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Big Y celebrates culture, connection THE Big Y art installation at the entrance to YMCA Camp Manyung was unveiled last week. The artwork, shown for the first time on Tuesday 29 June, was painted by Eamon Rogers and Brianna Webster from the Willum Warrain Aboriginal Association, Hastings. “The Big Y is one of many ways that Camp Manyung has demonstrated its commitment to working alongside our Aboriginal community here on the peninsula and always uplifting Aboriginal history, culture, and connection,” the camp’s manager Jim Boyle said. “This mural is a story depicting the beautiful lands in which Camp Manyung is located and the tremendous work being done here to connect with and upskill young people and the community. “It details the interconnected landscapes: bushlands, creeks and the bay, and the flourishing environment with an abundance of native animals, including stingrays, dolphins, blue tongue lizards and wedge-tailed eagles, while highlighting the importance of gathering together to build connections to people, place, and country.” Mr Boyle said Camp Manyung was committed to reconciliation and working with Willum Warrain to support young Aboriginal people to reconnect with their culture and country. “We look forward to continuing our strong partnership and running more camps for the community throughout the year,” he said. BRIANNA Webster is one of the artists who worked on the Big Y unveiled at the entrance to Camp Manyung, Mount Eliza.

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VCAT seals Ryman rejection Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au THE Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal has knocked back Ryman Healthcare’s proposed retirement village at Mt Eliza. The VCAT hearing centred around the New Zealand-based company’s attempts to overturn Mornington Peninsula Shire’s 2020 refusal. On 23 March this year the shire reaffirmed its earlier decision by saying: “The council also affirms the view that the proposal for a large scale residential

aged care facility and/or retirement village, on land which is outside the urban growth boundary, is an inappropriate development at odds with the amenity of the surrounding green wedge.” The 82-page VCAT determination, handed down Friday 2 July, confirmed the council’s opposition saying: “… the decision of the responsible authority is affirmed” and that the Ryman permit application would not be granted. “We accept that the proposal for a modern, integrated aged care and retirement facility would have the capacity to meet the future needs and

expectations of an ageing population,” the VCAT finding stated. “[However] this is not a preferred location for aged care, neither is there strong evidence of unmet localised demand”. The $80 million project had included plans for six four-storey buildings, two four-storey wings attached to the existing mansion, three three-storey buildings, a chapel and 362 car spaces. The buildings would house 272 apartments, including 55 assisted living units and 217 independent living units, and 124 aged care beds. Up to 400 people would have lived there.

The mayor Cr Despi O’Connor said on Friday the “protection of the green wedge and the essential separation of the built environment to the natural environment” was important to the character of the peninsula. “Today’s decision by VCAT upholds the importance of that issue for our community,” Cr O’Connor said. Ryman’s Victorian development manager David Laing said the company was “digesting the ruling” over the 8.9 hectare site. “We are pleased that the [VCAT] commissioners agreed that we can de-

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Residents against apartments, childcare plan Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au MORNINGTON and Mount Martha residents are questioning the suitability of a three-storey development set to combine a 96-place childcare centre and 53 serviced apartments – including five for social housing – on the corner of Nepean Highway and Benton’s Road. Neighbours want Mornington Peninsula Shire councillors to reject the application for the 5630 square metre block at 61 Bentons Road following a conference they say "raised more questions than it answered”. Initially proposed as a motel with an attached childcare centre on the site of the former Ranch Motel, the residents said plans to include social housing were only revealed during the conference. “This revelation calls into question the validity of the application as a place for short-term stays only, and the adequacy of proposed parking sites, which are 52 spaces for units and 27 spaces for childcare,” residents’ spokesperson Hannah Callow said. “Traffic implications are of considerable concern, particularly due to the location of the premises directly opposite the Mount Martha ambulance station. Planning officers confirmed that the proposal is likely to be supported by the planning department despite a formal objection received from Ambulance Victoria.” Ms Callow said one objector was concerned that approval of the application “could cost lives” because the

SIGN of opposition: Residents’ spokesperson Hannah Callow says the former Ranch Motel in Nepean Highway Mornington site is not suitable for the large development proposed.

Picture: Yanni increased traffic may affect the movement of ambulances. The shire’s director of planning and building David Wilkinson said the application advertised in October last year would be determined at the 13 July council meeting. He said a report to council with an officer’s recommendation would be published on the council’s website prior to the meeting. Ms Callow said neighbouring Kerry Avenue and Darcy Street would also feel the pressure of increased traffic and limited parking. “Benton’s Road is already at a standstill during peak hours,” she said. “The developer’s preferred solution of converting childcare parking to bike spaces seems an unlikely proposition

for parents of 96 children doing a daycare drop-off.” Ms Callow said that with the planning application relying upon a Trans Traffic Survey conducted in 2017 it was “unlikely that the plan has adequately considered the population growth of the area – tipped at more than 5800 people – and current traffic conditions”. Other residents said the 2017 Traffic Impact Plan also could not have considered the impact of the development on services being provided by the ambulance station. “Despite council having known about the development for three years, residents were only informed by mail during Melbourne’s hard lockdown and

given seven days to organise responses, without being able to door knock or meet in public,” Ms Callow said. “Online organisation has been pivotal to the neighbourhood’s response to the development.” Bree Mellington, of the Facebook group “61 Bentons Development”, stressed the importance of contacting councillors to express concerns. “Ultimately it will be the 11 councillors who make the decision, and it is crucial that we contact them on an individual basis and make our voices heard,” Ms Mellington said. While the shire’s planning department stresses that its decision to support the plan is based on policy, a “number of policy areas are not met by

the development”, residents say. Ms Callow said the area falls under garden residential 1 zoning, meaning that the neighbourhood is characterised primarily by single and occasionally double storey buildings, primarily hipped roofs and car storage equal to dwellings. She said clause 22.12 of the Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme also required that non-residential developments in residential areas consider the potential adverse impacts on the amenity of residential properties and provide adequate car parking areas to reduce impacts on residential properties.

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Submarine seeks less troubled waters Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au THE stricken Otama submarine is likely to be towed closer into the shallows at Crib Point to stop it sinking in deeper water. Port of Hastings tenders were last week working alongside the former HMAS Otama last week to stabilise it before it could be moved. A source close to the vessel’s owner, the Western Port Oberon Association, told The News that Parks Victoria had issued an order for the Otama to be moved by Thursday (8 July). The expectation is that tugs will move the stricken 1500 tonne vessel to just north of the Crib Point jetty, nudging it into about one metre of water. “It will probably lie there for another 20 years,” the source said. “It’s already cost the state about $1 million, including last week’s rescue efforts,” the source, who did not want to be identified, said. Parks Victoria’s regional director marine and maritime Jo Richards on Friday 2 July said plans were “underway to transfer the vessel to a nearby shallow mooring that will help mitigate the risk of sinking in deep water whilst options for the future of the vessel are considered”. “It is too early to confirm the costs or the future of the vessel as this is a complex issue requiring careful and detailed planning,” Ms Richards said. “Our resourcing efforts are currently focussed on making the vessel safe and minimising any immediate risks to the public and environment.

LIFELINES for the stricken submarine Otama as it lists dangerously off Crib Point. "We will continue working with the owner of the vessel and the Commonwealth on the relocation and future of the Otama." Ms Richards said stabilising the sub-

marine with inflatable fenders “could allow the association to work through options for the vessel’s future in light of its obvious deterioration”. Wild weather in mid-June caused a

“catastrophic failure of a ballast tank” causing the Otama take in water and Maritime Safety Victoria to enforce a 200-metre exclusion zone around the 1978 vessel it warned was at risk of

“capsizing or sinking” (“Submarine’s list poses hazards” The News 29/6/21). The Oberon-class submarine, brought to Western Port from Western Australia as a potential tourist attraction in 2003, is now 800 metres north of the Crib Point jetty. The association’s Max Bryant said an agreed two-stage plan would see the Otama stabilised and then moved closer to shore. “These issues are being undertaken and once they are in hand we will be in a better position to discuss the vessel’s future,” he said. Mr Bryant said a suitable in-shore mooring would require at least one metre of water under the sub’s keel. “There’s been a lot of discussion and there are a lot of angry people,” he said. “It’s had to come to this and now people want to talk to us. The association has so far been thwarted in its plans to use the Otama and the former pilot ship the Wyuna – now moored in Tasmania – as maritime attractions near the Hastings marina. Mr Bryant said Navy veterans over the years had shown an interest in using their skills and experience to maintain the vessels and, on the flip side, keeping busy and improving their emotional wellbeing. Mr Bryant said he had written to three Navy chiefs to canvas the idea of getting the “win-win program” off the ground but had heard nothing back. “That’s been pretty disappointing, particularly in that we are only a couple of kilometres from [Navy base] HMAS Cerberus,” he said.

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Councillors ignore ‘no change’ request Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire councillors are ignoring requests for them to reverse their decision to appoint Cr Anthony Marsh to the Bass Park Trust. Councillors on 1 June voted 6/5 to replace Cr David Gill with Cr Marsh on the trust. Both the trust and Flinders Community Association say Cr Gill should be on the trust as property overseen by the trust, Flinders golf course and surrounds, lies within his Red Hill Ward. Cr Marsh represents Briars Ward, which covers Mount Martha, Mornington and Mount Eliza. The trust, which next meets on 29 July, was quick to write to councillors seeking the reappointment of Cr Gill, but shire officers appear to have been even quicker in notifying the Department of Environment, Lands, Water and Planning of the council’s change of delegate. “Council resolved to appoint Cr Anthony Marsh as its delegate to the Bass Park Trust therefore shire officers will continue to implement that resolution. To change this would require council to make a different resolution,” head of governance and legal, Amanda Sapolu, said. Former Nepean Ward councillor and barrister, Hugh Fraser, who resigned in March, said council was “required by law and its own policies to consult with the community and those affected by council decisions”. Flinders Community Association president Jo Monie said the group could see “no reason whatever” to break with tradition by not appointing a Red Hill Ward councillor to the near-century-old trust.

“At a time when Flinders is facing an exceptional degree of pressure on a range of fronts – the stated intention of Parks Victoria to demolish 180 metres of the wooden pier and the threat to install a boat ramp, to name just two – it is essential that our local Red Hill Ward councillor should remain at the helm of the Bass Park Trust to defend the interests and concerns of our local community,” Ms Monie said. Tina McGuffie, the shire’s speechwriter and communications officer said the mayor Cr Despi O’Connor had “responded” to the trust’s request for council to revoke Cr Marsh’s appointment by saying “the matters raised would be taken into consideration”. The News has requested a copy of Cr O’Connor’s response or further comment, but nothing was received by Monday (5 July). In its letter to councillors the Bass Park Trust accused them of having “formed a block to make decisions that are only in their interests and not for the good of the community” (“Trust says ‘no’ to council’s chosen delegate” The News 15/6/21). “This move breaks all normal protocols and should be of great concern to the public,” a letter signed by the trust’s secretary/treasurer Peter Gerdsen said. At the time of his appointment Cr Marsh, who nominated himself, said it was “important all councillors are active all over the municipality”. “We get bombarded by residents about their concerns from throughout municipality. Inside, outside of the ward, it doesn’t matter,” he said. “I think it’s healthy that we break down some of these barriers and ward politics. It is something I am interested in; I had a member of the local golfing community suggest I had a look at it.”

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Rye’s plaza ready to stroll THE NAPIER Street Plaza facelift at Rye is complete. The revamped space in the township is designed to be a vibrant public area and main pedestrian promenade to be suitable for events and markets. The works were completed in two stages to avoid disruption during summer. The first stage, which included the Napier Street Plaza and foreshore redevelopment, was completed in December. Further works, which included extending the redevelopment to the roundabout at Nelson Street, as well as lighting, drainage, car parking, paving and landscaping works, took place from February to June. The shire received $3.25 million through the state government’s Growing Suburbs Fund for stage one which had a total cost of $6.5 million. The shire says the works have been done in

“close consultation” with the Rye community, Rye Beach Business Association, Rye Community Alliance and Rye Community Groups and Clubs. A feature artwork the Fisherman mural, was created by French artist Michael Husser while undertaking an artist residency at Police Point Shire Park. It comes “alive” bobbing about in his rubber duckie when viewed on a smart phone. Visit the Augmented Reality Trail at: artsandculture.mornpen.vic.gov.au/mornington-peninsulaaugmented-reality-trail “Napier Street Plaza is looking fantastic,” the mayor Cr Despi O’Connor said. “I can’t wait to see this space come to life and the community able to enjoy events and markets in the heart of Rye.” To book Napier Street Plaza for a market or event, contact event.permits@mornpen.vic.gov.au

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Coroner investigates death at The Pillars THE state coroner is investigating the death of a Padua College student whose body was found at The Pillars cliff jumping site at Mount Martha. Sergeant Daniel Patton, of Mornington police, said the circumstances surrounding the 16-year-old’s death were unknown. He said it was unclear whether the Mornington boy was in or out of the water when he died overnight on Saturday 26 June. The Pillars is on the Esplanade between Deakin Drive and Marguerita Avenue. Sources said the road was closed to traffic and a police helicopter was hovering overhead about 10.30am on the Saturday. Padua principal Anthony Banks said on social media that it was “with great sadness that I inform you of the tragic death of Quinn Story in a drowning accident at Mount Martha on Friday night”. “Quinn was a valued member of the Djeembana House community. He commenced year 7 at Padua College, Mornington Campus and, after attending other educational settings, returned this year to Padua for year 11 studies. “Quinn was a talented musician and a creative songwriter and improviser who loved drama and skateboarding. He was a thoughtful and kind-hearted person.” Mr Banks said the school was “aware that such news can have a significant effect on members of the college community and not only for those who knew Quinn personally”. “It is important to remind ourselves to seek help from others when we feel sad or vulnerable,” he said. “All members of our community

should remain mindful of the privacy and feelings of Quinn’s family and friends, particularly in the appropriate use of social media, as some information may not be reliable or accurate.”

Road death charges A DAMAGED car found in Lyall Street, Hastings, last week led to the arrest of a man allegedly involved in the death of a motorcyclist at Cranbourne. It is alleged the man was driving the car when he collided with the motorcycle on Thompsons Road near the intersection of Lansell Drive about 1.40am, Thursday 1 July. The motorcyclist, a 26-year-old Cranbourne West man, died at the scene. Detectives from the Major Collision Investigation Unit, following a tip off from a member of the public, made the arrest at Frankston station. A 30-year-old Toora man has been charged with dangerous driving causing death, failing to stop, failing to render assistance, driving while disqualified and using an unregistered motor vehicle. He appeared at Frankston Magistrates’ Court on Friday for a bail/remand hearing. Anyone who saw the collision, has dash-cam footage or any other information, is urged to contact Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report to crimestoppersvic.com.au

Drink-driver speed A FRANKSTON man caught driving at 84kph in a 40kph zone at Tyabb last week lost his licence and had his car

impounded at a cost of $1075. The 27-year-old had a blood alcohol reading of 0.120 per cent when breath tested at Hastings police station, Saturday 26 June. He will be summonsed to appear at the Frankston Magistrate’s Court at a later date.

Witnesses sought A MOTORCYCLE rider suffered serious leg injuries after colliding with a vehicle on Humphries Road, Frankston South. Police are seeking witnesses, dashcam footage or information to assist in identifying the offending vehicle which is likely to have damage to the rear driver’s side. The incident occurred between Blake Court and Cummins Lane, 7pm, Saturday 12 June. Anyone who can help should call Leading Senior Constable Jon Shields at Somerville Highway Patrol 59781300 or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

Wanted man POLICE are appealing for help to find Dayle Stueven who is wanted on warrants. The 36-year-old is wanted for failing to attend court on numerous matters. He is known to frequent the Mornington Peninsula. Anyone who sees Mr Stueven or who has information about his whereabouts is urged to contact Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or make a confidential report at bddy. me/2UcQtLN

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Melbourne Airport Rail will run from a new station at Melbourne Airport to Sunshine Station, where it will then travel through the Metro Tunnel into the heart of the CBD before continuing on to the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines. This route delivers the best connections from Melbourne Airport to the regions and suburbs for all Victorians, getting people to where they want to go with easy transfers to all regional lines and trips into the heart of the CBD in around 30 minutes.

We want to hear your views on parts of the project including: — Sunshine transport superhub — Albion flyover and station works — Walking and cycling connections — Bridge over the Maribyrnong River Valley — Bridge over the Western Ring Road (M80) Check out our virtual information room to view the concept designs at airportrail.vic.gov.au and learn more about the project.

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Mornington Peninsula Libraries are starting three book clubs and are looking for readers to join. We will supply one book a month for you to borrow and read.

Our clubs will meet once a month starting in July. We want people who can commit to meet every month and join in the discussion. Please phone your local branch to express your interest. Places are limited.

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STEVE Holland is the latest member of Mornington Peninsula Shire Council to be appointed to a group involved in managing or advising local government in Victoria. Cr Holland’s election to the board of the Victorian Local Government Association board follows the mayor Cr Despi O’Connor’s appointment by the state government to the local government mayoral advisory panel and deputy mayor Cr Sarah Race to its gender equality advisory committee. Cr Holland was one of two councillors elected for a three-year term on the VLGA board. Cr Josh Fergeus, of Monash Council, was the other successful candidate. Cr Holland’s Briars Ward colleague Cr Anthony Marsh was one of 10 nominations in the VLGA board elections but is understood to have attracted just 17 of first preference votes. The VLGA board sets long-term strategies and policies for the benefit of its members and local government as well as providing the organisation with risk and governance oversight. “The VLGA’s focus of strengthening good governance in local government is a key interest of mine,” Cr Holland said after his victory. “I’m looking forward to working with the board to continue their ongoing effort

of building trust and confidence in the sector and helping local councillors from around Victoria deliver for their communities.” In his candidate’s statement made available to the 400 or so Victorian councillors able to vote in the VLGA’s board elections, Cr Holland said the role of councillors was difficult as they balanced “the conflicting needs of our community and the demand for greater services and infrastructure”. “As successive state governments erode the independence and representative power of local government, the role of the VLGA is as important today as it was at conception in 1994. “I believe the VLGA should return to its founding focus to protect and strengthen transparent, local, representative democracy and provide councillors with the support they need to deliver for their communities. “We are the front-line voice of our community and the VLGA should be local government’s biggest champion.” Cr Holland said he understood “the needs and challenges” of metropolitan and rural municipalities. “I am self-employed and have extensive experience working with and for peak bodies and industry associations which will serve me well.” In his appeal to voters, Cr Marsh said he chaired the shire’s planning services committee, sitting on its audit and risk committee and innovation consultative group.

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“I started my career as an aerospace engineer and commissioned officer in the Royal Australian Air Force, followed by a period as a management consultant, before starting multiple successful businesses. “I have extensive experience as a board member and company director, holding various directorships over the past 15 years, including several current directorships in private companies and non-profit organisations,” Cr Marsh, who is spending $8000 of his $16,000 councillor allowance on a director’s course, said (“Colleagues back Marsh for $8000 course” The News 2/6/21). “My qualifications include a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering, Master of Business Administration, and I am currently studying law. I am also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.” Cr Marsh described himself as a “non-partisan critical thinker and demonstrated community advocate with deep commercial experience”. Cr David Gill - who has just been controversially replaced by Cr Marsh on the Bass park Trust )“Trust says ‘no’ to council’s chosen delegate” The News 15/6/21) - congratulated Cr Holland “on winning first position in a ballot process involving all councillors in Victoria”. “It is good to see a councillor who understands governance and rules has been elected.”

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Crewther seeks second chance in Dunkley FORMER Liberal Dunkley MP Chris Crewther wants the chance to regain the seat he lost to Labor’s Peta Murphy at the 2019 election. Mr Crewther succeeded fellow Liberal Bruce Billson in 2016 but failed to hold onto the seat that had been held by Mr Billson for 20 years. Mr Crewther is now one of four Liberals seeking preselection for Dunkley. The other contenders are Donna Hope, Sharn Coombes and Chrestyna Kmetj. Ms Hope (formerly Mrs Bauer) was the state MP for Carrum until 2014, when she lost her seat to Labor’s Sonya Kilkenny. She unsuccessfully contested the seat in 2018 and has since been working as a Jetstar flight attendant and staffer for federal MP, Katie Allen. Ms Coombes, who is soon to move to live in the Dunkley electorate, has been a criminal barrister for more than 20 years and was twice runner-up on the reality TV program, Survivor. Ms Kmetj, of Ukrainian descent, lives outside the Dunkley electorate in Mount Martha and is a self-employed business manager. None of the Liberal hopefuls could provide comments due to the preselection rule which

prohibits nominees from revealing information to the media before they’ve been selected. The preselection is due to happen in August providing there are no further delays due to lockdowns or rescheduled Victorian Liberal Party council meetings. An auditor general’s report has criticised train station car parking promises made by the Liberals in the lead-up to the 2019 federal election. In March, the $7 million car parking expansions at Kananook and Seaford stations announced by Mr Crewther in May 2019 were abandoned by the federal government. The Australian National Audit Office has since found that the $660 million Urban Congestian Fund car park plan was inappropriately administered. Ms Murphy said last week that the car parks were “just an attempt at a political fix, never to be delivered”. “The Liberal government didn’t even engage with our local community, the [Frankston] council or the state government.” Joseph Misuraca and Keith Platt

NO parking: The former MP for Dunkley Chris Crewther with federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg in 2019 announcing that $14 million would be spent extending car parking at Kananook and Seaford railway station. Mr Crewther lost the following election and both car park plans were dropped in March this year.

Labor ‘wins’ in boundary change CHANGES to state electoral boundaries see Labor as having a small winning margin in two of the Mornington Peninsula’s three seats. However, both major parties have reduced margins in seats they already hold on the peninsula. Hastings, held by Liberal Neale Burgess since 2006, has swung 1.5 per cent to Labor, changing Mr Burgess’s 1.1 per cent winning margin to a 0.4 per cent loss in Labor’s favour.

Labor, which gained a foothold on the normally solid Liberal peninsula with the election in 2019 of Chris Brayne in Nepean, sees his margin clipped from 0.9 per cent to 0.6 per cent. Mornington, held by Liberal David Morris since November 2006, remains unchanged at 5 per cent. In Neighbouring Frankston, Labor’s Paul Edbrooke sees his margin increase from 9.7 per cent to 10.2 per cent. Keith Platt

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Voices raised across peninsula to find a federal candidate Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au VOICES are being heard and issues being raised across the Mornington Peninsula in the search for an independent election candidate for the federal seat of Flinders. Members of the fledgling Voices for Mornington Peninsula say it is time for a change in Flinders, held by the Minister for Health and Ageing, Liberal Greg Hunt, for more than two decades. Since the group’s Saturday 19 June online launch, VMP volunteers have been seeking residents’ views of the peninsula, including “their concerns and ideas for the future”. “These conversations highlight concerns about the federal government’s failure to address significant issues such as climate change, aged care, child care, telecommunications, First Nations issues and refugees,” chair Kate Lardner said. VMP says that its launch “attended” by an audience of about 200 “demonstrates a thirst for change”. Keynote speakers former Liberal leader John Hewson and former MP for Indi Cathy McGowan said the views and voices of independent MPs were lacking in federal parliament. In a thinly disguised suggestion of wider representation to come, VMP says the peninsula’s community

should be “truly represented at all levels of government”. “The launch demonstrated there is a real thirst for change on the peninsula,” Ms Lardner said. “For too long our voices have not been heard by decision makers – in Canberra, Spring Street or even locally. We want our politicians to represent us.” Dr Hewson said there was “mounting disquiet right across Australian communities because political processes have become disengaged from local communities”. He said strong independents focussed on particular issues could make a big difference to the political system. Ms McGowan said “better representation is possible and worth the work”. “If not now, then when?” Ms McGowan said people in her electorate of Indi had felt “an incredible sense of pride that we stood up for ourselves … to reclaim democracy for the community”. This and her election had been achieved through local volunteers “talking with locals”. She described participatory democracy as “fun”. The search by VMP for a candidate coincides with this week’s release of a book by former Liberal MP Julia Banks who unsuccessfully stood against her one-time colleague Mr Hunt in the 2019 (“Nine line up for Flinders” The News 29/4/2019).

In the book Power Play: Breaking Through Bias, Barriers and Boys’ Clubs Ms Banks airs allegations of misogyny and inappropriate sexual advances by male MPs. A disillusioned Ms Banks left the Liberal Party and moved to the cross bench after the August 2018 leadership coup that ousted Malcolm Turnbull‬‬ and led to Scott Morrison being made prime minister. Mr Hunt sought the deputy leadership in the failed bid led by Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton to become prime minister. After Mr Morrison’s win, Mr Hunt remained as Health Minister and Mr Dutton as Home Affairs Minister (“Hunt under pressure of coup fallout” The News 4/2/19). Louise Page, one of the founders of VMP, said the successful Save Westernport campaign against AGL’s plans for a gas import terminal at Crib Point started out like VMP. “A small group of locals got together because they thought something was really wrong and they wanted to fix it,” she said. Ms Page said she joined VMP because as she was concerned about “transparency and accountability and the current lack of leadership and integrity in politics”. The VMP launch is at: youtube. com/watch?v=YOHVHZq9nmo or to contact VMP got to voicesofmornpen. org.au/

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SCHOOLYARD politics, bullying, friendship, environmental degradation, and tackling an octopus with an agenda are all covered in 3 O’Clock Flagpole, this year’s production by Dreamhouse Theatre Company. Flagpole, by Steve Pirie, sees the 17-strong ensemble engaged in humour, dramatic stage fights, moments of real poignancy, and “magic realism”. The not-for-profit Dreamhouse provides performing arts opportunities for 13 to 21 year olds on the Mornington Peninsula with regular workshops and its annual full length play by an Australian playwright. “We have an amazing cast of 17 young people from different peninsula schools, and with differing levels of experience,” director Carole Patullo said. “They get to know each other deep-

ly, forming lasting friendships, and they experience working alongside professional teaching artists to create work that has artistic integrity. “Telling Australian stories and showcasing our wealth of local talent is very important to Dreamhouse.” Patullo said although Dreamhouse operated on a limited budget “we pack a punch with a resourceful repurposed approach to set and costume design”. Production sound is arranged by musician and Victorian College Of The Arts graduate Anna Durham, while past ensemble member Pearl Baillieu has created illustrations for projection. 3 O’Clock, Flagpole runs is on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 July at The Southern Peninsula Arts Centre, Rosebud. Bookings: trybooking.com/ BRLFI

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Hotel falls short of peak bid

ROGER McMillan Real Estate Dromana is negotiating with “multiple bidders” after Arthurs Hotel atop Arthurs Seat was passed in at auction last week. About 60 people watched as bidding reached $11 million without the hammer coming down on a deal. The property on five titles over 7254 square metres is opposite the Eagle Skylift. The hotel, built in the 1930s and formerly known as Garden of the Moon and then the Mountain Peak Restaurant, is at 790 Arthurs Seat Road. It

is on one title of about 3270 square metres with a restaurant, sports bar or wine bar, beer garden, function room and takeaway food area, footpath trading and its own vineyard. It has had the same tenants for eight years and is being offered for sale for the first time in 22 years. Selling points are bay and city skyline views and a 1am liquor licence for 430 patrons. Mr McMillan said the four vacant lots of various sizes adjoining the main hotel block would make excellent home sites. Stephen Taylor

Calls for heritage champ nominations NOMINATIONS are being sought for the Mornington Peninsula Shire and National Trust 2021 Heritage Awards. The shire and the trust’s Mornington Peninsula branch are behind the awards which recognise projects and people who have demonstrated excellence in preservation, restoration and reuse of heritage places on the peninsula. While the word heritage conjures images of built forms, the scope of the awards goes further to cover landscape, cemeteries, wetlands, interpretive signage, and people who have contributed to the longevity of heritage. Heritage includes public and private places, buildings, gardens and objects, which organisers say are an important part of our culture and environment. “This is an opportunity to celebrate some of the exceptional places and people on the peninsula and I encourage the community to apply,” the mayor Cr Despi O’Connor said.

“Community members using their skills and ingenuity to restore and maintain heritage places deserve to have their work recognised. “These awards serve to highlight and inspire our community to celebrate the unique heritage of the Mornington Peninsula.” National Trust, Mornington Peninsula branch president, Judy Walsh said: “These annual awards present an opportunity to acknowledge individuals, groups and practitioners who have demonstrated expertise in restoration or creative reuse of built and environmental forms of heritage and excellence in interpretive signage. “Heritage in its various forms is a cultural asset of the peninsula and these awards are a contribution to preserving places of significance for the future.” Categories include: Restoration of a heritage place: best practice heritage restoration work in built form, landscape, wetlands, cemeteries, monuments or

heritage gardens; Creative reuse of a heritage place: a process that changes a disused or redundant heritage place to a different purpose while retaining its original integrity; Sustainability and/or greening of a heritage place: to increase awareness of the contribution to environmental sustainability of heritage places; Specialist heritage trade skills: recognition of tradespeople using specialist and traditional methods and craftsmanship to a very high standard, and Excellence in interpretive signage: recognition of interpretive signage of a high quality that has contributed to the heritage of the Mornington Peninsula. Nominations close on 26 July. Nominate online at: mornpen.vic.gov.au/ heritageawards or call the shire on 5950 1000 or 1300 850 600.

Bounty for top dog HASTINGS-based greyhound Boes Bounty, pictured, has been named greyhound of the year at the Healesville track after achieving 10 wins, 10 seconds and 11 thirds in the past 12 months. Bred and raced by Carol and Victor Gay, of Hastings, their four-dog litter’s combined result of 31 wins, 36 seconds and 26 thirds in 12 months also gave the couple trainer of the year at Healesville.

VCAT backs shire’s Ryman knockback Continued from Page 1 He said the aged care provider would now have to make a “commercial judgement” on whether it was viable to submit a new proposal. The Save Sir Reg’s Wedge group said the developer “totally underestimated our community’s willingness to stand against inappropriate development in our area, and on the Mornington Peninsula, with its unique environments”. “This community, and the wider Mornington Peninsula community, has demonstrated time and again that this place holds a special place in our hearts, and we will fight to preserve it, in the present, and for future generations. “This has never been about opposing aged care, or Ryman’s ability to provide appropriate care in its facilities. This site, with its historical and environmental value, was never a good choice for a high density development. “With this decision, the next course of action open to Ryman is to reapply to council with amended plans, which council can then refuse.” Opponent and former Mount Eliza Ward councillor Leigh Eustace said VCAT saw the proposal as an overdevelopment of land outside the urban growth boundary and an intrusion on the green break between Mount Eliza and Mornington. “This is a fantastic result for the community.”

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“RAHONA VALLEY VINEYARD” - A TRANQUIL AND PRIVATE HINTERLAND OASIS COMBINE a peaceful bushland setting, where the pleasant sounds of nature provide the best wake-up call, with a fabulous northerly aspect and you have Rahona Valley Vineyard; 2.09 hectares of divine hinterland living and cellar door. Set at the end of a cul-de-sac by an unused road reserve, Rahona Valley is just one of a handful of boutique, small producing vineyards dotted about the Red Hill region. Thriving on ancient basalt soil, the vineyard comprises 1.61 hectares of 30 year old Pinot Noir vines and three rows of highly sought after Pinot Meuniere – grafted from Best’s in Great Western. Complementing the vineyard and providing the retail component of the property is the beautifully

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BARRETT BOUTIQUE RESIDENCES A vibrant cosmopolitan atmosphere with the friendliness of a village makes Barrett Mornington one of the Peninsula’s most appealing lifestyle destinations. Nestled within an abundance of designer boutiques, specialty shopping, fashionable cafes and a generous array of services and amenities, Barrett puts you in the heart of the chic Main Street strip, with gardens at one end and the glittering bay at the other. Boutique development of 12 apartments n Contemporary one and two bedroom apartments n Exceptional Mornington location n

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FANTASTIC RESULTS ALREADY BEING ACHIEVED! Commencing his real estate career in 2008 in business and commercial sales, Russell Murphy now takes the natural progression of opening his own real estate agency, bringing his relaxed, yet professional attitude, and vast sales experience to the Mornington Peninsula and beyond. With recent record results in Sorrento and Collingwood, Russell is more than willing to ply his craft in a number of markets. As a former tradesmen and hospitality owner, Russell has developed a niche in ‘off plan’ development projects, being the preferred sales agent for two of the most recent apartment developments in Main Streeet Mornington: Miramar and Barrett Lane. Providing a full service real estate experience for residential and commercial buyers and sellers, and with offices in two key locations, Russell Murphy Real Estate are the experts on the Mornington Peninsula and beyond.

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EMBRACE THE EARLY ORIGINS OR DEVELOP LUXURY TOWNHOUSES “TEATREE COTTAGE” One of Mt Martha’s early homes and a step back in time to bygone days, this enchanting property offers the charm and allure of farmhouse but with suburban-style convenience and the chance to redevelop the large 990m2 (approx.) allotment (STCA). Just doors from Bentons Square Shopping Centre and an easy walk to Mt Martha coastal walking trail and beaches, the property offers a relaxing lifestyle of ease and convenience with the chance to embrace the home’s origins, start fresh and build a brand new home or redevelop (STCA). The character home features 3 bedrooms, ornate ceilings, leadlighting, floorboards, studio, bungalow, double carport, double garage and French doors opening to a deck where you can enjoy your morning coffee and watch the chickens forage through the cottage gardens.

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Glorious affordability and appeal for those looking to Mornington for a lifestyle of seaside spoils, this 3BR red brick residence offers a stylish interior and a fabulous position just a stones throw from all the envied town has to offer. A short walk to schools and shopping strip, this is a fabulous buy for the first home owner, downsizer or the investors.

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Literally steps from Somerville village shops, schools, and transport, this lovely Californian bungalow is the epitome of character and charm. From its enviable street presence with a white picket fence to the welcoming double front doors featuring textured glass panels, this home is full of period features such as ceiling roses, traditional light fittings and picture rails, plus a stunning fireplace with mantle. Lovingly kept with all the features and character of the 1940’s whilst including modern touches such as ducted heating and air-conditioning, from the polished timber floors to the timber sash windows, no expense has been spared to make this house a home filled with a personality all its own. The central modern kitchen includes a bi-fold window opening out to a covered entertaining deck ideal for entertaining, there is a walk-in-pantry and appliances include a 900mm cooktop and two stainless steel ovens. The outdoor deck overlooks a delightful low maintenance garden filled with beautiful plants showcasing the same charisma of the house. Also featuring a self-contained flat adjoined to the garage, consisting of a single bedroom, living, kitchen & bathroom; this is the perfect home for family and just ready for someone to move in and make their own.

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LETTERS

Letters - 300 words maximum and including full name, address and contact number - can be sent to The News, PO Box 588, Hastings 3915 or emailed to: team@mpnews.com.au

Councillors should concentrate on issues within shire As a long time ratepayer in the Mornington Peninsula Shire the time has come to speak out on a long-developing theme that relates to politics in general. It has come to a head with our councillors approving the use of an $8000 allowance for “personal managerial development” (“Colleagues back Marsh for $8000 course” The News 8/6/21). I am fed up with all political parties using local councils as a training ground for those who aspire to go in to politics. Many people who claim to be independents before an election then turn up standing for a seat in parliament, mainly state, but some federal. We are becoming over governed with politicians of all persuasions (plus an ever burgeoning public sector) who do not do anything to earn money for the economy but just like to spend it on ridiculous (at times) projects. Can we get back to the old days when local people stood for the council to just be involved in local issues for the betterment of the ratepayers, stop trying to solve the problems of the world and concentrate on what needs to be done within the shire? Barry Kirkpatrick, Mount Martha

No prayer or pledge Like Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658) Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland (1653-1658), I take religious belief to be a relationship between yourself and your god (or deity) though, unlike Cromwell, I do not restrict that toleration only to particular Protestant Christian communities. That being said, I fail to see the need for a prayer (or pledge) prior to the formal discussion of Mornington Peninsula Shire Council business (“Judgement day for pledge posing as prayer” The News 15/6/21). Councillors are elected to deal with council affairs, they are not elected to conduct prayer sessions. Bearing in mind that all Australian colonial governments, their state government successors and the subsequent federal commonwealth government, were and are secular since their establishment, there is no demonstrable reason why there needs to be provision for an official prayer to open a council meeting. If individual councillors feel a need to pray before a council meeting, they are free to do so, but it does not need to be a formal part of a council meeting. Philip Miller, Mornington

Incorrect Christians Census data figures quoted as evidence of Mornington Peninsula Shire Christians are just plain wrong (“Silent Voices Indeed” Letters 15/6/21). “More than 60 per cent of shire residents identify as Christian and only half that number are identifying no religion” is not true. The true quoted Census number is that a lesser 50 per cent of residents in the shire identify as Christian and a larger 39 per cent identify as NoReligion (not the quoted 30 per cent).

Vaccine shortcoming

Furthermore, an additional 10 per cent of shire people identify as “non-classifiable” (read Jedi Knights), Not stated, and Non-Christian (more Jediism). It’s very likely half of [the claimed] Christians are their children who also believe that Father Christmas and Elsa from Frozen are real too. Sadly, it’s recognised that because of our religious upbringing lots of Aussies still think unless you identify as a Christian others will think you are not a good person. Look, I’m a mere atheist (no gods at all), but I really did expect someone, apparently from the prayers-for-rubbish-bins team, to know that correctness is next to Godliness. Ron Musgrove, Dromana

Isn’t it amazing, our prime minister [Scott Morrison] suddenly has realised that the federal government’s performance rolling out our vaccination program is a little behind? Even more amazed am I over his sudden keenness to remediate their original failure by encouraging all and sundry to take one for the good of the country by getting an Astra Zeneca shot. I would have thought he would have worked hard to finally procure a lot more of the Pfizer or some other vaccine from some of his international mates. Or are they still shunning him after holding out on the 2050 zero emission targets everyone else is aiming at? After his ill-conceived announcement on the issue of vaccination, I now can understand why he doesn’t want to hold a hose. He’s simply incompetent to be our leader. Rupert Steiner, Balnarring

VCAT relief

Quarry ‘vandalism’

For those concerned ratepayers, and respect paid to the Boon Wurrung original owners of this land, visitors and especially the children and parents of the Kunyung Primary School, there is a shared relief that VCAT found in favour of the arguments put forward by all concerned such as the South Eastern Centre for Sustainability Inc, Kunyung Road Action Group and Mount Eliza Community Alliance who kick started community opposition to the over development of the previous Moondah hotel/ Melbourne Business School located at 60-70 Kunyung Road, Mount Eliza. Over three years ago, people got together to voice their opinions and motivate the new groups of the Save the Reg’s Wedges admirably led by Daan Spijer and a great support group that stood up for the preservation of this unique cliff top and highly important green wedge land maintaining the separation between Mt Eliza and Mornington. We are sincerely grateful for the fine efforts, time and personal financial input that these wonderful people put in on behalf of the whole of the Mornington Peninsula. Let’s keep the peninsula green and manageable and value our shared heritages. Ian Morrison, Mount Eliza

Steps a liability There are two series of steps leading into the new Yawa aquatic centre at Rosebud, one directly in front of the main entrance. Admittedly, the number of steps is not great, they are wide and the tread is not high and they do not appear to be slippery due to rain. But there are no hand rails. There are ramps in close proximity, and I have pointed out to one councillor the possible danger the steps unwittingly create. I have been advised members of a disability group had an input. Having worked for over 20 years with disabled and blind people who needed hydrotherapy, steps were to be avoided at all costs. Considering the fuss I have made over the years about getting an aquatic centre, I really should give up, however this is a health and safety issue and I find the inclusion of steps mind boggling. Betty Preston, Rosebud

As a permanent resident of Red Hill, I am horrified to read about the new quarry proposal. Stop this environmental vandalism. The Ross Trust is proposing to destroy 94 acres of pristine bushland on the Arthurs Seat escarpment to develop a quarry. There is no community support for this project, with a recent poll by [Labor] Nepean MP Chris Brayne showing 97 per cent of Mornington Peninsula respondents are opposed to the trust’s quarry. The destruction of acres of native bush surrounded by state park will have a negative impact on the environment, on the health of people living, working and going to school near the proposed site, and on tourism. I am asking Ross Trust chair Jeremy Kirkwood to withdraw the application to the Planning Minister [Richard Wynne] for the Hillview quarry. Meredith Ramadan, Red Hill

Staying connected I too will never disconnect my house from the reliable gas supply for my hot water, cooking and heating requirements (“La la land” Letters 29/6/21). Of all the ludicrous ideas I have ever heard, this one takes the cake. Are there some nice juicy carrots being dangled over someone’s back pocket? Gwen Thomas, Somerville

PM went solo The Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s wife and daughters did not accompany him to the recent G7 meeting (“Barnaby’s back” Letters 29/6/21). Facts do matter. Bill Holmes, Sorrento

‘Girls’ didn’t go Relax, taxpayers did not pay for Jenny and the girls to go to Cornwall with the PM, they didn’t go (“Barnaby’s back” Letters 29/6/21). But don’t let the facts spoil a good rant. Constant negativity will not win the public over to your side. Jack Wheeler, Mornington

MP’s increase insult Victorian members of parliament have received an increment of 2.5 per cent this year. I am

aware that this increment is decided by an independent group. However, I was totally amazed and disgusted to know that in view of COVID-19 and due to the current situation, the Victorian government has been able to allow and accept the increment when there are so many people that they have lost their jobs and so many small businesses have been forced to closed down as this Labor government has kept us enclosed in our homes. With my respect, I honestly believe that this increment has been a slap on our faces to all of us the Victorian people. Gladys Cossio, Mornington

Thatcher’s failure “The problem with socialism is you run out of other people’s money”. I agree, so long as socialism to the corporate Mafia and elite aristocrats are considered. More than $10 billion [is paid] in corporate welfare to the fossil fuel industry, much of which pays no taxes at all. There are other billions in handouts to other “capitalist enterprises” the tax cut welfare to the top 5 per cent while ensuring wage stagnation for the “working class” upon whose back the aristocrats gain their position and wealth. Oh, for the good old days when the workers were owned by the aristocrats. And let’s keep in mind the end results of just a few of [the late former British prime minister Margaret] Thatcher’s ideologically motivated neoliberal pseudo-Christian extremist government policies destroyed Britain’s manufacturing industry and her politics led to mass unemployment. Sounds just like the person we should be taking advice from. If capitalism is so great, why does socialism have to bail it out again and again? Joe Lenzo, Safety Beach

Push to connect HOME owners at Portsea, Sorrento, Blairgowrie, Rye and St Andrews Beach are being urged by South East Water to connect to the mains sewer. The authority says its early connection option program, one of the largest pressure sewer constructions in Australian history, will benefit more than 15,000 properties from Rye to Portsea. Wastewater is a significant environmental issue on the Mornington Peninsula. The shire reportedly has the most septic systems of any Victorian council, with around 22,000 properties relying on them. Many were approved decades ago and are discharging bacteria and other contaminants into groundwater and waterways. The shire is encouraging property owners to connect to the mains sewer to manage these risks. Where there is no mains sewer available, households must install and maintain their own onsite wastewater systems. The shire says undertaking an annual health check is important as a leaking system poses health and environmental risks. Visit: mornpen.vic.gov.au/wastewater and epa. vic.gov.au

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Medimart Business Manager Daniel Walsh has over 20 years’ experience and provides trusted advice on a huge range Power Chairs, Patient Lifting Equipment, Lift Recliner Chairs, Scooters and much more. As an NDIS registered provider the staff are experts at helping people get the products and equipment then need through their NDIS plans. Jeanine says “Navigating the NDIS on your own can be very challenging. Medimart is also a DVA contractor and can help veterans with product and equipment needs through the Rehabilitation Appliances Program (RAP). Our staff work closely with local occupational therapists, support coordinators and disability care workers to ensure our customers have a supportive local network to help them with their daily living needs” Next time when you have a need to rent or purchase medical, mobility and products and equipment through the NDIS why not consider Medimart? They have everything you need, when you need it, under one roof.

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YOU have had a big week on the tools or have increased the amount of tennis you are playing or may have a new racquet. Then it seems like everything you pick up, not just racquets and tools, hurts. Even simple things like a cup of tea can be painful if your elbow is bad. This can really make work a misery, or the prospect of playing tennis, foreboding. The pain on the outside of the elbow is due to inflammation of the tendon, the common extensor origin, where the forearm extensor muscles attach. It is commonly known as “tennis elbow” but is called lateral epicondylalgia or epicondylitis amongst physios and doctors. Physiotherapist David Ternes says that it is an is an overuse injury, and requires initial rest, particularly if aching at night, icing, strengthening and stretching exercises, and massage. Apart from the above solutions, there is a newer healing technology that is making a profound difference to Tennis Elbow sufferers. Practice owner, Paul Rowson says “Shockwave Therapy is often useful, because the common extensor origin is 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 elbow, and rotator cuff tendon problems, and is usually most effective on long term chronic problems, rather than acute injuries. Both physios say, 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%,’’ Ternes 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” Ternes says, “like most physio hands-on treatments with a little discomfort during the treatment. Rowson says “After each session, most people get a significant reduction of pain and symptoms.

Long term it stimulates healing, short term it reduces pain.” “Probably the best thing is, the effects are long lasting. It stops 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 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 in and speak to the physios to see if it suits your condition.

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100 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK...

Mrs Robert’s son drowns at Dromana Compiled by Cameron McCullough ON Saturday last, the little six year old son of Mrs Roberts, of the Dromana Tea Rooms, was drowned at Dromana. The little fellow was seen near the pier in the afternoon, and the body was found next morning 300 yards away. His father was killed at the war. *** MR Joseph Unthank’s reply to “Retribution” come to hand this morning too late for publication in today’s issue. Appears next issue. *** MR Nankervis, stationmaster at Frankston, left this week for Sydney, where he will spend his annual holidays. Mr Nugent is the relieving officer. *** AT the Criminal Court yesterday, before Mr Justice Cussen, Allan Tevendale, aged 22, pleaded guilty to two charges of converting to his own use money which came into his possession as postal assistant at Frankston. He was sentenced to two months imprisonment, with hard labor, on each charge, the sentences to be concurrent. *** DEPOSITORS in the State Savings Bank are reminded by advertisement that the Inspector (Mr J. M. Corbet) will be in attendance at the bank on July 4th, for the annual inspection of passbooks. It is particularly desired that depositors should produce their passbooks at this time.

*** ON Saturday last, the little six year old son of Mrs Roberts, of the Dromana Tea Rooms, was drowned at Dromana. The little fellow was seen near the pier in the afternoon, and the body was found next morning 300 yards away. His father was killed at the war. *** FOR Children’s Hacking Cough Use Woods Great Peppermint Cure. *** THE Rev. E. Schweiger, of Christ Church, Essendon, who comes to Frankston on the 22nd inst. to assist Miss Dorathea Macmaster at her recital in aid of the Blind Institute, is an enthusiastic musician, and one of the ablest organisers in Victoria. Whilst the war waged, he arranged a number of concerts for the Red Cross fund, at which Madame Melba, Miss Florence Fawas, Madame Ashley, John Amadio, Signor Cachialli and a host of others assisted. As an Essendonian, Miss Macmaster took prominent parts as piano soloist and accompanist. Mr Schweiger hit on the happy idea of getting the Prince of Wales to nominate Christ Church a memorial church, and to authorise the calling of its tower, which is to hold Australia’s carillon, the Prince’s Tower. Mr Schweiger studied singing in Europe, but put aside his musical ambition to enter the church. Frankston folk will greatly appreciate his numbers. Of other items, and of the arrangements generally, more will be said

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*** A PLEASING function took place in the Frankton Mechanics’ Hall on Friday evening last, when the members of the Presbyterian Church entertained Miss Prosser at a social. The minister, Mr J. F. Bell, presided. Mr Nairn, of Somerville, Miss Dulcie Logan and Miss Dorethea Macmaster assisted in the programme, which was greatly appreciated. The chairman, in presenting Miss Prosser with a wallet of notes, referred to the very valuable assistance rendered by that young lady in her capacity as church organist. She was held in high esteem by church members, whose gift was intended to mark, in a small way, the depth of their appreciation. Mr Prosser feelingly responded on behalf of his daughter. Dainty refreshments were served during the evening. *** OWING to the non-arrival of trees, Arbor Day, which was to have been celebrated at the Frankston State school today, was postponed until Friday next. *** THE monthly meeting of the Frankston Progress Association was held last Tuesday evening. Mr H. Vicars (president), was in the chair. Correspondence was read relating to Kananook Creek, – the full text is published in another column. A resolution supporting same was carried. It was decided to ask the council

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among the first 10 in the matter of the water supply. Mr Marshall was not altogether satisfied with the quality of the equipment on hand at the Frankston Fire Station and suggested that a new reel would be a decided improvement. He was quite emphatic on the point that the responsibility of providing and keeping the fire plugs in an efficient state, rested with the shire council, and was surprised that any doubt should have arisen over the matter. It has been a cause for grievance with members of the Frankston brigade that many of the fire plugs in the main streets have no indicators, and should it be urgently necessary to use them, valuable time would be lost in locating and digging for the plugs before the hydrant could be fixed. The Chief Officer would not say it was necessary for the council to erect white indicating boards, but he added ‘any council taking a proper pride and interest in their town would provide every facility within reason.” The secretary of the Frankston brigade is writing the local shire council in reference to the matter, when, no doubt prompt action will be taken to assist and encourage the efforts of the volunteer firemen. *** THE hon. sec., Mr Milner Macmaster, has been fortunate in securing a first rate programme for the Scotch concert to be held on Friday, 22nd inst. *** From the pages of the Frankston and Somerville Standard, 1 July 1921

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THE MEANING OF EXISTENCE... AND OTHER SHORT STORIES

A Total Lack of Selfie Awareness By Stuart McCullough ONCE upon a time, people rarely photographed themselves. If they did, it was a complicated process that required buttons and timers and the kind of coordination and planning ordinarily reserved for launches of a space shuttle. But what was once an oddity is now ubiquitous. People photograph themselves all the time, perhaps more than anything else. But for those of us who grew up pointing a camera at objects other than ourselves, this is a challenge. I get it. Being able to take your own photo rather than pester bystanders is clearly part of human evolution. This kind of ‘selfie-sufficiency’ is to be applauded if not celebrated. But there’s a generation now who are probably under the impression that all photos are self-taken as opposed to taken by experts. When I was growing up, a ‘selfie’ was something you painted on a canvas and took about eight months. For those of us devoid of any artistic abilities whatsoever, this was a fruitless waste of time. Invariably, the results were little more than a gigantic smudge. Mind you, this smudge did look a lot like my passport photo, but I prefer to think that my efforts were unrepresentative rather than the more depressing possibility that they are eerily accurate. These days, they teach you how to take a selfie before you hit high school. Right after Phys Ed. Young people are total black belts in selfie-taking. Having completed my education in the pre-selfie era, my lack training is fully

evident. Not that I haven’t noticed that there are several skills you need to master the art of the selfie. One is sucking in your cheeks (easy enough). The one is the arm thrust where you stick your arm out so the camera is just

the right distance from your face. The random arm extension can be either harmless or have near fatal consequences, as I was to discover when one person enthusiastically extended her arm whilst she was seated

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and I was standing in near proximity aboard a shuttle bus at an airport. Had I been able to speak after the resulting impact, I surely would have asked what value there was in taking a selfie whilst in a crowded shuttle bus. Cocking your head to the side to achieve the most flattering angle is also a big one. Nobody looks straight on. Nobody. Nothing will sooner reveal your selfie ineptitude that having your head on an even keel. To improve my results, I’ve tried cocking my head to the side to find a more flattering angle but I’m not sure any such angle exists. After several attempts, the angle I was using had become so extreme that all that was left was the curve of my neck and part of an ear. By the end, I was almost horizontal. Once, photos were taken either by your parents or trained professionals. They lurked at shopping centres and we lived in constant fear that one of our parental overlords would decide that an impromptu portrait might be a good idea. Against a light blue background, you would be required to stare off to the side, hand elegantly placed on the shoulder of a sibling. Were it not for lockdown, I’d be heading down to the nearest shopping centre to get one of these. I refuse to accept that a ‘selfie’ can’t be outsourced. Having to take a selfie has busted a number of myths for me. Previously, I thought that the reason my eyes were always closed in photographs was because the photographer and I were never in synch. Selfies have taught me that this is not the case. Even having eliminated the photographer from the equation, I still manage to produce

photos with my eyes closed, albeit on a more flattering angle. It’s as though pushing the button to take the picture and closing my eyes are two actions that are inextricably linked. The results were awful. Despite the fact that these were photos, they bore an uncanny resemblance to a Picasso painting. Things were not, anatomically speaking, where they should have been. I contemplated using an old trick favoured by ageing movie stars and rubbing some Vaseline on the lens, before deciding the five hundred gram jar I had was unlikely to be up to the job. Then I got desperate. I decided that I might get a better result if the snap was more candid and unexpected. I can only say that it’s very difficult to catch yourself off guard when taking a selfie. I’d walk into rooms only to be startled by the sight of my own arm leaping out of nowhere before an explosion of light. The results landed somewhere between alarmed and the kind of photo you might see of a celebrity immediately as they’re released from prison. At a certain point, you’ve got to concede. From the thirteen thousand or so attempts, I selected two that appeared almost semi-human and not very Picasso-like at all. They are, of course, set against a blue screen that I improvised using a bed sheet and I’m staring off the side in the middle distance, one hand hovering over an invisible shoulder. Sometimes you’ve got to stick with what you know. You can agree or disagree with this approach. But at least you get the picture. stuart@stuartmccullough.com


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SURREAL LANDSCAPES MORNINGTON Peninsula Regional Gallery exhibition ‘Surreal Landscapes’ explores the natural world through historic and political narrative. Curated by Danny Lacy and Rosie Weiss, the show includes newly commissioned work alongside select loans from Hayley Millar Baker, Nadine Christensen, Peta Clancy, Emily Ferretti, Tara Gilbee, Philip Hunter, Raafat Ishak, James Newitt, Emma Phillips, Christian Thompson AO. The works explore personal or historical narratives and embeds political and social commentary, for example, Indigenous photographer Peta Clancy’s powerful photographic-based works taken on a submerged indigenous massacre site in north

TWO of Queensland’s best-loved actors, Barbara Lowing & Roxanne McDonald, are set to bring their original Australian contemporary theatre production of Rovers to Frankston Arts Centre in July. Rovers is a delightful and modern comedydrama that has had audiences around Australia laughing, crying and celebrating the imagination and heart of Australia’s trailblazing women. Woven from true stories and wild machinations, this is a fast-paced & poetic night at the theatre. If you have ever faced a seemingly insurmountable obstacle, had to keep a family secret or said yes to a crazy dare in a bar, then this funny, heart-warming and crackling ode to Australia, and the daring women she breeds, will be just your cup of tea.

Roxanne McDonald and Barbara Lowing get behind the wheel and navigate audiences into risky terrain, journeying through the heart-lines of their lives and into the hilarious, fun-loving misadventures of the women who made them who they are today. Presented by Belloo Creative and Critical Stages Touring, Rovers is part of Frankston Arts Centre’s 2021 Season. As a feminist collective of theatre makers, storytellers and artists who create theatrical and social experiences, Belloo Creative makes theatre to fire the imagination. Book now for an entertaining and heartfelt adventure with two of Australia’s finest actors in Rovers at Frankston Arts Centre on Tuesday 13 July, 7.30pm. Tickets at thefac.com.au or on 03 9784 1060.

west Victoria. The poignant and powerful works are showing now at MPRG until 22 August. Also showing at MPRG now until 22 August, is Rosie Weiss – Collected works, exploring our relationship with the natural world. In 2020, MPRG was successful with a Robert Salzer Foundation Acquisition Fund grant, administered by the PGAV, to acquire a suite of thirteen works on paper by Weiss. The Friends of MPRG supported the acquisition with matched funding, enabling MPRG to acquire key works that provide an overview of the artists’ practice from 1979 through to 2018.

A TRIBUTE TO THE MUSICAL SENSATION BUDDY HOLLY DURING this dynamic two hour production show Scot Robin who played the lead role in the smash hit musical “Buddy”, (Original cast) together with his Crickets will perform over thirty of Buddy Holly’s hit songs such as - That’ll Be The Day, Heartbeat, Think It Over, Peggy Sue , Raining In My Heart, Rave On, Maybe Baby, True Love Ways and of course Oh Boy! & much much more. This Internationally Acclaimed production show has and will continue to mesmerise and excite audiences both visually and musically with it’s high energy performance, brilliant costumes and fantastic musicianship. Scot Robin has been receiving rave reviews and standing ovations worldwide for his superb portrayal of the legend that is Buddy Holly. 2021 will mark the 27th Anniversary of Scot Robin performing the role of the legendary rock n roll performer, Buddy Holly! He played the lead role of Buddy Holly in the smash hit musical "Buddy" The Buddy Holly story, (Original cast) Scot was cast by the West End Theatre Director from London and was the first Australian to perform the role and has performed the role of Buddy Holly over 1,000 times, and has received international acclaim for his portrayal of Buddy Holly. Scot has also performed in Buddy's home town of Lubbock Texas and has meet with Buddy's wife Maria Elena several times, and who flew out to Australia to see him perform the role of her late husband at Her Majesty's Theatre, Melbourne. This 60th anniversary tour will see the show perform Australia wide and as always... leave

the audience feeling as though they have witnessed the real thing!! Buddy Holly was one of the greatest pioneers of Rock and Roll music in the 50's, a career spanning only two short years that made a lasting impact on popular music and the world. Buddy Holly 60th Anniversary Celebration will be performed at the Frankston Arts Centre on Friday 23 July. Tickets are now on sale at thefac.com.au or on 03 9784 1060.

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By Brodie Cowburn FRANKSTON Bombers scored their best win for the season on Saturday by defeating top of the ladder Frankston YCW. The Stonecats have been the standout side in Division One this season, but were put on the back foot early. The Bombers rushed out to an early lead and held the Stonecats goalless in the first term. Frankston YCW hit the scoreboard in the second term, but the Bombers hit back. They didn’t let the Stonecats get too close to them all afternoon, and ended up winning 14.10 (94) to 8.11 (59). Alex Harnett, Harrison Prior, and Sam Drake were among the Bombers’ best. Jarrad Grant, Khan Haretuku, and Corey Buchan kicked two goals each. Despite the defeat, YCW remain on top of the ladder. Bottom of the ladder Edithvale-Aspendale nearly snatched a win on Saturday, but just couldn’t get over the line. Edithvale-Aspendale were matched up against Sorrento at Regents Park. The home side started well, and took a three goal lead into half time. Sorrento struck back with a

six goal third term. Both sides were evenly matched in the final quarter, but the Sharks just did enough to stay in front. After a hard fought contest Sorrento defeated EdithvaleAspendale 12.11 (83) to 12.13 (85). The Sharks have had a difficult year, but still remain in the top six by percentage. Nicholas Marston and James Hallahan were Sorrento’s best. Dromana copped a difficult loss at home last weekend. They fell just short of Bonbeach. The Tigers kicked two goals to zero in the first term, but fortunes changed in the second. The Tigers kicked just one behind in the second quarter and went into half time down by nine. Heading into the last quarter, Bonbeach led by one. Both teams kicked one goal each in the final term which meant Bonbeach took the four points. The final score read Dromana 6.4 (40) to Bonbeach 6.7 (43). Around the grounds Mt Eliza defeated Red Hill by three goals at Emil Madsen Reserve. Rosebud put on a good show at Olympic Oval, defeating Pines 15.12 (102) to 4.7 (31). Jai Nansacawen kicked five goals in a best-on-ground showing.

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Another premiership contender got a comfortable win on Saturday when Mornington defeated Hastings. The Blues struggled to score from one end of the ground all day. They were held goalless in the opening and third terms. The Bulldogs capitalised and scored a comfortable win 15.19 (109) to 6.14 (50). Jackson Calder kicked six, taking his goal tally for the season to 59. Adrian Speedy also played well. Rye managed to win a hard-fought match against Somerville last weekend. The Demons went into each break with a lead, but never by much. Somerville worked hard all day but ended up falling seven points short. Rye won 10.7 (67) to 8.11 (59). Tom Hughes’ three goals proved influential. A seven-goal haul from Damien Rayson was the highlight of the match between Crib Point and Seaford. The Tigers won by 90 points 4.16 (40) to 20.10 (130). A six goals to zero opening quarter helped Devon Meadows score a 13.12 (90) to 11.4 (70) win over Chelsea.

Dolphins struggle, big win for Bulldogs SEWF PREMIERS

By Brodie Cowburn MORNINGTON won their second match for the season on Saturday in a hard fought encounter against Mt Eliza. Both sides have struggled this season. The game was a good opportunity for each team to grab a win. The Bulldogs got on the front foot early with a two goals to zero opening term. Although they didn’t add another goal to the scoreboard for the rest of the day, they defended well and held on to win. The final score read 1.3 (9) to 2.5 (17). Skye Nisbet scored both of Mornington’s goals.

Tyabb took on St Kilda Sharks last weekend in what proved to be an evenly matched contest. Both sides traded blows in the first half, with the Sharks up by one point at half time. Tyabb trailed by three heading into the final term, but couldn’t do enough to win. St Kilda ended up running out winners 5.5 (35) to 3.0 (18). Rylee Geddes booted two goals for Tyabb. Paris Tracey also scored two for the Sharks. It was a tough day for the Frankston Football Club on Sunday. They succumbed to the Eastern Devils by 80 points. Seaford scored a good win, defeating Coburg Lions 34 - 23.


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Seagulls maintain NPL push SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie MORNINGTON stayed in the hunt for a berth in next season’s prestigious NPL competition after Saturday’s 2-0 away win over Casey Comets. The Seagulls proved too strong with a goal in each half. A Milos Lujic header in the 34th minute put the visitors ahead and the second goal came from the penalty spot in the 73rd minute after Kane Bentley was fouled. Josh Hine had no problem converting. Many pundits believe that Mornington hasn’t played to its potential this year despite continuing its title tilt. After the match head coach Adam Jamieson acknowledged that the ladder leader had room for improvement. “That was the first time this season that we put 90 minutes together,” Jamieson said. “We know we’ve still got a lot to improve on but we are heading in the right direction.” In NPL2 Langwarrin had nothing to show from a second trip to CB Smith Reserve on Friday after its recent FFA Cup exit at that venue this time losing 1-0 to Moreland Zebras. The goal that settled the contest came two minutes into first half added time when a Nathan Tidmarsh cross from the left was bundled over the line at the second attempt by Josh Knight at the back post. Langwarrin was down to 10 men at the time as central defender Marcus Holmes was given a straight red in the 35th minute for fouling Dario Vidosic as Moreland broke quickly. Langwarrin left back Jaiden Madafferi was sent off in the 92nd minute after receiving a second yellow card. In State 2 Skye United stayed in the promotion mix with a resounding 5-1 home win over Knox City on Saturday. Six minutes in a well-worked team goal resulted in a classy Caleb Nicholes finish and five minutes later a Marcus Anastasiou cross found Mark

player-coach Mark Pagliarulo volleyed home an inch-perfect cross from Dougie Cunnison a minute later. Aspendale keeper Matt Self made two excellent saves in the second half before his Rosebud counterpart Christopher Ogu-Chinonso made a costly error allowing James Macnab to restore Aspendale’s lead in the 54th minute. Rosebud kept pushing for the equaliser but a Kenan Nuhanovic shot from outside the area in the 74th minute settled the issue. Mount Martha lost 2-0 away to Casey Panthers but there were promising signs for the youngest side in the league as it continues to come to terms with competing at senior level.

Seagulls celebrate: Mornington players enjoy the opening goal in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Casey Comets, left to right: Andy McIntyre, Wayne Gordon, Steve Elliott, Milos Lujic and Kane Bentley. Picture: Paul Seeley

O’Connor who doubled the lead. Shortly after Jonathan Crook celebrated his 100th straight senior appearance for Skye with a penalty save. In the second half an Anastasiou double, a Billy Painting own goal and another strike from outside the area by Nicholes completed the scoreline. Peninsula Strikers drew 2-2 away to Brandon Park last weekend giving up a 2-0 lead. Aaran Currie put Strikers ahead in the 6th minute when he chipped the keeper and in the 32nd minute Currie got onto a Jon Guthrie through ball and finished well. But Chris Kotsiras made it 2-1 in the 81st minute and in the 98th minute Luka Barrueto nabbed the equaliser. Strikers have lost Sam Luxford who signed with Richmond last week. In State 3 Frankston Pines lost its second league game of the season when it went down 1-0 to Ashburton United at Carrum Downs Recreation Reserve on Friday night. Lawrence Harding scored in the 78th minute and was sent off in the 91st min-

ute. Pines remain on top of the table 10 points clear of second-placed Brighton who lost 3-1 to local rival Hampton East Brighton. In State 4 Seaford United is still eyeing promotion and is second in the league after Saturday’s 2-0 away win over Springvale City. Harry McCartney reports that Seaford opened its account in the 30th minute when Tristan Stass headed back across goal to Dylan Waugh on the opposite post and the league’s leading scorer headed home from close range. In the 60th minute Waugh’s initial shot from inside the box was deflected and he was brought down when following up. Blake Hicks took the resultant penalty and sent the keeper the wrong way to extend the lead against the run of play. In the final analysis although Springvale had the better of Seaford for most of the match it couldn’t create enough quality chances and was forced into shooting from long range. Chelsea won the local derby at Ed-

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ithvale Recreation Reserve on Friday downing Baxter 2-1. Baxter was awarded a 15th minute penalty but Lachie McMinimee’s attempt was saved by Chelsea keeper Rhys Davies. Max Timuska-Carr put Chelsea ahead just before half-time with a long range strike that was deflected and Nathan Boccari made it 2-0 in the 70th minute after running onto a Piers Brelsford through ball and striking his shot in off a post. Charlie Parker’s reply for Baxter came in the 89th minute. Somerville Eagles lost 5-1 away to Endeavour United last weekend. Player-coach Dave Greening scored for Somerville to continue his battle with Seaford’s Waugh for league Golden Boot honours. In State 5 Aspendale Stingrays maintained their promotion momentum with a 3-1 home win over Rosebud last weekend. Noah Berends opened the scoring for Aspendale following an Adrian Pace corner in the 38th minute but Rosebud

Friday 9 July, 8.30pm: Monbulk Rangers v Skye Utd – Monbulk Regional Soccer Facility Saturday 10 July, 3pm: Werribee City v Langwarrin – Galvin Park Mazenod v Mornington – Mazenod College Whitehorse Utd v Frankston Pines – Terrara Park Baxter v Endeavour Utd – Baxter Park Somerville Eagles v Springvale City – Tyabb Central Reserve Dingley Stars v Seaford Utd – Keeley Park Keysborough v Chelsea – Coomoora Reserve Mount Martha v Hampton Park Utd – Civic Reserve Aspendale Stingrays – Bye Saturday 10 July, 8.30pm: Rosebud v Mentone – Olympic Park Sunday 11 July, 5pm: North Caulfield v Peninsula Strikers – Caulfield Park

Streets of Avalon closes in on $2million HORSE RACING

By Ben Triandafillou SHANE Nichols is hoping to reach the $2 million mark with his star galloper Streets of Avalon this Spring. The dual Group One winner has won $1.83 million in prize money and currently holds the honour of being the highest prizemoney earner from Mornington (exclusive of Pinecliff, Mt Eliza). He heads the likes of Cedarbeg ($1.51mil), Self Sense ($1.49mil), Hollow Bullet ($1.46mil), Ethiopia ($1.26mil) and Pippie ($1.24mil). Despite verging on entering his seven-year-old season Morningtonbased trainer Shane Nichols believes

the gelded son of Magnus is going as well as ever. “I’m probably happier with him going into this Spring than I was last,” Nichols said. “We’re not aiming super high with him but we’d love to get him to the $2 million mark.” Following an identical preparation to last Spring, Streets of Avalon looks set to resume in the Group Three Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) in three weeks’ time. “He’ll be forward but he’ll have a little bit of improvement in him first-up,” Nichols said. “Last Spring, he was plagued with bad barriers and wet tracks so we’re hoping we can strike some drier surfaces this time

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Top earner: Streets of Avalon aims for the $2million mark this Spring. Picture: Supplied

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