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‘Ghosts’ lost in the post FRED Wild was back at school last week, remembering days in the old schoolyard and another former pupil. The pupil was Ewart Melbourne Brindle, who was at Dromana State School until the end of the First World War before joining his father in the United States. Brindle, who went on to become a celebrated commercial artist and author, showed an early aptitude for art. Copies of Brindle’s schoolwork show that he could capably copy photographs with a pencil and use watercolour to effectively portray a scene. One watercolour of a yacht shows an appreciation of scale and rippled reflections. Mr Wild’s interest in Brindle’s life and work led him to arrange for a copy of Brindle’s illustrated book 20 Silver Ghosts to be given to Dromana and District Historical Society. The book was a surprise to be presented in November during the town’s 150th celebrations. But it was Fred Wild who was the most surprised as he waited in vain for the book to arrive on time. See ‘Not so happy returns from wizards of AusPost’on Page 13.

It’s fire danger time THE CFA’s declared Fire Danger Period (FDP) for the Mornington Peninsula started at 1am on Monday. The declaration applies to the entire peninsula as well as French Island in Western Port. The CFA’s southern metropolitan region operations manager, Trevor Owen, said FDPs were based on local conditions and took into account fuel moistures, fuel loads, grassland curing, weather and rainfall. Neighbouring municipalities entering the fire danger time include Frankston, Kingston, Greater Dandenong,



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He said grass fires should not be underestimated. “They can be extremely dangerous and cause death, trauma or serious injury. “Grass fires often occur in metropolitan areas over summer, impacting on residential, commercial and industrial properties.� He said simply discarding a cigarette butt into dry grass can put the community at risk and result in millions of dollars of damage. “Now is the time to protect your home and property by slashing, mowing, grazing, spraying and using her-






practised what they will do. “Leaving early is the safest way to survive a fire – you need to know what to do and when and where to go on hot, dry, windy days.â€? For information on how to prepare for the fire season, download a Fire Ready Kit, complete the Household Bushfire Self Assessment or find the location of Fire Ready meetings in your area at: or call the Victorian Bushfire Information Line (VBIL) on 1800 240 667. ď Ž Turn to page 11 for more fire information.



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Hooked seal is healthy – DSE By Keith Platt WILDLIFE officers have decided against trying to remove a hook embedded near the mouth of a seal that has been calling Rye pier home. Fishing line attached to the hook is wound tightly around the seal’s neck. However, Department of Sustainability and Environment officers who caught up with the seal on Saturday believe it will be able to free itself without sustaining any permanent injury. “He’s in really good nick and will be able to free himself,� wildlife officer Stan Williams said. Judy Muir of Polperro Dolphin Swims said “we are experiencing the horror of multiple entanglements of seals�. “The abject attitude of some fishers is apparent when each day we clear the pier of discarded line and tackle.� Ms Muir said rubbish stuffed between pier planks “looks like stalactites from beneath�. “Our crew picks up rubbish every day, but we’re sick of it. “Some people have a complete disregard. They bring everything in and take nothing out.� Ms Muir said a “big promotion� was needed to show people that their waste was causing unnecessary cruelty to seals. “Why do fishing hooks and fishing lines need to be just about indestructible? Hooks used to rust or be destroyed by digestive juices, now they aren’t.� Mr Williams said two other seals among the colony living on the Chinaman’s Hat seal platform in southern Port Phillip were not so lucky, with one having a hook attached to a steel trace and another struggling with a piece of fishing net. Mr Williams said DSE officers would try to free the two mammals, possibly asking Melbourne Zoo to provide a dart so they could be immobilised. Mr Williams said seals would scratch at fishing line until it broke and often were able to remove small fishhooks. More worrying was the potential transfer of dog viruses to and from seals. “Just about anything that a dog can catch seals can, too,� he said. “Seals often come ashore for a complete rest after being at sea for a couple of weeks where they sleep with just half a brain awake. “We ask people to keep away and only contact us if the seals are obviously ill or injured. “If dogs get too close they can transfer viruses and if that was then taken to a colony we’d be in real trouble.� Anyone who sees an injured or sick seal can phone 136 186.

Hooked: Tom Andrew of Polperro Dolphin Swims photographed this seal with a hook in its face and fishing line around the neck at Rye pier.

Return bus ride for polo patrons THE organiser of this year’s Portsea polo has denied claims of patrons being ripped off if they caught a bus to the event from Sorrento. Alan Hunt said the $10 return ticket took passengers right to the oval within the Point Nepean National Park and returned them “to anywhere in Portsea or Sorrento�. He said the event had paid for extra buses to supplement the normal service, which ran on the hour. The extra buses run by Portsea Passenger Service had carried 800-900

passengers “but we came nowhere near to recouping costs�, Mr Hunt said. He said the buses were aimed at discouraging drink-drivers as well as lessening pressure on car parking. The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) says visitors to the Saturday 14 January polo event were “cheated by the poor quality and over-priced public transport service offered�. Spokesman Jeremy Lunn said people wanting to travel by bus to the polo from Sorrento to Point Nepean National Park were not allowed to use the

regular public transport service. He said there were reports of passengers being denied access to the regular 788 bus by drivers and instead being forced to board buses organised for the polo, which cost them $10. “If they had been allowed to use the regular bus service, it would have cost them only $2.20, or $1.10 concession,� Mr Lunn said. “Furthermore, about 60 polo patrons had to cram on to one of the special buses at Portsea as the regular 788 bus drove straight past.�

“The mess was further worsened by the fact that the polo patrons were told on the event website that the normal 788 bus service from Rosebud to Portsea would operate throughout the day,� Mr Lunn said. He said Point Nepean National Park was attracting about 55,000 visitors a year with the polo “a regular fixture there in January�. “The poor quality service means that hardly any visitors travel to the park by public transport,� Mr Lunn said. “Unfortunately, the situation will get

even worse at the end of January, when the summer timetable concludes and Saturday and Sunday services revert to running every 75 minutes rather than 45 minutes. “This is a hopeless situation that contributes to greater car use and increased road congestion in an area renowned for its outstanding natural beauty.� Mr Lunn said the state government must provide and promote 15-minute services on the 788 route, particularly during the holiday and peak periods. Keith Platt

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2012 – a big year for News WELCOME to 2012, a year packed with promise for you – our readers – and the rapidly expanding Mornington Peninsula News Group, publisher of the Southern Peninsula News. For the Mornington Peninsula, it will be a year of change, a year in which a new council will be elected via a new electoral system – a system that will prevail for a dozen years. We will bring you all the news that emerges from this highly significant change: news of new council candidates, news of the incumbent councillors, and news of developments elsewhere within the shire bureaucracy. We pride ourselves on our news coverage on hard issues – and on the offbeat news, gossip and quirkiness of our columnists, The Emu, Stuart McCullough and Cliff Ellen (A Grain of Salt). Part of a newspaper’s job is to hold government, and others, to account: a distinguished editor of The Age, Creighton Burns, once described his task as “afflicting the comfortable and comforting the afflicted”. We will continue to scrutinise local government and report to you, the shire council’s “shareholders and revenue providers”, on its performance – whether excellent, good, indifferent or bad. You deserve and need to know how the shire is spending your rates. We’ll also keep an eye on other levels of government when it comes to peninsula issues. Other significant prospects for peninsula residents, and visitors, are the proposed massive port development at Hastings and the ever-extending ribbon of freeway, Peninsula Link,

scheduled to open early next year, bringing Melbourne, especially its eastern suburbs, closer to our beaches, wineries and other attractions. Will these developments be beneficial, or will our beautiful, scenic peninsula become overcrowded, overdeveloped and unattractive? How do we balance development with maintenance of that which makes the peninsula so beautiful? This is a discussion that has barely begun. Places with much in common with the peninsula, such as the Adelaide Hills and Noosa, are tackling similar issues, with varying degrees of success. We will encourage, and report on, matters such as these. Finally, a word of quiet pride about us. The Mornington Peninsula News Group sprang to life almost spontaneously to fill a gap in the market largely neglected by our rivals – the dissemination of real news, written by profes-

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McCrae conflagration: Flames up to 15 metres high consumed roadside vegetation and threatened properties at McCrae in January 2009 when a fire was started by a burning cigarette butt thrown from a car travelling south on Mornington Peninsula Freeway.

SOUTHERN metropolitan region operations manager Trevor Owen’s warning about cigarette butts starting fires came true at McCrae on Wednesday 28 January 2009, 10 days before the devastating fires of Black Saturday. Someone threw a burning butt from a car travelling south on the Mornington Peninsula Freeway just passed the McCrae off ramp at Lonsdale St. Tinder dry vegetation beside the freeway caught fire at about 2pm and the flames raced up the verge, setting alight trees, shrubs and grass between the freeway and Bayview Rd. A northerly wind pushed the fire down Bayview Rd, threatening dozens of homes and four businesses. The CFA issued an urgent threat message to Bayview Rd residents at about 3pm. Police and the CFA closed Bayview Rd between Banks St and Hove Rd. The south-bound lanes of the freeway were also closed as peninsula CFA volunteers with pumper trucks and three aircraft fought the blaze. The fire destroyed about four hectares of roadside vegetation and damaged a few fences of homeowners. Between Tuesday 27 January and Saturday 7 February (Black Saturday), Melbourne had an average maximum temperature of 36 degrees, 10 degrees above average. The heat dried out the whole state and contributed to the dangerous conditions that made Black Saturday. Mike Hast

Make a family fire plan is key message By Mike Hast MESSAGES to prepare for a dangerous fire season have been flooding out since November. Authorities are predicting grass fire danger will be high this season, and the Mornington Peninsula is vulnerable due to its wide open paddocks, reserves and national parks. Average or above-average rains for more than 18 months have seen vigorous growth of grasses and under-storey plants. A key message from the CFA, SES, DSE, state government and local governments is for people to prepare a fire plan. The message to prepare, stay and defend has been dumped in the wake of the devastating Black Saturday fires of 2009. When launching Fire Action Week, the government said that on a Code Red day leaving early was the safest option. Premier Ted Baillieu said: “Your fire safety is your responsibility – the only person who can guarantee your safety is you.” He implored Victorians to do the most to minimise their risk and maximise their survival this fire season. “Ask yourself seriously – are you

ready to act if there was a fire today? “There are tools and information available to help you and your family stay safe, but it’s up to you to use them.” “People who live in a high-risk area will need comprehensive advice for their plan and should call the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667 to request a Bushfire Survival Plan contained in the Fire Ready Kit,” Mr Baillieu said. “But all Victorians should know, now is the time to gather all the advice you need to develop your fire plan, practise it and be ready before the start of the fire season.” Fire Action Week included the release of tools for personal fire planning, including a FireReady smartphone application, a Facebook page and the online version of My Plan, hosted on the Country Fire Authority website. “If you live in a bushfire-prone area on the city fringe or in regional Victoria, then having a plan to follow is essential,” Mr Baillieu said. “The My Plan tools and Traveller’s Checklist are new social media resources to organise personal and family fire plans. They can be completed at your own pace and updated with cur-

rent warnings in your local area. “Discussing and writing down your fire plan is the most effective way to ensure your safety. Talking to family and neighbours, regularly revising your plan to take into account any changes to your circumstances and having a backup plan will ensure you are ready to act whatever the conditions.” Other information for the fire season includes:  Online bushfire info session from 8-9pm on Tuesday 31 January. Talk with a trained FireReady presenter to obtain basic safety information and ask questions.  A redesigned CFA incidents, advice and warnings web page at will be more prominent and easier to use. The warnings and incidents page brings together two sets of data on a map of Victoria that can be altered by the reader to focus on specific geographic areas of the state.  Bureau of Meteorology’s seasonal climate outlooks for December to February predict a 60-65 per cent chance of below-average rain, and a 60-80 per cent chance of above-average maximum temperatures in Victoria.  For more information about fires and


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About ‘Fire Danger Period’ A WRITTEN permit is needed to burn off grass, undergrowth, weeds or other vegetation during the Fire Danger Period on the peninsula. The permit is issued by Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Municipal Fire Prevention Officer or the CFA district office. Lighting a fire in the open without a permit is an offence and can bring a penalty of more than $6000 and/or 12 months in jail. All burn-offs should be registered with the VicFire Burn-off notification line on 1800 668 511. Barbecues and fires for cooking and warmth do not require a permit, but must be lit in properly constructed fireplaces (that is, metal, stone or concrete), not be used in strong winds, be three metres from other flammable material and be supervised at all times. The use of an incinerator, chainsaw, lawn mower, welding and grinding equipment, vehicles that come in contact with vegetation, and machinery with an internal combustion/heat engine are permitted provided guidelines are followed (details in ‘Can I or Can’t I’ on the CFA website or call 1800 240 667). A Total Fire Ban declaration means no fires can be lit for the declared district for that day – irrespective of the fire restriction status for a given municipality.  The

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weeks earlier because its complaints department refused to reveal it) and I was told there should have been a slip in our letterbox, which there wasn’t. Then they discovered the parcel sitting on a shelf and said they would attempt another delivery. I wasn’t going to risk it again – I was there in a flash. On 11 January, Australia Post’s complaints organisation phoned me to say Australia Post was unable to reimburse an American for postage and asked if they could send me a money order and I could reimburse Roger. It seems an individual like me is capable of writing a cheque, putting it in an envelope, addressing it to a recipient, putting a stamp on it and posting it, while Australia Post is not.

An association meeting on 8 January reaffirmed its wishes for the taskforce to continue its role as well as well as endorsing the taskforce “to communicate with any future investor and/or developer regarding the two sites in the event Sialaka Group Ltd sells, subdivides or otherwise disposes of either or both sites”. Cr Martin reassured the meeting that the association’s views would be taken into account. Underground fuel tanks at both sites could be a costly problem for developers, although taskforce member Leo Maher said council had allowed tanks to be left in the ground elsewhere. “The bottom line is that if these tanks can be

dealt with in situ, left in place and rendered safe in compliance with Shire and EPA requirements, the permit applications will probably go ahead,” Mr Maher said. “If they have to be removed as a condition of permits, the mortgagee is unlikely to proceed. Should that occur, the two sites will go nowhere, the buildings will continue to deteriorate and the rabbit and blackberry populations will increase. “This situation, while perhaps unpalatable from our point of view, simply reflects the financial realities of a failed investment by an offshore mortgagee.

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Meanwhile, the organisation that apologises for Australia Post’s blunders accepted that Australia Post was at fault and would reimburse Roger Brindle for his postage, but he would have to provide documentation first. I lost track of the number of calls I made to that organisation, but I do know I never spoke to the same person twice. When Roger Brindle re-sent the parcel, I followed the tracking number through the US Postal Service online. On 4 January the site recorded that two attempts were made to deliver the parcel the previous day but no one was at home. My wife and I were indeed home at the times mentioned and I was paying particular attention to our mailbox. I called Rye post office (I got the number from a post office in country Queensland

Taskforce stays to keep eye on developments MORNINGTON Peninsula’s mayor, Cr Frank Martin, has assured Shoreham residents their views will be taken into account if the council considers any applications to develop key sites now occupied by the post office and a former general store. Both sites are owned by their former mortgagees, the overseas-based Sialaka Group. Uncertainty over the future of the sites in Byrnes and Cliff roads saw the Shoreham Community Association form a taskforce to negotiate with Sialaka and the council to ensure any developments are “reasonable, [and] be referred back to the community for consideration and comment”.

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By Fred Wild IN 1992, relatives of renowned American illustrator and painter Ewart Melbourne Brindle visited Dromana where they were welcomed with a morning tea provided by Dromana and District Historical Society. Brindle and his siblings attended Dromana State (now Primary) School until the First World War ended and then joined their father in the United States. In the lead-up to Dromana’s 150th celebrations I discovered a letter written by Melbourne Brindle, as he was known, on a visit to Dromana in 1984 where he recalled his school days and life in the town. Curious, I went online to find out more about Melbourne Brindle. I found his Californian nephew, Roger Brindle, on Facebook and began corresponding with him. During this correspondence Roger recalled that he and his son had visited Dromana in 1992 and, although they would have forgotten it by now, he had promised members of the historical society an item of Mel Brindle’s. I assured him that they had not forgotten. Roger said that he would forward the copy of Brindle’s illustrated book 20 Silver Ghosts to me to present to the society. The plan was to surprise members of the historical society by presenting them with the book during a book launch held on 27 November as part of the town’s 150th celebrations. What better occasion could we hope for to present the book? To escape the Melbourne winters, my wife and I head north and last year, as usual, took out a mail redirection through Australia Post. Roger sent the parcel on 16 August to our address in Rye and ticked the ‘if not claimed please forward to’ box and wrote our Queensland address on it. Although we had taken out mail redirection and despite the fact it stated clearly on the parcel that it should be redirected to Queensland, several visits were made to our unoccupied house starting on 31 August and a slip was left in the letterbox to collect the parcel from Rye post office. Our neighbour found the slip and took it to the post office where she reminded them that we were in Queensland, had mail redirection in place and asked if she could accept it on our behalf. They refused. On 12 September a final notice slip dated 8 September with a redirection sticker on it arrived at the post office in Rubyvale, Queensland, saying that if we did not collect the parcel from Rye post office within five days (from the 8th), the parcel would be returned to the sender. The then Mornington Peninsula Shire mayor Graham Pittock approached the post office on my behalf, but even the shire’s top dog got nowhere. So Australia Post placed the parcel, which Roger Brindle paid almost $80 to air mail, on a ship in Sydney for its 13-week trip back to America. Its total postage cost was $8. When 27 November arrived, the parcel was still at sea, but the 150th celebration went ahead and was an outstanding success. My surprise however was that the long-awaited and prized book was “on its way”.


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Tears flow for a fragile ocean coast By Dr Ursula de Jong OVER many years, one of the real pleasures in my life has been walking the tracks in Mornington Peninsula National Park on the Nepean Peninsula, anywhere from Number Sixteen Beach to London Bridge. In spring, summer, autumn and winter, the walks have envigorated me and renewed my spirits. Depending on tides and weather, there are three alternative walking tracks along the Bass Strait coast. The inland track is a mostly sandy woodland path, meandering alternatively through stands of moonah and tea tree; with an understorey of shrubs and a mix of ground covers. The walk along the cliff tops over coastal sand dunes offers spectacular views of the ocean and extensive coastline; landside, picturesque areas of coastal dune scrub, large undulating sand dunes, and barren rocky outcrops. Early in the morning you can walk alone, with only the tracks of the jacky and blue tongue lizards to keep you company. The changes are constant, delightful, truly time to wonder at nature. The third path is only traversable at low tide. It takes you onto the rock platforms themselves and here – walking, swimming or snorkling – another world is revealed. Flora and fauna are abundant. The paths reveal human presence over eons. Aboriginal middens along the cliff tops have been exposed by wind and salt erosion. Here in this transitional coastal zone, humans have always been able to get in touch with the spirits of the land and sea.

Over the years this coastal land has become part of my very being. Here in this place my soul can sing. There is a fourth path along the foreshore reserve, bayside. The path runs roughly parallel to the other three, but here there is overwhelming stillness compared to the ruggedness and wildness of the ocean. Today’s pleasures of walking uninterrupted in the shallows or along the shore, swimming in the warm salt waters or just sitting and relaxing away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life are enriched by the knowledge of history stretching over eons, and by memories and experiences I would like to bequeath to future generations. Beyond marking and scarring, the process of history, time and memory makes this place sacred. The evocative and poetic qualities of the Nepean Peninsula do not reveal themselves immediately. Only over a period of time, and by visiting at various times of the day in all seasons, can one begin to fathom its moods, its soul, its many colours; to touch its memories. Here beauty is something to be discovered and revealed, not invented and imposed. My daily circuit at Bridegewater Bay takes in an inland track and a walk along the cliff tops. With good rains after 10 years of drought, the vegetation had begun to recover. Spring was abundant, everything flowered, new growth was welcomed, seedlings and grasses appeared after prolonged absence. Weeds such as polygala and Italian buckthorn thrived, too. Along the cliff top, prostrate tea-

Ursula de Jong with her granddaughter Maddy. Dr de Jong is a resident of Blairgowrie, president of Nepean Conservation Group and a senior lecturer at Deakin University’s School of Architecture and Building in Geelong.

berries that stain clothes permanently; the succulent karkalla (Carpobrotus rossii) growing in sand, surviving moving dunes, large pink flowers open for a day; bower spinach (Tetragonia implexicoma) creeping, hanging; thyme rice flower (Pimelia serpyllifolia) with its minute yellow flowers – places for birds to feed, hide and nest; echidnas to snuffle ants; sparring bull ants; lizards to leave tracks and snakes to sunbake and slither away. On an early morning walk, between Christmas and New Year, I was confronted by a chopped coast beard heath (Leucopgon parviflorus). First thought: why had vandals chopped this huge old shrub and dumped the remnants in the bush? Wanton destruction? Fire kindling? A week earlier we had put out two fires on the beach. Coast beard heath is the largest of the understory shrubs and very slow growing. It has masses of tiny white flowers in spring, followed by bead-like fruit in summer, attracting

tree, coast beard heath and moonah put on new coats – providing spots of shelter from sou-westerlies, or shade from the warm sun, or a secret hiding place for my granddaughter, or a frame for another beautiful vista. Their chief role is protecting the vulnerable dunes. Each step a pleasure: the scented grounsel (Senecio odoratus) – leaves capturing water droplets after rain, brilliant yellow summer posies; or the prickly spear grasses (Austrostipa stipodes) laden with pearls of sea mist, brushing wet against legs; the cushion bush (Leucophyta brownii) turning from silver to gold dusted as flowers open; the abundant coast everlasting (Ozothamnus turbinatus) and coast daisy bush (Olearia axillaris); the white correa (Correa alba) with its stiff, four-petaled flowers; the sea box (Alyxia buxifolia) covered in tiny white stars shaped like windmills; tough coast salt bush (Atriplex cinerea); the seaberry saltbush (Rhagodia candolleana) rampant, with juicy red

numerous birds. A few days later I learned that Parks Victoria was “pruning” the vegetation along the walking tracks “for vehicular access”. Over the next week these beautiful walking tracks were devastated – the vegetation was randomly hacked, chopped, slashed and all the cuttings thrown into the bush on either side, or left on the tracks. Weeds were left standing and the indigenous plants decimated: the flora left to die and attract diseases; the cuttings to dry out and create excellent kindling (another two fires have been extinguished on the beach and cliffs), a bushfire hazard and an eyesore; the dunes left unprotected from wind and feet. What had survived years of drought and was just beginning to grow again was gone. I wept. The sou-westerlies have created new blowouts – I sit and I wonder: who are the custodians of this fragile, dynamic coast?

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Extending freeway ‘a waste’ By Mike Hast EXTENDING Mornington Peninsula Freeway from Rosebud to Rye would be a waste of money, says Mornington Peninsula Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association. The freeway extension is not justified for the few busy days each summer when visitors and daytrippers clog the roads of the southern peninsula. The association is preparing a submission to the VicRoads Point Nepean Road Study, which closes on Wednesday 29 February. VicRoads spokesman Andrew Bates said the roads authority was reviewing current traffic and safety issues along Point Nepean Rd from Dromana to Sorrento. “The study will look at conditions in both the peak holiday period and off-peak times,” he said. “It aims to identify and investigate all of the issues in the area and then make recommendations about how to improve conditions. “Possible alternative routes and potential im-

provements that could be made to improve the flow of traffic and safety of the road network will be investigated.” Key points in the ratepayer association’s submission include:  The freeway extension could attract criticism similar to that made by the state Auditor-General, Des Pearson, about Peninsula Link. Last year Mr Pearson said the Link project was not assessed against other priority road projects in Melbourne and Victoria, its promised economic benefits had been overstated, and its potential negative impacts ignored.  Emphasis should be placed on improving public transport to reduce traffic on Point Nepean Rd.  The preservation of Tootgarook Swamp was crucial (the freeway alignment dissects the swamp).  The freeway extension would have low commercial (truck) use and therefore low productivity benefit to industry.  High use is for leisure where time is not as valuable as it is for industry productivity and

commuter benefit.  On Code Red fire danger days, people should be told to leave the peninsula early and day visitors told to stay in Melbourne, reducing congestion during these days.  Some improvements can be made along Point Nepean Rd at minimum cost, which would improve traffic flow on busy days.  On busy days, signs on access roads to the peninsula should warn motorists that traffic is slow and heavy before they arrive at Dromana.  Mornington Peninsula Shire has not fulfilled its coastal strategy to reduce reliance on car parking along Point Nepean Rd and the foreshore, thereby reducing congestion. Anyone wanting to have a say can complete a survey online at Submissions can be posted Point Nepean Road Study, Private Bag 4, Mt Waverley Victoria 3149 or emailed to Details: Terry Dexter at VicRoads on 9881 8937.


Rescuers’ 10 vital boating tips THE Mornington Peninsula award-winning Volunteer Marine Rescue service enters its 31st summer of operation with 10 recreational boating safety tips for the holiday season: 1 Always wear a life jacket and insist your crew and guests do the same. While it is only a requirement to wear one in certain situations, the low cost of automatic, inflatable PFDs makes for cheap insurance for you, your family and friends. Remember, it’s only a life jacket if you’re wearing it. 2 Consider not drinking alcohol while boating. Alcohol use is a leading contributing factor in boating accidents. 3 Operator errors account for 70 per cent of boating accidents – take a practical boating safety course. Unlike getting a car licence, these days getting a boat licence in Victoria doesn’t require people to actually demonstrate they can drive a boat. 4 Stay in control by taking charge of your safety and that of your passengers. Always check your safety equipment has not expired, that it’s in serviceable condition and that you and your passengers know how to use it. 5 Understand and obey boating safety recommendations and navigational rules before taking

Water ‘angels’: One of Volunteer Marine Rescue’s boats works its way through choppy seas on a training run.

to the water, and practice them. Far too many vessels run aground or are disabled due to ignoring or not understanding navigational marks. 6 Operate at a safe speed and always maintain a careful lookout. Pay attention, maintain a look out and match your speed with the conditions. 7 Check the weather forecast. A calm day can quickly turn ugly on the water. Keep an eye out for changing weather conditions by monitoring the forecast. Check out 8 Hypothermia is a significant risk factor for injury and even death while boating. Cold wa-

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Appreciation: Stephanie Strongman and Shae Greber (centre) with Peninsula Health Palliative Care Unit manager Susan Blashki, family members (including Stephanie’s mother and grandfather, husband of Elizabeth) and unit staff.

Schoolgirls’ quilt keeps memory alive TWO students have used needles and threads to show their appreciation for the care shown to one of their grandmothers during her final days. After the death of her grandmother at the Peninsula Health Palliative Care Unit in late 2011, Stephanie

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Finding out: Ann Hollingworth, Bishop Peter Hollingworth, Baillieu Myer and organiser Dizzy Carlyon were among those who attended a morning tea to find out about refugees and the disadvantaged.

Benefits to giving: Peter Winneke helps guide those wanting to assist others through philanthropic trusts.

Tea draws a crowd for the displaced IT might seem a world away from that of refugees struggling to reach the Australian mainland or those being helped by the Brotherhood of St Laurence, but their welfare was the main topic last week at Elgee Park winery in Merricks North. Owners Baillieu (“Bails”) and Sarah Myer hosted a morning tea for the brotherhood, featuring human rights and refugee advocate Julian Burnside, philanthropy promoter Peter Winneke and the brotherhood’s executive director, Tony Nicholson. Organiser Dizzy Carlyon said the three speakers were inspirational and left their audience “with much to think about”. The Thursday 19 January event was a sellout, with profits going to the brotherhood. Ms Carlyon said that Mr Burnside had “helped us to see the wood from the trees” on the “emotive and often

confused issue” of refugees. Acknowledged as a national treasure, Mr Burside has acted pro bono in many human rights cases, particularly in relation to the treatment of indigenous Australians and refugees. He set up the Spare Rooms for Refugees and the Spare Lawyers for Refugees groups, for which he was awarded the Human Rights Law Award and more recently the Australian Peace Prize. Mr Winneke, who heads philanthropic services at the Myer family company, had removed some of the mystery of philanthropy making it “seem quite a normal addition to everyone’s to-do list”. “Maybe one or two problems for some of us will be solved with your guidance as we discover the power of giving,” Ms Carlyon said. Mr Winneke left the corporate world after 16 years spent “making wealthier


people even wealthier”. His holidays were spent backpacking in developing countries and he joined the Myer company after “struggling to find a more meaningful way to continue his working life”. “He realised he could use his professional skills to foster the embarrassingly small philanthropic sector and help people learn the rewards and joy of giving back,” Ms Carlyon said. Mr Nicholson’s talk covered the activities of the brotherhood over the past 80 years, including with disadvantaged people on the Mornington Peninsula. “For the past 30 years, Tony has drawn on his professional qualifications and experience to dedicate his professional life to improving the conditions of those living on or close to the edges of society,” Ms Carlyon said. “His expertise in understanding the needs of Australians experiencing homelessness led to his appointment

in January 2008 as chair of the federal government’s steering committee for the development of its White Paper on Homelessness.”

Speaking out: Brotherhood of St Laurence executive director Tony Nicholson.


NOMINATIONS close next month for this year’s Victorian Coastal Awards for Excellence. Last year’s award-winners included Birds Australia, for its work protecting breeding sites for the endangered hooded plover, and Reel Scientists for their volunteer angler diary program. In recent years, nominations have included surf life saving organisations, schools, management committees, school children, retirees, people with full-time jobs and families. “These prestigious awards are Victoria’s highest recognition of the outstanding contributions so many people and organisations make to our coastal environment,” chair of the Victorian Coastal Council Libby Mears said. “Victoria’s coast has it all: sandy beaches, rugged cliffs, lakes and inlets. We appreciate and recognise the efforts of many Victorians to ensure future generations enjoy our coast.” The award categories are natural environment; education; coastal planning and management; coastal building and design; community action and partnerships; individual achievement. “Nominations focus our attention on the great outcomes for our coast when people, organisations and governments work together“ “Good design – recognised through the building and design category – has a key role in respecting and complementing the special character and dynamic nature of coastal environments,” Ms Mears said. Nominations close 9 February. Forms and details at au or call 9637 8893.


If you would like your children to be a part of the St Joseph’s School community please contact the Principal for further information or to book a school tour.


WE THE NEW ST JOSEPH’S SCHOOL SORRENTO CALL US 5984 1291 St Joseph’s School. Constitution Hill Rd, Sorrento Telephone: (03) 5984 1291 Fax: (03) 5984 3230 Web: Email:


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Southern Peninsula

The people to call for your real estate needs... Paul Basso

Troy Daly 0418 397 771

John Kennedy 0401 984 842

Cathy Watson 0400 867 154

Basso Real Estate 1649 Pt Nepean Rd, Rosebud West.

JP Dixon Portsea Sorrento 109 Ocean Beach Rd, Sorrento Ph: 5984 4388

John Kennedy Real Estate 2327 Point Nepean Road, Rye. Ph: 5985 8800

Foreshore Real Estate 2283 Pt. Nepean Road, Rye

Ph: 5981 1200 EMAIL:



Jon Perrett 0405 123 921

Diane & Phil Key 0419 324 515

Melissa Walker 0407 508 555

Roger McMillan 0410 583 213

Stockdale & Leggo 1089 Point Nepean Rd Rosebud

Stockdale & Leggo 2397 Pt. Nepean Road Rye

Stockdale & Leggo 193 Point Nepean Rd, Dromana

McMillan Real Estate 211B Pt Nepean Road, Dromana 5981 8181

Ph: 5985 6555

Ph: 5986 8600 EMAIL:

Michael Flynn

David Short

Flynn & Co. Real Estate Shop 9, 967-991 Pt. Nepean Road Rosebud. Ph:5986 3000

Terry Hobson 0408 545 654

David Short Real Estate 1377 Pt Nepean Road, Rosebud Ph: 5986 8188

T. Hobson Real Estate 1245 Pt. Nepean Road Rosebud


Kevin Wright Real Estate 72 Main Street Mornington Ph: 5975 2255 EMAIL:

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Peter Hildebrand 0407 335 841 Eview Real Estate Partners Cnr. Boneo & Pt. Nepean Roads ROSEBUD EMAIL:



Hocking Stuart 2361 Point Nepean Rd. Rye Ph: 5985 9333 EMAIL:

Ph: 5987 3233


Mal McInnes 0415 502 316

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Ben Nutbeam 0413 125 996 YPA Estate Agents Shop 3, 2255 Pt. Nepean Road RYE. Ph: 5985 2600 EMAIL:





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AN architectural style combining chalet-style pitched roofs and the tall, straight look of Amsterdam apartment living has created this eye-catching home that rises above the ordinary. The large central section of the home has several smaller rooms attached to create extra living zones. A double garage is at the front and a lounge room positioned on the sunny side of the home has access to a timber deck. There are three bedrooms, with the main and second bedrooms upstairs sharing one bathroom, and the third bedroom and a second bathroom downstairs. Living areas are tiled, and the kitchen has an abundance of cupboard space. A four-car garage is at the rear of the block, which has dual access.





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Address: 77 Rainier Avenue, DROMANA Price: $495,000 Agency: Roger McMillan Real Estate, 211b Point Nepean Road, Dromana, 5981 8181 Agent: Steve Edmund, 0419 396 976


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39 Shirlow Avenue, Rye $389,000 THE IDEAL WEEKENDER

3 Gunyah Street, Rye $499,000

Only 700 metres to the beach and set up to accommodate a perfect weekend away or a great leisurley holiday is this very well presented 3 bedroom home with open plan lounge kitchen dining area. Large outdoor deck plus carport on easy care corner allotment.

SPLIT LEVEL CHARACTER So much character in this three bedroom home set on two levels. Main bedroom, WIR and ensuite , a further two good size bedrooms plus study area. Two living zones, lower zone leading to large north facing deck, gas kitchen plus adjoining meals area. If your looking for a home thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s practical and just a little different this is worth a look.

Contact: John Kennedy 0401 984 842

4 Sussex Road, Rye $349,500 WANT A RENO? Are you up to a minor reno? This three bedroom home could be just the ticket. Good size living with separate meals area off kitchen. Large laundry, separate toilet, full bathroom all on a large level block of 782m2 and situated just a short drive to Rye shops and beach. Inspect anytime.

Contact: John Kennedy 0401 984 842

172 Melbourne Road, Rye $499,000 LET THE SUN SHINE IN This spacious family home has all the features required for permanent or holiday living. This double brick home has been tastefully modernised and consists of large open plan living, separate dining area, four bedrooms, main with WIR and ensuite. Full bathroom, large laundry, double garage plus carport with access for boat or van. Large backyard (907m2) facing north with inviting decked entertaining area.

Contact: Sam Crowder 0403 893 724

495 Browns Road, Rye $695,000 NEED SOME SPACE?

Contact: Sam Crowder 0403 893 724

11 Hill Street, Rye $900,000 - $950,000 360 DEGREE BAY & RURAL VIEWS Expansive views both bay & rural from just about every room in the house. Open plan light bright living, kitchen area (new kitchen), four bedrooms, three bathrooms, two living areas. This home is in a popular part of Rye just behind shops and is immaculately presented. Also contains fully self contained living zone downstairs. A must inspect.

Contact: John Kennedy 0401 984 842

11 Sinclair Avenue, Rye $489,000 DEVELOP OR RENO Fantastic prime position this established four bedroom home set on a large block of approx 1076m2 is suitable with Shire approval to develop. Currently let to quality tenant. Call me to discuss.

Contact: Sam Crowder 0403 893 724

Large family home set on a beautiful treed acre block in the Rye Ocean Beach area. Home is situated on the crest of the 4,498m2 with excellent rural views and comprises three large bedrooms plus study, main with W.I.R and ensuite, two separate living areas, modern kitchen, bathroom, laundry, separate toilet and double garage with sealed horseshoe driveway.

Contact: John Kennedy 0401 984 842

5 Felecia Street, Rye $765,000-$795,000 HIDDEN TEASURE

This custom built home has been created with lifestyle and entertaining in mind. Capturing an abundance of natural light and offering stunning multiple open plan living areas that spill on to the alfresco entertaining area. It features 4 spacious bedrooms, the master with luxurious FES & large WIR. The superbly appointed kitchen has stone bench tops and an abundance of drawers and cupboards with a butlers pantry. Other features are double garage, WLPEHU Ă RRULQJ GXFWHG KHDWLQJ  VWDU energy rating and space for boat .

Contact: Sam Crowder 0403 893 724


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Rooms with a big blue view THIS home is perched high on a tree-top hill with nothing but blue water views in front and to the right, sweeping views of the peninsula down to Point Nepean. The constantly changing skyline – from rolling storm clouds to brilliant sunsets – paints a magnificent backdrop to this two-storey home. Situated beachside of Boneo Road, near the National Golf Course estate, the spectacular views of Bass Strait can be enjoyed from the comfort of the upstairs living areas or the north-facing exterior decks. The living areas are of good size and feature the basics. There are no rumpus or theatre rooms here. Nearby golf courses and beaches are nature’s rumpus room, and the ocean vista and the comings and goings in the shipping lanes provide all the entertainment a family could want. The kitchen is quite stylish with electric hotplates, rangehood and wall-oven. There is a servery window through to the dining area that opens to the deck, allowing for al fresco entertaining. The lounge room is particularly nice with high-pitched ceilings, exposed beans and timber floors. Downstairs are the two bedrooms, the master with its own ensuite, and there is another bathroom for guests. This is the ultimate holiday home with all southern peninsula attractions a short drive away. Whether you are a golfer, bushwalker, surfer or just seeking peace and quiet, this property has so much to offer at an affordable price.

Price: Address: Agency: Agent:

$449,000 – $489,000 6/21 Trent Jones Drive, CAPE SCHANCK T Hobson Real Estate, 1295 Point Nepean Road Rosebud, 5986 8811 Alex Menassa, 0419 328 775

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Potential plus

Pick a perfect property

LOCATED within an easy stroll of the beach, this three-bedroom home would benefit from some cosmetic work, but is otherwise a sturdy and solid home for either the first home buyer or the property investor. The block measures 583 square metres approx and is well fenced with a free-standing double garage at the rear of the block with access via Elizabeth Avenue. There is a separate lounge with gas heater and air-conditioner, family room and the kitchen has an adjoining meals area. The main bedroom has an ensuite and there is a second bathroom.

DECORATED to perfection, this lovely spacious home has been freshly painted both inside and out. The living areas are vast with a huge family room plus separate rumpus or formal lounge, and there is a well-appointed hostess kitchen with top quality tiles and carpet featuring throughout. A huge master bedroom includes a walk-in robe the size of a bedroom itself and an ensuite. Two more bedrooms share an opulent family bathroom complete with spa bath. For the tradesperson or car enthusiast, there is a massive garage with drive through access from the front to the rear yard. There are also extra outbuildings for additional storage.

Address: 16 Greenhood Crescent,

Address: 16 Peter Street, RYE Price: $495,000 – $520,000 Agency: Stockdale & Leggo, 2397 Point Nepean Road, Rye, 5985 6555 Agent: Phil Key, 0418 516 470

ROSEBUD WEST Price: $350,000 – $380,000 Agency: Basso Real Estate, 1649 Point Nepean Road, Rosebud West, 5981 1200

)/<11 &2 5986 3000 REAL ESTATE ROSEBUD

$285,000 ROSEBUD

Vacant Land

Situated just across the road from the beach & within a 3 minute stroll to the McCrae Shopping village is this fantastic little 2 bedroom unit. Currently lease to fantastic tenants until March 2012 this unit will make a great little investment property or holiday home. With a pretty parklike garden directly out the front as well as single garage, dishwasher, SS R/C air-con & freshly painted throughout, units like this get snapped up quick.

$399,000 ROSEBUD


Simply Superb

This stylish and superbly presented home has a great light and airy atmosphere. Features two separate living zones incorporating main living, impressive kitchen and meals area with high set celestial windows. Formal lounge, separate entry area, quaint family bathroom and fresh paint and floor coverings throughout. Set amongst well established gardens with a single carport, single steel garage and an additional carport.

$319,000 ROSEBUD

They Don’t Come Much Closer

Becoming a rare find is this impressive 822m2 corner block that’s located in the popular Peninsula Sands Estate. Building should be a breeze with very little fall while being found on the corner of a quiet court for convenient side access for storing your boat or van. All fully serviced with capped timber paling fencing one three sides this great block with the added benefit of looking out over a treed reserve is guaranteed to please!

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Solid Brick Charm

Breathing new life into real estate

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Great Investment

This is a great investment or first home with polished floors, 2 B/R both with BIR. Open Lounge/dining with gas heating and an extra room off the main living area which could become a sunroom/study with sliding doors that open out onto the deck and private treed back yard. Off to the side of the house is a large carport with remote control roller door all located in a quiet street just behind the RSL.

$429,000 MCCRAE

This double brick home has a cozy warm feel. A sunken lounge featuring a gas heater and a solid wood coonara. All bedrooms come with BIR and ENS to master. Off the kitchen area is a second living space that could be used as a formal dining area, kid’s playroom or office. Great block backing onto peaceful farmland. Garage offers you plenty of storage & drive through access. This one is definitely worth a look.

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Great Presentation & Beachside Location

Low maintenance living just 500m from the sand! Superbly maintained home set behind established front gardens, enjoys spacious north facing open plan living with both gas heating and air-conditioning. A well fitted kitchen, master bedroom with WIR, large bathroom complete with spa bath and second bedroom with BIR. All complemented by a single carport, sealed driveway and paved outdoor area.

$459,000 ROSEBUD

Solid investment property in highly sought after location. Set on a fabulous 970m2, lightly treed block the property features an open plan kitchen, meals and living area with pine floorboards throughout. Step out onto a full length timber verandah and enjoy views of Port Phillip Bay. Laundry plus a separate shower and toilet downstairs. Easy access to large backyard and currently leased until December 2012

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$328,000 ROSEBUD

Ripe For Renovation

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Two storey four bedroom family home enjoys sweeping views out over Port Phillip Bay, Bass Strait and the adjoining State Park. Kitchen and meals area opening onto an undercover decking area, master bedroom with ENS, spa bath and WIR, 2nd and 3rd bedrooms and the family bathroom all located upstairs. On the lower level is the rumpus room, study, huge formal entry with direct access to the dble garage, fifth bedroom and an additional utility room.

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SORRENTO 10 Tallant Avenue

P.O.A ROSEBUD 43 Woonton Crescent

$378,000 BLAIRGOWRIE 52 Revell Street

Stunning views - designed with family in mind

Picture Perfect

Set amongst the Moonahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on an elevated allotment of approx. 727m2 with a 3rd level viewing balcony sits this fabulous rendered brick home. This impressive property offers hydronic heating throughout plus s/system upstairs and all windows are tinted. An exposed aggregate driveway leads to the double garage with internal access and roller door at the rear. CONTACT: Cathy 0400 867 154

The hardest decision you may face should you be the lucky new owner of this home is do I spend my time relaxing inside or out? The second you inspect this recently renovated brick home you will see why. Comprising 2-3 bedrooms, 2 living areas, gas cooking & heating, r/cycle cooling and family bathroom with large shower.

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Walk to Blairgowrie Village & Beach

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CONTACT: Cathy 0400 867 154

Close to the strip, yet pocketed away, this ideal property is suited to either permanent or holiday living. Situated on an approx.1204m2 allotment the rendered brick home has been totally renovated to exceptional standards. The stunning kitchen offers highly polished porcelain tile splash backs, induction cook top, s/s under bench oven and d/w. The lounge has a solid fuel heater & sliding doors to private fenced deck. CONTACT: Cathy 0400 867 154

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58 Darvell Street, Tootgarook




2 Yannuga Street, Rye




6/12 Vicki Court, Rosebud

1 Tuerong Street, Rye

10 Vincent Street, Tootgarook



77 Rainier Avenue CHARMER IN DROMANA



Steve Edmund 0419 396 976


34 Cloud Street BAY VIEWS FROM CLOUD 9



$559,000 - $589,000


Roger McMillan 0410 583213

$499,000 - $549,000


Roger McMillan 0410 583213


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$359,000 - $395,000


Steve Edmund 0419 396 976



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Sparkling seaside living THE interior of this stunning townhouse simply sparkles, with an open-plan living zone designed to maximise the natural light. This ultimate luxury weekend retreat has a treeframed view of the bay from the second floor and is an easy stroll to the beach and McCrae Plaza. The property combines the highest quality with a host of luxury inclusions ranging from the granite and stainless-steel kitchen to video intercom security gate and ducted vacuum system. Two of the three bedrooms are downstairs along with a bathroom and living area. Upstairs you can enjoy the open-plan living and dining zone with high ceilings that, blended with a neutral colour scheme, create an extremely comfortable interior with an entertaining balcony a few steps away. The master bedroom has a large walk-in robe and ensuite. Other features include gas ducted heating, individually controlled reverse-cycle air-conditioning in most rooms, and double remote lock-up garage.

Address: 3/45 The Avenue, McCRAE Price: $675,000 Agency: Stockdale & Leggo, 193 Point Nepean Road, Dromana, 5987 3233 Agent: Anthony McDermott, 0403 161 125







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12 Yarrayne Street

$300,000 – $330,000


12 Prentice Avenue

$310,000 - $340,000


62 Seventh Avenue

$280,000 – $310,000

AFFORDABLE INVESTMENT WITH BAY VIEWS This cute 2 bedroom beach shack which is situated high with potential bay views is one of the most affordable investment properties in Rye. The property has an open plan living layout, large deck area and is currently tenanted till 27/3/2012 at $225.00 p/w.

AFFORDABLE INVESTMENT This 3 bedroom BV home is located within an easy stroll to Rye Beach and Shopping Village. Positioned on a large 816m2 block this property has plenty of room to move. Features include a separate lounge room and a separate kitchen which overlooks a separate meals area. The property is currently tenanted at $200 p/w till 30/9/2012.

200 METRES TO ROSEBUD BEACH AND SHOPS Currently tenanted at $210.00 p/w. If your a believer that position is everything in real estate then this wont disappoint. Located right behind the Rosebud Pub this property is in need of some work but at this price what would you expect. The property features separate lounge with gas heating and hard wood floors.

Paul Basso 5981 1200

Paul Basso 5981 1200

Paul Basso 5981 1200


$320,000 – $350,000


$300,000 – $330,000


$330,000 – $360,000

73 First Avenue

23 Deighton Drive

144 Melbourne Road

CLOSE TO EVERYTHING ROSEBUD HAS TO OFFER Currently tenanted at $245.00 p/w till 11/2/2012. This partly renovated 2 bedroom beach house is located in the heart of Rosebud and is within an easy stroll to the Rosebud Shops and Beach. The home features include: separate lounge with gas heating, renovated kitchen with dishwasher and S/S appliances.

LOCATED CLOSE TO EVERYTHING Currently tenanted at $165.00 p/w with possible rent increase to $240.00 p/w. This well maintained and presented 2 bedroom home is currently tenanted to a great long term tenant who would love to sign a new lease and continue to call this property home. This property features a good sized lounge with split system heating and cooling.

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT This fantastic Western Red Cedar home is ideally suited for permanent, holiday or as an investment with a projected rental return of $280 - $310 p/w. The property is situated only minutes from the beach, shops, wineries & world class Golf Courses. Comprising of 3 bedrooms all with BIR, lounge with exposed beams.

Paul Basso 5981 1200

Paul Basso 5981 1200

Ryan Duetrom 0406 426 766

ROSEBUD WEST 46 Florence Avenue

$320,000 - $350,000

ROSEBUD WEST 18 Johnson Street

$350,000 – $385,000


13 The Avenue

$450,000 - $495,000

THE PERFECT WEEKENDER This homes withing walking distance to the Bay, Rosebud West shopping village is ideal for the first home buyer/holiday home or investor, comprising of 2 bedrooms, kitchen with electric & wood fired stove, cosy lounge with gas furnace, central bathroom with seperate toilet/laundry combined, screened deck in front ideal for entertaining.

RENOVATORS DELIGHT Only walking distance from Capel foreshore/shops, Rosebud plaza, hospital & schools, this block with timber cottage set on 588sqm of land would be suited for renovator or developer, possible 2 unit site STCA or renovate & extend - the choice is yours. Comprising of cosy lounge with warm gas heater and kitchen with meals area.

REBUILT & A STONES THROW TO THE BEACH This fully rebuilt home from the foundations up is in a prime location & within an easy walking distance to the Bay & Rosebud West Shopping Village. This property features: 3 large bedrooms all with built in robes - master with ensuite, modern kitchen with s/s appliances, open plan living with polished floor boards.

Ryan Duetrom 0406 426 766

Ryan Deutrom 0406 426 766

Ryan Deutrom 0406 426 766

Rental Listings


8 Phillip Street

$450,000 – $495,000


2/61 Kangerong Avenue

$185,000 – $205,000

EASY WALK TO MCCRAE SHOPS AND BEACH This perfectly positioned, perfectly presented western red cedar property is situated only 1 street back from the beach and within an easy walk to McCrae Shopping Centre. The property boasts: 3 bedrooms, large open plan living area with open fire place and gas heating, high vaulted pine lined ceilings.

CLOSE TO EVERYTHING DROMANA HAS TO OFFER This ground floor flat is currently rented at $200pw till 1/3/2012. Located within an easy stroll to Dromana Beach and shops this flat has it all. Location, location and price! Features include open plan living, 2 bedrooms and combined bathroom / toilet / laundry. Just perfect for a rental investment property or holiday getaway.

Paul Basso 5981 1200

Paul Basso 5981 1200

Rosebud West 1649 Pt Nepean Road

5981 1200

3/61 Kangerong Avenue, Dromana 2 Bed, 1 Bath, 1 Car 64 Back Beach Rd, Portsea 2 Bed, 1 Bath 4 Cain Street, Rosebud 3 Bed, 1 Bath, DLUG 4 Foam Street, Rosebud 3 Bed, 1 Bath 1/13 Hygeia Street, Rye 3 Bed, 1 Bath, 1 Car 1/62 Field Street, Rye 2 Bed, 1 Bath, 1 Car 4 Driftwood Avenue, Rye 3 Bed, 1 Bath, 1 Car 13 Dundas Street, Rye 3 Bed, 2 Bath 38 Keith Street, Tootgarook 2 Bed, 1 Bath, 1 Car 66 Morris Street, Tootgarook 3 Bed, 2 Bath, 1 Car

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Christmas/New Year best wishes from all the staff layout 1/70 Warranilla Avenue Rosebud 42

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LARGE VILLA CLOSE TO SHOPS & BEACH Just a leisurely stroll to the sand, services and Rosebud Plaza shops, this 8 year old, large 2 bedroom villa unit is heaven for the retired couples or singles. Complete with a flickering gas log fire, a large sun drenched courtyard and a garage, the home provides all the comforts of a full-size home without the timeconsuming maintenance. This villa unit also comes with the rare option of buying a second luxury 3 bedroom home at the rear making the pair ideal for extended families who want their elderly parents nearby or to house semidependent family. For the more traditionalist, the front villa offers timeless design and decor including a large open plan living and dining area opening to the entertaining courtyard, a hostess kitchen with stainless steel appliances, while 2 large bedrooms have built-in robes and a light-filled bathroom with large open ended shower. Also features a spacious laundry/utility room, reverse cycle aircon and internal access to the garage.

Auction Saturday 11th February 2012 at 11.00am Price Guide $370,000 - $420,000 Inspect Wednesday & Saturday 11-11.30am Contact Amanda Kaye 0408 888 607

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STYLISH VILLA UNIT Just a pleasant stroll to popular Rosebud town centre and the beach, this stylish compact 8 y/o home is your own private oasis in the heart of the southern peninsula. Heavenly for the active retiree, young family or as a low maintenance beach escape away from busy suburbia, the 3 bedroom home offers unique style and fabulous entertaining space as well as the option of also buying a neighbouring 2 bedroom villa that is perfect for housing extended family or elderly parents. Featuring an indulgent alfresco undercover entertaining area complemented by a stand of colourful Japanese maples and designer water feature, the home looks superb with polished concrete floors, bold splashes of contemporary colour, open plan living and dining, a sleek modern kitchen, in-floor heating, a gas log fire, evaporative cooling and a remote double garage. The neighbouring villa is styled for more traditional furnishing and features a gas fireplace, large outdoor entertaining courtyard and a garage. Auction Saturday 11th February 2012 at 11.00am Price Guide $420,000 - $460,000

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Wednesday & Saturday 11-11.30am


Amanda Kaye 0408 888 607

28 Samuel Street Blairgowrie

1/6, 4 Nelson Street Rye



The home itself is nothing special. Its a classic old clad 2 bedroom holiday home that can still be used but will probably make way for someones dream home. The block on the other hand is fantastic. Its a corner block of approx 884 m2, lightly elevated with the bonus of an onsite van for extra accommodation. Now best of all, the location. Only a couple of minutes stroll to Koonya Ocean Beach, literally on the Sorrento border with both the Blairgowrie and Sorrento Villages just down the road and situated in a super quiet extremely private cul-de-sac. Properties this well located and priced to sell are extremely rare. Our vendors have made the decision to sell and invite your inspection

A rare opportunity to make the much sought after sea change and secure your future at the same time. This unique property offers an extremely comfortable owners residence and 5 beautifully appointed 2 bedroom holiday apartments, or 6 high quality permanent rentals. The choice is yours. Situated in the heart of Rye Central directly behind the Main Street and beach with the popular R.S.L across the road and bowls club a couple of hundred metres away. The main residence offers full family accommodation with 4 bedrooms, lovely big living room, well-appointed kitchen and quality facilities and fittings. Each unit has 2 good sized bedrooms, large open lounge, very pretty kitchen and quality bathroom. The units are fully furnished and present beautifully. Set in an immaculate garden setting with front and rear access, carports for all units, fully paved and extremely low maintenance. Best of all each unit is on a separate title. 6 properties, 6 titles right in the centre of town. Nothing compares in the value for money stakes. To be sold in its entirety on a walk in/walk out basis.

Auction Inspect Agent

Price Inspect Agent

Saturday 18th February at 1.00pm By appointment Phil & Diane Key 0418 516 470

For Sale By Expressions of Interest By appointment Diane Key 0419324515

100 Brights Drive Rye

71 Avon Road Rye



Cleverly designed to incorporate a unique twin bathing box facade this delightful modern weatherboard home truly represents beachside living at its very best. Sited on a pretty elevated corner block there are relaxing views to Arthurs Seat from the private rear yard. The home itself is in pristine condition and presents beautifully. There are 3/4 family bedrooms, the master being huge and fully fitted with WIR and full ensuite facilities. A fantastic open plan kitchen more than adequately services the vast living room that lends itself to family fun and holiday bliss. There is a second living room that can be closed off and used as a kids retreat or bunk house. A main bathroom, well fitted laundry, large front and rear decks and plenty of off street parking finish off the package. DĂŠcor is modern and includes highly polished timber floors, tasteful colour tonings and floor coverings. Ducted heating, gas log fire and split system A/C installed. Definitely a home to impress

AN absolute delight in every respect, this home has spectacular far reaching rural vistas as far as the eye can see. On a secluded block of approx. 1340 square metres the home exudes character with lofted ceilings in the main living area and a timber deck with verandah is a few steps away. A gorgeous kitchen with a picture window view has an adjacent slate tiled, family dining area. The home has four bedrooms with a large main bedroom also having views and an ensuite. Internal comforts include ducted heating, evaporative cooling and ducted vacuum system and all fixtures and fittings are in excellent condition. The gardens are a real feature and are well tended by bore water and a 40,000 litre water tank. The home has mains water. There is a large paved area in front of the double garage which includes extra storage space and work benches.

Price Inspect Agent

Price Inspect Agent

$435,000 - $460,000 By appointment Alana Balog 0412 536 624, Phil Key 0418 516 470.

$575,000 - $625,000 By appointment Glenn Key & Phil Key 0418 516 470

30 Bienies Crescent Tootgarook

6 Kevin Street Tootgarook



Oh so nice to come home to. For the buyer seeking a home with a touch of character, an individual charm and an affordable price tab. By no means large it is a home that just feels good. A full width verandah leads through to a good sized lounge with gas pot belly stove. There are 2 bedrooms, a combined bathroom laundry and a pretty kitchen. The decor is crisp and attracts natural light. There is a carport and garden shed. A deck one side and another at the rear gives the landscaped gardens that extra touch, In a quiet family friendly area this home is priced to please.

With an area of approx 915sqm, 2 street frontages and only 170 metres to the beach this has to be the most divine block to build your new home. Level with a pretty selection of established trees you can build your dream home and enjoy the idyllic sea change the Mornington Peninsula has to offer. With a long frontage to Maine St you can take full advantage of the Northerly aspect for your home and have plenty of room to store a boat or van with the possibility of a secondary access point off Kevin St. Having been held by its current owners for decades the decision to sell was not made lightly. To see the new owners enjoy the property as much as the current owners family has will be the ultimate outcome. If you seek the best, your search is at an end.

Price Inspect Agent

Price Inspect Agent

$295,000 - $325,000 By appointment Alana Balog 0412 536 624

5985 6555

$400,000 - $440,000 By appointment Phil Key 0418 516 470

2397 Point Nepean Road, Rye VIC 3941

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$469,500 NEG

RUSTIC DELIGHTS RURAL BLISS - A RARE APPROX. 1 ACRE FIND IN MOOROODUC This serene 1 ACRE property in Moorooduc is surrounded by large acreage holdings giving you the relaxed feeling of rural living yet still so central to all that the Peninsula lifestyle offers. The tastefully renovated & rendered BV home provides a beautifully rustic outlook & offers 3 spacious bedrooms with BIR’s, a stylish central bathroom, a huge kitchen with feature redwood bench & 900mm S/S oven, an adjacent meals area, large open-plan living areas, a huge rumpus room & expansive decking taking in scenic views from every angle. A wonderful family home with extensive shedding, carports, storage space & a double garage renovated to include a sound proof music room.

Inspect Sat 2- 2.30pm or by appointment

151 Males Road


$470,000 - $510,000

PALM COVE – If a sea change is what you are after than this 3 bedroom BV property is just for you. With its own street frontage this well presented villa is more like a home & only 200m from the sandy shores of beautiful Dromana beach & approximately 500m to cafes & shopping. Boasting 3 large bedrooms, ensuite effect to master & WIR, spacious lounge, deluxe granite topped kitchen with S/S apps, adjacent meals area leading out to a large secure & private rear garden. Also including auto SLUG, high ceilings, ducted heating & cooling & much more.

16 Williams Road


$650,000 NEG

Beautiful gardens & a big 991m2 court lot in the Lakeside Estate provide a most attractive setting for this stylish brick veneer home. Offering 3 large bedrooms plus study (FES & WIR), formal lounge & dining rooms with vaulted ceilings & open fireplace, a light filled central kitchen with meals area, a large family room to the rear looking out over the huge yard and double auto garage & shed.

ROOM TO SPREAD OUT IN SUMMERFIELD! With dual street access to the huge 1091 M2 court lot, this spacious 20 square BV home you can just move into and enjoy! Comprising 4 bedrooms (master with FES/WIR), formal lounge & dining rooms, a stylish central kitchen, a huge tiled living room, double auto garage, ducted heating & s/system r/cycle air conditioner. With a massive rear & side yard for boat/caravan storage & room for a serious workshop.



$570,000 - $620,000

ROOM FOR THE TOYS AND ROOMS FOR THE BOYS! Room for all on this big 1112M2 corner Lot with a charming approx 21 square bull nose BV Home plus an 8X8 carport plus a powered 10X6M garage in a separate enclosed yard. With 4 Bedrooms plus study/dining [FES/WIR to Master], a stylish kitchen with s/s appliances, a tiled family/ meals area,& 2 spacious & separated living areas which might suit dual living. Including ducted heating & air conditioner, a 7X4M hot house, water tank, spa bath, dishwasher & a large covered pergola.

20 Moorhead Ave


NEG. OVER $630,000

A superb 1211m2 court lot is an ideal setting for this big living BV home featuring a West Australian Limestone facade, polished timber flooring and a 7x7m deck overlooking the solar heated I.G. pool. 4 bedrooms plus study (master with FES (spa)/WIR), formal entry & spacious lounge, kitchen with s/steel appliances & walk-in pantry, dining room, large family room, separate rumpus room & double auto garage with internal access. Including ducted heating & evaporative cooling.

NEG OVER $830,000


Inspect Sat 12- 12.30pm or by appointment

$320,000 - $340,000


It’s an easy stroll to Fisherman’s Beach from this well presented & It doesn’t get better than sitting at the waters edge, taking in the water spacious 2 Bedroom BV Villa, with L.U. Garage & roomy rear courtyard. views,yet to be within a comfortable walking distance of Mornington ideal for Retirees, with all gas facilities, separate laundry, sun blinds & being the front Villa in this small group. Village! This prime lot of approx.602m@ has a comfortable 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home with L.U. garage in place, suitable for permanent or holiday living or for rental. A wonderful site for a new luxury home.

Inspect by appointment 1/4-10 Napier Street


$449,000 NEG


Inspect by appointment 7/21 Lucerne Avenue

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Inspect Wed/Sat 3-3.30pm or by appointment

$640,000 - $670,000


If you are looking to downsize size but not space than this well presented villa could be prefect. Offering large living compared to most other villas you will be impressed by the privacy & space that is offered. With large lounge looking out to lovely rear yard, spacious kitchen & adjacent meals area, large master has WIR & dual entry bathroom. Outside, there is a huge Stratco undercover entertaining area with café blinds & single garage. Also including ducted heating & refrigerated cooling. An inspection is a must.

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Inspect Sat 11- 11.30pm or by appointment


Inspect Sat.12-12.30pm or by appointment 4 Cottage Place


Inspect Sat 1-1.30pm or by appointment 708 Esplanade

9 Moonrise Place

17 Baystone Court



Inspect Sat 4-4.30pm or by appointment 6 Billabong Close


$567,500 NEG

Set in park like surrounds this most charming BV home is sure to tantalise your taste buds, with a unique rural feel only 5 minutes walk to Bentons Square & public transport. The home offers 3 spacious bedrooms, master with FENS & WIR, large formal lounge/dining room, central timber kitchen with dishwasher & adjacent meals area, ducted heating & cooling, alarm system, spacious family room leading out to the huge undercover paved entertaining area & large private & secure rear yard with garden shed.

Paradise awaits in this chic townhouse, secure in a gated community & ideally located only a short stroll from Main Street & beautiful Mills beach. This private 3 bedroom residence offers 2 master suites upstairs each with ensuite & WIR, & a third bedroom downstairs , bright open-plan living/ dining, a deluxe granite kitchen with s/s appliances, high ceilings, s/s r/c a/ cond’s., internal entry to an auto LU garage plus an extra LU carport. Enjoy the sensational alfresco area surrounded by lush tropical gardens & café blinds for entertaining all year round.

Inspect Sat 2-2.30pm or by appointment 3/47 Tanti Avenue

Inspect Wed & Sat 11-11.30am or by appt.

Shop 2, 188-194 Main St Mornington


$350,000 - $380,000 Budget Buyers Special! Nestled behind a wall of trees on a generous 658m2 lot, this appealing BV home represents a great opportunity for 1st homebuyers & investors. With 3 bedrooms (W.I.Robe to master), L-shaped lounge/dining, sunny central kitchen, spacious family room, double carport, shed & 7x4 laserlite/paved entertaining area. Gas heating, air conditioner, dishwasher & solar HWS An easy cosmetic improver in a good area!

27 Exford Drive


Inspect by appointment

$535,000 - $555,000 A Huge Shed, Double Garage & a Delightful Home! On a big 763m2 corner lot close to Civic Bowls & Croquet in the Lakeside Estate, this spotless & spacious BV home comprises 3 generous bedrooms (FES/WIR to Master), 2 large & separated living areas, a large quality kitchen with as-new appliances, meals area, a large covered/paved entertaining area with on-line gas brick BBQ & a delightful Balinese Hut. The double auto brick garage joins onto a huge 10x7 M powered colorbond shed which includes a workbench, shelving, a toilet, & a 4x3M office with water & gas available.

41 Parkside Cres


Inspect Sat 12-12.30pm or by appointment

$690,000 - $730,000 Your Own Family Estate In Summerfields!





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Secluded behind high fencing with beautiful trees & gardens on a huge 1374M2 Lot, this large stylish BV residence offers a family lifestyle with space & privacy. With 5 Bedrooms plus study (huge master suite with FES (corner spa)/WIR & parents retreat, 2 other bedrooms with WIRs),formal lounge, dining alcove, central kitchen with s/steel appliances & w.i.pantry, tiled family room,a big separate rumpus/home theatre, and a triple auto garage with internal access & rear r/door. Including security system, 9 ceilings, ducted heating & evaporative cooling, gas log fire with mantle, fountain, alfresco deck with cafe blinds.

36 Summerfield Drive


Inspect Sat 3-3.30pm or by appointment

$340,000 - $360,000 BEACHSIDE VILLA - TO LIVE OR TO INVEST! This stand-alone front villa is ideally positioned close to the beach & buses, and is available with vacant possession or with an excellent long term tenant in place. Comprising of 2 bedrooms (2-way bathroom/ WIR to master), a bright & spacious lounge, attractive kitchen with adjacent meals area, a separate laundry & single brick garage. Well presented & very well placed!

3/11-13 Johns Road


Inspect by appointment

$472,250 - $516,250 New BV Villas - Space & Luxury! Note :green island avenue will be a bitumenized road with a footpath to dunns rd. By approx. Mid 2012 - at no cost to villa owners. Near Bentons Square - with granite tops to kitchen & bathrooms, ASKO S/Steel appliances, & zoned ducted heating & cooling. Unit 1 3 Bed FES/WIR 14.0sq Living D/G $499,500 Unit 2 3 Bed FES/WIR 13.0sq Living D/G $472,250 Unit 3 3 Bed FES/WIR 13.0sq Living D/G $472,250 Unit 8 3 Bed FES/WIR 14.3sq Living D/G $481,750 Unit 10 3 Bed FES/WIR 15.8sq Living D/G $516,250

57 Green Island Ave


Inspect Wed/Sat 1-1.30pm or by appointment

NEG OVER $495,000 A PERFECT FIT FOR THE FAMILY! Secure behind a high brick fence on a generous 560m2 lot, this delightful BV home offers 3 bedrooms plus study, (master with FENS/WIR), a spacious lounge & dining room, a lovely central timber kitchen with S/S appliances & an adjoining meals area,a huge open living room leading out to the sensational undercover entertaining area & an auto double garage. Gas d/heating, evaporative cooling, high ceilings, a large private rear yard & a garden shed complete this charming package. Easy access to Bentons Square shopping ,buses & parks.

84 Harrap Rd

Inspect by appointment

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TIO N AU C MOUNT MARTHA Unit 4/2-4 Mirang Avenue


MOUNT MARTHA 4 Temple Court









Contact: Chris Wilson 0417 147 307






Contact: Chris Wilson 0417 147 307









Contact: Contact: Chris Chris Wilson Wilson 0417 0417 147 147 307 307








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Contact: Contact: Chris Chris Wilson Wilson 0417 0417 147 147 307 307



5976 8000

ROSEBUD 126 Rosebud Foreshore $79,000 - $85,000

MOUNT ELIZA 95 ShoƩon Road

NegoƟable Over $2.6 million

A Once In A lifeƟme AcquisiƟon - 16 Glorious Acres! Without quesƟon this is the most signiĮcant land holding to become available in Mt Eliza in years. Set on an incredible 16 acres, approx, with a second frontage to Grant Road, this magniĮcent property is one of the largest remaining acreages in the area and harks back to a Ɵme when Mt Eliza was a sleepy bush retreat and livestock roamed the Įelds. Stunning from every angle, the 4-bedroom homestead is superb and has been meƟculously built from reclaimed materials from hand-cleaned bricks to Oregon and BalƟc pine Ɵmber through to cedar windows and doors. Designed ahead of its Ɵme, every room extends to the wrap-around verandah with north-facing living areas, a glorious family living and dining room Ňowing to a terrace and alfresco pavilion, a brilliant rumpus room that cleverly links to a 4-car garage to create a huge party room; and formal recepƟon rooms. The kitchen is a feature with its Oregon Ɵmberwork, as is the main bathroom with its freestanding bath and separate shower. The main bedroom has a spa ensuite, and there’s a large study. The property has been uƟlized for livestock and features 2 large fenced paddocks each with holding yards and the large shed is designed to be uƟlized as a stable block, if so desired. Certainly, this is a rare opportunity to acquire one of Mt Eliza’s most signiĮcant properƟes. Contact: Contact: Chris Chris Wilson Wilson 0417 0417 147 147 307 307

1/10 Main St. Mornington VIC 3931

Contact: Chris Wilson 0417 147 307

Private Sale Inspect:

Saturdays 4.30-5.00pm




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For Sale

9 Alfred Street, Mornington Spacious Sanctuary in Prime Position

For Sale

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This gorgeous two storey townhouse has been WDVWHIXOO\GHFRUDWHGZLWKTXDOLW\Ă&#x20AC;[WXUHVDQGĂ&#x20AC;WWLQJV$SSUR[VTXDUHLQVL]HZLWKPDVWHU bedroom, ensuite and walk in robes on the ground level that leads into a open plan style livLQJDUHDVSLOOLQJRXWLQWRDOIUHVFRRXWGRRU entertaining area. Gourmet kitchen with granite EHQFKWRSVSRUFHODLQWLOHV,QWHUQDODFFHVVIURP the double lock up garage.Separate laundry and SRZGHUURRP7RSOHYHOGRXEOHEHGURRPV separate living/ study area, main bathroom and spa.

Price: $890,000 -$950,000

Price: On Application

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19 Dorset Road, Mount Martha Fabulous Family Home

For Sale

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Price: $695,000 - $740,000


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Price: On Application

For Sale

1/16-14 Lucerne Avenue, Mornington Gorgeous Beachside Townhouse


For Sale

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For Sale – Mornington

For Sale – Mornington

For Sale – Sorrento



For Lease – Mornington

Three Amazing OpportuniƟes

NAB As Co-Tenants

This is A Bargain

Darriwill Farm

Perfectly posiƟoned in new Industrial Park in Satu Way behind BMW, these as new factories are available for the investor or owner occupier.

A brand new oĸce suite on the 2nd storey of the new NAB Commercial Centre at 28 Main St is available for lease. Area includes a recepƟon area, two oĸces, new kitchen, bathroom and shower, or use one oĸce as bedroom and move in.

Body Essence of Mornington covers all aspects of beauty from tanning and waxing to skin rejuvenaƟon and detoxing. This business boasts privacy for its clientele with its upstairs locaƟon and easy parking. Set up cost well in excess of the asking price.

Darriwill Farm specialises in unique and exclusive gourmet food, giŌware and bouƟque wines. The world’s Įnest produce and wines are sourced direct from the farm gate, making Darriwill Farm a favourite desƟnaƟon for lovers of the best things life oīers. This is a rare opportunity in the heart of Sorrento.

Lease Price: $2,816 PCM+GST+OG Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454

Sale Price: $89,000 + SAV Contact: Tanya Scagliarini 0438 289 859

Sale Price: $239,000 + SAV Contact: Gary Ralph 0418 535 503

Factory 1: 280sqm( tenanted) - $375,000 Factory 2: 280sqm (vacant possession) - $375,000 Factory 3: 2factories on one Ɵtle. One at 90sqm/ one at 400sqm - $595,000

First Time Oīered - Don’t Hesitate Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454

For Sale – Tootgarook

For Sale – Rosebud West



For Sale – Mount Martha


For Sale – Mornington




BARGAIN! - Cafe / Restaurant

No OpposiƟon

Ladies BouƟque

Hair GeneraƟon

This long-established business is well-set up and ready for a new owner to just walk in and keep trading. The shop area is 150sqm with seaƟng for 70 inside and 25 outside. There are two on-site car parks. The rent is $427pw + OGS. Current owners are moving to other business interests and are very moƟvated to sell.

This very busy stand-alone milk bar / mixed business has been servicing local Tootgarook and surrounding areas for well over 40 years. Current owner has this business running like clockwork and is ready to move on. Great lease terms, cheap rent and huge takings. Owner willing to trial

One of the peninsulas best known ladies bouƟques trades 5 ½ days per week and providing strong takings this business has many pluses including locaƟon, aīordable rent and a well-established clientele. Not to be missed.

Touted as Mornington’s Įrst ever hairdressing salon, Hair GeneraƟon has a long established client base featuring 10 cuƫng staƟons and room for beauty. Staī willing to stay on with new operator, desirable rent. Rare opportunity, not to be missed.

Sale Price: $149,000 + SAV Contact: Gary Ralph 0418 535 503

Sale Price: $225,000 + SAV Contact: Russell Murphy 0407 839 184

Sale Price: $89,000 + SAV Contact: Tanya Scagliarini 0438 289 859

Sale Price: $75,000 + SAV Contact: Tanya Scagliarini 0438 289 859

For Sale – Mornington

For Sale – Dromana

For Sale – Rosebud


For Sale – Seaford

Industrial Takeaway

This thriving business in a prime locaƟon trades 5 days per week and shows excellent takings with huge proĮts. Great family business with cheap rent.

Price On ApplicaƟon Contact: Tanya Scagliarini 0438 289 859

For Sale – Rosebud

Wendy’s Bargain

Brand New In Dromana

This fully managed, perfectly posiƟoned business in Mornington is now on the market. This business is conƟnuing its growth and being straight opposite a busy supermarket in this vibrant centre, its building quickly. Cheap rent, long lease and excellent proĮt makes this a must buy.

Big, bold and brand new is this soon to be constructed retail space Great opportunity to secure this unique café/provedore located of approx 145sqm.Ideally suited to investors or owner operators in directly opposite the beach on Pt Nepean Rd. This licenced café the hospitality, retail or corporate sectors. enjoys strong, regular clientele, solid takings, great lease terms and the opportunity to further improve. This business is extremely well priced to sell as vendors are moving on to other ventures.

Calling All Foodies

Sale Price $120,000 + SAV Contact: Gary Ralph 0418 535 503

Sale Price: $530,000 Contact: Russell Murphy 0407 839 184

Sale Price $95,000 + SAV Contact Russell Murphy 0407 839 184

For Sale – Mount Martha


Urgent Sale - Vendor Must Sell

Great LocaƟon - Opposite Beach

Backpackers Mornington

Freehold Factory/Oĸce Space

The well known Lemongrass Restaurant must be sold. With extensive Įt out and liquor license, this business represents great value with plenty of scope for further growth.

The iconic Mt Martha milkbar/ café is on the market. Undoubtedly one of the best posiƟons in Mount Martha, this business boasts strong consistent takings with excellent lease terms and condiƟons, is easy to run, and has excellent staī. Secure now and reap the rewards of the summer trade!!

We are seeking an owner operator to run a soon to be constructed Backpacker AccommodaƟon with licensed bar in the heart of Mornington retail strip. Serious operator with proven experience required.

This well maintained factory with separate oĸce space has a show case entrance that would complement any business. With 100sq meters of oĸce space and 150 sq meters of factory, this property is situated behind Bunnings in the industrial area of Rosebud. InspecƟon a must.

Sale Price: $85,000 WIWO

Sale Price: $250,000 + SAV

Contact: Russell Murphy 0407 839 184

Contact: Tanya Scagliarini 0438 289 859

Contact: Kevin Wright 0417 564 454

For Sale – Rosebud

Sale Price $450,000 Contact Russell Murphy 0407 839 184

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Nothing fishy here TOURING along Point Nepean Road, it would be hard not to notice the iconic Fed-Up Fish Cafe sign. This long-established business is well set-up and ready for a new owner to walk in and start trading. The cafe area is 150 square metres with seating for 70 inside and 25 outside. There are two on-site car parks. The rent is $427 per week plus outgoings. The owners are moving to other business interests and are very motivated to sell. Cafe and takeaway, ROSEBUD WEST Price: $149,000 + sav Agency: Kevin Wright Real Estate, 72 Main Street, Mornington, 5977 2255 Agent: Gary Russell, 0418 535 503

Get your just desserts I SCREAM, you scream, we all scream for ice-cream. Positioned outside a major supermarket in a vibrant shopping centre, this well-known and popular franchise business shows strong growth. It serves ice-cream, smoothies, shakes and other food lines.

Ice-cream franchise, MORNINGTON Price: $120,000 + sav Agency: Kevin Wright Real Estate, 72 Main Street, Mornington, 5977 2255 Agent: Kevin Wright, 0417 564 454

Landmark hospitality venue The Atrium THE Atrium is one of the Mornington Peninsula’s largest and bestknown restaurant and function centres. It overlooks the fairways and tennis courts of Mt Martha Valley Country Club. The Atrium offers sports and casual bar areas, an 80-seat restaurant and a function room with individual seating for 400 (220 with tables). There is also a large outdoor patio and the building’s signature atrium reception area. This highly flexible complex also features a three-bedroom manager’s residence and parking for 85 cars. Now catering for wedding receptions and conferences, casual family dining and a local clientele drawn from the surrounding housing development and from further afield, this is a great chance to step into a successful and well-established business. There is also potential to use the premises for a private golf, football or other sporting club venture offering administration, accommodation, offices, medical centre, gaming venue, church, nightclub or hotel. There are two fully operational commercial kitchens, which allow for multiple events to be catered for at one time, two walk-in coolrooms, a walk-in freezer and chef’s office. With the new Peninsula Link freeway set to cut travel times to and from the city, and continued new housing development around the nearby marina, this is a great time to invest in this remarkable seaside business opportunity. To be sold on a walk-in walk-out basis. Address: 10 Country Club Drive, SAFETY BEACH Auction: Saturday 11 February at 2pm Agency: Stockdale & Leggo, 193 Point Nepean Road, Dromana, 5987 3233 Agent: John Sanderson, 5987 3233

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THIS long-established auto electrical repairer offers a wide range of services including starter motor and alternator changeover, discount batteries, ozone safe air-conditioning servicing, and truck, trailer and marine repairs. The business is also the only licensed Interlock installer in the area. The business operates from a large workshop with one hoist and an area for display or office use.

THIS wonderfully presented shop is well positioned in an award-winning shopping complex. With all modern refrigeration, the business has plenty of preparation area and at the rear there is ample space for the 10-tonne truck that goes to market, and the forklift. The business operates with two staff on cash registers, two staff on the floor and one at the rear. The vendor offers a trial at $30,000 per week.

Auto electrics, SEAFORD Price: $120,000 + sav Agency: Latessa Business Sales 50 Playne St, Frankston, 9781 1588 Agent: Tony Latessa, 0412 525 151

Fruit, vegies and fine foods, MORNINGTON Price: $422,000 + sav Agency: Latessa Business Sales 50 Playne St, Frankston Agent: Graeme Haddock, 9781 1588

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Niche market selling whole & organic foods inc. fruit & vegies, supplements etc. Seating for 12 in/6 out. Main road, well known,passing trade. 5 ½ days. New lease neg.

Telecommunications & electronics, computing & entertainment, Optus mobile & broadband contracts. 24/7 security system, 5 ½ days. Main street location

Large, corner position, with large windows overlooking attractive courtyard. Seats 36 in & 15 outside. Commercial kitchen. Trains young adults with special needs. 6 days.

Well presented, large modern shop with courtyard. Seating for 15, has smoking area under cover. Only 5 days 6am to 3pm. Long lease options.

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Services one main customer every Residential & commercial, also does property maintenance. day of the year, vendor works 28 Major contracts in place. hrs pw, 3 sub-contractors. Stock Owner works app.15hpw, subinc. Plenty of potential for more contractors available. Mostly on work. Vendor retiring. Peninsula, Bus.Award winner. $79,000 NOW $79,500 + sav






600 clients. Works Tuesday to Thursday. Taking $70,361 pa WB 3URÂżWDSSUR[ Great part-time business. Huge potential. $90,000

Indian/Pakistani cuisine, dine in / takeaway. Seats 20 in/10 out. Easy to run with 2 staff. Well equipped kitchen with W.I coolroom. Potential to increase T/O with more opening hours.


Major account of 8yrs + many stores, makes security lanyards. Machinery in excellent condition, straightening & cutting machine, 6 stamping machines, wire cutting machine, 6 presses.

Written contract with large co-ed college.12 casual staff. Early am & pm work, 5 days pw. Est 30+ years. Inc. stock Husband retired, must sell & move on. $105,000

Attractive shop in commercial/retail food court of large complex. Excellent, expensive equipment. Pizza, pasta, chips, salads & Chinese food etc.

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11.30am to 4pm daily, pick up at Moorabbin, deliveries take 4 hours. Refrigerated van with racking. One of approx 90 franchises in Vic. Two separate NE rounds available.

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Good location near food court In the heart of beautiful San Well set up factory close to many in busy S/C. Well equipped & car yards, some of which are major Remo. Main road with good bay views, seats 30 in/16 out. Rear very well presented. Good cash clients. Always busy, bookings Ă&#x20AC;RZVKRZLQJJRRGWXUQRYHU courtyard, front eatery section essential, prices range from $25 to DQGSURÂżWÂżJXUHV6HDWVLQ with well laid out kitchen, staff $280. Short hours â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5 days 8am cafe section. SDUNLQJ3URÂżWDEOH to 4pm.

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5 days 6am to 3pm. Est 40 yrs, well known, compact shop in busy area. Trial on $7200 pw. Long lease. Plenty of parking.

Dine in & takeaway. Only one in S/Centre. Very clean, great kitchen, fantastic equipment. Seats 36 inside & outside. Can change usage with landlord approval

Small shop in corner position. Has coolroom. Large factory development nearby will LQFUHDVHĂ&#x20AC;RZ HUGE POTENTIAL! ONLY 5 DAYS!

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8 washers, 7 dryers. Also offers washing, ironing service and dry cleaning agent. Corner position offers great exposure, free parking at rear. Summer very busy, peaks in January.


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In-demand product base, well established client base, plenty of room for extra growth. Includes imported sealant range, has Australasian distribution rights. W/sale to h/ware stores.

3 large prime movers, 5 refrigerated trailers, 1 Mazda truck, 2 forklifts. Mainly local work, some interstate. 2 large coolrooms, Written contract & standing orders.

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Long established with long ½ acre with 3BR B/V home serving staff. All manner of & brick shop on main road. products from artwork & design 6HOOLQJ¿VKLQJWDFNOHEDLW stage. In house printing, & boat storage, right on in house kiln, digital laser. waterway/main street. &RQ¿GHQWLDOLW\DSSOLHV B:$150,000 + sav

Indian cafÊ/takeaway with 2 )LUHSODFHUHWDLOWREXLOGLQJWUDGH 20 washers, 15 dryers, & public. One man operation will commercial ironing equipment. storey 4 bdm unit within walking suit tradesperson. Installers sub- Open 7 days with service offered distance. Well equipped, contracted, could do the lot and well presented business with 5 ½ days. Long lease, great SUR¿WVZLOOVRDU([FHOOHQWORFDWLRQ T/O, Attached residence inc in commercial kitchen & walk-in huge potential. monthly rental. No competition. N coolroom. Seats up to 50.


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Deceased Estate - Must Be Sold! 74 Marine Drive Safety Beach Just under 1000sqm of prime land opposite the beach ready for further development (STCA). The current brick veneer dwelling has been very well maintained and features three bedrooms and a bathroom with combined lounge and dining and separate kitchen. The home has a flat roof, so going upwards is an option and there is plenty of space on the flat block that measures 15m x 65m. Plenty of options here to sub-divide, re-build, go up or extend. t es nv i r yo da i l ho

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Under 350 metres to McCrae beach & shops with a rear Right of Way Access & room for a boat! Well built 2 bedroom unit in a very quiet & private location. Evap cooling & ducted heat, covered paved courtyard & garage all combine to make a great property. Very affordable too!

Develop, Holiday, Live Or Lease? The Choice Is Yours! This substantial block of land with an existing home is positioned very close to the multi-million dollar Martha Cove marina and is a short walk to the beach and public transport. Currently owner occupied this home features two bedrooms, two separate living areas - one of which could be converted into a further two bedrooms and open plan living which opens out onto a substantial balcony overlooking the backyard.

Set in a peaceful and tranquil position on the Dromana hillside is this fantastic corner allotment. From a future double storey home the bay views would be breathtaking. Extremely rare vacant land position in a blue chip location. Whether it be your future home away from home, permanent home or investment retreat this property will appreciate dramatically in time. Truly special. Land size: 664sqm (approx). Call Now!

Located only a short stroll to the beach this stunning modern residence allows you to relax & entertain your family & friends with bay glimpses from this 1/4 acre, private garden oasis. This contemporary home boasts a remarkable open plan indoor/ outdoor living space, complete with a glorious entertainment deck. The kitchen includes an island bench, European appliances and is filled with natural light. Blue-chip weekender or permanent base.

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If you value peace and privacy, this is the home for you. Situated on approx 625sqm, located only a short stroll to the pristine sands of Safety Beach and only minutes from golf courses, restaurants and the shopping precinct of Dromana, this is a must. This home boasts 3 bedrooms, master with WIR and ensuite, other bedrooms with built in robes, large formal and informal living areas, gas ducted heating, air conditioning, dishwasher and entertaining area.

Designed to capture every degree of a North facing bay view this home features sun-filled living rooms. Deceptively large there are four bedroom, master with ensuite and open plan kitchen, meals and family area. Downstairs is a mulit-purpose room for rumpus or 5th bedroom. This imprressive homes is complete with GDH, garage, additional off-street parking and a fully fenced backyard.

A unique landmark commercial development overlooking the fairways and tennis courts of the Mt Martha Valley Country Club and moments from the Martha Cove Marina, The Atrium is one of the Mornington Peninsulaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest restaurant/function centres with potential to further develop the business or change its use (STCA). Offering sports and casual bar areas, an 80 seat restaurant, function room that can seat 400 or 220 at tables.

With most of the hard work already done with design, plans and permits and the home to fit out stage this is an opportunity not to be missed. This architecturally designed home of approx 40sq boasts 4 bedrooms, 2 ensuites, and family bathroom. views over the marina from the large open plan kitchen & 2 living areas and master bedroom, 2 entertaining decks, private courtyards and much more. Property is to be sold.

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Creek of yuck: Polluted water from Kananook Creek flows into Port Phillip, which forced the closure of the beach. Inset left: Workers repair the broken South East Water sewage pipe at the corner of Heatherhill Rd and Macrosty Court, four kilometres from the beach. Pictures: Jason Richardson

Sewage closes beach at Frankston By Mike Hast and Keith Platt FRANKSTON Beach was closed on Tuesday last week after a raw sewage spill four kilometres from the coast. The council was told late Tuesday by South East Water that a pipe had broken at the corner of Heatherhill Rd and Macrosty Court, pouring sewage into the Beach St stormwater drain and from there into Kananook Creek and into Port Phillip. Neither Kananook Creek Association nor Frankston Beach Association were officially told of the spill. A spokeswoman for South East Water, Beth Richens, told The News sand-

bags had been used to stop the flow of sewage into the drain from a retarding basin in Lee St. Ms Richens said the amount of sewage ending up in the creek had been “minimal, as it was heavily diluted by stormwater”. She said a resident sounded the alarm at about 9.30am on Tuesday “alerting us to an odour”. Maintenance crews had worked all day to fix the break and stop the flow. Mid-afternoon last Wednesday, Ms Richens said the water company was checking water quality in the creek and on the beach, “which takes a day”. “We are working closely with the

EPA [Environment Protection Authority],” Ms Richens said. She did not know how many litres of sewage had escaped into the drain or what had caused the pipe to break. The Frankston Council’s website reported the beach had been closed, but did not say why. “EPA Victoria’s Beach Report bacterial water quality forecast for January 18 is good to fair for all monitored beaches (which includes Seaford), except Frankston Coast Guard and Frankston Life Saving Club which are poor,” the website stated. Late on the Tuesday, council staff erected warning signs on the beach and

used council’s new all-terrain vehicle to travel along the beach and warn people. On Wednesday afternoon, the mayor, Cr Brian Cunial, told The News that the EPA would test water quality between 3-4pm. He said South East Water and the council would also test the water as it was “wise to conduct a couple of tests”. Cr Cunial said he was hopeful “the beach would be reopened soon”. The News understands the council and South East Water were holding a crisis meeting to examine the causes and impacts.

The beach closure was the second in four days. For two hours on the weekend of the city’s showcase Waterfront Festival, the beach was closed under orders from the EPA. The closures are a blow to Frankston’s reputation after it won the 2011 Clean Beach of the Year Award at the Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria Sustainable Cities and Clean Beaches Awards. Frankston also won the 2011 Clean Beaches – Friendly Beach Award for its accessible boardwalks and pier, visitor information centre, playground facilities, public artworks and major events.

Tyabb mooted as third airport By Mike Hast THE idea of a third airport for Melbourne is back on the agenda, and Tyabb airfield is among locations proposed by the Victorian Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry. VECCI chief executive Mark Stone was reported in a weekend newspaper saying Melbourne would need an airport in the southeast to cope with growing demand, traffic congestion, and the expansion of the Port of Hastings. Melbourne Airport at Tullamarine, north of the city, would stay the main airport, and Avalon near Geelong would service the western part of greater Melbourne. Locations in the south-east could include Tooradin, Tyabb and South Gippsland, Mr Stone said. But the owner of Tyabb airfield, Peninsula Aero Club, says it is not interested in the VECCI proposal. The airfield, known as the Mornington Peninsula Airport at Tyabb, is 50 years old this year. Aero club president Peter Bernardi said the club had not been consulted by VECCI. “We’re not interested; there are no facilities and not enough land to expand,” he told The News. “We’re an aero club and we’re doing well; looking forward to our air show on Sunday 4 March

to celebrate our 50th anniversary.” Mr Bernardi said the idea of an airport in the Tooradin area made more sense. “The air force had a satellite field near Koo Wee Rup during the Second World War and you can still see the landing strip from the air,” he said. Tyabb resident David Chalke, a neighbour of the airfield who has been critical of noise, and alleged low flying and safety breaches over the years, said the VECCI proposal for Tyabb was “complete nonsense”. “I am surprised that VECCI should be promulgating such illinformed tosh,” he said. “Melbourne already has four fully fledged airports licensed by Civil Aviation Safety Authority – Tullamarine, Avalon, Essendon and Moorabbin. “The first two have considerable scope to increase their capacity. “The only reason Tullamarine is inconvenient for people in the south-east of Melbourne is the appalling road and rail links. Fix those, and Tullamarine is less than an hour away from even the most southerly suburbs.” VECCI says Tooradin would be a preferred site for a new airport for regional and domestic services. The small town at the top of

Western Port has had an airfield for many years. Once called Harewood airport after the historic property Harewood, built in 1857 by Scotsman William Lyall, it is owned by Glen Balas of Tooradin and leased to Gary Morrison. The Balas family started a flying school at Tooradin in the 1970s. Mr Balas and Mr Morrison told a City of Casey local newspaper late last year they had not been approached about the VECCI proposal. Mr Morrison, who operates helicopters at Tooradin, said he supported the idea in principle. A Tooradin airport would serve the Mornington Peninsula and southeast, he said. The 1000-metre runway would need to be extended by at least 500 metres. The VECCI proposal brings memories of earlier failed attempts to get an airport in the south-east. In the 1960s, when the Bolte Liberal government earmarked Western Port as the site for heavy industry and a so-called deepwater port, a proposal was floated to establish an airport on French Island. In the 1980s it was suggested an airport by built on Manks Rd at Dalmore, north of Tooradin.

On stage: Entertaining at Shoreham Tennis Club’s Under the Tree festival are, from left, keyboardist Julian Cairns, an unnamed tambourine player, Scott Halligan on drums (obscured), guitarists Gary Jones and Stephen Mellican, and vocalist Jenny Jones.

Playing for a good court PLAYERS took to the courts and the stage on Sunday week when more than 200 people turned up for Shoreham Tennis Club’s annual Under the Tree festival of tennis, music and art. While players of all ages filled the courts for social play, peninsula artists displayed paintings and sculptures, and musicians entertained under the tree. A barbecue and peninsula wines, cakes and chocolates added to the day.

“Local musicians and artists offer their talent to make this wonderful day a fantastic fundraiser for our tennis club,” tennis club president Gary Jones said. “We are seeking more members for the club particularly from the younger generation and our new coach Dan Donelly starts here in February on Sunday mornings.” To join Shoreham Tennis Club call Mr Jones on 0417 553 446.

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It’s multi-councillor wards By Mike Hast THE Victorian Electoral Commission has recommended Mornington Peninsula Shire wards be cut from 11 to six. The 11-person council will be retained, but eight councillors will “share” three wards – all on the more densely populated Port Phillip side of the peninsula. The VEC proposal is a massive blow to the shire’s administration and sitting councillors. The shire ran an expensive and extensive campaign to retain single-councillor wards. The proposal is also a rebuff of the hard work done by shire CEO Dr Michael Kennedy, who led the successful move to change multi-councillor to single-person wards in 1999 when he first joined the shire. The much-anticipated VEC review into the electoral structure is a game

changer for council elections on Saturday 27 October. At the 2008 elections, six of the 11 wards were uncontested with many council watchers believing the strong positions of incumbent councillors led to a lack of candidates. For example, in Red Hill Ward, David Jarman announced his intention to not contest his seat at the last minute and current mayor Frank Martin walked into the job without having to face voters. The VEC’s final report was released at 2pm on Wednesday 11 January after months of intrigue and lobbying by ratepayers, councillors and council officers. It was originally meant to be released in early November, but was delayed when Electoral Commissioner Steve Tully decided extra time was

needed to consider all submissions. The VEC issued an “addendum report” and called for more submission by early December. The review of the shire’s structure received more submissions than any other municipality in Victoria, with an overwhelming number of people calling for multi-councillor wards. In a press release issued on Wednesday, Mr Tully stated the final report would now go to Local Government Minister Jeanette Powell, for her consideration. A minister has never changed a VEC recommendation. The shire will now have two threecouncillor wards, one two-councillor ward and three single-councillor wards (see map). Ward names also have been changed. Mr Tully said boundaries generally

follow the existing structure; however, similar communities have been merged to create three multi-councillor wards to cover the urban population along the Port Phillip coast. “Single-councillor wards are retained in the less populated Western Port side of the shire,” he said. “A wide variety of views were put forward during the review. All information, including submissions, was carefully considered by the panel of staff and local government experts to reach this recommended electoral structure.” The VEC started the review last July with background research. A public information session was held in August, and invited the first round of public submissions. The VEC released its preliminary report on 5 September 2011, follow-

ed by a second round of public submissions and a public hearing. On 3 November 2011, the VEC released an addendum to its preliminary report to invite further feedback on one of its options, B, which is the one recommended. “The VEC has considered all public submissions, as well as the municipality’s demographics, growth potential and the electoral structure of similar municipalities before making its recommendation,” Mr Tully said. The final report is on the VEC website ( or call 131 VEC (131 832). It is also available from the shire office at 90 Besgrove St, Rosebud. The shire council has not yet made a public statement about the VEC review.

VEC ‘feeds’ appetite for change By David Harrison This is an edited version of the Victorian Electoral Commission’s final report on its electoral representation review of Mornington Peninsula Shire Council. Recommendation: THE Victorian Electoral Commission recommends that Mornington Peninsula Shire Council consist of 11 councillors elected from six wards with two three-councillor wards, one two-councillor ward, and three single-councillor wards. The Local Government Act 1989 specifies that the purpose of a representation review is to recommend to the Minister for Local Government the number of councillors and the electoral structure for a municipality, which will provide ‘fair and equitable representation’ for council election voters. The VEC seeks to combine the information gathered through public submissions with its own research and analysis of other factors, such as the need to give representation to communities of interest. The recommendation is not based on a ‘straw poll’ of the number of submissions supporting a particular option. The VEC assessed a range of electoral representation models that might suit Mornington Peninsula Shire Council. It considered the projected population change, the desire to maintain communities of interest, the number of voters and number of councillors com-

pared with other municipalities, and the electoral history of the council. It developed a number of models, finally selecting four options. The VEC noted that all electoral combinations – including multi-councillor wards, single-councillor wards, and a mixture of multi- and singlecouncillor wards – have generally worked effectively across each of the four categories of municipalities in Victoria – metropolitan, metropolitan/ rural fringe, regional urban areas, and rural. It is difficult to capture rural and urban communities separately without adjusting councillor numbers or mixing different zones together. The VEC recognised that the peninsula’s agricultural community has different issues from the urban communities and, consequently, most of the VEC options did not mix the urban and rural communities. While multi-councillor wards, which use a proportional vote counting method, can provide fair representation to both urban and rural dwellers, the VEC found that in this instance it was possible to create wards that accommodated communities of interest without ignoring the different needs of the rural and urban communities. It was clear from submissions that the structure must acknowledge the diversity between, and within, communities. The VEC tries to develop sustainable boundaries that provide voters

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with recognisable wards. It was ... notable that many submissions wanted a change from the current structure because of operational issues involving the current council. While such issues are outside the scope of this review, the VEC considered that these concerns may have distracted submitters from fully considering the impact of each of the options proposed. The VEC considered that Option B could respond to the genuine concerns expressed by many submitters on both sides of the debate and meet the requirements for an electoral structure that provides fair and equitable representation for all voters for the next 12 years. The boundaries used in this option generally followed existing boundaries; however, similar communities were merged to create three multicouncillor wards to cover the urban population along the Port Phillip Bay coast where there is a strong case for localities to be grouped. The VEC received a strong public response for the review. More than twice as many submissions were received at the preliminary and response stages than for any other review conducted in 2011 [in Victoria], and a further 126 submissions were made in response to the addendum report. The VEC considers the submissions received in support of an alternative to the current structure, notwithstanding the council’s efforts to encourage lo-

cal organisations and residents to write in support of the status quo, do show there may be an appetite for change that was not present to the same extent during the previous review in 2005. Submissions from the Council were based on its ‘Ten Tests of Effective Local Government’. Implicit in them is the assumption that single-councillor wards are superior. Application of the ten tests would have a predetermined result in favour of single-councillor wards. The VEC does not regard the ten tests as an impartial method of assessing electoral structures. The Local Government Act does not support the notion that one model of representation has a clear advantage over another. Indeed, the VEC has recommended all four types of structures. In the most recent electoral representation reviews, the VEC recommended single-councillor wards for the Shires of Loddon and Pyrenees, and mostly single-councillor wards for Strathbogie and Moorabool Shires, and a change from a mixed structure to single-councillor wards for Loddon Shire Council. The VEC’s experience has been that often where there was strong opposition against a move away from singlecouncillor wards, once in place there is very little support for a change back. In 2005, Wyndham City Council’s submission argued strongly against a multi-councillor structure. The Council’s submission as part of the 2011

representation review stated: “... multi-member wards are seen by Council to represent a much more effective system than single member wards and better serve both the community and the aim of equitable representation. They permit the sharing of workload amongst Councillors and allow continued representation of a ward when individual Councillors are indisposed or on leave.” It is the VEC’s view, and past elections show, that multi-councillor wards are likely to provide a wider choice of candidates and limit the possibility of uncontested elections. Many of the submissions suggested there would be a duplication of efforts in multi-councillor wards. Although this may be the case, the VEC views this occurrence as largely depending on the individual councillors rather than the arrangement of wards. It is the VEC’s experience that councillors from multi-councillor wards generally work in the wider interests of their ward and more broadly for the interests of the municipality as a whole. The VEC believes that Option B can respond to the genuine concerns expressed by many submitters on both sides of the debate and meets the requirements for an electoral structure that provides fair and equitable representation for all voters for the next 12 years.

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for shire’s Port Phillip side Mornington Peninsula Shire Council Map of Recommended Option Eleven Councillors, Six Wards Ward




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Shire’s play for status quo ends in a humiliating rout COMMENT By David Harrison WHERE to now for Dr Michael Kennedy, OAM? He showed surprising judgement in the just-completed VEC electoral review, shackling the shire bureaucracy – plus his band of councillors – to a vigorous campaign to retain the shire’s status quo: 11 wards, each with one councillor. In a high stakes game, Dr Kennedy put the kitty on his Plan A. It was a bold strategy, akin to a gambling addict putting the matrimonial home on the lottery. He lost, front fence, letterbox and all. He had no Plan B. Victorian Electoral Commissioner Steve Tully trumped the Kennedy clique with his own Plan B – Option B, actually, comprising three multi-councillor and three single-councillor wards. It’s a classic unchallengeable, workable political compromise. Mr Tully clearly indicated his intention at a public hearing on 12 October when submitters put their views to him and were questioned about them. He continually stressed two matters of concern: the fact that six of the current 11 councillors were unopposed at the poll in 2008 – six of just 45, or 13.3 per cent, of all uncontested wards across the state – and his duty to ensure “fair

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and equitable representation”. Clearly the shire would be very lucky to get its way. The CEO and his supporters have suffered what they – and outsiders – could only view as a humiliating rout. Dr Kennedy and his group are now stuck with an electoral option they emphatically do not want and which they can hardly be expected to introduce with enthusiasm or grace. The Kennedy clique threw everything at this campaign, including the shire’s startling legal letter to Mr Tully

accusing him of bias during the October public hearing. Others at the meeting commented on the calm, courteous manner in which Mr Tully treated submitters, including Dr Kennedy and shire governance officer Noel Buck, who made memorable personal appearances. Throughout the campaign, Dr Kennedy and his supporters made it very clear they didn’t believe in multimember wards and didn’t want a bar of them. Cr David Gibb described his multi-member ward experience as “hell” and warned he might have to consider his position if they were reintroduced. (The shire had multicouncillor wards for its first election in 1997: three two-councillor wards and three single-councillor wards. The system was changed to single-councillor wards before the 2000 election.) For Dr Kennedy to now U-turn on multi-member wards would be simply incredible, considering how partisan was his campaign role: the CEO staked even his prized doctorate on a status quo result. He cannot, surely, feel he can about-turn, casually abandoning his ostensibly strongly held and passionately advocated views. It would be even more bizarre than Derryn Hinch announcing he had joined the Trappist monks. Dr Kennedy’s discredited “Ten tests

of effective local government” will likely become an albatross tied neatly around his neck for the rest of his shire career. He cannot repudiate them without repudiating a large chunk of his approach to municipal governance. Here are the “Ten tests”. The status quo (single-councillor wards): 1. Maximises local accountability. 2. Smallest ward size. 3. One vote/one value/one councillor. 4. Avoids voting blocs/facilitates consensus approach within the council. 5. Makes candidacy affordable. 6. Makes councillor workloads manageable. 7. Simplifies councillor/organisational relationships. 8. Proven successful for the Mornington Peninsula. 9. Has the strong support of the community. 10. Same electoral system for all councillors. Logically, multi-member wards would result in the opposites of these 10 tests: they would minimise local accountability, make candidacy unaffordable, etc. However, Mr Tully’s report (above, left, right) brusquely dismisses the 10 tests in a paragraph: “Implicit in [them] is the assumption that single-councillor wards are superior. Application of the ten tests would

have a predetermined result in favour of single councillor wards. The VEC does not regard the ten tests as an impartial method of assessing electoral structures.” One can understand councillors such as Leigh Eustace and Bev Colomb, and others, having strong reservations about multi-member wards because of their commitment to their communities – communities in wards now merged into one three-councillor ward, Briars. They have fought hard for their constituents and feel their efforts can only be diluted in Briars. Their concerns will probably prove exaggerated. Forty-two of the state’s municipalities have multi-member or mixed electoral systems. There is no great agitation for change. The peninsula’s committed councillors will adapt. It would be surprising indeed and sad if, after deep reflection, Crs Eustace and Colomb, as well as Tim Rodgers and even David Gibb, abandoned their community service commitment and their communities at October’s election. For some other councillors it might be an appropriate time to bow out. Dr Kennedy has gambled and lost. It’s a fine mess he’s got himself into.

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Confessions of a non-participant By Stuart McCullough LAST week, I saw the final installment of the Harry Potter series. To say that the movies have been something of a big deal is like saying that the Titanic had some teething problems. I enjoyed it immensely, although my nephew Brodie was keen to identify the differences between the movie and the book. Apparently, there are heaps. Certainly enough to occupy the time it takes to drive from Knox shopping town to Narre Warren. It’s fair to say the movie may disappoint diehard fans, not least for the conspicuous absence of Bruce Willis. That said, Alan Rickman is all over it, so perhaps that’s some consolation. At the time of the first movie, my nephews were small enough to sit on my lap. This time, they drove to the cinema. Well, not quite, but they’re well past sitting on laps by now. I’ve seen the occasional Potter film and, so far as I can tell, they all lead to a battle between good and evil. This, I feel, falls under the heading of ‘give the people what they want’ rather than, say, a Crying Game-style twist that will make you fall from your chair. (Although, to be honest, that would be amazing.) I confess that I am yet to read a word of the boy wizard’s adventures. This, I am sure, makes me one of only three people in all of Western civilisation who remain immune to the literary charms of the juggernaut that is J K Rowling. It’s not by design – I have absolutely nothing against her. I simply haven’t read any of her books. This means that I am uniquely unqualified in an area of

prime cultural importance. A complete social dunce, if you will. An absolute certified pariah in our great global village. In metaphorical terms, I am a castaway on a lonely island, totally cut off from the continents of humanity. For all intents and purposes, I might as well reside on another planet. It is for this reason that small talk with me can be like pulling teeth. Indeed, this general sense of cluelessness has been directly responsible for the death of more dinner party conversations than is polite to mention. For, in truth, my ignorance of Harry Potter is far from the only example of this selfimposed social exile. I suppose I could characterise my failure to read Potter’s adventures as being the result of a refined literary palate and that I would never lower

myself to slum it with the Hogwarts crew, but that would be a big, fat, dirty lie. Indeed, were I to assert that my lack of familiarity with Harry Potter and friends is a result of being up to my armpits in Foucault, Balzac and whichever other French malcontent ever put pen to paper in between sparking up a Gitane and necking a bottle of exotic plonk, my nose would most certainly be pressed up against the computer screen by now. The fact is that absolutely nothing (and really mean nothing) is beneath me. Put simply, anyone who watched the first three series of Big Brother cannot sit astride the cultural high horse and look down on anyone. It’s not just Potter either. I am yet to read a book by Dan Brown, listen to an album by Lady Gaga, create a Face-

book page or watch an episode of Glee. I’m not sure what the current criteria for being Amish are, but I am reasonably certain that I tick a lot of the boxes. In fact, I’m pretty much on the cusp of rejecting zippers and Velcro. Only the fact that I am completely and utterly useless in terms of barn-raising prevents me from having to nominate ‘other’ in terms of my religion on the next Census. There can be no reasonable excuse for being quite so disconnected. All I can say for myself is that I simply never got around to doing all the things I ought. Frankly, I’m the first to admit that I can never really consider myself to be a well-rounded individual if I don’t first gorge myself on every cultural treat that’s available. It’s time to make amends. From

now on, I’ll speak of the Twitterverse as though it was something real and important and not just something that under-employed comedians do. I will treat the idea of an ‘everyday rewards card’ with the respect it deserves and even give it a ‘top up’ amount to compensate for the fact that they suck like a nuclear powered Hoover. Finally, I will start sending text messages on a regular basis, ending all of them with ‘OMG’. But to make my bid to be a better, more modern (less Amish) human being complete, I should begin with a simple apology. To Harry Potter, I am sorry. From this point on, I shall devote all my energy to ensuring that the Quidditch is finally recognised as an Olympic sport. I’ll overlook the fact that the love story sub-plot between Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley is the most improbable love affair since Mr Snuffleupagus sent Big Bird a Valentine’s Day card. I’ll keep my thoughts to myself about whether the entire battle between good and evil might have been wrapped up a lot quicker had Potter put down that crooked-looking wand and traded it for an AK47 assault rifle. What a different film it might have been if Lord Voldemort – with his strange 1970s rock star nose – had been summoning up the forces of evil, only to find Harry Potter coming over the horizon in a Black Hawk helicopter. Had that been the case, though, there’s every chance I would have shown some interest a lot sooner.

Space for artists to milk their creative juices PUNK Milk is described as being fresh and “something that people need”, but don’t be misled by the name, it’s not an energy drink. Punk Milk is an art gallery and film production studio. Owner and director Justine Milburn said the gallery in Frankston was a “fully adaptable installation space for artists to work and create whatever they envisage – a first for Frankston”. “Forget conservative rules, Punk Milk is supporting all genres of art including fine art, street art, illustration, digital art, photography, fashion, sculpture design, experimental, film, animation, sound and performance – you name, we’ll support it,” Ms Milburn said. The gallery is in Frankston and the

film production studio is in Seaford. Federal MP Bruce Billson (Dunkley) and his state counterpart Geoff Shaw (Frankston) and the mayor, Cr Brian Cunial, were invited along to the official opening of Punk Milk. “I started the gallery because I want to give the area a creative home that emerging and professional artists could freely be creative in, while offering affordability so that they can take that exciting step forward towards a creative career,” Ms Milburn said. She had always known she was “devoted to a creative life” and wanted to provide artists with the support they need to take the next step. “So many people have randomly dropped in, surprised and excited about what we are doing.

“I want to encourage other passionate people and businesses that want to be involved in something great to do so. “We have big plans for the greater community and want people to be aware that great creative facilities and support is now available locally.” For details, email punkmilk@live. com or visit Punk Milk Gallery at 10 Young St, Frankston.

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Performance VAN Halen, one of the most influential rock bands of all time, will release a new album, A Different Kind of Truth (Universal) in Australia on 3 February, four days ahead of the United States release. The first single from the album, Tattoo, is already receiving airplay across the country. A Different Kind of Truth is Van Halen’s first original studio album with singer David Lee Roth since the band’s multi-platinum album 1984. The band that gave us classic rock riffs like Runnin’ With the Devil, You Really Got Me, Jamie’s Cryin and Panama was recently described by the Los Angeles Times as “a force of nature” and “one of the flat out greatest rock bands on the planet”. Van Halen was inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. Formed in Los Angeles in 1974, the band has sold more than 75 million albums worldwide. Van Halen joins an elite short list of two Diamond Award honourees in the history of the music industry. New Van Halen bassist is Wolfgang Van Halen, the 20-year-old son of guitarist Eddie Van Halen and actress Valerie Bertinelli, and nephew of drummer Alex Van Halen.

Like his dad, Wolfgang is a multiinstrumentalist; in addition to bass, he plays drums, guitar and keyboards. With their 1978 eponymous debut, Van Halen simultaneously rewrote the rules of rock guitar and hard rock in general. Eddie Van Halen has been described as second only to Jimi Hendrix, undoubtedly one of the most influential, original and talented rock guitarists of the 20th century. He is ranked eighth in music magazine Rolling Stone’s 2011 list of the top 100 guitarists. *** THE new Roman Polanski comedy

film Carnage (Sony Pictures) will hit the cinemas in March. A prizewinner at the 2011 Venice Film Festival, it stars Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C Reilly. The film is about parental differences. After two boys fight, the parents of the victim invite the parents of the bully to work out their issues. A polite discussion of child-rearing soon escalates into verbal warfare, with the four adult revealing their true colours. None of them will escape the carnage. *** JOHN Cleese, star of Monty Python, Fawlty Towers and A Fish Called Wanda, performs at the Comedy Theatre, on 12 and 13 March.

Tickets from 1300 111 011. *** LIONEL Richie will release Tuskegee (Universal), his much-anticipated duets album, in March. Richie teams up with the likes of Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Shania Twain, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton and Jimmy Buffett. *** BETTER Than I Used to Be (Sony) is the first single from Tim McGraw’s new studio album Emotional Traffic, to be released in Australia next month. The country superstar has sales in excess of 400,000 units in Australia. McGraw will tour Australia with Faith Hill in March, performing at Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday 20 March. *** FOLLOWING the success of their debut long player in 2009, Melbournebased raw funk outfit Deep Street Soul is back with a full-length album Look Out, Watch Out. The now five-piece band, which welcomes vocalist Mighty May Johnston to the fold, has pulled out all the stops with this release.

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plined by their unit commander. All this while the fat cats (those who made the decision to send them there) are secure at home, pampered with all delights and pleasures, take their ease and follow there lusts, not giving serious thought to the intolerable miseries soldiers endure. *** TIME for my annual study of the seven deadly sins, namely sloth, greed, pride, gluttony, wrath, lust and envy. Sloth is under control with the help of our lovely home help ladies; similarly greed, although another premiership for Collingwood wouldn’t go astray; pride went down the gurgler when I took up acting; wrath can show its ugly face when football starts; lust and gluttony go hand in hand but sadly a memory now, and envy, easily the worst of all because it’s incurable, unless I watch the Academy Awards. The only other question I ask myself at this time is, as always, unanswerable, being “what is my personal sense of purpose in life?” Onwards and downwards. *** I COULD begin the year by listing some of Mizz Melody’s achievements, but I’ll cut to the chase and declare it’s

outrageous a Labor Prime Minister has done nothing, nor appears to have it on the agenda, to upgrade sole parents and unemployment benefits. Single adults get $130 a week less than I do as an old age pensioner. Being a fair-minded supporter of Mizz’s party, I’ll give her till the end of this year to right this unconscionable wrong. If not, I’ll vote for the Sex Party. Oops, I’m a duffer; I voted for them last time. I’ll vote for Sarah; Green Sarah. She’s cute. *** AUSTRALIAN health workers are bracing for increased levels of alcohol and drug abuse as the baby boomers hit their 60s and 70s. And, get this, Relationships Australia’s 2011 Indicator Survey shows that for those in their 50s and 60s, sexual satisfaction is improving. But there’s more. “One quarter of people aged over 70 are also sexually active.” That’s disgusting! *** THERE was a piece on 60 Minutes about all the beautiful ladies from the Ukraine wanting love from men of all ages all over the world. I don’t believe age is necessarily a relevant factor, but all I saw were men looking for sex, and women looking to escape their

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A Grain of Salt THE first few days of January were intense. All heat, bodies, noise, mess – you name it. And then, on Sunday 8 January, I woke to pouring rain; so, so beautiful; relief, glaring me in the face. I stood outside my door, watched and listened; glorious sweet rain. Karma, greeting me with a smile. I said a prayer of thanks to God who genuinely loves all his children, as many of those children love God. I wondered why the children failed so miserably to love each other? We should be thankful for small mercies, unless you’re camping. I read Cr Tim Rodgers says Peninsula Link freeway will ease traffic congestion. That’s very funny. Relief and laughter; a double whammy. I feel better now. *** HAVE they gone yet? If you’re wondering who “they” are, you are a stranger to this column, which probably means you’re still here. I need to know so I can escape my enforced hibernation. I get the days mixed up. I have to walk to the supermarket. I’ve been watching television; sport in particular. Where do golfers buy their clothes? And those Big Bash gaudy tracksuits? Why would people

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Joke!!! At the dog park, the elderly woman had two large rottweilers. On being asked their names by another park visitor, she replied “One is called Timex and the other Rolex”. “Wow, they’re strange names for dogs.” “Oh no,” the elderly dog owner replied, “they’re watch dogs.”

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The 120-metre Women’s Diamond, also sponsored by Hillview Quarries and Maw Civil, was won by Eleni Gilden off a handicap of 10.75 metres in a time of 14.325. Second was Kim McDonough off 13.00 in 14.372, and third was Nadia Domaschenz off 8.00 in 14.218. A crowd favourite, the footballers’ relay, was contested by Rosebud, Rye, Red Hill and Dromana. Run over three laps using a points system, Rye’s Brady Egan blitzed the field, but Red Hill filled the next three places to be the points winners, with Rye in second and Dromana third. The Rye Gift is run on the second Saturday every January, the first event on the VAL calendar each year, and attracts top athletes from clubs all over Victoria and interstate as well as overseas competitors.

Results Rye & Dromana Community Bank Bendigo Bank and VRTA 70 metre novice: 1 Dean Dobric, 2 Timothy Rosen, 3 Nadia Domaschenz. Clarrie Jennings & Sons and Wittingslow Carnival 70 metre open handicap: 1 Alex Carew, 2 Sam Jamieson, 3 Mark Hignett. Gilpip Homes 800 metre open: 1 Dominic Hoskins, 2 Michael Marantelli, 3 Darren Naismith. Rye RSL 300 metre veterans: 1 Norman McGuire, 2 Robert Wishart, 3 Glenn Cooper. Broo 400 metre for women: 1 Stephanie Mollica, 2 Tara Domaschenz, 3 Rosamond Gilden. Rye Hotel 400 metre open: 1 Daniel Lawlor, 2 William Little, 3 Josh Mather. Jim’s Test & Tag 1600 metre open: 1 Ned Donohoe, 2 Andrew Platten, 3 Joshua West. Mornington Peninsula Shire and RSSC 1600 metre women’s and veterans: 1 David Page, 2 Ashley Sandison, 3 Matthew McDonough.

Athletic action: Above, Clare Dunbar congratulates husband Cam on his second Rye Gift win. Left, Cam Dunbar (White) wins the race. Below left, Eleni Gilden (Black) winning the 120-metre Women’s Diamond. Below, Daniel Lawler celebrates his win in the Rye Hotel 400-metre Open.


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State government and Rye Lions back Gunnamatta life savers’ rescue work GUNNAMATTA Surf Life Saving Club has snagged more than $13,000 for new equipment. On Saturday, Nepean MP Martin Dixon handed over $12,200 from the state government’s Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program. The cash represents two-thirds of the cost of an all-terrain vehicle. Bill Goodrem, president of the Lions Club of Rye, handed over a new rescue board, valued at about $1200. Gunnamatta president Greg Goullet said that “without this funding, the club would not have been able to replace the valuable ATV that is used to tow our patrol trailer and rescue boat on and off the beach each patrol day”. “Unfortunately the harsh environmental conditions we work in means that salt, sand and seawater quickly destroy equipment of this nature and we have to replace the ATV every four to five years at a cost of around $18,000,” Mr Goullet said. On hand to receive the rescue board from Mr Goodrem was nipper Christopher Cozzio and his father Rick. “The board is a newly approved inflatable rescue board, which we believe is the first of its kind in use on the Mornington Peninsula,” Mr Cozzio said. “The board is lighter and softer than the old fibreglass boards, which should make it easier to use for our younger members and also safer for rescues near swimmers in the flagged area. “Every now and then a rescue board

gets swept into the flagged area and it is always a concern that it will hit somebody and cause injury. “The inflatable board is a lot softer and we hope it will reduce the risk of injury to swimmers in the event they are hit by a loose board.” The Gunnamatta club has been busy this summer with more than 80 rescues being performed already. “People just do not seem to be understanding the safety message,” Mr Goullet said. “The patrol flags are often close together and may be located some distance down the beach from the access tracks, but this is because it is the safest place to swim on such a treacherous beach. “Nearly all our rescues have been of people swimming outside the flagged area and particularly those who have made no effort to walk to the flags. “This is quite a disturbing trend and will lead to someone drowning if it keeps up.” Mr Goullet said that on a recent visit to the Rye back beach he was disappointed to see more than 50 people in the water on what was clearly signposted as a “non-swimming beach”. “Rye back beach is very dangerous and no lifesaving patrols are conducted. Despite signs recommending that people not swim at that beach and general media messages advising to only swim at patrolled beaches, people are still taking unnecessary risks, which will lead to drownings.”

Surf’s up: Bill Goodrem, left, Christopher Cozzio, Martin Dixon and Rick Cozzio.

All eyes on the prize at Rye tennis comp RYE Tennis Club’s 34th annual Australia Day tennis tournament runs over four days from Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 January. It is expected to attract some of the best semi-professional players in Victoria who will be vying for a record purse of $5000 as well as points for the national tennis ranking system. The event for the first time has been upgraded to a Silver Australian Money Tournament. Club president Luke Forward said the tournament has been supported by peninsula businesses over the years “and this year is no different”. “Major sponsors include Rye Beach Chemart Pharmacy, Sportspower in Rosebud, and the Rye & District and Dromana Community Bendigo Bank,” he said. “This is an exciting time for the club, the first time we have run an Australian Money Tournament. Without the support of sponsors, the tournament would not attract the high quality players that are expected this year.” Tournament director and club professional Paul Gibson said the event was a great opportunity for peninsula residents and visitors to see quality players in action. “We have 70 entries from men and 25 from women for the AMT categories, which are now closed,” he said.

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Slice of summer: Rye Tennis Club president Luke Forward. Southern Peninsula News 24 January 2012


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