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Call for time out on green wedge ALTHOUGH Mornington Peninsula Shire councillors are wary of being tagged racist if they create a list of land that’s owned by foreign interest, they have not been shy about wanting more time to comment on the future of green wedge zoned land. “Push for more time on green wedge plan” Page 5 Picture: Yanni

Shire shies away from ‘racist’ database Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au RACISM has been raised as a reason by some Mornington Peninsula Shire councillors for not supporting the creation of a database of foreign owned land in the green wedge zone. Cr Sarah Race said moves to establish a database of foreign owned land within the peninsula’s green wedge areas “seems to have racist undertones”. “I’m very uncomfortable highlighting foreign ownership rather than generally,” she said. Cr David Gill said having a database made sense following revelations about the many millions of dollars in donations being made to political parties by land developers.

“Finding out who makes donations and is putting pressure on politicians and who owns land in our municipality, state and country, is not racist. “It’s a simply a matter of looking after our land.” Planning and building director David Bergin said there were about 800 properties without dwellings in the green wedge areas which made up 70 per cent of the peninsula’s land area. Invoking the debate over Australia Day and the relevance or not of 26 January, Cr Gill he wished land ownership had been given more attention since “we first arrived, and First Nations peoples were displaced”. “Now, we can sell land without knowing how much we’ve sold and who’s buying it,” he said.

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“It’s up to us at the ground level to start thinking about it and take action, because no one else seems to want to and I’m getting that message from some councillors too.” Cr Gill said it was important to know where the pressure on politicians from land bankers and developers came from. “We were ignorant about Casey Council until it happened,” Cr Gill said in reference to the allegations of money changing hands and rezoning pressures highlighted by the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC). At least two former shire councillors have been linked to the continuing investigation. “We’re ignorant now about what

might potentially happen here with such a valuable strip of land as the green wedge,” Cr Gill said. “I believe it is very important for any country to know how much of its land is in foreign hands. It is not racist, and it is not signaling out any particular country.” Cr Gill “deplored” the reference to racism made by Cr Race. Cr Antonella Celi agreed the database would be “useful”. “It’s good to know the landscape and who owns what on the peninsula,” she said. Cr Steve Holland wanted to know about foreign ownership of land throughout Australia but would only “back a slightly different motion”. Cr Race was backed up by Crs An-

thony Marsh and the mayor, Despi O’Connor. Cr Marsh said the proposed database “targets foreign ownership; what’s to say Australian companies are not land banking? The database would be out of date tomorrow and costly to do”. Cr O’Connor believed land banking was happening but was unsure that “finding out who owns what is the key”. A better way of unearthing land banking was to determine if the land was being used, or “inactive”. Councillors in favour of having a database of foreign owned land ownership in the green wedge were Crs Gill, Celi and Debra Mare. Against: Crs Holland, Marsh, O’Connor, Race, Lisa Dixon, Kerry McCafferty and Paul Mercurio.

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Around our Peninsula New COVID-19 relief and recovery grants now open To help with relief and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Shire has introduced a range of grant programs to support our community.

Heritage grant applications: close 26 March mornpen.vic.gov.au/heritage Library book delivery services survey: closes 7 March mornpen.vic.gov.au/libraryconsultation

Events February

mornpen.vic.gov.au/grants For a comprehensive list of more than 1,250 grant and funding opportunities available to you go to mornpen.vic.gov.au/fundingfinder

Seawinds: Crs Antonella Celi, Debra Mar, Kerri McCafferty Welcome everyone to the new year. As we move into a time of social and economic recovery, we would like to thank the community for the care and respect shown over our busy COVID-safe summer on the Peninsula. We heard from our community about many issues – such as public waste collection, jet ski behaviour and road safety and we will work to advocate on these and many other issues raised on your behalf.

Outdoor dining a breeze

Have your say online or in person at any Shire office. mornpen.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay Nominations for the 2020 Best Bites People’s Choice Awards: closes 10 March mornpen.vic.gov.au/bestbites

• Relief (quick response) Grants $2,000. Available until funds are expended • Business Association COVID-19 Recovery Grant Program $3,000. Closes 5 March 2021 • Community Recovery Grants $10,000. Closes 26 February 2021 • Biolinks Support Grants $10,000. Closes 5 March 2021

Summer safety

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Kilburn Cinema Mount Martha Community House

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Schnapper Point Regatta, Mornington Yacht Club

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Pier to Perignon Swim, Sorrento Foreshore

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Sorrento Rotary Art Show Sorrento Community Centre

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Mornington County Music Festival The Briars

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Peninsula Film Festival Dromana Drive-in

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Red Hill community barbecue and Indigenous walks Red Hill Community Park

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Peninsula Piers and Pinot Flinders Foreshore Reserve

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MY Mount Eliza Run and Fun Festival Mount Eliza Regional Park

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Briars: Crs Steve Holland, Anthony Marsh, Mayor Cr Despi O’Connor Our extended outdoor dining program served many happy customers over summer as visitors and locals flocked to Main Street, Mornington, and parklets across Mount Eliza and Mount Martha. A survey of 500 people rated the program highly, with a majority of people giving it a score of at least 9 out of 10. We welcome further feedback from residents and look forward to evaluating plans for next summer. We encourage residents to continue to support local!

Making gains

Nepean: Cr Hugh Fraser, Deputy Mayor Cr Sarah Race This summer saw the annual influx of visitors to the southern peninsula, including our new $1 million Napier Street plaza. Our hospitality businesses worked tirelessly over this period. The upgrade works underway at Wilkinson Street in Tootgarook are using recycled plastic in both the road and footpath – saving the equivalent of more than half a million plastic bags from landfill and reducing the shires dependence on traditional materials quarried from environmentally sensitive areas.

Rewarding results

Cerberus: Cr Lisa Dixon

Huge congratulations to our beautiful township of Hastings for winning the 2020 Victorian Tidy Town of the Year! It is a wonderful and well-deserved achievement. Our upgraded boat ramp at Hastings also proved a winner over summer and there are many more projects to look forward to in 2021, including our new modular sports pavilion at Tuerong, an extension to the sport pavilion at Crib Point Recreation Reserve and further upgrades to Bentons Road.

Volunteering for our community

Watson: Cr Paul Mercurio AM

If you’ve got some free time and your own car, have a think about volunteering for Peninsula Transport Assist. They use their own cars to drive residents to medical appointments, shopping and social events. It’s a dedicated group doing unsung work for our community – but they need 9708 8241. more help. If you’re interested give PTA a call on Sad news that Somerville Fun Day has been cancelled due to COVID-19 but it will be back in 2022!

Information is correct at time of printing. COVID-19 restrictions may cause changes or cancellations. For a full list of all Shire events see our website: mornpen.vic.gov.au/events mornpen.vic.gov.au/markets

Contact us 5950 1000 or 1300 850 600 mornpen.vic.gov.au mornpenshire Briars Ward

Meet your councillor

Red Hill: Cr David Gill

As you may know Red Hill Ward covers more than 50 per cent of the Mornington Peninsula Shire. It can be difficult for interested community members to travel to just one venue for informal discussions about issues with your Councillor. I am therefore organising weekday or weekend ‘drop in coffee mornings’ in as many of our 17 communities as needed. Please look out for local publicity regarding a ‘catch up’ in your area.

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Fight to save peninsula’s kangaroos Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au ENVIRONMENTALISTS, animal protection groups and landowners are concerned that kangaroos may become extinct on the Mornington Peninsula. There are no reliable statistics of kangaroo numbers on the peninsula, but estimates range from 1500 to 3500. Fears for their survival have grown since the state government announced it would lift the number of kangaroos that can be killed each year, along with allowing them to be “harvested” and sold for human consumption. Mornington Peninsula Shire councillors were this week asked to seek a ban on killing kangaroos on the peninsula “until scientific research is undertaken justifying the need for this practice and determining the long-term ramifications on our kangaroo population”. The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) says surveys in October 2020 showed that at a “conservative estimate” there are about 1.9 million kangaroos in Victoria, “up almost 40 per cent compared to 2018”. However, the department will only release the number of kangaroos allowed to be killed on the peninsula - included in the Gippsland “harvest” zone - through a FOI request. Cr David Gill said most of the information about kangaroos “is misleading and based on further developing the human consumption industry”. “Our kangaroos are no more pests than koalas; kangaroos eat different grasses to sheep and cattle and do little

damage to farm land” “Governments and some large property owners believe that shooting kangaroos is OK. However, many are wounded and joeys are often left to die of starvation”. Australia has a dubious distinction of being one of 29 countries of the 195 recognised by the United Nations that eats animals from their national emblem. They are used to lure tourists, brand industries, products and football teams. Most of the peninsula’s kangaroos live on public and private land around Greens Bush (near Boneo), Cape Schanck, Devilbend, Merricks, Dromana and Arthurs Seat. The state government has been accused of using inflated and “deliberately falsified” numbers to justify lifting the number of kangaroos that can be killed and used for per food or human consumption. The DELWP provides farm managers with details of how to get their kangaroos “harvested” for free. Chris McEvoy, whose family runs wedding receptions and grows grapevines on more than 40 hectares at Merricks North, says many Australians mistakenly believe kangaroos “are in plague proportions” and are pests. “This couldn’t be further from the truth; their habitat is rapidly shrinking and so are their numbers,” Mr McAvoy said. “In Africa, it is a natural wonder when one million wildebeest migrate through the Serengeti and tourists come from the around the world to see. Australians see 100 kangaroos in their natu-

Picture: Gary Sissons ral habitat it is considered a plague and these magnificent animals are identified as vermin that need to be culled.” Mr McAvoy said scientific studies had shown kangaroos did not compete with livestock for grass, or eat crops, or destroy fences “and they only get caught in poorly maintain fences without access points or when terrorised by shooters or dogs”.

“Studies have shown a cow eats seven times more grass than a kangaroo and generally they are eating different grasses.” He said it was in the best interests of the kangaroo meat and skin industry to “keep the myth going that kangaroos are vermin and in plague proportions”. “For a healthy Kangaroo population to prosper it needs wooded shelter next

to large open grasslands that can easily be accessed without lots of fencing. They also like to be away from urbanisation and activity, so the more private the area and the more they feel safe and welcome the better,” Mr McAvoy said. “We should be embracing these remnant natural populations of kangaroos. It’s amazing that with all the development that has gone on in our area we still have any. “The designated green wedge zones have probably saved them. “These are an iconic native animal that currently is a great tourist drawcard and could be promoted even more.” Mr McAvoy said most peninsula residents would be unaware that the “barbaric practice” of culling kangaroos was occurring on the peninsula. “Kangaroos play an extremely important role in the peninsula’s biological diversity and help restore the natural environment and keep it in balance. “If we lose the kangaroo, we may end up with only introduced wild cats and foxes, which harm our natural environment. “We are not mad loony animal activist, but sensible people who have looked into this and started to ask questions. “We are lucky enough to have an amazing property which is in a kangaroo hot spot. We are taking down fences and making access points. “In the meantime, there are property owners around us still applying for, and obtaining, licences each year for culling. This has to stop.”

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Push for more time on green wedge plan Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire is making a submission to the Melbourne Green Wedges and Agricultural Land Consultation (MGWAL) paper despite wanting the public exhibition time extended to at least the end of the month. The shire is concerned it will not have enough time to “consult with the community” over the plan which had a deadline for public comment of 5 February. It will also arrange a poll to “ask if the public agrees with the council’s response”. The state government’s Planning for Melbourne’s Green Wedges and Agricultural Land website says, “robust planning controls are needed to maintain the benefits provided by green wedges and manage land use to support long term agricultural use that serves the needs of Melbourne’s growing population”. But it came under fire last week from Green Wedges Coalition coordinator Rosemary West, who said: “The green wedges are under threat like nothing we have seen since 50,000 hectares was rezoned for urban development in land grabs by planning ministers Justin Madden and Matthew Guy in 2010/12. “The Planning Minister Richard Wynne promised at the 2018 election to improve the protection of green wedges, but his MGWAL review paper that is supposed to fulfil that promise, instead proposes to undermine and reduce protection for green wedges.” Ms West said the review paper “pro-

Picture: Yanni poses ‘transition’ areas that would blur the urban growth boundary with a grey border of suburban sprawl, rezoned to rural living zone or farming zone, where urban uses like concrete crushers, data centres, schools, places of worship, bars, motels, car washes and motor repairs would be encouraged and the green wedges would shrink”. “This has not been well publicised and we have sent out a last call to let people know they can make submissions until the closing date,” she said. This was to have been Friday 5 February, but later advice was that submissions received up to 10 days late would be accepted. Ms West said several examples of “inappropriate developments” were awaiting decisions by Mr Wynne or by VCAT, including “[the Ryman] retirement village at Mount Eliza and the Alex Fraser concrete crusher applica-

tion that has been approved by the minister for another 10 years, in the Kingston green wedge.” She said the Planning for Melbourne’s Green Wedges and Agricultural Land review paper encouraged waste and resource recovery activities, such as the concrete crusher. The shire’s strategic projects manager Allan Cowley in a report to the 27 January planning services committee meeting said the study area for the consultation paper extended beyond the green wedge areas to “also include peri-urban areas within 100 kilometres of Melbourne”. He said the consultation paper provided a “good overview of many issues facing green wedge areas and provided an opportunity to advocate for a significant number of the policy positions identified in the council’s green wedge management plan”.

“It also responds positively to council’s earlier submissions in relation to strategic agricultural land by recognising that all rural land in the green wedge interface and peri-urban areas of metro Melbourne should be considered to be of strategic importance as part of Melbourne’s food bowl.” Mr Cowley said a “key message” in any council response should be to ensure that a plan for each green wedge area be “given status as the key planning policy for that particular area – ensuring that all of the issues/values in that area are considered in an integrated/holistic way and avoiding a ‘one size fits all’ approach to planning for the diverse green wedge areas”. He said delays in the public exhibition process and the release of the paper following the council election in November and then the Christmas/New Year period limited preparation of a

suitable response. This “severely restricted the ability of council to consult with the community and stakeholder groups and for groups and individuals to have access to council’s views on … the consultation paper which may inform their own submissions. “Given the increasing emphasis on community consultation and engagement expressed, for example, in the Local Government Act 2020, this restriction appears contrary to both state government policy directions and council’s own … mission and values.” Mr Cowley said: “While some of the options outlined in the consultation paper, particularly in relation to ‘transitional areas’, raise concerns and there are other issues that also need to be addressed, it is considered that [it] provides a strong basis for constructive engagement with the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning, the community and other agencies going forward. “The proposed submissions on behalf of council should support this process and ensure that key issues of importance to the planning and management of the Mornington Peninsula green wedge are given appropriate consideration.” The paper was placed on public exhibition on 26 November and DELWP says it has conducted three online information sessions. To view the consultation paper visit engage.vic.gov.au/gwal

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Lib bid to ban quarry Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au DRAWINGS by children opposed to the proposed Hillview quarry at Arthurs Seat have been shown in state parliament and included in Hansard. About 50 children wrote letters and drew pictures last month in a bid to convince Ross Trust board members to abandon their plans to clear 38 hectares of bushland for the proposed quarry which would be 190-metres deep. (“Chorus of young voices add to quarry opposition” The News 18/1/21). The proposed quarry would be about 800 metres from Red Hill Consolidated School and Monterosso Early Learning Centre in Red Hill, and about 1.9 kilometres from Dromana Secondary School and Peninsula Specialist College. Liberal resources spokesman Ryan Smith used the drawings to illustrate his speech denouncing the Boundary Road proposal last week, saying later: “It beggars belief that the Andrews government would even be considering a quarry in such a pristine location. “These pictures tell a poignant story and we owe it to the local kids – the future generation – to preserve the environment in this iconic site.” In parliament, Mr Smith urged the quarry be scrapped: “With this area being a focal point of the Mornington Peninsula, attracting thousands of tourists each year to enjoy the natural bushland, views and beauty, it is hard to believe that the Andrews government would even be considering a

107-acre quarry on Arthurs Seat, resulting in bushland and thousands of trees being bulldozed. “The proposed quarry would be the largest on the peninsula … it would cause chaos on local roads, dust throughout the area and disruptive noise to both the school and local residents. “In early 2020 I attended a public meeting with 350 residents strongly voicing their opposition … and the negative effect it would have on their community. “When I was environment minister I was proud to stand with the Arthurs Seat community in stopping the-then disused quarry from becoming a landfill, and now, devoid of any support from government, I am proud to stand with the community again.” Mr Smith was backed up by Mornington MP David Morris who said: “In Parliament this week, I called on the Member for Nepean (Chris Brayne) to stand up for his community and oppose the massive new quarry proposed for Arthurs Seat. “If [it] goes ahead, 70 million tonnes of granite will be extracted, leaving a massive scar on the southern peninsula landscape. “Some years ago, a major rubbish dump was proposed for the area, but was promptly rejected by the Liberal government after representations from [former Nepean MP) Martin Dixon and myself. “Exactly the same thing should have happened with this proposal. The Minister for Planning (Richard Wynne)

should have recognised the inherent sensitivity of the site and ruled it out immediately. Instead, he sidelined the Mornington Peninsula Shire and ordered an environment effects statement be prepared. “A packed public meeting at Dromana 11 months ago showed the level of anger at the minister’s decision, and the total opposition of the community to the plans. “I was present at that meeting, with my colleague Mr Smith … Mr [Chris] Brayne was not, and [he] has had little to say on the subject since. “As a government member, he can take the fight to the Minister for Planning and have this grotesque plan rejected once and for all. Mr Brayne told The News he spoke to Mr Wynne last week about the “community’s concerns” with the quarry plans. “I continue to be puzzled about why the R E Ross Trust, who consider themselves champions of biodiversity and conservation, would want to push forward with a project like this,” Mr Brayne said. Hillview CEO Paul Nitas has previously said the continuing EES assessment studies would include possible impact assessments, technical reference group evaluations, community information sessions and go on public exhibition. “When complete, it will be heard by Planning Panels Victoria [and] we anticipate a decision in the first quarter of 2022,” Mr Nitas said.

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Serious issues behind annual fun match A SOCIAL match at Tyabb Cricket Club this week will focus attention on an incident that shocked the country back in 2014: the murder of young Luke Batty by his father at cricket training. The 2021 Luke Batty Memorial Shield will be played in a T20 format between Tyabb Cricket Club and the Victoria Police Cricket Club, 5pm, Friday 12 February. A secondary aim is to promote the plight of mental health among emergency services by including a“Man of the Match trophy in honour of Senior Constable Paul Topham, who took his own life early last year after a prolonged battle with PTSD as a result of the incident at Tyabb in 2014.

Luke’s mother Rosie Batty, a former Australian of the Year, and the family of Senior Constable Topham, will present trophies. Former Australian Test Cricketer Brad Hodge will wear the Victoria Police colours. Flinders MP and Minister for Health Greg Hunt will open the bowling for Tyabb with his first delivery going to the Victorian Acting Chief Commissioner Russell Barrett. The game will be broadcast by peninsula radio station RPPFM 98.7. Last year’s match drew a large crowd to watch a competitive game that champions and highlights the importance of education and awareness of family violence and mental health.

Above: Players and supporters at last year’s match and, left, Rosie Batty, centre, holding the Luke Batty Memorial Shield, with Assistant Commissioner Brett Curran, Victoria Police Cricket Club captain Stephen Oates, left, and Tyabb Cricket Club captain Nick Taranto and Assistant Commissioner Robert Hill.

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NEWS DESK Virus testing sites COVID-19 is still lurking around the community and anyone with cold or flu like symptoms, however mild, should get tested. Medical authorities say every test helps the community stay safe and stay open. Symptoms can include fever, coughing, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, headache, muscle or joint pains, nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting, loss of sense of smell, altered sense of taste, loss of appetite and fatigue. Testing clinics on the Mornington Peninsula are at Eleanora House at the front of the Rosebud Hospital, in the clinic car park at Atticus Health Medical Clinic, Hastings, by appointment only, and at Rosebud Respiratory Clinic at the Rosebud Skin Cancer Centre. Tests are by appointment only. Frankston Hospital, on the corner of Yuille Street and Hastings Road, is also offering tests. For further advice call the 24hour Coronavirus hotline 1800 675 398, your GP or use the state government's online self-assessment tool.

Checking in VISITORS to Mornington Peninsula cafes, shops and businesses are being urged to check in using QR codes or by jotting down their names and phone numbers. Checking in properly – even if only there for a coffee – allows contact tracers to more easily follow up in the event of a positive case of coronavirus.

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There’s no butts about need to protect nature THE sight of a blue tongue lizard eating a cigarette butt at Coolart Homestead, Somers brought home the dangers of littering. Waste Wise Mornington Peninsula’s Birte Moliere described the litter situation as being “out of control this summer”, with cigarette butts being the most littered item in Australia. Peninsula beach patrol groups collect thousands of butts every year. “Who’s ready to nip litter in the butt,” they ask.

HOLIDAYMAKERS staying closer to home due to COVID-19 restrictions, has led to more visitors to the Mornington Peninsula. The influx after months of lockdown and lost incomes has been a welcome relief for businesses needing tourist dollars. But a big downside, according to Waste Wise Mornington Peninsula co-founder Birte Moliere, has been “a growing amount of litter”. “One solution to our litter problem is a long overdue container deposit scheme where you get 10 cents for every returned can, plastic and glass bottle,” Ms Moliere said. She said that in 2019, Victorianbased beach patrol groups collected 21,014 kilograms of litter and 39,839 drink containers. This amount of litter would be drastically slashed under an effective container deposit scheme. Ms Moliere said the state government was yet to decide who will run its mooted container deposit scheme, due in 2023, with large beverage companies signalling they wanted to be in charge. However, environment group Boomerang Alliance says the companies should not be trusted. The group’s director Jeff Angel said: “The big beverage companies spent millions trying to stop governments from implementing a CDS, while allowing bottles and cans to litter beaches and waterways. “Their model means limited hours of operation, limited collection points and little use of automation to support our communities and environment. “This results in too many un-

Plastic everywhere: Rubbish on our beaches would reduce following the introduction of a container deposit scheme, says group. Picture: Supplied

claimed consumer refunds being kept by the beverage companies. “Victoria will be the last state to introduce a CDS, so we can learn from others and choose best practice. “Once established, the new infrastructure and management is hard to change, so it’s best to get the fundamentals right at the start.” Mr Angel said the peninsula “de-

serves an effective model: the “split governance model”. “More than 50,000 Victorians have already signed Boomerang Alliance's petition opposing CDS management by large beverage companies,” he said. “This is a legacy project that will play a key role in local waste and recycling rates for decades to come.”

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tal with serious injuries. The two men allegedly fled. Anyone who saw the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at crimestoppersvic.com.au

Car break-ins RESIDENTS in Mount Eliza are being urged to lock their cars overnight, especially if they are parked in the street or in open car ports. This comes after money and sunglasses were stolen from a car in the driveway of a house in Rosserdale Crescent, overnight Monday 1 February. Keep your cars locked and security cameras on, police say.

Cruel to be kind

Owner injured during Audi theft A MOUNT Martha man received minor injuries and had his car stolen during an aggravated burglary last week. The 50-year-old was confronted by two men attempting to force the front door of his house in Kilburn Grove, 1.30am, Wednesday 3 February. The man ran to the nature strip where he was attacked by two other men with what police describe as a “weapon”. The four offenders then entered the house and stole the keys to a 2020 Audi RS4 wagon, registration BLA824. They were last seen fleeing south along Kilburn Grove in the stolen Audi which is yet to be recovered. Detectives from the Southern Metro Region Crime Team have released two images of the stolen Audi. They are also appealing for witnesses or for anyone who may have driven past at the time and has dash-cam footage to come forward.

Anyone who sees the car or who has further information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at crimestoppersvic.com.au

Stabbing arrests TWO men were arrested after an alleged stabbing at Rosebud last week. A 24-year-old Capel Sound man and 23-yearold Tootgarook man were interviewed and later released pending further inquiries. Police said a 28-year-old Rye man was sitting in a car on Rosebud Parade at 11pm, Thursday 4 February, when he was flagged down by two men. The man got out of his car and, after an argument, he was allegedly stabbed several times to the upper body. The man ran to a nearby licensed venue on Eastbourne Road and was later airlifted to hospi-

MORNINGTON Peninsula police have taken a tongue-in-cheek look at crime and the role residents play in, yes, nurturing it. Their post FEBFAST says: “Have you considered giving up being a victim of crime? We all know how awesome it is. Having your stuff stolen, hanging out on the phone to the coppers for ages making reports, having to deal with insurance companies … “It’s all a lot of fun. But what if there was a different way? “During the COVID-19 lockdown, police saw a predictable drop in property crime, including thefts from vehicles and residential burglaries, because everyone was home and the curfew made it harder for crooks to get around. “Now that the curfew has been lifted and everyone (literally everyone, judging by the traffic on Point Nepean Road and the Esplanade) is out and about again, we’ve seen a steady rise in those offences. “Now look, don’t think that we don’t love you – we do. We love catching up, but we think it might be healthy for our relationship if you see other people instead of coming to us to report crime that could have potentially been avoided.” For tips on keeping your belongings safe go to: bddy.me/3rcdgmi for some and sound.

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Farewell to Rye ‘stalwart’ ONE of Rye’s most dynamic citizens was farewelled at a memorial service attended by 250-300 family and friends at three sites, Tuesday 19 January. The service was held at St Andrews Anglican Church, and live-streamed into the church hall, as well as to Rye Primary School hall across the road. Another 80 people viewed the service online from home. There was much to celebrate in the life of Pauline Powell OAM, pictured, who was described by well-wishers as a “stalwart of the community”. Ms Powell, who died aged 88, was born at Murrumbeena in 1933. She trained as a pharmacist and, in 1958 aged 25, moved to Rye to become the town’s pharmacist – a role in which she thrived until retirement in 1994. Within a year of arriving on the Mornington Peninsula, she began what was to become a lifetime of community service by starting the Rye Preschool and Infant Welfare Centre, serving as president, secretary, treasurer and trustee. A procedural motion in tonight’s (9 February) Mornington Peninsula Shire Council agenda lauds Ms Powell’s services to the community: “It is no exaggeration to say the list of organisations and community projects Pauline was involved in is too long to read out.” Her lifelong interest in history and heritage led her to become founding president of the Rye Historical Society, whose members last week said they “acknowledge and honour Pauline’s lifetime of service and extend our warmest thoughts and condolences to her family”. She spent many years on the Shire

of Flinders Heritage Week Committee and chaired the Rye-Tootgarook area committee for Victoria’s 150th anniversary celebrations. She was also a founding member of the Rye Tennis Club and, during the 1960s, was ladies singles champion five years in a row. She had a long association with the Portsea Golf Club, beginning in 1962. She served in several roles and, in 2001, co-authored a book on the club’s history. In 1977, Ms Powell became founding president of the Rye Lioness Club and during the 1980s and early 90s was active in the Rye Chamber of Commerce, initiating the Rye Week Festival and Flag Design Competition. Her life of service includes volunteer roles with Peninsula Health, Rye Community Group Alliance and Rye

Primary School. In 2005 Ms Powell was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for her services to the community of Rye. The council thanked her for her leadership, hard work, selflessness and commitment to our community, acknowledging it owed her a debt of gratitude. “She helped make Rye the thriving community it is today and will be greatly missed.” The council extended its condolences to children Janice, Andrew and Margie and grandchildren Jarrod, Vicki and Callum. Daughter Margie said her mum “loved being involved in things”. “She was a quiet and humble person. She said she only did what she could because she enjoyed it.” Stephen Taylor

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Going barefoot at Sorrento SORRENTO Bowls Club has had to cap numbers at its Thursday night twilight bowls event because of its popularity. About 60 barefoot bowlers test their skills under lights over two greens from 6.30pm to 8.30pm each week. Club vice-president Jim Newton organises the events to cater for locals

and visitors over the summer. Green fees are $15 a person and include all equipment and access to the clubhouse bar. Smaller groups and individuals are welcome at this family friendly event and, judging by its success, it’s best to get in early. Bookings essential on 0468 377 909.

Duck out to discover life in wetlands Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au FOLLOWING on from World Wetlands Day, RSPCA Victoria is encouraging bird lovers to visit nearby wetlands to see which breeds are living there. The aim is to promote an awareness of the wetlands as well as protect their role as vital bird breeding and feeding sites. The largest wetlands on and near the Mornington Peninsula are Warringine park at Bittern, Tootgarook wetlands (or swamp) at Capel Sound, and Edithvale wetlands at Carrum, which are home to many interesting breeds of water birds. The internationally recognised Warringine Park is listed in the 50-year-old Ramsar Convention – or treaty – which provides a framework for conserving the biological diversity of the world’s wetlands. RSPCA Victoria and BirdLife Australia have devised an education campaign called Discover Ducks to build an appreciation of native ducks in Victoria. “Victoria’s wetlands are untapped treasures, full of unique wildlife just waiting to be discovered and explored,” the RSPCA’s Mhairi Roberts said. “With waterbird abundance and breeding at an all-time low, there’s never been a more important time to embrace nearby wetlands and understand what makes these places so special.” Victoria has 12 Ramsar-listed wet-

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WHILE not exactly fitting the description of a duck, or even a water bird, this emu is no stranger to wetlands and drier parts of The Briars property at Mount Martha. The preening swan and duck, left, are of course a different matter. Pictures: Gary Sissons lands which support 499 threatened native species, including ducks. “Our wetlands are a particularly good place to observe native ducklife, which often goes unappreciated,” Ms Roberts said. “Ducks are interesting and unique creatures and we encourage people to really take the time to get to know them. You might be surprised by what you learn!” All Australian ducks are unique, here are some quirky facts: n Australian Wood Duck: Monogamous, family oriented and nests in

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trees Australian Shelduck: Congregate in flocks of up to a thousand and lose their ability to fly for 20 days annually n Blue-billed Duck: Rarely walk on land and breeding males have a sky-blue bill n Pink-eared Duck: Also known as the ‘Zebra Duck’ or ‘Clown Duck’ for their unique appearance n Pacific Black Duck: Oil produced by a gland at the base of their tail makes them waterproof n

World Wetlands Day is a reminder that it is our responsibility to maintain the health of these environments and the animals that live there. Some good tips to remember are to reduce the use of household chemicals, such as fertilisers and insecticides, which pollute our waterways. Also, avoid single-use plastics, such as coffee cups and straws, never leave rubbish behind, always pick up your dog’s poo – it contributes to the pollution of waterways. Similarly, don’t throw garden waste

in the bush. It can become rampant in the natural environment, ruin habitat and create havens for foxes. Don’t throw water or plants from a fish tank into a waterway. It can spread and compete with native vegetation, reducing suitable habitat and food sources for native animals like ducks. People are asked to minimise their household water use. The more that’s left in our rivers, the more chance our wetlands have of filling up and providing ducks with a home. Find more at: discoverducks.org.au


Fete is the answer to fake or fortune FLINDERS Fake or Fortune fete will be held at St Johns Church hall, 10am2.30pm, Saturday 6 March. The 82nd fete, which provides much-needed funds for community work and peninsula charities, has been online but now it is going live for a special event in a slightly different format. The online fete had support from donated paintings plus Christmas specials, cakes, biscuits, jams, pickles and locally-made craft. A new feature will be a Flinders Fake or Fortune Fete event based on the popular BBC Antiques Roadshow plus some interesting stalls. Organisers Mary Iles and Patricia Macdonald said experts Warren Joel and Paul Sumner would be on hand to value items for those wanting to know more about them. Trash or Treasure tickets are available online at trybooking.com/BOIJT to book. A $25 per ticket allows two items to be valued plus a lunch box with a biscuit stall and coffee cart on site. Ms Iles said the church, like all notfor-profit organisations, was only now beginning to earn income from its two op-shops at Balnarring and Flinders. “The profits from the fete are crucial to the church to enable continued support for community and local charities,” she said. “Please support us and learn about your treasures while purchasing something irresistible you do not even know you need!” Details: stjohnsfete21@gmail.com

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Open invitation: Mary Iles and Patricia Macdonald prepare for the St Johns Church fete. Picture: Supplied

was a success thanks to the many volunteers, bakers, jam and pickle makers, art donors, needlewomen, floral arrangers, online pet wranglers and competition judges. Last week a whisker over $12,300 had been raised to support St Johns and the charities benefitting from the fete’s proceeds, such as Anglicare Rosebud, Brotherhood of St Laurence, Asylum Seekers Resource Centre Dandenong, and Western Port Community Support. Back-office teams which put up and managed the website, designed the logo and packed the sales in calico

bags donated by the Flinders General Store were also in line for praise. Fete sponsors included Balnarring and District Community Bank Branch – Bendigo Bank, Flinders Community Association, Flinders District Lions Club, Southern Buoy Framers as well as raffle donors Montalto, Merricks General Wine store, Flinders General Store, Vescape, Flinders Hotel, Zeega and contributors who gave items for the community raffles. Pet show supporter Pier Providor and Western Port Vets, We Love Dogs Kennel Resort, PawDinkum donated prizes to pet show winners.

POLICE will prepare a report for the coroner following the death of a scuba diver who got into trouble after exploring the wreck of the SS Alert which sank off Cape Schanck in 1893. The 55-year-old Seaford man was airlifted to The Alfred hospital on Saturday 23 January but could not be revived and died in the presence of family members last week. His death is not being treated as suspicious. Scubabo Dive shop proprietor Josh Howell, of Queenscliff, whose boat had taken the diver and others out to the wreck, was shocked by the news. “It is a tragedy,” he said, adding that he was preparing to attend the man’s funeral. “I was extremely impressed by the professionalism of the crew and the other passengers and in the efforts they made,” he said. “We are not exactly sure how [the death] even occurred. He was a hugely experienced diver. Something caused it but we are not sure what.” Other peninsula dive shops contacted by The News said “rumours” of the incident had been circulating in their close-knit dive community but had not been confirmed until last week. One said a helicopter had collected the distressed diver “from the boat”

which could not leave the immediate area because other divers were slowly ascending from depths of 75 metres during their required decompression. The remoteness of their position meant no other boats were nearby. Another said the deceased diver would have “had to come up through all the diving ranks as well as specialised courses to be qualified for a dive of that depth”. The 247 tonne, 51 metre SS Alert was built in 1877 for the gentle waters of Scottish lochs – not the wild waters of Bass Strait. After a few years on the Melbourne-Geelong run the sail/steamer temporarily replaced the SS Despatch on the Gippsland-Melbourne run in 1893 while the Despatch was being refitted. Setting out from Lakes Entrance bound for Melbourne via Port Albert she was struck by hurricane-force southerlies and mountainous seas and sank about 10 kilometres off Cape Schanck. Of the 16 people on board, the only survivor was the ship’s cook who was washed ashore at Sorrento back beach clinging to a cabin door. He was revived by residents with brandy and the body heat of a Saint Bernard dog. Two bodies were also washed ashore. The hull of the SS Alert lay undisturbed for 113 years until discovered in 2007 by a team from Southern Ocean Exploration.

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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

Irony in use of combustible aluminium cladding It’s ironic the Victorian Building Authority classifies single and double storey free standing residential homes built with combustible aluminium cladding, as safe and are not included in the state wide audit. Many big new residences are completely built from flammable cladding, you only have to look along the Esplanade and think how many there must be around the country. According to the building code they can be built out of any combustible material, such as weatherboards or aluminium composite panels (ACP). The irony is that apartments are included in the audit, so there’s a line drawn to say it’s OK for home owners/residents to be housed in combustible buildings, but not tenants or owners of apartments. I had a problem with my new home just off the Esplanade [Mornington] a few years ago where the builder used a lot of ACP around all the eaves and covered out door balconies. The problem was that galvanic corrosion became evident where the ACP was slotted into the Colorbond steel facia and the aluminium started to bubble and delaminate from the polyethylene core. I had to take the builder to the building dispute resolution board of Victoria, and it ruled in my favour. The ACP was removed at the builder’s cost and replaced with non-combustible fibre cement sheeting. Ron Corcoran, Mornington

List foreign owners I watched the most recent Mornington Peninsula Shire planning services committee meeting and was very interested in Cr David Gill’s sensible idea to develop a foreign ownership register for the green wedge. Having grown up in country Victoria, I have seen the damage selling water to foreign owners has done. I have seen sixth generation farms that were once beautiful and successful farming entities become dilapidated and in disrepair and not being used for farming because of foreign ownership. The insinuation by three newly elected councillors that Cr Gill’s motion had racist undertones was disgusting and unfair. They should apologise under the councillor code of conduct. Have any of those who voted against Cr Gill’s motion actually asked constituents of their ward what they think of his idea? The short answer is no. Since the election I have not seen any Briars Ward councillors out and about asking people what they want from the council and what they think about issues such as foreign ownership. Instead, they continue to push their own personal agendas, like the Tyabb airfield, the [council] prayer and Australia Day. I think if the public was consulted about Cr Gill’s motion those who voted against it may be surprised to learn many residents would support it. Many of these new councillors are are only interested in representing their own view. Alina Tooley, Mornington

Rail plan offline The plan for a rail line to Rosebud for is commendable but probably won’t happen in this lifetime (“Rail to Rosebud” The News 27/1/21). In this part of Victoria, we don’t even seem capable of constructing an overpass at Jetty Road when the local community has been waiting for many years. The plan for better rail and bus services on the Mornington Peninsula could start this year by starting work on reopening the rail to Mornington. The track exists. Since its closure, the population of the Mornington area has more than doubled. With all the experience gained from level crossing removals, taking the track either over or under the freeway would enable rail access to the metropolitan network for all Mornington residents, plus everyone south through Dromana to Portsea. The pressure off the road network would be significant. The Mornington line would then link in with the proposed electrification to Baxter, a place

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previously known as Mornington Junction. In Western Australia, the freeway south of Perth has an elevated rail link to the city. Perhaps this would work with the Mornington Peninsula Freeway/Peninsula Link, with a terminal at or near Rosebud. If the project has “piqued the interest of many” then it would be great to see people with vision transform this interest to a plan of action. Transport infrastructure projects serve the community and economy very well indeed - especially the next generation. John Manfield, Blairgowrie

Hope for rail Although the dream of constructing a rail line to Rosebud may seem somewhat pie in the sky, it is also the long held dream of many on the southern peninsula, including the members of the Mornington Peninsula Ratepayers and Residents Association (“Rail to Rosebud” The News 27/1/21). Our president John Cain has in fact broached the subject when in conversation with Nepean MP Chris Brayne. We do hope that there may be a glimmer of hope with this positive publicity. Jan Dwyer, secretary Mornington Peninsula Ratepayers and Residents Association

Prayer for all This letter won’t see daylight until after our next exciting Mornington Peninsula Shire Council meeting where the Christian team wants to get their “prayer” back on the books (“Bid to overturn ‘prayer’ decision” The News 2/2/21). I’m wondering how they will go about it. Will they propose a prayer only to their exclusive invisible bestie, “First, before all other gods”, as commanded in the big 10, or will they give some all-important consultation and consideration to our multicultural ratepayers and their gods too? Perhaps an “all in” kind of prayer to all the gods in sundry that may be floating about at the time of the meeting? There are lots of them and they aren’t all called god, so it could become quite complicated. I’m really looking forward to seeing a thinking man’s outcome to it all. Ron Musgrove, Dromana

Managing religion All religions have history, often shameful (“Bring back prayer” Letters 2/2/21). Given that the Mornington Peninsula is now a multicultural society, and as a result a multireligious one, shire council meetings should be opened with a prayer, followed by a Koran reading, a Hindu chant and Buddhist “ohm mm”, then a Confucian thought for the day. Of course, the meetings would need to be extended. The problem with following the one true god is that there are just so many of them. All the god-owners need to realise that their personal religion is not alone any more. The shire is for management and the church/ shrine/mosque is the place for religion. Separated. John Dusting, Mornington

Confusing Australia Day I was always of the opinion that the date of Australia Day should not be altered, until I started listening to the arguments. I realised that historical facts were misinterpreted but, more importantly, it wasn’t clear what we were actually celebrating. Sydney’s use of Captain Cook on 26 January is simply incorrect and confusing, as he wasn’t part of the original settlement and, instead, earlier claimed the land for Britain, and not on that date. The date of the first white settlement of New Holland and Invasion Day of the Aborigines, 26 January,1788, is also unsuitable as the country was not named Australia until 1824. On 1 January 1901 Australia’s states united and became a federation of the Commonwealth; 26 January 1948 Nationality and Citizenship Act, we all became Australian citizens, rather than British. But using this date is confusing the

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Mall or ‘disaster zone’? OK, so we are giving the [Main Street, Mornington] mall a try. Will it bring happy tourist dollars into our town and become a joyful place to promenade, drink coffee and spend? With an entrance of road works barriers and yellow and black signs it looks like there has been a disaster and the street is shut down. Add in the reminder of the Cold War “Check Point Charlie” boom gate, and you know this atrocities afflicted on the Aboriginal people during colonisation in 1788 and the 1948 unifying Citizenship Act which would cause unnecessary conflict and division. Besides, what are we celebrating? Britain’s claim, colonisation, Australia’s naming, Federation, Nationality and Citizenship Act or our development? The purpose of Australia Day needs to be redefined and advertised throughout Australia to clarify what we are all celebrating. After that decision, select a new date that does not confuse or suggest anything other than what is to be celebrated. I now believe that 26 January should not be used to avoid confusion with colonisation/ settlement/invasion and the citizenship Act. Also, that the date of Captain Cook’s claim, 28 April, should be avoided as Australia hadn’t been formed at that time. Perhaps Australia Day should be to celebrate Federation, the uniting of states and the citizenship Act, the uniting of all people. Wendy Clipsham, Mornington

Keep the date The emotive arguments of those who want to dishonour our Australia Day celebrations by calling it Invasion Day have been debunked (“Australia’s date with history” The News 26/1/21). It is easy to see the protestors have got the wrong date. Better for them to be correct and protest away on the 28 April (1770 Captain Cook’s discovery date) or 18 January (1788 First Fleet arrival in Botany Bay) and then their protest has some meaning. Even Ian Sharp begrudgingly confirms these dates (“Date to check” Letters 2/2/21). What 26 January - whether it be 1948 or 1949, is neither here nor there - does celebrate is our nation’s standing on the world stage; recognition for all of us of our nationality as Australians, and our Australian passport minted in those years. If someone is so unhappy with many things Australian, they should go and live somewhere else (“Meaningless day” Letters 2/2/21). And again, we have another new councillor in Kerri McCafferty who doesn’t fully understand her position to honour her country and not grandstand on an ego trip (“Councillor bows out on ‘celebration’” The News 19/1/21). Let us not mix up our historical dates, stand tall on 26 January and be proud of our nation and who we are as one together. Monica Martini, Mornington

is not looking good. You could be forgiven for thinking one of [Premier] Dan [Andrews’] tunnels is about to appear here. I know its temporary, but perhaps the bollards could be concrete and painted by local artists. What about a decorative arch over the boom gate with a “Welcome to Main Street” sign? Or, even one of those blow up arches used in running events would look better than our barricade. David Mason, Mount Martha

Regal ruling Instructions by King George III to Captain Arthur Phillip, head of the First Fleet “that he endeavour by every possible means to open intercourse with the natives and conciliate their affections, enjoining all our subjects to live in amity and kindness with them”. Also, from Captain Arthur Phillip: “there shall be no slavery in a free land”. This was 40 years before slavery was outlawed in Britain. Sue Glenn, Mornington

Unconvincing ‘pitch’ Hillview Quarries and its owner, the Ross Trust, has gone to great lengths to promote their new quarry on the slopes of Arthurs Seat with a full page advertisement headed “Key Facts About the Boundary Road Project” (The News 2/2/21). Their crafted sales pitch and carefully targeted donations intend to convince us that sacrificing 94 acres of valuable native bushland is standard contemporary practice, that it is necessary, or perhaps even a good idea. But for reasons too numerous to mention here, it is an appalling idea. And the approval process and our environmental laws are too impotent to protect our rapidly diminishing habitats from appalling ideas. So, whatever their spin and so called “scientific” reassurances, let’s just think ahead 20 years from now, when a sizeable chunk of the iconic Arthurs Seat will be replaced by an exceptionally sized industrial site. Will we be grateful for the massive hole and its associated pollution, or reminisce about a time when, instead, we had pristine bushland, native animals, tranquility and clean air? It’s that simple. Richard Smith, Dromana

Words from the past I too have many fading memories (“Distant memories” Letters 2/2/21). However, I may be able to assist with the missing words to the motif of the 1950s TV series The Scarlet Pimpernel, which starred Marius Goring and a breathtakingly beautiful Jane Seymour: They seek him here, they seek him there, Those Frenchies seek him everywhere. Is he in heaven? Is he in hell? That damned elusive Pimpernel. Michael Long, Frankston


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Mr Williams shot in eye in ‘act of stupidity’ Compiled by Cameron McCullough MR Mark Williams, who for many years acted as handicapper to the Frankston Athletic Sports Club, was the victim of a stupid joke at the A.N.A. sports on Monday last. In a spirit of jocularity, a man pointed a starter’s revolver at Mr Williams and pulled the trigger. Luckily, it contained only blank cartridges. However, the cartridge exploded and the wad hit Mr. Williams in the right eye. It is feared that he will lose the sight of the eye. As “The Age” says, the same thing has been done so often with such lamentable results that it is hard to imagine how any sane person with any worldly experience could perpetrate so stupid a joke without thought. *** THE many friends of Mr Barber senr will be pleased to learn that he is making a satisfactory recovery after the recent operation he underwent for appendicitis. *** A FAIR amount of excitement was caused on Saturday last, when the first aeroplane to land in Somerville alighted in Mr Arthur Thornell’s paddock. It was piloted by Captain Fullarton, who started business right away. Passengers were soon forthcoming, quite a number of residents making the 10 minute trip especially on the Sunday, when one enthusiastic local “flighter” made four ascents! It is said that over £40 was netted by the aviator. ***

THE slump in the wholesale prices of fruit has somewhat affected the industry here. This is expected, however, to be temporary only. Most growers are cool storing their early fruits awaiting better returns. *** QUITE a number of properties have changed hands in this district, resulting in the advent of fresh citizens to our growing community. *** W. Clarke, the Young Street butcher, supplies sides mutton at 8d per lb – prime mutton too. *** THE War Service Homes Commission are about to erect a war service home in Craigrossie Street, Mornington. *** AT a recent general meeting of the Tyabb Methodist Bible Class, the Rev C. Angwin, on behalf of the members and friends, presented a chaste silver teapot to Miss Lily Thornell on the eve of her marriage, and wished her every happiness in her new sphere. *** AT the recent Quarterly Meeting of the Frankston Methodist Circuit at Tyabb, reference was made to the death of Mr J. J. Corlett and his long and honorable connection with the circuit, and sympathy was expressed with members of the family. The quarterly Methodist report also makes the following reference to the late Mr Corlett:— “He was a fine type of a Christian gentleman. He belonged to a class of men and women, our indebtedness to whom we cannot too highly estimate, whose

memory we cannot too much honor the pioneers of our church.” *** IN conjunction with Brody and Mason, on Saturday last, Arthur Tuckett & Son, the Melbourne subdivisional experts, conducted a subdivisional auction sale on the Warringa Estate. The attendance was not very large, owing doubtlessly to the excessive heat, but several attractive blocks were sold at satisfactory prices. Warringa Estate is situated in the same locality as the Baxter and Plummer’s Estate – on one of those lofty elevations rising from the Mornington Road and overlooking the widest expanse of Port Phillip Bay. *** THE secretary, Mr L. Prosser, states that the Frankston Orchestral Society has decided to admit honorary members on payment of 5s – entitling members to all performances given by the Orchestra. It is proposed to give musical programmes in the Melville Rotunda on Sunday afternoons and evenings, weather permitting, as soon as the rotunda is ready for use. Two professional artists, Messrs Cowan and Goodman, with Messrs Ings and Bawden, have been added to the musical strength of the Orchestra. *** MR A. J. Ross, of Brunswick, who won the £75 event the last Frankston Sports, ran unplaced in the principal event at Kyneton on Monday last. But Mr A. J. Davis, who performed only moderately here, captured the Sheffield Handicap at the A.N.A. sports on the same date.

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and ourselves. A prominent Balnarring resident has also decided to contribute district notes at intervals, so that in future with the local correspondents at Seaford, Langwarrin, Hastings, Tyabb, Crib Point, Moorooduc and elsewhere spurred to activity, the readers of “The Standard” in the neighboring district should be exceptionally well catered for in the way of news. *** MR E. Barrett writes: – Will you kindly give me space in your widely circulated journal to make a brief reply to the letter from the Somerville Branch of the R.S.S.I.L.A. published in your last issue. In reply, I have to say that no one would regret more than I should any remark of mine be construed into casting a reflection on those who fought for our country or those who kept the “home fires burning,” and I thank the Somerville Returned Soldier’s League for giving me the opportunity of saying that my remark was never meant to convey that meaning. Cr Murray’s “well-known sentiments” had led him to try and show that Cr Oates, who was elected to the position by a big vote, should not sit on a Repatriation Committee. My remark was made with the object of showing how dangerous it was to throw bombs at your enemy from a glass dug-out – even though you make your advance from behind the respected name of Returned Soldier. *** FROM the pages of the Frankston and Somerville Standard, 4 February 1921

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Somerville and Pines draw, Hastings snatch a last ball win, Seaford too good for Balnarring By Brodie Cowburn

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SOMERVILLE and Pines finished all square after an epic encounter on Saturday. After losing the toss, Somerville were sent in to bat first. Good knocks from opener Craig Black and number four Bradley McDonald helped guide the side to a final total of 143. Pines' run chase started poorly, with usually reliable openers Damien Lawrence and Ricky Ramsdale dismissed for scores of 11 and zero respectively. Harley Peace-Stirling came in after the openers and got things back on track. After a duck in his innings last week against Flinders, Peace-Stirling was out to make amends. The first drop batsman blasted 66 runs. Unfortunately for Peace-Stirling, wickets kept falling around him. At 7/100, Pines looked in deep trouble. A decent late partnership between Peace-Stirling and Patrick Jackson pushed Pines to 8/137 heading into the closing stages of the match. Pines were able to put six more runs on the board, ending at 9/143 at the end of their 40 overs. The teams shared the points. At Bruce Park, Heatherhill bowled well to defend their total of 140 against Seaford Tigers. Moorooduc joined the winner’s list on Saturday with a victory over Main Ridge. Opener Benjamin Williams set them up for a win with a knock of 69 runs. Long Island easily defeated Flinders by nine wickets at Ballam Park East.

Stonecats stumble: Delacombe Park got the better of Frankston YCW with a 25 run win. Picture: Craig Barrett

were the side’s top scorers. The game came down to the final delivery. Hastings were able to hold their nerve to hit the winning runs and claim a hard-fought victory. A fantastic unbeaten century from Mark Cooper got Carrum a big win over Dromana. Cooper carried his bat through a brilliant innings. Carrum ended up setting Dromana 205 runs to win. Both Dromana openers fell for less than five runs, putting their run chase in jeopardy right from the beginning. Adam Ciavarella and Kierran Voelkl came in and combined for 92 runs, but their efforts were not enough to drag Dromana to victory. Their side ended up losing by 32 runs. Crib Point defeated Pearcedale by seven wickets on Saturday, while Delacombe Park bowled out Frankston

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BADEN Powell bowled well to defeat Sorrento at David Macfarlane Reserve on Saturday. A quickfire knock of 47 off 36 from opener Beau Anthony set Baden Powell up. They finished their innings at 8/149.

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By Craig MacKenzie LANGWARRIN’s pre-season preparations went according to plan last Saturday at Monterey Reserve when it won back-to-back Wallace Cups. As fate would have it Langy’s 1-0 win over Mornington in the final came thanks to Sammy Orritt who was brought here by the Dallas Brooks boys back in 2017. He’d scored a belter earlier in the tournament, a fiercely-struck volley that rocketed into the net and the decider in the final was a deftly curled shot into the far corner from the left of the box. Mornington took a young squad to the annual tournament with most of its high-profile players either injured or rested and the slick interpassing on show bodes well for the future. Langwarrin was without Wayne Wallace, Tom Youngs, John Maclean and Marcus Holmes and one of its standout performers was recent signing Alex Kubenko whose pace, movement and disposal were highlights. Kubenko has just turned 18 and was signed from Springvale White Eagles. “We put an importance on winning the tournament while also looking after the players’ welfare and we are pleased with the outcome,” Langy assistant coach Jamie Skelly said. This was the ninth staging of the Wallace Cup and the first hosted by Frankston Pines. A large crowd, a fine day and some spirited performances were features. And there were surprises too.

Winners are grinners: Langwarrin players and coaching staff celebrate last weekend’s Wallace Cup success at Monterey Reserve. Picture: Darryl Kennedy

The sudden appearance of Colin McCormack in goal for Rosebud was one of them albeit that his was a cameo performance. The former Langy, Peninsula Strikers and Knox City custodian had been retired for two years and plans to return to the demands of parenthood and work. A notable absentee from Rosebud’s Wallace Cup squad was striker Mark Pagliarulo. The big Scot is undecided about where he’ll play this year but apart from discussing his situation with Rosebud the usual suspects are also in the frame – Somerville Eagles, White Star Dandenong and Baxter. In the Wallace Cup first semi-final Langy prevailed with a 1-0 win over Skye United. Seventeen-year-old Seb Fernandes scored the decisive goal after Daniel Walsh gave the ball away but former Langy player Mitch Blake blew a gilt-

edged chance to level when he failed to hit the target from close range. In the second semi Mornington came from behind to beat Pines 2-1. Sava Baledrokadroka gave Pines a half-time lead after Tito Vodawaqa put him through but a Kameel Khan own goal in the second half levelled the scores and Tom Wood nabbed the winner. In practice match news Skye United lost 4-1 last Wednesday to State 1 side Beaumaris. Skye’s goal came from Marcus Anastasiou who finished off a near post cross with a first-time finish. “It was a good hit-out against a very good Beaumaris side and a great learning curve for my players,” Skye coach Phil McGuinness said. On the same night Seaford United cantered to a 9-0 win over Mount Eliza with goals from Dylan Waugh (3), Blake Hicks (3), Mitch Lander, Adam Daniel and Tom Simmons.

Seaford seem set to sign striker Hicks from Rosebud and his brother Hayden, a goalkeeper, also looks like joining. Senior coach Peter Schwellinger coached the Hicks brothers at Old Carey a few years ago. “They feel very comfortable playing in this side and they enjoy playing with my sons (Matthias and Jeremy) again after they were all together at Old Carey. “The friendly against Mount Eliza was a great little training run to work on shape. “I want to implement a different formation so it’s early days and I’m really not concerned about scores until we play in the FFA Cup in a few weeks.” Last Saturday Aspendale Stingrays defeated Dandenong South 2-0 at George Andrews Reserve with goals from Kenan Nuhanovic and new signing Ugar Erdem. Former Berwick City and Heatherton United player Hayden Nuhanovic made his first appearance for the Stingrays whose best were Kenan Nuhanovic, Noah Berends and Matt Self. Fellow State 5 outfit Mount Martha lost 6-4 to Endeavour Sporting Club on Saturday. Mount Martha’s scorers were Alex Giordano (2), Jett Higgins and Ethan Sanderson (penalty). “It was a cracker of a game with a lot of end-to-end stuff,” Mount Martha coach Chris Sanderson said. “We bossed the first half and only let the game get away towards the end but there were loads of positives, especially the performance of 17-year-old

Jack Poole in goal.” In other news the draw for the qualifying round of the 2021 FFA Cup took place last week. This year’s tournament involves 210 Victorian clubs. On the weekend of 20/21 February three local State 5 South clubs will participate: Aspendale Stingrays v Bundoora (from State 5 North), Mount Martha v East Kew (State 5 East) and Rosebud v Lara United (State 5 West). State 4 South clubs Baxter, Seaford United, Chelsea and Somerville Eagles enter the draw for the first main round. This draw will be held on Monday 22 February at noon and will be livestreamed on FV’s facebook page. This week’s friendlies: TUESDAY: Casey Comets v Peninsula Strikers (Comets Stadium, 7pm; reserves v Somerville, Centenary Park, 6.30pm). WEDNESDAY: Mornington v Bentleigh Greens (Dallas Brooks Park, 7.15pm). THURSDAY: Endeavour Utd v Skye Utd (Reema Reserve, 7.15pm). SATURDAY: Peninsula Strikers v Dandenong South (Centenary Park, 1pm & 3pm), Frankston Pines v Beaumaris (Monterey Reserve, 5pm & 7pm), Craigieburn v Seaford Utd (Aston Fields, 1pm & 3pm), Hampton Park Utd v Baxter (KM Reedy Reserve, 1pm & 3pm), Chelsea v Macedon Blues (Edithvale Recreation Reserve, 2pm & 4pm), Somerville Eagles v Albert Park (Somerville Secondary College, 1pm & 3pm).

Avalon digs deep for second Group One win HORSE RACING

By Ben Triandafillou SHANE Nichols’ gutsy galloper Streets of Avalon has dug deep to bring up his second Group One victory in Saturday’s C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield. Having claimed the Group One Futurity Stakes over the same track and trip a year ago, Streets of Avalon once again fought hard to fend off the challenges and land a half-length victory over the Chris Waller-trained Imaging in Saturday’s feature race. There was a roar on course as jockey Zac Spain saluted aboard the gelding to ride his first Group One winner and bring up Morningtonbased trainer Shane Nichols’ third Group One success. Nichols, who last year overcame a heart attack to return to the training ranks, was ecstatic to see his tough gelding continue on his unbeaten preparation having won first-up in the Group Two Australia Stakes in January. “The heart was racing. It was given a test out and it came through in flying colours,” Shane Nichols said post-race. “I don’t know if mine (heart) quite works as good as [Streets of Avalon’s] but when Imaging came to him I thought we’re in a bit of strife here but he just came again. He found and was holding the other horse on the line. It was a remarkable performance by a tough horse.” “For a horse that has had as many runs as he has and to still be fronting up and winning Group Ones is a remarkable performance not only from Hearts pumping: The Shane Nichols-trained Streets of Avalon fends off all challenges to win his second Group One race in the C.F. Orr Stakes at Caulfield. Picture: Supplied

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the team at home but also the track and the staff at Mornington.” Nichols said it was days like Saturday that every trainer lives for. “I was pretty emotional after the Australia Stakes but now I’m just pumped. It was a tough time but the get well wishes made it all seem a little bit easier and then days like today – that and family is what you live for,” he said. Jockey Zac Spain was absolutely thrilled to land the milestone victory aboard the six-yearold gelding. “I celebrated a bit after the line and was calling out a fair bit but he’s just been such a super horse for me and career changing really. He was my first Listed (winner), Group Two and now Group One (win) so I can’t thank Shane and Phil Warren and the whole ownership group enough. They’ve stuck strong with me throughout and to repay them with a Group One win is just fantastic,” Spain said post-race. “He’s just tough as nails and rock hard fit and it just shows how good of a trainer Shane is to have him spot on for today.” Streets of Avalon’s win on Saturday brought up the gelding’s tenth career victory from 54 starts. He has earnt just over $1.7million in prize money.


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