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‘Tyk’ gets brigade’s vote for top role MOUNT Eliza Fire Brigade has appointed its first female officer, Lieutenant Petyka “Tyk” Slattery. Members of the brigade, headquartered in Canadian Bay Road, elected her to the position of Third Lieutenant earlier this month. Lieutenant Slattery is pictured with Captain Andrew Whitehead after her appointment. While many female members have performed office-bearer roles in the brigade’s management team over the years, “Tyk” is the first woman to take up an operational leadership role. She is set to bring her “enthusiasm and dedication to serving the community in her new role”.

Shire wants ‘foreign ownership’ details Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au THE state and federal governments are being asked to consider establishing a database of land in Australia that is owned by overseas interests. The suggestion by Mornington Peninsula Shire is part of a request for information of foreign ownership of land on the peninsula, particularly in the green wedge and special use zones. Cr David Gill said he believed Australians had “a right to know about foreign ownership of our country”. “We have a right to know about land banking by foreign identities, especial-

ly by developers pushing to rezone and subdivide,” he said. “We should also know about lobby groups trying to exert influence over our various governments whose political parties still accept donations from self-interested land investors.” Cr Gill told The News that golf courses in particular had been used as way to gain state government approval for “intensive residential development in the green wedge”. The decision at council’s 13 July meeting for information about foreign land ownership came five months after the defeat of a similar move by Cr Gill. At that stage Cr Sarah Race said moves to establish a database of for-

eign owned land within the peninsula’s green wedge areas “seems to have racist undertones” (“Shire shies away from ‘racist’ database” The News 8/2/21). “I’m very uncomfortable highlighting foreign ownership rather than generally,” she said. This time around - “by the slenderest of margins” - Cr Gill was supported by Crs Steve Holland, Paul Mercurio, Susan Bissinger, Debra Mar and Antonella Celi. Against the request were Crs Anthony Marsh, Lisa Dixon, Sarah Race, Kerri McCafferty and the mayor Despi O’Connor. “In short, our community has a right to know what, where and how much

land is controlled from overseas,” Cr Gill said. “I am glad that the more provocative opposed arguments [about racism] used during the last debate were not repeated. “I realise that there are Australian controlled entities who also land bank and pressure governments to change zonings, but to not allow our community to know how much land is foreign controlled seems incompatible with community standards in this day and age.” In February, Cr David Gill said having a database made sense following revelations about the millions of dollars in donations being made to politi-

cal parties by land developers. “Finding out who makes donations and is putting pressure on politicians and who owns land in our municipality, state and country, is not racist. It’s a simply a matter of looking after our land.” “We were ignorant about Casey Council until it happened,” Cr Gill said in reference to the allegations of money changing hands and rezoning pressures highlighted by the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC). At least two former shire councillors have been linked to the continuing investigation.

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Battery plan to ‘stabilise’ power supply Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au A MULTI-MILLION dollar battery plant at Tyabb will aim to improve electricity grid reliability and network stability across the Mornington Peninsula. Australian renewable energy company Maoneng is behind the battery energy storage system – or BESS – to be built on privately-owned land next to the Tyabb sub-station in Thornells Road. The plant will make money by drawing energy from the grid during off-peak periods when it is cheaper and storing it in batteries, and then dispatching it back to the grid during peak periods when it can charge a premium. Renewables development director Allison Hawke said this approach to buying and selling energy “meets the dual purpose of supporting a reliable electricity grid while encouraging new investment in these types of projects from companies like ours”. The plant is expected to provide 150 full time equivalent jobs during its 12 month construction, the company said. It will require one full-time position after that. Plans for the plant are on public display as Maoneng seeks a builder. Completion is expected in 2022. The peninsula is subject to fluctuations in demand for electricity, primarily as a result of seasonal tourism, with diesel generators being brought in each summer to top up existing supply (“Diesel back-up on power cut days” The News 1/10/18).

Power grab: This proposed battery plant at Tyabb, artist’s impression left, will make money by buying electricity off-peak and selling it back into the grid on days of high demand. Top, a small sign advising of the plan is displayed at the rural property in Thornells Road. Picture: Gary Sissons

“Like diesel generators, batteries provide demand response to help manage excess power demand and excess generation,” Ms Hawke said. “Batteries charge when there is an oversupply of generation and a very low power price and discharge in times of high demand. “As the fuel source is very low compared to diesel, battery generation can bid into the power market at a lower price. Batteries therefore help to reduce the cost of running the network and maintaining power supply.

“Back up diesel generation typically kicks in in times when all solar, wind, coal, gas and battery resources are exhausted and demand still exists – a very hot summer evening, for example.” Maoneng said its project had “no significant environmental impact concerns”. The company’s co-founder and CEO Morris Zhou said the Tyabb BESS represented an “important piece of the puzzle as Victoria’s renewable energy transition gathers pace”.

“A vital part of the Victorian government’s Renewable Energy Action Plan is the integration of energy storage,” he said. “Our facility directly supports this strategy and will play a key role in local grid stability. “As Australia’s electricity grid makes increasing use of renewable generation, we see a bright future for BESS projects. They provide numerous benefits by operating on a commercial basis to deliver long-term sustainable outcomes that support all

stakeholders – from local businesses and communities to the state government, regulators and investors.” The Tyabb BESS public exhibition period follows the company’s recent submission of plans for a BESS at Gould Creek, near Adelaide. The proposed 225MWp/450MWh project is scheduled for completion mid-2023. The company says it has sponsorship support from the Department of Energy and Mining,.

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JULY Taking action to create lasting change Is this for you? Visit Mount Martha Rotary Club. Meets on Mondays at 7.00pm. Inquiries: www.mountmartharotary.org.au Facebook or contact Carol on 0405 145 684 Mornington TOWN Club Take Off Weight Naturally, with weekly weigh-ins, group discussion and friendly, supportive fellowmembers. Meeting time 8.30 am on Wednesday mornings, at the Mornington Civic Bowls Club, Dunns Road, Mornington Mount Eliza Probus Club Local males and females meet second Monday of month at Uniting Church, Canadian Bay Road commencing at 9.45am. Includes guest-speaker, fellowship and refreshments at no cost. Visitors most welcome. Check club website or contact Tim Acton: 0418 310727. Free Event Thurs Morning Indoor Walk - 7.45am - 8.45am. A mature aged group of men and women walk, do exercises (conducted by a trained instructor), chat & socialise at Mornington Central Shopping Centre. Contact Bryan: 0410 935 936 Pizza Appreciation Society 1st Thurs each month, 7pm - 8.30pm. Free inclusive support group for people coping with anxiety and depression. A safe, friendly & supportive place to share your stories over a slice of pizza while meeting other like-minded individuals. 320 Main St, Mornington. To book: 0435 716 935. Mornington Croquet Club Civic Reserve. Mornington. New members welcome. Social play, fresh air and as competitive as you want to be. Contact Daphne 5977 2206 The Australian Welsh Male Choir rehearse at Baxter Village chapel each Monday 7pm. We also sing in the pub at Kirk’s Hotel the Esplanade Mornington. Last Wednesday monthly. 8pm All welcome. Free event Secretary@awmc.org.au. Ph: 0425 725 525 U3A Mornington offers a diverse program including languages, computer, art & craft, tai chi, meditation, exercise, discussion, philosophy, history, wellness, book & film discussion, creative writing, music, singing, speakers, games, and many social activities. www.u3amornington.org.au phone: Ph: 5975 9773 St Mark’s Playgroup Mondays 9.30am - 11.30am. Parents, grandparents and children 0-5 welcome to attend. Indoor and outdoor activities in a safe, friendly environment. St Mark’s Church, Barkly Street, Mornington. Enquiries or registration phone Robyn: 5975 1943. Mornington Seniors Citizens Club Monday 12.30pm - Indoor bowls Tuesday 11.00am - noon Tai Chai, followed by bingo at 12.30pm which includes coffee/tea/biscuits. 1 Flinders Dr, Mornington. Ph: 5975 3688 Mornington Peninsula Community Dog Club Come and have fun with your dog while training it. We welcome dogs of any age. Every Saturday morning at Citation Oval, Mt Martha. Beginners class is at 10.15am. We help you to train your dog to listen to you and be obedient using positive reinforcement, through fun and games and everyday life experiences. For more info contact June 0407846991 or www.dogclub.org.au.

Mt Eliza Fifty-Five Plus Club A great way to make new friends , keep healthy & have fun. Membership is open to 55 yo plus. Activities include billiards, dancing, Tai Chi, table tennis cards and more. Further info - www.mteliza55plusclub.com or Lorraine: 0434 088 821 IBS/FODMAP Sensitives Support and Self Help Association. Suffering bloat, pain, foggy-thinking, chronic food-related gut dysfunction. Free, guidance to self-diagnose specific food intolerances, resolutions, recipes. Video, Search: IBS/FODMAP – a guide to FODMAPS for better gut health. or, https//youtu.be/uT4z5WdRIaU Sasha: 0422 918 074 National Seniors Mornington Peninsula Branch welcomes members and visitors to our monthly meeting held at 2.00 pm on the third Monday of each month from February to November at the Bentons Square Community Centre Mornington. We will have an interesting speaker followed by afternoon tea. The Mornington Environment Association We at MEA (Mornington Environment Association), in association with our friends groups, work to maintain and enhance the ambience of the peninsula, and protect it from overdevelopment. Meetings are held monthly on the first Thursday of the month at Currawong Community Centre, Currawong Street, Mornington at 7pm. All welcome. Mt. Martha Seniors Group Every Thursday 1pm - 4pm. Mt Martha Community House, cnr. Esplanade & Dominion Rd. Call in and enjoy some great company, light snacks, games, raffles, carpet bowls, bus trips, lunches and free BBQ’s or just drop-in for a chat and a laugh with our fun bunch of people. For info contact Jim 0468 540 044 or Christine 0420 920 775 Ladies Probus Club of Mount Eliza Village Inc. meet on the first Monday of the month at 10.00am at the Uniting Church , Canadian Bay Rd. Mt Eliza. We welcome visitors and new members. Details, please phone 9787 2383. Mental Wellbeing Depressed? Anxious? Isolated? Suffering grief or loss? Know someone who is? Grow groups meet weekly to offer peer support and use a proven program for mental wellbeing. Expressions of interest. Visit www.grow.org.au for online groups. Details 1800 558 268. Mornington Peninsula Patchworkers 2nd Tuesday of month at St Mark’s Church, 50 Barkly St. 3rd Saturday of month at Currawong Stables, 5-17 Currawong St. For craft activities relating to textiles, stitching & knitting. Lots of fun. Email: morningtonpatch@gmail.com Web: morningtonpatch.com.au Mornington VIEW Club Meet at Mornington Golf Club on the fourth Friday of each month at 11.30 am. We are a very active and friendly club that is in its 27th year of raising funds for The Smith Family supporting disadvantaged school children. New members are always welcome. Call Judy 0410 486 204 or Dorothy 0417 528 243. Family History Melb PC Users Group, Mornington, Family History and DNA. We meet at the Mornington Information Centre every 3rd Monday for Family History and every last Wednesday for DNA (research) Q&A, information and presentations. www.melbpc.org.au/sigs/mornington-peninsulasig/family-history. Contact Colin: 0417 103 678

Mornington Dutch Australian Seniors Club Inviting you for a social get together, every Monday from 10.30am - 2pm. Join us in a Dutch card game, “Klaverjas” and a social game of Rummicub. Coffee and tea supplied. New members welcome. For more information ring Nel 59775680 or Elly 0432933292. Tyabb Hall - Frankston Flinders Rd, Tyabb. Free parking

Mount Martha Men’s Probus Club Mount Martha Men’s Probus Group, meet monthly, for further details go to our new web site: mount martha men’s probus club, and click on the link. For further details contact: Ron on 0407 327 470. Mt Eliza Neighbourhood House Walking Group for Men. Join Lester and other men for a moderate paced 4km walk around Mount Eliza. Starts 8.30am every Tuesday. For further information contact Lester on 0407 414 955.

Feldenkrais ‘Awareness Through Movement’ Classes Gentle, intriguing exercise for your mind and body, at home! Taught online using Zoom, Mon 9.30am, Tues 6.30pm, Fri 10am. For information: phone Kate Tremlett on 0415 171 092 or email katetrem@satlink.com.au Biala Peninsula Offering new service delivery options for children with disabilities, birth to 12 years and their families - online, telepractice, home program packs and telephone counselling and support. Phone 5975 1820 for information.

Mt Martha Ladies Probus Club Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month at Mt Martha House, commencing at 10am. Visitors and new members welcome. Come, join our friendly ladies. Contact for more details: Dorothy 0437 759 440, or Toni 0419 301 303. Balcombe Estuary Reserves Group BERG Mt Martha is a bushland friends group for the Balcombe Estuary Reserves Mirang Ave Mt Martha. Regular working bees are held on Sun, Tues, Wed and Friday mornings as well as Waterwatch and Estuary watch to monitor water quality. For more information please contact: info@berg.org.au, 0447 160 288, www.berg.org.au

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Grandparents Playgroup Registrations are now open for our grandparents playgroup. A semi-structured program, in a purpose built space specifically for grandparent carers. Mondays 10am-12noon. Located in the Barn – behind the Anglican Church 3 Queen Street, Mornington. For more info & registration forms for this group contact Deacon Liz 0419 581 792 or deaconliz@mmmanglican.org.au

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

Volunteers Wanted Enveco Health is an innovative social enterprise aiming to assist those with mental ill-health live independently in the community and to recover in a supportive non-clinical environment. We’re currently seeking volunteers to get involved in this innovative project. If you would like to know more visit www.enveco.org.au and send us a message.

Red Hatters 3rd Thurs each month For ladies over 50. Are you retired, semi-retired, divorced, married, separated, lonely or just wanting to join a fun group to enjoy your life. Enjoy lunches, outings and other activities, we meet monthly in Mt Eliza. Further info Vivienne 0422399920 or email viviennevanette1@dodo.com.au

Probus Club The Combined Mornington Peninsula Club meets at The Mornington Golf Club, Tallis Drive, Mornington. The Club meets on the first Tuesday of the month (except January) at 9.30 for 10.00am start. Visitors welcome. Call Membership Officer on 0422849177 for details.

Family Drug Support – Frankston Non-religious, open meetings for those impacted by someone’s drug and/or alcohol use. Talk/listen in a non-judgemental, safe environment. Wednesday fortnightly, 6pm at Frankston Hospital, 2 Hastings Rd. Meetings are free. Further details phone Chloe: 0448 177 083

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Card and Board Games Group New social group looking for members who are interested in an array of card and board games. We are looking at 500, Bridge, SOLO, Scrabble, Chess and more. Everyone is welcome! Wednesdays 1.30pm – 3.30pm. Gold coin donation. Equipment is provided however you are more than welcome to bring along a game. Bentons Square Community Centre, 145 Bentons Rd, Mornington

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Mt Eliza Mahjong Club The Evening Group of the Mount Eliza Mah Jong Club meets each Monday evening in the Mount Eliza Village Community House from 7 – 9pm. New members are always welcome, seasoned players or new to the game. Our friendly members are very happy to introduce them to this ancient game.

Peninsula Transport Assist needs Volunteer Drivers Do you have time, like driving and want to contribute to your community? Induction costs are covered and drivers are reimbursed from pick-up to return locations. For details call the P.T.A. Office on 03 9708 8241 or email: peninsulatransportassist@gmail.com. P.T.A. also needs drivers for 12 and 24 seater buses.

Polio Have you or do you know anyone who had polio or is now experiencing after effects of polio? Please come to our support group meeting held at 11am on the second Saturday of each month at the Information Centre, Main St, Mornington. Enquiries: 5981 2540

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Mornington Mahjong Mornington Mahjong Group meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Mornington RSL in Virginia Street Mornington. Come join us for a pleasant afternoon. Contact - Lucy: 0416 043 527 or Toni: 0416 301 303

Angling Club Snapper Point Angling Club is looking for new members. For a short time all joining fees will be waivered so why not come along to one of our monthly meetings, fishing comps or just an excursion. Experience the friendly comradery between like-minded fishos and swap some of those legendary stories. Website spac.org.au or call Russ on 0418320314

Are you a breast cancer survivor? Come and join us for a paddle in our Dragonboat. We paddle every Sunday at Patterson Lakes. You can have three “Come and try’s “ before deciding to join our special team. We provide paddles and PFD’s For more info call Marilyn 0433 114 338 or Lyndsay 0425 743 455. For fun, fitness and friendship



Mornington Life Activities Club We meet bi-monthly on the 1st Tues of the even month at Mornington Information Centre. We are a friendly group and welcome new members. Many activities are on offer – table tennis, walking groups, golf, yoga, dinners, trivia nights, jazz nights and bbqs. Phone Miriam 0408 332 817 for further info.

Peninsula Prostate Cancer Support Group Bentons Square Community Centre 7:00pm second Wednesday each month Share the journey in a relaxed, caring environment. Partners, carers and friends are most welcome. Contact 0422 608 345 peninsulapcsg@hotmail.com

Looking For a Fun Social Club? Come & enjoy playing Petanque on Wednesdays and Sundays at Moorooduc Recreation Reserve Derril Rd Moorooduc from 2pm-4pm Est 3pm-5pm Dst for further info contact Barb on 0408394546 or Jan 0409132761 or email morningtonpeninsulapetanque@gmail.com

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Unique view on art and life Marsh ‘excited’ by Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au

trust ‘progress’

A MORNINGTON Peninsula artist is unique in that no one else in the world has presented with the same genetic sequence. Brodie Alserda, 27, was born with a chromosome deletion disorder which was not diagnosed until she was 19. A genetic screening identified the abnormalities. These screens are maintained in a global database and no one else in the world has presented with the same genetic sequence she has. Now Alserda is holding an exhibition of her work at the invitation of Mount Eliza chiropractor Dr Kim Furness, of Lotus Chiropractic. Dr Furness has been seeing Alserda for 10 years and providers chiropractic treatment weekly. The exhibition runs until September. Ken McBride, the partner of Alserda’s mother, said that by last week Alserda had sold six of her limited edition prints. Alserda, who he said was bullied at school, has a form of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) suspected as being the catalyst for pseudo seizures caused by sensory overload resulting in her having five to 40 blackouts a day. “The triggers for these episodes are numerous but primarily pain, a loud noise, flashing lights, an odour or even happiness,” Mr McBride said. “Her connective tissue condition led to surgery to secure tendons in

DESPITE facing community calls for his appointment to be reversed, Cr Anthony Marsh was “excited” to inform his Mornington Peninsula Shire Council colleagues that his application to join the Bass Park trust “has progressed”. The minutes of the council’s Tuesday 13 July meeting state that Cr Marsh “is hoping at the [27 July] council meeting to be able to advise that the appointment has been ratified”. Cr Marsh successfully nominated himself for the position on the trust held by Cr David Gill for the past four and a half years (“Trust says ‘no’ to council’s chosen delegate” The News 15/6/21). However, the trust - established nearly a century ago to protect land occupied by Flinders Golf Club from developers - asked council to reverse its choice. That request and another by Flinders Community Association was ignored by council. Members of the trust said they were “extremely disappointed” and said they believed the position should go to their local Red Hill ward councillor, who is Cr Gill. Cr Marsh represents Briars Ward, which is located in the northern peninsula. Cr Marsh said Cr Gill would be “absolutely welcome” to “to nominate for anything in Briars Ward”. “This lack of respect for the trustees is emphasised by council failing to in-

ARTIST Brodie Alserda and two of her works being exhibited at Lotus Health Chiropractic, Mount Eliza. Picture: Supplied

one hip and both knees. She also suffers from frequent subluxation (partial dislocation) of both shoulders.” Despite her health problems, Alserda is said to be an accomplished clarinet player, and “well read on a range of topics”. In 2018, with her health deteriorating, she underwent a year-long course of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) which “turned her life around, clearing her mind of clutter: noises, psychosis and hallucinations”, Mr McBride said. “Brodie has been a talented artist from her early years and, despite not being able to do all the things her

peers could do, her art was where she excelled.” “She bounced back well from this until some stressful situations escalated her anxiety and led to more ECT in early 2021. She has responded very well and has become prolific in her artwork, leading to this exhibition.” Mr McBride said Alserda loved animals and regularly used them as inspiration. She converts a photograph into her signature style of Zentangle [self-help art therapy] black and white line drawing, or full colour artwork where she uses markers. Framed prints can be ordered from the Lotus reception staff.

form the trustees directly and reflects badly on Mornington Peninsula Council, who are supposed to represent the local community,” the trustees stated. Flinders Community Association president Jo Monie, in a letter, said it was “essential” that the Red Hill Ward councillors remain on the trust “to defend the interests and concerns of our local community”. The trust has not met since Cr Marsh’s appointment by council. Keith Platt

Volunteer ideas COMMUNITY feedback will be used to inform the future direction of volunteering on the Mornington Peninsula. The feedback will help the shire learn how individuals and services can better access and improve volunteering roles. The shire wants to know what resources are being used to find out about volunteering roles and how community organisations are finding volunteers. Research has shown that many community organisations, especially those working with older age groups, have experienced large declines in volunteers during the pandemic. To participate in the research visit: mornpen.vic.gov.au/volunteeringsurvey. Hard copy forms are also available on request at customer service centres.

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OVER the past year, 390 young people on the Mornington Peninsula sought help because they had nowhere to stay. Mornington Peninsula Shire is encouraging residents to try sleeping in their cars for one night to help draw attention to the homeless. “It takes a village” is the theme of this year’s Sleep In Your Car event organised by Fusion Mornington Peninsula as part of Homelessness Week 1-7 August. The event will go virtual from 5.30pm, Saturday 7 August as residents give up their beds for a night to sleep in their cars at home or in a tent in the backyard. “It’s so important to bring awareness to the issue of youth homeless-

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ness on our peninsula, especially during the winter months,” the mayor Cr Despi O’Connor said. “We go home to our warm houses, yet there are hundreds of young people doing it tough. We encourage everyone to get involved and learn more – it takes a village.” Community involvement will include watching interactive online experiences, online live music and guest speakers explaining homelessness. By registering to raise money towards Fusion’s $27,000 target and sleeping out, participants will be supporting and assisting young people in need of a place to stay. The shire partnered with Fusion and 10 other organisations in the Youth 2

Alliance, which advocates for state government-provided crisis accommodation and a tertiary education program for young people. Last year, the shire joined 13 other councils in the south east to form the Regional Local Government Homelessness and Social Housing Group Charter. The charter highlights the need for more social housing and a more effective and supported homelessness system. About 40 per cent of the 44,000 people on Victoria’s social housing wait list come from the south east and east Melbourne. Details and registrations at: mornpen.vic.gov.au/sleepinyourcar

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Opening the door for trained aged carers Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au A LEAD trainer in community services is creating a pilot program to help fill what she describes as a “huge need for aged care workers on the Mornington Peninsula”. Jane-Ellen Mountford, who has worked in aged care “most of her life”, is hoping to generate interest in the profession at all levels. “We want to raise awareness and generally create a better aged care workforce to support our elderly as they age with dignity and respect,” she said. “This is a big drive for people who can be of all ages and from all walks of life.” Ms Mountford, who lives on the peninsula and has a mother in aged care, said her initiative had government backing and was in collaboration with various aged care providers. “My parents owned nursing homes in the 1970s and I grew up in one,” she said. “There’s hardly a position in the industry that I have not held and now I put my efforts into quality training. I have a passionate interest in improving the lives of our elderly.” Ms Mountford said she was often being told there were not enough staff and was hoping to rectify that problem: “I am aiming to come up with an initiative, while working with various stakeholders, to boost the aged care workforce,” she said. “The idea is that I work with the aged care homes to make a commitment to employ staff who have completed an industryspecific, two-week preparation course I have created which includes a government funded entry into care skill set, which includes three subjects. “These units alone do not give people

enough skills or knowledge to confidently work or get a job, so I have added to the program and people will be offered volunteer work experience if they are unsure. “I will be the lead educator on all these programs working with [training organisation] The Management Edge.” Those applying would need to consent to a police check and have their COVID-19 and flu vaccinations. They would be expected to work at the one facility, rather than moving between aged care homes. Training will be at Mornington or Frankston at this stage, depending on where applicants come from. For example, if 15 people in Rosebud apply for traineeships Ms Mountford will hire a room there. The initial course is two weeks face-toface and the full course is one day every three weeks with Zoom evening sessions of two hours on alternate weeks. No costs will be charged at this stage as the traineeships are paid for by the federal government. Working hours will depend on the employer but will probably be part-time until trainees are offered fulltime positions. “I believe that, with what we have put together, along with quality training from our industry experts, I can confidently place successful students into work,” Ms Mountford said. “They will then complete their full qualification while getting practical experience and guidance. “This is the pilot program and it is an exciting opportunity using a system that allows for specific filtering of candidates according to their individual skills and qualifications. “Most of the pieces of the puzzle are coming together and we are now looking for suitable candidates. We are also working with some of the job search agencies.”

Filling a need: Jane-Ellen Mountford aims to create a better aged care workforce. Picture: Yanni

Trial to lessen problems when moving the aged A SYSTEM to be trialled in up to four residential aged care centres on the Mornington Peninsula and in Frankston will aim to synchronise the care of their residents with other parts of the health system. The goal is to overcome a lack of coordination regarded as a “perennial problem for the aged care sector [as] highlighted during last year’s COVID-19 pandemic when 685 people in [mostly federally-funded] aged care homes died”. Monash University said a $1.9 million grant announced by Health and Aged Care Minister and Flinders MP Greg Hunt would be used to find a digital health solution to provide “information considered critical during the transfer of people living in [care]”. Associate Professor Nadine Andrew, of Monash University’s Peninsula Clinical School, Central Clinical School and the National Centre for Healthy Ageing, said the system would provide a summary of “critical point-of-care information” that needed to be shared when residents were moved, such as by ambulance to a hospital or another care centre. The one-page summary would be able to be “understood by all end users”. “We will also be trialling new technologies to support automated updating of information from existing electronic systems,” Prof Andrew said. The current system involved uploading large amounts of information such as hospital discharge, radiology and pathology reports. “Although this is still important, it is not so suitable for emergency time critical situations, such as when paramedics need to make decisions about whether or not to transfer someone to hospital,” Prof Andrew said. A statement from Monash Faculty of Medicine said the rush to protect residents from COV-

ID-19 had led to their rapid movement between sectors, such as residential aged care, primary care, hospital and ambulance “often en mass, with little or no accompanying information”. “Despite there being more electronic health data than ever before, information remains siloed, poorly integrated and underutilised,” Prof Andrew said. Regis Aged Care, which has two centres on the peninsula, is a partner in the project and will also be on the stakeholder steering committee. Monash wants to recruit “up to another two aged care providers on the peninsula” for the three-year project, due to begin in 2023. The first year and a half will involve defining the system and end-user requirements, including gaining national consensus on the content, followed by design of an initial digital prototype. Prof Andrew said the “effective management of medications, access to advance care directives and improved knowledge of a person’s usual physical and cognitive function, have been shown to support decision making that, in turn, reduces hospital admissions and other adverse events”. “However, disparate, low quality and often limited access to patient data across all sectors, and a lack of infrastructure to support effective and efficient sharing of data, means that access to this information is often limited or non-existent,” she said. Prof Andrew said the success of the program would be judged on the number of “reduced avoidable hospitalisations” and a lessening of medication errors. Stephen Taylor

‘A flawed system’ A CATALYST for JaneEllen Mountford’s efforts to increase the number of aged care workers came after the Royal Commission into Aged Care which made up to 150 recommendations aimed at improving a “flawed system”. Many of these recommendations still await government policy responses, but some areas are sufficiently clear to enable qualityfocused providers to initiate a response, Ms Mountford said. “Chapter 12 in particular focuses on the aged care workforce and suggests initiatives for consideration. Some of the key take-outs, and our suggestions for organisations keen to be seen as responsive to the findings, include: n Aged care training programs should be based on partnerships between aged care and education providers. n Providers should consider partnering with a training provider that understands the needs of the sector and can assist the process of embedding people-care skills into the fabric of the business. n A highly skilled, well rewarded and valued aged care workforce is vital to the success of future aged care.

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PANORAMIC view across Western Port from Hastings. Picture: Kacie Melfi

Input invited to update region’s strategy FEEDBACK is being invited on the draft Port Phillip and Western Port Regional Catchment Strategy. The strategy, described as the key integrated framework to manage natural resources in the catchment, is being renewed for 2021-27 with public comment invited until Sunday 1 August. The Port Phillip and Western Port region has diverse and unique ecosystems while also being home to more than 75 per cent of Victoria’s population. They encompass urban Melbourne, growth centres on the urban fringe, highly-productive farm land, forested parks and ranges, and a network of rivers, wetlands and estuaries which flow into Port Phillip and Western Port. Challenges include climate change, increasing urbanisation, population growth and loss of biodiversity. The strategy has been developed in collaboration with traditional owners and regional agencies, organisations, groups and communities. The Port Phillip and Western Catchment Management Authority’s CEO David Buntine said this fourth strategy had been built on more than two decades of

collaborative achievements and lessons learnt. “The strategy brings together planning and information on land, water and biodiversity, demonstrating how these each connect across the region and at a local level,” he said. “We want to ensure the strategy reflects everyone’s priorities and aspirations for the environment and their role in looking after it.” He said the strategy described how land, water and biodiversity was managed across the region, as well as assessing its current condition and identifying targets for its future health. It also looks at how on-ground work will contribute to implementing government policies and targets, while incorporating the knowledge and priorities of local communities. Organisations and communities are invited to view the draft strategy and provide feedback by the cut-off date. The feedback will be reviewed, and the final version of the strategy submitted to the state government. See the strategy at portphillipwesternport.rcs.vic. gov.au

RED-necked avocets take flight over Western Port. Picture: Andrew Morrison

Volunteers seek votes in campaign for the future Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au FINANCIAL backing, and votes of approval, are being sought to for a plan to gradually change the community-led guard at Point Nepean and its historic role in the defence of Australia. Members of the Friends of Point Nepean National Park group are “not getting any younger” and want to make sure their conservation work continues. The group has asked Parks Victoria for $13,769 for its project to encourage more people to become involved at Point Nepean. Group member Mechelle Cheers says the national park with its quarantine station, walking tracks, forts and gun emplacements is a “glorious, special place”. Backing by Parks could depend on the number of votes the plan receives from the public. The grant for the Leading the way: Orientation to volunteering plan is needed for the development of volunteer resources and education materials. Information and practical sessions will be held to show the “diversity and breadth of Point Nepean National Park”, Ms Cheers said. “We anticipate this approach will engender enthusiasm to learn more about the national park and a willingness to become actively involved in assisting Parks Victoria’s conservation work.” Ms Cheers said the sessions would

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be led by experts followed by participants participating in a “normal” friends group activities. The sessions would cover Indigenous cultural heritage: flora and fauna of the national park; quarantine and military history: coastal environment: and celebrating volunteerism. Videos shot during the sessions would be used for promotions. The group has been operating in conjunction with Parks Victoria since 1989 and lists among its achievements as uncovering Fort Pearce from the sand dune it was buried under; creating the Happy Valley Track (now known as the Coles Track); helping prepare the forts and park for the First Shot event; and maintaining the cemetery. Some of the group’s members have been involved in the Parks Victoria’s junior ranger sessions. The group holds working bee twice a month from late February until mid-December, controlling weeds, repairing retaining walls, oiling guns, maintaining tracks and cleaning out the forts and gun emplacements. Details of voting by the public in support of the application for a grant by the Friends of Point Nepean National Park are at: parks.vic.gov. au/get-into-nature/volunteering/ volunteering-innovation-fund Voting closes 14 August.

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FRIENDS of Point Nepean National Park volunteers walking back after a working bee. Picture: Supplied


Geelong at the helm of state’s ports Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au

THE 180 metre long tanker Nord Olympia at Crib Point in February. Picture: Gary Sissons

WHILE a into Victoria’s commercial ports has come up with few immediate changes, it does foreshadow a tightening of rules for pilot services and “reinforcement” of the roles played by harbourmasters.

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THE centre of control for Victoria’s commercial ports, including Hastings, has moved from Melbourne to Geelong. The Port of Hastings’ harbourmaster Captain Shane Vedamuttu will remain based at Crib Point. The newly-formed Ports Victoria combines the Victorian Regional Channels Authority (VRCA) and Victorian Ports Corporation (Melbourne) and will control the strategic management and operation of the state’s commercial ports and waterways. The change follows an independent review of the ports system which included 60 recommendations and was handed to the state government in November 2020. The management move to Geelong comes four years after the Victorian Regional Channels Authority took over managing the Port of Hastings after it had been run by Patrick Ports Hastings, also known as Linx Stevedoring (“State resumes port control” The News 4/7/17). “Ports Victoria will ensure our ports operate in a smart, efficient way to support the sector, continue to grow our economy and create jobs,” Ports and Freight Minister Melissa Horne said. The review concluded there was no “immediate need” to change to the direct management of local ports but suggested there was merit in “examining how local ports could benefit from the maritime expertise of the commercial ports”. The review recommended Ports Victoria reinforce the harbourmaster role by “consolidating and clarifying lines of accountability for the ports of Melbourne, Geelong, Portland

and Hastings”. It also called for “stronger regulatory oversight of pilotage services to ensure adoption of safe operating practices and to support development of a robust performance-management framework”. “Ports Victoria will be responsible for ensuring licensed pilotage services are available to service arriving and departing vessels.” The Ports Victoria board is chaired by Howard Ronaldson, a former secretary of the departments of infrastructure and business and innovation. He has also been an administrator with Ambulance Victoria and most recently assessed the viability of the Port Rail Shuttle proposal for the Department of Transport. Elaine Carbines is the board’s deputy Chairperson for the board, which also includes Des Powell, Janice van Reyk and Peter Tuohey. About $26 billion of locally produced and manufactured exports pass through Victoria’s commercial ports each year and freight volumes are expected to more than double over the next 30 years. The review found that buffer controls for incompatible uses in the land surrounding the state’s commercial ports needed strengthening. It also “noted” the lack of adequate recognition and protection of land and access corridors needed for a future port at Bay West, which has been earmarked for the container port originally planned at Hastings. The most recent shipping list from the Port of Hastings shows that in the seven days from 16 July Western Port would be visited by four ships: the Daiwan Miracle, Sinndar, EOS Victory and Alexandros. The ships were carrying liquid gas and steel. The full response from government to the review will be released later this year. For a summary of the independent review’s findings, visit transport.vic.gov.au

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refused to stop when police tried to intercept and sped off along the Monash, Westgate and Princes freeways before being nabbed on the Geelong Ring Road at Fyansford, 11.15am. Several police units and the Police Air Wing were involved and no motorists or police were injured. Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has dash-cam footage is urged to contact Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or file a confidential report online at crimestoppersvic.com.au

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Car on its roof after Mount Eliza crash A CAR ended up on its roof after a dramatic crash at Mount Eliza last week. The car driven by a Mount Eliza woman and carrying her six-year-old daughter, reportedly veered across Canadian Bay Road, near Thomas Close, and slammed head-on into two parked cars “at speed”, 3pm, Monday 19 July. The force of the impact tore off the car’s front wheel. Ambulance Victoria said the pair was taken to Frankston Hospital in a “stable condition with upper body injuries”. Their Mazda was written off. Several parked cars were also damaged. Sergeant Patrick Hayes, of Mornington police, said police were awaiting the completion of blood tests on the 42-year-old woman before assessing if any charges would be laid. Mount Eliza Fire Brigade and Peninsula Ambulance crews assisted, and the road was blocked in both directions.

Teens charged THREE teenagers spotted getting out of a stolen Audi at Hastings last week sparked a high-speed police pursuit all the way to Geelong. Southern Metro Region Crime Team detectives charged the trio following the alleged theft of three cars, Tuesday 20 July. A 14-year-old Dandenong boy was charged with 24 offences, including aggravated burglary, four counts of theft of motor vehicles, dangerous driving while being pursued by police, possessing a firearm and reckless conduct endangering life. Two 17-year-olds, a male and female from Cranbourne, were charged with 16 offences, including aggravated burglary, four counts of theft of motor vehicles and theft. All were remanded to appear before a children’s court at a later date. After ditching the stolen Audi, the teenagers allegedly got into a stolen blue BMW sedan at Hastings about 10am. The Audi was one of two cars stolen during an aggravated burglary in Balwyn North overnight while the BMW was taken from a Braeside car dealer. The detectives said the driver of the BMW

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DETECTIVES have arrested a man over alleged aggravated burglaries and thefts at two Mount Eliza properties, Monday 12 July. A Warragul man, 38, was picked up at Dandenong a week after he allegedly entered two Old Mornington Road properties and stole items, including $150 cash, speakers, Sony PlayStation, laptop, iPad and radio valued at $4000. He was charged with aggravated burglary, burglary, and two counts of theft and remanded to appear at Dandenong Magistrates’ Court, 29 July. Detective Sergeant Jason Hocking, of Somerville CIU, said he believed the man was involved in the two burglaries in Old Mornington Road. In one of the alleged robberies a furious home owner chased the man around his backyard with a shovel until he escaped – leaving a shoe, torch and knife behind. The Old Mornington Road resident spotted the boot open on one of his cars in the driveway about 9am after he returned from a walk. Realising something was amiss he grabbed the spade and ran into the backyard, shouting to older children inside to “call the police”. A man – caught on CCTV and with a hidden accomplice peeking from a neighbour’s property – straddled a side fence during the hubbub and escaped, leaving the items behind. Residents reported various sightings of two men and detectives are asking anyone with information to call them on 5978 1300 or crimestoppers.com.au

NEWS DESK Nets for cricket ROSEBUD Cricket Club will receive new nets at its home at Olympic Park, Rosebud. The new nets will be part of an enclosed four lane training centre with synthetic grass. “The current cricket nets at Olympic Park had become a safety hazard. These upgrades will enhance sporting opportunities for locals who love their game,” Cr Debra Mar said. Work has already begun on the redevelopment which should be completed by September. Mornington Peninsula Shire has put up $150,000 for the project with a further $100,000 from the state government’s Community Cricket Infrastructure Program. Cricket Australia has provided $30,000 through the Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund. Details: mornpen.vic.gov.au/majorprojects

Plants for free PLANTS will be given away at Mornington Peninsula Shire’s nursery at The Briars from 25-27 August and from 1-4 September until stocks last. Those interested should bring proof of address to collect two indigenous tube stock which have been grown from locally sourced seed. Opening hours are Wednesday to Friday, 9am3.30pm and Saturday 9am-1pm. The Briars is at 450 Nepean Highway, Mount Martha. The nursery is at the top of the hill near the car park and eco house. Details: mornpen.vic.gov.au/plants, call 5974 8417 or email: nursery@mornpen.vic.gov.au

Concerts cancelled PENINSULA Chamber Musicians has cancelled two upcoming performances due to the extended lockdown to combat the spread of COVID-19. The Beethoven/Nielsen performance has been moved to 22 August, and Mendelssohn/Mozart will now be performed on 5 September. Both concerts will be held at St Johns Anglican Church, King Street Flinders. Details: peninsulachambermusicians.com.au


Young dancer’s ballet dream Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au A MORNINGTON schoolgirl has been selected to dance in the Australian Ballet’s 2021 production of Harlequinade. Ava del Rosario, 11, and in grade 5 at St Macartens Catholic Primary School, is a junior cast member in the production described as a “lively romp based on commedia dell’arte” written in 1900. “Harlequin and Columbine are in love, but her father, who wants her to marry a rich older man, has her locked up by Pierrot, his loyal servant. Pierrot’s wife, sympathetic to the young couple, helps her escape, and a Good Fairy gives Harlequin a magical slap stick that helps him triumph over the odds and win Columbine’s hand.” Ava trains at the Joanne O’Kelly School of Dance, Langwarrin – the same school as Mount Eliza’s Sam McSweeney, then 11, who was chosen to playing Fritz, the child lead in the Australian Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker at Southbank (“A boy destined to dance” The News 21/10/19). Her mother, Maria, said Ava’s love of dance started at an early age. “She started ballet at two-and-a-half. She was constantly dancing at home and asked if she could start ballet. “We moved to the peninsula six years ago and Ava has been dancing with Joanne and training in the Cecchetti method for the past five years. “It was the best move we have

On her way: Aspiring principal dancer Ava del Rosario trains at the Joanne O’Kelly School of Dance, Langwarrin. Picture: Yanni

made and the school has provided an inclusive and supportive environment in which Ava has thrived.” Last year, Ava auditioned for the ITP program at The Australian Ballet School and a select group of students were invited to audition for Harlequinade. Hundreds of students auditioned,

with Ava selected to perform in the Melbourne season with opening night on Friday 10 September. “Ava is looking forward to the rehearsals as it is her dream to one day dance full time with the Australian Ballet,” Ms del Rosario said. “Her idol is [principal dancer] Amy Harris. She would love to one day be

a principal dancer. “As parents we are really proud of Ava and her dedication to ballet.” Ava’s father, Steve, praised the support of Ava’s teachers at St Macartans and Ms O’Kelly: “Despite the recent lockdowns [her] steady influence in Ava’s life has kept her positive on her dance goals.”

Kindness at checkout appreciated A MORNINGTON woman is keen to thank a “complete stranger” for his generosity while she was shopping, Saturday 10 July. Catherine Warters said she was about to pay for a few small items she had bought at Aldi, in Main Street, Mornington, when her payment option – her phone – refused to function. “I have my card loaded on my phone but, for some reason, it did not register,” she said. “I asked the checkout guy to hold my shopping while I went to my car to get my purse and card. “When I was asking for this to happen and apologising a man behind me, a complete stranger, offered to pay my bill.” Ms Warters said she thanked the man “for being so kind” but declined his offer and hurried off to get her card. “I arrived back at the checkout only to be told that the man had paid for me,” she said, flabbergasted. “He apparently wanted to do something nice for someone.” Ms Warters said she “would really love to thank the man for his lovely act of kindness”. “I wish more people could be kinder to each other; it would most definitely make a calmer and less aggressive world.”

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Start your new career on the Mornington Peninsula YOU could start a new career where you live in just a few weeks’ time. If you enjoy being part of a supportive team while caring for our elderly citizens, then a new traineeship program on the Mornington Peninsula may be just right for you. Japara has partnered with Chisholm to offer fully supported aged care traineeships at its two aged care homes in Capel Sound and Rye, starting as early as September. This earn while you learn opportunity combines the wealth of experience that an established aged care provider such as Japara offers with the educational expertise provided by Chisholm, one of Melbourne’s most well-known TAFEs. This on the job training is open to people of all backgrounds and can truly take your career into a new direction. At the end of the traineeship, a Certificate III in Individual Support awaits the trainee that opens not only doors into care work but it can also be the starting point of a career in nursing and, most importantly, a pathway to permanent employment with Japara. To find out more, simply register for one of the free information sessions where you will not only meet the people you will work and learn with but also get a better understanding of why this traineeship is such a great investment into your own professional development. Free Information Sessions: Capel Sound - 10. August at 2pm & Rye 12. August at 5pm www.japara.com.au/traineeship

Nicole Hrvatin is the Education Manager at Chisholm. She has a wealth of experience in the health training sector and has seen many of her students graduate with a Certificate III over the years. In short, she answers the most frequently asked questions and explains how graduates have taken advantage of their new qualification, taking their careers to new levels and opening the doors to permanent full-time employment. 1. What is this new Aged Care Traineeship at Japara and Chisholm all about? In just over seven months, trainees will gain a qualification that is recognised Australia-wide, the Certificate III in Individual Support. This enables you to work as a carer, not only in aged care but also in disability, and it is an important stepping-stone to becoming a nurse, if the graduate chooses to. Once you have upskilled to become a nurse there are many more opportunities on the horizon for a long and rewarding career. You could become a Clinical Coordinator or even the manager of an aged care home. 2. Who are the people that should apply for this new traineeship? The great thing about this traineeship is that it is open to people from all walks of life. It doesn’t matter what age you are or what prior qualifications you have. We have had many applications who had just finished high school and others who have made care work their second or even third career. It does not matter who you are, as long as you are reliable, caring, passionate about helping people, and a good team player. 3. Where and how will the course be conducted? Do I have to find my own placement? The placement is included in the traineeship at one of the Japara homes on the Mornington Peninsula and the course will commence in September, but later dates will also become available. The course will be conducted via blended learning that includes face to face time on campus, online sessions, as well as the practical component at the homes. We always ensure that the trainees get the most out of this course and that it can be conducted in accordance with the current Covid restrictions.

Former trainee Shevorn and Chisholm Education Manager, Nicole Hrvatin, are still in touch, even after graduation.

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Past and present reasons for living in Mornington As a longtime advocate for saving our environment l applaud the introduction of food waste in green waste bins (“Food scraps not to be wasted” The News 20/7/21). Along with reducing packaging, home composting and recycling soft plastics l now believe l should only need to have the land fill bin emptied once or twice a year. I do hope all residents will get on board with this council initiative. I am a proud member of Mornington and District Historical Society and applaud The News for its excellent “Celebrating 160 years of Mornington” in last week’s edition. l hope this souvenir promotion will inspire many lovers of Mornington to come and enjoy the Post Office Museum in coming months when we are able to “open up”. The museum has been closed this year as its collections needed to be packed up and stored off site whilst much required painting took place. Reopening has of course been hampered by lockdowns. If you are inspired by the rich history in the souvenir edition l hope readers will visit the museum on Sunday afternoons in coming months when current restrictions ease. Maybe even consider becoming a member of MDHS. Libby Gillingham, Mornington

Rubbish watch The first law of cheating on your neighbours is to ensure that they haven’t got a neighbourhood watch label on the front entrance. Second law is to remove any outstanding bills, cricket achievement certificates, toys and stale packaged foodstuffs. And the third law is not be caught.

Sadly, some wet behind the ears youngish person failed all three and even left poor Teddy bear among all the olives for all to see and forensically identify the lowlife for the police to follow up, the local cricket club to locate and the shire’s environmental protection department hit squad to prosecute. You’ll be glad to know that along with no fines for coveting our ratepayers paid for DVDs, CDs and those funny old fashioned papery things, yes books, Mornington Peninsula Shire has put your case in the too hard basket. You have survived the shame and local law penalties of being awarded the Crap Neighbour Award of the Year for our little backwater unmade road paradise in Woodlands. I am so pleased you got off your lazy butt and swept up your excess crap tout suite and retrieved your little possum’s well deserved team player award certificate because you are surely getting the Dingbat Award. I am personally available to train you in after dark dumping for a fee and ensure you that my wonderfully clean shire bins are being filmed with CCTV on Thursday, so please smile the next time, just for the record. Also be aware, should you make the mistake again of leaving whole shopping bags of unopened croissants, pies and doughnuts, please wrap them securely and add jam and butter. Ian Morrison, Mount Eliza

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Changes needed I would like to thank Cr David Gill for instigating Mornington Peninsula Shire Council opposition to Ryman Healthcare’s proposal in Mount Eliza. David ensured that the VCAT position of council was about protecting our green wedge. Broad community support for this must not be overlooked. The state government Planning Minister [Richard Wynne] should now amend the planning scheme so that planning applications no longer allow loopholes that enable unacceptable developments in the green wedge zone. The VCAT decision, although a big win on amenity grounds, still allows inappropriate developments in the green wedge. Steve Karakitsos, president, South Eastern Centre for Sustainability

“The second reason your donation may not be tax deductible is where you receive or expect to receive a monetary or personal benefit or advantage in return. We know Australians love raffles, and fundraising chocolate. Sadly, if you buy chocolate, a raffle ticket or an item from an Op Shop this isn’t considered a tax-deductible gift.” “Thirdly, taxpayers must keep good records. Most organisations will usually issue you with a receipt, but they don't have to. We will accept third-party receipts as evidence of a gift to a DGR if the receipt identifies the DGR and states the fact that the amount is a

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Notes from the Bunker: Living La Vida Lockdown By Stuart McCullough THERE ought to be a term for it. For lack of an alternative, I’m going with ‘Pfizerized’. As of last week, that’s what I am. Not only did getting vaccinated give me some peace of mind, it also provided me with a legitimate reason for travelling further than five kilometres. I was so excited to be going anywhere that I hung my head out the window, kelpie-style, to enjoy to full sensory experience of motion. For I am not enjoying lockdown. Not at all. On Monday, I started to look forward to bin night. Which is on Wednesday. As a general rule, I consider bin night a chore; something that must not be forgotten rather than something for which I am breathlessly counting down the hours. After a week of lockdown, the idea of having a legitimate reason to walk down to the end of the driveway and back again was a giddy thrill I hoped would sustain me. Tuesday, in a word, was a surprise. As I made my morning commute – which now consists for walking from the kitchen to the study while trying not to spill my coffee – I felt I was being watching. As my head snapped upwards and I duly spilled my white with one all over the floorboards, I noticed a fox standing at my backdoor, staring in. For a moment, each of us looked at the other, unsure of what to do. There are foxes around the neighborhood, but this is the first time I’ve been stalked by one. Clearly, lockdown has emboldened the animal kingdom more generally. Sensing weakness, some of them have decided that now is the time to assert themselves and launch their take over. The fox seemed nonplussed

and sauntered around the backyard before disappearing behind the shed. Possibly to get more foxes by way of reinforcement.

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do my duty. As I approached the entrance, I pulled out my phone to find a message that said it was ‘disabled’ except if it was an emergency. This was unexpected. A phone is currently the passport to pretty much everything and I had no idea which buttons I’d inadvertently pushed to achieve this result. It was unclear how long this telephonic paralysis was going to last. I was also unsure whether picking up a kebab would constitute an emergency as such, although I was kind of peckish. Luckily, the phone unlocked itself and I was able to scan in and get dinner. Although, that said, there was a brief moment of awkwardness when I’m sure the person serving me said it would be ‘forty dollars’ which, unless you’re at an airport (and, let’s face it, none of us are), is quite a lot for a kebab. It then became apparent that between the mask and Perspex screen, I’d simply misheard him. As of Friday, the fox is yet to return. It’s another five days until bin night and there’s not a whole lot to look forward to. I’ve taken to wearing my dinner suit all day, every day. I can’t be sure, but I think it’s making other people in Zoom meetings feel uncomfortable. For now, though, I’m taking some assurance in being fully vaccinated and in knowing that others are keen to get theirs also. It will all be over soon. Or, at least, I hope so. We need to get out of this thing before the foxes get a chance to mobilize and take over once and for all. stuart@stuartmccullough.com

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By Craig MacKenzie ALEX Whyte is confident that Peninsula Strikers can finish the season in style. The 22-year-old is back at the club where his career kicked off and can’t wait for a season reboot. “I think we’ve been unlucky in the majority of our games this year,” Whyte said. “We’re just missing that one element that could turn our losses and draws into wins but I’m confident it’ll be coming soon. “We’ve got a lot of quality players and if we ever get back out there we can really finish the season strongly.” The fuse that could ignite the side and trigger a surge up the ladder may be star striker Ben Doree who is tipped to return after a brief spell with State 1 side Richmond. “Ben’s trained with us and he’d be a great acquisition for the second half of the season,” Whyte added. “But we need to give a 90-minute performance week-in week-out and where we end up on the ladder is entirely in our own hands.” Whyte started playing in Strikers’ under-7s before his link with coach Jean Dimanche took him to Richmond, South Melbourne and eventually Bentleigh Greens. “He took a group of us to all three clubs and also arranged an overseas tour to Italy when I was 15 where we played against a number of different teams. “When he took us to Bentleigh it was in the under-16s and I also played under Artour Kirichian, now at Springvale White Eagles, and Patrick Thompson in the under-20s who’s now with Kingston City.” Frankston Pines coach Kevin “Squizzy” Taylor was at Greens enjoying a successful stint as the club’s under-20s coach during Whyte’s progression to that level.

Aiming high: Alex Whyte in action for Peninsula Strikers earlier this season in an FFA Cup tie at Centenary Park. Picture: Darryl Kennedy

Taylor then joined Langwarrin for the 2018 season and that impacted on the youngster’s next move. “I’d hoped to get into Langwarrin’s senior squad but went with ‘Squizzy’ in the 20s to start out with. “I was seen as one of the older boys in the team which helped with my leadership and it definitely developed my game. “In 2019 I signed with the seniors under Scott (Miller) and Jamie (Skelly) and played half a season before joining Strikers. “Both Scott and Jamie thought that Strikers was a good option for me to test myself against men especially on the physical side of my game.”

Nichols’ gutsy gelding on track for Spring HORSE RACING

By Ben Triandafillou STREETS of Avalon is right on track for his Spring targets after running a gallant second in the Group Three Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on Saturday. The tough six-year-old gelding sat outside the leader in the day’s feature sprint and was one of the first horses to come off the bridle turning for home. Showing plenty of determination, Streets of Avalon didn’t give in under the pressure and fought off several challenges in the straight. But, a late dive from the Phillip Stokes-trained Sansom proved costly as the four-year-old gelding got his head down right on the line to nab

the victory. Mornington-based trainer Shane Nichols said it was a huge first-up performance from his dual Group One winner. “He was very brave,” Nichols said. “It was just the bob of the head that was out of sync otherwise he probably wins but he’s on track for a very good spring as long as we can draw a gate and get good weather.” Despite the tough run, Nichols said the gelding has come through it in “really good shape”. Streets of Avalon will have a three-week break before heading back to Caulfield for the Group Two P.B Lawrence Stakes (1400m). If all goes well, he’ll head third-up into the Group One Memsie Stakes (1400m) a fortnight later.

Out-bobbed: Shane Nichols’ Streets of Avalon finishes a narrow second to Sansom in the Group Three Bletchingly Stakes at Caulfield. Picture: Supplied

Danny Verdun was in charge at Centenary Park when Whyte made the switch. “I really enjoyed my time under Danny and I’ll always be grateful to him for giving me my senior debut. “I went there to play week-in week-out and I was happy to do that in whatever role he gave me. “I started in midfield because there had been an injury to Jonny Guthrie and when he came back I switched to right back and finished the season at left back.” Verdun resigned and Paul Williams was appointed but COVID-19 shut down the 2020 season. When teams were allowed to start training again it ushered in an unusually lengthy pre-season. “I think we started back in late September or early October,” White said. “Paul started bringing in the players he wanted then we hit the track and were working pretty hard. “We were gathering momentum and started playing games early. “I think our first game was on 3 January and I think we played 11 or 12 games which was good for our fitness and helped us to gel together. “I thought we were looking really good and we were confident within ourselves of doing things then we’ve had this stop-start stuff which is unfortunate.” Despite the delays Whyte’s aims haven’t changed – aside from playing as long as he can he wants to continue to test himself. “One of my ambitions is to play at as high a level as possible and I’m going to continue to work hard and see what opportunities arise.

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“I need to improve my strength and my capability to win that second ball. “I still have to get used to playing against men but I’m getting there. “It’s not just about playing pretty football which is what most of my career has involved. “It’s also about hard work and putting your body on the line for the team.” In State 3 news Frankston Pines has been told by council that a return to Monterey Reserve has been targeted for April next year. The club’s usual home ground is undergoing a multi-million dollar makeover. Council also told Pines that its current joint tenancy of Carrum Downs Recreation Reserve may be extended to 2022 as Pines looks to expand its All Abilities program as well as developing junior programs involving two or three junior teams and MiniRoos. Meanwhile Football Victoria hopes to resume competition this weekend restrictions permitting. The state body emailed clubs on Friday explaining its intention to use every opportunity to return to competition as soon as possible and was hoping that it would get the green light from state government for a season reboot. FV’s competitions team is working on the fixtures with a view to completing a full season but stressed the ever-changing circumstances the sport faces and the need to be agile and flexible when reacting to them.

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