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No masking this business success PROTECTIVE face masks are now compulsory and students in the Mornington Secondary College VCAL class are being credited with making an astute business decision. They are making face masks to tackle COVID-19 under the name: STS – or Stop the Spread – as well as learning about running a business. Teacher Anne-Marie Burnet said the year 11 students had set themselves up in a “factory” divided into various departments, such as marketing, sales and production to make the washable cloth masks, and business is booming. Part of their marketing philosophy is showing younger teens that it’s cool to wear masks, with plans to make them in school colours for the classroom. Ms Burnet said the students were taking their roles “very seriously”. “The students didn’t realise the size of the need,” she said. “So far they have made 150 with another 40 due by Monday morning 20 July. One woman ordered 14.” The turnaround time is 36 hours. The $6 masks in adults and children’s sizes are made of cotton in three layers. They are washable and can be folded to fit inside a pocket or purse. Order masks at: stop.the.spread3@ gmail.com

Stitched up: Mornington Secondary College VCAL students Connor O’Neil, Max Walker and Kai Robinson are combining business with study by making protective face masks. Picture: Gary Sissons

Move to curb CEO’s ‘bonus’ powers Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire councillors want the state government to rein in the power of municipal chief executive officers to prevent bonuses being secretly given to staff. Under the current rules CEOs can grant bonuses to staff without telling councillors, residents or ratepayers. Council CEOs are the only council officers appointed and controlled by councillors. All other council staff are under the jurisdiction of the CEO. Cr David Gill told The News that the shire’s current CEO, John Baker, had not awarded any bonuses to staff.

However, a previous CEO who he declined to name, had provided bonuses to individual officers “of $40,000 and up to $60,000”. The 2019/20 budget shows staff costs comprise $82.1 million of the shire’s total expenses of $191.7m. “We all have the right to know how our rates and any other income is spent,” Cr Gill said. “A former CEO of the shire has apparently been able to pay huge bonuses without the knowledge of council. “I believe that the council of the time set up a mechanism to prevent bonus payments being paid without their knowledge, but that was seemingly ignored.”

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Councillors at the 14 July meeting (held online) agreed with Cr Gill that the Local Government Minister Shaun Leane be asked to “review … the situation where chief executive officers of municipalities in Victoria have extraordinary powers to give confidential large yearly bonuses to selected staff … and is apparently entirely at their sole discretion”. Mr Leane was appointed local government minister in June following the sacking by the Premier Daniel Andrews of Adem Somyurek amid allegations of branch stacking and offensive language. The request was also made to Local Government Victoria and Victorian

Auditor-General’s Office and listed for adoption by other councils at the next state conference of the Municipal Association of Victoria. The shire’s letter to the minister will state that the powers given by the government to CEOs “lacks transparency and accountability and creates apprehension of outcomes that may not be in the community interest”. Comments made on the agenda by an unnamed officer said there were “mechanisms” already built into the system to stop the CEO telling council if any bonuses had been granted. “Therefore, it is the officer position that such oversight does not require any legislative or state policy change,

with mechanisms to address the concerns raised presently available within the existing legislative and policy framework,” the unnamed officer stated.” The officer stated that council could ask to be told about any performancebased bonuses and if they had been appropriately assessed. The officer then stated that “council officers will be seeking clarity regarding what points of advocacy are to be raised and specifically what changes are sought” if councillors asked Mr Leane to curb the powers of CEOs. Councillors voted unanimously to approach Mr Leane, the auditor general and other municipalities.

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JULY/AUGUST Although these events and support groups are not meeting due to the COVID 19 virus, this page still contains the email or phone contacts for these important services. Mornington Apple Users Meet in Mornington at 5:00pm on August 20th. Currently meeting via Zoom, with a short video. Main presentation and separate Q&A groups for macOS, iOS/iPadOS and Camera & Photos. For more details contact amg@ausom.net.au Mornington Croquet Club Mornington Croquet Club invites you to come and try croquet. Enjoy 3 free 1 hour lessons, all equipment is provided, just wear flat shoes. Bookings essential. Phone Moira: 0498733071 Biala Peninsula Offering new service delivery options for children with disabilities, birth to 12 years and their families - online, telepractice, home program packs and telephone counselling and support. Phone 5975 1820 for information. Red Hatters 3rd Thurs each month For ladies over 50. Are you retired , semi-retired, divorced, married, separated, lonely or just wanting to join a fun group to enjoy your life. Enjoy lunches, outings and other activities, we meet monthly in Mt Eliza. Further info Vivienne 0422399920 or email viviennevanette1@dodo.com.au Are you a breast cancer survivor? Come and join us for a paddle in our Dragonboat. We paddle every Sunday at Patterson Lakes. You can have three “Come and try’s “ before deciding to join our special team. We provide paddles and PFD’s For more info call Marilyn 0433 114 338 or Lyndsay 0425 743 455. For fun, fitness and friendship Mount Martha Men’s Probus Club Welcome you to come along and listen to exciting and interesting speakers, in a friendly group. Enjoy social events throughout the year such as, theatre, restaurants, walking groups and other activates. Further details call Ron: 0407327470 Mornington Senior Citizens Club Every Wednesday $2 sausage sizzle at 12.30pm followed by 1 hour of entertainment with different artist each week. 1 Flinders Dr, Mornington Ph 5975 3688 Family Drug Support – Frankston Non-religious, open meetings for those impacted by someone’s drug and/or alcohol use. Talk/listen in a non-judgemental, safe environment. Wednesday fortnightly, 6pm at Frankston Hospital, 2 Hastings Rd. Meetings are free. Further details phone Chloe: 0448 177 083

Mainly Music Fun, interactive music sessions for young children and their parent/caregivers as they join together for a fun, thirty-minute music session. Followed by coffee and catch up while the children are given a snack, drink and followed by free play in a relaxed setting. $5 per week (per family) Tuesdays 10am -11.30am (school terms). For more info & registration forms contact Deacon Liz 0419 581 792 or deaconliz@mmmanglican.org.au IBS/FODMAP Sensitives Support and Self-Help Association Suffering bloat, pain, foggy-thinking. Chronic foodrelated gut dysfunction. Food sensitivities. Guidance through self-diagnosis of specific food intolerances, resolution, recipes. Face-face forums, individual, small group sessions. No cost. Sasha: 0422 918 074 or 0407 095 760 Mornington Environment Monthly meeting held 1st Thursday of each month at Mornington Library Meeting Room at 7:00pm. Contact morningtonea@gmail.com 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 Angling Club Snapper Point Angling Club is looking for new members. For a short time all joining fees will be waivered so why not come along to one of our monthly meetings, fishing comps or just an excursion. Experience the friendly comradery between like-minded fishos and swap some of those legendary stories. Website spac.org.au or call Russ on 0418320314 Mt Eliza Farmers Market 9am – 1pm. Held the fourth Sunday of the month. Mt Eliza Village, Mt Eliza Way, Mt Eliza. $2 entry View Club Members of Mornington VIEW Club will meet at the Mornington Golf Club on the fourth Friday of each month at 11.30am. We are a very active and friendly club that is now in its 26th year of raising money for The Smith Family supporting disadvantaged Australian school children. New members are always welcome. Call Judy on 0410 486 204 or Jenny on 0426 240 573. Mornington Peninsula Hockey Club Players Wanted. Under 10’s, 12’s, 14’. Both male + female. Men’s, Women’s and Masters 35+ + 45+ Come and join our family friendly, inclusive club. We can provide a team to suit all levels of experience and skills. Please contact Cheryle: 03 9766 7478 or info@mphc.org.au Mornington Peninsula Community Dog Club Come and have fun with your dog while training it. We welcome dogs of any age. Every Saturday morning at Citation Oval, Mt Martha. Beginners class is at 10.15am. We help you to train your dog to listen to you and be obedient using positive reinforcement, through fun and games and everyday life experiences. For more info contact June 0407846991 or www.dogclub.org.au. Polio Have you or do you know anyone who had polio or is now experiencing after effects of polio? Please come to our support group meeting held at 11am on the second Saturday of each month at the Information Centre, Main St, Mornington. Enquiries: 5981 2540

Frankston & District Stamp Club Not sure what to do with your old stamp collection? Come along and meet our friendly club members, always available for help and advice. We meet at 7.00 pm on the third Thursday each month at Belvedere Community Centre, 36 Belvedere Road, Seaford. Enquiries 5995 9783. 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 Epilepsy Support Group Meet every 2nd Saturday at St Francis Xavier Parish, 60 Davey St, Frankston from 1pm – 3pm. Further details phone Sue 0407 509 519 or Cris 0437 386 867 Frankston Parkinson’s Peer Support Group Meets in the Bridget Clancy room at St John of God hospital, from 10 am on the 3rd Monday of each month to listen to speakers, share information and socialise. More info available from Karen 0412 979 902 or Glenys 0437 956 305. Mornington Mahjong Mornington Mahjong Group meets Tuesdays and Fridays at the Mornington RSL in Virginia Street Mornington. Come join us for a pleasant afternoon. Contact: Lucy 5981 0801 or 0416 043 527 Mornington Dutch Australian Seniors Club Inviting you for a social get together, every Monday from 10.30am - 2pm. Join us in a Dutch card game, “Klaverjas” and a social game of Rummicub. Coffee and tea supplied. New members welcome. For more information ring Nel 59775680 or Elly 0432933292. Tyabb Hall - Frankston Flinders Rd, Tyabb. Free parking Writers and Poets Society Meetings Morn Pen/Frankston Writers & Poets Society Meet fortnightly at Benton’s Square community centre, 145 Benton’s road, Mornington at 11 am – we all have a story inside us to write. Warm, supportive, and inviting group welcome you. $5 includes refreshments and friendship. E: mpwritersfest@gmail.com www.mpwritersfest.org FB & twitter Volunteers Wanted Enveco Health is an innovative social enterprise aiming to assist those with mental ill-health live independently in the community and to recover in a supportive non-clinical environment. We’re currently seeking volunteers to get involved in this innovative project. If you would like to know more visit www.enveco.org.au and send us a message. Probus Club The Combined Mornington Peninsula Club meets at The Mornington Golf Club, Tallis Drive, Mornington. The Club meets on the first Tuesday of the month (except January) at 9.30 for 10.00am start. Visitors welcome. Call Membership Officer on 0422849177 for details. Community Lunch. Join us for a “Pot Luck” lunch each Thursday from 12 pm to 1 pm. Lunch is prepared and cooked in our own kitchen. Cost $5. Bookings essential before Wednesday 2pm. Mt Eliza Neighbourhood House 90 Canadian Bay Rd, Mt Eliza phone 9787 8160.

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

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

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‘Close peninsula’ call Awards for basketball ‘legend’ to stop virus spread Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au A SOMERS health expert has added her voice to calls the Mornington Peninsula should be excluded from the Greater Melbourne lockdown area to help beat COVID-19. “We need a checkpoint as they have at the border between Victoria and New South Wales to keep people out and stop the virus spreading,” virologist Sue King said. “The state government needs to put a stop to it.” Ms King is backing the mayor Cr Sam Hearn’s demand that the peninsula be designated a regional area so visitors simply cannot flock in from other suburbs and potentially bring infections with them (“Outsiders stay away - mayor” The News, 14/7/20). “This is a highly contagious, deadly disease and we have no idea how many infectious people there are on the peninsula and what suburbs they are in,” she said. “We need to know so we can lock down those suburbs immediately.” Ms King said the problem was exacerbated because people’s Medicare cards link them to their place of residence – not where they had been tested – so it was important for accurate COVID-19 tracing that people stay at their main homes. Ms King studied virology at university and worked in infectious diseases

Going viral: Virologist Sue King wants tougher restrictions on visitors. Picture: Supplied

at a medical school in the UK and is “very familiar with viruses”. She said people visiting the peninsula from inner Melbourne should be quarantined for two weeks – especially those coming from high-risk areas. “This virus is extraordinarily contagious and can last on plastic for seven days,” she said. “It is very stable and presents no symptoms in a significant number of people and is easily passed on – even when an infected person has no symptoms.”

A WOMAN described as a “legend” in the Mornington Peninsula basketball community has been awarded The Jack Carter Memorial Award – Sports Administrator of the Year, for Basketball Victoria. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Mornington District Basketball Association general manager Samantha Browne had to accept the state-wide award in constrained circumstances. Instead of basking in the limelight at a glamorous event at Crown before 2000-plus attendees from hundreds of basketball associations, she had to settle for a Zoom video call presentation by association president Antony Hirst joined by committee members in their own homes. “Our association in the past few years has thrived due to Sam’s hard work, ability and resilience,” Mr Hirst said. “In these COVID-19 times our association is well placed in a sustainable position for long-term viability which would not have been achieved without her input and leadership.” Basketball Victoria was equally impressed: “Samantha’s work with Mornington has increased domestic participation numbers by over 700 and implemented player pathways and skill programs. Her work has also introduced policies and procedures to manage operations, streamlined internal processes and enhanced the member experience.” Ms Browne also received a Change Our Game Scholarship through Sport Victoria. The program helps women access professional learning and development opportunities to enhance skills in sport and recreation leader-

Here’s to you: Samantha Browne receives The Jack Carter Memorial Award – Sports Administrator of the Year, for Basketball Victoria. Picture: Supplied

ship and management. Michelle Bolitho, who is on the committee of management of the Mornington and District Basketball Association, said: “Samantha is one of the few women in Victoria in a general manager role and is paving the way and leaning into the unique challenges that girls in sport face,

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Waste water study Fans at home as players go north up and running WORK has started on a feasibility study into connecting the Mornington Peninsula’s hinterland to a permanent source of water from the Eastern Treatment Plant. The Bangholme plant discharges around 350 million litres of treated waste water a day into Bass Strait at Boags Rocks, near Gunnamatta. The scheme – long promoted by Mornington Peninsula Shire and peninsula MPs – would allow landowners to access the recycled water as it makes its way down the length of the peninsula to the South Eastern Outfall. This renewable supply of treated water would ease pressures imposed on primary producers by climate change, boost food production and strengthen the region’s capabilities against bushfires. Flinders MP Greg Hunt arranged $300,000 from the federal government for a feasibility study into the scheme which has been added to with money from Mornington Peninsula Shire, South East Water and not-for-profit community group Hinterland Environmental Water Scheme. “The economic sustainability and growth of the peninsula’s hinterland is limited by water availability,” the group’s Russell Joseph said. “We currently have farmers and firefighters relying on ground water, farm dams or carting water to a few water tanks. “This climate adaptive project would make the hinterland less vul-

nerable to bushfire and secure its economic future. It would further develop agricultural industries that are fully compatible with the green wedge policy.” The feasibility study, to be completed by mid-2021, will investigate the long-term water needs of the hinterland community. It will explore the potential to increase agricultural production and take advantage of new horticultural opportunities by having droughtproof water supply. Other aims are to increase food production and create jobs; increase the fire-fighting capability; provide water for parks and reserves; reduce reliance on surface water and groundwater for irrigation, allowing these water sources to replenish and improve waterway health, and reduce the amount of waste water going out to sea. The mayor Cr Sam Hearn sees the scheme as being a “win-win for the local economy and the environment” and a “critically important project for the peninsula and Victoria”. “Our agricultural businesses produce around $1.1 billion worth of food a year,” he said. “Access to a clean and reliable water supply would open up new opportunities. “It’s using water that would otherwise be flushed out to sea while allowing our local creeks and aquifers to recharge.” Details: HEWS@mornpen.vic. gov.au or mornpen.vic.gov.au/hinterlandwater Stephen Taylor

FOOTY fans are rallying to fly the flag even as the Victorian AFL teams and their families head north to hopefully complete the season. Carlton supporter Dianne Baxter, of Bittern, says her dog Georgia is also a great fan of the Blues. Although she is probably more of a mascot than active club member, Ms Baxter credits Georgia with having a fine Carlton pedigree. “Her 'grandfather' played in three winning Grand Finals, was the club's leading goal kicker six times and was inducted into the Carlton Hall of Fame. Georgia is definitely a true Blue,” she said. Ms Baxter’s father Ken was “chased” by several VFL clubs, including Essendon and Richmond, while playing for Werribee. However, it was Carlton that eventually won the contest for the recruit who went on to play 153 games and score 365 goals for the Blues. Baxter played from 1938-1941 and 1945-1950. He was the club’s leading goal kicker in six of those years and played in the 1938, 1945 and 1947 Premierships. He was made a life member in 1946 and inducted into the club’s hall of fame by then club president John Elliott on 9 May 1998. Dianne Baxter said her father’s decision to go with Carlton was sealed once he began dating her mother, Maisie, the cousin of the Blues’ then coach, Brighton Diggins. “Mum contacted Brighton who in turn contacted dad. The rest is history,” she said. Ken Baxter died at 41, while he and his then wife Maisie were living in Cheltenham and running a grocery store. Keith Platt

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Grainy narrative in tale of two beaches Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au SAND has become a precious and fought over commodity, and no more so than near some of Australia’s most expensive and exclusive real estate: Portsea. At one end of the town, near the iconic pier, sand has disappeared several times over the past decade, starting in 2009 when dredging of the South Channel changed its shape, causing a new, damaging swell to erode a part of the beach near the Portsea Hotel. With sand trucked in at great expense to taxpayers, the beach was restored, but not to its former glory, or permanently. A couple of years later the imported sand had gone, revealing an underlying reef and requiring expensive sandbags to protect further incursions by the sea. Mornington Peninsula Shire and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning are now looking at spending millions of dollars to build a rock groyne to capture sand dredged from the nearby seabed (“Rock groyne ‘key’ to $20m Portsea beach plan” The News 29/6/20). About 2.5 kilometres further west, sand has also become a valuable commodity, but this time it is a build up of the fine grains that are enabling an adjoining land owner to claim part of the beach, increasing both the size and worth of his property. Trucking magnate Lindsay Fox has successfully been down that track before, being given approval by the land

A HELICOPTER partly obscured by hedges on the family compound of Lindsay Fox at Point King Beach, Portsea. Fox family companies have applied for ownership of an area covered by sand between the property and the high tide mark. Picture: Yanni

titles office on Christmas Eve 2013 to extend his property boundary onto Point King Beach by about 45 metres. Mr Fox made his claim, based on an ancient law of England never tested in Australia, after a build-up of sand saw the high water mark move even further out to sea from his foreshore property

boundary. This interpretation of common law known as the “doctrine of accretion” enables boundaries to be varied if adjoining land is subject to “natural” rather than “artificial” change. In the six and a half years since Mr Fox was allowed to extend the bounda-

ry of his not insignificant holding near Point King, the sand has again built up and he is again seeking permission to move his boundary towards the receding high tide level. It has been estimated the “new” land involved covers 4700 square metres. Mornington-based planner Watsons

is seeking the boundary change application on behalf of Mr Fox’s family companies. In a separate move, Mr Fox is understood to be challenging planning regulations that, after being changed in 2014, limited the uses of the land within his extended boundary. Shire councillors last week ordered CEO John Baker to “urgently review” any applications to the Supreme Court by Mr Fox “or any related person against the Planning Minister [Richard Wynne]” or any applications made to the Titles Office relating to the boundaries of the Fox property at Point King. Mr Baker is to report his findings to council’s 11 August meeting. Meanwhile, debate still surrounds why sand can build up at one Portsea beach while disappearing from another. Channel deepening has scientific credibility, but some people still hold the belief that it is a natural occurrence. Whatever the reason, sand is proving a costly commodity for taxpayers and a possible financial windfall for others.

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Olympic hopefuls team up to train By Bree Masters ATHLETES training for the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics are being confronted by an unforeseen obstacle: the six-week lockdown aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19. With their training options suddenly curtailed Mornington Peninsula Athletics Club sprinters Sophia Fighera and Matthew Rizzo have teamed up to help each other stay fit for Tokyo. Matthew Rizzo, 2017 Stawell Gift winner, said news of sporting facilities and gyms closing and outdoor exercise being restricted to two people, means his Olympic dream is at stake. “With gyms closing, it will mean that we will not be able to complete our gym sessions and may cause us to be behind the eight ball compared to athletes from other states once the restrictions are over,” Rizzo said. “I am currently in the process of modifying my training sessions and working out a revised training plan with my coach for the next six weeks, that will still allow me to take the path that I need to get me to the Olympic games next year.” Rizzo, 21, of Langwarrin said the lockdown would also have a big impact on training for many athletes around Victoria. “At first, I was disheartened about the news, however I am trying to stay positive, despite the new restrictions,” Rizzo said. “I’ve wanted to go to the Olympics since I was a young boy, so I’m willing to jump a few hurdles to achieve my ultimate goal of representing my country at the Games.” Training partner and fellow Olympic hopeful, Fighera, said training would be different without the moti-

In step: Matthew Rizzo, above, and fellow 2021 Olympic team hopeful Sophia Fighera are training together on the Mornington Peninsula in line with the latest coronavirus restrictions. Picture: Clay Nettlefold

With the big goal of racing at the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games, 22-yearold Fighera said despite the restrictions, she will continue to focus on her ultimate goal of racing at the Games. “I will continue to push myself in every session and focus on both my small and big goals,” she said. “I will focus on working on my weakness and continuing to improve the small aspects in my training.”

vation and company of her peninsulabased Pride Performance squad. “Training without my squad will be very difficult, as we all push each other to be better and we have a lot of fun at training,” Fighera, runner-up in the 2019 Stawell Gift, said. “I am very lucky to still be able to train alongside my sister and have a little gym set up at home so I can still work on my strength.”

Virus effects spur move to peninsula By Danielle Collis MORNINGTON Peninsula real estate agents say an increasing number of Melbourne residents want to move to the Mornington Peninsula. Danckert Real Estate director Sam Danckert said the peninsula was no longer seen as “just a holiday home destination”, with 83 percent of buyer inquiries coming from people now residing within 20 kilometres of Melbourne. “It's been occurring over the past few years, but it’s happening at a greater rate than I've ever seen in over 15 years of working in real estate,” Mr Danckert said. He said the influx of residents was due to several key drivers. “The ability to work from home has reduced the need to live in Melbourne and opened up the possibility to live and work remotely from the peninsula,” he said. “The abundant space and relatively low population density has become even more valuable.” With restrictions on international travel, Mr Danckert said the peninsula has become a “staycation” destination and new residents would

support the local demand businesses require during quieter winter months. Tony Ladiges, of Stone Real Estate, said he had seen a 20 per cent increase in inquiries with most buyers being “sea changers” from the city. Mr Ladiges said peninsula properties were “good value for money”. “Also, just the genuine value for money in terms of what they sell for in the city, and what they can prospectively buy on the peninsula,” Mr Ladiges said. With the rise of coronavirus cases in metropolitan Melbourne, Mr Ladiges said the peninsula was seen as a “less volatile” place to live and a “hidden secret”. “I guess from a personal perspective, being born and bred and always lived on the Mornington Peninsula, but also experiencing living in other major cities in Australia, there's more to offer here than people recognise,” he said. “And I think people are starting to quickly appreciate all the benefits and the amenities that the peninsula offers.”

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Fit for purpose: Australian Ninja Warrior competitors Ashlin Herbert, Troy Cullen, Zak Stolz and Charlie Robbins, and Ashlin’s girlfriend Sarah Blackmore, train at Peninsula Gymnastics, Rosebud. Picture: Yanni

‘Warriors’ vie for an edge THE season return of Australian Ninja Warrior has a Mornington Peninsula flavour. The competitors include fan favourite Ashlin Herbert, of Mornington, alongside his mates Troy Cullen and Zak Stolz, of Rye, and last year’s winner Charlie Robbins, also of Rye. Joining the Channel 9 show is Herbert’s girlfriend Sarah Blackmore, also of Rye, who, after training with the boys for the past three years, decided to give the course a go. Fans believe there’s a good chance one of the peninsula’s team will take

out the title of Australia’s first Ninja Warrior. The show is being contested by 140 “everyday Aussies who just happen to be inspirational athletes” training hard to take on the obstacle course. Ninjas will compete head-to-head for the first time, and the fastest Ninja on the Power Tower will receive a time advantage going into the semifinals. There, the two fastest Ninjas each night will compete on a tougher Power Tower set-up, and the fastest Ninja will earn a rerun if he or she

splashes out in the grand finals. The competitor who goes farthest and fastest wins $100,000. A competitor who conquers the so-far-unclimbable Mt Midoriyama in the fastest time will win $400,000 and claim the title of Australia’s first ever Ninja Warrior. The ninja warrior course is at the Melbourne Showgrounds. In a new, later program the best competitors from each state will team up to battle it out for $100,000 as Australian Ninja Warrior: State of Origin. Stephen Taylor

NAVIGATION technology company Sealite is the major player behind plans for a $540 million technology park at Somerville. The company says the proposed Mornington Peninsula Technology Park will activate projects and deliver jobs and growth as part of an “urgent pandemic recovery”. Backing for the plan is being sought from Mornington Peninsula Shire and the state government as part of the Building Victoria’s Recovery Taskforce. The shire claims the peninsula has “been hit harder than most areas of Victoria in terms of job losses and general economic downturn” (“Shire seeks $320m rescue package” The News 22/6/20). However, the shire has already earmarked land for a similar technology park on the outskirts of Hastings. Backers of the Somerville plan consider the shire’s proposal “to still be embryonic and not able to deliver results for some time” while their’s can be providing jobs within 12 months. Sealite, already based at Somerville, is set to be the Mornington Peninsula Technology Park’s anchor tenant. The company is a global leader in designing and manufacturing marine and aviation aids to navigation. It has plants and offices in Australia, Sin-

gapore, the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as distributors servicing over 100 countries. CEO Chris Procter said the Somerville proposal had “extensive benefits for the local economy and the local community”. “The Mornington Peninsula Technology Park will deliver hundreds of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars of economic growth, and we are ready to get started now,” he said. “There are some 700 direct and indirect jobs during construction, and around 1500 STEM-related jobs once the precinct is fully populated. This project represents $1.2 billion in economic value for the region and the Victorian economy. This is exactly the kind of project we believe the state government and the council would want to help us recover from the pandemic.” The proposed 50-hectare technology park on Bungower Road is on land designated for port related purposes. The masterplan shows low rise buildings; 50 per cent open space; 25 hectares with 250,000 square metres of floor space targeting high-tech businesses; and a redeveloped heritage precinct and active recreation facilities. Mr Procter said Sealite had “a pipeline” of prospective work worth more than $260 million. “We’re seeing particular growth in defence spending on the upgrade of port infrastructure and military airfields,” he said.

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Noisy night: Frustrated neighbours Gary Mulcahy, Steven Heath, John Kahn, Joanne Heath and Katherine Kahn say weekend holiday renters can stretch the friendship. Picture: Yanni

same thing. “Rosebud police weren’t interested in our complaints until I mentioned noise,” he said. “Our complaints fell on deaf ears. “We shouldn’t have to live like this. “We were told we should go and speak to them. Well, I wouldn’t be go-

ing over to speak to them. They were all on the grog. You could end up getting attacked.” Ms Heath said the police turned up and asked those at the house to be quiet. Once the police left, they had started

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“During the night bottles were thrown at our house and in the morning we woke to glass all over the road, driveway and nature strip.” Ms Heath said she “can’t believe nothing can be done”. “We are in lockdown and so many local businesses are going to close and yet these holidaymakers are still coming and are allowed to come.” She said her family had had issues over the past five years with the property advertised online as a, “Huge 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom double storey house with tennis court and pool” costing $443 a night. “The calibre of the people is just horrendous,” she said, “but my concern at the moment is COVID-19.” Ms Carovale said neighbours’ complaints were often an overreaction and “may or may not be true”. “I’ve often been called down there to answer a complaint and found there’s nothing in it,” she said. “Sometimes there is and sometimes not.” Ms Carovale said she tried hard to satisfy competing interests. “That’s why we have a security company keeping an eye on things. “They went around and found nothing was wrong.” The shire’s environment protection manager John Rankine said current stage three COVID-19 restrictions do not permit holiday or overnight stays. Use of short stay properties or holiday homes could be reported to the Victoria Police Assistance Line 131 444. Rosebud police were contacted for comment.

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Bus operators need support to stay on road Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au A SIX-MONTH extension of the JobKeeper subsidy is “absolutely imperative for the survival of coach tour companies – a vital part of the Mornington Peninsula’s tourism industry”. Chris O’Shannessy, of O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours, based at Rye, said the tourism industry was “not alone in bearing the brunt of the economic crisis this pandemic has caused”. “But I would say without a doubt it is, along with the hospitality industry, one of the hardest hit,” he said. “Our two industries work hand in glove in support of each other.” Mr O’Shannessy said coach touring brought visitors to small, out-of-the-way towns, provided revenue for hospitality businesses, and made holidays possible for those with physical or mobility issues, or who could no longer drive themselves. “This is an entire industry that may close down completely, without a long term future strategy that includes ongoing support,” he said. “Our future survival lies in the hands of our government.” Mr O’Shannessy said his 35-year-old bus touring company was well known on the peninsula. “I would hardly think there is anyone living on the Mornington Peninsula who doesn’t recognise the company logo,” he said. The “mum-and-dad” company employs local people in the office, as well as tour directors from around the country. “We completed over 100 tours last year and brought fun and joy to the lives of many Australians, particularly seniors. “In March our operations were reduced dramatically due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our business has been in complete hibernation ever since.” Mr O’Shannessy stressed he was “not whingeing”. “We understand why it’s not pertinent to be on the road and we don’t expect to be so for a while, but we do need support for the longer term.”

Rough road ahead: Bus tour operators Bernie and Chris O’Shannessy fear for the future of their industry. Picture: Yanni

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HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR EOI Online: mornpen.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay Hard copy EOI forms are available upon request by phoning 1300 850 600 Email your form with the subject line ‘Selection Panel - Australia Day Local Awards EOI’ to: haveyoursay@mornpen.vic.gov.au Post: Mornington Peninsula Shire Council Attention: Christine Aslanidis Selection Panel - Australia Day Local Awards EOI Private Bag 1000 Rosebud 3939

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Mornington

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Speak to your agent about listing on realestateview.com.au. Be seen everywhere.

MOUNT ELIZA, MORNINGTON, MOUNT MARTHA


On your Marks!

Designed for the Extended Family

MORNINGTON 8/4 St Catherines Court

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SAFETY BEACH 14 Deck Terrace

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• Coveted location next to the fantastic leisure facilities of the Civic Reserve

For sale $560,000 - $580,000

• With 4 bedrooms & 3 bathrooms spread over 3 levels every family member will find their own space

For sale $1,165,000

• Beautifully presented 2 bedroom unit with extra living space courtesy of a large sunroom

Inspect By appointment

• 39 squares of indoor and outdoor living positioned in the heart of Martha Cove with glimpses of Port Phillip bay

Inspect By appointment

• Stunning and surprisingly large landscaped yard with gleaming timber decks

Cameron McDonald 0418 330 916 ruralsales@jlbre.com.au

• The lower level offers a large home theatre room, huge guest bedroom with a two way ensuite and a home office

Stuart Cox 0417 124 707 stuartc@jlbre.com.au

• Updated and fully appointed kitchen adjacent to a cosy lounge with reverse-cycle A/C

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• Multiple living areas and a huge under house workshop/ storage area

Convenient Beachside Location A

• Neat, single level, two bedroom unit

For sale $620,000

• Functional kitchen overlooking the spacious dining and lounge room • Undercover decked area, single garage and generous fenced yard

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Between the Beach & Bentons Square

MORNINGTON 1/2B Marine Avenue • Located just a short walk from Mornington’s Main Street and beaches

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Inspect By appointment Mandy Castle 0407 855 585 mandy.castle@jlbre.com

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MOUNT MARTHA 12/26 Green Island Avenue

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• With the beach in one direction and Bentons Square in the other this single level 3 bedroom villa unit is ideally positioned to take full advantage of all the attractions Mount Martha & Mornington have to offer

For sale $540,000 - $570,000

• Open plan living, 2 way ensuite, gas ducted heating, split system cooling, stone bench tops, stainless steel appliances and an oversized garage with ample rear access all add to this properties appeal

Stuart Cox 0417 124 707 stuartc@jlbre.com.au

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ON THE COVER

SPECTACULAR CHARM AND CHARACTER IN MOUNT ELIZA AT rest in the arc of an exceptionally peaceful court, this elegant Woodlands home luxuriates in tranquil leafy surrounds where a view of Port Phillip Bay can be enjoyed from the kitchen and formal lounge. Beautifully set on a superb 2830 square metre block, adorned with a small orchard and raised vegetable beds, this charming home is pure magic and will enchant buyers with its eye catching Federation tones and soothing gardens. The lovely weatherboard facade is complemented by a variety of neat hedge rows and a garden path leads you up to the splendid verandah and large formal entry. The pleasant colour scheme seen from the front continues throughout the handsome formal lounge which has a gas fireplace and magnificent sash timber windows that perfectly frame the gardens. It is the vast open plan family zone that ultimately grabs and holds your attention with swathes of natural light gleaming off the Victorian Ash timber floors and a sparkling outlook to the in ground pool and entertaining area. A neat kitchen has stone bench tops and plenty of storage space, and appliances include a dishwasher and a Miele oven with induction cook top. There is a comfortable dining area and through the lounge room is a separate study. To the east wing are three bedrooms; the stylish master bedroom has a fabulous ensuite and large walk-in robe, with two more bedrooms, both with built-in robes sharing an equally well-appointed main bathroom. Over to the west wing is an excellent guest bedroom with powder room. Externally, the property continues to impress with the private pool area ready and waiting for summer fun and the vast swathes of lawns and gardens that will entertain children and pets with a variety of places to climb and explore. From the street a paved driveway leads up to a fantastic three car carport and double garage with attached sheds and green house.n

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ADDRESS: 6 Moorna Court, MOUNT ELIZA FOR SALE: $1,380,000 - $1,480,000 DESCRIPTION: 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 car INSPECT: By Appointment AGENT: Sue Monaghan 0400 481 862, Stone Real Estate, Suite 2/1a Main Street, Mornington, 5970 8000

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

FRANKSTON SOUTH 22 Maberley Crescent $850,000 - $935,000 open to view private inspections by appointment ● Character filled family home in the heart of leafy Frankston South ● Beautifully presented split level solid brick family home is freshly painted ● New carpets throughout and offers easy living

BED

4

BATH

2

CAR

2

Kate Billson | 0417 514 045 Jarrod Carman | 0423 144 102

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

Sarah Baker

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR 2020 NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

Jarrod Carman

PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR 2020 REGIONAL

Eview Mornington Peninsula SALES OFFICE OF THE YEAR 2020 REGIONAL

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

BED

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SAFETY BEACH 2 Bowline Lane

BATH

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CAR

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BED

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MOUNT MARTHA 7 Bayland Place

$690,000 - $759,000 open to view as advertised online or by appointment

$690,000 - $759,000 open to view as advertised online or by appointment

● Two living areas including lounge, master suite with park outlook

● Modern two storey townhouse is sure to impress

● Open plan living/dining opening to sunny courtyard

● Spacious open plan living / dining area

● Stone-topped kitchen with gas cooktop & dishwasher

Jarrod Carman | 0423 144 102

BATH

2

CAR

2

Jarrod Carman | 0423 144 102

● Covered decked alfresco area

‘Mornington Peninsula’s most trusted real estate agent’ Eview Group Mornington Peninsula Office Awarded #1 Office of the Year 2015 and 2016

#5 Sales Office in Australia *REB Awards

Jarrod Carman Awarded #1 Principal of the Year 2015 2016, 2017 and 2018

Awarded #1 Principal of The Year – Regional 2020 ®

2018

AGENCY

OF THE YEAR

AWARD WINNER

BED

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MORNINGTON 10 Cottage Place

BATH

2

CAR

2

Contact Agent For Price open to view as advertised online or by appointment ● Enormous rear deck for alfresco dining, heated swimming pool

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Jarrod Carman Licensed Estate Agent

● Set on 1594m2 approx with three large living areas ● Chefs kitchen with induction cooktop, 2 ovens & WI pantry

MORNINGTON VIC

Jarrod Carman | 0423 144 102

0423 144 102

jarrod.carman@eview.com.au jarrod.carman.eview jarrodcarman

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DOWNSIZING? .... Don't move until you've read this

FREE eBOOK

Discover everything you need to know about moving to a smaller place

for your free eBook call or text Janet McNeill 0419 503 327 McNeill Real Estate 03 5977 1737 14/33 Milgate Drive Mornington 3931 www.McNeillRealEstate.com.au

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A unique orchard in the heart of Red Hill, this magnificent 6.2 hectare (approx 15 acres) property offers an opportunity to escape to the hinterland, where a paddock-to-plate existence on rich soil, and 360-degree nature views will nourish the soul. The ´Red Hill Cherry Farm´ is tucked away in a quiet country lane where a vast expanse of undulating land unveils itself to those seeking a better life.

Inspection: Price Guide:

By private appointment $3,000,000 - $3,300,000

Contact:

Tony Ladiges / 0414 905 873 tonyladiges@stonerealestate.com.au Hannah Williamson / 0434 655 051 hannahwilliamson@stonerealestate.com.au

> Vast undulating hinterland acreage > Largely original 1970s farmhouse > Second residence with 5 bedrooms

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Positioned to capture treetop views and built to cater for the whole clan, this 4-bedroom home with a big back yard is the complete family package. This fresh and flowing property is walking distance to schools and doors to parkland and a playground when leisure time calls. The 717sqm (approx) allotment offers plenty of space for active children plus scope to add a deck or a pool (STCA).

Inspection: Price Guide:

By private appointment $650,000 - $690,000

Contact:

Kristen Jones / 0426 956 315 kristenjones@stonerealetate.com.au

2

> Generous 717sqm (approx) allotment > Sparkling interior with 2 living rooms > Fresh kitchen with a 900mm gas cooktop

4

2

2

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Elevated to enjoy sweeping Peninsula views in an idyllic setting amongst treetops and opposite a reserve, this weatherboard beauty is effortlessly in sync with nature. This is a home set to steal hearts with its soaring vaulted ceiling, loft studio and study, stunning sunrises and rustic warmth. It occupies a generous block near amenities and a world away from the hustle and bustle of life.

Inspection: Price Guide:

By private appointment $750,000 - $825,000

Contact:

Tony Ladiges / 0414 905 873 tonyladiges@stonerealestate.com.au Hannah Williamson / 0434 655 051 hannahwilliamson@stonerealestate.com.au

> Charming weatherboard façade > 790sqm (approx) in a peaceful street > Loft studio/bedroom with a postcard view

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A luxury beachside home fresh from a full renovation, this stylish sanctuary in a quiet court is set to impress. This is designer living by the coast, where a zoned single-level interior with a soaring ceiling sets the scene for indoor-outdoor entertaining, family living and a peaceful Peninsula lifestyle. Walk to the foreshore and the local cafĂŠ and enjoy easy access to excellent schools.

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Sold:

Contact agent

Contact:

Tony Ladiges / 0414 905 873 tonyladiges@stonerealestate.com.au Hannah Williamson / 0434 655 051 hannahwilliamson@stonerealestate.com.au

> Deluxe kitchen with a butlers pantry > Luxe bedrooms inc an ensuited master > Covered alfresco entertaining deck

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2

2

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Absorb the stunning sense of space and style within this fully renovated, singlelevel home on a beautiful 743 sqm (approx) beachside block. One for spaceseekers and indoor-outdoor lovers, it is designed to catch the eye and soothe the soul with its airy coastal vibe, outdoor spa and big back yard for children and pets. The good life awaits, walking distance to the shore and shops.

Inspection: Price Guide:

By private appointment $1,100,000 - $1,200,000

Contact:

Kara James / 0412 939 224 karajames@stonerealestate.com.au

> Walk to the beach and shops > Alfresco deck and 2 living rooms > Deluxe stone-topped kitchen

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Impeccably presented and positioned to capture bay views, this near-new luxury beachside home is set to create waves. This is the only house in the court, walking distance to the beach. Soaring ceilings add a sense of grandeur to a modern interior with double glazing throughout and alfresco entertaining.

2

Inspection: Price Guide:

By private appointment $950,000 - $1,020,000

Contact:

Kara James / 0412 939 224 karajames@stonerealestate.com.au

2

> Covered deck, balcony views > Ground-floor master suite > Stone kitchen, 2 living rooms

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SOLD

SOLD

SOLD

SOLD

SOLD

16 Hopetoun Avenue MOUNT MARTHA $1,371,000

1 Dickinson Grove MOUNT MARTHA $1,435,000

71 Panorama Drive MOUNT MARTHA $1,285,000

18 Solomons Terrace MOUNT MARTHA $1,161,000

12 Village Close MOUNT MARTHA $1,310,000

SOLD

SOLD

SOLD

SOLD

OFF MARKET

OFF MARKET

SOLD

159 Somerset Drive MOUNT MARTHA Contact Agent

117 Dunns Road MOUNT MARTHA $710,000

1 Reeve Street MOUNT MARTHA Contact Agent

41 Marguerita Avenue MOUNT MARTHA $1,360,000

27 Cornwall Crescent MOUNT MARTHA $1,050,000

SOLD

SOLD

SOLD

SOLD

SOLD

OFF MARKET

26 Glenisla Drive MOUNT MARTHA Contact Agent

24 Deakin Drive MOUNT MARTHA Contact Agent

21 Kiaora Avenue MOUNT MARTHA Contact Agent

14 Legacy Drive MOUNT MARTHA $1,740,000

13 Clarkes Avenue MOUNT MARTHA $1,090,000

Love dealing with this cheerful positive team! "Amanda and her team are brilliant at listening to your dreams and desires! In such weird and confusing times as now, Amanda gave me the flexibility and the confidence to make plans and head forward knowing that beautiful homes find beautiful buyers. Understanding the emotional side to selling and buying, the insight into reading between the lines, plus Amanda's knowledge of the area, the current vibe in the market was second to none. She made me feel part of the team and the process was seamless. Thankyou so much guys..now onto the next adventure filled journey!!" VENDOR | 71 PANORAMA DRIVE, MOUNT MARTHA

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‘a lifestyle village for the over 50’s’ 249 High Street, Hastings, 3915 www.peninsulaparklands.com.au

NEW

$210,000 u u u u

Bed

Bath

Car

2

1

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Large lounge & dining area Galley kitchen with upright stove Two large bedroom both w/BIR’s Separate laundry and bathroom

$220,000 u u u u

Bed

Bath

Car

2

1

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Kitchen with great bench space Lounge room with air-conditioning Renovated bathroom and laundry Rear verandah, single carport

$230,000 u u u u

Bed

Bath

Car

2

1

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Fantastic open plan Kitchen plus separate dining area Lounge with air-conditioning Single garage with roll-a-door

SOLD

$235,000 u u u u

Bed

Bath

Car

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$250,000

u Kitchen/diner with bay window Lounge and main bedroom both with air-con u u Separate bathroom and laundry u Front & rear verandahs, lock-up storage

Bed

Bath

Car

2

1

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Huge lounge with new carpet Both bedrooms have BIR’s Kitchen with great bench space Veranda and a single carport

$260,000 u u u u

u u u u

Bed

Bath

Car

2

1

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Fantastic open floor plan Huge kitchen and dining area Lounge room with air-conditioning Single garage with auto roller door

$290,000 u u u u

Bath

Car

2

1

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Fantastic floor plan Huge kitchen & dining area Large lounge with air-conditioning European laundry

SOLD

NEW

$280,000

Bed

Bed

Bath

Car

2

1

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Two bedrooms with BIR’s Large lounge with raked ceiling Spacious kitchen/dining area Garden shed, single garage

$325,000 u u u u

Bed

Bath

Study

Car

2

1

1

1

Open plan living Kitchen with great bench space Lounge room with raked ceilings 2.2 K/W solar system has been installed

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Prime Position MORNINGTON 81 Watt Road • Two storey office/retail/warehouse with built in security system • Retail permit in place on the ground level • Ground floor - 321.9m2 (approx) warehouse & 138.2 m2 (approx) entry and retail • Upstairs - 173.9 m2 (approx) office space • Retail permit in place on the ground level

For sale $1,490,000 (plus GST if applicable)

Michelle Adams 0407 743 858 michellea@jlbre.com.au

Maximise your exposure MORNINGTON 2/1 Mornington Tyabb Road • 172 m2 approx • Fully refurbished 1st level space with expansive views • Office space • Signage rights available • Available now

Jeremy Lewis 0417 047 092 jeremy.lewis@jlbre.com.au

For lease

SOLD IN 7 DAYS MORNINGTON 1/139 Main Street • Retail investment of approximately 75m2 • Kitchen & toilet facilities

SOLD IN 7 DAYS

• Storage room and rear entry to shop

Michelle Adams 0407 743 858 michellea@jlbre.com.au

Prominent Main Street Location MORNINGTON 315 Main Street • Perfectly located on Main Street in the heart of Mornington • 3 levels of office space with a lift • 225 m2 approx of fitted out offices, meeting rooms and kitchen space • Allocated basement carparking

For lease $6000 pcm + GST + Outgoings

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IT’S

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More than $1 billion in tax refunds paid THE Australian Taxation Office has so far received over 1.7 million individual 2020 returns, an increase of 12% for the same period last year. Assistant Commissioner Karen Foat noted that despite needing to process a record number of tax returns, tax refunds have begun arriving in bank accounts. “We saw the biggest 1 July ever, with ATO staff hard at work to ensure we could receive over 740,000 online lodgments on the day, ranging from income tax returns, to early release of super and JobKeeper applications. This is up from just over 100,000 online lodgments across our channels on 1 July 2019. “More than $1 billion has hit around 457,000 taxpayers bank accounts. Most returns that are lodged electronically are processed within two weeks so refunds for the first returns lodged will continue to be issued into the first half of next week,” Ms Foat said. Taxpayers wanting to check the progress of their return can do so by logging onto myGov and clicking through to the ATO or contacting their registered tax agent. “So far, we’re looking at a record-breaking tax time in terms of lodgement numbers, but one thing we don’t want to see is a recordbreaking number of easily avoidable errors. These errors slow down returns or might lead to an unexpected debt down the track. “While we’re pleased that many early lodgers are getting it right,

there are some trends in the issues we’ve been seeing,” Ms Foat said. Top 3 lodgment issues for tax time 2020 Claiming multiple working from home methods for the same period “We’ve already seen some taxpayers claiming working from home expenses under multiple methods either accidentally or deliberately. It’s important to remember that if you’re claiming under the working from home shortcut method for 1 March–30 June 2020, you can’t claim any other expenses for working from home for that period. “If you want to specifically claim the depreciation of big-ticket items like laptops or desks, you can use one of the existing methods, but you can’t double-dip and claim under the shortcut method as well” Ms Foat said. “We’ve already seen a number of people calling to advise that they have made a mistake in their working from home claims and seeking to amend their returns. “The 80 cents per hour short cut method was developed to make things easy for taxpayers this year and takes into account all working from home costs such as electricity, depreciation on office furniture and laptops and phone, internet and stationery costs. It’s an all-inclusive rate so you can’t claim any other working from home expenses if you use it.

“If you want to claim under one of the existing methods, it’s really important that you either work through the detailed guidance on our website or talk to your tax agent because it is complicated and it’s an area that we see a lot of people making mistakes. We are also receiving a lot of calls from people not sure where to claim their working from home expenses. To claim these amounts include them at ‘other work related expenses, and if using the 80 cents per hour short-cut method, include ‘COVID-hourly rate’ in the description. Copying and pasting last year’s deductions “One concerning trend we’re seeing, is people increasing deductions where they’ve spent more, like working from home, but forgetting to reduce claims in areas they have cut spending. “We know that more people have been working from home, working reduced hours or unfortunately not working at all. So, if you aren’t travelling for work, you can’t claim travel expenses. If you aren’t wearing your work uniform, you can’t claim laundry expenses. Forgetting to include some income “The most common mistake we see with early lodgers is forgetting to report all their income. “We automatically include

income information in your return from employers, banks, private health insurers, and government agencies. For most people this information is ready by the end of July. If you’re lodging early, it’s crucial you check this information is there and manually add it if it’s not. “While we try to include as much as possible, we are asking taxpayers to add any amounts that aren’t automatically included to your return. This includes cash wages, foreign sourced income, or even gains from cryptocurrency,” Ms Foat said. “Leaving out income can delay your return, particularly when we receive those income details from third parties whilst we are processing your return. Unfortunately, we can confirm that approximately one in five people who lodged early won’t be getting their refunds in the first batches out because they didn’t take the time to include this income. Working from home shortcut extended to 30 September 2020 As working from home due to COVID-19 has continued for some people into the new financial year, the ATO is reassuring taxpayers that the short cut method of 80 cents per hour will continue to be available to work out your claims until 30 September 2020. More information on the shortcut method is available on our website at ato.gov.au/WFH

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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

AGL’s gas import plan needs assurances about insurances AGL has produced a very comprehensive qualitative environment effects statement tabling the risks of the proposed development on the biophysical/environmental consequence and the socio-economic consequence of the proposed gas Import Jetty and pipeline project in Western Port, on each step of the development and applying a rating on each step from negligible to severe (“Late entry adds pressure to gas plan” The News 7/7/20). What is missing from the documentation is the important de-tail of the liability by AGL and AGL’s commitment, in the event of an accident, to cover the costs of compensation to the state government, the affected councils and the residents if there is a serious leakage either from a tanker in Western Port or from the land pipeline. A leakage could be caused by human error, a natural disaster such as an earth-quake, tsunami or a once in a lifetime storm. The effects of such an ecological disaster depending on the scope, may not only kill all the marine plants and animals, it would be the end of the tourist trade, the end of swimming, fishing and beach activities. The value of surrounding proper-ties would plunge. The recent oil spill in the Arctic is just one such event. Approval cannot be granted to the project unless this question is properly addressed. Details must include the details of the insurance companies willing to carry the risk, the disaster management plan and details of compensation. Meg Paul, Merricks Beach

Beach should be public The state government and Lands Council must not allow billionaire Lindsay Fox to acquire 75 metres of sand to the water’s edge at Portsea. I would like to know how much is Mr Fox paying to extend his Portsea compound? What’s next? Making an application based on the common law, “the doctrine of accretion”, to extend his sand out to the South Channel? Maybe it would be renamed Fox Channel. Where is it going to end? Lynette Stewart, Toorak

Mixed languages The topic of the new aquatic centre [being built at Rosebud] rumbles on and on but, as far as I can tell, we have not yet heard from any native speaker as to what it might have been called 400 or more years ago (“Yawa favoured as pool centre name” The News 22/6/20). I understand that there were some 80 Aboriginal tongues spoken in what is currently known as Victoria, so surely some of them would be relevant In the meantime, pending such advice, it is worth remembering that the official language of this country is English, which is also the first language of the overwhelming majority of people who live on the Mornington Peninsula - or whatever it should now be called. In the interests of clarity for all, there is much

to be said for Rosebud Aquatic Centre but, as has previously been suggested, this could easily be supplemented with an appropriate Aboriginal name or word. Ron Simpson, Mornington

Unfair charge I am very surprised to learn that Mornington Peninsula Shire Council voted unanimously to maintain the Hastings promotional scheme and associated Hastings special charge promotional fund for an additional seven years as another cost burden to struggling businesses to pay in the town. The report compiled by senior economic development officer Sally McLennan refers to “signed informal support forms” which are not subject to authentication by the general public or business owners to be affected by the cost. The support form circulated by the Westernport Chamber of Commerce & Industry omits to mention that there are dozens of businesses within the boundary of the Hastings special charge zone that will never directly pay the cost as an outgoing under their lease while other businesses will, so there is no level playing field for local Hastings businesses. The support form also neglects to clarify that it is the owner of the property that will bear the charge, unless the lease agreement in place allows for reimbursement by the ten-ant/business owner. Landlords of vacant shops will be stuck with the cost. For what and why if there is no business in the premises to promote in the first place? I envisage a groundswell of opposition for the renewal of the Hastings special charge and anticipate the abolishment rather than renewal of same in the near future. The shire should budget for all facets of promotional expenditure, including business activity districts on the Mornington Peninsula. We certainly should not be sniping unsuspecting businesses during these unprecedented tough times to top up their coffers. Paul Abel, Mount Eliza

Melburnians ‘out’ I am in total accord with Mornington Peninsula Shire mayor Sam Hearn when he encourages Melburnians to stay at home. We don’t want another Aspen fiasco (“Outsiders stay away mayor” The News 15/7/20). We know (as we were shown on past news coverages) of people who openly admitted to leaving their Melbourne residence and moving into their peninsula holiday home and even changing the address shown on their driver’s licence and with the shire. Will they become permanent residents? Probably not. It’s reassuring to see the police putting up “checkpoint Charlie’s” to stop any others that have the same ideas from coming in. A few have slipped in as locals who I’ve spoken with have said that some of the holiday

homes in their streets are occupied. Perhaps a door knock by authorities is required to weed them out? At the moment, we are free from infection let’s keep it that way. John Cain, McCrae

Government at fault I find it quite amusing that bountiful praise is heaped on Premier [Daniel] Andrews “on the fine job he is doing to protect us all despite his detractors” (“Opposition leader should keep quiet unless he can be helpful” and “Confident in Andrews” Letters 14/7/20). It might be news to the authors of both letters that it is widely recognised that the current out-break of COVID-19 is a result of the mismanagement by the Victorian government and their authorities of the hotel quarantine fiasco. Bill Holmes, Sorrento

No bias needed Victorian [Liberal leader] Michael O’Brien and his cohort Tim Smith have absolutely nothing constructive to say in our fight against a virus which has no political bias (“Opposition leader should keep quiet unless he can be helpful” Letters 14/7/20). In contrast, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and [Health Minister and Flinders MP] Greg Hunt have been helpful and supportive in Victoria’s ongoing plight. [The Premier] Daniel Andrews has worked tirelessly in the midst of constant negativity and criticism. If we are all in this together, we must accept the restrictions and lockdowns if we ever want things to re-turn to normal again. Diane Utber, Dromana

Petition ‘off base’ It’s not surprising that Liberal Hastings MP Neale Burgess is promoting a petition to exclude the Mornington Peninsula from the current COVID-19 lockdown that states “zero active cases on the Mornington Peninsula’’. This statement itself shows how far off base they are. Active cases are reported where people live not where they tested positive. This means our good friends from Toorak can come down and test positive in Rosebud and the peninsula is “COVID-19 free”. Even if hundreds of Toorakans are running around after testing positive and passing it on to us, the peninsula is “COVID-19 free”. The petition organisers claim to have “shown since the first lockdown here on the Mornington Peninsula we can successfully operate with appropriate social distancing” but have obviously forgotten the Portsea cluster during stage one. And how this thick as two short planks claim makes any sense at all is mystifying: “Including us actually allows easy access to the rest of metropolitan Melbourne into the Mornington Peninsula and potentially promoting the spread of the virus excluding us would keep us safer” (like the stage one Portsea cluster?). Does this make any sense? Do they even know the lockdown rules? There are only four reasons that you can leave home: to shop for food and essential goods or services; to provide care for compassionate reasons or to seek medical treatment; to exercise or for outdoor recreation; for work or study if you can’t do it from home. The mayor Cr Sam Hearn also got it wrong.

I’m not sure how this approach would make one iota of difference (“Outsiders stay away mayor” The News 15/7/20). Joe Lenzo, Safety Beach

Spending dilemma As aged pensioners, my wife and I are thankfully in receipt of the $1500 cash bonus, which is intended to stimulate the Australian economy. We could go out and buy a new appliance or two, but every-thing is made in China. If we buy a TV, vacuum, phone, computer, electric blanket, shirt or shoes, most of the money will go to China, stimulate the communist Chinese economy and provide jobs for the Chinese people. US President Donald Trump would have an apocalyptic fit if he knew that the Australian government was spending billions helping the Chinese economy thus. We can’t go out and gift the money to a publican who owns poker machines, we are not allowed out to support inconsequential tourism or hospitality businesses which may be here today and gone tomorrow and nobody would notice. One of the few local substantial businesses employing a lot of local residents is the steel mill at Hastings. I should support it by buying a heap of corrugated iron roofing and build a garage, with cement, steel and lights, but I did that many years ago, when the old Mornington Shire issued me with a building permit for my plan, including advice and an inspection, all for $10, as one of their services for ratepayers. Now, wouldn’t that stimulate the economy? So, I really can’t spend that money patriotically or productively. What a quandary, it could drive a man to drink. Brian A Mitchelson, Mornington

Refugees’ anniversary This week (19 July) marks seven years of detention for many refugees and asylum seekers who came by boat after July 2013. They came to Australia seeking safety from homes and countries where they were at risk of suffering persecution. Many came as children or young people and are now adults. They are locked in detention centres and many thousands more in community detention or on temporary visas unable to settle permanently. More than 60 men are now in detention at the Mantra Hotel in Preston, waiting for up to one year for urgent medical attention. More than 100 more men are in detention in Brisbane. These people have endured severe detention for up to seven years with resulting long term poor physical and mental health. Now that we know what weeks of uncertainty and COVID-19 isolation feels like it is hard to imagine experiencing this for seven years. Is this the way a decent government fulfils its duty of care to people seeking asylum? Why is the Australian government keeping desperate people in endless isolation and hopelessess? And to what end? What cost? How much longer? As a way of recognising this unhappy anniversary, Grandmothers for Refugees encourages Australians to say or do something positive however small, in defence of refugees. Ann Renkin, Shoreham

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Complaints against Cr. W. J Oates - allegations unsustained Compiled by Cameron McCullough MR. Murphy, dairyman, had made certain complaints to the Frankston branch of the Returned Soldiers’ Association to the effect that Cr Oates was interfering in his business which has since been purchased by Mr Barber. The branch invited Mr Barber to make a written complaint, but he did not do so, and made a verbal statement, which was taken down in writing. It was decided to acquaint Cr Oates with the nature of the complaints made, and Mr Barber was informed that he must substantiate his charges at this meeting. Cr Oates was supplied with a copy of the complaint as follows: (1) Using your position and knowledge, whilst a member of the Local Repatriation Committee, to obtain and canvas Mr Barber’s customers, whilst negotiations were in progress for completing the purchase of Mr Murphy’s business by Mr Barber through the Repatriation Department. (2) Sending out circulars and business cards notifying Mr Murphy’s customers that he, Mr Murphy, had sold his business, and asking that you should be favored with their patronage. (3) Having entered into an agreement (verbal) with Mr Barber that the price of milk be 8½d per qt and advertising same in the local paper, you have in several instances without Mr Barber’s sanction or knowledge (at the time of serving such customers) sold milk to them at a reduced price, viz 7½d per qt. The Chairman then read the signed statement made by Mr Barber on which the complaints were based, and in which Mr Barber also described

how he got certain information from a friend in the Repatriation Department. The Chairman – You have heard the complaints read, Mr Barber, are they correct ? Mr Barber – Yes ! He added that he had been unable to obtain a copy of the circular sent out by Cr Oates, but had been given permission to mention that Mrs Garrood had received one. This lady also stated that Cr Oates had waited on her before he (Mr Barber) took over from Mr Murphy and solicited her custom. The Chairman – But we must bare proofs of your statements. If you can prove these charges against Cr Oates, we will know how to deal with him, but if not its up to you to make amends. Mr Barber said he had no proofs. Dr Maxwell said they could not act on a mere statement. Members of the branch were anxious to stick to a returned man, but they could not endorse Mr Barber’s’ complaints without supporting evidence. Cr Oates thought Mrs Garrood should have been present. They had only a mere statement. Mr Barber – Mrs Garrood’s statement is as good as yours! Dr Maxwell (warmly) – But she is not here! You are making fools of us! The Chairman said that definite proof must be adduced. Mr Barber – I have tried to get it. The Chairman – Are you willing to withdraw? Mr Barber – No, I will take the case to the Repatriation Department. Mr Murphy said that when Mr Barber complained to him that Cr Oates was canvassing his customers the

speaker interviewed them, and asked them to support Mr Barber, who was a returned soldier, and had paid £275 for the business. After he had sold the business to Mr Barber, several customers stated that they had received letters and cards from Mr Oates asking for custom. The Chairman – Was that while the sale of the business was being negotiated and in the hands of the Repatriation Committee? Mr Murphy – I don’t know that the business was ever referred to the local Repatriation Committee. Cr Oates claimed the right to cross examine. He said he was charged in the first place with “using his position and knowledge.” The returned men present and the public generally expected Mr Barber to prove that allegation. Did he (the speaker) go to returned soldiers and say “Give me your custom – I am president of the Repatriation Executive and will see that you are dealt with alright?” The Chairman thought the meaning was that Cr Oates’ knowledge was obtained as a member of the Repatriation Committee to the detriment of Mr Barber’s business. Cr Oates thought Mr Barber should explain. Mr Barber – You knew that the business was for sale, and you said to my customers, “If Murphy is selling will you give me first turn.” Cr Oates – Will you withdraw that now ? Mr. Barber – No, I will withdraw nothing! Cr Oates – I will let that stand over for the present.

Referring to the next charge, Cr Oates said it was complained, that he obtained and canvassed Mr Barber’s customers. He asked would Mr Barher give names? Mr Barber – No, I refuse. Cr Oates (excitedly) – That is no good to me. You have mentioned one lady’s name. “I don’t know her. I have never met her in my life. I am not going to put up with anymore of this business. I have been humiliated by men who have only been in the district a few weeks, and I am going to have these scandals exposed. Cr Oates – When were these customers supposed to have been canvassed ? Mr Barber – I can’t give the exact date, but it was sometime between 1st and 22nd April. Cr Oates – I will give you some information. It was not until May 7th that the Frankston Repatriation Committee was advised that Mr Murphy’s business was for sale. We appointed Mr Johnson and the secretary, Mr Barrett, to value it. When they interviewed Mr Murphy on the following Wednesday, Mr Murphy told them the business was sold and that Mr Barber was taking possession on Friday. Cr Oates, continuing, said that Mr Barber had been asked to produce a copy of the circular he, the speaker, was said to have sent out, but he had failed to do so, and for a very good reason. He had never issued a circular, but simply distributed the ordinary business cards. (Cr Oates here produced the cards in question.) Cr Oates, to Mr. Barber – How many customers do you say were lost from the time Mr Murphy’s started to sell

his business until you took over? Mr Barber – About half a dozen. Cr Oates – I thought it must be 100. Did you ever say it was 40? Mr. Barber – No. Cr Oates said he was still waiting to hear the charge justified that he had used his position to benefit his business. Mr Barber said he would withdraw the word position. The Chairman said that Mr Barhad brought no proof whatever in support of any of his charges, This branch finds that Mr Barber’s charges against Cr Oates are not proved The Chairman, in formally conveying the decision to Cr Oates, said he was very sorry that the matter had come before the branch. The branch was out to right the wrongs of soldiers, but complaints must be backed by evidence. Mr Barber had brought no proofs. Cr. Oates, in reply, said he was sure all present understood his feelings. He had been placed in a humiliating position. It was not necessary for him to detail the work he had done in the interests of the Returned Soldiers. All he had done he had done grudgingly, and his heart was still with the returned men. Cr Oates said he thought Mr Barber ought to apologise? Mr Barber – I withdraw altogether, after hearing Cr Oates, and apologise for what I have done and said. Cr Oates – I accept. (Great applause). *** FROM the pages of the Mornington Standard, 16 July 1920

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Music theatre stars Raise the Curtain to support local theatre companies ‘THE show must go on’ is a phrase many in the performing arts industry have long adhered to, until COVID-19. Whilst some states are beginning to open up their venues, theatres in Victoria still sit dark and empty as performers, stage crew, staff and audiences wait at home for their time to shine again. Like so many arts workers, Nick Rees has been affected by the temporary dimming of the lights in Australian theatre. With the aim of supporting artists and local theatre groups, Rees was inspired to produce Raise the Curtain featuring an incredible cast of names from the music theatre industry to assist both the artists and the local theatre companies who have had productions postponed or cancelled in 2020. “Seeing how much the arts industry has been effected and how long it’s going to take to recover from all this really made me want to dig deep and not only help out those in the professional arts industry but also the local amateur companies,” explains Rees. “A lot of people who are working behind the scenes on the event are from the local companies down on the peninsula so it’s great to have their involvement.” Hosted by Jimmy Rees (ABC’s Giggle & Hoot), Raise the Curtain is a music theatre production not-to-be missed featuring pop, rock and music theatre classics. Performers include Bella Paige (The Voice runner-up 2018), Euan Doidge (Priscilla: Queen of the Dessert), Kala Gare (Six the Musical), Simon Gleeson (Les Misérables), Samm Hagen (Legally Blonde), Nigel Huckle (The Ten Tenors), Joseph Naim (Beautiful: The Carole King Story), Nat O’Donnell (Mamma Mia!), and Angela Scundi (Thoroughly Modern Millie). From adversity comes great opportunity and the Frankston Arts Centre have embraced digital opportunities to open up pathways for performers and artists to connect with audiences. As the

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fourth event in their digital series, the FAC are proud to partner with NR Productions for this exciting fundraising event. Raise the Curtain will be livestreamed from the Frankston Arts Centre on Thursday 30 July, 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at whatever you can afford, with all ticket sales distributed amongst artists on the night, along with local companies PLOS Musical Productions and Panorama Theatre Company. More info at thefac.com.au.au.

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Masks – Part of Victoria’s heritage since 1880 By Stuart McCullough THE news of mandatory mask wearing has taken me completely by surprise. Knowing that I'll be fined $200 for not wearing a mask after Wednesday has made me regret continuing to panic buy toilet paper when everybody else was probably panic buying face masks. How could I have got panic buying so wrong? Now masks are going to be compulsory, the chances of getting one of those officiallooking blue ones that Anthony Edwards used to wear on ‘ER’ are slim to none. Which means I’ll need to make my own. Luckily, I am incredibly practical by nature and willing to face the challenge head on (no pun intended). Using Google and whatever I could find around the house, I managed to create a prototype that is so fit for purpose it could do a three minute mile. If I’m being honest, the overall effect is less ‘pandemic’ and more ‘bushranger’. But also, a fitting nod to our unique Victorian heritage. I'm going to call it the 'Ned Kelly pandemic mask'. As I write, I am wearing the 'Ned Kelly pandemic mask'. That’s despite the fact that I’m currently indoors. It’s sturdy, although a little on the heavy side, which makes entering and exiting a vehicle kind of a challenge. But, boy, do I feel safe. In the same way that Australia has invented everything useful in the past hundred years, including wine casks, the Hills Hoist and grunge music, we also invented the first full-functioning pandemic mask. Ned Kelly was an outlaw and a surprisingly early adopter of the face covering. Like many of us, Ned made his mask at home. It’s as good a model as any – not only

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will it assist to protect you from coronavirus, you can also get your mail delivered to it. But I'm not going to bore you with a full history of Ned and the Kelly Gang. Everybody knows the story. Well, perhaps a quick recap for those that have only arrived here in the last 140 years.... Ned had decided to get together with a few of his friends in Glenrowan for a houseparty at the local inn they had hired out on Airbnb. Well above the number of people allowed in a single dwelling under Level Three Restrictions (especially considering they had 62 hostages), the constabulary were sent in to slap Ned with a $1652 fine. Ned would have none of it, and from there it all went pear-shaped. Unfortunately for Ned, and contrary to modern epidemiology, the thing that would eventually take him down would end up embedded in his legs, and not in his upper nasal passage. If only the police had been firing airborne virus particles and not lead bullets, Ned would still be with us today. Ned Kelly was convicted for the crimes of murder, armed robbery, and the excessive hoarding of toilet paper. Some things never change. Although things didn’t work out for Ned, we can all enjoy the fruits of his labour. Ned Kelly - bushranger, early adopter and Victoria's first mask wearer. Thanks Ned. As for me, if anybody would like to swap some masks for some toilet paper, please let me know. stuart@stuartmccullough.com

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By Craig MacKenzie FOOTBALL Victoria early last week placed a full stop next to the 2020 season for senior teams in the metropolitan region. However the state body clings to the hope that junior competition at both NPL and community club levels can resume in September pending state government approval. The anticipated end to the 2020 season was first announced in an email to clubs and followed up the next day with an official media release whose main points were: – Senior metropolitan competitions (NPL and community) will not proceed or resume as fixtured – Junior NPL and community club competitions are planned to resume in a modified form in September (subject to government restrictions) – Modified football competitions to be developed with clubs for September onwards in various forms and locations (subject to government restrictions) – A FV 2020 fee policy, based on cost apportionment principles, is being finalised. All three local clubs with junior NPL licences – Langwarrin, Mornington and Peninsula Strikers – are likely to participate in whatever may remain of the 2020 season. However neither Mornington nor Strikers will compete at community junior level this year. Langy hopes to but if a modified junior season starts up as scheduled it will coincide with the redevelopment of the top pitch at Lawton Reserve. “It’s going to be a logistical nightmare but we will absolutely make it work,” Langwarrin president Tanya Wallace said. A major electrical upgrade at Lawton Park was completed last week but in September the top pitch will be ripped up and completely resurfaced with new drainage, new irrigation, levelling of the new pitch, upgrade of coaching boxes, new fencing, new gates at the second entrance off Barrett’s Road and a new high fence behind the goals at the clubroom end of the pitch. Mornington is in talks with FV and Mornington Peninsula Shire Council about arranging an abbreviated junior season for local community clubs. The Dallas Brooks Reserve outfit has

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held talks with Mount Eliza, Mount Martha, Somerville, Rosebud, Rosebud Heart and Westernport. “It’s early days yet but the signs are promising,” Mornington president Matt Cameron said. “We’re hoping to put together a sixto eight-week junior competition and we’re still working through the details with Greg (Hurvitz, local FV club ambassador). “The clubs prefer to stay within the local area rather than travelling to other municipalities. “We are all working together which is fantastic the way we’ve been able to do that over this period. “We’ll talk to the council about getting extended times on grounds and if we can run into summer that’s probably what we’ll try and do.” Mornington is now dealing with the issue of refunding player fees to parents. “We probably will look at a rollover to next season,” Cameron said. “If we can arrange some sort of season with the local clubs that will go some way to dealing with the issue but we haven’t had a lot of requests for re-

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Rawiller claims Rising Star Series HORSE RACING

By Ben Triandafillou IN form apprentice jockey Campbell Rawiller was crowned this season’s RMBL Investments Rising Stars Series champion at Flemington on Saturday 18 July. The Mornington-based apprentice jockey had an unassailable lead heading into the final event of the Series, but still managed to claim second aboard the Grahame Begg-trained Beauty Bolt and collect a further six points to add to his total. Rawiller, who has ridden 73 winners since debuting in September, finished 10 points clear of Teo Nugent and a further 19 points ahead of Lewis German who claimed third. The 19-year-olds victory emulated the success of his aunty, Stacey Rawiller, who claimed the 2009/10 Rising Stars Series with 72 points. Campbell Rawiller said it was a massive thrill to be able to follow in the footsteps of his Aunty and claim the apprentices’ prize. “Being able to step up against great apprentices like Teo, Michael Poy and Thomas Stockdale and try to get the challenge was really thrilling,” Rawiller said. “It’s definitely a big credit to my manager, Liam Prior, who has done a lot of work to get this. It’s been a great opportunity to have a goal to work towards and try to win it and thankfully it’s all worked out.” Rawiller joins other past winners of the Rising Stars Series which includes Melbourne Cupwinning jockey Blake Shinn and multiple Group 1-winning jockeys Craig Newitt and Nick Hall. With another goal checked off the list, Rawiller’s next focus is to outride his provincial claim which he’s seven winners off succeeding. He’s currently riding at a 14% strike rate from his past 50 rides.

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