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ARTIST Kate Gorringe-Smith has co-curated an exhibition of works to highlight the need to protect habitat for migratory birds. Picture: Yanni

THE coronavirus pandemic may have put a firm brake on international travel for many people, but it has had no effect on the flights of migratory birds. The birds continued their annual hazardous 25,000 kilometre round trips from the northern to the southern hemisphere. Western Port and Port Phillip bays are the favoured destinations for many species and more than 300 artists have contributed to an exhibition that highlights the tenuous existence faced by these intrepid international travellers. A family day was held at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Mornington last weekend for World Migratory Bird Day and The Overwintering Project-Westernport exhibition which, co-curated by artist Kate GorringeSmith. The MPRG is a fitting place for the exhibition (which ends Sunday 23 May) as it sits between Port Phillip and Western Port bays, which both include important locations on the world map of bird migrations. The Overwintering Project is a long-term environmental art project that sees artists around Australia uniting to raise awareness for the most endangered group of birds, migratory shorebirds. Migratory shorebirds spend the summer on Australian beaches before heading north, some as far as the Arctic, to breed. The exhibition at the MPRG focusses on Western Port and features works by 17 artists in a variety of media. The works are being shown in conjunction with the Overwintering Project Print Portfolio, a growing collection of more than 300 original prints made by artists from Australia and New Zealand in response to the unique nature of their local migratory shorebird habitat. The exhibition was also being shown at the same time that power company AGL was refused permission on environmental grounds to moor a floating gas import terminal at Crib Point. Gorringe-Smith said the local community had been “delighted” when Western Port’s internationally recognised shorebird habitat “won a recent reprieve from AGL’s proposed development”. The Overwintering Project-Westernport ends Sunday 23 May at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Civic Reserve, Dunns Road, Mornington. Call 5950 1580. Keith Platt

Thumbs up to cut road speed Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au FOUR people have died so far this year on peninsula roads, but no deaths have been recorded on the 33 roads where speed limits have been set at 80kph. The speed cuts from 100kph and 90kph to 80kph were introduced in December 2019 on about 110 kilometres of selected Mornington Peninsula

Shire-managed roads as part of a twoyear trial. Now, half way into the trial, results of an online and phone survey into public acceptance of reducing speeds shows 59 per cent of the 1059 respondents in support and 21 per cent against. A further seven 7 per cent were strongly opposed to the speed trial while 20 per cent were neutral. In 2020, a year where COVID-19 saw road use drop, the peninsula re-

corded nine deaths; in 2019 there were 12 road fatalities. Many of the 33 “high risk sealed rural roads” chosen for the trial had a significant history of road deaths and injuries, and high crash risk rating when speed limits of 100kph and 90kph applied. National and international research has shown that a relatively small reduction in average vehicle speeds leads to a large decrease in road trauma. Councillors have been told that set-

ting 80kph speed limits on high risk rural roads, deaths and serious injuries are expected to drop by 30 per cent and 20 per cent respectively. The speed trial is part of a five-year strategy aimed at eliminating road deaths on the peninsula, with safer roads, safer vehicles, safer speeds and safer drivers (“Strategy to end deaths on peninsula roads” The News 29/6/20). It also comes at a time when the RACV is compiling a list of the Morn-

ington Peninsula’s most dangerous roads so it can lobby governments at all levels to make roads safer and look at lowering speed limits to match conditions (“Defining ‘danger’ roads” The News 15/3/21). The trial was established to analyse quantitative and qualitative information about crash statistics, vehicle speeds, and the community’s views. Continued Page 9

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Changes at the top for lobby group Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au A WOMAN with a “wealth of experience in trade, investment, tourism and systems of government, and an authentic passion for the Mornington Peninsula as a local resident” has replaced former federal Liberal cabinet minister Bruce Billson on the Committee for Mornington Peninsula. Zoe McKenzie, who joins the management committee, is principal of Trade and Investment Advisory, a company which advises clients on market expansion into Australia or on current or future free trade agreements. The Committee for Mornington Peninsula describes itself as an “independent, member-based organisation committed to leading and influencing long-term outcomes and contributing to our strategic objectives for the broader Mornington Peninsula”. The committee says it works “beyond electoral cycles and partisan politics” to enhance social, economic and environmental sustainability “to improve living standards, growth and sustainability of our region”. “Zoe brings with her a breadth of expertise to drive our vision for an even better Mornington Peninsula,” committee president Shannon Smit said.

Ms McKenzie was chief of staff to Andrew Robb when he was the Liberal government’s trade, investment and tourism minister. During that time, she worked on Australia’s trade deals with China, Japan, South Korea and Singapore, as well as the Trans Pacific Partnership and future free trade agreements with Europe and Indonesia. She has also held policy development roles in education, the arts and the law. Ms McKenzie previously practiced as a commercial lawyer and was a strategic adviser to the CEO of “a major professional services firm”. She is also on the boards of several arts, education, careers, and trade organisations and chambers of commerce. The committee’s executive officer, Briony Hutton, appointed earlier this year, previously worked for Flinders MP Greg Hunt as an electorate officer and as an administrative assistant and assistant policy adviser for him as health minister in Canberra. Ms Hutton also works part-time as a business development executive at a nursing agency, and – as a musician in her own small business – sings at weddings and venues across the peninsula. She holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science with Honours from Deakin University.

Mr Billson was recently appointed to the $360,000 a year job as Australia’s small business and family enterprise ombudsman, a position that he announced the creation of in 2014, when he was small business minister. It is a five-year appointment. Mr Billson bowed out of politics at the 2016 election and announced took a job as executive director with the lobbying group the Franchise Council of Australia (FCA). The committee says its approach is to be “future focused and researchand-evidence based to ensure our work is strongly directed at driving, developing and safeguarding the future prosperity and sustainability of the Mornington Peninsula and the region”. The self-described independent, membership-based organisation “works collaboratively with stakeholders, opinion leaders, influencers and policy makers to support [the Mornington Peninsula’s] development”. It says it aims to have a “membership base of local, national and international organisations and individuals who set aside commercial gain, sectoral interests and personal perspectives to provide a united voice on” issues facing the peninsula.

ARTIST whose studios will be open at the end of this month are, from left, Jennifer Buntine, Jennifer Fletcher and Peninsula Studio Trail group president, Lisa O’Keefe. Picture: Supplied

First of year’s art trail openings ARTISTS along the Peninsula Studio Trail are opening their doors at the end of this month for an open studios weekend (29, 30 May). Visitors are invited to visit the studios, speak with the artists about their creative process, see new artworks and satisfy curiosity about what goes on in the creative artist’s mind. The group has new branding with signs showing the way along the trail designed by portrait and graphic artist, Marta Gola. A website map makes it easy to plan

a trip to the three art zones. There are 30 artists along the Peninsula Studio Trail, which will be also open on 20, 21 and 27, 28 November. Some of their works will also be shown in a group exhibition 6-20 October at Southern Buoy Studios, 1/19 Carbine Way, Mornington. Details: www.facebook.com/PeninsulaStudioTrailInc or www.peninsulastudiotrailinc.org Studio visits outside of the trail weekends can also be arranged with individual artists.

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Specialist staff to help recovery

Golf merger talks back on track

THE state government has given Mornington Peninsula Shire money to hire 41 temporary staff as part of its Working for Victoria campaign. The new jobs are in volunteering, community houses, business liaison, health and wellbeing, events, seniors’ inclusion, township activation, community engagement, youth employment and creative industries. They come under a $500 million program which aims to help jobseekers find work and employers find workers.  Economic and social impacts of the pandemic across the peninsula have been severe, with 2205 jobs lost at its peak in August, and preexisting social and health issues worsening. The new roles include a creative sustainability officer, health and wellbeing officer, senior inclusions officer and five business liaison officers. The creative sustainability officer will connect artists to spaces and encourage community participation in events, after-school classes and exhibitions. Professional development workshops will be offered to artists and organisations, as well as one-on-one support to those most in need. The senior inclusions officer will help organisations, groups and networks engage with older people, including U3As and senior citizens groups. The role will support deliver of the shire’s positive ageing strategy and other initiatives and campaigns. The five business liaison officers will assist small businesses, contact and assist townships, industry estates and home-based businesses as well as liaise with shire departments to resolve or assist in any business issues. The mayor, Cr Despi O’Connor said the Working for Victoria staff would help businesses and individuals with their recovery. “The officers will be out in the field talking to

TALKS on a merger between two of the Mornington Peninsula’s most prestigious golf clubs are back on track after stalling last month. Sorrento Golf Club captain David Paranthoiene, in a letter to members on 20 April, had said discussions were “paused” after Portsea Gold Club revised its position on previously agreed principles and expectations on how the merger would proceed. “It is the committee’s opinion that these changes may not be palatable for Sorrento members and [we] have … [decided] to seek clarification on these revised aspects of the merger proposal,” Mr Paranthoiene said. “These changes have the potential to substantially reshape the merger structure and may impose an additional financial liability on Sorrento, something we are simply unable to accept with further explanation.” One of the issues undergoing due diligence is a post-merger stamp duty liability of $1.4 million – or 5.5 per cent of the estimated value of the new, single entity. However, as Portsea’s Chris Duffy, who is heading up his club’s side in the merger talks, said on Friday “everything is back on track” after perceived differences between the clubs were ironed out. “It’s all a matter of negotiation,” he said. “Each side has its different points of view and these are all being taken into consideration in our discussions. “We still have to get a proposal up between the two groups which would need a 75 per cent agreement by both parties to succeed.” This may take several months. The potential union was described as a “genuine win-win for all concerned” when it was mooted at the start of the year (“Pairing might be par for the course” The News 27/1/ 21). Stephen Taylor

our community letting them know what support is available, and finding out their current needs and the kind of support they will need longterm,” she said.

Dromana Potters Group’s Judi Singleton with Chandos Ford. Judi teaches ceramics to adults with disabilities through Focus Individualised Support Services. An exhibition of the group’s work is on show at the Mornington Library.

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Short time on road for P-plater A P-PLATER who obtained her driver’s licence in December had it suspended for 11 months last week on drink-driving counts. The 18-year-old, who was driving south along Point Nepean Road, Rosebud, without lights, will be summonsed to appear at Dromana Magistrates’ Court at a later date. Rosebud Police spotted the white Ford Festiva at 3.30am, Saturday 1 May. The driver, of Mount Martha, was taken to Rosebud Police Station where she allegedly returned a breath test reading of 0.115 per cent. Her car was impounded for 28 days.

Mop up after mixer flips A TRUCK rollover closed the left-hand lane of Peninsula Link south-bound for four hours, Monday 3 May. The cement mixer, loaded with 13 cubic metres of concrete weighing 13 tonnes, flipped after the driver tried to correct a drift into the inside lane. Sergeant Bruce Buchan, of Somerville Highway Patrol, said the truck veered into shrubbery and ploughed through a light pole, 2pm. The driver, a Springvale man, 56, was not injured in the incident and did not require hospital treatment. Sergeant Buchan said two heavy haulage trucks were required to right the mixer near the Golf Links Road entry ramp. He said a Peninsula Link clean-up crew using a frontend loader arrived soon after to clear concrete from the road surface while an EPA crew mopped up spilled oil. South-bound traffic was redirected onto Golf Links Road and along Fulton Road or the Moorooduc Highway. Sergeant Buchan said the incident was being investigated.

‘Looking lost’ MORNINGTON police have charged a man with drink driving and other traffic offences after he allegedly crashed into two parked cars and a fence in Canadian Bay Road, Mount Eliza. The 32-year-old, from Mornington, allegedly walked away from the scene before police arrived, 4.30am, Thursday 29 April. Soon afterwards, police were called following reports a man had been seen walking around “looking lost in a dressing gown”. He was found nearby and taken back to the police station where he allegedly returned a breath-test reading of 0.192 per cent. The man’s licence was suspended and he is expected to be charged on summons with exceeding 0.05 per cent, careless driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

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Fined, but groggy Bella in no mood to move Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au A MOUNT Martha dog owner says he will “go to jail” rather than pay a $248 dog-at-large fine incurred last month. David Ball, of Samuel Close, said his 14-year-old Staffordshire, Bella, was “nabbed by default” as the Mornington Peninsula Shire officer was in the deadend street, possibly looking for another dog which had “rushed” a neighbour, Wednesday 21 April. Mr Ball said Bella, just out of surgery after the removal of a cyst on her left back leg and several infected teeth, may have passed him on her way out to the garden which – like the neighbours – has no front fence. A grass easement abuts the made road. Mr Ball said the safety officer – not described as a ranger – walked up and asked if Bella belonged to him. After confirming she did, Mr Ball explained that the “old girl” had been groggy all night from the previous day’s operation and he had not expected her to come outside. In her weakened state she could only walk slowly and could not have “rushed” anyone. “This reasoning cut no ice with the safety officer [who] I believe had probably phoned the details ahead [to the local laws department] and was thus committed to charging me without prior notice and according to ‘the Act 1994’,” Mr Ball said. “I advise all dog owners, especially in Mornington, to be aware. This is a convenient wage earner.” Mr Ball said before confronting him the shire officer had left a note at a neighbour’s after a woman complained that a Jack Russell had “rushed” her and was off-leash. There is no such dog in the street, he said. “So, the fact is, Bella – who is known by everyone in the area as a friendly and placid “old girl’ – was due to circumstances unrelated nabbed by default,” he said. “I am hoping common sense will prevail with this case as I am determined to contest this with all means DECKING T/Pine 70x22 KD ACQ ........................... $2.70mt T/Pine 90x22 KD ACQ ........................... $3.50mt Merbau 70x19 Random ........................ $5.25mt Merbau 90x19 Random ........................ $6.50mt Merbau 140x22 Random .................... $13.25mt Spotted Gum 86x19 .............................. $7.50mt Spotted Gum 135x19........................... $13.95mt

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at my disposal. I will even go to jail.” This is not Bella’s first brush with notoriety. Eight or nine years ago, when she and Mr Ball were more “sprightly” she was “dog-napped” from outside the Mornington Centrelink offices in Main Street. Mr Ball, his wife’s then-carer, had tied Bella up outside and, after a longer-than-expected appointment, returned to find her in the same spot but not attached to her lead. A woman told him she had seen some youths jump out of a car, undo Bella’s lead and bundle her into their car. “A short time later they drove back down Main Street and pushed Bella out with traffic all around her,” he said. “What I presumed had happened was that Bella was too hot to handle and wasn’t going to be abducted … or they realised she was spayed and no use for breeding. “Bella, being the intelligent dog she is, returned to the spot where I had left her. When I say ‘stay’ Bella stays. “This is the same dog found wandering in our front garden.” The shire’s environment protection manager Mark Upton said it was an offence for a dog to be at large outside the premises of the owner or not securely confined to the owner's premises. “Secure confinement of a dog to the owner’s premises means the yard must have a closed gate and an escape-proof fence that the dog cannot jump, get under or through. If the owner’s premises is not fenced, someone must be present and have effective control of the dog – it can’t be left to wander on its own,” Mr Upton said. “The Department of Agriculture Victoria has found most dog attacks in public places occur on the footpath or road in front of the attacking dog’s property and that confining dogs to their property would prevent 80 per cent of dog attacks in public places.”

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NEWS DESK Smith Family talks SOUTHERN Peninsula VIEW Club members will meet at the Rosebud Country Club, 10.30am Thursday 13 May. Staff from The Smith Family Frankston will talk about the work they do to support disadvantaged students and will show letters of appreciation from schools supplied with library bags earlier this year by the club. Members will also hear about how the Bendigo Bank’s Rye and District Community Financial Services provides money for the library bags and stationery to prep students. VIEW clubs around Australia raise money for The Smith Family’s education program. Treasurer Sue Purnell said the southern peninsula club sponsored five students and aimed to increase that number this year. Details: secretary Sue Ackland, 0407 850 385.

Internet upgrades RESIDENTS of Hastings, Mornington, Rosebud and Somerville are in line to receive network upgrades to their internet services. Flinders MP Greg Hunt said the NBM upgrades meant services in these areas would be improved from fibre-to-the-node to fibre-to-the-premises. He said this would allow users to access gigabit download speeds, on demand, bringing the number of premises receiving upgrades to 1.1 million. He said it was important that those self-isolating due to the pandemic, or otherwise unable to travel, would be able to more easily work from home or interact with businesses online, as well as access the goods and services

Horse sense: Western Port Equestrian Association riders Sharyn Battin-Brown, Tony Nemaric, Belinda Kirkham and Susan Dewing. Picture: Supplied

Raptors ride to trials success WESTERN Port Equestrian Association riders came eighth in a field of 42 at the state team horse trials. The event, held at Smythesdale, is regarded as the pinnacle of equestrian events among Victorian riding clubs. The Western Port Raptors placed third among stand-alone teams, with most of the stronger teams being composites of more than one club. Club secretary Tony Nemaric said his club was the “foremost” of all 10 Mornington Peninsula clubs, following up on a similar dominant performance a month ago in the combined training state competition. Combined

training comprises aggregate show jumping and dressage scores, while the even more difficult horse trials include the third discipline of cross country. Over an intense two days of competition the Raptors had one show jumping rail down, and no cross country jump penalties, with the dressage judge’s decision the determining factor in the team’s place. Mr Nemaric said it had been “just great for all 6500 members of the Horse Riding Clubs Association of Victoria to be out and about competing after lockdown”.

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Costa ‘an inspiration’

Continued from Page 1 The interim survey also shows 66 per cent of respondents agree that lower speed limits reduce road trauma (16 per cent disagree), although only 51 per cent wanted the trial to be permanent; 89 per cent believe a safe journey is more important than a quick journey (2 per cent disagree); 64 per cent agree their chances of being involved in a crash on sealed rural roads is much higher at 100kph than 80kph (21 per cent disagree; and 57 per cent agreed that reduced speed limits would lead to fewer road crashes (24 per cent disagree). The survey, made between early November and early December 2020, also showed more people believed the lower speed limits were appropriate (26 per cent disagreed) and 50 per cent agreed they felt safer with the lower speeds (30 per cent disagreed). The state Department of Transport is evaluating the trial and data collection will continue until the end of the trial, with results reported in early 2022. The mayor Cr Despi O’Connor said the “pioneering trial” followed statistics that the peninsula as being Victoria’s “second worst municipality for road trauma for that year, including six deaths on the 33 Safer Speeds roads alone”. “Since the implementation of the 80kph speed limits, there have not been any fatalities involving these roads. While we await the results of the evaluation of the impact of the speed limits on fatalities and serious injuries, it is a very pleasing start to the trial,” Cr O’Connor said. “What we also find pleasing is the positive community sentiment towards the trial, particularly with almost three times as many people supporting the initiative as opposing it. “It debunks the perception that matching appropriate speed limits to the road environment would be viewed negatively by the broader community.”

A MORNINGTON Peninsula-based business group has praised the late Geelong businessman and football president Frank Costa as being “an inspiration to his community and an example for ours”.

Tribute to Gil Muling VOLUNTEERS and clients of Vinnies Kitchen, Rosebud, have extend condolences to family and friends of Gil Richard Muling who died on 28 April. Mr Muling, pictured, was born 18 September 1928. He was a founding member of the kitchen and its longest serving president. “His kind work within the southern Mornington Peninsula community and his following words will remain with us forever,” president Andre Linnell said. “It is said that the greatest poverty we have is the poverty of loneliness. “What better way to help a lonely person than to offer them a hot meal in a warm and friendly environment.” Founded in 1992, Vinnies Kitchen provides free meals for those in need. Vinnies Kitchen serves a three-course meal in the Rosebud Youth and Band Hall, with three dinners and three lunches served every week.

Committee for Mornington Peninsula’s executive officer Briony Hutton passed on the committee’s condolences to the Costa family for its loss. “Mr Costa was an inspiration to his community and an example for ours: a business person with a deep commitment to local employment and economic opportunities and a belief that people with a capacity to contribute to advancing community interests should step forward and make that contribution,” Ms Hutton said. Mr Costa launched the committee’s inaugural meeting in 2019 after founding the Committee for Geelong 20 years earlier. “He was a foundational part in establishing a vision for a committee across the bay who would advocate for the best interests of their community, as he had done for a lifetime,” Ms Hutton said. “[He was] a larger-than-life figure who gave so much and touched the lives of countless many others, [and] he will be sorely missed by those who knew him or felt his influence. “He was a man who created opportunities for others, who challenged people to be and to do better, and who inspired communities to believe in a shared vision for something greater. “His legacy endures in a better and more prosperous Geelong than when he found it, in a football club that soared to new heights under his leadership, in an industry that was transformed by his passion and steady hand, and in the love of his wife and eight daughters.”

Citizen scientists MORNINGTON Peninsula residents keen on becoming citizen scientists and recording the peninsula’s biodiversity and local habitats are invited to join iNaturalist.

The global social network allows users to record and share biodiversity observations. It is free and easy to use with 1.5 million users who each year post around 63 million observations. Australia is the top contributor in the southern hemisphere and among the top four nations globally. By using the app enthusiasts can share photos of native flora and fauna in their backyard or while out walking. Through iNaturalist, researchers across the globe can track changes in biodiversity, while increasing their knowledge about the places we visit. To get started, download the app and join the Mornington Peninsula Biodiversity Group. To help, the shire is hosting an online training session via Zoom, 6.30-7.30pm, Monday 24 May. Ecologist Dr Luis Mata will introduce the platform and answer questions. He has a keen interest in insects, urban environments, community science and science communication. Register at eventbrite.com.au/e/inaturalisttraining-tickets-153256270631

‘Extinction’ coming THE global organisation Extinction Rebellion that uses “peaceful civil disobedience” to get the action on climate change is coming to the Mornington Peninsula. “We are in a climate and ecological emergency and time is running out,” Linda Pickering, an organiser of a public meeting this week at Rye said. “Our governments are failing to act with the urgency we need to avoid catastrophic weather events, rising sea levels and food insecurity. “The beautiful place where we live and the way that we live is under threat.” Ms Pickering said people who want to find out about the Extinction Rebellion movement should “come and explore what’s at stake and what you can do about it” at 6.30pm Thursday 13 May at Rye Civic Hall, 12 Napier Street. Details: fb.me/eW5bQfKFk or ausrebellion.earth/

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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

Beware, AGL not only threat to Western Port So, thankfully, the big, bad AGL regassification plant is not to be, as the potential threat was, quite sensibly, rolled (“AGL withdraws request for federal approval” The News 3/5/21). Why, because of the value of Western Port as a natural resource. Yet, many threats to the Ramsar-protected ecology remain. Balnarring Beach is still subject to threats from sea level rise, horses, dogs, foxes, cats, invasive weeds, a toxic creek, and the annual pyrotechnical display of selfish stupidity. Yes, these are not the sorts of issues that will get your face on the television news, but they are real, present and damaging. A lot of impetus was generated by the Save Westernport [community group] movement. Will it be lost because these existing threats to the ecology are not as sexy as the AGL thing? While I hope not, I also worry a lot that our community will return to the complacency that preceded the No AGL campaign. As long as we can let our dogs run on the beach, gallop our horses along the sand and watch the fireworks blow the bejesus out of the place every New Year’s Eve, we’ll be happy. Or will we, in the long run? Barry Greer, Balnarring

Hydrogen gas project It was more than comforting to read that the AGL [gas import terminal] proposal has been withdrawn by [power company AGL]. I think we can all breathe easier on that one now, but we must remain vigilant on the never ending plans to turn Western Port into an industrial hub. The hydrogen [from Latrobe Valley brown coal] trial by the Japanese conglomerate led by Kawasaki Heavy Industries, to be exported from Hastings, is the latest threat to this fragile environment. Cr David Gill is quite right when he says that governments cannot be trusted to protect Western Port and the Mornington Peninsula’s green wedge (“Cheers and fears over threats to green wedge” The News 3/5/21). We have been fortunate that our current state Planning Minister [Richard Wynne] was willing and able to resist the overtures of big business and, probably, big unions pushing the AGL proposal. This planned hydrogen gas project is another thin edge of a wedge to force industrial development on the area by stealth. Along with the industrial development there will be a need for ancillary industries and housing for employees with further encroachment on farm and recreational land for subdivision. If the “trial” proves to be successful, what happens next? Obviously, a major expansion of the industrial hub and all that depends on it. This project has no natural connection with Western Port other than the proximity of the sea. It needs to be strenuously resisted and killed off at the pilot plant stage along with any further rezoning of the area for any purpose. The state government needs to come clean

with its long-term plans and vision for Hastings and Western Port in general. Is it to remain an enjoyable residential and holiday location or not? I have said before, and I say it again, the present government has a policy to urbanise the area by stealth and we all need to be aware of it before it is too late. Barry J Rumpf, McCrae

Rescuers thanked Our family would like to sincerely thank all of the emergency services involved in the rescue of my husband Peter Harrison when his car plunged 30 metres down the embankment on Two Bays Road, Mount Eliza (“Rescue crews rush to save trapped man” The News 28/4/21). These included Baxter Fire Brigade, Moorooduc CFA, Fire Rescue Victoria Frankston, the High Angle Rescue Team, SES Frankston, police and Ambulance Victoria. The cooperation between all agencies was exceptional and very professional. A special thanks goes out to Leading Senior Constable Anthony Deason, of Somerville Highway Patrol, for keeping Peter company for well over two hours while he was trapped in the car. Peter is still recovering in hospital, but things could have been a lot worse if not for the amazing work of the first responders. Sue Harrison, Mount Eliza

Family heartbreak Families that stay together, stick together is often quoted. Families are regarded as important to the wellbeing of our society. Apparently, our MP for Flinders has other ideas. [Federal Health Minister] Greg Hunt wishes to put members of families in jail or be heavily fined if they attempt to return home from India. These families are faced with heartbreaking problems. Surely, we have the ability to cope with people returning home? Geoffrey Lane, Mornington Editor: The Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Friday that some of the more than 9000 Australians in India would start to be flown home via Darwin on 15 May. On Saturday 1 May Mr Hunt announced the temporary pause in flights from India would come into effect on Monday 3 May with fines of up to $66,000 or five-year jail terms for anyone trying to avoid the ban.

Paved paradise Who in their wildest days could think it a good thing to remove a small, grassed area in the park adjoining the Blairgowrie shops where people would sit and enjoy the glancing views of the beach and their coffees too, and replace it with loads of concrete paving and concrete walls? Unbelievable. Shopkeepers seem to know nothing of the disaster until it happened and were horrified. Please Mornington Peninsula Shire Council

take it all down and reinstate our lovely peaceful shopping area. Peter Meeking, Blairgowrie

Praise reserved We are both blessed and cursed to live immediately adjacent to the Moonah Warrain Reserve, Rye and I have been peripherally involved around its development for three decades (“Eyesore now nature’s haven” The News 4/5/21). We use the reserve every day for exercise and consider ourselves fortunate to have such a large area of bushland available to us without the previous threat of a school or a housing development. Unfortunately, there was little or no maintenance under the Education Department and since Mornington Peninsula Shire took it over, mere tinkering around the edges despite the best intentions of the friends group. The problem is the fuel load of downed trees and undergrowth has built up to such an extent that when we get a normal fire season this area presents a major danger. We have friends both in the regional and local CFA and they have advised us that the major fire risk is from the east and in that scenario our property would be lost because of the reserve and our lives are at risk. Both our families are farmers and if this fuel load had built up on their properties, they would have been served with a substantial penalty notice – the fact that this is shire land does not absolve it of this responsibility. I am pleased that the shire has purchased this land to maintain bushland areas, it does not have to be manicured, merely maintained – this can surely be done while looking after habitat and native vegetation. Our family contracting company is willing to donate our equipment and labour free of charge to achieve both a better amenity and bushfire mitigation if matched by a shire contribution. John Bagot, Rye

‘Usual suspect’ responds I was intrigued and somewhat uplifted by Mornington Peninsula Shire CEO John Baker’s comments to newbie councillor Susan Bissinger that [citizens panels] would be protected from the “usual suspects” and exposed exclusively to the “sophisticated citizens” only (“Reassuring omissions” Letters 3/5/21). I put my hand up to being a proud member of the usual suspects and lacking sophistication. I could think of several other well-meaning and unloved elderly ratepayers who tirelessly confront the council with pettifogging maintenance, spiritual, public safety and societal health issues. I won’t embarrass them by mentioning these wonderful people who try to express their concerns and show passionate care for our community. Most of them have done sterling unpaid service to local clubs, seniors clubs, associations and been embedded in our peninsula for years, unlike the cancel culture and supposedly “woke” recent bunch of renta-councillor lobby group members. I regard the CEO’s comments as being arrogant and politically incorrect towards these usual suspects and require a retraction and public apology. I don’t think past CEOs like Dr Michael Kennedy would have spoken like this. Many of these so-called litigious complainants have often sought support from their councillors and state politicians only to be ignored and distanced from

opportunities to participate in such events as a proposed citizens panel. Just to be listened to and some small effort to mediate a happy outcome, whether it is a council railing, a dead light bulb or overgrown grass, would show humanity and justify respect for both parties. Some of our elected representatives and paid council officers lack basic people skills and have lost the respect of the electorate. Ian Morrison, Mount Eliza

Motivated memories I’ve been reminded about the “pink batts” insulation scheme to provide jobs during the global financial crisis was a great policy rorted by a very few ratbag tradies (“Spending rules” Letters 4/5/21). But then, how could we ever forget after the ideologically-motivated, neoliberal pseudoChristian extremist party (then in opposition) and News Corp went on and on about it for months? Yet nary a word from the ideologically-motivated, neoliberal pseudo-Christian extremist government and News Corp about the hundreds of millions of dollars of JobKeeper fees paid to the corporate mafia to be passed on in profits, executive bonuses, and dividends to fat cat investors. Just think if those hundreds of millions had been paid directly to those who “earned” it. Jobs would have been maintained, small business would have benefited and more people would have been employed. Think about how many tens of thousands of dollars the ideologically motivated neoliberal pseudo-Christian extremist government would spend to collect $250 that they overpaid to a pensioner. Joe Lenzo, Safety Beach

Shocking figures The Victorian government announced a $3000 subsidy for 20,000 new electric vehicles sold here, claiming savings of $1600 a year in fuel and maintenance. Before rushing to buy one, consider: Available cars are micro or small, there are no family-sized cars. Have you ever seen an electric car towing a caravan? Mileage (range) claims are exaggerated. In the real world it’s about half that being claimed. Cars have huge and hugely expensive compliShopping mall charging stations, some free, supply 22kw. A small car with a 70kw-hour battery will need three hours to charge. Home electricity costs about 25 cents a kwh; so, with a 7kw, $2500 wall charger hard-wired into your house, the charge cost is $17. Plus the new road tax. If you live in a flat you cannot charge at home. Roadside chargers, none in most country towns, are around 45 cents a kwh, that’s $31 for this small car. Fast chargers only charge to 80 per cent and still take an hour. Electricity is not zero-emission, most of our grid is coal generated, particularly at night. The average house uses 100kwh a week. If all cars went electric we’d have to double our already inadequate power generation. EV batteries last seven to 15 years, average maybe 10. When you sell your $50,000 small car, with a weak or dud battery, it won’t be worth much, possibly zero. Brian A Mitchelson, Mornington

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Little boy shot dead at Carrum - Man charged with murder Compiled by Cameron McCullough AN extraordinary shooting tragedy took place on Sunday last, the victim being a little boy, Don Marcel Kirkham, aged five years. At the time we write, there is not much information available, beyond the fact that Clement George Eyles, aged 22 years, has been arrested on a charge of willful murder. It appears that Eyles, who is a farm laborer, and John Gervasoni had been batching at Thompson Street, Carrum, and Mr Kirkham and his little boy came to visit them. Eyles had been cleaning a room at the house, and placed a gun on the verandah. Kirkham and Gervasoni had been conversing at the back of the house, when they heard the report of a gunshot, and rushing to the verandah, they found that the little fellow had been shot through the eye, and killed instantly. It was thought to be accidental, but Detective Ethell went to Carrum on Wednesday, and, after making inquiries, he arrested Eyles on a charge of murder. The accused was lodged in the Melbourne gaol. *** For influenza colds, take Woods Great Peppermint Cure. *** Mr and Mrs J. M. Rivett, of Baxter, have had the misfortune to lose their youngest child from pneumonia. *** We omitted to state in our last issue that the State School children formed part of the Anzac procession. ***

By direction of the Committee, Mr J. D. Jennings has selected a very nice strong name-plate for the trees in the Frankston Honor Avenue. It is of brass, 5in by 1¾in, and 14 gauge. The engraving of the names is now in progress. *** Mr A. H. Gregory, of Frankston, met with a motor accident on Tuesday last. One of the wheels of the car in which Mr Gregory was travelling came off, and although he received a severe shaking he is now able to be about. *** Mr O. Olsen, who recently underwent an operation at Mount St. Evin’s Hospital, Melbourne, returned to his home at Frankson on Wednesday last. *** The committee of the Frankston Caledonian Society met on Wednesday evening last, Mr W. Crawford Young occupying the chair, and there was a large attendance. Owing to the Mechanics’ Hall undergoing repairs it was decided to postpone the concert arranged for this month until June. Several new members were proposed. *** The death of Mrs Martha Millard, wife of Mr James Millard, occurred at her residence, Wells Street, Frankston, on Sunday night last. The late Mrs Millard had been ill for some considerable time – the last five weeks being spent in a continual state of collapse – and her demise was not altogether unexpected. Although she had lingered for a long time, the end was peaceful.

The deceased lady was a Tasmanian by birth, and was 73 years of age. The daughter of the late Joseph Chudley Codell, one of the early pilots of Port Phillip Bay who had been transferred from the Tasmanian Pilot Service, she came to Frankston with her sister, the late Mrs J. Thompson, when only eight years of age, and had lived here ever since – more than 65 years. Thus, she, with her husband, watched Frankston grow from the little olden time sleepy hollow to its present commanding position and status – the outlet to Melbourne’s expanding population. Mr and Mrs Millard were married at Brighton, and had as issue two sons and five daughters, namely – Messrs Arthur (Melbourne) and Alfred Millard (Sydney), the late Mrs. Kerr, and Mesdames C. Fletcher, Kirvell, C. Bunny, and J. A. Benson, all of whom reside at Frankston. The late Mrs Millard herself was the youngest of a family of 14 children. The funeral took place on Tuesday last, when a very large number of people gathered at the graveside to pay their last respects to the fine old lady whom they so widely respected. The floral tributes were exceptionally numerous. The Rev C. Angwin, assisted by Captain Kathleen Carr, of the Salvation Army, conducted the burial service, whilst the pall-bearers were – Messrs Arthur and Alfred Millard (sons), J. A. Benson and C. Bunny (sons-in-law) and W. Kervell and J. Kerr (grandsons). *** THE circumstances of the death of Charles Clifton Welsh, of Malvern Road, Toorak, who died from injuries

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sustained in a motor accident near Hastings on March 24th, were investigated at the Melbourne Morgue on Wednesday last. Kenneth McKenzie Austin, student at Trinity College, stated that he and Welsh were motoring to Flinders for the Easter holidays. They had proceeded about two miles from Toorak, when witness’s machine skidded and struck the road. Although the handle bar was broken, he rode the cycle slowly to Frankston. The bicycle was left there, and he mounted behind Welsh and continued the journey. They had just passed Hastings, at 7.30pm, when they collided with a car. They were travelling at 30 odd miles an hour, but had no lights. Evidence was given by Aage Hansen (chara-banc owner), William H. Gomm (orchardist), Constable Stanbury and Edward Algernon Leveckie. The latter said he was driving a car from Flinders to Melbourne, at 25 miles an hour. He had one headlight and two side lamps burning. He conveyed Welsh to St Pancras Hospital, Frankston, where he died. The Deputy Coroner returned verdict of accidental death, stating that Welsh had been entirely to blame in not carrying a lamp. It was, he said, one of those unfortunate accidents which were becoming all too frequent, but he exonerated Levecke from all blame. *** On the 9th March a very pretty wedding was celebrated in the local hall at Pearcedale, the contracting parties being Mr T.C. Roberts, of Hopetoun,

and Miss R. Pearce, of Pearcedale. The knot was tied by the Rev A. C. F. Gates, Church of England clergyman, Somerville. The bride, who was given away by her brother, was attired in a beautiful dress of ivory crepe-de-chine and customary wreath and veil. The bridesmaids (Miss Bessie Pearce and Miss Agnes Roberts) were becomingly robed in dresses of net over pink satin, with black picture hat and embroidered voile, with pink satin and white tuille hat. The bride carried a beautiful bouquet of white daisies, dalhias and maiden hair fern, whilst the bridesmaids carried bouquets of pink belladonna lillies and asparagus fern. The breakfast, which was served at the residence of the bride’s mother, was partaken of by the relatives and a few very old friends of the young couple. The usual toasts were proposed and responded to, and everything passed off merrily. In the evening about 130 of the young couples’ friends were entertained at an evening in the hall. Dancing and vocal items were the order of the evening, and these were thoroughly enjoyed by everyone present. The party dispersed at 3.30am and as the folk wended their ways to their respective homes each declared that it was the best night’s entertainment they had had for a long time. The happy couple spent their honeymoon at Healesville and Frankston. *** FROM the pages of the Frankston and Somerville Standard, 6 May 1921


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PETE THE SHEEP A LIVELY and mischievous musical for young audiences based on the picture book ‘Pete the Sheep’ by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley is set to bound onto the Frankston Arts Centre stage. Adapted by Monkey Baa Theatre Company, with foot tapping music and lyrics by Phil Scott and comedic direction by Jonathan Biggins, Pete the Sheep is an award-winning musical, which will enthral young audiences and their adults. Shaun isn’t like the other Shearers in Shaggy Gully… he’d rather be styling than shearing and instead of ‘sheep-dog’, he has a ‘sheep-sheep’ named Pete. After being rejected by the shearers and their dogs, Shaun and Pete set up their own Shearing Salon in town and before long word is out and they are inundated with woolly clients and maybe a Ringer or two!

This hilarious show, imaginatively told by four performers playing shearers, dogs and sheep explores the challenges and rewards of being an individual. It is a tribute to honouring your own spirit and strength, whilst working with the flock. Director, Jonathan Biggins, says, “Pete the Sheep began life on the page and now it finds a new life in the theatre. “Pete the Sheep is a simple yarn of difference, acceptance and friendship. But it was never our intention to simplify it further – why should theatre for children be devoid of sophistication, wit and wordplay? Thankfully, we’ve left in a sheep poo joke for the grownups.” Pete the Sheep can be seen Frankston Arts Centre on Friday 18 June, 10.30am & 1.30pm. Tickets at thefac.com.au or 03 9784 1060. Southern Peninsula News 12 May 2021

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A Hardware’s Day’s Night By Stuart McCullough IN the past fortnight, I’ve been to the local hardware store four times. As someone for whom such a trip is, at best, an annual event, this is quite the turn of events. But despite the vastly increased frequency of my visits, I remain none the wiser. The whole experience is as mystical and as unfathomably mysterious as ever. I appreciate that terms like ‘mystical’ and ‘mysterious’ are seldom used in reference to a store that sells lug-nuts but there is a simple reason for this: I am not a handy man. By ‘handy man’, I don’t mean someone with a Mario-style tool belt who’s available to perform odd jobs around the house or, alternatively, leap over barrels maliciously hurled across a building site by a gigantic monkey. Not at all. Rather, I mean I missed out on whatever genetic makeup is necessary to be able to distinguish between a left-handed hammer and a righthanded hammer. If I’m being honest, they all look the same to me. For me, going to a hardware store is like going to another country; one where everyone else speaks a language I don’t. I live in fear that, at any moment, someone will say something to me I won’t comprehend and I’ll be left to simply shrug my shoulders, grunt in reply and point. At best, I feel like an imposter even for being there, which is why I tried to dress the part for my first visit and purchased a checkered shirt, gumboots and chewing tobacco in the hope that I’d fit in seamlessly. I also bought a pair of denim overalls to add, so I hoped, to the overall effect. (Incidentally, I may well start a band

called ‘The Overall Effect’ where all the members wear denim overalls. I might even write a song called ‘Overall’ to the tune of ‘Wonderwall’. I’ll keep you posted.) Turns out, people who frequent hardware stores do not chew tobacco.

Instead of making me fit in, it made me stick out like a sore thumb that, presumably, had found itself on the business end of a left-handed hammer. Spurting tobacco juice through the gaps in your front teeth like some kind of hillbilly whale is frowned upon if

not outright prohibited by the proprietors. Indeed, it was after one such nicotine-laden liquid expulsion that I was encouraged to buy a mop. Before making my second trip, I decided to do a little research. By looking at websites, I discovered that people who visit hardware stores are, without exception, delighted to be there, as nothing else could account for the wall-to-wall smiles on the faces of those present. Also, I learned that when members of the general public interact with staff members, one of them is always holding something while the other is always pointing. But as I continued my research into the products themselves, I was left more confused than ever. Even objects that I consider to be relatively basic come in a near-infinite number of varieties. Much as in nature, you can refer to a ‘bird’ or, if you prefer to be super-precise, a ‘Slenderbilled Flufftail Gruiforme’, so it goes with almost everything at a hardware store. I’ve no idea what a ‘Fernuggin Nut’ is, much less the heightened circumstances that might necessitate it being pressed into service. How a ‘Shaka-shaka Wing Wang Doodle Cordless Drill Bit’ is used is, I feel, best left unanswered. The less said about the ‘Lolly Gobble Bliss Bomb Two-inch Adapter’, the better. There were some objects I recognized, even though they appeared in a different context. I, for one, was unaware that a ‘Dutch-oven’ was something you could purchase for the very reasonable price of one hundred and seven dollars and fifty cents. Who’d have thought? I feel misled.

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By Brodie Cowburn EDITHVALE-ASPENDALE fell just short of a win in a see-sawing thriller against Mt Eliza on Saturday. Edi-Asp were looking to score their first win of the season. The Redlegs raced out of the blocks at Regents Park, taking a 29 point lead into the first break. Momentum swung the other way in the second term. An eight goals to zero blitz saw Edi-Asp muscle their way into a 15 point lead by half time. The Redlegs took advantage of having the scoring end in the third quarter, converting seven goals of their own. Heading into the final term, Mt Eliza led by 15. The Redlegs weren’t able to hit the scoreboard in the final term, but Edithvale-Aspendale couldn’t capitalise. The final siren blew with Mt Eliza one point ahead 13.8 (86) to 11.21 (87). The loss keeps Edi-Asp on the bottom of the ladder with an 0-5 record. Thomas Rourke kicked five goals for Edi-Asp. Jeremy Burton and Elliot Simmons were Mt Eliza’s best. Pines have finally won their first game of the 2021 season, getting the better of Red Hill. The Pythons did it tough, but managed to secure the points. They overcame a nine point three-quarter-time deficit to win 10.9 (69) to 13.6 (84). Guy and Beau Hendry were both influential for Pines. Guy Hendry booted five goals. Bonbeach’s great start to 2021 continued with a win over Sorrento at David Macfarlane Reserve last week. The contest looked poised to go down to the wire, with Bonbeach just two points ahead at the final break.

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Superb Seaford smash disappointing Demons DIVISION TWO

By Brodie Cowburn RYE have come crashing down after a good start to 2021, losing to Seaford by more than 100 points. Seaford looked sensational all day, applying consistent scoreboard pressure. They scored at least five goals in every quarter of the match. Rye had no answers for Seaford, eventually succumbing to an 8.6 (54) to 23.21 (159) loss.

Tim Broomhead’s great form for Seaford continued. He kicked four goals and was named best-on-ground. Two goals from former Richmond star Brett Deledio helped Devon Meadows get a win on Saturday. The Panthers took on Hastings at Glover Reserve. Devon Meadows got off to a great start, scoring five goals to one in the first term. Hastings weren’t able to recover from their shaky start, going on to lose 11.9 (75) to 7.15 (57).

but their inaccuracy in front of goal cost them badly. The Bulldogs kicked four goals and eighteen behinds for the match. Somerville ran out 31 point winners. Karingal defeated Crib Point at Ballam Park Reserve on Saturday 18.7 (115) to 10.12 (72). Langwarrin have continued their good form with a win over Chelsea.

Jordan Smale’s four goals were vital for the Panthers. A seven-goal haul from Luke Daniel helped Pearcedale defeat Tyabb at Bunguyan Reserve. Daniel has now kicked 21 goals this season from six matches. Pearcedale won comfortably by 54 points. Somerville scored a good win on the weekend, taking all four points against Mornington. Mornington had plenty of chances,

Yabbies struggle against Sharks

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By Brodie Cowburn TYABB’S dominant start to the SEWF Premier season has come to an end at the hands of the St Kilda Sharks. The Yabbies were dominant in their first two games of the year, but faced a tougher challenge at home against the Sharks. St Kilda piled on the pressure early with a six goals to zero opening term. Tyabb were able to stop the onslaught throughout the second and third quarters, but play opened up again in the final term. A five goals to zero quarter saw St Kilda run out dominant winners over Tyabb 2.6 (18) to 13.7 (85). Jess Gardner was named in the Sharks’ best thanks to her three goals. Mornington got the better of Mt Eliza on Sunday in a scrappy contest at Alexandra Park.

Mt Eliza had plenty of opportunities throughout the day, but were let down by poor goalkicking. They kicked 2.13 for the afternoon. The Bulldogs capitalised, running out 18 point winners. Skye Nisbet scored two goals for Mornington, while Georgia Howes and Bianca Vernon also impressed. Frankston had a tough day at home on the weekend. They fell to defeat at the hands of the Eastern Devils. The Dolphins started well, holding the Devils scoreless until quarter time. They were soon overwhelmed and eventually lost 2.3 (15) to 9.5 (59). Seaford scored an impressive win in their clash against Coburg. The Tigers held Coburg goalless after the first term, running out 8.7 (55) to 1.1 (7) winners.

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A stunning final quarter swarm saw Bonbeach run out 8.10 (58) to 14.12 (96) winners. Trent Dennis-Lane kicked four goals for the victors. Frankston Bombers came from behind to win a thriller against Rosebud at Olympic Oval on Saturday. Down by 27 at three-quarter-time, the Bombers’ backs were to the wall. Frankston booted five goals to one in the final quarter to scrape over the line by just one point. The final score read 8.16 (64) to 8.17 (65). Frankston YCW rounded out the winner's list from round five with a 13.4 (82) to 6.9 (45) win over Dromana. The Stonecats finished the round on top of the ladder.

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Seaford United still unbeaten SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie SEAFORD United is the only local club that remains unbeaten after seven rounds of the 2021 league season. Peter Schwellinger’s side prevailed 2-1 against Chelsea in Saturday’s State 4 South local derby at North Seaford Reserve while State 1 leader Mornington and State 3 pacesetter Frankston Pines both lost their unblemished league records. Mornington went down 3-2 away to Boroondara-Carey Eagles on Saturday while Pines lost 2-1 to Hampton East Brighton at Carrum Downs Recreation Reserve on Friday night. Two second-half goals from Wayne Gordon put Mornington 2-1 up but Benjamin Osei-Safo equalised shortly after and Alex Meaney got the winner from the penalty spot in the 80th minute. Meanwhile Pines’ goalkeeper Aeseli Batikasa had a night to forget and was at fault for both of the visitors’ goals. Pines were down 1-0 at half-time but not long after the restart Joe O’Connor finished well from an Alex Roberts cross to the back post. Hampton East Brighton sub Oscar Knight was only on the pitch for five minutes before being gifted the winner when Batikasa’s attempted clearance went straight to him and he ran in and scored. In NPL2 Langwarrin lost 1-0 at home to Goulburn Valley Suns. Goulburn keeper Zac Mcleod made a superb save in the 59th minute to deny Langy striker Damir Stoilovic and the visitors broke forward quickly where Vani Shamoon finished from a one-on-one with Langy keeper Fraser Maclaren. In State 2 Peninsula Strikers drew 2-2 away against Collingwood City on Friday night while Skye United lost 2-1 at home to Heatherton United the following day. In State 4 it’s increasingly likely that only second spot is up for grabs in the promotion race as league leader Noble Park United firms into odds-on favouritism for the title. And Seaford is in the chasing pack. Peter Schwellinger and assistant Andy Lancaster have fashioned a side

Danger averted: Seaford United midfielder Jack Carter clears the ball before Chelsea striker Adrian Lotca can get to the contest. Picture: Darryl Kennedy

with structure, discipline and resolve and a side that is fit and can maintain a competitive edge right through to the final whistle. All this despite having their plans being thrown into disarray when Matthais Schwellinger’s season ended with a broken leg in a Cup match and other key players were injured. The derby against Chelsea last weekend was always going to be a test and the physical nature of Chelsea target man Adrian Lotca’s approach would have unsettled most opponents but Dean Snoxell and Jeremy Schwellinger withstood the challenge. Seaford was without suspended goal ace Dylan Waugh so Mitch Lander led the frontline with Blake Hicks and

Mitch Hawkins in supporting roles. Right back Jamie Baxter and left back Tom Hogan were given licence to get forward when the opportunity presented itself. Baxter’s first half opponent William Ong was subbed at half-time and Baxter made a series of well-timed runs in the second half that had the Chelsea defence on the back foot. Chelsea could have led in the 17th minute had Hayden Hicks not effected a good save to deny Max TimuskaCarr and the home side’s best chance came in the 39th minute through a stunning break from the back. Baxter’s crossfield pass picked out Blake Hicks on the left and he touched the ball off to Jack Carter who had

made a gut-busting run from his defensive midfield position only to blast his shot over when well positioned. A minute before the break the deadlock was broken. Chelsea failed to clear and a little dink over a static defence set up Lander who lobbed the ball over the head of keeper Calum McLauchlan. Lander had to follow up as the ball struck the post but he tucked away the rebound from point blank range. Six minutes into the second half Lander should have extended the lead. He played a one-two with Blake Hicks and charged toward goal. He placed his shot well or so it seemed until it struck the inside of the near post and bounced across the face of goal before being cleared. But two minutes later it was 2-0 when Hawkins was tripped and Blake Hicks converted from the spot. Chelsea had plenty of the ball in the last half-hour of the contest but couldn’t force Hayden Hicks into action often enough. It’s a problem that needs to be solved as Chelsea’s line-up is impressive and there’s no doubting the quality of its key players yet it has not won since the opening match of the season. It was given a lifeline against Seaford in the 80th minute when a handball prompted referee Aurel Ioana to point to the spot. Up stepped Chelsea’s leading scorer Piers Brelsford and he had no trouble converting to make it 2-1. But it wasn’t enough and there were no late Brelsford heroics this time around. In other State 4 matches Somerville Eagles went down 4-2 at home to FC Noble Hurricanes while Baxter lost 3-0 away to Sandown Lions. Somerville player-coach Dave Greening scored both his side’s goals but could not hide his disappointment after the loss. “As good as we’ve been in recent weeks we were not at the races today,” Greening said. “Silly mistakes again cost us dearly and at this level you get brutally punished.” In State 5 news Jarryd McMinimee has been released by Rosebud and could join Baxter while after just one

appearance for the ‘Buds Carlo Cardoso has called it quits due to family commitments and travel. Midfielder Callum Richardson also has stopped playing for Rosebud and can’t say whether or not he’ll play again this year. The leading local club in State 5 is Aspendale Stingrays and they continued on their way last weekend with a 4-3 win at home over Casey Panthers. Lee Barber’s outfit now sits third in the league three points behind the top two clubs with a game in hand. Adrian Pace, Taylor Davison, Hayden Nuhanovic and second-half substitute Kenan Nuhanovic scored for the Stingrays whose best were Peter Dimopoulos, Davison and James Macnab. Mount Martha lost 3-0 to Pakenham United and Rosebud drew 3-3 with White Star Dandenong. Doug Cunnison, Chris Parry and player-coach Mark Pagliarulo scored for Rosebud.

NEXT WEEK’S GAMES Friday May 14, 7.30pm: Pascoe Vale v Langwarrin – CB Smith Reserve Friday 14 May, 8.30pm: Chelsea v Somerville Eagles – Edithvale Recreation Reserve Saturday 15 May, 3pm: Mornington v Richmond – Dallas Brooks Park Peninsula Strikers v Knox City – Centenary Park Skye Utd v Collingwood City – Skye Recreation Reserve South Yarra v Frankston Pines – Fawkner Park Baxter v Seaford Utd – Baxter Park Mount Martha v Knox Utd – Civic Reserve Hampton Park Utd v Aspendale Stingrays – KM Reedy Reserve Saturday 15 May, 8.30pm: Rosebud v Pakenham Utd – Olympic Park

You can’t keep a champ down HORSE RACING

By Ben Triandafillou MORNINGTON-based trainer Brett Scott landed one of the most memorable wins of the Warrnambool May Carnival having taken out the elusive Galleywood Hurdle (3200m) just five weeks after being released from hospital. Scott was immediately flooded with congratulatory cheers following the tenacious win of his promising jumper The Statesman, ridden by another Mornington-based jockey Will Gordon, in one of the carnival’s feature jumps races on Wednesday 5 May. Scott, a four-time Grand Annual Steeplechase-winning jockey, had overcome lifethreatening injuries after being kicked in the head by a horse at his Mornington property just two months earlier. Scott said to just be at the Warrnambool Carnival was a thrill in itself, let alone win one of the feature contests. “Just walking around and talking to people I’ve known for years and then to have this horse actually give us a reason to celebrate is just great. I’m just so happy to be here again,” Scott said post-race. Despite being a prominent jumps rider in

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Victoria for more than a decade, the Galleywood Hurdle always seemed to evade Scott during his riding career having finished second in the race on two occasions. A feat that he has now ticked off as a trainer. “Will Gordon has done something I couldn’t do,” Scott quipped following the victory. Jockey Will Gordon gave the seven-year-old gelding a terrific ground-saving ride, ducking up the inside of the field at the final hurdle before kicking clear to win the Galleywood by a comfortable three-length margin. “I just wanted to win it more for [Brett] Scotty and the family than anything,” Gordon said. “They’ve obviously been through a tough time recently. It’s just a massive credit to the whole family. Scotty for bouncing back, Kylie for picking up the pieces, Tylah and everyone back at home that’s been supporting them – it’s unbelievable. “Scotty being the true champ he is said ‘you just do what you want mate’. It’s my second feature race but this one is up there at the top.” The Yulong Investments-owned jumper will now head to Sandown for his next start in the Australian Hurdle (3900m).

Scotty’s back: Mornington-based trainer Brett Scott and his daughter Tylah celebrate the win of The Statesman in the Galleywood Hurdle on Wednesday 5 May. Picture: Supplied


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