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IT should not be taken the wrong way, but staff at Rosebud Hospital were clapping and laughing for all the right reasons as they waved goodbye to Glen Grumont last week. Mr Grumon had earned the unenviable distinction of being their longest-term patient and everyone involved in his prolonged recovery from illness was overjoyed that he could finally go home. Picture: Yanni “Long stay ends with a breath of fresh air” Page 6

Outsiders stay away - mayor Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au THE Mornington Peninsula should be excluded from the metropolitan “lockdown” areas to prevent infected outsiders coming in, the mayor Cr Sam Hearn said last week. He fears residents from hard-hit areas of inner-Melbourne may interpret the “one-region” status as a “reason to travel to the peninsula and inadvert-

ently put our local community health containment at risk”. Cr Hearn was speaking after the state government reintroduced stage three COVID-19 restrictions and included the peninsula as part of the Greater Melbourne urban area. Television news bulletins on Thursday showed hordes of visitors making the most of the warm weather in peninsula towns and on foreshores. Cr Hearn said the council acknowl-

edged the appropriateness of the state government’s actions “given the grave urgency of the situation” and affirmed the shire’s commitment to supporting them over coming weeks. But he said a better approach to ensuring public health and safety would be to keep the areas separate so people could not travel here. “With no active cases on the peninsula we encourage everyone throughout greater Melbourne to do the right

thing and stay away for the next six weeks.” Cr David Gill agreed: “The peninsula is in lockdown again because we are classified as metropolitan. As a semi-rural shire, some distance from Melbourne, we do not belong in the suburban classification.” Cr Hearn said he was “encouraging our whole community to understand what the stay-at-home restrictions are and to use common sense over the

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All clear for ‘essential’ ferry Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au POLICE checked and cleared all passengers for travel on the Sorrento to Queenscliff ferry after stage three coronavirus restrictions came into force on Thursday 9 July. The ferry is classed as an essential service, linking the Mornington and Bellarine peninsulas. Although the Mornington Peninsula is subject to the restrictions Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula are not within the Melbourne metropolitan area. “During the next six weeks we expect that the only travellers on our service will be people that have a need to travel for one of the three permitted reasons,” Searoad Ferries’ operations

general manager Wes Oswin said. “The travellers will predominantly be trades and business people, government employees as well as emergency service personnel. “We also have a number of people, including medical professionals that live on one peninsula and need to travel as a result of their work.” Police cleared all passengers on Thursday’s 1pm service after they arrived at Queenscliff Sorrento and have since told The News that while no specific checks are being made at Sorrento, random checks are being made of motorists throughout the peninsula. Mr Oswin said Searoad Ferries had decided it was impractical to use thermal Cameras to check passengers’ temperatures “as most people are tick-

eted and board the vessel while seated in a vehicle”. Searoad CEO Matt McDonald said the ferry would keep running to a two-hourly schedule “for those services that need to travel for one of the permitted reasons”. “This includes travel for emergency services, essential supplies, work, education and medical purposes as outlined in the government guidelines.” The Department of Health and Human Services website says other vehicles can use the ferry if travelling to Gippsland or Phillip Island, but travellers “should plan your trip so that you don’t need to stop in an impacted area unless it is for one of the three reasons”. Details: dhhs.vic.gov.au/updatedrestrictions; searoad.com.au

Warning that fast food is recipe for ‘traffic holdup’ Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au SAFETY Beach businesses fear the establishment of a McDonald’s Restaurant or any large fast food outlet at a busy intersection will ruin their trade and litter the beach. It is believed that AA Holdings, which owns the BP service station at the Nepean Highway and Marine Drive corner, wants to redevelop and combine it with a McDonald’s outlet although, at this stage, the identity of the prospective eatery is unknown. Cr Antonella Celi, who said she was “aware of the community’s concerns”, said an application by Insight Planning Consultants to Mornington Peninsula Shire’s planning committee could be referring to any of several large restaurants/convenience stores. “It is a significant application but there’s no way of knowing who it is at this stage,” Cr Celi said. The shire’s planning services manager Lucas Gardiner said the site owner was not required to inform council of who the proposed tenant is. “Council has to assess the use of the land for a convenience restaurant and we are provided with information, including hours of operation and patron numbers to assess this,” he said. That’s cold comfort to Jim Mavrogiannis, who runs Zero 95 Dromana pizza bar and Laneway Espresso, both in Point Nepean Road. He said he feared a fast food giant would “kill businesses” along Point Nepean Road. “I love being here but this will put

Take away “disaster”: Safety Beach business people are concerned about plans for a fast food outlet on their patch. Picture: Yanni

us out of business,” he said. Mr Mavrogiannis said traffic to and from the restaurant would stifle trade. “The main entrances into Point Nepean Road and Marine Drive are often banked up now,” he said. “We hear McDonald’s are coming and it will be a lot worse. It’s an absolute drama already.”

Maria Pizzirusso, whose family runs the La Onda Latin Mex Restaurant in Point Nepean Road, was also certain the applicant was McDonald’s. “Yeah it is,” she said, adding that the size of the newcomer would “change the whole dynamics and landscape” of the area. “We are a small family owned res-

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Business ‘suffers’ from being ‘metro’ Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au THE impact of tougher COVID-19 restrictions is “having a dire impact” Mornington Peninsula businesses”. The doomsday scenario described by the mayor Cr Sam Hearn followed the state government’s inclusion of the shire in the greater Melbourne lockdown area. Cr Hearn said the peninsula had lost up to 6000 jobs, seen a 21 per cent drop in gross regional product (compared with 6.9 per cent for Australia) and an 11 per cent fall in job prospects. Statistics released over the weekend show that Victoria and New South Wales have only one job vacancy for every 10 people registered as unemployed. In Victoria there are 389,000 people on the dole and 28,700 available jobs. The shire last month asked both the state and federal governments for help, providing a list of projects ranging from homeless housing to a technology park (“Shire seeks $320m rescue package” The News 22/6/20). “A further six-week lockdown has the potential to send many local businesses to the wall,” Cr Hearn said. “We feel that this is a disproportionate impost on peninsula businesses compared to other municipalities, such as Geelong. “We would welcome a conversation with the state government about the ra-

tionale for our current classification as a metropolitan council when there are a number of compelling reasons to reinstate us as a regional municipality.” Former mayor Cr David Gill said the state government was being “extremely short sighted” in not recognising the peninsula as a regional area from an economic and planning standpoint. He said including the shire in the Melbourne Metropolitan Planning Scheme threatened the “essential” $1.2 billion green wedge food bowl mainly servicing the fast-growing Melbourne. “What suits suburban planning is slowly ruining our much admired coastal and hinterland villages and making it more difficult for farmers to survive on the land,” Cr Gill said. “The state government is putting all this in jeopardy. “Without our farming community the temptation for non-productive housing in the green wedge and further sub-divisions becomes more likely in the future.” Cr Gill said the benefits of being recognised as a region were important to businesses on the peninsula. He backed business lobby group the Committee for Mornington Peninsula in its push to have the state government change its mind and recategorise the peninsula. “As a semi-rural shire some distance from Melbourne we do not belong in the suburban classification.”

ALICIA Edwards says this much-used path in Rosebud needs lights to make it safer after dark. Picture: Yanni

Signing up to light the way By Danielle Collis ALICIA Edwards is determined not to be left in the dark despite having her request for lighting in an overgrown path rejected by Mornington Peninsula Shire. She says the popular path between Hazeldene Way [at the end of Ellaswood Mews] and Parkedge Circuit, Rosebud is overgrown and dark. “The safety of the neighbourhood is our main concern and having a well lit and maintained walkway would drastically reduce the risk of our personal safety being compromised,” she said. Ms Edwards says there are too many incidents occurring in parks, walkways

and footpaths due to lack of lighting attracting unwanted attention. “Our aim is to significantly reduce the chances of slips, falls and people lurking around by being provided lighting and regular maintenance of this walkway.” Victoria Walks executive officer Ben Rossiter wants Victorians and fitness groups to lobby their councils to apply for a new state government grant. The new grant would provide money for solar lighting on popular pathways and recreational trails. The shire’s executive manager communications and events, Randal Mathieson, said that when assessing the request from Ms Edwards it con-

sidered road and pedestrian safety, amenity and impact on the surrounding properties. “The shire did consider the request from a road safety perspective, but no road safety issues were identified. “It is not common practice for the shire to install streetlights in laneways,” Mr Mathieson said. He said the shire completed a major street lighting upgrade in 2018, replacing 10,724 standard mercury vapour street lights with energy efficient LED luminaires. The shire spent $2266 on public lighting from 2018 to 2019. Ms Edwards wants residents to sign her petition at change.org.

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IT’S not an accomplishment he aspired to, but Rosebud man Glen Grumont’s long road to recovery from illness has set a record. He was released from Rosebud Hospital last week after a combined seven months’ treatment and rehabilitation. Mr Grumont looks back at those lengthy stints first at Frankston and then Rosebud hospitals with a sense of satisfaction and a high regard for the medical professionals who brought him back to health. Along the way he proved to everyone that is a fighter and worthy of a little respect himself. The journey began when Mr Grumont walked into his GP’s office in December showing signs of jaundice. “As soon as I walked through the door he said: ‘You’re going to Frankston Hospital’.” After his admission on 24 January, the 81-year-old spent 47 days in the intensive care unit and more than 100 days with the health service. Mr Grumont had a brief stint with Peninsula Health in December, and treatment for a Whipples procedure for suspected cholangiocarcinoma, otherwise known as bile duct cancer. Specialists then detected deeper issues, including a gastroduodenal perforation, intra-abdominal haemorrhage, atrial flutter and critical illness myopathy. More surgery followed and a long ICU admission. Doctors also discovered a “leak” in an area joining the stomach to a part of the small intestine, called the jejunum. Despite undergoing surgery to have the head of his pancreas, gall bladder, and bile duct removed, Mr Grumont was not yet out of the woods. The leak caused pancreatic and biliary fluid

Honourable discharge: Long-term patient Glen Grumont receives a guard-of-honour farewell from Rosebud Hospital. Picture: Yanni

to seep out through his drain tubes, leading to multiple infections. As a result, he went on a long course of antibiotic treatment. “He’s a really complex case,” clinical dietician Zhoe Warrington said. “We put what we call a feeding jejunostomy tube into his small intestine below where the leak was and we were feeding him through that for three months. “He was unable to eat, so this was a way we could keep meeting his nutritional needs. “The nursing staff were re-infusing pancreatic fluid from his drain tube every two hours to ensure absorption – the nurses were exceptional.”

Give up your bed for youth in need Saturday 1 August 2020 Online event: 6 – 10pm Tonight more than 116,000 Australians are experiencing homelessness including approximately 220 young people from across the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula region. To help raise awareness about this issue, the Shire and Fusion Mornington Peninsula encourages the community to give up our beds, sleep in our cars, pitch a tent in our yards or sleep on our couches.

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This year registration allows you full access to Fusion’s online event, including interactive experiences, live panels presenting local youth services, tours of Fusion’s accommodation facility, guest speakers as well as live performing artists. Together we will help provide accommodation, support, opportunity and hope for young people experiencing homelessness in our community.


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While in the ICU, the medical team stemmed an intra-abdominal haemorrhage or bleed. “It’s almost unheard of that he’d be here that long, but it’s purely because he’d had quite a few complications,” Dr Sasha Kotsimbos said. “It’s why we’re all so excited that he’s done so well, that we’re at a stage where he’s undergoing rehab.” Mr Grumont’s recovery was aided by a team of nurses, physiotherapists and dietitians. The most satisfying moment of all for the team was when their patient breathed the outside air for the first time – 88 days after his admission on 21 April. Four days earlier he had eaten his first meal since treatment began. “While he didn’t lose much weight, Mr

Grumont’s time in hospital meant he lost a lot of muscle mass,” nurse unit manager Wendy Jupp said. “The ICU-acquired weakness meant he didn’t even have the ability to sit up in a standard chair. “It was a big journey to get him out of bed, and when we finally did he could only tolerate 10 minutes sitting upright, so we had to gradually build up his body strength to get him outside. “They took him outside for 20 minutes and I don’t know whose smile was bigger? His physios’ Georgie and Mel, or Glen’s?” If you ask Mr Grumont, a former foundry foreman, it was another win for him: “I love the outdoors. It was literally a breath of fresh air.” RCC_MembershipOfferA4 [VR3]_26-6-20_PRINT.indd 1

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Slowing down at The Schanck A 60kph speed limit near the Bushrangers Bay car park entrance is designed to improve the safety of large numbers of people parking and walking next to a former 100kph section of Boneo Road. The lower speed limit at Cape Schanck will be in force until the end of September. It will operate all day, every day. Speedsters sailing through at the old speed risk a $702 fine and sixmonth licence suspension. Truck drivers could be fined $1652 with the same licence suspension.

Smash but no grab A CAR driven by an elderly woman mounted the kerb and smashed the side window of a real estate agency at Rye last week. SES and Rosebud CFA crews rushed to assist the woman who was uninjured and did not require an ambulance, 6.30pm, Wednesday 8 July. Granger Estate Agents director Darren Sadler said the damage bill was around $30,000. He said debris had to be cleaned up and brick work replaced. The front door was hanging off its hinges and plywood panels used to cover the broken window before it was replaced.

Driver blows it A MAN in a green Mazda 2 allegedly driving erratically on Nepean Highway, Mornington last week

THE car that crashed through a shop front at Rye, above, and police on patrol near the Bushrangers Bay, track, below.

later allegedly returned a breath-test reading of 0.277 per cent. The 45-year-old Frankston driver was pulled over in the Bunnings car park. He was charged with drink driv-

ing and unlicensed driving and bailed to appear at Frankston Magistrates’ Court in February. Police are hoping to speak to a woman driving a silver/white fourwheel-drive overtaken by the man in the right-hand-turn lane just as the lights turned green at Oakbank Road – the Bata Shoes turn off. The woman is urged to call Frankston Crime Investigation Unit, 9784 5590. Anyone else with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or file a confidential report at crimestoppersvic.com.au

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A NEW home delivery food service has launched on the Peninsula to cater to the growing demand for preprepared, healthy and delicious meals while we all wait out Victoria’s second wave of COVID-19. With over 10 years of experience in the film and TV catering industry, local chefs Dan Hawke and Reece Morrow have spent years catering for the likes of Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Heston Blumenthall and Chris Martin on the sets of The Voice, Masterchef and Pirates of the Caribbean. With their film and TV work on pause indefinitely, now they’re catering for the Mornington Peninsula in this coronavirus time of need. Dan and Reece, who live in Mt Eliza and Mt Martha, have brought their mobile kitchens from Fox Studios in Sydney with the aim of providing instant meals for peninsula locals. “There is very little going on in the film and TV industry at the moment and we thought our own community, where thousands of people are trying to avoid going out unnecessarily or are working from home. We thought they could use some help,” said Reece, who relocated with his wife and two kids a year and a half ago. “We brought the kitchens and fridges here and have set up our HomeRun Food Co service to help people who cannot easily get to the shops or are just sick of

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Smoke was visible from the fire station when crews raced to the Wyuna Street house which was joined to its neighbour by a common wall. Crews who entered the brick house were later required to decontaminate as protection against possible asbestos in the building. They were on the scene for about 60 minutes.

MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire CEO John Baker has ended a bid by Cr Hugh Fraser to have the council take a step back and reject a budget adopted at its 23 June meeting. Cr Fraser had sought to overturn decisions which included abolishing the contentious rural living rate and excluded the fees and charges schedule. However, Mr Baker last week used his powers to block Cr Fraser’s plan, last month’s resolution had already been put into motion and a statutory process commenced. “Accordingly, I consider this matter to be outside the powers of council and vague and unclear,” he said. Cr Fraser had wanted council to stand by the draft 2020/21 budget adopted on 23 March. He said the CEO’s decision was “denying council the opportunity to debate and adopt that draft budget on 14 July and get on with the capital works and priority projects and other council spending provided in that 23 March draft budget”. Stephen Taylor

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CFA brigades from Rosebud, Dromana, Mount Martha, Boneo and Narre Warren rushed to a shed fire at Rosebud South last week. The building was fully alight when they arrived, 6.35pm, Monday 6 July. The firefighters blamed a high fuel load and structural instability for hampering their efforts to control the blaze. It was only brought under control when they forced their way into the rear of the shed. Although described as being under control it took several more hours to fully extinguish the fire.

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Smoke alert for CFA ROSEBUD and Rye CFA crews managed to contain a blaze to the one property at Capel Sound, 4pm, Tuesday 7 July.

House destroyed A WEATHERBOARD house was destroyed by fire during an early morning blaze at Red Hill last week. Incident controller Graeme Briggs, of Balnarring CFA, said the house near the corner of Red Hill and Dunn’s Creek roads had been on fire “for some time” when they arrived, 6am, Tuesday 7 July. Crews from Red Hill, Balnarring, Somers and Bittern were on the scene until 11.30am. Police are investigating the cause of the fire.

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LETTERS

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

Opposition leader should keep quiet unless he can be helpful It was encouraging to see the government and opposition parties at federal level cooperating to get the COVID-19 pandemic under control and devising plans to support people and the economy as much as possible. What a contrast at state level in Victoria. There can be no doubt that Premier Daniel Andrews is doing his best to control the virus in Victoria despite the extremely bad luck that has seen it spike again. This is not Dan Andrews’ fault, yet his calm amazes me as he continues to handle the situation while opposition leader Michael O’Brien keeps pecking at his head like a demented magpie. If Michael O’Brien cannot say anything helpful he should just keep his mouth shut. I rush to turn the TV off every time the ABC, trying to be even-handed, gives him an opportunity to make his usual vitriolic comments. James McLoughlin, Balnarring

‘Confident’ in Andrews I would like to commend [Victorian Premier] Dan Andrews for the fine job he is doing to protect us all despite his detractors. I don’t feel let down by him. He is making the decisions on advice of the state health officer and can’t be held accountable for the stupidity and selfishness of those who were continually flouting the advice to self isolate by sneaking out to parties or people who decided to go to holiday homes in Portsea after Aspen skiing trips and demonstrating in defiance of the advice given. I didn’t realise how affluent we have become when we’re prepared to fork out $1600 dollar fines without batting an eye so that we can sneak out. I find it obscene to think that people actually think that Andrews would put Victorians’ lives at risk so that he can play (as some people call him) Dictator Dan, when all the while he has our

interest at heart. The other states haven’t copped what we have endured, but give it time. We haven’t had the wash up from the Ruby Princess fiasco from NSW and other states are again receiving overseas tourists. It’s time we realised just how virulent this virus is. I don’t have confidence in [Prime Minister Scott] Morrison who seems to be riding on the coat tails of the decisions of the states and, lets face it, he’s still got bushfire victims waiting in the wings for the assistance promised. I certainly don’t have confidence in the state Liberal leader Michael O’Brien and his mob. All they do is carp and don’t offer solutions. Lets hope this lockdown will be successful in easing the situation and we can get back to some form of normalcy by adhering to the advice given to us. John Cain, McCrae

‘Thanks’ to visitors I would like to thank Premier Daniel Andrews for giving all those with holiday houses a 24hour heads up to flood down to the Mornington Peninsula before 11.59pm on the 8 July and also to holiday house rentals a thank you for renting out your houses before lockdown. In Andrews’s defense he did say “don’t go to your holiday home”. I wonder how many of those coming down here have been tested [for COVID-19]? Also, thank you for not social distancing in the shopping precinct down here. As a 74-year-old I have sorely missed knowing that we on the peninsula no longer hold the distinction of having one of highest level of confirmed cases of the virus in Victoria and also for not forcing me to further restrict my movements and exercise time. The original outbreak of the virus was brought here by returned travelers from Aspen who

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needed to holiday here. So thank you for bolting down here before the total lockdown came into effect, for not social distancing on the streets, letting your dogs run along streets and almost causing accidents as you take your exercise, and also for almost forcing me into total hibernation for six weeks. Oh, I forgot too thank you for bleeding our supermarkets dry and me possibly having to get up at 6am to get food, if there is anything left on the shelves, and for also clogging our limited medical resources. So reiterating: on behalf of the peninsula’s permanent residents, thank you to all the those that have come down. Thank you for not observing the premier’s instructions to stay home in your principal place of residence and potentially raising the risk for community transmission of the virus on the peninsula. John Zacek, Rye

Welcome back I assume some 99.9 per cent of those with holiday houses came to the Mornington Peninsula last week for a calmer feeling of safety, and near enough to 100 per cent of the 99.9 per cent free of the virus. Welcome. With the utmost respect, kindly allow me to make the one suggestion: do your supermarket shopping on weekends. Cliff Ellen, Rye

Labor letdown In March, I was criticised for praising Flinders MP, Health Minister Greg Hunt for his exemplary handling of the COVID-19 pandemic (“Labor would have better ways of tackling COVID-19” Letters 30/3/20). Given the recent fiasco in hotel quarantine by the Victorian government and its various other miss steps resulting in us once again being in lockdown, I am sure the majority of readers would now wholeheartedly disagree that assertion. Bill Holmes, Sorrento

Make it Indigenous

Looking for ways to get active? Shire’s new website is keeping you in the game Local sport and recreation is a fundamental part of the Mornington Peninsula lifestyle. To get active and connect with local sports and recreation activities check out the Shire’s new website called ‘Our Active Peninsula’.

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From walking trails, footy, archery, horse-riding, cricket, swimming, golf, surfing, fishing and getting active at your local gym, there are many opportunities. • • •

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Frankston’s aquatic centre is called Peninsula. Hastings’ is Pelican Park. A [private] pool in Mornington is Kings. After all the investment in time and money and all we can come up with is Rosebud, for the reason it’s in Rosebud. We pay tribute to our Indigenous peoples at every Mornington Peninsula Shire Council meeting. Unless we start putting those words into some sort of practice that’s all they’ll ever be, just words on paper, to be read at the right occasion. The landscape at the pool should also have a totally with Indigenous flora and theme. It would serve the peninsula’s sustainability and ecological and biodiversity policies and represent our connection to the biosphere reserve of which we are a member. We have all the knowledge expertise and materials to do this in our shire. Yawa: to swim. It’s a no brainer. John Blogg, Somers

Pool for Mornington I have been a resident of Mornington for 60 years and write in support of an aquatic centre for Mornington (“Now for Mornington” Letters 30/6/20). As stated, we are well served for beaches but sadly these are not ideal for children to learn to swim. They are also far too cold for many months of the year for those people who would

DESPITE Mornington’s University of the Third Age (U3AM) premises being closed since mid-March, about half its classes are still operating. While email and phone calls keep tutors and students in touch, there has also been a move to Zoom. Physiotherapist Helen Gordon’s exercise group Shake, Rattle & Roll, had a waiting list but now, with online Zoom, numbers can be unlimited. Gordon leads from in front of a TV screen and more than 60 students are regularly following her movements in their own homes. U3AM president Dr John Beaney and his wife Beryl took care of the Zoom set-up for Gordon, who broadcasts her weekly sessions from their home.

like to swim in order to keep fit. Such a venue could incorporate a separate warm water pool for those who need to do Hydrotherapy. Rosebud’s aquatic centre involved much discussion some of it Ill tempered. Let’s not go down that track, let’s just agree that we need it and “get on with it”, but definitely not on the foreshore. Paula Dorrington, Mornington

Historical record Thanks to the cover of the property guide in the 8 July issue of The News, I now have a photo of “Back Road Bob” Cairns’ Fern Villa. CAIRNS - On the 26 July, Annie Eliza, beloved wife of Robert Cairns, Fern Villa, Rosebud, and mother of David, James, George (deceased), and Godfrey, aged 74. (P.1, Argus, 27/7/1922.) The blurb on page 3 of the guide gives the address of this historic home as 14-16 Morris Street, but unfortunately repeats the late Peter Wilson’s’/Ray Cairns’ guess that the name was Tornvilla. The print in the Peninsula Post was either too faint or too blurred so a guess was required. A letter in the same edition rightly points out that Rosebud does not describe the area for which the aquatic centre is being built (“Rosebud inappropriate” Letters). But the letter also repeats the old Furphy that Rosebud was originally called Banksia Point. There was only one Banksia Point in Australia - at Katoomba. The vessel Rosebud ran aground in late May 1855, not 1851, and Edward William Hobson was no longer a pastoralist at the time. After George Smith had transferred the lease of Tootgarook back to him in 1850, he immediately transferred it to James Purves. Peter Wilson correctly stated that Hobson became the sole owner of the Rosebud in mid-1854 but was unaware that the sheriff had impounded the vessel early in 1855 due to unpaid crew wages and port fees. Purves had bought the schooner by March 1955 and insured it for 700 pounds. Ray Gibb, Rosebud.

Vegan protection Victoria is again in stage-three lockdown, state borders are closed, and COVID-19 news is again accompanied by pictures of slaughterhouses. Two workers have tested positive at an abattoir in Brooklyn and another abattoir in Thomastown, while hundreds of others are being tested. This follows the closure in April of Cedar Meats, which was the centre of a cluster of over one hundred cases of COVID-19. Slaughterhouses are toxic for the humans who work there and the animals who suffer and die there. But they are ideal for viruses, since people work in close proximity and social distancing is not possible. In Australia, the injury and illness rate for workers in the meat industry is four times the national average since staff are often forced to work at reckless speeds to maximise production. Australian abattoirs and factory farms are every bit as filthy as the wet market in China where the coronavirus is believed to have originated. A colossal 75 per cent of recently emerging infectious diseases affecting humans are transmitted from other animals. Going vegan is the best way to protect workers, prevent future pandemics, and spare animals from needless suffering. Desmond Bellamy, PETA Australia


Support the Mornington Peninsula being designated regional Thank you to all of you who have contacted local MPs and contacted us to show support for our push for Mornington Peninsula to be designated as regional. As a community we must band together and get behind this issue. There are many benefits to the Mornington Peninsula being designated as regional. One being that we wouldn’t be in lockdown for the next six weeks and beyond. The formal designation of the Mornington Peninsula as a ‘region’ rather than a metropolitan community is a priority pillar of the Committee for Mornington Peninsula (CfMP). Regional Victoria has access to a wide range of Victorian Government initiatives through agencies such as Regional Development Victoria. These include reductions in payroll tax, land tax, and access to the $500m Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund to assist overcoming the challenges that come with living and working outside of urban areas. The Mornington Peninsula also misses out on additional NDIS support, living away from home allowances for students, financial incentives for employers to take on apprentices and a number of agricultural support programs. Although regional by nature, the entire Mornington Peninsula forms part of Metropolitan Melbourne. This mean Mornington Peninsula residents and businesses face all the challenges of a regional community, without access to crucial funding and support received by other regional areas.

Just this week the Prime Minister announced special visas for Hong Kong residents to come to regional Australia to fill skill shortages. The Mornington Peninsula won’t have access to this program because we are considered metropolitan Melbourne. We welcome you to get involved in supporting our advocacy and research into the Mornington Peninsula becoming a region. How can you help? Head to our webpage www.committeeformp.com.au/newsand-media/push-for-regionalisation-ofmornington-peninsula/ and: Sign the e-petition An e-petition is currently live on the Victorian Parliament website. We would encourage everyone to sign this petition and share it with your local networks. Complete the CfMP Survey of Local Issues Our current survey covers a number of local issues, including regional designation.

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Designed for the Extended Family SaFety Beach 14 Deck Terrace

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100 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK...

A visit to Balnarring - Thoughts about the peninsula’s future Compiled by Cameron McCullough AWAY in the bygone past, when the pioneering stalwarts battled grimly with Nature and misfortune to make the Mornington Peninsula a fit place for the orchardist, the pastoralist, and the agriculturist, some doughty old settlers smiled meaningly at the hardships of the pioneering life. They worked day and night, from sunrise to sunset, and late into the night. They smiled in those days of woe, simply because they were peering into the microscope of the future, and there they detected visionary glimpses of those more successful days which ultimately became realities. Much the same today, we are peering into the future, as have done the forefathers of many residents here today. On Saturday last “The Standard’s” representative had the pleasure of visiting Balnarring with representative Frankston sports. Despite the chilly extremity of the breezes, it was a very pleasing outing. It gave to me a glimpse of the country between Frankston and Balnarring. And, in turn, that glimpse gave rise to these thoughts, which I here subscribe, as I passed. But, first, I must say something about what caught my eye. One of these sightly things was the adorable, flowering wattles those soft, downy, little petals resonant of Nature’s love which moved the heart of Adam Lindsay Gordon, and made that joyous singer of sweet verse, the late Miss Jennings Carmichael, glory in its ecstacies. Really, the wattles at the Bittern

railway station were lovely. It is one of Nature’s whimsicalities to please the eye, and the wattles at Bittern have surely had that happy result many times. The homes en route are another pleasing sight. There are, indeed, some very fine homes to be seen. In front, are “the smiles of the rose,” the purity of the lily, and the various exquisite beauties of floriculture; at the side, mostly shrubberis, but sometimes the useful cabbage and carrot. These homes indicate the general nature of the country. In a desolate country, remarkable for its un-productivity, one does not see fine homes like these. In the distance one’s eye detected the silvery waters of Westernport Bay, but almost everywhere, through the horticultural districts, we were rushing swiftly past young, but vigorous crops, past sheep and cattle grazing in the fields, past wealth giving orchards. There were vistas of rural scenery unfolded one to the minute. As we sped past urban scenes, through sylvan groves, one could not help thinking of mystical lore. Here, surely, the mystic Pan would have delighted to make music on his mystic pipes; here, amongst the noble avenues of gums, and the ti-tree thickets, one might, like the visionaries, see the hiding planes of fearful dryads. We did not have the chance to visualise the Baxter district, but appearances suggested that Tyabb, Hastings, and Somerville enjoy that spirit and atmosphere that serves to denote

general prosperity and the demeane of rural hospitality. In short time, these places will thrive. They are fostering the co-operative spirit, uniting the producers into a compact body with a unity of purpose and the desire to improve the district as a whole. Bittern and Balnarring, both handy to the Naval Base, are more strictly devoted to agricultural and pastoral industries. Balnarring is on the maps alright, but it is difficult for one so prosaic as the average journalist to say precisely whether its a township, a village, or just merely a place. Take away Stone’s Store, the Church of England, and the Mechanics’ Hall, and Balnarring has gone. All the residences are farm-houses, and are very scattered. But there’s money in Balnarring the rich pastures, the grassy solitudes, and the cultivated fields alike prove that. Unlike many other places to my knowledge, Balnarring does not forget those who paved the way in the early days. In its public hall, it has some of their photos, including one of the Hon. Alfred Downward, M.L.A. who for the past 25 years has represented the Mornington Peninsula in the State Legislature. The photo of Mr. Peter Nowlan, who, from 1868 to 1897, as Shire Secretary of the Flinders Shire Council, is there; likewise those of Messrs John Davies, Robert Stanley, and David Mars, three old pioneers, who took an active part in municipal life

for more than 20 years. Men like Messrs William Davies, Robert Johnson, George Cole, John Campbell Downward, William Hurley, John Buckley, John Oswin, Paul Van Suylen, Edward Downward, Edward Stanley, and Captain Bryant Tonkin are all honored in the same style. Some have crossed the Great Divide, some are here yet, but Balnarring pays tribute in the truly thankful spirit. *** A NOTE of simplicity is shown in the smart bathing costume worn by Viola Dana in “Some Bride” at the Frankston Pictures Saturday night. *** WIDOWS, orphans, widowed mothers and other immediate dependents of deceased soldiers, and also the more seriously disabled soldiers, are entitled to claim from the A.I.F Canteen Funds Trust. Particulars may be obtained from Mr E. Barrett, secretary of the Frankston Repatriation Committee, Frankston. *** FOR Children’s Hacking Cough, Woods’ Great Peppermint Cure. *** AT the monthly meeting of the Frankston Mechanics’ Committee held on Monday evening there were present – Cr. W. P. .Mason (president), Cr Oates, Messrs W. W. Young, P. Wheeler, W. Crawford Young and the secretary, C. Dalman. An offer from the Sale library to exchange books periodically was considered. It was thought that the idea could be

better worked between towns closer together. Miss P. Twining, secretary of the Welcome Home Committee, wrote asking permission to place an Honor Board in the main hall. The request was readily granted. Mr H. Vicars was elected to fill a vacancy on the committee. A vote of thanks was passed to Mr James Lambie, of “Karinza”, Mornington Road, for his gift of two framed photographs of Murray district views. Accounts amounting to £23 17s 3d were passed for payment. *** THE 12.26 p.m. train for Melbourne now leaves Frankston at 12.36, and running express from Mordialloc to Glenhuntley, arrives at Flinders Street at the same time as formerly. *** THE annual statement and balance sheet in connection with the Frankston branch of the Protestant Federation has been prepared and duly audited, and will be presented at the annual meeting of members to be held during the current month. *** NEXT Monday night Mrs Wheeler, the gifted elocutionist will appear in the Frankston Mechanics’ Institute under the auspices of the W.C.T.U. and the Rechabite Lodge. The recital will be illustrated by lantern views, and the Frankston Brass band will assist. *** FROM the pages of the Mornington Standard, 9 July 1920

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The Gypsy Barber Fortune Telling Debacle By Stuart McCullough WE’VE all had to make sacrifices. Avoiding family for extended periods of time. Treating on-coming strangers as if they might be radioactive. Piling up furniture against the front door to prevent intruders (who may or may not be zombies) while ruining the lawn as you dig yourself a fall out shelter. But of all these indignities, there is one that rises above any other – not being able to get a haircut. We’ve all had to endure various degrees of shagginess over the past few months. I had been somewhat preoccupied in the weeks leading up to lockdown, so I’ll admit that I was especially impacted. I have the kind of hair that, notwithstanding its status as a diminishing resource, tends to look wild and demented at a certain point if left to its own devices. I knew that I’d crossed a line when people started referring to me as ‘Einstein’. For a brief and glorious moment, I genuinely believed this was a reference to my awesome intellectual capacity before realizing that I simply needed a haircut. I am not so much a creature of habit as I am hopelessly habitual. I do the same thing over and over again and take great comfort from order. But sometimes order is not an option. When I called my barber, the phone rang out. Like a lot of people, he shut up shop for a time as things first started to unfold. I’d been going to the same barber for twenty years or so. There’s a rapport and understanding that you develop with the person who cuts your hair. It’s not something

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you can easily replace. But these were desperate times that called for equally desperate measures. Things were getting critical and getting to the stage that every time I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror, I gave myself a little fright. One 15 July 2020

morning I completely terrified myself and hid in a cupboard. The time had come to do something decisive. This would mean either cutting my own hair or finding someone else to do it for me. Given that I have the kind of dexterity that, at times, struggles to

open a packet of Tim Tams, I decided that this was a job best left, if not to experts, then certainly to someone other than myself. I realize that in this day and age, the Internet gives you a whole host of ways to choose a service provider based on the views of others. Rather than critical acclaim, I used another method – sheer geographical convenience. This meant that I made an appointment with the hairdresser around the corner from my house. It had a sign out the front boasting that the proprietor had undertaken specific training to reduce the risk of infection. When I arrived, I was handed a business card. Somewhat disconcertingly, the sum total of that training seemed to be a quick squirt of Mr. Sheen in the general direction of the chair. I’ll admit, I found it kind of threatening. Rather than the easy conversation I was used to, everything felt stilted. My hairdresser was really into astrology. I am really not. Despite giving subtle clues such as standing on my chair and declaring that astrology was hokum and that I never wanted to hear anything more about it, she continued. I felt trapped. She asked me what star sign I was. Foolishly, I told her I was a Scorpio. She nodded, knowingly, as if to say ‘that explains everything’ before declaring that Scorpios were renown for not having any friends. Suddenly, frightening myself in the mirror seemed preferable to getting insulted while having a haircut. Later, I contemplated contacting all my friends to laugh at her, frankly, ludicrous claim,

before realizing I didn’t have any. She then revealed that prior to being a hairdresser, she had trained as an accountant but had never practiced, as she had elected to work full time as a gypsy. It was only then that I noticed that instead of the traditional mirror I was, instead, seated in front of a crystal ball. Looking at the business card I’d been given, I realized that it was, in actual fact, a tarot card. As she waved the scissors around, she declared that she would now read my fortune. I could have saved her the trouble and told her that my future involved never returning here for a haircut ever again. Only by creating a distraction did I manage to escape with my life although the same cannot be said for my dignity. I’m not sure how you’d describe the results but for several weeks I bore a strong resemblance to a gypsy. Mostly this was the haircut. But my decision to fully embrace casual dress day by wearing a single gold earring, an eye patch and a pirate shirt probably didn’t help matters much. This week I returned to my regular barber. Were it not for the strictures of social distancing, I’d probably have given him a hug. I’d go so far as to say that we were happy to see each other. Immediately, we fell into our old routine and, suddenly, everything felt right in the world. By the time I emerged, I no longer looked like a gypsy and no one is trying to tell my fortune against my will. Tossing my golden earring, neckerchief and pirate shirt to the side, I strode off down the street on a mission to make some friends. stuart@stuartmccullough.com


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By Craig MacKenzie WHILE Adam Jamieson thinks the 2020 season is all but a write-off he has an idea how Football Victoria could salvage something from the wreckage. The Mornington gaffer has called for the state body to make the most of the opportunity to align elite junior and senior competitions for 2021. “I think the season is pretty much done now,” Jamieson said. “But this is a chance for FV to address what I think is a real disconnect between what they’ve done with the NPL junior season and what the seniors are doing. “I don’t understand how juniors play 33 games and (State 1) seniors play 22. “Here’s a chance to start early next year, say February, and at least revamp some of the higher leagues into 16-team competitions. “If seniors then play a 30-game season that makes sense to me but the way things are I don’t know how we are supposed to continually produce players with that disconnect between the lengths of the different seasons.” Last week FV announced another suspension of all football activity for six weeks in line with Victoria’s return to stage 3 COVID-19 restrictions. It’s the second suspension this year and it came on the same day that Football Federation Australia called off the 2020 FFA Cup and the Australia-wide NPL finals series. Just three local clubs were still in the Cup – Langwarrin, Mornington and Seaford United. At senior level it’s believed that FV is holding on to the rapidly fading prospect of organising an 11-game season where clubs in leagues of 12 play each other once. Promotion still would be up for grabs and there would be no relegation. “That could happen only if they (FV) were prepared to play midweek games and I don’t know if they are,” Jamieson said. “I think they’ve got the venues to play midweek games and if they went Saturday, Wednesday, Saturday, Wednesday then maybe have a week off then back to Saturday, Wednesday they could get six games played

Deep in thought: Mornington head coach Adam Jamieson thinks season 2020 could be “pretty much done now.” Picture: Darryl Kennedy

in three weeks but how far down the leagues does that happen? “Probably only NPL1, 2, 3 and maybe State 1 and I’m tipping they’d want everyone involved in it if they are still going to try.” Jamieson belongs to a select group of observers not prepared to buy into the criticism of FV’s stewardship of the game throughout the pandemic. “I think a lot of people don’t understand that it’s a business and they have employees so they have to make money to pay their employees,” he said. “I run a business myself so I know it’s bloody hard in these times. “To be fair to them (FV) I think they’ve been pretty good. “I think a lot of the criticism they’ve received is unwarranted because none of us know what’s going on out there.” Much has changed since Morning-

ton realised last season that its promotion prospects were over and switched its gaze to 2020 little knowing what it would face both on and off the field. “We started planning back in August when we pretty much knew our fate last season and where we were at as a football club. “Pre-season started and we played games before Christmas then ramped it up in January and February. “We aimed at a lot of NPL and State 1 clubs for pre-season practice matches to really test ourselves then with about a week to go we had the tragedy of losing Tony (McKay, senior team manager).” Jamieson paused, took a deep breath and continued. “Then a few days out from the start of the season and suddenly we’re stopped.

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“It’s been a shocking 2020 I can tell you. “But through the first lockdown our boys have been so diligent in sticking to the program we mapped out for them then we ramped that up a few weeks before training started again and they were absolutely brilliant. “So you come back and it’s nocontact training and you get so close to contact training again and then it changes again. “I think the hardest thing to manage has been the players’ mental state – and our own.” Jamieson spoke to his players last Tuesday after FV’s suspension announcement. It was an emotional meeting for a group with such high hopes of success. “To be perfectly honest there were a few tears there after what we’ve been

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By Ben Triandafillou IT’S been just over a year since her last winner, but Morningtonbased trainer Rachael Frost was back with a bang on Saturday 11 July breaking through for a comfortable victory at Caulfield. The former New Zealander saddled up her highest rated runner, Travimyfriend (88 rating), in the $100,000 Handicap race and finally got all the conditions to suit her seven-year-old gelding. Having been up against the race shape and pattern at his past three starts, Travimyfriend finally drew a gate (barrier 2) and had the soft conditions to suit on Saturday.

The son of Tavistock was given a perfect steer from jockey Dean Yendall and pounced on the opportunity to run away for a one-and-ahalf length victory over the Nick Ryan-trained Battle Torque. Trainer Rachael Frost, who also rides Travimyfriend in all of his work, was ecstatic to see the hard work pay off and land another metropolitan victory with the gutsy gelding. “It’s not through the lack of trying,” Frost said. “Flemington was a bit of a disaster and then last start he went good here. We probably just rode him wrong. “I’ve had him for his whole

life since he was a yearling. He’s Group One placed in New Zealand and stakes placed here, too. Hopefully now that he’s got the form, he’ll hold it – he’s pretty good at that. He just keeps going.” Frost said it normally takes a few runs to get the gelding up and going but he really relishes being in work. “He might get ten days off every now and again,” she said. “But he’d rather be in work than in the paddock.” With the victory on Saturday, Travimyfriend took his earnings to $357,164 in prizemoney and brought up his ninth top-three finish since moving to Mornington.

THE Frankston and Mornington Peninsula junior football seasons have been cancelled. A statement released by AFL South East last week read that all of their 2020 junior football seasons would be called off. They include the Frankston and Districts Junior Football League, South East Juniors, and AFL South East Top-Age. AFL South East’s Richard Black said “whilst we are disappointed to cancel junior football this year, the health and wellbeing of the community have always been our top priority.” “COVID-19 has presented a very unique set of circumstances and we need to ensure that our participants and volunteers emerge from this pandemic in a healthy state,” he said. “We look forward to working with our clubs to create a safe and healthy environment for all members and volunteers as we put plans in place for 2021.” Mornington Peninsula Junior Football League president Andrew Souter said

“the Melbourne Metro area including the Mornington Peninsula has now gone into lockdown for at least a six week period. This means that our home and away season for 2020 has now been cancelled.” “If the government allows later in the year, we may be able to conduct a mini round robin type of competition, but based on government restrictions, this would not be able to take place until at least September. This will be dependent on a number of factors but obviously there will need to be a club appetite in the first place,” he said. “We want to thank all clubs for their hard work in preparing for this year. We really feel for our club volunteers, the kids, and everyone involved in our great game, but we have to do the right thing in regards to the health and safety of our community. Please let it be known that we are already preparing and working hard for season 2021.”

VFL season cancelled THE Frankston Dolphins will not get the chance to play this year, after the cancellation of the 2020 VFL season was made official last week. The 2020 VFL season was scheduled to get underway on 1 August, before the latest spike in Victorian COVID-19 cases put a stop to those plans. AFL clubs had to fly out of Victoria during the week to ensure they could continue to play. Frankston FC were set to be one of seven teams that would compete in this year’s VFL competition. Dolphins players returned to training at SkyBus Stadium on

2 June with a modified program. A statement on the club’s Facebook page read “to all of our 2020 Members, we thank you for your great support this year which has been absolutely amazing and imperative to our survival.” “To our coaches, players, support staff who have stuck with the club from the commencement of preseason training in the last week of October 2019 to our last training run last night, we thank you so much for all you have put in to this year. “We will all regroup and work towards 2021 season now with great anticipation.”

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