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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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