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Wait nearly over for aquatic centre opening YAWA Aquatic Centre will launch memberships sales on Monday 4 January 2021. The highly anticipated Yawa is planned to open in 2021 and will offer a wide range of programs and services to suit the needs of the Mornington Peninsula community. The facility includes a 50-metre indoor pool, designated learn-to-swim pool, aqua play a warm water pool, spa, sauna, steam room, a large 24/7 gym along with four group fitness

studios including Reformer Pilates. The venue will also include six Allied Health suites delivering wellbeing services such as Exercise Physiology, Dietetics, Counselling, Physiotherapy and Podiatry. Yawa will also house a destination Café – Elements Eatery, offering dine-in or grab and go, healthy food options sourced from local suppliers. Yawa’s Manager, Dan Andrews says, “We’re excited to launch our Foundation Memberships and begin

taking enrolments for our learn to swim program, GOswim in January. Foundation Memberships offer great value and are designed to reward our first 1500 members for joining us. We can’t wait to welcome the local community to the Centre when we open our doors in 2021”. We would also like to welcome our newest member of the team, Clare Black. Clare is Yawa’s Guest Experience Manager and will be available to talk through all programs and

services offered at the centre. Clare will provide support to new Yawa members and help the community learn how they can join on the right membership to help them reach their goals Clare says, “The Yawa team are excited to announce that we will be out in the community at Rosebud Plaza from 4 January 2021 until 10 January 2021, between 9 am – 3pm. Here, our friendly team will be ready to chat with the community in person

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Huge lineup for country music festival THE second Mornington Country Music Festival will be held at the Briars, Mt Martha on 6th March 2021 after the great success of the event in 2020. The MCMF is a one-day music festival filled with Australia’s best country-styled musicians suitable for all ages. We have gathered some of Australia’s best and emerging country rocks artists. The day will be must for all ages to enjoy the natural Amphitheatre and surrounds of the Briars on the Mornington Peninsula Victoria. The day will also include amusement rides, food trucks and beers, wines, spirits and cider from award winning local breweries. Music seems to be a part of Kasey Chambers DNA, with 12 award winning albums under her belt since the release of The Captain in 1999, Kasey’s brilliant song writing, and world-class performance have earned her a rightful position on the global country artist stage. Often described as a genre-defying singer and songwriter, she wears the honesty of country music on her sleeve and has become one of the most popular and acclaimed artists of her generation in Australia while winning a devoted cult following in the rest of the world. In 2018 Kasey’s exceptional career was honoured by being the youngest female ever to be inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame. Kasey and her band will play all of her much-loved songs from ‘The Captain’ and ‘Barricades & Brickwalls’ all the way through her

career to now, in a very special festival performance not to be missed. Shane Nicholson Shane Nicholson is one of Australia’s most revered and awarded country artists and producers. He has received three ARIA awards – most recently for his solo album Hell Breaks Loose – 10 CMAA Golden Guitar Awards and two APRA awards. He is nominated for 3 Golden Guitar awards in 2021 - APRA Song of the Year, Video of the Year, and as a producer in the Alt. Country Album of the Year category. Shannon Noll (Certified tripleplatinum sales, number #1 hits, five top 10 albums, has 17 platinum and three gold accreditations, and boasts a reputation as the only Australian male artist in national chart history

to have ever achieved ten consecutive top ten singles.) Darlinghurst have performed all over the country; from the Gympie Music Muster to the Deni Ute Muster; from Gold Coast’s Groundwater Country Music Festival to Broome’s Rhythm & Ride Festival; and also supported a wide variety of established artists including The Wolfe Brothers, Shannon Noll and Thirsty Merc. Whatever and wherever they perform, Darlinghurst are quickly establishing themselves as a must see act in Australian country music, having previously had three top five singles on TMN Country chart, including #1 for seven weeks. Their new, and fourth single “Gotta Go Radio” has slammed into the charts

at #3 on the third week in, as well as a debut of #80 and counting on the Nashville based Front Row Country Music chart. Three-time Golden Guitar nominee, Jayne Denham is one of Australia’s most admired and sought-after country performers. Her impressive and relentlessly energetic live shows have earned her countless opportunities; from performing for VIP crowds at Keith Urban’s Sydney shows and playing all of the major Australian country music festivals including CMC Rocks, Deni Ute Muster, Gympie Music Muster, and the Tamworth Country Music Festival. Her single Better Make It A Double is currently on high rotation on Kix Country and Hung Up On You, her Golden Guitar nominated duet with Troy Kemp, to date, has had over 1 million plays on Spotify. Gareth Leach raised on the muddy banks of Echuca’s Murray River, Gareth Leach draws inspiration from the introspective and reflective lyrical concepts of his outlaw heroes, tinged with guitar-riff driven hooks that have remained in his blood since growing up with a background in punk-rock. In other words, he writes, performs and delivers country music with attitude. That should be Attitude with a big arse capital A. His 2019/20 mainstage festival appearances at Tamworth, the Deni Ute Muster and Mornington, paved the way for his new album ‘Trigger’; producing the #1 single ‘Honey’ and

topping the ARIA Country Charts, cementing his place in the Australian country music scene. Gretta Ziller - Ziller’s roots span jazz, blues, rock, pop and classical, and that eclecticism is reflected in her songwriting. Her sound may bear the hallmarks of classic Americana music but its essence is far more diverse. Ziller’s 2017 debut album ‘Queen of Boomtown’ received critical acclaim, it was long-listed for the Australian Music Prize in 2018 and receiving a nomination in The Age Music Victoria Awards. Gretta was also an APRA PD finalist and performed at Australian Music Week, November 2019 she has also received 2 Golden Guitar nominations for her releases. Gretta Ziller returns in 2020 with new music, in the form of single ‘Unlikely Believer’ and a new home, signing to ABC Music Bo’Ness (Mornington locals) are the Twin brothers Callum and Jackson boast authentic sibling harmony, which is naturally captivating with musical abilities beyond their years. The brothers appeared on the THE VOICE SEASON 9 - TEAM KELLY Fans are encouraged to book tickets early to avoid disappointment as due to covid restrictions there will be limited tickets for sale of first release. http://www.morningtoncountrymusicfestival.com.au/

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Great summer art activity in Sorrento and Flinders galleries Now in its 53rd year, Manyung Gallery Group continues to bring the best of Australia’s contemporary paintings and sculptures to the Mornington Peninsula. In the two Flinders galleries one can see large outdoor sculptures and beautiful indoor works as well as a wide range of summer oriented, original paintings. In the large Sorrento gallery’s exhibition spaces, visitors will experience regular exhibitions, painting demonstrations and live performances. Each Saturday afternoon from 4pm (to 6pm) come and enjoy an Art Soiree at the Sorrento gallery; meet some artists, view a demonstration and see some great art over a glass of wine.

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AFTER 30 years the Dolphin Research Institute has decided to change tack in its efforts to persuade people to steer clear of dophins. Seeing the widespread acceptance of social distancing to avoid COVID-19, the DRI has launched a “Dolphin Distancing” campaign in the hope encouraging people to maintain their love and fascination for dolphins while not interfering with their marine activities. “Going to water with social distancing” Page 3

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COVID hits shire’s bottom line Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au THE economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic is being felt at all levels of Australian government, with Mornington Peninsula Shire factoring in revenue losses of $9.4 million. In his introduction to the shire’s 2019-20 annual report CEO John Baker refers to “operational savings” of $3m, $1.4m saved by not filling staff vacancies and cuts of $1.7m to materials and services. “The shire itself has not been immune from the financial impacts of COVID. Modelling suggests non-rate income could be reduced by around $6 million,” Mr Baker states. Without providing actual figures, Mr

Baker says that both he and the then mayor, Cr Sam Hearn voluntarily took pay cuts. In Cr Hearn’s case it was 20 per cent for several months of his estimated $100,000 allowance and for Mr Baker “a substantial reduction in my own salary”. The shire’s total income exceeds $255m, with $179m being raised through rates and $6.7m through fines and charges. Expenses are more than $233m, with salaries making up $77m. The shire’s loans increased to $34.8m after borrowing $26.5m for Yawa Aquatic Centre at Rosebud, while it made $3.8m in principal payments. “We achieved a surplus of $22.1 million in 2019-20, consistent with last year’s surplus of $23.8 million,” Mr Baker said.

“We have remained financially strong with a sound balance sheet and cash holdings of $80.3 million. Capital works expenditure increased from last year’s total of $58.7 million to $66.1 million, with a focus on the new and renewal of assets.” In his foreword to the annual report Cr Hearn said predictions that the peninsula would suffer one of the heaviest hits to employment in Victoria as a result of the pandemic were accurate. “This includes close to 6000 job losses, a 21 per cent fall in gross regional product - compared with a 6.9 per cent drop for Australia overall and an 11 per cent drop in employment opportunities. “To counter this, we worked quickly to identify a package of shovel ready local projects, worth $320 million,

aimed at kick starting our economic recovery and our community with muchneeded employment. “These projects will create over 4770 jobs and we continue to urge the state and federal governments to support these projects. Council is playing its part by committing $150 million in funding for shovel ready projects across the two financial years this pandemic has impacted.” However, there is doubt over most of the projects as they require finance from both state and federal governments. The fedearal government - through Flinders MP Greg Hunt - has promised money but shortfalls from the state exist for the Somerville to Baxter of the bay trail ($4.2m needed); Southern Peninsula Youth Hub ($9m); Alexandra Park, Mornington ($2.5m); the

intersection of Forest Drive and Uralla Road, Mount Martha; the Jetty Road, Rosebud overpass on the Mornington Peninsula Freeway; and sound barriers on the freeway. Nepean MP Chris Brayne told The News that the state government had this year provided $58.4m for 10 projects in Western Port and on the southern peninsula, but said most of the shire’s “shovel ready” projects were in the Mornington and Hastings electorates “and would refer them to the local members for those areas”. Both seats are held by Liberals, David Morris (Mornington) and Neale Burgess (Hastings). Mr Brayne said he would continue to work with Mr Hunt on projects within his electorate of Nepean. Continued Page 20

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Watch out for koalas A DOLPHIN known as Poke with its calf in the foreground gets up close and personal to fishers off Mornington. Picture: Dolphin Research Institute

Going to water with social distancing Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au WHILE social distancing will go down in history as one of life’s necessities in 2020, the principle is now being extended into the sea to protect dolphins. “After 30 years, we are trying to get smarter with an evidence-based approach to behaviour change. We call it dolphin distancing,” the Dolphin Research Institute’s executive director Jeff Weir said. Boaters are being urged to place a "Dolphin Distancing" sticker on their vessels to “create a new norm” in Port Phillip and Western Port waters. "Dolphin Distancing is not just a

quirky twist on COVID," Mr Weir said. "We saw some appalling harassment of whales and dolphins on the few winter days this year when boats could get out between COVID lockdowns. "Our plans for DRI's fourth decade have Dolphin Distancing firmly embedded. After 30 years we know there are no quick fixes and you can trust us to be here for the long haul. "We want to build a strong community of Dolphin Distancers. It's crucial for our dolphins' welfare.” There are already fines for boaters deliberately approaching dolphins closer than 100 metres (whales 200m), including paddled vessels, 300m for jet skis or 30m for swimmers.

Mr Weir says the institute believes its new approach is a world-first, for improving behaviour around dolphins. “Rather than blaming, shaming and complaining, we are asking the community to be part of the solution by creating a new norm on the water,” he said. “Our bays are giant nurseries for about 140 bottlenose and 40 common dolphins. We also get visits from killer whales – the largest of the dolphin family – as well as humpback and southern right whales. "It is remarkable to have these animals in our marine backyard, and they deserve our respect and best efforts to protect them.” Dolphin Distancing was not about spoiling the experience of seeing

whales and dolphins “just showing respect for the animals and their environment". Every summer for three decades, the institute has tried to get people in boats to be respectful around dolphins. "Media releases, education programs, signs on boat ramps, surveys of boaters, bumper stickers, calls for more policing – we've done them all. But no more,” Mr Weir said. He said dolphins were curious and sometimes approached boats, adding that “the important thing is to show respect and not deliberately approach them”. Details: www.dolphinresearch. org.au. or to report dolphin sightings email dolphinresearch.org.au or call 5979 7100.

A CLOSE encounter with a koala has prompted a plea for drivers to watch out for the ungainly-on-the-ground tree dwellers. Sheree Stewart contacted The News to warn that a koala had been on the road between McCrae and Mornington during the morning of Friday 12 December. “They are an endangered species and I'm not sure if he got away, but people need to be aware on the highway that this is happening and that perhaps we should look at animalproof fencing to protect the shire’s wildlife from 100 kilometre and hour speeding vehicles. “Western Australia uses animalproof fencing and wildlife bridge corridors to preserve wildlife along its highways. “With koalas as in trouble as they are after last bushfire season, we need to do something.” Ms Stewart said koalas often dodged traffic on the highway between Rosebud and Mornington to access roadside eucalypts. For wildlife rescue on the Mornington Peninsula call 1300 094 535 or 0477 555 611.


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SPONSORED BY: 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 Lions Club ATTENTION ATTENTION. Annual Charity Book Fair - CHANGE OF DATE. from January 2021 to APRIL 10th & 11th, 2021. Mark your calendars. The Guild Gallery The Giuld Gallery, situated at 14 Mornington-Tyabb Road, Tyabb is proud to announce its REOPENING Thursdays to Sunday, 10.00am to 4.00pm each day. Traditional and contemporary works are available at affordable prices. We welcome all visitors with ample parking available on site. Mount Martha Rotary Club Meets on Mondays at 7.00pm (currently on zoom). Interested in an organisation in “Taking action to create lasting change”? Inquiries - www.mountmartharotary.org.au, Facebook or contact Roger on 0438 547 019 Mornington Croquet Club Mornington Croquet Club invites you to come and try croquet. We offer 3 free 1 hour lessons, all equipment is provided, just wear flat shoes. Bookings are essential phone Moira - 0498 733 071 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 Dorothy on 0417 528 243. Feldenkrais ‘Awareness Through Movement’ Classes Gentle, intriguing exercise for your mind and body, at home! Taught online using Zoom, Mon 9.30am, Tues 6.30pm, Fri 10am. For information: phone Kate Tremlett on 0415 171 092 or email katetrem@satlink.com.au Try Sailing For 8-10 year old’s at Mornington Yacht Club. 4 lessons free – November to March. 10 places available each month. Sunday’s 9am-12pm. Level 1 of MYC’s Junior & Youth Sailing Program. Visit morningtonyc.net.au for more information and registration. 1 Schnapper Point Drive Mornington. Mount Martha Men’s Probus Club Mount Martha Men’s Probus Group, meet monthly, for further details go to our new web site: mount martha men’s probus club, and click on the link. For further details contact: Ron on 0407 327 470. Mornington Rotary Club Meet at 6pm on Wednesdays, (temporarily online). We continue to work on a range of community projects. New members are always welcome. For details see www.rotaryclubofmornington.org.au or ph Ross 0412171666

Mornington Apple Users Meet in Mornington at 5:00pm on August 20th & September 17th. 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 Mount Martha Life Saving Club MEMBERSHIPS OPEN October 1st 2020. Nippers, Starfish nippers, Seniors, Masters, Patrol, Icebergers, Fitness, Socialising, Community fun. Visit MMLSC website: www.mmlsc.com.au Contact Pam, Club Administrator: admin@mmlsc.com.au or 5974 4140 for further information. 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. 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 Family History Melb PC Users Group, Mornington, Family History and DNA. We meet at the Mornington Information Centre every 3rd Monday for Family History and every last Wednesday for DNA (research) Q&A, information and presentations. www.melbpc.org.au/sigs/mornington-peninsulasig/family-history. Contact Colin: 0417 103 678 Family Drug Support – Frankston Non-religious, open meetings for those impacted by someone’s drug and/or alcohol use. Talk/listen in a non-judgemental, safe environment. Wednesday fortnightly, 6pm at Frankston Hospital, 2 Hastings Rd. Meetings are free. Further details phone Chloe: 0448 177 083 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 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 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. 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 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 Polio Have you or do you know anyone who had polio or is now experiencing after effects of polio? Please come to our support group meeting held at 11am on the second Saturday of each month at the Information Centre, Main St, Mornington. Enquiries: 5981 2540 Epilepsy Support Group Meet every 2nd Saturday at St Francis Xavier Parish, 60 Davey St, Frankston from 1pm – 3pm. Further details phone Sue 0407 509 519 or Cris 0437 386 867 Mornington 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 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. 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. 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. Mt Martha Ladies Probus Club Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month at Mt Martha House, commencing at 10am. Visitors and new members welcome. Come, join our friendly ladies. Contact for more details: Dorothy 0437 759 440, or Toni 0419 301 303. Over 55’s Mt Eliza Seniors Club Calling over 55’s who are interested in participating in various activities, including table tennis, dancing, tai chi, carpet bowls, snooker, computer classes, card afternoons and films. Enjoy a cuppa and good chat in our Mt Eliza clubrooms. Further info Lorraine on 5977 3838 or 0434 088 821 www.mteliza55plusclub.com Balcombe Estuary Reserves Group BERG Mt Martha is a bushland friends group for the Balcombe Estuary Reserves Mirang Ave Mt Martha. Regular working bees are held on Sun, Tues, Wed and Friday mornings as well as Waterwatch and Estuary watch to monitor water quality. For more information please contact: info@berg.org.au, 0447 160 288, www.berg.org.au

Mornington 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 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 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. Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society Public Stargazing Hear inspiring talks, view stars, planets, clusters and galaxies through our powerful telescopes at 8pm on the 1st Friday of every month at The Briars dark-sky observatory. Melway ref 151 E1. Bookings are essential. Small fee payable. Details www.mpas.asn.au or phone 0419 253 252. Find us on Facebook - www.facebook.com/mpas0/

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Charity out to help axe attack victim Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au

AT the post-lockdown launch are, from left, Tim Stout, Monique Soames and Paul Dillon. Picture: Yanni

New notes sound end lockdown blues MORNINGTON Peninsula musicians are emerging from an COVID-enforced break from performing before live audiences. They were not always quiet during this year’s lockdowns, but most agree that streaming live over the internet is not the same as receiving feedback from an audience. One of the live music venues set to go with a series of concerts is the Pig and Whistle Tavern at main Ridge. Music was again being played late last month when the tavern hosted a private entertainment industry networking event ahead of a series of live shows leading into Christmas and for the following 12 months.

The networking event enabled musicians and punters to chat, celebrate and play live. The Pig & Whistle plans to use its outdoor area, cellar door and a “multiperformance space”, to “provide employment and a hub for creatives”, booking agent Heidi Luckhurst said. Live music will be played on Sundays throughout summer, with emerging artists having a chance to express themselves on Saturdays. Luckhurst said there would also be small festivals and concerts. Musicians who played at the tavern in the lead up to Christmas included Oskar Proy, Darcy Fox, Tim Stout, Bo Jenkins and Erik Parker.

A CHARITY group at Rye is on a mission to help one of its own as he slowly recovers from a vicious axe attack at Rosebud Plaza in late August. Friends and Supporters of Food For All are being urged to contribute towards the rehabilitation of long-time helper Gerry Hayes, who was nearly killed when a man struck him on the head with a tomahawk, Saturday 29 August (“Man charged over Rosebud attack” The News 30/8/20) The offender, 48, of no fixed address, was restrained by brave bystanders in the shopping centre car park after also threatening people outside. He was later charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of intentionally causing serious injury, four counts of assault with a weapon, two counts of criminal damage and one of affray. He appeared at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Monday 31 August and, after a committal mention on 10 November, was further remanded to appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court in February. Southern Peninsula Food For All president Brian Allen urged supporters to back this “very special appeal for one of our volunteers”. He said Mr Hayes, 63, was sitting at

a table at the plaza prior to the attack. “Although Gerry has no recollection of the incident it appears he was struck with heavy blows on the top of his head with the back of a tomahawk,” Mr Allen said. “His skull was fractured and his brain exposed. Seeing the incident, a bystander came to his aid and he, too, was attacked, also sustaining serious injuries to his body. An elderly woman came to assist Gerry but was so shocked by his injuries that she suffered a heart attack. “Paramedics were quickly on the scene. Gerry’s injuries were so serious that he was flown by helicopter directly to The Alfred hospital where he underwent emergency surgery for his brain injury.” Mr Hayes did not know his attacker nor had he had any contact with him. His injuries were so serious that he was flown by helicopter to The Alfred for emergency surgery. He spent 10 days in intensive care and a further 21 days in the wards before being moved to Rosebud Hospital. Due to COVID-19 restrictions his colleagues at Food For All were unaware until late October of Mr Hayes’ plight and that he had been moved to Rosebud. Mr Allen says Mr Hayes is recovering and, while there seems to be minimal cognitive damage, he has ongoing

motor difficulties, particularly in the right leg. He is about to be moved to supervised care at Safety Beach or Frankston. After another operation at The Alfred in January he hopes to be able to return to his home of 30 years in Ocean Street, Rosebud, by late February. However, National Disability Insurance Staff who inspected the house say it needs substantial work to bring it into a habitable condition, with essential repairs to cost at least $25,000. “Our aim is to have essential work on the home completed by then,” Mr Allen said. “We have a great deal of affection for Gerry who is a person who is himself in need, [yet] freely gave his time to assist others in need.” While Food For All would like to help, its constitution precludes a cash donation to assist with the repairs to Mr Hayes’ home. Supporters and members of Food For All are invited to donate to a trust account set up for Gerard Hayes and being administered by Ken Northwood and Barry Hodgkinson: Bendigo Bank Rosebud BSB 633000; Account 179585054. Cheques should be made payable to “Gerard Hayes” and forwarded to Ken Northwood, PO box 277 McCrae.


Our vision stayed strong even in the most diverse times Stage four restrictions were looming when we found our perfect location in Mornington. We had the vision and a burning desire to create a boutique prestige dealership on the Mornington Peninsula. The Peninsula has fine dining, exquisite wines, class to boot and we felt it was missing a place to buy prestige cars. In our minds we knew timing was not on our side with a world wide pandemic hitting hard and fast, but in our hearts we knew that with determination and hard work we could open and turn our vison into reality. Within a week of picking up the keys to our new dealership the dreaded stage four restrictions were put in place and we were limited to online sales. We knew we weren’t in this alone, the whole state had challenges and obstacles to overcome, so we decided to forge on with passion and purpose. We officially opened HB Automobiles with the doors closed. We remained optimistic and continued to stock the best quality prestige cars we could find. We hold 20 cars at the dealership and our aim is to sell great quality cars at a affordable price. We are not in it to make huge margin, but more importantly create an exceptional reputation on the Mornington Peninsula. The business got off to a roaring start, as the demand for used cars was, and still is, 14-20 Mornington Tyabb Rd, Mornington.

unprecedented. COVID-19 caused world-wide closures for imports, meaning new car stock was limited, which increased the demand for used cars. The making of HB Automobiles was not without it challenges, but it is the best decision we have made. We are so grateful to all the amazing clients who have walked through our doors (well, closed doors) and so grateful to now be fully open. Hesh Bizre, owner and operator of HB Automobiles has been in the motor industry for 25 years. His knowledge and great understanding of clients needs gives him a edge in this fast moving, digital world. Prestige cars are in his DNA, he loves to find unique/ oddball vehicles in great condition to offer for sale. Hesh saw a gap in the market on the Mornington Peninsula with prestige and classic cars and wanted to establish a small dealership

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where he could offer a one on one personal service to each client. Yasmin Chandler shared the same vision and could not wait to get her foot back in the door when her children where old enough to allow it. She successfully owned and operated her own dealership for 10 years in Hastings, being one of only 3 females to hold their own LMCT licence in Australia. Her goal is to offer clients a great experience and maintain a faultless reputation. We also provide a search system, where you specify the car you want and we search Australia-wide to meet your criteria. We also buys cars, prestige, classic or commercial. Phone Hesh on 0402 904 534 to receive a valuation. We would like to wish you and your family a wonderfully safe Christmas and happy New Year and look forward to welcoming you to our showroom in 2021 and beyond.

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Grandmothers march in time for refugees GRANDMOTHERS were out in force in Mornington on Human Rights Day to bring attention to the plight of refugees being held in detention by the federal government. Grandmothers for Refugees and Friends of Grandmothers walked along Main Street on Wednesday 9 December in support of the Time for a Home Campaign aimed at freeing refugees held in Australia and overseas. “After seven long years of cruel politics it is time the government frees these men, women and children and quickly resettles them into our community, so they can be safe and have a place to call home,” Ann Renkin, of Shoreham, said. Last Thursday, about 60 refugees and asylum seekers held in a hotel at Preston for more than one year were taken by bus to another hotel in central Melbourne. Protesters clashed with police as the transfer took place. The men had been at the hotel since being brought to Melbourne from Manus Island for medical treatment. The government has since repealed the medevac legislation which allowed them to be landed in Australia for treatment. Ms Renkin said grandmothers in the Mornington march were also “very concerned about the ongoing imprisonment of the Murugappan family on Christmas Island”. “Priya and Nades are the parents and their two children are Kopika and Tharunicaa, who at three years old, has spent most of her short life behind bars,” she said. “Not only is their continuing impris-

Human rights: Grandmothers out in force in Mornington on Human Rights Day included Thalia Collard, Ann Renkin and, front, Viv Daniels, Denise Hassett, Marilyn Hobbs, Georgie Stubbs, Marg Darcy, Pat Sullivan, Carolyn Ketels. Picture: Supplied

onment costing Australian taxpayers millions of dollars, but there is also a community in Biloela who would welcome the family back to continue to work and contribute as citizens to the community in the same way they did prior to their imprisonment. “We believe most Australians are concerned that this family who fled here to find safety are now facing their third Christmas while imprisoned.” The Southern Peninsula Grand-

mothers for Refugees is one of many grandmothers’ groups advocating for justice for refugees. It was established in 2011 to advocate for the removal of children from detention. Ms Renkin said the grandmothers want Flinders MP Greg Hunt to “advocate with his government to release the refugees into the community, particularly because, as the Minister for Health, he must be very aware of the damaging impacts on physical and mental health of long term imprison-

ment in detention”. She said Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton and Immigration Minister Alan Tudge had the power to approve the release of the family on Christmas Island and the men held in Melbourne on humanitarian grounds. “Or they could take up the New Zealand offer and allow them to settle in New Zealand,” Ms Renkin said. “This would mean that, rather than costing us millions of dollars each year for their imprisonment, and fur-

ther damage to refugees, they could contribute to their own economic wellbeing.” Ms Renkin said the requests by Grandmothers for Refugees were in line with the International Convention relating to the Status of Refugees “which gives everyone the right to seek asylum in another country”. Mr Hunt told The News he “deeply respected the views” of the grandmothers, adding that “Australia remains committed to protecting its borders, stamping out criminal people smuggling and preventing deaths at sea”. “The government’s policy is clear, no one who attempts illegal maritime travel to Australia will be permanently settled here,” Mr Hunt said. “We are providing medical treatment in Australia which will assist these individuals in their resettlement pathway to the United States, return to Nauru or PNG, or for those who are not refugees, return to their home country.” Mr Hunt, who is the health minister, said refugees who were on the final departure bridging visa would have work rights and access to Medicare. “Australia remains the third most generous country in the world from a humanitarian intake perspective, and that’s on an absolute figures perspective, behind the United States and Canada,” Mr Hunt said. “Australia will continue to do our fair share in terms of our humanitarian intake. “The provision of mental health services is an important part of the Commonwealth response.” Keith Platt


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Time to reflect: Photographer Matt Burgess calls this picture “Peninsula Perfect” and, even though it’s breaking on the shore, it represents the “green room” that surfers strive to enter on a tubing wave.

Pictures put peninsula waters in perspective PHOTOGRAPHS at the entrance to the new Yawa Aquatic Centre, Rosebud will reflect its connection to the waters surrounding the Mornington Peninsula. Hastings photographer Matt Burgess was chosen for the job after an expressions of interest process in November. His works will be at the Rosebud pool from March for 12 months. “Yawa meansto swim in the local Indigenous language and the new aquatic centre draws inspiration from the waterways surrounding the peninsula,” the mayor Cr Despi O’Connor said.

Growing up on the mid-north coast of NSW, Burgess started surfing at a young age, joined the Australian Army at 17 and was deployed to Iraq, East Timor and the Solomon Islands. He was living in Perth when he said he began to notice the “subtle intricacies of the ocean” and put the surfboard aside to capture them on camera. Burgess, who has been living on the peninsula for five years, enjoys the laidback lifestyle and the “challenging, moody conditions that come with living on Bass Strait”.

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Shire’s legal review of Fox beach land claims Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire Council is seeking legal advice over moves by trucking magnate Lindsay Fox to claim yet another slice of Point King beach as his own. The contentious 2008-09 dredging of Port Phillip and widening of The Heads has being blamed for sand being washed from Portsea beach to the beach at Point King in front of the $30 million Fox family compound. Cr Hugh Fraser successfully moved at the Tuesday 8 December council meeting that shire CEO John Baker provide councillors with a detailed written report on all current planning applications, consents by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, litigation at VCAT and the Supreme Court, and applications to Land Use Victoria, concerning Mr Fox’s landholding. Mr Baker was also to arrange for the documents to be independently reviewed by experts in property, administrative and planning law and advise if council has any interest in the litigation and the applications and their result or potential result. Cr Fraser said later that the council had to know where it stood in regard to Mr Fox’s moves to claim land up to the ever-receding high water mark. “The Port Phillip Bay channel deepening project carried out between Feb-

ruary 2008 and November 2009 has had a direct impact on the loss of the Portsea beach,” he said. “The state government’s own technical reports show a measurable narrow band of wave energy directed at the Portsea beach where the sandbag wall was rebuilt by the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning after 10 years. “It cannot be said that the accretion of sand at Shellys beach and Point King beach since 2010 is ‘gradual and imperceptible’ and ‘is the result of natural processes’. “If this recent further application succeeds in the Office of Land Use Victoria, the loss of public Crown Land at the Point King beach will be substantial. “The state government can and should urgently take the matter to the Supreme Court of Victoria where this ‘gradual and imperceptible’ movement and ‘result of natural processes’ evidence can be tested and decided by the court and after hearing from all interested parties.” The council has been grappling with its position since July, when it asked the head of governance and legal Amanda Sapolu to review any applications to the Land Titles Office in relation to the boundary of the Fox land to “ascertain if council has any interest in the matter”. Her report to Council on 11 August found that a Supreme Court action by Mr Fox related to a decision by the

Panning Minister Richard Wynne to exempt himself from the requirements under the Planning and Environment Act 1987 as it related to giving notice of a planning scheme amendment. “The claim in this matter is not against the council, nor is it against the council’s decision to refuse the planning scheme amendment,” she stated. “The claim does not relate to the decision of the minister to allow the change in boundary to include the additional land.” At its 11 August meeting council moved that: The defence and any reply to any court orders as to the conduct of the Supreme Court proceedings be reviewed by the CEO … and that a further report be brought (to council). Ms Sapolu said council had applied to the Supreme Court for the file and made an FOI request to the Department of Land Titles and that “the relevant documents have been obtained”. Ms Sapolu said there were no legal implications in reviewing the documents or seeking legal advice but there were “potential legal implications in implementing any advice”. “It is worth noting that council is not a party to this [Supreme Court] proceeding, nor has the applicant or respondent indicated their intention to join council to the proceedings. This is a matter between a private citizen and the Minister for Planning.” Ms Sapolu said legal advice for a review of the council’s position could cost up to $10,000.

Winning team: Taleah Cameron on Black Jack. Picture: Derek O’Leary

Student’s win was elementary MORNINGTON Secondary College student Taleah Cameron did her school proud in the Victorian Interschool State Championships, Saturday and Sunday 5-6 December. The year 11 student representing Mornington Secondary College won both elementary tests on her mount Black Jack which resulted in her being named Overall Interschool Elementary State Dressage Champion. She then competed in the medium level, again on Black Jack, and finished sixth overall.

On her second mount, Impeccable, which she has only partnered with for a short time, she finished second in the preliminary section. “This is a huge achievement, and she represented the college for an outstanding result,” English teacher Channelle Jenkins said. “We wish her all the best for 14 January where she heads to the Victorian Youth Dressage Championships at Boneo Park, once again representing the college.”

Have Your Say Draft Waste Contamination Policy Contaminated recycling is a major issue here on the Peninsula, costing the Shire and ratepayers $600,000 per year. Many of us are doing our best but a small minority of households continue to disregard recycling, significantly contaminating their bin regularly and undoing the good work of their entire street by contaminating the truckload. Significant contamination happens when hazardous items or too many incorrect items such as soiled containers or nappies have been placed in the recycling bin. We know recycling can be confusing. Our waste education program aims to encourage everyone to recycle correctly. Take our quick survey and tell us what you think needs to be done to encourage everyone to recycle right! Consultation closes 17 January 2021.

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Search for work, life balance pays off Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au A GOOD a reporter is one who can, metaphorically, be parachuted into any situation and come away with a good yarn. Tim Baker fits that category and, since making his way as a newspaper reporter, has been able to utilise his skills writing articles and books that allow him to follow a lifestyle that revolves around his passion, surfing. With his latest venture, The Rip Curl Story, Baker demonstrates his reportage skills, but also adopts a narrative that is both entertaining and factual. He knows his subject. The book is basically a biography of the two founders of what has turned into the international Rip Curl empire. In following the lives of Doug “Claw” Warbrick and Brian “Sing Ding” Singer, Baker’s book provides an insight into the emergence of an international industry, a word that few outside of the tent in the 1950s or early 1960s would have applied to surfing. Surfing was seen as a corruptive influence, an outlaw existence that threatened the accepted order of business and life. Its emergence among the younger generation as a force (sometimes for good) arrived at the same time as the social change sweeping the western world on the back of rock ’n’ roll, America’s “invasion” by British bands, hippies and the relative wealth and freedom following two disastrous world wars (Vietnam came later).

SURF brand Rip Curl has further entrenched itself on the Mornington Peninsula since taking over retail spaces at Mornington and Rye previously occupied by Peninsula Surf Centre. The company’s founders, Doug Warbrick and Brian Singer are pictured at the annual legends gettogether before the 2019 Bells Beach surf contest with Rye-based surfboard maker Mick Pierce, left, and Peninsula Surf Centre founder Ted Bainbridge, right. Picture: Keith Platt

Warbrick and Singer were keen to ride this new wave idea of putting lifestyle first, although the necessities of life saw them forced to sometimes take menial jobs to survive. Singer virtually fell into teaching because he knew mathematics and Warbrick came up with the idea of summer pop-up surf shops. They were quick to see the changes being made to surfboard designs (led by Sydney-based shapers) and became agents for several brands, before adopting Rip Curl as a name and brand. The growth of the company is closely tied to the evolution of,

firstly, surfboards and not long after, wetsuits. Both products were required for surfing in Victoria and Torquay, the eventual home of Rip Curl, became synonymous with the lifestyle that grew into a sport. Warbrick and Singer were so adept at recognising and adopting trends and styles that they would appear to be leaders in their field. Quick to see the need to expand their manufacturing of surfboards and wetsuits they rented various properties as either offices or factories, adding to Torquay’s reputation as a base for surf-oriented cottage industries.

Al Green, a one-time Rip Curl partner and the impetus behind making wetsuits, eventually left and branched out into making board shorts and sheepskin products, creating yet another local brand that went international, Quiksilver. The rise and rise of Rip Curl mirrors surfing itself. Surfers, once frowned upon, are now household names, professional sporting stars. The annual Easter Bells Beach surfing contest in 1973 offered prize money at the instigation of Rip Curl after Warbrick had been overseas and seen the way forward. It was Australia’s first professional surfing contest with overseas

competitors. The sponsorship of the contest by Rip Curl remains a key element in the company’s success. At first there was disdain for professionalism and growth of the surfing brands, but the cottage industries had outgrown themselves and were swept along for ride, as if by a tsunami. The Rip Curl Story is more than a book about a surfing company and the two men behind its growth and success, it is a history of surfing, mainly in Australia, with a keen focus on its ties to a once-sleepy coastal Victorian town that is now part of a municipality called the Surf Coast. Times changed and the young men and women who just wanted to be near the surf became the economic backbone of the area. It also presents an opportunity to join the dots on the names and companies (associated with Rip Curl) that have been essential to surfing attaining its status here and overseas. As The Rip Curl Story shows, everything changes and nothing changes, especially when it comes to surfing. The company may have been bought for $350 million in 2019 by New Zealand “specialist outdoor retailer” Kathmandu, but waves are a great leveller. You never know who you’re sitting next to in the line-up. It may be a sponsored surfer, a surf brand mogul or someone who just loves to feel the natural energy of a wave. Go for it. The Rip Curl Story by Tim Baker Penguin Random House Australia RRP $34.99

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Police patrol

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Police target speeding boats and jet skis SPEEDING boats and jet skis being driven too close to other vessels and swimmers from Mount Martha to Sorrento have alarmed Water Police. They warn that due to an “increase in dangerous behaviour and, in some cases, serious marine incidents” they will have a “highly visible presence” on Port Phillip towards year’s end. As part of Operation Southend last weekend the Water Police as well as Mornington Peninsula police were out enforcing water safety on boat ramps and beaches, focusing on “compliance with water safety rules to reduce the number of marine incidents and collisions caused by unsafe behaviour”. Police say they will “continue to be active over the coming weeks to ensure speeding and distance rules for both vessels and jet skis are observed”. Anyone who sees dangerous behaviour on the water can report non-urgent incidents on 131 444, or, in an emergency, 000. Water Police Sergeant Dave McHenry said: “More incidents occur as more people are out and about – especially over long weekends and the holiday period. “We know that recreational boating and jet-ski use is extremely popular in the bay. People need to be mindful that dangerous and reckless behaviour will not be tolerated. “We want everyone to enjoy themselves safely. However, police will hold people to account who fail to observe marine safety laws.” Sergeant McHenry said there had been an “increase in the number of incidents and, in some cases, col-


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lisions and serious injuries, with jet skis”. “They are not toys,” he said. “They are large, heavy, fast-moving machines and the results of a collision, be it with a swimmer or another vessel, can be catastrophic. “Jet ski users need to know the rules of the water and adhere to them or, as this operation shows, police will catch up with them.”

Beach box break-ins Detectives have charged a man with 12 counts of breaking into beach boxes at Mornington, Mount Marth and Mount Eliza earlier this month. Detective Senior Constable Brendan Fox, of Somerville CIU, said the 18-year-old Mornington man was also charged with breaking into Mornington Life Saving Club. He has been bailed to appear at Frankston Magistrates’ Court in September.

Driving charges FORMER Continental Hotel developer Julian Gerner is believed to be facing serious drink-driving charges. The Sorrento restaurateur reportedly crashed into a pole in Sorrento on Sunday 13 December before leaving the scene. A police spokesperson said: “It’s believed the driver of a Range Rover travelling south along Hotham Road lost control at the roundabout at the intersection of Melbourne Road about 11pm. “The driver … allegedly fled the scene prior to police attendance.” The spokesperson said police later attended a Sorrento residence where

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the 47-year-old driver underwent a preliminary breath test. “The man accompanied officers to a nearby police station where he returned an alleged breath-test reading of 0.179 per cent. “His licence was immediately suspended and he is expected to be charged on summons with traffic and drink-driving offences.”

Marks for schoolies ROSEBUD police have commended the behaviour of the “vast majority” of schoolies who came down to the peninsula over the past few weeks. “Overwhelmingly, you did the right thing, had a good time, and, hopefully, went home with some good memories,” Senior Sergeant Natalie Dollard said. “Even with a successful Schoolies period, we mustn’t lose sight of the fact that summer has only just begun, and, while we welcome and encourage people to enjoy our peninsula, especially after the year we’ve all had, now is a good time to remind everyone that police will continue to be out in force and hold people to account. “Police will not tolerate those who break the law or engage in anti-social behaviour and riotous behaviour that puts the safety of others at risk.” Senior Sergeant Dollard said police appreciated positive feedback from the community regarding their increased presence. “We were approached by a number of people, local and visiting, thanking us for providing a visible and comforting presence, which is always nice,” she said. “The overarching purpose of Victoria Police has always been to protect life and property and keep the peace.”

On the watch: The new Peninsula Link cameras. Picture: Gary Sissons

Cameras zoom in on speed, phones TWO new speed cameras on the Peninsula Link freeway are zooming in on north and south-bound traffic. The cameras, on the Ballarto Road bridge, are instantaneous and pointto-point fixed speed cameras. Also, in the lead up to the cameras being installed, drivers on the freeway were being monitored by specialist cameras designed to detect mobile phone use and “dangerous driving activities”. The cameras in the three-month study, which assessed 200,000 drivers and identified 4000 possible offences in their first four weeks “on the job”, were not set up to fine drivers so no infringements will be issued. Early results showed that about one in every 50 drivers were spotted illegally using a mobile phone in the trial which ended in October. It is not known if the cameras will be permanently installed on Peninsula Link. A spokesperson for the Department of Justice and Community Safety said despite only two cameras operat-

ing during stage four coronavirus restrictions, the technology “showed it has the capacity to detect significant numbers of offences where drivers are doing the wrong thing on the road and putting themselves and other road users at risk”. Research conducted by the Monash University Accident Research Centre estimated this new camera technology could prevent 95 casualty-crashes a year, saving the community and government $21 million. The spokesperson said the state’s traffic camera program was playing a “critical role in changing driver behaviour, preventing road trauma and reducing the number of lives lost on our roads”.   “Unfortunately, we are still seeing far too many people who think speeding, even just a little bit over, is acceptable. Police are out in force every day taking dangerous drivers off the roads and infrastructure upgrades are delivering safer roads across the state.”  More than 2.2 million cars travel along Peninsula Link every month.

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Dredged sand to ‘renourish beach’ SAND dredged from Martha Cove marina, pictured right, will be dumped and spread along Safety Beach over three weeks from midJanuary. The marina and housing estate’s body corporate says that “any initial odour and sand discolouration” from the dredged material is expected to be “minor and will dissipate within a few days”. The estimated 8000 cubic metres of dredged sand will be spread along 350 metres of the beach south of the breakwater at the marina entrance. Owners corporation manager Luke Hayward said the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning had issued a licence for the dredging and “beach renourishment works”.

Recycling apathy MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire’s aim of introducing an effective recycling policy is being hampered by apathy, experts say. Some residents are unsure of what can and can’t be recycled, while others couldn’t care less what goes into their bin as long as they get rid of it. As a result, contaminated recycling rates on the peninsula are 5 per cent higher than the state average. Birte Molier, of Waste Wise Peninsula, supports the shire’s efforts to introduce a three-strike process. “If residents continue to deliberately and significantly contaminate their recycling bin, they will receive official notices or warnings and eventually get fined,” she said. “They may even have their bins suspended for a little while if all of the above does not help.” She noted there were “differing views on this aspect”. “As well as the new policy, the shire will ensure residents have the information they need to get recycling right in line with the changing nature of what can and can’t be recycled,” she said. Residents and organisations are invited to complete the council’s survey and attend an

SPOIL dredged from the private Martha Cove marina will be spread on the public beach at Safety Beach. Picture: Keith Platt

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SILVERS Circus will start its next tour at Mornington with the Sesame Street Circus Spectacular, from Wednesday 6 January. This 90-minute show features Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Bert and Ernie, Super Grover and Big Bird as they find their place in the circus – from clowns to daredevils. The show was developed for the tour and includes the original Sesame Street voices recorded in New York. Tickets at ticketmaster.com.au/artist/837678

.MOUNT Martha Community Bank has moved to new premises under the clock tower to shop 6, 34-38 Lochiel Avenue, Mount Martha. Bendigo Bank chairman Nick Roberts in celebrating the move last week, said when the NAB left Mount Martha a decade ago the community bank “welcomed the opportunity the take over their premises”. Now, with a “changing banking scene and a desire to have a presence in the main shopping strip” the bank seized the opportunity to move

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again when the shop previously occupied by Jillia’s became available, he said. Members of the board along with manager Gary Sanford and his staff shared celebrated opening day last week. Mr Sanford thanked the board and staff for making the move “relatively smooth”. “We look forward to continuing the bank’s community service in the new premises expertly fitted out by local builder LC Constructions,” he said. Barry Irving



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Knock back for aged care plans and Jendalyn Close. Objectors, many living in Esperance Court, Valerie Close, Marriott Drive and Jendalyn Close, as well as Autumn Care Properties, an aged care home on Bentons Road, were concerned about how the use was described, as well as access, built form, visual impact and loss of amenity. The parties agreed that the site was underutilised and capable of some form of development. They agreed that the shire’s planning policy supported providing aged care centres and housing suitable for older people. The tribunal noted that 21 per cent of the shire’s population is aged 65 and over. “We find that while the site may be suitable to provide some form of integrated residential aged care and retirement village, what is proposed is too big and overwhelming for an area that is a subdued low scale area,” presiding member Tracey Bilston-McGillen said. “We agree with the applicant that development does not need to replicate the single and double storey form of housing that surrounds the site, but the extent of the proposed third level is too much for the site. “We also have concerns with access issues, in particular that Valerie Close will serve as the main entrance to the proposed development, eroding the amenity of those residents.” The site’s main frontage is to Bentons Road, which is classified as a local arterial road carrying around 10,000 vehicles a day. Ms BilstonMcGillen said access to the site would be better shared by Bentons Road, Valerie Close and Jendalyn Close.

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Toys for all: Flinders MP Greg Hunt, Victoria Legislative Council member Gordon Rich-Phillips, Food for All president Brian Allen and Peninsula Aero Club president Jack Vevers oversee one of the vehicles full of donated toys. Picture: Supplied

Grounded, but toys ‘fly in’ for charity DESPITE some indifferent weather the Peninsula Aero Club Toy Run was a success with more than 550 toys collected for the charity Food for All, Sunday 6 December. Despite strong winds, low cloud and rain preventing Antique Aircraft Association aircraft fly-

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THE Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal has ruled against Ryman Health Care’s plans for a retirement village and aged care home on Bentons Road, Mount Martha. The proposal was for a residential aged care and retirement village in a three-storey building with basement, as well as a bowling green, swimming pool and cafe. It was to include 70 apartments, 37 assisted living suites and 116 aged care rooms. The knockback is seen as significant as the New Zealand-owned company is also battling residents at VCAT over its plans to build a much larger aged care centre in Kunyung Road, Mount Eliza (“Ryman to appeal council knockback” The News 27/7/20). On both sites the developer offered a retirement village, assisted living apartments and residential aged care. Mornington Peninsula Shire Council has refused both permits – in Bentons Road, on the grounds the development was excessive in terms of built form, detracted from the character of the neighbourhood, failed to achieve a “net community benefit”, and would detrimentally impact the neighbours. The council has also questioned access. Ryman claimed to have strong strategic support for a retirement and aged care village at Bentons Road and that, due to its size, nature of use and the “minimal impacts on adjoining properties”, it was appropriate. Tribunal members inspected the 19,547 square metre site fronting Bentons Road, Valerie Close



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POST-LOCKDOWN PICTURES IT is the time of year for reflection and some people take that literally, as David Stone chose to show with his sunset shot of the Balcombe Estuary at Mount Matha (1). Neale Jolly saw the non-offensive, PC suggestion in a sign while out walking (2), while Ila Howard was impressed by the artwork on the side of the cafe at Schnapper Point, Mornington (3). The excitment of the great outdoors is well portrayed in Adam Richmond’s shot of a fisherman at Sorrento back beach (4).



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Shire reverse on Rye parking plan Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire Council has reversed plans to use 50 car parking spaces in the busy Rye shopping strip for outdoor dining. The plans to “help local businesses bounce back from lockdown” also involved removing one lane on Point Nepean Road between Weir and Dundas streets heading towards Sorrento for a bike lane and reducing the speed limit from 50kph to 40kph. The proposed moves – slammed by traders – were reversed over the weekend after deputy mayor Cr Sarah Race gauged the views of traders, residents and visitors. “Yes, all the barriers are coming down today,” Cr Race said yesterday (Monday). “I spent most of last week speaking with traders, residents and visitors, and taking phone calls, [and] it was obvious the [plans] weren’t working well in practice. “Unless you are actually on the street listening to people you don’t really know.” Cr Race said the changes were made “with the best intentions”. “The parking spaces were to have been replaced with [50] timed spaces on the foreshore, but [this left] some traders having problems with their deliveries. “The council now knows what the traders want and it shows how we listen to them.” Despite the shire putting a positive spin on its contentious plans last week, traders were already labelling them a disaster: Jennifer Ellen, of Flock of Seagulls, said: “All the shops rely on parking for their customers and to lose spaces doesn’t help. “In summer we never have enough space, with people like my dad needing to park right outside – not in some space out the back where it’s too far to walk.”

Jeers to cheers: Before its backdown, Rye traders Karen Harkin, Helen Couch, Jennifer Ellen and Liz Downs had complained that Mornington Peninsula Shire’s new traffic rules were hurting their businesses. Picture: Yanni

Ms Ellen said after “trying to stay afloat during winter” her shop was being hit again because “customers can’t pull up outside”. Karen Harkin, of Little Shop of Shoes, said the proposed arrangements were a “logistical nightmare” for customers – especially delivery drivers. On Wednesday one was forced to go around the back and carry nine cartons the long way instead of parking in what would have been a loading zone out front. “He was upset at me,” she said. “They [the council] sold it to us by saying the cafes wanted it, but the cafes needed it months

ago ... and they were able to open for takeaway whereas I’ve been closed for four-and-a-half months. Now this. “I’ve had no customers today when I would normally have a lot. The traffic’s impossible now and we are not even in the busy summer season. “They’ve created a situation where it’s impossible to do business.” Resident Pam Davis wrote to the shire to warn there was “going to be a serious accident as cars attempt to merge into one lane near Weir Street, towards Sorrento, and cars attempt to turn into Point Nepean Road from Weir Street.

“No one is going to sit at tables bordered by those orange barricades for fear of a multiple car pile-up,” she said. “I am told shop owners protested about the erection of barricades, but were not listened to.” Ms Davis said on Wednesday 16 December traffic to Sorrento was banked up from Lyons Street to beyond Hygeia Street. “What it will be like during the holiday season is beyond imagination,” she said. “Streets away from the highway will be more clogged than usual.” Other owners of businesses between Weir Street and Dundas Street wrote to the shire saying the rethink on parking and traffic “makes our town of Rye look like the Monash Freeway construction zone”. “An informal walk through by council officers does not equate to businesses accepting what was happening,” the letter said. “No formal plans have been shown to enable us to make a decision … and no starting date was conveyed until a week before it occurred. “We believe it is of no benefit to our businesses having the parking area in front of our businesses removed. [We] rely on customers being able to park nearby to shop locally and removing 50 parking bays will affect our trade.” It is believed a catalyst to the shire’s backflip occurred when a cafe customer suffered a heart attack last week and the ambulance found it difficult to get through to treat him. So, what began as a “great opportunity to trial and evaluate the longer-term plans to reduce the influence of Point Nepean Road on the atmosphere and environment of Rye” has been scrapped. Traders will be breathing a sigh of relief now the council is just letting them get on with doing what they do best without further hindrance. As one said: “Hasn’t the year been bad enough already?”

Prizes for writing off lockdown gloom THREE members of Balnarring Men’s Probus Clubs book group came up with a novel idea to keep minds occupied during the pandemic lockdown – a short story writing competition. The original idea was the brainchild of Bernie Gittins who was then joined by Peter Gerdsen and Dan Hourigan to form an organising group to suggest to club members that might be interested in contributing to a short story competition. The contest would not only keep club members in contact but provide a diversional activity while stuck indoors. It was agreed to have two sections: One up to 300 words and another up to 1000. The subject matter could be fact or fiction and the contributor could use a pseudonym. There were six entries in the 300 word section and 10 in the 1000

category with one from Somers Ladies Probus Club and one from Flinders Probus Club. Club webmaster Roger Price arranged for all the contributions to be put up on the club website and voting was on line with 29 members recording their votes. The Community Balnarring and District Bank provided “Love Local” vouchers for the six winners whose names were announced at the club’s Christmas lunch at the Heritage in Balnarring on 8 December. Roger Price won the 300-word section with “The Queue”, followed by Dan Hourigan’s ”Jimmy" and "My Tulips" by Liz Hicklin. Winner of the 1000 word short story was "The Fig Tree" by Robie Freia, with ”From Feather Duster to Rooster by Jay Nagl second and “I was just a Little Boy" by Kevin Sack, third. Tony Duboudin

ALL the short story winners with Balnarring Men’s Probus Club president Daryl Cowen, second from right.

COVID inflicts toll on shire’s budget Continued from Page 1 Mr Baker said the “extraordinary year [July 2019 - June 2020 had created] tremendous challenges requiring a dramatic shift in the way we work”. The shire’s emergency management plan had been activated twice: To help transport Mallacoota bushfire evacuees from Hastings and HMAS Cerberus to an emergency relief centre at Somerville Recreation Centre and shortly after to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.


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“Like most businesses and community organisations across the nation, our services were significantly impacted by government restrictions to contain the virus and we had to adapt rapidly to new realities,” he said. Nearly 3200 care packages were delivered under a program eventually “transitioned” to community support and information centres regular and welfare checks were made with phone calls to 5000 community care clients.

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A business support package included putting $500,000 “back into the business community”, a business concierge service, fast tracking of approvals and compliance matters, a temporary end of fees and charges, support for contractors and rate and rent relief options for tenants in council properties. Mr Baker thanked the efforts of the more than 2200 volunteers involved in shire activities. Achievements listed in the annual re-

port include building the Yawa Aquatic Centre at Rosebud (“on budget and on track for project completion March next year”); starting a two-year trial of reducing speed limits to 80kph on 38 “high risk” roads; launching the Better Buses campaign; succeeding in delaying by six months the federal government’s plan to close the Mornington Centrelink office; developing a Beyond Zero Waste Strategy and Single-use Plastics Policy; limiting

waste being taken to landfill; drafting a Climate Emergency Plan – Ensuring Our Future; adopting a gender equality strategy, Neighbourhood Character Study and Coastal Villages Strategy; and working with Maritime Safety Victoria to ensure jet skis were used safely on the peninsula. Mornington Peninsula Shire’s 2019– 20 Annual Report can be downloaded at mornpen.vic.gov.au/annualreport.




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NEWS DESK No lack of smiles for Tidy Towns win HASTINGS celebrated being named Sustainable Community – Tidy Town 2020 at a special awards presentation, Friday 4 December. Dr Jacqueline Salter joined the festivities and received the trophy for Dame Phyllis Frost Award Winner 2020. On the day, certificates were presented to all Hastings entries who assisted in the township’s success. AT the award ceremony are former Mornington Peninsula Shire councillor Kate Roper, Cr Antonella Celi, Young Legend Award winner Harrison Hansen, Tricia Folvig, Michelle McCready, Dame Phyllis Frost Award Winner Dr Jacqueline Salter, and Cr Lisa Dixon. Second row: James Bryan, Sabina Wills CEO Keep Victoria Beautiful, David Maddocks, Katie McKenzie who accepted the Community Award, Bernie, Mark Upton, Brian Stahl, and Mandy Robertson of the Dolphin Research Institute, the Environment winner. Third row: Darren Simnet, John Rankin, Cr Paul Mercurio, Mel Wyatt, Lucy Kyriacou, St Josephs Catholic Primary School, Crib Point, the Education winner, and, rear, Ken Dixon.

Art works to help ‘save’ Western Port

Students’ fun on the water TYABB Railway Station Primary School students were the first school group to flock to Mornington Yacht Club last week for some fun on the water in the wake of the COVID-19 lockdown. About 150 students made the most of the club’s 16 boat Optimist fleet, with six new dinghies recently added as part of the club’s junior and youth sailing program. Under the watchful eye of the yacht club’s team of young instructors the students rotated through sailing, stand-up paddle boarding, swimming, beach games and pacer sailing/motor boat riding.

Picture: Allan Dillon

Lockdown ‘win’ for member numbers and lights BITTERN Tennis Club has a new president and committee and is set to emerge from the COVID-19 lockdown in a stronger position than before the pandemic halted organised sport. The club has nearly 20 new members and it is about to install new lights. As part of its revival the club hired sporting consultants Club Builder to help it develop a strategic plan and work on a vision statement - “Bring out your ace in Bittern” - and a mission statement: “Enable the Bittern community to learn, play, and connect through tennis”. In coming months, the club and Mornington Peninsula Shire Council will spend $100,000 on new lights for two courts, bringing them up to Tennis Australia standards. The replacement of the lights became


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necessary after one of the light poles was deemed dangerous and removed in late 2018. The club had applied for and received a $50,000 grant from SportAus to upgrade facilities before the council removed the light pole. Since then the club has successfully applied to SportAus asking to put the grant towards the new lighting. Club president Joe Howes said the shire had committed to have the lights installed by early next year, which will allow night teams to resume competition. A working bee by members in early December resurfaced the main courts as well as giving the clubhouse a clean up. For information about membership email bitterntennis@gmail.com or look for the club on Facebook. Tony Duboudin

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Ace new sign: Bittern Tennis Club president Joe Howes see a bright future for the club. Picture: Supplied

IN a jubilant moment last week organisers of the fundraising exhibition Art is in Our Nature met with members of the Save Westernport committee to hand over $87,000 raised from their campaign in October. The handover took place at Woolley’s Beach at Crib Point, the site of AGL’s proposed gas import terminal. The online exhibition was hosted by Silver Leaf Art Box and Merricks General Wine Store. “It’s been our great privilege to bring this project together and support the important work of the Save Westernport committee and the Western Port community,” exhibition curator Penelope Gebhardt said. “The exceptional calibre and generosity of artists wanting to be involved, and the keen supporters of the exhibition, highlight the steadfast and widespread opposition to a gas terminal in the internationally significant waters of Western Port.” The groups have been fighting the proposal for three years based on what they say is its “unacceptable threat to the rich ecological environment of Western Port and the climate more broadly”. Fifty-four artists participated

in the online exhibition from a mixture of local, Melbourne, rural Victoria and interstate locations. Landscape painter Mary Tonkin described Western Port as a “fragile ecosystem of sea meadows and mangroves” that was home to weedy sea dragons, Australian fur seals, southern right whales, little penguins and migratory birds. She said it was “no place for a dirty fossil fuel industry”. Save Westernport president Candy van Rood said the money raised by the art sale would pay for expert witnesses and the legal team from Environmental Justice Australia, “They are representing the joint environmental groups Save Westernport, Victoria National Parks Association and Environment Victoria and our community in the current environmental effects statement hearings.” The money would also go towards the groups’ summer campaigns, including a “big paddle out in January”, Ms van Rood said. The EES hearings are in their 10th and final week and can be seen live at engage.vic.gov.au/ crib-point-IAC



It’s been a while

Summertime on the Mornington Peninsula is undoubtedly one of the most vibrant and enticing stages of the year. Nestled between verdant hinterlands and enchanting seas, our region encourages an array of activities and pursuits for each and every local and visitor. While this year has truly been like no other, we are beyond excited to be welcoming you back to our own piece of coastal paradise. Where you can say hello again to the gorgeous summertime and simultaneously create new memories to last indefinitely. As part of this liftout guide, we have shared an extensive directory of top experiences offered by the Mornington Peninsula during the esteemed sunlit season. From exploration to relaxation, indulgence to discovery, there are no limits as to where a summertime may take you here.

In the mornings when the sun first presents its shine, it’s great to venture on picturesque tours around the region, embracing the splendour and wonder of the surrounding natural landscape. Whether it be on foot or on wheels, a scenic trip around the region is one to continually inspire, often incorporating pit stop highlights of markets, gardens, and national parks.

And when evening arrives, and the pace of the region returns to a comforting stride, one now has the chance to experience a fine or rustic meal amidst distinct coastal ambiences. Our restaurants, breweries and wineries around the region thrive in both fascination and delight, culminating in unbeatable dining experiences that won’t be forgotten soon.

Moving into the afternoon as the summer heat strengthens, the opportune moment to sojourn along the celebrated seashore now arises. As well as promoting both soothing and reviving sentiments, our beaches along the Peninsula are some of the most famous in the state, continually attracting sightseers, surfers and all in between!

As you may have noticed by now, our theme for the 2020/21 summer season is Hello Again! Moving into the New Year, we are so glad to see travel along our treasured Peninsula reignited and revived as well as an abundance of new and existing visitors being warmly welcomed into the region.

Now, it’s time to turn the page…who knows where your next adventure will be this summer?



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‘LAZIO’ - ONE OF MOUNT MARTHA’S MOST PRESTIGIOUS HOMES CELEBRATING the grandeur and opulence of a Lake Como estate, this incredible opportunity to purchase one of Mount Martha’s most prestigious homes glamorously presents itself to the select few. ‘Lazio’, translating to Provence of Rome, proudly sits on 3600 square metres of prime land in a quiet, leafy enclave on the corner of Prescott and Lempriere Avenues. The history or the property makes for astounding reading as the site, among other pursuits, was once a former golf course clubhouse and during World War Two, Lazio was a favourite leave destination for American soldiers. The private, resort-style estate is now a spectacular family haven with a full-size tennis court and


gas heated swimming pool with spa all part of the incredible ambience and facilities. The stunning landscape showcases towering trees, swathes of lush green lawn and park-like gardens; and front and centre of it all is the magnificent five bedroom residence that offers a staggering 511 square metres of living space. Awash with natural light, the soaring ceilings greatly accentuate the already incredible sense of space, and with two ornate fireplaces boasting grand marble finishes and French doors throughout, this home beautifully captures the romance of a mid-century Italian lifestyle. A host of quality zones, each have their own distinct style, and provide multiple living options. A central

kitchen boasts granite benchtops and a walk-in pantry, and to the sophisticated master bedroom wing is a dazzling ensuite with Versace tiles and a spacious parents retreat that includes a charming Juliet balcony which overlooks the pool. There is also a guest suite with sitting area and ensuite bathroom. Among the many external features, which includes extensive off-street parking and secure gated entry from two points, it is the picturesque terrace with water fountain that make this a true entertainers paradise worthy of any discerning buyers inspection.n


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Covid ‘hampers’ Mornington travel business SINCE 1962, the iconic 63 Main Street Mornington travel hub has never seen anything like Covid-19. Its current owner, Robyn Woodruff from Helloworld Travel and Cruise was adamant she wasn’t going to let down her valued clients, dedicated staff, local community and legacy of the Arthur family who started the business generations ago. Enter ‘Hello Hampers” - a new business showcasing local producers and meeting a market gap as a way to keep the rent paid and business alive until a hopeful resumption of ‘normal’ travel plans. “There was no way I was going to let a pandemic defeat me and close the doors on one of the Peninsula’s oldest and most loved travel businesses”, declared a defiant Robyn Woodruff. “I was determined that this magnificent Main Street site that had been a part of local people’s delightful travel plans for nearly 60 years was going to be there to continue to service and delight travellers whatever Covid-19 threw at us. “Sleepless nights and worry about paying the bills as our revenue dried up and scarce cash went out the door as refunds and credits for future travel led me to think we could redeploy the premises and our people, or I think ‘pivot’ is the popular term, to create beautiful hampers. “We love showcasing the brilliant local producers, have been delighted with the interest in what we are doing as perfect corporate and Christmas gifts, and have all been lifted by the fun, smiles and joy Hello Hamper’s has produced. “This time of year, we are usually making sure our Christmas travel group to Finland are enjoying a unique and unforgettable experience, while this Christmas we are sharing a different kind of joy and working hard to keep a pulse in the business”, Robyn said. Local Eview Mornington Peninsula real estate sales consultant Kate Billson said that the Hello Hampers have been embraced by both purchasers and vendors who love their homes and also delight is all that region has to offer. “We showcase the great place, great people, great local product and passion and support for the local community encapsulated by the Hello Hamper as a gift”, Kate said. Perfect pivot: Lisa Just, Robyn Woodruff and real estate agent Kate Billson show off the hampers. Picture: Supplied

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Dropping the prayer is a blessing for ratepayers I congratulate our new Mornington Peninsula Shire councillors for voting to remove the prayers from the start of the council meetings, and replacing them with a “reflection” with wording that reminds them of exactly why they are there and who they are serving - the ratepayers (“God purged from council prayer” The News 15/12/20). There were so many issues associated with those prayers. They were non-inclusive and excluded those who choose not to believe or follow other religions. Prayers were an anachronism that was long overdue for review. By asking God to guide their deliberations, previous councillors probably believed they had outsourced the blame for their poor decisions. However, God didn’t seem interested in preventing councillors from wasting ratepayers’ money on naming a swimming pool. God didn’t step in to prevent council’s unjustified bullying of small businesses or the Tyabb airfield. People are free to believe in whatever they choose, however councillors, who are religious, must not inflict their own philosophical views on others. They can pray silently to themselves if they wish. Councillors are there to focus on issues that affect ratepayers. The replacement of the prayer with the “reflection” is appropriate for a modern council and, in my opinion, indicates a welcome break from this council’s terrible history of mismanagement. Eric Collier, Somerville

Guided by emotion Mornington Peninsula Shire’s recent planning meeting, so well chaired by Cr Steve Holland, was concerning. The shire’s heritage planners and consultants have been working hard over past years to protect iconic buildings from demolition. In a recommendation for the addition of several new buildings, which rightly deserve heritage protection, one such property was presented. Cr Paul Mercurio moved a motion not to protect one of the recommended additions of peninsula heritage buildings on compassionate grounds. Is this looking like we are about to lose other proposed additions to the heritage plan? All an owner has to do is plead stress. Maybe the owner has had dramas this year, we don’t doubt that, and so has everyone in the Melbourne metropolitan area. We wish them well, but does that mean we lose out on protection of proposed buildings on compassionate grounds? Sounds like a dangerous precedent. There was loads of community consultation over these heritage reviews - I know because I was involved with the original discussions and the historical societies also had input - but it now seems like decisions are based on emotions, not facts and policy. The heritage planner and consultants have spent many hours and our rates to update the heritage plan and that very hard work is being minimised because of how individual councillors fee. Perhaps we could all put in objections to paying rates and dog fees and parking fees because we are all stressed because of COVID-19? Where is the accountability, forward thinking and transparency? Perhaps others need to go online and watch these live streamed council proceedings and see what is actually going on. Even if community is consulted - poof. Gill Gordon, Mount Martha

Prayers answered A lot of people probably breathed a collective sigh of relief and under their breath and thanked God when they learnt that the proposed retirement village in Bentons Road, Mount Martha had been rejected a second time. The previous Mornington Peninsula Shire Council rejected the planning application after supposedly saying a little helpful prayer. Someone was listening because, sure as God made little green apples, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal also confirmed the fact this week for a variety of sensible reasons. Fortuitously, there are almost exactly the same


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sticking points that Mount Eliza residents are preparing to use against the property developer in their forthcoming VCAT Hearing 15 March 2021. With the former Melbourne Business School site at 60-70 Kunyung Road being remembered as the Moondah hotel and then a business management college with education being the primary purpose and in line with the special purposes zoning for a property beyond the urban zone and by default in the green wedge thus protected against residential development. Apparently our current crop of prayer-averse councillors are yet to have any actual municipal experience apart from the compulsory introductory councillor course don’t feel the need for extra insurance. I am sure a few of us better informed, more experienced and faith driven retirees and community activists with lists of achievements to their names, will say a little prayer and look to the beautifully clear Mornington Peninsula skies for inspiration. May your god or gods go with you and shine upon you for caring and contributing to our overall wellbeing. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all those who bothered to read this letter. Ian Morrison, Mount Eliza

Travel time As a resident of Crib Point, I see little value in the proposed rail electrification to Baxter. Unfortunately, the present two-hour gap between travel from Frankston to Stony Point will still exist. The present timetable only guarantees that a train from Melbourne will connect with a train to Stony Point twice daily. If a person arrives one minute past the scheduled departure time, the train doors will remain locked and that person must wait two hours for the next train. Bus travel is also problematic, as the trip may be terminated short of the desired destination. Without having the phone number of a taxi, the dumped traveller might face a long walk. With the additions of one or two passing points, more frequently run trains might be possible. The need for parking could be reduced as more people could walk to their local station. A more reliable train service might encourage more usage by those who would like to travel to Melbourne for work or pleasure without the stress of a constrictive timetable. Janne Porter, Crib Point

Duplication needed I thoroughly endorse the need to duplicate Mornington/Tyabb and Bungower roads (“Time for duplication” Letters 8/12/20). The amount of traffic carried by both these roads has increased dramatically in the three years we have lived in Mornington and in particular school times in Bungower Road. In addition, the condition of the stretch of road between Racecourse Road and the roundabout at Dunns Road on the Mornington/Tyabb Road is very poor with a large number of pot holes making driving very dangerous. Consideration should be given to reducing the speed limit on that section of road to 60kph. Any correspondence I have recently seen from either politicians or council has not indicated any money being allocated for the necessary upgrades to these roads. Ron Wilson, Mornington

No surprises Objections to the proposed Rye foreshore plan come as no surprise to Rye residents (“Rethink foreshore plan: divers” The News 15/12/20). The so-called needs of the community are a joke, in addition to the needs of the scuba community. “We are currently reviewing,” they tell us. Traffic down to one lane, a car park. Stop in Rye for a cappuccino if you know how to find the car park. Men in suits talking nonsense, seemingly for the benefit of weekenders. Give me breath. Cliff Ellen, Rye

Buyer beware When you buy a beach box one must face the reality that it is an indulgence and very risky. The bayside beaches will be first hit by climate

CLIFFS behind beack boxes at Mount Martha Beach North are subject to landslides and erosion and with experts are concerned that their instability will eventually effect the Esplanade. Picture: Keith Platt change so beach boxes being inundated or losing their beach is hardly a surprising outcome (“Shifting of sand abandoned” The News 15/12/20). For the owners, supported by the climate denying federal government and Flinders MP Greg Hunt, to expect the ordinary taxpayer and ratepayers to get them out of a mess they entered with their eyes wide open is, frankly, a bit galling. Ross Hudson, Mount Martha

‘Dangerous’ path Recently the Andrews government’s Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill 2020 sailed through the Legislative Assembly, because not a single parliamentarian voted against it. Unfortunately, it would seem that the Liberals and Nationals failed to understand that this Bill is about suppressing free speech. In Victoria, children cannot buy alcohol, drive a car, vote or even get a tattoo, but they can, without parental permission, and with the connivance of the Andrews government, set out on the almost irreversible path to block puberty in the sex of their birth and self-identify as the opposite sex. This may well sound like just another insane Andrews government social engineering gambit, but there’s more. Under various clauses of this Bill anyone, including a parent, who attempts to dissuade the child from this course of action, even with the child’s consent, faces massive fines and/or years of jail time. What a massive government over-reach and an unprecedented assault on free speech. This lunacy is scheduled to be debated in the Legislative Council in February and, if the Liberals and Nationals are as gutless there as they were in the Legislative Assembly, it will become law and our free speech will have been trampled into the dirt under the feet of Daniel Andrews. For this and many other reasons, I have reached the point where I now believe Andrews to be the most dangerous Victorian politician I have witnessed in my 76 years. I believe my fellow Victorians will one day bitterly regret the many appalling things they have allowed him, as premier, to get away with. Michael Long, Frankston

On the buses At last, a state government and an MP who listens to their electorate. Thankyou [Nepean MP] Chris Brayne and the Labor Minister for transport for the extra money needed to improve our 788 bus time table. We also can’t forget the work the Mornington Peninsula Shire contributed. For years, the Mornington Peninsula Ratepayers and Residents Association (MPRRA) campaigned for improvements to our bus service, including an express service. Unfortunately, we had a LNP parliamentary member who apparently didn’t think it an issue, even when we had the LNP state minister for transport in Mornington. Now, with a revamped service in the wings, residents of the southern peninsula who do not possess a car will no longer feel like prisoners. Ok, we have to wait for a few months to get things organised, but how many years have we waited for this announcement? John Cain, president Mornington Peninsula Ratepayers and Residents Association

Untrue claim The claim that “the Andrews government engaged the same security companies used and recommended by the federal government” is simply untrue (“The blame game” Letters

15/12/20). The major security company selected by the Andrews government to oversee the “hot hotel” was, according to counsel assisting the hotel inquiry Rachell Ellyard, “not even on the Andrews government’s jobs department preferred panel of suppliers”. Facts are important. Bill Holmes, Sorrento

Target exceeded Stroke Foundation’s annual physical activity fundraiser Stride4stroke has exceeded expectations. A record 1484 people took part in the campaign. Stroke4Stroke encouraged participants to set an activity goal for the month of November, get moving to reduce their own stroke risk and raise funds in support of Stroke Foundation. Stroke Foundation had hoped to raise $180,000 through Stride4Stroke, but that target has been broken. Our inspiring community of supporters raised an amazing $420,000. Every dollar raised will go towards supporting vital Stroke Foundation programs like our free telephone advice service StrokeLine (1800 787 653) and EnableMe, online support services which help survivors and their families transition to life back home after stroke and throughout the recovery journey. I wish to thank and congratulate everyone in the community who signed up for Stride4Stroke, put on their runners, swim suits or cycle gear and encouraged their friends and family to join them. I know many of you are survivors of stroke yourself or have a loved one who has had a stroke. I hope all our wonderful “striders” are feeling the physical and mental benefits from their activity boost in November and have established some good habits to continue to move their bodies into the future. I look forward to welcoming you back to Stride4Stroke next year and making this wonderful community event bigger and better in 2021. Sharon McGowan, CEO Stroke Foundation

Painful death Lobsters have been suffering in crates on Australian docks - the unwilling victims of a trade war with China. Vested interests have presented this cruelty as an opportunity for Australians to buy lobsters cheaply, but we should really view this trade breakdown as motivation to eliminate an appallingly cruel business. Researchers tell us that lobsters are amazingly smart animals who use complicated signals to explore their surroundings and establish social relationships. They have been shown to experience stress when confined in tanks and to suffer agony, as any animal would, when cut up or thrown alive into boiling water. Invertebrate zoologists tell us that lobsters may feel more pain than other animals as their nervous system does not go into shock if they are harmed. When dropped into scalding water, lobsters whip their bodies wildly and scrape the sides of the pot in a desperate attempt to escape. A judge recognised lobster sentience in a ground-breaking Sydney case in which Nicholas Seafood pleaded guilty to cruelty-to-animals charges after a video showed a staff member butchering a suffering lobster. Five hundred years ago Leonardo da Vinci wrote, “How cruel for one whose natural habitat is water to be made to die in boiling water”. Ninety-nine percent of Australians agree that unnecessary cruelty is wrong, so let’s just leave the lobsters in the ocean where they belong. Desmond Bellamy, special projects coordinator, PETA Australia


Mr Edward Dess insulted at Frankston Compiled by Cameron McCullough EDWARD Dess, Draper, of Frankston, proceeded against W. Connal on a charge of using insulting words near a public place on the 3d December. Mr. Smart appeared, for the complainant, and, Mr. L. L. Rostron for defendant, who pleaded not guilty. Complainant said that on the day in question he was behind his counter transacting business when defendant rushed into the shop, and shaking his fists in complainant’s face said, “Dess, you German; you are nothing but a – German. You have no right to be in Frankston among patriotic people.” Complainant said that defendant repeated the words and similar expressions, and refused to leave the shop when requested to do so. People attracted by the disturbance congregated at his shop door. Complainant said he was not a German, and produced Consul’s certificate in proof of same. He was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1850, and had been in Australia for the last 50 years. Cross-examined by Mr. Rostron, complainant said he was a pure Dane, born of Danish parents. Defendant did not call him a Hun; witness did not think Connal knew the meaning of the word. Athol W. Brown, commercial traveller, was in Dess’ shop at the time of the disturbance, and gave corroborative evidence. Constable Diaball said that at the request of Dess he removed Connal from the shop.

The defendant was under the influence of liquor. For the defence, Mr. Rostron said defendant had had considerable domestic trouble. On the day in question he had taken drink. He was a returned soldier, and had a natural aversion to Germans. Defendant entered the witness-box and said he remembered going into Dess shop under the impression that Dess was a German. He wanted to tell him what he thought of Germans. Witness was willing to make amends provided Dess was not a German. Cross-examined by Mr. Smart, defendant said he was following no occupation at present. The last time he went to work he took ill and had to return to hospital. He was living on his pension. Mr. Rostron said if Dess was as loyal as he made out he would be prepared to accept Connal’s apology. P.M.: We find him guilty, and must convict. It is generally assumed that any person with a foreign accent is a German. Dess may have as big an objection to Germans as Connal. Defendant is fined £2 in default 14 day, with £2/11/6 costs. *** A NICE haul of salmon trout was made at Frankston on Saturday last by Mr. W. McComb. They didn’t last very long – once he reached the jetty! *** VARIOUS New Dwellings, etc., are in the course of erection in the Frankston district – at The Heights,

and elsewhere. All this is good to see, for the shortage of material has seriously hampered the building trade in the Frankston district. *** ANOTHER whale has been washed ashore at Balnarring – 35 feet in length. It is a rare sight to see a whale in Westernport these days, but there was a time when they were as plentiful as seals are at Seal’s Rock today. And that is saying a lot! *** “WISER people” are saying that the Mechanics’ Institute at Frankston is more suitable for a rustic locality than a progressive holiday resort like Frankston. They also say the scenery is hardly suitable for Her Majesty’s! But, all in good time – Frankston, is due for some progressive moves in the future. And a new Town Hall may be included in the programme! *** MR. A. T Walters, of the Bay Street bakery is to be complimented upon the artistic display of Xmas cakes he made on Saturday last. “It makes me mouf water,” remarked a small boy, who, like most boys, knew a good thing when he saw it! *** A CONTINGENT of boys under the guidance of the Y.M.C.A. will camp on Mr. Baker’s property at Mornington at Xmas time. The North Fitzroy Boy Scouts will do “the simple life” for several days at Mile Bridge, Frankston.

*** AS usual, the Mornington Peninsula is going to be the people’s campingground, so to speak, for the summer months. Picnics have been arranged for Seaford, Frankston, Mornington, Dromana, Sorrento, and Cowes from various sources – from Trades Hall industrial organisations to church picnics and Chambers of Commerce outings. Very good: we have an enviable climate, and it is just that we share it with others, especially those from the crowded cities. *** A BUSY man these days is Mr. E. Barrett, who occupies the post of secretary to the Frankston Horticultural and Agricultural Association. He has arrangements for the forthcoming exhibition well in hand, and everything is working smoothly. The entry forms have been printed, and are now procurable at Mr Barrett’s office at the Mechanics’ Institute, whilst the catalogues will be available in a day or two. These are in the course of printing at “The Standard” office. *** THEY are saying that the versatile cricketer, Warwick Armstrong, is personally well-known in the Carrum district, as he is a regular visitor to that holiday resort in the summer time. *** THE Aerial Derby promises to be an event worthy of the seeing. In today’s issue, the Larkin-Sopwith Aviation Co. have an interesting

notice to the public concerning the event, which will be decided over a course between Mordialloc and Frankston on Boxing Day. Lieut. Ray Parer, R.F.C., will take part in the race. *** REFERENCE was made in “The Standard” last issue to The Fernery’s enterprise in erecting a refrigerating plant. The work is proceeding, and Mr. Bradbury expects to have things shipshape by Xmas Eve. The building is constructed entirely of reinforced concrete, and is altogether a substantial structure. The concreting was carried out by Mr. S.Lawrey, whilst the carpentry work, etc., has been entrusted to Messrs. Bowley and Coopes. *** THE Prince of Wales Hotel, Frankston, has been completely transformed in appearance since Mr. McKinnon secured the hotel. A balcony has been added, with frontage to Davey Street and Mornington Road, which adds attractively to the Hotel’s appearance. Inside and out, it has been completely renovated and painted – and it is safe to say that the Prince of Wales is now one of the best-appointed and best-conducted Hotels in the State. The Australian Ensign flies from the flag-pole – which is as it should be, for it cultivates a healthy national sentiment. *** FROM the pages of the Mornington Standard, 17 December 1920

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Breakdance Me To The End of Love By Stuart McCullough 2020 has been a tough year. Flood, fire, pestilence and plague pretty much sums it up. Despite a steady stream of bad news, people have generally put their shoulder to the wheel and kept on going. And given the year has been so cataclysmically and persistently dismal, it’s only right that the world should receive some well overdue good news as we near its end. That good news came last week when it was announced that breakdancing would be an Olympic sport at Paris in 2024. That’s a mere twelve hundred and seventy two sleeps away. Hooray! I think I speak for everyone when I say, ‘about time’. This is especially pleasing for me on a number of levels. Firstly, it means the Olympic Committee has been receiving my letters. Given that I have been posting one letter a week arguing the case for Olympic-level recognition of popping, locking and the electric boogaloo since I was twelve, I was beginning to suspect they were ignoring me. That’s over fifteen hundred letters in total that I had assumed were being shredded when, instead, they were gradually wearing down the resistance of the people that matter. It also means that I’ll finally get a chance to represent my country. For decades, I’ve had a green and gold tracksuit tucked away in my dresser draw, waiting for exactly this moment. Indeed, it’s been there so long that I’ll likely need an extra length of elastic added to the waistline. I know that there are some people who’ve greeted the announcement with a degree of incredulity but think of it this way - breakdancing and regular Olympic sports have a


lot in common. They all place a very high importance on wearing tracksuits at all times. I can now legitimately refer to breakdancing as a ‘sport’, because that’s what it must surely be, now that it’s heading to the Olympics. I feel vindicated. It’ll be interesting to see who commentates on the event itself. I like the idea of our finest sporting commentators becoming excited as a competitor goes from a ‘worm’ straight into a backspin. Given that it’s new to the Olympics, it’s quite possible that they’ll need to bring in experts for special comments. May I suggest that someone contact Turbo and Ozone – last seen in the breakdancing

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movie ‘Breakdance 2: Electric Boogaloo’ – and put them on standby for Paris. The other thing to look forward to is the choice of music. Sports fans are used to the kind of rubbish that ice skaters and gymnasts select for their routines, but I can’t think of a single occasion where someone has used ‘The Breaks’ by Kurtis Blow or anything from the extensive catalogue of Run DMC as they’ve worked the pummel horse. More’s the pity. Better still, rather than simply select a tune, breakdancers could be supported by a DJ and a couple of MCs. If that doesn’t sound like something becoming of the Olympics, remember that we’re talking about an

event where all the participants used to compete naked. I’m just saying that it’s important to keep things in perspective. My own breakdancing journey began at the centre of the breakdancing universe: Tyabb. Granted, many people mistakenly think of cities like New York as the being the heart of the whole breakdancing movement, but those people have never been to Tyabb. While the town is renown for its antiques and vintage memorabilia, it also boasts and thriving breakdancing scene. Or, at least, it used to thirty years ago, when my brother and I took it up. When it came to breakdancing, I was something of a natural. A prodigy, even.

My brother, who, it must be said, was far less naturally adept, took breakdancing lessons at the Tyabb Town Hall from an Instructor named ‘Maggot’. I’m hoping that’s a nickname, but I can’t be entirely sure. Together, we formed the best breakdancing posse this side of Frankston. A cardboard box would barely last minutes at our house as it was immediately flattened to support our attempts to backspin. But like an ageing prizefighter, the question now is whether it has all come too late? I’ll admit that I don’t breakdance as often as I used to. That’s despite having the kind of ready access to cardboard boxes that I could only have dreamed of back when I was starting out. My uprock, downrock and power moves may all be a little bit rusty this point. The challenge is clear – my brother and I must begin our training now if we’re any hope at all of a podium finish in 2024. All breakdancing crews worth their salt need a decent name. ‘The Rock Steady Crew’, ‘Star Child La Rock’ and ‘Crazy Commandos’ are names that cast a long, rather intimidating shadow. Which is why my brother and I are proud to announce that we plan to represent Australia as the ‘Coolart Road Crew’ at Paris in 2024. Get ready to cheer us on. I’ve got my tracksuit on and Kurtis Blow blasting out the stereo. The time has come for me to lay down some slick moves to some sick beats as I backspin my way to glory. My time is now. Or, to be accurate, my time is 2024. In Paris. I can’t wait. stuart@stuartmccullough.com

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Two tons at Flinders, top order shine for Carrum, Balnarring lucky after late collapse By Brodie Cowburn

Sorry Sorrento: The Sharks fell to a 110 run defeat against Langwarrin. Picture: Andrew Hurst


TWO centuries were scored on an entertaining afternoon of cricket at BA Cairns Reserve on Saturday. Flinders hosted Heatherhill and chose to bat first. Opener Kane Hawkins put on an unbelievable performance, smashing 17 boundaries on his way to a mammoth score of 120 off 83 balls. Number four batsman Matthew Gale also joined in on the party, scoring 98 runs before being unfortunately dismissed just short of his century. Flinders’ innings expired with the side at 5/288. Heatherhill would have to climb a huge mountain to get a result. Heatherhill’s run chase got off to a dream start, with both Don Pulukkuttiarachchi and Jake Williams in fine form. Pulukkuttiarachchi played a huge part, scoring a century before being run out. It was a valiant effort, but Heatherhill ended up 14 runs short of a result when stumps was called. Their huge total of 274 wasn’t quite enough to get the win. At Ballam Park East, Long Island picked up a win against Somerville. Somerville was sent in to bat first, but didn’t get off to a good start. At 3/27 the side was in a bad position. Middle order batsmen Justin Allsopp and Ryan McNamara helped to steady the ship and get their side to a final total of 156. Long Island were able to chase down that target with two overs left to play. Number three batsman Tom Boxell top scored with 61. Moorooduc wrapped up a win at home by defending a total of 182 against Seaford Tigers. The Tigers lost by 25 runs. At Eric Bell Reserve, Pines defeated Main Ridge comfortably. The home side won with five overs and six wickets left to spare.


Shaun Foster was Carrum’s best, passing his half century. His side set Pearcedale a target of 188 to chase down. Pearcedale opener Joshua Swainston offered some resistance with a score of 60, but didn’t get much help from his teammates. Pearcedale scored just 124 from their 40 overs and fell to defeat. Crib Point played well on their home deck on Saturday to get the better of Hastings. The visitors chose to bat first but couldn’t do any damage on the scoreboard. Hastings finished at 6/119 off 40 overs. Crib Point’s run chase started disastrously, with their first three batsmen all sent back to the sheds for single digits. The middle order got things back on track, giving Crib Point the win with 10 overs left to play. Dromana bowled out Frankston YCW for just 88 to secure victory in their clash at Dromana Reserve. Rosebud also got a win on the week-


A STRONG showing from Carrum’s top order secured the side a win over Pearcedale on Saturday.

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A LATE collapse nearly cost them the game, but Balnarring still managed to scrape over the line against Skye. Playing away from home, Skye chose to bat first. None of their batsmen stood up to make a huge score, and they ended up all out for 136. Both of Balnarring’s openers were clean bowled early, making their run chase more difficult. Their middle order steadied though, and at 6/127 they looked in prime position to win. They quickly lost 3/7, but managed to hit the winning runs with one wicket left to spare. A late half century from James Cato helped Balnarring secure victory. A mammoth 138 run opening stand between Robert Hearn and Aidan Pateman got Tyabb the win over Rye on Saturday. Rye were sent in to bat first, and ended up setting their opponents a target of

163 to chase down. Ben Ashworth was by far their best batsman with a score of 82. Tyabb’s openers came to the crease and played with confidence. Their hot start helped the side claim a seven wicket win with nine overs left in the day. A 71 run effort from Ryan Jellie helped Boneo secure the points against Seaford. Boneo chased down 169 runs to win. They lost a couple of wickets early, but that proved nothing more than a bump in the road. A brilliant knock of 90 off 71 deliveries by James Quarmby was the highlight of the day as Carrum Downs and Mt Martha faced off. Carrum Downs wrapped up the win early by chasing down a target of 133 with 15 overs left to play. Ballam Park put a disappointing total on the board against Tootgarook, costing them the game. Chasing 158 to win, Ballam Park ended up all out for 110.

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end, defending a small total of 113 by bowling out Delacombe Park for 64.

PENINSULA OB have maintained their unbeaten start to the season by the skin of their teeth. Peninsula OB chose to bat first, and set Baxter a target of 141 to chase down. Oscar Craig was their top scorer with a patient 45 off 99 balls. A late collapse cost Old Boys a chance at a bigger total. They lost their last 5 wickets for just 7 runs. Baxter chipped away at the total, and at 7/129 looked in prime position to bring OB’s winning run to an end. The tail end couldn’t finish the job though, as Baxter were bowled out for 138. Another four runs would have got them the win. Two late wickets from Justin Grant helped his side secure the narrow victory. Mornington put on a big total on Saturday in their clash against Red Hill. Mornington set their opponents 217 to chase down. Ben Clements and Matt Foon both scored half centuries. Red Hill worked hard to chase down their target, but couldn’t get the job done. They ended up at 9/176 when stumps was called. Mt Eliza weren’t able to defend their total of 108 as they took on Baden Powell at Emil Madsen Reserve. Baden Powell ran out victors by four wickets with five overs left to play. Sorrento’s struggles this season continued on Saturday. They fell to a 110 run defeat at the hands of Langwarrin. Matthew Prosser decimated Sorrento’s batting lineup, posting figures of 6/8 off six overs.





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Pines to host 2021 Wallace Cup SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie MONTEREY Reserve will be the venue for the ninth staging of the Wallace Cup on Saturday 6 February. Somerville Eagles and Mount Eliza make their tournament debuts and will be placed in two groups of five. The other contestants are Langwarrin, Mornington, Peninsula Strikers, Frankston Pines, Skye United, Baxter, Seaford United and Rosebud. The annual charity event kicks off at 12 noon with the top two teams after the round-robin stage qualifying for the semi-finals. The four semi-finalists will be drawn from a hat to determine the matches for the tournament’s penultimate stage and the kick-off for the final is scheduled for 5.15pm. The event is a celebration of the local game and honours Stephen William Wallace, Langwarrin life-member and former club president, committeeman, coach, player and Bayside League referee who died on 19 July 2011 at the age of 54. Langwarrin president Tanya Wallace is the event organiser and is keen to further develop the day that honours her father’s contribution to local soccer. “I think getting two new entrants from our area is a positive and hopefully going forward we can include all the clubs in our area,” she said. On the club front Wallace announced that Langwarrin has slashed its NPL underage player fees by $400 to $1800 for the 2021 season. “I think we needed to acknowledge the COVID situation and the impact it has had on families financially,” she added. “Our program is now well established and we have a great bunch of coaches and a technical director (Gus Macleod) who is committed to player development. “We want to prove to players and families that there is a senior pathway and we have already promoted players from our under-21s to our seniors and

February flashback: Wallace Cup action earlier this year as Mornington defender Reece Caldecourt closes down Baxter forward Jordan Ferdinand (right) at Centenary Park. Picture: John Punshon

we want to continue doing that. “The great thing throughout our entire NPL program was our ability to retain the majority of Langwarrin players who were given first preference for squad places rather than immediately looking externally.” Langwarrin has also established a scholarship scheme for its NPL under17s. “It’s a tough age group as there are players wanting to play senior football and there often are study requirements as well so the demands of training and playing are high but we’re delighted to have secured Premier Builders Group to offer financial support for those that find the costs of participation prohibitive.” The club also recently received confirmation from council that the $500,000 lighting upgrade at Lawton Park will provide the main pitch and the top pitch next to the two new entrances with 200-lux NPL-standard floodlights. The project is scheduled for completion by the end of next March. As we went to press we received news that Langy’s second string keep-

er Colby Jones had signed with State 1 outfit Beaumaris. The 19-year-old felt that opportunities at Langy were limited after the return of Fraser Maclaren so he has headed in the opposite direction and joined Maclaren’s old club. In State 2 news Peninsula Strikers have confirmed some pre-season friendlies (1pm and 3pm unless noted): Saturday 16 January v Noble Park Utd (Centenary Park), Saturday 23 January v Aspendale Stingrays (Centenary Park), Thursday 28 January v Frankston Pines (seniors Monterey Reserve 7.30pm, reserves Centenary Park 7.30pm), Saturday 13 February v Dandenong South (Centenary Park), Saturday 20 February v South Springvale (Centenary Park), Saturday 27 February v Doveton (Crinigan Road Reserve, Morwell 1pm), Saturday 6 March v Keilor Park (Centenary Park). The February clash with Doveton is part of Fortuna 60s Friendly Games and it gives Paul Williams’ side a great opportunity to test itself against an opponent preparing for its maiden NPL3 season.

In State 5 news there has been a changing of the guard at Rosebud with Melissa Osorio stepping down and John Grbac taking over as club president. “This year I decided to stand down as president after three fantastic years due to a health condition,” Osorio said. “In those three years myself and our wonderful committee have accomplished so much. “I want to thank everyone for their support over the years – parents, players, past players, Greg (Hurvitz) from Football Victoria, Mornington Peninsula Shire council and of course my husband Rob (club vice-president) and kids. “I’m confident that John, Rob and the new committee will continue to do fantastic work for our club.” There may also be a coaching change at Rosebud as both Scott Morrison and Mark Pagliarulo were sounded out recently regarding the senior coaching role currently filled by Pat Sabatino who did not respond when invited to comment. Morrison recently stepped down from his senior assistant’s role with

Peninsula Strikers and his connection with Rosebud dates back to 1994 when watching his father Jim playing. He’s a former Rosebud player and coach however he shunned the club’s overtures and “Pags” did likewise. The veteran Scottish striker informed the club of his decision on Sunday morning and is undecided whether or not to stay there as a player. “Who knows where I’ll end up next season but I’ll play somewhere,” he said. “The committee have amazing plans for the club and the new president, vice president and treasurer were brilliant with me but my personal and work commitments are my focus and I wouldn’t have been able to fully commit to being the manager there. “Great club and great people but I’ll decide on where I’ll play after Christmas.” As reported last week Blake Hicks has been training with Seaford United and there’s also doubt about Ben Gamble staying at Rosebud. In other news A-League outfit Melbourne City announced last week that it would relocate its training and administrative base to Casey Fields. In what is a major boost for the sport throughout the broad south-east and peninsula regions City along with Dandenong and Casey councils have a Heads of Agreement in place after year-long negotiations. City will set up the Etihad City Football Academy (CFA) at Casey Fields which will boast an elite training pitch, four full-sized floodlit pitches and a two-story elite performance headquarters building, with space for a 4000-capacity mini-stadium. It’s expected that City’s NPL programs will play home games at Casey Fields next year with its senior teams and administration to start relocating from Bundoora in July. Dandenong council is hopeful that the move will add impetus to its push for a 15,000-seater boutique stadium next to Dandenong train station.

Laurie has a week to remember HORSE RACING

By Ben Triandafillou MORNINGTON-based trainer Matt Laurie had a week to remember after saddling up four winners and a second placing from five runners last week. Laurie kicked off the week with a winner at Mornington on Tuesday 15 December as American Saint broke through to win her maiden at start number five. He then followed up the success with a winning double at Yarra Valley on Friday as Yulong Island and Jenni Express also removed their maiden tags in comfortable fashion. Heading to The Valley on Friday night, the resuming Malicorne brought up the stables fourth straight winner with a dominant victory first-up in the three-year-old fillies contest. Laurie finished off the night with the oddson favourite Sayumi running a gallant race to finish a narrow second in the three-year-old benchmark 64. The inform trainer said he was absolutely thrilled with the week’s results. “It was a very satisfying week for everyone at the stables and great to get the results for all connections involved,” Matt Laurie said. “They were in the right races and the horses went in in good shape so it’s great that everything all aligned on their days.” Laurie is currently going at a 22 per cent winning strike rate from his last 50 runners.


Four on the trot: Matt Laurie brings up his fourth consecutive win for the week as Malicorne wins at The Valley on Friday 18 December. Picture: Supplied

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2020 National Works on Paper opens at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery

Support local business SUMMER is finally here but it’s going to look a bit different this year on the Mornington Peninsula. Outdoor dining - dining alfresco - has always been popular, but this summer you’ll be spoilt for choice. Locals and visitors can experience creative outdoor spaces with loads of atmosphere to enjoy culinary delights and a cold beverage while soaking up the sun and fresh air in new ways. While you might have to drive a little slower and park a little further away to appreciate these lively ‘parklet’ spaces across the

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gallery visitors to activate a stack of white A1 paper. This participatory performance takes the idea of a work on paper to a new dimension, embedding the structure of the paper as the object and central to the action. Through a set of instructions, visitors engage with a sheet of paper and their own imagination. The 2020 National Works on Paper prize is a celebration of paper, as well as artistic resilience. The works make up a time capsule of creativity, prior to the instability and uncertainty caused by the global pandemic. The 76 works presented in this iteration of the award were made in the preceding two years leading up to the middle of a tempestuous year where bushfires had already scorched Australia and a virus had started to plague the world. This exhibition offers a chance to step back in time and re-visit a period before we transitioned into ‘a new normal’ of social distancing and mask wearing. MPRG Artistic Director Danny Lacy said: “It’s worth reflecting on this in relationship to the vibrancy of the work on display. The positive energy, confidence, experimentation, humour, wit and clarity of the works sits in stark contrast with Melbourne’s recent lockdown and the residual haze of having just woken from hibernation.” The winner of the NWOP award will be announced during a special online launch on Friday 11 December via the MPRG website, judged by Louise Tegart, Director Art Gallery of Ballarat, Gina Mobayed, Director Goulburn Regional Art Gallery and Danny Lacy, MPRG Artistic Director / Senior Curator. For the full program visit mprg.mornpen.vic. gov.au

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THE Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery biennial National Works on Paper (NWOP) prize is one of the most prestigious awards and exhibitions in Australia, attracting leading contemporary artists from across the country working in the fields of drawing, printmaking, collage, animation, digital prints and paper sculpture. Coinciding with MPRG’s 50th anniversary, the 2020 NWOP exhibition takes place 5 December – 21 February. Seventy-six artists have been shortlisted from close to 1200 entries. NWOP supports and promotes contemporary artists with up to $50,000 acquisitions and awards, including the major $15,000 acquisitive award. The finalists represent how artists are constantly adapting and transforming the medium of paper. Paper that is soaked and pressed becomes embedded with the intricate detail of Annika Romeyn’s mark making that re-imagines the landscape at Guerilla Bay (Yuin Country), New South Wales, for a mesmerising large-scale watercolour piece titled Endurance 2 2019. Compositionally complex, Romeyn trusts in the process and the materials, relying on memory and intuition to match the wash and tonal areas across the panels. Paper is transformed in Jenna Lee’s captivating work re/verse/d, a series of small sculptural vessels created from deconstructing and reconstituting the pages of colonial texts which misrepresent or perpetuate hurtful stereotypes of Aboriginal people. For Jenna, the act of reading the original books opens a way of understanding how to deconstruct and transform the text. Paper is integral to Brian Fuata’s work Paper waits, a unique propositional work that invites

QUEENSCLIFF may be a good 30 minute drive from Geelong or a 40 minute ferry ride from Sorrento but this summer a pop up Mexican Cantina opening 27 December may just be the reason to cruise down the highway or across the Bay. El Barquero, beside the Beach is serving fresh, simple, yet traditional Mexican food. The menu could be viewed as a Mexican cantina with drinks or a Chupito (shot) bar with Mexican on the side. You choose. Chef Jason Bushell and Daniel Ovalles have created an authentic menu with passion, and for good reason. Jason spent a month long honeymoon in Mexico falling in love with street vendors and beachside hole in the walls. Daniel, originally from South America, brings his experience of traditional spices and flavours, together with inspiration from his family recipes. On the menu is a delicious trio of house made salsas and corn chips to start, several softshell tacos, including slow cooked red pepper beef, green pepper and coconut pulled chicken and the very special Fish Taco – a Macadamia crumbed Rockling. There is a classic Burrito and Quesadilla, a selection of street food style sides and

an intriguing Calamari Nachos as well as your regular Gringo Nachos. The bar is serving up a range of beers, local and Mexican, wine & cool cocktails. For those who dare, the hero here is a range of Chupitos (shots) that will definitely get you in the mood for food. A pop up container, painted by street artist, Bryan Itch of Ink Bomb Studios, is the centrepiece of the large outdoor dining space. It acts as the main bar and is where the Chupitos are created. Tequila shots with fresh fruits, juices and even chillies, the perfect accompaniment to a taco or burrito. Open every day from 12pm to 9pm, El Barquero operates side by side with RORO Café, next to the ferry terminal. It is a pretty cool way to spend a summers day or evening, enjoying the small things, hanging with your amigos, with the sound of waves breaking in the background. Or grab a takeaway and in a few steps sit on the beach and just soak it all up. If you are visiting from Sorrento, make sure you catch the last ferry back at 7pm. Eat in or takeaway. Visit www.elbarquero. com.au

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Peninsula Film Festival is back for 2021 PENINSULA Film Festival, proudly presented by Shine Lawyers, will run across the long weekend in March (5-7) with the iconic short film festival on Sat March 6 at the Dromana Drive In. The Festival launches on Friday March 5 with the acclaimed Australian Documentary – Firestarter at Rosebud cinema. The documentary tells the story of Bangarra Dance Theatre and its development from a small dance group in Glebe to a company of international renown, driven in large by its Artistic director, Stephen page and his brothers, composer David Page and lead dancer Russell Page. Tickets are $25pp and include nibbles and drinks, the screening will be followed by a Q&A. Sat March 6, the short film festival will run at the Dromana Drive In tickets are $40 per car, and then on March 7 a filmmaking workshop will be held at Rosebud Cinema, tickets are $10pp. Tickets are on sale now at www.peninsulafilmfestival. com.au Entries are still open for the Saturday short film festival and anyone with a short film idea and a camera can enter their film to win a share in up to $30K of cash and prizes. Organisers are encouraging budding filmmakers to enter the Woodleigh School Emerging Filmmaker Award (open to any Australian student under 18 years of age) to be in the running for $500 cash as well as mentorship opportunities. The R U OK? category invites short films that have connection as a theme, highlighting the importance of conversation around mental health and the Festival is pleased to announce the continuation of a special local category – the Rye, Rosebud and Dromana Community Bank branches of Bendigo Bank My Local Hero Award. This is a chance to enter a 2 minute film featuring someone who has made an impact on the region. Entries for all categories are open until January 29, 2021. Films must be 8 minutes or less in length (2 minutes for the My Local Hero Award). Enter via https://filmfreeway.com/PeninsulaFilmFestival or head to www.peninsulafilmfestival.com.au for details. For a detailed three-day program and to purchase tickets visit www.peninsulafilmfestival.com.au

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quality support from trainers and staff at PARC. Recreational swimming is also back and available throughout the school holidays, including the operation of the Aqua playground. Shannon Mounsey, Health & Fitness Manager at PARC, said: “It’s been a long road but we’re delighted to be open again. The Centre still looks a bit different with new terms of entry and cleaning processes in place to protect our members, however it’s awesome to have the familiar buzz of activity back! “2021 is going to be an awesome year as we’re developing even more exciting new programs for our members across the Peninsula. Ensuring that we’re always innovating and expanding the quality of our offering whilst bringing excellent service and flexibility to suit all lifestyles.” To find out more about what is happening at PARC throughout January please visit the website: www.parcfrankston.com.au


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A safe New Year’s Eve for all MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire will work in collaboration with Victoria Police to ensure residents and visitors on the southern Peninsula have a safe New Year’s Eve. On New Year’s Eve there will be increased police and emergency services, security, lighting, additional transport and closures of some public spaces in Rye, Blairgowrie, Sorrento and Portsea. First aid will be present on Rye foreshore. We want the Peninsula to be a safe place for people to enjoy the last day of 2020. The following restrictions will apply: n No planned events and no fireworks on foreshore reserves n Alcohol ban applies in public spaces from 30 December to 11.59pm, 1 January n A person must not possess or discharge fireworks; fines will apply n Flares to be discharged in an emergency only n Rye pier foreshore car parks closed from 4pm, 31 December to 2am, 1 January n Rye pier closed from 6pm, 31 December to 2am, 1 January n Rye foreshore playground closed from 8pm, 31 December to 2am, 1 January. A complimentary one-way shuttle bus service will run on New Year’s Eve from Portsea Hotel to Kangerong Avenue, Dromana from 10pm until 4am, 1 January. The one-way bus service will pick up patrons from Portsea Hotel (until 2am) and Sorrento before continuing as a drop-off service only along Point Nepean road stopping at the following bus stops: Stop # 1 Blairgowrie shops Stop # 2 Rye Pier Stop # 3 Truemans Rd (Tootgarook) Stop # 4 Rosebud Plaza Stop # 5 Jetty Rd (Rosebud) Stop # 6 Dromana Pier Stop # 7 Kangerong Ave (Dromana). With extra noise and activity as the new year ticks over, sometimes pets can get scared and run away. The Shire has rostered on extra Rangers to help distressed pets and families on New Year’s Eve. If your pet gets lost, please call 1300 850 600. For more information or to report any issues impacting the community on New Year’s Eve, please phone Mornington Peninsula Shire Customer Service on 1300 850 600. From all of us at Mornington Peninsula Shire: Happy New Year to our wonderful community! Learn more at mornpen.vic.gov.au/NYE

A safe New Year for all We are working with emergency services to ensure the southern Peninsula remains family friendly on New Year’s Eve. The following restrictions will apply: • No planned events and no fireworks on foreshore reserves • Alcohol ban applies in public spaces from 30 December to 11.59pm, 1 January • Flares to be discharged in an emergency only • Rye pier closed from 6pm, 31 December to 2am, 1 January

• Rye pier foreshore car parks closed from 4pm, 31 December to 2am, 1 January • Rye foreshore playground closed from 8pm, 31 December to 2am, 1 January • A person must not possess or discharge fireworks; fines will apply

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A one-way shuttle service will depart Portsea from 10pm and Sorrento from 2am on New Year’s Eve, dropping patrons off only along Point Nepean Road to Dromana through until 4am, 1 January.

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Mornington Peninsula family favourite Boneo Discovery Park re-opens just in time for summer VISITORS are welcomed back to spend time in the great outdoors Melbourne, Monday 7 December – Boneo Discovery Park on the Mornington Peninsula, home to stunning grounds, beautiful visual art displays and more, is now reopen thanks to an easing of COVID-19 restrictions. Visitors can again enjoy the stunning 27-acre grounds, which offers a full and diverse range of activities including the ANIMALIA in Sand exhibition, 18-hole Mini Golf Course, maze, boardwalk and giant board games. There’s also a bungee tramp and rock-climbing wall for visitors

looking to challenge themselves in gorgeous surrounds, which is available on weekends and each day during school holidays. Evie Wittingslow, Marketing and Events Coordinator of Boneo Discovery Park, said the team are delighted to open our doors once again and welcome families and long-term friends of the Park to enjoy our beautiful surrounds once again. “After a challenging year, there is nothing more relaxing than enjoying the great outdoors together at Boneo Discovery Park.” “Guests can also be assured of their

health and safety thanks to a raft of COVID-19 safety responses, including daily disinfection, sanitising stations around the park and takeaway and outdoor dining facilities at the café. The full details can be viewed on our website,” she added. ANIMALIA in Sand, the hero sculpture park, transforms the much-loved classic children’s book by Graeme Base into an impressive outdoor exhibition with 26 giant sand sculptures created by some of the world’s most renowned sand sculptors. An innovative app brings to life the sculptures, through a sand and

screen immersive experience created especially for the exhibition, revealing hidden stories throughout. More than 3,500 tonnes of sand were used to create the ANIMALIA characters ranging from Ingenious Iguanas to Vaudeville Ventriloquist Vultures, with fifteen award-winning sculptors from around the globe who worked for over 450 hours collectively to bring the exhibition to life along the wetlands and lush garden pathways. The extensive grounds are also the perfect destination for a picnic after exploring the park, with The Lakeside

Kiosk available for takeaway food, drinks and alcoholic beverages. Tickets are available online and on the door, priced at $18 per adult and $15 for children and senior citizens. This includes full access to the park facilities and the ANIMALIA in Sand sculpture exhibition. Boneo Discovery Park is Open Daily 10am – 5pm, bar Christmas Day, and can be accessed via 695 Limestone Road, Fingal Victoria 3939. Full details can be accessed via the website here: https://www.boneodiscoverypark.com.au/contact/

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