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Liberals choose their man for Dunkley

New course: Judith Couacaud Graley, Kath Lord, Jasmine Kennedy, Daniel Mulino, Beverly Dadds and pupils Josie and Joshua at Mornington Park Primary School for the announcement of a mentoring program. (The dog Pepe is the school’s therapy dog) Picture: Gary Sissons

Life skills to be taught in twos UP to 20 pupils and 25 teachers at Mornington Park Primary School will soon be sitting alongside each other in class being taught the same course. The school is the only primary in Victoria chosen for the Power of Two mentoring program that principal Beverly Dadds says is all about “connecting and building relationships; it’s not just academic skills, this is not tutoring”. Ms Dadds said two children would

be chosen for the mentoring program from each of the school’s 10 classes. These children and teachers would then each be able to mentor other pupils, making the Power of Two program sustainable. Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Premier Judith Couacaud Graley and the MP for Eastern Victoria Daniel Mulino were at Mornington Park primary last week to announce that the government would give $68,650

for student mentoring program. The school is one of eight community organisations chosen to receive programs “targeting disadvantaged youth”. “The grants will help more students excel in reading, maths, sciences and the arts, develop strong critical and creative thinking, build resilience, and stay in education longer,” a news release issued by the MPs stated. “We know that students who receive

the support, advice and care that a mentor can provide are more likely to stay in school, stay engaged and do well,” Ms Couacaud Graley said. “Through programs just like the fantastic Power of Two we can ensure our young people are not only engaged at school but ready to excel, have built much needed resilience and have the same opportunities as anyone else to succeed in learning and in life.” Keith Platt

KINGSTON councillor Paul Peulich and former Carrum MP Donna Bauer have missed out on Liberal preselection for the seat of Dunkley at this year’s federal election. Chris Crewther, former CEO of the Mildura Development Corporation, won the Liberal nomination in a close run race featuring eight candidates. The vote by Liberal Party members came down to the wire between Ms Bauer and Mr Crewther on Sunday afternoon (21 February) at a party convention in Mt Eliza with Mr Crewther, 31, emerging as the preferred candidate. Mr Crewther unsuccessfully contested the seat of Mallee in 2013 and is a former staffer of Victorian senator Michael Ronaldson. Sitting Liberal MP for Dunkley Bruce Billson will retire from politics after this year’s federal election, yet to be called by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, after his demotion from his small business ministerial position in cabinet last year after the ousting of former prime minister Tony Abbott. Mr Crewther, who has a Frankstonbased business consultancy, and is married with a six-month old daughter, will face Labor candidate Peta Murphy, a criminal defence lawyer, in the Dunkley electorate contest. Dunkley includes the suburbs Frankston, Langwarrin, Mt Eliza, Mornington, Seaford and Skye. Neil Walker

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