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Drive-through tests WITH fingers crossed, motorists are lining up to be tested for coronavirus on the mezzanine level at Bayside Shopping Centre, Frankston. Melbourne Pathology doctors and nurses conducted scores of drivethrough tests as the state government ramps up specific testing for COVID-19. Testing is available at the Beach Street building 9am-5pm daily. Up to 100,000 Victorians will be tested over the next two weeks to better understand how the virus spreads in the community and help pave the way for the potential easing of restrictions. Those tested will be contacted by phone call or SMS to notify them of their results within three days. Those testing positive, whether they are showing symptoms or not, will need to self-isolate. DHHS staff will conduct contact tracing for those testing positive and give advice on the next steps. Testing is also available at Peninsula Health, Frankston Hospital, 2 Hastings Road; at the Pathology Collection Centre, ACL, 127 Tanti Avenue, Mornington, 8.30am-5pm, (with a referral from a GP); and at the respiratory clinic, Rosebud Hospital, 1527 Pt Nepean Road, Capel Sound, 10am-6pm. Stephen Taylor
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‘Green hydrogen’ nearly affordable Keith Platt firstname.lastname@example.org A SMALL processing plant nearing completion in Bayview Road, Hastings can be seen as representing a much larger struggle between competing sides in the race to produce hydrogen. The Hastings plant will turn hydrogen gas into liquid to be exported to Japan for use as a clean fuel in vehicles. However, the hydrogen comes from processing brown coal in the Latrobe
Valley and necessitates the “capture and storage” of CO2, a by-product that will not be exported. Meanwhile, Queensland and South Australia - also Labor states - are backing the production of hydrogen from water using solar or wind power. Essentially, “green hydrogen” is produced by using electrolysis to split water into oxygen and hydrogen. Although power intensive, its proponents say renewable power is getting cheaper all the time and electrolysis will quickly become more cost effec-
tive than coal. Environment Victoria’s campaigns manager Dr Nicholas Aberle said the Latrobe Valley pilot project “problematic as it could be the thin end of the wedge”. “They’re not testing the carbon capture storage part of the project and [using brown coal] remains a false hope for [jobs in] the Latrobe Valley.” Dr Aberle had “no doubt” that hydrogen would be part of the energy supply chain in the future, “but this is not green hydrogen, the race is really over
before it’s started”. “Coal to hydrogen remains a shortterm and polluting source of energy. The future will no doubt involve growing use of hydrogen as a fuel, but it needs to be clean hydrogen. “Producing hydrogen from renewable energy will soon be cost-competitive and will always be cleaner and less risky than using coal. “This pilot project is just another pipe dream of things to do with Latrobe Valley coal. Pretending coal-to-hydrogen has a future serves only to distract
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NEWS DESK Winter’s chill LAST week’s blusterly early show of winter weather not only confirmed new rainfall records for the state, but also took its toll on trees, fences and roofs. This large pine was blown over near the tennis courts at Mt Martha at the height of the windy weather. Family groups venturing out for the first time in several days either marvelled at its size or, for the younger ones, saw it as a chance to climb a massive tree without really leaving the ground. Picture Keith Platt
Check-up for virus-hit businesses Keith Platt email@example.com AN assessment is being made of the financial hardship and wider effects COVID-19 is having on businesses on the Mornington Peninsula. Mornington Peninsula Shire acknowledges many businesses are “doing it tough” and says it will use the data to help with the “recovery process”. The move comes after the shire helped set up a system to deliver “care packages” to households throughout the peninsula. Cr Simon Brooks says statistics
for casual workers on the peninsula “linked to hospitality and tourism who may have lost their jobs” could be given to state and federal politicians. “These are typically, but not always, younger people who are often studying,” he said. “Because our shire has such a reliance on hospitality and tourism, I suspect we are affected much more in this space than many municipalities.” He said casuals in the hospitality and tourism sectors were “more vulnerable, as it is purely circumstantial as to whether they have worked for a given employer for more than a year, and therefore eligible for the JobKeeper al-
lowance as opposed to the JobSeeker allowance”. “The anecdotal evidence is some people are now couch surfing. Not all have families to fall back on.” Cr Brooks said tourism, hospitality, live entertainment and the performing arts sectors were among the first businesses to be shut down “and will likely be the last to re-open, yet due to the casualisation of these sectors, have the least support”. Cr David Gill suggested having “an online conference with our business community, and perhaps unions, to have a united perspective and/or leave these ideas to management to get moving quickly”.
The shire’s bid to help business affected by the COVID-19 pandemic is part of a joint effort by the South East Melbourne (SEM) group of councils, which includes Frankston, Cardinia, Casey, Greater Dandenong, Kingston, Knox and Monash. The information about how businesses are coping during the COVID-19 lockdown will be used individually and collectively by the councils for “recovery activities and to advocate on behalf of our businesses as a result of the COVID-19 impacts”. Tania Treasure, the shire’s innovation and advocacy executive manager, said the online survey (which closes
Sunday 16 May) seeks information from businesses about impacts to their revenue, staffing, supply chains and what government stimulus measure they are accessing. Ms Treasure said the peninsula’s results could be extracted from the overall survey to compare with other municipalities. Specific research was also being made so modelling could be done of the peninsula’s economy. “Both of these pieces of information will be important to help us get a good understanding of how and what to level the COVID-19 situation is affecting out business community to help inform recovery efforts,” Ms Treasure said.
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Caring for our community during Coronavirus
Getting through this together To protect our community the Mornington Peninsula Shire is taking measures to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19. Council’s immediate priority is keeping our community safe and well. For the latest updates, including Easy Read facts sheets for people with disability and their families and carers, visit: mornpen.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
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Mornington Peninsula Shire in partnership with local Community Support Centres is offering care packages for our most vulnerable and isolated community members who are impacted by Coronavirus. The care packages include non-perishable food and essential hygiene items and are sent to eligible households through contactless delivery. You are eligible to receive a care package if you: • are being impacted by COVID-19 due to self-isolation • are considered ‘at risk’ of getting COVID-19 • have no support locally to access supplies • are experiencing significant hardship due to the current situation. To register to receive a care package from Mornington Peninsula Shire phone 1300 850 600
Community Information and Support Centres provide programs and services to assist vulnerable individuals, couples and families. Services provided include fresh food parcels, personal hygiene products and food vouchers. There is also support available for people experiencing financial difficulties and referral information is provided to other health and community agencies. Southern Peninsula Community Support and Information Centre 5986 1285 Westernport Community Support Centre 5979 2762 Mornington Community Information and Support Centre Inc. 5975 1644
Local business support We’ve launched a new local business directory that connects you with local businesses that are still operating during Coronavirus. Part of the Shire’s efforts to support local businesses during COVID-19, the directory enables residents to search for local businesses offering goods or services they need. You can filter your search depending on whether you’re looking for online ordering, home delivery, no contact collection or just business as usual. More and more listings are added every day, so support our local businesses and check out the new directory at: mpbusiness.com.au/supportlocalbusiness
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Messages from our councillors Your Councillors (L–R) Seawinds Crs Simon Brooks, Antonella Celi, Frank Martin Briars Crs Rosie Clark, Bev Colomb, Mayor Cr Sam Hearn Nepean Crs Hugh Fraser, Bryan Payne Biodiversity in our backyard Right now the best way to help the community and save lives is to stay home. This is the perfect opportunity to discover the natural world on your doorstep. We are encouraging you and the family to get outside and uncover the hidden life in your backyard. Explore your garden and discover all the wonderful plants and critters that call it home, then add your findings to the Mornington Peninsula Backyard Biodiversity group on iNaturalist - an easy to use app that will help you identify your findings.
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Staying connected While we all must keep our physical distance from each other, there is plenty we can do to stay connected with our friends and family, our community and the world. Our libraries have launched a new Social Hub featuring a huge range of activities you can do from home. There are loads of free online courses plus wonderful Creativebug art and craft videos. Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery also has virtual tours of its exhibitions, so we don’t have to miss out. ourlibrary.mornpen.vic.gov.au mprg.mornpen.vic.gov.au
Maintaining good mental health The outbreak of Coronavirus is a stressful time for everyone. It’s natural to feel fear, worry or anxiety – especially with the constant cycle of news and updates. During this time it’s important we do things to help us cope and maintain good mental health. The Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service has been developed by Beyond Blue to address the growing mental health impact of the pandemic, including fear about the virus, financial stress, family stress, anxiety and loneliness. To find out more: coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au 1800 512 348
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NO signs of a sale on the outside as the Continental Hotel, Sorrento, swathed in scaffolding with unfinished additions, awaits a large injection of money so the approved plans can be realised. Picture: Keith Platt
Grand old dame’s third time around Stephen Taylor firstname.lastname@example.org A NEW suitor has announced intentions to wed the grand old dame of Ocean Beach Road with prominent Melbourne developer Trenerry Property Group buying the 145-year-old Continental Hotel for a reported $14.5 million. The company has signed what is described as an unconditional contract after first mortgagee Manda Capital Holdings appointed receivers PKF Melbourne to again put the property on the market through Colliers International. The deal was done late last month. Despite what appears to be a good cause for celebration, neither Colliers’ Guy Wells nor Trenerry director Rob Dicintio would comment on the deal last week. The derelict construction site has been an open wound on the Sorrento streetscape since 2016. Its resurrection will be welcomed by supporters – including the Nepean Conservation Group –
who feared it might just sink into its foundations during winter storms. (“Turnout proves Conti dear to Sorrento’s heart” The News 8/7/19). Yet many locals will be forgiven for saying, “We’ll believe it when we see it” after a cursed run in developing the four-storey limestone icon had it mired in controversy, dashed hopes and failed partnerships. Hotelier and Sorrento resident Julian Gerner was left lamenting his dream of an $80 million refurbished hotel, dining and apartment complex with high-end wellness centre, when first he backed away claiming the project was too much for one man. (“Hotel’s revamp ‘too big to handle alone’” The News 13/11/17). The wheels fell off again when Mr Gerner’s much-hyped joint venture with Steller Property Group (“Partnership to restore hotel” The News 11/12/17) ended when that company went into liquidation. A later $21 million deal to sell the project to LBA Capital also fell through when that company was found to be “unable to meet their obligations under the contract of sale”. )
Conti’ hopes dashed again” The News 23/9/19). Mr Gerner thought he was on the cusp of obtaining the necessary $100 million needed to complete construction on his own despite there being a “number of complexities” to be smoothed over (“Conti finance ‘close’ - owner” The News 10/2/20). It took a decision by Justice Almond of the Supreme Court of Victoria in March to end the LBA Capital contract of sale to allow the hotel to again go to market in a “clean” condition. This meant its ownership by Manda Capital Holdings was established with no encumbrances to its sale – despite $707,000 being owed to creditors, including $37,000 to Mornington Peninsula Shire Council. So now, another new suitor with deep pockets rides in to rescue the beloved Conti. Only time will tell whether the once-grand dame will be restored to her former glory. What is more certain is that Sorrento deserves to have the heritage-listed landmark back up and running after almost five years of missed opportunities.
MORNINGTON Peninsula residents may be in lockdown, but that should be no barrier to them calling for an end to bulling, say organisers of Do It For Dolly Day. The day is named after Dolly Everett was 14 when she took her life in January 2018, following relentless and sustained bullying and cyber bullying. “We can’t ask people to come together like last year but fostering a sense of community and togetherness is more important than ever,” Dolly’s mother Kate Everett said. “Kindness is at the core of everything we do. We believe that, through kindness, we can combat bullying.” Last year, thousands of families, schools and workplaces were awash with blue as Australia stood together against bullying for the inaugural Do It For Dolly Day. Despite the lockdown, isolation and social distancing, Dolly’s family says support for Dolly Day (Friday 8 May) can be shown by sharing an act of kindness, wearing or decorating in blue and posting a photo on social media using the hashtag #DoItForDollyDay. “Blue was Dolly’s favourite colour and creating a sea of blue reminds people that kindness will not only prevent bullying, but can truly help to save the world,” Tick Everett said. For more information and ideas visit dollysdream.org.au/do-it-for-dolly-day.
Concerts cancelled PENINSULA Chamber Musicians have cancelled their June concerts but hope to play them later in the year “or maybe even next year”. President Anthony Pope said there were three options for holders of pre-paid tickets: keep them for the PCM’s next concert; request a refund through the group’s website; or donate the ticket cost to PCM. Mr Pope said PCM was committed to “working to find ways to further engage with the community across our peninsula”.
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Petition urges rethink on rural living rate Stephen Taylor firstname.lastname@example.org RESIDENTS pushing for the withdrawal of the contentious rural living rate have sent a 295-signature petition to Mornington Peninsula Shire. The increase, which adds about $900 to rate bills, was adopted unanimously by councillors when it was introduced last October. The residents claim the 20 per cent rate hike levied on the owners of 724 green wedge properties of two hectares or less is a “cash grab”. (“No cash grab in green wedge rates” The News 14/10/19). The shire’s chief financial officer Bulent Oz said smaller property owners gained greater value than the general ratepayer from programs and policies protecting the green wedge and their rural residential amenity and, as a result, should pay more for the privilege of living there. About 40 residents turned up at Red Hill Mechanics Hall for that month’s community meeting to voice their concerns to former mayor Cr David Gill and CEO John Baker. Paul Whitaker, of Red Hill, said residents were “shocked” at the size of the rate rise. Thirty-year resident Sandra Miller initially thought there “must have been a mistake” when she opened her recent rates’ notice. “The council has not been transparent in the
introduction of this,” she said at the time. This 20 per cent increase on top of our already sizeable rates is completely unfair.” The residents now want the council to devise policies to survey, audit, interview and assess all properties in the green wedge, then implement a balanced approach with the rating system taking account of their individual levels of contribution to the green wedge. Cr Gill defended the rating decision saying the state government-enforced rate cap of 2.5 per cent applied to the total shire rate income, with individual rate notices varying according to yearly valuations. “Special rating categories are offered to farmers who received a 65 per cent rate dispensation because of the benefit they bring in protecting the green wedge from
insensitive development.” “There is also the potential for suitable properties to apply for a rural conservation rate of minus 25 per cent if works are approved that benefit the green wedge.” Cr Hugh Fraser said affected residents “gained greater value than the general ratepayer from the programs and policies which protect the green wedge and their rural residential amenity”. The higher rates paid for living within the green wedge would go towards reducing rates charged to general ratepayers and the owners of larger green wedge properties, he said. The council voted to receive and note the petition and referred it to officers for action, or to report back to council.
Money for charities in time of need Mornington Community Information and Support Centre, Southern Peninsula Community Support, Information Centre and Western Port Community Support and Community Support Frankston will receive more than $500,000 from the federal government’s new Community Support Package. “This is such a different time with so many moving and changing challenges for emergency relief charities like ours, we have lost some impor-
tant income streams just when they are most needed,” Southern Peninsula Community Support and Information Centre CEO Jeremy Maxwell said Stuart Davis-Meehan of the Mornington Community Information and Support Centre said the extra money would “enable us to expand the range of support we can provide, particularly at a time when we have just started to see a new group of people who have never needed our services before”.
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THANK YOU VICTORIA Thank you Victoria. For the way we’ve faced these past few weeks. With courage. With humility. And with hope. We may have been knocked down, but we’ve stood up. We’ve kept our distance, we’ve looked out for each other and we’ve kept our cool. With a newfound respect for handshakes, and an even deeper appreciation for hugs, we are spending time apart. But we’ve never been more united. And it’s the Victorians at the forefront of fighting this virus that we are most proud of. Our health care workers, our supermarket staff, our bus drivers, our cleaners and so many more. Every worker who – no matter what – puts themselves out there to help all of us through all of this. The best way we can help them, is by doing the opposite. By staying home. And staying positive. Respecting their efforts means respecting the restrictions. And, we can all see that slowly, it’s working. Yes, there is still a way to go. But we can’t stop now. Because staying apart keeps protecting our health system. Staying apart keeps saving lives. Staying apart keeps us together.
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Shire’s message of support for police MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire councillor and Victoria Police officer Julie Morris said the deaths of four police in a horror crash on the Eastern Freeway, Wednesday 22 April, had “been felt in police stations right across the state”. “I’d like to thank our local community for the flowers, cards and messages of support,” she said. “The kindness we’ve seen and your words of support are encouraging and we thank you for standing beside us at this difficult time, as we mourn and reflect on the loss of our colleagues and friends.” Cr Morris was speaking after Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor was farewelled at a private funeral, Thursday 30 April. She and colleagues Senior Constable Kevin King, Constable Glen Humphris and Constable Josh Prestney died on duty when they were struck by a truck, 4.30pm. Mornington Peninsula Shire mayor Cr Sam Hearn said the community’s thoughts and prayers were with their families and friends and the Victorian police fraternity. “On behalf of the council I also want to share a message of support to our local police officers throughout the peninsula,” he said. After the funeral service, police from across the peninsula and the state observed one minute’s silence, forming guards-of-honour at their stations, and by turning on their vehicles’ headlights.
Cards, gifts a boost to morale CARDS, flowers, small gifts and chocolates dropped off at police stations are huge morale boosters, Mornington’s Senior Sergeant Paul Edwards said. They come as grateful members of the public show their support for the “thin blue line” in the wake of the deaths of four police officers at Kew on 22 April. Three funerals were held at the Police Academy last week and one was planned for yesterday (Monday 4 May) at Xavier College, Kew. “We’ve had so many small presents left for us that in my 20 years of policing I have never seen such a show of support,” Senior Sergeant Edwards said. “We are overwhelmed; it has certainly helped with morale. “We seem to be making a difference and people are appreciating us and I’m sure that’s being demonstrated right across the peninsula.” A favourite gift has been coffee vouchers or pay-it-forward contributions which allows thankful police to buy their daily “fix” and then return something extra to the cafe by saying: “Keep the change”. “We try to turn it into a gift for all the community,” Senior Sergeant Edwards said.
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Couple sought over liquor theft HASTINGS police are seeking public help in identifying a couple in relation to the alleged theft of alcohol from a shop in Baxter-Tooradin Road, Baxter, 4.40pm, Sunday 29 March. The woman, aged in her 30s, is described as Caucasian, 168cm tall, with a medium build and blonde hair. The man, also aged in his 30s, is Caucasian, 175cm tall, with a medium build. Anyone with information is urged to contact Hastings police, 5970 7800, or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at crimestoppervic.com.au
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Have your say Proposed Budget 2020/21 Dates have been extended!
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THEFTS of, and from, cars on the Mornington Peninsula have “dramatically dropped” after the arrest of four suspects last week. Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Tony Henry, of Somerville CIU, said the men, all in their late teens, were nabbed at Morwell but were originally from the Hastings area. The group is alleged to have stolen three cars and broken into 12 others on the peninsula as well as at Frankston, Dandenong and Croydon over a three-week period. The alleged ringleader, 18, formerly of Hastings, is facing 10 charges which include driving offences. The alleged offenders faced Frankston Magistrates’ Court last week and, because of their ages, have either been remanded or bailed to appear at the same court at a later date. “There has been a dramatic drop in offences since their arrest,” Detective Henry said.
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Signs credited with reducing road kill Stephen Taylor email@example.com ELECTRONIC warning signs are being credited with cutting the number of kangaroos that have been killed on some of the Mornington Peninsula’s rural roads. Four solar-powered signs were placed on roads with high recorded incidences of kangaroo deaths: Point Leo Road, Red Hill South, Purves Road, Arthurs Seat, and Browns Road, Main Ridge, including the end of Jetty Road, Boneo. Mornington Peninsula Shire statistics show that 10 kangaroos were killed from July 2018 to June 2019 in Browns Road, Main Ridge, with just two being killed there after the signs were erected from August 2019 to March this year. The statistics show 20 kangaroos were killed over the same time in Purves Road, Arthurs Seat and only three killed in the same period after the signs were erected. The number of kangaroos killed in the same period in Pt Leo Road, Red Hill South, remained at two. The signs, paid for with $30,000 from the Transport Accident Commission’s and $10,000 from the shire, have now been removed to be eventually used on other rural roads. Kangaroos – mostly eastern greys – reportedly make up at least 90 per cent of all wildlife collisions, with habitat loss partly blamed for their deaths. Animalia Wildlife Shelter secretary Craig Thomson five years ago said kangaroos were being forced on to road reserves by the clearing of veg-
etation for housing and gardens, and by property owners building three metre kangaroo-proof fences, especially in the Tuerong to Cape Schanck area (“Roo slaughter on our roads” The News 29/9/15). It could only have become harder for them find food since then, with added risk posed by an increase in the number of cars on peninsula roads. “The fences limit their ability to move across the land,” Mr Thomson said at the time. The signs project evaluation had shown a “significant reduction
in kangaroo roadkill and also a reduction in vehicle speeds along the project roads”, the mayor Cr Sam Hearn said. “We hope this signage will continue to inform and educate road users of wildlife risks associated with peninsula rural roads and encourage safer driver behaviour.” Cr David Gill was a strong advocate for the signs: “There is significant community concern regarding kangaroos and other fauna being killed on our rural roads. The signs will contribute towards possibly saving human life and protecting
our dwindling wildlife.” Mr Thomson said it was often thought that large numbers of kangaroos being killed on roads was a sign of an expanding kangaroo population but this was not the case on the peninsula. “Kangaroos [here] are an isolated population and we could lose them forever if we don’t protect them.” The Australian Wildlife Protection Council was a partner in the signs project, which was supported by the Nepean Greens and Red Hill South Landcare Group.
Split over hydrogen Continued from Page 1 While the state and federal governments have each backed the HESC consortium led by Kawasaki Heavy Industries with $50 million, South Australia and Queensland are supporting “green hydrogen” plants rather than relying on a process that involves releasing CO2 from fossil fuels. Critics say the coal should be left in the ground rather than releasing CO2 in the hydrogen-making process and then trying to store it underground with questionable sequestration methods. The state government’s commitment is based on the hope that it can lead to further exploitation of the area’s vast brown coal fields as well as providing jobs to a workforce crippled by the collapse of coal-fired power stations. The federal government is also spending $70 million through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency by inviting and then assessing submissions for “green hydrogen” projects. Labor governments in Queensland, Western Australia and the ACT say no public money should be spent on using fossil fuels to produce hydrogen. The federal government has committed a further $300m so the Clean Energy Finance Corporation can “invest” in hydrogen energy projects using fossil fuels or “green” alternatives. The Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG), Jemena, AusNet Services and Evoenergy wants to see natural gas supplies in the eastern and southern states blended with up to 10 per cent “green hydrogen” by 2030. The Queensland government is contributing to a hydrogen plant in Gladstone with a view to supplying 10 per cent blended hydrogen to 770 properties by December 2021. Hydrogen Park South Australia is scheduled to be operational by mid-year, supplying blended gas (5 per cent hydrogen) to 710 households in Mitchell Park. The South Australian government sees its wind and solar power generating capacity as enabling the state to eventually export “green hydrogen”.
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Poem with spirit MORNINGTON Primary School grade 4 student Ella Pleiter used poetry to capture the spirit of Anzac Day. “She got up at dawn and lit a candle in the street with her neighbours,” dad Daniel Pleiter said. “I think she has captured the meaning of the day perfectly. “It is great to see that at such a young age the Anzac legacy lives on.” The bugle sounded, the Candle shone, and the Poppies stood proud, and Tall for today we stand At our front gate, thanking Them all for losing their Lives so that we can be free And live peacefully Greater love hath no man Now we rise, so silent And still, with only the Flame bubbly and Bright, remembering them All on this cold Anzac night
LIZ Clark, above, plays her saxaphone at dawn on Anzac Day 2020, while at St Andrews Beach Susan Roper and her daughter, Hayley and son-in-law Hamish Buckley held a driveway dawn service.
An Anzac Day to remember ANZAC Day 2020 was like no other. Gone were the mass marches and dawn gatherings at cenotaphs throughout Australia. There were no Anzac breakfasts, two-up or the camaraderie that is always shown at a much-anticipated football game. Instead, family groups, or individuals, stood holding small lights at the end of driveways. Largely silent, the memories of past family members who fought for Australia were no less meaningful than when crowds have gathered in the past.
Family members proudly wore medals, their memories stirred by the quiet dignity of the day. The small observances outside innumerable houses throughout the land were joined as if by an invisible thread. The living potential of those that never returned from war was lost forever. The Anzac Day honours visible only to those who did survive. The loss of loved ones in war was shared by more recent arrivals from countries once regarded as enemies who are now part of the bond
that binds our community. Anzac Day 2020 will be remembered as the year that all Australians had a common, unseen enemy. A virus that stalks without regard to race or religion. It was a day also tinged with sadness by the deaths of four police officers doing their job on a Melbourne freeway. The horrific incident a reminder of how something so everyday could randomly turn into tragedy. Lest we forget. Keith Platt
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Staying ‘real’ during COVID-19 lockdown By Muriel Cooper* “Weird” is a common way of describing our circumstances during the coronavirus lockdown. With this “weirdness” can come a sense of being adrift, not tethered to anything, a sense of unreality; being disconnected. Our ancestors, European or Indigenous, often had to endure long periods of isolation on extended sea voyages or overland treks, and we could do worse than follow their example. How did they remain grounded? Here are a few ways in which I think they kept their sense of place and purpose: n They were stoic; they did not expect life to be easy. They expected to work hard. n They expected happiness to come in simple ways: the joy of doing a task well, being loved, sharing the joys of others. n They relied on faith to explain their existence and provide relief from hardship. Today, that faith could be in things outside the self (God and religion) or inside the self (belief in oneself to get through and in one’s own resources). n They were patient. They did not expect things to happen instantly, understanding that most things take time, whether it was growing and preparing food or getting from A to B. n They went to bed early and got up early, and they slept because they needed rest, but also sleep in itself was a pastime. n They made do. They mended things, ate simple food, and grew and gathered as much food as they could themselves. They kept busy. Here are some additional strategies: n When you’re starting to drift, take a deep, six-second breath and re-centre yourself on the present. Be grateful for what you have. Do something, call someone, refocus.
n Have faith, a spiritual signpost, whether it’s outside yourself (religion or God), or inside yourself. A philosophical approach like Stoicism (Meditations by Marcus Aurelius is a favourite of mine), faith in yourself to get through, or faith in family and friends can all help to sustain you. n Explore spending time away from media, including social media to read, do a jigsaw puzzle or write. n Slow down. Take time. Be patient with yourself and others. n If you’re alone, find someone to share your worries with by voice or online. Remember friends, family members, even helplines. n If you’re working from home and feeling a disconnection from work, contact a work colleague and have a quick chat. Try to set yourself up at home in as similar a way to work as possible, so the environment feels similar. n If you’re in trouble, financially or otherwise, get advice, but when you’ve done all you can do, write it all down in a book or a notepad and put it on the shelf, or as one of my clients says, “park it”. It will do you no good to think about it. It is our brain’s natural inclination to worry, but if you remind your brain that you’ve done all you can and that the plan is on the shelf, parked, or in the drawer, it will be inclined to leave you alone (remember the brain loves a plan), particularly if you give it something else to think about (action and distraction). * Muriel Cooper is a registered psychologist in Mornington specialising in stress, anxiety and depression. She trained as a journalist and then worked as a radio presenter with the ABC and 3AW before opening her psychology practice The Talking Room in Hawthorn East in 1998. She moved to Mornington in 2016.
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Use pandemic to rethink health and life on Earth It is heartening to have our leaders place lives ahead of the economy at this time. However, the World Health Organisation estimates more than six million lives are lost annually from pollution-related factors. This does not take account of such things as droughts, floods or cyclones. In Australia, that figure is estimated by the Australian Institute for Health and Welfare at 3000 every year. The cause is an absolute dedication to GDP growth at the macro level – either by increasing the population or increasing consumption - and pursuit of materialistic lifestyles leading to massive over consumption by individuals. Both have health implications. Business leaders are clamouring for a return to “normal’ which is unsustainable - our habits are exceeding ecological boundaries as evidenced by increasing natural disasters and the loss of biodiversity. Global pandemics can also be linked to behaviours that graphically illustrate our loss of respect for nature and the earth’s wild creatures. While this pandemic is disastrous, let’s use the break in activity to consider how life may be lived less materialistically, with different values and norms and, importantly, with less inequality. We need to recognise the disconnect between conspicuous consumption and the health of all life on Earth. Margaret Reid, Rye
Ban the burn What really gets up my nose (and it ain’t cocaine) is the carbon emitting and cancerous fumes of neighbours burning off on Fridays and the weekends. Sure it’s autumn, and yes some of us are stuck at home looking for something to do when daytime television drags on with daggy repeats, but when you are privileged to live in a protected wooded area with a many native birds, indigenous flora, clear coastal skies and generous reserves, why soil the beautiful atmosphere with smelly burn offs? Why do we have short-sighted anti-social neighbours who are incapable of considering the wellbeing and peace of mind of others who may be asthmatic, have pulmonary breathing problems connected to smoking diseases, or even just have young people with healthy developing lungs? Surely Mornington Peninsula Shire councillors for The Briars Ward (Bev Colomb, Rosemary Clark and Sam Hearn) and the other eight, can ban all outdoor burning-off in the name of commonsense, stopping global warming and all the other values they apparently support attending environmental conferences and print in their election handouts. They have prohibited all access to outdoor shire facilities but forgot to tape off seats in Mt Eliza and Main Street, Mornington. Why not consider this ratepayer’s simple request for a cleaner atmosphere and safer disease-free pavements? Municipal elections can’t come quick enough so we can get some representative and young
blood into representing us instead of these Blind Freddies. Ian Morrison, convenor Mt Eliza Community Alliance
Virus and environment The 2015 Paris agreement, when 197 countries agreed to meet every five years to discuss what they are doing to lower carbon emissions, is arguably an historic moment. The coronavirus pandemic is affecting millions of people. These two events both had, and are, having an impact on the environment, which is not all bad. People haven’t been traveling, fewer cars are on the road, and pretty much zero plane flights. The Earth is finally taking a breath. If we don’t continue following this path, by 2080 places like Shanghai, China will be nine metres underwater. Fish would lose their habitat causing them to become extinct, losing a multimillion dollar business. We need to continue some of these practices after this pandemic is over. Even simple changes like driving less or living by the “30-minute rule” (if something is within 30 minutes, walk or ride your bike instead of driving). It is truly disappointing that our country has a government that won’t step up for us and the next generation, who will inherit this mess. Another thing we can start doing is stop buying fast fashion. buying something that’s in trend and then carelessly throwing it into landfills. Try buying some things in op-shops or give your clothes a second life by donating them. Let’s save the planet. Let’s save those who are vulnerable, even in this country. Fin Fowler, Mornington
Tiny makes sense I fully concur with Claire Silver as to the suitability of tiny houses for some homeless people (“Tiny houses can benefit community as a whole” Letters 8/4/20). As secretary of the Rosebud foreshore friends group and an active worker there, I have seen many instances of homeless people trying to shelter in the vegetation on the foredune, often in inclement weather, occasioning considerable hardship for them. Some appear to be organised and economical with the space they use; others leave rubbish and damage the vegetation, which is needed to prevent erosion by high tide action. Evidence of fire is also, understandably, found. This is quite dangerous in summer. I therefore urge Mornington Peninsula Shire Council to put aside some suitable land and to pay for some of the tiny houses for homeless people. We realise they may not be suitable for all, but it would be a gesture of mercy towards our unfortunate homeless. John Cain, secretary Friends Rosebud Foreshore, president Mornington Peninsula Ratepayers and Residents Association
Heartfelt response Due to the horrific incident on Eastern Freeway [which resulted in the deaths of four police officers], I felt compelled to place a small token of my sympathy and gratitude to our police who care for us 24/7. I placed four blue ribbons and a solar lit rose on the fence at Dromana Police station on Thursday morning. An officer named Andy arrived shortly after and thanked me, he had tears in his eyes as did I, he said: “We’ve had a bad morning today.” We held hands through the fence, and he said: “I think you may have started something here” as passers-by were singing out their condolences, it was heart wrenching. Later, there were many more tributes left by caring and empathetic locals. Now that we know some more disgusting details [about the incident] it’s even harder. Kerry Grbac, McCrae
Not so sanitised Most supermarkets have “trolley sanitiser” wipes or hand sanitisers at the entrance, I thought to protect against COVID-19 until, upon reading the ingredients label I was dismayed to find that they are simple (cheap) anti-bacterial compounds. They have no effect on a coronavirus which requires a 60 to 70 per cent concentration of alcohol. One large retailer had a sanitiser which “contains alcohol” but the actual percentage was not specified, so the presumption has to be made that it contains a mere smidgen in order to claim alcohol content. As it stands, if a virus-riddled person handles the trolley before me, even though I wipe the handles, it would be as if I had shaken hands with that person. So much for social distancing and mobile phone apps. Shopping centre staff are cleaning and sanitising everything in sight, but with what? A banana republic of lesser standing than ours has taken prudent action against shonky hand sanitiser products with respect to the virus. According to the 28 April edition of the Jamaica Observer the Bureau of Standards Jamaica has pulled several sanitisers from the market that have not met the 60 per cent alcohol content as recommended by the World Health Organisation. A bit of E-coli infection wouldn’t worry this old codger too much, but a COVID-19 virus would put me in a grave situation. Brian A Mitchelson, Mornington
Wasted walk Run it past me again? Someone suggests Cliff Ellen could solve all his life woes by halving his daily walk, resting up at home instead of on a forbidden park bench, then doing his little walk all over again — like in “Groundhog Day” (“Rest time solved” Letters 28/4/20). I don’t know Cliffie very well, but his former weekly A Grain of Salt column in this newspaper was always a must-read for me. And I doubt very much that he would agree that two trips halfway to your destination is equal to one trip all the way, particularly if it is to his beloved RSL. Fred Wild, Rye
The problems of the Frankston Electric Light Co are amazing and illustrate why the State Electricity Commission of Victoria was formed (The News 28/4/20). Perhaps you could do a feature article on the formation of the SEC almost 100 years ago. When did the electric train get to Frankston? The centenary of that must be fairly soon. Richard Trembath, Mt Eliza
Isolated help Almost six weeks of enforced isolation and with it the necessity to keep the mind occupied; The News’ weekly letters page is a major contributor. Indeed (shocked?) letters from Michael G Free and Brian A Mitchelson talking near enough to common sense. Followed by Kevin Cahalane’s comments on Kevin Rudd “probably our worst ever prime minister. A huge budget surplus compliments of the Howard Costello government turned into a huge deficit” displaying naivety in the extreme. Finally, a smokescreen piece on the justification of continuing a city office for the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, surely convincing nobody (“Cost savings justify our city office officers” The News 28/4/20)? Cliff Ellen, Rye
Training goes on On International Guide Dog Day (29 April), we at Guide Dogs Australia are saying an extraspecial thanks to our wonderful guide dogs for the life changing work they continue to do amid unprecedented global challenges. Guide Dog Day was created to celebrate the important role guide dogs play in helping people with low vision or blindness lead safe and independent lives, and this year it takes on a new meaning. It’s clear that the comfort and companionship a guide dog provides has never been more essential for or cherished by guide dog handlers. The coronavirus pandemic has understandably presented challenges to us as an organisation, but the welfare of our clients and our dogs is at the heart of everything we do and every decision we make, so we’ve simply had to find ways to overcome these challenges. This has meant supporting clients through phone calls, video conferences, email and social media, while our trainers have been busy setting up obstacle courses at our campuses, or training dogs from home, so they can continue getting our guide dogs-in-training ready to change lives. It’s not been easy, but we’ve made it work, and for that I extend a heartfelt thankyou to all guide dogs team members and volunteers. Recent weeks have also been a chance to dig into the community spirit we’ve been building into our organisation over more than 60 years, so I want to thank everyone who has extended their support to Guide Dogs and helped us continue our work during this very difficult time. Karen Hayes, CEO Guide Dogs Victoria
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W AT E R F A L L G A R D E N S ROSEBU D
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A boutique community of luxury, 2 & 3 bedroom single level homes. These residences, in the heart of an established neighbourhood in Rosebud, set the scene for a new enclave of luxurious living. Combining cosmopolitan
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inner-city styling with a sublime coastal setting, located opposite Bay Views Golf Course and only a short drive to Rosebud beach.
From $589,000 Display suite located at 61 Fairway Grove Rosebud
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2 & 3/9 Seaton Road, Mornington Beachside Luxury Has A New Address Luxury by the beach is yours for the taking in one of Mornington’s most keenly sought-after beachside locations within the Dava precinct with these three state-of-the-art residences currently under construction. Designed to reflect the demand for quality custom-built low-maintenance surroundings, the designer detail, expansive floorplans offering three bedroom two bathroom accommodation, seamless outdoor entertaining areas, zoned living, luxuriant stone and Smeg kitchen and deluxe ground-floor main bedroom suite provide exemplary comfort within a few minutes’ walk of Fossil Beach and close to Dave Drive Village, Main Street’s cafes, Bentons Square, Campbell Reserve, transport and schools.
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WILSONS WINE CELLAR MOTHER’S DAY PICNIC DELIVERIES AVAILABLE THIS MOTHER’S DAY! Prices from $109.00 all inclusive. This includes the raised picnic board (with wine glass holders), 2 wine time branded glasses, all the charcuterie delights pictured plus a bottle of wine. Peninsula delivery included and pricing depends on wine choice. We also have a takeaway menu available Wednesday to Sunday nights 4-8pm, with daily specials advertised on our socials. PICK UP OR LOCAL DELIVERY Available on all our yummy dishes and our extensive wine list. We offer fully prepared meals you can put together and reheat yourself at home . Please call us for any orders Ph 5909 8966 24 Pitt St, Mornington wilsonswinecellar.com.au
ENJOY QUALITY CHOC TOPS AT HOME! Pre order/enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org or Ph 5904 6937 Open 12-9pm Mother’s Day TIO TAPAS Y VINO A touch of Spain on the Peninsula, Tio Tapas Y Vino is now delivering your favourite food and wine. Offering authentic Spanish Paella, Tapas and Churros. For online ordering go to www.tiotapas.com.au or Ph 5904 6937 16 Main Street Mornington 5-9pm Wednesday to Sunday Follow us on: Facebook.com/tiotapasmornington Instagram: @tiotapas
The Choc Top Ice Cream Co. is now offering a range of delicious choc top packages that can be purchased online, picked up from our factory and enjoyed in the comfort of your own home. If you can’t get out to the movies......thankfully you can recreate the movie experience at home. Simply place an order online and then pick up your order on Friday between 12 noon and 6pm. All our choc tops are made with premium quality ingredients and they taste great! thechoctopicecreamcompany ordernow.square.site 2/22 Bennetts Rd, Mornington
The Grand is still providing our full take away menu to make sure you are able to get the same delicious meals even with the restaurant closed DRIVE THROUGH PICK UP available via the bottle shop at rear of 124 main st Mornington No need to even get out of the car for all your favourites, including the classic parma, eggplant parma, lasagne, roast chicken, curries, beef & steak burgers and sticky date pudding. Lunch 12pm - 2pm Dinner 5pm - 8 pm Seniors hour and discounted menu from 5pm to 6pm Full bottle shop range still available for purchasing Check out our website and facebook page for the full menus and drink specials. TO PLACE YOUR ORDER PH 5975 2001 124 main st Mornington
A FREE GIFT FROM US FOR MUM THIS MOTHERS DAY! Every Mum is special, so we would like to do something for you! Every order placed for Mothers Day will receive an extra special gift from us to you.
SOUTHERN BUYING HOME DELIVERY Home Delivery for over 750 items including Groceries, Chocolates, Lollies, Chips, Snacks, Biscuits, our Red Hill Confectionery Range, Drinks, Juices, Health & Beauty, Cleaning Products and more DELIVERY TO YOUR DOOR AVAILABLE to the Mornington Peninsula, Westernport, Frankston and surrounding suburbs. Like us on Facebook to keep up to date with promotions Shop Online at southernbuyinghomedelivery.com.au Phone 0423 696 033
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PENINSULA NUT CO Home deliveries of fresh nuts, seeds, dried fruits, coconut products, home made Humpercrunch muesli, chocolates and more. Currently free delivery to Mornington Peninsula for orders over $30 by using code MORNPEN. Head to our website to place your order www.peninsulanutco.com.au M 0402 097 545 E email@example.com
We are offering the same tantilizing steaks we have been famous for, plus an array of mains, alcoholic beverages and a dedicated kids menu with our THE STEAK SPECIALISTS ‘DINE AT HOME’ MENU! FREE DELIVERY to Mornington, Mt Eliza, Mt Martha, Moorooduc Minimum $50 order. $15 Charge for Frankston South, Frankston, Somerville and Safety Beach FREE delivery for orders over $150 Order online www.squiresloftmornington.com.au or call Ph 5976 8482 104 Main St Mornington
MORNINGTON PENINSULA’S FINEST FOOD STORE For over 30 years Houghtons Fine Foods has been providing the Peninsula with high quality, gourmet take home meals. These homemade meals are ready to be heated and are freezable - we make cooking effortless! We are pleased to announce that curb side pick ups and local deliveries are now available. We have beautiful cakes and tarts for Mother’s Day too! Phone or visit us in store, open 7 days! Ph: 5975 2144 7/59 Barkly Street, Mornington houghtonsfinefood.com.au
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THE PENINSULA TO YOU
Offering the best products, delivered directly to your door
Spanish flair and flavour to spice up your isolation A NEW lively restaurant and wine bar offering contemporary Barcelona-style tapas on the Mornington Peninsula. Tío, literally translates to “uncle”, however in Spain, “tio” is used to refer to friends and acquaintances as “buddy or mate”. We brought Spain to the Peninsula and now want to bring it to your dining room. Welcome you to try Tio Tapas Y Vino to immerse yourself in our Spanish culture while sharing the spirit of tapas and connecting with friends and family whether it be at home or over the internet. Our menu features a diverse selection of culinary traditions, along with contemporary techniques to create mouth-watering tapas and paellas made from fresh and authentic produce like Iberian jamon and other Denominación de Origen ingredients. Enjoy and compliment your meal with our
carefully curated list of local and international wines or select from our range of draught beers and chilled lagers, and classic-inspired Cocktails which are all available for takeaway. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date on all our weekly offers. Our take away menu can be found on our website www. tiotapas.com.au or you can order your delicious meals online at www.tiotapasmornington.com.au Our Mother’s Day packages all include the Spanish favourites such as Paella, Patas Bravas, Croquettes and Churros, just to name a few. We have everything to put a smile on Mum’s face this year. Ensure you preorder your package to avoid disappointment. Email us at Hello@ tiotapas.com.au for more information. Available for Take away or Delivery Buen provecho salud!
SOUTHERN Buying Group is a family owned and operated local business that has been operating from Rosebud for over 26 years. We supply Cafes, Restaurants, Golf Clubs, Local Sporting Clubs, Independent Supermarkets and other businesses. We have based our business on providing great service and quality products at very competitive prices. Due to the current economic situation, us like many other businesses have taken a substantial hit with loss of trade and it has forced us to re-create the way we do business. Southern Buying Home Delivery is an offshoot business that has been set up to service our local community with a wide range of goods including Groceries, Soft Drinks, Juices, Cleaning Products, Lollies, Chocolates, Long Life Milk, Chips, Biscuits, Health/Beauty Products, our very own Red Hill Confectionery lines and more. We range over 750 products and at prices which are extremely competitive compared to the regular shelf price of the two major supermarkets. We also run daily specials and giveaways on our social media pages. We have a fully functional online ordering system but we can also take orders via phone or email, whatever is easier for you. Payment can be made online, over the phone and mobile eftpos facilities are also available. We offer contact-free home delivery to the Mornington Peninsula, Frankston & surrounding
suburbs and beyond! We also offer our irresistible Red Hill Confectionery with a delicious range including Chocolate Coated Raspberries & Almonds, Turkish Delight, Gluten Free Fudges & more it is the perfect way to indulge yourself or reward a loved one with our gift packs. Our business has changed, shopping has changed but our commitment to happy customers will never change. Website: www.southernbuyinghomedelivery. com.au Facebook/Instagram: Southern Buying Home Delivery Email: southernbuyinghomedelivery@gmail. com Phone: 0423 696 033
Introducing Growlers PENINSULA residents have had to sacrifice a lot due to Covid19, things like heading down to your local and having a frothy with friends is for now a thing of the past. But thanks to The Grand Hotel Mornington and Mornington Peninsula Brewery you no longer have to miss out on a freshly poured beer. Customers can call up and order a Swap & Go Tap Beer made fresh and ready to be picked up from the drive thru bottle shop located at the rear of the hotel. Choose from Mornington Peninsula Brewery’s Pale, Porter or Brown Ales. Growlers hold 1.89 litres (1/2 an American Gallon) and cost just $15. A $5 refundable deposit is required for the bottle, or alternatively you can BYO bottle and we will happily sterilise and fill it on request. Swap & Go Tap Beer orders can be placed by calling the Grand Hotel direct on 59752001, more information along with other offers can be found on their Facebook page The Grand Hotel Mornington and on their website www.grand. net.au
The Biscottini you love, in takeaway ELIO Giucastro from Biscottini Café Restaurant & Bar has been making delicious modern Italian food for Mornington locals for around twenty years. With the friendliest team around, Elio aims to make your visit the best it can possibly be. The Biscottini team will do everything in their power to make your experience pleasurable. Times may have changed, the way they are serving food to the local community may have changed. But their dedication to providing quality meals and beverages has remained the same! Like many hospitality businesses at the moment, Biscottini is now offering a takeaway service and menu. In true Biscottini style, everyone’s favourites are available! Offering a range of delicious, fresh and healthy ready to heat meals and salads, including 5 May 2020
parmas, pastas, burgers, homemade gnocchi and lasagne and family packs. Take-away coffees also available. Biscottini also now has your Sunday roast sorted! Offering family roast lunch and dinner every Sunday from only $39 and feeds a family of four. Choose from chicken, beef brisket or pork. What a wonderful idea for Mother’s Day! But be sure to book by 3pm Friday 8th May from Mum’s special day to avoid disappointment. Call 5977 0617 to place your orders. They are delivering their Sunday Roasts to Mornington for a flat cost of $5. Great coffee, fantastic wholesome food and staff with a smile where else but BISCOTTINI. Follow their Facebook page for menu updates @BISCOTTINI CAFE BAR RESTAURANT Or drop in to choose your take home meal or grab a coffee 157/159 Main St, Mornington
100 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK...
Presentation of Military Stars at Frankston Compiled by Cameron McCullough ON Monday (Anzac Night) the Frankston Mechanics’ Hall held a large and enthusiastic audience. The occasion was the presentation of 1914-15 Military Stars to returned soldiers. The management of affairs was carried out by the Frankston Soldiers’ Memorial Committee, with Mr A G Wilcox: (chairman) and Mr H. Vicars (secretary). The first part of the proceedings consisted of a concert contributed solely by Melbourne artists, and the committee is to be complimented on the excellence of the entertainment provided. At the conclusion of the entertainment Brigadier General Grimwade made the presentation of Military Stars. The recipients were: A. E. Verney; 3rd A.S.C. S. J. Marsh, 6th Batt. C. Bunny, 5th Batt. E. Barrett, 14th Batt. S. A. Clarke, 14th Batt. A F. Dood, 3-6 Batt. P. W. Baker. 6th Batt. Alfd. Jolly, 1-8th Batt. Each man as he stepped forward in answer to his name, was greeted with rounds of applause. In addressing the audience General Grimwade said his duty had been a pleasurable one. He explained that many more men in this district were entitled to the 1914 Stars, but the Defence Department had not been able to furnish the Stars in time. All the men who had answered the first call, and those who followed in 1915 would receive the stars in due course.
Anzac Day, said the speaker, was a suitable day on which to make the presentation. It was a day that won a heritage for the whole of Australia. On Anzac Day thousands of Australians went forward to their death and on that day our sacrifices commenced. After that other Australians by the thousands rallied to the cause until at last 400,000 had enlisted and out of the number 60,000 made the supreme sacrifice. Anzac Day was a day to be commemorated forever and the men who received Stars would be proud to hand them down to their children a fitting emblem of a heritage gloriously won. (Loud applause.) The singing of the National Anthem terminated the proceedings. *** ON Saturday, May 8th, the Malvern Harriers are holding a Marathon race from Frankston to Melbourne, the distance being a little over 26 miles. A start will be made from the Frankston park at 1.30, and the finish is at Wesley cricket ground at St. Kilda Road. One of the entrants is T. Stinton Hewitt, a member of the team being sent by Australia to compete in the Olympic games at Stockholm, in October, and it is understood he will make an attempt to lower the record for the distance. *** ALEX. Scott & Co. auctioneers, report holding a clearing sale on account of Mr James Clark, of Balnarring, on April 17th. Buyers were in attendance from all
parts of the Peninsula, and competition was most keen at prices that gave every satisfaction to the vendor. It was generally admitted to be one of the most successful sales ever held in the district. Stack of hay, about 35 tons, £250; milkers to £12 5s; springers to £17 10s; heifers to £6 10s; aged farm gelding, £21; farm mare £21 10s; 538 new chaff bags, 16s 3d doz.; ewes 20s 6d; wether lambs 17s; ewe lambs 15s 6d; .seed drill £32 4s; reaper and binder £28; D.F. disc plough, £10 15s; harrows £1; S.S. buggy, £27; jinker £17. *** THERE was a large congregation in the Methodist Church on Sunday night, at the special service to commemorate Anzac Day. Rev. C. Angwin preached from the text: “He laid down His life for us.” Reference was made to the bravest and best of Australia’s sons who responded to the call of Empire, laid down their lives for us, died that we might live, and for a world-wide liberty against tyranny: right against might. We admire their devotion and noble spirit of self-sacrifice. We honor their memory; pay them the tribute of gratitude and love. By their magnificent sacrifice, splendid courage, their gallant feat of arms in storming the heights of Gallipoli they made for themselves and Australia, a name that will live in the annals of history. We are laudably proud of the gallant lads who fought our battles and made the supreme sacrifice; also those who, with supreme unselfishness, yielded up their best beloved when their country
needed them. Our deepest sympathy goes out to all who are bearing their grief so nobly, and in so patriotic a manner. Appropriate hymns were sung. *** A MOTOR car capsized near Sorrento on Monday night, Mr Olsen, of the Peninsula Garage, Frankston, who was phoned for, rendered assistance and brought the party on to Frankston. *** THE Wattle Club will entertain soldiers from the. Military Hospitals at lunch and afternoon tea next Sunday. The Frankston brass band will be in attendance. *** A LARGE gathering assembled in the Frankston Park last Sunday to commemorate Anzac Day in the form of a united service and public worship. Rev. Geo. Cox conducted the first part of the service. Major Chaplain Backhouse, who gave an interesting address, spoke feelingly of our fallen Anzacs and praised our brave Australian soldiers. In the course of his delivery he told how our boys never feared danger, and they were always right there when the strife was thickest. The Frankston Brass Band played the hymns with great feeling and was very much appreciated. After the singing of the National Anthem the service terminated with the sounding of the “Last Post”. *** MR T. J. McMurtrie and Mr C. W. Gault, JsP., leave for a fortnight’s holiday next week. The latter will attend the Fruitgrow-
ers’ Conference at Mildura. *** MOST people are agreed that it is time a move was made in the direction of taking definite action to proceed with the building to be erected as a Soldiers’ Memorial in Frankston. The Memorial Committee is anxious to secure plans at once, and it is probable that competitive designs will be invited as soon as the question of site has been settled. The Frankston branch of the Returned Soldiers’ Association has expressed a decided preference for the land in front of the Mechanics’ as the site for the Memorial, and it is strongly supported by the Memorial Committee, which is largely composed of citizens representing vested interest. It was with the object of securing finality on the site question that the Memorial Committee met shire councillors on the ground last week and made a thorough inspection of the land referred to. The municipal representatives present were Crs. Oates, Mason, Wells, and Armstrong, Mr A. K. T. Sambell, C.E. (Shire .Engineer), and Mr John E. Jones (Shire Secretary). Mr A. G. Wilcox (President of the Frankston branch of the Returned Soldiers’ Association, and also chairman of the Memorial Committee), explained the position from the view of the Memorial Committee, and gave the impression that the site asked for and no other would give satisfaction. *** FROM the pages of the Mornington Standard, 30 April 1920
5 May 2020
Banksia Frankston Respite Centre: everyone needs a break sometimes We are an essential service and open to care for you or your loved ones FOR almost 90 years, the We are an essential service and open to care for you or your loved ones Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) has worked with and supported people of all ages to live a good life. And that means ensuring those who need support and a break when they are caring for loved one, can access a local service. BSL has offered respite care and social connections to the local community for more than 30 years, and proudly continues to do so during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, with strict additional infection control measures to keep everyone safe and well. The Banksia Frankston Respite Centre is truly a home away from home. As one of the only cottage style respite residences in the local area, guests enjoy delicious home cooked meals, comfortable beds and a range of daily social activities, all in a warm and welcoming environment – 7 days a week.
Whether it’s for a day, an overnight stay or longer, dedicated staff take the time to get to know their clients, families and carers, to understand their personal requirements and offer respite care that’s tailored to fit their personal circumstances. “They are like family, and mum’s life is so much better because of their support,” says Cheryl, daughter of a client. It’s this level of service from positive, professional staff that really sets the Banksia Frankston Respite Centre apart. During the day, clients are treated to a broad choice of social activities. Art and music therapy, indoor bowls, games, gardening and genuine friendship are just some of the many pleasures that clients enjoy. The overnight cottages host just six guests, ensuring adequate space and a high level of personalised care. Clients are invited to be as active or relaxed as they like, respite is really a personal break.
As dementia care specialists, highly qualified nurses and staff are trained to deliver support that focuses on individual preferences. Staff work with carers to replicate home routines to avoid confusion or disruption, and offer guests the opportunity to engage with others and to develop new social connections through recreational activities. “I think the staff here enjoy what they’re doing and they’re proud. They’ve been the best support”, says Margaret, wife and carer. Banksia Frankston Respite Services are funded under the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) and Support for Carers Program and Home Care Packages. Everyone needs a break and extra support sometimes. For further information or to arrange a visit to Banksia Frankston Respite Centre, please contact: Phone: 1300 147 147 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit: agedcare.bsl.org.au
Banksia Frankston Respite Centre: Providing respite care and social connections.
Overnight dementia respite open for the community Everyone needs a break and extra support sometimes. For flexible day, evening and overnight respite, we can still help. The Brotherhood of St. Laurence has offered respite care to the Frankston community for more than 30 years. We understand how difficult it can be to make the decisions that feel right for you and your family. During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, strict additional infection control measures are in place to keep everyone safe and well. Our overnight respite facility hosts just six guests, ensuring adequate space and a high level of personalised care in warm and welcoming surroundings. Contact us to find out how we can support you to make choices that will give you peace of mind. Banksia Frankston Respite Services are funded under the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) and Support for Carers Program
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Finally, relief from your hip pain DOES this describe YOU? • You get hip pain laying on your side in bed, and just can’t get to sleep. • You place a pillow between your legs to help you get to sleep but laying on the painful side is still waking you. • You find yourself standing on one leg with your other hip hanging lower, or you sitting with crossed legs causes the pain • You are a runner worried your hip pain will get worse and stop you from exercising. If so then read on. The pain on the outside of the hip can be due to inflammation of the gluteal tendon, of Gluteus Medius and Minimus, where the gluteal muscles attach. It can also be where a bursa (a fat pad called the trochanteric bursa) can become inflamed. The hip pain may be associated with a stiff back. Physiotherapist May Wan, says that it is an injury affected by hip weakness and postural habits that place the tendons under stress. It requires a full analysis of the hip and lower limb, looking from the foot to the back biomechanics. It can require massage, and specific strengthening exercises for the gluteal muscles as well as improving core stability to control pelvic movement. In addition to the above solutions, there is a recent healing technology that is making a profound difference to outside of the hip pain sufferers. Practice owner, Paul Rowson says
“Shockwave Therapy is often useful, because the gluteal tendons are a connective tissue, not a muscle. It puts a significant shockwave through the tissues you apply it to. It is a pressure wave which brings blood flow to the area. Tendons and connective tissue do not have much blood supply and can take a long time to heal. Shockwave artificially stimulates the healing of the tendon.” Shockwave therapy can also be used on Achilles tendonitis, Plantar Fasciitis, golfer’s and tennis elbow, and rotator cuff tendon problems,
and is usually most effective on long term chronic problems, rather than acute injuries. Shockwave is not the first line of treatment for injured patients. Physiotherapy and graded exercise are more likely in the first instance. But for more stubborn conditions, shockwave has shown good results. “The evidence at the moment suggests between three to five treatments are required, but most people should see an improvement within three sessions. It has a success rate up to 90%” May says. The Shockwave therapy is administered for a three-minute period
to the affected area during consecutive weekly appointments. “It is a bit of an uncomfortable sensation” May says, “like most physio hands-on treatments, with a little discomfort during the treatment.” Paul says, “After each session, most people get a significant reduction of pain and symptoms. Long term it stimulates healing, short term it reduces pain. The best thing is, the effects are long lasting. It prevents a lot of people having more invasive things like surgery or injections. The treatment is considered safe, but can produce skin reddening or bruising, short term pain, and
Physiotherapist, May Wan. cannot be used on people taking blood thinning medications or with bleeding disorders. “ “It is important to know that Shockwave has a long-term effect. Most of the time you have good outcomes, without having to have further treatments.” Shockwave is now available in Balnarring. Call the practice now and speak to one of our physios to see if Shockwave suits your condition. Back in Motion is at 6/2-8 Russell Street, Balnarring. Phone 03 5983 1021.www.backinmotion.com.au/ balnarring
Don’t let tendon pain stop you in your tracks Up to 90% success rate# | Non invasive therapy Radial Shockwave therapy Clinically proven* to help these conditions: • Heel pain (plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinopathy)
• Rotator cuff tendinopathy with calcification
• Tennis & golfers elbow
• Hip bursitis
• Patella tendinopathy
• Shin splints and heel spurs
• Frozen shoulder
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5 May 2020
Rosebud Respiratory Clinic opens for COVID-19 testing THE Rosebud Respiratory Clinic opened on Monday, 27 April. “So far we are seeing about 50 patients a day and it is all going very smoothly”, said Dr Sally Shaw from the Rosebud Respiratory Clinic. “The patients arrive after been given an appointment time over the phone and they are taken into the reception area. All staff wear protective gear and the patient is asked to sterilise their hands and wear a mask
After we ensure the details are correct the patient is taken into a consulting room where a nurse will gently insert a swab into the patient’s nose and take some cells from the back of the nasopharyngoscopy”. Dr Shaw says “This is an uncomfortable procedure but it only last 5 to 10 seconds. It is not painful but some people will gag when the swab is inserted. There are really no risks to this procedure as the swab is very, very thin and has a cotton tip”.
The swab is then packaged up and sent to pathology and results arrive about three days later. The doctor will check every result and SMS or ring the patient to inform them of their results. “So far we have not found any positive results and we are hoping not to” said Dr Shaw. “The aim of this clinic is to detect any patients in the community who may be carriers of COVID-19. As there are hardly any symptoms, even a mild sniffle
or dry throat will qualify a patient to have the test. Once we can establish that thousands of patients do not carry the virus, the government will then be able to use this information to decide when to ease social distancing regulations so that we can return to more normal lives”. “We are still doing skin cancer checks but have moved our patients temporarily to 1 Ross Street Mornington. The same doctors and staff are there to look after our
patients and it is very important that the skin cancer issues are not neglected. We are very grateful for the community support that has allowed us to do this testing but also keep a skin cancer clinic open”. To make an appointment for COVID-19 testing, register on HotDoc.com or phone 0436 033 507. This service is free to all Australian residents who meet the eligibility criteria.
RESPIRATORY CLINIC NOW OPEN FOR
CORONA VIRUS TESTING This is an Australian Government initiative to help deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, This is a free service to all Australians that meet the eligibility criteria.
To make an appointment register on HotDoc.com or phone
0436 033 507 Patients MUST stay in the car and call clinic on arrival. The aim of this clinic is to assess and test people with mild to moderate symptoms of a respiratory illness: • Cough • Fever • Runny or Stuffy nose • Sore throat This clinic aims to divert people away from hospitals and other GP Clinics to enable them to attend to other medical issues.
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The Apocalypse Diaries Part 2 – Rage Against the Lack of Rage By Stuart McCullough THERE are limits. I can take plenty of punishment but certain things are simply beyond the pale which, given my pallid Irish complexion, is really saying something. Confine me to barracks for months on end and you won’t hear a peep from me. Bulk-buy all the toilet paper known to humanity before trying to resell it on Gumtree for the kind of price that’d make a bootlegger blush and I’ll keep my unpleasant thoughts to myself. Denude the meat aisle until the only thing left is spatchcock and I’ll accept it in good grace. But woe betide the person who took it upon themselves to cancel Saturday morning Rage. That’s a step too far. Did I miss a meeting or did Satan win an election by promising to suck all the fun out of life? Surely there was, at the very least, some kind of memo before taking so drastic an action as to cancel Saturday morning Rage. Survey Monkey? Show of hands? Non-binding plebiscite? In the name of all that is sacred, they couldn’t simply call it off without some kind of procedural fairness. Times are tough enough as they are. It’s simply the wrong moment to take music videos away from a listless, housebound public. For those unfamiliar with it, Rage on ABC television is something of an institution. A low security prison, most probably. Because once you start watching it, it’s very difficult to get away, as you constantly kid yourself that the video you’re currently enduring will be replaced by something much better in a few short minutes. Rage starts and finishes at an ungodly hour on Saturday night. As a result, I
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By Craig MacKenzie FOOTBALL Victoria hopes to get the green light to announce a resumption of training this month with the aim of starting the league season in June. In April Football Federation Australia extended the suspension of all soccer activities until 31 May but that looks likely to be lifted. Last week Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that national cabinet had endorsed the “National Principles for Resumption of Sport and Recreation Activities” developed by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee and the “Framework for Rebooting Sport in a Covid-19 Environment” developed by the Australian Institute of Sport. The AIS document sets out a pathway for a staged return of community and professional sport. This starts with an initial phase of small group (less than 10) activities in a non-contact fashion prior to moving to a phase of large group activities eventually including full contact training and competition. However the document emphasises that all sporting organisations need to be flexible “to accommodate and respond to changes in (coronavirus) community transmission rates and the associated changes in advice from Public Health Authorities.” The document emphasised the importance of player education and agreement to the protocols to be put in place along with illness management. “Preparation for resumption includes education of the athletes and other personnel, assessment of the sport environment and agreement on training scheduling to accommodate social distancing. “The approach to training should focus on ‘get in, train, get out’, minimising unnecessary contact in change rooms, bathrooms and communal areas. “Prior to resumption, sporting organisations should have agreed protocols in place for management of illness in athletes and other personnel.” FV arranged a members’ meeting on Tuesday last week involving zone representatives and standing committee chairpersons and now awaits the outcome of a national cabinet meeting scheduled for Friday this week and an
Setback for Seagulls: Mornington striker Josh Hine and Langwarrin’s Delarno Pharoe (right) in action from this year’s Wallace Cup. Picture: Darryl Kennedy
expected announcement by state government on 11 May. There are indications that some of the current stage 3 restrictions in Victoria will be eased leading to the possibility of community sport resuming with new social distancing restrictions in place. Should that happen then FV could allow senior NPL and community clubs to start senior training on 16 or 17 May with matches commencing in a staggered fashion from 12 June to 3 July. Cup competitions could start from 6 June with Langwarrin, Mornington and Seaford United the only local clubs remaining in the FFA Cup. FV’s members meeting raised the prospect of junior training commencing between 12 and 15 May with matches starting from 6 June. Notes of the members’ meeting circulated to clubs stated that there is more certainty around junior competitions “since changerooms are rarely required” and the new restrictions could include a directive that changerooms are not to be used. The meeting also speculated about a cap on training numbers and the duration of sessions. Part of last week’s discussion centred on FV’s relationship with govern-
dor for the southern and south-east regions, linked up with Mornington, Mount Martha, Mount Eliza and Rosebud Heart last Wednesday evening for a teleconference where clubs shared their recent experiences and discussed a range of issues. Hurvitz is believed to be organising a similar hook-up involving Frankston council clubs this week. Meanwhile Mornington will be hoping for a later start to the season after star Seagulls striker Josh Hine suffered a dislocated elbow and minor fractures in a road accident early last week. Hine was cycling as part of his preseason program when struck by a car and taken by passers-by to Sandringham Hospital for treatment. “We’re waiting on specialist’s advice to find out how bad the dislocation and the fractures around it are,” Mornington head coach Adam Jamieson said. “If we start in late June he’d be touch and go but I think he’d be pretty close to being ready if we started around mid-July.” Application software has played an important part in Mornington staying connected to players and coaching staff via messaging services and social-fitness apps and Jamieson linked up with other club coaches via Zoom
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last weekend. Players have been given programs to follow and their progress has been monitored so the club has the best possible chance to hit the ground running once competition resumes. Mornington like all local clubs is waiting to find out what restrictions will be put in place to allow training and playing to restart. The Seagulls are keen to know how these restrictions will be policed and what would happen if, for example, one of their players tested positive to corona virus. For example, Jamieson doubles as coach of the club’s JNPL under-13s and also attends committee meetings when requested so the knock-on effects should one of his players test positive would be far-reaching if strict quarantine rules are in place. NPL2 outfit Langwarrin has dealt with monitoring fitness levels among its senior players through a program developed by high performance manager Alistair Wallace. “I set them a program from a PDF I created with three different training sessions with different training outcomes, for example aerobic, highspeed exposure and acceleration plus change of direction,” Wallace said. Each player fills out a form after each session and the data is used to monitor their progress. “We did this for all of pre-season to track load so pretty much when we come back we know how much we can increase each player’s load without them getting injured. “Most players send me screenshots of their sessions using an app or a smart watch.” If as expected there is an abbreviated training period before matches start Wallace feels Langy is well-positioned to cope. “Looking at it they say we will have four weeks back training before we play. “We can do a lot in four weeks but we will just have to be very vigilant with some players and adjust training loads independently for each player. “It isn’t ideal but we just have to adapt and keep risk levels low for players. “Most players have been doing the training loads so we are happy with where we are right now.”
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Cartwright makes winning city debut HORSE RACING
By Ben Triandafillou MORNINGTON-based apprentice jockey Matthew Cartwright kicked off his metropolitan debut in sensational form with a winner from his very first city ride on Wednesday 29 April. Having ridden 32 winners to date in the country, Cartwright was offered the ride aboard the John McArdle-trained Mockery at Sandown and made the most of his opportunity in town. Cartwright, who had already formed a good association with the threeyear-old filly having previously ridden her for a win and a second at her last two starts, took up the running in the 1000m sprint and never looked back. The 17-year-old apprentice ran the field along in the wet conditions before pushing clear in the final 100m to score a two-and-three-quarter length victory in the third race of the day. Cartwright said it was a surreal feeling to kick home a city winner at his first ride in town. “It was pretty special when I got off it,” Cartwright said. “Going across the line actually, you could just see my smile light up, so I was thrilled.” Cartwright had some confidence heading into the race too having jumped off his mother’s (Leonie Proctor) and grandmother’s (Lyn Tolson) horse Miss Starway who was also entered in the race. “I hadn’t ridden in town, but John offered me to ride (Mockery) if I’d like because I have a good association
with the owners. I said, ‘yes, I’ll take it’ but Mum also offered me the ride on Miss Starway a couple days earlier. I told her I’d rather take Mockery, so I ended up getting on her and the rest is history,” Cartwright said. “I knew I had a real live chance and I can’t thank John and the owners enough for giving me the opportunity. It all paid off well and the horse did what it did and won well.” Cartwright almost backed up his first winner with another one later in the day when piloting the Jerome Hunter-trained Our Gladiator in the final event on the card. Similar to his first ride, Cartwright took up the running aboard Our Gladiator in the 1000m sprint before giving a kick in the straight. He was only claimed in the final 50 metres by the race-favourite, Sagarra, and eventually finished the race in second place.
Metro winner: Mornington-based apprentice jockey Matthew Cartwright pushes out the John McArdle-trained Mockery to claim his first metro winner at Sandown. Picture: Supplied
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