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Playtime: Whales break the surface off Mt Martha on Saturday 13 August. Photo by Sue Mason of the Dolphin Research Institute

Whales in bay for play, not stay By Keith Platt WHEN a pod of teenage whales put on a show off Mt Martha, some audience members put themselves in line for a fine. Although strict rules apply, some boats carrying sightseers were filmed getting too close as the humpbacks began rising to the occasion. Researchers from the Hastings-based Dolphin Research Institute were out on Port Phillip “surveying common dolphins when the big fats ones took


over”, executive director Jeff Weir said. “The photo shows three humpback whales together, one being very aggressive. “If a little boat got near them it would be demolished. “The aggressive behaviour seen with these animals has not been recorded before and considering the animals’ 40-tonne size, in made it extremely dangerous for vessels to get too close.” Mr Weir said Department of Sustain-

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ability and Environment officers were likely to prosecute “or at least make a phone call to the owners of several boats which went within 200 metres of the whales”. He said jet skis must stay at least 300m away from whales. “Some boats were repeatedly going too close and deliberately went within 10 metres of the whales time after time after time,” he said. “Our researchers filmed them, although most people on boats usually do the right thing.”

Mr Weir said the whales sighted off Mt Martha on two consecutive weekends would not go as far north as mature breeding whales. The whales were unlikely to come into Port Phillip to feed, although they would take fish “opportunistically if they swim through a really tight school”. “Unlike dolphins, which go wherever the food is, whales feed up in the Antarctic during summer. “There’s been one observation of a

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whale feeding in the bay, but generally they don’t feed for long periods when migrating north.” Mr Weir said the whales in Port Phillip were “only biding their time before heading south; they’ll be gone by October”. “It’s fairly new seeing them here in early winter, but it may be because their numbers are picking up well.” Continued Page 7


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KNITTERS on the Mornington Peninsula are taking up knitting needles for a Country Women’s Association campaign to make beanies and fingerless gloves for Australian troops in Afghanistan. CFA stalwart Faye Hester of Bittern is one of the first knitters on the peninsula to get involved. As a teenager, Faye knitted socks for her brother serving in Vietnam. Since her knitting skills had declined, Faye thought that other “lapsed” knitters might like to form a knitting group to meet for coffee and chat while they knitted once a fortnight. About 300 Bendigo Bank Community Bank branches are acting as collection points for knitted items made for the project, started by Werribee’s CWA. The call to knitting needles is a reminder of how Australians supported their troops in wars past with big national clothing supply campaigns in the First and Second World Wars. Carrum Downs bank chairman Gary Rowe said the Australian Defence Force did not supply beanies and gloves and they were needed for the coming northern winter. “We hope every soldier will be supplied with at least one set, so we need lots of knitters,” he said. Cost of the wool is expected to be about $81,000. “This must be pure wool not synthetic and a specific yarn size. Knitters are using different sized yarn for the beanie and the gloves,” Mr Rowe said. “Colour is important. Black, brown, khaki and dark green are being used

Knit a row, purl a Rowe: Carrum Downs Community Bank chairman Gary Rowe has a quick knitting lesson from dedicated knitter Audrey Donehue of RSL Park in Frankston South, a member of the Mornington Peninsula Post Polio Support Group, who has joined a CWA project to knit beanies, gloves and scarves for Australian troops.

so as not to set soldiers up as targets. Wangaratta Woollen Mills has donated 9000 balls and our branch is donating $6000 for more wool.” He said CWA was seeking knitters from all over the state. Scarves are being knitted by those who can’t do bean-

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Church angst over licensed backpackers By Mike Hast ST Peter’s Church will build a new entrance to its office and meeting rooms after shire councillors last week approved a three-storey backpacker lodge with a rooftop bar in narrow Octavia St, Mornington, overlooking the historic church. The lodge will hold 110 people in 21 rooms. It is permitted to have 80 people in the first floor licensed area and 80 people on the rooftop bar until midnight, all entering the building from Octavia St, opposite an existing church entrance. St Peter’s vicar Rev Jan St James says the church and its members are disappointed with the decision. “We have many unhappy parishioners,” she said on Tuesday. “We will be forced to build a new entrance in Queen St utilising the house we own next to the front of the church.” Rev St James says the Octavia St laneway entrance is used by 500-600 people each week. “We are a seven day a week operation with church services on Sunday, playgroup five days a week, support groups for carers of elderly frail and disabled folk, exercise groups, a ballet school that has been running for 30 years, music programs for preschoolers and youth, our opportunity shop, and people visiting the church office.” She said the backpacker lodge would overlook the church and its courtyard, which is used as a children’s play area, a gathering place after funerals and other events, and was to have a memorial garden where the ashes of the deceased were interred. “The lodge will have a detrimental impact on our services.” The church is also concerned the lodge will block sun from the courtyard from May until late August. “This is unacceptable for a series of buildings and activities that rely on natural light for their good usage; cheerfulness and warmth for our activities,” Rev St James said. “We are most concerned this will be a licensed venue. It will add to the already abundant outlets for alcohol in the area given the issue of overuse and anti-social use of alcohol by young people. “We already battle on a weekly basis with empty and broken bottles over our fence and on the church doorstep, cleaning up of vomit and other rubbish.” She said there was concern over the lack of a traffic and noise study, and how security and management issues would be handled.

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High times: Aerial diagram showing the location of the proposed three-storey backpacker lodge with its rooftop bar and entrance on narrow Octavia St (blue outline), opposite St Peter’s Church on the corner of Queen and Octavia Sts (bottom centre with dark roof) and Bellamy Hall on Albert St (white roof).

Shire planner Nicholas Harrison told councillors the backpacker lodge was listed as 39 Main St, but was behind La Porchetta restaurant and had its entrance in Octavia St. He recommended councillors approve the application. Victoria Police was asked to comment and told the council the concept of a backpackers and a licensed area the size applied for was at odds with the amenity of the area. “The inclusion of a backpackers residential component in this application in my view does not assist in justifying the establishment of a tavern,” the writer said. “Main Street, Mornington, is a well serviced strip for licensed premises, as is the Esplanade with four more licensed premises in that area. “The issue surrounding this area is the increased public order offences occurring due to alcohol from these premises which police are attempting to curb both through targeted operations and the Liquor Accord meetings. “The addition of premises with a general licence to this area will further compound the problems being experienced by affecting the amenity of the

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area.” Backpacker lodge proponent is developer Joseph Alesci, a Mornington resident who has a law firm in Rosebud and is the eldest son of Giovanni Alesci, who operated the popular Deli By The Sea in the town for many years and now runs McCrae General Pizzeria. Joseph Alesci is the developer of Centrepoint in Red Hill South, now called the Red Hill Epicurean Centre and due to open this summer with a mixture of shops, a restaurant and apartments. The family also established Rose GPO restaurant and bar in Rosebud in the early 2000s, and another son, David, operates Mediterraneo restaurant at 1 Queen St, Mornington. Mr Alesci told councillors he wanted to make efficient use of his land and the project was a high-quality, welldesigned backpacker lodge using expensive building materials. There would be family suites and a dormitory, and the lodge would add to the diversity of Mornington. “Tourism statistics show backpackers stay longer and spend more money

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than other visitors,” he said. Mr Alesci said if getting the project approved depended on the hours the rooftop deck operated, he would reduce them. Later he agreed to serving last drinks at 11.30pm and closing at midnight, 30 minutes earlier than planned. He still has to obtain a liquor licence from Liquor Licensing Victoria. “The rooftop deck is where guests and their friends can have a glass of wine or a cup of tea,” he said. “There will be no amplified music and entry will be monitored. It’s a residential hotel, not a high-risk venue. I used to own the Bay Hotel and the Social, and the lodge is not designed to be a high-risk venue.” He said Mornington had welcomed tourists for a very long time. Cr Bev Colomb, who represents Mornington on the council, spoke strongly against the proposal and moved a motion that the backpacker lodge would have an unacceptable impact on activities at St Peter’s Church and its 150-year heritage, and that the sale and consumption of liquor would have a cumulatively negative impact

on the surrounding area. The motion was defeated and a second motion approving the lodge was carried. Crs Colomb, Leigh Eustace and mayor Graham Pittock voted against approval. Voting for the lodge were Crs Antonella Celi, Tim Rodgers, David Gibb, Bill Goodrem, Frank Martin, Anne Shaw and Reade Smith. Cr Lynn Bowden was absent from the meeting. Mr Alesci will have to meet a raft of standard conditions relating to building materials and setbacks, car parking, security, noise, guest numbers, construction and environmental management plan, building hours, traffic management, waste management, drainage and more. He has four years to build the lodge. Mr Alesci agreed to liaise with St Peter’s to minimise any adverse impacts at the church on sensitive event days, although Rev St James said Mr Alesci owned the building, but would not run the lodge.

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Hands on pier for deck fitting THE jack-up barge carrying the pile driver used to repair Mornington pier faced a head wind on Tuesday as it left for a job in Melbourne. The barge returns next week to replace piles holding up the wooden jetty in front of Mornington Yacht Club. Meanwhile, work continues on installing new timber decking on the centre section of the pier wrecked by storms

in 2010. The 185-metre pier was closed in April of that year and suffered further storm damage in August and September. The 53-metre centre section is being repaired at a cost of $3.5 million while the cost of completing the remaining 75-metre end section has been estimated at $9.5 million. Kevin Johnson, whose Carrum Downs-based company K V Johnson

won the contract to repair the pier, hoped the work would be finished in four to six weeks “weather permitting”. He said the spotted gum timber deck was being cut and pre-drilled at Carrum Down before being bolted in to place on the pier by six workers. Mr Johnson said the jack-up barge could also be fitted with a drilling rig or used as a platform for an excavator.

‘Soft earth’ saves tractor driver at Pearcedale A PEARCEDALE vegetable farmer is lucky to be alive after being run over by a tractor at the weekend. The tractor was moving slowly when the 49-year-old stepped off to check seed dispensers, but it appears he slipped on the step and was run over by the tractor, which weighed nearly three tonnes. While the tractor’s back wheel went over him, the man appears to have escaped serious injuries because the ground was soft and he was pushed into it. He was able to call for help on his mobile phone. It was the second serious incident involving a tractor in Victoria in days. A man was trapped under a rolled tractor south of Ballarat for 18 hours before he was rescued last Wednesday morning. His machine did not have rollover protection, although it has been compulsory for all tractors in Victoria since the early 1980s. “These incidents are stark illustrations of how simple safety measures can make a difference,” director of WorkSafe’s manufacturing logistics and agriculture division, Ross Pilkington, said. “It is only good luck that both these men did not suffer more serious injuries or were killed. “Tractors are found on probably every farm in the state as well as many hobby farms and small holdings which are not workplaces. “Unless tractors are properly equipped, maintained and great care is taken with them, they can be dangerous and potentially deadly. “This applies whether the operators have been using them for decades or if they’re a non-farmer with small holdings and who use them occasionally to help with work on their property. “Tractor safety is not that hard and farming is not intrinsically dangerous, but it requires focus and an understanding of what can go wrong whether you’ve done the job once or a thousand times.”


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Mr Pilkington said while machinery like tractors helped get work done more quickly, the trade-off was that the risks associated with more power or speed had to be controlled. “When something goes wrong there’s little opportunity to stop it. That’s why people must be trained and competent to use the equipment, understand the risks and control them,” he said. “Even then, having a phone with you or letting someone know where you are working and when you’re due home can result in help getting to you if something goes wrong. “There is nothing wrong with ringing someone a couple of times a day and before work to say where you’ll be so that people can at least know where to start the search.” Information on farm safety and other areas of workplace safety can be found at www.worksafe.

Boral concedes BORAL Asphalt says it will not fight the state government over plans to build a bitumen storage plant at Crib Point. Former Planning Minister Justin Madden announced on 14 August 2009 he had approved Boral’s application, bringing a chorus of protests from residents, conservationists and the then coalition Opposition. Hastings MP Neale Burgess on Tuesday afternoon said he was pleased Boral had finally declared publicly its proposed bitumen plant would not go ahead at Crib Point. Mr Burgess said he called Boral Asphalt general manager Tony Aloisio after the coalition won government late last year and said Boral would have to fight the government to get its plant. “Boral was made aware that the new government’s policy was that no industrial development would be allowed to proceed south of Hastings.”

BlueScope shuts hot strip plant By Mike Hast BLUESCOPE Steel will close its hot strip mill and one of three metal coating lines at Hastings in October with the loss of 200 company jobs and 70 working for contractors. The under-siege steelmaker will also shut one of two blast furnaces at Port Kembla near Wollongong as it ends steel exports. The Iron Monarch will stop bringing steel slabs from Port Kembla and be replaced by a vessel bringing coiled steel to feed the cold mill at Hastings. The company has been hammered by a strong Australian dollar, rising iron ore and coking coal prices, a weakening domestic market, lower shipping prices for foreign competitors and lower cost Chinese steel. BlueScope’s shares were $12 before the global financial crisis, but fell to 75 cents on Monday after it announced a net loss after tax of $118 million. Shares were 90 cents a week ago. The $118 million loss combined with the writedown of the value of its assets of $900 million, announced last week, created a $1.05 million hole. The hot strip mill opened in 1978 and metal coating line number 5 in 1979. The coating line will be mothballed and may one day operate again. The hot mill will be closed, but no details of its dismantling are available. The Iron Monarch – a roll-on roll-off specialist slab carrier – only returned to service last month after a $17 million, two-month refit in Singapore. It was built in 1973 and carries about one million tonnes a year between Port Kembla and Western Port. On Monday, BlueScope Steel CEO Paul O’Malley said the company could no longer afford to export its products and would realign its business to make goods for the Australian market only. He said in 2000, BlueScope paid $20 a tonne for iron ore and $25 a tonne for coking coal; now it cost almost $200 a

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tonne for iron ore and more than $300 a tonne for coal. “Raw material costs are higher than they’ve ever been before,” he said. He also blamed the high Australian dollar for the company’s woes, saying it had averaged 70 cents against the American dollar over the past 20 years, but had been at or above parity with the US dollar for 12 months. Mr O’Malley said the company was experiencing an unprecedented combination of economic challenges in the form of a record high Australian dollar, low steel prices and high raw material costs and these challenges are compounded by low domestic steel demand in the wake of the GFC. He said it was a tough decision to cut the workforce by 1000 people, 800 at Port Kembla and 200 at Western Port. There would be flow-on impacts for

contractors and suppliers, but he could not quantify this. “The actual size of the workforce reduction will be the subject of discussions with employees and unions and we will examine alternatives, including flexible work patterns, retraining, voluntary redundancies and job substitution. “There will be programs and local job centres to assist employees to transition into the next phase of their careers either within or external to BlueScope, or to early retirement,” Mr O’Malley said. On Monday morning, Mornington Peninsula Shire mayor Graham Pittock said the council was “obviously very disappointed to hear of the job losses at BlueScope Steel in Hastings. “BlueScope Steel is a significant employer in our shire, and has been for

a very long time, and the loss of jobs for local families is obviously a major concern,” he said in a prepared statement. “We have already advised BlueScope Steel that we will assist them, and the families affected, in any way we can.” Also on Monday, Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced a $100 million cash injection for BlueScope Steel from the industry’s carbon-tax adjustment fund to prevent further job losses at the struggling manufacturer. The Prime Minister said the company would be allowed to bring forward funding under the government’s $300 million, five-year Steel Transformation Plan, a component of the government’s carbon tax package. Ms Gillard said BlueScope had acknowledged the latest job losses were “no way attributable to the intro-

duction of a carbon price”. The cash would be made available as an advance on future allocations nominated to BlueScope. BlueScope produces various type of steel for the automotive, manufacturing, and building and construction markets including perhaps the bestknown construction materials Colorbond and Zincalume. At Hastings, about 23 per cent of steel goes overseas. About half made at Port Kembla is exported. BlueScope has been under financial pressure since the global financial crisis in 2008 despite making huge gains in efficiency and cutting costs at the Hastings plant. Flinders MP Greg Hunt said the job cuts were devastating for the “workers, family and community of Hastings”. Although BlueScope blamed its losses on the strength of the Australian dollar and weakening manufacturing sector, Mr Hunt said the “worst thing the government could do” was to proceed with the carbon tax. Mr Hunt said the BlueScope cuts would “ripple right through the community … it’s a real blow to the town”. While the government could not control all factors contributing to BlueScope’s losses, Mr Hunt believed it could reduce the impact on interest rates with lower borrowings. “I unashamedly want to do everything I can to stop government borrowing,” he said. “They’ve borrowed $150 billion in the past four years. “These job losses to date come as a consequence of interest rate and dollar pressures along with the high price and supply of raw materials and demand.” Mr Hunt said Prime Minister Julia Gillard should provide an assistance package and “drop the carbon tax to avoid adding pressure”.

Residents move in at Peninsula Grange THE first residents have moved into Peninsula Grange retirement village on the corner of Bungower and Racecourse Rds, Mornington. The village will have about 280 independent living units on the 17-hectare site when completed. Kevin and Susanne La Fontaine said they were excited to be the first to move in. Sarah Kulman of village owner Australian Unity said the couple viewed floor plans last August and “knew within 20 minutes it was the place they wanted to live”. The La Fontaines decided to move to the complex after Mr La Fontaine was seriously injured

in a motorbike accident two years ago. “The accident caused permanent injury and we knew we could no longer maintain our home,” they said. “The unit is spacious, well fitted out with top quality appliances and we have everything we need – including home help should Kevin need it.” Once completed, amenities will include a community centre with indoor heated lap pool, gym, hairdressing and beauty therapy room, a library, craft room and workshop. There will be as practice bowling green, putting green, bocce area and outdoor barbecue areas. A roundabout planned for the intersection has

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yet to be built. Mornington Peninsula Shire approved a tender for $933,828 (excluding GST) from Transfield Services last July. The cost is being split between the shire, Australian Unity and the owner of land opposite the Racecourse Rd-Bungower Rd junction, but there has been a change of ownership of 141-161 Bungower Rd. Last year AMP Capital Investments applied to build a retirement complex of 176 single-storey units at 141-161 Bungower Rd and a 149-site camping and caravan park (including 57 two-storey lodges) at 173 Bungower Rd. Both sites, 16 hectares in total, are owned by SPP No 1 (Mornington) Pty Ltd, a holding of AMP.

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NEWS DESK Radio on line RADIO Port Phillip official opens its new studio complex next to Peninsula Community Theatre in Wilsons Rd, Mornington, at 6.30pm on Saturday 24 September. The last remaining classroom block at the former Mornington Secondary College site has been renovated by Mornington Peninsula Rotary clubs led by Dick Cox of Somerville Tyabb Rotary. The public can inspect the building from 4.30-6pm. There will be a fireworks display at 7.30pm. Details: 3RPP, 5978 8200.

Night sky viewing VOLUNTEERS of the Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society will hold a public night sky telescope viewing evening on Friday 2 September from 8pm. The family-friendly evenings include a talk about the universe, a chance to ask questions, hold a meteorite and a guided viewing through society’s telescopes at the society’s Briars Park observatory site, Nepean Hwy, Mt Martha. Bookings by email to welcome@mpas. or call 0419 253 252.

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Long dinner: Top, at Esso’s annual community dinner are, above from left, ExxonMobil lead country manager John Dashwood and Esso Long Island Point plant manager David Anderson with Hastings CFA Captain Colin Cook and Rob Jellis of BHP Billiton. Above, ExxonMobil public and government affairs manager Trisha Perkins, Cr Reade Smith and Mornington Peninsula Shire mayor Graham Pittock. Left, Peninsula Health’s clinical director of emergency health Dr Helen Hewett, Frankston Hospital’s executive director Brendon Gardner and community health general manager Rob Macindoe. Pictures: Fran Henke

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By Fran Henke OVER dinner for 60, discussion covered algae, oil spills and, of course, the unmentionable – carbon tax. Held in Hastings at maQuay restaurant, the dinner was Esso’s annual report to the community. In a stretch of the imagination, it’s like the folk from the Big House having the workers over, only much friendlier. As a regular attendee over many years, these events are looked forward to as a relaxed opportunity to catch up with community representatives from local schools, emergency and health services, Western Port Festival organisers, and media colleagues. Esso always brings in its heavies. This year Long Island plant manager David Anderson introduced John Dashwood, ExxonMobil Australia lead country manager. They brought their “co-venturer”, Rob Jellis, BHP Billiton Petroleum’s joint interest unit manager for Bass Strait, and Meath Hammond, their external affairs manager, who was treated to a tour of Hastings’ highpoints during the day. Mr Dashwood spoke about the challenge of running an energy provider with minimal greenhouse footprint. “Over the next 20 years we will need to access every element of energy we can lay our hands on,” he said. “Real energy growth lies in efficiency.” In the search for new sources, ExxonMobil is funding research in California into extracting mineral oil from algae – seaweed. Greenhouses have been set up to encourage seaweed to grow faster. It has a negative carbon footprint and the algae isn’t fussy about the water it needs, so there is no competition with food crops, unlike palm and other oils, Mr Dashwood said. Use of oil from algae was some years off, however. On the subject of offshore exploration, Mr

Dashwood spoke about the Kipper Tuna Turrum gas development and said Esso currently had 20 to 30 marine vessels in Bass Strait working on a number of projects including installing a bridge to connect Marlin A and Marlin B platforms. To be completed by 2013, the $4.4 billion project will develop cleaner-burning natural gas supplies to help secure Victoria’s energy future, and holds enough energy to power a city of a million people for 35 years. “Given that LIP [Long Island Plant] is the last site in the production process, it will be the final site decommissioned, so we’re here for a long while,” he said. Asked about increase of shipping in Western Port, Mr Dashwood said” “You will never see shipping like 30-40 years ago. Our goal is that you won’t notice the difference.” Cr Reade Smith asked about the sale of ethanol. Mr Dashwood said ExxonMobil had sold all its retail outlets to 7/11. “We’re only in the wholesale market now and don’t actually sell fuel at the bowser any more – apart from aviation fuel,” he said. David Anderson spoke about the importance of safety at Long Island. “Our goal is to have no hurt in our business.” He told how February’s “rain event” caused flooding and two fail-safe mechanisms to fail, allowing some oily water into the mangroves. “The response was fantastic. Staff came from everywhere and I felt redundant.” Mr Anderson assured diners all systems and drains that might be affected by extreme weather had been improved. He also spoke about the company’s support of local needs. “We make over 200 contributions every year, and we’ve donated more than $114,000 to community projects through our volunteer involvement program, and have been rewarded in seeing them grow,” he said.

Pool fight a draining experience By Mike Hast MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire has ordered billionaire clothing retailer Solomon Lew and his daughter Jacqueline Lew to demolish by next Monday a swimming pool allegedly built on public foreshore land at Mt Eliza. The 21-day order was served on the Lews and their lawyers on Monday 8 August with the initial requirement the pool at the rear of the Lew family holiday house be drained by 15 August. The pool – which the shire claims was built without a permit and on Crown land on the Port Phillip side of the Osprey Ave property overlooking Moondah Beach – was drained on Friday 12 August. But the shire is expecting a legal battle over the demolition order, being pursued under the Building Act. Shire spokesman Todd Trimble said he would not be surprised if the matter ended up in court. “We expect them to challenge our geotechnical engineering report, which identified concerns regarding the stability of the land supporting the pool,” he said. There had been no correspondence from solicitors acting for the Lews, he said. The shire and the Department of Sustainability and Environment were in regular contact over the Lew pool. Shire councillors were briefed about the issue on Monday. Asked about the probe into the pool being built on public land, Mr Trimble said the shire’s compliance department was continuing its investigations.

Waterless world: The drained pool, which Mornington Peninsula Shire claims was built on public foreshore land at Mt Eliza by billionaire clothing retailer Solomon Lew and his daughter Jacqueline Lew. Picture: Mike Abicare of Winning Images (www.

“The pool ... is the subject of an ongoing shire investigation regarding its construction, the failure to obtain the necessary planning and building approvals, and the fact that the pool was built on Crown land without the necessary permission,” he said. He said if the pool was demolished,

its siting on Crown land “would not become an issue”. The shire and DSE might seek restitution costs from the Lews to repair any damaged done to the foreshore reserve, Mr Trimble said. DSE manages the foreshore land on behalf of the state.

Mr Trimble said the shire had not inspected the property to see if demolition had started. “By Monday they will have had 21 days to comply with the order.” The pool was built in secret over the past two years with neighbours unaware of its construction, but came to

public – and shire – attention after The Sunday Age published a story about it in late May. Builders discussing the pool were overheard in a hotel, which led to the initial story. It is understood the Solomon and Jacqueline Lew may attempt to buy or lease the land on which the pool is built from the state government. However, Mornington MP David Morris wrote to his Liberal colleagues Ryan Smith, the Minister for Environment, on 10 June stating there was “a clear expectation in the local community that the pool should be demolished, and any disruption or damage to the foreshore reserve made good”. “I trust that you will not be disposed to consider entering into any form of agreement which might allow for the continued occupation of public land by private interests,” he stated. The 8 Osprey Ave property, believed to be worth more than $2.5 million, is used as a holiday retreat by Jacqueline Lew and has an indoor pool.


Catchline: Anglers crowd the rocks at Mt Martha chasing garfish and squid on Sunday.

Whale of a time in bay Continued from Page 1

Although not providing food for whales, Mr Weir said recent research pointed to the eastern side of Port Phillip having several “hot spots of productivity” where larvae and plankton provided the basis of food “right up through the food chain”. Spurred on by Sunday’s fine sunny weather, anglers were also out in force on the rocks below the Esplanade at Mt Martha. It was one of those days where owning a boat did not necessarily give any advantage when it came to making the catch of the day. Fishing expert Paul Pingiaro said he had heard reports of good catches of garfish and squid being taken near the cliffs. “There will be whiting and snapper coming in the next few weeks and you’ll see people there after dusk. “The cliffs along the Esplanade seem to be the

first place to see snapper each year and I believe it’s because they follow Selwyn Fault, which is why it’s really deep in close.” Mr Pingiaro said jigs were used to catch the squid while the garfish responded best to silverfish, a small bait fish imported from China. “It’s ridiculous how they bite the silverfish, although worms are OK, too.” Mr Pingiaro said some anglers were freezing their catches to use as bait during the snapper season. The Department of Primary Industries website shows there are no size limits for squid although catches are limited to 10 a person. Garfish can also be taken at any size and there is a limit of 40 fish a person. When the snapper do arrive, catch limits are 10 a day; with a minimum size of 28cm. Anglers much not keep more than three fish over 40cm in length.



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Single-councillor wards ‘bias’ claim By Mike Hast MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire councillors had left themselves open to accusations of bias over their public support of single-councillor wards, says a submitter to the VEC review of the shire’s electoral representation. Alan Nelsen of the Mornington Peninsula Ratepayers and Residents Association states unanimous councillor support of the existing ward structure “is clearly self-interest rather than putting the interests of ratepayers and the community first”. Dr Nelsen is one of 38 submitters to have contributed to the Victorian Electoral Commission review that is looking at the structure and boundaries of shire wards for the 2012 election. Submissions closed last week, but reopen after the VEC produces its draft report on 5 September. He is also concerned “with the behaviour of the council staff, which we submit is a breach of the Local Government Act 1989”. “This behaviour seriously threatens the independence of the review ... we cannot understand how the VEC, which represents the Crown, ... can continue with the review when there is a clear breach of the Act.” Dr Nelsen claims the bias of the council is evidenced by an article in the shire’s newsletter PeninsulaWide in May, press releases and articles in the local press, the Ten Tests of Effective Local Government tabled by the council on 14 June, and “the letter sent to 460 selective community groups and organisations by the staff under the mayor’s name on 19 July”. “The content of these documents can be contrasted with the VEC’s guide for submissions, which presents an unbiased approach listing both the advantages and disadvantages of the various ward electoral structures.” Dr Nelsen claims council staff are breaching impartiality and conflict of interest provisions of the Local Gov-

ernment Act by backing single-councillor wards. “While councillors have the right to publicise their views, council staff should not be orchestrating a biased campaign during council time,” he stated. “Staff should act as the VEC itself has acted and that is impartially and with integrity. If councillors have a point of view then they should prepare the documentation and distribute it themselves. “Council staff have every right to make a submission, however this should be done in their own and not council’s time. For integrity and conflict of interest purposes they should mention that they are a council employee in their submission.” Dr Nelsen says a similar campaign in

unopposed. Multiple-ward representation will encourage more people to stand for council because they believe that they may get a second chance against existing well-known and established councillors.” Long-time public transport advocate Ian Hundley, in his submission to the VEC, says shire election results are influenced by the large number of voters “who do not qualify to vote in state elections, because for the most part they do not live permanently in the area”. Six of the 11 councillors were elected unopposed in the November 2008 general election. “For the most part these were the wards furthest to the south and west on the peninsula. Apart from Kangerong Ward, which was contested, they were

The shire’s argument and reasons for single-ward representation are flawed, and “contain many irrelevant and unsubstantiated statements”. support of single-councillor wards was run by the council at the last electoral review in 2005 and had been criticised by the VEC. The shire’s argument and reasons for single-ward representation are flawed, and “contain many irrelevant and unsubstantiated statements”. Fewer than 20 per cent of Victorian councils have single-councillor wards “so the shire’s claim for the 10 tests for effective local government is simply not valid. Surely 80 per cent of councils who do not have single-councillor wards are not ineffective?”. “A major issue ... is that if a singleward councillor has a different focus, motivation or different point of view, then we do not have an effective” representative. “At the last council election in 2008, six of the 11 councillors were elected

also those with the highest percentage of electors who are not eligible to vote in state electorates encompassed by the municipality,” Mr Hundley stated. “In two of the wards, Nepean and Rye, these voters actually outnumber resident voters. The fact that under the current electoral representation system a notional majority could be formed on council without resorting to a ballot strongly suggests that local democracy and participation is in poor shape under the current electoral arrangements.” The lack of contests may demonstrate voter contentment, but this is not necessarily an indication of electoral health. “It may well be that the better explanation is that many resident electors feel themselves to be disenfranchised and therefore disengaged from active participation in the electoral process.”

Mr Hundley was critical of the shire’s attitude to both private and public transport, stating the current electoral system strongly favoured particular interests rather than providing for a diversity of representation. “These interests play out in a particular way to the disadvantage of the peninsula and its residents ... transport is one particular area of policy significance where this is evident,” he stated. “The 2008 elections favoured the institutionalised strength of the road lobby on the Mornington Peninsula at the expense of those in favour of more sustainable transport. “The nexus between local government and the road lobby is the linchpin that has led to the Mornington Peninsula being the most public transportpoor of all of Melbourne’s local government areas. “It was reflected most forcefully ... by the council’s strong advocacy of the controversial Peninsula Link freeway project and relative indifference towards the provision of a reasonable standard of public transport for local residents. “This connection probably rests on a number of factors. None seems more important than the fact that a large proportion of the people who are eligible to vote in shire elections own property on the peninsula but do not live there permanently.” Holiday home owners wanted to drive to their places as quickly as possible and were more concerned about roads and freeways than “provision of good local social, educational and community services in the area by local and state governments”. Unlike permanent residents, holiday home owners had relatively little interest in campaigning for better public transport services. The 2006 Census of population and housing showed one in 125 work journeys by peninsula residents were made by bus, he stated.

The scope for quality and energetic representation and the generation of new ideas appears to have been drained from the shire. The current singlemember ward system appears to have been a significant influence in this regard. There are communities of interest not being fairly represented. That only a minority of wards were contested at the 2008 election is a clear demonstration of failure in the functional design of the system. “Candidates from smaller but still significant groups are more likely to nominate under a system of multicouncillor wards elected by proportional representation because some of them would have a realistic opportunity” of being elected. “Candidates are encouraged to declare their policy differences more openly and it makes for more informed debate than the current system of single member wards where candidates typically seek the middle ground and appear indistinguishable in policy terms.” On 8 August, the council unanimously endorsed its submission to the VEC, “that the council strongly advocates for the retention of single member councillor wards”. “The council is strongly of the view that the current electoral arrangement … has provided the framework for effective governance at both the local level and across the shire as a whole.” Its submission is on the VEC website (see below). The VEC’s preliminary report will be released on 5 September and public submissions will again be taken. They must be in by 5 October. There will be a public hearing on 12 October and the final report is out 3 November.  To see the 38 preliminary submissions, go to Reviews/MorningtonPeninsula rrpresub.html

Riding to victory, on Silver Gulls’ silver prose IT’S the Emus versus their old rivals, the Silver Gulls, as the electoral review of the Mornington Peninsula Shire reaches boiling point. The Gulls, prompted by the shire to express a view, generally don’t want change; these yachties and croquet players like councillors each to have a ward to themselves. We Emus don’t care all that much, as long as our councillor, and the shire, are doing a reasonable job. Mrs Emu is following it all avidly. “Listen to this!” she trilled excitedly. “That lovely David Gibb has put in a submission. “He’s told the electoral commission he might not offer himself for council again if multi-member wards are reintroduced on the peninsula. “That would be a tragedy. He looked so hunky in the mayoral chain last year. It somehow maked him look bigger. And he is soooo decisive. He formed all his opinions in 1978 and hasn’t changed them since. I like a man you can rely on to be consistent.” She glares at The Emu. “And don’t you like that old-fashioned language? He’s going to ‘offer’ himself. It’s almost Churchillian, don’t you think?” But, much to Mrs Emu’s chagrin, many people – possibly a majority at this stage – are advocating multi-member wards and criticising the CEO’s reappointment without the job being


advertised. “Some of them are being quite rude,” she said indignantly. “I say, if he ain’t broke, don’t ... ah ... how does that old saying go?” The Emu had the Gibb Manifesto shoved into his hands. It was easier to read than resist. And, we had to concede, the Red Hill cattleman has a certain vivid and polemic way with words. Let him speak for himself: “I was part of a two man Ward in the first elected Council after Commissioners, from 1997 to 2000. It was hell ... we were expected to work harmoniously together.” (Cr Gibb frequently emphasises his points with underlines and bold type.) And – mark this – our council subdivisions are not wards: they are Ridings, according to Cr Gibb. It is a term also used in Canada (and was in Yorkshire) to denote an electoral district. There’s erudition for you. The Emu favours its reintroduction here. It sounds classier than “ward”, which has connotations of hospital rooms, someone who needs protection, or an area defended by fortress walls. Cr Gibb continues: “You would hope that with ‘The Peninsula Way’ time

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and motion studies that have been employed, it would minimise such waste but inevitably, with large organisations duplication and communication are problems,” he writes. “We don’t want an electoral structure [multi-member wards] that only worsens the problem.” The Emu would be interested to see these studies, and compare them with arguments that have convinced the great majority of Victoria’s councils to adopt multi-member wards. Surely their councillors and citizens are as thoroughly confused as were Cr Gibb and his electors between 1997 and 2000? As he says, larger wards can have “Several different communities of interest and very difficult for a Cr to be on top of all the local issues.” There is also the economic aspect: “I couldn’t afford to produce and distribute 36,000 to 45,000 election flyers...” Not even using the $24,200 councillor stipend or $77,300 mayoral allowance – a considerable advantage for a sitting councillor over a first-time council candidate, The Emu thinks. These emoluments were set for the period 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2013, payable monthly – $2016.66 for councillors, $6441.66 for the mayor: enough for a few pamphlets. Cr Gibb favours nine councillors. In his hellish multi-member riding days he serviced 15,000 ratepayers, he says, and coped well. With today’s popula-

tion of just under 150,000, nine councillors would each service “an average of only 16,000 voters per councillor – still a manageable number if councillors are thinking and acting strategically, leaving the operational matters to qualified council staff”. (It’s actually 16,488 voters per councillor, although many of that number – The Emu is thinking of children especially – don’t actually vote, being required only for kissing before elections.) The main advantage of fewer councillors is, according to Cr Gibb, more efficient use of time – “decision making takes so much more time” with 11 councillors clamouring to have their say, cluttering up the democratic system. Another point to consider is that “councillors have many non-resident ratepayers. In the case of Rosebud, I can say that they are less demanding of my time”. That’s because they are non-residents – they are demanding the time of their councillors up in town. But hang on! The Emu’s keen intellect detects a flaw in logic here. What is true in a holiday ward (sorry, riding) is not necessarily true of Mt Eliza or Mornington, with more permanent populations. It would seem Cr Gibb is getting it easy compared with, say, Cr Bev Colomb or Cr Leigh Eustace or even Cr Graham Pittock, whose resident voters are forever on their backs.

The Emu turned to page three (mercifully the final page) to find Cr Gibb recommending “Historical Naming of Ridings/Wards” such as Matthew, Murray, Bowen and Collins, associated with peninsula history. None of your indigenous monikers for Cr Gibb. When in doubt, dive deep into the past, when everything was relaxed and comfortable. “Any new names should be historic ones e.g. Pioneering families, that allow the community to honour and remember the past,” advises Cr Gibb. “I.e. [That is] Keep our history alive. “Any new names should not have too many syllables either or they risk being shortened in everyday use.” Gibb Riding, for example, would be perfect: “Gibb” cannot be mutilated. Cr Gibb concludes his submission in modern argot, not something normally associated with him: “...the first recommendation for single member wards/ridings is the ‘die for’ recommendation.” In this suicidal thought he is, it appears, in the minority – until the predicted late flood of pro-shire submissions flutter into the electoral commission’s office, borne on the wings of the Silver Gulls. Read all about it at au/Reviews/MorningtonPeninsularrpresub.html.

Watch out: An eastern brown snake, above, and lowland copperhead. Pictures: Ian McCann

Snakes out early MORNINGTON-based snake catcher Barry Goldsmith warns snakes are out and about early this year. Mr Goldsmith says in the past two weeks he has been called to remove 11 snakes from residences and homes on the peninsula. “This is unheard of for this time of year and can be related to the unseasonal weather, the growth of plants and the breeding of the rodent population,” he said. “I have been catching and removing snakes here for many years and this year is certainly different. “The problem is people don’t expect to see snakes in winter and bites can occur if the snake is scared. “I hope no one gets bitten as they go about their winter garden chores, and that people realise snakes are protected even though many residents think they are just lowly animals.” Mr Goldsmith, who is also a wildlife controller and owns a wildlife shelter, can be contacted on 0408 067 062.

Home at sea: It may be just a dot from shore, but 500 species of marine animals have been recorded as calling Crawfish Rock home.

Take a walk for Western Port IT is difficult to fully appreciate all the natural wonders of Western Port from the shore, but the Dolphin Research Institute devotes much of its time to informing as many people as possible. Next month it is holding a Walk for Western Port to raise money for its ‘i sea, i care’ schools program. The institute hopes up to 300 sponsored walkers will participate in helping the program, which raises awareness of environmental issues.

The walk on Sunday 18 September starts at Hastings foreshore park and follows a level two-kilometre course. Registrations close 15 September. Institute executive director Jeff Weir said the “exciting new event to raise awareness of Western Port” would take about 40 minutes or two hours if participants chose to do the circuit twice. He hoped walkers would be sponsored by friends or businesses. “There will be prizes for different

categories, school, student, individuals, and groups. “We are also seeking volunteers, so anyone unable to walk the event may like to help out on the day.” Mr Weir said some of the lesser known facts of Western Port included it having 24 per cent of Victoria’s mangroves. “Crawfish Rock has more than 500 different species and six species of migrating shorebirds come to Western Port,

which is one per cent of the world’s population. If you related that to humans, it would be 70 million people.” Mr Weir said some of the world’s greatest travellers, migrating shore birds, flew from the Arctic, 10,000 kilometres away. For details of the Walk for Western Port, call the Dolphin Research Institute on 1300 130 949 or 0400 223 126.

Biala car changes MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire will review parking at Biala Peninsula’s centre in Elizabeth St, Mornington, following a complaint from a Biala parent. Jurgen Bebber of Mt Eliza wrote to shire councillors Bev Colomb and Anne Shaw saying it was difficult to park between Biala and the Mornington Information Centre. Mr Bebber has a three-year-old daughter at the Biala, an early intervention centre for young children with special needs and disabilities. While a number of parking spots are in the area between Biala and the information centre, these are almost always unavailable, he said. “The attraction of those spots is understandable, being an opportunity to park all day at no cost,” he said. “The result is that the spots are used for parkand-ride commuters and traders/consumers seek-

ing all day free parking.” He called on the council to weigh the interests of a vulnerable section of the community with others who use parking. The council should favour the interest of special needs children and their families by creating an area with three-hour parking restrictions to make it easier for them to park closer to Biala. Increasing the number of disabled parking spaces for special needs children with disability permits was also needed, he said. Mr Bebber ended his letter: “I wish to thank you for your continued support for Biala, which is a valuable community service.” Mornington Ward councillor Bev Colomb said the council was working to try and fix the issues with the parking in the area and new parking management was being organised for the area. – Matt Vowell (on work experience)

Living well by the book A FREE health and wellbeing booklet for seniors has been released by Peninsula Health Community Health, Mornington Peninsula Shire, PACE and U3A The Ageing – Part of Life’s Rich Tapestry booklet features Mornington Peninsula residents’ personal experiences of ageing, as well as advice from a range of professionals. The shire’s social planning and community development manager Jenny Macaffer said the booklet aimed to provide support to older people and to provide information on services available on the peninsula. “A range of topics are covered including grief, loss and depression, sexual health, caring for others and adjusting to retirement,” Ms Macaffer said. “The booklet is a compilation of real-life personal stories and is designed to assist older people who may be experiencing similar challenges.” Features in the booklet include personal stories such as that of Lyn who shares her experience of retirement. She explains how after making the sea

change to the peninsula, she discovered it was not quite what she had expected: “It soon became evident to me that unless one had an interest to participate in a sport or hobby or had a dog to walk, it was very difficult to meet people and develop friendships,” Lyn says. “In our busy working lives there was never any time for clubs or hobbies so we faced a real dilemma. “We considered joining a sport group, developing a hobby or even investing in a dog but for all the wrong reasons.” Lyn explains how she overcame her loneliness and met new friends. Once launched, the booklet will be made available through local GP waiting rooms or by ordering a free copy through Ageing Well on 9784 8320. The launch of Ageing – Part of Life’s Rich Tapestry is 2pm Wednesday 31 August, at the council chambers in Mornington. For more information or to RSVP, call the shire on 5950 1685.

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LETTERS Tides at The Heads YOUR report “Tide times raise queries over dredging at The Heads” (The News, 11/8/11), overlooked a critical point on the safe navigation of vessels transiting Port Phillip Heads, which is our foremost consideration. Many of your readers, including the litany of unnamed port experts quoted in the article, will be aware that The Heads is a volatile stretch of water, which the sea pilots and Port of Melbourne Corporation (PoMC) have always traversed and treated with great respect. Since early 2010, there have been sensible restrictions on deep draught vessels transiting The Heads at the outer extremities of tidal flows. Indeed, this was confirmed in the Notice to Mariners, which was issued in July in the interests of safe navigation to manage deep draught vessel transits during high tidal streams, which vary but have always existed well before channel deepening. While operational delays and commercial impact have been negligible, much more importantly vessel safety, which is paramount, has not been compromised. The restrictions only apply during small windows of high tidal flows and PoMC is monitoring the situation closely. The ongoing improvement in ship handling technology and experience gained by Port Philip Sea Pilots will inform regular reviews. It is possible with improving vessel power-to-weight ratios, together with extensive practical experience being

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sation are they running down there in Rosebud, and will the state government step in and demand that these sorts of decisions be fully disclosed to the ratepayers of the municipality? Robin Cooper Mt Eliza

RESIDENTS of Mornington Peninsula are uniquely and doubly blessed. We are blessed with 11 councillors with wisdom of mythological proportions; the wisdom to ignore the advice of the Office of Prime Minister and

GOOD luck to anyone who has the temerity to ask for information about an important decision made by the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council. After hearing that the council had reappointed its CEO without advertising the position and seeking interest from qualified individuals, I emailed my local councillor expressing my disap-

pointment at that decision. I asked him to let me know whether a division had been called on the vote, and which way each councillor had voted. I received a reply from him that was absolutely astonishing, and I quote: “Unfortunately the decision has been made in a Special Purposes meeting of which the minutes are confidential so I am not in a position to be able to divulge what occurred at the meeting and how the vote was conducted and who voted to re-appoint. “Following the article in the Mornington News I have had the riot act read to me along with the other councillors stating that the decision is strictly confidential. I am not even permitted to disclose the way I voted. I trust you will understand my position. All I can do is refer you to the Mayor.” It seems that what we have in our council is a body that does not even bother to pay lip service to being open and accountable. In our federal and state parliaments, the MPs cannot hide themselves away from the decisions they make, so why is that deemed to be appropriate behaviour from a council? Deciding to avoid advertising the position of the CEO is not a commercialin-confidence matter, but it is a matter that is, or should be, of great interest to the people who pay the majority of the money that this council rakes in to operate. As one of those people I should, at the very least, be able to find out how these so-called public representatives voted. Just what sort of a secretive organi-

THE Australian Welsh Male Choir members will fine tune their vocal chords at a peninsula concert in early September before heading overseas. The choir will perform at St Peter’s Anglican Church in Queen St, Mornington, at 2.30pm on Sunday 4 September as part of the church’s yearlong series of events to mark its 150th anniversary. The choir will be joined by by Susannah Foulds-Elliott (contralto), Rob-

in Elliott (baritone) and Nigel Nettleship (organist). Dr Foulds-Elliott has performed in Australia and overseas, and is a respected teacher and researcher, says Jill Linley of the 10th anniversary committee. “Her passion is for effective and moving performance, and for the nurturing of young singers,” she said. Dr Foulds-Elliott was awarded her doctorate for a thesis on voice produc-

tion. She teaches music and singing at St Margaret’s School in Berwick and at Loreto College in Melbourne. “Robin Elliott, the associate priest at St Peter’s, is married to Susannah. He has had a lifelong love affair with music, both as a listener and as a performer in his younger days. “Nigel Nettleship, an engineer, is one of the church organists and a chorister at St Peter’s. His Fanfare for Organ was composed for the 150th

celebrations and performed at a special service in May.” Two parishioners of St Peter’s also sing with the Welsh choir. “We are pleased to showcase some of the talented people in our parish as part of our 150th anniversary celebrations,” Ms Linley said. Tickets: Adult $20, concession $15, children $10 from the church office, 5975 0198 or at the door if not sold out.

gained by the pilots, that these restrictions may be eased over time. However, we believe easing these measures is likely to take years rather than months. Nevertheless, we would need overwhelming evidence that vessel safety would not be compromised before we considered relaxing the current restrictions. Readers who wish to know more about beach erosion at Portsea Beach may care to read the independent expert reports on sand movements on the website of the Office of the Environmental Monitor at au. Far from being the “white elephant” claimed by longstanding opponents, the channel deepening project has already seen at least one vessel every two days on average utilise the additional draught depth made available by the project and this will increase over the 30-year project life. In case the naysayers are wondering, there is no contemplation of further capital dredging at The Heads by PoMC or anyone else. Stephen Bradford chief executive officer Port of Melbourne Corporation

CEO’s reappointment

Mornington News 25 August 2011

Cabinet, the head of the Australian Public Service, the world’s leading executive placement agency, and numerous Victorian state politicians that the optimum length of tenure for a CEO is five to seven years. The wisdom to dismiss the empirical evidence that after this time CEO performance declines and lack of renewal leads to organisational stagnation. The wisdom to reappoint, uncontested, for the third time the shire CEO [Dr Michael Kennedy], thus taking the CEO’s tenure up to a truly remarkable 16 years; three times the optimum. We are further blessed that in 1999 the then councillors chose a CEO of such uniquely outstanding capabilities that 13 years on, the CEO is still indisputably the best municipal CEO in the country; so far ahead of any other actual or potential CEOs, in fact, that any comparison would clearly be pointless. We are blessed, indeed, to live in such a Golden Age governed by such civic Titans. David Chalke Tyabb

Shire’s lack of accountability

Futile battle

COUNCILLOR Bev Colomb fought a brave, but lonely and futile battle to convince at least five other councillors that Mornington does not need yet another liquor outlet [at the council meeting on 15 August – see ‘Church angst over licensed backpacker lodge’, page XX]. This one does not even conform to the Mornington CBD structure plan and is to tower over St Peter’s Church. This well illustrates the need for conurbations such as Mornington to have more than one councillor representing them. Ratepayers will shortly have an opportunity to submit that this is what they require – a multi-councillor ward. The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) is currently reviewing the electoral process for our peninsula. I urge all ratepayers who care about the deterioration of Mornington to submit to the VEC their desire for multicouncillor representation. For details go to au/reviews/MorningtonPeninsularr. html or call 131 832. Another liquor outlet for Mornington? Overlooking St Peter’s? He who sups with the devil needs a long spoon. Roger Lambert Mornington


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$530,000 – $550,000

Olde World character SITUATED on a lovely large 850-square metre block bursting with colour and variety, this gorgeous character-filled cottage is sure to attract the eye of green thumbs and nature lovers alike. Every room is overflowing with a rustic ambience stemming from the delightful timber floorboards throughout, the dream timber kitchen with cupboard space galore, and the warm, inviting living areas with mantlepiece, cornices and wood heater. There are three bedrooms with the main bedroom having access to the verandah. The bathroom has been fully renovated to include spa bath, timber vanity and feature leadlight window. Picture windows overlook the olde world gardens with paths that meander throughout and give a feeling of romance. Fall in love at first sight with this simply delightful home with a hint of a bygone era.

Address: 16 Moomba Street. Agency: Honor Baxter Real Estate 209 Main Street, Mornington, 5976 6688. Agent: Louise Varigos, 0428 148 468.

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AFFORDABLE INVESTMENT This 3 bedroom BV home is located within an easy stroll to Rye Beach and Shopping Village. Positioned on a large 816m2 block this property has plenty of room to move. Features include a separate lounge room and a separate kitchen which overlooks a separate meals area. The property is currently tenanted at $200 p/w till 30/9/2011 so inspection is by appointment only.

EASY STROLL TO BAY, PLAZA & HOSPITAL... A stroll to the beach, renovated & set on 583sqm of land, cosy, warm & comfortable holiday home suitable for permanent living, holiday or holiday rental - the choice is yours, comprising 3 bdrms - 2 with BIRs. OPL dining, lounge & brand new kitchen, family/TV rm, polished floor boards throughout, 2 bathrms, gas heater in lounge with A/C, double carport, single garage at rear suitable for workshop/storage, rear decking, low maintenance garden with established fruit trees, vegetable plots for the enthusiast gardener. All within walking distance to Rosebud Plaza, the Bay & High school. Call to arrange your private inspection today as this will not last..

WHAT A CUTE HOME! This residence offers a touch of yesteryear charm and consists of 2 bedrooms, open plan living with polished boards throughout, built in robes, neat kitchen with gas cooking. Located on a good size allotment with plenty of room for you to do whatever you like and within walking distance to the beach. This property is well worth a look.

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TIME TO MOVE ON The property has served its purpose and the Vendors have reset their expectations to ensure a prompt sale. First impressions are great, We have an attractive timber home with a very large front covered decked area, a secure lock up garage with drive through, extensive off street parking behind secure fences and gates and pretty, well cared for gardens. Being close to the beach, shops, school, parks etc is a huge bonus. There are 4 / 5 bedrooms all of which are spacious, two big bathrooms plus extra shower and toilet, a main living room to the front along with a wide open kitchen with family room and heaps of storage.

3 UNIT SITE CLOSE TO EVERYTHING This great 3 bedroom brick home has been fully renovated which means you have absolutely nothing to do but shift right in and start to enjoy everything it has to offer. The home features a good sized open plan living area, a brand new separate kitchen / meals area, brand new bathroom and laundry. The home has a single lock up garage and plenty of room out back for the family to move around and enjoy. This property is located close to Rosebud Beach and Shops and is situated on a 960m2 block of land which makes this a great opportunity for a developer to build 3 units (STCA). Use the property as a holiday house, permanent living, investment property or development site.

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We’re getting ready for the Spring sales! If you are planning on selling this spring ring Honor first for an assessment - then when you are ready to go on the market we offer Free Photography portfolio and floor plan for all properties listed in September (can be used for auction or private sale campaigns)

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Auction: Saturday 17 September at midday

Brand new and very chic A BRAND spanking new townhouse within a two-minute stroll to Main Street, Mornington, this property will appeal to the modern buyer seeking something above the standard townhouse. A very contemporary interior features dark polished floorboards and an absolutely stunning kitchen with sleek lines, rangehood and dishwasher. For townhouse living the interior is very spacious and the three bedrooms are all of good size as are the three living areas. The exterior has been extensively landscaped to include a paved courtyard area, which is privately situated behind a high timber fence. This fabulous beachside residence really does have the lot and and with its size will suit not only investment buyers, but also small families and retirees choosing to downsize.

Address: 1/10 Kent Street. Agency: Conley Luff Real Estate 188 Main Street, Mornington, 5975 7733. Agent: Leigh Donovan, 0418 106 309.


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If the house fits... THERE are lots of angles to this well-positioned home but they all add up to a property that has enormous potential. Sited just two streets away from the beach, this muchloved home has been the family base for many a summer holiday. The block measures approx 660 square metres and has good fences. Inside there are three bedrooms, bathroom and one open room for kitchen, dining and lounge. A large garage will house all the summer toys. With its great position providing quick, easy access to town and within walking distance of the beach, the opportunities are certainly here to restore, rebuild or redevelop the site entirely.

Address: 47 Nepean Highway. Agency: Stockdale & Leggo Dromana 193 Pt Nepean Road, 5987 3233. Agent: Anthony McDermott 0403 161 125.

Rye - 2235 Point Nepean Road - Ph: 5985 9988


We’ve CORNERED this great property The owner has indicated that she WILL meet the market. Our instructions are clear...please sell my property so I can move closer to my family. Here’s a few descriptive and superlatives to whet your appetite... Immaculate. Prime Tyrone foreshore location. Year round climate controlled living. Total privacy. Fully fenced and secure. Storage galore. Tank water fed low maintenance gardens. 4 car garage/carport. Extensive outdoor decked entertainment area. With very little effort and expense, this property can easily be converted to a 4 bedroom/2 bathroom accommodation. 1FSGFDUBTtɨFUSBEJFOFFEJOHTQBDFBOEBCPZTTIFEt)PMJEBZIPNFt)PMJEBZPSQFSNBOFOUSFOUBMJOWFTUNFOUt3FUJSFNFOUPSQFSNBOFOUSFTJEFODF"MMXFDBOTBZJTEPOUNJTTUIJTPOF Price Guide: Inspect: Contact:

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Mornington – Freehold For Sale


Mornington - For Lease

$5000pcm + GST + OGS

Position, position ENJOYING a prominent position on Mornington-Tyabb Road in Mornington, this landmark property has come onto the market. Securely leased to a well-known business, the current owners are keen to sell. Some off-street parking is available.

Address: 12 Mornington-Tyabb Road, Mornington. Agency: Kevin Wright Commercial, 2/26 McLaren Place, Mornington, 5977 2255. Agent: Kevin Wright, 0417 564 454.

Centre of retail activity THIS large, open area of approx 170 square metres is in Barkly Street, Mornington, within the bustling retail precinct of the town. Plenty of parking is available nearby and the premises lends itself well to a restaurant or cafe. There is women’s and men’s toilet and a storage room. A long-term lease is available.

Address: 2/55 Barkly Street, Mornington. Agency: Kevin Wright Commercial, 2/26 McLaren Place, Mornington 5977 2255. Agent: Kevin Wright, 0417 564 454.

Frankston South $750K-$820K By Neg. Crib Point Family Friendly Design in Prestigious Tranquil Setting Purchase off the Plan and Save! Set in a quiet, private court on approx two thirds of an acre sits this well designed home, in one of the most sought after areas of Frankston South. A natural setting the property backs onto a large council reserve and is surrounded by million dollar properties. The home offers four bedrooms, two of which have full ensuites, there is third bathroom to service the remaining two bedrooms which are conveniently located down a hall. A large study is positioned to the front of the home, perfect for the kids to do their homework, or to simply enjoy their own space. Three separate living areas include kitchen/meals, a large lounge/dining, family room and a fantastic rumpus room which will cater for everybody’s needs. Entertain or simply relax on the large deck wrapping itself around the property. The deck is covered and offers an unbelievable natural outlook over the treetops. Other features of the property include gas ducted heating, water storage, double lock-up garage, a separate billiard or entertaining room under the home aside the garage, two further covered car parks and drive through access to the rear yard. This is an exceptional property in an exceptional location that will sell quickly. Harcourts Hastings ADDRESS: 16 Alicudi Avenue

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From $269,950

Not just for the investor, this small development of only four is close to Crib Point medical centre, shops and public transport making it a logical choice if downsizing from a larger property or wanting to move closer to facilities. Each unit comprises 2 large bedrooms with build in robes, centrally located bathroom and spacious open-plan living/dining/kitchen. Externally a water tank and garden shed are also provided. Boasting quality fixtures and fittings and stamp duty savings, these units offer the astute buyer better value compared to others selling in the area.

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1/10 Kent Street





When describing this property words like Chic, Groovy & Spunky come to mind. Basically this is all Brand Spanking New, so just move in ,sit back and relax with not a cent to spend. Located within a 2 minute stroll to Main Street this fabulous beachside residence would be a wonderful Investment,perfect home or ideal downsizer. Comprising 3 bedrooms and 3 living areas furnished with 1st class appointments throughout. Luxurious bathroom and kitchen, feature lighting and coffure ceilings, single garage and extra off-street parking. Landscaped to perfection, secure, and private, ITS GOT THE LOT

Absolute 1st class presentation, open luxurious floor plan, positioned high in the exclusive Summerfields Estate, with views across to Mount Martha and Arthurs Seat.Comprising gracious formal entry with superb Jarrah timber staircase, feature ceilings to large lounge and separate dining, granite topped chefs kitchen, adjoining meals alcove & large tiled family room, 4 bedrooms & study (huge master with oval spa, exotic shower & WIR), 3 bathrooms plus powder URRP ODUJHXSVWDLUVOLYLQJURRP)HDWXUHVÂ&#x2021;7ULSOHDXWR JDUDJHZLWKUHDUUGRRUÂ&#x2021;3RROKRXVHZLWKIXOOEDWKURRP VDXQD SHUVRQVSDÂ&#x2021;'XFWHGKHDWLQJ YDFXXP  DLU FRQGLWLRQLQJ Â&#x2021; [ P YLHZLQJ GHFN Â&#x2021;:DWHU WDQN  ZDWHU IHDWXUHV Â&#x2021;6HFXULW\ FDPHUDV Â&#x2021;6RODU KHDWHG fenced IG pool & gazebo. IN A WORD - WOW!

Inspect Saturday 12-12.30pm or by appointment 84 Summerfields Drive


26 Trafalgar Square

$539,500 NEG


$570,000 - $615,000 FABULOUS FOR A FAMILY!

A delightful garden setting on a 414 M2 cul-de-sac lot in the desirable Mayfair Estate invites you into this stylish BV home, offering approx. 18 squares of living plus double auto garage with internal access. With 3 generous bedrooms (FES/WIR to master), a bright hostess kitchen with adjoining meals, a large multi-purpose room & a spacious tiled living room opening to a large timber deck, ideal for entertaining. Including ducted heating, S/S R/C Air/con, 9ceilings with down lights, water tank & shed!

Get in now for Summer with this easy breezy entertainer RQDELJPFRXUWORW:LWKDGHFNHGLQJURXQG spa & fenced, paved in-ground pool with cabana this is the perfect place for when the warmer months arrive. Offering 5 bedrooms (FES/WIR to Master), 3 separated living areas, granite bench tops & s/steel appliances to the central kitchen, a big double carport and shedding. Spread the family out and entertain to the MAX!

Inspect Saturday 1-1.30pm or by appointment 9 Stanton Close


Inspect Wednesday & Saturday 3-3.30pm or by appointment


107A Tanti Avenue

6HW RQ D KXJH  P FRXUW ORW LQ WKH EHDXWLIXO Balcombe Crest Estate, this exciting property offers space & a pool for enjoyable family living & also facilities for some serious home hobbies! With 4 bedrooms plus study (FES/WIR to Master), formal lounge & dining, stylish central kitchen, a very large light-filled family room looking out to the fenced pool & covered entertaining area. Including ducted heating & evaporative cooling, s/s r/cycle air conditioner, dishwasher, double carport, double auto JDUDJHSOXVDKXJHSRZHUHGP[PEDUQVW\OH colour bond shed.

Inspect by appointment 5 Sabo Place


$485,000 - $520,000

$650,000 - $700,000 BIG FAMILY FUN & A SERIOUS SHED!

Expressions of interest are invited on this most versatile property located in beachside Mornington. The weatherboard property is located within the medical precinct and offers 3 bedrooms plus study. Lot size is 975sqm and developments could include a multiunit project or for use as professional medical suites (STCA)

17 Galilee Court

Inspect Saturday 3-3.30pm or by appointment



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Private & secure on a big 893m2 court lot this most attractive BV home offers zoned living ideal for a growing family & convenience to Osborne Primary, Bentonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Square & bus services. With 4 generous bedrooms (FES/WIR to master), sunny formal lounge, large kitchen with s/steel appliances including dishwasher, tiled family/meals, separate rumpus & double auto garage with rear door access to storage area. Also Including ducted heating & evaporative cooling, big 12x3m covered timber deck with pot belly stove & a fenced sunken above ground pool.

This exciting new residence enjoys a prized beachside location , close to the Village, beach & buses & offers an extra spacious 23 squares of skilfully designed OX[XU\ OLYLQJ 'RZQVWDLUV KDV WKH PDVWHU EHGURRP with FES/WIR plus front study, stylish kitchen with s/steel DSSOLDQFHVLQFOXGLQJGLVKZDVKHU PPUDQJH WI pantry. The huge living room has polished timber flooring. Upstairs are the other 2 generous bedrooms plus another living area and main bathroom with w/c. Including ducted heating, s/s r/cycle air/cond., a delightful alfresco area, 9 ceilings up & down, paving & landscaping Absolute WOW factor top location!

Inspect Wednesday & Saturday 2-2.30pm or by appointment 16 Illuka Street

5975 7733 Page 10

NEG OVER $950,000

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Inspect Wednesday & Saturday 11-11.30pm or by appointment

Shop 2, 188-194 Main St Mornington


10 Legacy Drive

$700,000 - $750,000


A beautifully presented property in an ideal location for a family home or a fabulous weekend getaway, ZLWK WKH  0 ORW FRQYHQLHQW WR WKH JROGHQ VDQGV of South Beach, Mt. Martha Primary and overlooking a treed reserve. This spacious home is zoned for relaxed living, with downstairs comprising 3 bedrooms, a study area, a family bathroom and rumpus room, & with upstairs offering a large master suite [with FES/WIR], superb kitchen with stone bench tops and s/ steel Smeg appliances, a large open-plan lounge and dining area with polished timber floors, all opening on to a large alfresco entertaining deck. With a double FDUSRUW VLQJOH JDUDJH  OLWUH ZDWHU WDQN  VKHG & with magnificent gardens complimenting the 2 undercover entertaining areas.

This striking as-new 2 storey residence, finished with flair & high quality fittings, is ideally situated only a short stroll from the sandy shores of Fishys beach & the boutique cafes of Main Street. With approx. 23 squares of luxury living & comprising 4 bedrooms [palatial master suite with FENS/WIR & Juliet balcony], two other full bathrooms, a deluxe granite kitchen with s/steel appliances, 2 spacious & separated lightfilled living areas, a double auto garage with internal access & a private paved rear courtyard. Spotlessly SUHVHQWHG LQFOXGLQJKLJKFHLOLQJV*'+GLVKZDVKHU security system & ducted vacuum.

Inspect Wednesday & Saturday 12-12.30pm or by appointment 25 York Street

$430,000 - $460,000

Inspect by appointment


$690,000 - $730,000



Free standing brick veneer villa in a small group atop Beleura Hill. Bus transport available down to Main Street. There are 2 generous bedrooms, main with walk-in robe & dual entry bathroom, timber kitchen with s/steel appliances and adjoining meals area. The lounge is quite spacious and sunny. Single garage, ducted heating and vacuum, air conditioning and window furnishings all included.

$ VXSHUE P FRXUW ORW LQ WKH H[FOXVLYH Summerfields Estate is an ideal setting for this big living B/V home, featuring a West Australian Limestone faade & beautiful polished timber flooring. With 4 bedrooms plus study (master with FENS (spa)/WIR), formal entry & VSDFLRXV ORXQJH YLQ\O ZUDS NLWFKHQ ZLWK 66 PP appliances & W.I. Pantry, dining room, a large family room, a separate rumpus/games room & double auto garage with internal access. Relax on the 7 x7 metre deck looking over the fenced solar heated I.G. Pool. Including ducted heating, evaporative cooling, 9 ceilings, downlights, dishwasher & secure parking for a boat/caravan. Easy Walk to Benton Junior College & buses.

Inspect Saturday 3-3.30pm or by appointment 4 Cottage Place


8 Ella Bella Way

$660,000 - $710,000



5/33-37 Balcombe Street


NEG OVER $740,000

Inspect Saturday 2-2.30pm or by appointment


$285,000 - $310,000



/DQGVFDSHGJDUGHQV DELJPORWSURYLGHD perfect setting for this exceptional BV home, offering 31 squares of living plus a double auto brick garage with rear r/door & an adjoining workshop. A combination of beautiful timber flooring & quality carpet invites you inside, with 4 bedrooms plus study (Master suite FES/WIR & study both downstairs), spacious lounge & dining with open fireplace, a deluxe granite kitchen with s/s appliances, a large family room, a separate rumpus/games room, a generous upstairs living room & an 8 x 5m covered entertaining deck with on-line gas brick bbq. Including ducted heating, dishwasher, 9ceilings, powder room, & a big secure rear yard.

A treat for 1ST Homebuyers and Investors with this well presented BV villa that enjoys a quiet beachside location. Offering 2 bedrooms, spacious open living, a stylishly renovated kitchen with s/steel appliances, carport and a sensational entertaining front courtyard and all privately placed behind a wall of established trees and high fencing.

Inspect Saturday 2-2.30pm or by appointment 2/14 Fleet Street


1/2 Hunter Street

$275,000 - $295,000


$375,000 - $395,000



If you are dangerous with a paint brush & creative in the garden, then this front BV Villa of 3 only, just a comfortable stroll from the Village, might be ideal for you. With 2 generous bedrooms (BIRs), spacious lounge with gas heater & s/system reverse cycle air conditioner, attractive kitchen with adjoining meals, single garage & 2 rear courtyards. EASY COSMETIC IMPROVER!

:LWK UHOD[LQJ ZDONV  EHDXWLIXO YLHZV RQO\  PHWUHV away at the Esplanade, this most stylishly renovated BV villa is one of only 3. With 2 bedrooms (large master with 2-way bathroom),the modern kitchen has a dishwasher and there is an adjoining meals area, spacious light-filled living room & internal comforts include s/system reverse cycle air conditioner plus private courtyard & carport with storage. Buses, beaches & local shopping at your fingertips

Inspect Wednesday & Saturday 11-11.30am or by appointment 2/5 Gleneagles Avenue


2/13 Brent Street

Inspect Saturday 11-11.30am or by appointment

$390,000 - $415,000


Inspect Wednesday & Saturday 12-12.30pm or by appointment

$520,000 - $570,000



Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a comfortable stroll to Mornington Village from this brand new BV villa set in a quiet street and in a small group of only 3. With 2 large bedrooms (master with FES), spacious north-facing living with garden outlook , granite- topped kitchen with S/Steel Blanco appliances an adjacent dining area and single garage with internal access. Outside offers a large paved entertaining area surrounded by landscaped JDUGHQV ZLWK O ZDWHU WDQN &RPSOHWHG DV D finished product with ducted heating, 9â&#x20AC;? ceilings, square-set plaster throughout, window furnishings, fly screens & clothesline. JUST MOVE IN & ENJOY!

Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be pleasantly surprised from the moment you step inside this four bedroom family home. Substantial light & bright open living areas make this perfect for those who wish to spread out. The home features an expansive entertainers kitchen central to the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s living with big pantry, loads of bench space and a family sized breakfast bar. There is an elegant formal lounge, separate dining, huge tiled meals and adjoining family room with direct access to a fabulous paved outdoor BBQ area and pergola. The master bedroom has WIR & FES, other features include ducted heating, air conditioning, double garage, excellent low maintenance landscaping with rear DFFHVVDQGDOOVLWWLQJRQDPDOORWPHQW

Inspect Saturday 1-1.30pm or by appointment 61 St. Mitchell Circuit

5975 7733

Inspect Saturday 1-1.30pm or by appointment

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Coast Guard ready to fight fires on water COAST Guard volunteers at Hastings are the first flotilla to acquire CFA firefighting skills. The volunteers have completed a marine firefighting course allowing them to respond to fires on water without the need for CFA firefighters to be on board. “This training should be a requirement for all Coast Guard volunteers. We are proud to say we are CFA members as well as Coast Guard members,” CFA Coast Guard liaison officer David Hatcher said. “Obviously our number one priority is to save lives and now we have firefighting equipment and training to help us achieve this mission.” CFA Hastings volunteer Alex Satragno, who is currently training seven Coast Guard members, said he has been waiting to participate in the project. “This is, so to speak, like giving birth to a firefighting water service. Hastings Coast Guard receives about 100 callouts a year – that’s more than some of our CFA stations. “I believe it is essential for all Coast Guard members to obtain their basic firefighting skills.” The Coast Guard boat at Hastings will be fitted with a CFA pump. Aiming training: Hastings Coast Guard volunteers Colin McKenzie, Peter Scully, Brian Howell, Kavin Windsor, Tony Hacking, Alex Satragno (CFA instructor), Noel Brown and David Hatcher.

Time travelling in Rye THE Anglican Parish of Sorrento and Rye and the Rye Historical Society acknowledged the significance of the site of St Andrew’s Church in the life of the Rye community over more than 150 years at a ceremony last Friday. It was one of the major events celebrating the proclamation of the township of Rye in1861. The Archbishop of the Melbourne Diocese, Dr Philip Freier, unveiled a plaque and a history board with the help of pupils from Rye Primary School. A schoolhouse of limestone and wattle and daub, which also served as a public hall and a church for Anglicans and Presbyterians, was built on the site in 1857, four years before Rye was declared a township by the government. Rye Primary School’s school captains read a declaration and presented a time capsule, and the school choir performed.

Photo: Barry Irving

Time’s up: Rye pupils, Rye Historical Society members and guests at the unveilling of the commemorative plaque on top of a time capsule to mark the first school built by the Church of England in Rye – in 1857.

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‘Unlocking’ opens up Point By Keith Platt PLANS to introduce privately run commercial enterprises within Point Nepean National Park are in line with recommendations of the Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission. While neither the park’s management plan or the VCEC’s report have yet been adopted by the state government, it seems unlikely to oppose them both. The VCEC’s final report ‘Unlocking Victorian Tourism’ has been given to the Treasurer Kim Wells for consideration. Meanwhile, $13 million has been allocated to upgrade the park’s infrastructure, and planning permit applications have been lodged with Mornington Peninsula Shire. The infrastructure work will pave the way for the 100- to 120-room upmarket hotel included in the park’s development plan. National park manager Stuart Hughes said expressions of interest could be sought once the plan was approved, well before the infrastructure works were completed. He hoped the draft management plan – now being “appraised” by state government departments and politicians – would be approved “soon, in weeks or months”. If adopted, the VCEC’s report will open the doors for commercial development within the state’s many national parks. Providing accommodation at Point Nepean is a centerpiece of Parks Victoria’s draft management plan, which also includes cafes and restaurants, buildings to house historic collections,

Building to go: Point Nepean National Park manager Stuart Highes outside one of the 1970s era barracks that could be demolished to make way for an upmarket hotel.

meeting rooms and educational facilities. Hotel accommodation would be provided in renovated existing buildings as well as in two new buildings, which would replace 1970s era barracks. Federal MP for Flinders Greg Hunt says he will “oppose any government” that does not make marine and environmental education the “number one priority” at Point Nepean. “That’s been my view from day one

and it’s never changed,” he said. Mr Hunt is trying to revive plans for thes University of Melbourne to open a national centre for coasts and climate at Point Nepean. He said $12 million was “still held in trust” for the centre and recently led a delegation from the university to meet Environment Minister Ryan Smith and Parks Victoria chief executive Dr Bill Jackson. Mr Hunt described the outcome for

the delegation as being “well heard; we got an open-minded response”. “I said the draft management plan was inadequate without education being the central purpose [of the park’s activities],” Mr Hunt said. The plan had been inherited by the current state Liberal government from its Labor predecessor. Mr Hughes said $25m of federal and state government money to be spent at the park did not involve “any obliga-

tion to invest in anything in particular”. “There is no money being held directly for the national marine centre concept,” Mr Hughes said. He estimated about $11m would be left after the infrastructure works were completed, “and some of that’s been spent already”. Mr Hughes listed works that would be financed from the remaining money, including risk procedures, fixing buildings, landscaping, restoring lime kilns, providing access to beaches and “telling stories at the quarantine centre”. Mr Hughes described the latest approach by University of Melbourne as a “simple expression” of previous proposals. “They want us to still consider a national centre for the site, but there’s nothing tangible.” Victorian National Parks Association executive director Matt Ruchel said there was no need to change existing government policy “which rules out new large facilities”. “The focus should be on sensitive improvement of existing buildings or infustructure, not new stand alone developments,” Mr Ruchel said. “In the case of Point Nepean, the VNPA remains opposed to new largescale infrastructure such as major new accommodation and think there is plenty of opportunity for heritage sensitive re-use of existing buildings. “The merits of any proposal need to be looked at in detail to ensure they suit the site and protect heritage and environmental values – not a blanket green light.”

Rangers hunt Charlie’s killer By Keith Platt THE owners of a loved family pet mauled to death by a larger dog at Tyabb fear the same fate may be in store other small dogs. Four-year-old King Charles spaniel Charlie was having his daily walk at Tyabb oval on Monday 9 August with Phillip Poppleton when attacked by another dog that ran across from the leash-free area. Mr Poppleton, 82, took a kick at the attacking animal’s head, but was unable to scare it away from Charlie. A cleaner at the football club drove Mr Poppleton and Charlie to the Hastings vet, but efforts to save him were in vain. Meanwhile, the elderly owner of the offending dog collected his animal before driving off in a small blue sedan. His dog is described as being black with a white throat. If found guilty of an offence, the dog’s owner faces a $5000 penalty. Charlie’s owners could also seek damages and costs in civil proceedings. While Mr Poppleton and Charlie’s owner, his former wife Anne Tebbutt, and other family members are reeling from the shock of losing their pet, Mornington Peninsula Shire rangers are trying to track down the offending dog and its owner.


Ms Tebbutt said she was dreading breaking the news of Charlie’s death to her four-year-old granddaughter. “I want people to be aware of this dog. You wonder if it has done it before and will it do it again? “Charlie was part of the family and this is just horrible.” Jonathon Poppleton said his father was distressed by the incident. “My dad was covered in blood and was very upset as one can imagine. He has been walking the family dogs at the Tyabb football ground for the last 10 or more years. “The cleaner at the football club saw my dad and drove Phillip and Charlie to my Mum’s home in Tyabb. Dad would not have been able to carry Charlie home as he is 82 years old.” Michael Doyle, a member of the shire’s environment team, said rangers were looking in the Tyabb area “trying to find the attacking dog and its owner”. Exercising dogs in off-leash areas was a “privilege that comes with responsibilities for dog owners”. Anyone who can help identify the dog that killed Charlie can call 1300 850 600.

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Family loss: Melissa Bridge, left, with Anne Tebbutt and Charlie, their family’s loved King Charles spaniel killed by another dog while being walked at Tyabb.

Village Glen growing as 3000 truckloads fill swamp for units By Mike Hast RESIDENTS of three quiet streets in Rosebud West are in for a shock when they discover their roads will be used for 6000 trips by trucks carrying dirt for up to six weeks. The massive project will see 30,000 cubic metres of earth excavated from Balaka St on the eastern edge of the Village Glen retirement village for a nursing home to open in 2013. The dirt will be carted down Balaka St, along Eastbourne Rd, up Elizabeth St and into Sanctuary Park Dve and St Elmos Close. A temporary gravel track carved through precious bush will give trucks access to a 2.5-hectare section of the Tootgarook Swamp, which will be filled to a height of 3.6 metres, about half a metre above the flood level of 2001. Thirty-six retirement units worth up to $20 million will be built on the raised land by Community Village Australia (CVA), owner of Village Glen, which was founded in 1980 and is still owned by Mt Eliza millionaire Charles Jacobsen. The 9 St Elmos Close project is stage six of the Village Glen complex, which currently houses 900 people and is much-loved by residents. The project is generating controversy, with St Elmos Close residents and near neighbours as electrically charged as the atmospheric phenomenon, St Elmo’s Fire, after which the street is named. Led by Cameron Brown and Jessica Durrant, a couple living at the end of Elizabeth Ave near St Elmos Close, residents have accused Mornington Peninsula Shire’s planning department of not sending out documents or answering questions in a timely manner. They are upset that a land swap deal between the shire and CVA to improve drainage, the application to fill the swamp and the request to build 36 units were not dealt with together. A meeting between objectors and the developer had been set by the shire for 3pm during the week when many people were at work. Hovering over the project is a planning amendment for the area, C150, which they say should be completed before the application is dealt with. The amendment will include flood overlays that could restrict where development occurs. Adding further complexity is an ob-


Wetland wonder: Philip Jensen, left, and Gidja Walker of SPIFFA discuss with Jessica Durrant and Cameron Brown the plans by Community Villages Australia to fill part of the Tootgarook Swamp for more Village Glen home units.

jection from the Southern Peninsula Flora and Fauna Association, one of the most active and technically qualified conservation groups on the peninsula, which claims a study of flora made for the filling was inadequate and that Tootgarook Swamp could be eligible for a Ramsar listing. Ramsar is a convention protecting wetlands of international importance. Registered wetlands in southern Victoria include parts of Western Port, the western shoreline of Port Phillip and the Bellarine Peninsula, and EdithvaleSeaford wetlands. This is the $20 million question: should we even be filling swamps in the second decade of the 21st century? The earth filling application was not dealt with by the shire within 60 days of its submission, as is required under state planning laws, so CVA took the shire to the VCAT. The shire’s senior planning officer, director of sustainable environment Steve Chapple, told Tootgarook Swamp “champion” Norm McKinlay the council “was not in a position to make a decision on the application within the time frame prescribed by [law] as the applicant had not provided the required information requested by the Department of Sustainability and Environment”. But still the matter went to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, revealing a flaw in the planning process. The case was heard last week but no decision has been made.

The swamp filling case did not come to public notice until Mr McKinlay asked a question at a council meeting in Blairgowrie on 27 April: “Is council aware a planning permit for filling in the large area of land at ... St Elmos Close, Rosebud West, was not processed within the required 60 days and will now go to the VCAT? The area forms an integral part of the Tootgarook Swamp. This landfill will destroy a large area of prime rare and threatened native grassland with rare and threatened species including local, state, national and international threatened species. “Why was the project not assessed? Why was the project not put before a full council meeting so that input from the community could also be assessed by councillors? Will council support this project at VCAT and, if so, will proper expert representation be put forward by council at the upcoming VCAT meeting to counteract the large number of experts that will no doubt represent the developers. This is the second recent large development abutting Chinamans Creek that has not been assessed by council planners within the required 60 day period.” The question was answered by Steve Chapple after the meeting and posted on the shire website: “I refer to your questions raised during the council meeting of 27 April 2011. Having spoken to the relevant planning officers regarding the above planning application, I provide the fol-

lowing responses. “As you have expressed, the site is known to have flora and fauna value. This has been explored throughout the application process, including referrals to internal council departments as well as external bodies. Council was not in a position to make a decision on the application within the timeframe prescribed by the Planning and Environment Act 1987 (the act) as the applicant had not provided the required information requested by the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) as a Section 55 referral authority in the act. “Given the significance of the area, this information is deemed critical to both the DSE and council’s assessment of the flora and fauna values of the site. “While working through these issues, the applicant has exercised his right to apply to VCAT for failure of council to determine the application within the prescribed time frame. “The application was advertised to the wider community by way of letters to adjoining property owners, a sign erected on the site and the placement of an advertisement in the Mornington [Peninsula] Leader. This process was deemed sufficient to allow for community input and was undertaken in accordance with the act. “As the application is purely for the filling the site it is deemed to be an application that can be assessed under delegation, therefore is not required to be considered at a council meeting.

“Council is not in a position to advise what position it will take at VCAT proceedings until such time as all the required details have been provided. Prior to any hearing of this matter by VCAT, council will assess the resources required to present its case and will, if necessary, engage appropriate expert consultants.” SPIFFA has objected to the filling, claiming there were flaws and omissions in the Ecology Partners report into the value of the site. Secretary Philip Jensen said the land was plains grassland, an endangered vegetation community, and that the shire’s own mapping of the site reveals this. Other concerns included:  No targeted survey for an endangered geranium species.  Ecology Partners had failed to adequately address DSE concerns and questions.  No survey for the endangered swamp skink or the white-footed dunnart.  Modelling for flood levels does not take into account projected extreme events due to climate change.  Any development relying on filling in flood-prone land is inappropriate. The land has the potential to develop into ephemeral wetland if managed properly.  Any site that needs filling to avoid flooding is inappropriate for development. The Craigie flood mitigation report of 1997 showed total potential development by infilling would reduce retarding basin function by about 40 per cent.  The shire allowing development on floodplains could attract litigation from residents who are because of this reduced capacity.  Clearing for firebreaks would see more disturbance and biodiversity loss. SPIFFA secretary Philip Jensen said the group had highlighted the existence of critically endangered plains grassland in the whole development site. “This should have immediately torpedoed the proposal, but the advice was comprehensively ignored by shire planning staff,” he said. “As to a solution to the plains grassland threat, the site of 2.7 hectares abuts the existing shire reserve of 11.2 hectares and this land needs to be purchased by the shire and the grassland restored.” CVA has submitted plans for the 36 units to the shire, but the matter has not yet come to the council.

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Music to their ears: Above, Gerald Spoor, left, and former Frankston “Blue Note” music shop owner Ray Martin, once a sheetmetal worker, make parts for the boiler project. They and their mates will put in $1 million worth of labour at $25 an hour. Right, head of the engineering group Gerald Spoor with K163.

The iron men of Moorooduc By Mike Hast THE stuff in a “men’s shed” at Moorooduc is measured in hundreds of tonnes, not kilograms. One of several “sheds” is 100 metres long and eight metres high. The pile of timber in a corner of the yard contains 2500 pieces stacked higher than two men. It’s the Mornington Railway Preservation Society’s base off Moorooduc Hwy near the coolstores, and blokes from the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula area have been coming here to learn or perfect new skills for almost 15 years. It’s the granddaddy of men’s sheds and was up and about before the phrase had been applied to a movement that is sweeping Australia; a phrase used to describe places where men hang out and learn new skills and revive old ones. The 70 or so volunteers of Mornington Railway keep alive the tradition of steam trains and their 11-hectare (27acre) site was a hive of activity when The Times visited for a barbecue lunch and inspection. The group runs tourist trips between Moorooduc and Mornington and return three Sundays a month as well as special occasions. At Mornington, a bus operated by the chamber of commerce and Mornington Peninsula Shire takes people into the centre of town for lunch, shopping or lazing on the beach on warmer days. Trundling down 11 kilometres of track are four restored, red country line carriages filled with excited youngsters, amazed young adults and nostalgic older people. They’re hauled by the pride of the society’s fleet, K163, an 18-metre


long, 63-tonne, fully restored steam locomotive built in Newport in 1941. On Tuesday the blokes were restocking their boilers with hamburgers cooked by the head of the engineering group, Gerald Spoor, a retired BlueScope engineer who started at the then-new Hastings mill in 1974 when it was called Lysaghts. Everyone here is a former “something”. Some continue their trade, like Peter Reyment, a retired fitter and turner with Victorian Railways, who was restoring big bolts using a lathe rescued from the old Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation factory at Fishermans Bend. Earlier, Ian Wilson, another retired BlueScope man, and Peter were driving the Trak Chief shunting locomotive (donated by BlueScope) to move the four carriages to be washed by former banker Roger Townshend and Michael Smith. The site is full of rescued and donated equipment – milling machines, band saws, a power hacksaw, metal presses – and rail carriages waiting to be restored. Nearby in another shed, Ray Martin, who owned the Blue Note music store in Frankston until about a year ago, was making widgets for the restoration of another steam loco, reliving his days as a sheet metal worker. In yet another shed, one end blocked off to keep out winter winds, former undertaker Lee Hayes and ex-hydraulics expert Steve Perkins were attacking a huge project – refurbishing of a giant boiler that will go into the society’s next K class steam loco. Gerald Spoor said it should be ready by the end of 2012 and would be good for another 30 to 40 years. “Refurbishing the boiler for K163

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Cash and carriage: Retired banker Roger Townshend washing the four-carriage country train.

took two years. I worked out that if we paid the blokes $25 an hour, the boiler cost $1.5 million. You’d never do it commercially; it’s a labour of love,” he said. Ex-Victorian Railway fireman Maurice Clarke drives a desk at Moorooduc, taking care of admin tasks and preparing work sheets, but was happy to show The Times the heritage signal box, rescued from Somerton when the wider standard gauge went through many years ago.

Society president Malcolm Swaine, an educator and administrator in his previous life, said the enthusiasm of the men was inspiring. “They’re learning new skills in the later years of life; they turn up early, work hard all day and the only reward is seeing the railway operate efficiently,” he said. Gerald and Malcolm nod vigorously when asked if it was exciting when the restored boiler was lowered into K163 just over a year ago. It was the culmination of months

of work and Mornington Railway’s pride and joy was back on the job last October, hauling up to 200 tourists on a Sunday, blowing its whistle as it passed through crossings on the way to Mornington, smoke pouring from the loco to evoke the days when steam was king of railroads around the world. Politicians and VIPs clamoured to be on K163 that first day. While the loco was being restored, one of two T class diesel locos was pressed into service. They and other

Beg, borrow or buy at a pinch THE “boys” from Mornington Railway have accumulated train stuff from around the state. They persuaded the owners of a locomotive at Seymour to let them jack up the 63-tonne beast and replace good wheels with old ones, with their prize set to carry the next K class loco. The steam loco that has pride of place in the Gippsland town of Yarragon is missing essential bits after the Moorooduc men convinced the local council to let them strip parts. The pedestrian walkway over the tracks at Moorooduc comes from North Fitzroy railyard and is more than 100 years old. The society has dozens of carriages and guard’s vans acquired over the years. Railway “nuts” are a tight-knit bunch and seem to know

where all their prized targets are located. Malcolm Swaine says the society is always looking for volunteers. “We have three sections: trade people, blokes who run the railway on Sundays – catering, ticket sellers and marshalls – and administrators.” Tuesday is engineering and traffic group days; Thursday for the crew who restore the heritage carriages. The society runs tourists trains three Sundays a month. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $8 for children and $12 concession. A journey behind K163 is a blast from the past and well worth taking.  To contact the society, call 1300 767 274 or email mrpssecretary@ The website has a host of information including train times at:

Teeth Whitening Centre Private treatments at Mt Martha By appointment Steam stalwarts: Top, Mornington Railway Preservation Society co-founder Howard Girdler and current president Malcolm Swaine. On the boil: Top right, refurbishing a boiler for the next K class steam loco are former undertaker Lee Hayes, left, and former hydraulics expert Steve Perkins. Signal time: Above centre, ex-Victorian Railway fireman Maurice Clarke drives a desk at Moorooduc, taking care of admin tasks and preparing work sheets, but is seen here in the heritage signal box, rescued from Somerton when the wider standard gauge went through many years ago. Shunting in the sun: Above, driving the Trak Chief carriage shunter are retired Victorian Railways fitter and turner Peter Reyment, left, and retired BlueScope employee Ian Wilson.

precious rolling stock occupy the long shed. Boys and their very big toys. Mornington Railway is one of Victoria’s leading railway preservation societies, along with the best-known Puffing Billy in the Dandenongs and groups in Castlemaine, Walhalla, on the Bellarine Peninsula, in the Yarra Valley and at Daylesford. Nowadays the societies are treated the same as mainline operators such as Metro and VLine, and must comply with the Rail Safety Act 2006 and Tourist and Heritage Railways Act 2010. Mornington Railway is regularly audited by Transport Safety Victoria and Mr Swaine, of Frankston, was proud to be compared more than favourably with commercial operators, the statement made by TSV inspectors when they visited Moorooduc for a day earlier this month. Mornington Railway pays the premium on $10 million of public liability insurance, and insurance from $10m to $250m is covered by the state government’s insurance program. Tourist railways are an important part of the state’s tourism sector. The society’s next big idea is to reopen the line between Moorooduc and Baxter, five kilometres

of existing track, and then connect this section to the Melbourne line. “One day you’ll be able to get on a steam train at Southern Cross or Flinders St stations and ride down to Mornington. From there buses will take you all over the peninsula,” Mr Swaine said. One-third of the sleepers on the Baxter track will have to be replaced, hence the 2500 lumps of wood in the society’s yard, sleepers rescued from the Gippsland line at Pakenham where concrete is replacing wood. Sitting under the verandah at the restored Moorooduc station on Tuesday afternoon, tucking into a hamburger with the lot, was Howard Girdler, who with Greg Dunkley started the railway society in May 1984, after the government officially closed the Mornington train service in March 1983. The railmotor had broken down and been replaced by buses in 1981. Mr Girdler recalled: “We put together a delegation and met the Minister for Transport to ask him if we could use the line for a tourist railway. “Everyone around the table was nodding in agreement until one bloke jumped up and said ‘No, it can’t be done until this and that happens’.

“That set us back years and by the time we won government approval in 1991 to use the track, they’d sold off parts of the railway land, in 1989, that used to end at Ross St in Mornington, about 150 metres from the beach and right in the middle of town.” Mr Girdler knew the last steam train driver at Mornington – Ted Berry, who was also on Mornington Shire council in the 1950s and 60s. “Ted used to drive trains in country Victoria. They travelled at 60mph (100km/h) and one day Ted decided he’d had enough of racing around the state and wanted a slower life so he transferred to the Mornington line where trains ran at 45mph (73 km/h),” he said with a chuckle. Mr Girdler has retired from Mornington Railway, but turns up at the monthly barbecues to hang with the blokes. On Tuesday he was returning a VHS tape of historic RAAF aircraft to a mate, but admitted he’d be back soon because somehow a tape of his wife’s favourite opera had jumped into the box. “My mate’s not interested in opera,” he said with a slight grimace, “his more into shunting carriages with our old Trak Chief.”

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Made in Japan at Centro THE fantastic response to the reappearance of Made in Japan in Mornington over the past 12 months has been inspiring and more than welcome to the hardworking team of committed staff. So much so they have decided to open another outlet in Mornington at the bustling Centro complex on Barkly St. Walking into the new store is like stepping into a simpler, more stylised version of the huge warehouse outlet on Watt Rd. Recently arrived ceramic shipments loaded with restaurant quality tableware have refreshed the stock available and showcase the incredible craftsmanship and quality inherent in Japanese ceramic design. Many of the ceramic ranges stocked are exclusive to Made in Japan worldwide due to the long and loyal partnership the business has had with traditional, family run kilns in Japan over 20 plus years of trade, ensuring your purchase will never be â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;run of the millâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Added to the revamped ceramic range are furniture and antiques, endless gift ideas including kimono, fabrics, incense, ikebana accessories, wind chimes, vintage dolls and bric-a-brac, as well as traditional lacquer ware and home furnishings for which Made in Japan is renowned.

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Latest news from the Institute of Romance By Stuart McCullough RESEARCHERS have found those who over-indulge in romance novels are less likely to have a fulfilling romantic life in the real world. Killjoys. It’s typical that some egghead would take it upon themselves to spoil the fun for everybody by tipping a bucket of intellectual cold water over the romance novel industry. I have to wonder who would fund such research. It is, perhaps, ironic that the prime suspects may be the Crime Novelists Association. The results of this, if not groundbreaking, then at least footpath-denting study were published recently in the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care. While I’ve no doubt that it’s an esteemed publication, I know little about the this journal. I’ll bet you five ways to Sunday, though, that no one ever curled up in front of an open fire with a cup of tea, a couple of Tim Tams within easy reach and a copy of the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care. Precisely how does anyone decide to research romance novels? Surely there are better things to do, particularly when you consider all the big questions that remain without answers. Did somebody manage to cure the common cold

while I wasn’t looking? Perfect the ever-lasting light bulb? Has science finally figured out why people watch Two and Half Men? If research into romance novels is the best our scientists can come up with, they have officially run out of ideas. Perhaps it’s time we abandoned science altogether in favour of superstition and general paganism. After all, what has science ever given us? Other than electricity, of course, which is pretty useful. The laws of physics, I suppose, are worth knowing. And, if push comes to shove, I suppose science is pretty much responsible for everything that we take for granted, but those things aside, science has given as almost nothing. Superstition, on the other hand, gave us Stonehenge and those weird granite faces on Easter Island. You can’t tell me that the world wouldn’t be a better place with a few of those in the local shopping centre. It’s easy to make fun of romance novels and the people who read them. However, I have long been of the view that we can take a page out of the romance novel book (although a page containing a major plot twist is best avoided). To start with, it is surely a scientific fact that romance novels have the best covers. Flowing hair,

shirt buttons popped to expose the maximum amount of flesh that is decent to reveal. The same rules also apply for the portrayal of the women. All books should have covers like this. Had the cover of Anna Karenina featured the eponymous heroine in a torn blouse

and a shirtless Count Vronsky, abdomen muscles like roof tiles, it would have sold a lot more copies. In simple terms, what exactly did this research discover? In short, that romance novels are not particularly realistic. Now there’s a shock result. To be

honest, I could have told you that and saved them the trouble of firing up the Bunsen burner. Not being realistic is, I dare say, the entire point of romance novels. They are escapism, pure and simple. I suppose that could be unhealthy if taken to an extreme, but you can say that of pretty much anything. I’ve half a mind to write to the journal. In fact, I may even offer that half a mind for scientific purposes. Sticking the boot in to romance novels for being unrealistic is like disputing that Mr Ed could really talk. Sometimes it’s okay to suspend reality. Then again, perhaps it’s wrong of me to shoot the messenger. It can’t be easy working for the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care. Doubtless there are long days that reach into the night as researchers are forced to work together in confined quarters pouring their all into producing a top notch magazine. Perhaps one of the researchers – let’s call her Felicity Smithington-Huffbuster – struggles with the long hours and demanding work schedule because she harbours a terrible secret. Orphaned at birth following a freak teeth-bleaching accident, the courageous Felicity lives alone in a rundown squat with nothing but a cat named Mr Mistoffelees and


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Entertainment IT’S no surprise Ross Wilson is appearing at the 2011 Gympie Muster and Lizottes later this year. The Gympie Muster website says “Loads of country, dollop of blues, rock and folk”. Ross Wilson is certainly all of that and more. Just listen to his song Just as Long as We’re Together on the new remastered Daddy Who? album and you will know what I mean. For Ross Wilson it all started in 1965 with a band called the Pink Finks with Ross Hannaford. Then they met Wayne Duncan and Gary Young who were playing in the Rondells, a band that also backed Bobby and Laurie. Daddy Cool was born in 1970 and released its debut single Eagle Rock (written by Ross Wilson) in 1971 with the B side being Bom Bom written by the two Rosses. Eagle Rock went on to become the biggest-selling Australian single of the year. In July 1971 Daddy Cool released a debut album, Daddy Who? Daddy Cool (Sparmac). It held the record for the most copies sold for a local album (60,000) until 1974, when Skyhooks Living in the 70s was released. Daddy Cool became one of the most

popular Australian groups of the ’70s, not only for their music but also their outrageous stage outfits, which included jughead cap (Gary Young), Mickey Mouse ears (Wayne Duncan), a propeller beanie (Ross Hannaford) and a fox tail on a belt (Ross Wilson). Now 40 years on Sony has released for the first time on CD Daddy Who? Daddy Cool! as a remastered digital album. I caught up with Ross Wilson during the week and chatted about the album

release and why it took so long. “Sparmac sold its catalogue to BMG/Sony and they approached us regarding the release on CD,” he said. “The initial thing was to give the identity of the album back. Daddy Who? is the foundation of my career and representation of what was going on in my life at the time. “Robbie Porter came long and produced the album and Roger Savage engineered it. Robbie also played piano and we had a great sax player called Dave Brown. “The album contains the long version of Come Back Again plus the single edit. We got the Daddy Cool theme song from the Diamonds who sang it in 1957. We learnt the song and it became our theme.” Daddy Cool was released in 1971 by Adelaide group Drummond (Fable), which included Graham Goble, later of Little River Band fame. In addition to the original tracks remastered, the CD comes with four bonus tracks that were included on the Reprise Records international pressing. The artwork comes with all the images from the original LP cover as designed by Ross Hannaford and Ian McCausland along with liner notes by

Ross Wilson, plus vintage photos from the Daddy Cool vault. It’s a great collection of songs including Eagle Rock, School Days, Come Back Again, Bom Bom, Cherry Pie, Zoop Bop Gold Cadillac, Blind Date and more. This is only the first chapter in the series of one of Australia’s greatest music groups. We hope to see more classic Daddy Cool songs in the digital age in the future including Hi Honey Ho, I’ll Never Smile Again, Teenage Blues, Cadillacin’, Jerry’s Jump, Duke of Earl, Boogie Man, Don’t Ever Leave Me, Blind Date and more. Daddy Who? Daddy Cool! (Sony) is in music stores and online at www. Ross Wilson will perform at Gympie Muster on Thursday 25 August and Bulimba Festival in Brisbane on 28 August.

could that nasty coalition have than a woman intent on cultural change at the helm of a largely macho organisation.” Good stuff sometimes happens.

thing, but knowing that he gets paid many thousands for his efforts, which amounts to convincing people to put money where it’s safe, and knowing that he wouldn’t have a clue about the bank’s financial structure, I worry. I hope my worry is misplaced. Is there a nexus between a knowledge of a certain subject and an understanding of human nature? Say you’re chatting with someone who is an expert in their field. In terms of human behaviour and philosophical insights, they may well be asinine, as is sometimes the case. We assume they have expertise in other fields. And yet, you may come across a labourer, a dogsbody, a financial adviser or even a psychologist and discover a jewel. Rare, but surely a fascination.

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A Grain of Salt IT’S official. According to Relationships Australia’s Samantha Aldridge in her survey of 1200 people, those having regular sex in their 70s are happier with the quality and quantity of their bedroom action than their grandchildren’s generation. Samantha darling, visit the dedicated smoking zone of my local RSL and you shall discover that your findings are somewhat skewed. The big question is who paid Samantha to carry out this survey and what does she/they hope to achieve? It would have been interesting to see sex questions on our Census form, optional obviously. Who could resist a touch of dreaming. How regular? Every week, but currently overdue? *** SHOULD David Hicks be allowed to keep any profits made on the sale of his book? Definitely. The poor bugger deserves a ray of sunshine. It was the Libs who crucified him for political purposes. Any similar action by the Labor Party will be disappointing, to say the least. How about “Chopper” Read you hypocrites? Leave the poor, sad man alone! *** DURING my 37 years at racetracks, I developed a nasty habit of picking a

number and announcing it was a certainty. A human nature study. Someone was always available to follow my expert advice. I was working at Echuca trots one night and announced they would not bring a particular horse from NSW for nothing. Sure enough, one chap plonked and lost, with NSW a mere kilometre away. Around that time I was watching World of Sport every Sunday with a neighbour, a police sergeant; nice bloke, self-opinionated like me. One night I came across him at the Sandown greyhounds; told him number 4 was home and hosed. He listened, which intrigued me. Way out of character. A month later he was arrested and went to jail. Stealing police fund monies. One very nice chap who got caught in the gambling trap. Very sad. Sometimes it pays to shut up. *** I’M no great fan of Louise Adler of Melbourne University Press; a shade too arrogant for mine. I must, however, give her five stars for her words on behalf of our former top cop Christine: “She took on a coalition of hardcore recidivist police resistant to change, opportunistic politicians adept at the dog whistle and a tabloid media both stroking and profiting from resentment and ignorance. What better target

*** YEARS ago I nearly bought a rundown shack in Somers with a view and a backyard onto Western Port. I figured I couldn’t lose but conservatism ruled. I had the same feeling for Flinders, South Melbourne and Burleigh Heads. Living costs, the wife and kids first; well, second anyway. We all have whatifs. Lately we get updates of moves in the median price of houses. Rye often gets a mention as being on the up, possibly influenced by the multitude of real estate agents. If one happens to blink when driving through Rye in winter, one misses it altogether, apart perhaps from the pulling power of the pier. As always I’ve left my run too late, opportunity gone along with capital, but if I was younger my feelings would be with Hastings. A beautiful little town with much potential, if they ever get around to realising it. *** AM uncomfortable with actor John Wood doing those ME Bank commercials. There’s something trustworthy about his face, which is not a bad

*** I’M not good at comprehending poetry. I’ve tried valiantly with Alexander Pope and Walt Whitman, but never made it. Sometimes however, at a stretch, I can understand Leunig. At my age, as I approach the possibility of dementia, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, cancer and the certainty of sexlessness, one wonders what’s to come. I’m a believer in the individual having the right to determine how and when they say farewell.

with Cliff Ellen On this one occasion it’s appropriate to pass on one beautiful poem I clearly understood... What is to come we know not. But we know That what has been was good – was good to show, Better to hide, and best of all to bear. We are the masters of the days that were: We have lived, we have loved, we have suffered ... even so. Shall we not take the ebb who had the flow? Life was our friend. Now, if it be our foe – Dear, though it spoil and break us! – need we care What is to come? (W E Henley) Cheers.

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Putting the Devil on the run FRANKSTON runner Cameron Hall and Stacey Van Dueren of Carlton won the men’s and women’s categories in Sunday’s Devilbend fun runs. It was the 37th running of the race, which has five- and 10-kilometre events as well as the main 21.1km half marathon. Race director Rohan Day said the race was one of the longest running events in the country. “It makes a good lead-up event to the Melbourne Marathon in October and many runners like a fast hitout as preparation on the softer dirt surface at Devilbend.” Mr Day said the number of entries was just under 400. “At 4 o’clock on a Sunday morning as you’re driving a truck down dirt roads you do question what you were thinking when you signed up for this job. But you’re committed now and you peg down another kilometre marker, ram in some more star pickets for the caution signs and set up another drink station,” he said. “Then dawn comes and your mood brightens when you see it’s going to be one of those beautiful cool Victorian winter days when the sun comes out and all is right with the world. “We have no idea why the creek and reservoir where the run starts from were named Devilbend, but with a name like that you have an opportunity for theatrics that you can’t let slide. We offered free entry to anyone dressing up as a devil and a few folks obliged.

Results: Female 5km Stephanie Kondogonis, Maidstone 1; Anna Caudwell, Mt Eliza 2; Katy Thomas, Seaford 3. Male 5km Dean Locke, Frankston, 1; Zac Rouse, Mt Eliza 2; Jordan Rouse, Mt Eliza 3. Female 10km Rebecca Rogers, Bittern 1; Sophie Brennan, Frankston South 2; Vivien Higgins, Hastings 3. Male 10km Milaan Lottering, Mt Eliza 1; Jarrod Mullavey, Thornbury 2; Shaun Lenehan, Chadstone 3. Female 21.1km – Half Marathon Stacey Van Dueren, Carlton 1; Rebecca Hay, Frankston South 2; Jane Allardice, Parkdale 3. Male 21.1km – Half Marathon Cameron Hall, Frankston 1; Hamish Beaumont, Carlton 2; Richard Does, Frankston South 3. For all results visit

Devil time: Gun competitors were quick to take a turn after the start of the 37th annual fun runs at Devilbend; getting ready for the track; and Travis Hancock dressed for the occasion and gained a free entry. Pictures: Steven Taylor

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For Aldersons, That’s The One could go to top of class IT’S been a few years since Colin Alderson had a top-class galloper, but this might be about to change. Colin, who now trains in partnership with his daughter Cindy, has an exciting young prospect in That’s The One coming through the ranks. The powerful, big striding threeyear-old impressed when scoring over 1200 metres on debut at Sandown in July. He then confirmed this ability when producing a devastating burst from last to win over 1400 metres at Flemington on Saturday 6 August. Although time and maturity will help, That’s The One can already be expected to play a role in feature races the next few months. While That’s The One is full of promise, a veteran, Pinnacles, also seems another good betting proposition. The eight-year-old, he hasn’t won in more than 12 months, showed he is returning to form following a photo-finish second to Mr Griswold over 1400 metres at Flemington at his last start. Noble Park, who finished two lengths behind Pinnacles in the race, shapes as another likely winner. A lightly raced four-year-old, he found the distance too short and will appreciate stepping up to 1600 metres and beyond. There were further encouraging signs for the spring hopes of Rekindled Interest when he produced a slashing second behind smart Queenslander Temple Of Boom over 1200 metres at the Flemington meeting. A winner of the Group 2 AAMI Vase (2040m) at Moonee Valley in October,

Rekindled Interest is being prepared primarily for the major spring races and indications are that he is going to be a worthy challenger. Another spring hopeful who caught the eye was the Pat Carey-trained Cedarberg who came from near last to finish seventh. He looked above himself and may well need another run or two before working his way back into the winner’s list. A lot of horses aiming at the spring carnival resumed at Caulfield on Saturday and those that came under particular notice were Parables, Delago’s Lad, Metonymy, Chasm, Panipique and Indikator. Darley-owned Parables was unlucky when second to the in-form Mid Summer Music in the Group 3 Cockram Stakes. A lightly raced daughter of Lonhro, Parables had difficulty securing a run in the straight but once in the clear she rocketed home and is sure to make her presence felt over the spring. Third-placed Anabaa’s Legacy also has her foot on the till. The Mornington-trained mare was having only her second start back from injury and after being used to lead from barrier 14, was courageous in defeat. Others to impress in what looks a “strong form race” were Tasmanian Lady Lynette and Cranbourne-trained pair Venus World and Pinker Pinker. Mornington-trained Delago’s Lad

acquitted himself well against some of the best juveniles last season and looks ready to go to the next step. Given time to find his stride, the gelding worked home stylishly when fourth behind gun three-year-old Sepoy in the Vain Stakes (1100m), giving every indication he’ll run out a strong 1600 metres. Peter Moody’s Metonymy is another who while appreciate stepping out over more ground. A consistent performer last season, she was decidedly unlucky when a fast-finishing second behind Sydneysider Satin Shoes in the Quezette Stakes (1100m). The Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on 12 October would be a logical target. Jason Warren had a big day at Caulfield when his stable star Bel Sprinter maintained his unbeaten record with a dashing all-the-way win in the listed Regal Roller Stakes. Later in the afternoon Head North gave the Mornington conditioner more cause for celebration when she flashed home behind David Brideoake’s Biancon Rose over 1400 metres. A late-maturing daughter of Street Cry, Head North will be seen to advantage over 2000 metres and further. The $100,000 R M Ansett Classic (2400m) on her home track on 1 October would be a possible option. Smart New Zealand stayer Indikator is likely to make his presence felt in some of the rich country cups over the next few months judging by his fresh-up second behind the freewheeling Light Vision over 2000 metres at Caulfield on Saturday. Best: Parables

Picking winners: Above, That’s The One with Craig Williams in the saddle winning at Flemington on 6 August. Below, Colin Alderson, left, Craig Williams and Cindy Alderson after That’s The One brought home the bacon. Pictures: Slickpix


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