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5974 9000 or email: team@mpnews.com.au www.mpnews.com.au TWO 93-year-olds went for a “run” together to last weekend’s Hastings Cruise Night at Westernport Marina. One was a car – a 1928 Kissel of the type that was all the rage in the glamorous days of early Hollywood – and the other was Frankston South resident Robert Mundy who has a background in cars as a mechanic and former owner of a Baxter garage. Kissel owner Joe Barbieri, of Moorooduc, introduced them after hearing from a friend that his dad – who loves cars – had just turned 93 and would love to see the two-door coupe. “My car had also just turned 93 so I said, ‘Let’s get them together’ and tonight’s the night.” Mr Barbieri picked up Mr Mundy at the RSL village in Overport Road and they drove to the cruise night which annually attracts hundreds of like-minded souls driving chrome bumper cars, such as hot rods, custom, street machine, original and vintage open to pre-1980s vehicles. He has had the Kissel for two-and-a-half years and says it is the only registered three litre, six cylinder roadster of its type in the Southern Hemisphere out of about 150 in the world. Two others in Australia are being restored. Mr Mundy, who said he “loves all types of cars”, was looking forward to the night. To fit the event’s theme, he said: “I’ve got to go and buy a ‘loud’ shirt to wear now.” Stephen Taylor

On the road again 93x2: Kissel owner Joe Barbieri and his passenger Bob Mundy show off the car - and their flamboyant shirts. Picture: Gary Sissons

Backyards at front of Buruli fight Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire is looking to recruit 500 households in Blairgowrie and Rye as part of a research study into the Buruli ulcer. The study involving mosquito surveillance, trapping and control activities is being run with advice from public health physicians, medical entomologists, council staff and research partners from the Doherty Institute. The aim is to disrupt the transmission of the ulcer and lead to evidencebased policies and guidelines to help stop its spread. About 250 households will become

intervention zones with 10 Gravitraps placed strategically and inspected regularly. The other 250 houses will be control zones where no activities will occur. By comparing mosquito numbers in the two zones the study team will be able to gauge the effectiveness of the intervention as they seek to gain the upper hand in beating the ulcer. The team will begin knocking on doors to recruit households throughout Blairgowrie and Rye this Saturday (27 February). As part of the study, Ovitraps will also be placed on public land along fence lines so researchers can count and analyse mosquito eggs non-intrusively.

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Blairgowrie and Rye were chosen for targeted mosquito control because they are considered high-risk areas. Buruli ulcer cases have increased significantly in recent years, particularly on the Mornington and Bellarine peninsulas, with possums and mosquitoes believed to be carriers of the causative bacteria. This latest ulcer fight addresses community concerns raised two years ago around the use of spraying – or fogging – to control mosquitoes. (“No to fogging in ‘mossie’ fight” The News 26/8/19). It does not involve spraying or pose any risk to bees, wildlife, or any other insects, the shire says. Education campaigns targeting

homeowners will aim to ensure they are not unintentionally creating breeding habitats for mosquitos. “We heard the community’s concerns in 2019 and hope this new method will not only keep our environment safe but will continue the progress in protecting the peninsula from the Buruli ulcer,” the mayor Cr Despi O’Connor said. Professor Tim Stinear, of the Doherty Institute, University of Melbourne said the “world-leading research” was an opportunity to understand and control the spread of Buruli. “The lessons learned from this study will inform Buruli ulcer control efforts worldwide,” he said. The Gravitrap is a hay infused cylin-

drical trap with a sticky inner surface that reduces mosquito numbers around homes. They are non-toxic and used all over the world. Non-toxic mosquito-specific larvicides will be placed in backyard breeding sites, such as rainwater tanks, septic tanks, ponds, and bird baths. They are not toxic to humans or animals. The Doherty Institute will be running an online information session 6-7pm, Thursday 25 February. Details: www2.health.vic.gov.au/ beatingburuli To participate in the trial email Dr Peter Mee at peter.mee@unimelb. edu.au or sign up at forms.gle/exeTCvWZAYwhng2F9





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SAFETY Beach gets a covering of dredged sand, left by Gary Sissons; and pictures of sea life supplied by the Martha Cover Owners Corporation.

Beach ‘will quickly be back to normal’ Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au THE beach at Safety Beach may have taken on a dark hue, but assurances have been given that the former pristine sands will soon return to normal. The dark grey sand was pumped from the entrance to the Martha Cove marina and spread for some hundreds of metres west of the yacht club. Russell Coleman of the Martha Cove Owners Corporation said the dredged “anaerobic” sand “quickly lightens to

become normal beach sand on exposure to sunlight and wave action”. He said the sand taken from the marina entrance and the sand on Safety Beach had the same source - “the eroding Mount Martha cliffs”. “A [more than one hundred metre] plume of discoloured water caused by particle fines could also been seen for a few hours, however these fine particles quickly settled to the seabed,” Mr Coleman said. “Wave action from westerly winds at various stages of tide will quickly sort

all these sands into the range normally found on an active beach like Safety Beach.” He said the plume had no impact on recreational fishing and did not reach the offshore mussel farm. In December, the owners’ corporation estimated that 8000 cubic metres of sand would be dredged and spread along 350 metres of the beach south of the breakwater at the marina entrance (“Dredged sand to ‘renourish beach’” The News 22/12/20). Mr Coleman last week said debris in

the “relocated sands” was being collected “and disposed of where feasible”. “All Martha Cove stormwater drains have gross pollutant traps, so the source of this debris is unlikely to have been the marina,” he said. “Most likely it came from nearby Mount Martha, Dromana, and Safety Beach stormwater drains which mostly do not have traps or come generally from Port Phillip.” Mr Coleman said clay separated from the sand and trucked out. “This is the first time in 15 years that

marina entrance sand relocation has been required,” he said. “The recent stabilisation of the base of the Mount Martha cliffs means less sand will get trapped in the entrance. It is expected further sand relocation will not be required for some years to come.” Mr Coleman said the work had been approved by Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, Parks Victoria, the Department of Land, Water, Planning and Environment, and the Environment Protection Authority.


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THE owner of the Safety Beach service station site will appeal to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal over Mornington Peninsula Shire’s refusal to allow it to redevelop the site and add a fast-food outlet. AA Holdings wants to remove a neighbouring house, vegetation and add a McDonald’s Restaurant with drive-thru to the BP site on the corner of Marine Drive and Nepean Highway. Council last year knocked back the plan as being “inappropriate, an overdevelopment of the site, and that insufficient information had been provided to assess light, noise, odour and litter, as well as contamination risks and impacts on ... vegetation”. The high level of local – with almost 1000 written objections – prompted the council to hold an online community session in September to “provide the community with more information and to answer your questions”. (“Q&A session eyes fast-food outlet” The News 25/8/20). Nearby small business owners said they feared the fast-food giant would drive them out of business. They said heavy traffic and litter would stifle trade and “change the whole dynamics and landscape” of the area (“No fries with that” The News 14/7/20). A VCAT compulsory conference is set for today (Tuesday 16 February), followed by a seven-day from 12 July. Nine groups are scheduled to appear, including Dromana Drive-In proprietor Paul Whitaker.

Crush is on: Traffic is at a stand-still at the service station site at Safety Beach. Pictures: Supplied

“I think it’s important to update the community and let people know that the matter is not closed and, if anyone is affected, they can still apply to join in the proceedings,” Mr Whitaker said. “The current traffic situation is a shambles: what effect will the fast food mecca have?” Mr Whitaker said the applicant had “made some modifications” to the plan. “The issues of streetscape and town

planning, along with traffic congestion, rubbish and the effect on local traders are still very real concerns to many locals and visitors alike,” he said. Mr Whitaker said anyone interested in joining the proceedings can apply to VCAT, quoting: AAH DROMANA: VCAT Reference No. P1738/2020, 1-2 Marine Drive and 5 Nepean Highway, Safety Beach. AA Holdings was contacted for comment.

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‘Fire risk’ audit excludes houses Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au

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Fire crews battle shed fire CFA brigades from all over the Mornington Peninsula rushed to extinguish a shed fire at Red Hill South last week. Twelve appliances fought the blaze in the 20 metre by 15 metre shed containing old cars on Shoreham Road, early Friday 19 February. Red Hill First Lieutenant Sam Norris said the blaze was “going pretty strong” when crews arrived just after 1am.

“We managed to bring it under control pretty quickly, although [a lack of] water was an issue,” he said. He praised the assistance of neighbours lighting the way with their torches for fire crews who finished mopping up at 5am. The cause of the blaze at what appears to be an old cherry orchard is unknown. A fire investigator was on the scene first thing Friday.

THE state government has been accused of ignoring aluminium composite cladding fire risks faced by people living in single and two-storey homes. Houses have been excluded from the government-ordered audit of buildings incorporating the flammable material. “The irony is that apartments are included in the audit, so there's a line drawn to say it's OK for home owners and residents to be housed in combustible buildings but not tenants or owners of apartments,” Ron Corcoran said. Alarm about the dangers of aluminium composite cladding was raised in June 2017 when 72 died when London’s 20-storey Grenfell Tower caught fire. In March 2019, a cigarette was blamed for a blaze in Melbourne's Neo200 building that that jumped five storeys. Several years ago, Mr Corcoran bought one of two $1 million plus luxury townhouses in Mornington, only to later discover “a lot” of aluminium had been used in their construction. An expert in galvanic corrosion, Mr Corcoran knew that besides its well publicised flammability, the aluminium would also corrode because of the townhouses’ proximity to the sea. He said the extensive use of aluminium posed “all of these problems that you don’t expect”. “You can’t sell without these type of problems which were against buildings regulations - being fixed.” The discovery of the aluminium and the lack of adequate waterproofing on a deck started lengthy negotiations with the builder. Inspections found 40 to 50 problems with the two

townhouses which eventually cost about $100,000 to fix. Mr Corcoran said that neither the Victorian Building Authority or Mornington Peninsula Shire wanted to know about the problems, and he was forced to appeal to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal’s disputes resolution board to force the builder to act. The shire will not identify buildings on the peninsula uncovered by the state-wide audit by the VBA. Instead of agreeing to call on its own staff to report on the progress of making the buildings safe, councillors have agreed to the mayor Cr Despi O’Connor telling the state government that its building surveyour, not the shire’s, should be responsible for ordering buildings to be repaired or even evacuated (“Fire risks clad in secrecy” The News 1/2/21). It is understood that a hospital is one of the buildings identified in the VBA audit. Mr Corcoran believes the government, by not including single and two storey houses in the aluminium cladding audit, is “trying to keep a lid on it”. He said it was obvious that aluminium cladding was used in the construction of many houses along the Esplanade from Mornington to Mount Martha and along the peninsula’s Port Phillip coastline. “There’s a double standard in buildings. The aluminium is all right for use in houses but not in aged care or hospitals.” Mr Corcoran said builders often “use the cheapest materials out of Asia”. “Many big new residences are completely built from flammable cladding, you only have to look along the Esplanade and think how many there must be around the country,” he said. “According to the building code they can be built out of any combustible material, such as weatherboards or ACP.

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Minister’s move clears way for VCAT appeal Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au STATE Planning Minister Richard Wynne has told state parliament that he will not be “calling in” the Ryman Healthcare application to develop a retirement village at Mount Eliza. This clears the way for the New Zealand-based company to take its bid – for eight four-storey buildings, three three-storey buildings, 272 apartments, 362 car spaces, 115 nursing beds and a place of worship over 23,000 square metres on the site of the former Melbourne Business School – to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal on 15 March. (“Ryman to appeal council knockback” The News 27/7/20). The VCAT hearing will adjudicate on Mornington Peninsula Shire Council’s decision to refuse a permit for the application at 60-70 Kunyung Road – a proposal opposed by more than 1000 objectors last year, but which received 33 letters of support. At the time, Ryman state development manager David Laing said: “We were not surprised by the decision as councillors and staff had foreshadowed their opposition to the proposal, and we intend to take an appeal to VCAT. “As we’ve done from the outset, we’re constantly reviewing the community feedback on our plans and will

consider further modifications to the proposal.” In state parliament on 3 February Mr Wynne, replying to a question from Mornington MP David Morris, said the council has requested his authorisation to “prepare and exhibit Amendment C270 to the Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme”. Mr Wynne said: “The amendment seeks to rezone several sites outside the Urban Growth Boundary from the Special Use Zone Schedule 2 to the Green Wedge Zone Schedule 3, including 60-70 Kunyung Road, Mt Eliza. This request is currently under consideration and I will make a decision in due course. “At this time, I do not intend to exercise my powers under section 58 of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 1998 to call in the application.” The decision is a blow to opponents who had been counting on the minister’s timely intervention to block it without them having to go through the trauma and uncertainty of a VCAT appeal. Mr Morris said later: “Less than six weeks before VCAT begins its hearings on a major retirement village at Mount Eliza, outside the urban growth boundary, Planning Minister Richard Wynne has finally admitted he will not call in the application. “He also belatedly confirmed that

even though he has had a year, he still hasn’t decided whether or not the site should be zoned green wedge. “In February last year, I asked the minister, in parliament, to urgently address a request from the Mornington Peninsula Shire to authorise them to commence the process to rezone the land to green wedge. “The minister’s response, according to Hansard, was “…I will be looking out for that as it comes forward to me”. “Clearly the minister wasn’t looking too hard, because yesterday, almost 12 months after that statement, he revealed that no decision had been made, but that one was expected ‘in due course’.” Mr Morris said he had formally asked the minister twice, in parliament, to call in the proposal and rule it out. “On the first occasion the minister responded, but completely ignored the issue, instead referring to the shire’s rezoning request. On the second occasion he didn’t respond at all, until yesterday (Wednesday 3 February), two and a half months after he was required to provide an answer under the parliament’s standing orders. “In a media release issued ahead of the November 2018 state election, Mr Wynne claimed, “Only Labor will stop Melbourne’s green wedges from inappropriate development…” “Why won’t the minister keep that promise?” Mr Morris asked.

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Peninsula wineries join online sales guide AN online wine directory was launched last week to help consumers “find their perfect local wine based on their taste preferences”. Behind the Vines links lets wine buyers take a virtual tour of wineries throughout the state and then order straight from their chosen producer. The state is said to have more 21 wine regions, but for these online sales the Mornington Peninsula is classified as being part of Pinot Coast, one of “Victoria’s Five Wine Pillars”. Orders and information about winer-

ies can be “filtered” by choosing type of wine (red, white, rose, sparkling, sweet or “any”); taste (delicate through to full bodied); region (choose one of the “five pillars” or “anywhere”); and winery facilities (food, sustainable, luxury accessible, pets). The Wines Victoria website encourages physical visits to the wineries as well as offering online sales. The site offers travel times and can be used to make itineraries with maps. “Our state has so much to offer but there has never been a simple,

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one-stop-shop for people to visit and connect with new or favourite producers,” Wine Victoria Angie Bradbury said. “Many of our fantastic wineries rely heavily on tourism and the hospitality sector, so 2020 was an incredibly difficult year. Behind the Vines will enable people to explore the outstanding premium wines Victoria has to offer.” Behind the Vines was financed by Global Victoria, the state government's “premier trade facilitation agency and gateway to global economies and communities”. Agriculture Minister Mary-Anne Thomas said Victorian wine “is the best in the world” and the website would enable customers to “support their favourite wineries and discover new ones”. Keith Platt

MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire’s planning and building director David Bergin resigned last week. Mr Bergin, one of the council’s highest paid “key management personnel” was with the shire for five years after stints at Swan Hill, Boroondara and Mitchell Shire and local government in the UK. Shire staff learned of his “immediate resignation for a variety of personal reasons” in a farewell email to staff on Thursday 18 February. Mr Bergin said CEO Johan Baker had “kindly allowed me to end my contract early”. He was leaving the shire “having followed and displayed all our values, including courage, openness, respect, excellence and, at all times, I have maintained my integrity”. Mr Bergin said he “had achieved a significant amount over the past five years, including the planning services review, green wedge management plan, housing and settlement strategy, Tootgarook wetland management plan, industrial land review, on-line lodgement of planning applications, registration process for pool barriers, and conversion to electronic documents for flood assessments.” “I have to admit not all of these project/system improvements were implemented smoothly and mistakes were made, however, you need to acknowledge and listen to problems. In some instances, I decided to go back


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Survival, the aim of the training game Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au VOLUNTEER Marine Rescue members got into the nitty gritty of their role with their annual sea survival training course at Mornington harbour, Tuesday 9 February. They practiced launching and boarding life rafts, setting off flares, and swimming in a group or “congaline” in their lifejackets, which has proven to be the safest way to safety. VMR president Neil Cooper said the crews trained and practiced basic sea survival skills each year to ensure they could protect themselves while they are on the water as well as protecting the community. The flare demonstration included two smoke (day) flares, two red (night) flares and three red rocket flares. Mr Cooper told the volunteers: “Many will recall the rescue that involved the search and recovery of a vessel in recent months that could have only been possible due to the occupants setting off a flare.” The VMR’s Colin Strawbridge said later the incident involved a boat which had broken down off Rye at 11pm. The boaters were able to call 000 and the Water Police directed a VMR crew to the rescue. However, by the time they arrived the stricken boat had drifted into the shipping channel off Mount Martha. “It was only when the boaters set off a flare that we were able to see them with a ship approaching and only about 100 metres away,” he said. Mr Cooper said the session “went off pretty well”. “We reminded people that it is better to be safe and know their safety equipment before they need to use it,” he said. He encouraged boaties and members of the public to watch the flares being set off “so they can be confident in what a flare looks like from land should they ever see one being let off as a distress signal and confidently report a sighting to 000”. The VMR obtained all of the required permits through Water Police and other organisations before the sessions.

TRAINING for the Mornington-based Volunteer Marine Rescue involves swimming in a conga-line to safety during; holding hand-held and parachute flares; and taking instructions from experts standing high and dry on the jetty. Pictures: Supplied

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Calls for trail blazing at the cape MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire is being urged to adopt “big picture thinking” and focus a larger proportion of its spending on the “rural hinterland” rather than built up areas. The suggestion by Cr David Gill to put the peninsula on the “international tourism map” follows the shire’s rejection of an application for $50,000 to investigate a “multi-purpose track” alongside Cape Schanck Road. The Friends of Cape Schanck group says no progress has been made on a reserve and playground at Cape Schanck in the four years since $100,000 was allocated by the shire. “Over the nearly 30 years this shire has been in existence we have seen millions of dollars spent on sporting facilities, halls, tracks and horse trails in other communities,” the group stated in the submission rejected by the shire. “The Cape Schanck community has received over the same period two secondhand bus shelters.” The group said the rejection of its request “confirms the attitude of the shire to the provision of facilities at Cape Schanck.” The group says more than 300,000 people visit the lighthouse reserve each year and the 80kph road is the only access. It says council is considering an application for a restaurant on private land at Cape Schanck which, if approved, would increase traffic along the road. It says a multi-use track “is clearly a safety issue” and could be connected to existing tracks to provide several circuit walks “as a major tourist attraction”. Cr Gill said the application by the friends group “is part of the much needed big picture thinking for putting the peninsula on the international tourism map”. “People want the beauty and relative isolation of our rural hinterland, yet the money goes to built-up areas not suitable for long walking tracks, trail riding and camping or glamping. “We could create a package with wineries and our talented arts sector instead of just plugging the gaps in the dated bay trails plan that puts our rural and isolated coastline last for funding.” Cr Gill said making the Cape Schanck plan “shovel ready would tempt politicians as they look for COVID-19 projects that capture the imagination”. The walking trails would create employment while protecting undeveloped parts of the peninsula and the green wedge. Keith Platt

Charges over ‘invasion’ THREE youths have been charged over an alleged aggravated home invasion at Mount Martha, 1.30am, Wednesday, 3 February. The incident occurred at a Kilburn Grove house in which an Audi station wagon was stolen and its 50-year-old owner received minor injuries. Southern Metro Crime Team detectives last week charged two 17-year-olds, from Doveton and Narre Warren South, with two counts of aggravated home invasion, aggravated burglary and five counts of theft of a motor vehicle. A 14-year-old, from Noble Park, was charged with aggravated home invasion and two counts of theft of a motor vehicle.

Letters of regret YOUNG hoons who ran amok at Sorrento Community Centre before Christmas have written letters of apology to the manager, Heather Barton. “Acting Sergeant Steve Drew and his team have done a magnificent job … and have built up an ongoing story. There appears to be two separate groups of youths,” she said. “He tracked down members of the group who harassed our board on 18 December and today we have received four separate letters of apology from them.” On that occasion, a board member had a heart attack after an altercation with the hoons, with the doctor attributing it to stress caused by the incident. “Within eight hours of new shade sails being installed over the skate park, four young people were running around on them – an action that has been fatal for kids elsewhere,” Ms Barton said. “When spoken to, their rude response was breathtaking.” The community centre board’s chairman Shane McMahon said: “Not only is this behaviour highly dangerous, but it is also expensive and a real issue for us as a not-for-profit organisation focused on supporting people of all ages from our community.”

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What, exactly, are you being served?

Guides standing strong together

A SURVEY into eating habits will help Community Plate organisers improve the diets of residents in Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula. The Community Plate, in conjunction with Peninsula Health and Monash University, wants residents to tell them about their experiences in accessing and eating healthy food, including fruit and vegetables. Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Associate Professor Claire Palermo said the survey would help them develop a campaign to improve healthy eating outcomes. The survey asks such questions how many serves of fruit are eaten each day and, how often vegetables are eaten with lunch. “We want to get an understanding about what is important to our community and what barriers may exist in regards to choosing healthy options,” Ms Palermo said. Those completing the survey can go into the draw to win a $100 hamper of peninsula produce. “We will also be running community workshops in the near future, and we would like people to register to attend so they can contribute their ideas about this very topical issue,” she said. To participate in the survey or the workshops visit: research.net/r/TheCommunityPlate2021

ROSEBUD Girl Guides were preparing to mark World Thinking Day with activities on the Rosebud foreshore, last night (Monday 22 February). The special day came about in 1926 when Girl Guides from around the world were attending their 4th World Conference in the US. They set aside an annual day when Girl Guides could express their appreciation of the international movement. The day – which became World Thinking Day – was chosen because it was the birthday of both Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scout Movement, and his wife Olave Baden-Powell, World Chief Guide. Mornington Peninsula Girl Guides District Manager Heather Barton said World Thinking Day was an opportunity to speak out on issues affecting young women. This year’s theme is Let’s Stand Together for Peace. A range of activities was held 6-7.30pm near the Rosebud jetty. “This theme aligns with the recent announcement that the Guiding and Scouting movements worldwide have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize,” Ms Barton said. “This most prestigious award goes to the person or organisation who has done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.” World Girl Guides represents 10 million girls in 150 countries. Details: Mornington Peninsula District Girl Guides 0418 974 994.

Christmas appeal SOUTHERN Peninsula Food For All’s Christmas Appeal raised $41,005 plus $1552 from the McCrae Lions Christmas Carols at Dromana Drive-in – a total of $42,557. “This was a wonderful result,” president Brian Allen said. “Community groups, businesses and private citizens boosted this result with toys for our annual Christmas Toy run. We were able to financially assist 325 families with toys for 431 children.” Cash donations enabled the start of the 2021 weekly emergency food-aid program.

Up the creek: Girl Guides are able to take part in a range of activities, such as canoeing. Picture: Supplied

27 Nelson Street, Rye Monday to Friday 9am-3.30pm Ph: 5985 4462 email: recruitment@ryech.org

House Manager – Part-time (26 hrs worked over 4 days) Fixed Term for 12 months commencing 6th April 2021


About Rye Community House Rye Community House was established in 1984 and is one of 12 Neighbourhood Houses on the Mornington Peninsula. The House includes an Occasional Care Service and is located within the Centre of Rye on the Mornington Peninsula. The House is governed by a community-based Board of Governance. About the Role This rewarding role offers you the opportunity to be part of the community taking responsibility for the operations, management, financial accountability and development of the House and for ensuring that the House operates in accordance with all legislative requirements, the Board’s policy decisions and the service agreements with funding bodies. You will also be responsible for the development, implementation and delivery of programs, policies and services. Selection Criteria • Demonstrated experience in Community Services and/or service coordination within the community or not for profit sector. • Demonstrated experience in leading, developing and supervising staff and volunteers and building effective teams. • Demonstrated experience in leading, developing and supervising staff and volunteers and building effective teams. • Highly developed written and verbal communication skills and negotiation, interpersonal and time management skills, including the capacity to represent the House within the community and with funding providers and sponsors. • An ability to identify community needs and to plan, develop, monitor and evaluate high quality programs to meet those needs. • Demonstrated experience in financial management including planning, budgeting and managing day to day financial operations. • Demonstrated ability to work effectively without direct supervision, providing support and resources to a volunteer-based Board of Management with an understanding of community education principles and current trends. • Ability to work effectively without direct supervision and reporting to the Board of Governance. • Tertiary qualifications that will support the achievement of the selection criteria indicators of the role. • IT proficiency in the House-specific packages e.g. Enrolment, Accounting, Data bases, Web and Social Media. Please review the Position Description in full, for specific information about this role. Other Requirements: • Criminal History Check and Working with Children Check essential

If you have the necessary skills and experience and would like this opportunity to be part of a great community, apply now!

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DAYS 2021

Rosebud 7-9 Campus Wednesday 10 March 4–7pm Tyabb 7-9 Campus Wednesday 10 March 4–7pm Mornington 7-12 Campus Thursday 11 March 4–7pm Experience a taste of the curriculum, sporting, cultural and spiritual life that Padua College can offer your child.

Open 1 February 2021 Close 14 May 2021 Visit our website to enrol online or book a Twilight Open Day tour

Rats ‘ordered’ out of house Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au

Deadly diet for birds CELIA Furt has been “horrified” by the cast-offs being thrown to seagulls at Hastings. While on one of her regular trips “to say hi to the pelicans” near the boat ramp, Ms Furt’s attention was drawn to a group of seagulls feeding in the grass. She discovered they were eating loaves of mouldy bread. “People still think that feeding seagulls, pigeons and other birds, is good for them. They think that they are feeding them but, instead, they are killing them,” Ms Furt said. “If they want to feed birds, they must only feed them what's right for them, what they can digest and it’s not human food waste.

Human bread is poison to any bird, as they cannot digest it, it stays in their throats and crops and they die horribly.” Ms Furt filled two rubbish bags with the 10 mouldy loaves. A photographer, Ms Furt took pictures of the seagulls and crows “fighting for a hamburger cover” outside the towns McDonalds outlet. Again, she felt compelled to pick up the rubbish that was not suitable food for birds. Ms Furt hopes her pictures and story will make people realise “that feeding the birds with human food is bad for them … we need to be a lot more careful about what we do with rubbish”. Keith Platt

A PEST control program to rid a Hastings house of rats began last week before a clean-up inside and out. The work by contractors hire by Mornington Peninsula Shire followed the owner being given seven days to remove the rats. The notice from the shire expired 5pm, Tuesday 16 February, and a follow-up inspection was carried out the next morning. The order to clean up the property was issued by the shire after it received a complaint about a vermin-infested house (“Clean-up order for ratinfested house” The News 16/2/21). Environmental health officers who initially inspected the property confirmed “significant rat infestation and significant amounts of waste on the property”. The shire’s environment protection manager John Rankine said: “The shire used its authority under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act to issue notices on the owner to clean the property and arrange for the rat infestation and waste to be removed within seven days. “That deadline was not met and so, yesterday[Wednesday], to protect public health, the shire started a pest control program in the immediate area.” Mr Rankine said once the rats were gone specialist cleaners would tackle the mess inside and out “once safe access had been established”. He said arrangements had been

Picture: Yanni made to provide outreach health services and support to the owner, and that shire officers would be conducting “ongoing monitoring of the property”. Although efforts are being made to prevent rats escaping into adjoining houses, it may be too late. Neighbour

Lee-Anne McGuinness said rats had already invaded her pantry and started nibbling through packaging. The News has chosen not to reveal the address out of consideration for the owner’s privacy.













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WITH return of fine weather and end to yet another lockdown, it seemed only fitting to again run one of John Renowden’s shots of Mount Martha South (1); Glenys Slade appreciated a bit of Europe at Rosebud - even if it is painted on (2); further down the peninsula Judith Mordech was one of many enjoying the barefoot twilight bowls at Sorrento (3), while Liane Willoughby, and a seagull, appreciated a fine sunset.


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Apply now! Heritage Grant applications are open Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Heritage Grants are available to owners of heritage places to assist with carrying out heritage conservation projects. The grants aim to help owners of heritage places in maintaining and preserving their property. Properties covered by individual Heritage Overlays or places contributory to heritage precincts under the Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme, are eligible for consideration for a grant. Individual grants usually range up to a few thousand dollars but exceptions to this range may be made in special circumstances. Council makes the grants on a contributory basis – no grant will exceed 50% of the total value of any works.

How to apply

Applications can now be lodged online via the webpage below.

The closing date for applications is 5pm Friday 26 March 2021. To learn more visit: mornpen.vic.gov.au/heritagegrants


On course for lupus research

Off it goes: Rob Jolly on the 12th green at Moonah Links. Picture: Supplied

THE third annual Legends for Lupus charity golf day at Moonah Links on Friday 26 March will raise funds for research into the disease. McCrae resident, Rob Jolly – the chair of Lupus Victoria who is organising the Fingal event – had the distressing personal experience of watching his daughter, Kim, die at the age of 32 in 2007. “Kim had serious pain and sickness for over 10 years before succumbing to the disease. Funds are desperately needed for research as knowledge of lupus runs below the radar. As a consequence, there is little public funding for lupus research,” he said. Mr Jolly said more people suffered from lupus than multiple sclerosis, yet it was a neglected and little known disease affecting

the brain, kidneys, heart, central nervous system, lungs, joints, skin, blood and other organs. It impacts severely on quality of life and reduces life expectancy. Lupus Victoria was established in 2016 to raise community awareness and to raise money for research. The Kim Jolly Lupus Research Fund has raised more than $250,000 for research. The four-ball Ambrose event is open to all golfers. Entry is $160 a person, which includes a playing fee, electric cart and lunch. The most recent lupus event in September 2019 raised $12,000. All money raised will go to the Kim Jolly Lupus Research Fund. Details: Call Janelle Freedman 5988 2034 or email jfreedman@ moonahlinks.com.au

Trucks in harm’s way

Picture: Gary Sissons

TWO delivery trucks were written off after colliding at a busy Crib Point intersection, Tuesday 16 February. Crib Point CFA Captain Andrew Brown said his crew rushed to the intersection of Stony Point Road and Woollies Road fearing those aboard were trapped in their cabins after the force of the impact sent them careering into a brick and steel fence, 12.11pm. Injuries to the two drivers, from Crib Point and Narre Warren, and a passenger from Mount Eliza, were not severe. “It wasn’t as dramatic as we were told but the men were in shock and suffering cuts and bruises,” Captain Brown said. “They were taken by ambulance to Frankston Hospital for treatment.” The trucks were towed away.

Estate signed up NEW signs installed at Ranelagh Estate, Mount Eliza recognise the estate’s 2005 heritage listing and being added to the Victorian Placenames database in 2011. The signs were produced by Ranelagh Residents’ Association with the support of Mornington Peninsula Shire.

Mobile’ survey MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire wants public feedback on its plan to replace mobile libraries with a home delivery service. Mobile libraries have been off the road since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with library users either calling or going online to choose library items to be home delivered free. The shire says the “click and deliver” service was used 1729 times during its first three weeks. It says the service is more economical and uses one of its fleet vehicles in place of a costly bus. The mayor Cr Despi O’Connor said survey results “will help us understand community feeling about our library book delivery services”. Visit: mornpen.vic.gov.au/libraryconsultation to have a say on the future of the mobile library until Monday 1 March.

Picture: Yanni

Gardening tips from experts MOUNT Martha House community gardeners enjoyed some expert cultural induction training, Friday 19 February. Their teachers were members of the Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation, who aim to preserve and protect the sacred lands and waterways of their ancestors, their places, traditional cultural practices, and stories. They aim to guide and advise groups on what artefacts may be encountered and their significance to the Bunurong people. The community gardeners say they “don’t

intend to carry out major excavations on the site but are keen to understand the land on which they will be working”. They also want to strengthen their relationship with the traditional owners. The garden, in the grounds of the cottage at the rear of Mount Martha House, will be a demonstration garden with a focus on education and community inclusion through garden activities and related workshops for young and old. The garden team welcomes new members and friends. Details: mmhcgarden.org Southern Peninsula News

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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

Need for register of ‘foreign owned’ peninsula property I was shocked to learn that there is not already a foreign owners’ register of property and land on the Mornington Peninsula (“List foreign owners” Letters 10/2/21). I think there should be such a register for our entire country. It is pure common sense. Does anyone remember what that is? I don’t see the remotest connection with racism. Those councillors who voted against Cr David Gill’s call for such a register should pull their heads out of the sand and remember they are there to serve the common good, not their own personal concerns (“Shire shies away from ‘racist’ database” The News 8/2/21). A register of foreign ownership would definitely be for the common good. If there is a petition going around, I will be one of the first to sign it. Gwen Thomas, Somerville

Spiritual harmony Prayer is the humble offering that is given to acknowledge life source. North American Indians prayed by turning their faces to the stars with their arms stretched up saying “O Great One”. It is unfortunately apparent that some of our new Mornington Peninsula Shire Councillors are seriously lacking this virtue of humility (“Prayer back on agenda” The News 16/2/21). Their egos tell them they have no use for prayer. What name is given to the deity is neither here nor there. For those that think that there are numerous gods up “there” in heaven or “floating around”. Some have a rather juvenile understanding of what “God” is and religion means (“Prayer for all” Letters 9/2/21 ). Religion is not political, it is not racial; cultural, yes. What all great world religions endeavour to do is guide us to happy natural loving relationships during our lifetimes in harmony with the world and, after death, give us hope with our life source, whatever people wish to call it. The “big 10” referred to in the letter is actually a foundation stone of our modern civilisation. Yes, we are managing religion very well in this country, we already have separation of church and state, which is easily seen in our multiple streams of school systems and our proudly harmonious multicultural society encouraged by our country for nearly 50 years (“Manage religion” Letters 9/2/21). Here in Australia, enshrined by law, freedom of religion ensures that harmony. We are much better served by standing together, shoulder to shoulder, and strengthening our traditions, even our spiritual ones. Monica Martini, Mornington

Care for animals Here we go again. Mornington Peninsula Shire wastes money on naming swimming pools ($200,000) and erecting temporary fences at The Pillars ($200,000), and wanting to change place names, when they should be improving the services they currently provide to residents. The animal shelter needs to implement major changes to increase the reuniting and adoption rates of pets which will in turn reduce their kill rates. This could easily be achieved by reintroducing volunteers; having a community foster care program; subsidising desexing of pets for the financially disadvantaged (the council said this would be happening between January-June 2019, but it never eventuated); work with more rescues; list every pet that is impounded on the lost pets site; streamlining the adoption process; advertising pets for adoption on the shire’s Facebook page and in the local media. Many of these initiatives are already occurring at other shelters in Victoria, so why is this not happening at Mornington Peninsula Shire Community Animal Shelter? Many letters have been sent over the years to councillors and the council, from different residents, requesting improvements to the pound, to no avail. Why do the ratepayers who pay for the pound have absolutely no say in how this facility operates? What are councillors doing to improve this facility, so as to create transparency and account-


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ability for every animal that enters the pound system? Isn’t their role to listen to ratepayers and address their issues? It is time to step up and take responsibility for the wellbeing of all the animals under the care of the shire pound. Rosy Fischer, Mornington

Celebrate for now We should stop haggling over who was first to discover Australia, which really means who invaded first or last, as happened to every continent from millions of years back (“Australia’s date with history” The News 26/1/21). We should celebrate the multicultural nation we now are. Why not take 7 May when, in 1901, we became a nation in our own right with a federal parliament. At least let’s stop nitpicking and celebrate what has become one of the luckiest nations in the world Keith Murley, Blairgowrie

Treaty a priority National Day celebrations on 26 January are slowly dying. I don’t get too caught up in the debate as it’s inevitable that the day will change. Every day the old, outdated views die with those that hold them, to be replaced by younger, more accepting attitudes. I look at how much Australia has advanced over my lifetime, every year moving towards proper recognition and justice for our Indigenous people. Development of an honest treaty should be the first priority. It would set a strong foundation and show that Australians want to right the wrongs of the past and move forward with respect and dignity. There’s no pride in genocide. Neale Adams, Bittern

Greater plan for port The application of AGL to establish a gas import terminal at Crib Point on Western Port, needs to be opposed with the utmost vigour (“Shire, Opposition unite against AGL” The News 16/2/21). I believe that this is the thin edge of the wedge of a greater plan by [Premier] Daniel Andrews and the Labor Party to grant another long term lease to Chinese interests to develop and occupy [and turn] the Port of Hastings into a major shipping terminal. In conjunction with that, I also believe that his plans would include the creation of an international airport to serve Melbourne’s southeast suburbs which are all expanding in that direction. Once AGL gets a green light it will be too late. There will be a precedent and our useless politicians will just roll over because further resistance will be in the too hard basket. Barry J Rumpf, McCrae

Generational Pimpernel The quotes of the Scarlet Pimpernel verse are correct as they appear in the original books (“Words from the past” Letters 9/2/21). However, Marius Goring and Jane Seymour are of different generations and appeared in two very different productions of the story Goring’s Pimpernel did not have a wife. Seymour starred in the 1980s production opposite Anthony Andrews. The movie is available for viewing on Acorn TV and is well worth watching. Bianca Felix, Bittern

Size is variable The Ross Trust charity owns Hillview Quarries which has been advertising “The Simple Facts” for weeks about their proposed quarry for the north face of Arthurs Seat. Although there are many misleading parts in this advertisement, I will focus on number 6, which states the “Final size and shape are yet to be determined” and “the additional area for quarrying could be approximately 20 hectares”. But here’s a simple fact: in the Ross Trust/ Hillview Quarry’s application to the state government, available for all to see, the additional area they seek to quarry is 38 hectares (94 acres) of remnant bushland on a property that has never

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been quarried. Surely this is a key fact to include to inform the public? Even if a smaller pit size is approved by the state government, the facts on the application show the full extent of what the Ross Trust would like for its open cut mine. Let’s also remember that in 2006 the Ross Trust applied for, and was granted, an extension to the existing Hillview quarry. Michelle de la Coeur, Red Hill

Changes at the top I believe the ABC has gone to the pack since Ita Buttrose was put in charge. On radio, the incisive Jon Faine morning show suddenly ceased. I used to throw a shoe at the radio sometimes (metaphorically), such was his outrageous opinion or ego, even though he was mostly perfectly correct, and I would never miss tuning in. He has been replaced by what I regard as a very lightweight, populist show, perhaps to gain a wider audience, but they’ve lost me. I now don’t particularly listen to any morning radio. Then, most monstrous of all, the ABC stopped the 7.45am comprehensive 15-minute news bulletin, an Australian institution. Why? Sheer nastiness or an attempt to shed ratings and audience? Over to TV and what used to be a very interesting, sometimes penetrating Q&A show with Tony Jones. I never missed watching it. He was suddenly removed, and I now see the show as being insipid, politically correct and pointless, discussing nothing much and which I now actively don’t watch. If you’d watch that you’d watch a cooking show. And then there is Centrelink, which instigated a disastrous Robodebt scheme, fraudulently clawing money out of desperately poor people, causing great distress until the dishonest scheme was stopped. I fully expected, but have not noticed, any change in top management at Centrelink. However, over at Australia Post, they had a very competent, innovative, successful managing director, Christine Holgate, doing an excellent job. The federal government simply got rid of her, using a load of absolute rubbish about Cartier wristwatch bonuses as an excuse. Why? Is excellence an aberration to federal politicians? Brian A Mitchelson, Mornington

Award of decade Your regular contributor Brian A Mitchelson has voted Mornington “Untidiest town of the year” (“Untidiest town” Letters 16/2/21). At this early stage of the 2020s I would like to name Mr Mitchelson the “2020s Whinger Of The Decade” for his regular complaints. He will not be beaten by any of the other regular complainants. Barry Squire, Mornington

Age discrimination The cashless economy in alive and well on the Mornington Peninsula. Despite an increasing number of elderly retirees, the commercial mandarins are encouraging catering for smartie pants millennials who swipe their credit cards or phones. In my own “waiting for God” Mount Eliza (apologies to Mornington Peninsula Shire’s non-God fearing councillors, as there are still a few of us ratepayers alive and who didn’t vote for you) a grocery outlet has removed cash selfservice points, favouring of credit cards only. I now have to queue with the other poor credit card less pensioners. The good old days of disposing of your accumulated coinage by endlessly feeding these self-service machines and zipping through the crowd are gone. As I have to care for other less technically endowed elderly Mount Elizians who can’t distinguish a credit card from a real estate agent’s business card, or stand in long queues, I am increasingly shopping at the other two retailing giants where cash still counts. Another chink in the chain comes loose with a Main Street Mornington essential service where postage stamps used to reign supreme. Sadly, because of poor shop security design, this business has been ram-raided twice. The shire’s expensive CCTV surveillance has yet to go public on whether it actually captured shots of the criminals. Millions were spent on setting up this surveillance and we are kept in the dark whether any criminals have been charged. Australia Post Collins Street mandarins should note that we aren’t dead yet. Put simply, this is age discrimination. Ian Morrison, Mount Eliza

Embarrassing disunity How many others are feeling relieved that [Donald] Trump and his cohorts have left the White House office in the United States? Trump, the narcissistic, misogynistic, discredited bully boy and proven liar, lost the 2020 election. He may be gone, but more than 70 million Americans were persuaded to vote for him, which is scary. The failed insurrection supported by Trump that threatened to overthrow an elected government was a real threat to democracy. The second impeachment, and justice, need to be handed out to him and his treacherous followers so he is not allowed to again run for public office. With President Joe Biden, compassion, commonsense and determination will set an impressive agenda. On his first days in office Joe Biden signed important decrees that will tackle the coronavirus, climate change, the economy, equality and poverty. He has appointed a diverse, experienced and visionary cabinet of grown-ups. It will not be without many problems, namely bringing together a very fractured nation, a very unenviable job. I can’t help comparing it with the sorry LNP leadership in Australia, which has many serious issues not dealt with appropriately, such as climate change, environmental issues, inequality of First Nations people and increasing poverty. We are embarrassed by the ongoing disunity in the federal NLP acting on climate change which will be forced eventually because of the proposed agenda changes in the US. There is still no positive agenda, or even a vision from this government to deal with the many issues post coronavirus. At the last election, this government didn’t take a positive agenda to the people and was re-elected. This cannot be allowed to happen again. We need clear, unequivocal, bold policies now, so they can be debated on their worth, or not. Denise Hassett, Mount Martha

Find other site Kunyung Road, Mount Eliza is not an appropriate site for the sort of large scale aged care development [by Ryman Healthcare] and I do not appreciate developers proposing such projects when they are obviously not welcomed by local residents. Somewhere like the George Vowell Centre site in Cobb Road, or similar, would be a much more appropriate. Somewhere with more space, lowrise, better level access, and less impact on local schools and residents in nearby streets. Ryman should find somewhere else for its‘blot on the lands’ proposal. Graeme Hector Willis, Mount Eliza

Waiting in line I am turning 69 soon, so I am not used to being told I am too young for anything much. But according to the federal government’s rollout plan, I will be too young for the phase 1 [COVID-19] vaccine, which will be mostly the Pfizer dose, and will have to wait for phase 2, which may be the less effective AstraZeneca jab. Who’s getting phase 1? Quarantine, health care, aged care and disability workers – quite right. Indigenous people over 55 and others over 70. Fine. High-risk workers – police, fire, defence and emergency services – yes, and give them a medal too. And meat processing workers – wait, what? Killing animals is miserable, dangerous and poorly paid work in settings ideal for contagion, but it is certainly not an essential industry. The result of shutting down slaughterhouses and retraining the workers would be reduced pollution, improved public health and the end to the terror and agony of millions of animals every day. And because we know that around 75 per cent of recently emerging infectious diseases affecting humans are transmitted from other species, and factory farms and slaughterhouses are ideal environments for propagation of new strains, we might just avoid unleashing the next pandemic too. Desmond Bellamy, PETA Australia Editor: The Prime Minister Scott Morrison and 84-year-old Jane Malysiak were among the first Australians to be vaccinated on Sunday

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It is a privilege to be the Principal of Dromana College and I delight in the opportunity to share with the wider community our success as a high performing school of academic excellence. I would like to acknowledge and congratulate the whole college community for a fantastic 2020. Our students were able to excel in a diverse range of learning programs as they are continually challenged, motivated, and engaged by interesting, exciting, and relevant curriculum that caters for their individual needs. Our expansive co-curricular program sees students engage and enhance their skills in a broad range of areas such as Athletics, Dance, Science and Technology, Design, Basketball, Football, Swimming, Sailing, Aerobics, Media, Arts and Cycling - which all run adjacent to the school day.

REILLY SAFFIN (DUX) Dromana College is extremely proud of the outstanding VCE results achieved by the 2020 Year 12 student cohort. Our excellent VCE results, once more, clearly position Dromana College as the college of academic excellence within the local community, bearing testament to the engaging, comprehensive and sequential learning program delivered throughout Years 7 to 12. Whilst we have great pride in our exceptional results and continue to set new benchmarks, our community can rest assured that we will strive for continuous improvement in our engaging and rigorous teaching and learning program. Dromana College gives first priority to Literacy and Numeracy as the core and essential building blocks which underpin all learning, and which enable students to excel so that they can achieve their personal best. Students thrive in our supportive culture of high expectations, where our excellent teachers are seen as the most important resource in facilitating student success. Our hard working and dedicated staff clearly understand their core business: focusing on effective teaching and learning and improving student outcomes. In this most challenging of years, our teachers did an absolutely magnificent job in supporting all students. We also encourage and promote an extensive extra and co-curricula program to ensure that students have the right balance alongside their academic endeavors. This is further

As I contemplate the year ahead, I reflect on the greatest strength of our school – its people. I have never been prouder of the professionalism and dedication of the staff and equally the commitment of all students to their learning. The culture of Dromana College is underpinned by our shared college values of personal best, respect, responsibility, and integrity. These values guide all our interactions and relationships. Our well-established vision to provide effective learning for all students continues to see academic achievement that is cause for celebration. In 2020 Dromana College students outperformed all other local secondary providers. More than 90% of our Year 12 students achieved above the state mean. This achievement is outstanding and a testament to the exemplary character of our students. The outlook for 2021 is one of positivity and optimism. Our focus and commitment to deliver the best academic outcomes for all our students ensures no student is left behind. All schools have an impact, but great schools make a difference – I am resolute in my belief that at Dromana College we make a difference. Alan Marr, PRINCIPAL

complemented by our outstanding college facilities, providing an environment which is conducive to learning whilst also promoting a safe and orderly school. Each graduating student in the Dromana College ‘Class of 2020’ can look forward, with great confidence, to a successful future as a well-rounded and high achieving young adult, ready and equipped to begin their post-school journey. For the overwhelming majority of our


graduates, this includes admission into the university course of their first choice. At Dromana College we provide a steadfast guarantee to our community that we will work tirelessly to continue our impressive trend of outstanding results for all students. Congratulations and best wishes to our ‘Class of 2020’ who have further consolidated our position as the school of academic choice on the Mornington Peninsula. Simon Jones

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Australian Unity creates a place to call home THERE are some places that make you feel comfortable as soon as you arrive, because it’s like coming home. That’s the kind of feeling Australian Unity aims to create at Racecourse Grange and Peninsula Grange Aged Care. When you step through the doors, you will notice the bright open spaces along with the quality, style and innovation of design. We’re big believers in getting to know each other and building connections from the moment you arrive. It’s part of our Better Together approach; the better we understand our residents

– who they are and what makes them tick – the better care we can provide. Each of the private single rooms at Racecourse Grange and Peninsula Grange have been purpose-built to enhance your mobility, accommodate your changing needs and afford you your privacy and independence. Your room will offer you a place to relax, have your own space with personal touches and to retreat with guests. One of the benefits of living at these aged care residences is having the community at your fingertips. Whether you take part in activities or

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Bittern to Red Hill railway nearing completion Compiled by Cameron McCullough THE Bittern to Red Hill railway is now well in hand. The earthwork has been practically completed to as far as Merricks, and many of the workmen and drays have moved on to the Red Hill end to complete the earthworks there. This will, without doubt, be the prettiest section of rail way line on the Peninsula, as the country through which it passes is very rich and a large portion of it is under orchard, especially at the Red Hill end. Besides the picturesque farms and orchards, the railway follows some of the best scenery on this side. First, Westernport Bay is seen from the southern side at Balnarring and is followed as far as Merricks. This in itself forms a beautiful scene as across the bay can be seen Phillip Island, with its clean pastoral country; away farther to the south is seen The Nobbies and the Seal Rocks, while the mainland head, known as West Head, stands high and majestically out of the sea some 100 feet or more, forming the southern entrance to the bay. All along the main coast can be seen small inlets and bays, all protected by high cliffs and rocks. Looking up the bay, towards Cowes, one can see the Gippsland Mountains and the highlands on French Island. From Merricks the line leaves the sea, and steers towards the centre of the Peninsula, and here it commences a long climb to the top of the mount. All along the line, the sea remains in view, except at small intervals, when it is hidden by a bend in the line or a bolt of timber.


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Hills take form at every turn, and one is constantly getting a change of scenery, which is so pleasing to the average eye. When at last the line reaches the summit and terminus one finds one’s self in quite a large settlement of homes surrounded by orchards of very fine quality, while a large cool store is in course of construction. There is no doubt the pioneers along this line have worked hard and constantly and we who are going to benefit by this line cannot realise the hardships and trials that have been borne by the good old pioneers who first ventured out into this rough yet beautiful country. *** MR Percy Lyon’s little daughter met with a painful accident on the foreshore reserve at Frankston on Sunday last. She was playing near the swing stands, when she was struck on the face by the footboard of one of the swings. The child was conveyed to her home in an almost helpless condition, but has since made a good recovery. *** MR E. J. Parker, while driving his motor car in the city on Monday last had the misfortune to collide with a tram at the intersection of Collins and Market Streets. Fortunately no one was injured. The motor car suffered slight damage, but has since been repaired and returned to Frankston. *** MR Mark Brody, in another column invites all interested to attend a public 24 February 2021

meeting, at the Frankston Mechanics’ Hall, on Monday, 21st inst, at 8 p.m., for the purpose of forming a committee to arrange a dance in aid of the building extension fund of the Royal Victorian Blind Asylum. The object is a particularly worthy one, and a generous response is expected. *** MRS Lunn, of London, has been appointed to take charge of the Ragged Boys’ Seaside Home at Frankston. She will arrive by the S. S. Borda on Tuesday, 1st March, and immediately enter upon her duties at Oliver’s Hill. *** THE death occurred at Studley Park on Thursday night, from heart disease, of Sir Frank Madden, brother to the late Chief Justice, Sir John Madden, who resided at Mornington Road, Frankston. The late Sir Frank Madden was educated in England, France and Melbourne, and for many years was Speaker of the Legislative Assembly. *** A SERIOUS and painful accident happened to an eight-year-old boy, son of Mr Martin Maloney. The lad was, with others, riding to school on a timber wagon, and by some means got his leg caught in one of the wheels. Before the wagon could be stopped, the little fellow had his leg frightfully lacerated from the knee downward, though fortunately the limb was not broken. The sufferer was hurried by his father, who was driving the vehicle to the local doctor, Dr Griffiths, who

ordered his removal to the Children’s Hospital, where he is progressing as well as can be expected. *** THINGS associated with the fruit industry are beginning to assume a busy aspect here. The Peninsula Co-Operative Society shipped during the week 600 cases to London, as a first consignment, and expect to forward 2000 cases by the next boat. The popular Jonathon variety apple promises to yield a better crop here than is the case in most districts. *** A FIRE broke out on Toomb’s property at Langwarrin last Saturday, and but for the prompt voluntary aid might have caused serious loss. The people renting the property were absent at the time, and they have to thank Mr H. Cloak for saving the house, as the flames got within a few yards of it. A few fencing posts were burnt. The fire spread over 80 acres and reached Brandiz’s property. Here the lessee, Mr J. Currie, was in a sorry plight, when willing helpers arrived in the nick of time to help him. The flames had licked up the fowlhouses, and swept the well grassed orchard, being checked only a few feet from the house by the use of watering cans. The fire crossed Robinson’s Road, but was checked on entering Hindson’s property. *** A MEETING of the Frankston Honor Avenue Committee was held at the Mechanics’ Hall on Wednesday night

last, when Cr W. J. Oates presided. The Treasurer, (Dr S. Plowman) and the Secretary (Mr W. W. Young), with Messrs Mark Brody and J. D. Jennings, were also present. The Treasurer produced the bank book showing that the amount at credit at the local Savings Bank was £88 10s 11d. Reference to the minutes of the last committee meeting, held on July 11th, 1918, gave information relating to the selection of suitable brass plates to be affixed to each tree, the price then quoted for each plate bearing the name of a soldier being 3s 9d. It was resolved, on the motion of Messrs Young and Brody, that steps be taken at once to procure the necessary plates (about 300) and that Mr Jennings be asked to interview city firms regarding present cost. Mr Brody referred to what he termed the disgraceful condition of the avenue but Mr Young failed to see how the term “disgraceful” could be accurately applied. Mr Brody, in reply, said the trees were imperfectly staked, and were allowed to blow about in all directions. Many were broken down and others pulled up by the roots. Cr Oates stated that the Shire Council had replanted a number of the trees, but some evilly disposed person or persons had wantonly pulled them out by the roots. It was decided to ask the Council to again effect re-planting where necessary. *** FROM the pages of the Frankston and Somerville Standard, 18 February 1921





























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Reflections on the End of the World – Part Three By Stuart McCullough LAST night I saw the shorts for the new film featuring Gerard Butler. Called ‘Greendale’, it’s one of those calamitously noisy films about the impending end of human kind. I can’t say for sure what kicked it all off, but the footage showed human beings as they crawled over each other in a quest for survival. Doubtless the studio will describe this as an edge of your seat adventure set against the backdrop of human misery and a looming apocalypse. It does nothing for me. In fact, after the past year, I wouldn’t describe scenes of desperate humans struggling to survive as ‘entertainment’. I’d call it ‘Tuesday’. Or, for that matter, pretty much any day of the week over the past year. I’ve learned a lot since the pandemic arrived. Mostly I discovered that hand sanitizer is a wily beast that’s not going to leave the nozzle the way you expect it to. It might come out sideways, slantways or – if you’re not careful – creep up behind you when you least expect it and tap you on the shoulder before asking directions for the nearest pair of hands. Surely there’s a list of all the hand-sanitizer related injuries of the past year, where the unpredictable liquid has made a beeline for the eyes of some poor hapless soul. Never have I been more relieved to wear glasses than I have during hand sanitizer’s reign of terror. A lot of people have acquired a new skill while stuck at home. A new language, a musical instrument – there’s been no end to the challenges people have taken on. I, on the other hand, have gone the other way in that seemed to have forgotten how to drive. Last week, I sat behind the wheel for twenty minutes, unsure of what to do and waiting for a ‘zoom’ meeting to start. That said, I have mastered the art of making coleslaw. Granted, this is a skill that many others take for granted, but I really wanted to get it right. It’s not going to help me much when – at some point in the presumably distant future

– I land on the shore of some far-off country and people start speaking to me in a language I don’t understand. It’ll do me little good when all I have to offer them is a weak smile and a bowl of chopped up cabbage. My father has not acquired a new skill during these uncertain times. Instead of learning Latin or mastering the lute, he used his lockdown to chop firewood. He’s currently eighty-one years old. Based on the quantity of firewood my father has chopped up, I’d say he’s planning to live to around one hundred and seventy. It’s probably the first woodpile that can be seen from space. I guess he’s being practical, but I’m beginning

to regret buying him his own personalized lute for his eightieth. I’ve learned that a dog really is your best friend. As one of the wholly sanctioned options for leaving the house, our dog provided one of the few legitimate means by which to socialize with other human beings. The ability to go to the park with the dog and see other people; to commiserate, encourage and generally be around in a socially distant way, was profoundly important. Other pets couldn’t compete. That said, I did see one brave soul attempting to take his cat for a walk. It is fair to say that the cat objected to the leash and was being ‘uncooperative’.

The songwriter, Bill Fay, once sang; ‘Life is people’. I think that’s true. I also think that lockdown really made that clear. I missed seeing members of my family. Even though I feel I never see them enough, extended periods of not seeing them at all served only to emphasize their importance to me. Work colleagues too. A Zoom meeting is well and good, but is not substitute for seeing people in person. Now we've weathered yet another lockdown, albeit of the ‘snap’ variety. I’m confident that it was for a good reason, but suspect that no-one in Melbourne can even hear the word ‘lockdown’ without a slight chill running down their back. It felt too soon to go back there. Lockdown 3.0 carried with it a sense of resignation. Like most sequels, there was a sense of diminishing returns – the adherence to wearing a mask has, much like the mask itself, slipped a little. Two weeks ago, I was at my father’s house in Tyabb. There was noise movement and kids were scattered everywhere. My father made sure everyone had their picture taken in front of the woodpile he’d built, arguing that if it was good enough for the ‘Big Banana’, it was good enough to the ‘Big Woodpile’. In my photo, I’m grinning and giving a big-old cheesy thumbs up. As you do. I’m yet to watch that Gerard Butler film. Presumably there’s a scene where he scarpers down to Woollies in search of toilet paper only to the find that there’s not a roll of two-ply Sorbent left anywhere. This, of course, makes no sense in that surely the people who hoarded the bog roll in the first two lockdowns have enough to last them to 2050. Gerard will take matters into his own hands when he learns he can only get one packet of mince. I think I’ll ignore that movie for the time being and find something more uplifting. Lord knows we need it. At the very least, I have pictures of the world’s biggest woodpile to take my mind off things. stuart@stuartmccullough.com

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PINES have thumped Somerville to take home the Peninsula Jack Peacock Cup. Somerville were sent in to bat first in the twenty over competition decider. They only scored 83 runs, leaving the door wide open for Pines to grab the win. Harley Parker was Pines’ best bowler, taking 4/16 off his four overs. Pines made quick work of their run chase. Openers Damien Lawrence and Ricky Ramsdale combined for 48 runs to put victory within reach. Pines eventually hit the winning runs and claimed the trophy with seven overs to spare.

Moorooduc come up trumps: Seaford Tigers couldn't get the runs needed to overtake Moorooduc's score of 165, and ended up fallling nine runs short of their total. Picture: Andrew Hurst


A SUPER over decided the winner of Rosebud and Carrum’s thrilling Jack Peacock Cup final on Sunday. Rosebud chose to bat first and got things started on the right foot. Openers Scott Hayes and Jess Hawkins combined for an opening stand of 51. Wickets soon started to come for Carrum, and the runs began to dry up. Number five batsman Billy Quigley hit 37 not out off 28 deliveries to give his side some late runs, but he didn’t get much support from his partners. Rosebud finished their 20 overs at 7/144. Carrum opener Mark Cooper was in a run scoring mood. He smashed 69 off 59 deliveries. Jake D’Atri combined with him for a big partnership. He scored 47 runs of his own. Rosebud were struggling to take wickets, but were kept in the game by Carrum’s run rate. At the end of Carrum’s 20 overs the side was at 3/144. Both sides had finished level, sending the game into a super over. Scott Hayes proved the hero for Rosebud, smashing 14 runs off 5 deliveries. Carrum would need to score 17 runs to win. Carrum could only score eight runs off their super over. After an epic clash, Rosebud were crowned the District Jack Peacock Cup champions for 2021.


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lapse proved costly for Balnarring on Sunday, as they fell short in the Jack Peacock Cup final against Carrum Downs. Carrum Downs got things started with the bat. Opener Brad Lockhart was their best performer, hitting 46 runs to set his side up well. Although no other Carrum Downs batsman went on to score a big total, they still managed to put together a decent final score of 8/123. Balnarring’s run chase got off to a nightmare start, with opener Jackson Hannah and first drop batsman Mark Walles both dismissed by wicketkeeper Lockhart. Number four batsman Brenton Taylor followed shortly after when he was run out for just eight runs. A late showing from Brett Milham helped steady the ship, but his knock of 45 was not enough to drag his side to victory. Carrum Downs were crowned Sub District Jack Peacock Cup winners

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A BRILLIANT half century from Tom Hussey helped Langwarrin secure the Jack Peacock Cup in the Provincial division on Sunday. Langwarrin played Sorrento at Baxter Park. Sorrento were sent in to bat first and scored 134 runs off their 20 overs. Jayde Herrick was a standout for Langwarrin, taking 3/15 off his four overs. Hussey proved the anchor of Langwarrin’s run chase. He held his ground despite losing a few batting partners along the way. Hussey hit eight boundaries on his way to a final score of 62 not out. Langwarrin hit the winning runs with eight balls left to play and four wickets in hand. They were crowned the champions of the twenty over competition.

AFTER last week’s snap lockdown, the MPCA announced that Round 12 of senior division cricket would be a washout. “The MPCA Board based on guidance from the Senior Pennant and recent correspondence with Cricket Victoria, the decisions have taken into account the potential for further disruption to take place due to Covid-19 outbreaks and potential circuit breaker lockdowns or worse, which may ultimately affect the finals being played again for the second time, it was felt that it was important to try to protect the finals series as much as we could by getting the home and away season fixture as it stands under way and also in some ways over as quickly as possible,” the MPCA said in a statement on Facebook. “These are frustrating and very difficult times due to the uncertainty around further lockdowns being im-

posed and their unknown duration hence the following decisions were decided upon. (...) Round 12 will be treated as a wash out round and 6 points will be awarded to each team. Round 13 will be played this coming weekend, 20 February as fixtured.” Carrum’s Shaun Foster was the best performer across Round 13 MPCA games on Saturday, He scored an unbeaten 134. Pines were the big winners in the Peninsula division, scoring a 10 wicket win over Main Ridge. Pines were joined on the winner’s list by Flinders, Moorooduc, and Long Island. Rosebud, Dromana, Crib Point, and Carrum were the winners in the District competition. In Sub District cricket, Balnarring, Rye, Mt Martha, Tootgarook, and Carrum Downs were victorious. Baden Powell, Sorrento, Red Hill, and Peninsula OB all took home the points in their Provincial division games.























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Rosebud in hunt for new coach SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie THE 40-day reign of Tommy McShane as senior coach of Rosebud ended abruptly last week. Club president John Grbac confirmed on social media on Friday that McShane had been “stood down”. “I won’t crucify the guy because he’s a good mate of mine,” Grbac said. “We’ve come to an agreement and he understands that. “It was a trial thing really and Tommy was new to it anyway. “He thinks it’s better for the club too because if he’s not getting the respect from the players then it’s time to move on. “Tommy’s a great guy and a top clubman and he said he’s more than happy to keep supporting the club.” Grbac has spoken to former Rosebud, Rosebud Heart and Somerville coach Scott Morrison and unsettled Rosebud striker Mark Pagliarulo. Morrison has officially rejected the approach. Two other names have been linked to the job – former Baxter boss Roy Kilner and recent midfield recruit Craig White, a former Rosebud Heart player. “I was asked if I was interested in the job but due to work commitments I had to thank them and say no,” Kilner said. In Saturday’s FFA Cup news Mount Martha lost 5-2 at home to East Kew, Aspendale Stingrays went down 6-0 to Bundoora United at Kingston Heath Soccer Complex and Rosebud lost 2-1 at home to Lara United. It was a significant day for Mount Martha playing their first official competitive match at Civic Reserve. Chris Sanderson’s side was 3-0 down at the break but fought back to 3-2 with a second-half double to Ethan Sanderson only to pay for pushing forward for the equaliser in the last few minutes of play. Aspendale went into its tie with key players missing through injury – captain Peter Dimopoulos, first choice keeper Matt Self and right back Ryan Maokhamphiou – and proved no match for the visitors.

Coaching cameo: Tom McShane (back row, red and black cap) with Rosebud’s Wallace Cup squad at Monterey Reserve earlier this month. Picture: Darryl Kennedy

Aspendale’s best were James Macnab, Blake Rosenberg and Josh Mravljak. Chris Parry scored in Rosebud’s loss to the Geelong visitors at Olympic Park. Club boss Grbac confirmed the following day that Rosebud would play its home matches at Olympic Park on Saturday nights provided there is no clash with its baseball co-tenant. The draw for the first main round of the Cup took place yesterday (Monday) and included local State 4 sides Baxter, Seaford United, Chelsea and Somerville Eagles. In practice match news Baxter winger Lewis Gibson broke his tibia in Saturday’s 1-0 loss to State 2 opponent Brandon Park and was taken by ambulance to Dandenong Hospital. The former Mornington player is hoping to be back in action during the second half of the season. Here are all the local friendly results: THURSDAY: Frankston Pines 1 (Joey O’Connor) Beaumaris 1. FRIDAY: Box Hill Utd 3 Morning-

ton 1 (own goal), Rosebud 3 (Blake Hicks 3) Essendon Utd 6. SATURDAY: Nunawading City 4 Langwarrin 0, Peninsula Strikers 2 (Shane Tagliaferro, Sam Luxford) South Springvale 2, Frankston Pines 3 (Jordan Avraham, Kevin Brown, Simon Webster penalty) Croydon 0, Baxter 0 Brandon Park 1, Somerville Eagles 5 (Dave Greening 2, Davey Jones, Naseer Mohammed, Jack Wyer) North Melbourne 3, Chelsea 2 (Daniel Vella, Piers Brelsford) Knox Churches 3, Seaford Utd 1 (Dylan Waugh penalty) East Bentleigh 3. SUNDAY: Eastern Lions U21s 3 Skye Utd 0. Last Thursday night State 3 title aspirant Frankston Pines maintained its good 2021 practice match record with a 1-1 draw against State 1 side Beaumaris at Monterey Reserve. Ryan Brown put the visitors ahead in the fifth minute when he easily got goalside of his opponent on the left and finished off a fine move with a close range shot. Pines’ equaliser came in the 50th minute after Tito Vodawaqa robbed a

defender inside the area then squared for the unmarked Joe O’Connor who sidefooted home. Jordan Avraham failed to convert from the spot late in the contest. Former Langwarrin keeper Colby Jones was in fine form for Beaumaris and kept Pines at bay in the first half. Josh Heaton and Campbell Steedman missed Mornington’s clash with Box Hill United through injury while Andrew Goff was unavailable. Tommy Youngs, Marcus Holmes, Isaiah Joseph, Wayne Wallace and John Maclean missed Langwarrin’s match and although their injuries are short-term it’s not known whether they will square up to Mornington in Saturday’s friendly at Lawton Park. Don’t read too much into the Hicks’ hat-trick for Rosebud on Friday night. He remains committed to Seaford United but a wedding the following day ruled out playing for his club in its friendly with East Bentleigh who had former Seaford and Pines player Daniel Mota in its line-up. “I went down to watch the guys play on Friday night and they were

struggling with a couple of injuries and asked if I could fill in,” Hicks said. “I saw it as a good way to get another 90 minutes of football and fitness while also helping out my mates at Rosebud.” Hicks played with the approval of Seaford United coach Peter Schwellinger. In Football Victoria news the state body announced last week that Kimon Taliadoros will step down as president to become the organisation’s new CEO. “While football is the leading global sport, Victoria boasts the world’s most competitive sports market, with four out of five of Australia’s leading codes headquartered in Melbourne,” Taliadoros said. “Despite FV being on track for record growth across key revenue, participation and strategic KPIs at the start of 2020, COVID-19 has devastated the entire Victorian football economy. “Together with our clubs our task now is to stabilise the industry and lay plans to resume our growth platform.” Taliadoros is a former NSL player, PFA co-founder, media analyst, coach and referee and has been acting as interim CEO on a caretaker basis for the past six months. He began his new role yesterday (Monday). Acting FV president Antonella Care will continue in that role pending the outcome of elections to be held at FV’s AGM in May. This week’s friendlies: TUESDAY: Peninsula Strikers v Somerville Eagles (Centenary Park, 6.15pm). FRIDAY: Rosebud v Mill Park (Olympic Park, 7.30pm). SATURDAY: Langwarrin v Mornington (Lawton Park, U19s 11am, U21s 1pm, seniors 3pm, old boys 5.15pm), Doveton v Peninsula Strikers (Crinigan Road Reserve, 1pm), Skye Utd v Mazenod (Comets Stadium, 2pm & 4pm), Frankston Pines v Mill Park (Monterey Reserve, 1pm & 3pm), Pakenham Utd v Mount Martha (IYU Reserve, 1pm & 3pm).

Mornington colts reign supreme in Group One’s HORSE RACING

By Ben Triandafillou IT was a day to remember for Mornington-based trainer Matt Laurie and the Pinecliff, Mt Eliza-based partnership of Anthony and Sam Freedman as they rose to the fore in two of the three Group One features at Caulfield on Saturday 20 February. Bypassing a winnable Group Three Zeditave Stakes (1200m) on the same day, Matt Laurie masterfully pulled the right string by running his up-andcoming three-year-old colt Portland Sky in the Group One Oakleigh Plate (1100m). Utilising his natural speed and his allocated light-weight of 50kg, apprentice jockey Teodore Nugent shot clear aboard Portland Sky half way down the straight before a late surge from the Grant and Alana Williamstrained Celebrity Queen called for the judge’s photo finish. After a five-minute wait, it was declared a dead-heat as the two speedsters were unable to be split on the line. Sharing top honours, the success provided Nugent with his first


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Portland hits new height: Matt Laurie’s Portland Sky dead-heats in the Group One Oakleigh Plate with Grant and Alana Williams’ Celebrity Queen. Picture: Supplied

Group One winning ride and Laurie’s second success at the top level. “In the end we thought if [Portland Sky] doesn’t perform, we won’t have lost too much, it just wouldn’t be his time, but if it comes off, there’s a lot of reward. I’m glad we took the punt today,” Laurie said post-race. Nugent was thrilled to hold on and share the honours in the time-honoured handicap sprint. 24 February 2021

“It was a long way to the post about 50 metres out with ‘The Wizard’ (William Pike) blowing down my neck,” Nugent said. “My horse took me a long way into it. Full credit to Matt Laurie and the team today. We’ll share a dead-heat but it’s a first Group One (for me) and a big thank you to the team.” Claiming the day’s feature juvenile sprint, Anthony Freedman and his

son Sam combined to win the Group One Blue Diamond Stakes with their precocious two-year-old colt Artorius. The victory provided Sam Freedman with his first Group One victory as a trainer and the fifth Blue Diamond Stakes winner to be trained by the Freedman family. Anthony has been involved in all five feats having trained Lyre to win in 2019 as well as being instrumental in the success of his brother Lee’s three Blue Diamond wins with Alinghi (2004), Danelagh (1998) and Knowledge (1997). Settling in the back half of the field, Artorius showed a fine turn of foot to reel in the leaders in the straight and win the $1.5 million feature by a three-quarter-of-a-length margin over the Godolphin colt Ingratiating. “It’s a big thrill,” Sam Freedman

said following his first Group One training success. “There’s a big team behind us both and you can’t do it without all of the staff. This horse has spent a lot of time at both Pinecliff and Flemington. It’s just a huge thrill. “It’s (winning a Group One) a great feeling but there’s so many people behind this horse. Rebecca Smith at Pinecliff, Steve Adams, Brad Taylor, Leanne Fielding, all of our riders at Flemington.” The victory was just as sweet for jockey Luke Currie who had to give up his ride on Freedman’s secondplaced Hanseatic in last year’s Blue Diamond Stakes after suffering a fall at The Valley the night before. “It’s been a much better week and weekend than this time last year,” Currie said. “It makes it all worthwhile. “I knew he was getting a good run through, but I thought he might struggle late, just because he hadn’t really had a chance to travel down and quicken, but he just kept coming. It was an amazing feeling the last bit.”

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