-olds and Mornington Sires (1500m) for juveniles, the latter featuring two subsequent Group 1 placegetters in Glenfiddich and Amish Boy last year, as well as the trusty Listed Hareeba Stakes (1200m). Stars of the turf looking likely to start in the Neds Mornington Cup include Angel Of Truth, Wolfe, Dadoozdart, Nonconformist, Mahamedeis and Irish Flame, the latter trained by

popular local trainer Brett Scott who is recovering from severe injuries after being kicked by a horse at the family’s training property earlier this month. Brett’s wife Kylie and daughter Tylah are both running the stable and a hometown Cup victory for their star Irish Flame would be an emotional win for all connections. Mornington Cup Ambassador and recent two-time Group 1 winning trainer, Sam Freedman has Steel Prince primed for the Neds Mornington Cup. The Geelong Cup winner was left stranded without a place in last year’s Caulfield Cup on his way to the Melbourne Cup. Father-son training duo Anthony and Sam Freedman are riding high on their recent Blue Diamond success with Artorius and Australian Cup victory with Homesman and they

will look to make a certainty of Steel Prince’s place in this year’s Caulfield Cup by winning their hometown Cup. His raucous ownership group, who were overjoyed when securing their Melbourne Cup golden ticket by winning the 2019 Andrew Ramsden at Flemington, would provide similar scenes if they could do the same for Caulfield’s feature via the Mornington Cup. The duo also top the leaderboard for the inaugural Les Obriem Medal, named after the late Mornington icon and trackwork clocker who passed away in 2019. Obriem made a great contribution to Mornington Racecourse and loved recalling the deeds of local trainers. The annual award named in his honour aims to continue to showcase Mornington’s racing industry and its passionate participants.

Supported by Musk Creek Farm and Racetrack Veterinary Services, the Les Obriem Medal will see an engraved analogue stopwatch awarded to the trainer who has accumulated the most points throughout the year. The stopwatch pays homage to Obriem’s legacy and provides a tangible reminder of his dedication and contribution to Victorian racing. The winner at season’s end will also walk away with a $5,000 credit to utilise when purchasing a Musk Creek Farm horse at auction. Tickets for the Neds Mornington Cup on Saturday 20 March are available via mrc.racing.com or can be purchased at the gate on the day. Gather your group, bring your picnic blanket and head to the track for great racing, winning vibes and a stunning setting for a day well spent.

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LETTERS

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

Disappointed with ‘rabble’ conduct of councillors I was one of the very few members of the public who attended the February meeting of Mornington Peninsula Shire Council in person. I was interested in Cr David Gill’s notice of motion about [banning the shooting of] kangaroos. While it was disappointing to see the notion of motion received no support, not even a seconder, it was not a surprise given the trend of the night (“Council ignores move to end kangaroo shoots” The News 15/2/21). The concerned environmental community will continue to work in guiding the council for better protections of eastern grey kangaroos, just like we have with protecting Tootgarook swamp and also the declining koala population. With regards to the discussions of notice of motions and in particular the prayer [said at the start of council meetings], I was shocked with the conduct of councillors. When debating items for a vote, I would not expect elected councillors to take aim at other councillors and question their integrity or belittle their length of service. Most of all, it was ironic to hear a number of councillors discuss their position on representing constituents, given that when there was a break only Cr David Gill came and spoke to me. Noone else attempted to find out who I was and, in actual fact, one councillor rolled their eyes in my direction when they saw me speaking to Cr Gill, which is extremely disrespectful to both Cr Gill and me. I witnessed a rabble and, for the sake of the residents of the Mornington Peninsula, I hope that new councillors lift their game. Craig Thomson, director Wildlife Ecosystems Retention and Restoration, Rye Editor: Mornington Peninsula Shire has since agreed to seek information about kangaroos on the peninsula from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (“Science called in to probe apple-eating kangaroos” The News 9/3/21).

Agreeing with Fraser The members and committee of the Mornington Peninsula Ratepayers and Residents Association completely agree with Cr Hugh Fraser that a [municipal] CEO should not reduce the power of councillors and should not have too much power himself or herself (“CEO’s powers up, councillors down in suggested ‘best practice’ option” The News 2/3/21). Indeed, it is our understanding that a CEO should take direction from councillors. We also think it would be a very low trick for a CEO to take advantage of inexperienced councillors in order to get the result he or she wants, as alleged. It has come to our notice that Cr Fraser has since decided to resign and has quoted the above mentioned as his reasons, alleging that council has become a “toxic and an unhealthy working environment”. His resignation letter to residents also states that he has “unreconcilable points of difference with the CEO over the delayed … roll

out of council budgeted capital and other works in the shire and his proposed amendments to council’s meeting procedure rules”. We have always seen Cr Fraser as a voice of reason and an effective councillor who initiated, worked for and helped to achieve much for the peninsula. We believe he will be a great loss and we thank him for his significant contribution over the past eight years. Jan Dwyer, secretary, MPRRA (for and on behalf of MPRRA president, John Cain)

as she obviously needed emergency treatment for her injuries. She claimed she had tripped on uneven pavers. On Wednesday 3 March, I tripped on a loose, uneven brick paver (photograph taken) and fell heavily on my left elbow and knee and broke the skin on the palms of my hands. My GP referred me for x-rays which revealed a hairline fracture at the base of my elbow joint where the ulna and radius meet the humerus. I was able to break my fall without straining my recently operated spine. I was advised by Mornington Peninsula that “the footpath along Main Street is inspected every three months and any defects identified are programed accordingly for repairs”. I suspect that other pedestrians may have suffered similar accidents and would like to hear how they fared. Virginia Godfrey, Mornington

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Live music does us all good. The more the better. Let’s see some learning by Mornington Peninsula Shire Council at The Briars and the people of Mount Martha being a little more flexible and not practice “not in my neighbourhood” (“Concert virus plans approved - mayor” The News 9/3/21). Tony Dew, Capel Sound

It is incumbent on me, as the ex-president of Mornington Tennis Club to set the record straight (“Tennis heads roll in hard ball game” The News 9/3/21). The quote “The club was down the road to receivership” is completely false. It is very easy to make an untested quote, it is something entirely different to provide actual documented evidence to back it up. Lynne Finch, as a previous committee member, resigned after she disclosed her “allegiance” to ETA (Elite Tennis Academy). I call on Ms Finch to demonstrate the veracity of her claim or detract. Thomas Kenny, Mornington

Out of focus As a ratepayer I would appreciate Mornington Peninsula Shire councillors focusing on improving the area as opposed to forwarding their own sociological and philosophical agendas. Australian society and laws are based on Christianity. Therefore, showing respect for Australian history is understandable and commendable. It does seem that some councillors wish to acknowledge and show respect to the Aboriginal people while denying the history of Australian society and Christianity. This has been displayed through the continued attempts to rename Mornington Peninsula landmarks and the abolition of the Christian prayer, meanwhile promoting the acknowledgement of Aboriginal people before meetings and on council sites eg https://www.mornpen.vic.gov. au/Community-Services/Aboriginal-and-TorresStrait-Islander-Support/Engaging-Elders It does seem as though some councillors are more focused on social engineering as opposed to serving ratepayers and residents, by improving the area and improving what Australians and residents have built to date. Let’s progress and build on our successful foundations. Michelle Smith, Rosebud

Dangerous path How many readers have noticed the deterioration of footpaths in Main Street, Mornington most likely caused by growing tree roots disturbing the pavers? The trees are an attractive feature of the streetscape, but there must be a better way of conserving them without constant repairs to the hard paving. As it is, root growth through the underlying soil disturbs and displaces pavers that then become a serious hazard . Some years ago, a middle-aged lady tripped and fell flat on her face in front of me. I immediately recognised she had fractured her nose and damaged her face and called an ambulance

Concern for police I do not think that Somerville had ever seen the likes of it when the protesters and the police all descended on their town (“Protesters spread their no-jab message” The News 2/3/21). However, I was very concerned for the police as it turned out to be a rather a hot day. They stood in the sun for at least three hours in the same spot wearing what could only be described as winter uniforms, plus all what I guess is communications equipment that they all wear now on the front of their vests. I would hate to think that they might have even been wearing bullet proof vests as well. They could have almost out done the Buckingham Palace guards they stood so still for so long. Surely even the police must come under occupational health and safety laws and it surely could not be good for anyone’s health to be in the sun, standing still dressed in coats and I guess shirts underneath. I think their stamina must have been very tested and it must have been torture for them to stand out in the sun for hours on end like they did. If any one of them was my son or daughter I would be really querying, why they were not given breaks and who deemed it OK for them to be exposed to what would have been torturous circumstances for hours on end. I would have thought that they should have a summer uniform for such occasions. Fay Roth, Carrum Downs

Rethink quarry It is indeed fortunate that the Ross Trust’s latest trustee, Prue Digby, was previously employed as the former deputy secretary of planning in the Victorian government. She obviously intimately knows her way around the complex planning

processes in Victoria. The new quarry proposal is now undergoing an environmental effects statement by the Department for Environment, Land, Water and Planning. The proponent, the Ross Trust, and its subsidiary, Hillview Quarries, are financing the study. The EES process by-passes Mornington Peninsula Shire Council. The Ross Trust is a philanthropic charity, which also gives grants to environmental groups to protect the environment. The trust gains all of its income from Hillview Quarries, the existing quarry in Dromana. The proposed new quarry on the Arthurs Seat escarpment is situated between two sections of Arthurs Seat State Park and I believe will destroy animal corridors and native vegetation. It is in the midst of a massive and lucrative tourist area and very close to 800 children enrolled at Red Hill Primary School. The Ross Trust should think again, this is not an argument about the pros and cons of quarries, no one is saying that quarries aren’t needed, it is simply the wrong place. John Cameron, Dromana

Loss of business We the business owners of Millers Bread Kitchen object to the disastrous new quarry proposed for Arthurs Seat. This project is catastrophic for our community, our precious environment and a detriment to our business. The flora and fauna found within the proposed quarry area is irreplaceable and an incredibly important asset that must be protected and maintained for its biodiversity value. The Mornington Peninsula has been labelled Melbourne’s Playground, a place where people come and enjoy the pristine environment, the bushland and fauna. This will all be put at risk if this project is allowed to happen. The loss of any old growth bushland and a wildlife corridor is unthinkable, as is the destruction of our wild spaces, for a gaping wound at the gateway to the peninsula. Our business will suffer incalculable losses if this project is allowed to continue as we rely on tourism during the summer period in order to survive. It is simple, people are not going to visit the peninsula if the natural environment is ruined. Rebecca and Vanessa Graley, Dromana

What hope aged care? Our Scotty [Prime Minister Scott Morrison]: “Australians must be able to trust that their loved ones will be cared for appropriately and the community should have confidence in the system.” The royal commission into aged care brings to light (for the umpteenth time) a privatised aged care disaster, a case of owners plundering the system (privatisation and staffing levels) and a federal government yet again looking after its mates. Private for-profit aged care owners exonerated in favour of a Medicare tax (surcharge?) on all of us? Should the government give more money to aged care providers without financial transparency? We, the public, have no way of knowing. A capital gains tax and/or negative gearing in place of an additional tax? Don’t hold your breath. Same goes for the 148 recommendations made by the royal commission into aged care. Cliff Ellen, Rye

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GOLDEN LIFESTYLE OPPORTUNITY IN OCEAN BEACH LOCALE OFFERING a serene back beach location and about 4000 square metres of established grounds, you can indulge yourself here in this opulent Rye home showcasing a dazzling contemporary style. Measuring a healthy 372 square metres, the sprawling single level home has two distinct wings encompassing five excellent air-conditioned bedrooms, an air-conditioned family room and a versatile home gym that could be a staggering sixth bedroom if required. From the serene master bedroom is a walk-through robe to ensuite bathroom, there is a second full bathroom just down the hall and a third bathroom is in the opposite

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wing. Set between these two wings is a vast, spectacularly well appointed open plan family zone that invites your gaze out towards the luxurious alfresco and stunning in-ground pool. This impressive main living zone is a wonderful centrepiece incorporating a beautiful entertainers kitchen adorned with marbled Caesarstone bench tops and large banks of storage with timber floors flowing from the kitchen and throughout the adjoining light-filled dining and lounge spaces that feature down lights and gas heating. With the home set width wise across the block, there is excellent space both front and back that has been utilised very

effectively. From the street, an aggregate paved driveway branches off to the right before continuing on to a double carport under the main roof line. The second drive meanders to the back of the property to an industrial size garage and workshop, easily large enough to accommodate a boat or caravan, that is complete with storage mezzanine and office space. Perfectly set in a tightly held pocket renowned for its peace and soothing tranquillity, this captivating peninsula lifestyle property is a truly complete package that will hold your attention from the moment you arrive.n

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ADDRESS: 26 Sydney Street, RYE FOR SALE: Contact Agent For Price DESCRIPTION: 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 5 car AGENT: Sam Crowder 0403 893 724, Crowders Real Estate, 2375A Point Nepean Road, Rye,, 5983 3038

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The property owners of 63 Mitchell Street are pleased to announce they have successfully sold their home with Stone Real Estate. The second agency tasked with the sale of this property, our team took a different approach to market the home. Relaunching with a high-quality campaign and active engagement our agents were able to achieve a great outcome for their vendors. Thinking of selling, contact Stone to experience the difference.

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Blocks to the beach and immaculate throughout, this modern hideaway delivers an easy breezy lifestyle surrounded by the spoils of beachside Mornington. Enjoy walks to Fisherman´s Beach and Main Street, exceptional privacy, a low-maintenance block, a shaded courtyard deck, and a bay glimpse upstairs.

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11:30am Saturday, 20th March $950,000 - $1,045,000

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> Private, secure setting hidden from view > Stone kitchen with Smeg appliances > Spacious master suite with a balcony

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Seeing is believing with this remarkable unit showcasing a sparkling renovation, 2 large terrace areas, manicured gardens and a prized beachside address. This freestanding beauty is arguably the best 2-bedroom unit in town, within easy reach of Main Street and the beach, and presented to perfection.

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C UN O D N E TR R A C T

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

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Occupying 4317 sqm (approx.), this home’s indoor and outdoor living areas overlook the property’s boundary barely visible beyond the trees. The entertainer’s kitchen comprises a double oven and integrated grill that complement a pizza oven outdoors. There are two masters at the front of the home with two further bedrooms including a retreat for the teen or frequent guests. 5.5kw of solar, thermal insulation and an energy efficient woodfire in the lounge. Walk to outstanding schools or take a short drive to shops and pristine beaches from where birdlife is the soundtrack to a life of fresh opportunities.

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Enjoy the benefits of Mount Eliza’s enviable lifestyle and relax in a leafy, scented garden designed for year-round enjoyment. Just a short walk to the Village, this home offers the ideal location for easy, beachside living. With two double bedrooms and a third bedroom/study, the master comprises a walk-in robe and updated ensuite, while a light-filled lounge and formal dining leads to the gourmet kitchen and a bright, everyday living area opening onto a tranquil courtyard garden. Gas central heating, remote DLUG, and more. One of only four in a boutique development of timeless design.

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WE ARE FOCUSED ON ACHIEVING THE BEST OUTCOME FOR OUR CLIENTS BY DELIVERING OUTSTANDING RESULTS SOLD

74 Wensleydale Drive, Mornington

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$812,000

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Prices have increased significantly in the past few months, so if you would like to know the NEW VALUE of your home please call: Andrew Jones 0419 339 995 andrew@jonesluppino.com.au Lina Luppino 0419 571 583 lina@jonesluppino.com.au

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AGENTS CHOICE

WANT THE BEST PRICE? A DREAM FIND FOR THE MODERN FAMILY A HOME full of style, space and sophistication, this stellar four-bedroom home is ensconced in one of Mornington’s most precious and tightly held positions. Presenting in as-new condition, the home has plenty of space across two levels with generous living zones and guest quarters and being set behind an automatic gate, at the end of a long driveway, there is great privacy to enjoy the fabulous alfresco entertaining areas. The grand entry instantly reveals the impressive scope of the home with an open plan living area and a floating timber staircase that ascends to the main dining and lounge rooms. Beautiful oak floors flow throughout the space and to the elite kitchen are stone counter tops complemented by eye-catching cabinetry and a suite of Smeg appliances includes an induction cooktop, two ovens and a large butler’s pantry with a servery to the alfresco area. Other features include ducted heating, refrigerated cooling and internal access from the garage.n

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ADDRESS: 10a Shelbourne Court, MORNINGTON FOR SALE: $1,695,000 - $1,795,000 AGENT: Kate Bilson 0417 514 045, Eview Mornington Peninsula, 311 Main Street, Mornington, 5971 0300

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COMMUNITY EVENTS CALENDAR Live, Love, Shop, Support Local...

SPONSORED BY: Although these events and support groups may not be meeting due to the COVID 19 virus, this page still contains the email or phone contacts for these important services. Charity Book Fair April 10 & 11. Mornington Lions Club Annual Charity Book Fair will take place on April 10th, 9am-5pm & April 11th, 9am-4pm, at Peninsula Community Theatre, Wilsons Rd, Mornington. Entry-Gold coin donation. All books $1 and $2. Help support your community. www.mornington.vic.lions.org.au Ladies Probus Club of Mount Eliza Village Inc. meet on the first Monday of the month at 10.00am at the Uniting Church , Canadian Bay Rd. Mt Eliza. We welcome visitors and new members. Details, please phone 9787 2383. Mental Wellbeing Depressed? Anxious? Isolated? Suffering grief or loss? Know someone who is? Grow groups meet weekly to offer peer support and use a proven program for mental wellbeing. Expressions of interest. Visit www.grow.org.au for online groups. Details 1800 558 268. Angels and Psychic Seminar Sat 20 Mar, 2pm - 3.30pm. Learn about angels and how to use your own psychic gifts. Experience healing, meditation and see auras. Fee: $15 Mount Martha House Community Centre, 466 Esplanade, Mt Martha. Presented by Johanna White who has taught people how to work with angels for 40 years. To book: contact Johanna 0412404705 Email: johannawhite52@gmail.com Mornington Peninsula Patchworkers 2nd Tuesday of month at St Mark’s Church, 50 Barkly St. 3rd Saturday of month at Currawong Stables, 5-17 Currawong St. For craft activities relating to textiles, stitching & knitting. Lots of fun. Email: morningtonpatch@gmail.com Web: morningtonpatch.com.au Mornington Croquet Club Invites you to “Come ‘n’ Try Croquet”. It is fun and very social, all equipment is provided, just wear flat shoes. Bookings are essential. Phone Moira: 0498 733 071. Mornington VIEW Club Meet at Mornington Golf Club on the fourth Friday of each month at 11.30 am. We are a very active and friendly club that is in its 27th year of raising funds for The Smith Family supporting disadvantaged school children. New members are always welcome. Call Judy 0410 486 204 or Dorothy 0417 528 243. Mount Martha Men’s Probus Club Mount Martha Men’s Probus Group, meet monthly, for further details go to our new web site: mount martha men’s probus club, and click on the link. For further details contact: Ron on 0407 327 470. Mt Eliza Neighbourhood House Walking Group for Men. Join Lester and other men for a moderate paced 4km walk around Mount Eliza. Starts 8.30am every Tuesday. For further information contact Lester on 0407 414 955.

Looking For a Fun Social Club? Come & enjoy playing Petanque on Wednesdays and Sundays at Moorooduc Recreation Reserve Derril Rd Moorooduc from 2pm-4pm Est 3pm-5pm Dst for further info contact Barb on 0408394546 or Jan 0409132761 or email morningtonpeninsulapetanque@gmail.com Mornington Peninsula Community Dog Club Come and have fun with your dog while training it. We welcome dogs of any age. Every Saturday morning at Citation Oval, Mt Martha. Beginners class is at 10.15am. We help you to train your dog to listen to you and be obedient using positive reinforcement, through fun and games and everyday life experiences. For more info contact June 0407846991 or www.dogclub.org.au. The Guild Gallery The Giuld Gallery, situated at 14 Mornington-Tyabb Road, Tyabb is proud to announce its REOPENING Thursdays to Sunday, 10.00am to 4.00pm each day. Traditional and contemporary works are available at affordable prices. We welcome all visitors with ample parking available on site. Mount Martha Rotary Club Meets on Mondays at 7.00pm (currently on zoom). Interested in an organisation in “Taking action to create lasting change”? Inquiries - www.mountmartharotary.org.au, Facebook or contact Roger on 0438 547 019 Feldenkrais ‘Awareness Through Movement’ Classes Gentle, intriguing exercise for your mind and body, at home! Taught online using Zoom, Mon 9.30am, Tues 6.30pm, Fri 10am. For information: phone Kate Tremlett on 0415 171 092 or email katetrem@satlink.com.au Try Sailing For 8-10 year old’s at Mornington Yacht Club. 4 lessons free – November to March. 10 places available each month. Sunday’s 9am-12pm. Level 1 of MYC’s Junior & Youth Sailing Program. Visit morningtonyc.net.au for more information and registration. 1 Schnapper Point Drive Mornington. Mornington Rotary Club Meet at 6pm on Wednesdays, (temporarily online). We continue to work on a range of community projects. New members are always welcome. For details see www.rotaryclubofmornington.org.au or ph Ross 0412171666 Mount Martha Life Saving Club MEMBERSHIPS OPEN October 1st 2020. Nippers, Starfish nippers, Seniors, Masters, Patrol, Icebergers, Fitness, Socialising, Community fun. Visit MMLSC website: www.mmlsc.com.au Contact Pam, Club Administrator: admin@mmlsc.com.au or 5974 4140 for further information.

Red Hatters 3rd Thurs each month For ladies over 50. Are you retired, semi-retired, divorced, married, separated, lonely or just wanting to join a fun group to enjoy your life. Enjoy lunches, outings and other activities, we meet monthly in Mt Eliza. Further info Vivienne 0422399920 or email viviennevanette1@dodo.com.au Are you a breast cancer survivor? Come and join us for a paddle in our Dragonboat. We paddle every Sunday at Patterson Lakes. You can have three “Come and try’s “ before deciding to join our special team. We provide paddles and PFD’s For more info call Marilyn 0433 114 338 or Lyndsay 0425 743 455. For fun, fitness and friendship Probus The Mt Eliza Village Ladies Probus Club, meet on the first Monday of each month at 10.00am at the Uniting Church, Canadian Bay Rd. Mt Eliza. We welcome visitors and new members. Details 9787 3640 Peninsula Prostate Cancer Support Group Bentons Square Community Centre 7:00pm second Wednesday each month Share the journey in a relaxed, caring environment. Partners, carers and friends are most welcome. Contact 0422 608 345 peninsulapcsg@hotmail.com Family History Melb PC Users Group, Mornington, Family History and DNA. We meet at the Mornington Information Centre every 3rd Monday for Family History and every last Wednesday for DNA (research) Q&A, information and presentations. www.melbpc.org.au/sigs/mornington-peninsulasig/family-history. Contact Colin: 0417 103 678 Family Drug Support – Frankston Non-religious, open meetings for those impacted by someone’s drug and/or alcohol use. Talk/listen in a non-judgemental, safe environment. Wednesday fortnightly, 6pm at Frankston Hospital, 2 Hastings Rd. Meetings are free. Further details phone Chloe: 0448 177 083 Mornington Senior Citizens Club Every Wednesday $2 sausage sizzle at 12.30pm Followed by 1 hour of entertainment with different artist each week. 1 Flinders Dr, Mornington Ph 5975 3688 IBS/FODMAP Sensitives Support and Self-Help Association Suffering bloat, pain, foggy-thinking. Chronic foodrelated gut dysfunction. Food sensitivities. Guidance through self-diagnosis of specific food intolerances, resolution, recipes. Face-face forums, individual, small group sessions. No cost. Sasha: 0422 918 074 or 0407 095 760

Biala Peninsula Offering new service delivery options for children with disabilities, birth to 12 years and their families - online, telepractice, home program packs and telephone counselling and support. Phone 5975 1820 for information.

Angling Club Snapper Point Angling Club is looking for new members. For a short time all joining fees will be waivered so why not come along to one of our monthly meetings, fishing comps or just an excursion. Experience the friendly comradery between like-minded fishos and swap some of those legendary stories. Website spac.org.au or call Russ on 0418320314

Grandparents Playgroup Registrations are now open for our grandparents playgroup. A semi-structured program, in a purpose built space specifically for grandparent carers. Mondays 10am-12noon. Located in the Barn – behind the Anglican Church 3 Queen Street, Mornington. For more info & registration forms for this group contact Deacon Liz 0419 581 792 or deaconliz@mmmanglican.org.au

Peninsula Transport Assist needs Volunteer Drivers Do you have time, like driving and want to contribute to your community? Induction costs are covered and drivers are reimbursed from pick-up to return locations. For details call the P.T.A. Office on 03 9708 8241 or email: peninsulatransportassist@gmail.com. P.T.A. also needs drivers for 12 and 24 seater buses.

Card and Board Games Group New social group looking for members who are interested in an array of card and board games. We are looking at 500, Bridge, SOLO, Scrabble, Chess and more. Everyone is welcome! Wednesdays 1.30pm – 3.30pm. Gold coin donation. Equipment is provided however you are more than welcome to bring along a game. Bentons Square Community Centre, 145 Bentons Rd, Mornington Mornington Peninsula Hockey Club Players Wanted. Under 10’s, 12’s, 14’. Both male + female. Men’s, Women’s and Masters 35+ + 45+ Come and join our family friendly, inclusive club. We can provide a team to suit all levels of experience and skills. Please contact Cheryle: 03 9766 7478 or info@mphc.org.au Polio Have you or do you know anyone who had polio or is now experiencing after effects of polio? Please come to our support group meeting held at 11am on the second Saturday of each month at the Information Centre, Main St, Mornington. Enquiries: 5981 2540 Epilepsy Support Group Meet every 2nd Saturday at St Francis Xavier Parish, 60 Davey St, Frankston from 1pm – 3pm. Further details phone Sue 0407 509 519 or Cris 0437 386 867 Mornington Dutch Australian Seniors Club Inviting you for a social get together, every Monday from 10.30am - 2pm. Join us in a Dutch card game, “Klaverjas” and a social game of Rummicub. Coffee and tea supplied. New members welcome. For more information ring Nel 59775680 or Elly 0432933292. Tyabb Hall - Frankston Flinders Rd, Tyabb. Free parking Volunteers Wanted Enveco Health is an innovative social enterprise aiming to assist those with mental ill-health live independently in the community and to recover in a supportive non-clinical environment. We’re currently seeking volunteers to get involved in this innovative project. If you would like to know more visit www.enveco.org.au and send us a message. Probus Club The Combined Mornington Peninsula Club meets at The Mornington Golf Club, Tallis Drive, Mornington. The Club meets on the first Tuesday of the month (except January) at 9.30 for 10.00am start. Visitors welcome. Call Membership Officer on 0422849177 for details. Alcoholics Anonymous - Mornington Peninsula Do you need help to stop drinking? You’re not alone, contact us now on our 24 hour helpline 1300 880 390 or find a local meeting at www.aatimes.org.au/meetings Mornington Life Activities Club We meet bi-monthly on the 1st Tues of the even month at Mornington Information Centre. We are a friendly group and welcome new members. Many activities are on offer – table tennis, walking groups, golf, yoga, dinners, trivia nights, jazz nights and bbqs. Phone Miriam 0408 332 817 for further info. Mt Eliza Mahjong Club The Evening Group of the Mount Eliza Mah Jong Club meets each Monday evening in the Mount Eliza Village Community House from 7 – 9pm. New members are always welcome, seasoned players or new to the game. Our friendly members are very happy to introduce them to this ancient game.

Mornington Environment Monthly meeting held 1st Thursday of each month at Mornington Library Meeting Room at 7:00pm. Contact morningtonea@gmail.com JP locations National & International documents inc affadavits, stat decs & cert copies signed FREE of charge at police stations on the Peninsula. Mornington: Mondays & Thursdays 11am to 2pm. or Google find a JP Victoria or Ph1300365567. Mt Martha Ladies Probus Club Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month at Mt Martha House, commencing at 10am. Visitors and new members welcome. Come, join our friendly ladies. Contact for more details: Dorothy 0437 759 440, or Toni 0419 301 303. Over 55’s Mt Eliza Seniors Club Calling over 55’s who are interested in participating in various activities, including table tennis, dancing, tai chi, carpet bowls, snooker, computer classes, card afternoons and films. Enjoy a cuppa and good chat in our Mt Eliza clubrooms. Further info Lorraine on 5977 3838 or 0434 088 821 www.mteliza55plusclub.com Balcombe Estuary Reserves Group BERG Mt Martha is a bushland friends group for the Balcombe Estuary Reserves Mirang Ave Mt Martha. Regular working bees are held on Sun, Tues, Wed and Friday mornings as well as Waterwatch and Estuary watch to monitor water quality. For more information please contact: info@berg.org.au, 0447 160 288, www.berg.org.au Mornington Police Senior Community Register Helping the elderly, frail and isolated community members to feel safe in their homes. For more information and or application forms to join the register phone 5970 4983. Mon - Fri 9.00am - Noon We are located at the Police Station in Main Street, Mornington Mount Eliza Men’s Shed. Our men’s shed opens each Wed afternoon from 1.30pm to 4pm, and each Thurs morning from 9.30am to 12pm. We are looking at opening on a Tuesday morning to accommodate new members. Do visit our web site: www.mountelizamensshed. org and enjoy the pitch in the Events section. Pop in at the Mount Eliza Club site to have a chat. Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society Public Stargazing Hear inspiring talks, view stars, planets, clusters and galaxies through our powerful telescopes at 8pm on the 1st Friday of every month at The Briars dark-sky observatory. Melway ref 151 E1. Bookings are essential. Small fee payable. Details www.mpas.asn.au or phone 0419 253 252. Find us on Facebook - www.facebook.com/mpas0/

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GALLERY TALK We are pleased to launch our Autumn exhibitions. The Overwintering Project: Western Port focusses on Western Port Bay as an internationally significant migratory shorebird habitat. This exhibition features 20 curated artists, 13 of whom have produced new work inspired by the Western Port environment and a collection of 300+ original prints made by artists from Australia and New Zealand. Tai Snaith – A World of One’s Own is an exhibition and podcast series featuring female artists from the MPRG Collection, including Elizabeth Gower, Katherine Hattam, Deborah Kelly, Lily Mae Martin, Fiona McMonagle, Sally Smart and Lisa Waup. This exhibition also includes new works by Snaith. The whole series is available to listen to now on Soundcloud or your favourite podcast app. Lauren Guymer – Among the Trees is an MPRG local focus exhibition, featuring a collection of new watercolour paintings inspired by Guymer’s encounters in the Australian landscape. Located just beyond her backyard on the Mornington Peninsula, the majority of these paintings depict the surrounding bushland, from trails winding through the native scrub to woodland along the coast.

Our Young at Art program for preschoolers is on every Tuesday. Young at Art introduces under 5s to the wonder of art with a hands-on creative activity, a tour of the exhibition and an arty storytime. A take-home art materials box will be supplied with each session. We have school holiday programs for primary and secondary students, including a collage workshop with Overwintering artists Kate Gorringe-Smith and Helen Kocis Edwards or a digital drawing workshop with artist Heather Hesterman. We also have a wetlands walk on Friday 26 March with Lance Lloyd, Honorary Research Fellow Water Research Network, Greg Hunt, Executive Officer at Western Port Biosphere Foundation and Kate Gorringe-Smith, Project Curator of The Overwintering Project: Western Port. Check our website for further information about our exhibitions and special events.

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all black points, leather head stall on, unshod. ALSO one bay gelding, medium draught, white on off hind foot, branded like CP near shoulder, shod. All these horses were trucked to Frankston about a week ago. O. Wells, Ranger. *** AMONGST the gifts donated to the Salvation Army Harvest Festival at Chelsea, were cases of fruit from the well known Somerville fruit growers, Messrs B. Murray, J. Scott, A. Sage, E. Ehrberg, J. Twyford, W. Barber, A. Millington, A. Ross, G. Shepherd, M. Gregory, and Gray Bros. The festival was a pronounced success and the local salvationists were assisted by comrades from Camberwell, Kew, and Brighton. *** AFTER a visit to Frankston visitors thereafter generally have an interest in its welfare. That interest is usually made concrete by the purchase of an allotment or two for future use. Quite a number of New South Wales business people have already done so. Amongst these may be mentioned Mr. G. Azzi and Mrs H. Ehington, of Balldale (Riverina); Miss Mary Church and Mr A. C. Cormican, of Katandra; Mr W.B. Hamilton, of Howlong ; and Mrs J. Loftus, of Walbundia. *** THE famous “tin can band” of the drama, “The Fatal Wedding,” (the principal role in which, by the way, was played by Miss Beatrice Holloway, a frequent visitor to the

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Grand Final wins for Sorrento, Long Island, Rosebud and Carrum Downs By Brodie Cowburn

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SORRENTO have won the Provincial Grand Final by just two wickets. Baden Powell was sent in to bat first on Saturday in wet conditions. Opener Beau Anthony made a good contribution of 32 runs, but he didn’t get much support from his teammates. A late showing from the tail end helped Baden Powell reach a final total of 125. Sorrento’s run chase got off to a steady start. Opener Corey Harris and first drop Robert Wilson combined for a 68 run partnership. After that partnership fell, Sorrento started to struggle. Wickets fell quickly, and the side went from 1/81 to 6/99 before Leigh Poholke took to the crease. Poholke’s knock of 25 not out proved the difference. Sorrento ended up wrapping up the win with two wickets left to spare, securing them the premiership.

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LONG Island are Peninsula division champions after defeating Pines in a nailbiter. Long Island's top order showed their talent to start with. Zac Wilson was top scorer with 46, but Nick Jewell, Pubudu Edirisinghe, and Tom Boxell also put runs on the scoreboard. Once the top order fell, Long Island collapsed. Their capitulation from 3/125 to all out for 134 left the door open for Pines to take the win and the premiership. Pines had a frustrating time at the crease, with none of their batsmen capitalising on good starts. At 9/84 their premiership hopes looked dashed, but a late partnership between Patrick Jackson and Riki Anstiss gave them a flicker of hope. The tailenders combined for a last wicket partnership of 48, but it wasn't quite enough to get over the line. Anstiss was run out in the final over, bringing the game to a close. Pines finished all out for 132, three runs short of victory.

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ROSEBUD have been crowned District premiers on their home deck. After choosing to bat first against Delacombe Park, Rosebud had a good time at the crease. A strong 71-run opening partnership between Lyle House and Scott Hayes set the home side up beautifully. Rosebud’s innings expired with the side at 6/156. Delacombe Park’s batsmen chipped away at their target, but none of them had a huge impact.

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By Craig MacKenzie LANGWARRIN, Mornington, Peninsula Strikers and Frankston Pines are the only local clubs remaining in the 2021 FFA Cup after last Saturday’s matches. Langwarrin had to rely on a Wayne Wallace header in extra time to see off the threat of Brighton at Lawton Park after scores were tied at 1-1 at the end of normal time. Sammy Orritt had scored for Langy in the first half. Last week Langwarrin announced the capture of Shayan Alinejad from Dandenong City. The 31-year-old former Melbourne Knights, Oakleigh Cannons and Bulleen player has been on the radar of Langy head coach Scott Miller since late 2019. “Shayan’s experience and versatility will not only add further quality to the squad but it gives us greater options from a tactical perspective,” Miller said. “We’ll have to wait and see if the squad is complete but competition for places is high and we are really happy with our current situation.” Mornington suffered a shock setback in its Cup clash with Monash Uni at Dallas Brooks Park when the visitors struck in the second minute but by half-time had hit back for a 3-1 lead eventually running out a convincing 6-1 victor. Mornington’s goals came from Josh Hine (4) and a Matty Harrington double. Peninsula Strikers put Heatherton United out of the Cup with a 3-0 win at Centenary Park in the first match of a double header last weekend. Heatherton started well and Strikers keeper Robbie Acs was the more active of the two custodians in the first 25 minutes. That changed with a slick counter from Strikers as Nick Simmons sent livewire Ben Doree on his way and his low shot was too powerful for Heatherton keeper Senad Ahmetovic. Doree was a handful throughout and to call his part in the second goal an assist is not to do justice to it. He jinked and dribbled past three defenders inside the box and made them look second rate. When Ahmetovic confronted him at the near post Doree rolled the ball across goal for half-time substitute Jai Power to tap in from point blank range. Another substitute topped off the performance with a 92nd minute goal. Dakota Mcallan received the ball inside the box after a neat exchange between Ahmad Suleiman and Shane Tagliaferro and suddenly he’d spun clear of his marker and shot low to Ahmetovic’s right. Somerville Eagles lost 8-0 to Preston Lions in the second match at Centenary. A blowout was anticipated given that Preston plays in NPL3 and the local outfit in State 4 but Somerville frustrated its rival for much of the first half. It took Preston until the 16th minute to open the scoring with a scrappy goal from Karl Baricevic following a goalmouth scramble and James Poole made it 2-0 in the 25th minute after following up Guen Ho Kim’s shot which was parried by Eagles keeper Cameron Parsons. Although the floodgates opened in the second half Somerville defended bravely in the first period and even created chances with the best falling to Naseer Muhammad but he failed to finish.

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Cup clash: Peninsula Strikers attacking midfielder Shane Tagliaferro is shoved off the ball by Heatherton United substitute Patrick Finnegan at Centenary Park last weekend. Picture: Darryl Kennedy

It took a 90th minute goal to send Skye United out of the Cup following a 3-2 away loss to Watsonia Heights. Skye had gone into the contest buoyed by the signings of former Oakleigh Cannons, Northcote, Dandenong City and Dandenong Thunder midfielder Dean Piemonte, attacking midfielder Dejan Radojicic from Mornington and former Langwarrin defender Brett Heskins. The club also enticed 37-year-old striker Caleb Nicholes to return after retiring from competitive football at the end of the 2018 season. Neither Piemonte nor Heskins featured in the Cup tie but Nicholes scored Skye’s second goal after coming off the bench in the second half. Marcus Anastasiou had given Skye a 1-0 lead in the 8th minute but two Luke Owen goals had the home side in front at the interval. Nicholes levelled after controlling a Jason Nowakowski cross on his chest and slotting home into the bottom corner and just when extra time seemed certain substitute Henry Bentley made it 3-2. Skye almost levelled in the last minute when Mark O’Connor’s free kick struck the bar but Jack Gallagher’s header from the rebound failed to hit the target. Frankston Pines sent Rowville Eagles out of the Cup with a resounding 6-0 win at Egan Lee Reserve. Pines went 3-0 up in eight minutes with goals from CJ Hodgson (2) and Hamraz Zenoozi. Jordan Avraham was sent off in the 18th minute after being fouled and retaliating and four minutes later Pines keeper Aeseli Batikasa was forced off with a strained abdominal muscle and replaced by Jarrod Nardino. Rowville’s Ruben Ichim received a straight red later in the half and second half goals from Simon Webster, Max Boulton and Alex Roberts put Rowville out of its misery. Results of friendly matches: Lyndale Utd 2 Chelsea 1 (Max TimuskaCarr), Seaford Utd 1 (Dylan Waugh pen.) Aspendale Stingrays 1 (Justin Lampert), Baxter 3 (Nat Daher, Luke Grant 2 including pen.) King’s Domain 2, Mount Martha 3 (Ale Giordano 2, Ethan Sanderson) Old Melbournians 5, Rosebud 1 (Craig White pen.) Dingley Stars 3.

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The league season kicks off this weekend and here are the senior squads of local clubs (the previous club of new registrations appears in brackets): ASPENDALE STINGRAYS GOALKEEPERS: Matthew Self, Joshua Mravljak. DEFENDERS: Ryan Maokhamphiou, Noah Berends, Peter Dimopoulos, Adrian Pace, Blake Rosenberg, Thomas Lonsing, Nick Carter (Kingston City). MIDFIELDERS: Sam Timuska-Carr, James Macnab, Michael Antic (Dandenong City), Taylor Davison (Chelsea). FORWARDS: Ben Garside Weinert, Kenan Nuhanovic, Hayden Nuhanovic (Endeavour Utd ), Ugur Erdem (Tullamarine). BAXTER GOALKEEPERS: James Foster. DEFENDERS: Izaak Barr, Dan Disseldorp, Matt McDermott, Liam Duff (Seaford Utd), Simon Riam (Sandown Lions), Daniel Fernandez (Skye), Kieran Grant (Mornington), Charlie Hunt (Mornington). MIDFIELDERS: Lewis Gibson, Niko Juric, Luke Grant (Mornington), Robbie O’Toole (Mornington), Jack Buttery (Peninsula Strikers). FORWARDS: Nathan Yole, Charlie O’Connell (Mornington), Nat Daher, Lawrence Komba, Ben Meiklem (Somerville Eagles). CHELSEA GOALKEEPERS: Rhys Davies, Calum McLauchlan, Tom Carter. DEFENDERS: Luke D’Alessandro, Tom Flavelle, Chris Neumann, Sam Dunn, Danny Graham (Yarra Jets), Chris Muir, Franco Mazzeo (Chisholm United). MIDFIELDERS: Connor Scott, Max Timuska-Carr, Nathan Boccari, Ryan Scott, Dylan Scott (Mornington). FORWARDS: Piers Brelsford, Will Ong, Vinnie Van Dyk, Daniel Vella, Adrian Lotca, Abdul Mohamad. FRANKSTON PINES GOALKEEPERS: Aeseli Batikasa, Jarrod Nardino. DEFENDERS: Penni Tuigulagula, Cedric Benza, Christian Malgioglio, Kevin Brown, Franco Vanni (Knox City), Simon Webster (Doveton), Max Boulton (Casey Comets), Kameel Khan (South Melbourne), Laban Stringer (Peninsula Strikers). MIDFIELDERS: Savenaca Baledrokadroka, Joe O’Connor, Jordan Avraham (Langwarrin), Scott Webster (Seaford). FORWARDS:

CJ Hodgson, Tito Vodawaqa, Lachlan McMinimee, Hamraz Zenoozi (Langwarrin), Alex Roberts (Brandon Park). LANGWARRIN GOALKEEPERS: Fraser MacLaren, Faraz Zenoozi. DEFENDERS: Vojo Milojevic (Springvale White Eagles), Marcus Holmes (Springvale White Eagles), Jeremy Min Fa (Malvern City), Luke Burgess, Jamie Cumming, Jaiden Madafferi, Boris Ovcin. MIDFIELDERS: Shayan Alinejad (Dandenong City), Rogan McGeorge (Casey Comets), Jonathan Hardy (Dandenong City), Alex Kubenko (Springvale White Eagles), Wayne Wallace, Callum Goulding, James George. FORWARDS: Isaiah Joseph (Springvale White Eagles), Damir Stoilovic, George Howard, John Maclean, Tom Youngs, Sam Orritt. MORNINGTON GOALKEEPERS: Taylor Davidson. DEFENDERS: Joshua Heaton, Steve Elliott, Mark Vangeli (Mannington Utd Blues), Lachlan Hogben, Andy McIntyre, Andrew Goff, Charlie Gunning. MIDFIELDERS: Craig Smart, Sam Scott, Luke Goulding (Langwarrin), Kyron Kerr, Ethan Goulding, Thanasi Matziaris (Langwarrin). FORWARDS: Josh Hine, Milos Lujic (Port Melbourne), Wayne Gordon, Matt Harrington, Campbell Steedman (Bulleen), Zach Hutchison. MOUNT MARTHA GOALKEEPERS: Alex Klaver, Jack Poole. DEFENDERS: Blane Dickerson (Mornington), Connor Gibbs, Howie Anderson, Jack Morgan (Hampton Park), Josh Smith, Neal Byrne (Bayside Argonauts). MIDFIELDERS: Ale Giordano, David Oswald, Ethan Sanderson, Finley Smith, Jett Higgin, Kiel Burich (Seaford United). FORWARDS: Connor Mooney, Jack Edwards (unattached), Tom Faska (Peninsula Strikers). PENINSULA STRIKERS GOALKEEPERS: Robbie Acs, Connor Phillips, Nick Scialpi. DEFENDERS: Cody Storton-French, Danny Black, Darcy Purcell, Josh De Baize (St Kilda), Lachie Mitchell, Marcelo Rojas, Michael Nugent, Samuel Luxford, Tuách Ter, Tom Hawkins. MIDFIELDERS: Alex Whyte, Abbas Yaqobi, Callum Bradbury, Calvin Delaney, Daniel Brooks,

Jonny Guthrie, Junior Mota, Keenan Kerr, Nick Simmons (Frankston Pines), Ahmad Suleiman (Hampton Park). FORWARDS: Aaran Currie, Ben Doree, Chris Mara (Adelaide Cobras), Dakota Mcallan, Jai Power, Riley Anderton (Southern United, NZ), Shane Tagliaferro. ROSEBUD GOALKEEPERS: Chris OguChinonso, Francis Beck (Baxter). DEFENDERS: Callum Norton, Owen McDougall, Eric Manhanong (Somerville), Stef Papaluca, Beau Sharpe, Brandon Monk (Mornington), Luke Redpath. MIDFIELDERS: Billy Gowans, Callum Richardson (Frankston Pines), Ryan Monk, Jarryd McMinimee (Somerville Eagles), Cory Osorio, Craig White (unattached). FORWARDS: Chris Parry, Mark Pagliarulo (Somerville Eagles). SEAFORD UTD GOALKEEPERS: Hayden Hicks (Rosebud), Justin Holland, Mory Hassan. DEFENDERS: Tristan Stass, Matthias Schwellinger, Jeremy Schwellinger, Dean Snoxell, Adam Martin, Tom Hogan, Kevin Derry. Tom Pollock. MIDFIELDERS: Kane Ireson, Josh Simmons, Jack Carter, Tom Simmons (Mornington), Blake Hicks (Rosebud), Jamie Baxter. FORWARDS: Conor McFall, Dylan Waugh, Mitch Hawkins (Hampton Park), Mitch Lander. SKYE UTD GOALKEEPERS: Jonathan Crook, Callum Hope, Travis Mitchell. DEFENDERS: Billy Painting, Daniel Walsh, Mohamad EL Hassan, Brett Heskins (Langwarrin), Johnny Andrinopoulos, Michael Rovinson, Neji Hyuga (unattached). MIDFIELDERS: Marcus Collier, Mark O Connor, Jack Gallagher, Alex Rojas, Dean Piemonte (Kingston City). STRIKERS: Mitch Blake, Travis Ernsdoerfer, Caleb Nicholes, Michael Turner, Dejan Radojicic (Mornington), Jason Nowakowski, Marcus Anastasiou, Daniel Attard. SOMERVILLE EAGLES GOALKEEPERS: Nathan Brown, Michael Nicholson (HMAS Cerberus), Cameron Parsons. DEFENDERS: Sam Beadle, Sam Brick (unattached), Stephen Curd, Michael Easton, Jarryd Lymer, Tapiwa Muduwa (Seaford United), Bryce Ruthven (Weston Molonglo, ACT), Ashley Scholes, Sean Scully, Adam Steele (Mount Martha). MIDFIELDERS: Michael Clark, Andrew Cook (Seaford United), Damian Finnegan, Jakob Gurney (Peninsula Strikers), Shay Hewlett (HMAS Cerberus), Stephen McInerheney (unattached), Jack Wyer (Baxter). FORWARDS: Patrick Acha (unattached), David Greening, Nathan Grimshaw, Davey Jones (Mount Eliza), Zach Karolidis (Mornington), Naseer Abdullah Muhammad, Nazif Mohammad. This weekend’s round 1 fixtures: FRIDAY, 8.30pm: Chelsea v FC Noble Hurricanes (Edithvale Recreation Reserve). SATURDAY, 3pm: Langwarrin v Mannington Utd Blues (Lawton Park), Mornington v South Springvale (Dallas Brooks Park), Mooroolbark v Peninsula Strikers (Esther Park), Baxter v Dandenong South (Baxter Park), Seaford Utd v Endeavour Utd (North Seaford Reserve), Somerville Eagles bye, Mount Martha v White Star Dandenong (Civic Reserve), Knox Utd v Aspendale Stingrays (Park Ridge Reserve), South East Utd v Rosebud (WJ Turner Reserve). SATURDAY, 7pm: Frankston Pines v Brighton (Carrum Downs Recreation Reserve). SUNDAY, 8.30pm: North Caulfield v Skye Utd (Knox Regional Football Centre).


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