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Parade for early Easter LAST Friday’s annual Eastbourne Primary School Easter bonnet parade provided an chance for all students to create a bonnet, or wear Easter-themed clothing. The parade came before Easter because of school holidays, but that didn’t deter Principal Rabbit, Stephen Wilkinson, from dressing for the occasion and handing out hundreds of Easter eggs. The Easter Raffle arranged by the school’s parents and friends group raised more than $1200 towards buying more books for classroom Libraries. Mr Wilkinson said the libraries are “strongly influencing the positive growth in literacy all the students are experiencing”. Picture: Yanni

Danger road drives poll promises Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au PROMISES to redevelop the Mornington Peninsula’s busiest and most dangerous intersection have come on the eve of a federal election. The Mornington Peninsula Freeway and Jetty Road intersection – described as the peninsula’s busiest and highestrisk – attracted a staged visit by Roads Minister Jaala Pulford, Nepean Labor MP Chris Brayne and Mornington Peninsula Shire councillors early last month.

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Then, last week, Flinders Liberal MP Greg Hunt rode in with a budget commitment to spend $70 million on safety, noise reduction and an overpass at the intersection which carries more than 40,000 vehicles a day. The mayor Cr David Gill said the council was “strongly advocating” for money to contribute to a full freeway overpass with grade separation and duplication to Boneo Road. “We believe that this would be the ultimate solution to all the issues experienced at this intersection,” he said. Cr Gill said the “confusing” Jetty

Road roundabouts had been a longstanding safety concern with vulnerable groups, including elderly residents and children walking to and from schools and childcare centres. “They are forced to cross the freeway at the most dangerous point,” he said. “A recent online community survey conducted by the council on traffic congestion on the southern peninsula received over 200 responses indicating the highest priority was to build a full interchange at Jetty Road.” Cr Gill said the preferred upgrade at

the intersection would include a full interchange at Jetty Road to replace roundabouts; overpass; safe pedestrian connection under the overpass; duplication and widening of the 1.8km section between Jetty and Boneo roads; signals at the T-intersection at Boneo Road, and pedestrian-operated signals across Eastbourne Road near Jetty Road. Mr Hunt said the $70 million - part of “major infrastructure upgrade works in the 2019-20 budget” - would improve traffic flow and pedestrian safety for Rosebud, Dromana and McCrae

residents. He said the federal government would immediately spend $5 million on roundabout metering and pedestrian-operated signals; $5 million on noise-reduction barriers on the Mornington Peninsula Freeway and $60 million on an overpass at Jetty Road. Nepean MP Chris Brayne said he welcomed the federal government’s “last-minute commitment” for Jetty Road. “It is tangible proof that having a marginal seat is paying dividends for the area,” he said. Continued Page 3

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Bank withdraws from Dromana branch ELDERLY customers of the Commonwealth Bank’s Dromana branch will be disadvantaged with its closure on Friday 3 May. Disappointed manager Jeff Cornish, who has been at the Pt Nepean Road branch for 13 years and who lives at Dromana, confirmed the shock news last week. He said staff heard about the closure two weeks ago and it was hoped most would be redeployed to the Rosebud branch. “I’m hopeful everyone will be found a place somewhere,” he said, although, after 38 years with the bank, he admits he is unsure of his own future. The branch’s customers were told of the closure by letter saying they could do their banking at either Rosebud or Mornington. But that’s cold comfort to the suburb’s mainly elderly residents who don’t drive and prefer to do their banking face-to-face with branch staff near where they live.

Long-time customer Gladys Reardon, who has been a Commonwealth Bank patron “for about 100 years”, said many elderly customers didn’t have cars and wouldn’t know how to get to the other branches. “I’m really peeved about the whole thing,” she said. “I started banking there when it was the State Bank and we had bank books.” A Commonwealth Bank spokesperson said the branch opened in 1991 but that over-the-counter transactions had “declined significantly over the past few years” with customers increasingly choosing to use mobile, online and phone banking services. She encouraged customers to come in to the branch to learn about the CommBank app and NetBank and the ATM. National Australia Bank and Bendigo Bank have branches at Dromana. Stephen Taylor

Closing: Last days for Commonwealth Bank branch at Dromana. Picture: Yanni

Racing launch for business lobby group Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au A NEW business-based lobby group being formed on the Mornington Peninsula automatically includes its $21,000 a year “platinum” members on its strategy and policy committee. The group’s $7000 “corporate gold” and $3000 “corporate” packages can nominate for membership of the key body that will steer the Committee for Mornington Peninsula. A $1000 “small business package” buys the “ability” to join one or more

“round tables”, while the $500 “not for profit” membership level comes with the “ability to join one round table”. While the strategy and policy committee is described driving “hands on policy decisions” the round table discussion groups take “deep dives into sub topics that form a theme”. The Committee for Mornington Peninsula wants a “membership base of local, national and international organisations and individuals”. Among those behind the formation of the CfMP are former Liberal MP for Dunkley Bruce Billson, CEO of the Sorrento to Queenscliff ferry ser-

vice Matt McDonald and Mornington Regional Tourism Board chairman, Tracey Cooper. The committee publicly launched itself at Mornington Racing Club last month as “a visionary, strategic and forward-looking organisation” aiming to “establish itself as a respected and authoritative advocate with direct access to key policy and decision makers with the power to influence the Mornington Peninsula’s future”. “Unashamedly, we believe sustained economic prosperity and long-term transformational government investment in key initiatives, consistent with

sound environmental considerations, is the driver of the lifestyle we all wish to continue enjoying in this great region. “The CfMP exists to provide the strategic leadership needed to ensure that all levels of government leverage the potential for out region and to ensure it’s a safe, prosperous and progressive place to live,” printed information handed out during the launch on Friday 28 March stated. Mornington Peninsula Shire mayor Cr David Gill, who did not attend the lunch said he had been briefed, along with other councillors, about the CfMP’s aims.

“I have no problem with business lobby groups, but I think anyone who claims to represent the whole peninsula should be elected.” Council has not taken an official position towards the committee, but “if they’re not a business lobby group I don’t think they should be exclusive”, Cr Gill said. Without stating sources or figures, the committee’s information package says the “greater MP region scores very poorly” in family violence, labour productivity and acceptance of multiculturalism. Continued Page 7

Road poll promises Continued from Page 1 “This funding is the direct result of the people’s decision to elect me in November and show that our Mornington Peninsula can’t be taken for granted anymore,” Mr Brayne said. “We are, however, cautious that the money allocated in the budget is not scheduled to come into effect for some time. We are also disappointed that IT seems everybody is coming along to the party with promises of money to fix a long-known problem at Rosebud. State Roads Minister Jaala Pulford and Nepean Labor MP Chris Brayne with Mornington Peninsula Shire mayor Cr David Gill provide a photo opportunity. Picture: Yanni

only now is tangible action happening on Jetty Road, 18 years into the member for Flinders’ term.” Flinders Labor candidate Joshua Sinclair said while he “welcomed any sort of roads investment from the Commonwealth here in Flinders, this one comes five minutes to midnight before an election”. “I think voters will be rightly cynical about this announcement coming just days before an election is called and after nearly a decade of congestion woes at Jetty Road. “The problem … didn’t appear overnight – it’s only since the state election that the federal member has decided to take interest in it.”

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City office leased for another two years Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire has given the all clear for its officers to sign a $120,000 two-year lease for an office in central Melbourne. Called a “satellite office”, a trial of the Collins Street premises was originally proposed to “provide a better customer service and improve efficiency for lost travel time”. That trial, according to Lisa Sturgess, the acting executive manage in the shire’s planning department, has proved so successful that she has recommended entering a new two-year lease. She says a review of the benefits of the city office since July 2017 has shown it is responsible for the planning services unit retaining “high performing staff”. “A number of staff resignations in previous years identified a concern with distance from home, social life and family. The option of working part of the week from a CBD office venue has retained staff for a longer period,” Ms Sturgess stated in a report to the shire’s 26 March meeting. In 2016, staff had mentioned losing working hours due to travelling time “to and from the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT), training courses at the Planning Insti-

tute of Australia and other meetings in the CBD”. The office was seen as being beneficial with “potential efficiency and improved customer service (ability to meet with planning consultants, architects and absentee land owners in the city)”. Ms Sturgess describes the office as having five desks, “full network access”, printing capabilities and meeting rooms “if staff are meeting with external parties”. She estimated savings of “approximately” $23,715 since July 2017, and “conservatively” $35,572 by the end of June this year. While acknowledging “a negative perception by some ratepayers” Ms Sturgess said even more money had been saved by cutting down the number of resignations. “It is estimated that recruitment and training costs of one staff member is approximately $10,000 to $15,000. As a result of the office we have retained five staff members this year at a savings of between $50,000 to $75,000 in recruitment costs. Staff from the city office had attended 173 VCAT hearings during the year. “Staff then utilise the CBD office to complete the day of work which has resulted in savings to the organisation in lost travel time,” Ms Sturgess said. “It is important to note that there are 174 total appeals heard or scheduled for the 2019 year (to May) showing a sig-

nificant increase in appeals for this year.” She said six planning Services staff members regularly worked from the CDB office each week “and many others who use it on a semi-regular basis”. “This is for various reasons, but mainly due to the proximity of the office from home.” She said the peninsula’s “tyranny of distance can ultimately take its toll on those living in middle ring and innercity suburbs”. Several staff who resigned last year cited the travel distance as an issue for leaving. Ms Sturgess quoted unnamed staff members praising the benefits of the city office and how it influenced their wished to continued working for the shire. She said staff from several other municipalities “acknowledged [the city office] as a creative and innovative way to deliver planning services and retain staff”. “The financial savings on lost productivity for travel time alone can justify the continuation of this lease, but it will also continue to benefit our ratepayers with improved customer service. It has already provided council with a significant competitive edge in attractingand retaining high quality staff that find it easier and more accessible to work out of a CBD office for part of the week.”

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Fruitgrower fined for shooting parrots A RED Hill orchardist caught with 19 dead rainbow lorikeets in the back of his ute was fined $15,000 at Dromana Magistrates’ Court last week for shooting the birds and verbally abusing authorised officers. Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning officer Haley Mason said the conviction was a “great result highlighting to the public that killing native wildlife is a serious offence”. “DELWP received information that the man was shooting protected native birds on his property,” she said. “The man owns fruit trees and alleged the birds were destroying his

crops. “At the time of shooting, the man did not hold an Authority to Control Wildlife making his actions illegal. As a result his gun licence has been cancelled.” Wildlife in Victoria is protected under the Wildlife Act 1975 making it illegal to destroy or interfere with wildlife. Severe penalties apply. The maximum penalty for hunting, taking or destroying wildlife ranges from $8059-$38,685 and/or six-to-24 months’ imprisonment. People can report wildlife crime confidentially to Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

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Narrow streets go one way JUST years after approving plans, including road widths and parking spaces, Mornington Peninsula Shire is about to declare to one-way streets at the Martha Cove housing and marina development. The one-way traffic flow system already declared in one street near the marina will be introduced in helm Avenue and Spinnaker Terrace by mid-year. The decision to ease traffic problems follows complaints by residents and talks between the shire and the Martha Cove Owners Corporation

and Cambridge Management. The shire says the narrow roads “and demand for on-street parking in the area can make it difficult for cars to pass when travelling in opposite directions”. It says a survey found most residents approved of introducing “a one-way treatment in a clockwise direction”. The mayor Cr David Gill said one-way traffic was “a feasible option to improve traffic flow for those residing in and visiting the area”.

Beach dogs brought to heel with tighter rules DOG owners are being asked to “tighten the leash” at nine Mornington Peninsula beaches. In a bid to “encourage residents to better manage dog behaviour and improve dog obedience”, Mornington Peninsula Shire and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and management committees have “developed a comprehensive compliance program to regulate the behaviour of dogs on beaches to improve the amenity of our beaches”, according to the mayor, Cr David Gill. "This partnership allows us to apply all the existing rules and regulations across our beaches in a consistent manner which is a positive outcome for our community." The compliance program is especially aimed at Balnarring Beach, Capel Sound, Dromana, Mer-

ricks Beach, Point King, Point Leo, Shoreham, Somers, and Whitecliffs to Camerons Bight. “We recognise both the benefits of unleashed dog exercise areas for community wellbeing and the importance of managing impacts on the amenity of nearby residents and other beach users,” Cr Gill said. Dog walkers at the nine beaches can expect “awareness and compliance action” from shire rangers; year-round patrols “by skilled and experienced community safety officers” to ensure dogs are “on-lead and under control” and registered. While also “acknowledging good behaviour” they will also be checking that dog owners clean up after their dogs and check on the need to review and improve signs.

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The committee says the peninsula has received one per cent of government money received by similar regions. “A mere $22 million in contrast to Greater Geelong’s $2.2 billion!” It says the percentage of the peninsula’s population with access to public transport is the lowest in the state. Kickstarting the committee’s launch lunch was entrepreneur, philanthropist, former Geelong Football Club president and founder of the Committee for Geelong, Frank Costa. The fledgling peninsula committee is styling itself on the Geelong committee and a similar one in Ballarat. Its publicity material makes no mention of the Committee for Greater Frankston, which claims to be influential in attracting government money, and business growth, to the peninsula’s neighbour.

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Continued from Page 1 It says some parts of the peninsula “are some of the most disadvantaged in the state”. Examples of this disadvantage are “around” 1000 15-19 year olds not attending school, training or having jobs; more than 500 job vacancies “in hospitality alone … while unemployment in disadvantaged areas is extremely high”; and 40-50 people “sleeping rough” on Rosebud foreshore. The committee says just half of Westernport Secondary College’s year seven students will complete year 12; youth unemployment in Tanti Park, Mornington is at 45 per cent; 45 per cent of Capel Sound residents did not complete year 10; and the Rosebud/Capel Sound “is top of the most dangerous callout places in the state for ambulances”. The committee also has a map showing the number of “poor children” living in section of the peninsula.

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Our plan for The Briars Mornington Peninsula Shire is inviting community feedback on its draft Master Plan for the Briars, demonstrating how Council plans to protect, enhance and celebrate the natural, cultural and heritage beauty of the site over the next 10 –15 years. We want The Briars to become a part of everyone’s backyard and it’s important we bring the community along on this journey to create a space for everyone to visit, love and return to. Community consultation is now open and closes 5pm Friday 10 May 2019.

Despite their rather precarious positioning under eroding cliffs and washed by waves, owners of these beach boxes at Mt Martha Beach North can still ask high prices if selling, and must pay increased licence fees if approved in Mornington Peninsula Shire’s 2019/20 budget.

Cashing in on beach boxes OWNERS of those cute, colourful bathing boxes scattered around Mornington Peninsula beaches are facing massive licence fee increases. Visitors take pictures of the beach boxes that also regularly attract the eye of the metropolitan-based media because of their escalating values. Their values are compared to those of family houses elsewhere. But this year Mornington Peninsula Shire is seeing the beach boxes as a source of increasing revenue.

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per cent of the capital improved value, with a minimum of $3150, up from the previous minimum of $2100. Asked to confirm the new fees and why the shire had decided to increase bathing box fees, the shire’s property and strategy manager Nathan Kearsley replied: “Yes, the single licence fee is proposed to be replaced with a tiered fee structure based on the size of the bathing box.” Keith Platt

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Carers in crisis over dependent children Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au AGEING parents worn down by years of caring for their intellectually disabled adult children living at home are calling on both sides of government to provide them with independent housing that is permanent, safe and secure. This was highlighted at a meeting of Community Lifestyle Accommodation (CLA) members and Mornington Peninsula parents and carers at Mornington Community Information and Support Centre late last month. Experts from Mornington’s Hill Legal discussed what parents and carers needed to know about options to pay accommodation fees, dealing with financial and medical issues, understanding tenancy and residential agreements, and options available if a family cannot take over when the parent dies. About 40 at the session heard that, even with the NDIS, housing remains the greatest challenge for those living with an intellectual disability – particularly those still being cared for at home by their ageing parents. Hastings resident and secretary of CLA Marie Hell said she and other parent carers had “sacrificed our own lives, livelihoods and our adult relationships in order to care for our sons and daughters who have lived with intellectual disability all their lives”. Ms Hell, who cares for her 47-yearold son at home, said: “With many of our members now in their 70s and 80s, the burden is just too much and, without enough housing stock to meet

current demand, we are terrified about what will happen to our children, where they will live, and who will care for them after we die, so their housing must be addressed now.” CLA says that Australia wide 127,000 NDIS participants with significant disability will require accommodation, however, of this figure, only 28,000 will be funded under the Specialist Disability Accommodation model. The balance of NDIS participants will, instead, be placed onto the Victorian social housing register to compete for places within a system it says is “entirely unsuitable for those with intellectual disabilities and which is already underfunded and at breaking point”. By 2025 CLA estimates there will be a shortfall of accommodation places for 35,000-55,000 NDIS participants who will have little hope of ever developing any sort of community inclusion and independent living – both core aspirations and deliverables of the NDIS. “To make matters worse, the struggle to even access and then navigate the labyrinth of NDIS rules and regulations for many ageing parent carers is proving to be a nightmare,” Ms Hell said. “We have gone around in circles for more than 12 months with housing plans not being developed properly and with our voices as parent carers being ignored repeatedly by government. “Some NDIS planners still do not fully understand the ongoing support needs of our adult children with severe and profound intellectual dis-

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ability who, since birth, have relied on mum and dad for everything.” She said people with a disability, particularly intellectual disability, have been sitting on the Victorian Government Disability Support Register for decades with little hope of finding any kind of independent supported accommodation unless their parents die, become suicidal, or take the “heart-wrenching step of relinquishing their children into state care”.

CLA chairperson Kevin Turner said: “Many of our members are simply too exhausted and too busy caring for their 40-plus-year-old children every hour of every day to even find the time to effectively lobby government for a fair go. “While we have had some success along the way, with an eight-person supported accommodation home in Rosebud about to open, we need another 50 of these to be built before

we can even address existing needs, let alone future requirements.” CLA is urging the federal candidates at the May election to “drop the politics, work with the states and find long term funding options for all affected families to ensure their children can also reach their maximum potential and leave the family home to find a place of their own. “They can only do this with our community’s help,” Mr Turner said.

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Mental health vision finds firmer footing Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au A MOTHER and daughter’s dream is about to be realised after ongoing federal government finance was approved for a mental health centre on Pt Nepean Road, Rosebud. Sarah Darling and her daughter Missy are the driving force behind Jimmy’s which will help disadvantaged young people seeking help with their mental health. It will offer drop-in services, youth and teen mental health courses, wellbeing workshops, and coaching, mentoring and support in personal situations requiring strong intervention or prevention from its purpose-built site at 827 Pt Nepean Road.

The YMCA’s Southern Peninsula Youth Services will manage and deliver the services from the new building which it is hoped will be open by Christmas. “It has been a dream of ours for six years now to get this centre set up for the benefit of our peninsula teenagers,” Ms Darling said. “When my own son James died six years ago his sister Missy and I decided that we would like to fund a purpose built facility for the YMCA’s Southern Peninsula Youth Services in his honour. “On one hand, James’s life would be celebrated [while] on the other, Missy and I hoped that by doing this we might, in some way, help prevent similar tragedies happening to another family.”

Ms Darling was involved with Foundation59 for several years which, now merged with the Mornington Peninsula Foundation, works to resolve disadvantage on the peninsula. She also volunteered to work alongside Jeanette Horsley and her YMCA youth services team. “I was impressed by the work she was doing in her programs,” Ms Darling said. “So Missy and I decided to build something they could use and we went into battle with the council in what turned out to be a five-year process. “I put in all the money (about $3 million) for the land and building, with the federal government money kick-starting it. The architect has included designs favoured by James in his plans for the building which “is in a great spot op-

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posite the pier”. Ms Darling thanked Flinders MP and Health Minister Greg Hunt who she approached for advice and assistance in the early stages of her project. She said although he could not help at the time Mr Hunt promised to provide ongoing funding through the Mental Health Act if she provided the building. Last week the federal government pledged $1.2 million over the next three years to YMCA Southern Peninsula Youth Services to support Jimmy’s work in helping young people who may be disadvantaged or seeking help with their mental health. The first payment has reportedly already been received. The funding news came as the royal commission into Victoria’s mental health system began community consultation sessions last week. It is estimated that one-in-seven Victorians aged 4-17 has a mental health issue. Half of all lifelong mental health problems are believed to begin before the age of 14 but which may exacerbate between the ages of 19-24. Mr Hunt said: “The strength of both Sarah and Missy to turn such a deeply personal family tragedy into an instrument of change in their community is to be commended and I am proud that our funding will allow the YSPYS to provide more services here on the peninsula.” YMCA Southern Peninsula Youth Services manager Jeanette Horsley said YSPS and Jimmy’s board had developed a memorandum of understanding as a basis of their partnership. “It is a very nice collaboration based on shared values,” she said. Ms Horsley said the YSPYS service, which had been running for nine years, focused on intervention and prevention of mental and emotional challenges among young people. “Through our programs we aim to get in early before problems occur which may lead to depression and anxiety. We aim to overcome and manage problems as soon as they are identified, such as a lack of purpose which is often the forerunner of mental illness. “We educate around mental illness and look for ways to help and encourage their reconnection with the community. “Young people attending our programs are often living in difficult family circumstances. Personal and observed trauma, family violence, generational unemployment, social isolation and a family history of mental illness can place young people at higher risk of developing mental health problems themselves. “By providing a safe, nurturing environment, activities and initiatives to help build coping strategies and resilience, we aim to help young people reveal the very best of themselves and open pathways to opportunities that highlight their unique qualities and abilities.”

Dream coming true: Jeanette Horsley and Sarah Darling with plans for the future mental health centre at Rosebud. Picture: Yanni


Police track stolen boat through ‘known’ car straight out before running aground on a sandbar,” he said. “When they got off they headed towards Dromana.” Mr Hibbert called Rosebud police and kept an eye on the beach but, while they were occupied, one of the men returned unnoticed, possibly about 7.30am, and drove off in the car. “It and the boat have both gone now,” he said. “The funny thing was that if they had shut the gate in the first place we wouldn’t have noticed the Territory hidden in the bushes.” Mr Hibbert gave police a USB stick with footage of the incident. “They immediately knew the car, and presumably the occupants,” he said. Detective Harry Simpson, of Somerville CIU, said the suspect was not yet in custody. “I will let you know when we get him,” he said. Stephen Taylor

A ROSEBUD Motor Boat Squadron member became suspicious when he noticed the club’s front gate had been forced open and a car and boat trailer hidden in bushes, 6.45am, Thursday 4 April. Club commodore Mike Hibbert arrived at the foreshore clubhouse soon after and the pair watched CCTV footage of two men arriving earlier that morning in a Ford Territory towing a Quintrex boat with Mercury outboard and cutting the bolt to the club’s yard. They learned later that the boat had been stolen from outside a house in Ocean Street, Rosebud at 5.35am the same day. Mr Hibbert said the men launched the boat in front of the club in the dark using a torch. “They must have been unfamiliar with the beach because they left the propeller down and attempted to go

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Kids Cooking are also mon offer. Point Nepean Men’s Shed will offer two afternoon sessions for those wanting to try out Working with Wood. The session Drones on the Go is an opportunity to fly a drone or see how drone photography works. Details: Call 5984 3360. Activities start at $20 per session, with season passes available for one or both weeks of the school holidays. Call Sorrento Community Centre manager Heather Barton, 0418 974 994, for more information.

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FEDERAL ELECTION 2019

Crewther accused of jumping gun on grants Brodie Cowburn brodie@mpnews.com.au DUNKLEY MP Chris Crewther has backtracked after he and environment minister Melissa Price announced grants to four community groups under a program that has not yet opened. Mr Crewther said on 17 March that he and Ms Price visited four groups in the Dunkley electorate to “announce the first grants of the federal government’s communities environment program”. During Senate estimates on 4 April, officials from the Department of the Environment and Energy confirmed applications for that program were not open and funding for it had not been appropriated.

Mr Crewther played down the original announcement last week, telling The News “if I am re-elected as the member for Dunkley, these are some of the projects I identified that I would want to nominate under the communities environment program once it opens.” After a redistribution of the Dunkley electorate, Mr Crewther would need a swing towards the Liberal Party on past voting figures to keep his seat. Mr Crewther visited Animalia Wildlife Shelter in Frankston on 17 March to “announce” a $10,000 grant under the “community environments program”. A further $7500 was promised to Friends of Langwarrin Outdoors and Waterways, as well as $10,000 to Downs Estate and $20,000 for the South Eastern Centre for Sus-

tainability. A media release from Mr Crewther said that “this funding is a part of $22 million in 2019-20 to deliver a wide range of on ground projects that conserve, protect and sustainably manage our environment”. However Kylie Jonasson, from the Department of the Environment and Energy, confirmed during Senate estimates that the department had not met with any of the groups listed in Mr Crewther’s original announcement. “In this case, we’ve not awarded any funding to these projects,” Ms Jonasson said. “The guidelines are yet to be written and the funds are yet to be appropriated.” Department of the Environment and Energy official Steve Costello said during Senate esti-

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mates that “there is no successful grant under that program because the money is not appropriated.” He said “the program is not open for applications. It will open in the next financial year subject to budget appropriations.” Labor senator Kristina Keneally asked if it was possible that “any of these grants be awarded early”. Mr Costello said that was not possible. During question time last week, environment minister Melissa Price and Prime Minister Scott Morrison were asked about the funding. Ms Price said “once the program opens in mid 2019, each member of parliament will have the opportunity to put forward their projects. Ahead of the program opening I encourage all local members to engage with their community.” She said she had visited “four very good environmental projects that [Mr Crewther] proposes to be able to put forward for expressions of interest, nothing more nothing less”. Liberal frontbencher Simon Birmingham, during the 4 April Senate estimates hearing, described Mr Crewther as a “very active and engaged local MP in his community”. “Local members of parliament advocate for local projects all of the time, clearly Mr Crewther is indicating projects he is committed to supporting in terms of getting grant applications,” Mr Birmingham said. Ms Price said the $22 million grant program was announced last March.

Taking off from Crib Point MEMBERS of the Western Port Model Aircraft Club are gearing for their second open day at the airfield at 360 The Esplanade, Crib Point, Sunday 21 April. Model aircraft of all types, sizes and styles: from helicopters, jets, civilian and military type aircraft all based on the real thing and sounding just as good are flown from the airfield. The club’s 100 members have varying ages and experience levels, some holding world records and one, a junior, is a world champion in pylon F3D racing. They will be assisted by members of model aircraft clubs from around the state. As well as aircraft on display, members of other radio control hobbies will showcase and demonstrate tanks, cars, crawlers and boats. Community groups, including the CFA, HMAS Cerberus, Victorian Maritime Centre, classic car clubs, motorcycle clubs, Western Port Coast Guard and the Balnarring Scout Group will participate on the day. This event is supported and sponsored by the Balnarring and District branch of the Bendigo Bank. The activities will run 10am-4pm. Other special interest groups participating on the day include Victorian Armoured Radio Control Club, Illawong Model Boat Group, Victorian Maritime Centre, and South Eastern Radio Controlled Car Club.


Candidates elect to be questioned

Disappearing Banks: Independent candidate for Flinders Julia Banks may not have been invited to hear the Health Minister, Flinders MP Greg Hunt promise taxpayers’ money for The Bays Hospital, Mornington on Friday 29 March, but her picture on a sign outside the venue made her presence felt. However, that reminder of someone wanting to take Mr Hunt’s position in parliament was nowhere to be seen after the announcement was made. Picture: Cameron McCullough

Hunt gets support from the right THE right-wing political lobby group Advance Australia will be trying to influence the outcome of the Flinders electorate in the lead-up to the May federal election. Held by Liberal MP Greg Hunt since 2001, Flinders is also being contested by his former Liberal colleague Julia Banks, now the independent MP for Chisholm; Labor’s Josh Sinclair; The Greens Nathan

Lesslie; and independent Susie Beveridge, a former Mornington Peninsula Shire councillor. Advance Australia says a members’ survey showed Flinders as being one of the seats chosen as in need of the organisation’s “attention”. “We’ll be talking with voters about the dangers of voting for ‘independents’ backed by left-wing activists groups, and how mainstream Austral-

ian values need to be supported,” Advance Australia’s “team” told The News. The left-wing lobby group GetUp! Has already stated that it sees Mr Hunt as a “target” and last week the Victorian Trades hall Council also announced it too would try to unseat him (“Union leaders out against Hunt” The News 3/4/19). Keith Platt

The Victorian e-waste ban is coming From 1 July 2019, the Victorian Government is banning all Electronic Waste (e-waste) from landfill. This means we will no longer be able to dispose of e-waste in our kerbside bins.

CANDIDATES for the seat of Flinders at the May federal election are being invited to state their policies and answer questions from the public at a forum in Dromana on 17 April. Robyn Coughlin said she was organising the “meet your candidates” event for residents of the Flinders electorate “to get to know their potential representatives”. Candidates who had agreed to attend by last week were sitting MP Liberal Greg Hunt, Labor’s Joshua Sinclair and independent Julia Banks. Ms Coughlin said she had also invited independent Susie Beveridge, a former Mornington Peninsula councillor. Ms Banks was elected MP for Chisholm for the Liberal Party at the 2016 election but resigned after the party decided Malcolm Turnbull should no longer be prime minister. Her then colleague, Mr Hunt, sought to be deputy Liberal leader in the failed bid by Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton to take over the job. Mr Sinclair was campaign manager in last year’s state election that saw Labor’s Chris Brayne win the “safe Liberal” seat of Nepean, held for 14 years by Martin Dixon. Ms Coughlin said the forum would be held 6pm-9pm at Dromana Community Hall and would also involve an “informal meet and greet” as well as a question and answer time. Questioners would need to be registered and Mr Coughlin said she would “be actively encouraging registration by people who do not have existing

pathways to engage with the candidates”. “The event is not affiliated with any political party, independent candidate or other registered organisation and is a free community event that is being organised and run entirety by volunteers,” she said. “I am running this event to participate in and encourage diverse ways of engaging in our political system. “After the surprising result of the state election in the Nepean electorate [won by Labor after 14 years being held by Martin Dixon for the Liberals] and more broadly, I think it provides a great opportunity to get more people actively engaged without having to necessarily align themselves with a specific party or cause.” Ms Coughlin, who is paying about $1000 to hold the forum, said she had lived in the Flinders electorate for more than 10 years. “I love this place and believe it can only get better if our representatives know that their community are engaged and will hold them to account. “I have had the offer of sponsorship, but I want this event to be as removed from real or perceived bias as possible. “If I was connected to a political party or a special interest group I would likely make a financial contribution to them, but instead I have decided to contribute to something like this.” To register a question for the candidates go to meet-your-candidatesflinders-electorate.eventbrite.com.au Keith Platt

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NEWS DESK Police patrol

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Police name and ID their ‘top 10’ POLICE have issued a top 10 list their “most wanted”. The three women and seven men are all wanted on outstanding warrants and police believe they may be living on the Mornington Peninsula. Police have issued photographs, names and last known addresses of the 10 in the hope that members of the public will be able to shed some light on their whereabouts. However, the issuing of the top 10 also comes with a warning for members of the public not to approach those on the list. Instead, they are asked to call police with information or make a confidential report at crimestoppersvic.com.au Detective Senior Sergeant Miro Majstorovic, of Somerville CIU, said anyone with any information on their whereabouts should call either Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or Mornington Peninsula CIU 5978 1400.

Rebecca Dale, Seaford

Scott Stewart, Botanic Ridge

Michael Coleman, Mornington

Man arrested after blow out A MOTORCYCLIST was allegedly doing 225kph on Peninsula Link before his rear tyre blew out and he was arrested, 4.30pm, Sunday 31 March. Police said the 30-year-old Cranbourne man was lucky to escape death during the display of dangerous riding at Moorooduc. Witnesses reported seeing several motorcyclists riding erratically at Rosebud, Safety Beach and on the Monash Freeway at Glen Waverley and Blackburn at the same time. Police said the man’s unregistered green Kawasaki had false plates. It was only after the tyre blew out that they were able to catch up and charge him with conduct endangering life, failing to stop on direction, driving at a dangerous speed, riding while disqualified and numerous other traffic offences. The man will appear at Frankston Magistrates’ Court at a later date. Anyone who saw the incidents or who has dashcam footage is urged to call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or visit crimestoppersvic.com.au

Knife claim in robbery Heinrich Pott, Sorrento

Khial Smith, Rosebud

Alisha Waddington, Hastings

A ROSEBUD man, 48, was interviewed by police after a 26-year-old Rosebud man was allegedly threatened with a knife and had his wallet stolen at the Tom Salt Park Foreshore Reserve, Point Nepean Road, Rosebud, 11pm, Monday 1 April. Investigations are continuing.

Beer, TV stolen A SLAB of Victoria Bitter beer and an $850 Samsung TV were stolen from a property in Rosemary Drive, Hastings, between 15 February and 1 April. The burglar gained entry through the front door.

Through the roof Shane Walker, Mornington

Kristy Lang, Dromana

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BURGLARS removed roof tiles to enter a Somerville house between 16-20 March. About $12,000 in cash was stolen from the Guelph Street house.

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Buckley gets another chance WILLIAM Buckley is coming back to Rosebud on the 26 and 27 April. He is coming in the form of a chamber opera, locally devised by peninsula residents Antony Ransome (pictured), retired opera performer of thirty years, and renowned local historian Richard Cotter. The opera is based on the historic events of 1803 and 1835. This will be the first opera written and performed on the Mornington Peninsula. The opera tells the story of two cultures drawn together by extraordinary circumstances after William Buckley escaped from the Collins Settlement site in Sorrento in 1803. The site was the second ever attempt at settlement in Australia by the British after their arrival at Port Jackson (Sydney) in 1788. Buckley always protested his innocence of the crime he was transported for – stealing. On Christmas day 1803 he and five others made a run for freedom. Of the five, Buckley was the only successful escapee. He continued his escape by walking around Port Phillip, where he was taken in by the Wathaurong People of the Bellarine Peninsula and lived with them for the next thirty two years. Indigenous soprano Shauntai Batzke plays the part of Buckley’s Indigenous wife and Buckley is played by Michael Lampard, an experienced international performer. Directed by award winning stage director/de-

signer and writer David Lampard (no relation), an award winning director, with the support of the Astral Theatre Society and Peninsula Chamber Musicians together with an exceptional cast all of whom embraced the opportunity to be included in a new Australian opera – this event is not be missed. Two performances; Friday 26 April at 8pm and Saturday 27 April at 2pm at Rosebud Memorial Hall, 994 Pt Nepean Road Rosebud. Bookings: www.trybooking.com/BATLO Enquiries: 0422 366 907


Charges upgraded after triathlete’s road death Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au

Bike owner sought A BLACK Triumph motorcycle found at a Cranbourne West house is believed to be stolen. Dandenong police said a man at the house said he had recently bought the bike. Police inspecting the bike on 22 March saw that the engine number and registration plates had been filed off and removed. They said the man refused to provide details of the seller and was arrested and interviewed. Dandenong police are appealing for public help in identifying the owner of the bike. It has a distinctive purple trim and kickstand. Anyone with information is asked to call 9767 7440, or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or visit crimestoppersvic.com.au and quote incident number 190102714.

Car stolen POLICE are investigating the theft of a distinctive red 1975 Ford Falcon GS sedan from outside a Langwarrin house between 17-21 March. Anyone with information is asked to call Senior Constable Smith, at Frankston police station, 9784 5555, or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or visit crimestoppersvic.com.au and quote incident number 190102714.

Phone goes A MAN who rifled through a bag on a bike

chained up outside a Rosebud liquor store allegedly stole a $700 mobile phone, Thursday 14 February. Police said man, above, put the phone in his pocket before walking into the store. Anyone with information about the theft or the identity of the man, pictured, is urged to contact Constable Ebony Treweek, at Rosebud police station, 5986 0444, or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at crimestoppersvic.com.au

Blower stolen A STIHL blower valued at $400 was stolen from a 2018 Toyota Hilux parked on the nature strip outside a house in Inglewood Crescent, Rosebud, overnight 1 April. Detective Senior Sergeant Miro Majstorovic, of Mornington Peninsula CIU, said a lock was cut from a box in the rear tray to steal the blower.

Cyclists struck TWO cyclists were struck on the back of their heads with an unknown object thrown by a passenger in a white Holden Commodore, Tuesday 19 March. The father and son were riding along Cranbourne-Frankston Road near Peninsula Link about 4.15pm when the assault occurred. The car was last seen turning off onto McClelland Drive, Langwarrin.

CHARGES against a Parkdale man have been upgraded to culpable driving after a cyclist was knocked down in an alleged hit-and-run at Chelsea, Thursday 28 March. Chelsea triathlete Michelle Ruitenbeek, 50, was riding her bike along the Nepean Highway at 5.40am when she was allegedly struck by a utility driven by the man, 28, who allegedly fled the scene. She was taken to hospital but died two days later. The man was arrested in Broadmeadows hours later while his car was found at Seaford about 8am. He was charged with dangerous driving causing serious injury and failing to render assistance and appeared at an out-of-session court hearing that day. The charges have now been upgraded and the man has been bailed to appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on 1 August for a committal hearing. Mornington Peninsula Triathlon Club president Kirrily Guinan paid tribute to a “beautiful human being” on social media. “It’s with the heaviest of hearts that we acknowledge the tragic passing of Michelle Ruitenbeek. Those blessed to know Michelle will be heartbroken as they reflect on the passing of a dear friend known for her energy, tenacity, enthusiasm and unwavering support of others within our community. “Those not so close to Michelle will equally be devastated to learn of the passing of one of our own and the grief so many close to Michelle are feeling right now.” Ms Guinan on behalf of the triathlon community offered her “heartfelt love to Michelle, her

Race run: Michelle Ruitenbeek competes in the sport she loved. Picture: Supplied

family and those closest to her”. “We cannot change the awful circumstances of Michelle’s death, but we can take this moment and amplify her life and her passing by supporting [her] family in the days ahead, by supporting each other as we grieve. “We [can] ensure that this tragic accident informs the decisions we collectively make to safeguard ourselves and others on the road.” Ms Ruitenbeek was a club champion, Victorian duathlon champion and an Ironman all-world athlete. Competitors of the 2XU Triathlon at St Kilda on Sunday 31 March, for which Ms Ruitenbeek was training when she knocked down, wore black armbands in her honour and competitors left flowers in her memory. A funeral service to celebrate Ms Ruitenbeek’s life was to be held today (Tuesday 9 April) at Le Pine Funerals, Mordialloc, followed by a private burial service at Bunurong Memorial Park.

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LETTERS

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

Saluting Julia Banks

History rewritten

On Wednesday March 27 I attended a public meeting at Crib Point called by Julia Banks the independent candidate for Flinders in the up and coming federal election. To my delight she announced her full support for the group known as Save Western Port (SWP) which is waging an almighty campaign to stop [power company] AGL from going ahead with its proposed floating gas factory to be moored at the Crib Point jetty. Julia not only announced she would be throwing her full support behind the SWP campaign, she produced a petition at the meeting for us all to sign, this formal petition requests the federal government of the day to use avenues available to it to stop the proposed AGL development and protect Western Port. It also reminds the government of its obligations under the 1971 Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. Julia spoke the petition and tabled it in the federal parliament last week. Hats off to Julia for her proactive stance. She came to the meeting with an action plan that will kick off immediately. She showed that actions speak louder than words and that she knows how to make things happen. The challenge is there for all the other Flinders candidates who I understand are also opposed to AGL’s floating gas factory proposal and its threat to Western Port. They should let the voters know what you can do, or will do, to help save Western Port. Remember, actions speak louder than words. Rod Knowles, Crib Point, Save Westernport campaigner

I recently read a flyer from our local federal [Liberal] MP Greg Hunt which shocked me and made me wonder if it was some kind of sick joke. The first line of the Greg Hunt flyer was: “Together we managed to protect Point Nepean.” This line almost caused me to choke on my dinner, because I was one of the community members who spent seven years fighting to save Point Nepean as a national park. The whole time we were fighting against proposals by the Liberal government, of which Mr Hunt was a member You cannot rewrite history to suit yourself and, in my opinion, the community “saved” Point Nepean. As far as I can see we certainly got no help, but plenty of hindrance, from Mr Hunt and the Liberal government. Vicki Sullivan, Rye

Banks’ email record I noted with interest Julia Banks crying poor when accused of not replying to emails sent to her (“Foot soldiers between the lines” Letters 23/3/19). Unfortunately, Ms Banks has history in this area when (partially) representing her Liberal seat of Chisholm. On three occasions I emailed Ms Banks expressing disappointment on her walking out of her representative duties that she was elected [as a Liberal] for, with auto response to the first email and no further response from her. How she can now with any skerrick of honesty say “put your trust in me” as an independent candidate for Flinders when she simply turned her back on the Chisholm electorate which voted for her as their trusted representative? I do agree with her that “Australians are tired of the political game playing and mistruths”, a statement she should live by. Austin Johns, Mt Waverley and Rye

Hard to get reply As we are now close to the federal elections and Julia Banks has indicated she will, as an independent, run for the seat in the Flinders electorate, currently held by [Liberal] Greg Hunt. In recent letters to The News, some writers have indicated they get no reply when emailing her. Ms Banks replied that she has “not” received any emails and the “all” emails to her office receive an automatic reply. Unfortunately, this is not the case as I have sent three messages on her “contact form”, all with no reply. Is her online “contact form” defunct, out of date and not in use? Whatever the case, she will not be received very well if one cannot contact her and is unable to ask any questions about her platform for the upcoming elections. Hopefully, she can correct this contact situation very soon. I also would like to see all candidates openly available for contact. Andrew Raff, Fingal

GetUp! get out I was having a nurse of my new great-grandson recently and it got me thinking as to what sort of world he would grow into. Here on the Mornington Peninsula, we seem to have lost our compassion and tolerance for those whose beliefs differ from ours. Whether it’s a footpath or a swimming pool, a three-storied building or a block of flats, there has been a nastiness that has crept into discussions that wasn’t there before and, for the first time in the Flinders electorate, we have a group of people, based in Sydney, backed by militant unions, trying to influence our vote, not because they have a candidate or policies, but purely and simply because they hate the sitting member, [Liberal Greg Hunt]. There is no room in this country for bigotry and hatred and so instead of saying GetUp!, I would urge others to join me in saying get-lost. Michael Free, Mt Martha

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Gagging over budget The federal budget. A multi-gag comedy act closing a medicine show? Book figures (a guessing game) meaning nothing much to almost all of us. High-income earners at $200,000 a year getting more than $11,000 eventually, compared to $255 for those on $35,000. An NDIS shortfall of billions, previously budgeted, not spent. Custer’s last ditch attempt to win the election, particularly infrastructure announcements for Victoria; a Sydney infrastructure budget. More government spending, more tax cuts after six years of chaos, a promised surplus (next budget?) yet doubling our national debt. No pay rises but tax cuts receivable come next July, mostly for those comfortably off (and even more for this group well into 2025). For the unemployed a oneoff peanuts, effectively bugger all. Will it transfer into votes? Yes, up to a point. Tradies for example (by and large) don’t read the fine print. They (think they) see the dollars. Is the budget an insult to the intelligence of the Australian voter? As I see it, a big yes, but what would I know? Time will tell, as always. Cliff Ellen, Rye

Non-representative Ian Morrison, using the name of the Mornington Peninsula Ratepayers and Residents Association (MPRRA), urges readers to send in their [Mornington MP] David Morris petition card or contact [Mornington Peninsula Shire] councillors Bev Columb, Sam Hearn and Rosie Clark to voice their disapproval regarding the proposed Kaufland supermarket site. Mr Morrison does not represent nor is he authorised to speak on behalf of the Committee of the Mornington Peninsula Ratepayers & Residents Association or its membership on this topic or any other. The president is the only member authorised to represent our association in print. The MPRRA is supportive of the shire’s position regarding the Kaufland proposal as stated on the shire’s website. John Cain, president MPRRA

Clean-up time It is evident from the amount of rubbish that litters the Balnarring and Hastings roadsides that little or no action is happening on a local level. Cans, coffee cartons, bottles, bags and sheets of plastic are common, especially after mowing has taken place. The distance from the shops to where it has been discarded suggests it was easier to chuck it than to be responsible. A recently beached young whale had 64 kilograms of plastic removed from its gut. What sort of world are we creating for the young? Surely it is relatively easy to remove it properly before mowing the grass and to conduct a campaign to educate litterbugs. I have approached Mornington Peninsula Shire and was told that it was a matter for the department of main roads. I did that online and was allotted a number. That was three months ago. Also, trying to pick up rubbish is fraught - it has been there long enough for bugs to gather and speeding cars are a hazard. Surely we can do better than this. Patricia Rayner, Somers

Stop the clearing The sound of chainsaws around Balnarring and Balnarring Beach is a sure sign our local wildlife is losing valuable habitat. The character of our beautiful village and surrounds is changing for the worse with the removal of almost every tree shrub and plant whenever a house is refurbished or rebuilt by its new owner or by developers snapping up larger plots of land

being redeveloped. I know Mornington Peninsula Shire has its hands tied behind its back on the issue of regulation of tree removal, but if we keep this destruction of habitat happening any longer our township will turn into a Clyde or Cranbourne very soon. Do we really want to end up an ecological desert? Every new development needs to include a plan for incorporating the long term survival of local flora and fauna. That Is the least our shire should begin aiming for. Rupert Steiner, Balnarring Beach

Beach change ignored Good luck trying to get the signs updated at the McCrae beach (“Signs mislaid” Letters 20/3/19). Just goes to prove that Mornington Peninsula Shire’s anti-dog squad are alive and well. Why would they want the signs changed, they don’t like dogs on the beach? Even after petitions, surveys and money wasted on a consultant were overwhelmingly in favour of change. They ignored the results, they relented by giving dog owners an extra three hours. They said it as a good compromise, rubbish, it was a total cop out. Every second homeowner in Seawinds Ward owns a dog, why were they all ignored? The mayor Cr David Gill says he’s all about transparency and accountability - obviously “council speak” as it didn’t apply in this case. Why would council not agree to having dogs on a deserted beach out of daylight savings time? Councillors haven’t visited the area, how can they make such terrible decisions, and not be held accountable? McCrae beach should not be any different to Rosebud (leash-free all the time out of daylight savings time). But squad members wouldn’t know about that as they are too lazy to even show up at the morning or evening leash-free sessions to gauge what really happens. Ron Moore and Gloria (the dog), Rosebud

Rosebud comedy It has been reported that the “Annual comedy festival” has again been held regarding the Jetty Road, Rosebud overpass. Festival title: “First steps to tackle Jetty Road”. Name unchanged for many years, but some new contributors to the show. Now we see Roads Minister Jaala Pulford, the new [Labor] MP for Nepean Chris Brayne plus the usual Mornington Peninsula Shire group were in discussions. This issue has been reviewed, talked about, discussed by politicians, VicRoads and the TAC bureaucrats for many, many years but there has been no action and we are no further advanced. In the past, while [former Nepean MP Liberal] Martin Dixon and his government was in power he arranged and spent over $200,000 on a review of the problem, and that review has been gathering dust in a back room ever since. So what will the new review reveal? Possibly nothing that is not already known. How do the government, VicRoads and TAC bureaucrats justify squandering community money on more wasted time and reports which do not transpire into action and are dumped into back rooms to gather dust? It’s time these participants got out of their ivory towers and, on the way out, picked up a pick and shovel and started work for the benefit of the community and not themselves. R J Troutbeck, Boneo

Franking credits. In response to Joe Lenzo (“Frankly, it’s not fair” Letters 20/3/19) and Mary D’Arcy (“Tax cake limited” Letters 27/3/19) about refunding excess franking credits, which Labor will abolish, their explanations about tax free handouts are limited and distorted. Before imputation, there was double taxation on dividends. This system was introduced by the Hawke/Keating Labor government, to offset this, by giving a franking credit to compensate the shareholder for the tax paid by the company. The imputation system which avoids dividend income being taxed twice will stay, but Labor will abolish the cash refund of excess franking credits. Generally this is only applicable to either low income earners, and self-managed superannuation funds that are in pension mode. Receiving a refund of $30,000 and paying no tax as claimed is limited. Most self-funded retirees and other shareholders receive refunds ranging from $18,000 to $5000, averaging $11,500.

By investing in shares to support their retirement, they have thus eliminated a burden to the government. On average they have been employed up to 65-70 years of age, and paying tax. At retirement their SMSF has gone into pension mode, and generally being exempt of tax. They should be entitled to a cash refund of excess franking credits, because it is not government money being given away at all, but company money, and this should be made very clear. The current pension rates without supplements are: single $24,081 and couple $36,301 a year. On average, cash franking credits are appreciably lower, and by multiplying the number of people receiving these credits by the foregoing pension rates, the saving to government is substantial, if they were not SMSF retirees and applied for the pension. So stop complaining about injustice, and mistakenly thinking, about receiving tax free handouts, which have no foundation whatsoever. John F O’Hanlon, Capel Sound

Unfair charges Joe Lenzo is supposing that the company has not paid tax, but this may not be true, in all cases (“Frankly, it’s not fair” Letters 20/3/19). What is not fair is the charges are aimed at self- funded retirees whereas politicians and unionists are to be exempt. A fair go for all, Joe. Brenda Morris, McCrae The following two letters were inadvertently presented as one in the 3 April edition:

Making contact When I heard that Julia Banks was going to run as an independent I sent her a congratulatory email. I have emailed several policy questions - did get the automatic reply, but never an answer. I called her office: first thing that her staff tried was to put me on the defensive, did not even attempt to listen. Then I was transferred to her chief of staff who tried the same bullying tactics, not listening to a word I had to say. I was told that my emails were trashed for being rude and when I questioned why they were rude they hung up. Two of my rude questions were: “what is your position on franking credits” and “when are you going to start campaigning on the peninsula as others are, and you are way behind”. I realize that these emails were sent out from “Victorian Ratepayers Action Group” which, you thought, might have twigged her to be a bit more polite. I have no connections to any political party as I am and equal political party hater. We are tired of political games and misconduct of politicians and her rebuttal of Rod Kerley’s letter is not a message we want to hear (“Foot soldiers behind the lines” Letters 27/3/19). I am disappointed in Julia and wonder if she is just another rich right wing rich aristocrat dressed in independent clothing? I believe she owns several houses — including three investment properties. So, is this rich aristocrat able to even identify with the majority of the people on the peninsula? What happens when we contact her on a contentious issue that she thinks is baseless? It breaks my heart to write this as I was hoping she would be the straw to break our current ineffective MP’s back. Joe Lenzo, Safety Beach

Deceptive unionists My friend recently attended our local member [Liberal Flinders MP] Greg Hunt’s ageing well forum at Rosebud RSL. However, I was frankly disgusted to hear about the actions taken by some out the front of the RSL in the lead up to the meeting. As my friend was walking in, she was approached on the steps by three people in t-shirts, asking if she thought aged care was important. Thinking they were part of the forum and not wanting to miss any speakers, she signed her name and moved on. She later discovered that these people had nothing to do with the forum but were in fact trade union activists. Thankfully, Greg advised the forum of this shameful deception. Now countless locals need to find out which union it was to get their name off this list. Anthea Mollison, Rye Editor: Anthea Mollison told The News that she is a member of the Liberal Party.


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SAFETY BEACH, DROMANA, McCRAE, ROSEBUD, CAPEL SOUND, RYE, BLAIRGOWRIE, SORRENTO, PORTSEA

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www.prenticerealestate.com.au Residential, Land, Commercial Leasing, Rural, Industrial - Since 1946 SORRENTO 5 Wilby Street

SORRENTO 15-17 Arnott Street

BRILLIANT POSITION EXCELLENT POTENTIAL

RARE DIAMOND BAY BLOCK A magnificent 2,423 sqm prime residential allotment in the Diamond Bay area is a rarity. Complete with an older style but sound 2 bedroom weekender, this magnificent gently rising residential allotment of 2,423 sqm offers unlimited scope to develop the site into a complete oasis of luxury and privacy. With a superb 40.23 metre frontage, and the ideal north-east aspect allowing plenty of sun onto the block, the possibilities are endless. The dwelling itself is habitable, has bright open plan living, and could easily be updated if required. Properties’ in the Diamond Bay precinct are tightly held due to the area’s low traffic flow, beautiful coastal walks, and Diamond Bay beach. This property is priced to the market.

Just an easy stroll to the village from this 1960’s 3 bedroom home, and only slightly longer to the beautiful coastal walking tracks and Sorrento back beach. Loads of potential to renovate or redevelop on this superb almost true north facing wide frontage allotment.

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Contact: Mark Prentice 0408 117 772

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RYE 28 Beauna Vista Drive

RYE 59 Valley Drive

NOT TOO BIG NOT TOO SMALL IT’S JUST RIGHT

LOTS OF ROOM FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS

Set on a lovely flat block (854m2 approx) and walking distance to bay and shops this sound brick home is ideal for either permanent or holiday living. Offering 3 big bedrooms (master full ensuite & WIR), 2 spacious light filled living areas, updated kitchen with stone tops and stainless steel appliances, double carport and single lock up garage. Features gas ducted heating, split system heating and cooling, cosy wood coonara and lovely established garden surrounds.

One for the growing family this spacious home sits on over 1250m2 of level land and is within walking distance to bay and shops. Offering 4 big bedrooms (all with BIR’S master with WIR and ensuite). Lounge with cosy open fire, kitchen dining area, family room, central bathroom and double lock up garage. Other features include undercover entertaining area, reverse cycle heating and cooling, gas wall heater and an abundance of established fruit trees. With plenty of space for all the summer toys, boats, jet skis etc makes this property well worth inspecting.

For Sale: $680,000 - $720,000 Contact: Michael Christodoulou 0419 003 685

For Sale: Contact Agent Contact: Michael Christodoulou 0419 003 685

RYE 17-19 Sussex Road

RYE 49 Minnimurra Road

A RARE OFFERING

SPECTACULAR BAY VIEW

For those looking for something fresh, spacious & affordable, look no further! Superbly situated on a generous, consolidated double allotment is this split level home recently renovated & ready to enjoy. Ideally offering a northerly aspect & bathed in natural light it features; 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms inc. Master with ensuite, 2 living areas + study nook. A carport & spacious detached L.U.G, measuring: 9.5m x 6.8m (approx), is ideal for the handy man to work from or as fantastic additional storage & offers separate access away from the house. This truly is a wonderful opportunity for those looking for some space to enjoy without the maintenance of a bigger block

Located in the Whitecliffs area and near the end of a quiet cul de sac, this private oasis is perched amongst the tree tops to boast one magnificent view across the bay to Arthurs Seat and Mount Martha. This light filled home comprises 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, open plan kitchen/dining/lounge, high ceilings, separate laundry, gas ducted heating/cooling, upgraded kitchen and bathrooms, extensive decking, paved drive and carport. The raised family room with built in bar is the ideal place to sit back and enjoy the visual splendor that is ever changing and equally as beautiful at night with the twinkling lights around the bay. This tightly held pocket offers a brilliant lifestyle for those who appreciate privacy & peace.

For Sale $750,000 - $820,000 Contact: Michael Christodoulou 0419 003 685 Keith Bryan 0419 355 587

For Sale: $1,195,000 - $1,250,000 Contact: Mark Prentice 0408 117 772

For an OBLIGATION FREE APPRAISAL contact Michael Prentice 0417 369 235 - Mark Prentice 0408 117 772 - Michael Christodoulou 0419 003 685

2395 Point Nepean Road, Rye. Phone 5985 2351 78 Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento. Phone 5984 4177 mpnews.com.au

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ON THE COVER

DELUXE COUNTRY LIVING LIVE the tranquil country life in fine style from this spectacular weatherboard residence peacefully set on a splendid 1.36 hectares bursting with colour and lifestyle features to please the whole family. Seemingly a world away, yet shops and schools are literally minutes down the road, this property comes complete with a dam, towering gums and landscaped gardens, all hidden from street view. Set amongst an expanse of lush lawn, the main home is delightful with a handsome full length verandah welcoming you into the beautiful interior zones that boast floating timber floors and a pleasant neutral tone. An open plan family room receives plenty of natural light and front and centre is the striking island bench to the kitchen which has gleaming black counter tops, gas hotplates and a stainless-steel range hood. The kitchen also features a dishwasher and a pantry. The adjoining lounge and dining area is kept comfortable with a wood heater and airconditioning, and extending from the lounge is a fantastic bar and sitting room that opens out to the undercover timber deck. Four excellent bedrooms include the enormous master bedroom with office space, a walk-in robe and stunning ensuite with frameless walk-in shower. The nearby guest bedroom is equally well-appointed also with a walk-in robe and ensuite, whilst two more bedrooms both have built-in robes and share the lovely main bathroom. Adding that extra dimension to the property is the detached, fully self-contained bungalow complete with a spacious lounge and enormous bedroom. This extra dwelling provides plenty of options for any extended family needs. Other impressive external features include the superb in-ground salt chlorinated and solar heated pool, there is a charming rotunda that overlooks the large dam and towards the rear of the property is an extensive machinery shed with mezzanine that houses a workshop and parking bays for a boat and trailer. The care and attention to detail in the creation of this magnificent country property is evident from the first moments; new owners will have little to do here but move in and enjoy what is a well-loved family home, ready for its next chapter.n

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ADDRESS: 2 Bellbird Lane, HASTINGS AUCTION: Saturday 27th April at 11:00am DESCRIPTION: 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 8 car INSPECT: By Appointment AGENT: Lina Luppino 0419 571 583, OBrien Real Estate Mornington, 188 Main Street, Mornington, 5975 7733 mpnews.com.au

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Rosebud 15 Lawson Crescent

Rosebud 155 Third Avenue

Well-presented 2BR home with gas cooking, GDH, air-conditioning, instantaneous gas hot water and a covered patio for alfresco entertaining. 862sqm (approx.) potential 3 unit site (STCA)

This single level home offers convenient low maintenance living on approx. 392sqm. The open plan design is flooded with natural light and affords a pleasant view of the gardens from a bay window.

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CONTACT Paul Cunnington 0457 047 962 Tullie Roberts 0432 281 566 Barry Plant Rosebud 5986 8880

Just listed.

AUCTION

Saturday 20th April 12:30pm INSPECT As advertised

1 CONTACT Paul Cunnington 0457 047 962 Tullie Roberts 0432 281 566 Barry Plant Rosebud 5986 8880

Auction Saturday.

Rosebud 63 Fourth Avenue

Rosebud 268 Eastbourne Road

Set on approx. 400 m2, this delightfully updated 3 bedroom, rendered beach-side residence features 3 large bedrooms (all with BIR’s), polished hardwood floors throughout amd modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances.

Only a short walk to the beach & plaza, this home offers large open plan living & dining areas, a well-equipped kitchen with stone benches & butler’s pantry, and three bedrooms with BIR’s including main with en-suite.

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CONTACT Craig Leo 0412 502 938 Clare Black 0409 763 261 Barry Plant Rosebud 5986 8880

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CONTACT Craig Leo 0412 502 938 Clare Black 0409 763 261 Barry Plant Rosebud 5986 8880

Saturday 13th April 11:00am INSPECT As advertised

Just listed.

Rosebud 1/10 Moorfield Avenue

Rye 53 Sussex Road

Stunning new residence finished with a luxury life style in mind. Offering 4 beautifully presented bedrooms; master with WIR & FES. Open-plan living with kitchen boasting high quality finishes and stainless-steel appliances.

Bound to impress is this beautifully presented family home in a quiet location on approx. 1030m2. Three bedrooms all have BIR’s and share an updated bathroom giving you plenty of options to make this home your own.

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Saturday 13th April 2:00pm INSPECT As advertised

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

2 CONTACT Tullie Roberts 0432 281 566 Paul Cunnington 0457 047 962 Barry Plant Rosebud 5986 8880

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Rosebud 14 Hayes Avenue

Rosebud 36 Warranilla Avenue

Weatherboard home on 760sqm approx. lot, huge master bedroom with BIR, two more bedrooms, separate living room with gas heating, kitchen with gas cooking and dishwasher and a large main bathroom. Potential development site (STCA).

* 752sqm Approx. * Potential development site STCA * Securely tenanted until early 2020 * In the Golden Triangle

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Saturday 20th April 2:00pm INSPECT As advertised

1 CONTACT Paul Cunnington 0457 047 962 Tullie Roberts 0432 281 566 Barry Plant Rosebud 5986 8880

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Saturday 27th April 2:00pm INSPECT As advertised

1 CONTACT Paul Cunnington 0457 047 962 Tullie Roberts 0432 281 566 Barry Plant Rosebud 5986 8880

McCrae 151 Bayview Road

Rosebud 23 Anne Street

On a 1522 sqm block, this stunning five-bedroom, three-bathroom home showcases fabulous views of the bay with other great featurea across both levels including a large lounge upstairs and a modern kitchen downstairs

Situated in the sought after Waterfall Gully Road area, close to the shops, this home receives plenty of natural light. Functional kitchen, meals and lounge area, three bedrooms all have BIR’s - main with FES.

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Saturday 27th April 3:30pm INSPECT As advertised

2 CONTACT Clare Black 0409 763 261 Craig Leo 0412 502 938 Barry Plant Rosebud 5986 8880

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Saturday 27th April 11:00am INSPECT As advertised

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Just listed.

Rosebud 79 First Avenue

Rosebud 45 Warranilla Avenue

Renovated home on a 385sqm block offering more than meets the eye. Be impressed with the open plan living and dining area flooded with natural light and the renovated kitchen with dishwasher, pantry and huge counter top space.

Set on a 803sqm (approx.) block close to shops, transport and the foreshore, this substantial family home features high ceilings with deco style cornices and polished floor boards throughout an open plan kitchen and dining area.

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1 CONTACT Paul Cunnington 0457 047 962 Tullie Roberts 0432 281 566 Barry Plant Rosebud 5986 8880

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Flintwell PROPERTY GROUP

Skelton Lane, Mount Martha (off Simpson Crt)

Retirees- Thinking of downsizing?

For Sale

Prices From $679,000

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Come and see the many options we have on Display that aim to provide a positive impact on your future both financially and health wise.

Downsize the work needed to maintain gardens and a large home and free your time to be able to enjoy the many lifestyle benefits that surround you in Mt Martha‌. golf, beaches, stroll the boardwalk to the village, shopping‌. Close to shopping, health services and public transport.

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- 10min walk down the path to Bentons Square - Luxury inclusions with stone benchtops , large pantries, 900mm stainless steel appliances, ducted heating and split system air conditioners - Quiet court location with only 10 single level homes DISPLAY VILLA OPEN EVERY SAT AND WED 11:00 - 2:00PM

Call Kathy Netherclift for a private viewing or further information. mpnews.com.au

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Mortgagee Auction 39-41 Hastings Road, Frankston Friday 3rd May at 12 Noon on-site

Destination Development Site

Speak to your agent about listing on realestateview.com.au.

Be seen everywhere.

Positioned between Frankston hospitals and Monash University Land 1,168m2* on 2 Titles Currently General Residential Zone Proposed change to Mixed Use Zone subject to Minister’s approval Hastings Road frontage 26m2 *

9775 1535 nicholscrowder.com.au

*Approx.

Linda Ellis 0400 480 397 Richard Thomas 0413 828 883 1 Colemans Road, Carrum Downs, 3201

168 Main Street, Mornington VIC 3931 T. 03 5975 6888 Mornington

Auction

3/3 Johns Road, Mornington Snap Up A Beachside Beauty Or Start Afresh! The beach, Esplanade walking trails, cafes and transport are all on your doorstep. Sunlight, freshly updated interiors and contemporary function are all here too! This spacious two bedroom villa unit, with the prestige of its own with street frontage, offers a brilliant market entry, AAA investment or development opportunity (STCA), in a quiet beachside setting. Filled with natural light, this welcoming home with tidy low-maintenance gardens and a garage is generously scaled and feature packed. Poised between Mornington and Mount Martha’s shopping villages, this fabulous and affordable lifestyle base also enjoys convenience to Pitt Reserve playground, The Dava Hotel, Bentons Square and schools.

Auction Saturday 27th April 11.00am Inspection As advertised or by appointment Contact Robert Bowman 0417 173 103 bowmanandcompany.com.au

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THE PENINSULA’S ONLY EXCLUSIVELY COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE AGENT Business Sale - Sorrento

Business Sale - Mornington Peninsula

FlatBlk Boutique Cafe

Yaringa Boat Hire • Incredible lifestyle business located on the beautiful marina of Yaringa • Huge potential to improve current business • Secure lease with a great return on investment • Currently operating at approx. 21hrs pw over a 48 week period with lots of room for expansion

• Well established business with great regular clientele • Cute and quirky small heritage listed space. • Great for an owner operator as it’s easy to run • Amazing potential to have a larger clientele with a 7 day trading period. • Tram brings a historical aspect to the business and is a great conversation piece.

Sale Price $199,950 Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454

Sale Price: $110,000 + SAV Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454

Forthcoming Auction- Mornington

For Lease - Mount Eliza

Position,Position, Position

Ideal Retail/Office Space in an Ideal Location

• Prime corner location with magnificent exposure • Long term tenant • Strong rental return • McDonalds and Red Rooster as your neighbours • Build Area of approx. 127sqm

• Large retail space of approx. 198sqm • Shop frontage on to Mount Eliza Way with walk thru access to rear carpark • Located in high foot traffic area • Available now and ready for you to create something amazing

Auction: Contact Agent For Details Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454

Business Sale - Frankston South

Business Sale - Mount Eliza

For Sale or Lease - Red Hill

Peninsula Live Music Venue

Fit Out Sale

Sale Price: $295,000 WIWO Contact: Andrew Walsh 0419 889 353

Sale Price: $35,000 WIWO Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454

Biscottini Cafe

Sale Price: $495,000 WIWO Contact: Andrew Walsh 0419 889 353

• Iconic live music venue on the peninsula • Licensed for 120 people • Excellent lease of 10 years with rent of $5,000pcm + GST + OG • Included with business is a 3 bedroom house with 2 bathrooms & kitchen, together with a 1 bedroom studio

NE Red Hill Restaurant

Butcher Shop

• Prestigious restaurant based on Arthurs Seat Rd • No Upfront Cost – Plant and Equipment included in lease • Perfect for an experienced restaurateur to take over • Beautiful fit out & well equipped • Onsite accommodation for owner an additional option

• Butcher shop with annual turnover of approx. $2mil • Operating for over 30years • Reasonable rent of $4,075pcm inc GST • Excellent long lease with great terms • Current owners looking to retire

Lease Price $7,950pcm+GST+OG Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454

Sale Price: $290,000 WIWO Contact: Andrew Walsh 0419 889 353

Georges Boutique Hotel

Party Hire Business

Humble Pie

Sale Price: Contact Agent Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454

Sale Price: $380,000 Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454

Sale Price: $260,000 + SAV Contact: Andrew Walsh 0419 889 353

• Long established salon • Excellent long term staff • Attractive leasing package • Fantastic fit-out • Residence available

For Sale - Arthurs Seat

Business Sale - Mornington

Business Sale - Rye

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Business Sale - Rosebud

Lease Price: $9,167pcm+GST+OG Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454

• Extremely popular Main Street cafe • Turnover in excess of $25,000 per week • Excellent rent and lease terms • Successful business trading for 18 years • Licenced venue with seating for 60 inside and 38 out

Business Sale - Point Leo

• Established 2007 as an accommodation business • Nestled amongst the many attractions of the area • Superbly set with stunning views of Port Phillip Bay • Buyers here have the first option to purchase the adjoining block at 17 Nestle Court

Fit-Out Sale - Mornington

• Mornington Peninsula based business • Family run business for over 35 years • Specialising in weddings and parties across the peninsula • Housed in a 500sqm factory • Priced for Fit Out/Plant and Equipment Sale

Properties For Lease

For Sale - Mornington

OFFICES FOR LEASE ( Mornington unless specified)

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Point Leo General Store

• Long standing coastal business • Focus on take away food and drinks • Amazing lease package • Ideal husband and wife business • Huge local following Sale Price: $190,000 + SAV Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454

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Sale Price: $35,000 (Fit-out only) Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454

Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454

• Ideally located in high foot traffic area from Centro Shopping Centre to Main Street • Retail space of approx. 70sqm • Current rent at approx. $45,000pa +GST

• In the middle of town across from Blamey Pl & Main St • 11 offices, boardroom, kitchenette, M & F toilets • As new fitout recently done • Ideally suit investor • Long Term Tenants

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• Well-located bakery opposite Rye beach and pier • Established for over 45 years • Opportunity to extend business hours • Consistent takings all year with massive summer trade • Rent at $3,680pcm inc GST with long lease terms

176-182 Main Street -30sqm $1,662.50pcm+GST+OG 356 Shands Road, Main Ridge Contact Agent 6/356 Main Street – 104sqm $2,950pcm+GST+OG 4/15 Carbine Way – 12sqm From $750pcm+GST+OG 1/486 Nepean Hwy Frankston – 220sqm $3,000pcm+GST+OG SHOPS FOR LEASE Jetty Rd, Rosebud - From 70sqm From $3,300pcm+GST+OG 187 Main Street – 187sqm $5,050pcm+GST+OG St Andrews Beach – 180m2 $3,334pcm+OG 102 Mt Eliza Way, Mt Eliza – 198sqm $9,167pcm+GST+OG RESTAURANT FOR LEASE 164 Arthurs Seat Road, Red Hill $7,950pcm+GST+OG MEDICAL FOR LEASE 1052 Nepean Hwy - 15.3sq $6,584pcm+GST+OG WORKSHOP/FACTORY 323-325 Main Street - 150sqm $1,834 pcm + GST +OG 2/15 Brasser Ave Dromana – 134sqm $1,600pcm + GST + OG

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100 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK...

Nasty motor car accident in Frankston Compiled by Cameron McCullough A PARTY from Frankston House had an unpleasant experience whilst out motoring one day last week. In endeavoring to pass a vehicle, which claimed a monopoly of the road, the motor car was overturned. The occupants were all more or less injured, and the driver (Mr Goulding) was severely cut with the glass from the broken wind screen. The members of the party consisted of Mrs Fossitt, of Melbourne, and her son, Private Fossitt, (who has just returned from active service in France), Miss Hay, Miss Box Miss Matters, and Miss Doughty. Fortunately Mrs Fossitt and Miss Doughty were not in the car at the time of the accident. The members of the party speak in the highest terms of praise of the coolness and skill displayed by Mr Goulding in handling a very difficult position. Miss Hay, we are sorry to learn has not quite recovered from the effects of the accident. *** PRESBYTERIAN Church – Owing to illness the Rev. N. Webster, of Mornington, will not be able to conduct services at Frankston next Sunday morning as arranged. The Sacrament of the Lords Supper will be postponed till a future date. *** SOMERVILLE Fruitgrowers Association. The usual monthly meeting of the above association will be held on Monday evening next when the business to be brought forward is the coolstores extension (for which 4000

shares have already been applied for), cooperative cannery, and general. *** IN consequence of the Easter holidays the “Standard” next week will be published on Thursday evening. Advertisers and contributors will please note that all communications connected with that issue must reach this office not later than Thursday, 17th inst. at noon. *** THE idea of severing the south riding from the Dandenong Shire has again been brought to the front. After having laid dormant for a considerable time, it was brought up some time back, freely discussed and approved of by the Chelsea Progress Association but without apparent effect, until the present week when it became evident that the local councillors had decided to join the movement. Some four years ago as the result of similar disscussions at the Foreshore Progress Associations, a conference had been formed with Mr H. J. Richardson as secretary, to go into the question with a view of taking steps to sever and create a separate bayside shire. After a great deal of work had been done it had been found towards the end of 1916 that the formation of a new shire was not possible by reason of insufficient revenue. When the petition was presented the south riding had a valuation of £32,467, with a revenue from rates £2,840. At that time there were 1058 ratepayers on the south riding roll. The conference found then that the com-

bined revenue of what was known as the garbage area with the district of Seaford was to small to successfully finance a borough. Since the above statistics were published, there has been a marked increase in each of the items mentioned. *** THE Frankston Football Club will play their initial match for the season this afternoon in the local park, when they will try conclusions with a team picked from the Mornington club. All local players are requested to meet in the park at 2 o’clock sharp for the purpose of making a final selection. *** ENTERTAINMENT Tax: The Federal Commissioner of Taxation (Mr R. Ewing) notifies all entertainment proprietors and promoters (other than those who have made special arrangements to use their own tickets) that on and after 1st May next Departmental stamped tickets must be used in lieu of the present practice of affixing postage stamps where the price of admission does not exceed sixpence. The tickets will be made available at all post offices before the end of April. *** AT the last meeting of the local Shire Council a warm tribute of praise was extended by the Council to the voluntary helpers who came forward when the emergency hospital was established at Frankston and rendered willing assistance in meeting existing difficulties. Cr Mason, who as acting secretary of the committee charged with the responsibility of coping with the po-

sition, was able to speak with authority and a first hand knowledge of facts when he asked the Council to pass for payment the domestic accounts connected with the hospital. These totalled a sum of £17 11s 10d and represented the cost of provisioning 6 people for upwards of 5 weeks besides paying the cook and other incidentals. Cr Mason said the Council and the people generally were greatly indebted to Nurse Gallus for the unselfish way in which she threw herself into the work of managing the hospital. Patients had received the best of treatment and at the same time a wise economy had been practiced. He moved that an honorarum of £10 be voted by the Council to Nurse Gallus. This was seconded by Cr Oates and carried unanimously. The secretary was also directed to write thanking Nurse Gallus for the invaluable services rendered by her; also to send letters of thanks to the many other helpers. *** MR Colin McKenzie has been very ill during the past week, his condition causing his friends very grave anxiety. *** LANCE-Sergeant R. B. Bates, M.H. and Bar (son of Mrs Bates, of Mornington, has been awarded the Overseas Sailors’ and Soldiers’ Scholarship. He is in residence at Oxford University. *** MR James Grice, of Frankston, has received information that his son, Major G Grice, M.B.E., M.C., who is on active service, is suffering from the result of an accident.

Major Grice has been notified of his appointment to the command of a Highland heavy battery in the Royal Garrison Artillery in France. *** DRIVER Hay cabled his mother, Mrs Hay, of Frankston House, on the 17th ult., that he was leaving India for Australia immediately. His friends hope that he will be on board the Janus, due to arrive here this month. This local lad is attached to the Australian Wireless Squad, and has seen three years’ active service, including a long and trying campaign in Mesopotamia. *** ON the 29th ult. Mr G, Fletcher, the popular motor car proprietor, of Chelsea, passed away after a lengthy illness in the hospital. Mr Fletcher was a highly respected resident of the foreshore district for about 9 years, most of that time being spent at Carrum. He leaves a widow (daughter of Mr and Mrs Jas Millard, of this town) and a daughter about 13 years of age to mourn their loss. The remains were interred in the Frankston cemetery on Sunday afternoon, a Masonic service was conducted at the graveside, Wor. Bro. Mason reading the service. *** STRAYED on to my Property, Black and White Cow, K on left rump, top off right ear—Wyatt. Wells Road Seaford. *** FROM the pages of the Mornington Standard, 12 April 1919

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OBITUARY

Christie Johnstone – one of Flinders’ favourite sons By Peter McCullough

Christopher James (“Christie”) Johnstone

17 February, 1920 – 21 February, 2019. Flinders identity Christie Johnstone passed away at Shoreham House on 21 February. He was 99. Christie’s funeral was held at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Shoreham on 1 March; it was the same church where he had married Valma Cleve in 1951 and who pre-deceased him in 2013. Left to mourn his passing are four of their five children, (one son, Kevin, also died in 2013), eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren. The eulogy was given by long time friend Bill Clancy and a special RSL tribute was provided by Brent Clyne, secretary of Frankston RSL, who spoke on behalf of the Flinders sub-branch and members of RSL Region 5. Reflections were given by family members Rachel, Meagan, Amy and Peter. At the conclusion of the service the funeral procession stretched in an unbroken line from St. Peter’s to the family plot in Flinders cemetery, detouring slightly to make a circuit of “Mantonville” where Christie had lived for nearly all of his life. *** The 2013 Anzac Day special edition of Mornington Peninsula News Group papers contained a short biography of Christie Johnstone. It is reproduced below: CHRISTIE was born on 17 February 1920 at Main Ridge. His parents were Albert Henry and Catherine Johnstone, and he had a brother (William Henry) and a sister. His father was born in Dromana and the Johnstone family lived at Red Hill. “They were bushmen-splitting timber and that sort of thing.” His father worked in Gippsland in his younger days, later moving to Main Ridge where his parents had an orchard and grew strawberries. Christie’s mother (Catherine) was the eldest daughter of Henry Tuck Junior and the family moved to Flinders in 1924 to look after her father, who was almost 80 and to help him run the farm. His wife (Margaret) had died in 1910. Christie went to school in Flinders, starting the same day as Eric Lucas who died just recently. It was a twomile walk to school and in those days

Above: Christie on Anzac Day at Flinders

he could walk to school and home again without seeing a car. He had more rides in a horse-and-buggy than he ever got in a motor car. As soon as Christie turned 14 he left school to work on the farm. “Mantonville” was a dairy farm of 150 acres and all the milking was done by hand in those days. The family only milked about 20 cows as that was all they could handle. After the war, with machines, they were milking 50 cows. Kinross Dairies would collect the milk and take it to Edithvale. Christie milked cows for about 50 years and never took a holiday for 25 years. With a milk contract he had to be there every day. About 30 years ago he went out of the dairy business and has been running beef cattle ever since.

Below: The old homestead “Mantonville”, built circa 1877 but now derelict Right: Private Johnstone C. J., about to join the 9th Division in 1941

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However only 80 acres are left of the original holding. After Christie left school he did a lot of other work as well as milking cows twice a day: fence contracting, ploughing, wood cutting, and splitting posts. Just before he joined up in 1941 he worked at the Flinders Golf course for 12 months but he never hit a golf ball: “Working there five-and-a-half days a week, I reckon I saw enough of the golf course! Besides, I was still milking cows before and after work.” Farmers were classed as an “essential trade” and were barred from joining the army. Christie had to list his main occupation as “greenkeeper” to get around that little problem. So in 1941 he was sent to the Middle East where he joined the 9th Division

as they were coming out of Tobruk. Then it was on to El Alamein which was a terrible battle: the Australian casualties were 1 in 5. According to Christie, anyone who got out of that one was very fortunate. From there he went to New Guinea and spent time at Lae and Finchhaven. “By the end of 1944 we were getting on top of the Japs but the country was short of tucker, so I got a release

from the army to come back onto the farm to help my brother who had been holding the fort while I was away.” The milking shed is still there: it was built in 1932. When Christie came back from the war he was building a dairy beside it “....when this chap came along - collar and tie - and he says “Have you got a permit for this?” I said “What’s a permit?” In those days we never heard of permits. Then


Australian Government

Department of Defence

STATEMENT OF SERVICE Full Name:

Christopher James JOHNSTONE

Service Number:

VX53194

Category of Service:

Australian Imperial Force

Date of Enlistment:

29 April 1941

Date of Discharge:

25 October 1944

Reason for Discharge:

Being required for employment in an essential occupation

Rank on Discharge:

Private

Postings/Attachments: Recruit Reception Depot Australian Army Medical Corps Training Depot Australian Army Medical Corps Reinforcements Australian Army Medical Corps Training Wing 2/8 Australian Field Ambulance

29 April 1941 9 May 1941 27 August 1941 23 September 1941 1 November 1941

Operational Service:

Middle East New Guinea

Honours and Awards:

1939-45 Star Africa Star with 8th Army Clasp Pacific Star Defence Medal War Medal 1939-45 Australia Service Medal 1939-45 Returned from Active Service Badge

3 September 1941 to 27 February 1943 24 September 1943 to 21 February 1944

Released on behalf of S L Harnett Director - Defence Archives and Service Centres Service Delivery Division Estate and Infrastructure Group Department of Defence 25 February 2019 Objective ID: BS1573545

Above: Christie’s Statement of Service Left: Christie and Valma, married in 1951 at St. Peter’s Shoreham. Right: Christie at “Mantonville”, 2013

he noticed I had my army coat on and he said “Oh! Are you are the bloke we pulled out of the army?” He was from Manpower and when I said “Yes”, he replied “Just carry on and I will send you out a permit.” Christie is one of those farmers who is reluctant to part with items that are no longer in use. His explanation for the somewhat cluttered appearance of the property was as follows: “Around the house and in the sheds and old house I have a lot of good handy stuff: it’s not junk! I make a lot of things. In my day you had to make or repair things or you didn’t get the job done. I never throw anything away. For instance my cousin, John Tuck, came over one time and he had in his hand this big spark plug that came out of a Jelbart engine. He said “I don’t suppose you would have anything like this?” I told him that I used those in the milking machines 50 years ago and always kept a spare. We put it in his old engine which fired up. When I got home I said, “There you are! I told you if you keep a thing for long enough it will come in handy.” Christie’s wife was Valma Cleve, a farmer’s daughter from Shoreham, who passed away aged 84 on 24 February 2013. Valma and Christie had five children: three sons and two daughters. Four of them live around Flinders but their eldest daughter, Colleen, lives in Queensland. She

visits every Christmas. Robert is a builder who is working on the Flinders Hotel at the moment. As a young bloke Christie’s hobbies were fishing and shooting and he still like to do a bit of spotlight shooting although his accuracy has deteriorated. He never went out fishing with his old mate Eric Lucas as he is a poor sailor; he always fished off the shore. “ During the war I probably travelled 30 to 40,000 miles and I was sick on every trip. I never got used to the sea!” In his younger days he enjoyed playing cricket and football, but these sports did not fit in with milking cows. After the war Christie joined the RSL and agreed to take on the job of secretary on a temporary basis. He is still the temporary secretary. “I’d rather dig a post hole than write a letter, but no one has put their hand up yet.” In the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2012 Christie was awarded the OAM “For service to veterans and their families through the Flinders sub-branch of the Returned and Services League of Australia.” With so much history in his family it almost goes without saying that Christie is a long-term member of the local historical society. He was also an original member of the Shoreham CFA when it was founded in 1949 as well as being a long-term member of the CFA at Flinders. Christie was a member of the Cemetery Trust before

the responsibility was taken over by the shire council, and for over 20 years he was a member of the Sports Committee in Flinders which oversaw both cricket and football. *** Since 2013 Christie has continued to farm at “Mantonville”, getting out on his tractor and checking his cattle. While he may have called in contractors to do the heavy lifting, he was proud of the fact that he had been farming in the district for longer than anyone else, and was most likely the last of the district’s full-time farmers. In fact he purchased his last lot of cattle as recently as December, 2018. Daughter Merlene still lives at “Mantonville” and was able to care for Christie after he experienced a bad fall in early 2018 and grew increasingly frail. After a spell in Beleura Hospital, Mornington, early this year he was admitted to Shoreham House prior to his return home but was there for only a few days before he passed away. Bill Clancy, in his eulogy, described Christie Johnstone as “the heart and soul of Flinders.” His qualities included “compassion, loyalty and generosity of spirit”. These were qualities which enabled him to serve as a stretcher bearer for four years in the Middle East and New Guinea; they were also the qualities of a committed Christian, which Christie certainly

was. His community contribution was recognised when he was awarded the OAM in 2012 and, more recently, life membership of the Shoreham Rural Fire Brigade. In April of last year a biography, compiled by Bill Clancy and titled simply “Christie”, was launched. Christie, recovering from his fall, was present in a wheelchair. At the conclusion of proceedings Christie said a few words which typified the man: “This was a wonderful day for me and I’ll never forget it. I’ve had some great days in my time. I remember one time, my 23rd birthday, I was coming home from the Middle East on the Queen Mary and I woke up in the morning and thought something was different; the Queen Mary had stopped. Then I looked out across the water and there, a mile away, were the red roofs of Fremantle. I’m back in Australia! Australia is a wonderful place; the best place in the world. Is it any wonder we volunteered to fight for her, for our freedom? A great place.” FOOTNOTE Copies of “Christie”, now in its 4th printing, can be obtained from the Flinders District Historical Society for $10 (plus postage). The email address is flindersdhs@gmail.com Alternatively, copies are generally available at the Flinders General Store.

The World War Two memorial at Flinders CHRISTIE Johnstone was one of 43 men from Flinders and Shoreham who volunteered to serve their country in World War Two. Five of them did not return. The Flinders and Shoreham communities came together in 2016 to plan the erection of a monument to recognise these 43 men and the memorial was unveiled by Christie on Anzac Day 2017 before a large crowd. At 97, Christie was the sole surviving member of the group. The World War Two memorial stands beside the Soldiers Memorial, built during 1921 to honour those who served in World War One. It was unveiled in 1922 by the then member for Flinders, Stanley Melbourne Bruce, who became Prime Minister in the following year.

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botanika cinema TUE APR 16 / BLACK PANTHER WED APR 17 / HOME ALONE THU APR 18 / BRIDESMAIDS FRI APR 19 / THE CASTLE SAT APR 20 / GREATEST SHOWMAN SUN APR 21 / DIRTY DANCING

Cinema among the stars: Easter School Holiday special event! THIS Easter school holidays, the beautiful George Pentland Botanic Gardens in Frankston will be transformed into an open-air cinema unlike anything seen in the bayside town before. An event the whole family will adore! Come early to experience some amazing live, local entertainment, fun activities for the kids, mouthwatering food and a bar stocked with Peninsula favorites featuring Chirping Bird Wines & Roseade. As part of the Frankston City Council event attraction scheme the season will feature six family-favorite movies over one HUGE week! Titles include the new Black Panther, everyone’s favorite Home Alone, the hilarious Bridesmaids, Aussie iconic The Castle and to finish off the

season two of the most loved ‘musical’ block busters of all time The Greatest Showman and Dirty Dancing! Gates open at 5:30pm for amazing live music & street food with the movies starting at sundown (approx. 7pm). Tickets start from $10 with kids under 5 free! For all the details please log onto www. unscenecinema.com.au. Also, don’t miss the Untold Events Co final markets of the season at Little Beauty in Frankston and Emu Plains Market in Balnarring. Both will be filled to the brim with deliciousness, fun for the whole family and the very best curation of stallholders in Melbourne (maybe even Australia!)

GEORGE PENTLAND BOTANIC GARDENS, FRANKSTON

www.unscenecinema.com.au Go karts open over the Supercars weekend FOR the first time the Go Karts will be open to the general public over the Supercars SuperSpirnt 12 -14 April. Just drive to the Visitor Centre as usual and register. If you haven’t tried the exhilarating Go Karts then you need strap yourself into the state-of-the-art Sodi Go Karts for a session on the 750-metre replica of the circuit. MotoGP Motorcycle Collection at the Circuit The circuit has secured a superb private collection of 25 grand prix winning motorcycles from the famous Italian marques, Aprilia and Cagiva, with the two-wheel treasures permanently installed as the star exhibit in the History of Motorsport Display. Simulator Race Centre Test your skills or challenge your mates to a simulated race on the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. Go flat out down Gardner Straight, through ultra-fast Doohan Corner, slide through Stoner, thread your way through Siberia and slip

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stream up the back straight. Watch out for the hairpin at the bottom of Lukey heights. Cycle the Circuit The ever-popular push bike ride days at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit are back again for the Easter Holidays. So, get your bike, helmet, family and friends and head straight to the track. Saturday 20th April. 10.00am – 1.00pm. Adults $20.00 Child (5-15 years) $10.00 Family (2A + 3C) $50.00 Champions Licenced Cafe After all the excitement, Champion’s Bar & Cafe delivers with its fresh menu with plenty of choices. Fantastic coffee and delicious scones, cakes, slices, muffins, pastries, sausage rolls and pies hit the spot. The gift shop at the Visitor Centre has a wide selection of stylish apparel, merchandise and souvenirs to choose from. Ph: 59 529 400 or visit: www.phillipislandcircuit. com.au


Hop aboard Searoad Ferries during the school holidays for Kids High Tea! THIS school holidays Searoad Ferries are running a children’s version of their regular High Tea including a tiered platter of sweet and savoury treats, soft drink, juice or hot chocolate, whilst mum and dad or grandparents will receive our usual High Tea offering which includes a glass of sparkling wine, coffee or tea. Sail the bay from Sorrento for a two hour return trip for this special school holiday outing. Kids can look for dolphins, visit the playground and have their face painted. Two sailings 11 and 16 April departing at 2pm. The cost for kids is $35 (4-15) and $15 Inf (0-3) and $55 for adults. Children must be accompanied by a paying adult. Bookings are essential and spaces are limited. Group bookings are available every day, by arrangement. Visit www.searoad.com.au for more information. Searoad Ferries also offer a range of fantastic on board activities on select sailing dates and times and are free with the purchase of any ferry ticket. There is a robot workshop, an immersive Virtual Reality Tour of Point Nepean Marine Park where the kids can come face to face with the unique marine life as well as a balloon artist that

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Roll up to the greatest show on earth DROMANA College is putting on the Greatest Show on Earth – quite literally! The hit musical ‘Barnum’, which tells the story of infamous circus and museum owner PT Barnum, will be coming to the Frankston Arts Centre in May with iconic tunes such as ‘Come Follow the Band’ and ‘Join the Circus’. Following the success of the college’s production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ in 2017, the Dromana College production team and Performing Arts teachers (Michelle Day, Jacqui Rodden and Sarah Cossey) have come together yet again to provide the students at Dromana College with an exciting opportunity to be involved in another spectacular theatrical experience. Throughout 2018, the College began its first Music Theatre Enhancement Program which provided students with the opportunity to refine their stagecraft and performance skills. The focus of the program was to develop students’ vocal, dance and acting abilities as they learnt a variety of musical numbers as an ensemble. Students worked with industry professionals to develop their own performance abilities, and performed in a variety of settings. Due to the success of the Music Theatre Enhancement Program, the production team saw a professional level audition season. There were over 100 applicants from all year levels and in all styles including singing, dancing, acting and circus. They also saw an influx of students wanting to be involved in other capacities including students playing in the orchestra, design, media and backstage. These students have been working hard since then making props and set pieces for the show, designing artwork and recording the rehearsal process. Rehearsals for ‘Barnum’ began at the end of 2018 with the cast and crew attending a 3-day

kids HIGH TEA

Sail Western Port Bay aboard a fast catamaran Hop over for lunch at Phillip Island or walking & biking at French Island Short walk from Stony Point train station westernportferries.com.au or call 03 5257 4565

DROMANA COLLEGE presents

Friday 10th May at 7pm Saturday 11th May at 1pm and 7pm intensive camp on Phillip Island where they began staging one of the shows biggest numbers and started learning some basic circus skills. Since the return of the school year, rehearsals have increased, seeing the inclusion of some of the new Year 7 students. Most recently, the production has welcomed the assistance of Bronwyn Falagan from Soul Circus to choreograph and stage the circus elements of the show. Audiences can expect to see jugglers, acrobatics, contortionists and more. ‘Barnum: The Greatest Show on Earth’ will be performed at the Frankston Arts Centre, May 10th at 7pm and May 11th at 1pm and 7pm. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased from the Frankston Arts Centre website. https:// artscentre.frankston.vic.gov.au/Home

Tickets: Frankston Arts Centre Ph 9784 1060 or www.thefac.com.au ‘Lessons come from the journey…not the destination’ 110 Harrisons Road, Dromana, Victoria 3936 Entry via Old White Hill Road

T: 03 5987 2805 E: dromana.sc@edumail.vic.gov.au W: www.dsc.vic.edu.au

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Confessions of an April Fool By Stuart McCullough I’M sorry. To anyone who was misled, confused or even just a little put out, I humbly apologize. Now that the heat of the moment has given way to the cool light of day, a tepid sense of remorse has emerged. Upon reflection, I didn’t get so much carried away as I did sever any remaining thread of decorum. It’s obvious I went too far but I simply couldn’t resist. After all, who doesn’t love April Fool’s Day? As with so many things in life, let me begin by saying that it’s entirely my brother’s fault. He alone bears the mighty yolk of responsibility for unleashing something savage within me. Or, to put it in somewhat more direct terms, he started it. In saying that, I’m mindful that as the erstwhile proprietor of this publication, he has the awesome power to take something I write and do as he pleases with it, like some kind of omnipotent super sibling whose mighty editorial foot can step down and squash me like the bug I am without warning. But the fact is, he suggested we write an April Fool’s Day story. Cam kicked things off in fine style by writing a story about Arthur’s Seat. Not about it’s history or the lovely kiosk or even the time we spent a windswept afternoon pulling out some noxious weed as part of a scouting excursion that could just as easily have been a condition of parole. No. He wrote about the chairlift and a proposal to build it. Underground. To complete the story he used Google to find an image that perfectly conveyed the despair and misery you associate

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with the words ‘underground chairlift’. People complained. My brother was delighted. Inspired by this, I felt duty bound as the older brother outdo him. The following year I wrote a story about French Island. The story claimed that, just as Hong Kong returned to Chinese control, French Island would soon return to French Government control. Worse still, the fate of both Easter and Christmas Islands was uncertain. There was little reaction. Except that French Island cut diplomatic ties with the mainland. Not that I’ve tried in the years since, but I strongly suspect that I will be turned back at the border should I ever try and visit. It was the following year that my 10 April 2019

brother first crossed a line. He wrote a story alleging Mount Eliza would be absorbed into the City of Frankston and renamed ‘Frankston South West’. Worse still, he put my name on it. True, I helped with the editing but the idea and, I feel, much of the hate mail that followed, belonged to him. People in Mount Eliza hated the story. Everybody else thought it was hilarious. At the time, my wife worked for an organization that owned property in Mount Eliza. She was mortified when, at a meeting, someone proposed to add a potential name change and resulting drop in property values to the company’s risk register. She said nothing. Naturally, we felt an urge to up the ante. The next year, we wrote a

story about the development of the Port of Hastings. So far, so good. We then claimed that to facilitate traffic between the Port of Hastings and the Port of Melbourne, they’d dig a shipping channel. It’d start in Mornington and end at Hastings. It would (so we asserted) mean more waterfront properties on the peninsula. Additional bridges were a small price to pay. Happy with our work, the story was sent out. To say we underestimated the potential response is like saying a hurricane is good for drying the sheets. Things were made worse when an activist group sent our story to all of its supporters. Concerned that the peninsula was in danger of being carved in two, it immediately

began to mobilize the resistance. There was correspondence. Quite a lot of it. Such was the response, we had to check that the story had, in fact, been issued on the first of April. Clearly, we’d overstepped the mark. Ironically, it was at that moment that stepping on to a large ship heading to the Port of Hastings seemed like a pretty good idea. Then there are the ideas that were so outlandish they never made it to print. These heroic little stories deserved a wider audience but, frankly, we were concerned for their safety. Wireless electricity. The story would claim that the peninsula had been selected as the test site for wireless power. It’d work just like the Internet, although residents had to be ready for a significant increase in static electricity. Those with metal fillings were to avoid touching door handles. Then there was abolishing Naplan to replace it with the ‘Pub Test’. And the less said about story suggesting people hold their breath to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the better. This year, my brother’s story concerned a late night visit to the Tyabb Airport by one D. Trump. He was, as it turns out, interested in viewing the recently erected ‘wall’ down by The Pillars. The photo was amazing. I can’t say for sure if anyone was taken in but I, for one, like that there’s a day devoted to taking things a little less seriously. A little levity is good for us all. After all, things can get a little too serious. Happy first of April. I only wish that every day could be April Fool’s Day. stuart@stuartmccullough.com


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Sharks win clash of the titans DIVISION ONE

By Brodie Cowburn SORRENTO have taken their first steps towards retribution for last year’s devastating grand final loss, as they defeated the Stonecats to kick start their 2019 campaign. Frankston YCW looked electrifying in the first quarter, as they shocked Sorrento with a seven goals to one start. Staring at a 40 point deficit in the face, the Sharks had a mountain to climb to get back into the contest. The Sharks chipped away and by three quarter time they held an 11 point lead. The clash between the two MPNFL heavyweights was a tough one, but in the end Sorrento ran out winners 13.18 (96) to 17.7 (109). Leigh Poholke kicked four majors while Luke Tapscott chipped in with three. At Emil Madsen Reserve, Pines got their premiership defence started in impressive fashion, as they fought off Mt Eliza. The Redlegs were the more impressive side early and went into quarter time with the lead, but the Pythons quickly bit back. Mt Eliza put up a tough fight, and were three points up heading into the final term. In the end Pines were just too good, as they claimed victory 10/8 (68) to 12.12 (84). Guy Hendry scored four goals for the winning outfit.

Dromana’s first hit out in the first division went brilliantly, as they claimed all four points against Rosebud away from home. Rosebud were on top early with a first quarter where they had eight scoring shots to three. Rosebud could only convert one goal from that though, and went in level at the first break. Dromana made Rosebud pay for their inaccuracy, and in the final term ran away with it to secure their first top flight win 5.11 (41) to 11.8 (74). At Greg Beck Oval, Jarrad Grant ran rampant to help his Frankston Bombers side claim a narrow victory over Bonbeach. Grant, a former AFL level player with the Western Bulldogs and Gold Coast, showed the form that made him a top level player with a best on ground performance. The contest was tight all day long, with less than two goals separating the sides at every break. Heading into the final term down by 10 points, the Bombers kept their chins up and ended up 15.11 (101) to 15.4 (94) winners. Inaccuracy plagued EdithvaleAspendale in their matchup against Mornington, but they still did enough to secure the win. Edi-Asp led the Bulldogs all day, and eventually secured the win in front of their home crowd 12.25 (97) to 7.10 (52).

Shark attack: After a slow start, and with a 40 point deficit at quarter time, Sorrento stormed back to run out 13 point winners. Picture: Andrew Hurst

New Bull Holt takes game by the horns DIVISION TWO

By Brodie Cowburn A ONE point thriller between Somerville and Seaford was the highlight of the weekend as MPNFL football returned for round one. After dropping down from the first division last year, Seaford were looking to make amends and stamp their influence on the league early. They kicked seven goals in the first term and held a comfortable 31 point lead at the main break. Somerville chipped the Tigers back a bit before the final term, with the margin standing at 13 at three-quarter time. Despite a nine goals to four second half, Seaford were able to hold on by the skin of their teeth to claim victory in their opening game for the year. When the final siren sounded the Tigers were ahead by a whisker. They defeated Somerville 14.11 (95) to 14.12 (96). At Ballam Park, Red Hill travelled to take on Karingal. The Hillmen were defeated in last year’s grand final, and with a young and exciting list will be looking to do one better in 2019. Karingal showed that they were not to be taken lightly, and fans were treated to Marc Holt. The new signee backed up a big debut last week by scoring a bag of seven to help the Bulls to victory. The full forward was unstoppable, proving himself to be a star after crossing into the MPNFL from Cranbourne. Karingal led at every break, and although Red Hill fought hard they couldn’t quite get their noses ahead. The Bulls took the game by the horns and won 11.7 (73) to 9.10 (64).

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Langwarrin enjoyed a good day at home against Chelsea, as they ran out 27 point winners. The contest was tight all day, with Chelsea going into the first break in front. Langwarrin got back ahead, but the margin stood at less than two goals going into the last term. Langwarrin proved to have the legs after a big pre season, as they kicked away and scored a 13.9 (87) to 8.12 (60) win. Crib Point were looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2018 with a new coach at the helm. They took on Rye at home to start off their year. Rye got off to a hot start but kicked 1.9 in the first term to keep Crib Point in the game. The Magpies fought back but Rye were able to get out to a comfortable enough lead to secure victory. The Demons won 10.11 (71) to 16.17 (113). At Thomas Barclay Oval, Hastings got their season started over Tyabb. Hastings were without their star recruit Brendan Fevola, but still had little trouble seeing off the Yabbies. The Blues showed their intent by kicking five straight in the first term. The final score read Hasting 12.8 (80) to Tyabb 5.9 (39). Michael Theodoridis showed he will once again be a force to be reckoned with up forward in 2019, as he kicked six major to help his Devon Meadows side to a big win over Pearcedale. Pearcedale didn’t get close all day, and eventually succumbed to a 45 point loss 10.10 (70) to 18.7 (115).

Determination: Hastings, on their own turf, made short work of Tyabb to get their 2019 campaign off to a solid start. Picture: Andrew Hurst 10 April 2019


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It’s mayhem at Mornington SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie MORNINGTON head coach Adam Jamieson expects Casey Comets midfielder Brodie Paterson to receive a lengthy ban after a violent contest at Dallas Brooks Park on Friday night. Comets came from behind to win this State 1 battle 2-1 and send the home side to a third consecutive defeat which casts major doubt over its stated ambition of winning promotion to the 2020 NPL. But it was the controversial finish to this clash which stole the limelight. The club video appears to show substitute Paterson pushing opponent Sam Catherine to the ground late in the match then falling on top of his opponent and striking him with a righthanded punch. Channel Nine used the footage in a national news broadcast on Saturday. When the dust settled from the ensuing melee referee Bill Kostadakopoulos sent off Paterson and Mornington defender Josh Valadon for violent conduct. When asked if Paterson could receive a long suspension Jamieson’s response was blunt. “Yes. That sort of behaviour isn’t acceptable in our society let alone a football field.” Scans on Saturday morning cleared Catherine of any facial or neck damage but doubts remained as to whether or not his sight had been affected by the incident. Mornington players have certainly been in the wars early in the season. There are claims that English import Andre Bennett was racially vilified during the club’s round one clash with Malvern City. Football Victoria was made aware of an alleged racist slur directed at Bennett during the match after receiving complaints from two spectators. One of the spectators is believed to be a Football Victoria employee and the other is Bennett’s partner. Mornington and Malvern have discussed the issue and Mornington has been told that veteran striker and Malvern captain Arthur Papadopoulos has been suspended by his club for eight consecutive matches plus the reverse fixture against Mornington later in the season. Football Victoria continues to investigate the matter. Friday’s 2-1 loss to Comets and the Catherine incident cast a sombre mood over Dallas Brooks Park. Things were so much different when Mornington took a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute thanks to a low driven corner

Racism and violence: Mornington’s Andre Bennett (left) is at the centre of a racial vilification issue while teammate Sam Catherine was taken to hospital after Friday night’s match. Pictures: John Punshon and Mornington Soccer Club.

from Craig Smart and a superb glancing header by Catherine. This was the Mornington of old and Comets keeper Faraz Zenoozi had the woodwork to thank when a superb curling effort from new Mornington signing Kane Bentley in the 33rd minute smacked off the bar and was cleared. But Comets worked their way back into the contest and three minutes from the interval a long ball to the far post was headed back by Dejan Radojicic and Vojislav Milojevic hammered home a low shot to make it 1-1. Comets had chances to hit the front in the second half but they had to wait until the 78th minute to gain reward for their efforts. Mornington’s defence failed to clear following a long throw-in on the left and Deakan Napier slammed the ball home from close range in what was to be the decisive moment of the match. The home team huffed and puffed but didn’t put Zanoozi under much pressure and at the other end of the pitch Mornington’s lack of pace remained a major talking point. Deep into injury time Mornington substitute Amir Osmancevic’s spectacular bicycle kick was headed clear by the impressive Rogan McGeorge and Comets ran out a deserved victor. In NPL2 news Langwarrin was in sparkling form in the first half against Goulburn Valley Suns with goals from Wayne Wallace and Roddy Covarrubias and although the home side had a better second half a late Damir Stoilovic strike gave Langy an impressive 3-0 victory in Shepparton on Saturday evening. Scott Miller’s side is now just one point behind league leader Eastern Lions. On the down side Wallace was red carded in the 84th minute while Goulburn’s Matt Lelliott was dismissed in the 63rd minute. In State 2 news Peninsula Strikers slumped to a 6-2 defeat away to Mon-

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bulk Rangers on Friday night. Strikers were down 3-0 at half-time but scored twice in the second half through Antun Vulic and Adam Crabb in what was a dismal display by the local club. In State 3 news both Skye United and Frankston Pines lost 2-1 in away fixtures last weekend against Ashburton United and Whitehorse United respectively. Skye goalkeeper Jonathan Crook made a great point-blank save to keep Ashburton at bay just before half-time and Skye hit the front early in the second half thanks to Mikey Turner after good lead-up play from debutant Nic Miliaresis. Skye peppered the home team’s goal for the next 20 minutes but a superb strike from outside the area by Arsenos Zervides made it 1-1 in the 68th minute. In the 75th minute Ashburton headed to the spot after Saj Sugrim handled inside the area and Thomas Falconer made no mistake to give the hosts all three points. Pines created enough chances to win comfortably hitting the bar four times and the post twice. Pines went behind in the 38th minute after an excellent finish by Daniel Eksiyan. The equaliser came in the 80th minute from a rehearsed set piece when a Serge Yanez corner was headed home by CJ Hodgson. Three minutes later a disputed penalty decision allowed Liam Coulter to convert from the spot to round off the scoreline. In State 4 news things went from bad to worse for Baxter after a humiliating 12-0 capitulation at the hands of ladder leader Rowville Eagles at Park Ridge Reserve last weekend. Baxter senior coach George Hughes and assistant Rob Mathieson endured a difficult time during the off-season trying to bolster their squad but they

recently completed the signings of defender Matt McCormack (ex-Comets and Morwell), attacking midfielder Nat Daher (from Dingley Stars) and winger Aaryn Rix (Frankston Pines). This weekend Baxter is at home to fellow struggler Dingley Stars in a must-win encounter. Stuart McKenzie and Nathan Yole are available and are expected to play. Harry McCartney reports that Seaford’s 2-1 away win over Dingley Stars last weekend was mired in controversy. Two Pines recruits combined to open the scoring for Seaford in the 8th minute. Naseer Mohammad played a welltimed ball into the path of Mitch Lander who hit it first time across Dingley keeper Yağız Atok Ersoy for the opener. In the 16th minute Conor Mcfall’s attempted cross to the far post eluded everyone and ended up in the back of the net to give the visitors a two-goal cushion. A minute before the break a handling error from Seaford keeper Anthony Madafferi gifted a goal to Dingley when he failed to collect a high ball and was credited with an own goal. Dingley’s Stephen Nygen was walking a tightrope for much of this contest and referee Neil Byrne had no option but to book him in the 59th minute. Shortly after Seaford star Dylan Waugh was involved in a clash of heads and was still protesting his innocence when shown a red card for violent conduct. Nygen then received a straight red for abusive language. Dingley had a chance to snatch a point deep into injury time after Madafferi handled outside the area but redeemed himself by saving the resultant free-kick. In State 5 news Rosebud continued its fine start to the season with a 3-2 home win over Casey Panthers on Saturday. Two wins and a draw have taken the league newcomer to third on the ladder and last weekend’s success was thanks to goals from Chris Parry (2) and Billy Gowans. The news wasn’t as positive for Somerville Eagles as it lost 2-1 at home to Old Mentonians last weekend. The visitors deserved their success as Somerville struggled to create chances and was forced to play star striker Dave Greening despite being nowhere near peak fitness. Greening played due to the absence of Mark Pagliarulo who was holidaying with his family on the Gold Coast and his presence up front was sorely missed.

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Cameron Parsons took over in goal as usual number one Francis Beck was at a coaching course. Somerville’s best chance fell to Greening in the 31st minute after he latched onto a poor back pass. He looked certain to score after rounding Old Mentonians keeper Mustafa Zahir but couldn’t strike the ball firmly enough allowing a defender to recover and clear. Five minutes later Old Mentonians took the lead. The ball was played into the box after a quick break down the right and Somerville failed to clear enabling Tyler Pollard to lay the ball into the path of Max Vulcan who slid in and struck a left-foot drive past Parsons from close range. Parsons was by far the busier of the two keepers. Somerville somehow hit back in the 53rd minute when Damien Garcia got a touch in a packed penalty area and claimed the equaliser. But an excellent run from Cameron Ironside in the 60th minute was rewarded when he neatly lobbed the ball over the advancing Parsons and into the unguarded goal for the winner. Aspendale slumped to its third straight loss going down 2-0 at home to Tullamarine on Saturday. Aspendale’s best were Sam Timuska Carr, Kieran Hughes and Peter Dimopoulos. IN NPLW news Southern United lost 6-1 to Senior NTC at Monterey Reserve last Saturday. Southern’s under-19s lost 4-0 while the under-16s were involved in an entertaining 3-3 draw against Junior NTC with Southern’s goals coming from Rhys McKenna, Ezel Duyar and Rhiannon Kelleher. This week’s games: WEDNESDAY, 8.30pm: Upfield v Skye Utd (Aston Fields), FFA Cup round 5. FRIDAY, 8.30pm: Mornington v Mazenod Victory (Dallas Brooks Park), Frankston Pines v Collingwood City (Monterey Reserve). SATURDAY, 3pm: Southern Utd v Box Hill Utd (Monterey Reserve; under-12s 9am, under-14s 10.10am, under-16s 11.30am, under-19s 1pm), Langwarrin v Manningham Utd Blues (Lawton Park), Peninsula Strikers v Boroondara-Carey Eagles (Centenary Park), Elwood City v Skye Utd (Elwood Park), Baxter v Dingley Stars (Baxter Park), Seaford Utd v Endeavour Utd (North Seaford Reserve), Rosebud v Aspendale Stingrays (Olympic Park), Pakenham Utd v Somerville Eagles (IYU Reserve).

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Blind golf successful to a tee ROSEBUD Country Club proudly hosted the Victorian Blind Golf Championships on Monday 25 - Tuesday 26 March. Rosebud Country Club has supported the Victorian Blind Golf Championships since 1990 and with the partnership of Blind Golf Victoria, the championship has grown significantly with 17 golfers taking part in this year’s event. Blind Golf Victoria president, Doug Sloan, said the event wouldn’t be what it is today without the help of the Rosebud Country Club. “They’re just phenomenal. They assist us with finding caddies and help us throughout the day. The course is very user friendly and they really make us feel welcome. It’s not just the matter of golf; it’s the matter of socializing and sitting down, talking about your game. We’ve achieved a lot since we have been down at Rosebud Country Club,” Sloan said. Blind golf is divided into three categories,

B1, B2 and B3 depending on the player’s vision capabilities, with B1 players being totally blind. The golfers get assistance from their coaches and caddies to line up the ball and are given a guide on where they should be hitting. “It is always amazing watching the Blind Golf participants in action and displaying such positivity. We are very honoured to host such an inspiring event at our wonderful club”. Danny McGrath – GM, RCC Results: Vic Open Champion – Glenn Niciejewski with 85pts | Caddie Peter Harrington. B1 Winner – Doug Sloan with 50pts | Caddie Jo Delaney B2 Winner – Stephen Mitchell with 68pts | Caddie Di Ludlow B3 Winner – Brad Carver with 71pts| Caddie David McMillan. Number one: RCC general Manager Danny McGrath, Glenn Niciejewski, Peter Harrington and RCC President John Sladdin. Picture: Supplied

Rye turns on the challenge in bowling invitational ON Sunday 31 March Rye Bowling greens were a flood of colour as 96 bowlers from the Mornington Peninsula, Metropolitan and Country regions formed teams to compete in the Annual Invitation Fours event. Jointly sponsored by the Community Bank Bendigo Bank and the Lamattina Group, teams were competing for $3,000 in prize money. Rye’s bowling greens provided a very competitive surface for play despite a number of heavy showers in the morning. The afternoon saw a change in the weather with

light wind and sunshine with the greens responding and challenging the bowlers looking to win their three game matches. Bowling skills were to the fore with many tightly contested games going down to the wire. Eventual winners on the day was a composite team of bowlers from Mornington Civic and Mt.Eliza skippered by Laurie Harrington. Runners up a local team from Rye skippered by Joe Turner. Photo and text by Barry Irving

Santa gives all: Anthony Freedman’s Santa Ana Lane wins the Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes at Randwick. Picture: Supplied

Santa, the gift that keeps on giving By Ben Triandafillou MOUNT ELIZA-based racehorse trainer Anthony Freedman came to the fore in yet another Australian Group 1 sprint on Saturday 6 April. Ridden patiently by Mark Zahra, Freedman’s star sprinter Santa Ana Lane pounced down the straight to overrun his rivals in the $2.5 milllion T. J. Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick to claim his fifth Group 1 race. Santa, as he’s affectionately known, defeated a star-studded field of sprinters by 3.5 lengths and further enhanced his profile as one of Australia’s best sprinters. Freedman said he has felt that the six-year-old gelding has been a top-quality animal for some time. “I knew he was really good,” Freedman said. “I was worried about the track, but I knew that the horse was as good as I have had him and when he is like that, he can do that so it’s exciting going forward.” Jockey, Mark Zahra, described Santa Ana Lane’s run as an ‘amazing victory’. “He was a bit cranky in the gates,” said Zahra,

who was replacing injured regular rider Ben Melham. “He was a bit slow away but I got him on the back of Champagne Cuddles. Just down the side I gave him a click to track up and just had to wait and wait and I got around the bend. I had them covered 300 metres out.” The victory brought up Freedman’s 10th Group 1 from 37 starters since 2017. Freedman said the stable was now considering taking Santa Ana Lane to Hong Kong for the Chairman’s Sprint Prize (1200m) at Sha Tin on 28 April with Royal Ascot during June also a long-term option. “We will obviously give Hong Kong serious thought and if things are still good, we will head on to Europe,” he said. “He’s clearly gone to a huge level now. I’ve sort of worked him out. I know how to train him and that is the key with horses, the trainer works out how to train them and you get the best out of them. “Keep him fresh, big gaps between runs and he just keeps stepping up to the mark.”

Division One Premiers: The City of Frankston Bowling Club defeated Somerville on 16 March’s pennant final to claim their first Division One premiership in 17 years. The club also won divsions one, two and four in midweek pennant topping off a successful year for the club.

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6 5 p/w

drive away

7 0 p/w

$

$

TOYOTA COMMUTER AUTO OUTLANDER MERCEDES S500 LWB Toyota commuter multi seat 5 speed 2.4 lt manual air conditioned 2005 mitsubishi outlander LS automatic awd 2.4 lt air con power power steering tinted glass new Pirelli tyres drives very well sn8122 steering abs electric windows air bags $5999 tum342

$12,999

drive away

$

BMW 230D

SWAN OUTBACK

2010 bmw 320D automatic 2.0l turbo diesel low k’s full service 2004 jayco swan outback camper 5 berth queen bed double bed history full leather int sunroof business sat nav Bluetooth cruise single bed dinette and lounge 4 burner cook top grill microwave oven climate control very economical 1nx4hi heaps of cupboards and storage 12 volt power 240 power awning

U

NS A V & S TE

$18,999

drive away

from

$ 3 5 /day

AVAN SPORTLINER Avan sportliner 2012 two berth fridge cooker antenna point dinette very clean

SERVICING ALL MAKES AND MODELS. WINDSCREENS / FITTED BATTERIES FROM $90 Southern Peninsula News

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MORNINGTON MITSUBISHI SCOOPONLY OFFER 9 LEFT! 17 MY LANCER BLACK EDITION

BRAND NEW

DRIVE E , $18 985

Mitsubishi Lancer AWAY Y Black Edition INCLUDING 5 YEAR WARRANTY Y

Participating Mitsubishi dealers. Mitsubishi reserves the right to change or extend these offers. See participating dealers for full terms and conditions. Offers available on advertised vehicles only. Recommended DRIVE AWAY selling price, including 12 months registration, CTP Insurance, Stamp Duty & Dealer Delivery. Excludes Government, Rental and National Fleet customers. Private & ABN holders only. Pics for illustration purposes only.

LIMITED STOCK - $AVE $AVE $AVE ONLY

MQ TRITON GLX+ 4X4 DUAL CAB Automatic Runout

4

With free Genuine Mitsubishi Canopy, Tow bar and tubliner.

$39,985

LEFT 2 x Sterling Silver 1 x Titanium Grey 1 x Black

! o o t l a c o l We’re Join us on:

LMCT 10467

DRIVE AWAY

MORNINGTON M ORNING MITSUBISHI ROAD, MORNINGTON 41 TYABB R MORNINGTONMITSUBISHI.COM.AU | 5975 5188

MORNINGTON ISUZU UTE

E C N A R A E L C O DEM

OF STOCK M-UX Demonstrators 6183

M-UX LS-T 4X4 Automatic

SOLD!

6 Year warranty!

61761

M-UX LS-U 4X2 Automatic

Splash White

61818

M-UX LS-U 4X4 Automatic

Silky White

61722

M-UX LS-T 4X2 Automatic

Titanium Silver

61782

M-UX LS-T 4X4 Automatic

Titanium Silver

NOW $50,990 D/A WAS $45,210 NOW $39,910 D/A WAS $54,990 NOW $49,690 D/A WAS $45,210 NOW $39,910 D/A WAS $49,990 NOW $46,690 D/A

Splash White

WAS $39,545

Splash White

WAS $39,545

Splash White

WAS $46,990

Cosmic Black

WAS $55,550

Splash White

WAS $39,545

Cobalt Blue

WAS $48,990

Splash White

WAS $45,550

Titanium Silver

WAS $33,930

Splash White

WAS $33,930

Splash White

WAS $42,550

61830 M-UX LS-T 4X4 Automatic

Obsidian Grey

WAS $53,590

SAVE $2,600

6 Year warranty!

SAVE $5,300

Huge Savings!

SAVE $5,300

6k worth of offroad extra’s

SAVE $5,300

Huge Savings!

SAVE $3,300

6 Year warranty!

NOW $35,720 D/A NOW $34,720 D/A NOW $42,800 D/A NOW $48,990 D/A NOW $35,720 D/A NOW $45,550 D/A NOW $39,990 D/A NOW $28,961 D/A NOW $28,961 D/A NOW $36,990 D/A

SAVE $3,825

Includes Alloy Tray!

SAVE $4,825

Includes Alloy Tray!

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HURRY TO MORNINGTON ISUZU UTE TODAY

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SAVE $4,190

6 Year warranty!

SAVE $6,560

8k worth of offroad extra’s

SAVE $3,825

Includes Alloy Tray!

SAVE $3,440

6 Year warranty!

SAVE $5,560

Includes Alloy Tray!

SAVE $4,969

Includes Alloy Tray!

SAVE $4,969

Includes Alloy Tray!

SAVE $5,560

Includes Alloy Tray!


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10 April 2019

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AMAZING APRIL

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PLUS DON’T MISS THIS!

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*

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*T&Cs apply, see Mornington Hyundai for details. LMCT 11270

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Number One on the Mornington Peninsula

$36

www.srsmotorsmccrae.com.au

$52

per week

$48

per week

LMCT 922

$36

per week

per week

2008 Honda Civic Auto

2011 Holden Barina Auto

2007 Peugeot 307 Auto

2007 Renault Magane Convertable

Full service history, economical, reliable auto sedan. WWA 868

5 door hatch, full service history, exceptionally clean & tidy, 100,000 ks, lots of economical & reliable k’s left in this lovely little auto. IJS 9FB

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Metal roof convertable, 6 speed manual, leather trim, low k’s, full service history WAD 406

$7,990

$6,990

$6,990

$72

$8,990

$48

per week

$42

per week

$63

per week

per week

2007 BMW 320i “M Sport”

2008 Citroen C4 Genuine 34,000ks

2004 Jaguar X-Type A.W.D.

2005 Mitsubishi Walk Through Van

Auto sedan, full service history, 137,400ks, body kit, sun roof, 18” alloys, excellent condition inside & out. UVB 507

Not a misprint, genuine 34,000ks, auto, 5 door hatch, all service history, one owner, be quick. WNF 488

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$12,990

$7,990

$10,990

2009 SV Commodore

2013 Audi

Wagon

Q5TDI Quattro

Low k’s, just 116830 k’s, immaculate condition, inside & out, full service history, Sept 2019 registration, any test welcome ZKX 466

104315 k’s, full service history, 4 new tyres, unmarked inside & out, 3.0 V^ turbo diesel, luxury fully imported SUV AXN 564

$11,990

$63

$9,990

per week

FINANCE AVAILABLE

$29,990

$158

per week

Finance available to approved purchasers. Interest credit fees and charges apply. Payments are based on a secured loan over 60 months at 10.75% per annum with no deposit, comparison rate schedule is available on request. Warning this comparison rate applies only to examples given. Different amounts and terms will result in different rate costs, fees and/or savings are not included in the comparison rate and may influence the cost of the loan.

$75

$52

per week

$137

per week

$42

per week

per week

2006 BMW X5 Turbo Diesel Auto

2005 Jeep Wrangler Soft Top

2010 Nissan Patrol Turbo Diesel S.T.

2009 Holden Captiva SX

3.0 litre Turbo Diesel, Sat Nav, sun roof, full service history, 174,877 ks, locally owned, any test welcome. UKB 377

6 speed manual, full service history, fun to drive 4x4. iLN 5SE

Bullbar, winch, roof rack & awning, lift kit, snorkel, side steps, dual batteries, tow bar, tinted windows & lots, lots more, 5 speed manual, perfect for holidays or tow vehicle. ZCX 384

7 seater, sunroof, auto, full service history, receipt for timing chain replacement, exceptionally clean & tidy, tinted windows. ZML 920

$13,990

$57

$8,990

$36

per week

$25,990

$78

per week

$9,990

$42

per week

per week

2011 Kia Carnival 8 Seater Auto

2005 Nissan X-Trail ST 4x4

2008 Nissan Navara Turbo Diesel Tray

2008 Ford Mondeo Turbo Diesel Hatch

Full service history, 8 seater, dual air conditioning, low ks 125,451, any test welcome, perfect family people mover. YEJ 937

5 speed manual, leather trim, sun roof, nudge bar, driving lights, tow bar, excellent condition, auto also available. TPX 519

Well maintained & ready for work, alloy drop side tray, tow bar, low ks, any test welcome. WUY 071

Top of the range, heated leather seats, sun roof, full electrics, full service history, unmarked inside & out. ZFX 281

$9,990

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$6,990

$14,990

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$9,990

Call 5982 1070 Kevin 0419 577 910 Southern Peninsula News

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