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A HOMELESS man has been charged with two counts of attempted murder following a savage attack at a Rosebud shopping centre on the weekend. The 48-year-old is alleged to have assaulted two Rosebud men, aged 47 and 63, with a tomahawk in the car park of the Rosebud Plaza, 10.15am, Saturday 29 August. It is believed the incident was random and the men did not know each other. Detective Senior Sergeant Miro Majstorovic, of Somerville CIU, said the former West Australian man was arrested by Rosebud police soon afterwards and held pending the charges. He was due to face Melbourne Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Monday) for a filing hearing and was expected to be remanded in custody. Detective Majstorovic said he had seen CCTV footage of the incident. “It’s not something you would want to be confronted with,” he said. He said the victims were recovering at The Alfred hospital and in a “stable condition” on Monday morning. Sergeant Sarah Blackmore, of Rosebud police, said on ABC News that at least 20 people had witnessed the attacks and that some had “verbally challenged” the attacker during the five-minute onslaught. Several cars had also been damaged. She said police had “no idea” why the man launched the attack. Stephen Taylor

Anger over MP’s poll roll Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au NEPEAN MP Chris Brayne has involved himself in the October Mornington Peninsula Shire Council elections by listing several candidates on his Facebook page. In doing so, he has angered several sitting councillors and is in line to be admonished by the shire for using its logo. Amanda Sapolu, the shire’s head of governance and legal, said the shire

logo - prominently reproduced on Mr Brayne’s Facebook page - is trademark-protected corporate intellectual property. “It should only be used for council endorsed business and should not be used without permission,” Ms Sapolu told The News. “It should not be used by candidates in their election campaigns.” Six the shire 11 councillors have announced they will not be seeking re-election at the Saturday 24 October elections. A big field of candidates is expected

to contest the elections, although the exact number will not be known until the close of nominations on Tuesday 22 September. Voting will be done by post and because of the COVID-19 restrictions candidates will have few chances to meet voters. A minimum of six new faces on the new council could lead to some decisions or policies of the existing council being overturned or amended. Of particular interest will be the stance taken by the future council towards Tyabb airfield and the con-

tentious, and costly, Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal hearings scheduled for early next year. Councillors who have said they will seek re-election are Kate Roper (Cerberus Ward), David Gill (Red Hill), Hugh Fraser (Nepean) and Antonella Celi and Simon Brooks (Seawinds). On his Facebook page Mr Brayne - a first term Labor MP - says the upcoming elections will provide “the opportunity to vote for some new councillors”. “We have some really good people who have decided to put their hands up

to run this year.” Mr Brayne then urges his followers to “feel free to give their [Facebook] pages a like and ask them some questions”. The candidates listed by Mr Brayne are Jared Tipping, who will be opposing Crs Celi and Brooks in Seawinds Ward; Melissa Goffin and Claire Thorn, who will stand against Cr Gill in Red Hill; Sarah Race, who will stand for the two-councillor ward of Nepean where Cr Bryan Payne is not seeking re-election and Cr Hugh Fraser is. Continued Page 6

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and feeling depressed, maybe the dog is also feeling depressed. Some owners may fear going outside the home due to the risk of COVID-19 and the dog could be pining away from lack of exercise and other dogs to talk to. Club president Ken Thomas says his two border collies, Abby and Jaxx, are sometimes “difficult” and he does not expect training to resume before November. He is worried that the COVID-caused puppy craze will lead to serious behavioural issues for many owners. “My biggest concern is that without training days some owners will suffer anguish and despair,” Mr Thomas said. “Some dogs and their owners miss the discipline of training. Dogs will adopt bad habits, such as jumping up on owners, constantly barking, whining, scratching doors and anti-social behaviour.” He says being locked up and having restricted exercise will impact on dog behaviour. Mr Thomas worries that some club members who are elderly, isolated and live alone are likely to have increased mental issues during the COVID crisis. Members often turn to one another for advice when their dog is misbehaving, and that advice is missing when the club is in hibernation. Margaret Brain joined the club about 33 years ago. She is a committee member and the longest serving member. “For some owners, the long break from classes will mean handlers may have to go back to basics,” she said. “Dogs have to know you’re the boss and you won’t let your dog do whatever it wants.” When asked how younger members have changed over the years Ms Brain said: “The younger people seem more self-contained. They seem to care in a different way than we do.”

By David Forster TIMES are difficult for dog lovers who have been attending the Peninsula Dog Obedience Club at Quinns Park, Burdett Street, Tootgarook. The club, with 300 members, used to be a hive of activity, with members gathering on Wednesday and Sunday mornings for a chat, a cuppa and dog training. Over the years close relationships have built up within the club which is focused on caring for one another. Some dog clubs have a competitive feel and the status of your dog and their breed becomes top of mind. COVID-19 has affected the club dramatically, with live training sessions being cancelled since March. Fortunately, dogs are not required to wear masks while training. Online meetings are being held to assist members, particularly those with puppies and in the beginners’ class. Revenue is down and the club is run by volunteers and a team of skilled instructors. Normally the club has six classes from puppies through to section five for the smartest dogs and their handlers. Some club members are dedicated to training and learning skills such as trialing, tracking and disability support. It is enjoyable watching different dog breeds being trained. The club has a newsletter, and an active Facebook page for members. Members win ribbons when their dogs perform at event days when animal spirits also seem to rise. Many dogs seem happy during the COVID-19 restrictions as owners are either working at home, off work, or jobless and can regularly turn to the dog for cuddles, licks and wagging tails. Less time is wasted on the commute but, if you are out of work

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Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire Council is on a collision course with farms selling “farm gate produce” not grown or produced there or on neighbouring properties. While the shire says it is “committed to supporting farm gate sales” and is “working constructively with operators to help them comply with state government planning legislation”, it says it is bound by green wedge legislation specifying what can and can’t be sold. The issue arose when some items for sale at farms – which could be presumed to be products actually grown there – were found to have come from elsewhere. State government green wedge legislation listing products permitted to

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Caring for our community during Coronavirus

Getting through this together You must wear a face mask/covering when in public. Keep 1.5 metres away from anyone you don’t live with. Wash your hands – cough and sneeze into your elbow. Stay home when unwell – if you have symptoms, get tested. If you can work from home, you should work from home. mornpen.vic.gov.au/coronavirus For the latest Shire updates please visit:

Council Elections 2020 Council elections will be held on 24 October. Nominations for candidates open 17 September and must be lodged in person with the Election Manager appointed by the Victorian Election Commission by 12pm 22 September. Candidates must complete mandatory online training, be an Australian citizen and be enrolled to vote in the Mornington Peninsula Shire. Municipal Association of Victoria is running free online Candidate Information Sessions to provide community members and prospective candidates with information about the electoral process, the role and purpose of local government and the role, responsibilities and expectations of a councillor. Community and Candidate Information Session Wednesday 9 September 6–8pm Registrations are essential: cvent.me/GVlyRQ mornpen.vic.gov.au/councilelections

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Mornington Peninsula Shire’s ambitious Beyond Zero Waste Strategy 2030 and the Single-use Plastic Policy have both been adopted by Council after extensive community consultation. This means the Shire now has clear actions and targets to phase out single-use plastics in all Shire operations and will encourage all residents to work towards eliminating single-use plastic on the Peninsula by 2023. This ties in with the Beyond Zero Waste Strategy, which aims to achieve zero waste being sent to landfill by 2030. These initiatives will restructure and transform our waste systems on the Peninsula.

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Your Councillors (L–R) Seawinds Crs Simon Brooks, Antonella Celi, Frank Martin Briars Crs Rosie Clark, Bev Colomb, Mayor Cr Sam Hearn Nepean Crs Hugh Fraser, Bryan Payne 2021 Australia Day Local Awards nominations open 7 September Do you know someone whose efforts within our community should be recognised? If you know a friend, family member, co-worker or school companion that has gone above and beyond to make the Peninsula a better place – nominate them for a 2021 Australia Day Award! You can acknowledge someone’s outstanding contribution to our community by nominating them in the categories of Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year. mornpen.vic.gov.au/ausdayawards

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Cerberus Cr Kate Roper Watson Cr Julie Morris Red Hill Cr David Gill

2020–21 Budget now adopted Community and business support have been top of mind in the 2020–21 Budget. Council’s finances have been impacted in the first half of 2020 and we’ve had to make $3 million in operational savings so far. We estimate a further reduction of $6.4 million in income for this financial year and we have worked hard to deliver a fair and balanced budget. We are aware that people in our community are facing significant financial hardship due to COVID-19: please contact us to find out about our rates hardship policy. mornpen.vic.gov.au/ratespaymentassistance mornpen.vic.gov.au/budget

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Surfing rules: locals only (within limits) Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au

website. However, the DHHS has confirmed by email to The News that it is permitted. Parks Victoria, which at the start off the level four restrictions erected signs saying surfing, swimming, walking and jogging were allowed, but then replaced them with another sign listing what activities were not allowed (such as no camping and no groups of two or more people except “members of your household”). Surfing, swimming, walking and jogging were not mentioned. The Parks Victoria website states: “Beaches are open for exercise and

recreation, which includes surfing and swimming”; DHHS told The News that surfing was allowed “as long as it meets the stage four restrictions for exercise”. Senior Sergeant Steve Wood, the officer-in-charge of the Sentinel Taskforce which polices COVID-19 restrictions on the peninsula, said he was “making further inquiries with DHHS in relation to surfing” to check whether it is or is not allowed. This came after he rang the COVID-19 hotline and was “told it was prohibited.” Senior Sergeant Wood said no

tickets had been issued to surfers inside the five-kilometre distance rule, up until 1pm, Wednesday 26 August. He said any tickets issued “would be subject to the normal review process”. The tendency for surfers to “stand around close to each other in the car park talking about the waves and the wind” with no thought as to social distancing or even wearing masks, may cause problems, Senior Sergeant Wood said. “DHHS doesn’t care so much about the actual surfing when they are out in the water: it’s the congregating in the car park talking that’s the problem.” With Stephen Taylor

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SURFERS have been cleared for take-off on Mornington Peninsula beaches by the Department of Health and Human Services and Parks Victoria. However, they still may face a wipeout if they are caught by police outside a five kilometre radius of their homes. Confusion last week saw police on the peninsula saying they would book surfers as surfing was a recreation and not exercise. Under COVID-19 restrictions you are allowed to drive within a five kilometre radius of your house to exercise, but within days of the police interpretation of what constitutes, exercise both Parks Victoria and the DHHS confirmed surfing was allowed. Surfing is also recognised internationally as a sport and was listed an event in this year’s postponed Tokyo Olympics. Surfing on the peninsula is subject to the existing COVID-19 restrictions of social distancing and a one-hour exercise time limit. Police say they will use automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) technology to check if vehicles parked at surf beaches are within a five kilometre radius of their owner’s home addresses. Surfers can also be fined $1652 for not maintaining social distancing in beach car parks. The confusion arose as surfing is not specifically listed as a permitted (or restricted) activity on the DHHS

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NEWS DESK More staff isolate THE number of Frankston Hospital staff members sent into self-isolation has climbed to 618 after an outbreak of COVID-19 cases at the hospital. As of Saturday (29 August) the Department of Health and Human Services said there were 68 active cases linked to the hospital. The outbreak has led to the temporary closure of the hospital’s acute medical surgical and surgical short stay units and the 5GN ward. On Tuesday (25 August) DHHS said there had been 37 cases (21 residents and 16 staff) linked to Village Glen Aged Care Residences, Mornington. The DHHS is also investigating cases linked to TLC Forest Lodge Frankston. Yesterday, MOnday, the DHHS said the total number of cases ever recorded on the Mornngton Peninsula was 174, with 42 still classed as being active. At the start of the week (Monday 24 August) the total was 163 cases, with 55 being active. In Frankston, the total number of cases aver was 225, with 41 still being active. One week earlier the respective numbers 208 and 66. The latest figures place the peninsula as having the 26th highest number of active cases among Victoria’s 79 municipalities and Frankston 22nd. Peninsula Health says it is working with “skilled prevention experts” to review its COVID-19 hygiene practices and policies following the outbreak. Last week the DHHS reported that 449 active COVID-19 cases are attributed to healthcare workers, about 10 per cent of which are at Frankston Hospital. Peninsula Health confirmed testing will continue for all asymptomatic staff.

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Video flies in face of poll rules Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au A CLEVERLY edited but misleading video disparaging Mornington Peninsula Shire, its staff and Cr David Gill has encouraged one viewer to comment: “That guy needs shooting.” Clearly made in support of Tyabb airfield, a link to the video has been included in the latest edition of Peninsula Aero Club’s newsletter, The Tyabb Flyer. The mayor Cr Sam Hearn issued a statement “to remind everyone” that “misleading or inaccurate information” about candidates in the October municipal elections is against Victorian Electoral Commission regulation. Shire CEO John Baker said: “Council is aware of the video that is clearly misrepresenting the council and some councillors. It is obvious that the video is deliberately designed to mislead and denigrate and is factually inaccurate.” A screenshot of the video is reproduced in the PAC’s online Tyabb Flyer newsletter with the heading “Council’s attitude to various matters a cleaver [sic] and amusing insight!” with a link to the video underneath. Cr David Gill, who is named and depicted in the video, said he had received death threats “way in the past”, but hoped potential candidates would not be deterred “because of how they could be treated”. He had asked the shire to investigate the legality of the video but knew “it is wary of escalating the situation”. “The video is clearly designed to mislead people over my, and the DECKING T/Pine 70x22 KD ACQ ........................... $2.70mt T/Pine 90x22 KD ACQ ........................... $3.50mt T/Pine 140x22 KD ACQ ......................... $6.25mt Merbau 70x19 Random ........................ $5.25mt Merbau 90x19 Random ........................ $6.50mt Merbau 140x22 Random .................... $13.95mt

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shire’s, position,” Cr Gill said. “It shows people are prepared to do anything, but for us to combat it means getting down to their level. “To have people talk about someone needing to be shot is unAustralian. “I can only point out that vested interests must be behind this.” Cr Gill said allegations were also being spread about him “buying land around the airfield for housing, but it’s on the public record that I’ve got nothing other than my savings and no other property than my home”. “These are lies and it’s time for these supporters of the airfield to be exposed for this type of behaviour.” Cr Gill says he is the only councillor in Victoria to have refused to accept the stipend awarded to councillors for their work. On the peninsula, councillors receive $30,000 a year (an extra $75,000 for the mayor) as well as being able to claim expenses. “I have never once claimed expenses and decided to reject the stipend because there are so many others in the community doing it hard since the outbreak of COVID-19,” Cr Gill said. Peninsula Aero Club president Jack Vevers said he did not know anything about the video or where it came from, “but I guess it’s what the community is saying”. “Sure, some parts are misleading, but there’s a lot of truth in there too, and exaggeration” Mr Vevers said. Asked if he objected to being in the video, Mr Vevers said he had not given consent: “I never like being in anything, to be honest, but now people

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seem to do whatever they like.” Mr Vevers did not see any problem including a direct link to the video in the PAC’s newsletter, saying that it was on YouTube and all over Facebook and had been viewed about 6000 times. Asked about the “that guy needs shooting” comment, Mr Vevers said he did not want anything to do with violence. “I’ve no control over these things, you won’t see anything even remotely like that on our website.” In an email to The News, Mr Vevers said the name attached to the shooting comment “is not a PAC member and I have no idea who they are”. “This comment is completely unacceptable and shocking to read. “In terms of the video, the author/s are unknown to me and PAC is unassociated with its production and has no involvement whatsoever.” The video, which uses footage taken at the airfield last year by Channel 9, graphics and even an unauthorised still from The News, depicts the shire’s “customer service team” as batonwielding soldiers “making sure everyone follows the rules”. A grab of Cr Gill speaking about one of his favourite topics, native bees, has been cut to “a docile population”. Mr Vevers is shown saying “these guys for some reason just went nuclear. They came in with boots on and closed us down”. The next shot shows demonstrators being hit with batons while a female voiceover declares “a quick visit by our customer service team and the issue was all sorted”.

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Shire calls for help to protect green wedge Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire Council wants residents to back its push to have Planning Minister Richard Wynne sign off on an amendment to the peninsula’s planning scheme. The amendment seeks to shield land that sits outside the urban grown boundary (UGB) from “inappropriate development that could have a negative impact on the peninsula’s rural and coastal landscape”. It would do this by rezoning several

sites that are outside the UGB from special use to green wedge. One of the sites proposed for rezoning is 60 Kunyung Road, Mount Eliza – the former Melbourne Business School site on which aged care provider Ryman plans an $80 million development consisting of six four-storey buildings, two four-storey wings attached to the existing mansion, three three-storey buildings, chapel and 362 car spaces. The buildings would house 272 apartments, including 55 assisted living units and 217 independent living units, and 124 aged care beds. Up to 400 people would live there.

The shire’s principal planner Hugh Pierce said in his report to the planning services committee that the proposed development represented a “substantial change to the subject site” before it was knocked back by the council. With 1068 objectors and 33 letters of support, Ryman has foreshadowed an appeal to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. If the shire’s request for rezoning is approved by Mr Wynne, the council says “inappropriate uses such as a residential aged care facility and retirement village would become prohibited”.

The mayor Cr Sam Hearn said the council’s “unanimous rejection of this application reflects the significant community concern about the appropriateness of the development”. “Ultimately … council’s aim is to protect the unique rural and green break between Mount Eliza and the township of Mornington.” Cr Rosie Clark said the objections were the “highest number of community submissions the council has received for a planning application in recent years. We are committed to hearing our community’s voice and protecting our townships”.

Briars Ward Councillor Bev Colomb said the “overdevelopment” does “not reflect the character of this neighbourhood”. “If it proceeds it [will] have negative impacts on the coastal landscape, the environment, and the historical value of the site. Council’s refusal was based on good planning for the future of this area.” Those interested can email richard.wynne@parliament.vic.gov.au to object to the Ryman application and encourage the minister to authorise the planning scheme amendment C270morn.

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Anger over MP’s poll roll Continued from Page 1 Cr Gill said it was “very unusual [for an MP] to publicly select some candidates as suitable for election, especially on the peninsula”. He said it was “cheeky and illegal to use the shire logo”. Cr Gill said correspondence with other councillors showed they were angered by Mr Brayne’s action. “One councillor said he should have known better and another felt for the new candidates being dragged into it.” In reply to a comment on his Facebook page, Mr Brayne said the candidates he mentioned were not “Labor” but “only some people who I’ve gotten to know who I feel comfortable sharing”. He said there were “likely to be more” but listing them on his Facebook page “is in no way indicative of whether they are Liberal or Labor”. Keryn Maddicks Rivett posted that she would be “excited to replace one or two [councillors] who are in at the moment - we need new blood who are there for more than the functions they can attend”.

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NEPEAN MP Chris Brayne’s use of Mornington Peninsula Shire’s logo on his Facebook page.


LOCKDOWN PICTURES SPRING has arrived, and while we’re still urged to stay home and keep social distancing when shopping or exercising, nature has no such concerns. Sass Kellow, of Mount Eliza saw the beauty of a caterpillar in the garden (left), while Helena Van der Haar, who lives at Beleura Retirement Village, Mornington photographed her “favourite eucalyptus - a silver princess - with large silvery nuts and an abundance of bright red flowers” (bottom left). Eleven-year-old Jonte Field, of

Mount Martha, submitted several spring images, including a bird’s nest and egg, a “mysterious” egg on the lawn and a bee collecting for nectar (below). Humour in tough times is always welcome, and the rubbish bin (right) spotted by Michael Kavanagh in York Street, Mornington sums up a lot of feelings as we await the all clear on COVID-19. Readers are invited to send and share their pictures, with a short caption, to: lockdown@mpnews.com.au

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When a Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au Right at home: Josie Jones and a seahorse share a familiar environment. Picture: Supplied

Pick it up for nature’s sake THE harm caused by uncollected dog poo on the Mornington Peninsula’s marine environment has prompted activist Josie Jones to bring the issue out into the open. “I shudder every time I think about the marine creatures’ exposure to these gross pollutants,” the 2019 Mornington Peninsula Australia Day Citizen of the Year said. “They already have such a mission just to become adults that they deserve our respect and help.” Ms Jones, whose work has been recognised through several awards, including the 2016 Dame Phyllis Frost Award and the 2017 Litter Prevention prize from Keep Victoria Beautiful, said: “In all the years of litter prevention I have avoided saying anything about the poo problem. “But so many people interact with the water through fishing, diving, boating and stand-up paddling that the poo compromises their ability to enjoy the marine environment safely.” Ms Jones said for years she had watched parents sifting sand before placing their toddlers down for beach play or pulling dog poo or cigarette butts from toddlers’ hands or mouths.

“Pollution caused by dog poo extends across the entire peninsula and beyond,” she said. “Dogs are not allowed into playgrounds [because] they leave poo on the ground and, contrary to popular belief, it can take up to a year for dog poo to break down when buried. “The best environmental solution for dog poo is in a worm farm, and only biodegradable poo bags or newspaper should be used when collecting poo.” Ms Jones has drawn a poster to get the message across. She said a member of the Southern Mornington Peninsula Noticeboard had suggested putting the posters up on fences and in windows at home to show solidarity with the message. “It’s not about shaming people, it’s about respect for the earth. It’s not about obeying rules, it’s about caring for nature. “We all want to be a part of a better future – for everyone.” Possibly one reason for there being more poo on beaches over the past few months is that people are home and have more time to walk their dogs. Stephen Taylor

JENNY Angliss-Goodall and her new “right arm”, Koda.

Festival to link crabs with cuttlefish Stephen Taylor steve@baysidenews.com.au THE southern Mornington Peninsula could play host to an annual festival based around giant spider crab’s if a Rye dive shop proprietor’s dreams come true. The festival would celebrate the annual migration of the crustaceans as they gather in their thousands off Rye and Blairgowrie beaches to shed their skins. The crabs’ arrival from May to June triggers a rush by drivers, sightseers and fishers who scoop them from the water by the bucket load. While divers film under Rye pier, rays and sharks feast on the crabs made suddenly vulnerable through the shedding of their skins. Lloyd Borrett, owner of The Scuba Doctor Australia, in Rye industrial estate, is pushing the festival plan – possibly to coincide with the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in mid-June – which he says would revitalise business and tourism in the area. “I’m a true believer in the potential to grow tourism and economic development in Rye,” he said. “However, some new approaches are required.” Mr Borrett, who comes from Whyalla in South Australia, said the frenetic underwater activity generated by the crabs drew parallels with the mating habits of the giant cuttlefish in waters off the town made famous by the BBC documentary Blue Planet II. The David Attenborough production also featured giant spider crabs off Rye, with Mr Borrett’s dive shop hosting the BBC natural history unit film crew on location. “For 25 years, Whyalla held the Australian Snapper Fishing Championship. Now that’s gone and, instead, they have the Giant Cuttlefish Festival which draws people from all over Australia and the world,” he said. “Whyalla is soon to get a $7.8 million circular jetty as well as open a $100 million, nine-storey hotel, and it has a lot to do with the giant cuttlefish gathering nearby to mate. That’s a lot of economic investment.”

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Crab-led recovery: Lloyd Borrett is keen to hold a giant spider crab festival at Rye to help boost business and tourism. Picture: Yanni

Mr Borrett said marine biologists and ecologists working for Eyre Peninsula Natural Resource Management started the cuttlefest and it took a few years for Whyalla Council to realise the festival’s potential. The council has now commissioned a Port Lincoln-based artist to create a giant cuttlefish mascot. “Imagine this sort of thing happening at Rye linking the giant spider crabs and the giant cut-

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tlefish in Whyalla?” he said. “The two gatherings overlap. We had a number of local, regional Victorian, interstate and international tourists travelling to see both events in recent years. “If we get people excited about the local business potential with the giant spider crabs and other local marine activities, such as seeing the weedy sea dragons at Flinders pier, it should happen.”

JENNY Angliss-Goodall is developing a special relationship. It is one of co-dependency and is not her first. The last one lasted 12 years and, when it ended, she felt as though she had “lost my right arm”. Heartbroken, but realistic enough to know that nothing lasts forever, Angliss-Goodall set about finding a new partner. The loss more than two and a half years ago of her assistance dog, Dudley, left a huge gap in her life. “We did everything together: from helping me around the home picking up anything and everything that I dropped - hair brush, shampoo bottle and even soap,” Angliss-Goodall affectionately recalls. Dudley helped with everyday chores such as washing clothes and visiting the supermarket where he would pick up dropped items. He was also an active companion for swimming at Mothers and Mills beaches at Mornington, going to the movies and live shows, the tennis, going to Adelaide by train (“the only stop where someone could get off was to let Dudley have a pee at the half way mark”) and travelling with a camper trailer to Kakadu National Park and Uluru. Dudley had been a cabin passenger on at least 20 domestic flights. Dudley was also well known to the hundreds of people at beach days organised by the Disabled Surfers Association Mornington Peninsula

High praise for brave actions A MOUNT Eliza man who risked serious injury in freeing the driver of a crashed and burning cement truck at McCrae in 2016 has been awarded a medal “for acts of bravery in hazardous circumstances”. Joshua Allan Downes was among 29 people honoured for their courage by GovernorGeneral David Hurley on Wednesday 26 August. Mr Downes was driving along the Mornington Peninsula freeway at 7am, 16 May, when he saw that a cement truck had left the freeway, crashed into trees and rolled onto its side. He pulled his car over and rushed through thick scrub and bent and broken trees to the truck. The driver, whose legs were trapped under the dashboard, was screaming for help as the cabin began to catch fire. An explosion then threw Mr Downes back and he thought the driver may have been killed. With the cabin filling with black smoke, he heard the man again screaming for help. He called for bystanders from nearby homes to get their garden hoses and then directed the water into the cabin. Flames were beginning to reach the driver, but this quick action meant the fire was contained. Mr Downes climbed down into the cabin to comfort the driver until paramedics and emergency services crews arrived and the man was freed. In praising these brave actions, the Governor-General said: “On behalf of all Australians, I would like to congratulate and thank the individuals being recognised today. Their deeds and selflessness are inspirational. “[They] didn’t wake up in the morning and decide that they would be brave – each was faced with an unexpected situation and made a conscious choice, in the moment, to turn towards the danger and help others.” Stephen Taylor


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branch, of which Angliss-Goodall is a foundation member and former president (“Surfing’s new president is concentrating on smiles” The News 3/7/17) Angliss-Goodall was born with arthrogmyposis multiplex congenital (AMC), a condition that sees two or more joints become permanently fixed (bent or straight) before birth, leading to underdeveloped muscles and curved hands. “I could walk with crutches and my trunk was growing normally but my legs weren’t,” she says. “They wouldn’t amputate [someone with my condition] these days as they can do a lot more with early intervention, even doing tendon transplants. “I persevered with the artificial legs for 10 years, but in the end it was too difficult. You can look as a good as the next person, but you’d be propped up.” Angliss-Goodall says being sent to a special development school is another aspect of her upbringing that would not occur today. “Dudley was such a seasoned sociable dog, our bond was strong - we adored each other,” Angliss-Goodall said. “The sad part about owning a dog is that their lives are short. As Dudley aged, I was determined that I was never going to let him suffer. How could I after all he had done for me over the years? I was not going to wait until he could not walk, I wanted his dignity to be intact. “People ask how you know when it’s the time for my dog to leave this life. I can assure you, if you know your doggo well, they will tell you it’s time for them to go. It was it hard, devastating, heartbreaking - it broke my heart.” Angliss-Goodall was alongside the vet

CYCLISTS have just over one week to comment on Mornington Peninsula Shire’s draft RideSafe Strategy 2020. Community comments on the strategy close 5pm, Friday 11 September. The aim of the strategy is to encourage more people to cycle on the peninsula to get where they need to go, and for recreation, by providing a “safe, low stress, integrated and connected cycling network focusing on the user experience”. The mayor Cr Sam Hearn said cycling and road safety had proven to be a “high priority for residents”. “During the 2019 community consultation we had over 400 social media engagements and over 500 submissions,” he said. “This feedback has helped inform the draft RideSafe Strategy 2020.” Cr Hearn said the strategy was “more relevant than ever” with a marked increase in cycling apparent during the COVID-19 restrictions. “This strategy will help this to continue after the pandemic is over,” he said. The main objectives of the draft RideSafe Strategy 2020 are to improve cycling infrastructure to reduce the risk to users, and to develop a connected cycling network to ensure most areas of the peninsula can be accessed by bicycle. It aims to enhance the “user experience” to encourage more people to cycle, and to educate road and trail users and promote cycling on the peninsula. The mayor said key cycling routes and trails in the draft strategy have been developed to achieve a “core network of both on-road routes and off-road trails accessing most areas of the peninsula”. In developing the draft strategy, the shire created a cycling route risk assessment tool which assesses key criteria affecting the safety of cyclists along a section of road or off-road path. This tool has already been used to audit several routes and will continue to be used by the shire to prioritise projects along the key routes and trails to get the most impact for investment. To provide feedback visit: mornpen.vic.gov.au/ haveyoursay

“thanking, kissing and cuddling Duddles … as he slipped away”. “The first year and a half was terribly hard - I’d lost my right hand.” Angliss-Goodall eased her pain by volunteering to do temporary care for the Dog’s for Kids, an organisation that provides assistance and therapy dogs for children whose everyday activities are restricted by physical, intellectual, sensory, social and emotional challenges. While Dudley was still alive but retired, Angliss-Goodall trialed a possible replacement. However, Walnut, a 14-month-old Labrador, proved to be a “random barker”. He was given “advanced training” but persisted with barking and so was placed with a family which has three children and his life involves going to school as a therapy dog. Two and a half years after losing Dudley, Angliss-Goodall was called by Assistance Dogs Australia to say “they had a puppo that they thought was a good match for me”. It was, like Dudley, a black Labrador. “They told me that he was tall, dark and handsome and his name was Koda, just what I needed, me having short arms and not a long reach.” A problem arose. The coronavirus pandemic was restricting travel and so Koda has to fly solo, so to speak, from Sydney instead of being accompanied by a trainer. “Usually the trainer and dog come together and stay for one week to train me and the puppo how to become a well working team,” Angliss-Goodall said. However, Koda was met on arrival by trainer Kristen Papay, who brought him to Angliss-Goodall in Mornington. In some ways it was a double homecoming for Koda as the two year old was born

in Aspendale. “To say that I was excited was an understatement, I was doing all sorts of things to keep me distracted until they arrived,” she said. “When they walked through my front door it was love at first sight. Koda is tall, has a shiny coat, the most beautiful face, the kindest eyes and a big blobby nose that I love to kiss. I am teaching him how to give me eskimo kisses.” Settling in to his new life and home involves lots of cuddling on the couch “which helps remember, with our bonding”. Koda’s “job” at his new “forever home” is not ignored. “There is a serious side to Koda’s and my partnership, which is to help me, make my life easier and give me confidence that when I am out and about that he will be there for me,” Angliss-Goodall said. Among his responsibilities are to “pick up anything and everything: my car key’s if I drop them, money or my credit card, pass me the toilet paper and anything else along the way”. Dudley - remember, he was a Labrador would pick up a piece of dropped cake and return it to the table. Whether or not Koda will find temptation that easy to resist is yet to be seen. But that’s a test Angliss-Goodall does not see as being the most important to their relationship. “Koda will be my companion through this wonderful journey of life,” she said “Although there will never be a replacement for Dudley, what I do know is that I already love this beautiful boy and, without a doubt, our love and admiration for each other will continue to deepen.”

Become more involved in Council decisions Mornington Peninsula Shire wants community members to be as involved as possible in the decisions that affect them. We want to have deeper, richer and more meaningful conversations with our community and we’re encouraging more residents to participate in the process.

Your Shire needs you! We are now seeking community input on a draft Community Engagement Strategy. The Shire plays an important role in looking after our community by providing a range of services and facilities. We welcome your participation and involvement.

How to have your say The draft Community Engagement Strategy is available for public comment until September 22. There is also a short survey where you can tell us how you’d like to be involved.

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Preserve Koala habitat and don’t plant hedges We are lucky to live on the Mornington Peninsula with it’s national parks, native bush and wildlife but, unfortunately, not all people moving here appreciate the unique, natural beauty of our Australian bush. It seems to me that more and more new landowners who have purchased acreage on the peninsula don’t like the native trees, bush and wildlife. Why they buy here I really don’t know. These people seem to want their newly acquired properties to closely resemble an English manor. The first thing they do is almost completely clear their blocks of native trees and bush, sometimes illegally. They then plant a Cypress pine hedge and rows of weedy agapanthus and mow the roadside bush at the front of their property (“Don’t bet on always keeping a hedge” The News 18/8/20). To top it off they will then put up a two-metre or more high wildlife-proof fence. They say it’s to keep out those “dreadful” kangaroos, but in doing so these fences also prevent other wildlife from getting in such as our dwindling koala population. But hang on, there are no gum trees for the koalas anyway. Let’s not even get into the argument about their reason for removing almost every single tree is because of the threat of bushfires. Don’t they know a pine hedge will go up in flames much quicker than native trees? It’s so disappointing and sad to see this destruction occurring on a regular basis. Thank goodness for Red Hill Ward councillor David Gill, who is doing his best to conserve the peninsula’s native wildlife and habitat. He and others are working on planning overlays to prevent further destruction of koala habitat. We need more councillors like him and more peninsula residents to say no to mindless land clearing. Mary Waterman, vice-president Mornington Peninsula Koala Conservation Group

Branching out I loved the article about the hedges, and I am pleased to know that my rates are being spent wisely (“Don’t bet on always keeping a hedge” The News 18/8/20). I would like to know if those on the [Mornington Peninsula Shire’s] investigative committee are in the special branch? Are they getting to the root of the problem and is it all being paid for by a hedge fund? Judi Loughridge, Rosebud

Umpire to decide The president of Peninsula Aero Club (PAC), Jack Vevers, claims the club has all the approvals it needs to continue operating the landing ground/airfield/airport in Tyabb the way it does (“Hearings could lead to airfield shutdown” The News 25/8/20). Mornington Peninsula Shire Council takes a different view, based on the advice of a legal senior counsel following a major review. The resolution of this matter is a no-brainer: go to VCAT to get an independent legal interpretation. If Mr Vevers is correct, PAC has nothing to fear. If he is incorrect, then we will all know why PAC needs to moderate its activities. Either way, PAC will have had the chance to present its evidence and its credibility will have been evaluated. In Tyabb, the runway is only 250 meters from the general residential zone (the helicopter pad is closer), more than 2650 people live within 1.5 kilometres of the runway, more than 2000 children go to the four schools within 1.7km. Despite this, there are very few restrictions on aircraft traffic and noise. For example, there is no legally enforceable cap on how many aircraft can take off in a day, or in an hour, and aircraft which are not on an emergency operate at night. The aircraft noise local residents experience should not be determined by the noise makers. It should be determined by sensible and appropriate compromises where local residents who live with the noise pollution have a significant

influence. Tyabb residents have already spoken on this. I conducted an extensive survey in 2018, which showed four out of five (79 per cent) want no increase above 2018 levels. The local community deserves legal protection to ensure there are limits on future aircraft noise and the time of day and night at which we experience it. Brewis Atkinson, Tyabb

Industrious BMXers My home on Wimborne Avenue, Mount Eliza backs on to the Jessie White Reserve and I unequivocally support BMX/mountain bike tracks in bush that otherwise goes completely unused and is quite frankly, an environmental hazard (“Closures lead to DIY BMX tracks” The News 25/8/20). Not only have some industrious youngsters cleared a veritable tinderbox of undergrowth and dry wood, they’ve cleared paths in an area largely inhabited by Introduced species that have killed off native fauna: rats and foxes. Unfortunately, the only people objecting to (and destroying) the use of the land, which otherwise is useless, are a few older residents who clearly have no memory of childhood. These youngsters are outside instead of on their devices and they’re using critical skills that will hold them in good stead as future citizens; they’re developing the land through planning, engaging in discussions on viability and suitability of natural building materials and they’re giving back to the community a resource that’s valued by other cyclists. The Live Love Mount Eliza Facebook page has a post from earlier this year on the track out the back of Wimborne. With great respect to the elderly, it’s time for them to move on - their economic legacy and environmental impact is nothing short of shameless. Lara Blamey, Mount Eliza

Bad example What sort of example does it set for children when their parents encourage and assist illegal bike tracks to be laid through Mornington Peninsula Shire Council land, destroying the natural environment along the way (“Closures lead to DIY BMX tracks” The News 25/8/20)? Ratepayers contribute to the upkeep of parks and reserves and they are there for the use of all to enjoy undisturbed, not to become obstacles courses for the selfish few. We can say “no” and fine these parents and others flouting the laws with their excavators and dumping of soil, not take the soft approach. Council erected tape, put up a sign and placed obstacles along a self-made BMX track leading from Shire Hall Beach to Mills Beach, Mornington prohibiting the use and pointing out the need to protect the scrub, only to have the tape and sign pulled down. It is very pleasant to walk along the pathways provided there, but the constant use of bike riders is exposing the roots of trees to such an extent that it is becoming somewhat hazardous. It would be good to see a sign up excluding the use of bikes. I fully support Jeanette Miller’s plea to protect the remaining woodland corridor along the Moorooduc-Mornington railway line before it too is lost (“Planned shared path is not good for nature” Letters 25/8/20). Beverley Treloar, Mornington

on it, it is still graffiti and is against the law. The prominent people who are against AGL should put their hands up and denounce such behaviour. I am asking our MP for Flinders, Greg Hunt, our MP for Hastings Neale Burgess, the mayor and councillors of Mornington Peninsula Shire and the spokesperson for Save Westernport Julia Stockigt to publicly declare that they do not agree with such behaviour. Perhaps the police may investigate it as well, as I believe it was done during curfew hours. Michael Binney, Bittern

Unfair criticism On the Letters page, much time is spent kicking [Premier] Dan Andrews. Evidence is not brought forward, as it assumed everyone will agree with the negative opinion of the writer. The assumption is made that Dan Andrews was stupid to employ security guards to manage hotel quarantine. Apparently the ADF should be used as it is in NSW, except that security guards are also used in NSW. Interestingly, the federal government provides lists of approved security guard companies. In New Zealand, where only police and defence are used for hotel quarantine, there have been breakouts. Only luck and low COVID-19 case numbers meant there was little consequence. The federal LNP wants to pass responsibility to Dan Andrews for aged care COVID-19 outbreaks on public health grounds. However, in state aged care decent staff-to-patient ratios and rules have not led to COVID-19 outbreaks. Only the federal regulator has authority to intervene in aged care. Yet our premier has had to take hundreds of nurses out of state-run and paid for hospitals to stem disaster in federally funded and regulated private providers. Procurement of PPE for the nation is a federal responsibility, yet we hear daily from nurses in hospitals and aged care about not being able to get proper PPE. Example: nurses are more often than not female. They have smaller faces than men, but the N95 masks which take about an hour to be properly fitted, are not fitted, and the ones ordered for Australia are all for men, and too big for women, therefore ineffective. People trying to make a case against Dan Andrews and the NSW premier, of course are more knowledgeable and could have done a better job themselves, not. Susan Cee, Mornington

Foreseeable deaths I’m feeling a bit grumpy today, obviously it’s the lockdown. I’m grumpy about the airhead recalcitrants who won’t wear masks or stay home, therefore, we’re at stage four restrictions. I’m grumpy about how celebrities and or wealthy people appear able to flaunt the quarantine rules. [Trucking magnate] Lindsay Fox’s son got himself and his family over the Queensland border because he flashed his truckie’s licence. I wonder if he put his family into the cab of a B-double and drive up there? I’m grumpy because of all the deaths occurring in nursing homes, a federal government responsibility that [Prime Minister Scott] Morrison keeps trying to flick pass to [Premier Daniel] Andrews. The PM is quoted as saying “in so many cases, the issues in aged care facilities are unforeseen circumstances”. At the aged care royal commission, Peter Rozen QC replied, “none of the problems were unforeseeable”. Aged Care Minister Richard Colbeck didn’t know the figure for aged care deaths in Victoria. At the time of writing this letter it was 254. If Colbeck can’t do the job, then he should be sacked. John Cain, McCrae

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Whether you are anti or pro AGL’s floating gas terminal proposal for Crib Point, I pose the following question: Do you have the right to graffiti public property or any property for that matter with your stance? It appears that the anti-AGL supporters seem to think they have the right to graffiti whatever they please, to show their support for their cause. Again, the ballast along the railway track at Bittern has been grafittied with anti an AGL message. Regardless of what spin the anti-brigade put

I believe our local member [Flinders MP Greg Hunt] in his role as Health Minister has been derelict in his lack of understanding of the health impacts of climate change. For the last two decades at least, scientists have been warning us about the link between climate change and pandemics, as the loss in biodiversity, destruction of native forests and warming temperatures allow diseases to spread. We saw the impact of smoke from the bushfires earlier this year that we have almost forgotten. However, we are now facing yet another

bushfire season in the coming months, with the government apparently doing little to prepare for its worst impacts. The AMA, in a presentation to a 2017 Senate inquiry, said heatwaves posed a greater risk to Australian lives than any other natural disaster. This inquiry recommended that the federal government develop a national climate and health strategy. Yet, just as the Commonwealth has ignored the many warnings it has had about the precarious nature of aged care, it is also ignoring the impact of climate change on our health. This government consistently refuses to act to turn around the climate emergency, instead continues to champion fossil fuels. It is fair to ask Greg Hunt, at the least, what plans he has for developing a plan to address the health impacts of climate change? At the moment it appears he is happy to sit on his hands. Marg D’Arcy, Rye

Unanswered questions I have been considering the NSW inquiry into the Ruby Princess debacle. Have I missed something? How can the powerful border force and agriculture departments be exonerated from any blame so emphatically by the federal and NSW governments when heads of departments were not allowed to appear before the inquiry to be asked and answer the many damming questions of what exactly went wrong? Is this is just another whitewash by these governments to protect politicians and staff who need to be bought to account? A sorry, only by the premier of NSW, is just not good enough, given the consequences of the evolving debacle that continues, which has left so many people devastated, with evidence given at the inquiry, on all accounts could have been preventable. No one is being held accountable, no sacking, unbelievable, just buck passing. The prime minister is missing in action; nothing to see here is his and his government’s usual mantra! The people who have had loved ones die and others left with serious ongoing health problems need answers. Day after day the Victorian Premier Dan Andrews fronts up to his constituency, taking scrutiny on the hotel debacle, with very probing questions from mostly hostile journalists. As he keeps saying, the buck stops with him. Transparency in a democracy is fundamental if we are to trust our politicians. Ongoing scrutiny of the Ruby Princess and the many questions of what went wrong should not be allowed to pass unanswered! Denise Hassett, Mount Martha

Political avoidance Well, we have two political hero leaders: [Victorian Premier] DanAndrews and [NSW Premier] Gladys Berejiklian, both of who are willing to admit mistakes have been made and to own up to them and to front the press with answers not diversion. Unlike our Prime Minister [Scott Morrison] who is an expert at not answering, ignoring the question and answering a question that was not asked. Reporter: Mr Morrison, why did your plan for aged care not work? Was it inadequate, and why did it take so long to take action? Morrison: I have had discussions with Dan Andrews and will continue to discuss this issue with him. I am hoping he follows the proper protocols on the issue and ends this mess. Reporter: What are the protocols? Morrison: Dan Andrews has them, and we will be working together on them. Reporter: But what are they? Morrison: What are what? Reporter: The protocols? Morrison: What protocols? Reporter: The protocols you have given to Dan Andrews? Morrison: Yes, Dan Andrews has them. Reporter: Could you list five of the protocols? Morrison: Geez. We just announced an additional $171 million, so maybe Dan Andrews can deal with this. And remember, we regulate aged care, but when there is a public health pandemic then they are things that are managed from Victoria. Joe Lenzo, Safety Beach

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Football protest put down by Somerville skipper Compiled by Cameron McCullough After Somerville so narrowly missed victory on Saturday last, there were some of Somerville’s enthusiasts who thought that Somerville ought to lodge a protest against Frankston playing its one-time skipper, Bill Cain. Somerville alleged that it was an injustice to include one who had not played three qualifying games, as they allege that Cain played only two games – one against Dromana on May 21st and one against Somerville on August 14th. Despite the majority desiring to protest, the Somerville skipper, Hutchison, was strongly against it. “No. I’ll not sign any protests.” he remarked, when questioned by the writer. To the writer’s viewpoint, Hutchison’s sporting spirit was too strong to permit his signing the protest, and yet Somerville would be acting rightly if the charge against Cain was proved to be correct. Frankston denies the charge. Somerville sports remarked that if Cain was eligible on the two games, as they allege, Somerville would have been justified in playing Percy Thornell, who had only played two senior games. Be that as it may, Somerville goes out—creditably. Whilst discussing the subject, it may not be out of place to chronicle the fact that one Somerville supporter assured me that be had a note from Cain, in black and white, admitting ineligibility. It has been remarked here that no

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such letter exists. If these notes come under the optics of that sport, will he post it to me, if he has it, to print in these notes? Another discomfiture to some Frankston sports was the including of George Patterson at the last moment when he had not been selected, in Major Condor’s place, in preference to Eric McComb, who had been selected as first of the emergencies. There may be something in it. But we recorded the fact some weeks previously that most likely Patterson would be available for the semi-final and final matches. After Somerville’s defeat, the Frankston skipper, McCulloch, congratulated Somerville’s skipper, Hutchison, on the remarkable game Somerville played. Pleased as he was, McCulloch was sufficiently imbued with the sporting spirit to acknowledge the gallant fight the Somerville stalwarts had fought. “You played all over us in the last term,” he admitted to Hutchison, who returned compliments by a hearty hand shake. *** THERE are 15,456 electors on the roll for Mornington electorate as against 14,722 in 1917. *** MESSRS J. Wigg (hotel keeper, Brocklesby, NS.W.), J. Flannagan (storekeeper of Tocumwal), and W. Walker (storekeeper, Kiewa, Vic) recently purchased four fine allotments each at Frankston. They propose erecting bungalows on the blocks. ***

TWO of Melbourne’s leading barristers visited Frankston last week. One has his eye on property here. *** MR M. A. James, late of the Imperial Army, has started a plumber’s business at Playne Street, Frankston. Mr James has an announcement in this issue. *** THE annual meeting of the Frankston Athletic Club will held at the Mechanics’ Institute on Monday night next, and all interested are invited to attend. *** MR J. J. Powell announces in this issue that he has commenced business as watch maker, etc. at Frankston, and advises that orders may be left at his private residence. *** ON August 13th, Mr J. B. Jolly, late of Frankston, having completed 17 years with the Vacuum Oil Co Ltd, was presented by the directors with 100 shares (valued at £10 10s each) in the company. *** MR W. R. Angus, of Eldorado, has purchased two allotments in Finley Street, Frankston and proposes to erect a summer residence thereon. *** MR William Kemp’s modern home on Melbourne Road, Frankston, has been commenced. *** IT is rumoured that one of Frankston’s best businesses has changed hands at a satisfactory figure. *** A BIG clearing sale of cattle, horses,

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and implements takes place on Monday, Sept 6 at Mr Lush’s, Seaford – see advt. *** NEXT Friday night, in the Mechanics’ Hall, the scholars of the Frankston State School are giving a concert and variety entertainment. A large audience is expected. The programme includes Brahe’s cantata, “The Magic Wood.” *** THE principal trees planted at the Frankston State School on Arbor Day were: – Three Albies Douglasii, three Picea Fraserii, one Cedrus Atlanitica, six Cedrus Deodaan, two Eriobotyara, 15. Eucalyptus Ficifolia, and the following Acacias – 34 Pyenantha, 12 Baileyana, 12 Spectabalis, six Melanoxylon, two Phoenix Canariensis, one Chamaerops, four Olives, eight Bougainvilleias and 10 Holly. *** THE late Mr Edward H. Thoraberg, late boniface of the isle of Wight Hotel, Cowes, who died recently, left £12,865 to friends. *** “YOU Can’t Have Everything” is the Frankston Band feature for Saturday night. Kathryn Williams, Sylvia Breamer, Elliott Dexter, Theodore Roberts, Wanda Hawley and Tully Marshall are part of the cast. *** A Welcome Citizen We extract the following from the Essendon “Gazette”: Last week a number of friends farewelled Mr Milner Macmaster prior to his departure for Frankston, where he

proposes to interest himself in land. In Essendon. Mr Macmaster was an active member of the Horticultural and Literary Societies, but was best known as President of the North Essendon Progress Association. The association originated in the fight for the Keilor Road School, Victory crowned their efforts, and the fine building erected by the Education Department has just been opened. During the years of Mr Macmaster’s presidency the Association had the satisfaction of seeing two fine parks presented to the council, of erecting a shelter shed, of making countless minor improvements, and of seeing the district advance by leaps and bounds. Mr Macmaster has been interested in land and journalism for very many years, and in exceptionally wide connection with the press in four of the six States gives him an almost unique opportunity to call attention to the needs and attractions of the district in which he resides. Mr Macmaster’s removal to Frankston is primarily due to family reasons. Mrs Macmaster organised a branch of the Red Cross in her own home, and Miss Dorothea Macmaster is a well known pianiste whose recitals have been very successful.” We welcome Mr Macmaster to our district. A business announcement from Mr Macmaster appears elsewhere. *** FROM the pages of the Mornington Standard, 27 August 1920

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Lockdown – Tips for Surrendering to your Canine Overlord By Stuart McCullough IT came to a head this week. I was sitting at my desk when the phone rang. This, of itself, is not an unusual occurrence. The caller was not a colleague or friend but a delivery driver. He was, as it turns out, standing at the gate with a package that he was being paid to deliver. However, the front gate was as far as he wanted to come. The reason, so he said, was our dog. Presumably people in the delivery business all speak to each other. Maybe they even have their own Facebook, WhatsApp or Hoomadoodle page where they share their thoughts, hopes and dreams. Clearly, they’ve been talking about our dog. Word has gotten around. Let me clear – our dog doesn’t live in the front yard. Were someone to walk from the gate to the front door, they wouldn’t encounter our dog in a physical sense. They would, however, know she was there. Our dog, Fozzie, is a fifty kilogram hound who is the friendliest dog in the world, unless you’re a stranger approaching our house in which case she’ll bark as though she’s planning to tear your arms off. Barking at strangers who enter your property is kind of what dogs do. It’s their form of trash talk or, if you prefer, a canine KPI. Being something of a large dog, Fozzie’s bark is deep, sonorous and makes her sound even larger than she is. I’m sure those who experience the full force of her barking as they approach the porch imagine her to be about twelve feet tall, raised on a diet of raw meat and Red Bull rather than dry food and carrots. In ‘bark’ terms,

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I’d describe her as a baritone. The sound is spectacular and is not to everyone’s liking. This is my third week of working from home every day. What I’ve learned is that although my name is on the title deed, the house belongs to the 2 September 2020

dog. She simply lets me stay here partly as an act of charity and partly because I can reach the dog food. I serve a purpose in her canine kingdom. The day she learns to get her own food and open doors is the day she’ll ask me to leave. It’s only her lack of opposable

thumbs that sees me living here. With lockdown in full effect, not only are we stuck at home, we’re doing a lot more on-line shopping. In short, there’s a parade of delivery people arriving on our front porch. This occurs randomly. The first I know of it is when the dog starts barking up a storm. By the time I reach the front door, all I see is a fluorescent vest leaving in great haste as yet another delivery driver flees for their lives. It’s not just the sound of our dog; it’s the sight of her also. Fozzie very much likes to see what’s going on in the street. This means she sometimes hangs out by the side gate in order to catch a glimpse of comings and goings. Sometimes, however, we leave the front door open with just the steel grill closed. We used to have a fly-wire door before discovering that it was unlikely to support the weight of a dog who, for whatever reason, decided to stand on her hind legs to greet anyone dressed in flouro. When she does this, she stands about six feet tall. This, for want of a better way of describing it, can be off-putting for the uninitiated. It’s not just deliveries where the dog makes her presence felt. She has completely transformed what it is to participate in a work-related zoom conference, in much the same way as face masks have forever changed how it feels to sneeze. It’s as if she senses weakness. Or a lack of attention. Or knows that being disruptive will increase her chances of getting food. (I can’t be too judgmental; I’ve been known to take a similar approach.) Whatever the cause, it has become commonplace for her to burst in, leap into frame, and bark before leaving.

It’s the equivalent of having someone walk into a room, tip the furniture over before storming out. The more important the meeting, the greater the chances a canine cameo will disrupt it. On the plus side, the dog needs to be walked. This keeps me to a schedule as the dog is far less flexible about these things than me. She invariably lets me know when it’s time to step away from the computer. Over the past few weeks I’ve discovered that we no longer have a social circle. It’s more a social oval, where fellow dog owners greet each other as their dogs get some much-needed exercise. By the time I reached the gate, the delivery driver was on his phone. Doubtless he was posting a message to Facebook, WhatsApp or Hoomadoodle that he’d encountered the legendary hound and the rumours were true. He looked a little shaken. He asked me what my name was and I told him ‘Fozzie’, thinking it was better to tell him who was in charge. He handed over the parcel and disappeared, the sound of the dog still ringing in his ears. Since then, parcels have begun appearing on the front step. I suspect they’re being thrown from the footpath. Perhaps they’re using some type of parcel slingshot or catapult. Or, given their condition, dropping them from a plane. Whatever the case, they’ve adapted. Right now, the dog is at my feet and everything is peaceful. And so it will remain until a delivery arrives. I like that she’s protective and loud and vigilant. That for this brief moment in time, we’re together a lot. For that, at least, I’m thankful. stuart@stuartmccullough.com


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Skills key to Giabardo’s way SOCCER

By Craig MacKenzie DOES Rob Giabardo ever stop teaching? When he’s not teaching phys ed or taking grade six classes at Hampton Primary School he’s teaching at Chelsea soccer club. He’d be the first to admit that a major part of his life revolves around classrooms and football pitches. The Melbourne-born father of three has been involved at State 4 South outfit Chelsea since 2013 but his journey there was via Pennsylvania where he landed as a 20-year-old around 40 years ago. His US experience did much to shape his views of coaching. “I worked with kids with disabilities at a camp in Pennsylvania and through doing that I met a lot of guys who would come over from the UK and do their summers there,” he said. “A lot of them were excellent soccer coaches and one of them worked for the English FA as a coaches’ instructor and had been with Chelsea, Newcastle and Carlisle. “He was Adam Ford, a Scottish guy, an excellent bloke and we remain friends to this day. “He taught me that coaching juniors should be focussed on their skills. “His favourite saying was ‘tools for the toolbox’ and that has stuck with me for 30 years. “His focus was on giving players the skills, the tools, to implement the tactics. “The whole game is about problem solving, about giving players a skill set so they can accomplish things on the pitch.” In the US Giabardo signed up for coaching courses through the National Soccer Coaches Association and completed week-long residential and weekend classes conducted by professionals from leading UK clubs such as Scottish giant Rangers and Leeds United. “I’d go back to my local area, Nazareth in Pennsylvania, and coach at the local club. “I became their technical director and coached some really good quality kids. “One of our teams was ranked ninth in the country in their age group which was a real feather in the club’s cap.” Yet when he returned to Melbourne 12 years ago he wasn’t immediately

Junior champs: Chelsea’s under-13s, winners of the 2019 Bendigo Cup. Inset: Rob Giabardo. Pictures: supplied

welcomed with open arms. “I didn’t have a club so I spoke to Hampton soccer club and said I’d like to volunteer. “They told me they didn’t need anyone. I thought ‘wow’. That really surprised me so then I went to Sandringham and they said ‘sure’ so I coached a team called Storm there. “From under-10s and under-11s we coached their skill set and these guys became a wonderful group of players who ended up winning just about everything in Australia including their league, a Kanga Cup (held annually in Canberra), a Bendigo Cup, in fact I think we won six Bendigo Cups in a row.” But Giabardo eventually became disillusioned with what he saw as a switch in focus at Sandringham. “It became hard to get anything done for the juniors as Sandy invested a lot of time and effort into senior football. “I went to Beaumaris to help them because they were struggling with numbers and had around 200 juniors.” A year later Beaumaris had 630 juniors but again Giabardo encountered a focus on the seniors and that was a problem for him. “I’m all about junior development and getting the juniors to go right through the club to the seniors if possible. “That’s how you develop clubs, develop culture, develop players.” At Beaumaris he met Dom Boccari, one of a group that had taken over Chelsea from its Croatian community backers who had moved to Dandenong City. It was near the end of the 2013 season and Giabardo couldn’t ignore Boccari’s

call for help. “I’m like that. I like helping people when they are down and I liked the idea of what they were trying to do with Chelsea, to try and open it up rather than have just one ethnic identity. “Plus Beaumaris was on fire, they had great juniors and some great coaches because we’d done a lot of work developing their coaches.” So Giabardo joined Chelsea as technical director but at the same time he answered the plea from parents he knew at Beaumaris to keep coaching their children. He had been heavily involved in coaching two teams there but now most of the players in both squads had switched to George Andrews Reserve to join Dandenong Thunder. A year on from these under-14 and under-15 boys joining Thunder Giabardo coached the under-18s to the NPL title. “Most of these kids were pretty much under-16s when they did that.” The up side of his stay at Thunder was meeting current Langwarrin technical director Mark Cassar. “I have great respect for Mark. “I think he’s brilliant, in fact I think he’s the most underrated coach in the state.” The down side of his stay at Thunder was again dealing with a club focussed on its senior squad. “At some clubs you just scratch your head at the way they are run. “We didn’t even have anyone from the club come to support us at the state final. I couldn’t believe it. “In the men’s NPL there is a lot of money going into the seniors and some

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of these clubs have the most unbelievable budgets.” Giabardo’s next move was orchestrated by Cassar who had been appointed technical director at Southern United for the 2017 season. Giabardo linked with Bill Mihaloudis whose player contacts allowed them to effect a major makeover of the struggling senior squad. It proved effective as Southern finished fifth that year, the only time it hasn’t propped up the NPLW ladder. Southern captain Candela FerreyraBas was a runaway winner of the 2017 NPLW Gold Medal and Giabardo and Mihaloudis shared Coach of the Year honours. However any prospect that Southern had of finally establishing itself at an elite level vanished suddenly as the club had made deals it couldn’t keep. “When we got told we couldn’t get paid we could have walked but we said ‘no, let’s see the season out’. “We were more disappointed for some of the girls who were promised money but didn’t get anything.” Giabardo and Mihaloudis switched to rival NPLW club Bayside United at the end of the season and triggered a mass player exodus from Southern. The local club never recovered and was eventually booted out of the NPLW at the end of last season. “I feel bad about what happened there and I miss Southern. “I love the club and I’d love to go and help them. “Mrs Palmer (Shannon Palmer, club president in 2018 and 2019) did a great job under the circumstances and I felt so sorry for her when they lost their senior licence because she’s a fantastic lady.” Throughout his time coaching back in Melbourne Giabardo has maintained a mantra about junior development and a commitment to go the extra yard to give young players the skills they need. It hasn’t been easy but he’s never wavered as anyone at Chelsea can attest. “When I first went there it was a very haphazard sort of club. “The teams were like satellites. There was no unison and everyone seemed to be doing their own thing. “We needed to bring everybody to-

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Another promising ‘Jen’ breaks through HORSE RACING

By Ben Triandafillou MORNINGTON-based trainer David Brideoake has unveiled another promising ‘Jen’ at Sale on Sunday 30 August with Peskijen breaking through for a convincing win on debut. Brideoake, who claimed Group One glory with Princess Jenni last year and landed a dominant debut victory with Jenni’s Rainbow earlier this month, added Peskijen to the list of handy fillies he has in work. Peskijen backed up her promising jumpouts with a decisive three-quarters-of-a-length victory in the second race at Sale. Despite sitting three-wide the entire trip, the three-year-old daughter of Sacred Falls still proved too good for the Tony and Calvin McEvoy-trained Frankie Pinot and the Hawkes-trained Rubick Kingdom. They clocked the second quickest time of the three 1200m races on the day in 1:11.36. Trainer David Brideoake said he was glad to see the filly run as well as expected. “I think she’s very promising and she beat a good field today, so I think that stands her in good stead as a progressive three-year-old filly,” Brideoake said. “She can start to elevate towards some city class races through the spring.” Brideoake now has a couple of progressive fillies in Jenni’s Rainbow and Peskijen and believes they’re a

“pretty similar type”. “She (Peskijen) has a pedigree to go a bit further,” he said. “The Savabeel mare (Queen Sabeel) was a pretty good racehorse that she’s out of, so

she might be able to get out over a bit further.” Brideoake said he’ll just continue to take it one step at a time with Peskijen.

“I’ll just progress with her quietly. We’ll probably go to a three-year-old 64 race next and see where it goes from there,” he said.

Dominant debut: David Brideoake’s Peskijen break her maiden victory at Sale on debut. Picture: Supplied

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