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Coastal concerns By Keith Platt MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire believes the official approach to coastal strategies is being “watered down�. It is concerned that accepting “natural coastal processes� as a consequence of climate change will be “impossible and impractical in a metropolitan context�. The shire has told the Victorian Coastal Council that no changes should be made to current coastal action plans

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examples, but neighbouring Frankston Council has been unable to reach a satisfactory result over the use by a private landowner of concrete barriers to protect an eroding cliff in the north of Daveys Bay. On the peninsula, beach stairways have been swept away by storms, and beaches at Mt Martha and Portsea have already been “renourished� by imported sand, with sandbags and rocks being used to protect cliffs and foreshores.

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All roads lead to harbour for young yachties By Mike Hast MORNINGTON will be the centre of the junior sailing universe in early January when 340 young yachties and their “support staff” – mums, dads and friends – descend on the town for the 2014 Optimist Australian and Open Championships. Mornington Yacht Club is hosting the largest single-class regatta held in Australia, surpassing the previous record of 295 Laser yachts at Lake Macquarie in NSW. Organisers were forced to close entries on Friday after 340 competitors had signed up, easily exceeding the target of 300. The event runs for a week from 4-11 January and will have junior sailors aged under 15 compete in three “fleets” – open, intermediate and green. The harbour precinct will be packed to the gills with a huge marquee set up in the club’s yard and the little yachts stored beside the clubhouse. Mornington Peninsula Shire has set aside two parking areas for Optimist people – the gravel car park on the corner of the Esplanade and Vancouver St, and Morell Reserve in Cook St. Club commodore Greg Martin said the championships would attract some of the best junior sailors from Australia and around the world, including the United Kingdom, Sweden, Finland, Hong Kong and New Zealand. “It will be one of the biggest sailing events ever held in the southern hemisphere, is likely to attract 2000 visitors to the region and bring up to $400,000 to Mornington and the peninsula,” he said.

The Optimist sailing dinghy – Opti for short – is one of the fastest-growing and most-popular classes in the world with 300,000 yachts and 200,000 sailors worldwide. Michelle Pickford, the yacht club’s training manager, said sailors would rig their boats in the yacht club precinct and launch from Mothers Beach in “waves”, with the green fleet first away each day at 10am. The club had organised parking on the properties of several members who lived close to the harbour, she said. “Traffic management will be a focus,” she said. The club has hired portable toilets due to the small number of public toilets in the harbour precinct. She said teams of volunteers would feed the hungry juniors. Competitors in the intermediate and open fleets taking lunch packs aboard their Optis. Youngsters in the green fleet would return to the club for lunch before heading out for the afternoon’s sail. The club won the rights to the event last January, chosen ahead of McCrae and Sorrento yacht clubs, and accommodation was booked months ago. Some yachties and their families are staying with club members. Kat Hodgins of Mornington Peninsula Shire said the three beaches facing the harbour – Mothers Beach, Scout Beach and Shire Hall Beach – would remain open to the public, as would boat ramps. She said that apart from the two designed parking areas, there would be “no other traffic or parking restrictions in place”.

Little white yachts: More than 300 young sailors and their families descend on Mornington in early January for the weeklong 2014 Optimist Australian and Open Championships.

The shire’s “Clean Team” would operate seven days a week between 6am and 8pm during the peak holiday period. Mornington MP David Morris said the state government would give $5000 to help run the event. “The regatta is a very significant event during the summer sailing season on the peninsula,” he said. “It brings many people into Mornington, with spinoff for our shops and


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Peninsula misses spot in surfing finals TORQUAY Boardriders Club continued its dominance of Victorian club surfing with a win at the Be the Influence Australian Boardriders Battle at Cape Woolamai on Phillip Island. The west coast-based team won the day with 4800 points, followed by 13th Beach, 4620; Peninsula, 4010; Phillip Island, 3890; and Point Lonsdale, 3170. The win has earned Torquay Boardriders Club a spot at the national final at Cronulla 25-16 January. The 13th Beach club will join Torquay at the national final after coming second overall and claiming the second allocation for Victoria. Peninsula surfer Caiden Fowler scored a ninepoint ride, but the team could not match the depth of one of its oldest rivals, finishing in third. The contest was held two weekends ago in a four- to six-foot swell and light onshore winds, making conditions tough for all competitors throughout the day. “It was pretty tough out there, about five foot on the outside banks with some strong rips,” Torquay’s Troy Brooks said. Torquay trailed for much of the day thanks to a strong showing from Phillip Island’s former world tour surfer Glyndyn Ringrose and Josh JohnsonBaxter (13th Beach) in the Skins division. However, the combination of Cahill BellWarren and Zoe Clarke in the pairs kept Torquay alive leading into the teams division. The young pair was able to take out the pairs final in the challenging conditions over 13th Beach’s Simon Collier and Jemima Hutchins. The teams division was dominated by Torquay with five of their six scoring rides in the good to excellent range to take the division over 13th Beach who placed second. “It should be fun to go and mix it with the big boys in Cronulla. I think we should do pretty well up there; we have some good up-and-coming kids and a few ex-WCT surfers. Hopefully we’ll do all right,” Brooks said.

Lefts and rights: Woolamai provided challenging waves from both sides for peninsula surfers Caiden Fowler, above, and Lachy McDonald, right.

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The shire is also concerned that the state government is ruled out as being the lead agency or land manager under the proposed coastal strategy. “The role, capacity and future viability of volunteers and community groups on the coast is identified as a future risk,” Mr Chapple stated. “With a significant number of volunteer committees of management across the Mornington Peninsula, what does this mean for the shire? Will it be expected that local government accept responsibility for the management of these foreshores as it becomes more and more difficult for volunteers to be recruited to these groups or the issues are no longer able to be managed by them?” The proposed strategy says that sea level rises of 2.4mm a year have been recorded at Stony Point since 1991. “Sea level rises will inundate some coastal foreshores and coastlines are expected to retreat. Sea level rise will also increase the risk of private land and property being flooded or eroded,” the strategy states. He said the VCS appeared to have been drafted “for the regional coast, not for the metropolitan Melbourne or outer metropolitan coastline”. He said the draft created “ambiguity and potential for differing policy interpretations”. “Both Port Phillip and Western Port have been given little attention throughout the document and the maps. The draft VCS appears to lose the distinction which exists in the current VCS between regional coastal areas and the ‘urban coast’. “The current section of the VCS relating to the urban coast is important

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Humble start to business success JIM Dunlop had a say in his own funeral: there was to be no weeping or wailing. Knowing that the end was near, he actively celebrated his birthday with friends and family a few weeks before he died on Wednesday 30 October while in palliative care. “It was Jim’s specific request that there be no weeping or wailing here today, so we will do our best,” civil celebrant Gail Cremen told the 150 mourners at Mr Dunlop’s funeral at Mt Martha on Friday 8 November. “Jim would be considered by any standard a successful man, but he came from very humble beginnings,” Ms Cremen said. “In fact, when reflecting sometimes on his life, he wondered just how he and his brother Ian managed to achieve the success that they did. His explanation was ‘the cream always rises to the top’.” Mr Dunlop, of Mornington, was 73 when he died, two years after being diagnosed with lung cancer. The funeral for Mr Dunlop was attended by his family, former wife Margaret and their children John and Debbie, grandchildren Jess, Katie, Jamie, Denae, relatives and friends from both his working life and as a member of Mt Martha and Mt Eliza Lions clubs. Ms Cremen described Mr Dunlop as “a man who seemed just a little larger than life” who had come from “very humble beginnings”. Born at Mildura during the Second World War, Mr Dunlop’s family was “fractured”, with his father being away for much of the time and then “struggling to settle back in to civilian family life”.

Fondly remembered: Jim Dunlop was one of the driving forces behind Mt Eliza and Mt Martha Lions clubs.

It seems Mr Dunlop’s early life growing up at St Arnaud set the stage for it to be influenced by three Margarets: his mother, grandmother and, eventually, his wife. “As we all know, Jim was blessed with a powerful intellect, a will to achieve and succeed in life,” Ms Cremen said. “He qualified as an electrician but his thirst for knowledge drove him on to further studies, a move to Melbourne and more challenging roles.” After a stint with the PMG, Mr Dunlop joined the Aeronautical Research Laboratories, working alongside people like the inventor of the Black Box flight recorder David Warren. “Returning after some time to Telecom, Jim’s skills and problem-solving abilities saw him being seconded by the Department of Foreign Affairs

to set up communications for the Australian embassy being opened in Warsaw in 1973,” Ms Cremen said. “He carried out a similar role when he was again seconded to set up communications for the Australian embassy in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. “During his career at Telstra, Jim became the property manager for the Geebung/Jindalee Project developing Australia’s over-the-horizon radar capabilities. “In true Jim entrepreneurial style, he retired from Telstra and contracted himself back to them through Visionstream, a company that provided services and at a much higher rate.” Mr Dunlop was also a “silent owner” of a service station in Dandenong. After his “retirement”, Mr Dunlop grew roses and built two extensions for his daughter and her husband, Stuart. “He and Margaret built a house in

Rye from the ground up,” Ms Cremen said. “But his greatest successes cannot be measured, they are intangible. His friendships, his interest in his fellow man and their wellbeing, his dedication to the Lions clubs – and VW car club – and the values they uphold. His compassion, generosity not only of spirit, but his time and wisdom. “I heard much about Jim before I finally met him through my involvement with Lions, but since that time he had a huge impact on me, personally as a friend, in business as a mentor, and in all things as a role model. “No one could meet Jim and him not have some impact on you, such was the lifeforce and calibre of the man.” Although he had joined the Lions in 2007, Mr Dunlop, as with many of his pursuits, approached the organisation with his usual enthusiasm, becoming secretary and then president of Mt Eliza Lions within two years of transferring from the Mt Martha club. “Although not a long-serving member of the Lions club, he was a valuable member and was very active before his illness,” fellow member Norm Minton said. “Jim was the primary person to promote a friendship with Table View Lions Club of Cape Town, South Africa, becoming our twin club and it was pleasing for him to see the completion of the Ekhaya project and his pride at seeing Mt Eliza Lions on the opening plaque. “He was also extremely proud of Patricia Kelly becoming our first woman president.” Keith Platt

Police probe Main St atacks POLICE have called for witnesses to two serious assaults in Main St Mornington that left two men in hospital. Both attacks occurred early Sunday morning in the centre of town around drinking establishments. On 15 December, a man was bashed by a gang of up to four men in an alleyway next to the Commonwealth Bank. The victim had been standing in the alleyway about 3am when two men passing by made a “derogatory comment”, Constable Steven Fitzgerald of Mornington police said. After a brief exchange of words, the victim was punched repeatedly in the face. “A further two men joined in sometime during the assault,” Constable Fitzgerald said. The victim suffered a broken nose, large gash above his eye and extensive bruising. “One offender was approximately 5’ 9” inches tall, skinny and of muscular build. He was wearing a purple T-shirt with dark jeans. Another male was 6 foot tall, wearing a white T-shirt.” Two weeks earlier on 1 December, a man was “king hit” while standing at a taxi rank at the corner of Main St and Barkley St about 3.20am. “The male victim had just lined up in a very long line at the taxi rank when he began talking to an unknown female,” Constable Fitzgerald said. “The victim has called the female a derogatory name and an unknown male has punched the victim in the mouth.” Four of his teeth were knocked out and his lip cut open. No description of the attacker was provided. Anyone with information is asked to call Mornington police on 5970 4900 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Historic perspectives of port A COLLECTION of historic artwork depicting Port Phillip over the past century by renowned Australian artists including Arthur Streeton, Sidney Nolan and Arthur Boyd is on show at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery over summer. Sea of dreams: Port Phillip Bay 1915–2013 (Part two) is a broad chronological survey of major Australian artists whose works are closely associated with Port Phillip. The exhibition features about 70 paintings, drawings and prints sourced from major public, private and corporate collections from across Australia, and includes a number of rarely seen gems, some of which have only come to light. Other artist’s works featured include Fred McCubbin, Penleigh Boyd, Clarice Beckett and Emma Minnie Boyd, whose Olivers Hill, Frankston c.1916, is pictured.

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Curtain falls on cinema partnership By Peter McCullough ANYONE who visited Mornington Cinema during the past 22 years will recall the McCanns: Ian advising on seating and selling tickets, and his wife Tessa skipping between the kiosk and her usherette responsibilities. The partnership was broken on 27 August with the death of Tessa. Tessa Joy Patterson was born on 13 December 1946 in Goulburn, NSW, one of eight children. After completing schooling, Tessa worked as a shop assistant and loved going to “the pictures”; later she married and raised a boy and a girl. Her marriage eventually ended and Tessa, her children grown up, headed for the Sunshine Coast where she worked in a resort. Ian McCann was born in East Bentleigh and, had a fascination for cinema from age 5 when he saw his first movie. Later, when living in Ballarat, he would make a detour on his way home from school every day to check what was screening at the town’s three theatres. After leaving school, Ian had a short stint with the ABC and then found a job in publicity and promotions with Greater Union Theatres. This led to roles in theatre management and distribution. Always at the back of Ian’s mind, however, was the goal to run his own cinema. After some years programming films for Channel 10, Ian heard in 1980 that the theatre in Mornington was for lease. The Matthew Flinders Theatre, opposite the Grand Hotel in Main Street, Mornington, had been demolished in the early 1970s and a new cinema, closer to the Esplanade, was opened in 1977. The owners had no expertise in programming; on opening night they screened The Life and Times of Sherlock Holmes and only a handful turned up. The small, independent cinema also had trouble getting first-release films.

Ian visited Mornington and could see the cinema’s potential. On 29 January 1981, Ian and his parents took over the lease of the cinema. In a sense it was a “coming home” for the family as Ian’s grandfather had owned Franklins Shoe Store in Main St, about where Bendigo Bank is now. On their first night they screened Breaker Morant with Porridge as the support film. Ian expected 20 to 30 people but 220 attended; the next night was much the same and the McCanns knew they had made a good start. After 10 years Ian felt it was time for a holiday. The cinema industry was picking up again after weathering the home video boom of the early 1980s, and the “recession we had to

have” in 1988-89. Ian’s former boss at Greater Union had honeymooned in Noosa Heads and his comments left a lasting impression. He booked into a hotel for a week, met Tessa who was working there, and ended up staying for four weeks. Ian was 44 and had never married, but something clicked when he met Tessa. She felt the same as a month later Tessa moved south to help Ian run the theatre. The timing was right as Ian’s parents were looking to retire. Ian said Tessa took to her new role “like a duck to water” and they formed a great team. About the time of Tessa’s arrival, a smallbudget Australian movie, Strictly Ballroom, was shown at the Cannes Film Festival. Ian saw a

preview and Mornington Cinema was one of only four theatres prepared to give it a go. It was a huge success: 250 attended on the first night and it ran in Mornington for 42 weeks. Tessa had a long-standing interest in the live theatre and joined Mornington CEF Players. After several years, including a role in Brigadoon, the demands of work made rehearsals difficult and she left CEF. Over the past 8 years, Tessa suffered from an illness that led to her death at the Austin Hospital on 27 August while on the waiting list for a liver transplant. A large number of people attended her funeral and Ian received more than 250 sympathy cards, a testimony to the respect in which Tessa McCann was held.

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Hocking Stuart - Rosebud 1/991 Pt Nepean Road Rosebud, Vic 3939 Phone: 5986 5777

MOUNT MARTHA - 2 Sheoak Grove

$620,000 - $630,000

MORNINGTON - 2/44 Wilsons Road

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This superb Mount Martha beach house is the ideal getaway or permanent retreat. Open plan living area and music room all have private and mesmerising garden views with the bay beyond. There are three good size bedrooms and one central bathroom and second toilet. Loads of character and scope to extend or improve. An American style barn accommodates cars/ workshop/ studio or office. Set on a 1280m2 parcel of land.

Sitting pretty as a picture, this charming villa is one of only 3 on the block and is walking distance to Fishies Beach, Main Street’s boutique shopping, restaurants and facilities as well as extensive parklands across the road. Offering a golden opportunity to downsize and enjoy a wonderful beachside lifestyle, the villa comprises 2 bedrooms, 2 living areas, beautifully presented kitchen with dishwasher, gas hot plates and wall oven, GDH and cooling, reverse cycle A/C and DLUG. Quality built with lovely decorative cornices and fret work, this Villa exudes grace and charm.

Contact: Mount Martha office 5974 8688 Inspect: Saturday 4th January, 12.00-12.30pm

Contact: Mount Martha office 5974 8688 Inspect: Saturday 4th January, 12.00-12.30pm

MOUNT MARTHA - 19 Hinkler Street


MORNINGTON - 4 Foam Street




This modern contempory home sits in a lovely country lane setting, with the beach just a short walk down the end of the grove. The home is full of light and also very private and quiet, set back behind the ti-trees. The four bedrooms plus study lends itself to a large family, and a kitchen is perfectly positioned for indoor & outdoor dining to invite summer fun. The separate downstairs bedroom has sliding doors that open to a tranquil private garden together with a cosy private sitting room for a quiet getaway space for parents if required. All situated on a fully enclosed approx 720sqm block with remote control front gates.

Classically designed, fully enclosed for privacy with its own street frontage, this quality townhouse is sure to impress. Being completed in May 2014, if you get in early, there is potential savings on stamp duty and a chance to work with the builder regarding some fixtures, fittings and inclusions. Downstairs comprises open plan living areas with a lovely large gas log fire place and A/C, master bedroom with ENS & WIR, kitchen complete with Smeg appliances, laundry and powder room. Upstairs there are two further bedrooms, a study, family bathroom and a large second living area. All in all there will be 21.75sq of living plus a double garage with internal entry.

Contact: Mount Martha office 5974 8688 Inspect: Saturday 4th January, 1.00-1.30pm

Contact: Kerryn Gedye 0437 966 227 Inspect: Saturday 4th January & Wednesday 8th January 11.00-11.30am

MOUNT MARTHA - 46 St Ives Grove

$710,000 - $750,000

MOUNT MARTHA - 6 Hedges Court

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Not every Mount Martha home can boast its very own fireman pole! But if you want a quick slide down to the office from main living level, here it is. The pole house is set on a 857m2 block with glorious tree top valley views. This home offers easy indoor & outdoor entertaining with a spacious balcony on one side, to the full length tiled terrace with spa and cascading water feature on the other side. There are four bedrooms and two bathrooms. The spacious kitchen has European appliances and a butlers pantry. There is plenty of parking and a triple carport plus garage plus lock up work shed. This lifestyle home is a 2 minute drive to beach, village and cafes and a close walk to Balcombe grammar and primary school.

This spacious family home exuding class and character is hidden away in a quiet court in one of Mt Martha prestigious beach side locales only minutes away from Hawker and Craigie Beach. Situated on a large level block this tastefully designed abode has much on offer including ground floor: lovely light and airy Kitchen/dining, large lounge, Master with ENS, WIR’s, 4th bedroom or study, powder room, large laundry, DLUG and outdoor decking. The first floor comprises a large rumpus that could be utilised as a theatre room/ parents retreat or teenager’s area, 2 spacious loft style bedrooms both with WIR’s, beautiful family bathroom with claw foot bathtub, gas ducted heating throughout and reverse cycle air-conditioning

Contact: Mount Martha office 5974 8688 Inspect: By Appointment

Contact: Mount Martha office 5974 8688 Inspect: By Appointment

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Majestic bay and ocean views AN impressive home in a truly magical spot, with panoramic views spanning the peninsulaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hinterland and the sparkling waters of Port Phillip Bay. With a myriad of walking trails that wind their way through the natural beauty of Arthurs Seat State Park on your doorstep, this little touch of paradise will leave you feeling on top of the world. Set on a 833-square metre block full of landscaped gardens, this sprawling home features both upper and lower-level living zones that spill out to a fantastic choice of spa and viewing decks that offer all the space you need to spread out and entertain in style. A full-length wall of windows brings the sensational views right to the heart of the open-plan living zones, while sliding doors create a beautiful natural flow to the wide timber deck that is draped in vines. Incorporated into the open-plan space is a bright kitchen with a nice country feel complemented by the timber benchtops and antique cabinetry in a provincial white. Quality appliances include a dishwasher. The master bedroom also has access out to a viewing deck, and there is also a walk-in robe and ensuite. Three more bedrooms all have built-in robes and share the cedar lined main bathroom. There is a powder room for guests downstairs. The home measures about 335 square metres (36 square) which includes decked areas and a double garage.

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Harcourts SINCE 1888

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Mount Martha 22 Grandview Terrace



Magnificent Sunsets All Year Round Fantastic bay views where you can see for miles! Watch the ships come through the Heads, check out the yachts coming into the marina and enjoy the ever changing rural views – this home offes such an amazing opportunity, you must see it to appreciate! Having been renovated to the current owner’s requirements, this home offers three spacious bedrooms, stunning bathroom, open plan kitchen, living & dining and a generous outdoor entertaining deck. At night time you have a magical experience watching all the lights in the valley, New Years Eve is a show on its own. Here is the perfect beach pad or permanent residence, call today for a personal inspection. AUCTION Open

Saturday 11th January 2014 at 11am By Appointment

Janet McNeill 0419 503 327



Mornington 35 Murray Street


No Car Keys Required If its proximity to Main Street, the beach, primary school and public transport that are on your wish list, then stop searching now – you’ve found the perfect property! With all amenities almost at your front door, this home will impress those looking to plan for the future when a car won’t be required because you can walk to everything you and your lifestyle require. With a flexible floorplan that lends itself to ground floor living, including a bedroom & bathroom, why wouldn’t you buy into this central locale prior to prices going any higher?

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$629,000 By Appointment

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Mornington Suite 2 / 1a Main Street 03 5970 8000


Mornington 16 King Georges Avenue




Luxurious Townhouse - Beachside Mornington Construction is about to commence on two high quality townhouses positioned with separate street frontages. One home has already been sold, leaving only one more opportunity to secure a designer new home. Some of the many features include main bedroom suite downstairs with WIR & ensuite, home office/ 4th bedroom, kitchen with stone bench tops, stainless-steel 900mm oven, gas cook top & dishwasher, meals area, lounge with gas log fire place & powder room & double remote garage with internal access. Upstairs there are 2 bedrooms with BIRs, family bathroom & a family room with bi fold doors leading to the balcony where you can enjoy family gatherings, BBQâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, morning brunch, or a quiet, relaxed afternoon soaking up the atmosphere. Detailed plans and inclusions are available for inspection at any time. Price View Open

$995,000 - $1,090,000 By Appointment

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Mount Martha 18 Somerset Drive




Storybook Cottage Made For Golfing Enthusiasts Rambling over four levels, this delightful home offers the perfect retreat for the discerning purchaser who is looking for quality, privacy, views and a rural outlook. Encompassing the sea change and tree change in one package, with a floorplan that provides separate levels of living, eating & sleeping, this is a truly unique property. Including 4 spacious bedrooms, spa ensuite & full family bathroom, open plan kitchen, living, dining with bay views. Rear access to the Mt Martha Golf Course, double carport with powered workshop. Do not miss the opportunity to make your dream a reality.

AUCTION Saturday January 25th at 11am (unless sold prior) View Open By Appointment Janet McNeill 0419 503 327

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Red Hill 110 William Road


Seclusion and Serenity This 10 acre property, situated at the end of a winding country lane, is sure to tickle the senses of those looking to secure a property offering a lifestyle that embraces tranquillity & clean fresh air. Perfect for those looking to grow their own vegies, agist horses, gain a holiday home rental return, or simply sit back and relax, this architecturally designed, spacious and light-filled 5 bedroom, 2 bathroom home features multiple living zones, central kitchen with stone benchtops, formal lounge with Coonara woodheater, entertaining deck overlooking the flower filled garden and lots of space for children to play. With both natural bushland and well maintained gardens & paddocks, water tanks, numerous dams and a two-bay machinery shed, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss out on this opportunity to purchase your dream.



AUCTION Saturday 8th February at 12 noon Open By Appointment

Leanne Williams P 5970 8000 0412 725 526 E

Harcourts Mornington

Tuerong 40 Derril Road


â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Hanjagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;- Prime 115 acre rural holding Substantial, well-maintained and easily managed 115 acre rural holding well suited to livestock grazing, equestrian pursuits or agribusiness, Hanjague offers the ideal introduction to life on the land complete with a comfortable 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home. A prized and private patch of the peninsula with the brilliant bonus of additional access from from Hunts and Balnarring roads, the property has been used for cattle grazing with regular fertilizing and weed control delivering quality pasture plus approximately 250 round bales of hay each year. Infrastructure includes bore water and electric internal fencing to 13 paddocks, stable complex, cattle crush/loading ramp, hay and machinery sheds.



For Sale $2.4 million Open By Appointment Janet McNeill P 5970 8000 0419 503 327 E Malcolm Parkinson P 5970 8000 0421 704 246 E Harcourts Mornington

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Hastings 10/14 High Street 03 5970 7333


Hastings 4 Wills Street




Stunning Contemporary - Prime Old Tyabb Location! Entirely contemporary behind its modern facade, this dynamic home’s beautifully renovated spaces strike the perfect indoor-outdoor balance. At its heart, the flawless kitchen is appointed with ceasar stone benchtops, stainless steel appliances, an abundance of cupboard and draw space and is ideally positioned to host friends and family. From this vantage point, overlook the open-plan meals and living area with soaring ceiling, streaming out via 2 bi-fold doors to the superb entertainer’s alfresco. A formal lounge is situated at the front of the property with an elaborate feature gas log fireplace and cathedral ceiling providing a quiet adults retreat, plus a casual living area off the main dining area which also features the fireplace. The fully-insulated walls and double glazing throughout ensure serenity in this spectacular home. Master bedroom features built in robe and designer dual vanity stone ensuite, three further bedrooms all with built in robes and central family bathroom with designer bath tub and feature skylight make this property a pleasure to live in. Add in a double garage with rear access and you have all the boxes ticked. Located in the sought after location of “Old Tyabb” this property is close to all amenities, including shops, schools and all that the Mornington Peninsula has to offer.

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5987 3233

3/15 Nepean Highway Safety Beach

37 Anne Drive Dromana

Oh, I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside

Private & Peaceful

A very short walk (approx 240 metres) to one of the best beaches in the area. Wonderful seaside retreat, being both quiet & private. With 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms plus WC/vanity. Double garage and outside entertaining area with a Northern aspect. With timber floors, stone kitchen bench tops, spa bath in the en-suite & separate living areas this is a perfect holiday home, permanent or investment property given its location to beach, shops & the best of the Mornington Peninsula. Don’t delay with this, offers before the auction may be considered.

From the moment you walk through the front door you can feel the warmth and comfort of this brickveneer home. The main entry features slate tiles that lead to the master bedroom and one of the two living areas. Two more bedrooms have BIR’s, an open-plan kitchen & dining area plus second living zone opens out to the fabulous entertaining balcony with a retractable awning for hot days. Also featuring GDH, gas cooking, double carport and paved BBQ/entertaining area at the rear and plenty of storage under the house. Land size approx 931sqm.

AUCTION Inspect Agent

PRICE: Inspect Agent

Sunday 12th January at 2.00pm Saturday 1.00-1.30pm Anthony McDermott 0403 161 125

5987 3233

193 Point Nepean Road, Dromana VIC 3936

193 Point Nepean Road, Dromana VIC 3936

193 Point Nepean Road, Dromana VIC 3936

12 Garner Street Dromana

140 Country Club Dr. Safety Beach

The Epitome Of Luxury

70% SOLD - Don’t Miss Out

Showcasing 5 bedrooms, multiple living areas and a great sense of space, style and character. Master bedroom with FES & WIR, a superb island kitchen with Euro appliances and polished timber floors and suspended on a lower balcony, is an amazing gas & solar heated salt chlorinated swimming pool. Gas ducted heating, heating & cooling units, ducted vacuum and a double lock up garage with workshop. The north facing sun balcony is akin to a sky deck with substantial bay views, where your soul is lifted with the outstanding light show at sunset & nightfall. Set on 848sqm (approx) block.

If you are a 1st home buyer, looking to add to your portfolio or wanting a permanent or holiday home, this is for you. Within walking distance to the beach and shops these soon to be constructed townhouses boast: - 2 bedrooms - 1 bathroom with WC - 1 powder room (downstairs)* - 2 living areas (1 up & 1 down)* - S/steel ppliances & stone bench tops in kitchen - Gas ducted heating - SLUG, garden shed, clothes line

PRICE: Inspect Agent

5987 3233

$590,000 plus By Appointment Melissa Walker 0407 508 555

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$1,330,000 By Appointment Anthony McDermott 0403 161 125

interior finishes are shown as examples only

5987 3233

PRICE: Agent

$290,000 - $299,000 Melissa Walker 0407 508 555

193 Point Nepean Road, Dromana VIC 3936

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No rhyme or reason WITHIN a short walk to the clear waters of Safety Beach and the Martha Cove Marina, this fantastic double-storey home is set on a 960-square metre block. Ideal as a permanent base or holiday accommodation, the property makes for an easy commute, with Peninsula Link just moments away. Downstairs is an open-plan living zone incorporating a modern kitchen, dining and living areas. There are floating floorboards throughout and from the living space you can access an entertaining deck. Upstairs, a family room upstairs provides an ideal space for playing video games, while there’s also the main bathroom and three large bedrooms. The main bedroom has an ensuite and walk-in wardrobe, and while the other bedrooms have built-in wardrobes. Features include gas ducted heating, a large laundry and a separate powder room on the ground floor. There is also extra storage under the stair case. The flat block has been well landscaped and there’s plenty of parking space for additional vehicles. Address: 84 Rymer Avenue, SAFETY BEACH Forthcoming Auction Agency: Stockdale & Leggo, 193 Point Nepean ROad, Dromana, 5987 3233 Agent: Melissa Walker, 0407 508 555 <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<


“Fernbank” BUILT in 1886 by one of the four families said to have been Somerville’s original settlers, this grand historic homestead will provoke an emotional response upon first sight. This traditional beauty is a testament to classic architecture that has been beautifully complemented by enchanting cottage gardens and authentic period fittings. Set on a sprawling 4046 square metre block, the home has a traditional floorplan that would hark back to the days of lavish dinner parties and entertaining on a grand scale. A magnificent entrance hall, featuring ruby etched windows, leads through to formal dining and living areas, both with fire places and ceiling roses, and resplendent underneath soaring 3.35 metre (11 foot) ceilings adorned with period light fixtures. French doors open to a fulllength verandah that offers a tranquil place to enjoy the garden surrounds. At the heart of the home is a spacious country-themed kitchen which by its design encourages family gatherings and entertaining with an a relaxing open-plan layout and a casual dining area. Address: Price: Agency: Agent: Page 10


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1330 Frankston–Flinders Road, SOMERVILLE Negotiable over $730,000 Harcourts, 10/14 High Street, Hastings, 5970 7333 Jason Dowler, 0403 598 754

For Sale $130,000

• Great Corner Block • 1 Bedroom • Open Plan Lounge • New Carpet • Gas Appliances • Gas Heating • Air Conditioning • External Sun Blinds • Security Doors • Covered Entry • Wheelchair Ramp • Easy Care Gardens • Good Size Block

For Sale $119,500 • Great Court Location • 1½ Bedrooms • BIR to Main • Gas Cooking • Air Conditioning •Electric Heating •Ample Cupboard Space • Quality Drapes • Carpet Through-Out •Covered Verandah •Large Carport •Easy Care Gardens

For Sale $175,000


• Immaculately Presented • Modern Living ThroughOut • 1 Bedroom • Built In Robe • Gas Cooking • Split System Heating/Cooling • Separate Gas Heating • Timber Flooring • Celling Fan Modern Lighting • Quality Curtains & Drapes • Double Carport •Garden Shed • Landscaped Gardens

• Medical Centre • Bowls • On Site Hairdresser • Swimming Pool • On Site Pathology & Podiatry • Pet Friendly • Cafe & Takeaway • Library • Bingo & Activities • Dance & Live Shows plus much, much more

For Sale $135,000

For Sale $180,000

• Tastefully Decorated • 1 Bedroom • Built In Robe • Gas Cooking • Rinnai Gas Heater • Air Conditioning • Dining Area • Front Veranda • Carport • Garden Shed • Corner Block

• Quiet Court Location • 2 Bedrooms • Built In Robes • New Carpet Through-Out • New Gas Oven • New Rinnai Gas Heater • Air Conditioning • Slim-Line Blinds • Wrap Around Verandah • Security Doors • Ramp Access • Garden Shed • Ample Parking Space

For Sale $140,000

•Spacious 1½ Bedrooms • Built In Robes • Open Plan Living • Near New Kitchen • Gas Hotplates & Oven • Dining Area • Floating Floor • Large Separate Laundry • Covered Rear Patio • Single Car Garage • Garden Shed • Good Size Yard • Low Maintenance Gardens

For Sale $175,000

• Freshly Painted • 2 Bedrooms • BIR to Main • New Carpet Through-out • New Blinds • New Vinyl Flooring • Split System Air Conditioning • Gas Hot Plates • Gas Wall Oven • Separate Toilet • Ceiling Fans • Security Doors • Garden Shed • Large Carport

For Sale $135,000

• Light & Bright • 2 Bedrooms • Built In-Robes • WalkIn Robe to 2nd Bedroom • Modern Kitchen • Quality Fittings Through Out • Open Plan Living • Ducted Heating • Split System Air-Conditioning • Gas Cooking • Double Carport • Ample Parking Space • Garden Shed • Good Size Block • Lovely Clean Home • Plenty Of Room For Extension

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Mystery remains over shearwater wreck By Keith Platt IT’S Melbourne Cup day and there could not be a more contrasting set of fashions. Six-inch high heels. Short, tight dresses (geometric patterns and contrasting colours are popular), hats and fascinators. There is no lack of feathers. Crossing the road or alighting from vehicles at the kerb, these finely made-up women totter along the footpath, mingling with the throng wearing thongs, boardshorts and T-shirts. A few brightly coloured cheesecloth creations, but all beachwear. I’m in Hastings St, Noosa Heads. A cloudless sky and the well-dressed (if not well-heeled, certainly looking the part) are off to the closest thing Queensland can offer to the Melbourne Cup races – a restaurant or hotel cashing in with a cup day special. Security guards make sure the passing parade is kept at a safe distance. Over the sand dune (covered by multi-storey developments), the sea laps the beaches of Laguna Bay the same as always – crystal clear and emerald segueing to azure toward the horizon. Kids make a splash on their bodyboards and a stand-up paddler moves toward the point. There’s no chance of a wave, but he’s dressed for the sun and has a backpack, so he’s probably aiming to have a private picnic under a pandanus somewhere around the corner. All seems well with the world until the kids call their parents to look at the brown bundle of feathers being buffeted in the shorebreak. The feathers are soft, downy, almost like fur. Finally washed onto the sand and then left by the retreating wave, the bundle gives a slight tremor. A head with a black beak is half-raised, drops down, and sand fills its nostrils. A short-tailed shearwater, or muttonbird (Puffinus tenuirostris), dies. The father consoles his children and carries the stricken bird up the beach. As a family they will bury the bird and the children will have a lesson in the ways of the world. Nature in action. Weeks ago, this bird, one of an estimated 23 million, responded to instinct and had a final feed in the Bering Sea (between Alaska and Siberia) before flying south to its birthplace on a tussock-covered cliff face overlooking Bass Strait in southern Australia. But something happened on the way home. One of tens, probably hundreds of thousands being washed up on beaches all down the east coast, the shearwater is a victim of a phenomenon that seems to occur every decade or so. The birds can’t make it back to their breeding colony. The day after the Cup, the dressedup men (less flamboyant than the women: shirts, few ties, lightweight shoes and cotton trousers, some shorts) and women have escaped their birdcage. Hoarse-voiced they sit sipping coffees, watching the parade in Hastings St. On the beach, more bodies have been left by the overnight tide to be overrun by insects and pecked by crows and seagulls. Nature nourishes at the same time as it ravages a population. The number of dead appears much greater at nearby Sunshine and Alexandria beaches where the council isn’t collecting the bodies that might offend sensitive tourists. Sitting out in the surf, boardriders are buzzed by seemingly healthy


Race to the strait: Partygoers celebrated Cup Day at Noosa, above, while hundreds of thousands of short-tailed shearwaters were dying during their annual migration to nesting colonies in Bass Strait, left. Pictures: Keith Platt (top and left) and Gary Sissons (far left)

shearwaters while other birds paddle aimlessly, sometimes heading for a board or, more often, going toward shore. The paddlers can only watch as the flock wheels above the waves, birds peeling off every now and then to catch an updraft along a swell. The birds cry out to each other with a sort of squeak. Do those in the water know they will never again spread their wings and seek an updraft along the line of a wave? Do those passing overhead recognise those below are doomed? Sitting on a board between swells, several shearwaters at different times plop near me into the water. They paddle and preen, but never take off. Exhausted, they paddle toward the board, only seeming to see the human straddled across it when they get within a few centimetres. I slide off, gently offering the board, but there are no takers. Away they drift, blown gently toward the beach by the slight afternoon onshore wind. Once in the break they are powerless. Short legs and narrow, pointed wings so essential to longdistance flight are useless against the whitewater. Soon, their bodies join hundreds of others strewn along the sand, part of the high tide line of flotsam where spiders crabs emerge from holes to grab a morsel before disappearing underground. Less than a week earlier I was sitting in another beach break. Colder and more powerful, the scene at Gunnamatta was the same: bird bodies. Bird observers describe this mass

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periodic death of shearwaters as a wreck. I can only recall seeing such numbers of dead and dying shearwaters once before, on beaches north and south of Eden on the NSW south coast. That was in the mid-1970s and I spent some time on a glassy morning “rescuing” beached shearwaters. With my limited knowledge about shearwaters, I presumed they needed a launching pad, a take-off platform to get back into the air. One after another was carried gingerly up to the top of the small sand dune from where, I presumed, it would rest up a bit before heading back out to sea to resume the journey south. On returning, I was dismayed to find each and every one of my rescued birds either dead at the top of the dune or dead at the bottom, totally drained of life force. Back in Noosa, the Noosa News runs a story headed “Sad deaths but it is nature’s work” listing the second wave of “natural strandings” in three weeks. The paper says the birds die of “exhaustion or natural causes” and carries a “recommendation” from the council not to touch dead or dying birds. “Sadly, there is a low recovery and release rate from natural stranding events such as this one.” Coincidentally, there is a lot of pumice stone being washed onto the beaches and in the past week I haven’t spotted one whale, usually quite common at this time of year. My imagination pictures the pumice and noxious gases spewing from the

mouth of an undersea volcano. One week after the Cup there are still plenty of shearwaters in the air around Noosa’s beaches, but fewer new bodies on the beach. Those that are flying seem to be heading north, the opposite direction to where they nest. The latest expert opinion points to warmer water being responsible for fewer krill, a species near the base of the marine food chain. Scientists say krill, squid and smaller fish are seeking deeper, colder waters. Phillip Island Nature Park’s ranger Graeme Burgan said fewer muttonbirds than normal had arrived in the first week of September. The drop in numbers was initially attributed to strong onshore winds, even a typhoon off Thailand, “but we don’t really know – no one is travelling with the birds”. He said tens of thousands had died between Fraser Island and Adelaide, something that seemed to happen about once a decade in conjunction with El Nino events that affected winds across the Pacific Ocean. However, mass deaths “seem to have occurred every two years or so lately”. Burgan said muttonbirds travelled up to 2000 kilometres a day, often flying close to the jet stream or near the surface of the ocean. They did not feed during the twoweek migration south and if not “full of food” at the start were “behind the eight ball” with no energy left to look for food on arrival at their nesting grounds.

While estimates are continuing with this year’s count, it is known that more than one million muttonbirds were once recorded dying off the Tasmanian coast. Despite the deaths, most nesting burrows at Phillip Islands are being used by muttonbirds. “I think many of the dead birds are last year’s juveniles, which usually stay in the northern hemisphere until they are three,” Burgan said. “They hang out mainly in the eastern Pacific, including California and Canada, before making their way to the Bering Sea where they meet up with adult birds coming south to breed.” He said there had been anecdotal reports of a drop in the amount of krill in the areas where muttonbirds feed “but no one is monitoring this to any extent”. Burgan said the sardine industry in the north “collapsed this year but it’s still early days and all we can do is observe. This is all hypothetical”. “The birds do not eat much krill in the northern hemisphere, mainly small fish and crustaceans. If they do not eat enough before they leave, they may have an energy debt and run out of energy when returning [south]. “The krill in Bass Strait is a smaller species than the krill in Antarctic waters. Unless there are swarms on the surface, the birds have to expend too much energy diving for them individually – too much effort for too little reward and they can’t build energy reserves.” However, the larger species of krill made up part of the muttonbird diet when the birds flew close to Antarctica during their “honeymoon” – after mating and selecting a burrow but before laying and incubating their eggs. Although muttonbirds are one of the most researched birds in the world, the mass deaths remain unexplained. While they seem in no way threatened as a species, the wreck and reasons for it may be a graphic illustration of the effects of global warming.

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Footballer drowns at Sorrento, Tyabb Xmas Fair a great success Compiled by Matt Vowell From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 3 January 2014 A GLOOM was cast over the holiday weekend at Sorrento by the occurrence of a drowning fatality early Sunday morning. The victim, Hugh Augustus Johns, was a well known figure in Melbourne football circles, a keen player in his younger days, and had lately been acting as trainer for the Essendon club. He was 44 years of age, single, and resided at 50 Curzon Street, North Melbourne. In company with several young men Johns was spending a few days on holiday at Sorrento, and about 8am on Sunday he went with his companions to bathe from the back beach. Shortly after entering the water he was heard to cry that he had taken cramp, and immediately one of the party named Hendy went to his assistance. Johns was, however, carried out by the undertow, and although Sweetman, another member of the party, also went to his assistance, the unfortunate man was carried out to sea. By this time Sweetman and Hendry were themselves in difficulties, but fortunately members of the Port Melbourne Swimming Club, who were camped on the cliffs,witnessed the accident, and arrived on the beach with ropes. Mr Howlett, a teacher of life saving in the Education department, tied a rope around his waist, and, in swimming out, he was able to rescue Sweetman, who was in a thoroughly

exhausted condition. Hendy managed to make his own way to land. *** OWING to the closing of the Melbourne Printing Works for the holiday we were unable to secure the calendars for this issue. They will be presented to our readers, next issue. *** MRS H. Cameron advertises in this issue that she has commenced a grocery business in Bay Street, Frankston. A share of public patronage is solicited. *** WE are pleased to learn that Mr R. Nunn, our old and tried representative, has consented to again seek municipal honors. Mr B Ford, who was mentioned as a likely starter, hasb been scratched, but the old stayer, Mr W. A. Korner, is in good nick and going some. *** THE Bazar and Sale of Gifts in aid of the Catholic Church debt was opened on Thursday afternoon by the Hon. A. Downward,M.L.A. There has been a good attendance each evening. The bazaar closes tonight (Saturday), and the art union will be publicly drawn in the Mechanic’s Institute, Mornington. *** MESSRS Brody and .Mason notify that, owing to the Frankston show being held on the date of their usual monthly market at Somerville, the date for this month has been altered to Wednesday January 21st. *** TENDERS will be received by the secretary of the Frankston H and A Association, up to Saturday 10th

January, for sole rights to sell light refreshments, fruits, soft drinks, and ice cream. *** WE are desired by the Chief Inspector under the Sheep Dipping Act, Department of Agriculture, to intimate to Sheep Owners that the Amending Sheep Dipping Act 1913 abolishes the Clean Certificate provided for under the Act of 1909, and prescibes that, with only one minor exception, all sheep and lambs must be dipped off shears, or kept in a securely fenced paddock and dipped within sixty days. A return of Sheep Dipped must be furnished to the Chief Inspector, Department of Agriculture, within thirty days of Dipping. The period during which an Owner may not be compelled to dip Unshorn Sheep and Lambs is reduced to the period, April to October both months inclusive. *** AN interesting relic in the form of a map by Charles Laing, Architect and Surveyor and dated December 8th, 1847 is now on exhibition in Messrs Brody and Mason’s window, Bay Street office. This map exibits its subdivisions into Wards, Blocks, and Allotments with the names of the original purchasers, of all sold lands; the position of public buildings, and other valuable topographical information of the period, compiled and arranged from the most authentic sources. The document is the property of Mr Benjamin Baxter, JP of Frankston. Amongst the many names thereon of original purchasers. we notice the name of Benjamin Baxter, being the late Captain Baxter, father of the

present person under that name. John Bateman, A. B. Spark, Robert Hodle, Geo Ward Cole, J. P. Fawkner and many more well known men of those times appear. The map takes in from Spencer Street along Flinders Street to Spring Street, along Spring Street to Latrobe Street, back to Spencer Street, with sections of East Melbourne, Collingwood and Fitzroy, If these old purchasers of 66 years ago could attend a clearing sale of all the above lots as then sold at current values including improvements, they would require a trifle more cash or a more sympathetic banking community than exists at the present time, and Mr Mason of the above firm states that he would consider having done a fair days work with the hammer, if entrusted with the selling thereof. *** THE Tyabb Xmas Fair and Tree, in aid of the Church of England building fund, has, like all the previous efforts of the Ladie’s Guild, resulted in a splendid financial success. The hall was attractively decorated, and contained five stalls and the “Tree” which held 200 articles that were distributed by one shilling tickets. Refreshments were served in a large marquee, adjoining the hall, (kindly lent by Mr Hoban) and was splendidly managed by Mesdames Oakley, Steer, Boe, Bramsden, and Miss Alden. The Guild stall, which contained a splendid assortment of valuable articles of every description, was in the capable hands of Mesdames Woodhouse, and C Denham, and Misses

Eva and Houfe. The toy stall, which was continually monopolized by the children, was managed by Misses Mair, Ross, and Mills. Soft drinks and ice cream, (sold out both evenings) was in the hands of Mesdames A Mills and F Unthank, while the sweets and fruit stalls were in charge of Miss Cole and Miss E, Grienke. The tree tickets were all sold on Xmas eve and the tree was dismantled about 10pm after which everyone had a prize and wore smiling faces which indicated that they were pleased with their evening’s investment. The members of the Guild are to be again congratulated on their success. The gross takings amounted to £10 odd, which, after the expenses have been deducted, will leave a very substantial profit, which will be handed over to the building fund. *** THE secretary of the Tyabb Cricket Club has made arrangements for the annual trip to Rhyll, (Phillip Island) again this year. A party of thirty have booked their seats in the motor launch “Undaunted” which will leave Hastings at 11 o’clock this morning and return the same evening. The trip is looked forward to every year with great interest and has always been thoroughly enjoyed by those who join in. *** THE heavy gales, which raged here during last week have done consider able damage among the fruit trees. Several sheds were unroofed and pine trees blown to the ground, in some places doing considerable damage.

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How Alexander Graham Bell ruined everything By Stuart McCullough THEY’RE everywhere. It’s now officially impossible to walk down the street without having to scrape one off the bottom of your shoe. Somebody should do something. I speak, of course, of those individuals who insist on trying to operate their mobile phone whilst walking at the same time. These people are a hazard to themselves and others. For ages, it’s been illegal to operate a mobile phone whilst driving. The same should apply to walking. That’s because if your face is buried in the screen of a ‘so-called’ smart phone, you won’t be able to see where you’re going. At some point, that’s going to be a problem. Clearly, tough action is required. We should start with a hard-hitting advertising campaign. Just like the TAC adverts that so terrified me that I gave up driving altogether between the years 1995 to 1997, we should start with a series of commercials so depraved and undeniably horrifying that people will not only stop using their phones whilst walking but will take to their devices with the nearest hammer, just to be sure. I can see it now – a young man is walking down the street, wholly absorbed in his smart phone as he updates his status to ‘idiot’, before being blown to smithereens by a stray bolt of lightning. Granted, it’s an unlikely scenario, but it’s more believable than having him get eaten by a giant rocket-propelled guinea pig screaming out of the storm water drain. Although that too would be awesome.


I know it’s too late. The digital horse has bolted and can now be downloaded as an app. People are addicted to their smart phones. So much so that they’re quite happy to ignore all the things that are actually happening around them simply to stare longingly into its electronic face. But as absorbing as a phone might be, it’s a useful thing to look up every once in a while, if for no other reason than to avoid crashing into something else. Surely the day cannot be too far away where tech-savvy people can download an app that will alert them to on-coming hazards without having to go to the extraordinary effort of raising their chins. It undermines a key construct of civilization that has evolved over generations. For thousands of years it

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has been a fundamental part of how we interact with each other. You’re heading in one direction whilst another person – most likely a complete and utter stranger – is heading in the exact opposite direction. No words are spoken. They are simply not required. A quick glance. A furtive nod. A slight alteration to your course and a collision is duly avoided. This social contract has been in operation ever since we grew legs and started to walk. Without it, we’d be lost. Thanks to Alexander Graham Bell, it is now seriously under threat. Bell is best known as the inventor of the telephone. However, I prefer to think of him as a deeply disturbed misanthrope who – if he were alive today – would be regarded with the kind of disdain usually reserved for

Big Brother contestants. Most kids want a bicycle or a new book for their birthday. Not Alexander Bell. This weirdo devoted his childhood to badgering his parents into giving him a middle name, until they finally acquiesced when he turned eleven. Apparently, when he unwrapped it, young Bell was inconsolable as he desperately wanted ‘Danger’ to be his middle name but was lumped, instead, with ‘Graham’. They should have just given him a Playstation. Notwithstanding that he invented the infernal device that no so plagues us, Bell himself refused to have a telephone in his own study. Chances are, Alexander Graham Bell rarely felt the need to check his facebook page. It is said that to survive in the modern age you must be adept at multi-

tasking. I couldn’t disagree more. To be a described as a jack-of-all-trades but a master of none used to be an insult. Now it’s the default setting. It’s not enough just to be walking down the street. You have to be bidding on a vintage radio shaped like a hamburger whilst downloading a meme of a cat dressed as Darth Vader battling a mouse with a miniature light saber taped to its tiny paw, all whilst putting one foot in front of the other and hoping that you don’t plunge headlong off a cliff. It’s the premise that’s insulting: get out of my way because I have more important things to do than to watch where I’m going. I, for one, am not for getting out of the way. Should you make eye contact and we each amend our course to avoid collision, so much the better. But if you can’t stop what you’re doing, then running into me is the least of your problems. Surely, the day can’t be too far away when broken noses become endemic as hoards of mobile phone users go face-first into metal poles and parked cars. It would be poetic justice if someone filmed the whole thing on their mobile and immediately placed the footage on ‘You Tube’. It is, so it seems, the way things are done these days. If you’re reading this on your phone whilst walking down the street, stop immediately and find a quiet spot to sit down. That’s better. Trust me, you’ll get a lot more out of it and you won’t be an annoyance to others. Unless, of course, you decide to blog about it. But that’s another story.


Performance AZTEC Records has released two of Madder Lakes’ classic 70s albums, Stillpoint and Butterfly Farm. All of their singles are included, along with some rare live tracks. Released in 1973, Stillpoint remains one of the most innovative and enduring progressive albums of the period. The two hit singles released from the album, Goodbye Lollipop and 12-lb Toothbrush, were balanced by the longer psychedelic blues of album track Salmon Song and Listen to the Morning Sunshine. Recorded in just six days, Stillpoint highlights Madder Lake’s distinctive sound, which was mostly due to the combination of Fettes unique (often effects laden) vocals, Mason’s understated blues-tinged guitar playing, the sparse yet effective use of McKinnon’s keyboards, and the agile drive of the rhythm section. The album contains bonus tracks Bumper Bar Song, Country Blues, Down the River (live), 12-lb Toothbrush (live), plus some tracks live at Garrison. The follow-up, Butterfly Farm, was to be Madder Lake’s last album of the 70s – an all too brief run for one of our best bands of the 70s. This set features one of my favourite Madder Lake songs, Booze Blues. Bonus tracks include It’s All in Your Head, I Get High, Rodney’s Birthday (live at Garrison) and Lizards (live at Garrison). Madder lake was born in Melbourne and came to prominence after the Sunbury Rock Festival in 1972 and scored a recording contract with Mushroom Records then recorded their first single, Goodbye Lollipop, later that year, which was released in February 1973 and made the national charts. The album Stillpoint followed a few months later. The second single from the album 12-lb Toothbrush became their biggest hit. Madder Lake is Kerri McKenna (bass), Jack Kreemers (drums), John McKinnon (keyboards), Mick Fettes (vocals), Brendan Mason (guitar) and Andy Cowan (keyboards).

Both albums digitally remastered by Gil Matthews and liner notes by Ian McFarlane. *** FROM May 1965 to January 1971, Normie Rowe (pictured above with Gary Turner) dominated the Top 40 charts, scoring thirteen hits. It would have been greater if not for the Vietnam War, in which Normie served for almost two years. Normie was a church choir boy and took up playing the guitar in his school years at Northcote High School and he would play at the Alphington Methodist Church.

Normie was later discovered by Melbourne DJ Stan Rofe, who introduced Normie to a local dance promoter. Normie signed a record deal with Sunshine Records and had his first No.1 hit with It Ain’t Necessarily So from the musical Porgy and Bess. Aztec Records has released Normie Rowe’s first three albums on CD remastered by Gil Matthews and include It Ain’t Necessarily So, But it is Normie Rowe (1965) was his debut album, featuring a searing version of Shakin All Over plus four bonus tracks live from Festival Hall and the

Coca-Cola jingle Normie Rowe A Go Go (1965), his second album, came just months after his debut album and contains the hit Que Sera Sera plus eight bonus tracks, including a rare live version of Que Sera Sera and six instrumental tracks by Normie’s backing band The Playboys. A Wonderful Feeling (1967) Normie;s third album concentrating on his musical heartland, the singers he loved to listen to and who moved him, featuring the hit single Pride and Joy plus six bonus tracks, including Town Without Pity. All these albums have been digitally remastered by Gil Matthews and A Wonderful Feeling features rare photos and liner notes by Ed Nimmervoll. Ed Nimmervoll also assisted Normie with his latest book The Normie Rowe Story (New Holland) Normie: The Normie Rowe Story takes a journey from his early school days at Northcote, his army years, his family and his tough times through marriage and speaks about the death of his eight-year-old son, Adam, his time at drama school, his return to Vietnam and the major highs and lows of his career. This is a great read and Nimmervoll and Rowe have given this book a unique edge, with providing readers a rare insight into the facts on Normie Rowe the singer, family man and general knockabout Aussie. I have had the pleasure of working with Normie Rowe many times and find him one of the most humble entertainers in the Australian rock industry. Christmas 2013 had brought a new woman into his life, Penny. Normie said: “Ms Penelope Perrin and l have become engaged to be married. We are looking forward to having an extremely happy life together.” Normie Rowe will team up with Colleen Hewett and Johnny Young to take guests through their incredible musical journeys, with a show full of chartbusting hits and memories, with

some nice words in case she (and the big man) are listening. At my age it’s safer to have a bob each way. A haircut, shower and shave, different shirt. Well, people tell you how well you’re travelling, niceness, part of the game. Never forgetting Rudoph’s shiny nose and Denis Walter. The calm before the storm leading into the horror of January. Happy Christmas Day and New Year to all. Have respect for others, use the rubbish bins, enjoy the views. *** FURTHER, an unhappy new year to those holier than thou ASIO agents who raided the home and office of East Timor lawyer Bernard Collaery over the Timor spy claims. They’re only doing their jobs yeah? But we were doing the spying, for profit apparently? 1984? In what way is this benefitting we Australians? And Indonesia? Back in 1954 at Victoria Barracks, I was warned against associating with a friend by my ASIO mate. Advice I ignored. They had (more so now obviously) a ‘born to rule’ mentality. Would Rudd have handled it better than Tony? Surely there’s a need for ASIO, but equally, surely there’s a “no-go” area, particularly East Timor, the president’s wife, let alone the president? Did Kevvy approve or like Manuel in Faulty Towers “I know nothing”? If

not, why not and who did? Shades of Murdoch’s crowd in London. As for wankers questioning the necessity of an apology and suggesting no foreign aid, ignorance reigns supreme. Politicians and power games. Humbug. Enjoy your lobsters. *** MOSTLY we are no better and no worse off, so don’t get yourself all worked up to a state of selfrighteousness by mouthing off from what you’ve read/indoctrinated in the Herald-Sun. Saying Nelson Mandela was a great man doesn’t square you up from racism, or saying wogs are wogs or suggesting some females dress “asking for it”. If you’re going to put down other people, any other people – Italians, Greeks, Latvians, Aborigines – Andrew Bolt simply because of race, colour or stupidity, you have no right to stand in judgement of right or wrong in your attitude to political correctness, fairness and Andrew Demetriou. *** IT’S those little things. Betty Preston of Rosebud (in a letter to The News) was having a go at reporter Mike Hast who labelled her group of six ratepayers as a “loose alliance” in the matter of the Southern Peninsula Aquatic Centre. Says Betty: “six communityminded individuals as part of the silent majority”. What made Betty

assume she was part of the silent majority? Stuart Allen, again on the SPAC saga, suggests no need for another 25-metre lap pool when there’s one in close proximity, refering to the pool on the Rosebud industrial estate; restricted space, never to be compared to a same size lap pool envisaged for the open relaxed aquatic centre. *** ENGLISH actor Bill Nighy described the feeling of many actors “at any moment I thought someone would come and tap me on the shoulder and ask what I was doing here”. A form of insecurity common to many. Psychologists Suzanne Imes and Pauline Clance describe it as the “imposter syndrome”, as good a name as any. Andrew Bolt said he felt it when he began on his Channel 10 show saying “Don’t love yourself more, work harder, learn, and do a good job.” Good for you boyo; not sure about the “learn” bit. *** AT least I wasn’t silly enough to vote for Tony Abbott. No minister for science, no carbon pricing, no $500 super benefit for low paid workers, no mining tax, no childcare workers cash ($300 million), no Holdens, no negative gearing changes ($5 billion), no public transport money, Gonski crapski – and everything is Labor’s fault. Tony’s a Christian and I’m a

By Gary Turner songs such as Que Sera Sera, Ooh La La!, It’s Not Easy, It Ain’t Necessarily So, Day By Day, Superstar, Dreaming My Dreams, Wind Beneath My Wings, Step Back, Cara Lyn, All My Loving and many more. The concert is on at The Palms, Crown, on 14-15 February. Bookings 132 849 or 9299 9030. *** NOEL Gallagher has turned down a $36 million offer to reunite with his brother for an Oasis anniversary tour. Noel has been embroiled in feud with singer Liam Gallagher since 2009, when tensions between the brothers resulted in a split of the band. *** OSCAR-winning actress Joan Fontaine has died aged 96 in California. Fontaine won Best Actress in 1941 for her role as naïve wife in the Alfred Hitchcock thriller Suspicion. Fontaine was married four times. *** ACTOR Peter O’Toole died aged 81 in his London home last week. His Oscar nominations included Goodbye Mr Chips (1969), The Ruling Class (72), The Lion in Winter (1968). O’Toole gave up drinking in 1975 after health issues and surgery, but he did not give up smoking. He accepted an honorary Oscar in 2003, quipping “Always a bridesmaid, never a bride, my foot”. O’Toole will always be remembered for his role in Lawrence of Arabia. *** KISS, Peter Gabriel and Nirvana will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year. Cat Stevens, Linda Ronstadt and Hall & Oates will also be inducted. Artists are eligible for induction 25 years after their first release.

A Grain of Salt IT’S enough to make a grown man cry. We had the pleasure of four hours from ‘par excellence’ interviewer Kerry O’Brien with Mr Paul Keating casting today’s leaders into insignificance, followed by the loss of the great Nelson Mandela and a feeling of melancholy, but importantly, a reflection on a great man. A democratic and free society in harmony and equal opportunity is but a dream, but it’s a nice dream. Alas to our leaders, the untried Bill Shorten with Tony Abbott and little Joey calling the shots. But there’s more, with Geoff Shaw bullying both sides of state politics and an ageing taxi driver. We search in vain for a hero. Only a matter of time before they start in on Mandela; racism never sleeps. Far right wing acolyte Andrew Bolt first in, as expected. Mandela’s words: “It is only such a free press (critical and independent) that can temper the appetite of any government to amass power at the expense of the citizen.” We wish. *** YES, I know, merry Christmas, a time for giving. Tra lah lah lah lah, lah lah lah lah. Food, drink and empty pockets. Did I send gifts; no, rubbish. Do I receive gifts; yes, but I don’t eat chocolates or biscuits. How hard is it to realise I use dove soap and love honey? Maybe a packet of cigarettes? I’ll visit darling at the cemetery, say

By Cliff Ellen monkey’s uncle. *** MASTER of overstatement Lord Mayor Robert Doyle: “Our waterfront will be bigger than Circular Key”... We thank The Age newspaper for the Christmas Essentials liftout, none of which were essential... Congratulations Kicka O’Rourke, Rye Football Club president, on successfully completing 50 end-of-season trips... When a letter begins with the words “It’s quite obvious to anyone with intelligence”, the writer is a fool... The five stages of love: quality time together, words of affirmation, gifts, physical touches and performing acts of service. Bugger, I failed all. Ahh, but more success with the big four of life: gambling, drinking, sex and cigarettes; three out of four is not too bad... One of the great luxuries of life is to have someone who really likes you, or loves you. Don’t analyse it, appreciate it...hooroo.

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Favourites lead the way at break PROVINCIAL By IT Gully AT the halfway mark of the MPCA Provincial cricket season, pre-season favourites Sorrento and Mornington are the teams to beat. The Sharks and the Dogs, along with Baxter, remain undefeated after six rounds. Sorrento is 12 points clear at the top of the table after scoring an outright victory against neighbour Rye. The Sharks don’t rely on any one player, despite the fact Nick Jewell has 342 runs at an average of 68. Leigh Poholke is next best with 196 and Jedd Falck with 156. The Sharks have two of the top 11 wicket-takers in the competition. Andrew (AJ) King has 23 wickets (ranked one) and Nick Davern has 15. The Doggies are flying and are still the best side in the competition. Ben Clements is at the top of the competition run-scorers with 433 runs at an average of 86.6. Anthony Gapes is in the top 10 with 245 runs at 61.25 and Luke Popov has 139 runs and 16 wickets.

Baxter is eight points behind second-placed Mornington after winning five of six games. Dale Irving has been the standout player for Baxter with 298 runs at 49.6 as well as 13 wickets. Shane McComb has 183 runs and Leigh Paterson 151. Adrian Mack is the leading wickettaker with 15. Long Island, which welcomed Scott Phillips and Andrew Tweddle (19 wickets at 8.47) back to the fold this season, has nudged its way into fourth place, slightly ahead of Langwarrin on percentage. Justin Bridgeman has been the best of the Islanders’ batsmen so far with 212 runs, ahead of Paul Hartle (175) and Phillips (169). Phillips also has 14 wickets, proving he is one of the best all-rounders in the game. The Kangaroos were the surprise packet after the opening four rounds, winning all matches and sitting atop the ladder. However, they have been brought back to earth somewhat in the past two games, losing to the two top teams. The Kangas’ first game in 2014 is against Baxter – it simply

must win to be considered a genuine finals contender. Thirty-nine-year-old Danny Weare is the best of the Kangas’ bats and is ranked six in the competition with 278 runs at 69.5. Teenager Michael Edwards has 182 and Andy Johnson 161. As might be expected, Dwayne Doig leads the bowlers with 21, ranked fifth in the competition. Crib Point, as always, has been inconsistent. The Magpies’ best is some of the best cricket of all teams in the competition but it doesn’t display it enough. It is the only other side in the competition with an outright win, achieved over Mt Martha. Luke Herrington has again been the standout performer for the Pies with 357 runs at an average of 51 as well as 14 wickets. He has more runs than Phillips and the same number of wickets. Henry Dolphin has 204 runs and Matt Blake is the third-highest run-scorer for the Magpies with 146. Brad Davidson has been the strongest performer with the ball and has snagged 21 wickets. Mt Eliza has been a little

disappointing with three wins and three losses. Not having Justin Grant has been a big blow. Luke Marshall heads the runscorers at the Mounties with 222, while Tristan Faithfull has been consistent with 200. Jason Mathers is third-best with 151. Tom Baron is third-best bowler in the competition with 22 wickets but the Mounties don’t have another bowler in the top 20. Heatherhill and Peninsula Old Boys are locked together on two wins. Kristian Miller, 18, is ranked 10th in the competition for runs with 216 at 36, and skipper Matty Meagher is second with the ball with 22 wickets at 10.86. Randal Gamage has contributed 157 runs and Dean Shaw 154. Eivion Bowen is the unlikely top run-scorer for the Old Boys with 143, Glen Prendergast has 135 and Jon Forrest 129. POB doesn’t have a bowler in the top 25 with Justin Parkes at 28 with eight wickets. Bobby Wilson heads the Moorooduc run table with 322

at 53 to be ranked fourth in the competition. The Ducs are in 10th place with one win, a draw and four losses. Myles Cordeux has 166 runs and Nick Williams 148. Sushant Gupta is the Ducs’ leading wickettaker with 10. Mt Martha and Rye are both without wins. The Reds’ best runscorer is Mitch Darville with 134, while big off-season recruit Corey Harris has just 129 runs next to his name. Tim Bateman is ranked 12th for wickets, snaring 15 so far. Darren Groves, known for his bowling (16 wickets), is the best of the run-makers at Rye with 136. Next best is Ben Ashworth with 96. The best bowling performances this season in the competition have come from Tom Baron (8/40) and Matty Meagher (8/56), while Dwayne Doig snared 7/73. With the bat, Luke Herrington had an outstanding innings of 185, while Nick Jewell scored an unbeaten 157 last weekend. Ben Clements also has a ton, an unbeaten 129.

Parkers the team to beat after feasting DISTRICT By IT Gully DELACOMBE Park and Somerville were the two teams many expected to be dominant forces in MPCA District cricket this season. Delacombe Park is blessed with some outstanding talent and underachieved last season. The club is sitting atop the ladder as we go into the Christmas break and is the one to beat heading into the second half of the season. Jon Guthrie has been the standout performer with the bat for the Parkers, hitting 263 runs to be ranked third in the competition. The evergreen Nick Christides has 184 runs and Chris Brittain 178. Brittain also leads the way in the competition in bowling with 22 wickets, the underrated Shane Deal is ranked fifth with 14 wickets at an average of 8.29 and Varun Singh has 14 wickets and is ranked seven. Somerville made the grand final last season and was expected to lift to another level. At the halfway mark, Somerville sits in fourth on the ladder. Justin Allsop (212 runs), Ben Delaney (198) and Nick Marshall (193) are all ranked in the top 12. Russell Wilkes leads the charge with the ball for the Eagles with 11 wickets and Aaron Kaddadz has 10. Pines has probably been the surprise packet in District, winning five of its six games to be in second place, just eight points from the top. The surprise comes when you look at the runscorers. Brett Hudgson is the best with 176, although 96 of came in the last match. Jeremy

Weare, who came out of retirement after about four seasons away, has 152 runs, while Ricky Ramsdale has 149. Pines’ bowlers are pretty good with the ball, too, with Ramsdale on 17 wickets and Brett Remy 14 wickets. Nick Wilcox has 10. Main Ridge had a slow start to the season but has really hit its straps in the lead-up to Christmas. Its recent outright win over Seaford pushed it into third place, eight points clear of Somerville. Run machine Gareth Wyatt leads the competition with 339 at an average of 84.75, while Ridge skipper Brad Rossborough has 245. Michael Holmes is also in the top eight with 222. Jordan McCulley is the best of the bowlers with 14 wickets and Scott Millar has 13. Seaford Tigers has also made a strong impression in District after winning the Subdistrict grand final last season. Star all-rounder Corey Hand has been at his finest again this season with bat and ball. He has 244 runs and 12 wickets. Ash Mills is the chief run-scorer for the Tigers with 257 and David James sneaks into the top 10 with 207. Carrum has dropped off a little after playing finals last season. The Lions are three wins and three losses, but boast a pretty good percentage, which has kept them in the mix. The team’s young bowlers, Jackson Fry (10 wickets) and Lachy Dobson (nine wickets), have not had the same impact as last season, and Dean Polson has left the team. Shaun Foster continues to lead the way with the bat for the Lions with 258 runs and Jeremy Graves does the job with the ball with

12 wickets. Hastings has been inconsistent. Its good is strong enough to win games and its worst is woeful. A 50 per cent strike rate at this stage would be considered a pass mark for the Blues. Luke Hewitt has been the gun player with 168 runs and 14 wickets. Timmy Birch has also been good with the bat to be the club’s leading runscorer with 188. Isuru Dias has 11 wickets. Boneo has been a little disappointing but is still one of the teams fighting for fourth place, one of three teams on 36 points. Ryan Jellie with 169 runs is the best of the bats while Leigh Lowry is ranked 30 in the competition with 138 at an average of 23. Chris Jobling is the team’s leading wicket-taker with 11. Flinders and Baden Powell have two wins from six matches. Flinders is rebuilding and must be patient. It certainly isn’t in danger of relegation. Andrew Power has been the talk of the town, scoring 270 runs to be ranked number two in the competition. Shane Beggs has 163 runs. Baden Powell has under-performed, despite having a new look line-up. Its stars, including

Anjula Perera (86 runs at 14), haven’t set the world on fire. Sam Mullavey is the top-ranked batsmen with 147 runs (ranked 27). Rhys Elmi is next best with 118. Thankfully Nathan Rice with 18 wickets has kept the Braves in some matches, while Perera has done a little better with the ball, snagging 12 scalps. Seaford had a lot of players walk out on at the end of last season and was only a middleof-the-road side in 2012-13. The team couldn’t afford to lose players, which is why it has just one win for the season. Damien Lawrence leads the way with both bat and ball, scoring 176 runs and taking 18 wickets. David Anderson has 136 runs. This season has been another horror stretch for Ballam Park. After being relegated two seasons ago (only to be reinstated because Hastings lost its points), it was relegated from Provincial last season. At the end of this season, the Knights will be relegated once again – to Sub-district. Matty Roach has 188 runs at an average of 23.50 and is the leading wicket-taker with 10.

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Title is the Hillmen’s to lose Summer: time for a quiet fish SUB-DISTRICT By IT Gully RED Hill is head and shoulders above all other teams in MPCA Sub-district competition this season. The Hillmen were arguably the best side last season, too, but failed to fire at the business end. The year before, 2011-12, Red Hill played off in the grand final, losing to Pines. Surely season 2013-14 is the year of the Hillmen. Red Hill is blessed with talent, both young and old, and is led very well by the likes of Glenn Collett, Simon Dart and Nick Wood. Dart has 214 runs for the season to be ranked third in the competition, while Collett has 132 and Oliver McKillop 120. It’s not enough runs for a top side but the team makes up for it with the ball. Collett has 17 wickets so far, Ross Corfield has 12, Brent Martin 12 and Dart 11. While Skye sits in second place and has performed well, winning four of its six matches, Rosebud looks the team most likely to challenge the Hillmen. Skye has had a very even contribution with bat and ball. Leigh Smith has 181 runs, Paul Fillipone 141 and Davyd Stockman 127 runs. Smith has also bowled well and has 15 wickets, receiving good support from Ben Milano with 11. Rosebud has been incredibly inconsistent, which comes with blooding new kids. In saying this, the youngsters have performed extremely well. The Buds don’t have a batsman in the top 10, Matthew Maher coming in at number 16 with 144 runs. Les Parslow has 133. Brian Doughty with 14 wickets is the Buds’ chief wicket-taker, while Jason Nagel has 13. Balnarring is in fourth place and locked in battle with fifth-placed Pearcedale and sixthplaced Tyabb. All three sides, along with Rosebud, are on 36 points. Jacob Cook with 162 runs is the best of Balnarring’s bats, while he leads the charge

with the ball also, ranked number one in the competition with 23 scalps. Andrew Dowey and Brenton Taylor have 153 and 146 runs respectively. Pearcedale’s Chris Dew leads the competition for runs with 232, while teammate Brad Trotter is at six with 179. All-rounder Kaine Smith has 158 runs. Shayne Gillings has 20 wickets for the Panthers to be the second-ranked bowler in the comp, while Smith has 14 victims. Tyabb has relied on Luke Rus yet again with the bat; he has 178 runs to date, while Josh Creaney is next best with 118. The Yabbies don’t have a bowler in the competition’s top 20. Adam DiTrocchio with 11 is the team’s best. Tootgarook is still in the mix, thanks largely to an outright victory, and is on 32 points. Sorrento recruit Klint James has 167 runs for the season to be ranked eighth in the competition, while Travis French has 131. Zac Stevenson is the leading wicket-taker with 20, and Todd Harnett has 15. Frankston YCW is in eighth place with two wins. Many believed the team would improve significantly, given Andrew Kitson, Rob Bedford, Paul Bradley and Jason Bedford had all returned. The future is bright with some talented kids but the team needs to lift in the second half of the season. Although it well down on the ladder, YCW is only one game outside third. Bradley leads the charge with the bat for the Stonecats, scoring 216 runs as well as the ball with 16 wickets. Jack Greenwood, 18, has 161 runs and Adam Muirhead has 16 wickets. Carrum Downs also has two wins, while Dromana sits on the bottom with just the one win from six games. The Cougars have two batsmen in the top 10. Shane Walford has 184 runs and Josh Spittal 165. With the ball, Chamara Perera continues his consistency from year to year with 16 wickets. Zacc Klan continues to do the job for the Dromana, scoring 157 runs and snaring 13 wickets, while Jedd Savage has 127 runs from just two matches. Best of the bowlers is Danny TImmer with 14 wickets.

ON THE LINE By Paul “Tracker” Pingiaro SUMMER and fishing go hand in hand – dangling a line while enjoying a yarn with friends and family form an integral part of our culture. With so many options about where and when to cast a line, here’s a rundown on how to bag the catch of the day. Many forget how blessed we are to have inland destinations for the avid angler. Stocked with redfin, rainbow and brown trout, and with rumours of black fish, eels and marron, Devilbend Reserve near Moorooduc is a sure winner. The recently reopened public reserve has fishing platforms, picnic areas and toilets, and is a family friendly fishing option. If it’s a bream you’re after, Balcombe Creek at Mt Martha and Patterson River at Carrum are top spots. Most popular method is bait fishing with prawns, but soft plastics are an option for the more adventurous or people wanting to avoid “bait fingers”. No boat? No worries! You can venture out on a hire boat and do things at your own pace and in your own way or join a fishing charter. For those in a hire boat, this time of year in Port Phillip is great for snapper but flathead, squid, whiting, salmon and garfish are also common captures. In Western Port, hire boat fishers can target gummy shark, whiting, elephant fish and flathead. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a boat licence to hire a boat and with prices starting at $130 for a four-person boat for four hours, it’s a cost-effective way to get the family on the water. Fishing charter boats target many different species at this time of year. From sharks to snapper, flathead and squid, there is sure to be a charter operator to suit your requirements. Prices range from about $50 to $150 a person, depending on the type of fish targeted, boat and number of people on board. The offshore waters of southern Victoria have a few hidden treasures.

Kingfish can be found off the ocean bommies between Barwon Heads and Kilcunda. Best method is to trawl lures or baits using 15-24kg equipment. For those in search of a “toothy”, mako, blue, whaler and thrasher sharks are on the cards if you “chum up” in 40-80 metres of water in Bass Strait. The strait also holds some great bottom fishing for flathead, school and gummy shark. Some of the hotspots include Flinders bank and off Rye and Phillip Island. Over summer in Port Phillip the focus slowly changes from snapper to whiting, squid and gummy shark. In Western Port, whiting and gummy shark are the most common focus. Whiting school on the banks and weedbeds and are great fun for the whole family, while the channel edges, reefs and holes are where gummies lurk. Surf fishing is a great option and with so many beaches on the peninsula, you’re sure to find a quiet space in early morning and evening. Salmon, flathead, mullet, trevally, shark and mulloway are all targets. Gunnamatta, Point Leo, Sorrento and Merricks are good options. Pier fishing is also very productive if you are seeking squid, snapper, garfish, salmon, flathead and whiting. Popular fishing piers include Mordialloc, Frankston, Mornington, Rye, Sorrento and Portsea. On Western Port, try Stony Point, Hastings and Warneet. For the best tips on where the fish are biting, visit your local tackle shop; they’re sure to give you hot tips about where and how to bag a brace. So grab the rods, organise the crew and get on the water (or pier) this holiday season. Who knows, you might catch the fish of a lifetime. And remember to play it safe on the water.  Paul “Tracker” Pingiaro has been fishing since he could hold a rod and stay in the boat. He has boat hire businesses in Mornington and Yaringa Boat Harbour in Somerville. Details on the internet at: or Email spbh@ or call 5975 5479.

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