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WITH footpath work about to start next month in Coppin Road, Sorrento, Geoff Allen has slammed the cost blowout ($370,000 to $900,000) and compared Mornington Peninsula Shire’s decision-making processes to scenes from the television series, Yes, Minister. Picture: Yanni “Wrong turn or right, path goes ahead” Page 5

Fines flow from jet-ski crackdown SORRENTO and Mt Martha beaches recorded the highest number of offences by jet skiers during the Water Police’s Operation Jetwash. Thirty-one offences were detected at each of those beaches in the operation which targeted unsafe behaviour over the holiday period. Twenty-five offences were detected at Rye, 24 at Martha Cove and 22 at Frankston during the six-day blitz. As the name of the operation suggests, the police’s major focus was on jet skis and their owners’ behaviour. More than 220 infringements were issued including 53 for speeding – the

most common offence. This included 39 for exceeding five knots within 50 metres of another vessel. Thirteen jet-ski riders were caught without their marine licence documents and a further eight were found to have no marine licences at all. Over the six days police issued 390 infringements – 65 a day – with many handed to boaters. More than 80 involved a range of safety-related offences including the use of life jackets and maintenance and possession of safety equipment, such as fire extinguishers, torches and flares.


Seven kayakers were fined for life jacket-related offences and four swimmers were fined – including two for swimming within 50 metres of a boat launching ramp at Frankston. “Water Police conducted about 700 vessel inspections during Operation Jetwash and it was alarming that over half resulted in infringement notices being issued,” Senior Sergeant Alistair Nisbet said. “What these results show is that all water users need to lift their game when it comes to safety. “This operation targeted jet-ski use and behaviour and, in too many cases,

riders failed their safety tests. “The number of offences for speeding and operating too close to other vessels is of a real concern. Jet-skis are not toys. They’re large, heavy, fastmoving machines and the results of a collision, be it with a swimmer or another vessel, can be catastrophic. “Jet-ski users need to know the rules of the water and adhere to them or, as this operation shows, police will catch up with you. “It’s also a concern that life jacket and safety equipment-related offences were detected across all watercraft.” Stephen Taylor

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Reimagining a compassionate country SOCIAL researcher Hugh Mackay wants a "radical culture shift" in Australia towards compassion to minimise the damaging consequences of social isolation, renowned social researcher. In his 2019 Australia Day Address Mr Mackay said looking after our neighbours was a good starting point. The Officer of the Order of Australia recipient says the biggest social challenge the nation faces is "preserving our social cohesion", as we focus on ourselves rather than showing greater responsiveness to those around us. Mr Mackay will be in Mornington this week to discuss his thoughts outlined in his latest book, Australia Reimagined. "We are facing some serious threats to our social cohesion from a series of radical shifts in the way we live - none of which, incidentally, are related to immigration or to cultural diversity," Mr Mackay, 81, said in his Australia Day Address in Sydney. Shrinking households, rising broken relationship rates and a reliance on information technology at the expense of human interaction are among the changes he cites as heightening the potential of social fragmentation. "We humans are, by nature, social beings - we need each other," Mr Mackay said. "You can't make sense of who you are without a social context in which you operate." He suggests starting with the basics, such as a friendly and helpful attitude towards your neighbours, being alert

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Wrong turn or right, path goes ahead Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au DESPITE work about to start on the footpath and road upgrade in Coppin Road, Sorrento, the gulf between those wanting it and those opposed is as wide as ever. Geoff Allen says the project was “ill-conceived, poorly planned and administered, and a significant waste of ratepayers’ money”, while Cr Hugh Fraser says it will “benefit residents, businesses and visitors; the Sorrento community is looking forward to seeing [it] come to fruition”. Works will start on the up-scaled $900,000 project next month, after almost four years of claim and counter claim. It will take four months to complete. Money has come through the council’s capital works program ($280,000) and the federal government’s ($450,000). Some property owners have each been charged $450 a metre through a special charge scheme raising $170,000. The scope of the works has ballooned with the shire’s project delivery manager Derek Rotter saying early plans had the path crossing Coppin Road to avoid a steep embankment. After residents expressed safety concerns more money was allocated to keep the path on the same side of Coppin Road its entire length. This involved building large retaining walls and implementing changes to the kerb and road alignment. Property owners raised more red flags over a narrow section servicing

Sod turned: Looking forward to the completion of works in Coppin Road, Sorrento are Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Jeremy Grieve, Father Bill Ousley, of St Mary’s, Wendy Goodwin, of Sorrento Primary School, Lisa James, of St Joseph’s, Colin Watson, Nepean Ratepayers’ Association, Josh Lewis, of Sorrento Primary, engineer Ramesh Khanal, Isabelle Hunt, of Sorrento Primary, Cr Hugh Fraser, William Squire, of St Joseph’s, project manager Christopher Lyne, Zoe Scott-Branagan, of St Joseph’s, and Cr Bryan Payne in Coppin Road, Sorrento. Picture: Yanni

buses, as well as potential speeding traffic. “To address these concerns the project’s scope was again increased to widen the road and install raised platforms for traffic calming,” Mr Rotter said. “In December 2015, when council decided to go ahead with this project, fewer than two in five property owners were opposed to it. A large number then voiced their safety concerns [which] were addressed by increasing the scope of works to design a safer footpath and road environment for all users.” The new footpath will link Melbourne Road, Kerferd Avenue, Constitution Hill and Point Nepean roads

to “provide safer pedestrian access for residents and two primary schools, church, several bus stops, shops, cafes and the beach”. It completes several footpath loops that end on Coppin Road or Point Nepean Road. Coppin Road’s Bill Holmes said property owners had “fought vainly to stop the shire building the unwanted footpath for almost four years”. “Construction is due to start in March and the tender accepted by the council in December was more than $586,000 higher than the original estimate,” he said (“Footpath costs” Letters 30/1/19).

“The next time you get a higher rate notice or read of one of our councillors going on an overseas junket, just keep it in mind when you vote at the 2020 elections.” Mr Holmes is being asked to cough up $4400 as his share of the costs. Mt Eliza resident Geoff Allen – who has property in Coppin Road – described the cost blow-out from $370,000 to almost $1 million as “extraordinary”. He said it was made worse by the fact that the footpath was opposed by almost 90 per cent of the affected residents. “This is a scheme that involved no genuine resident consultation or sur-

vey,” he said, comparing decisionmaking processes within council to scenes from the Yes, Minister television series. “Administrative bungles were evident throughout. What finally went to tender bears little resemblance to the original scheme. The distribution of costs between residents is contrary to the original council decision,” Mr Allen said. “The negative impact of the footpath and associated roadworks on the seaside environment will be highly regrettable.” Erica Bryan, of Sorrento, is looking forward to work starting. “I walk up this road almost every day with my small dog and it has been a nightmare,” she said. “Such a dangerous road with the bus and cars coming towards you and nowhere to go. Children going to school in Kerferd Road will be much safer.” “Ensuring local roads and pedestrian paths are maintained to a high standard is an important shire function,” Cr Fraser said.

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Boat trip to explore, protect wetlands MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire marked World Wetlands Day (Saturday 2 February) with a boat trip in Western Port for “key decision makers across local government, industry, and environmental advocates”. The trip enabled the passengers to “explore one of the peninsula’s most internationally significant regions”. The Western Port Ramsar wetlands near Hastings is part of the United Nations (UNESCO) declared special biosphere reserve of the Western Port catchment and is one of only nine biospheres in Australia. The shire’s boat trip was preceded the release this week of new research showing Western Port is increasingly vulnerable to pressures from population growth, urbanisation, run-off from residential and rural land, coastal erosion and sea-level rise. The research by Melbourne water, Understanding the Western Port Environment, looks at how best to protect the bay and its significant local and international natural habitat. Melbourne Water’s Rhys Coleman says current rates of urban development in the southeast growth corridor and climate change projections mean “this is a challenging time for protecting the Western Port environment”. Those aboard the shire’s boat tour included MP for Western Victoria Andy Meddick, former Federal MP Kelvin Thompson, Frankston councillor Quinn McCormack, representatives from Esso, BlueScope Steel, Phillip Island Nature Park, Friends of French Island, Western Port Biosphere Foundation, Western Port harbourmaster, Save Western Port and Coast Care (DEWLP). Peninsula councillors Rosie Clark, Kate Roper, Julie Morris and CEO John Baker were also on board. The shire says “expert guides” spoke “passionately” about preserving the wetlands “and the flow-on impacts to native bird life, seagrasses and mangroves”.

Guided tour: The Western Port Biosphere Foundation’s Lance Lloyd and Jo McCoy presenting their “report card” while touring Western Port on World Wetlands Day. Picture: Supplied

The mayor Cr David Gill said the “common thread from all attendees was the importance and immediacy of protecting this unique biosphere reserve”. “We heard from a number of subject experts discussing a range of topics from importance of the region for migratory birds, sea grasses and mangroves to industry, fishing and tourism ventures,” he said. “The key theme expressed throughout the day was sound management and protection of this environmentally sensitive region was essential.”

He said the disappearance of migratory birds “in places like Tasmania” increased the importance of preserving wetlands in Western Port. Gill said the wetlands helped make the peninsula “special” and their contribution “to the amenity, lifestyle and wellbeing of our residents and visitors should never be underestimated”. Council wants online “community feedback” on a new Biodiversity Conservation Plan by 5pm, Wednesday 20 February at: mornpen.vic. gov.au/haveyoursay

Costly roadside rubbish A rubbish dumper has been fined $3509 plus $420 costs for leaving “renovation materials” on a roadside at Tootgarook. Mornington Peninsula Shire says the fine levied by Dromana Court backs its “zero-tolerance approach” to illegal rubbish dumping. On 10 January, a peninsula resident was found guilty of aggravated littering, sentenced with conviction, fined $3509 and ordered to pay council’s $420 clean-up costs. The shire says the offender was “caught in the act unloading renovation materials from a trailer at a Tootgarook roadside”. Illegal dumping can incur penalties of up to $9500. “Council spends more than $700,000 at a cost to ratepayers a year cleaning up the mess left behind by illegally dumped waste and the shire has collected 1466 cases of illegal dumping in the past six months,” the mayor Cr David Gill said. “Most of this dumped waste could have been disposed of for free at the shire’s resource recovery centres in Tyabb, Mornington and Rye.” Cr Gill said dumped waste “poses a serious threat to our wildlife and can lead to contamination of land, waterways and groundwater”. “It’s not hard to do the right thing with a long list of items able to be disposed of for little or no cost at our resource recovery centres or use your rates vouchers to book a kerbside collection,” he said. Free items that can be dropped off at the centres include: household recyclables; steel goods (excluding fridges & air conditioners); bikes; computers; televisions; paint (up to 100 litres); gas cylinders (up to nine kilograms); motor oil (up to 20 litres); fluorescent globes and tubes and batteries. A full list of disposable items is at mornpen. vic.gov.au/wasteguide Peninsula households can also book a kerbside waste collection service by calling 5950 1406. Illegal rubbish dumpers can be reported at mornpen.vic.gov.au/dobinadumper or by calling 1300 850 600 or 5950 1000


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Partners helping environment Night in: Terry Phippen of the Point Nepean Men’s Shed and pupils James Drury and David Constantini show off the insect hotels. Picture: Supplied

A HOTEL for insects sounds farfetched, but it’s all part of a sustainability project worked on by pupils at St Joseph’s Primary School and members of the Point Nepean Men’s Shed. The shed’s Terry Phippen and his skilful band made the insect hotels for the children to pack full of natural materials to encourage bio-diversity

in their garden. “The partnership enhances and contributes to the school’s environment and supports the school’s philosophy of interconnectedness and interdependence of life ... that we are responsible for each other and the earth, our common home,” the school’s Jane Byrne said.

“In this positive way we are developing and bringing to fruition small projects that St Joseph’s would not otherwise be able to do.” It’s not the first project the partners have been involved in: A 2019 Place Maker grant allowed the shed’s members to make wicking beds to support the school’s sustainability program.

Have your say Join us: Forward Planning Commitee Meeting Monday 25 February 2019 You’re invited to attend a Forward Planning Committee Meeting to make a three-minute verbal submission to the Shire about: Nepean Ward matters: • The provision of better car parking around the Blairgowrie retail precinct. • The preservation of a clear connection from the Western Sister lookout at Sullivan Bay, Sorrento to the lookout over Bass Strait, St Pauls. • Heritage (or other planning controls) over the ‘Tuckey’s Track’ footpath from Sullivan Bay to St Pauls.

Issues pertinent to the Peninsula outside the influence of the Planning Scheme Review 2018: • The AGL and APA pipeline project • Kawasaki HESC project • Hillview Quarry project • Bushfire Prone Area mapping and extent of vegetation loss due to exemptions in the planning scheme • VicSmart classes and application types and resulting development • Solar panels and roof/plant equipment exemptions to building heights • Late night liquor licenced venues advocacy and enforcement

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Summer bliss but no rest for rescuers Water watchers: On board the Southern Peninsula Rescue Squad’s boat are Eileen Murray, Denis Baguley and Murray Gray. Picture: Gary Sissons

Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au SOUTHERN Peninsula Rescue Squad members are being run off their feet by the number of calls for help. From Christmas through to the end of January, the squad has answered 42 rescue calls involving 150 people on the water. The areas covered have ranged from Martha Cove to Dromana, Rosebud, Rye, Blairgowrie, Sorrento, Portsea, Queenscliff, St Leonards and even out into Bass Strait. Types of craft in trouble have included motor boats, yachts, jet skis and kayaks, as well as snorkelers and divers. Problems encountered were flat batteries, running out of fuel, mechanical problems, changing weather conditions, tidal influences, and a general lack of experience. Rescue squad secretary Denis Baguley said – ironically – that pleasant boating weather over summer had prompted an increase in people going out on the water which, statistically, meant more people getting into trouble. “The weather has been fantastic and more and more people are getting out,” he said. “But that’s about 300 per cent more rescues than is normal at this time of year. And fortunately none have involved injury.” A general lack of experience around boats and lax maintenance standards has meant many boats are proving unseaworthy. “All the boaties need is

a licence yet, once they are on the water, they often find they are unfamiliar with the tides, changes to the weather and proper maintenance practices,” Mr Baguley said. Older boaties are often at risk be-

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All quiet on Labor front for Flinders Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au THE Labor party is yet to name its candidate for Flinders in the May federal election. Last week news broke that Tracee Hutchison would contest the seat held by Liberal Greg Hunt since 2001. But this week the Rosebud born broadcaster and journalist said she would not be a candidate. “There’s been much speculation over this past week about my reported foray into federal politics, unfortunately none of it has come from me and the story on your article [“Hunt under pressure of coup fallout” 5/2/19] about me being the Labor candidate is incor-

Back “home”: Point Nepean National Park seasonal rangers Ruth Cannon (left) and Bella Dixon (right) with Joy Gray outside Gunners Cottage where she was born. Picture: Supplied

Sign a testimony to family life at Gunners DURING the holidays, 85-year-old grandmother Joy Gray (nee Bird) and her family visited Point Nepean National Park, Portsea. Ms Gray said told park rangers that she had some recollection of a personal history in the area, but did not know much much more than that she had being born in Gunners Cottage. In 1933, Ms Gray’s father Ernest William Bird was the army cook for Fort Nepean. He lived in Gun-

ners Cottage with his wife Victoria Blanche Bird and five children – Ray, Jack, Alan, Teddy and Joy. The family’s relationship to Point Nepean is now assured with references to the Bird family on a sign at the Gunners Cottage. The cottage is one of dozens of buildings that form a living history of the area. The building was relocated at some stage from its original position south of Eagles Nest where it

formed part of the defence complex. The cottage is used as a “satellite information point” informing visitors how Point Nepean has been used as migration centre, an army base of operations and national park. Built in the 1870s, the cottage can be a starting point for walks or bicycle rides to the park’s forts and range area. Visitors can also catch the Point Nepean shuttle bus from near the cottage.

rect,” Ms Hutchison told The News. The article mainly dealt with the candidature of former Liberal and still MP for Chisholm Julia Banks, and her reasons for wanting to oust Mr Hunt. “While it is true I have given this [standing for Flinders] serious consideration, and been flooded with local support and encouragement to run, I won’t be contesting the ALP pre-selection for the federal seat of Flinders,” Ms Hutchison stated in an email to The News. “A long career in journalism and broadcasting also means I’ve seen the impact of these decisions on those you love the most and this is just not the right time for me, or my family, to take this on.”

Candidate calls Red Hill home JULIA Banks, an independent candidate for the seat of Flinders in the May federal election, has “had the joy of being a part of the local community with warm caring and friendly residents who have a strong sense of community”. Ms Banks and her husband Michael have owned a property at Red Hill for the past 20 years and her parents lived in Mornington for many years. Her father died in 2007 and her mother moved to Melbourne “a couple of years ago”. In contesting Flinders Ms Banks – elected MP for Chisholm in 2016

while a member of the Liberal Party, but who has since left the party and declared herself an independent - is seeking to replace her former Liberal colleague Greg Hunt, who has held the seat since 2001. An article in The News last week (“Hunt under pressure of coup fallout” 5/2/19) incorrectly stated that Ms Banks’ children attended Red Hill Consolidated School and that her parents spent the last 15 years of their lives in Mornington. Ms Banks said that “our home” in Red Hill “has been and shall remain an irreplaceable part of our lives”.

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PO Box 207, Rye 3941

Phone: 0359 853 288




The WhiteCliffs to Camerons Bight Foreshore Reserve Committee of Management welcomes members of the public to the Annual Public Information Evening. The evening will be held at the Community Hall, 8 William Rd, Blairgowrie on Friday 22 February, 2019 at 7 - 8.30pm.

Did you know... you can view our papers online


Refreshing pause for a possum IT was midday on Friday 1 February when Graham Burrowes spotted a small possum lying in the full sun in the grass at Rosebud Country Club. The temperature was hovering in the mid30s. The ailing possum showed no sign of fear when Mr Burrowes offered it a drink from his water bottle. “There’s no water on the course and the pos-

sum showed no sign of stopping drinking, so we left him with a small sand bucket full of water,” he said. Mr Burrowes said he had seen possums dead on the ground during other hot days. “It was a life or death situation and he made no effort to avoid us,” he said. “But I guess we might take a drink from a giant if it was a matter of life or death.”



Saturday 23rd February, 10am-3pm

Come along to be a part of our Official Opening of Village Glen Aged Care Residences, Mornington. Enjoy a family day out with us and we can show you all our aged care residences have to offer! •

Official Opening with Hon Greg Hunt MP, Member for Flinders and Minister for Health Join in a free tour of the facility

Comprehensive brochures available

Enjoy a free sausage sizzle, tea/coffee and scones

Let us show you how at Village Glen, the quality starts at the front door. 827-829 Nepean Hwy, Mornington VIC 3931 agedcare@villageglen.com.au

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Southern Peninsula News

13 February 2019

Seal draws crowd and ‘unwelcome’ attention IT may have been the calamari for breakfast or just the chance to nab a spot in the sun near the water’s edge. Whatever the impulse to come ashore, the New Zealand fur seal lying on the beach at Dromana quickly began to draw a crowd. Some sat on the seawall to get a view of the seal, which obligingly lolled about, waving its flippers in the air. But it was the woman out for a swim that caused the most concern for volunteer seal monitor James Clemens. Not content with swimming past, the woman came ashore and tried to shoo the seal back into the water. Mr Clemens called out to her, warning that seals can bite if threatened. Undeterred, the woman waved her arms around a bit more before giving up and returning to the sea herself. Minutes later more volunteers arrived with posts and tapes to rope off an area for the seal. Mr Clemens is often first on the scene when a seal is reported as coming ashore and usually must explain the laws about not approaching too close to resting seals. Saturday’s incident was just more of the same. The Department of Environment Lands Water and Planning says seals often raise their flippers to keep cool. “People sometimes mistake this as a seal in distress. Seals holding flippers in the air should be left alone,” the DELWP states on its website. “Seals see us as predators, and they may hurt themselves or their young trying to flee. Seals will be on land for a reason, such as to rest or molt.” It also provides the following “rules”: Do not approach within 30 metres of a seal on land, whether you are also on land or in the water. Dogs are not permitted within 50 metres of a seal on land. Do not approach within five metres of a seal on a boat ramp, pier or other man-made structure. Dogs must not enter the water within 150 metres of a dolphin, 300 metres of a whale or 50 metres of a seal. It is illegal to touch or feed a seal. Call DELWP on 136 186 or Wildlife Victoria on 1300 094 535 for any seals that appear to need help. Words and pictures Keith Platt



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NEWS DESK Police patrol

With Stephen Taylor

All in an afternoon’s ride HASTINGS bike patrol police Sergeant Ben Swift and Senior Constable Wayne Wood, pictured, rode to Crib Point to assist paramedics airlift a man to hospital after a “medical incident”, Thursday. They then patrolled the Hastings area and issued six penalty notices for traffic-related offences – covering more than 30 kilometres on their shift. The man was in a critical condition at Royal Melbourne Hospital, Thursday.

Boat stolen A FIBREGLASS cabin cruiser (pictured) was stolen from Westernport Trailers in Marine Parade, Hastings, over the Australia Day long weekend. Detective Tony Woolcock, of Somerville CIU, said offenders cut the padlock on the front gate and drove off with the $40,000 2004 Mustang 2400 boat. It is blue and white and the registration number is Q0710. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

Good behaviour CROWDS attending last week’s Let Go Fest at Mornington Racecourse were described as well behaved by Mornington police station Senior Sergeant Paul Edwards. Two drug diversion programs were issued by police and 21 people ejected by security over public order issues.

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About 8000 attended the Saturday 2 February event which offered music, amusements, entertainment and gourmet foods. “It was well run and supervised on a hot Saturday,” Senior Sergeant Edwards said.

Sparkler bombs TWO fires started when “sparkler bombs” were set off in a Mornington park last week are being investigated by police. Detective Leading Senior Constable Alex Montgomery, of Somerville CIU, said youths taped the sparklers to aerosol cans and lit them in a playground in Tallis Drive, 11pm, Tuesday 5 February and 6.30pm, Wednesday 6 February. The resulting explosions scorched timber edging and a tree in the park, opposite Mornington Secondary College, on days of moderate fire danger. There is no CCTV footage but youths were seen in the area. “It is a bit concerning that the explosives were set off two days in a row in bushfire weather,” Detective

Montgomery said. Anyone with information is urged to call him on 5978 1300 or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

Keys, remotes A CAPEL Sound man arrested near the scene of a burglary in Mt Martha last week allegedly had several sets of keys and garage remote-control devices in his possession. The 28-year-old was picked up by a divisional van in Barristers Lane and interviewed over a series of break-ins involving cars and houses in the Mt Martha and Capel Sound areas. He was charged with two counts of aggravated burglary, two of burglary, two of theft from cars, one of possessing the proceeds of crime and one count of possessing a drug of dependence. The man has been remanded to appear at Frankston Magistrates’ Court this week. Detective Sergeant Jason Hocking, of Somerville CIU, said thieves were taking advantage of people leaving valuables and keys in their unlocked cars.

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Southern Peninsula




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www.prenticerealestate.com.au Residential, Land, Commercial Leasing, Rural, Industrial - Since 1946 RYE 11 Sinclair Avenue

RYE 21 Adina Street



If it’s position you want, it’s position you get with the pub, club, shops and beach all within a 500m stroll of this weather-board residence situated on a 1077m2 allotment. Designed to accommodate friends and family there are 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms including 2 ensuites, 2 living areas, central kitchen and dining, ducted heating and double carport. A spacious rear yard is ideal for the kids to play whilst in full view of those relaxing in the spa or enjoying a BBQ on the rear deck. This complete retreat also enjoys a track record of short term rental income. A fantastic, prime township opportunity.

Ideal for first home buyers, investors or the perfect lock and leave weekender. With a beautiful treetop perspective from the large rear entertaining deck, you will feel yourself unwinding the moment you come home to this little charmer. Updated throughout and bathed in natural light consisting of 3 bedrooms, open plan kitchen/dining/living area, stylish bathroom and ample car space. Features reverse cycle heating and cooling, gas heater, outdoor shower and low maintenance coastal gardens.



For Sale $690,000 - $750,000 Contact: Michael Prentice 0417 369 235

For Sale $500,000 - $550,000 Contact: Michael Christodoulou 0419 003 685

RYE 30 Drum Street

SORRENTO 3 Erlandsen Avenue



Priced to sell, this well presented hardi-plank residence situated on a generous, flat low maintenance allotment which offers a private, rustic setting. Comprising 4 bedrooms, full bathroom, 2 living zones, r/c aircon and vaulted ceilings throughout. A detached, free-standing steel lock up garage provides great storage and includes rear office/ work space also.

Locations don’t get much better than this with the beach and boat club literally just down the road. The comfortable 4 bedroom holiday home is an original Sorrento classic and has been partly renovated to offer an open plan kitchen and family meals area, a separate lounge, two bathroom and a separate laundry. Externally there is a double carport, a workshop, timber deck to the rear and a verandah along the front. Complementing this superbly located property is a pleasant back yard with plenty of room for the kids to play.



For Sale $585,000 Contact: Michael Prentice 0417 369 235

For Sale: $1,495,000 Contact: Mark Prentice 0408 117 772

TOOTGAROOK 63 Bella Vista Drive

RYE Unit 11 / 30-32 Weir Street


A REAL GEM Superbly located just a leisurely flat 300m stroll to shops & beach is this spacious light filled unit in established surrounds. Featuring 2 bedrooms, semi-ensuite, generous open plan lounge & dining, updated kitchen separate laundry plus rear paved patio ideal for outdoor entertaining & capturing all the afternoon sun. Additional features include a free-standing brick single lock up garage, RC Air-conditioning, security shutter on all rear windows & low maintenance garden setting. A real gem in a prime position at an affordable price. Don’t miss this!

Enjoying uninterrupted views across the bay to city skyline and beyond, this elevated contemporary home is blessed with natural light and privacy. Set on nearly 1,300 sqm of land and over 5 levels this stunning floor plan offers 4 big bedrooms, 4 decks, 3 bathrooms, powder room, kitchen meals dining area, rumpus room with wet bar, lounge/media room, double garage and extra car parking. Features : Zoned ducted heating and refrigerated air conditioning, Large kitchen with granite bench tops and stainless steel Smeg appliances, gleaming polished timber floors, landscaped gardens and much more. For Sale: $1,050,000 - $1,150,000 Contact: Michael Christodoulou 0419 003 685

For Sale: $499,950 Contact: Michael Prentice 0417 369 235

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

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

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HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS ENSCONCED in a private setting amongst the Moonah trees, this stunning sandstone home was purpose built in the establishment of a happy and relaxing family environment. Enjoying some privacy from the road, an aggregate paved driveway leads up to the handsome property which has a charming exterior perfectly in sync with the coastal aesthetic. The circular drive sweeps past a detached double garage with adjoining studio and a covered verandah along the side takes you into the home. Several bright and spacious areas provide an array of living and entertaining options; particularly the tiled sun room which has two sets of sliding glass doors opening out to the lush garden and a private courtyard. A neat kitchen with plenty of bench and cupboard space overlooks a lovely formal lounge with bar and open fire place and there is an equally attractive family room with accompanying meals area. Four bedrooms each have a distinct style; two bedrooms in the north wing both have built-in robes and share the main bathroom whilst to the south wing is the master bedroom with ensuite and the fourth bedroom. A sensational parents retreat set into the curve of a bay window makes for a calming and private sitting area. Spacious in design and immaculate in presentation, this garden oasis measures about 2315 square metres and will resonate with a range of buyers seeking a home of assured quality.n



ADDRESS: 27 Kareela Drive, TOOTGAROOK FOR SALE: $950,000 - $995,000 DESCRIPTION: 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 car INSPECT: By Appointment AGENT: Mike Phillips, 0418 327 801. RT Edgar Real Estate Rye, 2335 Point Nepean Road, Rye, 5985 9988 mpnews.com.au

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Capel Sound 16 Woyna Avenue

McCrae 5 Sunhill Avenue

Original 3 bedroom beachside home primed for renovation and set about 75m from Capel Sound Foreshore. 930m2 (approx.) block, light filled living areas and all services connected.





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

PRICE GUIDE $600,000 - $650,000 INSPECT As advertised

This neat holiday home is ready for a new owner. On a 725sqm (approx.) lot, the house comprises an open plan kitchen, living & dining area featuring polished boards and flooded with an abundance of natural light.



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

PRICE GUIDE $550,000 - $590,000

Rosebud 16 Besgrove Street

Rosebud 21 Spray Street

This substantial home, set on a 600sqm (approx.) lot was built with families and storage in mind. The home offers bright and breezy living areas and a gourmet kitchen has modern stainless steel appliances.

Located close to the foreshore and shops, on an elevated 700m2 allotment that offers vistas of Arthur’s Seat, this hom eis an outstanding opportunity to purchase an ideal holiday home or investment property.




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

PRICE GUIDE $540,000 - $560,000 INSPECT As advertised




Saturday 23rd February 12.30pm INSPECT As advertised

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

Just listed.

Rosebud 108 Seventh Avenue

McCrae 2/2 The Avenue

* Fully renovated * Kitchen with stone benches and WI Pantry * Ducted heating & r/cycle air-con * Bangalow with full bathroom * Extra parking space for boats, cars and caravans

This residence offers light filled open plan living with a seamless integration between indoor & outdoor zones. Master bedroom with ensuite and dressing room plus two more large bedrooms with built-in robes.




Saturday 16th March 12.30pm INSPECT As advertised


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




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

PRICE GUIDE $1.2m - $1.3m INSPECT As advertised

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22A Morell Street

MorEll 3

• Epicurean kitchen with Butler’s pantry and Miele appliances, plus open living and dining area

4 Price Contact Agent For Sale inspect By Appointment

• Two luxury living areas and two expansive alfresco areas, internal lift, plus master ensuite • Gas log fireplace, ducted heating, cooling and vacuuming, plus double glazed windows

Mount Martha

Dean Phillips alexandra otte

0402 833 865 0432 486 396

5/76 Harrap Road

• Elegant living and dining opening to garden alfresco area

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• Versatile configuration of three living/dining spaces plus a home theatre on the entry level

Quentin McEwing lisa Bendle

• Potential 2 lot subdivision with incredible bay views (STCA)


3 Price $650,000 - $700,000 For Sale inspect Saturday 11:00 - 11:30am

• Chic modern kitchen with stainless-steel appliances • Plush master with walk-in robe plus private ensuite

Price $3,500,000 For Sale inspect Saturday 2:00 - 2:30pm

0409 389 268 0402 834 913

28 Morven Street


A 2B 2C

• Luxury single-storey townhouse in “Delgany” gated community

A 3B 3C

• Grand 1970s home with tiled swimming pool on over an acre of land with incredible bay views

• Wet bar, sauna room and poolside guest house with ensuite plus kitchenette

DElgany 3

12 Watts Parade


A 2B 3C

• Brand new coastal home in an exclusive Beleura Hill location with spectacular bay views

Mount Eliza

A 2B 2C

• A mid-century classic just a short walk to Main Street, local schools and Mills Beach • Interconnecting living/dining, plus contemporary kitchen with stainless-steel appliances

Price Contact Agent For Sale inspect By Appointment

• Elegant master with ensuite and french doors to shaded alfresco deck, plus fire-pit zone Eddie Swan lisa Bendle

0458 552 633 0402 834 913

• High ceilings and polished timber floors, plus single garage and double carport

Chelsey gibson alexandra otte

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0409 277 997 0432 486 396

03 5975 4555 03 9787 2422


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25 Plain Street, Tootgarook Expressions Of Interest ______________________________________________________________________________________

Stunning Coastal Abode n





Opulent finishes and style Supreme location to bay beach Large open plan living and entertaining zones Brand new, ready to move in 6 star energy rated home


Sam Crowder 0403 893 724




1/32 Wattle Road, McCrae $800,000 - $850,000 ______________________________________________________________________________________

Completion expected October 2019 n




Opulent quality and inclusions Beachside access No Body Corp. fees Easy walking distance to beach and shops

Sam Crowder 0403 893 724

Sam Crowder - Your Area Expert Servicing McCrae, Rosebud, Tootgarook, Rye, Blairgowrie & Sorrento mpnews.com.au

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Neilson Partners Basso

BIG ON STYLE AND SPACE Auction: Saturday 9th March at 1:00pm ____________________________________________________________

371 Eastbourne Road, CAPEL SOUND

VERY NEAT PACKAGE ONLY 300 METRES TO SHOPS AND BEACH This cosy home 3 bedroom home is only 300 metres to the Capel Sound Shopping Village and the white sands of Port Philip Bay which made the local area famous. Features include a good-sized open plan living, gas heating and decorated with soft pastel colours throughout. The kitchen is well appointed, bathroom, laundry and a separate toilet round off the inside while outside you will find a large concrete / paved carport area which is perfect for entertaining, a great low maintenance garden situated on a corner block with plenty of access for a boat or trailer along with security shutters and screens on the outside windows for that little bit of extra security.

Paul Basso 0428 107 867

INSPECT: By Appointment

1649 Point Nepean Road Capel Sound

5981 1200

LOVINGLY updated, this warm and inviting solid brick home is the family retreat that you have been searching for. Set slightly on the diagonal across a large 1022 square metre block there is plenty of yard space to the front and rear, and from the street there is a double garage with internal access to the rumpus room. Bright and spacious, the rumpus room is one of three large living zones that also include an open plan formal lounge and dining area and a spacious family room. A crisp white kitchen is the centre point between the family room and formal areas and features shiny black bench tops, a dishwasher and a wall-oven. There are four excellent bedrooms all with built-in robes, three share the main bathroom whilst the larger master bedroom has an ensuite. Externally there is a private alfresco deck and a courtyard and a large shed provides handy extra storage space.n



ADDRESS: 15 Parkside Crescent, MORNINGTON FOR SALE: $840,000 DESCRIPTION: 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 car AGENT: Kara James 0412 939 224, Stone Real Estate, Suite 2/1a Main Street, Mornington, 5970 8000

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15 Carrajung Street, ROSEBUD

I Can See for Miles & Miles Encounter an awesome bay & ocean view from this amazing family home. Wether relaxing on the large balcony or luxuriating in the master bedroom, the space throughout the home will allow you and your family to grow as one and achieve your best. There are ample living areas upstairs where you can entertain in style, whilst kids get their own space in the downstairs living zone. Add in the three more bedrooms plus study and you really do have it all. There is plenty of parking for the boat or caravan and the Waterfall Gully Road shops are close by. This is a lifestyle choice you can’t afford to miss. Call now to secure not just an amazing home but an awesome lifestyle for you and your family before it’s too late, this one is not to be missed.

5987 3233




$1,000,000-$1,100,000 As advertised or by appointment Darrin Marr 0409 066 933 sldr@stockdaleleggo.com.au stockdaleleggo.com.au/dromana-rosebud

5986 8660

1159-1165 Point Nepean Road, Rosebud, Vic, 3939 mpnews.com.au

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

Mornington Auction this Saturday


132 Maxwell Street, Mornington A brilliant start for a family, first home or downsize option, this renovated single-level three bedroom residence enjoys a celebrated address on the edge of Civic Reserve and within minutes of Bentons Square, schools and buses. Freshly renovated interiors enhance a fine design that features streaming natural light, timeless contemporary tones, separate living and dining rooms, sunroom and low maintenance gardens with undercover dining. Featuring a remote garage, stylish two-way bathroom, split system air conditioning unit and wall heating, this welcoming home offers immediate lifestyle enjoyment within striking distance of Main Street’s cafes, Peninsula Homemaker Centre and the beachfront.

Auction 16th February at 1.00pm Inspection As advertised or by appointment Contact Robert Bowman 0417 173 103 bowmanandcompany.com.au

A3 B1 C1



6 George Street, Mornington The sun, the sea, the sand… in a location synonymous with the beach, the bay and good times, these two dynamic brand new three bedroom, two bathroom residences offer a lifestyle of privilege and exclusivity. In a prized beachside setting, each single-level residence is fitted with high end appointments from stunning stone benchtops to quality flooring, double garages and generous alfresco entertaining areas. Each residence features two light-filled living zones extending to decking, sleek stone and Smeg kitchen and luxurious master suite with WIR and elegant ensuite. Spoil yourself close to Fossil Beach, Main Street’s vibrant cafes and shops, schools and transport.

Auction 23rd February at 11.00am Inspection As advertised or by appointment Contact Robert Bowman 0417 173 103 bowmanandcompany.com.au

A3 B2 C2 bowmanandcompany.com.au mpnews.com.au

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



2/34 Darcy Street, Mornington Close to Bentons Square shopping, Civic Reserve, beaches and cosmopolitan Main Street, this brand new boutique single-level north-facing 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom residence epitomises a relaxed Peninsula lifestyle and represents great value for Mornington. This smart and well-proportioned home is highlighted with a stylish open plan stone kitchen and spacious living/dining room linking to alfresco entertaining and the landscaped garden, a generous master suite, stylish finishes and double garage with internal access. Features include gas ducted heating, split system air conditioning, LED lighting and main bathroom with freestanding bath.

Auction 23rd February at 12.30 pm Inspection As advertised or by appointment Contact Robert Bowman 0417 173 103 bowmanandcompany.com.au

A3 B2 C2 Mornington

2/47 Alameda Avenue, Mornington This single level residence is designed for low maintenance living in a location that puts the Peninsula’s best lifestyle attractions within close reach. The three bedroom accommodation is treated to open plan living, alfresco with low maintenance gardens and timber deck. The quality kitchen with Central Island boasts stone bench tops and stainless steel Westinghouse appliances. A stone finished ensuite and WIR feature in the Master bedroom suite. The home also includes a double remote garage with internal access, ducted heating, split system air conditioning and timber flooring. A secure and private lifestyle in a very quiet location close to the end of a no through road. Only one of the new three villas now remaining.

Inspection As advertising or by appointment Contact Robert Bowman 0417 173 103 bowmanandcompany.com.au

A3 B2 C2 bowmanandcompany.com.au


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Thursday 28th February 2019 at 12pm Large Mornington Office Space

Nail Art

• Smack in the middle of town across from both Blamey Place and Main Street • Split in to 11 large offices, boardroom, kitchenette, ladies and men’s toilets • As new fitout recently done • Ideally suit investor or occupier

• Extremely well known business operating for over 5 years • Brand new fitout • Low rent combined with excellent lease terms • Excellent takings year round combined with huge summer trade • Regular loyal clientele ever increasing





Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454

Business Sale - Point Leo

Business Sale - Mornington

Point Leo General Store

Coffee Traders

• Long standing coastal business • Focus on take away food and drinks • Amazing lease package • Ideal husband and wife business • Huge local following

• Long established iconic cafe located in high foot traffic area • Very attractive lease package with cheap rent • 80-85kg approx of coffee sold per week during summer months • Trading 7 days per week • Full training provided

Sale Price: $220,000+ SAV Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454

Sale Price: $420,000 Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454

Fit Out Sale - Mornington

Business Sale - Dromana

Beach End of Main Street

Two Buoys

• Iconic multi award winning tapas and wine bar • Turnover of 2.1mil to 2.3mil per annum • Secure 19 years lease option • Excellent rent of $8,013pcm+GST+OG • Under full management with long term personnel. • Seating for approx. 145 customers • Ideally suited to astute investor or owner operator.


• 65sqm space currently used for retail in prime location • Convert to café/restaurant/takeaway as fitted with cool-room and grease trap • As new quality fit out with large shop front and rear access • On-site toilet facilities • Asset Sale only • Current rent at $4,015pcm+GST+OG

Sale Price $95,000 WIWO Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454


D CE DU Ducky Brown Cafe

Envy Hair & Beauty Salon

Medical Suites

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

Sale Price: $69,990 + SAV Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454

Sale Price: Contact Agent Lease Price: $6,584pcm+GST+OG Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454

Lilo Cafe


Mechanical Workshop

Sale Price $78,000 WIWO Contact: Andrew Walsh 0419 889 353

Lease Price: $1,834pcm + GST + OG Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454

• Huge weekly takings of approx. $26,000 • Located in high foot traffic area in Somerville Plaza • Double space with great fit out + seating for approx. 80 • Doing 40kg of coffee per week • Long lease available with reasonable rent

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

Business Sale - Mornington

• Brand new medical suites on Nepean Highway • Medical permit for 2 practitioners at any one time • Two consulting rooms and theatre room • Open & bright waiting room + reception + 8 car spaces

For Lease - Mornington

Business Sale - Frankston

Gourmet Paddock

• Situated in beautiful Balnarring • Currently closed so looking for a quick Sale of Assets • Approx 600sqm servicing 5 areas and separate cafe • Long term lease • As new fitout and ready to go to the next level

Sale Price: On Application Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454

PH: (03) 5977 2255 mpnews.com.au

• Iconic café located opposite Fishermans Beach • Great passing trade all year round • Weekly average takings of approx. $18,400 • Excellent rent of $4,322pcm+GST+OG • Great lease package available Sale Price: $350,000 WIWO Contact: Andrew Walsh 0419 889 353

• Brilliant Fitout • Bi-fold doors onto Street • Fully licensed • Ability to extend hours • Huge Traffic Flow







Business Sale - Balnarring

For Sale or Lease - Mornington


• Great position within Balnarring shopping complex • Fantastic fitout with a cozy and welcoming atmosphere • Get in quick and take advantage of the summer trade • Inspection of this business will not disappoint

Business Sale - Frankston South

Business Sale - Somerville

Sale Price: $890,000 + SAV Contact: Andrew Walsh 0419 889 353



Salt Cafe


Sale Price: $60,000 ( Fit-out Only) Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454

Business Sale - Balnarring

Sale Price: $140,000 WIWO Contact: Andrew Walsh 0419 889 353

• 150sqm mechanical workshop on busy Main Street • Ideally located on the Woolworths/Caltex site. • 6 allocated car parks • Huge potential for improvement

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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

Amazed at publicity for former Liberal Banks I was amazed to see the full front page article with a large lovely photo of Julie Banks, front and centre, heading up your paper this week (“Hunt under pressure of coup fallout” The News 5/2/19). Together with her story favourably reproduced in this article, this was a great endorsement of her, so it seemed to me. Great publicity for Julia. While I do not agree with the [August 2018] prime ministerial coup at all, why was it not mentioned that Julia has used the Liberal Party backing, then abandoned them because it suited her? Also, why has it not been explained that Julia is receiving assistance from Alex Turnbull, son of Malcolm whom was overthrown. Perhaps a front page can be devoted to Health Minister and Flinders MP Greg Hunt with a nice big photo? Joe Ziino, Mt Eliza

members in his government he’ll be lucky to have enough people to fill positions by the time the May election comes round.” Great attempt at humour but, for those of us who actually take an interest in factual politics, this statement is about as true as the elves living at the bottom of the garden. Fact: There have been more Labor members announcing they will not stand at the next election than Liberal. Michael Free, Mt Martha

Unfair advantage Kaufland supermarket’s proposed move to an outer shopping centre site in Mornington should be challenged on the basis of poor planning policy that does not consider unfair competition. Unlike Aldi, which bought into the existing commercial centre, this proposition takes customers away from the strategically zoned districts and puts viability of other businesses and jobs at risk. It is another example of what the sate government should not interfere in Local planning matters on the whim of the Planning Minister [Richard Wynne]. Lastly, in a recent letter (“Kaufland benefits” Letters 8/2/19), mention was made of future profits from the Rosebud aquatic centre. Just for the financially literate, no municipal pool ever runs at a profit. Councils finance swimming pools as a service to the community and they are mainly paid for, including a large percentage of running costs, by the community. The reason the Rosebud pool wasn’t built 10 years ago was that the state government rightly wouldn’t allow it on our beach. The present [Mornington Peninsula Shire] council, with mostly new members, immediately

Editor: The article did mention the involvement of Alex Turnbull, the son of former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull in the bid by former Liberal MP Julia Banks to win the seat of Flinders from her former Liberal colleague, Greg Hunt. The article also stated that Ms Banks was elected in 2016 as the Liberal Party representative for Chisholm and then abandoned the party in September 2018 in the wake of the leadership coup.

Fact checking Four months out from the federal election and the letters have already started calling for the head of our local member. I would just like to remind readers of the difference between belief and opinion and actual fact. Example: John Cain writes (“Hunt should go” Letters 5/2/19): “ The way Prime Minister Scott Morrison is losing


got on with the decision-making process and it is now being built at a suitable location. David Gill, mayor Shire of Mornington Peninsula

Powering on The carry on from Brian Mitchelson about our power supply system is becoming a bit of a joke. (“Power a hot topic” Letters 5/2/19) The reason why our power grid was almost running out of power is that the much heralded coal power in the Latrobe Valley wasn’t working again. It seems our power grid is being held to ransom by the companies that are supposed to provide a safe supply of electricity into the grid. I have to ask: is this a calculated strategy to push up power prices in our energy market, or is it complete and utter incompetence from our coal fired power station operators? If we didn’t have renewable energy available the whole state may have lost power altogether. If Mr Mitchelon would bother to check, he would find out that there is no appetite by power companies to build new coal-powered stations because they are too expensive to build to today’s standards. And his fanciful idea of building nuclear power stations in some of our deserts is so laughable that it makes one ask if he is not just a deluded flat earth follower. To even vaguely entertain such an idea one would have to bring huge amounts of cooling water to such an installation, in the driest country in the world besides Antarctica, and build huge power line connections there. Does Mr Mitchelson really believe any of our power companies would invest money in such a hair-brained scheme? I can only assume he is a follower of our most destructive prime minister, Tony Abbott. and his cabal of climate change deniers. Rupert Steiner, Balnarring

Climate conspiracy Here we go again, climate change deniers spouting misinformation and glibly spouting alleged facts from scientists on the payroll of the mining companies. (“Power a hot topic” Letters 5/2/19).

During the heatwave on 25 January, two power stations were offline for maintenance. So yes, there was rationing of power, but why was it decided that they needed to close down for the maintenance when the station owners would have known that a series of very hot days were coming? Hmmm, very suspicious. The child-like creatures mentioned in the letter are those members of parliament in Canberra who refuse to recognise the facts that the reef is dying, small islands in the Pacific are being inundated, the ice caps are melting, we have floods at the top end of Australia and fires at the other end and, let’s not forget the Murray/Darling catastrophe. And that’s just here at home. At the moment, we have a real doozie of an environment minister who has these so-called experts whispering into her shell-like ear, all manner of misinformation. Remember, when the so-called scientists in the thrall of the tobacco companies kept telling us that smoking was good for us? Ha. John Cain, McCrae

Path reimbursement Erica Bryan welcomes the construction of the Coppin Road, Sorrento footpath (On the right path” Letters 5/2/2019). I assume she will therefore cheerfully reimburse my wife and I the $450 a metre that the Mornington Peninnsula Shire Council propose to charge us for the footpath outside our house. Bill Holmes, Sorrento

One bin fits all A friend and myself witnessed workers from the contracted garbage collection service wheel all the waste collection bins to the truck into which they were all emptied. This is despite all the bins being clearly marked with coloured lids and signage denoting what each bin contained. Is this a cost saving municipal sanctioned action or is corporate profit the motive? Mornington Peninsula Shire should explain what really happens to our collected and separated rubbish. Andrea Gowers, Merricks Beach

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John Ward still in hospital after being thrown from vehicle Compiled by Brodie Cowburn WHILE returning from the funeral of his father at Hastings, last month, Mr John Ward was thrown from his vehicle and sustained a compound fracture of the leg. From enquiries made a few days ago it was ascertained that Mr Ward was still in the Melbourne hospital, and was progressing as well as could be expected considering the serious nature of his injuries. *** AT the last meeting of the Frankston and Hastings shire council, Constables Revell and Walker were appointed presenting officers. *** THE Shire Council has been notified that the following soldiers are returning from abroad: Private Jack Twyford by the Bakars on the 3rd inst; Artificer F. E. Shepherd, due to arrive by the Osterley on the 21st February; Driver E. W. Monro, date not stated; Private Thomas Nicholas, by the Karmala date not stated. *** LAST Friday night the hon. secretary (Mr J. T. McMurtrie) and his committee conducted the drawing for the pony raffled in connection with the recent gymkhana demonstration. The winner proved to be Mr Montgomery of Temple Court, Melbourne, with ticket No, 1191. *** ON Saturday Messrs Murray, Jones and party, of Collins Street, Melbourne, fishing at Tooradin, got a nice lot of schnapper, filling an 80-lb. fish box. A shark proved troublesome, and the fishermen baited a shark line with a 2-lb live schnapper, which was soon taken by the shark.

On being hauled to the surface it was despatched with a bullet. The shark was found to contain five schnapper, from 2lb to 6lb each. It was 10 feet in length. *** “THE Gum Leaf,” synonymous for all that is fresh, bright and invigorating, is the appropriate appellation given the view tea rooms, opened last Wednesday in Frankston House buildings, Bay Street, by Misses Somer and Gullett. No expense has been spared by the ladies in question, in fitting out their premises in an up-to-date and pleasing manner and they have every confidence in inviting a share of public patronage. They direct attention to their business announcement appearing in another column. *** IT is intended by the various Red Cross branches throughout Australia to make a presentation to Lady Stanley, the popular president of the Society in Victoria. Each branch is limited to a donation of £1. Frankston’s quota is now being collected and anyone anxious to subscribe may leave their subscriptions with Mrs Deane or with the Joint-Secretaries, Mesdames Dial and Utber. *** WE are given to understand that cases considered to have been influenza have been removed from St. Pancras private hospital, Frankston, and the institution is now considered free. Nurse Campbell has had the place thoroughly fumigated and her efforts in this direction have met with the approval of the Medical Officer of Health. As there is now no danger of infection the Council will probably take steps to

lift the quarantine at once. Quite an exaggerate idea exist in the minds of some people as to the danger arising from places considered to be infected. Cases have been known where tradesmen have refused to deliver goods even in the back yards of suspected houses. We have it on the authority of Dr. Griffith that such extreme caution is quite unnecessary. Outside the walls there is safety provided of course there, no contact with inmates takes place. *** THE Shire President, (Cr Murray) at the Council luncheon on Thursday, the 6th. inst. took the opportunity of referring to the departure of Mr and Mrs Coop, who during their residence at Somerville took such an important and useful part in the affairs of the district generally. The Council luncheon is usually restricted to Councillors and shire officers, but on the occasion under notice, Mr Coop sat on the right hand of the president. Messrs Shepherd, S. S. Gault, Revell and Walker were also present. Cr. Murray said that as this would be the last occasion Councillors would have the pleasure of partaking of the hospitality of Host Coop, he desired to express appreciation of the manor in which Mr and Mrs Coop had catered for the Council during the past six years. (Hear, Hear). No trouble or expense had been spared in providing a good table and supplying everything of the best. In fact it was always a pleasure to Councillors when lunch time came round. (Laughter). The experience of the Council had been the experience of patrons of the Hotel Somerville generally.

The people had been very fortunate in having a man like Mr Coop in the midst, and now that he was leaving he took with him, not only the good wishes of the Council, but the genuine respect of the public as well. It was a matter for regret that the residents of Somerville were unable, owing to restrictions imposed in connection with the prevailing influenza empedemic to tender Mr and. Mrs Coop a citizen’s farewell. They had made numerous friends during their residence in Somerville, and their departure was keenly regretted. Mr Coop had recognised his responsibilities as a citizen and what was more to the point, he had always observed his responsibilities. (Hear, hear). During the four-years of war Mr Coop had given generously both in cash and in kind, and the district possessed no more willing workers than Mr and Mrs Coop. They realised their duty, and did it. Many people realised they had a duty to do, but failed to perform it. Mr and Mrs Coop were greatly respected and deservedly so. In wishing them “Good Bye” he also wished them every sort of Good Luck. (Hear, hear). Cr. Oates said it gave him great pleasure to endorse the remarks of President. He knew Mr and Mrs Coop were fine patriotic workers and leading spirits in all public movements. From the Council’s point of view, Mr and Mrs Coop had always given entire satisfaction. Their catering had always been excellent. Mr G. Shepherd, speaking on behalf of the public expressed thanks for the

opportunity offered of testifying to the high esteem in which Mr Coop is held by the residents of Somerville. The speaker had known Mr Coop’s family for 30 years past. Mr and Mrs Coop senr. were highly estimable people, and it was high praise to say of the son that he was a “chip off the old block”. (Hear hear). Continuing, Mr Shepherd said that Mr Coop had proved a useful and patriotic resident of Somerville. If help was needed for any movement promoted for the public good Mr Coop was the man to whom to apply. Both Mr and Mrs Coop had done a lot of work unostentatiously and their services were always given cheerfully and ungrudgingly. Speaking as a temperance man (although not a total abstainer) he, Mr Shepherd, regarded Mr Coop as an ideal hotel Keeper, and he only hoped that the district would got someone else as good, in his place. (Hear, hear). Cr. Turner, having known Mr and Mrs Coop during the last six years, had great pleasure in endorsing the remarks of previous speakers. Constable Revell said he knew of no better country house than the Hotel Somerville as conducted by Mr Coop. He always upheld the police and gave every assistance in seeing that the law was carried out. Constable Walker gave similar testimony. Mr Coop policed his own house, and action by the police was not necessary. The toast of Mr and Mrs Coop was then given, and drunk with musical honors. *** From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 15 February 1919

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The Ghost of Christmas Past Has A Dirty Big Mullet By Stuart McCullough IT was my sister who called first. Actually, it wasn’t so much as a call as it was a text with emojis to emphasize the emotional gravity of the moment. Old-school telephone calls, it seems, are now reserved only for those rare circumstances where an emoji is somehow not fit for purpose. The general gist of the message was this: my sister had been minding her own business with the television on the background when she had seen my brother and I on screen. It happens every Christmas. We were just kids. This fact is reinforced by the fact we’re both wearing school uniforms. We were part of a school choir that, for reasons that will forever remain a mystery, was asked to sing on a cover version of the John Lennon and Yoko Ono holiday classic, ‘Merry Xmas (War is Over)’. The original was released in 1972 and was an impassioned plea for peace, subsequently becoming a bona fide Christmas standard. The cover version was recorded in 1985 and performed with such soul-quivering intensity that it surpassed the original. Except that instead of being an appeal for peace and end of conflict and bloodshed, this was an impassioned plea on behalf of fairy penguins. Britain had its ‘Bandaid’, America its ‘USA for Africa’. Australia had ‘The Incredible Penguins’. This was a ‘supergroup’, in much the same that way that any one of us can be a superhero if we manage to reverse park in one go or remember that it’s bin night before your spouse does. Brian from

Pseudo Echo, Scott from Kids in the Kitchen, Colin from Men at Work, the bloke from Geisha who went on to sing the theme song for ‘The Footy Show’ (and, with any luck,

gets a residual); to say nothing of Brian Mannix of the Uncanny X-men. (Trust me, it’s better that way.) They even roped in Angry Anderson and a pre-return to fame John Farnham.

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1985 was an interesting time in music history. If I were to sum it up in a word, that word would be ‘mullet’. In what must have seemed an affront to barbers everywhere, luxurious locks cascaded well beyond the shoulders. The bigger the mullet, the better. At that time it was common for men and women in rock to have the exact same haircut. I cannot overemphasize the enormity of the impression it made on me. On the day of recording, there were more mullets in that room than the Murray / Darling basin. The most special of all the special guests to sing that day was undoubtedly Bob Geldolf. This was the very same Bob Geldolf who, at that point, was eligible for sainthood, having raising millions of dollars for the starving in Ethiopia through the ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ single and the gigantic global event that was ‘Live Aid’. Why wouldn’t he want to use his particular brand of magic to come to the aid of fairy penguins? In the film clip, Bob is clearly disoriented; something I attribute to either jetlag or the last remnants of the chloroform that must have been necessary to abduct him and drag him to the studio. With the obvious exception of Angry Anderson, those in our choir were the only mullet-free people within a two-kilometre radius. Our job was to stand in formation and look suitably angelic. The single was being produced by Molly Meldrum who – I was later to learn – had a reputation as being a genius behind the mixing board. Molly produced ‘The Real Thing’ by Russell Morris;

a song so extraordinary that it sounds like the apocalypse. I just knew him as the bloke from Countdown. All I remember of Molly is that he was not very tall and oozed cigarette smoke. All those assembled poured everything into making the best version of ‘Happy Xmas (War is Over)’ they possibly could. When the single was released, I watched the film clip with breathless anticipation. I saw myself for a couple of seconds. My brother too. The film clip showed all the various celebrities before cutting to footage of tanks, explosions and general mayhem. I struggled to understand what fairy penguins had to do with either war or, for that matter, Christmas. Whether they were the victim of some kind of sea otter insurgency or in conflict with Sponge Bob Squarepants was not explained to us. It was difficult to reconcile the images of destruction with a small aquatic, flightless bird. It was disturbing and unpleasant. And just like that, the song peaked in the charts before plummeting faster than a concrete parachute into oblivion. That, so I thought, was that. Nothing disappears anymore. Not even bad ideas. They live on the Internet to be found by friends, foes and future employers alike. ‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over)’ is on YouTube and played annually on Rage the Saturday before Christmas. Each year I see my schoolboy self, singing his heart out. Within two years, I had my own band and a mullet of my own. As for the fairy penguins, they now live in peace. Thank goodness. stuart@stuartmccullough.com

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Struggle for runs: Pearcedale only managed 79 runs, a total easily passed by Langwarrin in their innings. Picture: Andrew Hurst

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of the season and posting figures of 7/33 of 24 overs.

A RUTHLESS performance by Long Island has seen them dismiss Main Ridge for just 70 runs in the first day of their two day clash. Main Ridge’s openers combined for just 12 runs, and their top scorer put only 16 runs on the board. After 46 overs, Main Ridge were dismissed and were left with a lot of work to do with ball in hand. Long Island came in to bat and finished at 4/97 at stumps, ensuring a first innings win. Pubudu Edirisinghe top scored for the day with 41 runs. At Eric Bell Reserve, Pines played well as a team to set Red Hill a daunting target to chase down. A final wicket partnership of 41 runs was especially helpful to the Pines, as they finished up the day on 233 runs. Damien Lawrence passed his half century. Overport Park played host to Baden Powell and Crib Point, with Crib Point being sent in to bat first. They struggled at times and ended up all out for 119 with 10 overs left to play for the day. Taylor Harrison was Baden Powell’s best, putting on his best performance




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ROSEBUD have performed well to bat out the afternoon against Seaford at Kananook Reserve. Jason Mathers was top scorer for Rosebud, scoring his highest total for the season with 51 runs batting at number 7. They finished up at 8/213 at stumps, in a good position but having not scored at a quick enough rate to really punish their opposition. At Ferrero Reserve, a good middle order stand has put Carrum in a decent position against Mt Martha. Wylliam Stanway scored 66 runs, but his top order teammates and the tail both collapsed. Carrum ended up all out for 182 runs. Mt Martha came in to bat 11 overs before the close of play, and will restart next week at 2/20. Hastings played host to Delacombe Park on Saturday, won the toss, and chose to bat first. They did well to bat out the afternoon, finishing at 8/209 at stumps. Malith Chathuranga passed 50 runs for the third time this season, scoring 13 February 2019

66 not out batting at number 7. Heatherhill set Seaford Tigers a target of 170 to chase down at Bruce Park. Jye Thornell helped restrict Heatherhill to a tame total, posting his best ever bowling figures for the Tigers with 6/33. The Tigers will restart day two at 1/10.


DROMANA fared well in their two day clash on Saturday, as they travelled to Boneo and elected to bat first. Dromana were struggling badly at 4/24, until Kierran Voelkl came in at number 4 and saved the day. He scored a well earned century, ending up not out for 116. Ben Bailey-Bridge also played an entertaining innings, hitting 10 boundaries and 2 sixes on his way to an innings of 74. Their side finished at 7/236 at stumps. Frankston YCW also played will at home on Saturday to set Tootgarook a target of 250. Carrum Downs have fancied their chances of getting a good result against Rye, choosing to declare after

61 overs. Two Carrum Downs batsmen passed their half centuries as they finished up at 8/164 before sending Rye in to bat. Ryan Lynch scored his third consecutive score of over 50, this time being stumped before he could convert it into his first ton. Rye got off to a poor start with bat in hand, and will have to fight their way back from 2/18 to get a win. Balnarring’s middle order played well against Tyabb, as they posted a total of 184 off 78 overs. Skye had a bye.


MORNINGTON have played dominant cricket against Baxter, setting an absolutely mammoth total of 353 runs for their opponents to chase down. First drop batsman Ben Clements was in unbelievable form, scoring 156 runs, his best ever total for Mornington. He has now passed 50 runs in 10 matches this season, and gone on to score a century in 3. He hit 19 boundaries. Baxter will have a lot of work to do to secure any sort of result on day two. Mt Eliza played host to Sorrento on Saturday, choosing to bat first and

struggling. Outside of middle order batsman Tim Strickland, few Mt Eliza players made much impact. They ended up all out for 118 off 58 overs. In response, Sorrento started well and had gone 31 runs without loss of wicket, before things started to unravel. Sorrento finished the day at 5/59 off their 21 overs, setting things up for a close finish. Peninsula OB put together a decent first innings against Flinders, as they put 189 runs on the board before being bowled out. Matthew Burns was pick of the bowlers for Flinders, taking 7 wickets for 64 runs. In reply Flinders lost an opener for a duck, and will restart day two from 1/2. Pearcedale struggled badly against Langwarrin, only scoring 79 runs before they were left all out. They lost their final wicket in only the 48th over. In reply, Langwarrin secured a first innings win. They were at 4/100 at stumps.


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By Craig MacKenzie LANGWARRIN kicks off the most anticipated season in the club’s recent history when it hosts Melbourne City at Lawton Park on Saturday at 3pm. The spotlight has shone on the local club ever since it made the surprise announcement last August that Scott Miller had been appointed head coach. Few expected the former Fulham assistant manager and Newcastle Jets boss to step down from professional to semi-professional ranks but his appointment raised the bar markedly in terms of expectations for the 2019 season. Langy has backed Miller with a host of new signings and the establishment of the club’s first high-performance unit. The philanthropy of former player Greg Kilner has played a pivotal role in assembling the most expensive squad in the club’s history highlighted by the signing of midfield general Wayne Wallace, who has played at Victorian Premier League or NPL level in every season since 2011. While the guile and craft of Roddy Covarrubias, David Stirton, Damir Stoilovic, Johnny Kuol and Jordan Templin provide Miller with plenty of attacking options Langy has only won one of its pre-season matches, going down 3-2 to Beaumaris, 4-1 to Oakleigh Cannons and 4-0 to Brunswick City. Last week it had to come from 2-0 down to eventually get on top of State 1 newcomer Doveton in a 3-2 win at Lawton Park. Questions were asked of the home side’s defensive capabilities after goals from ex-Langy players Shane Tagliaferro and Wayne Gordon had the Doves looking good but two David Stirton goals squared up proceedings and John Kuol’s close-range strike in the second half rounded off the scoreline. Miller has been impressed with his players’ approach to their pre-season preparation and during the Doveton clash there were glimpses of the uptempo interpassing style he wants to implement. “Overall I think our training has been great. The focus of the players has been brilliant and we are looking forward to this,” he said. “I think it’s a great time to play them (Melbourne City) as playing a strong team first can be used as a benchmark for where we are at. “What we are really trying to do is to reset attitudes from what the players have been exposed to as juniors and young adults and trying to get them playing a more purposeful game with

variety. “We want to play to our strength and that is to keep the ball moving quickly in the attacking half.” Miller is straightforward about his expectations for the upcoming season. “I want the players to perform as a team first and foremost and I want them to respect the club. “I want them to play a brand of football that is not only aggressive and purposeful but entertaining and something potentially that the peninsula hasn’t seen in terms of ball control and that quality inside the final third and good combination play. “So my expectations are based around performance because I think with the foundations of a high level of performance and attitude then anything is possible.” Melbourne City is coming off a successful eight-match national youth league season. Former Socceroo Joe Palatsides is City’s head coach and is pleased with the way his squad is shaping up. “We’re pretty fit and we only missed out on playing in the (youth league) Grand Final on goal difference,” he said. “I’d say our boys are further ahead in their preparation than other NPL sides because of the youth league but now we’re up against men which is a different challenge.” In terms of emerging talent Palatsides has pieced together a remarkable squad consisting of six Young Socceroos and seven Joeys and he could have up to six players from City’s A-League squad available. “There’s lots of Joeys in the under20s squad but really all our players are under 20. “The average age of our first team

squad is around 17 or 18 years old and the under-20s’ average is around 16.” Here is the Langwarrin senior squad with the previous club of new players in brackets: Goalkeepers: Fraser Maclaren (Dandenong Thunder), Sermin Sadikovski (Richmond). Defenders: Luke Burgess, Boris Ovcin, Dylan Kilner, Jaiden Madafferi (Northcote), Jamie Cumming (Mornington), Alex van Heerwaarden (Peninsula Strikers). Midfielders: Alex Whyte, Wayne Wallace (Oakleigh), Thomas Ahmadzai (Warragul), Kane Bentley (Shantou Lions), Callum Goulding (Box Hill). Forwards: John Kuol, David Stirton (Dandenong City), Rodrigo Covarrubias (St Albans), Damir Stoilovic (Springvale White Eagles), Jordan Templin (Bulleen). Here is the Melbourne City senior squad with the previous club of new players in brackets: Goalkeepers: James Delianov, Majak Mawith (Melbourne Victory). Defenders: Mitch Graham, Lucas Portelli, Bradley Chick, Mark Karlic, Jordan Bos, Dylan Pierias, Dalibor Markovic, Tim Boke, Ben Pierias. Midfielders: Josh Cavallo, Nicholas Hatzigeorgiou (Melbourne Victory), Idrus Abdulahi, Luke Duzel, Connor Metcalfe, Gianluca Iannucci, Josh Varga. Forwards: Moudi Najjar, Sam Morrison, Yaya Dukuly, Stefan Colakovski, Ramy Najjarine. Continuity of player development is one of the keys to the City squad with just two new players for 2019 whereas Langwarrin has brought 13 new players into its first team squad. Langy made a play for young City defender Portelli late last year but he eventually shunned the overtures and

opted to stay put which adds an interesting sideline to an already enticing encounter. Meanwhile the second qualifying round of the 2019 FFA Cup is scheduled to kick off this weekend. Local State 5 clubs Somerville Eagles, Aspendale Stingrays and Rosebud were all involved in the draw. Somerville clashes with Barnstoneworth United on Saturday and was keen to organise a friendly between the respective reserves squads but the visitors have only recently started pre-season and player numbers were a problem. Somerville had its last major hit-out before Saturday’s cup clash when it defeated Chelsea 4-2 last weekend with Somerville’s goals coming from Damien Alejandro, Dave Greening, Mark Pagliarulo and Daniel Hodge. Rosebud hosts Yarra Jets at the unusual time of 5pm on Sunday at Olympic Park in Besgrove Street while RMIT has forfeited its scheduled home clash with Aspendale giving the local club a 3-0 walkover. In State 1 news Mornington has signed young goalkeeper Taylor Davidson from Banyule City. “I got a text from Banyule saying ‘you’ve signed a good one there’ and they’re right,” Mornington gaffer Adam Jamieson said. “He’s big, he’s commanding and he’s got a good pair of hands. We’re very happy with the signing.” In State 2 news Peninsula Strikers drew 2-2 with Collingwood City at Centenary Park on Sunday. Triallist Vladimir Kosovac, exGoulburn Valley Suns, and English import Danny Brooks scored for Strikers while Collingwood’s ace marksman Pat Makris doubled for the visitors. Michael Hoogendyk, Adam Crabb,

Grant Lane, Danny Black, Tom Hawkins and Michael Nugent were all unavailable for Strikers but most of them are expected to get game time against Mornington at Dallas Brooks Park on Thursday. Colin McCormack and Christian Morales alternated in goal and Strikers boss Danny Verdun is expected to make a call this week on his preference as his number one keeper. In State 3 news Frankston Pines lost 2-1 to East Bentleigh at Monterey Reserve on Saturday with Travis Ernsdoerfer scoring a late goal for Pines. Last Thursday Pines defeated Old Xaverians 3-1 at Monterey Reserve with Ernsdoerfer, Meron Negasi and Voldy Bukishie scoring for the local side. Skye United lost 5-1 to Endeavour United at John Paul College in Frankston on Sunday. Jason Nowakowksi scored for Skye. In State 4 news Seaford United had a 6-3 win over Aspendale Stingrays at North Seaford Reserve on Sunday spearheaded by a Conor Mcfall hattrick. Dylan Waugh (2) and Matty Schwellinger were Seaford’s other scorers while Aspendale’s goals came from Adrian Pace (2) and teenager Ben Garside. Pace’s second was a cracker, a thumping left foot strike from outside the area that was still on the rise as it hit the back of the net. Seaford gaffer Matty Morris-Thomas played in the first half and although he’s keen to play this upcoming season he is nursing a torn meniscus. Kevin Derry from Strikers played for Seaford and the club hopes to sign him this week. Cam Leopold was unavailable but remains firmly on Seaford’s radar. This weekends’ league and cup games: SATURDAY: Langwarrin v Melbourne City, Lawton Park, 3pm; Somerville Eagles v Barnstoneworth Utd, Somerville Secondary College, 3pm. SUNDAY: Rosebud v Yarra Jets, Olympic Park, 5pm. This week’s pre-season games: THURSDAY: Mornington v Peninsula Strikers, Dallas Brooks Park, 7pm. SATURDAY: Mornington v Frankston Pines, Dallas Brooks Park, 5pm & 7pm; Peninsula Strikers v South Yarra, Centenary Park, 3pm & 5pm; Skye Utd v Old Scotch, John Paul College, 11am & 1pm; Baxter v Brandon Park, Baxter Park, 1pm; Seaford Utd v Sandringham, North Seaford Reserve, 1pm and 3pm.

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Final hurrah for Australian great BLAIRGOWRIE boxer Jayde Mitchell returns to the ring on Saturday 30 March for the final send-off of one of Australia’s greatest boxers. The current world number nine super-middleweight boxer, Jayde Mitchell, will line-up on the undercard of his sparring partner and former world champion, Sam Soliman, who will step into the ring for the final time. In a phenomenal career spanning more than 20 years, Sam Soliman will bow out against another former world champion, Manny Siaca, at the Melbourne Pavilion. While Mitchell’s opponent is yet to be confirmed, he said to be on the final card of one his idols, Sam Soliman, means the world to him. “I’ve become such close mates with him,” Mitchell said. “I’ve learnt so much from him and he’s an absolute legend of the sport. He did it the hard way to become

world champion. He fought absolute killers in their own backyards, beating every one of them, to become world champion – it’s one hell of a story.” Soliman has won 45 fights across several weight divisions from lightmiddleweight division to cruiserweight and has come up against some of boxing’s greatest. Soliman competed for the WBA super-middleweight title against Anthony Mundine in 2007 and defeated the multiple-time world champion Felix Sturm for the IBF middleweight title in 2014. It makes sense for one of Australia’s greatest boxers to conclude

his career against another great of the game in Siaca, who has a title victory over Anthony Mundine for the WBA world super-middleweight title in 2004. “They’re both former world champions so it’ll be a great fight to see Sammy go out on,” Mitchell said. Mitchell is hoping his fight on the undercard will be a stepping stone for another major title fight in May before aiming for a world title by the end of the year. “This’ll bring me back into the swing of things and then it’s full steam ahead for another big year,” he said.

Hands up: Jayde Mitchell (left) and Sam Soliman finish up a sparring session. Picture: Supplied

Kiwi trainer joins Mornington’s ranks MORNINGTON has a new up-andcoming racehorse trainer in its midst with the former New Zealander Joe Waldron setting up base opposite the racecourse late last year. The former travelling foreman for champion New Zealand trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman has been training in his own right in New Zealand for the past three seasons but decided to make the move in search of greater prize money. Along with the majority of his client base in New Zealand being from Australia, Waldron has embarked on his next chapter of his training career which now sees him own a 40 box barn with 14 horses currently in work. It’s been a move that Waldron has only seen as a positive.

“I’m loving it,” he said. “It’s certainly become home pretty quick. There’s no looking back that’s for sure.” Waldron has looked after some exceptional talent while working as a foreman for the Baker and Forsman combination, including the 2015 Caulfield Cup winner Mongolian Khan and 2016 Futurity Stakes winner Turn Me Loose but he’s also had some success in his own right which he hopes to bring to Victoria. Before making the move to Victoria, Waldron had trained seven winners from less than 50 starters in New Zealand and was training at a strike-rate of 15 percent. Now, he believes he can adapt to the slightly different training style in Victoria.

“You do need to train a little bit different over here,” he said. “Racing here is a lot more speed focussed so you’ve got to keep that in mind when you’re training but it’s relatively the same in some aspects. If you just have a fit, healthy and happy horse going to the races then more often than not they go well.” Waldron will have another 13 horses make their way from New Zealand on Wednesday 20 February and is hoping to have all 40 of his barn full by the spring.

On the rise: New Zealand trainer Joe Waldron makes the move to Mornington. Picture: Darryl Sherer

Clay shooters line up at Nationals FRANKSTON Australia Clay Target Club (FACTC) shooters made their way to Brisbane for the ISSF National Trap and Skeet titles on Monday 14 January. Some of Australia’s best showcased their skills and put some stellar scores on the board in what was a full field in the Trap events as well as the introduction of the Trap Mixed Teams events. FACTC landed some top shots to return home with eight National and Commonwealth title medals across the trap and skeet competitions. Commonwealth Games gold medallist and FACTC member Laetisha

Great aim: FACTC member Keith Ferguson returns after competing at the ISSF National titles. Picture: Supplied


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Scanlan led the way in the Ladies Trap qualifiers shooting a score of 115/125 before going on to take the silver medal in the Commonwealth Title and the National Title. It took a remarkable score to outshoot Scanlan with the winner, Penny Smith, shooting an amazing 123/125. That score beat the current world record of 122 but unfortunately isn’t recognised as it wasn’t achieved at an official ISSF World event. Nonetheless, the score was remarkable and topped the best male’s score which recorded a 121/125. Scanlan then went on to take gold in the Trap Mixed Pairs Commonwealth Title alongside fellow Australian, James Willett. FACTC’s Keith Ferguson and James Bolding also had a successful Nationals with Ferguson taking bronze in the Skeet Commonwealth Title and gold in the Skeet National Title.

Bolding came away with a silver medal in the Commonwealth Title and bronze in the National Title. Rio Olympian Paul Adams filled out the remaining spots in the commonwealth and national titles claiming gold and silver, respectively. FACTC’s Adam Vella also made a return to competition in the Men’s Trap. Vella qualified for both of the event finals before winning bronze in the Commonwealth Title (qualifying score of 117/125) and coming fourth in the National Title (qualifying score of 117/125). Vella finished the Nationals in fifth place overall with a combined score of 234/250. The shooters results from the National titles will go towards team selection for the World Cups and World Championships as they also strive to make the Tokyo 2020 Australian team.


Saints give back with community camp AFL PLAYERS from the St. Kilda Football Club made their way down to the Sorrento Foreshore on Monday 4 February as part of their pre-season training camp. The Saints had nine players head down for a beach yoga session alongside a crowd of around 40 other participants. Run by the Re-Creation Sorrento Health Club, the daily session was attended by Saints players including: Luke Dunstan, Jack Billings, Dean Kent, Josh Bruce, Ed Phillips, Paddy McCartin, Ben Paton, Darragh Joyce and Nick Hind. As well as undertaking the silent yoga session (used silent headphones) the players also signed autographs and handed out merchandise. The

entire team also hired out the Re-Creation Sorrento Health Club as part of their camp. The Saints players also visited several schools, football clubs and hospitals across the Mornington Peninsula as part of their community camps. “It’s a great opportunity to give back for us by going into the local community and engage with kids at school and try and put a smile on their face,” St Kilda player, Ed Phillips, said. Somerville JFC, Dromana JFC, Rye JFC and Red Hill JFC were fortunate enough to also have clinics run at their clubs. A community forum for 80 local footy coaches and officials was also held as well as an open training session at Rosebud Football Club on the Tuesday morning.

Day out: St Kilda Football Club players train at the Sorrento beach as part of their community camp. Picture: St Kilda Football Club

Molly signs with the Saints FLINDERS Christian College student, Molly McDonald, has been given the chance to take her next big step in her football career with the St Kilda Football Club officially securing the young gun last week. The Year 12 student and captain of the Carrum Downs Flinders campus was pre-selected by the Saints from the Women’s AFL National Academy where the 17-year-old winger showed elitelevel endurance and a damaging turn of pace. McDonald, who also plays with the Dandenong Stingrays, said she was stoked to receive the offer. “I’m pretty excited about it all,” Molly said. “I’ve always wanted to make it [to the AFLW].” McDonald had also played representative basketball before focussing solely on her football career three-years ago.

It’ll now be a big year ahead for Molly as she juggles both her school commitments, having also been named captain, and her footy career where she’s also committed to playing with the Dandenong Stingrays. But, it’s a challenge her mother, Tracey, believes she’ll grab with both hands. “She’s always made sure to put school in front of everything,” Tracey said. “It’s going to be a busy but very exciting couple of years for her. She also wants to go to University next year too so it’ll all be about making it work.” “She’s very humble about the whole thing but I’m very proud of her.” McDonald becomes the second player to sign with St Kilda ahead of AFLW 2020, alongside Southern Saints midfielder Ali Brown.

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