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Trailblazing the main attraction IT may be a bumpy, strenuous ride but there is no doubting the ever-growing attraction of the mountain bike trails in Arthurs Seat State Park. Last week the trails also drew politicians who went along to check out the slippery slopes government grants have helped shape. “No shortage of challengers on mountain trails” Page 9 Picture: Yanni

Cats break 24-hour curfew Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au CAT owners on the Mornington Peninsula are being reminded that their pets must always be kept on their properties. Although there is a 24-hour cat curfew set by Mornington Peninsula Shire many owners do not restrain their pets. Like dogs, cats are not allowed to wander unchecked because they pose a real threat to native animals and birds. “High numbers of cats [are] roaming

around … doing massive damage to our wildlife, members,” according to members of Mornington Environmental Association. “Cats are catching lizards, birds and other creatures along Tanti Creek and along the Mornington foreshore, as well as in private gardens,” president Margaret Howden said. She said the MEA auspices five friends’ groups that remove weeds and plant native grasses, trees, shrubs and groundcovers to provide habitat for

birds, lizards and insects. “It is heartbreaking to see cats predating the area we are attempting to restore,” Ms Howden said. “I don’t think that people realise that if a cat walks through the area many birds will not come back near the place. Some of our little birds nest in the undergrowth, making them very vulnerable to cats.” Ms Howden said some cat owners appeared to mistakenly believe that cats are allowed out during the day.


“They are not,” she said. “We have a 24-hour curfew on the peninsula. Cats do enormous damage to our environment during daylight hours.” The Mornington Peninsula Shire website advises that under the 24-hour curfew cats must be contained to their owner’s property at all times. The site lists’ options for dealing with a wandering or trespassing cat when it enters their property. They must first establish whether the cat has an owner or if it is a stray or owner-

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less cat. They should watch the cat to find out where it lives or ask neighbours to help identify where it comes from. They can then approach the cat’s owner and explain the problem or download the “Dear Neighbour” letter found on page 5 of the Wandering Cat booklet and put it into their letter box. If these options fail residents can call the environment protection unit on 5950 1050 to arrange for a shire officer to assist in setting a non-lethal cat trap.

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Council candidate wins seat on second count Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au SUSAN Bissinger is the replacement councillor for Hugh Fraser in Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Nepean Ward. Ms Bissinger’s appointment follows Tuesday’s (13 April) recount of votes cast in the November 2020 election. Ms Bissinger, pictured right, told The News that she was “looking forward to getting things done, or at least having a go at getting them done”. After being sworn in at this Tuesday’s (20 April) council meeting and with several meetings to go before council is scheduled to adopt the 2021/22 budget Ms Bissinger will have several opportunities to make known her preferences on council spending. In her candidate’s statement before the November election (won by Cr now fellow Nepean Ward councillor Sarah Race and Mr Fraser) Ms Bissinger said “my goal is to improve the look, feel and function of our local communities in a cost effective way, whilst conserving and protecting the natural environment”. “A large chunk of the [shire’s] revenue comes from the Nepean Ward, yet very little funding comes back to us - we need to divert funds back to Nepean Ward and ensure best use of resources for all council projects.” Ms Bissinger said the shire’s budget “through its overspends and lack of belt-tightening highlights just how out of touch they are with our community”. She said that in her years as a project manager

“I have never failed to deliver, and if elected, I won’t let you down”. In a news release announcing Ms Bissinger’s election, Cr Race said she was looking forward “to working with her to support our local community”. “I’d also like to point out we now have seven female councillors, one of the highest representations of women on a local council in the state,” Cr Race said. The Committee for Mornington Peninsula is also looking forward “to working with Cr Bissinger in the priority areas she identified in her election campaign, including rebuilding businesses, upgrading infrastructure, improving public transport, encouraging tourism and improving town planning processes”, according to its executive officer, Briony Hutton. The election of Ms Bissinger, who received 17.21 per cent of Nepean Ward’s 20,000 primary votes at the election, means that nine of the shire’s

11 councillors are first-timers. Hugh Fraser’s surprise resignation in March left the shire with 10 councillors and some still unanswered questions (“Fraser bows out over ‘differences’ with CEO” The News 29/3/21). Candidates who missed out on winning on their second chance in the wake of Mr Fraser’s departure were Mechelle Cheers, Simon Mulvany, Mark Davis and Gary Naughton. For her part, Ms Bissinger, through her Nepean Voters Action Group website “All about Sorrento”, said websites with a similar format would have been started for all areas from Tootgarook to Portsea if she had been elected. Now that she has a seat on council, Ms Bissinger will be able to make good on that promise. She will also be able to voice the opposition expressed on her website to the shire’s draft master plan for Sorrento foreshore. “We think it seems to be an expensive, unattractive and inappropriate mismatch of styles and materials and doesn’t address function or respect the history of this particular area,” the Nepean Voters Action Group website states. Among many other actions, it also wants storage racks for boats on Sorrento beaches with boat owners paying a fee to the shire. “We need to upgrade and future proof our local areas including footpaths, bike lanes, roads, inclusive beach access, maintaining and improving foreshores and sporting venues,” the then candidate stated. “It is vital that our small businesses receive immediate assistance to rebuild, initially focusing my energy on getting us out of the COVID metro zone mess.”

Senior driver expo A FREE senior driver expo will be held at Rosebud Memorial Hall, 994 Point Nepean Road, Rosebud, 9.45am-2pm, Wednesday 5 May. Mornington Peninsula Shire has organised the event in collaboration with leading seniors’ agencies. It will include a free barbecue lunch. Those attending can bring their own car for a free driving assessment and check by VicRoads. No driver testing is involved. To register or for further information contact Wiser Driver Facilitator Nancye-Joy Gardner, of Road Safe South East Inc, on 0419 398 695 or email nancye.seniordrivers@outlook.com

Food for the needy FRESH Food Fridays is back on the menu at Holy Family Church, Weeroona Street, Rye, from 12.30pm, Friday 7 May. Rye St Vincent de Paul Society previously ran the free food program for the needy, but it was stopped because of COVID-19 last year. Now it’s back up and running with fresh food supplied by OzHarvest and peninsula growers and suppliers. Details: Rye Fresh Food secretary Gerry Edwards 0414 331 166 or 5986 4860.

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TRADERS in the Rosebud shopping strip are querying the continuing use of parking barricades along Point Nepean Road now that the COVID-19 pandemic is over. “Parklets”, which gave traders the use of car parking spaces, were introduced to provide shops, mainly cafes, with more space in which to operate. But the protecting barricades have not benefitted all businesses, particularly those whose customers prefer to park nearby to make a quick purchase and drive off. Rosebud Flowers says it is facing collapse because of the barricades on Point Nepean Road between Fourth and Fifth Avenues. Previous owner Marlene Knight has had to take over from proprietor Penny Caravias who found the strain of running the business with decreasing returns caused by the parking barriers too much and “had a breakdown”. Ms Knight claimed uncertainty surrounding the removal of the barriers had robbed the business of vital trade, with even the impromptu but regular sales to after-work tradies evaporating. “We used to take $300-$400 in a few hours, but the barriers have stopped them pulling up and they are not going to cross that road,” Ms Knight said. “We are in dire trouble.” Ms Knight said the barriers were to be removed at the end of January and again before Valentine’s Day [14 February] but “then the shire CEO [John

Hard times: Traders says parking barriers used to create parklets have turned customers away from shops at Rosebud. Picture: Yanni

Baker] paid us a visit and the end result is that they seem to be staying”. Ms Knight said the business paid $8000 for roses for Valentine’s Day but sales were minimal. Now the shop is facing uncertainty

in the lead-up to the traditionally big Mother’s Day sales on Sunday 9 May. “We are shovelling money into a big hole here,” Ms Knight said. “We managed to get through COVID-19 and now this, yet we’ve still got

to pay our rent, our growers ... it’s a nightmare.” “Who would put bollards on a major road like that and expect it to be safe? “When Penny had her breakdown neither the ambulance nor the police

could get near the shop. How can any authority block off a major thoroughfare this way? It’s just plain dangerous and puts people’s lives at risk.” Rosebud Chamber of Commerce’s Stephanie Jurinovic said the latest advice from the shire was that the barricades would go on either Tuesday 6 April or Wednesday 7 April “in line with [Mr Baker’s] decision to extend the operation from its original removal date of 8 February to Easter”. But that date has come and gone and the barricades remained as of Friday 16 April. “Everyone understands that we were in a difficult situation regarding COVID-19, but they kept giving us a date [for the barriers to come down] and yet it seems to be ongoing. This is our livelihood.” Ms Jurinovic has written to the shire asking, “who owns this decision and can confirm the exact date of removal?” No reply had been received by Friday 16 April. The shire’s economic development department wrote to the flower shop’s Ms Caravias saying they “understand your complete frustration at how this situation has turned out, particularly with the effect it has had on your business”. However, the “final decision regarding what to do with the barriers and how long to leave them in place was made by [Mr Baker]” and staff “have to abide by that decision”. Ms Caravias’s email was forwarded to Mr Baker and acting director of place Jessica Wingad.

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BEACH users at McCrae say the dredging process being used to “renourish” the sand is harmful to the environment and unlikely to be a long term solution to sand.

Denial over ‘threat’ to marine life Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au THE Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning says methods of using 20,000 cubic metres of dredged sand to replenish McCrae beach are designed “to avoid impacting any marine values and coastal vegetation”. “Our marine biodiversity and natural environment team experts have confirmed there are no specific concerns relating to the project with regards to land-based coastal vegetation, the reef, or the plants and animals that inhabit it,” DELWP Port Phillip regional di-

rector Stephen Chapple said. However, long time beach users report that marine creatures are being “shredded” by the DELWP’s dredging machines. “Some stingrays miraculously made it through the muncher with a wing missing - to be met by hungry seagulls when they were unceremoniously flung out of the pipe,” Julie Davey said. “This concoction of sand and sea creatures deposited on our beautiful McCrae beach to a level with the car park, is already disappearing. After less than a fortnight one third of the sand has been reclaimed by the sea.”

Virginia Richardson, of Dromana, in a letter trying to enlist the help of Flinders MP Greg Hunt, said residents’ concerns had increased after on-site meetings “discuss options to reduce negative impacts” with Mr Chapple, state MP for Nepean Chris Brayne and Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Cr Debra Mar. “Unfortunately, we were met with extreme hostility, a reluctance to consider any of our concerns, and a refusal to stop the works,” Ms Richardson told Mr Hunt. Ms Davey said regular beach walkers “knew this would happen”. “The

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same thing happened in Dromana a few years ago with a repeat performance recently. “They muddied our swimming water over the best part of summer but ,most importantly, there is a huge cost in terms of marine life and dollars for this nonsense.” Ms Davey feared that the “currently unstable wall of sand” was a safety threat to children. Ms Richardson said “expert advice” provided to residents “strongly suggests otherwise” to the DELWP’s claim to be not harming the environment. Mr Chapple told The News that a

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Holding Ground for Arthurs Seat WORKS by 76 contemporary artists come together in Holding Ground, an online art exhibition and fundraiser being held to stop the proposed expansion of a contentious granite quarry at Arthurs Seat. Charitable organisation the Ross Trust, and the company it owns, Hillview Quarries, plan to dig the quarry on the north face of Arthurs Seat which would destroy remnant old-growth bushland that is home to koalas and 27 threatened or endangered species. The 23 April-14 May Holding Ground exhibition curated by Penelope Gebhardt features a selection of Mornington Peninsula-based, Melbourne and interstate artists working

across sculpture, painting, drawing, jewellery, ceramics, textiles, photography, digital art and printmaking. The works are related thematically to ideas of connection, identity and the natural world. Organisers aim to raise $100,000 with all proceeds going to support the Save Arthurs Seat campaign and efforts to convince the Ross Trust/ Hillview Quarries to withdraw their proposal. If the environmental effects statement is released, the money will be used to hire experts to assess the findings and provide legal representation at the hearings. “It’s exciting to bring art to the centre of the fight to Save Arthurs Seat.

The support and generosity of the artists is inspiring,” Ms Gebhardt said. “Holding Ground aims to help shine a light on the Ross Trust’s plans and what we all stand to lose if the quarry goes ahead. “The exhibition provides people with a powerful opportunity to purchase artwork by renowned contemporary artists and, at the same time, help save a precious part of our state.” Holding Ground is being put on by Silver Leaf Art Box, Merricks General Wine Store and Montalto. View online at: silverleaf-artbox. com.au from 12pm, Friday 23 April. Artworks can also be viewed by appointment.

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AN appetite for self-inflicted punishment appears to have no boundaries when it comes to mountain bike riding. Steep, winding trails, peppered with rocks and tree roots that quickly turn into slippery, muddy slides are more drawcard than deterrent. Recent years have seen an ever increasing number of mountain bikers descend (literally) from near the heights of Arthurs Seat State Park to Boundary Road, Dromana along a series of graded trails. Some riders make their own, slow-paced way up the steep hill while others carry their bikes to the park entrance off Arthurs Seat Road on car racks or aboard a custom-built trailer. Once at the top, gravity helps speed up the pace down the trails which range from easy to more difficult, very difficult and extremely difficult. In some cases, the trail name gives a hint of what may lie ahead: Pink Line, Rock Salt, Slip-

pery Gypsy, Wombat, East Link, Pine Climb, High Roller, Pins and Needles, Fall Line and Deadwoods. A check of Parks Victoria’s trail guide map shows just how many S bends may be involved before arriving at the relatively flat Hillview Community Reserve. The number of people parking bikes, gathered around or coming in and out of the cafes at the small shopping centre at the bottom of the hill is testament to the sport’s popularity. Last week trails at the park were visited by Local Government and Suburban Development Minister Shaun Leane and Nepean MP Chris Brayne. The expansion of the 13-kilometre trail network, which attracts around 120,000 riders a year, was completed by trail builder, Trailscapes. The new trails cater for all rider levels and meet International Mountain Bicycling Association standards. Mr Brayne said the trail project “has provided improved accessibility and recreation trails for bike riders”.



May deadline for BMX strategy views SUBMISSIONS to Mornington Peninsula Shire’s plans for a Recreational Mountain Bike and BMX Facilities Strategy close 31 May. The need for a strategy followed the unauthorised building of BMX jumps and courses on public land. The shire hired consultants @leisure Planners after complaints about the number

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‘Providers’ sought to take over shire’s home day care All revved up: Flinders Motoring Heritage event organiser Mary Iles with one of this year’s winning entries. Picture: Supplied.

Car show supports young patients MOTORING buffs were in top gear at the Flinders Motoring Heritage event on Easter Sunday, 4 April. After missing out last year due to COVID-19 restrictions, more than 1000 fans were able to admire prestige, vintage, unique and collector vehicles at the event which raised $28,000 for Peninsula Health. Lions Club of Flinders event organiser Mary Iles said: “We were really excited to be back this year because this event already means so much to the exhibitors and the hundreds of people who attend. “We understand public safety continues to be a priority at this stage of the coronavirus pandemic, which is

why we took all the necessary precautions to come together in the most appropriate way and ensure the safety of everyone attending.” Peninsula Health will use the money to buy a cardiorespiratory monitor for the special care nursery at Frankston Hospital. “We are really pleased to be making this donation so world-class healthcare can continue to be delivered right here on the Mornington Peninsula,” Ms Iles said. “To be able to make a difference, particularly for Peninsula Health’s littlest patients who need it the most, is something which means so much to us as organisers and all those who attended the event.”

Peninsula Health special care nursery nurse unit manager Alison Conroy-Joyce the monitors “provide incredibly accurate vital sign monitoring and alert nursing staff of any sudden deterioration in the clinical state of the baby”. “This donation will mean that we are able to monitor our most premature and sickest patients safely.” The Lions Club of Flinders has donated more than $100,000 to Peninsula Health to help promote the health and wellbeing of the local community. To make a gift to support patient care at Peninsula Health, visit peninsulahealth.org.au, call 9788 1284 or email fundraising@phcn.vic.gov.au

THERE are 145 families and 183 children affected by Mornington Peninsula Shire’s decision to stop administering family day care services. As well as finding “redeployment options” for its two children’s services officers, the shire says it is “committed to supporting each [of 25 educators] to find a preferred [commercial] provider to ensure a smooth transition for themselves and their families”. The shire says there has been a steady decline in demand for the service, which coincides with a rise in the number of commercial day care providers (“Shire closes door on family day care” The News 6/4/21). The shire’s family day care service covered Frankston and the peninsula. Of its 25 educators, 11 were based on the peninsula and 14 in Frankston. There were 76 families (92 children) using the service in the shire and 69 (91 children) in Frankston. The shire says the initial report in The News caused “some misunderstanding” as it was the “educators who are moving to another provider, not the families”. The shire’s 1 April news release said it had decided to “transition out of providing family day care on the Mornington Peninsula and in the Frankston area”.

“All our educators and families have been notified and we are committed to supporting each educator to find a preferred provider to ensure a smooth transition for themselves and their families over a period of 12 weeks.” Cr Kerrie McCafferty was quick to go on Facebook declaring the report in The News as “factually incorrect” to say families had been given 12 weeks to find alternative care for their children. The report had “created unnecessary stress in the community”. The shire’s communities Director Pauline Gordon said last week: “We know the relationship between educators and the families and children they care for is important and want to clarify this will remain the same. “Children will continue to be cared for by the same educator in the same home. Families will not need to find alternative care. “The only change will be the administration of the program, with the family day care educators moving to an alternative family day care provider. All alternative service providers must meet the same standards, compliance and safety requirements as any childcare provider, including the National Quality Framework and the National Law.” Keith Platt

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Waves at Portsea as legal stoush looms LARGE swells outside the Port Phillip Heads two weeks ago also saw surfable waves at Portsea front beach. While surfers enjoyed the rare chance to ride a wave near Portsea pier and within sight of its beachfront hotel, the incoming swells also revived concerns about the beach’s loss of sand and the increase of sand at nearby Point King beach. The sand loss at one of the peninsula’s if not most popular, certainly fashionable, beaches, first gained prominence in 2009; the year that saw completion of the controversial channel deepening project in the southern end of the bay. The sand loss at Portsea was attributed to the increased swell size allowed into the bay by the dredging. State government agencies denied channel deepening was to blame, but the beach has never returned to its former glory and is today “protected” by imported rocks and a sandbag wall. Hundreds of thousands of taxpayers’ dollars have also been spent on scientific studies to find out the reason for the sand loss. At Point King, the increase in sand has seen trucking magnate Lindsay Fox using what is described as “archaic English” law to extend his property seawards (“Shire’s legal review of Fox land beach claim” The News 21/12/20”). In March, the Nepean Ratepayers Association wrote to the Victorian government solicitor Matthew Hocking stating that it believed sand loss at Portsea “and acquisition [of] public foreshore land at Point King beach are connected and that the movement of the high-water mark at Point King cannot be said to be ‘gradual and imperceptible and is the result of natural processes’”. The association’s president Colin Watson said doubts were held on the findings of two reports previously used to justify approval of earlier claims to extend titles onto Point King Beach. He said the Supreme Court should resolve the “common matters of law and fact, conflicting evidence, expert opinion and matters of fact” at the same time as hearing the latest claims by “interests associated with Lindsay Fox”. “Our association has in hand a considerable body of expert technical reports as to the coastal process at Point King and Portsea beaches. It has worked closely with the Victorian government and the Mornington Peninsula Shire in the preparation of such reports,” Mr Watson said in the letter offering to provide the reports to Mr Hocking. Keith Platt

LARGE swells recently saw Portsea’s famed front beach resemble its equally famous back beach, with surfers flocking to the southern peninsula for a rare wave in Port Phillip. Pictures: Greg Piggall

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Flags down for state lifesavers after fatal year permanently. “With the need for beachgoers to heed the water safety message stronger than ever, LSV is encouraging people to consider using public pools over winter to strengthen their water safety skills before next summer,” she said. Portsea Surf Life Saving Club’s Hamish McKendrick, who is also LSV state gear and equipment officer, said: “We were incredibly busy performing 63 rescues across the peninsula’s beaches, with around 22,000 preventative actions taken by lifesavers on the peninsula. “That’s 22,000 people who may have had a very different outcome if we weren’t there.” Mr McKendrick said people staying closer to home because of the pandemic and holidaying in new places meant more were unfamiliar with the beaches, getting into trouble by overestimating their ability in the water and underestimating the conditions. “It’s so important to remember, especially while patrols have paused, that if you see someone in trouble in the water, the best way to help is to call 000 in the first instance. “This will ensure we can coordinate the dispatch of emergency services

Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au LIFESAVING clubs throughout the Mornington Peninsula have taken down the red and yellow flags for the 2020/21 season. The various clubs were involved in 63 rescues and 22,174 “preventative actions”. The season also leaves behind one of the state’s worst drowning tolls to date, with 51 fatalities since 1 July 2020. The extended season forVictoria’s 57 volunteer lifesaving clubs was helped with an extra $1.7 million from the state government. Overall, lifesavers and lifeguards conducted 230,000 preventative actions, 602 rescues and 130 helicopter missions as well as 15 winch rescues across Victoria. Their efforts were made against the backdrop of a global pandemic under which Life Saving Victoria prepared to maintain service levels, adhere to restrictions and keep volunteers, staff, and beachgoers safe. All drownings occurred outside of patrol times and locations, with LSV’s Scout Rigoni saying this was leading to calls to extend the season

On patrol: Hamish McKendrick, Madeline Green, Emily Bambrook and Terry Aslanisis with one of the Portsea rubber duckies which serviced the Mornington Peninsula over summer.

and give the person in the water the best chance of survival. “It also means that bystanders, while incredibly brave, don’t put themselves at risk by attempting a rescue and then finding themselves in trouble, too. “Suddenly there are multiple rescues rather than just that first one.” Mr McKendrick said excellent equipment at Portsea helped lifesavers keep swimmers safe. He said the inflatable rescue boats (rubber duckies) were versatile and quick to deploy

in rough surf. They were safe around swimmers and rocks and could be moved from beach to beach easily and carry multiple patients. He said jet-skis were “vital to us outside of those static patrol areas”. “They service the whole peninsula and allow us to reach people quickly if they get into distress in more remote areas. They’re equipped for serious situations, carry a defibrillator, firstaid kits, rescue sled, and, of course, qualified lifesavers.”

Mr McKendrick said the peninsula was unique in that it had “calmer” front beaches not far away from the bigger swells on back beaches. “People have to make the safest choice in where they want to go for a swim or a surf based on their ability and the conditions on the day,” he said. “Always check the conditions at beachsafe.org before you head out but, no matter which beach you’re at, never relax your vigilance around water.”

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into the garage door. It missed a car in the driveway.” Mornington’s Senior Sergeant Paul Edwards said police were able to ascertain the man’s identity “through inquiries made at the scene”. The 18-year-old was later brought to the station by a family member where he was given an evidentiary breath test and interviewed before being released pending summons. Five vehicles attended the incident, including police, fire brigade and an ambulance. With pic

DETECTIVES are seeking a man who pointed a handgun at a shop-keeper at Capel Sound, earlier this month. The attempted armed robbery, right, occurred at a food store on Illaroo Street about 12pm, Friday 2 April. The man was last seen walking south along Boneo Road, Rosebud, about 10 minutes later. Anyone who knows him or who has more information is urged to con-tact Crime Stoppers, 1800 333 000.

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BIKES are a great way to get around, but they can becostly. A few simple security measures can help protect bikes from thieves and make them easier to track it down if they are stolen. One way is to en-grave an ID number into the frame, such as a driver’s licence number for easy recognition, such as V12345678, with the V standing for Vic-toria. Keep a record of the serial

number somewhere safe, such as online at bddy. me/2PuSvoN. Always park your bike with a strong and secure lock, ensuring both the frame and at least one wheel are locked. If your bike is stolen report the theft to the Police Assistance Line 131 444 or online at bddy.me/3dG8yYC Speak to your home and contents insurer about insuring your bike through them or inquire through specialist bike insurance companies. One 10-year-old victim left his bike inside the entrance to Woolworths at Bentons Square Shopping Centre, Saturday 3 April. The Avanti Montari mountain bike, black with orange markings, was last seen resting against bench seats near the DVD machine about 6.30pm. It is valued at $700. Anyone with information is urged to call Leading Senior Constable Warren Morgan, of Mornington police, on 5970-4900 or Crime Stop-pers 1800 333 000. To make a report online visit bddy.me/2PWGLen

A RAID by Mornington and Hastings police resulted in 57 cannabis plants and other items being seized at a Tyabb property, Wednesday 31 March. Members of the Hastings nightshift van had earlier made the discovery. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at bddy.me/3fsrhcT

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POLICE are appealing for public assistance in finding George Dyer, above, who is wanted on a warrant over an alleged aggravated carjacking near the Jetty Road on ramp on Peninsula Link last October. The 19-year-old is described as 175cm tall with a thin build, brown hair and brown eyes. He is known to frequent the Rosebud, Capel Sound and Mornington areas. To make a confidential report visit bit. ly/328ukPp

A ROSEBUD man who lost control of the car he was driving, smashed into the garage door of a property in Mornington and then ran off, later presented himself to police. There were no injuries in the incident on the corner of Maxwell Street and Wensley Close but substantial damage was caused to the door, 8pm, Sunday 11 April. A witness said the car “roared up Maxwell Street, failed to take the cor-ner, sped over the garden, missed the brick letter box and smashed

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Young ideas sought for planned ‘hub’ THE state government has given $4.3 million towards a ”youth hub” at Rosebud and is now inviting suggestions about what it should offer from young people. The federal government has also committed $1.5m towards the project. “We want feedback from young people up to 25 or 26 as to what they’d like,” Nepean MP Chris Brayne said. “The youth hub needs to be a place young people want to go to.” The announcement of the grant from the state’s Growing Suburbs Fund to Mornington Peninsula Shire was made jointly by Local Government and Suburban Development Minister Shaun Leane and Mr Brayne. The Southern Peninsula Youth Services Hub will be built at Olympic Park Recreation Reserve, off Besgrove Street, Rosebud. The shire describes the youth hub as being “multi-use and fit-for-purpose”. In a statement released after Crs Sarah Race, Antonella Celi, Lisa Dixon, Debra Mar and Kerri McCafferty met at the site with Mr Leane and Mr Brayne, it said the project “will deliver an accessible youthfriendly facility with an innovative design to promote greater utilisation, maximise occupancy and enable a full suite of youth services, including but not limited to: Art and craft space; break-out lounge; classrooms; clinical support services (including Headspace operation); cooking ; drop-in centre; employment and education assistance; games and recreational space; holiday

Keepsake creation SENIORS are invited to join a peninsula library to explore and write their personal memories in a keepsake book of stories and images. At the free workshops they will be able to reflect on their life’s experiences and record various milestones and memories. Workshops will be held over six sessions at Mornington, Rosebud and Hastings libraries, although the Mornington library session from 21 April-26 May is already booked out. The Rosebud library sessions are 1.30-3.30pm, every Thursday from 22 July-26 August and the Hastings library sessions are 1.30-3.30pm, every Wednesday from 6 October-10 November. Details: ourlibrary.mornpen.vic. gov.au/Whats-On

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MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire CEO John Baker, Nepean MP Chris Brayne, Cr Antonella Celi and Cr Debra Mar at the site the proposed youth hub at Rosebud. Picture: Yanni programs; IT hub; meeting rooms and work spaces”. The shire is also “continuing its advocacy efforts to seek other funding sources to see the hub come to fruition”. The two-year build is expected to start in late-2022. Mr Brayne said the grant for the youth hub was “one of the largest investments in the fund’s history.

He described the hub as “a new, modern and accessible home for a wide range of different services and programs, with a strong focus on mental health support, advice and counselling”. “It will be a game changer that will change the lives and offer opportunities for our young people on the southern peninsula,” Mr Brayne said. “I urge residents to get involved in

telling us what the ideal centre for young people looks like and what it should include. “While this facility will be a prospective home for mental health facilities, community organisations, and many more, it’s my expectation that it will also be a destination that young people will visit for many years to come.” Keith Platt

MORNINGTON Peninsula tradies are invited to a HALT event at the Mornington Mazda Ute centre, 6-8pm, Thursday 6 May. HALT – which stands for Hope, Assistance, Local, Tradies – aims to support mental health by bringing tradies and the community together to show support for mental health issues across the region. Tradies will be able to enjoy themselves and chat with other tradies and also receive small business support, with bookkeeping and banking advice and accountants on hand to answer questions. Details: 0427 972 370 or email fmp@halt.org.au Also see Facebook, Instagram and Ted Talk.

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Day 2021 25 April 2021 Anzac Day marks the anniversary of the Gallipoli landing in 1915. The spirit of Anzac continues with its qualities of courage, mateship and sacrifice. To ensure all have an opportunity to attend we’re proudly supporting services around the Peninsula to pay tribute to those who have served and died at war. Crib Point


March 10.40am Crib Point RSL

Service 6am Hastings Foreshore

Service 11am Tingira Place

March 10.30am Hastings RSL Service 11am Hastings Foreshore

Dromana Dawn service 6.15am Peninsula Club


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March 9.45am Corner Queen Street and Main Street Service 10am Memorial Park

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Red Hill Service 10.45am Red Hill Community Park

Rosebud Dawn service 6am Rosebud RSL Memorial

Rye Dawn service 6am Rye RSL

March 10.30am Flinders Hall

March 10am Rye Pier

Wreath laying service 11am Flinders War Memorial

Service 10.30am Rye RSL

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Sorrento Service 6am Sorrento Foreshore March 11.30am Ocean Beach Road Service 12pm Sorrento Foreshore

Tyabb Service 5.45am Tyabb Central Reserve


Mates serve up a mixed brew on podcast Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au THREE mates who grew up together and attended the same schools on the Mornington Peninsula have combined their passion for the media and product placement with their own witty podcasts. Kyle Wright, Trent Reardon and Daniel Gray over the past eight years have used their own production company, Bacon Squash, to make movies and provide web content with the help of mates Nick Hollowood and Johnathon Cadd. Their latest film An Australian werewolf in Melbourne’ premiered last weekend. “Basically, what gave us the idea to do the podcast was to create something where we can promote local businesses and what we like as well as having a platform to discuss local topics, our interests/hobbies and pop culture or current events,” Wright said. “We love doing it all ourselves: from filming, writing, directing, editing and acting, and afterwards we host a premiere where we get a projector and a red carpet and have 50-60 of our friends and family come and see it. “It’s really a small community that we’ve created. We have done that for a while and have a real passion for that sort of thing. “We’ve talked about doing a podcast for a few years and realised we could do it because it is quite hard to find genuine talk shows and genuine radio shows where the hosts are such good friends.” A background in media helped the mates, who all live at Mornington, because they “all know how to edit and know how to talk”. “We thought it was a perfect thing for us to try, and we love doing it,” Reardon said. “We tied this podcast together with the common theme of trying a new local beverage every week to help promote local businesses but

Hamming it up: Dan Gray, Trent Reardon and Kyle Wright get together to discuss a future podcast and Gray, above, acts out a part in one of the films he makes with former schoolmates. Pictures: Supplied

besides that the show is very broad and open. It is supposed to feel like you are joining in and listening to a conversation with a group of mates.” There’s no money in the venture “other than free beer”, Gray admitted.“This project is a labour of love and, just like our other media projects, we do it because we love to do it. “It’s a hobby we all share and don’t intend making money from it. We just love to do it and we make things we’d want to listen to. It’s always an added bonus when we hear that others enjoy it as well.”

The mates say they would love to grow their audience and presence on the peninsula. “We want to promote local businesses as well as our brand and continue to deliver content in a variety of ways, including the podcast as well as our movies and web series,” Wright said. Their day jobs differ. Wright coordinates before and after-school care at a primary school and has a background in cooking. He just completed his teaching degree and wants to pursue that later this year. Reardon is a manager at Woolworths and Gray

just completed his Certificate IV in healthcare. Their goal is to grow their audience. “We love what we do and want to share it with more people,” Wright said. “The peninsula is our home and we are all locals. We want to grow our presence as well as promote businesses in the area. We’ve been producing content for quite some time and we are passionate about it; we’d love to share it with more people.” The trio’s work is on Instagram: bevbudspodcast and Facebook: Bev Buds Podcast

Twilight fun: Flinders community picnic team members are Monica Holland, Mary Lindner, Maureen Ries, Annie Dawson, Marcia Hausler and Gabby Crehan. Picture: Supplied

Picnic on the reef ABOUT 100 residents braved a cool south-westerly to attend the twilight picnic at Flinders ocean beach, Saturday 27 March. Flinders District Lions Club held the picnic at Mushroom Reef where rock pools offered those interested the chance to explore and learn about the diversity of the peninsula’s marine life, including the rare black and white sea stars. Victorian Wader Study Group and the Main Creek Catchment Landcare members provided information and advice and guides took walking tours. Artist Stewart Westle created an artwork on the beach using nature’s gifts. Matt Kelly’s jazz band played to the beach vibe and a stunning sunset and Flinders Lions volunteers were assisted by Flinders CFA and Red Hill District Lions.


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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

End ‘pussyfooting’ and tackle irresponsible bin dumpers While headlines understandably generate much indignant outrage, it is an unhelpful overreaction to a much-needed attempt to solve the contaminated recycling bin problem (“Will the bin police be wearing brown shirts” Letters 6/4/21). The simple claim that more education is needed ignores the fact that Mornington Peninsula Shire Council’s website has a fully comprehensive list of what can and cannot be recycled and how. Also, all ratepayers would have at times simple brochures delivered to their letterbox explaining what can go into their respective bins. Yet on rubbish collecting days one sees numerous bins overflowing with mixed rubbish, with much of it clearly unsorted. The sad fact is that many people just don’t care; “if it does not fit in the standard rubbish bin, we’ll bang it into the recycling, or they simply can’t be bothered to sort anything. For such people only enforcement can work. Council has indicated that discretion will be used and only repeat offenders will be fined. Contamination is costing ratepayers $600,000 a year and tackling the environmental cost is even more urgent. It is time to stop pussyfooting around irresponsible bin users and face the problem head-on. Henk van Leeuwen, St Andrews Beach

Changing behaviour The plan to fine, give vouchers and search bins must look good to the internal affairs of Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, but it seems out of touch and back to front (“Will the bin police be wearing brown shirts” Letters 6/4/21). The shire is spending $600,000 on contaminated waste disposal fees, not the households. This doesn’t motivate the community to change behaviour. Besides offsetting its spending habits, how is the shire going to engage people to spend more time considering resource recovery? What if it gives people $330 cash rewards, fines them a $100 worth of, I don’t know, community lawn mowing, and use standard communication tactics by talking to them first before forcing them to solve unnecessary council expenses. I’d like to assist the council with some simple solutions to potential contamination: Source-separation: There would be less contamination it was easier to sort our potential resources into distinct bins. Provide additional bins for the separation of food scraps, soft plastics and polystyrene. Even if polystyrene is not recycled, knowing where it is in its own bin will reduce the chances of it being in the wrong bin. Promote local collection, sorting and reprocessing facilities. What we have is a source of aluminium, glass and plastic as raw materials which can be repurposed or reprocessed into new items. What we also have is a source of organic matter with food scraps, green scraps, paper and cardboard which can all be composted, and that product can be sold to farmers in the area. This is an underutilised potential source of revenue for every municipality. Give out free copies of Gerry Gillespie’s book, The Waste Between Our Ears, which does a great job of outlining the importance of reconsidering our relationship to undesirable items from the household. Ryan Dickinson, Dromana

Overseas example In principle I have no problem with fines for contamination of waste bins. However, Mornington Peninsula Shire has a long way to go in “training” people what is right and wrong for deposit in waste bins before it starts fining people (“Will the bin police be wearing brown shirts” Letters 6/4/21). The state government also has a long way to go in solving this problem. For years it has been collecting hundreds of millions of dollars in waste charges with no noticeable results in solving the problem. An audit of government spending could find lots of foreign travel to find out what is easily available on the internet. Also [it might reveal] a fair amount of fine dining with fine wines and tremendous expense reports. Progressive countries have invested in automatic processing plants that supply electricity. Australia and Victoria continue to sit on their


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privileges, and that “Aborigines” and “whites” are no longer discrete groups anyway. If believing that makes me an “old white stuffed shirt”, I’m quite happy to accept the title. I’m not planning to be “pushing up daisies” for quite a while yet though. Albert Riley, Mornington

thumbs with hundreds of millions in the bank doing nothing substantial. Many of these state of the art waste processing centers have actually become tourist attractions. So, let’s get serious and get the government off its backside and into action and stop sticking it to the everyday person. A hard waste collection at least once a year would be a great help. Joe Lenzo, Safety Beach

Standards questioned I am appalled that this newspaper has sunk to the level of Twitter (“Outdated ideas” Letters 13/4/21). The last two paragraphs in this letter were nothing short of a hateful diatribe against those who disagree. This correspondent does not seem to be aware of the difference between argument and abuse. It is one thing to make your argument cogently and with respect and another to wish death upon people who disagree with you, in print. Where were your editorial standards when you allowed this letter to be included in your publication? Shame on you. Jackie Hammill, Mornington

Adequate information Wanting a comprehensive list of what can go in recycling bins is unnecessary (“Will the bin police be wearing brown shirts” Letters 6/4/21). The information given with the bins is adequate for an educated person to understand what is acceptable and what is not. I do agree that one can’t control other people adding to the contents but, as I walk my dog, it is apparent that many people take no notice of what should go in the bins and don’t think about the entire load going to landfill when inappropriate items are added. Wendy Gown, Shoreham

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Hydrogen waste While producing hydrogen as a clean fuel is laudable, the project that is using coal to produce hydrogen is of dubious value (“Hydrogen to set sail from Hastings” The News 6/4/21). The promoters claim that they will eventually use carbon capture and storage (CCS) to prevent carbon dioxide entering the atmosphere. CCS has not been proven to work effectively despite nearly two decades of trying. The present scheme is equivalent to burning coal in Victoria, shipping the energy to Japan, and keeping the carbon dioxide pollution in Victoria. Good for the Japanese but not us. Ross Hudson, Mount Martha

the realisation that we peninsula residents do live in a different part of Victoria and are not suburban? After all you he is only one of many hundreds of thousands of suburban Melburnians who get to benefit from our distinctly different part of Victoria. Hopefully Mr Brayne can reinforce this obvious message and Mr Hunt [who is also federal health minister] can be left with getting on with ordering the right vaccine and getting it into our arms as soon as possible. Ian Morrison, convenor Mt Eliza Community Alliance

Vaccine variables

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I have unanswered questions about the COVID-19 vaccines. The AstraZeneca type is accused of causing rare blood clots, often very serious, sometimes fatal. Consequently, our government has deemed that this vaccine is now not suitable for those under 50 but OK for older generations. Medically, what is the difference? I would have thought that the harmful clotting reaction would have occurred in a human body of any age. Is it perhaps that people under 50 are of economic benefit but those over 50 are of little or no economic use? Expendable? I would like to know the facts. I know all about the risks and benefits, ad nauseum. How many people have not died from a reaction to the AZ vax but instead have had a bad stroke? Like all older people, I willingly face death but am absolutely terrified by the prospect of a debilitating stroke. Because of a heart condition I take a medication that helps prevent blood clots. Does that make me less liable to form dangerous reactive blood clots after the AZ jab? Aspirin is well known as an anti-clot medication and years ago nearly everybody over 60 took a half aspirin daily as a routine precaution. Doctors said it had other benefits, too, and it was good for you. Should people having the AZ jab go on a course of a half aspirin for a month or two? Brian A Mitchelson, Mornington

Overpass overdue I didn’t think I would find myself agreeing with John Cain, but in this case of the MIA {missing in action] Jetty Road overpass does need commenting on (“Election over-promise” Letters 13/4/21). Other Mornington Peninsula residents have queried the progress and wanted to know why Flinders MP Greg Hunt promised but didn’t deliver. We all know it looked good for his election but the reality in the cold light of day is that it is Nepean MP Chris Bayne, who has to hassle his Labor premier who unfortunately got injured in when holidaying on the peninsula. I wonder if the ambulance conveying him to hospital got held up at Jetty Road? While I wish Daniel Andrews a speedy recovery, why not hang around our lovely rural tourist destination and enjoy the fresh air and come to

As we know, AGL and APA Group have been rejected by the Victorian government for their proposed gas import terminal at Crib Point (“Feds under pressure to back AGL refusal” The News 13/4/21). Victorian Planning Minister Richard Wynne concluded that marine discharges from the proposed project would have unacceptable effects on the environment in Western Port, which is listed as a Ramsar wetland of international significance. The decision was based on an environment effects statement (EES) produced by AGL and APA, around 6000 public submissions and a report into the findings of the statement by an independent inquiry and advisory committee. In October 2018, Mr Wynne decided an EES was required for the proposal due to its potential for environmental effects, particularly on biodiversity. This presents the scenario that if AGL revise its proposal allowing for on-site water treatment and containment rather than ocean discharge, the minister would have to reconsider the state government’s position. Due process would suggest it would have to reconsider as the primary objections of environmental and biodiversity effects of the project were eliminated from the second proposal. There is dated on-site infrastructure which would contribute towards water treatment and containment, so a Plan B is certainly available, subject to relevant construction works. I would imagine it is guaranteed AGL will certainly be working on a revised proposal considering it is into this project for $130 million so far with no result. It just wanted to put the cheapest proposal forward first to see if they could get away with it. Paul Abel, Mount Eliza

All citizens equal It appears that your logically challenged correspondent Neale Adams is of the school of “if you are losing an argument, abuse your interlocutor and go home” (“Outdated ideas” Letters 13/4/21). The case against a “treaty” is that democracies have only one class of citizen, that Aborigines are intelligent people who are quite capable functioning in a democracy without special

As the Continental Hotel [Sorrento] complex is due to open later this year it is imperative that Mornington Peninsula Shire Council immediately takes steps to ensure that surrounding streets do not become “rat runs” for vehicles accessing the complex. Coppin, Constitution Hill, Bowen and St Pauls roads and Newton and Kerferd avenues will be major thoroughfares unless action is not taken urgently. Speed humps such as those already installed on Coppin Road are totally inadequate as cars and trucks do not have to slow down to cross them. Speed humps of a profile similar to those going down to the back beach must be installed on the roads and avenues I have mentioned! Bill Holmes, Sorrento

Not gender driven Christine Holgate was the first female CEO in history at Australia Post. She was also the highest paid civil servant in Australia, taking home, wait for it, $208,000 a month and she held that position since 2017. I cannot believe she is crying gender discrimination. She was also the first female to be awarded CEO of the Year by CEO Magazine. She cannot come at anyone for gender inequality. Anne Fayolle, Rosebud

Review NDIS plan As a sole carer of an adult family member on the NDIS, I am deeply concerned at the federal government’s proposed independent assessments policy. I believe this will create an unnecessary extra burden on all NDIS recipients and their carers. If implemented it will, in my opinion, make it much harder for many to navigate the NDIS and possibly fall through the gaps. Coping with a permanent disability is hard enough without making it worse. With people already receiving a permanent disability pension, surely, this tells the government the need to access the NDIS , to make it more equitable for the recipients, allowing them to live and participate fully, to partake in our society. Sure, we all agree accountability and transparency is fundamental of good governance of taxpayers’ money. Maybe a review of how the NDIS can be improved and enhanced would be more appropriate, not making it harder for many already very stressed carers trying to navigate a cumbersome NDIS. My engagement with the NDIS system has been fraught with suspect providers and inexperienced, underqualified workers. What carers need and require is certainty of the continuance of an equitable NDIS, that our love ones will be adequately cared for and looked after when, as aging carers, we are no longer around. The concept of bringing in independent assessors should not only be about the government saving money, but also about making sure providers and the workforce is appropriately trained and has the relevant experience. The federal government should review the NDIS independent assessments proposal and listen and consult with carers before proceeding. Denise Hassett, Mount Martha

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Train mounts platform in Seaford accident Compiled by Cameron McCullough DURING shunting operations on Tuesday night last, when a train of over 1000 tons weight was being maneuvered, an accident occurred, resulting in a loaded 10 ton truck leaving the rails and mounting the platform. At the time the staff was working at full pressure in order to clear the “down” road for the passenger train. Owing to the darkness, and the curve in the road, great difficulty was experienced in signalling the crew. A train of this weight acquires very great momentum, and a driver requires ample time in which to pull his train up but owing to the conditions prevailing at the time, sufficient warning evidently could not reach the crew. Although every possible effort was made to avert an accident, one truck crashed through the dead end. This accident could not have happened if the train had reached Seaford at its schedule time, 3 o’clock, and if it is a case of office economy to make this train work at stations down the line, it has proved an expensive experiment. The sand trade is booming, and not only is day shunting very necessary with such heavy trains, but the staff should be increased to deal with the work. Seaford has the biggest revenue on this line and the smallest staff. *** THE gunboat Protector has joined the Australia at the Naval Base, Westernport. The collier Biloela has also been at Westernport, but has now left for Sydney.

*** THE Minister of Public Works states that 88 ratepayers at Langwarrin have signed the petition regarding severance from the Shire of Cranboume and annexation to the Shire of Frankston and Hastings. The voting showed: Against severance, 51; for severance, 37 – a majority of 14 for staying as things are. *** SEVERAL picnics have been held at Frankston Park lately, all being well attended. On April 5th, the Photographers’ Association put in the day at cricket here, and on April 7th the Presbyterian Sunday School Mordialloc had an outing. Last Saturday, the Painters and Decorators’ Union conducted sports here. *** ABOUT 40 years ago, Mr. W. Wauchope, manager of Adamson, Strettle and Co. Pty. Ltd., Dandenong, was a noted amateur rider, and rode several winners for Mr. M. Holt, of Berwick, the father of Mr. Jack Holt, the Mordialloc trainer, who has charge of Eurythmic, Blue Cross, etc. Mr. Wauchope, who acted as steward for the horse events at the Somerville show, won four races in one afternoon on a mare called No Nothing, at Beaconsfield. The mare was owned by Mr. Andrew Brunt, of Cranbourne, who is well-known about here. Mr. Wauchope was also a prominent cricketer, and in 1896, when A. E. Stoddart’s English X toured Australia,

and played the Mornington Peninsula at Dandenong, he made 66, against the bowling of Lockwood and Richardson. Mr. Jack Saddler, of Frankston, played in that match. England made 195 (Stoddart 95) and 5 for 155 and the Peninsula made 225. The game was drawn. *** THE Cranbourne Shire Council some time ago circularised shire councils, including the Shire of Frankston and Hastings, with reference to a compulsory contributory scheme for the insurance of dairy cattle, so that when the cattle were destroyed upon the outbreak of pleuro-pneumonia, compensation could be paid to the owners. The Cranbourne council recently outlined the scheme before the Minister of Agriculture, who promised to devise a scheme on the lines suggested. *** A CRIMEAN veteran, Mr. James Nisbet, of Point Nepean, Mornington Peninsula, died in the Austin Hospital, Melbourne, on March 25th. He was the son of Capt. James Nisbet, of the battleship “Revenge”, and nephew of General Gordon Petrie, of Burmah, India, and was 87 years of age. For many years he was an engine driver at Point Nepean. *** WE were unable to publish in last issue all the speeches delivered by members of the deputation which waited on the council re the bowling green site. We now record them in this column.

Mr Munro, ex Mayor of Hawthorn, said he was a yearly visitor to Frankston, but he did not enjoy himself to the fullest extent because there was no bowling green in the town. For that reason many visitors went to Healesville, Sorrento, Lilydale, Queenscliff and other places where bowlers were catered for. Mr Munro complained that he was compelled to roam about Frankston like a wandering sheep. (Laughter.) He was pleased when he heard Frankston was to have a bowling green. He was utterly dumbfounded at the modesty of their request in relation to the land asked for on the foreshore. He had inspected the site, and found it a kind of swampy morass, which badly needed improvement. They had the chance of making it one of the greatest attractions the town could possess. He instanced numerous cases in which bowling greens had been made on Crown lands, among them being the Melbourne green, Carlton, South Melbourne, Victoria green, Flagstaff Gardens and others. The Hawthorn City Council had purchased land at a cost of £10,000, and constructed bowling greens, tennis courts, swimming baths and other attractions for the public, and now the city was reaping the benefit of their enterprise. People knowing the advantages offered had purchased properties as near as they could to Grace Park, as the area was now called, and many beautiful homes had been erected in Hawthorn because of it.

Mr Munro said that the point had been stressed that the land at Frankston was wanted for the children. He asked consideration for the older children. (Hear, hear.) He was 76 years of age and was as ardent a bowler today as ever he was. He hoped the opposition to the site would be withdrawn. Personally he did not think they were asking for enough land – they should apply for a bigger area. He could find plenty of picnic places along the foreshore, and superior ones too, to the area in question, and he sincerely hoped that all would co-operate in helping to form a bowling green, and thus give the old fogies a chance to enjoy themselves. Mr C. Dalman said the council had already granted the site and the deputation wanted to know if in view of the letter from the department, the permission to occupy was withdrawn. Councillors in chorus assured Mr Dalman that there was no withdrawal. Mr T. J. McMurtrie said a bowling green was wanted in Frankston and the spot under discussion was an ideal place for it. The people were behind the council and would back them up. He was astonished that any opposition should be shown, for at St. Kilda no trouble was experienced in getting sites on the foreshore. They would grant land there for anything. *** FROM the pages of the Frankston and Somerville Standard, 15 April 1921

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Tai Snaith’s – A world of One’s Own is an exhibition and podcast series featuring female artists in the MPRG collection. The podcasts are available to listen to now on Soundcloud or your favourite podcast app. In April we have a conversation with Tai and author and art historian Janine Burke about the importance of women artists in a public gallery collection. A limited number of tickets are available, and the event will also be live streamed. We have a fantastic online eco-printing workshop with Overwintering Project coordinator Kate Gorringe-Smith on our website from 26 April and a watercolour painting workshop with exhibiting artist Lauren Guymer on 10 May at the gallery. See you at the Gallery soon.

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Nine goals were kicked in a pulsating final term. Sorrento managed to get themselves five points in front, and held on for a hard-fought win 12.12 (84) to 13.11 (89). Shannon Gladman was best afield for the Sharks, kicking four goals. The win puts Sorrento back on the right path after a horror performance against Rosebud in round one. The clash was a rematch of the epic 2018 Grand Final, in which Pines won with a point scored after the siren.

By Brodie Cowburn SORRENTO have scored their first win for the season after an epic matchup against Pines. The Sharks made the long road trip to Eric Bell Reserve to take on the Pythons on Saturday. Pines got off to a good start early and took a lead into the first break. The Sharks didn’t let the Pythons get too far ahead though, and had drawn level by three-quarter-time.

The siren blew with both sides equal on 86 points. Matthew Troutbeck booted five goals in a best on ground performance for the Stonecats. Rosebud's good start to 2021 continued with a win over reigning premiers Dromana at home. Rosebud were the better team throughout the afternoon. They defeated the Tigers 13.15 (93) to 9.11 (65). Nicholas Batsanis and Greg Bentley

Mt Eliza and Frankston YCW shared the points on Saturday in an enthralling draw. The Redlegs were getting the better of the Stonecats throughout the first half, and took a 22 point lead into the main break. Frankston YCW wrestled back momentum in the second half. The lead was closed to eight points by threequarter-time. The Stonecats got close to completing the fightback, but just fell short.

were big contributors for the winning outfit, scoring four goals each. A six-goal haul from Trent DennisLane helped Bonbeach secure a 28 point win over Red Hill. Jonathon Ross can hold his head high after contributing six goals to the losing side’s final total. At Regents Park, Frankston Bombers comfortably defeated EdithvaleAspendale 8.12 (60) to 18.10 (118). Corey Buchan played another blinder, scoring seven goals.

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By Brodie Cowburn LANGWARRIN have gone 3-0 to start the 2021 season. The Kangaroos took on Karingal at Ballam Park Reserve on Saturday. Both sides wrestled for control throughout the day in a scrappy affair. Karingal went into half-time with a one point advantage. By three-quartertime, Langwarrin had put themselves three points ahead. Both sides only managed to put one goal each on the scoreboard in the final quarter. Langwarrin held on to win 8.4 (52) to 7.16 (58). Blake Peach and Zach Andrewartha were Langwarrin’s best. Rye also scored a third consecutive win to start their season. They took the points from Somerville. With just one point separating them at the final break, the contest looked set to go down to the wire. Rye managed to overrun them in the final quarter though, piling on six goals to wrap up an 11.10 (76) to 15.6 (96) win. Oscar Whitty was named the Demons’ best. He scored two goals on the day. A six goal show from Jackson Calder got Mornington over the line against Hastings. The Blues took slim leads into the first two breaks, but the Bulldogs were able to draw level by threequarter-time. The Bulldogs had the legs to overpower Hastings in the final term, going on to claim an 8.10 (58) to 10.11 (71) win. Calder’s six-goal haul takes his total for the year to 18 from just three games. Pearcedale got the better of Chelsea in a close contest on Saturday.

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By Craig MacKenzie MORNINGTON recovered from a 3-1 deficit to beat Mazenod 5-3 at Dallas Brooks Park on Saturday and retain top billing in State 1 SouthEast. Mazenod’s Navin Vellupilay opened the scoring with a header from a corner in the 16th minute but 10 minutes later Milos Lujic equalised after holding off his marker then turning and striking the ball into the bottom lefthand corner of the net. A Dominic D’Angelo penalty put the visitors 2-1 up and the impressive Luke Gallo capitalised on a defensive error to make it 3-1 after 41 minutes. A minute later big Josh Heaton powered home a header from a Luke Goulding corner to make it 3-2 and when Josh Hine’s cross-come-shot in the 55th minute confused everyone it was 3-3. A powerful left-foot strike from Lujic in the 73rd minute put the league leader in front and substitute Campbell Steedman finished off the game in style by thundering in a header from 15 metres in the 84th minute. In NPL2 Langwarrin suffered its first loss of the season going down 3-1 to Werribee City at Lawton Park on Saturday. The visitors led 1-0 at half-time through Nemanja Spasojevic who robbed Marcus Holmes and finished well past advancing Langy keeper Fraser Maclaren. Another defensive blunder in the 54th minute and quick ball movement ended with a Rafael Tresca tap-in and three minutes later Bilal Habib reacted quickest against a static Langy defence to put the result beyond doubt. A superb finish low into the far corner from the left of the area by Tom Youngs in the 90th minute was little consolation for the home side. In State 2 Skye United hammered visitors Monbulk Rangers 5-0 on Saturday and climbed to second in the league table. Skye opened its account in the 37th minute after an Alex Rojas ball across the face of goal was knocked in by the incoming Mark O’Connor and right on half-time a superb Jason Nowakowski cross to the back post was headed home by Marcus Collier. Two minutes into the second half it was game over thanks to an excellent

High fives: Jack Gallagher (left), Marcus Collier (centre) and Billy Painting enjoyed Skye United’s 5-0 romp against Monbulk Rangers at Skye Recreation Reserve on Saturday. Picture: Gemma Sliz

finish from Travis Ernsdoerfer. A Caleb Nicholes header and a strike from substitute Dean Piemonte sealed Monbulk’s fate. On Sunday Peninsula Strikers lost 3-2 to North Caulfield at Centenary Park. Strikers midfielder Danny Brooks was sent off for violent conduct after just seven minutes but three minutes later Ben Doree was shoved to the ground inside the area and Aaran Currie converted from the spot. Strikers looked in control even with 10 men but Josh De Baize gave the visitors a way back into the contest when he tripped North Caulfield captain Daniel Sacks and gave away a penalty in the 27th minute. Gideon Sweet sent Strikers keeper Robbie Acs the wrong way and it was 1-1. Five minutes into the second period Akiva Pilcer was sent clear on the right of the area and his low shot across Acs made it 2-1. North Caulfield went further ahead in the 72nd minute when Pilcer put Sweet through on the left and Acs wasn’t given a chance to react as Sweet hammered the ball past him from close range. In the 80th minute Strikers substitute Jai Power got clear on the right and his low strike went under the div-

ing body of North Caulfield keeper Famara Djiba. There was controversy over a couple of refereeing decisions in the final minutes of the match but the visitors were able to hang on much to the chagrin of a vocal local support. In State 3 there appears to be no stopping the juggernaut that is league leader Frankston Pines as Whitehorse United can verify after Pines thumped the visitors 5-0 on Friday night. Pines played with 10 men after Jordon “Caka” Avraham received a second yellow card and was sent off in the 40th minute but by then Pines were 3-0 up. Alex Roberts opened the scoring in the 15th minute after a sweeping move down the left saw the ball switched inside and laid off by Savenaca Baledrokadroka to Roberts whose firm low shot beat Whitehorse keeper Michael van Eijk. Roberts struck again with a firsttime shot at the back post after a superb Hamraz Zenoozi run down the left then Avraham’s free kick on the left in the 37th minute eluded everyone and left van Eijk flat-footed. Christian Malgioglio broke clear in the 83rd minute and neatly finished well in a one-on-one with van Eijk then turned provider in the 90th minute when he pounced on a poor ball

out from the back and set up Max Boulton who scored from close range. In State 4 Seaford United remained at the head of the ladder with a 5-1 drubbing of Dingley Stars at North Seaford Reserve on Saturday. Harry McCartney reports that the day belonged to star Seaford striker Dylan Waugh whose four first-half goals ended the contest. Taylan Yildirim reduced the deficit in the 75th minute but three minutes later Mitch Hawkins finished a fine solo effort when he hit the mark from just inside the box. While Waugh was increasing his lead as the league’s top scorer Baxter was staging a remarkable recovery against Endeavour United at Reema Reserve. Baxter was staring at a 3-1 deficit at half-time with only a Luke Grant penalty to show for its efforts and when Matty Durand grabbed his second goal in the 58th minute there seemed no way back for George Hughes’ side. A second Luke Grant penalty in the 62nd minute made it 4-2 and Ben Meiklem was put through two minutes later and made it 4-3. Jack Buttery made it 4-4 in the 79th minute after beating an opponent on the left of the area then placing his shot into the top far corner. New Baxter recruit Charlie Parker

made his debut off the bench and the ex-Mornington player is expected to have a major impact on his new club’s fortunes this season. Chelsea had to settle for a point at home after drawing 1-1 with Keysborough on Friday night. Carlo Melino’s men controlled long periods of play but struggled to score. Chelsea conceded a late goal after failing to clear a free-kick but Piers Brelsford equalised with a low strike from the edge of the area in the last minute. Somerville Eagles lost 3-1 to Springvale City at Ross Reserve last weekend despite player-coach Dave Greening putting the Eagles 1-0 up after six minutes. In State 5 Aspendale Stingrays downed Endeavour Hills 4-2 at Power Reserve on Saturday. It was 1-1 at half-time with Hayden Nuhanovic scoring for Aspendale. A Kenan Nuhanovic double and a Ben Garside volley put Aspendale 4-1 up in the second period before a Domenic Dimanche goal for Endeavour Hills in the 78th minute rounded off the scoreline. By then the contest was over with the home team paying for an undisciplined display which saw three players sent off in the second half. Rosebud lost 3-1 away to Mentone while Mount Martha lost 7-0 away to Hampton Park United. Here are this weekend’s round 5 fixtures: SATURDAY, 3pm: Langwarrin v Moreland City (Lawton Park), Bentleigh Utd Cobras v Mornington (Victory Park), Mooroolbark v Skye Utd (Esther Park), Rowville Eagles v Frankston Pines (Park Ridge Reserve), Seaford Utd v Dandenong South (North Seaford Reserve), Somerville Eagles v Dingley Stars (Tyabb Central Reserve), Keysborough v Baxter (Coomoora Reserve), Noble Park Utd v Chelsea (Parkfield Reserve), Mount Martha v Mentone (Civic Reserve), Aspendale Stingrays v White Star Dandenong (Jack Grut Reserve), Endeavour Hills v Rosebud (Power Reserve). SATURDAY, 7pm: Heatherton Utd v Peninsula Strikers (Bosnia and Herzegovina Centre).

Kah finds the key to La Mexicana’s best HORSE RACING

By Ben Triandafillou PREMIERSHIP leading jockey Jamie Kah continued her emphatic record with the Anthony and Sam Freedmantrained La Mexicana at Caulfield on Saturday 17 April. Combining for the eighth time in the I Am invincible filly’s career, Kah once again managed to get the best out of La Mexicana to win the $150,000 VOBIS Gold Dash and bring up the filly’s sixth win with Kah onboard. Returning from a seven-week letup after a failed Sydney trip for the Group One Surround Stakes (1400m), La Mexicana was right back to her best at Caulfield with the VOBIS riches up for grabs. Jockey Jamie Kah positioned La Mexicana right behind the speed before peeling out rounding the home bend. The consistent filly was full of running in the sprint home and held a comfortable one-length margin over

her rivals on the line. Pinecliff, Mount Eliza-based co-trainer Anthony Freedman was pleased to see the talented filly return to form. “Sydney just didn’t work for her but she’s quite a quirky mare and the travel and the different environment just didn’t suit her so we brought her straight home and got her back into her normal routine,” Freedman said post-race. “[Jamie] has won nearly every time on her. The mare loves her and I think they get each other. We’ve just got to try and get her to stay on her now for the race in Adelaide.” Freedman said the plan has always been to target the Group One Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) in Adelaide with the reliable filly – a race that the Freedman’s had most recently won in 2018 with Shoals. “She’s won over 1200m in the past. If we were to get some wet weather

that’d help but I think the fact that she’s reliable it’ll just be a case of how she handles the trip,” Freedman said.

“Being a three-year-old fillies race, she’ll come down in weight but she’s probably going to have to lift off today because it’ll be a very good race.”

Successful combo: Jamie Kah wins her sixth race aboard the Anthony and Sam Freedman-trained La Mexicana. Picture: Supplied

Southern Peninsula News

21 April 2021



Southern Peninsula News

21 April 2021

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