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Beach ramble makes up for lost time THE easing of COVID-19 restrictions has allowed Flinders Pre-School to resume its Beach Kinder program. Although usually put in hibernation for winter, parents, teachers and children at the pre-school voted to don beanies, coats and backpacks to get back to the beach and make up for lost time. The four-year-old group’s Wednesday morning Beach Kinder is part of the pre-school’s play-based education philosophy. While at Flinders beach and Mushroom Reef the children learn to navigate and understand the changing environmental conditions and landscape to encourage teamwork, self-confidence, respect and resilience. “Flinders is one of the few preschools on the Mornington Peninsula, or in fact Melbourne, to conduct a beach education program,” teacher Judith Park said. “It offers children the opportunity to explore rich, diverse and natural play environments.” Flinders Pre-School is accepting enrolments for its 2021 programs. Call 5989 0622 or flinders.kin@kindergarten.vic.gov.au Picture: Supplied

Shire seeks $320m rescue package Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au BOTH state and federal governments are being asked to launch a life raft to ease economic and social hardship on the Mornington Peninsula in the wake of the coronavirus emergency. The shire’s $320 million recovery wish list ranges from housing for the homeless to a technology park. Estimated costs are just as variable, with the homeless “package” put at $2.5 million, a plan to use recycled water coming in at $27.3m and road safety $130m.

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In its approach to both governments the shire says the Mornington Peninsula has “suffered one of the heaviest hits to employment in the state”, with 6000 jobs lost and a 21 per cent fall in gross regional product, well above the 6.9 per cent drop for Australia. Hardest hit sectors across the shire are accommodation, food, retail, construction, arts and recreation. At the same time, there was a serious lack of testing centres for the coronavirus south of Frankston. The shire describes the outlook as “bleak” with “alarming [Australian Bureau of Statistics] and independent

research figures painting a dire picture for the region”. “This combined with a raft of social and economic challenges already faced by our residents creates significant roadblocks in our efforts to get back on road to economic recovery,” the shire states in its bid for government help. As well as the technology park , recycled water use and homeless housing, the shire’s suggested projects, include the Peninsula Bay Trail ($15m); The Briars ($10.6m); “better buses” ($10m); “community facilities” ($17.8m); and, pavilions ($18.5m). However, the shire’s plea for help

with projects costed at more than $320 million comes at a time when both state and federal governments are winding back their various stimulus packages. “We have identified a suite of shovel ready infrastructure and service projects that are ready to go right now and would create over 4770 jobs for our community and the Victorian economy,” the mayor Cr Sam Hearn said. “We invite our state and federal government colleagues to support these investment opportunities to kick start our recovery and support the local community and the state with much needed employment”.

Cr Hearn said the shire had “close to the lowest average rates and charges in Victoria” while demonstrating “high efficiency among the lowest employee costs”. “We have pulled a number of financial levers to manage our way through this challenging period but we need additional financial support to realise the significant community benefits this suite of ready to go projects will deliver,” he said. “We know both tiers of government are looking for opportunities to kick start the economy, so I urge them to talk to us, our projects can start tomorrow”.

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Industry plan for Hastings Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire has unveiled a plan for a 192-hectare industrial area on the outskirts of Hastings. The plan to provide enough industrial land for the next 15 years follows the steady loss of unoccupied industrial land across the peninsula. The Draft Mornington Peninsula Industrial Areas Land Use and Infrastructure Assessment and Rezoning Strategy will be on exhibition for comment for six weeks.

The shire’s strategic projects manager Allan Cowley says that allowing a shortage of industrial land would lead to a “constrained” market, with high prices impeding the development of new businesses. Due to changes in uses allowed in the Industrial 3 Zone, much of the shire’s industrial land has in recent years been used for such non-industrial purposes as “restricted retailing”, gymnasiums, showrooms, art houses, cafes and micro-breweries. In a search for possible industrial areas, consultants hired by the shire focused on land at Somerville, Tyabb

and Hastings, adjacent to large areas already set aside for “port related uses”. Members of the consortium of consultants were Hansen Partnership (planning), Urban Enterprise (economics), WSP (infrastructure), and Irwin Consulting (traffic). The preferred site of the new industrial area is opposite the intersection of Graydens and Frankston-Flinders roads, west of the Frankston to Stony Point rail line and extending to the south of Stuart Road, Tyabb. The choice also factored in the shire’s now abandoned bid to establish a marine industry precinct near Somer-

ville and the release of a development strategy by the Port of Hastings Development Authority. Dubbed the Hastings Employment Precinct, the suggested new industrial area will be zoned to prevent retailbased uses such as supermarkets, gyms, and taverns. “This is considered critical, both to ensure the ongoing supply of industrial land unconstrained by incompatible land use and to avoid out of centre retailing which would undermine the role of the Hastings town centre,” Mr Cowley said in a 15 June report to the shire’s planning services committee.

The first stage would see the release of 58 hectares, the second stage 32 and stage three 27 hectares. The staged release was important to “promote orderly development”. Just how quickly this development occurred would be impacted by the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mr Cowley said choosing Hastings for industrial development “does not exclude the potential to identify further opportunities on the Port Phillip side … the aim of providing land which supports ‘jobs closer to home’ on all parts of the peninsula remains an important strategic planning objective”.

Bid to ban annual spider crab harvest Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au OPPONENTS of the harvesting of moulting crabs at Rye say Victorian Fisheries Authority regulations are “out of step” and “urgently require review”. They say thousands of crabs congregating under piers in late autumnearly winter are being plundered at their most vulnerable moment. Rye pier was so crowded on Queens Birthday Weekend 7 June that it was closed by police over fears crab fishers were breaching COVID-19 restrictions. Since then, divers have found up to 80 chicken carcases used as bait littering the sea floor and attracting sharks which are endangering snorkelers, and causing environment pollution. Mornington Peninsula Shire Council on 9 June called on its CEO John Baker to take “urgent action … to help ensure that the seasonal congregation of spider crabs occurring now in the Rye area be protected from illegal poaching”. Cr David Gill said the crabs’ annual shell shedding was “an iconic event that can’t be seen anywhere else”. “People don't get to see these crabs at any other time and we need to make sure that this poaching doesn't happen again,” he said. Cr Gill acknowledged that the holders of fishing licences could catch up to 30 crabs, but had witnesses to prove this was abused as crab catchers returned to the pier for another batch after leaving their first catch in

THIS diver was hit by a crab net baited with a chicken carcass as he inspected spider crabs near Rye pier. Picture: Jon Diver

their vehicles. “I know a lot of the people on the pier had [fishing] licences, but a whole lot didn’t and people have told me that Fisheries officers refused to go onto the pier to check. My view is that Fisheries, in the main, decided to do nothing about it,” he said. Spider Crabs Melbourne founder PT Hirschfield said alerts to the Victorian

Fisheries Authority of “increased pressures on the crabs and surrounding marine environment” were “falling on deaf ears”. This came after authority director Dallas D’Silva indicated he had no intention of reviewing the current regulations regarding numbers of spider crabs caught. (“No moves to ban crab ‘plunder’” The News 16/6/20).

“We urge the VFA to consider the relevance of the current regulations in light of the drastically increased crabbing activity. The annual arrival of [crabs] into shallow waters is globally celebrated as a natural phenomenon which attracts local, national and international tourists to Port Phillip each winter,” Ms Hirschfield said. Spider Crab Alliance’s Jacqui

Younger said regulations permitting the daily taking of 30 crabs a person was written long before “intensive, around-the-clock crabbing at piers” began. She scoffed at a VFA claim of a 92 per cent compliance rate among 197 inspections at Rye pier. “Many witnesses have reported seeing production-line processes in the harvesting of crabs,” she said. “It was a common observation. Divers have been collecting car fridges full of crabs for those on the pier and transporting them offsite, allowing those on the pier to continue fishing for hours without being detected by fisheries officers as holding more than the legal limit.” Steve Dale, also from Spider Crabs Melbourne, said: “The crabs are being harvested so quickly and in such huge numbers [that] they are not getting a fair opportunity to moult which is the entire purpose of their aggregation.” He said many fishers strongly opposed the “crabbing practices they’ve been witness to”. The pro-crab groups are calling on the state government to enforce its new Marine and Coastal Policy, which came into effect in March, and follows on from the Marine and Coastal Act (2018). The policy requires coastal and marine decision makers to “build understanding and knowledge of the condition and values of the marine and coastal environment”. Mr Dale is adamant the policy should not be “just another bunch of words in another shiny document”.

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Fears over 5G spark shire investigation Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au

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DESPITE their admitted lack of the required scientific expertise, Mornington Peninsula Shire officers have been ordered to investigate alleged health issues surrounding the 5G telecommunications network. The councillors’ decision to investigate what is essentially a federal government responsibility was made in response to 700-signature petition expressing concerns that the introduction of the 5G technology could endanger health. Fears of health risks from 5G have sparked street protests in Australia, including Melbourne, where marches have often been combined with those opposing vaccines. Overseas, demonstrators have set fire to 5G telecommunications towers. The petition was received in January and at that stage councillors instructed officers to arrange a meeting in February between councillors and the petition’s organisers. However, the meeting did not happen, councillors were not updated and then came the state of emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, 5G already exists in some parts of the peninsula and the federal government has launched a $9 million campaign to “build public confidence in the safety of telecommunications networks – including new 5G mobile networks – and to address misinformation about electromagnetic energy (EME) emissions which has caused concern in some parts of the community”. “The safety standards for 5G networks are consistent with those applicable to early generations of mobile technology

– even though 5G networks typically use radio signals which are lower power and over more tightly targeted areas than earlier generation networks,” Health Minister Flinders MP Greg Hunt stated in a news release at the time. Money would be provided to the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) “for continued research on radio frequency safety”. Planning services manager Lucas Gardner told council’s Tuesday 9 June meeting that the roll out of the 5G network was regulated by federal government legislation. While members of the shire’s “communities team … can certainly be involved in any discussions and advocacy” to other levels of government “we do not hold the expertise to determine health impacts of 5G”, Mr Gardner said. Cr Hugh Fraser told The News that he had met people who were “genuinely sensitive to this [electromagnetic] radiation”. “I don’t think this is a fringe or marginal interest group in community who are affected by electromagnetic radiation to and from mobile phones,” he said. “I have personally met and discussed the issue by those in the community whose opinions I respect and who are genuinely sensitive to this radiation.” Cr Antonella Celi told The News that the government needed to ensure that information used in its 5G campaign was “not based on antiquated information from [the World Health Organisation] and ARPANSA who have not yet undertaken the research into the higher frequency of the 5G network required for the ‘internet of things’ and the potential impacts on human health and the environment”. “It is known the introduction to 5G and its roll out is a federal responsibility, but that

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does not mean that through local government the concerns of the community cannot be explored, noted and a report brought back to council by officers,” she said. Meeting with the petition’s organisers was “important, so that we can understand what the community concerns are and what evidence base there is for these concerns in particular relating to the impacts on health and wellbeing”. Cr Celi said the shire was not the only municipality “to raise concerns about the “cumulative impacts of high density, small cell installations and microwave frequencies”. “The emergence of the new generation of 5G technology builds upon the existing 4G network and introduces into our way of living and environment a higher density of small cell and macro cell infrastructure set at 200-300 metres apart to adapt and deliver a higher frequency “millimetre wave” band into the atmosphere. This raises concern in the community in regard to the level of EMR saturation that could potentially lead to adverse health outcomes for people, in particular those who are susceptible to electromagnetic hypersensitivity arising for radio frequency radiation. “We live in an age where we are counting carbon emissions due to impacts of climate change. Will we also be heading in to a future where we will need to count EMR emissions to reduce the impact of the higher frequency millimetre wave into the atmosphere? “This is why thorough research needs to be undertaken relative and specific to the impact of the introduction of the 5G network as it’s rolled out.”

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The new Aquatic Centre needs a name

Have your vote! Following more than 400 community suggestions, Mornington Peninsula Shire has shortlisted five names for the new Aquatic Centre in Rosebud and now it’s your turn to help us decide! Council invites the Mornington Peninsula community to have a say in the name and contribute to this milestone project. The Shire is seeking a name that will create a connection with the Peninsula community through place and environment with an approachable, welcoming and positive feel. Preference voting is open until Thursday 9 July. The name with the majority of votes will be presented as the preferred name of the Aquatic Centre, for consideration and final endorsement by the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council.

To cast your vote, visit: mornpen.vic.gov.au/shortlistnames To cast your vote over the phone: 5950 1000 For more information on the project, visit: mornpen.vic.gov.au/ouraquatic

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The shortlist of names includes: Barbawar Aquatic Centre ‘Barbawar’ is the local indigenous word for ‘sting ray’. Unique, connected to nature and evocative.

Gunawarra Aquatic Centre ‘Gunawarra’ is the local indigenous word for ‘black swan’. Local, unique and graceful.

Rosebud Aquatic Centre Links to the Rosebud township. Local, simple and understandable.

Tides Aquatic Centre Links to the sea which surrounds the Peninsula. Peaceful, calming and connected to nature.

Yawa Aquatic Centre ‘Yawa’ is the local indigenous word for ‘swim’. Simple, unique memorable and fun.


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Yawa favored for pool centre name Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au AS the time for voting on a name for the $50 million aquatic centre draws to a close Aboriginals and their supporters are making it clear that Yawa is their preferred title. Mornington Peninsula Shire councillors last month rejected a recommendation that the aquatic centre be called Gunawarra and instead shortlisted five names for a public vote. However, the councillors gave no guarantee that the most popular name would be adopted. The five shortlisted names are: Gunawarra Aquatic Centre; Rosebud Aquatic Centre; Barbawar Aquatic Centre; Yawa Aquatic Centre; and Tides Aquatic Centre. Gunawarra means black swan, barbawar stingray and yawa to swim. A declaration on the shire’s website invites “the community to vote for their favourite name”, adding that “the name with the majority of votes will be presented as the preferred name of the aquatic centre, for consideration and final endorsement” by councillors. There is a concerted push by long time supporters of the aquatic centre for it to be called Rosebud Aquatic Centre although council officers say Geographic Names Victoria has stated that “Rosebud should … be avoided as it is commonly used in the vicinity and could cause confusion”. The Hastings-based Willum Warrain Aboriginal Association’s executive officer Peter Aldenhoven says an

AN online poll to gauge ratepayers’ feeling for a name for the new aquatic centre being at Rosebud closes next month. Mornington Peninsula Shire will then cast their votes to decide on a name. Picture: Yanni Aboriginal name for the aquatic centre would be “a wonderful opportunity for the Mornington Peninsula community to make a strong reconciliation statement by acknowledging the First Peoples of the country we all live on”. In a statement on the association’s Facebook page Mr Aldenhoven urged voters to support one of the three Aboriginal names. Comments on the association’s Facebook page on Friday (19 July) were running 15 to one in favour of Yawa. The only dissenting opinion opted for Rosebud Aquatic Centre because “it is easy to identify with the area”. A comment on that post said “Indigenous names always identify with the environment which in turn tells us something about the area”. The council’s decision to reject its officers’ recommendation to name the

aquatic centre Gunawarra and defer voting on a name for the aquatic centre was made on National Sorry Day (“Shire’s ‘ugly’ Sorry Day decision” The News 1/6/20). The following day, Wednesday 27 May, the shire issued a “Celebrating National Reconciliation Week 2020” news release which quoted the mayor Cr Sam Hearn as saying the council had “an important role to play in promoting and celebrating Aboriginal cultural heritage, arts and cultures as part of the intrinsic identity and value of the Mornington Peninsula”. He said the shire was “proud to be working with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to support meaningful social, cultural and economic outcomes. We know that to do this, strong relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander com-

munities must be at the heart of our work”. In a report to council’s 26 May meeting, the shire’s operations project manager for sport and recreation Amy Frost said the three suggested Aboriginal names “provide an opportunity to create a unique destination brand and an original narrative”. Ms Frost said Gunawarra Aquatic Centre “aligns with the naming criteria as it is unique, positive, memorable and has endearing qualities”. “The name Gunawarra has strong links to the local area and reflects the local Indigenous language.” Voting for the aquatic centre’s name closes Thursday 9 July. To vote, go to: mornpen.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay.

Libraries open across shire MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire libraries at Mornington, Rosebud, Somerville and Hastings are open but with controls on numbers allowed inside after COVID-19 restrictions were eased on Monday (22 June). Libraries will continue to run at reduced hours until 4 July when hours are expected to return to normal. All public programs, including Storytime, will continue online “for the time being”. Safety measures are in place with a concierge at the door to track numbers and to record visitors’ details. Hand sanitiser will be available and extra cleaning of all high-touch surfaces, computers and self-serve checkouts, will be done. The Mobile Library will not resume due to physical distancing requirements. The Outreach Vehicle library service will continue to run Thursdays and Fridays. Hastings, Mornington, Rosebud and Somerville libraries will open 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday. Normal opening hours resume Saturday 4 July. Computers are available for 60-minute bookings and return chutes are open 24/7. The Library cafe at Mornington will sell take away. Details: ourlibrary.mornpen. vic.gov.au Call the libraries at Hastings, 5950 1710; Mornington, 5950 1820; Rosebud, 5950 1230; and Somerville, 5978 0834.

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SORRENTO Portsea RSL sub-branch’s bushfire dinner and auction in February raised $28,500 as the final event in a fundraising campaign beginning when the fires started in early January. But rather than donate the money to one of the many larger funds operating at the time, Sorrento Portsea RSL president John Prentice said the committee decided on a different tack. “We wanted to select a community cause that was badly affected by the fires and where a financial contribution would make a real difference,” he said. Four months later the committee agreed to share the money equally among six small East Gippsland CFA brigades: Bruthen, Toorloo, Kalimna West, Wairewa, Johnsonville and Mallacoota. Each received $4750. “These smaller groups do not have the ability to raise the extra funds they require due to their isolation and small communities,” Mr Prentice said. “Many are made up of farming families directly affected by the fires that went through East Gippsland.” The club’s generosity has already been acknowledged: Bruthen Fire Brigade Captain J A Nicholas wrote back last week to thank the Sorrento Portsea RSL for its donation. “Just after the fires we had a group of veterans turn up at Bruthen to provide on-ground assistance in and around town,” he said. “Of particular note was the fact that we had members of many peninsula CFA brigades fighting fires by our side on the night we lost 68 houses. I have no doubt many of the fire fighters frequent your RSL. “This group, and your very generous donation, will assist us in keeping our community safe.” Mr Nicholas said this coming fire season was “shaping to be as complex as the last if we don't get rain”. Mr Prentice praised the work of Sorrento Ports-

Fire front: The Sorrento Portsea RSL committee, above, which organised a campaign which raised the $28,500 that was donated to six East Gippsland CFA brigades involved in fighting this year’s devastating bushfires. Right, a “strategic burn” at Bruthen and, below, blackened trees the next day. Pictures: Yanni (main) and supplied

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Police patrol THE theft of two sets of expensive timber gates from properties at Mount Martha and Main Ridge has prompted Red Hill Country Gates proprietor Gabby Goodon to warn customers to be on the lookout for the thieves. She said a set of $6000 timber gates was stolen from the entry to a Forrest Drive property 1am, 25 May, and a $2500 set was stolen from a Main Creek Road property, about the same time, 10 June. “I’ve emailed people to warn them,” Ms Goodon said. “I want to get it out there. I want people to keep an eye out.” She described the thieves as “dumb” because the Baker and Diamond double gates could not easily be disposed of. “It’s not like they can sell them on eBay,” she said. “People would know they were stolen. It’s bizarre.” Mornington police are examining CCTV footage of the thieves and their car at Forrest Drive. Ms Goodon said the “very heavy” gates would need at least two men to lift after the hard work of disengaging them from their supports and hinges. She said the Main Ridge gates were automated but the thieves did not take the automation equipment “possibly because they were disturbed”. Red Hill Country Gates, of Collins Road, Dromana, has been making and selling gates for the past 23 years and this is the first time thefts of this type have occurred, Ms Goodon said. “The world’s gone a little bit crazy.”

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Shots fired at house SHOTS were fired at a Mount Martha house early morning, Tuesday 16 June. Detective Senior Sergeant Allan Paxton, of Somerville CIU, said a lone shooter on a motorcycle fired a “number of rounds” hitting two cars at the property in Phillips Court, 4.25am. The house’s owner, a former Mornington racehorse trainer, was at home but no one was injured. There were no witnesses, he said.

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at the intersection of McCulloch and Ligar streets. Police in an unmarked black Volkswagen station wagon activated their lights and siren and intercepted the ute just past the McCulloch Street crossing which they say may have caught people’s attention. The intersection was said to have been busy at the time. Anyone who saw anything is asked to contact Leading Senior Constable Rob Dukes (VP34284) at Somerville Highway Patrol, call 59781368, or email your name and contact number to rob.dukes@police.vic.gov.au

Call for witnesses POLICE would like to hear from anyone who saw a white Nissan Patrol four-wheel-drive tradie’s ute overtake other cars outside Dromana Primary School, 8.50am, Wednesday 9 June,

SILHOUETTES along the Western Port shoreline on Saturday marked the shortest day the of year and underlined opposition to AGL’s plans for a gas import terminal at Crib Point. Save Westernport members saw the winter solstice as symbolic of the outcomes they fear from the gas plan. Socially distanced, many of those on beaches from Flinders to Hastings and on French and Phillip islands held lighted candles “in a show of appreciation for Western Port’s unique ecology and solidarity against AGL”, Julia Stockigt of Save Western Port said. Ms Stockigt said the beach vigil “symbolise their determination to stand by Western Port, and do whatever’s necessary to protect it from the exploitation and degradation of new heavy industry, in particular AGL’s gas proposal that would exacerbate the climate emergency and lead to decades more fossil fuel use”. The state government has announced it will give an extended time, 40 days, for submissions and comments on AGL’s environment effects statement (EES) for the Crib Point project and the planned gas pipeline to Pakenham. Keith Platt

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Award for rescue worker SOUTHERN Peninsula Rescue Squad former president and current committee member Eileen Murray was awarded an Emergency Services Medal (ESM) in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours. Ms Murray was honoured for her service and commitment to Marine Search and Rescue Victoria, and to the safety of her community, over the past 18 years. Ms Murray was president of the Southern Peninsula Rescue Squad for 14 years up to 2019 and “led it through a range of improvements which has resulted in it being one of the leading marine rescue operations in Australia”. Southern Peninsula Rescue Squad secretary Denis Baguley AM said Ms Murray had played a role in many boat rescues and emergency call-outs. She is regularly rostered as a member of the squad and responds efficiently to any

emergencies that arise. “Ms Murray had also played a support role in many community events, such as the Portsea and Sorrento swims,” he said. “She has trained a number of rescue crews to ensure their availability to assist with marine search and rescues and has also trained squad members in first-aid. “During her 14 years as president, she maintained the emergency phone which handled about 700 call-outs, and led major changes at the squad, including its relocation from Sorrento to Blairgowrie, and the shift from helicopters to rescue boats. “Ms Murray's tireless contribution to the SPRS, her commitment to Marine Search and Rescue Victoria, and to the safety of her community, are of the highest order.”

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Creating an age-friendly Mornington Peninsula Mornington Peninsula Shire is committed to creating a community enabling all residents to participate, belong and contribute. Council has developed the draft Positive Ageing Strategy 2020 – 2025 to support us to live and age well on the Peninsula – you are now invited to provide feedback on the draft Strategy. The draft Strategy is based on the visions of what an age-friendly Peninsula can look like in five years. We encourage local older people, people of all ages, service providers, clubs and groups, and local businesses to submit their thoughts.

How to have your say Community consultation is currently open and closes 5pm Friday 26 June 2020. Email your submission with the subject line “Positive Ageing haveyoursay@ Strategy” to: mornpen.vic.gov.au Online mornpen.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay Hard copy consultation forms and Draft Strategy are available to be posted upon request by phoning Customer Service on 1300 850 600

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Flinders knitters JANIE Varkulevicius, Susie Guthrie and Vivienne O’Donoghue did what was expected of them on Public Knitters Day by plying their craft in the fresh outdoors, and in public. The three keen knitters set up on the verge of Norman Street, Flinders, close enough to the Donna Maria cafe to keep a steady stream of coffees coming to supplement their hot water bottles. Picture: Ted Warden

Gallery’s anniversary MORNINGTON Peninsula Regional Gallery is set to reopen to celebrate its 50th anniversary with an exhibition that follows the development and growth of its collection, 1 July-22 November. The upcoming FIFTY exhibition features about 100 artworks of significance. They include eX de Medici’s Red (Colony) 2000, Arthur Boyd’s iconic Mt Martha from Rosebud Beach 1938, Lisa Roet’s giant primate finger Orang-

utan Index 2001-03 and Locust Jones’ epic Geronimo 2011. Founded in 1969 by Alan McCulloch, the-then Mornington Peninsula Arts Centre acquired its first artwork in 1970. Its collection has grown to include more than 1800 paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures. Many focus on the cultural heritage of the peninsula, which has been a source of inspiration for artists since the 1850s, including Fred Williams, Albert Tucker and Arthur Boyd. A series of new collection rooms will take visitors on a journey through their historical and contemporary representations of the peninsula. An online launch of the MPRG: FIFTY exhibition and 50th publication will be streamed live from 6pm, Thursday 23 July. Afterwards a weekly in-conversation series will be presented 7.30pm, Thursdays. Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery is on Civic Reserve, Dunns Road, Mornington. Open 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. Details: Visit mprg.mornpen.vic.gov.au or call 5950 1580.


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No shortage of cheers for a busy life

WILLIAM Lumley and wellwishers granddaughter Tanya Lumley, grandson Robert Lumley and son Ian Lumley. Picture: Gary Sissons IT’S doubtful if anyone’s centenary has been more grandly celebrated – or its recognition more justly deserved – than that given to Capel Sound resident William Lumley AM, who turned 100 last week. By any account Mr Lumley has led a life of outstanding service to the community. He was the first president of the National Pharmacy Students Association of Australia, Chelsea councillor and mayor, Justice of the Peace, inspection pharmacist for the Commonwealth Department of Health, board member and president of the Chelsea Bush Nursing Hospital for 31 years, as well as being on school, lifesaving and community boards and committees over many decades. As a volunteer, Mr Lumley was on the board of the Peninsula Ambulance Service for 30 years, and president for five years until the service was absorbed into the Metropolitan Ambulance Service, serving as vice president for two years before retiring in 1989. In 1991, he was honoured as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition for his work for the community with the ambulance ser-

vice. His former colleagues hadn’t forgotten his 100th birthday: On Tuesday 16 June members of the Metropolitan Ambulance Service held a procession and drive-through at the Village Glen Aged Care Residences in Balaka Street, Capel Sound, to mark Mr Lumley’s centenary. Mr Lumley was all smiles as he sat in an ambulance, chatted with officers and generally had the time of his life watched on by a large crowd of well-wishers. The honour was deserved: After qualifying as a pharmacist, Mr Lumley and his wife and son moved to Chelsea in 1950 to open an Amcal pharmacy. As the only pharmacist living in Chelsea at the time, he was often contacted after hours and relied upon by the community. Elected a Chelsea councillor in 1953 Mr Lumley was appointed mayor (1955-56), representing the council on many committees and boards. After being appointed an inspection pharmacist with the Commonwealth Department of Health in 1964 he visited pharmacies all around Victoria until his retirement in 1983. Stephen Taylor

Crews battle scrap yard blaze FIRE brigades from Mornington, Mount Eliza and Mount Martha and specialist hazmat crews from Hallam battled to bring an industrial fire at Mornington under control last week. Commander Paul Summons, who is based at Dandenong, said the fire at a scrap metal yard near the corner of Watt and Yuilles roads tore through piles of scrap metal three metres high, 20 metres long and five metres wide, from 9am, Friday 19 June. The blaze also damaged a seven-tonne excava-

tor and generated so much dense, toxic black smoke that an advice warning was sent out to the community not to breathe the foul air. The blaze which Commander Summons deemed not suspicious took two hours to bring under control with crews expected to remain on site for much of the day. Mornington police, EPA and Melbourne Water crews worked to prevent contaminated water entering nearby Tanti Creek. Stephen Taylor

United approach to fix public transport Ensuring Our Future Mornington Peninsula Shire is inviting the community to share their feedback and ideas on the draft Climate Emergency Plan titled ‘Ensuring Our Future’.

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By Mike Hast* POLITICAL differences have been put aside and municipal transport priorities tempered in the quest to extend the railway beyond Frankston. A regional advisory committee will report to Infrastructure Australia that the key to solving inadequate public transport connectivity in the region hinges on building a double-track rail extension to Langwarrin at least, or potentially Baxter, with trains running every 15 minutes. Earlier this year, Infrastructure Australia (IA) listed “Frankston Public Transport Connectivity” as one of its six key “near-term” nation-building projects in Victoria. The national infrastructure body then tasked a local advisory committee to explore 23 ideas that would significantly improve public transport and revitalise the region’s economy. The new committee was led by Committee for Greater Frankston and members included Liberal and Labor MPs, municipal transport department heads, representatives of Monash University’s Peninsula campus and Chisholm’s Frankston TAFE, and business and community group leaders. Frankston Council’s and Mornington Peninsula Shire’s respective public transport priorities have merged, with broad agreement that a rail extension is pivotal to scaling up the region’s future bus network. Liberal and Labor politicians have put aside public transport point-scoring to work together on identifying which train extension options would deliver best value for money. The advisory committee’s 54-page document went to Infrastructure Australia on 16 June. It acknowledges there is broad agreement that Frankston and peninsula bus networks also needed to be more frequent to boost usage. However, more buses alone was not the answer. The report recommends reworking the entire public transport network around an extended rail backbone, supported by a series of ancillary “commuter connection hub” projects to improve

localised “car-to-train, bus-to-train, and pedestrian–cycle path-to-train connections”. Committee for Greater Frankston chief executive Ginevra Hosking said two priority options that provided the “minimum 15-minute train service” were recommended by the majority of advisory committee members: 1 Twin tracks to Langwarrin plus a new Leawarra station (near Monash Peninsula) and new Langwarrin station. 2 Twin tracks to Baxter plus new Leawarra and Langwarrin stations. The rail extension has an estimated annual economic value of more than $572 million. First proposed more than 90 years ago, in 1929, an extension to the Frankston line has an initial budgeted federal commitment of $225 million. However, the state government has yet to financially support or commit to its construction. Ms Hosking said the most controversial aspect of the advisory committee’s report was “what to do if, without state government investment, there was insufficient funds to duplicate and electrify all eight kilometres of the line to Baxter”. “One shorter-term option we investigated was electrification of the existing single track rather than replacement with a double track, on the assumption that a second track could be built in future,” she said. “However, a single track would severely reduce train frequency. A single track to Langwarrin should support a 15-minute ‘turn up and go’ service. A single track to Baxter would not.” Advisory committee chair Christine Richards saw the project as being “critical to unlocking the potential of our region” and called on state and federal politicians to commit to building the rail extension with a minimum 15-minute service. The full report is available at: c4gf.com.au * Mike Hast is a freelance writer working for the Committee for Greater Frankston


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A timely end to shire’s aquatic procrastination So, Mornington Peninsula Shire councillors will now end the procrastination regarding a name for the aquatic centre now under construction at Rosebud (“Public asked, but councillors to decide pool name” The News 16/6/20). Many hours spent by council officers and councillors have added to the project’s cost. It must be remembered that this is a high cost business, starting with $50 million, plus future administration expenses. Therefore, it should be treated wisely and given a name that can be readily marketed. We are in an era of people wanting to “feel good” by using Aboriginal names. Often this is warranted, but not in this instance. This project requires a readily understood name, particularly if council wants to support the project’s financial viability. This includes a name readily accepted by visitors to our peninsula. Let’s increase our tourism revenue. The suitable name is Rosebud Aquatic Centre, in keeping with the traditional marketing philosophy of keep it simple, stupid. It’s difficult to understand how the final contenders include barbawara, aboriginal for stingray, a fish that killed celebrity Steve Irwin. Here’s hoping logic prevails. Howard Bull, Mornington.

The bay’s best The Rosebud swimming pool has entertained me over the years - location foreshore or inland, planning squabbling, size, $50 million cost, naming rights - it should be a TV show. When I was a boy I learned to swim in Mel-

bourne’s biggest pool, Port Philip, at Mentone. Miles of sand, always pristine clean water. Mum said I could swim before I could walk. She belonged to a group of “icebergers” who swam early every morning, including winter. Lots of fun diving off Mentone pier (long since gone), underwater swimming to prise mussels off the pier piles. Member (junior) of Mentone Life Saving Club. Carnivals at different bayside beaches every Sunday, competitions between clubs, reel and rope mock rescues, swimming races, relay races, Bronze medallion for swimming ability. The rougher the seas, the bigger the waves, the better. Swim out a quarter mile sometimes. I could handle the sea as good as any fish. Then, disaster, when I was 12. Had to move. Brunswick public swimming pool. Recycling water contaminated with chlorine. And urine. No waves. People so close they touched you. Double platform diving tower not a patch on Mentone pier. Claustrophobic. No room. Can’t swim underwater without bumping into someone. No carnivals. No camaraderie. No beach. Why would you build a toy aquatic centre next to a (free) giant real one? Brian A Mitchelson, Mornington

No cost pool site The foreshore land [first site chosen for the aquatic centre now being built in Boneo Road, Rosebud] was not an expense ratepayers would have had (“Stop the stupidity” Letters 9/6/20). On 12 September 2012 $5.1 million of ratepayers’ money was used to purchase land

in Wannaeue Place as an alternate site-which proved unsuitable. In June 2013, the state government was advised to withdraw the use of the foreshore site at the request of our Mornington Peninsula Shire councillors. We had to wait until the council elections of 2016 to try for an aquatic centre to include hydrotherapy facilities. To my knowledge there were no safe and purpose-built facilities on the southern part of the peninsula to address this increasing need. Council provides areas for football and cricket and not all ratepayers use these facilities. The same applies to an aquatic centre. Health and fitness is recognised as an important part of wellbeing. Appropriate venues are required. Discussions were held with community groups to ascertain the “need for an aquatic centre” and support was overwhelming due in part to the increase of population. Our elected representatives make the final decision as to the spending of ratepayers’ money. Ratepayers do not have access to the cheque book. On 13 March 2018 councillors unanimously voted for an aquatic centre with a 50 metre pool. Ratepayers money was not required to purchase land. When the aquatic centre opens it will be due to our current councillors, council officers, the majority of the community and those who never gave up. Betty Preston, Capel Sound

Best of the worst Without a doubt Liberals are jumping for joy with the latest corruption scandal of branch stacking and power brokering by the Labor Party. Sadly, only the latest of many “outings” of our corrupt political system systemic failure and of those we elect. We can safely say that almost every politician (both parties) was aware of the branch stacking issue and most other corruption issues in both parties. They ignore it or embrace it because they do not have the ethical and moral compass to step

up and be counted. They would not want to be known as a “whistleblower”. We all know what happens to those men and women of courage. It would mean that they would be blackballed and then lose their entitlements which they abuse on a daily basis. It is not about running our country from an ethical or moral point of view but, rather, about maintaining power at any cost and catering to those vested interests that can keep them in power. It is almost never about doing the right thing. From this point forward I will be protesting this system by putting Liberal and Labor last of the voting list. Where they are the only two to run, I will void my vote. Having said that, the jury is still out with the Greens. We can easily say how lucky we are to be living in Australia and how many other places are worse but being the best of the worst is nothing to brag about. I do not believe that for 90 per cent of the people living in China or Russia things are much different. Just get on with your life and hope for the best. I mean, after all: “She’ll be right mate”. Joe Lenzo, Safety Beach

Quarry plan is reckless The removal of 38 hectares (93 acres) of bushland, the size of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne or 20 MCGs, in between two sections of Arthurs Seat State Park is irresponsible. Twenty-four threatened species are on this site. It is a major wildlife corridor (biolink), essential for preserving the region’s biodiversity. I am part of Sheepwash Creek Catchment Landcare Group and we’ve been working for years to enhance the environment in the area and rid it of weeds. This section of land for the proposed new Ross Trust quarry is a major biolink on the Mornington Peninsula. Too much bushland has been lost in Australia over the last 12 months due to bushfires. To remove more bushland for a quarry that is not needed is reckless. Michelle de la Coeur, Red Hill

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BRANCH NEWS Community Bank • Rye, Dromana and Rosebud Keeping in touch with our communities In these strange times of lock-down and social distancing, many of us have felt that keeping connected with people in our communities has become unusually difficult. For some, this means real isolation and loneliness. Fortunately, we are lucky enough to have many groups already poised to help us keep connected and share stories. The Board recognise that now, when people are unable to meet and gather as they normally would have, the need for printed communication is greater than ever. They are delighted to maintain support of the following publications: Rosebud Police Senior Citizens Register: $5000 RPSCR communicates with its entire client base 3 times a year via 4 page newsletters. This newsletter is a vital form of communication for many isolated and elderly people. It was introduced in 1995 when the census revealed there were in excess of 10,500 local residents aged over 60. That number has increased significantly since then. The register aims to make older citizens feel safer, to have contact that they need and to eradicate abuse of the elderly, amongst other things. RPSCR is supported by police but run by a dedicated group of volunteers. For more information visit: http://www. rosebudseniors.websyte.com.au/ Lions Club “Hill ‘N’ Ridge” Newsletter: $2000 Initiated in 2009, the Hill ‘n’ Ridge Community Newsletter aims to provide a voice for local organisations to share their information and activities. It also aims to develop cohesiveness by highlighting various community personalities. Geographically, it focuses on the areas of Red Hill and Main Ridge, but also includes stories and people from neighbouring areas such as Arthur’s Seat, Shoreham and Flinders, with readership even extending as far as the UK! The Hill and Ridge Newsletter is but one of the many activities supported by the local Lions Club. Lions are people who get involved in humanitarian efforts locally, nationally, and internationally. For more information visit: https://lionsredhill.vic.lions.org.au/projects or email: lionsnewsletter1@gmail.com

Safety Beach Sailing Club Safety Beach Sailing Club is open to all in the community, whether you are a sailor or not. The club welcomes social memberships for people from the community to come down and make the Safety Beach Sailing Club their “new local”. With unprecedented views of Dromana Bay, there is no better place to come and unwind in the newly renovated club buildings, boasting a fireplace, new bar and that view. From its birth in 1967, the Safety Beach Sailing Club has seen a lot of change. As a major stakeholder in the Safety Beach area, the sailing club has been a beacon for community engagement since its inception. Now in its 53rd year, the club is more relevant than ever as more and more people move to the Peninsula. The construction of the Martha Cove Marina has seen this family focused club become the home for Keelboat racing. Ten years after the first keelboat joined the club, the club now homes the fastest growing Keelboat fleet on the bay with well over 60 Keelboats on its register and more to come. Safety Beach Sailing Club offers a range of programs for anyone who is interested in

sailing, whatever their skill level. The junior program is open to all young people, who are ably welcomed and mentored by former junior members of the club. The “Women on Water” program has been a welcome addition to the club’s offerings, giving women of all ages the opportunity to participate in this very gender friendly sport. With regular Keelboat and “Off the Beach” sailing programs being run all year round, membership at the Safety Beach Sailing Club offers exceptional value. Bendigo Bank has been a long-term supporter and sponsor of Safety Beach Sailing Club. The funding received has been instrumental in helping with the purchase of assets for both Junior and Training Fleets. This year’s sponsorship of $2000 will go towards the purchase and installation of weather equipment at the club which will make for safer sailing for all our fleets. To find out more visit: www.sbsc.net.au www.facebook.com/safetybeachsailingclub/ Or email: secretary@sbsc.net.au membership@sbsc.net.au

Melissa Bosomworth Customer Relationship Manager, Dromana How long you have worked for the Bendigo Community bank? 15 years, with 30 years total in banking. I have experience in every role from Customer Service to Financial Planning to Home lending Where do you live? Mornington Tell us a little about your family? I am a mother of two busy teenagers, a daughter at Uni and a son in Year 11. And a gorgeous and naughty little Cavoodle puppy that we love dearly but drives us all nuts! What clubs you are involved in? What you like to do in your spare time? When the kids and I were younger we were constantly out and about, Red Hill Football Netball club, Mornington Gymnastics, Breakers Basketball, etc. Now days the kids are studying and working part-time so things have changed a fair bit. I imagine they will change again and I will be more involved in other clubs down the track. Life takes you in many different directions! My hobbies are home improvements, on a seemingly never-ending basis! LOL. And relaxing with friends around the fire. What is your favourite place to go on the Peninsula? My favourite place to go on the Peninsula is the beach. I try to walk along the foreshore to work (I park about 15mins away from work) when weather permits. And when I get to work my favourite thing to do is order a coffee. The whole team often starts the day with a bit of a boost from Blackthorn Café in Dromana - Delish. What you love most about working for Bendigo Community Bank? I love my workmates and my customers. COVID19 gave me the chance to work from home and I was surprised. I really, really missed them! LOL. I realised those interactions are a key to happiness. I also love the fact that my work has meaning in the community. It may seem like our grants are just figures bandied about, but they mean clubs and groups can provide real and meaningful things to their members and support those in need. I often have a tear in my eye on grants nights. What is your proudest achievement? I played against the under 21 Australian Netball team - years ago of course! Oh, and my children. They are my world – even though they can’t wash dishes, they make me very proud every day. Anything else you would like to add? Seeing and helping my customers to accomplish their goals is the most rewarding part of my daily job. Nothing better than that smile when they’ve finally set a goal in motion or made a dream come true. I know the team here feel the same. Looking after others makes everyone happy.

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Push for improvement of Kananook Creek Compiled by Cameron McCullough AT Frankston last Monday night the initial meeting took place of the subcommittee appointed to give effect to the resolutions passed at the public meeting held at Seaford last month to secure the improvement of the Kananook Creek. The following representatives were present: Crs W. P. Mason and J. B. Howell (Shire Council): Messrs Hunter and Cotton (Seaford Progress Association) : Messrs McCullloch and Jennings (Public nominees); Messrs P. Wheeler and W. Crawford Young (Frankston Progress Assodiation). Cr Mason was voted to the chair, and, by request, Mr W. Klauer consented to act as secretary to the committee. The question of organising a deputation to wait on the Minister of Public Works was fully discussed, and it was agreed that the attendance at same should be as large and as representative as possible. To ensure success in this respect, it was decided to arrange a date well ahead. Cr Howell moved, and Mr Wheeler seconded, that the Hon. A. Downward be asked to arrange with the Minister to receive a deputation on or about July 4th next, and that the Chairman of the State Rivers and Water Supply Commission be invited to be present. – Carried. Reference was made to the fact that Mr Sambell, C.E. had promised every assistance to the movement, and appreciation of his offer was expressed. It was decided to ask Mr Sambell to keep in touch with city men who were

interested in the creek improvement scheme with the view to securing their assistance at the deputation. It was resolved to ask the following gentlemen to act as speakers: Dr. Cameron; Messrs J. Ogilvy-Smith, R. W. B. McKenzie, W Moulton, and Boyce (Tourist Bureau). It was thought that the foregoing gentlemen might find it convenient to confer with Mr Sambell in Melbourne, and report to the committee in two week’s time. Mr Cotton kindly undertook to have the wishes of the committee personally brought under the notice of the gentlemen named. Other speakers mentioned were Cr Mason, Cr Howell, Dr Maxwell, Dr Mackeddie, Mr P. Wheeler, and Mr C. Hunter. It was agreed that a public meeting should be held at Frankston prior to the deputation leaving for Melbourne. The question of finance cropped up and it was decided that steps should be taken to start a fighting fund, the preliminary expenses in the meanwhile to be borne by the Seaford Progress Association. *** THE depature of Mr and Mrs A. G. Wilcox from Frankston will cause regret among a large circle of friends. Mr Wilcox took an active interest in the affairs of the town, and apart from his position as president of the local branch of the R.S.S.I.L.A, he was also president of the Soldiers Memorial Committee and in that capacity was chiefly instrumental in promoting the race meeting which returned over £300 to the fund.

He was also president of the Brass Band, Treasurer of the Athletic Club, Agricultural Society, and Football Club, besides being connected with other institutions, such as the Mechanics’ Hall and Free Library in an executive capacity. Mrs Wilcox has resided in Frankston since early girlhood, and with her sister, Miss Gregory, did particularly fine work in connection with the Wattle Club. Mr and Mrs Wilcox. will be tendered a public farewell at Frankston on Monday night next. *** THIS evening the Fair in aid of the Football accident fund will be opened by Major Condor in the Frankston Hall. The carnival will be continued tomorrow night. *** APPLICATIONS for postal votes in connection with the referendum are coming to hand in large numbers, and the Returning Officers are experiencing a very busy time. *** LADY, having comfortably furnished house in best part Frankston, would like LET PART (single or double rooms), with use of sitting room, kitchen. Apply by letter, in first instance, “WIDOW” Post Office, Frankston. *** TYPE WRITING – Orders Promptly and accurately executed. City Prices. Mrs M. H. BURTON, Mornington Road, Frankston. Work may be left at this Office. ***

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Monday night. Down Seaford way the appointment of a Foreshore Committee is the question of the hour, and the Progress Association will face the task of solving the problem tomorrow night. Tonight and tomorrow night the Red and Black Carnival will be the attraction at the Frankston Mechanics’ Hall, in aid of the Football Accident Fund. Seaford is patting itself on the back. The Lord Mayor of Melbourne has recently purchased a property in this favored seaside resort. The football match tomorrow, Frankston v. Hastings, is expected to produce a keenly contested game, and a record gate will be recorded at Frankston oval. Regrets are expressed that Gamble, a promising young Frankston player, is unable to don the black and red tomorrow owing to having been injured in his last match. The electric light burned blithely all through the meeting at Frankston on Tuesday night, while irate householders were expressing most uncomplimentary views regarding its usefulness. This record created quite a stir among the audience. The suggestion that Langwarrin Camp is to be run under civilian management is not viewed favorably by the Shire Council. It is to be hoped that the Council’s move in this connection will be strongly backed up by the public. Much needed attention is being given to the Frankston Honor Avenue. *** FROM the pages of the Mornington Standard, 18 June 1920

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By Craig MacKenzie FOOTBALL Victoria announced a July start to the 2020 season late last week for all senior and junior competitions. The announcement came a day before the state government withdrew from lifting some pandemic restrictions but as we went to press there was no indication of any change to FV’s restart dates. NPL junior boys are scheduled to return to competition on the weekend of 4/5 July, NPL junior girls, community club juniors and MiniRoos on the weekend of 11/12 July with senior competitions back in action on the weekend of 25/26 July. However doubts over the NPL1 season continue with news that Bentleigh Greens have decided not to participate this year. FV had made a number of fee-relief proposals to NPL1 clubs on the proviso that they all agreed to play so Bentleigh’s decision effectively shelves FV’s offer. The federation caught clubs on the hop last week when failing to offer any fee-relief support for junior NPL competitions. It had made offers of support throughout senior men’s and women’s competitions so it had been anticipated that an offer would be made to the 48 clubs holding junior NPL licences. Langwarrin, Mornington and Peninsula Strikers took part in a video linkup on Saturday 13 June where junior NPL clubs discovered FV’s stance. “They said point blank during the meeting that they were not reducing fees,” Strikers vice-president Steve Schreck said. “And it was also made clear that clubs had to work things out for themselves if they want to give money back to parents for player fees.” Strikers have withdrawn their under-20s side and three MiniRoos teams from competition this year and are looking closely at the fee structure of their community juniors having already lowered their under-7s fees from $295 to $120. FV also held a survey of junior NPL licence holders last week but the results were not known as we went to press. Schreck left the FV video hook-up

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frustrated by the federation’s response to a number of issues raised by clubs and his mood didn’t change when he filled in the survey a few days later. “Not one of the things discussed was implemented and FV just stuck to their original plan. “There were three options put forward for the length of the season but FV only put two options on the survey and it seemed to me (during the conference) that no matter what question was put up they just seemed to stymie it.” As things stand FV plans to complete the 11-game grading section of the junior NPL season (seven rounds have already been played) by playing weekend double headers on 4/5 July and 11/12 July during school holidays. Once the grading games are completed leagues will be structured on quality rather than geography for the remainder of the season. That almost certainly means increasing the travel requirements as junior NPL licence holders include Murray United and Gippsland FC. Clubs have expressed concerns about the possible public health risk that poses. Meanwhile Frankston Pines may be

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straight to hold off the fast-finishing challenge from the Busuttin/Youngtrained The Executioner. Despite failing to fire in the Group One Kennedy Oaks in the Spring, Ocean Miss showed that she’s back and in for a good preparation with a further three-length gap back to third. The up-and-coming filly provided the Mornington-based Feek stable with their first runner in a Group One race in the Spring. While she wasn’t able to threaten in the Oaks, trainer David Feek believed the filly still had plenty of maturing

By Ben Triandafillou DAVID and Coral Feek’s talented filly, Ocean Miss, made a winning return to racing on Thursday 18 June by scoring a decisive win at Seymour. The fourth placegetter in last year’s Group Three Ethereal Stakes, showed her class to win over 1300m with 60kg in what was a tight drive to the line. Coming from off midfield, the threeyear-old daughter of Ocean Park got to the outside and hit her straps in the

to do. “She’s still relatively immature skeletally and physically but she’s shown us that she’s capable of doing so much,� trainer David Feek said prior to the Oaks. “These guys who are up at the top, most of them have had a horse to kick start them and a flagbearer to then move forward and hopefully this one is ours.� Based off her first-up run, the filly looks to have come on leaps and bounds with Feek Racing saying their “excited� for her preparation ahead.

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It’s A Work In Progress trainer Kel Greenough said after his GRV VICBred Maiden final heat last week. Greenough admits that he has never raced a greyhound with blinkers on before and if it wasn’t for his daughter suggesting blinkers he may not have tried. “He had never fought, but he did tend to run with other dogs rather than going past them,� Greenough said. Greg Sprod is the owner and breeder of It’s A Blaze, who is the son of Fernando Bale and It’s A Fling. It’s A Blaze picked up the $7,500 first prize in tonight’s GRV Vic Bred Maiden Final at Cranbourne.

By Molly Haines IT’S A Blaze has just done a great thing. Well a brilliant thing, broken Cranbourne’s 520 metre track record in his second career start. Previously held by Pop The Cork, the track record now stands at 29.541sec. Amazingly, this wasn’t the first time It’s A Blaze has broken the track record. He first did so unofficially in May during a clearance trial to use blinkers, stopping the clock in a time of 29.578sec. “It wasn’t a surprise he broke the track record because he can run, but you never expect a track record,�

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