21 January 2020

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Model’s dream makes the big time

Picture: Gary Sissons

Flare sets grassland alight ARTHURS Seat could have been engulfed last week when vandals fired a flare setting fire to long grass, 2.50am, Friday 17 January. Detective Senior Sergeant Eddie Logonder, of Somerville CIU, said the flare damaged the sign at Chapmans Point Lookout, Arthurs Seat Road, and then burnt 30 square metres of grass. “The act was reckless,” he said. “The damage could have been far greater. Luckily no trees caught alight.” Three crime units attended the scene: two from Rosebud as well as detectives from Somerville. Police are waiting on CCTV footage to identify the culprits.

Burgess (Sorrento), Michael Versteegen (Sorrento Brigade captain), and Mitch MacKenzie (Rye). Their strike team ST803-D8 spent a long, hot day battling blazes in the charred bush leaving crews “tired but safe”. Their trucks were then handed over to the night crew who were scheduled to return them in the morning for another day’s work. Red Hill CFA’s David Breadmore said peninsula fire crews were always eager to help their East Gippsland colleagues. “Whenever we have a fire here they are the first in their trucks to come and help us,” he said.

Day and night work

A GROUP of Mornington neighbours will hold a garage sale next week to help CFA Omeo, wildlife rescue groups and provide feed for livestock. The garage sale will run 9am to 4pm, Saturday 1 February at 53 Strachans Road at the intersection with Adelaide Street, Mornington.

CFA Peninsula Fire Brigades Group strike team members were busy with back-burning and blacking-out activities in East Gippsland, just outside of Bemm River, last week. They included Tim Griffiths (Rye), David

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WHILE most Mornington Secondary College students are packing their bags and preparing to head back to school, one of them will be noticeably absent. Fifteen-year-old Mia Pollock, right, will be in Bali. But, far from being in holiday mode, she will be competing in the 2020 Australian Supermodel of the Year competition. “I have been modelling seriously for about a year and a half,” Mia said before heading off. “The organisers of the competition reached out to me through Instagram and encouraged me to apply. After going through the heats, I have made it into the finals.” The supermodel of the year competition is open to contestants who are looking at a career in the editorial and commercial advertising industry such as television commercials, magazines, e-commerce, social media and print. In Bali, the 25 finalists will participate in modelling workshops, styling, fashion shoots and runway modelling between 23 January and 3 February. “I am really excited about the competition and am looking forward to learning as much as I can from the experience,” Mia said. It could be a steep learning curve as Mia is the youngest entrant and could be competing against girls twice her age. “I have done a modelling competition before and found it to be very beneficial,” she said. They are great for presentation, confidence boosting, and projecting your personality through your modelling.” Mia has done modelling work for Decjuba Kids, Just Jeans, Country

Road and Bardot Junior and her supporters have described her as “the next Miranda Kerr”. “I’d love to continue modelling in the future and maybe work in the fashion industry,” she said. After the Bali contest she plans to spend the rest of the year working on her modelling and her studies.

Later this year, Mia is planning to run a school holiday modelling programs for children who want to be models. “There is so much to learn, and I am passionate about it,” she said. “I’d love to pass on my knowledge on to other kids.” Cameron McCullough

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Mornington News

21 January 2020