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‘Small’ start to school THREE small prep classes were running last week for first-timers at Eastbourne Primary School. “Smaller classes do impact on student learning, especially when student progress is based on rigorous assessment, targeted lessons and a personalised approach to all individual students,” principal Stephen Wilkinson said. “The new students will also have the opportunity to use the great facilities at Eastbourne and were greeted with additional play activities and equipment installed in the Foundation to 2 play area over the holiday break.” Mr Wilkinson said play needed to be encouraged as it was “one of the most important part of children’s lives”. “A well-resourced playground gives children an opportunity to socialise, explore their limitations, develop resilience, think creatively and develop imaginative pathways,” he said. “The addition of speaking tubes, sensory equipment and areas where children can write on walls will further enhance the area, which also has a play pod, a path where scooters and bikes are used, a designated tree climbing area, and fabulous play equipment.” Mr Wilkinson said “play exerts energy”, making it easier for them to focus and selfregulate for the academic side of education. Enjoying their first day at Eastbourne Primary School are Imogen, Jayda and Sebastian. Picture: Yanni

Hunt under pressure of coup fallout JULIA Banks finally broke cover on Thursday last week with an “announcement” that had been rumoured for weeks: she will stand as an independent candidate for Flinders at the May federal election. In doing so, Ms Banks will campaign against her former Liberal colleague, Greg Hunt, who has held the seat since 2001. Adding fuel to the Flinders electoral ire, it was leaked Friday afternoon that Labor’s candidate would be broad-

caster and head of journalism at the Australian College of the Arts, Tracee Hutchison. Labor sources would not confirm her candidature, but said the party’s administrative committee would make an announcement Friday (February 8). Statistically, it seems an uphill battle for Ms Banks as Mr Hunt won more than 50 per cent of the primary votes at the 2016 election. Ms Banks says she has yet to determine where her preferences would go, but it would be a strange move to allocate them towards her main adversary, Mr Hunt. Ms Banks – an outsider who won the

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More uncertainty about Mr Hunt’s popularity with voters follows the November state election Labor landslide that saw the Liberals lose the southern peninsula seat of Nepean, which provides a large part of his support base. However, Ms Banks says she is not underestimating the number of Mr Hunt’s supporters and the Liberal Party’s willingness to “put a lot of money in” to ensure his political survival. Mr Morrison on Friday reportedly “laughed off” the threat by independents like Ms Banks while asserting that Mr Hunt had “worked like a Trojan for his community”. Continued page 3

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Police put brakes on car crimes Brodie Cowburn brodie@mpnews.com.au DETECTIVES from the Mornington Peninsula and Frankston have charged 26 people as part of Operation Pandora which targets vehicle crime. Seventeen of those charged since the operation began on 7 January have been remanded in custody and several stolen cars and large amounts of property recovered. Charges include aggravated burglary, burglary, theft of a motor car, theft from a motor car, reckless conduct endangering life, and obtaining property by deception. Those charged will appear at Frankston Magistrates’ Court at a later date. They include a Frankston North man, 25, on 40 counts, a Hastings man, 27 (10 counts), a Langwarrin man, 29 (30 counts), and a Baxter man, 23 (16 counts). High-end cars stolen on the peninsula over the Christmas and New Year period included a Range Rover from Mt Martha and a Porsche from Safety Beach. Both cars had been left unlocked with the keys inside. Detective Senior Sergeant Stephen McKenzie, of Frankston CIU, said the operation was started to “combat a large spike in vehicle crime”. “The term vehicle crime does not adequately explain the danger and cost to the local community,” he said. “In the holiday period we have had criminals entering houses in the middle of the night to steal car keys and being confronted by half-asleep occupants, causing emotional and occasionally

physical harm. “Police have been working extremely hard to identify and lock up those responsible, but need the public to help prevent it in the first place. We can forgive the forgetfulness, but we need to work harder together to minimise the harm. “I ask the public to lock vehicles, not leave spare keys in vehicles parked at the same location, not leave valuables in vehicles, lock house doors and windows at night, and not leave car keys in obvious places.” Detective McKenzie said stolen vehicles had been used in numerous crimes, such as ram raids, and were often found later “dumped and burnt out.” “The majority of stolen vehicles are driven by criminals recklessly at high speeds, running red lights and often ramming police to evade capture,” he said. “We’ve had criminals walking along an entire street, opening every unlocked vehicle and stealing cash, electronics, wallets and identification. They use stolen credit cards to buy goods before the owner even knows the card is stolen. “They will use stolen identification to steal hire cars. They often steal registration plates and use them to avoid detection or commit petrol drive offs.” Detective McKenzie said that while “prevention is largely the responsibility of the community, if the police need to be the cure then the criminals need to know we are active 24 hours a day”. “We will find you, arrest you, and most likely find a prison cell to house you,” he said. With Stephen Taylor

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Ram raider takes a turn smashing servo A MAN extensively damaged the United service station at Tyabb yesterday (Monday) by driving a utility through the front glass doors and windows. The ute did a three point turn inside the shop before being driven off. Owner Simarjeet Virdi said CCTV showed the older model, dark-coloured, single cab tray ute with bull bar ramming four glass panels three times bringing down shelving and part of the ceiling, 4.30am, Tuesday 29 January. The extent of the damage was unclear but Mr Virdi said it could be $15,000-$20,000.

He said he knew of no reason for the incident at the service station on FrankstonFlinders Road. The driver did not get out of his car and left without stealing anything. No one was in the store at the time. Somerville detectives are urging anyone who witnessed the incident or who has further information or dash cam footage to contact Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at crimestoppersvic. com.au

Julia Banks wants job of former colleague Greg Hunt Continued from Page 1 “People in their communities back people who’ve worked for their communities, worked in their communities, ” Mr Morrison said. Mr Hunt’s message on the day, repeated on radio, television and in newspapers, was summed up by the first sentence of a statement issued by his office: “I will continue to work hard delivering for the people of Flinders.” His statement did not mention Ms Banks or why he felt the need to even make a statement. Mr Hunt and Ms Banks (who says Mr Hunt has not spoken to her since September) have both been emphasising their “local” credentials when interviewed by the media. Mr Hunt was born and educated on the peninsula; his children were born at the hospital where his wife had worked and now attend local schools. Ms Banks and her husband Michael have owned a house at Red Hill for over 20 years. Her parents lived in Mornington for many years: her father until his death in 2007, and her mother until only a couple of years ago. When announcing her departure from Liberal ranks in November, Ms Banks was scathing of “members of the [Liberals’] reactionary right wing” claiming “the coup was aided by many MPs trading their vote for a leadership change in exchange for their individual promotion”.

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“Their actions were undeniably for themselves, for their position in the party, their power, their personal ambition, not for the Australian people who we represent, not for what people voted for in the 2016 election, not for stability, and disregarding that teamwork and unity delivers success. “The Liberal Party has changed. Largely due to the actions of the reactionary and regressive right wing who talk about and talk to themselves, rather than listening to the people.” Even though she is standing as an independent, Ms Banks last Friday told The News that she still held to “centre liberal values”, something the coup plotters had forsaken in the name of ambition. She frequently, and admiringly, refers to former foreign affairs minister Julie Bishop, whose political ascendency took a backward step as a result of the coup. Ms Banks says the plotters have never explained their reasons for the coup. “It was all about ambition and selfinterest, there was no business case for it. There are still no answers as to why they got rid of Turnbull.” A former corporate lawyer and private enterprise board member, Ms Banks opposes Labor’s proposed changes to dividend tax policy and negative gearing. She is critical of her former party’s about-face on climate change issues. Ms Banks is certain “traditional Liberal voters are fed up; too many politicians take people for fools”.



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Challenging life is the chef ’s choice Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au A YOUNG chef determined to set his own course instead of the more accepted school-followed-by-university route is reaping the rewards and kicking goals. Balnarring resident Kobi Watson, who runs his own restaurant, Kobi Jack’s at McCrae, said he had been determined not to embark on a “pointless” tertiary course just for the sake of it and coming out at the other end not really knowing what he wanted to do. Watson, 19, says he was an above average student at Dromana Secondary College when he “basically just got sick of school”. So, while going through the motions of getting ready for Year 11, he took the brave step of recalibrating his future. “I’d already selected my subjects,” he said. “But over the holidays I started to see the bigger picture and decided I wasn’t going back. “That shocked some people and I was even told by some teachers that I was wrecking my future and narrowing my pathways. “I knew there was more to life than doing a uni course but not really being passionate about what I was supposed to be doing. I know there are many others feeling that way. “I’d been casually working and making lots of money in cafes and restaurants as a 15-16 year old and I thought: ‘You know what? This is for me. I started a chef’s apprenticeship. My dream was to one day open a restaurant and create a space where I can cook the food I love – classic Italian cuisine.” That dream is now a reality. With the new school year about to start many young people must be wrestling with the same dilemmas: continue school or start work? “It would nice to shed some light on that hot topic,” Watson said. “At 17 I was a qualified chef, have had numerous opportunities to travel, had no hex fees, and was working earning money. “Education is a life-long journey and there is more than just one way to study.” Watson will celebrate his pizza restaurant’s second birthday on 2 February. “There are wonderful opportunities for young people in hospitality on the Mornington Peninsula especially if they are willing to have a crack,” he said. “There are lots of kids who didn’t get the ATAR they wanted but that doesn’t mean they don’t have a future.”

Main course: Kobi Watson is celebrating his Italian restaurant’s second birthday. Picture: Yanni

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New Nepean MP wary of ‘political games’ Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au IT might have been just over two months ago but “new” MP for Nepean Chris Brayne still marvels at the emotions stirred within him on the “most intense night of my life”. The 25-year-old, of Balnarring, could be forgiven for having only a hazy recollection of election night, 24 November 2018, when he captured the previously “safe” Liberal seat coveted by Russell Joseph, the office manager of retiring MP Martin Dixon. Dixon had held the seat for the previous 16 years and the bookies were so dubious about it changing to Labor that they were quoting odds as high as 16-to-1. The enormity of the task was not lost on Brayne: “I thought I had zero chance and that it would go the other way. When the results started to come in I was shell shocked. “The phone started going off and I got about 300 calls, texts and emails. It was overwhelming.” Later in the night, when the scope of the ALP landslide was becoming apparent – as was a possible victory in Nepean – The News tracked Brayne down to a Mornington take-away where he had gone with friend and campaign manager Joshua Sinclair to “take a breath” and regroup. Even then he was coy about his prospects of winning the seat although chuffed about the extent of the swing towards the ALP. “I wanted to wait until the full results came in before I was prepared

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to claim victory. I didn’t want to blow my own trumpet. “Also, I wanted to do it all in an orderly fashion. I definitely didn’t want to do media and I wanted to show respect for Russell [Joseph]. “It would have looked pretty silly claiming a win without all the postal votes coming in – which we expected to go to the Liberals anyway.” Riding high on the wave of state Labor’s resurgence, Brayne managed to pull off the impossible. Since then, he says, he has been overwhelmed by messages of support, even one from a 97-year-old woman “who knocked on the door and came in to the office to congratulate me”. “I wanted to give people an alternative [to the Liberals] and I was out there at shopping centres and all the pre-polls – as was Russell [Joseph] – because I wanted to get more young people on board, to make the seat more marginal. “But I thought that no matter how hard I worked I would probably be 3000 votes down.” Brayne said he respected his rival who contacted him immediately after the poll to offer his congratulations. The pair had bonded over a two-hour lunch and Brayne is hopeful he can bring Joseph on board in a consultancy position to “tap into his wealth of knowledge of the peninsula”. “We don’t want to be playing political games.” Brayne said he began taking an interest in politics at age 12 when his mother died. At the time US politician Al Gore’s documentary An Inconven-

ient Truth – which aimed to educate people about global warming – struck a chord with him, as did former PM Kevin Rudd’s commitment to tackling climate change. “I was impressed by how passionate Gore was to something with a higher purpose and with doing what was best for the planet,” he said. “I thought: I can be passionate about it, too. “Then Rudd came along and I think it was at that moment that the issues surrounding climate change all became connected.” Brayne is saddened that the subject has become a “political” victim of Australia’s adversarial party culture. “It is really a moral issue,” he said, adding that he would “stay on the side of science” if challenged on the topic by sceptics. He’s obviously pleased to say that “in Nepean, people of all political persuasions care for the environment”. Brayne enjoyed stints working at Camp America and, in 2017, accepted an internship at the Carter Centre in the US. Founded in 1982 by former President Jimmy Carter it aims to advance peace and health worldwide. Brayne was involved in a program overseeing fair play in the Nepalese elections. In pride of place on his office bookshelf is a picture of himself with Carter and Carter’s wife Rosalynn. Alongside this picture are books on his political heroes Bob Hawke and Paul Keating. A picture of Hawke adorns a wall. Brayne has met with Mornington Peninsula Shire mayor Cr David Gill



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and says he is across major local issues, such as the shire’s opposition to the state government’s removal of local planning controls aimed at protecting coastal villages and townships. He says he is also abreast of shire plans – promoted by Joseph – to use recycled water for agriculture and to fight bushfires. He had also spoken with Dromana Secondary College principal Alan Marr, toured Point Nepean National Park with long time campaigner for its preservation Kate Baillieu and says he welcomes contact with a special interest transport group advocating for an extension of the Stony Point railway line to Rosebud (Ribbon cut ‘opens’ Rosebud station The News 23/1/2019). He had met with energy company AGL to discuss the gas pipeline at Crib Point and the mooring of a regasification ship to process imported gas which would then be distributed through existing and new pipeline networks. He is aware of strong local opposition to the project. “I will be putting all that to [Energy, Environment and Climate Change minister] Lily D’Ambrosio and [Planning Minister] Richard Wynne, who has ordered an environmental effects statement to assess the project,” he said. “I will see that the opposition groups are heard. There is a lot of concern about the way the project has been handled.” Although Brayne says he “loves the ALP, [his] allegiance is to the people of the peninsula”.



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“Someone asked me how I liked having Daniel Andrews for a boss and I told them the people of the electorate were my bosses – although getting recognised on the street still comes as a surprise.” Brayne says he is “more centre than the Greens” and will “work to support and protect the environment”. “I could only support a government that supports action on climate change,” he said. Admitting he was lucky not to have made “big promises” on the hustings, he says he will work to deliver a Headspace centre on the peninsula. “It’s just unacceptable that youth in places like Rye, Rosebud and Dromana should have to travel to Frankston to get the help they need in their time of need,” he said. Another goal is to improve the peninsula’s bus services – which he says are unreliable. It’s an issue close to his heart. “I caught buses all through university and it is unacceptable that it takes one-and-a-half hours to go from Balnarring to Frankston,” he said. “If we’d made investments in bus services years ago people would now be seeing public transport as a viable alternative to cars. They don’t.” The rejuvenation of Portsea front beach is another goal, as is the retention of the peninsula’s green wedgezoned land. Asked how politics might change him, Brayne said: “I know who I am; I hope I can be true to myself and fundamentally stay the same.”



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POWER company AGL’s corporate logo is increasingl;y being attached to a growing number of community activities on the Mornington Peninsula. As well as sponsoring the Hastings Gift foot race in November, the company has bought the naming rights to the Peninsula Film Festival (at Rosebud on Saturday, 2 February) and the following day’s Musiqua Festival on Hastings foreshore. The Mornington Peninsula News Group, publisher of this newspaper, is also a major sponsor of the film festival. AGL says it is “common” for it to be approached for support by groups “when we start operating in a community”. AGL spokesperson Mike Duffy said support would be expected “if our project went ahead”. “At no stage have we asked the festival organisers to support our proposed project or distribute information about the project at the festival.” Members of Save Westernport planned to be at both events “with a peaceful and informative presence”. “By associating their brand with summer events, it looks like AGL is attempting to distract attention from their recent negative headlines and growing opposition to their plan to import and process LNG in the internationally protected wetlands of Western

Port,” Save Westernport assistant secretary Julia Stockigt said. “We’ll be handing out water and postcards and chatting with festival goers interested in knowing more about AGL and their inappropriate plans for beautiful Westernport Bay,” one of the group’s founding members Candy Van Rood said. Save Westernport has also pointed out that the film festival coincided with World Wetlands Day, “a day dedicated to the celebration and awareness of this essential but often under-valued ecosystem that is right on our doorstep”. Ms Stockigt said Crib Point is “notoriously difficult to evacuate and prone to bushfires”. “AGL is asking the public to disregard the project’s risks and their own poor safety record and have confidence in their ability to safely operate an enormous floating gas plant in the shallow waters and fast-moving tides at Crib Point,” she said. Ms Stockigt said concerns about the gas import terminal include the volatility of LNG. “The danger of accidents involving fire, explosion or leak would be a constant threat that could reduce the value of local properties and make them difficult to insure,” Ms Stockigt said. “Enormous volumes of seawater are needed to heat the frozen gas. The seawater would be chlorinated, then dumped back into the bay seven degrees colder.”

Bowlers barefoot SORRENTO Bowls Club celebrated its annual Australia Day barefoot bowls event with a record crowd of 300. Australia Day ambassador Professor Noel Alpins raised the flag to the sounds of Hannah Milner singing the national anthem. Crs Hugh Fraser and Bryan Payne also attended. After the official proceedings new bowlers of all ages took to the

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on national day greens to show their skills while others enjoyed the Devonshire teas and checked out the book-and-craft bargains in the clubhouse. Children’s activities included colouring competitions and egg-andspoon races on the main green. Organiser Judith Mordech said the event was seen as an official venue sponsored by Mornington Peninsula Shire.

SOLAR power to be installed on some of Mornington Peninsula Shire’s largest buildings is aimed at cutting carbon emissions and saving on power bills. In the second stage of the shire’s Solar PV project 584 panels will be installed at Rosebud Library, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery and Pelican Park. This is tipped to provide annual savings of more than $30,000 while cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 250 tonnes. In stage 1 of the project last year, Rosebud Municipal Office, Civic Reserve Recreation Centre and Hastings Library went solar with 822 panels generating 250 kW. When the rooftop Solar PV rollout is complete, about 707 kW or 2440 panels, will sit atop shire owned and run buildings – expected to harness savings of more than $132,000 a year and cutting carbon emissions by 15 per cent. The mayor Cr David Gill said the shire was working towards having “carbon neutrality” by 2021. This included “innovative renewable energy, waste recovery and recycling activities, and assisting local businesses to make environmental upgrades that will reduce the carbon footprint of the entire region”. Last year the shire helped install 50kW of solar at clubs, including Mt Eliza Cricket Club and Sorrento Community Centre.

Power to the people: The 99.73 kW solar system at Civic Reserve Recreation Centre, Mornington, is part of the Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Solar PV project. Picture: Supplied

Back-up generators have day in the sun HOT weather on Friday 25 January was the catalyst for 11 generators at five sites on the Mornington Peninsula being switched on to provide back-up power to the energy grid. It was the first time the “temporary” generators, all on private properties, had been used. Their contribution, described by Community Grid Project co-provider GreenSync as “modest”, reportedly enabled 3000 United Energy customers to stay connected to the grid on a day

of rolling blackouts in parts of Mornington, Dromana and Frankston and 28 other suburbs. The demand-response project, codeveloped by United Energy in 2016, helped the company defer a planned $30 million upgrade of poles and wires on the peninsula “while maintaining supply reliability” on days of peak demand. This typically occurs on one to five days a year – such as Friday – when everyone switches on their air condi-

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Art eviction in plein air ARTISTS, especially when spotted at their easels in the open air, can be seen as adding a bit of interest to the landscape. But that feeling is not universal, Bittern artist Peter Woods has found out, especially in the home of what many regard as “must make” destination for artists – southern France. While working at his easel outside the picturescue village of Lourmarin, Woods was confronted by a woman who drove up in a car and “started to talk vigorously and gesticulate”. It was not until after hearing the word ‘’out” that he realised that he was being kicked off her land. “I was only two metres off the path, but I was in the field of someone not fond of artists,” Woods recalls when describing the creation of his painting of the village and its vineyard foreground. “Apologetic but amused”, he moved back onto the path, but within five minutes was confronted by the woman’s daughter on a quad bike, which she rode “furiously in circles for a while to

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Charity clashes with council over dog Brodie Cowburn brodie@mpnews.com.au A CHARITY helping dogs who need life saving treatment has accused Frankston Council of cutting off communication with them after accepting their donation. Primrose was impounded by Frankston Council after being found with a huge growth next to her stomach, and council called charity service Rescued with Love to help pay for the necessary surgery. Rescued with Love founder Kae Norman said that Council cut off communication with the organisation once they accepted a $2000 donation for the dog’s surgery and had a written guarantee that the charity would cover further medical costs. “I received a call from Frankston Council, they said we’ve got this little dog at the lost dogs home, and it needs treatment. The problem was they thought it had pyometra, an infected uterus, and she had a massive hernia. If she cut that hernia where it was her intestines would have fallen out onto the ground. It contained her lower intestine, her spleen, her balder, and her uterus. Plus she had bladder stones, she was in a bad state. They believed we would be willing to take her on once the eight day impound time had finished.” Ms Norman agreed to help the dog and said a $2000 deposit was needed to pay for Primrose’s surgery. She said that she had been told by council that they “did not have access to that kind of money, it was ratepayers money.” “I told them I’ll pay for the deposit so she can get the treatment she needs. I rang the advanced vet clinic and paid them directly. “On Thursday [3 January] along with the $2000 deposit we had to send a legal agreement email saying we’d pay all costs for dogs and council wouldn’t have to foot the bill. In cases like that when there is a vet bill outstanding, the animal is normally euthanised. That’s what they were

Primrose’s pain: A hernia on Primrose has been operated on, and she is recovering well. Pictures: Supplied

going to have to do if we didn’t step forward. If Frankston Council didn’t pay for it the dog would be euthanised.” After the payment was made Ms Norman said council stopped communicating with her. “The following morning I rang the hospital to see how Primrose was and was told bluntly we’re not allowed to give you information. I was surprised about that, we deal with them and know them well, and when we have a dog go in there we can usually get updates,” she said. After ringing council for an update and to ask if further surgeries were needed, Ms Norman said “nothing was disclosed. We were told we were not allowed to visit the dog. Not allowed a photograph of the dog. I said we don’t work this way, we’ve

paid up front, we normally have access. I didn’t know if it needs immediate surgery. It might have needed more money, the surgeries were estimated up to $7000, which we would need to fund raise. You can’t fund raise without any information. “The weekend goes and I presumed the dog was alive. On the Monday [7 January] I was told by council that the dog was stable. I asked for legal reason why I couldn’t see her. The legal person at council said I would upset the dog. I laughed at him. “They said she might need CT scan, I asked what the $2000 had been used towards and they xrays and scans. I asked what have they shown, they said they couldn’t tell me. We weren’t consulted in

any of the decision made about scans, we were just told to front up for the money.” Primrose has now had her surgeries, which were successful. “She spent her impound time at the hospital, after then we signed the adoption agreement. She went back into the hospital on Wednesday [16 January] morning, and had surgery that afternoon. From that point on we had nothing to do with council. Surgery went very well, and she left hospital two days later. “I felt it was all poorly handled, no cooperation between charity and council. They were only interested in us paying for the dog.” Frankston mayor Michael O’Reilly said “we understand Primrose’s story has touched the hearts of many.” “Over the last three weeks council has worked with all involved towards resolving this complicated situation, always with the best interests of Primrose at the forefront. “While working towards a positive outcome, Council took the guidance and advice of her expert veterinary team, and during her stabilisation and initial recovery from surgery, continued to keep all parties informed of her progress. “Primrose is now doing well and in the care of Rescued with Love, which is the outcome we were always working towards.” Frankston Council extended Ms Norman an invitation to set up a Rescued with Love stall at the pet expo in October. It was declined. A Rescued With Love Facebook post criticising council racked up over 1000 likes and was shared over 300 times. Ms Norman said that Primrose is now happy and on the mend, and should get “adopted with no problems”. “I’ve been contacting her in foster care, she’s a lovely natured little soul and hasn’t complained. Next week she will have her stitches from her tummy removed. Then she’ll have to take it easy so it can heal.”

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Mornington art show ‘the best yet’ THIS year’s Mornington Art show, presented by the Rotary Club of Mornington and ending on Australia Day, is being seen as the best show in its 47-year history with 15 per cent of works being sold. More than 860 art works, including paintings and photographs, were hung for sale and public viewing. The paintings by Mornington Peninsula, Victorian and interstate artists covered a range of media and genre. Several of the 42 photographs and works by VCE and other students were also sold. Rotary club member and one the show’s organisers, John Renowden, said selling 15.2 per cent of works “is considered to be a very high level of sales for an art show and is indicative of the interest shown in quality art work by our lo-

cal community and those visiting the peninsula”. Mr Renowden said more than 350 attended the show’s opening night, including politicians from all three levels of government. An estimated 1600 people visited the show after the opening. Rotary president Libby Paterson opened the show with art show chair Victor Sullivan. Mr Renowden said large paintings and glasswork by Leisa Wharington decorated the stage at the Peninsula Community Theatre while a “large colourful bathing box below the stage gave the art show a distinctly local beachside flavour”. The works on display included those by feature artists David Brayshaw and Cathy Van Ee and art show judge, Lyn Mellady. John Bredl’s “ Reflections 1” was chosen as their people’s choice.

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Amity gets results THE Australia Day Long Weekend was a busy one for police in Frankston and on the Mornington Peninsula, with Operation Amity focusing on speed, fatigue, impaired driving, distraction offences and seatbelt compliance. Over the four days – Friday 25 January to Monday 28 January – police breath-tested 1161 drivers and drug-tested 38 drivers. Of these, 14 drink drivers and six drug drivers were charged. Police also detected 23 disqualified or unlicensed drivers and fined 116 drivers for speeding. Twelve drivers were charged with disobeying traffic lights and 33 were caught driving unregistered vehicles. Three vehicles were impounded. Police also focused on boats and jet skis breaking speed limits and entering no-go zones, as well as checking on safety equipment and boat licences. Leading Senior Constable Greg Wolfe, of Somerville Highway Patrol, said two serious injury collisions included one in which an L-plater changed lanes on the Mornington Peninsula Freeway, Dromana, causing another vehicle to “take evasive action, lose control and overturn”, 5.45pm, Saturday 26 January. In the other serious incident a motorcyclist ran into a tree which had fallen across Coolart Road, Somer-

ville, 10.30pm, Saturday 26 January. Police also targeted those drinking alcohol on the beach and littering and behaving offensively. They were also on the lookout for hoon and roadrage incidents, drivers using mobile phones, drink drivers and parking offences. Fines are $100 for having an open container of alcohol, $645 for being drunk in a public place and $806 for being drunk and disorderly – with the possibility of offenders spending time in the cells to sober up. Jet ski riders can be fined $317 for breaching speed and distance rules on the water, and $793 for riding unregistered or unlicensed on the water.

Drunk, disorderly TWO girls aged 17 were capsicum sprayed by police at Mothers Beach, Mornington and charged with being drunk and disorderly at 8.15pm on Australia Day, Saturday 26 January. The girls, of Mornington and Bittern, were taken back to Mornington police station and their parents called to collect them. They will be summonsed to appear at Frankston Magistrates’ Court. Sergeant Chris Stock said up to half a dozen girls drinking on the foreshore became belligerent when ordered to hand over their alcohol by police. The foreshore is an alcoholfree zone. He said an officer had a radio wrenched off a jacket by one of the girls before the arrests. “We pushed about two dozen young people off the beach who were there to party,” he said. “They like to get it on early while nearby families were just trying to have a good time.” In another Australia Day incident, four men aged 17 to 25 were charged with being drunk and disorderly at nearby Mills Beach, 5-8pm. They were each issued $700 infringement notices. Senior Sergeant Paul Edwards said police enforcing alcohol bans along the Mornington foreshore later confiscated cans from another group of young men and tipped the beer out. “They were not charged with any offence; it was punishment enough for them seeing their beer go down the drain,” he said.

Blow hole break-ins POLICE would like to speak to any visitors to the Flinders blow hole and other back beach areas who saw a suspicious man loitering on Australia Day. He is believed to have broken into cars in the area. Police particularly want to speak to those who saw the man at the blow hole car park, 11.30am-12.30pm, Saturday 26 January, and who reported his behaviour to the park ranger. Anyone who saw a suspicious man at the Bushrangers Bay, Ti Tree Creek or Flinders Ocean Beach car parks on that day should also contact police. Leading Senior Constable Greg Wolfe, of Somerville Highway Patrol, urges visitors not to leave valuables in the car. “Leave them at home or take them with you,” he said. Anyone with information – par-

ticularly the person who called the rangers – is urged to contact Senior Detective Clayton Beckhouse, at Mornington Peninsula CIU, 5978 1400, or Leading Senior Constable Ian Huxtable, at Rosebud Police Station, 5986 0444.

Cigs, alcohol theft FOUR men who used a jemmy bar to force their way into the Bittern IGA supermarket stole a large quantity of cigarettes, 3am, Sunday 27 January. Detectives from Somerville CIU said CCTV showed the men struggling to open the cigarette cabinet before wrenching it from the wall and loading it onto a utility. It was later found opened at Devon Meadows. The men also stole six bottles of alcohol and some beer.

Servo robbed THE United service station at Crib Point was robbed of cigarettes valued at $600, 3.40am, Wednesday 30 January. It was the second attack on a Western Port United outlet, after the Tyabb United was ram-raided and extensively damaged at 4.30am the day before. Sergeant Peter Drake, of Somerville CIU, said a witness re-

ported a loud bang before the service station’s alarm sounded. A white dual cab ute was then seen driving off.

Centre break in OFFENDERS broke through the roof of the Mt Martha Community Centre, overnight, Tuesday 29 January. They kicked holes in plaster walls and entered several rooms but nothing was stolen at the building on The Esplanade.

Hide the car keys HIDE your car keys from thieves: that’s the message from Crime Stoppers, with statistics showing that seven out of 10 cars are stolen using their own keys. The Consideration is Key campaign aims to raise awareness and highlight the high percentage of car thefts that are opportunistic. Thieves simply enter through an unlocked door or open window and see the keys and then steal the car. The home-owner often doesn’t even realise the theft has occurred. Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or report online at crimestoppers.com.au and remain anonymous.

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Smoke bad for chef ’s health A CHEF at a Mornington nursing home suffered minor smoke inhalation when part of a barbecue area caught fire,

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WHEN POSITION COUNTS Superbly located a leisurely 200m stroll to the calm blue waters of the renowned Tyrone Foreshore is this bright and beachy weatherboard residence or executive retreat. Featuring 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms including Master with ensuite, 3 living areas, high raked cathedral ceilings, fresh light neutral tones throughout, polished timber floors, r/c aircon and ducted gas heating. Showcasing free-flowing indoors/ outdoors living an all-weather alfresco dining area adjoins the main living by virtue of full width bi-fold doors that open up the whole area allowing ease of entertaining. Additional features include outdoor shower and spacious 3 car garage to store the toys.

Perfectly positioned only a short stroll to bay and shops in a quiet no thru road, this updated home will allow you to move straight in. Offering 3 bedrooms, open plan kitchen dining living area central bathroom, carport and extra car parking. Features renovated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, cosy wood heater, wall heaters, R/C air conditioning,2nd WC and lovely established gardens with bore water to maintain all year round. You will love coming home and enjoying the peaceful convenient location.



For Sale $590,000 - $640,000 Contact: Michael Christodoulou 0419 003 685

For Sale: $950,000 - $1,050,000 Contact: Michael Prentice 0417 369 235

RYE 7 Sheila Street

RYE 100 Weeroona Street


WALK TO BAY AND SHOPS This beautifully presented home enjoys lots of natural light and a lovely valley view. Comprising of 3 big bedrooms and a rumpus room, there is also open plan living with lounge, dining and kitchen which has a great flow through to the front balcony. The main bathroom has been updated and there is a separate laundry. From the street is a double high span garage with internal access and plenty of under house storage. Other features include gas log fire, reverse cycle air conditioning, alfresco dining with pizza oven and lovely established gardens.

Brilliantly positioned steps away from a laneway that leads straight onto Point Nepean Road. This classic beach shack sits on a wonderful level site of over 1,100sqm, with 3 bedrooms, open plan kitchen living area, central bathroom and sunroom that walks out to rear deck. Ideal to use as your holiday pad while you submit the plans for your dream home. A rare opportunity has arisen in this blue chip location minutes from Rye township and the beach.

For Sale: $590,000- $640,000 Contact: Michael Christodoulou 0419 003 685

For Sale $775,000 - $825,000 Contact: Michael Christodoulou 0419 003 685

For an OBLIGATION FREE APPRAISAL contact Michael Prentice 0417 369 235 - Mark Prentice 0408 117 772 - Michael Christodoulou 0419 003 685

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Rosebud 3/68 Warranilla Avenue

Rosebud 16 Besgrove Street

Positioned at the rear of the complex, this modern home offers sunny and spacious open plan living and dining, a well-designed kitchen has plenty of storage and bench space.

This substantial home, set on a 600sqm (approx.) lot was built with families and storage in mind. The home offers bright and breezy living areas and a gourmet kitchen has modern stainless steel appliances.




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PRICE GUIDE $540,000 - $580,000 INSPECT As advertised

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Capel Sound 16 Woyna Avenue

Rosebud 21 Spray Street

Original 3 bedroom beachside home primed for renovation and set about 75m from Capel Sound Foreshore. 930m2 (approx.) block, light filled living areas, and all services connected.

Located close to the foreshore and shops, on an elevated 700m2 allotment that offers vistas of Arthur’s Seat, this hom eis an outstanding opportunity to purchase an ideal holiday home or investment property.






CONTACT Craig Leo 0412 502 938 Clare Black 0409 763 261 Barry Plant Rosebud 5986 8880

PRICE GUIDE $650,000 - $700,000 INSPECT As advertised



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Tootgarook 70 Guest Street

McCrae 2/2 The Avenue

Set on approx 1000m2, this immaculate brick veneer home offers four bedrooms, two living areas plus a renovated kitchen and bathroom. Also with polished floors & massive undercover alfresco area.

This residence offers light filled open plan living with a seamless integration between indoor & outdoor zones. Master bedroom with ensuite and dressing room plus two more large bedrooms with built-in robes.


FOR SALE PRICE GUIDE $690,000 - $750,000 INSPECT As advertised



1 CONTACT Craig Leo 0412 502 938 Clare Black 0409 763 261 Barry Plant Rosebud 5986 8880




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PRICE GUIDE $1.2m - $1.3m INSPECT As advertised

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168 Main Street, Mornington VIC 3931 T. 03 5975 6888



132 Maxwell Street, Mornington A brilliant start for a family, first home or downsize option, this renovated single-level three bedroom residence enjoys a celebrated address on the edge of Civic Reserve and within minutes of Bentons Square, schools and buses. Freshly renovated interiors enhance a fine design that features streaming natural light, timeless contemporary tones, separate living and dining rooms, sunroom and low maintenance gardens with undercover dining. Featuring a remote garage, stylish two-way bathroom, split system air conditioning unit and wall heating, this welcoming home offers immediate lifestyle enjoyment within striking distance of Main Street’s cafes, Peninsula Homemaker Centre and the beachfront.

Auction 16th February at 1.00pm Inspection As advertised or by appointment Contact Robert Bowman 0417 173 103 bowmanandcompany.com.au

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6 George Street, Mornington The sun, the sea, the sand… in a location synonymous with the beach, the bay and good times, these two dynamic brand new three bedroom, two bathroom residences offer a lifestyle of privilege and exclusivity. In a prized beachside setting, each single-level residence is fitted with high end appointments from stunning stone benchtops to quality flooring, double garages and generous alfresco entertaining areas. Each residence features two light-filled living zones extending to decking, sleek stone and Smeg kitchen and luxurious master suite with WIR and elegant ensuite. Spoil yourself close to Fossil Beach, Main Street’s vibrant cafes and shops, schools and transport.

Auction 23rd February at 11.00am Inspection As advertised or by appointment Contact Robert Bowman 0417 173 103 bowmanandcompany.com.au

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2/34 Darcy Street, Mornington Close to Bentons Square shopping, Civic Reserve, beaches and cosmopolitan Main Street, this brand new boutique single-level north-facing 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom residence epitomises a relaxed Peninsula lifestyle and represents great value for Mornington. This smart and well-proportioned home is highlighted with a stylish open plan stone kitchen and spacious living/dining room linking to alfresco entertaining and the landscaped garden, a generous master suite, stylish finishes and double garage with internal access. Features include gas ducted heating, split system air conditioning, LED lighting and main bathroom with freestanding bath.

Auction 23rd February at 12.30 pm Inspection As advertised or by appointment Contact Robert Bowman 0417 173 103 bowmanandcompany.com.au

A3 B2 C2 Mount Martha

3A Melaleuca Road, Mount Martha Are you ready for the good life? Currently under construction this single evel residence is designed for low maintenance executive living convenient to in a location that puts the Peninsula’s best lifestyle attractions within close reach. The three bedroom accommodation is treated to spacious open plan living and dining flooded with north and west light and landscaped low maintenance gardens with entertaining deck. A host of features includes a stone kitchen with island, stone ensuite, main bathroom with freestanding bath, double remote garage, central heating and split system air conditioning. Bentons Square, schools, Main Street’s cafes scene, beautiful beaches and buses are all nearby.

Inspection As advertised or by appointment Contact Robert Bowman 0417 173 103 bowmanandcompany.com.au

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MAGNIFICENT MODERN ENTERTAINER NESTLED behind a lush, leafy perimeter for maximum seclusion and privacy, this exquisute home, set on an 845 square metre block, blends modern coastal luxury with state-of-the-art fixtures and fittings to create a premium lifestlye for any family. Designed by Wolfdene Developments, the property utilises the land to its full advantage with an exposed aggregate driveway leading through to a private front courtyard and undercover portico accentuated by granite feature-walls which seamlessly flow through to the formal entrance. Two first-floor bedrooms include the nursery and a sumptuous master suite; beautifully appointed with a fitted dressing room and tiled ensuite. This zone is further complemented by double glass doors which open to a private balcony. Downstairs features three more bedrooms, each with their own garden entrance, a powder room and the main family bathroom. Multiple living quarters comprise a striking open-concept lounge room with Jetmaster fireplace and a large dining room connects to the designer kitchen expertly fitted with 900 millimetre gas cooktop, a dishwasher, Italian tapware and a double sink. A spacious butler’s pantry with Tasmanian oak benchtops and island bench provide additional catering options.n



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Letters - 300 words maximum and including full name, address and contact number - can be sent to The News, PO Box 588, Hastings 3915 or emailed to: team@mpnews.com.au

Reckless abuse of the environment must stop Some 250 non-native marine species have been introduced into Australian waters. Many are highly invasive marine pests that present a significant threat to the biodiversity of our marine environment through rapid reproduction and competition with native species. More than 100 of these non-native species have been introduced into Port Phillip as a result of fouling on hulls and discharges of contaminated ballast water. Noting that that once a marine pest becomes established in a new location it can rarely be eradicated, it is entirely appropriate that Parks Victoria chief conservation scientist, Dr Mark Norman, recommended that boat owners using Port Phillip and Western Port should ensure the hulls of their boats are cleaned with fresh water and dried to minimise the risk of spread of marine pests (“Bay users warned of ‘marine pests’” The News 15/1/19). The Victorian government through Parks Victoria recognises that Victoria’s marine national parks and sanctuaries have been established to protect the diversity of our marine environment, its habitats and associated plants and animals, and that more than 90 per cent of the plants and animals living in Australia’s southern waters are found nowhere else in the world. Given marine pests spread on ships hulls and in ballast water and given the high social and environmental amenity of Western Port with its internationally recognised wetlands and marine reserves, it defies comprehension that the same government that is advocating the cleaning of hulls of local boats to prevent the spread of marine pests should even be considering the proposal to allow entry into Western Port of up to 40 LNG transport ships a year from undisclosed locations world-wide. Rupert Steiner is correct (“MPs selling out” Letters 23/1/19). The reckless abuse of our natural environment has to stop right now. Ignorance and corporate greed must not dictate government policy. John Humphrey, Bittern

Kaufland benefits The Mornington Peninsula Shire mayor Cr David Gill, in lieu of challenging the state government on its issue to remove the decision re the Kaufland proposal to build a supermarket in Mornington on industrial land set aside as such, many decades ago, should see the positives in this for the locals. There is first the particular advantage of the additional competition that it brings. No one would argue about the benefits Aldi brought when it came onto the market and especially down here. The competition has been tremendous and a boon for us residents. What of the additional job opportunities? In addition, there is the use of land set aside a long time ago but never used industrially which will now pay a significantly higher rates return. The decision to remove this from the shires responsibility will avoid all the previous inbuilt biases which emerge when councillors have to

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make such decisions each with their vested and or local biases. Our swimming pool must surely be the best example of that. The pool would have been build 10 years ago and on the [Rosebud] foreshore where it makes much more sense. Think of the lost revenues from the summer visitors for the past 10 years. We would probably have a debt free pool now for use all year round by the locals. Ken Norris, McCrae Editor: A public meeting to discuss the proposed Kaufland supermarket development in Nepean Highway, Mornington, will be held at the Mornington shire offices, 4-5pm, Thursday 14 February. Those attending will be briefed on the council’s submission to the state government’s Kaufland Stores in Victoria Advisory Committee as well as the proposal itself. To register to attend email Strategic.Admin@ mornpen.vic.gov.au or call 5950 1010 The shire offices are at 2 Queen Street.

Ferry’s terminal problem My concern is that of being able to use the Western Port ferry service. I have no complaint with the service in itself, an excellent public transport service well above the normal PTV services. My complaint is that there is no facilities at any of the terminals that the ferry uses for handicapped. In this time of equal opportunity, the thought of anyone with even the slightest physical handicap being able to negotiate the several sets of steep steps to get to the ferry is nothing short of ridiculous and dangerous. Not only those with a physical handicap are restricted, but it is also dangerous for the elderly. The silliest thing is that the boat itself is handicap compliant, you just can’t get on it. Surely the government departments involved could come up with a solution that would rectify this extremely poor, dangerous and restricted access for those in our community that just want a day out and travel on a wonderful waterway to one of the beautiful islands. What a disgrace this is and what a shame. From my reading of the law this is a clear violation, but what is the use of complaining, it would be one government department against another, and this would be swept under the mat and forgotten. Once again the minority and worse affected in our community are biased against. Chris Antony, Mornington

Extravagant path Bill Holmes’ letter highlighting the cost blowout in the construction of a footpath in Sorrento from $370,000 to nearly $1 million is extraordinary – particularly when it was opposed by almost 90 per cent of affected residents (“Footpath costs” Letters 29/1/19). It was strongly supported by Cr Hugh Fraser

who, in his short time on Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, has managed to travel overseas four times - to Timor twice, Paris and China. Needless to say, the travel has been in accordance with the rules set by council. All this extravagance and inefficiency shouldn’t sit well with residents who struggle to make ends meet on a week to week basis. Geoff Allen, Mt Eliza

On the right path As a resident of Sorrento, I was so pleased to read that the footpath, in Coppin Road is finally to be constructed (“Footpath costs” Letters 29/1/19). I walk up this road almost every day with my small dog and it has been a nightmare. Such a dangerous road with the bus and cars coming towards you, and nowhere to go. Children going to the school in Kerferd Road will be much safer. I for one, look forward to the day it is started. Erica Bryan, Sorrento

Eyesore barrier The recent installation of the concrete barriers and screen ruins Anthonys Nose at Dromana, which must surely rate as the best view of all Port Phillip foreshores. Yes, the concrete barriers are necessary to stop rocks falling onto the beach road but, for heaven’s sake, why weren’t the concrete barriers and screens painted before they were installed? Preferably a sand colour which would blend the barriers with the cliff and shoreline. The concrete barriers on Peninsula Link near Frankston are painted and give a pleasing look while driving down the link. Gerry Shepherd, Dromana

Hunt should go The way Prime Minister Scott Morrison is losing members in his government, he’ll be lucky to have enough people to fill positions by the time the May election comes around. After what I regard as [Flinders MP] Greg Hunt’s disgraceful display of disloyalty to [former prime minister Malcolm] Turnbull, I was surprised that he kept his current [health] portfolio after trailing on the coat tails of Peter Dutton. Now, thanks to Greg and his cohorts, we’ve got Scott Morrison and a very unstable government. Mr Hunt appears to have been blinded by ambition. Perhaps the Flinders electors should give him a nudge and vote him out. He’s been in the seat long enough and has been less than dynamic in all the portfolios he has held. Perhaps it’s time to say goodbye to Greg Hunt. The election is only four months away, have a good think about it. John Cain, McCrae

are still procrastinating about some strong and unambiguous demands for his release and return to Australia. If the Thai government wants to ingratiate itself with the Bahrainian government, it should do this in some other way, not with the life of an Australian resident. Shame on both of these governments. How about [Flinders MP] Greg Hunt, our much threatened local member, for once showing some spine and making a little noise for the just cause of getting Hakeem back to Australia. Rupert Steiner, Balnarring Beach

Power a hot topic On that hot Friday 25 January I heard a news item on radio: a government energy spokeswoman said that we may need an extra 250 megawatts (250 million watts) of electricity to get through this hot day. We had reserves of (only) 180 mw, Alcoa had “agreed” to shut down its aluminium smelter if necessary - releasing another 400 mw - and the predicted high winds should enable wind power to generate an extra 700 mw. It eventuated that rolling blackouts were imposed on 160,000 premises. February will be a lot hotter. What child-like creatures are running this la la land? I will state, yet again, that a standard, single 625 mw coal-powered generator is equivalent to 1500 standard windmill generators wobbling along when, and if, the wind blows; and the 625 mw generator runs all night too, long after sun power recedes in the afternoon. Those wind generators cost a couple of million dollars or three each, including foundations. Some crazy green people, notably economists, are saying that all petrol cars will be finished in the near future, to “save the planet”. We would have to triple our electricity generation and rebuild a stronger grid to power them. Where would the lost petrol tax revenue be recouped? The climate on this planet has varied, considerably and naturally, over the past 1000 years or more. It is recorded. There is evidence for the reality deniers. We must rebuild Hazelwood power station immediately, using modern technology. Or (gasp) go nuclear, using our own abundant uranium. Nuclear is, in 2019, reliable, cheap and safe. They use it in submarines. If you want, we could locate the plants in any nearby desert. But, most importantly, we must first put our deranged adults into asylums, not governments. Brian A Mitchelson, Mornington

Hunt should act What is wrong with our foreign minister [Marise Payne] and the federal government? First our federal police offer Hakeem Al-Arabi [a Bahraini refugee living in Australia]as a sacrificial offering to the Thai government, completely disregarding the fact that the Interpol arrest warrant against him was not active anymore, and now this poor man has been in prison ever since. And our government and foreign minister

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Dentures and Dentistry FOR over 30 years, Dr John Albery has been putting smiles on the faces of clients across the Mornington Peninsula, and continues with his boutique clinic, Dental Studio 2-Twenty. “With a combination of professional experience and the latest technology, we pride ourselves on providing each and every one of our customers with excellence in restorative and cosmetic dentistry,” says Dr Albery. “With very few exceptions, we can handle all of your dental needs in-house. We provide everything you need in our modern practice and at an affordable price.” Dr Albery has undertaken advanced training in crown, bridge and implants dentistry, and completed his Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy in Myofascial Acupuncture. He is a founding member of the Australian Society of Dental Aesthetics and a founding member of the Peninsula Headache Clinic. Dental Studio 2-Twenty can help with everything from restoring worn and broken down teeth to replacing missing teeth with dentures, crowns, bridges or dental implants. “As a professional team, we pride ourselves on our excellent customer service. When you come to Dental Studio 2-Twenty, you don’t just get the very best in restorative and cosmetic dentistry – you get friendly

service, personalised to suit your needs and budget,” says Dr Albery. Magdalena (Maggie), the owner of DenturePoint holds a Master’s degree in Dental Prosthetics and is a registered dental prosthetist. She has over 20 years experience working within dentistry. She has worked at the prestigious Eastman Dental Hospital in London, Golbourn Valley Health Health Hospital Shepparton, a boutique private practice in Glen Iris Melbourne along with Dr Anthony Dickinson, Dr John Pearson and Dr Kip Homewood and at Griffith University Gold Coast. Working in large health care services and in a boutique practice in Melbourne allowed her to work with a wide range of highly qualified professionals including many specialists. It also allowed her service a broad and diverse client base as well as develop strong communication and relationship skills with other dental professionals. Her recent clinical experience as a dental prosthetist comes from Griffith University where she received Master’s degree in Dental Prosthetics. She has always been actively involved with the clinical and technical aspects of her job. . She continues to master her skills in making dentures: this year she will be meeting Dr Abe in Japan to learn the newest techniques on suction on

Providing specialist care: Dr. John Albery and Maggie. lower dentures, which is very difficult to obtain. Full dentures are her forte and she puts a strong emphasis to make sure they are both aesthetically pleasing and functional. Maggie started DenturePoint about three years ago and works together

She is also a mobile dental prosthetist and will visit the patients at their homes if they are unable to leave their premises Dental Studio 2-Twenty is at 2-20 Bruce Street. Phone 5973 6611. www.dentalstudio220.com.au

with Dr Albery and Dr Finti in Mornington. She also offers 24/7 emergency denture repairs for Mornington Peninsula residents which is very fortunate to our locals as not many dental prosthetists run such services.


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Direct Endoscopy Rosebud now open ROSEBUD Day Hospital is a state-ofthe-art facility bringing a new level of medical technological advancement and patient comfort to the Peninsula. This world class Hospital was officially opened by the Federal Health Minister Hon Greg Hunt MP on the 30th of October. Rosebud Day Hospital specializes in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy – Gastroscopy, Colonoscopy and Capsule Endoscopy (Pilcam).We have been providing quality endoscopy services and specialist treatment in the area of digestive health for over twenty years. Our team of specialist gastroenterologists is committed to providing the highest quality of endoscopy expertise. Iron Infusions for rapid correction of iron deficiency are also available at the Hospital. This is a very effective Iron Replacement therapy generally only requiring a one hour stay. As part of Direct Endoscopy’s wide range of diagnostic services we are proud to offer a range of hydrogen breath tests for the investigation of intolerance to common dietary components, such as Fructose and Lactose. Specialist Medical Consulting Services Including: Gastroenterology and Surgical Consultations will also be provided on site. Direct Endoscopy provide Specialist consultations in all areas of Digestive and Liver Diseases and postendoscopy specialist follow up. Direct Endoscopy are committed to affordable, accessible and comprehensive digestive health

Dr. David Badov services, such as Gastroscopy, Colonoscopy and Capsule Endoscopy for all patients - both insured and non- insured. All patients referred to us have access to the best in gastroenterological care regardless of insurance status. Dr David Badov is leading our team of highly experienced Endoscopy Specialists. Dr Badov is the Head of Gastroenterology at Frankston and Rosebud Hospitals (Peninsula Health). Conveniently located to improve patient access on the Peninsula to medical services, Rosebud Day Hospital will provide expert and affordable endoscopy services and specialist treatment in all areas of Digestive Health.

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the cases, which included several in Frankston (including three at the private hospital, and one each at Carrum and Somerville). Dr. Griffeths, the health-officer of the shire, at the invitation of the Council, then expressed. his views concerning the position. He said he had inoculated at Frankston, Somerville, and Hastings, and also at Balnarring, where 50 men were employed on the Water works. At Frankston on Monday he had inoculated 72 persons, 24 for the second time, and not one had shown any ill effects. It was a prevalent idea, said Dr. Griffeths, that bad effects followed inoculation. Such was not the fact. Damage to health did not follow inoculation, and the serum was the only thing to rely on in the present outbreak. Every effort should be made to effect isolation in every case.of pneumonic influenza. Ally mild case might cause infection, with serious results. No form of the disease, no matter how slight, should be regarded lightly. Inoculation would not give complete immnunity, from the disease, but if an inoculated person contracted it, the attack would be in a much milder form. The pneumonic phase of the disease was its great danger, for pneumonia was the captain of all acute diseases. He had seen mild cases in this shire, and it had to be remembered that the mild develops into the serious. The only safeguard was inoculation. People should be prevented from congregating together in large numbers. Race meetings, theatres, picture shows, etc., should all be prohibited. For local requirements he considered a suitable building should be secured as an isolation hospital in case of need.

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President - Is inoculation sufficient in access to the private hospital, except to monic influenza ininnovations private houses,from and the i of the manu case of contacts? sick people. Dr Griffeths said the Counthen removed to the hospital. Dr. Griffeths replied: No; not in the cil should make immediate provision to Cr. Oates said it was on account of We offer case of contacts. Separation and isolaprovide accommodation for patients, the rumours floating about that hepersonali set tion were most essential. and secure nurses. out to make serious inquiry, with the personalised products Continuing, Dr. Griffeths said he met He believed there were plenty of result that he had book obtained the list your freeof hearin a man the other day who said he would V.D.N. women who would willingly cases just read to the meeting. you’re wait till the disease came to his district offer their services. It seemed to make him thatsure unless the gett before he would get inoculated. That He thought the Recreation Park at Council took a strong stand they would man, said the doctor, would look pretty Frankston would be an excellent place have trouble. Preventative measures foolish if he happened to be the first as a depot, and there should be plenty might seem severe, but it was the only man to contract the complaint. of tents available. way to stamp out the disease. Dr. Griffeths said he had not seen The military authorities, no doubt, Dr. Atkinson, of Frankston, should be a bad case yet; but Dr. Atkinson, of would be willing to supply tents or asked to give firsthand information to Frankston, had told him that there were marquees, and perhaps the Defence deDr. Griffeths (the shire’s health officer) www.nepeanhea three in Frankston, and that they were partment would supply beds. of all cases coming under his care. in the private hospital. In conclusion, Dr. Griffeths expressed This would avoid the present un13 Hastings Rd, FRANKSTON Dr. Griffeths then explained that he the hope that as the result of this meetnecessary delay. The private hospital had Hastings informed Dr.Community Atkinson that the ing immediate actionSt, would be taken. Health,185 High HASTINGS should be quarantined, as there were cases, being infectious, should not have President: How would you treat a three serious cases there. Camms Rd, CRANBOURNE been171 admitted to the private hospital, mild case? He then moved that the St. Pancras and that it would be necessary to quarDr. Griffeths: Quarantine it at once, Hospital, at Frankston, be brought unantine the institution. and a severe penalty is provided for der the quarantine regulations. He also protested to Dr. Atkinson breaking quarantine. Cr. Mason seconded the resolution, against the practice of allowing the paCr. Oates: If masks are worn can inwhich was carried unanimously. tients to be visited by people outside. fection be taken through the eyes? Dr. Griffeth - If any person goes into He was told that each patient was alDr. Griffeths: I can’t say, but should the private hospital now, they will stop in. lowed one visitor. think not. The affinity of the pneumonCr. Mason - Is there any way of notiDr. Atkinson had replied that visitors ic influenza germ is for the lungs. fying the public that the place is quarwere allowed to see patients in the MelCr. J Unthank asked if the cases antined. bourne Hospital. which had come under notice had been Dr. Griffeth—Yes, By written notice He (Dr. Griffeths) had replied that isolated. on the gate or by flying the yellow flag, two wrongs did not make a right, and Dr. Griffeths: Yes. but the public will soon get to know. that the practice of allowing visitors Cr. Hoare inquired if the butcher at Cr Oates moved, that all private at the Frankston Hospital must be Carrum, who was suffering from the houses where cases of pnueumnoic instopped. complaint, had closed his establishfluenza exist be brought under the quarCr. Oates: Quite right. ment. antine regulations. Dr. Griffeths: I told Dr. Atkinson if Dr Griffeths: Oh, yes; I think so. Cr J. Unthank seconded He thought any persons went into that hospital they Cr Mason said the position of the there were aspects of the position would have to stay there. Tradespeople private hospital in Frankston was one which were more serious to Frankston could leave their goods at the gate, but demanding attention. The institution than to other parts of the shire. should not have contact with any perhad only received its charter on the un*** son inside. derstanding that infectious cases, were From the pages of the Mornington The Council, said Dr. Griffeths, not to be taken in. The cases now in the Standard, 8 February 1919 should pass a resolution for bidding hospital had been diagnosed as pneu-

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THE RUBENS LEAD LINE-UP FOR THE PENINSULA PICNIC SARAH Blasko, Tia Gostelow and Jackalope’s Rare Hare confirmed for Victoria’s favourite food, wine and music gathering off the back of a sell-out event in 2018, The Peninsula Picnic returns on Saturday 30 March, 2019 with an unprecedented line-up of Australian music acts, local restaurants, wineries and producers, bringing together the best of the peninsula to the one location, for one day only. Lead by indie rock five-piece The Rubens, playing alongside beloved song writing legend Sarah Blasko, indie prodigy Tia Gostelow, Latin outfit San Lazaro, and up-and-coming folk artist Fraser A. Gordon, music lovers will be wooed by the mix of indie sounds, folk rock and soulful tunes across the day. The culinary line-up features regional greats and some new faces, including Jackalope’s Rare Hare, Montalto, Green Olive at Red Hill, Max’s Restaurant, Tuck’s Ridge and many more. Wines from T’Gallant, Prancing Horse, Quealy and Kerri Greens, beers from Wild Yak and PIMM’s cocktails will keep picnic lovers cool and satiated for a day of dancing and culinary delights. In addition to the live music across the day, there’ll be sessions with top winemakers, market stalls from local artisans and kids activities to help you while away the hours among the pristine surrounds of Mornington Racecourse. A true celebration of local wine and food talent, The Peninsula Picnic seamlessly blends a foodie festival with cellar door tastings, a farmers’ market and the sweet sounds of some of Australia’s best songwriters. Tickets are sure to sell out, so head to www. peninsulapicnic.com.au to secure yours now. The Peninsula Picnic is on Saturday March 30 at Mornington Racecourse, Mornington.

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MUSIC OF THE NIGHT MUSIC of the Night is an enchanting musical and visual spectacular presented by highly acclaimed multi award winning international pianist Joseph Fimmano. Joseph is joined on stage by the elite of Australian entertainment, stars of musicals and the concert stage, and the ultimate in Australia’s musicians with the Music of the Night Orchestra. Joseph debuted on Australian TV with his winning performances on piano accordion on Johnny Young’s Talent Time in the late 70s and has since matured into one of Australia’s finest performers. Music of the Night is a tribute to the musicals, opera and the beautiful melodies of musical theatre past and present. Featuring the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, West Side story, Mario Lanza, Andrea Bocelli, You Raise Me Up, Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, Hallelujah, Anthem, Amigos Para Sempre, This is the Moment, Flight of the Bumble Bee, William Tell Overture, You’ll Never Walk Alone, La Donna Mobile, Nessun Dorma and many more! Music of the night with all it’s grandeur, will leave you feeling charmed, uplifted, spirited, happy and exhilarated with all it’s beautiful music and melodies loved by all who hear them. Music of the Night starring Joseph Fimmano is definitely worth seeing and be assured you will be experiencing the ultimate in Australian talent. An enjoyable evening of instrumentals, singing, dancing that will leave you standing for more ! Music of the Night will be at Frankston Arts Centre on Sunday 24 February. Bookings can be made at thefac.com.au, over the phone on 03 9784 1060 or at Frankston Arts Centre.

THE MISSION SONGS PROJECT MISSION Songs Project is an initiative to revive contemporary Australian Indigenous songs from 1900 to 1999, focusing on the Christian missions, state run settlements and native camps where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were relocated. Searching for the family songs that were sung around the kitchen table, Jessie Lloyd explores the day to day life on the missions, settlements and reserves through music. From cultural identity to love and loss, these rare songs consist of almost forgotten stories that can now shed light into the history of our Indigenous elders, families and communities. Performed as a vocal quartet, Jessie presents a rare performance style found only in Indigenous communities; such as family gatherings, social events or yarns over a

cuppa. Story-telling, a major component of the performance, gives historical context and personal experiences into the tunes sung from the missions era, making the show warm, humorous and heartfelt. Mission Songs Project faithfully explores the musical journey of Indigenous Australian music and connects the traditional contemporary, revealing the continuation of cultural practice and song traditions into the 21st century. Mission Songs Project will be performed at Frankston Arts Centre on Friday 22 March, 7.30pm. Tickets are $27-$59. Bookings can be made online on thefac.com.au, over the phone on 03 9784 1060 or in person at Frankston Arts Centre.

NASHVILLE LIVE AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2019 FOR the very first time in Australia, and direct from Music City, U.S.A, the hit musical production Nashville Live delivers the energy, glamour and magic of a night out in the home of country music directly to you and totally live! Nashville Live takes you back to the world famous Grand Ole Opry, through the history of country music from golden greats like Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton, through to the contemporary platinum selling sounds of Shania Twain, Garth Brooks, Dixie Chicks and many more. Nashville Live is a celebration of the legends of country music and the stories behind the hits. Complete with a Grand Ole Opry style announcer revealing the hidden histories behind the biggest moments in country music, audiences can sing along and be moved to a mixture of classic solos, amazing duets and fantastic group harmonies as talented singers step up alongside the stellar live band to perform. Featuring performances in major capital cities and regional centres around Australia and with a cast of incredible international performers, Nashville Live is the closest you can get down under to the bright lights, the sights and the sounds of the world’s most famous musical city, the home of country music, Nashville! With 44 timeless hit songs including Folsom Prison Blues, Crazy, Jolene, The Gambler, Walk The Line, Stand By Your Man, Islands In The Stream, Man I Feel Like A Woman and If Tomorrow Never Comes to name but a few, this trip through country music’s greatest moments is a night that will reaffirm the fact that there really are only two types of music, Country and Western! Nashville Live will be performed at Frankston Arts Centre on Tuesday 26 March. Bookings can be made online on thefac.com.au, over the phone on 03 9784 1060 or in person at Frankston Arts Centre.


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Bailing out: Flinders reached their target against Mornington with six wickets and seven overs to spare. Picture: Andrew Hurst

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RED Hill have worked hard to surpass their target of 200, as they took on Moorooduc in the second day of their two-day clash. Having finished day one on a high and restarting at 0/43, Red Hill quickly lost their first two wickets and were sitting a little more uncomfortable at 2/52. Simon Dart was their best batsman, as he scored 59 runs batting at number 4 to help guide the Hillmen to a three wicket win. At Ballam Park East, a pitiful Pines performance saw them waste a golden opportunity to defeat Long Island. Chasing just 110 runs to claim a first innings win, no Pines batsman could make an impact, with their top scorer putting just 17 runs on the board. They were bowled all out for a lowly 61. Long Island came in to bat to close out a successful day, scoring 2/32. At Ditterich Reserve, Baden Powell suffered a scare as Main Ridge came close to knocking off their mammoth total. Baden Powell were dominant on day one, finishing at 6/336 at stumps. In reply, Main Ridge showed they had plenty of fight in them. Four of their batsmen registered scored of over 45, Shaun Foster top scoring with 65. Main Ridge came close, but fell short. They were bowled out after 75 overs for 289.


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A BRILLIANT spell of bowling for Heatherhill has seen then scrape out a narrow first innings win over Delacombe Park. Defending a weak total of 112, Heatherhill had their work cut out for them. Things got off to a brilliant start for them as they dismissed Delacombe Park’s opening three batsmen for single digit scores, with Jake Theobald doing the damage. Theobald would go on to take 6 wickets off his 19 overs. He clean bowled their final batsman to knock them all over for 89. Coming in to bat to close out the day, Heatherhill continued their positive play by finishing at 4/127 at stumps. At Roy Dore Reserve, a well batted innings of 80 from Scott Manders was not enough to help Seaford reach their target against Carrum. Manders had batting partners fall all around him, with the other top and middle order batsmen combining for just 22. They finished all out for 146. Despite some good bowling from Isuru Dias, Hastings were not able to defend a target of 120 against Mt Martha. Dias dismissed the opening four batsmen, but his efforts were not quite enough. Mt Martha held on and ended up getting over the line with five wickets to spare. A half century from Billy Quigley 6 February 2019

proved the difference between Rosebud and Seaford Tigers, as Rosebud ended up being bowled out with a 41 run lead. The ‘Buds finished at 165 at stumps.


TOOTGAROOK battled hard to try and reach their target of 287 against Boneo, but ended up falling short in their two-day clash. Things started well as opener Robert French smacked three 6s on his way to a fantastic innings of 70 runs. Middle order batsman Travis French also contributed with a half century, but ultimately they could not drag their side over the line. With eight overs left to play, Tootgarook were bowled out for 225. Skye had a tough afternoon away from home at Carrum Downs, failing to defend their total of 152. Things looked as if they would be competitive, before Ryan Lynch came in for Carrum Downs and put the game to bed. He smacked 11 boundaries on his way to 79. Carrum Downs declared for 164, wanting a chance to bowl before the day was done. Skye fared worse in their second innings, and finished the day at 8/56. Balnarring have let a good chance at defeating Dromana go begging, as they could not chase down an attainable target of 130 at Dromana Reserve. Balnarring were rattled to start their

innings and struggling badly at 3 wickets for 5 runs. They recovered slightly from there but lost their last wickets quickly, going from 3/78 to all out for 112. Zacc Klan took 5 wickets for Dromana. Tyabb performed well against Rye at Bunguyan Reserve to secure a win, surpassing their target off just 52 overs with six wickets to spare. Frankston YCW had a bye.


BAXTER have claimed a rare and comprehensive outright win over Pearcedale, besting them over two innings to claim maximum points. Having declared four runs ahead on day one, Baxter would need to work quickly to dismiss Pearcedale on day two to get a second crack at batting. A middle order innings of 41 from Luke Lowry helped put Pearcedale in with a shot of avoiding the double innings defeat. His side were bowled out for 152. Baxter lost two early wickets in their second innings, and would have to work hard from 2/8. From there they wasted little time, smashing boundaries to reach their target off just 34 overs. Chris Brittain was at his usual best for his side, hitting two 6s on his way to 68. A good partnership between Blake

Hogan-Keogh and Neil Barfuss has helped Flinders claim victory over Mornington. The two put on a near 100 run stand to help Flinders reach their target of 166 with 6 wickets and 7 overs to spare. Langwarrin were almost subjected to an outright double innings loss as well, as Sorrento dominated them at David Macfarlane Reserve. Having set a target of 255 for victory on day one, the Sharks were in a good position. Langwarrin came in and were quickly at 3/11, and things never got much better. Jake Prosser top scored with 21, as his side collapsed for just 64 runs off 27 overs. Adeel Hussain has ruthless with ball in hand, posting career best figures of 8/33 off 14 overs. The Sharks could smell the blood in the water, and sent Langwarrin in again by enforcing the follow on. Hussain again ran rampant with 4 wickets, taking his total to 12 for the day, but Langwarrin held on. At close of play they still had 5 wickets in hand, avoiding a truly nasty defeat. At Harry MacDonald Oval, Peninsula OB were able to defend their total of 267 with relative ease. Their Mt Eliza opponents got off on the wrong foot and lost both openers for just 4 runs combined. They finished all out for 137 off 57 overs. James La Brooy took 6 wickets.


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By Craig MacKenzie ROSEBUD has had its application to join State League 5 accepted by Football Victoria and it will compete in the South division in 2019. And club president Melissa Osorio confirmed last weekend that merger talks with neighbouring Rosebud Heart are ongoing. “At the moment we’re going through the 2019 season ticking all the boxes and working with Football Victoria and Rosebud Heart and looking to the 2020 season (to merge),” Osorio said. Rosebud returned to competition under the state federation’s banner last year finishing second in Metropolitan 2 South-East. The previous time the club played under the controlling body was in 1984 when it finished last in Metropolitan 4 with just five points from 26 games. Langwarrin finished third-bottom in the same division that season narrowly avoiding relegation on goal difference. Rosebud hopes to consolidate its State 5 status this year and the aim of the merger is to marry Rosebud’s senior setup with Heart’s junior setup. “If the merger comes off we’ll have a very big club with around 400 to 500 members,” Osorio said. “Right now Rosebud has about 35 senior players and last year we had our first successful year with our juniors where we started off with three teams and ended up with six by the end of the season. “The amount of interest that we’ve had makes me think we’ll have more teams this year. “We’re thinking of starting an under-15s or under-16s girls team and our senior women are going to be playing in State 4 for the very first time.” The senior and reserves men’s squads will use both Olympic Park in Besgrove Street and Boneo Recreation Reserve as home venues this year and late last week Rosebud announced that Pat Sabatino had been appointed head coach. “We wanted to wait until we were sure we were in State 5 before making an appointment,” Osorio added. Sabatino, 50, has coached at Keilor Park and Western Suburbs and in 2014 he coached Avondale’s under-20s. His arrival comes after other clubs in State 5 have appointed a coach

High five: Rosebud’s dressing room in pre-match mode. The club aims to consolidate its State 5 South status this year.

and have started pre-season training. “It makes it very difficult,” Sabatino said. When Langwarrin first entered the NPL it faced a similar scenario due to the tardiness of FV in ratifying its inclusion and it was still holding trials when many of its opponents had settled on most positions in their senior squads. As we went to press Sabatino had only held three training sessions and was still in the process of sifting through the players to identify the ones to include in his squad. He also is on the lookout for an assistant and has spoken to two possible candidates. “This Tuesday night we’ll have an intraclub practice match and this will bring us closer to working out who the senior players are,” he said. “Look I’ll be honest with you. We’re miles behind the other clubs.” Sabatino is in talks with State 3 North-West club Essendon United about arranging a friendly and is particular about who his side should play in preparation for its league campaign. “We hope to hear back from them this week and I’m trying to get a feel about who to play in these practice games. “We’re trying to find our feet so you have to be a little bit cautious about who you play.” Luring players to Rosebud will be a major task for Sabatino and the club took to social media last weekend advertising for senior players for both the men’s and women’s teams. “Attracting players down this neck of the woods is a definite problem,

even with the juniors.” Rosebud doesn’t pay any players so it’s hoping to put networking to good use. “Players have been ringing around any other players they know and maybe they’ll be more interested now in coming to a State 5 club.” Another task Sabatino faces is trying to tweak the culture at the club by making the senior squad more competitive. “It’s not a one-season fix. “We need to survive this season and try and attract more players down here.” Sabatino forms a strong link between Rosebud and Rosebud Heart as he is a committee member at Heart and coaches its under-15s. He’s hopeful that the 2019 season can sort out any teething problems between the two clubs and that the merger can proceed. Rosebud has to wait until Saturday 18 May for its much anticipated local derby against State 5 title hopeful Somerville Eagles. Somerville’s co-coaches Scott Morrison and Dave Greening were pivotal figures in Rosebud Heart’s brief time in senior soccer and Morrison is a life member of Rosebud. The clash is scheduled for 3pm at Olympic Park. Meanwhile Football Victoria released its State League fixtures last week. Ground availability issues have wrecked the opening round of the State 3 South-East season with just one match scheduled. Frankston Pines’ league season starts in round 2 on Saturday 30

March against Bayside Argonauts at Monterey Reserve while Skye United’s season starts with a round 3 away clash against Ashburton United on Saturday 6 April. FV has contacted Pines in relation to its request to play home games on Friday nights and the club expects to gain approval subject to a lighting audit to be conducted before 14 March. Whether or not Luke Murray, Tapiwanashe Munyanyiwa and Tuach Ter play for Pines this season is unclear. Murray committed himself to Pines last November but has decided he wants to try and play at a higher level, “Tapsy” is taking time off to deal with personal issues while Ter hasn’t been sighted and is rumoured to be on Springvale City’s radar. The opening round fixtures on Saturday 23 March for local clubs are: Mornington v Malvern City, Dallas Brooks Park, 8pm; Peninsula Strikers v Old Scotch, Centenary Park, 3pm; Dandenong South v Seaford Utd, Tatterson Park, 3pm; Chelsea v Baxter, Edithvale Recreation Reserve, 3pm; Bunyip District v Rosebud, Bunyip Recreation Reserve, 3pm; Old Mentonians v Aspendale, Mentone Grammar, 3pm; Endeavour Hills Fire v Somerville Eagles, Power Reserve, 3pm. Langwarrin starts its NPL2 campaign on Saturday 16 February against Melbourne City at Lawton Park at 3pm while Southern United’s NPLW season gets underway on the same day at Monterey Reserve with a 3pm clash against South Melbourne. In State 5 South news Somerville Eagles announced two new signings

last week. Charlie Conrath, 26, who arrived in Melbourne recently from Brighton in England has played with Ringmer FC and AFC Ringmer as a left winger and central midfielder but in recent seasons has played as a full back. James Liddle, 27, ex-Langwarrin, Barwon and Rosebud Heart, has also joined Somerville and can play in a variety of positions. Liddle was part of the Heart senior team that won every league game in 2016. Fellow State 5 South outfit Aspendale Stingrays drew 2-2 with Dingley Stars at Kingston Heath on Saturday. Playing on an artificial pitch exacerbated already oppressive weather conditions and drinks breaks were required throughout the clash. Triallist Luiz Dobre scored both goals for Aspendale whose best were Sonny Lindsay, Noah Berends and Jack Lindsay. In the earlier match Aspendale under-18s took on Aspendale’s reserves and won 5-0. Meanwhile the seventh staging of the Steve Wallace Memorial Cup was the highlight of last weekend. Moreland Zebras became the first side from north of the Yarra to win the annual event after the final against Langwarrin ended in a scoreless draw, Moreland winning 5-4 on penalties. However it’s unlikely that the Zebras will return to defend their title as Somerville is expected to compete in the 2020 Wallace Cup. Somerville drew 2-2 on Saturday in a friendly against Philip Island in Newhaven with the visitors’ goals coming from Dave Greening and Mark Pagliarulo. This week’s pre-season games: THURSDAY: Langwarrin v Doveton, Lawton Park, 7pm. SATURDAY: Frankston Pines v East Bentleigh, Monterey Reserve, 1pm & 3pm; Somerville Eagles v Chelsea, Somerville Secondary College, 1pm & 3pm. SUNDAY: Peninsula Strikers v Collingwood City, Centenary Park, 3pm & 5pm; Skye Utd v Endeavour Utd, Reema Reserve, 1pm & 3pm; Seaford v. Aspendale Stingrays, North Seaford Reserve, 1pm & 3pm.

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SOUTHERN PENINSULA NEWS scoreboard Aussie, Aussie, Aussie: Wez Hunter-trained galloper Curra Kid wins race five at Balnarring on Australia Day. Picture: Picnic Races

Cup day a success at Balnarring THOUSANDS of spectators flocked to the Emu Plains Reserve, Balnarring on Saturday 26 January for the Balnarring Picnic Racing Club’s traditional Australia Day meeting. A field of seven took to the track for the highlight of the club’s season, the Balnarring Cup, where Cranbourne-based trainer Cindy Alderson took out the main event with her lowflying mare My Clementina. Ridden by Maddison Morris, My Clementina scooped the prize to become the new ‘star of the picnics’, winning five straight picnic races - a maiden, Trophy 1, Trophy 2 and two Open Cups, which included the Healesville Cup at her previous start. Overall, Balnarring Picnic Racing Club president Terry Mulcahy said their major day was a raging success and a brilliant day out for all involved. “It was sensational,” Mulcahy said.

“It was an outstanding success. Weather wise it was perfect. It was 24 degrees, sunny all afternoon and you couldn’t ask for better conditions. “We had 4,500 people there and a really well behaved crowd with plenty of families.” Other highlights from the day included three odds-on favourites consecutively saluting from race 3 to race five, kicking off with the Colin Little-trained galloper Plum Pudding ($1.65) who won by a commanding six-length margin. The iconic Australia Day silks were also worn to victory during the successful run of favourites, with the Don Dwyer-trained Sheer Force and the Wez Hunter-trained Curra Kid taking out races four and five. Racing is set to return to Balnarring on Sunday 10 March (Labour Day long weekend) for their next picnic meeting.

Peninsula Boxing set to make an impact PENINSULA Boxing will be out to kick off the year in style when they line up in the inaugural Wild Fighter promotions card held at new boxing venue The Timber Yard, Port Melbourne on Saturday 23 March. Commonwealth Games silver medallist and unbeaten cruiserweight boxer, Jason Whateley (2-0, 1 KO), is set to headline the card in his third career fight as a professional. His opponent is yet to be determined but it’ll be Whateley’s first time entering an eight round match-up. Fellow Peninsula Boxer, Lochie ‘Bubba’ Higgins (4-2, 2 KO), is also locked in to fight the “tough as nails” Mark Smith (5-4-2) in a six round battle in the super middleweight division. Higgins will step up into the super middleweight division for the first time but it has been a move which Peninsula Boxing head coach Marcos Amado has planned on making for a long time. Amado said this year will again be an improvement on the last with more targets set to be hit this time around.

“Everyone is flying,” Amado said. “2019 is going to be a big step up year and we are going to try and get six fights in for each of our professionals. “A couple of them only had the two fights last year which is a lot of time between outings so we’re looking to step it up this year.” Following the inaugural Wild Fighters card, Peninsula Boxing looks set for a massive night on Saturday 27 April where Whateley, Higgins and Jai Alexander will compete on the same card for the first time. To add to the occasion, undefeated professional boxers, Alexander (9-0, 6 KO) and Whateley, are both set to fight for titles on the Kings of Kombat card. Whateley will fight for the WBF Australasian Cruiserweight title against Fijian boxer Filimon Naliva Jr (5-0, 4 KO), while Alexander will lock horns with another Fijian, Shamal Ram Anuj (7-1, 6 KO) for the WBF Australasian Featherweight title. Higgins’ opponent is yet to be confirmed.

Big year ahead: Peninsula Boxers Lochie Higgins (left), Jai Alexander and Jason Whateley prepare for their upcoming fights alongside head coach Marcos Amado. Picture: Supplied

Siblings serve it up at Melbourne Open

Happy with that: Georgia Hollow, 7, practises her table tennis prior to the Melbourne Open. Eyes on the prize: Charlie Hollow, 10, gets ready for the National Hopes Challenge and the Melbourne Open. Pictures: Supplied

UP-AND-COMING table tennis siblings, Georgia and Charlie Hollow, headed into Melbourne for the Melbourne Junior Open and the National Hopes Challenge on Monday 21 January. The Mornington Peninsula table tennis juniors competed in the under11s singles and doubles competitions at the Melbourne Open where they returned with some top results. Georgia, who is just seven-yearsold, finished third in the under-11s Girls singles while her brother, Charlie, also landed third prize in the under-11s Boy’s singles. The brother-sister combination then paired up in the under-11s doubles where they finished runners-up. Their father, Scott Hollow, couldn’t be happier to see his kids do so well. “[Charlie’s] improving all the

time,” he said. “He’s now third in Victoria and top 10 in the country. He’s playing in the second highest grade of pennant and he’s almost up to getting me and he’s only 10-years-old. “[Georgia’s] only seven and competing in the under-11s so she’s doing a remarkable job for someone who’s only just started.” Charlie also participated in the National Hopes Challenge where 30 juniors from across Australia were given the opportunity to gain coaching from some of the best coaches in the country. As part of the challenge, Charlie did 26 hours of training with the elite coaches across four days before competing in a round robin on the fifth and final day. The winner of the round robin was given the chance

to represent Australia at the Oceania Hopes Challenge in New Zealand. Overall, Charlie finished seventh in the round robin but had a lot of fun meeting and playing with some of the top table tennis players in Australia. Charlie and Georgia will continue to compete in their Mornington Peninsula pennant leagues at Civic Reserve as well as playing in a couple of other junior groups on Friday nights. Charlie will be playing in the new Friday Night Junior Pennant league which will kick off on Friday 22 March, while Georgia will continue to take part in the ‘Spinkids’ group which started up again on Friday 1 March. For more information on either of the junior groups email: mptta88@ gmail.com.



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