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Third time around for grand old dame Stephen Taylor email@example.com A NEW suitor has announced intentions to bring the grand old dame of Ocean Beach Road back to her former glory with prominent Melbourne developer Trenerry Property Group buying the 145-year-old Continental Hotel for a reported $14.5 million. The company has signed what is described as an unconditional contract after first mortgagee Manda Capital Holdings appointed receivers PKF Melbourne to again put the property on the market through Colliers International. Despite what appears to be
a good cause for celebration, neither Colliers’ Guy Wells nor Trenerry director Rob Dicintio would comment on the deal last week. The derelict construction site has been an open wound on the Sorrento streetscape since 2016. Its resurrection will be welcomed by supporters – including the Nepean Conservation Group – who feared it might just sink into its foundations during winter storms. (“Turnout proves Conti dear to Sorrento’s heart” The News 8/7/19). Yet many locals will be forgiven for saying, “We’ll believe it when we see it” after a cursed run in developing the four-storey limestone icon had it
mired in controversy, dashed hopes and failed partnerships. Hotelier and Sorrento resident Julian Gerner was left lamenting his dream of an $80 million refurbished hotel, dining and apartment complex with high-end wellness centre, when first he backed away claiming the project was too much for one man. (“Hotel’s revamp ‘too big to handle alone’” The News 13/11/17). The wheels fell off again when Mr Gerner’s much-hyped joint venture with Steller Property Group (“Partnership to restore hotel” The News 11/12/17) ended when that company went into liquidation. A later $21
million deal to sell the project to LBA Capital also fell through when that company was found to be “unable to meet their obligations under the contract of sale”. (Conti’ hopes dashed again” The News 23/9/19). Mr Gerner thought he was on the cusp of obtaining the necessary $100 million needed to complete construction on his own despite there being a “number of complexities” to be smoothed over (“Conti finance ‘close’ - owner” The News 10/2/20). It took a decision by Justice Almond of the Supreme Court of Victoria in March to end the LBA Capital contract of sale to allow the hotel to again
go to market in a “clean” condition. This meant its ownership by Manda Capital Holdings was established with no encumbrances to its sale – despite $707,000 being owed to creditors, including $37,000 to Mornington Peninsula Shire Council. So now, another new suitor with deep pockets rides in to rescue the beloved Conti. Only time will tell whether the once-grand dame will be restored to her former glory. What is more certain is that Sorrento deserves to have the heritage-listed landmark back up and running after almost five years of missed opportunities.
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Getting through this together To protect our community the Mornington Peninsula Shire is taking measures to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19. Council’s immediate priority is keeping our community safe and well. For the latest updates, including Easy Read facts sheets for people with disability and their families and carers, visit: mornpen.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
Care Packages Mornington Peninsula Shire in partnership with local Community Support Centres is offering care packages for our most vulnerable and isolated community members who are impacted by Coronavirus. The care packages include non-perishable food and essential hygiene items and are sent to eligible households through contactless delivery. You are eligible to receive a care package if you: • are being impacted by COVID-19 due to self-isolation • are considered ‘at risk’ of getting COVID-19 • have no support locally to access supplies • are experiencing significant hardship due to the current situation. To register to receive a care package from Mornington Peninsula Shire phone 1300 850 600
Community Support Centres Community Information and Support Centres provide programs and services to assist vulnerable individuals, couples and families. Services provided include fresh food parcels, personal hygiene products and food vouchers. There is also support available for people experiencing financial difficulties and referral information is provided to other health and community agencies. Southern Peninsula Community Support and Information Centre 5986 1285 Westernport Community Support Centre 5979 2762 Mornington Community Information and Support Centre Inc. 5975 1644
Local business support We’ve launched a new local business directory that connects you with local businesses that are still operating during Coronavirus. Part of the Shire’s efforts to support local businesses during COVID-19, the directory enables residents to search for local businesses offering goods or services they need. You can filter your search depending on whether you’re looking for online ordering, home delivery, no contact collection or just business as usual. More and more listings are added every day, so support our local businesses and check out the new directory at: mpbusiness.com.au/supportlocalbusiness
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Messages from our councillors Your Councillors (L–R) Seawinds Crs Simon Brooks, Antonella Celi, Frank Martin Briars Crs Rosie Clark, Bev Colomb, Mayor Cr Sam Hearn Nepean Crs Hugh Fraser, Bryan Payne Biodiversity in our backyard Right now the best way to help the community and save lives is to stay home. This is the perfect opportunity to discover the natural world on your doorstep. We are encouraging you and the family to get outside and uncover the hidden life in your backyard. Explore your garden and discover all the wonderful plants and critters that call it home, then add your findings to the Mornington Peninsula Backyard Biodiversity group on iNaturalist - an easy to use app that will help you identify your findings.
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Maintaining good mental health The outbreak of Coronavirus is a stressful time for everyone. It’s natural to feel fear, worry or anxiety – especially with the constant cycle of news and updates. During this time it’s important we do things to help us cope and maintain good mental health. The Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service has been developed by Beyond Blue to address the growing mental health impact of the pandemic, including fear about the virus, financial stress, family stress, anxiety and loneliness. To find out more: coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au 1800 512 348
Check-up for virus-hit businesses Keith Platt firstname.lastname@example.org AN assessment is being made of the financial hardship and wider effects COVID-19 is having on businesses on the Mornington Peninsula. Mornington Peninsula Shire acknowledges many businesses are “doing it tough” and says it will use the data to help with the “recovery process”. The move comes after the shire helped set up a system to deliver “care packages” to households throughout the peninsula. Cr Simon Brooks says statistics for
casual workers on the peninsula “linked to hospitality and tourism who may have lost their jobs” could be given to state and federal politicians. “These are typically, but not always, younger people who are often studying,” he said. “Because our shire has such a reliance on hospitality and tourism, I suspect we are affected much more in this space than many municipalities.” He said casuals in the hospitality and tourism sectors were “more vulnerable, as it is purely circumstantial as to whether they have worked for a given employer for more than a year, and therefore eligible for the JobKeeper al-
lowance as opposed to the JobSeeker allowance”. “The anecdotal evidence is some people are now couch surfing. Not all have families to fall back on.” Cr Brooks said tourism, hospitality, live entertainment and the performing arts sectors were among the first businesses to be shut down “and will likely be the last to re-open, yet due to the casualisation of these sectors, have the least support”. Cr David Gill suggested having “an online conference with our business community, and perhaps unions, to have a united perspective and/or leave these ideas to management to get moving quickly”.
Signs credited with reducing road kill Stephen Taylor email@example.com ELECTRONIC warning signs are being credited with cutting the number of kangaroos that have been killed on some of the Mornington Peninsula’s rural roads. Four solar-powered signs were placed on roads with high recorded incidences of kangaroo deaths: Point Leo Road, Red Hill South, Purves Road, Arthurs Seat, and Browns Road, Main Ridge, including the end of Jetty Road, Boneo. Mornington Peninsula Shire statistics show that 10 kangaroos were killed from July 2018 to June 2019 in Browns Road, Main Ridge, with just two being killed there after the signs were erected from August 2019 to March this year. The statistics show 20 kangaroos were killed over the same time in Purves Road, Arthurs Seat and only three killed in the same period after the signs were erected. The number of kangaroos killed in the same period in Pt Leo Road, Red Hill South, remained at two. The signs, paid for with $30,000 from the Transport Accident Commission’s and $10,000 from the shire, have now been removed to be eventually used on other rural roads. Kangaroos – predominantly eastern greys – reportedly make up at least 90 per cent of all wildlife collisions, with habitat loss partly blamed for
The shire’s bid to help business affected by the COVID-19 pandemic is part of a joint effort by the South East Melbourne (SEM) group of councils, which includes Frankston, Cardinia, Casey, Greater Dandenong, Kingston, Knox and Monash. The information about how businesses are coping during the COVID-19 lockdown will be used individually and collectively by the councils for “recovery activities and to advocate on behalf of our businesses as a result of the COVID-19 impacts”. Tania Treasure, the shire’s innovation and advocacy executive manager, said the online survey (which closes Sunday
16 May) seeks information from businesses about impacts to their revenue, staffing, supply chains and what government stimulus measure they are accessing. Ms Treasure said the peninsula’s results could be extracted from the overall survey to compare with other municipalities. Specific research was also being made so modelling could be done of the peninsula’s economy. “Both of these pieces of information will be important to help us get a good understanding of how and what to level the COVID-19 situation is affecting out business community to help inform recovery efforts,” Ms Treasure said.
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their deaths. Animalia Wildlife Shelter secretary Craig Thomson five years ago said kangaroos were being forced on to road reserves by the clearing of vegetation for housing and gardens, and by property owners building three metre kangarooproof fences, especially in the Tuerong to Cape Schanck area (“Roo slaughter on our roads” The News 29/9/15). It could only have become harder for them find food since then, with added risk posed by an increase in the number of cars on peninsula roads. “The fences limit their ability to move across the land,” Mr Thomson said at the time. The signs project evaluation had shown a “significant reduction in kangaroo roadkill and also a reduction in vehicle speeds along the project roads”, the mayor Cr Sam Hearn said. “We hope this signage will continue to inform and educate
road users of wildlife risks associated with peninsula rural roads and encourage safer driver behaviour.” Cr David Gill was a strong advocate for the signs: “There is significant community concern regarding kangaroos and other fauna being killed on our rural roads. The signs will contribute towards possibly saving human life and protecting our dwindling wildlife.” Mr Thomson said it was often thought that large numbers of kangaroos being killed on roads was a sign of an expanding kangaroo population but this was not the case on the peninsula. “Kangaroos [here] are an isolated population and we could lose them forever if we don’t protect them.” The Australian Wildlife Protection Council was a partner in the signs project, which was supported by the Nepean Greens and Red Hill South Landcare Group.
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Stephen Taylor firstname.lastname@example.org THE first sites of Telstra’s 5G network on the Mornington Peninsula are now up and running. The switch-on follows completion in March to upgrades of the telecommunication company’s mobile sites. Sorrento, Blairgowrie and Rye join parts of Melbourne, and several regional locations, where the 5G rollout has started. “Not all of the peninsula is covered at this stage,” a company spokesperson said, adding that work was under way in other parts of Rye, Tootgarook, Rosebud, Fingal, Boneo and Dromana. “The rollout has begun and we’ll continue to expand it as we keep building the new network across the country.” Telstra regional general manager Loretta Willaton said the roll-out was a “game-changer for locals and businesses”. “It will provide Telstra customers using 5G devices with higher speeds, lower latency [the time it takes to send and receive a signal which is important for things like real-time activities, such as driverless cars and gaming], and greater capacity, especially in peak times when the network can be at its busiest,” she said. “There’ll also be flow-on benefits to our 4G users with upgrades to our mobile network on the peninsula, improving capacity for all our mobile customers.” To use 5G, users will need a 5G-enabled phone, 5G coverage and a 5G mobile plan. If they move to an area where there is no 5G access, their phones will revert to the next fastest technology: 4GX or 4G. “In recent testing in Victoria we’ve been reaching speeds around 728 megabits per second – that’s up to seven times faster than 4G,”
company spokesperson said, adding “real world experiences and speeds may differ from locationto-location”. The roll-out of 5G has not pleased one group on the peninsula which wants a global moratorium “until the system is proven safe”. “Banning asbestos and the use of thalidomide took years after the symptoms appeared, as did the use of cigarettes and lead in petrol and paints, so let’s not wait for this one,” spokesperson Judy O’Donnell said. “No proof of harm is not proof of no harm.” The federal government announced in January that it would spend $9 millon building public confidence in the system (Govt to spend $9m on ‘5G is safe’ message” The News 29/1/20). The anti-5G group held public meetings at Mt Eliza attended by about 100 people and about 60 people at a meeting at the Rosebud public hall mid-last year. “The general mood was a big ‘no until proven safe’,” Ms O’Donnell said. “It hasn’t been proven safe and we have proof of that now [because] ARPANSA (Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency) has still not done tests. Yet [we’re told] it’s safe. How can that be?” Ms O’Donnell sent a petition containing 800 signatures to Mornington Peninsula Shire calling on a moratorium to the 5G roll out “until further testing proves it is safe”. It was tabled in November. She said plans to meet with councillors to discuss the roll out before the end of February were postponed because of COVID-19. “Scientists worldwide have real concerns about the adverse effects on people’s health and the environment of 5G. The telecommunications industry has not shown it to be safe for our health or privacy and thousands of independent peer reviewed studies show the risks it presents.” Customers can get more information on Telstra 5G and see the latest devices at Telstra.com/5G or at their nearest Telstra store.
Beating the bullies with blue MORNINGTON Peninsula residents may be in lockdown, but that should be no barrier to them calling for an end to bulling, say organisers of Do It For Dolly Day. The day is named after Dolly Everett was 14 when she took her life in January 2018, following relentless and sustained bullying and cyber bullying. “We can’t ask people to come together like last year but fostering a sense of community and togetherness is more important than ever,” Dolly’s mother Kate Everett said. “Kindness is at the core of everything we do. We believe that, through kindness, we can combat bullying.” Last year, thousands of families, schools and
workplaces were awash with blue as Australia stood together against bullying for the inaugural Do It For Dolly Day. Despite the lockdown, isolation and social distancing, Dolly’s family says support for Dolly Day (Friday 8 May) can be shown by sharing an act of kindness, wearing or decorating in blue and posting a photo on social media using the hashtag #DoItForDollyDay. “Blue was Dolly’s favourite colour and creating a sea of blue reminds people that kindness will not only prevent bullying, but can truly help to save the world,” Tick Everett said. For more information and ideas visit dollysdream.org.au/do-it-for-dolly-day.
Petition urges rethink on rural living rate Stephen Taylor email@example.com RESIDENTS pushing for the withdrawal of the contentious rural living rate have sent a 295-signature petition to Mornington Peninsula Shire Council. The increase, which adds about $900 to rate bills, was adopted unanimously by councillors when it was introduced last October. The residents claim the 20 per cent rate hike levied on the owners of 724 green wedge properties of two hectares or less is a “cash grab”. (“No cash grab in green wedge rates” The News 14/10/19). The shire’s chief financial officer Bulent Oz said smaller property owners gained greater value than the general ratepayer from programs and policies protecting the green wedge and their rural residential amenity and, as a result, should pay more for the privilege of living there. About 40 residents turned up at Red Hill Mechanics Hall for that month’s community meeting to voice their concerns to former mayor Cr David Gill and CEO John Baker. Paul Whitaker, of Red Hill, said residents were “shocked” at the size of the rate rise. Thirty-year resident Sandra Miller initially thought there “must have been a mistake” when she opened her recent rates’ notice. “The council has not been transparent in the introduction of this,” she said at the time. “This 20 per cent increase on top of our already sizeable rates is completely unfair.” The residents now want the council to devise policies to survey, audit, interview and assess all properties in the green wedge, then implement a
balanced approach with the rating system taking account of their individual levels of contribution to the green wedge. Cr Gill defended the rating decision saying the state government-enforced rate cap of 2.5 per cent applied to the total shire rate income, with individual rate notices varying according to yearly valuations. “Special rating categories are offered to farmers who received a 65 per cent rate dispensation because of the benefit they bring in protecting the green wedge from insensitive development.” “There is also the potential for suitable properties to apply for a rural conservation rate of minus 25 per cent if works are approved that benefit the green wedge.” Cr Hugh Fraser said affected residents “gained greater value than the general ratepayer from the programs and policies which protect the green wedge and their rural residential amenity”. The higher rates paid for living within the green wedge would go towards reducing rates charged to general ratepayers and the owners of larger green wedge properties, he said. The council voted to receive and note the petition and referred it to officers for action, or to report back to council.
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Shire’s message of support for police MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire councillor and Victoria Police officer Julie Morris said the deaths of four police in a horror crash on the Eastern Freeway, Wednesday 22 April, had “been felt in police stations right across the state”. “I’d like to thank our local community for the flowers, cards and messages of support,” she said. “The kindness we’ve seen and your words of support are encouraging and we thank you for standing beside us at this difficult time, as we mourn and reflect on the loss of our colleagues and friends.” Cr Morris was speaking after Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor was farewelled at a private funeral, Thursday 30 April. She and colleagues Senior Constable Kevin King, Constable Glen Humphris and Constable Josh Prestney died on duty when they were struck by a truck, 4.30pm. Mornington Peninsula Shire mayor Cr Sam Hearn said the community’s thoughts and prayers were with their families and friends and the Victorian police fraternity. “On behalf of the council I also want to share a message of support to our local police officers throughout the peninsula,” he said. After the funeral service, police from across the peninsula and the state observed one minute’s silence, forming guards-of-honour at their stations, and by turning on their vehicles’ headlights.
Cards, gifts a boost to morale CARDS, flowers, small gifts and chocolates dropped off at police stations are huge morale boosters, Mornington’s Senior Sergeant Paul Edwards said. They come as grateful members of the public show their support for the “thin blue line” in the wake of the deaths of four police officers at Kew on 22 April. Three funerals were held at the Police Academy last week and one was planned for yesterday (Monday 4 May) at Xavier College, Kew. “We’ve had so many small presents left for us that in my 20 years of policing I have never seen such a show of support,” Senior Sergeant Edwards said. “We are overwhelmed; it has certainly helped with morale. “We seem to be making a difference and people are appreciating us and I’m sure that’s being demonstrated right across the peninsula.” A favourite gift has been coffee vouchers or pay-it-forward contributions which allows thankful police to buy their daily “fix” and then return something extra to the cafe by saying: “Keep the change”. “We try to turn it into a gift for all the community,” Senior Sergeant Edwards said.
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Couple sought over liquor theft HASTINGS police are seeking public help in identifying a couple in relation to the alleged theft of alcohol from a shop in Baxter-Tooradin Road, Baxter, 4.40pm, Sunday 29 March. The woman, aged in her 30s, is described as Caucasian, 168cm tall, with a medium build and blonde hair. The man, also aged in his 30s, is Caucasian, 175cm tall, with a medium build. Anyone with information is urged to contact Hastings police, 5970 7800, or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at crimestoppervic.com.au
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THEFTS of, and from, cars on the Mornington Peninsula have “dramatically dropped” after the arrest of four suspects last week. Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Tony Henry, of Somerville CIU, said the men, all in their late teens, were nabbed at Morwell but were originally from the Hastings area. The group is alleged to have stolen three cars and broken into 12 others on the peninsula as well as at Frankston, Dandenong and Croydon over a three-week period. The alleged ringleader, 18, formerly of Hastings, is facing 10 charges which include driving offences. The alleged offenders faced Frankston Magistrates’ Court last week and, because of their ages, have either been remanded or bailed to appear at the same court at a later date. “There has been a dramatic drop in offences since their arrest,” Detective Henry said.
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Poem with spirit MORNINGTON Primary School grade 4 student Ella Pleiter used poetry to capture the spirit of Anzac Day. “She got up at dawn and lit a candle in the street with her neighbours,” dad Daniel Pleiter said. “I think she has captured the meaning of the day perfectly. “It is great to see that at such a young age the Anzac legacy lives on.” The bugle sounded, the Candle shone, and the Poppies stood proud, and Tall for today we stand At our front gate, thanking Them all for losing their Lives so that we can be free And live peacefully Greater love hath no man Now we rise, so silent And still, with only the Flame bubbly and Bright, remembering them All on this cold Anzac night
LIZ Clark, above, plays her saxaphone at dawn on Anzac Day 2020, while at St Andrews Beach Susan Roper and her daughter, Hayley and son-in-law Hamish Buckley held a driveway dawn service.
An Anzac Day to remember ANZAC Day 2020 was like no other. Gone were the mass marches and dawn gatherings at cenotaphs throughout Australia. There were no Anzac breakfasts, two-up or the camaraderie that is always shown at a much-anticipated football game. Instead, family groups, or individuals, stood holding small lights at the end of driveways. Largely silent, the memories of past family members who fought for Australia were no less meaningful than when crowds have gathered in the past.
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Family members proudly wore medals, their memories stirred by the quiet dignity of the day. The small observances outside innumerable houses throughout the land were joined as if by an invisible thread. The living potential of those that never returned from war was lost forever. The Anzac Day honours visible only to those who did survive. The loss of loved ones in war was shared by more recent arrivals from countries once regarded as enemies who are now part of the bond
that binds our community. Anzac Day 2020 will be remembered as the year that all Australians had a common, unseen enemy. A virus that stalks without regard to race or religion. It was a day also tinged with sadness by the deaths of four police officers doing their job on a Melbourne freeway. The horrific incident a reminder of how something so everyday could randomly turn into tragedy. Lest we forget. Keith Platt
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Use pandemic to rethink health and life on Earth It is heartening to have our leaders place lives ahead of the economy at this time. However, the World Health Organisation estimates more than six million lives are lost annually from pollution-related factors. This does not take account of such things as droughts, floods or cyclones. In Australia, that figure is estimated by the Australian Institute for Health and Welfare at 3000 every year. The cause is an absolute dedication to GDP growth at the macro level – either by increasing the population or increasing consumption - and pursuit of materialistic lifestyles leading to massive over consumption by individuals. Both have health implications. Business leaders are clamouring for a return to “normal’ which is unsustainable - our habits are exceeding ecological boundaries as evidenced by increasing natural disasters and the loss of biodiversity. Global pandemics can also be linked to behaviours that graphically illustrate our loss of respect for nature and the earth’s wild creatures. While this pandemic is disastrous, let’s use the break in activity to consider how life may be lived less materialistically, with different values and norms and, importantly, with less inequality. We need to recognise the disconnect between conspicuous consumption and the health of all life on Earth. Margaret Reid, Rye
Ban the burn What really gets up my nose (and it ain’t cocaine) is the carbon emitting and cancerous fumes of neighbours burning off on Fridays and the weekends. Sure it’s autumn, and yes some of us are stuck at home looking for something to do when daytime television drags on with daggy repeats, but when you are privileged to live in a protected wooded area with a many native birds, indigenous flora, clear coastal skies and generous reserves, why soil the beautiful atmosphere with smelly burn offs? Why do we have short-sighted anti-social neighbours who are incapable of considering the wellbeing and peace of mind of others who may be asthmatic, have pulmonary breathing problems connected to smoking diseases, or even just have young people with healthy developing lungs? Surely Mornington Peninsula Shire councillors for The Briars Ward (Bev Colomb, Rosemary Clark and Sam Hearn) and the other eight, can ban all outdoor burning-off in the name of commonsense, stopping global warming and all the other values they apparently support attending environmental conferences and print in their election handouts. They have prohibited all access to outdoor shire facilities but forgot to tape off seats in Mt Eliza and Main Street, Mornington. Why not consider this ratepayer’s simple request for a cleaner atmosphere and safer disease-free pavements? Municipal elections can’t come quick enough so we can get some representative and young
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blood into representing us instead of these Blind Freddies. Ian Morrison, convenor Mt Eliza Community Alliance
Virus and environment The 2015 Paris agreement, when 197 countries agreed to meet every five years to discuss what they are doing to lower carbon emissions, is arguably an historic moment. The coronavirus pandemic is affecting millions of people. These two events both had, and are, having an impact on the environment, which is not all bad. People haven’t been traveling, fewer cars are on the road, and pretty much zero plane flights. The Earth is finally taking a breath. If we don’t continue following this path, by 2080 places like Shanghai, China will be nine metres underwater. Fish would lose their habitat causing them to become extinct, losing a multimillion dollar business. We need to continue some of these practices after this pandemic is over. Even simple changes like driving less or living by the “30-minute rule” (if something is within 30 minutes, walk or ride your bike instead of driving). It is truly disappointing that our country has a government that won’t step up for us and the next generation, who will inherit this mess. Another thing we can start doing is stop buying fast fashion. buying something that’s in trend and then carelessly throwing it into landfills. Try buying some things in op-shops or give your clothes a second life by donating them. Let’s save the planet. Let’s save those who are vulnerable, even in this country. Fin Fowler, Mornington
Tiny makes sense I fully concur with Claire Silver as to the suitability of tiny houses for some homeless people (“Tiny houses can benefit community as a whole” Letters 8/4/20). As secretary of the Rosebud foreshore friends group and an active worker there, I have seen many instances of homeless people trying to shelter in the vegetation on the foredune, often in inclement weather, occasioning considerable hardship for them. Some appear to be organised and economical with the space they use; others leave rubbish and damage the vegetation, which is needed to prevent erosion by high tide action. Evidence of fire is also, understandably, found. This is quite dangerous in summer. I therefore urge Mornington Peninsula Shire Council to put aside some suitable land and to pay for some of the tiny houses for homeless people. We realise they may not be suitable for all, but it would be a gesture of mercy towards our unfortunate homeless. John Cain, secretary Friends Rosebud Foreshore, president Mornington Peninsula Ratepayers and Residents Association
Heartfelt response Due to the horrific incident on Eastern Freeway [which resulted in the deaths of four police officers], I felt compelled to place a small token of my sympathy and gratitude to our police who care for us 24/7. I placed four blue ribbons and a solar lit rose on the fence at Dromana Police station on Thursday morning. An officer named Andy arrived shortly after and thanked me, he had tears in his eyes as did I, he said: “We’ve had a bad morning today.” We held hands through the fence, and he said: “I think you may have started something here” as passers-by were singing out their condolences, it was heart wrenching. Later, there were many more tributes left by caring and empathetic locals. Now that we know some more disgusting details [about the incident] it’s even harder. Kerry Grbac, McCrae
Not so sanitised Most supermarkets have “trolley sanitiser” wipes or hand sanitisers at the entrance, I thought to protect against COVID-19 until, upon reading the ingredients label I was dismayed to find that they are simple (cheap) anti-bacterial compounds. They have no effect on a coronavirus which requires a 60 to 70 per cent concentration of alcohol. One large retailer had a sanitiser which “contains alcohol” but the actual percentage was not specified, so the presumption has to be made that it contains a mere smidgen in order to claim alcohol content. As it stands, if a virus-riddled person handles the trolley before me, even though I wipe the handles, it would be as if I had shaken hands with that person. So much for social distancing and mobile phone apps. Shopping centre staff are cleaning and sanitising everything in sight, but with what? A banana republic of lesser standing than ours has taken prudent action against shonky hand sanitiser products with respect to the virus. According to the 28 April edition of the Jamaica Observer the Bureau of Standards Jamaica has pulled several sanitisers from the market that have not met the 60 per cent alcohol content as recommended by the World Health Organisation. A bit of E-coli infection wouldn’t worry this old codger too much, but a COVID-19 virus would put me in a grave situation. Brian A Mitchelson, Mornington
Wasted walk Run it past me again? Someone suggests Cliff Ellen could solve all his life woes by halving his daily walk, resting up at home instead of on a forbidden park bench, then doing his little walk all over again — like in “Groundhog Day” (“Rest time solved” Letters 28/4/20). I don’t know Cliffie very well, but his former weekly A Grain of Salt column in this newspaper was always a must-read for me. And I doubt very much that he would agree that two trips halfway to your destination is equal to one trip all the way, particularly if it is to his beloved RSL. Fred Wild, Rye
The problems of the Frankston Electric Light Co are amazing and illustrate why the State Electricity Commission of Victoria was formed (The News 28/4/20). Perhaps you could do a feature article on the formation of the SEC almost 100 years ago. When did the electric train get to Frankston? The centenary of that must be fairly soon. Richard Trembath, Mt Eliza
Isolated help Almost six weeks of enforced isolation and with it the necessity to keep the mind occupied; The News’ weekly letters page is a major contributor. Indeed (shocked?) letters from Michael G Free and Brian A Mitchelson talking near enough to common sense. Followed by Kevin Cahalane’s comments on Kevin Rudd “probably our worst ever prime minister. A huge budget surplus compliments of the Howard Costello government turned into a huge deficit” displaying naivety in the extreme. Finally, a smokescreen piece on the justification of continuing a city office for the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, surely convincing nobody (“Cost savings justify our city office officers” The News 28/4/20)? Cliff Ellen, Rye
Training goes on On International Guide Dog Day (29 April), we at Guide Dogs Australia are saying an extraspecial thanks to our wonderful guide dogs for the life changing work they continue to do amid unprecedented global challenges. Guide Dog Day was created to celebrate the important role guide dogs play in helping people with low vision or blindness lead safe and independent lives, and this year it takes on a new meaning. It’s clear that the comfort and companionship a guide dog provides has never been more essential for or cherished by guide dog handlers. The coronavirus pandemic has understandably presented challenges to us as an organisation, but the welfare of our clients and our dogs is at the heart of everything we do and every decision we make, so we’ve simply had to find ways to overcome these challenges. This has meant supporting clients through phone calls, video conferences, email and social media, while our trainers have been busy setting up obstacle courses at our campuses, or training dogs from home, so they can continue getting our guide dogs-in-training ready to change lives. It’s not been easy, but we’ve made it work, and for that I extend a heartfelt thankyou to all guide dogs team members and volunteers. Recent weeks have also been a chance to dig into the community spirit we’ve been building into our organisation over more than 60 years, so I want to thank everyone who has extended their support to Guide Dogs and helped us continue our work during this very difficult time. Karen Hayes, CEO Guide Dogs Victoria
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This brick veneer home offers entry level buying in a prime position. Featuring an open plan living and dining room with exposed central beam, there is plenty of natural light from the picture windows and skylight. The updated kitchen has modern appliances and plenty of cupboard space. There are three good-sized bedrooms all with built in robes that share the sparkling central bathroom with separate toilet. The complex has a communal garden and playground and under the roof line of the home is a large single garge.
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Beautifully presented in an exceptional location at the McCrae end of Rosebud, this light-filled home offers a contemporary look with open plan living & separate dining. A well-equipped kitchen has stone benches & breakfast bar, there are two bedrooms with BIRâ€™s, a dual-entry bathroom and the interior has been repainted. Complete with timber floors, ducted heating, reverse cycle air-conditioning and window security shutters. Outdoors provides under cover outdoor entertaining and landscaped low maintenance grounds.
* Four year old home on low-maintenance 500m2 (approx) allotment * Four bedrooms, master with en-suite and walk in robe * Open plan light filled living walking on to a alfresco area & decking * Well-equipped kitchen with walk in pantry, island bench & dishwasher * Stone benchtops & timber floors * Double garage with rear access * Ducted heating and evaporative cooling
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FULLY RENOVATED ELEGANCE IN A COASTAL SETTING INFUSED with a distinct coastal ambience, this sensational double-storey home comes fully renovated to inspire and impress. Boasting Scandinavian flair, the home features eyecatching vaulted ceilings with exposed beams and there are handsome polished timber floors to an expansive ground floor layout incorporating breezy open plan living and dining zones. Courtesy of the high ceilings the main lounge revels in the overwhelming space and natural light that is further complemented by the crisp white feature walls. A dining area is set to one corner and extending from the space is the high functioning kitchen boasting subway tile splashbacks and gleaming timber benchtops. There is a large pantry and recessed space for the fridge and quality appliances include a dishwasher and a stainless-steel oven with gas cooktop and rangehood. The outlook from all windows is of the pleasant natural fauna that surrounds the 900 square metre block, however for full enjoyment take the time to spread out and enjoy alfresco meals and entertaining on the fabulous timber deck that runs along the north side of the home. Rounding out this ground floor level are two bedrooms with built-in robes that share a stylish main bathroom with freestanding tub and the spacious laundry. The sensational master suite loft showcases great use of space to provide not only a dressing room and an elegant ensuite, but a pleasant sitting area that opens out to your own private balcony. A detached double garage complements the home beautifully and there is a generous parking bay for extra vehicles. Deliciously private, delightfully different and with an outstanding renovation, this is that home with character you have been searching for.n
ADDRESS: 386 Waterfall Gully Road, ROSEBUD FOR SALE: $800,000 - $850,000 DESCRIPTION: 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 car AGENT: Craig Leo, 0412 502 938, Barry Plant Rosebud, 1/28 McCombe Street, Rosebud, 5986 8880 mpnews.com.au
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Parkland Oasis SaFety Beach 42 Portside Way
• The sea change you have dreamt about awaits with this single level 3 bedroom plus study, with private gate access from your rear boundary opening directly onto open parklands • Eye catching timber look flooring, stunning kitchen with stone bench tops and stainless steel appliances, gas ducted heating, split system cooling & 24 hour monitored security
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• 4 generous sized bedrooms a separate study, 3 bathrooms and enormous living areas make this the ideal permanent residence or low maintenance weekender • The successful purchaser will also have the first option to secure the 15m freehold marina berth located within an easy walk along the boardwalk
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Rosebud Respiratory Clinic opens for COVID-19 testing THE Rosebud Respiratory Clinic opened on Monday, 27 April. “So far we are seeing about 50 patients a day and it is all going very smoothly”, said Dr Sally Shaw from the Rosebud Respiratory Clinic. “The patients arrive after been given an appointment time over the phone and they are taken into the reception area. All staff wear protective gear and the patient is asked to sterilise their hands and wear a mask
After we ensure the details are correct the patient is taken into a consulting room where a nurse will gently insert a swab into the patient’s nose and take some cells from the back of the nasopharyngoscopy”. Dr Shaw says “This is an uncomfortable procedure but it only last 5 to 10 seconds. It is not painful but some people will gag when the swab is inserted. There are really no risks to this procedure as the swab is very, very thin and has a cotton tip”.
The swab is then packaged up and sent to pathology and results arrive about three days later. The doctor will check every result and SMS or ring the patient to inform them of their results. “So far we have not found any positive results and we are hoping not to” said Dr Shaw. “The aim of this clinic is to detect any patients in the community who may be carriers of COVID-19. As there are hardly any symptoms, even a mild sniffle
or dry throat will qualify a patient to have the test. Once we can establish that thousands of patients do not carry the virus, the government will then be able to use this information to decide when to ease social distancing regulations so that we can return to more normal lives”. “We are still doing skin cancer checks but have moved our patients temporarily to 1 Ross Street Mornington. The same doctors and staff are there to look after our
patients and it is very important that the skin cancer issues are not neglected. We are very grateful for the community support that has allowed us to do this testing but also keep a skin cancer clinic open”. To make an appointment for COVID-19 testing, register on HotDoc.com or phone 0436 033 507. This service is free to all Australian residents who meet the eligibility criteria.
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6 May 2020
Finally, relief from your hip pain DOES this describe YOU? • You get hip pain laying on your side in bed, and just can’t get to sleep. • You place a pillow between your legs to help you get to sleep but laying on the painful side is still waking you. • You find yourself standing on one leg with your other hip hanging lower, or you sitting with crossed legs causes the pain • You are a runner worried your hip pain will get worse and stop you from exercising. If so then read on. The pain on the outside of the hip can be due to inflammation of the gluteal tendon, of Gluteus Medius and Minimus, where the gluteal muscles attach. It can also be where a bursa (a fat pad called the trochanteric bursa) can become inflamed. The hip pain may be associated with a stiff back. Physiotherapist May Wan, says that it is an injury affected by hip weakness and postural habits that place the tendons under stress. It requires a full analysis of the hip and lower limb, looking from the foot to the back biomechanics. It can require massage, and specific strengthening exercises for the gluteal muscles as well as improving core stability to control pelvic movement. In addition to the above solutions, there is a recent healing technology that is making a profound difference to outside of the hip pain sufferers. Practice owner, Paul Rowson says
“Shockwave Therapy is often useful, because the gluteal tendons are a connective tissue, not a muscle. It puts a significant shockwave through the tissues you apply it to. It is a pressure wave which brings blood flow to the area. Tendons and connective tissue do not have much blood supply and can take a long time to heal. Shockwave artificially stimulates the healing of the tendon.” Shockwave therapy can also be used on Achilles tendonitis, Plantar Fasciitis, golfer’s and tennis elbow, and rotator cuff tendon problems,
and is usually most effective on long term chronic problems, rather than acute injuries. Shockwave is not the first line of treatment for injured patients. Physiotherapy and graded exercise are more likely in the first instance. But for more stubborn conditions, shockwave has shown good results. “The evidence at the moment suggests between three to five treatments are required, but most people should see an improvement within three sessions. It has a success rate up to 90%” May says. The Shockwave therapy is administered for a three-minute period
to the affected area during consecutive weekly appointments. “It is a bit of an uncomfortable sensation” May says, “like most physio hands-on treatments, with a little discomfort during the treatment.” Paul says, “After each session, most people get a significant reduction of pain and symptoms. Long term it stimulates healing, short term it reduces pain. The best thing is, the effects are long lasting. It prevents a lot of people having more invasive things like surgery or injections. The treatment is considered safe, but can produce skin reddening or bruising, short term pain, and
Physiotherapist, May Wan. cannot be used on people taking blood thinning medications or with bleeding disorders. “ “It is important to know that Shockwave has a long-term effect. Most of the time you have good outcomes, without having to have further treatments.” Shockwave is now available in Balnarring. Call the practice now and speak to one of our physios to see if Shockwave suits your condition. Back in Motion is at 6/2-8 Russell Street, Balnarring. Phone 03 5983 1021.www.backinmotion.com.au/ balnarring
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6 May 2020
100 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK...
Presentation of Military Stars at Frankston Compiled by Cameron McCullough ON Monday (Anzac Night) the Frankston Mechanics’ Hall held a large and enthusiastic audience. The occasion was the presentation of 1914-15 Military Stars to returned soldiers. The management of affairs was carried out by the Frankston Soldiers’ Memorial Committee, with Mr A G Wilcox: (chairman) and Mr H. Vicars (secretary). The first part of the proceedings consisted of a concert contributed solely by Melbourne artists, and the committee is to be complimented on the excellence of the entertainment provided. At the conclusion of the entertainment Brigadier General Grimwade made the presentation of Military Stars. The recipients were: A. E. Verney; 3rd A.S.C. S. J. Marsh, 6th Batt. C. Bunny, 5th Batt. E. Barrett, 14th Batt. S. A. Clarke, 14th Batt. A F. Dood, 3-6 Batt. P. W. Baker. 6th Batt. Alfd. Jolly, 1-8th Batt. Each man as he stepped forward in answer to his name, was greeted with rounds of applause. In addressing the audience General Grimwade said his duty had been a pleasurable one. He explained that many more men in this district were entitled to the 1914 Stars, but the Defence Department had not been able to furnish the Stars in time. All the men who had answered the first call, and those who followed in 1915 would receive the stars in due course.
Anzac Day, said the speaker, was a suitable day on which to make the presentation. It was a day that won a heritage for the whole of Australia. On Anzac Day thousands of Australians went forward to their death and on that day our sacrifices commenced. After that other Australians by the thousands rallied to the cause until at last 400,000 had enlisted and out of the number 60,000 made the supreme sacrifice. Anzac Day was a day to be commemorated forever and the men who received Stars would be proud to hand them down to their children a fitting emblem of a heritage gloriously won. (Loud applause.) The singing of the National Anthem terminated the proceedings. *** ON Saturday, May 8th, the Malvern Harriers are holding a Marathon race from Frankston to Melbourne, the distance being a little over 26 miles. A start will be made from the Frankston park at 1.30, and the finish is at Wesley cricket ground at St. Kilda Road. One of the entrants is T. Stinton Hewitt, a member of the team being sent by Australia to compete in the Olympic games at Stockholm, in October, and it is understood he will make an attempt to lower the record for the distance. *** ALEX. Scott & Co. auctioneers, report holding a clearing sale on account of Mr James Clark, of Balnarring, on April 17th. Buyers were in attendance from all
parts of the Peninsula, and competition was most keen at prices that gave every satisfaction to the vendor. It was generally admitted to be one of the most successful sales ever held in the district. Stack of hay, about 35 tons, £250; milkers to £12 5s; springers to £17 10s; heifers to £6 10s; aged farm gelding, £21; farm mare £21 10s; 538 new chaff bags, 16s 3d doz.; ewes 20s 6d; wether lambs 17s; ewe lambs 15s 6d; .seed drill £32 4s; reaper and binder £28; D.F. disc plough, £10 15s; harrows £1; S.S. buggy, £27; jinker £17. *** THERE was a large congregation in the Methodist Church on Sunday night, at the special service to commemorate Anzac Day. Rev. C. Angwin preached from the text: “He laid down His life for us.” Reference was made to the bravest and best of Australia’s sons who responded to the call of Empire, laid down their lives for us, died that we might live, and for a world-wide liberty against tyranny: right against might. We admire their devotion and noble spirit of self-sacrifice. We honor their memory; pay them the tribute of gratitude and love. By their magnificent sacrifice, splendid courage, their gallant feat of arms in storming the heights of Gallipoli they made for themselves and Australia, a name that will live in the annals of history. We are laudably proud of the gallant lads who fought our battles and made the supreme sacrifice; also those who, with supreme unselfishness, yielded up their best beloved when their country
needed them. Our deepest sympathy goes out to all who are bearing their grief so nobly, and in so patriotic a manner. Appropriate hymns were sung. *** A MOTOR car capsized near Sorrento on Monday night, Mr Olsen, of the Peninsula Garage, Frankston, who was phoned for, rendered assistance and brought the party on to Frankston. *** THE Wattle Club will entertain soldiers from the. Military Hospitals at lunch and afternoon tea next Sunday. The Frankston brass band will be in attendance. *** A LARGE gathering assembled in the Frankston Park last Sunday to commemorate Anzac Day in the form of a united service and public worship. Rev. Geo. Cox conducted the first part of the service. Major Chaplain Backhouse, who gave an interesting address, spoke feelingly of our fallen Anzacs and praised our brave Australian soldiers. In the course of his delivery he told how our boys never feared danger, and they were always right there when the strife was thickest. The Frankston Brass Band played the hymns with great feeling and was very much appreciated. After the singing of the National Anthem the service terminated with the sounding of the “Last Post”. *** MR T. J. McMurtrie and Mr C. W. Gault, JsP., leave for a fortnight’s holiday next week. The latter will attend the Fruitgrow-
ers’ Conference at Mildura. *** MOST people are agreed that it is time a move was made in the direction of taking definite action to proceed with the building to be erected as a Soldiers’ Memorial in Frankston. The Memorial Committee is anxious to secure plans at once, and it is probable that competitive designs will be invited as soon as the question of site has been settled. The Frankston branch of the Returned Soldiers’ Association has expressed a decided preference for the land in front of the Mechanics’ as the site for the Memorial, and it is strongly supported by the Memorial Committee, which is largely composed of citizens representing vested interest. It was with the object of securing finality on the site question that the Memorial Committee met shire councillors on the ground last week and made a thorough inspection of the land referred to. The municipal representatives present were Crs. Oates, Mason, Wells, and Armstrong, Mr A. K. T. Sambell, C.E. (Shire .Engineer), and Mr John E. Jones (Shire Secretary). Mr A. G. Wilcox (President of the Frankston branch of the Returned Soldiers’ Association, and also chairman of the Memorial Committee), explained the position from the view of the Memorial Committee, and gave the impression that the site asked for and no other would give satisfaction. *** FROM the pages of the Mornington Standard, 30 April 1920
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By Craig MacKenzie FOOTBALL Victoria hopes to get the green light to announce a resumption of training this month with the aim of starting the league season in June. In April Football Federation Australia extended the suspension of all soccer activities until 31 May but that looks likely to be lifted. Last week Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that national cabinet had endorsed the “National Principles for Resumption of Sport and Recreation Activities” developed by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee and the “Framework for Rebooting Sport in a Covid-19 Environment” developed by the Australian Institute of Sport. The AIS document sets out a pathway for a staged return of community and professional sport. This starts with an initial phase of small group (less than 10) activities in a non-contact fashion prior to moving to a phase of large group activities eventually including full contact training and competition. However the document emphasises that all sporting organisations need to be flexible “to accommodate and respond to changes in (coronavirus) community transmission rates and the associated changes in advice from Public Health Authorities.” The document emphasised the importance of player education and agreement to the protocols to be put in place along with illness management. “Preparation for resumption includes education of the athletes and other personnel, assessment of the sport environment and agreement on training scheduling to accommodate social distancing. “The approach to training should focus on ‘get in, train, get out’, minimising unnecessary contact in change rooms, bathrooms and communal areas. “Prior to resumption, sporting organisations should have agreed protocols in place for management of illness in athletes and other personnel.” FV arranged a members’ meeting on Tuesday last week involving zone representatives and standing committee chairpersons and now awaits the outcome of a national cabinet meeting scheduled for Friday this week and an
Setback for Seagulls: Mornington striker Josh Hine and Langwarrin’s Delarno Pharoe (right) in action from this year’s Wallace Cup. Picture: Darryl Kennedy
expected announcement by state government on 11 May. There are indications that some of the current stage 3 restrictions in Victoria will be eased leading to the possibility of community sport resuming with new social distancing restrictions in place. Should that happen then FV could allow senior NPL and community clubs to start senior training on 16 or 17 May with matches commencing in a staggered fashion from 12 June to 3 July. Cup competitions could start from 6 June with Langwarrin, Mornington and Seaford United the only local clubs remaining in the FFA Cup. FV’s members meeting raised the prospect of junior training commencing between 12 and 15 May with matches starting from 6 June. Notes of the members’ meeting circulated to clubs stated that there is more certainty around junior competitions “since changerooms are rarely required” and the new restrictions could include a directive that changerooms are not to be used. The meeting also speculated about a cap on training numbers and the duration of sessions. Part of last week’s discussion centred on FV’s relationship with govern-
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last weekend. Players have been given programs to follow and their progress has been monitored so the club has the best possible chance to hit the ground running once competition resumes. Mornington like all local clubs is waiting to find out what restrictions will be put in place to allow training and playing to restart. The Seagulls are keen to know how these restrictions will be policed and what would happen if, for example, one of their players tested positive to corona virus. For example, Jamieson doubles as coach of the club’s JNPL under-13s and also attends committee meetings when requested so the knock-on effects should one of his players test positive would be far-reaching if strict quarantine rules are in place. NPL2 outfit Langwarrin has dealt with monitoring fitness levels among its senior players through a program developed by high performance manager Alistair Wallace. “I set them a program from a PDF I created with three different training sessions with different training outcomes, for example aerobic, highspeed exposure and acceleration plus change of direction,” Wallace said. Each player fills out a form after each session and the data is used to monitor their progress. “We did this for all of pre-season to track load so pretty much when we come back we know how much we can increase each player’s load without them getting injured. “Most players send me screenshots of their sessions using an app or a smart watch.” If as expected there is an abbreviated training period before matches start Wallace feels Langy is well-positioned to cope. “Looking at it they say we will have four weeks back training before we play. “We can do a lot in four weeks but we will just have to be very vigilant with some players and adjust training loads independently for each player. “It isn’t ideal but we just have to adapt and keep risk levels low for players. “Most players have been doing the training loads so we are happy with where we are right now.”
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Cartwright makes winning city debut HORSE RACING
By Ben Triandafillou MORNINGTON-based apprentice jockey Matthew Cartwright kicked off his metropolitan debut in sensational form with a winner from his very first city ride on Wednesday 29 April. Having ridden 32 winners to date in the country, Cartwright was offered the ride aboard the John McArdle-trained Mockery at Sandown and made the most of his opportunity in town. Cartwright, who had already formed a good association with the threeyear-old filly having previously ridden her for a win and a second at her last two starts, took up the running in the 1000m sprint and never looked back. The 17-year-old apprentice ran the field along in the wet conditions before pushing clear in the final 100m to score a two-and-three-quarter length victory in the third race of the day. Cartwright said it was a surreal feeling to kick home a city winner at his first ride in town. “It was pretty special when I got off it,” Cartwright said. “Going across the line actually, you could just see my smile light up, so I was thrilled.” Cartwright had some confidence heading into the race too having jumped off his mother’s (Leonie Proctor) and grandmother’s (Lyn Tolson) horse Miss Starway who was also entered in the race. “I hadn’t ridden in town, but John offered me to ride (Mockery) if I’d like because I have a good association
with the owners. I said, ‘yes, I’ll take it’ but Mum also offered me the ride on Miss Starway a couple days earlier. I told her I’d rather take Mockery, so I ended up getting on her and the rest is history,” Cartwright said. “I knew I had a real live chance and I can’t thank John and the owners enough for giving me the opportunity. It all paid off well and the horse did what it did and won well.” Cartwright almost backed up his first winner with another one later in the day when piloting the Jerome Hunter-trained Our Gladiator in the final event on the card. Similar to his first ride, Cartwright took up the running aboard Our Gladiator in the 1000m sprint before giving a kick in the straight. He was only claimed in the final 50 metres by the race-favourite, Sagarra, and eventually finished the race in second place.
Metro winner: Mornington-based apprentice jockey Matthew Cartwright pushes out the John McArdle-trained Mockery to claim his first metro winner at Sandown. Picture: Supplied
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