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Kind gesture: Volunteer mask maker Karen Langdon and Vinnies’ Kitchen president Andre Linnell. Picture: Yanni

KAREN Langdon made the most of a supply of cloth left over from the temporary closure of Boomerang Bags’ Rye branch to make face masks for the homeless. The Rye resident last week presented up to 60 masks to Vinnies’ Kitchen in the band hall, Point Nepean Road, Rosebud. “We can’t deliver the Boomerang Bags because of COVID-19 but we are still happy to help,” Ms Langdon said. “Everyone is looking for masks; it’s a huge problem for the volunteers and the homeless at the kitchen.” Ms Langdon made three designs to Department of Health and Human Services’ standards: one for the averagesize face, another for a man with a beard and another for women’s faces. They come in blues, checks and “pink for the ladies”. “As long as I can get the right fabric, such as pillow cases or doona covers, I’ll keep making them,” she said. President of Vinnies’ Kitchen Andre Linnell praised Ms Langdon’s generosity. The masks will go to volunteers and clients of the kitchen which feeds a three-course meal to an average of 28 people each day. “It’s always a tough call to say how many meals to prepare because we never know exactly how many people will turn up,” Mr Linnell said. “One night we had 68, which really put the pressure on us.” Lunches – which these days are takeaway – are served 11.30am-12.30pm Wednesdays and Fridays, 12.30-1.30pm Sundays and dinners 5-6pm Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Lunches will also be served on the first Saturday of the month from this week.

Pro-airfield candidates want state to act Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au FIVE candidates in this month’s Mornington Peninsula Shire Council elections have signed a petition calling on the state government to reject changes to planning regulations affecting Tyabb Airfield. The petition claims the changes wanted by the shire will force “unworkable and invalid operating restrictions” at the airfield. “These amendments will cause significant limitations to flying and maintenance operations, leading to closure of businesses and loss of jobs,” the petition states. The president of Peninsula Aero Club (PAC) Jack Vevers is the first of 5470 signatures on the electronic peti-

tion, which was tabled in the Victorian Parliament’s Upper House on Wednesday 18 March. Council candidates who signed the petition are Julia McCarthy (Briars Ward), Darren “Daz” Barnfield (Cerberus), Bernhard “Ben” Loois and Paul Mercurio (Watson), and Tim Davies (Red Hill). The petitioners’ request for Planning Minister Richard Wynne to reject the planning scheme amendments follows years of dispute between the shire and PAC over the operation of the airfield. In April 2019 the shire hired a QC to investigate planning permits and businesses operating at the airfield, which led to several businesses being briefly shut down. Negotiations then began with the shire to bring activities at the airfield

into line with the planning scheme. The two sides have yet to be reconciled and several skirmishes have already been fought at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal over relatively minor planning matters, with a major hearing scheduled for April next year (“Shire, aero club head for VCAT showdown” The News 18/8/20). One councillor seeking re-election has warned that having a majority of pro-airfield councillors could eventually lead to government intervention. “It’s not very usual for a pressure group to attempt a council takeover,” Cr David Gill said. “A single issue group is unlikely to listen to other issues concerning the community. “But there is a big change likely with a push in every seat to get control of

council by Tyabb Airfield people.” The shire’s 11 seats across five wards are being contested by 43 candidates, including five existing councillors. Many of the candidates have ties to the airfield as PAC members, former members or family who are members. Some candidates work or have worked at the airfield. A questionnaire sent to candidates by The News asks if they are or have ever been PAC members. Of the 32 candidates who responded, Watson Ward candidate Bernhard Loois, who unsuccessfully stood for council in 2008, 2012 and 2016, said he is an associate member and Belinda Rodman (Briars) said she was a former PAC member. Candidates who have not responded to the questionnaire are Peter Orton, Anthony Marsh (a pilot), Andrew

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Aiming for a waste, plastic-free peninsula A SINGLE-use plastic policy and Beyond Zero Waste Strategy 2030 are the focus of Mornington Peninsula Shire Council as it aims to stop sending waste directly to landfill by 2030 and phasing out “problematic” single-use plastics. The shire says the plan complements its position as a “leader in best practice waste management for over a decade”. “With the adopted policy and strategy in place we can look to an innovative and progressive future where waste is repurposed, recycled or reused and single-use plastics are eliminated.” The mayor Cr Sam Hearn said there were “better choices [for consumers] than single-use plastics”.

“Often we opt for single use plastics out of habit, even though we know how bad they are for our precious environment. Mornington Peninsula Shire is changing that. “As an organisation, we are phasing out the use of single-use plastics in our offices, halls, sporting clubs, events and shire-managed land.” The shire’s 10-year plan to send zero waste to landfill includes allowing households to add food scraps to green waste bins, receive rebates on reusable nappies, discounts on composting systems and incentives to reduce waste. Under the strategy it will place more recycling bins in public spaces, provide community drop-off hubs for tex-

tiles and small electrical items, and set up a waste innovation fund to support communities and businesses to reduce, reuse and recycle. Residual waste will be sent to an alternative waste treatment centre to be turned into energy. Cr Simon Brooks said: “Waste that can’t be reused, repaired or recycled will be sent to an alternative waste processing facility. The shire will offset this by using the same weight of recycled material in roads, footpaths and construction.” The plastic and zero waste strategy complements the Boomerang Alliance’s Plastic Free Places trial which earlier this year signed up 17 Mount

Martha venues to its program which aims to ban plastic packaging. Over the past three months the businesses collectively eliminated a “staggering” 30,436 single use plastic takeaway items (not counting plastic bags) in a joint effort to reduce waste and litter, program coordinator Birte Moliere said. She said most single-use plastic was “not recycled and ends up in landfill or as litter along our beaches, waterways and eventually in the bay”. “Plastic doesn’t disappear and it can take over 1000 years to break up into smaller and smaller pieces,” she said. “In Australia alone, 2.7 million disposable coffee cups end up in landfill

every day. That’s just one of the items the program is tackling.” “We’re setting a real example for how business can thrive and look after the environment at the same time. There has been lots of enthusiasm in the community with people sharing our concern about the impact of waste and showing a preference for plastic free options,” Ms Moliere said. The program trial has been supported by groups, including the shire, Safety Beach Dromana Beach Patrol, Balcombe Estuary Reserves Group, Boomerang Alliance, Boomerang Bags, Dolphin Research Institute, Mount Martha Life Saving Club and RAW Travel. Stephen Taylor

Spider crab ‘harvest’ threat to festival

tween those who came down to watch and enjoy the spectacle and the fishers who threw chicken carcasses and sometimes bricks into their crab nets. This year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a dangerous absence of social distancing led to the piers being closed. Even so, the usual fortnight of seawonder was done and dusted within

days, the crabs gone, sea life on the pier pylons damaged by nets and the seabed, pier and car park left littered with debris. There are few locals who support the crab fishing and more than 34,000 signatures have been added to a petition started in 2019 calling for a notake season to protect the crabs during their most vulnerable time.

On 16 September, the Victorian Fisheries Authority released a proposal to reduce the permitted catch from 30 crabs a day to 15. This would normally be good news, but further examination reveals it is designed to achieve no change. The proposal followed a VFA survey on WeChat, the Chinese-language social media platform. The survey

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received 306 responses, 195 from people who said they caught the crabs (90 per cent caught less than 20). In the VFA’s own words, the new bag limit is “not designed to reduce the catch”. The VFA has shown no intention of spending the necessary money to educate fishers and enforce the new limit. Requests for the state government to rethink this approach have fallen on deaf ears. Spider Crabs Melbourne and Spider Crab Alliance have been working with local businesses, education and tourism bodies, as well as Mornington Peninsula Shire and MPs to increase tourism and economic activity around this winter event. One option is a spider crabs festival, celebrating the diversity of the peninsula’s waters, food and wine, walking trails, boat-based fishing, diving and dolphin watching and hot springs. The aim is to bring people to the peninsula for a few days in the depths of winter, a better economic outcome than crab-fishers who spent an average $60 on their day trip. A similar festival in Whyalla for the cuttlefish aggregating season draws more than 6000 visitors, offers school and citizen science programs, marine art, dolphin research and shorebird counts (“Festival aims to link crabs with cuttlefish” The News 31/8/20). This year’s CuttleFest saw visitors spend $17 million. The VFA’s move, if successful, undermines the crab festival plans and its economic potential. Consultation closes 27 October.

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By Zoe McKenzie MANY Mornington Peninsula residents look forward to the annual mid-year arrival of tens of thousands of spider crabs around Rye, Blairgowrie and Sorrento piers. Around the full moon in June, masses of the slightly creepy, tall, brown, Australian giant spider crabs march into the southern peninsula shallows. No one really knows why they like this area so much, but we know what happens when they arrive. They gather in giant mounds and, using the safety of numbers, throw off their hard shells and grow new ones. The creatures that gather to feed on those who find themselves perched precariously at the mound’s top or edge are astounding: rays, sharks, fish and seabirds. The resulting feast is one of the best underwater shows near any Australian shore. The annual performance is so great that renowned broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough covered it in his 2017 Blue Planet II TV series. Together with the weedy seadragons at Portsea and Flinders, the exuberant array of nudibranchs at Blairgowrie pier and seahorses at Rye, the spider crab migration is putting the peninsula on the “must do” list of national and international scuba divers and snorkelers. Not known for being tasty, it was a surprise when fishers appeared on the piers to catch the crabs in 2019, followed by even greater numbers in 2020.There was an unsteady peace be-

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LOCKDOWN PICTURES IMAGES of lockdown this week ranged from Ian Filby’s rather ominous storm clouds moving up Port Phillip to the wildlife of Novarre Dullabh (white-faced heron), Jonte Field (wallaby at The Briars) and Margaret Harrison’s visiting brushtail possum. Eugenia Sambell says her garden is brightened by camellias while Ranald McDonald has been amused by two intending bus passengers who have been waiting in vain for weeks at Flinders. Readers are invited to send and share their own pictures, with a short caption, to: lockdown@mpnews.com.au

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Landslip closes Esplanade Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au STORMWATER run-off is being blamed for a landslip which closed the Esplanade at Mount Martha last week. The scenic, two-lane road was closed between Bradford and Ellerina roads after about 2200 cubic metres of soil and debris came crashing down, Tuesday 29 September. Up to 14 workers using excavators and front end loaders worked to clear the soil while Mornington Peninsula Shire Council engineers assessed the stability of houses above the road. The council also installed water barriers on an upper access road. The shire on Friday said it hoped the road would be reopened sometime this week. Graeme Ainsley, of Ellerina Road, said that during 50 years’ living and

visiting the area he had become aware of stormwater flowing over and under the ground causing washaways. “The same thing happened about 10 years ago,” he said. “It’s stormwater from the houses up the back [fronting Bradford Road] which back onto me.” Mr Ainsley said he had also been told by a South East Water employee that mains water from a burst pipe up the hill had been welling up over the past few weeks. This had added to pressure on soil below before it finally gave way last week. He said storm water pipes should have been laid at the same time as sewerage pipes. The VicEmergency app warned residents and drivers to stay away from the landslide “as it can continue to move for days afterward”. Department of Transport director of metro assets Mark Koliba said most of the debris had been cleared by Thurs-

day, but the road would be closed until a geotechnical engineer was satisfied it could be reopened. He said the department would then “work on long-term rectification plan”. Motorists were advised to use the Nepean Highway between Mount Martha and Safety Beach. A neighbourhood detour was suggested via Bradford Road, Forest Drive, Nepean Highway and Bruce Road. The collapse of the road after heavy rains in mid-2012 led to it being closed for a month south of the old quarry prompting Mornington MP David Morris to call for a cultural heritage management plan before any extensive road works were carried out. In August 2013, a section of the Esplanade between Hearn and Bruce roads was closed for a week after an old terracotta drain failed. It was replaced by a concrete pipe.

WORKERS clear the Esplanade, Mount Martha, above after a landslide on Thursday. Below, the scene that greeted drivers before road blocks were installed. Below centre, Graeme Ainsley believes the landslide was caused by poor drainage, left. Pictures: Yanni and Josie Jones (below)

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FLAMES and thick black smoke pouring from chimneys at ESSO’s Long Island Point fractionation plant at Hastings followed a plant malfunction on Monday 21 September. Plant manager David McCord said the flaring was a safety mechanism designed to ensure “pressure relief” in the event of an emergency. Mr McCord said similar flaring events could occur anytime and were

usually of “short duration”. Hastings-based photographer Celia Furt said the permanent gas flames roared even higher during the flaring and produced large clouds of black smoke. “It was quite impressive and lasted 10-20 minutes,” she said. “After that the permanent gas flames were brought back under control.” The discharge of thick smoke

coincided with the Long Island plant’s 50th anniversary. The plant was opened in 1970 by Prime Minister John Gorton while Victorian Premier Henry Bolte enthused about the Western Port region becoming the “Ruhr of Victoria”. The plant, employs 140 people, handles LPG, crude oil, propane, butane and mercaptan.


‘Hallelujah’ as weary record breaker flies into Flinders Keith Platt keith@mpnews.com.au HUMAN imposed travel bubbles are the least of problems facing ruddy turnstones in their annual north-south migration from Siberia to the last land mass before Antarctica, Australia. Birdwatchers at Flinders are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the usual frequent flyers they recognise and identify from the coloured bands attached to their legs. There has already been a celebration with the arrival of ruddy turnstone seemingly ingloriously known as WLE. Because, rather than being just any weary returned traveller, WLE is recognised as being the oldest ruddy turnstone in the world. Tagged as a one-year-old, in 2003, WLE has unerringly found his way back to Flinders every year ever since. Penny Johns, who has been “anxiously” watching out for the return of the ruddy turnstones to the ocean beaches at Flinders, described WLE’s return as a “hallelujah moment”. Ms Johns, a shorebird expert and long time member of the Victorian Wader Studies group, said main threats to the ruddy turnstones during their amazing journeys were “habitat destruction and deterioration and climate change”. “Habitat destruction is due to aquaculture and draining of mud flats for domestic and industrial expansion,” she said. “In Australia it is due to more people and dogs on our beaches, [turnstones] mainly roost at high tide and if they are continually disturbed and have to fly, they are using energy when they should be resting. Ms Johns said a flock of about 16 ruddy turnstones had stayed at Flinders over winter, although numbers were now down to about half a dozen. And WLE? “Possibly, according to the Cornell Ornithology Laboratory, [he could be] the oldest turnstone in the world. They have not confirmed it with me, but their website states that the oldest is 16 years.”

Summer visitor: Ruddy turnstone WLE back on the beach at Flnders after wintering in Siberia. The bird has been spoted at Flinders every year since being banded in 2003, probably making him the oldest known ruddy turnstone in the world. Picture: Sue Guthrie. Inset: Another returning long distance traveller. Picture: Mavis Burgess.

Shire starts search for pool inspectors MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire is recruiting staff to be trained as swimming pool and spa safety inspectors to cope with greater demand under stricter state government safety rules. On current numbers – and as the November compliance deadline approaches – there are not enough inspectors. The government introduced new regulations last December to make swimming pools and spas safer and prevent young children from drowning.

Shire municipal building surveyor David Kotsiakos said: “We are currently recruiting suitably qualified staff to ensure we will be able to meet our statutory requirements under the legislation. “On current numbers, we believe [we] will have insufficient inspectors to cope with the number of inspections required, however the Victorian Building Authority is developing a course specifically for pool safety barriers to increase the number of inspectors in the marketplace.”

The peninsula has a “known” 17,000 pools and spas – reportedly the second most of any municipality in Australia, behind one Sydney suburb. More than a third of pools are estimated to have been built before June 1994 and these have to be inspected within 12 months. Pool and spa owners have until Sunday 1 November to register with the council for a one-off fee of $79 or they could cop a $330 infringement notice. Once registered pool owners will

be contacted by the shire and advised how they can organise an inspection of their safety barrier by a registered practitioner and how a compliance certificate can be lodged. Owners must have a registered building surveyor or inspector certify the continuing compliance of their safety barrier every four years. Drowning is the most common cause of preventable death for young children and in Victoria most fatal drownings of young children occur in backyard swimming pools.

Over the past 20 years in Victoria, 27 children under five have drowned – mostly in private pools and spas. The state coroner found that in at least 20 of these cases the safety barrier was non-compliant, and that this was likely to have played a role in their deaths. Due to the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) the deadline for registration was extended by five months from June to acknowledge the extra pressure on families and the increased workload on councils. Stephen Taylor

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Artist’s tribute to fallen officers FORMER police officer Susan Norman has found that art helps relieve the stress and sense of isolation among those suffering from trauma and PTSD. On Victorian Police Remembrance Day, Tuesday 29 September, she used her painting skills to honour the memory of the four police killed on the Eastern Freeway, Kew, in April. On the same day, Victorian police held a virtual service to honour the fallen officers, as well as the other 19 Victorian officers, public service staff and police chaplains, who died in the past year. “I painted the picture in memory of the four police officers killed on the freeway,” Ms Norman, of Balnarring and a former senior constable, said. “Each hat represents the vintage of the police officer with their registered number. “The eyes [represent] someone always watching over them and the hands [are] releasing light so they aren’t left in the dark.” Ms Norman was stationed at Knox and Moe where, she says, colleagues took their own lives due to suffering PTSD and accumulated mental health issues, as well as at Traralgon and San Remo. She was retired due to injury and PTSD after 12 years in the force. It was not an easy transition. “It’s a rough playing field,” she said. “Things play on your mind. It can lead to breakdowns because you can’t un-see what you have seen. “I found art helps with the way I deal with situations.” Ms Norman said serving and non-serving police officers shared a tight bond: “We feel what our brothers and sisters in blue are feeling.” The Code 9 Foundation, which helps police, emergency services workers and their families in their time of need, had been especially helpful. “They saved me. I was close to the edge, but now I’m coming out the other side and am ready to go back.” To help the work of Code 9 former Ms Norman is breeding border collies to be trained as assistance dogs. Meanwhile, children and teachers from the Creative Kids Early Learning Centre and Kindergarten at Mornington sent tributes to honour police on National Police Remembrance Day. Stephen Taylor

Paving the way for outdoor dining MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire says it is paving the way for more footpath trading and a new “parklets” program to support restaurants and cafes as COVID-19 restrictions ease over spring and summer. It says additional outdoor dining spaces are crucial for food businesses to re-open and remain profitable while complying with social distancing measures and space restrictions. Streamlining the permit process required by business to boost outdoor dining space and making it quicker, easier and cheaper for businesses to apply, are keys to the process. Affected businesses can apply for grants of up to $5000 from the state government’s $87.5 million Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package to help pay for such things as outdoor furniture, umbrellas and screens. The grants will be available to licensed and unlicensed cafes, restaurants, takeaway food businesses, pubs, taverns, bars and clubs with a payroll of less than $3 million.

Lions webinar DUE to COVID-19 Flinders District Lions won’t be having a fundraising Pink Ribbon Breakfast to support the National Breast Cancer Foundation this year. Instead, the Lions will host a webinar at which Associate Professor Marina Reeves will discuss exercise and dietary intervention for women with metastatic breast cancer. The webinar will be at 5.30pm, Tuesday 13 October. Details: Monica Holland: secretary@flindersdistrictlions.com.au

In memory: Former police officers Susan Norman and Constable David Ness honour deceased colleagues at the Hastings cenotaph last week. Picture: Gary Sissons

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Time to burn BURNING-OFF restrictions will be eased on small properties during October. Open air burning is permitted 9am-4pm, Fridays and Saturdays, on blocks between 5001500 square metres, provided that the property is within Mornington Peninsula Shire’s bushfire prone area; the burn-off is for fire prevention; no more than one cubic metre of vegetation is burnt at any one time; the fire is not within 10 metres of any neighbouring dwelling, and the general fire safety provisions are followed at all times. The easing of restrictions on land less than 1500 square metres aims to assist owners reduce fine fuel in the lead up to the fire season. Outside of October, open air burning is not allowed on properties smaller than 1500 square metres, while fire regulations for land more than 1500 square metres and more than 40,000 square metres remain the same. Those planning to burn off are reminded that smoke may impact on other people’s health, especially those with asthma, with pre-existing respiratory or cardiac conditions, the elderly and young children. The effect of the coronavirus pandemic on people’s respiratory systems is also important to consider before burning off. Residents are encouraged to think twice about whether they need to burn off this year, or if it can wait. Before starting a burn off tell neighbours and follow regulations or laws set down by the CFA or the council. Residents burning off must notify adjoining landowners/occupiers 24 hours prior, call 1800 668 511 at least two hours before to log the fire with the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority, establish a three metre fire break cleared of all flammable material, and ensure the fire is supervised by an adult at all times. They must ensure they have sufficient fire protection equipment available, that the burn load is dead and dry prior to lighting (no green waste) and ensure the wind speed is less than 20kph. Details: visit mornpen.vic.gov.au/openairburning or call the Environment Protection Unit 5950 1050.

3am, Wednesday 30 September. The owner said he heard a car start but thought it must be his neighbour’s. He realised the keys, and car, were missing when he awoke later in the morning. His son’s laptop was in the back seat. Council staff reportedly found the man’s personal papers, picnic table and a roof rack in a nearby park and returned them. Sergeant Francis-Pester said tradies’ utes were also targeted by thieves in York Street, Renown Road and Bruce Street, Balnarring, around the same time and urged owners to lock their vehicles and hide their tools out of sight. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or report it online at crimestoppers.vic.gov.au

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A TRAIL bike doing a “mono” on the wrong side of the road at Langwarrin last week caught the eye of police. Members of Somerville Highway Patrol attempted to intercept the motorbike in North Road but headed off down Bergman Road, 4.40pm, Tuesday 29 September. Turning onto a dirt track the rider, a 27-yearold Langwarrin South man, stalled the bike on a muddy drain and allegedly ran off. He was chased 200 metres on foot before being caught. The bike was impounded, and the man will face court at a later date charged with dangerous riding, riding an unregistered bike, riding while his licence was suspended, failing to wear a helmet and failing to stop when directed by police.

A ROSEBUD man has been charged with aggravated carjacking, false imprisonment and a raft of driving offences after he allegedly stole a taxi at knife point and forced the driver to sit in the passenger seat while he drove to Mornington, early hours Friday 2 October. On arrival he shook the driver’s hand and said they were “mates”. Detective Senior Sergeant Tony Henry, of Somerville CIU, said the 18-year-old, who had allegedly been armed with a box cutter, turned himself in to Rosebud police later in the day and was “remorseful and made full admissions”. Detective Henry said the man had been “alcohol affected”. He was remanded to appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court today (Tuesday 7 October).

Pair sought POLICE are seeking public help in identifying a man and a woman after a theft at Capel Sound, Thursday 17 September. They say the pair entered a Florence Avenue property and allegedly stole a dishwasher from underneath a carport, about 9.15am. The man is Caucasian in appearance, aged in his 30s and has short brown hair. He was wearing a yellow fluorescent jumper.

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A woman police say may be able to help in their inquiries into the theft of a dishwasher at Capel Sound. The woman is Caucasian and also aged in her 30s with long brown hair. She was wearing dark tracksuit pants and a dark coloured hoodie. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or report it online at crimestoppers.vic.gov.au and quote CSV4005.

Jeep, pc stolen A BLACK Jeep was stolen from a property in Balnarring last week. Hastings Senior Sergeant Warren FrancisPester said the thief entered the back door of the Balnarring Beach Road house and stole the car’s keys and a mobile phone from a kitchen bench,

Assault investigated AN assault is being investigated by Chelsea Police. Police allege the incident happened around 6pm on 19 September on the Aspendale foreshore near Mordialloc Creek. If anyone has any information, they are encouraged to call Constable Green at Chelsea Police on 8773 3200.


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Candidate ‘stacking’ could lead to a chaotic shire Voting in this month’s Mornington Peninsula Shire Council elections may not be as simple and straight forward as expected throughout all wards in the shire Evidence currently available indicates candidate stacking has occurred in several wards across shire The evidence indicates candidates of at least four of the six council wards are affiliated with an organisation within Watson Ward. If voters do not choose wisely and elect the correct candidate for their ward the shire may be thrown into chaos. Candidate stacking occurs when there is an extraordinary number of candidates in multiple wards who are either affiliated, associated, employed or members of a company, business, association, organisation or club. There are many reasons for candidate stacking, the common reasons are financial gain, greed, lust for power and control If candidates across the shire are aligned with the one company business, association, organisation or club, the stacked candidates in each separate ward work together with preferential voting, allowing the designated candidate to be elected. The desired outcome is that one company, business, association, organisation or club will gain control of our council for the next four years. The possible outcome is that one company, business, association, organisation or club will gain control of three or more wards, obtaining unfair advantage, restricting democratic community rights, unwanted and inappropriate development could become prolific. How to identify stacked candidates: don’t be fooled by their how to vote advice; carry out due diligence on candidates; lack of community involvement; unfounded statements of community achievements with no evidence; always in the foreground promoting themselves; overinvolvement in one section of community. Vote on performance not just a name. Len Minty, Somerville

Check social media In the current Mornington Peninsula Shire Council election there appears to be, across most wards, a large number of candidates who are either members, partners of members, or very active supporters of the Peninsula Aero Club, as indicated by their social and other media and community activities. It could be that these candidates have for some reason all just decided to take on additional community interest and responsibility. Or it could be that there is some other explanation for this sudden swell. Whatever the reason, it will be very unhealthy for our democracy for a single entity to have too much representation on our council. There are other interests that need to be served, including those of the residents of the peninsula and other industry sectors. There are also important decisions awaiting the next council on the future of Tyabb Airfield and it is critical that there is fair balance in making these decisions. Some might argue that conflict of interest protections should prevent skewed council decisions. To these people I say look at the history of poor council decisions across Victoria: we should have no confidence in the conflict of interest protections. Before voting at this upcoming election, and in the interests of thousands of residents living near the airfield in Somerville, Hastings and Tyabb who want better noise controls at the airfield, please review the social media (Facebook, Twitter) accounts and links of the candidates you are considering voting 1 or 2 for (or have your children show you how) and consider not giving your first or second preferences to candidates associated with Peninsula Aero Club. Brewis Atkinson, Tyabb

‘Local’ test We want locals to represent us on Mornington Peninsula Council. All candidates should disclose immediately the federal seat that they are enrolled in. Failure to do so will reveal whether they are local or not. Bill Holmes, Sorrento

spiracy and they should all resign, including the Premier. If on the other hand it is a case of dreadful memory lapses, lack of proper proceedings (where are the minutes of meetings to show who said what and when) and a dramatic lack of curiosity by all to find out for themselves what the facts of the matter are, then we have the greatest failure of government in our history. If their collective management skills are so poor, how could we trust them to run the state in the future? On that basis they should all resign, including the Premier. Peter Grey, Rye

Safety message It would be sensible if the rules of the road were applied on shared pedestrian and bike trails: keep to the left, overtake on the right (“Accident awaits” Letters). Cyclists should give walkers ahead an audible warning by calling out “clear right” or ring their bell, hoot a horn, or sing. Walkers should be prepared to move to the left when requested. The problem is how to spread this idea. Maybe it could be addressed by the Mornington Peninsula Shire’s new Ride Safe campaign? Liz Sarrailhe, Balnarring

Time to go

Age old observations Since the Pandemic lock-down, all the unfortunate, seriously addicted poker machine losers around the Mornington Peninsula have had their affliction forcibly cured. Now is the time for these poor victims to resolve to never again set foot in a poke venue. Millions of dollars will have been saved and could be re-directed into retail sales or anything worthwhile in the future. Following lockdown, isolation and masks there have been hardly any cases of influenza and few deaths, whereas there used to be hundreds. Speaking as an old man, pneumonia used to be known as “the old man’s friend”, but it is obsolete now. It is amazing how many gardens and lawns have become immaculate lately, with spotlessly cleaned houses in good repair and cars washed and polished. Now there’s nothing much left to do at home. You can’t watch the drivel on television if your mental age is above eight. I have made the observation that uncannily and unscientifically, whisky evaporates alarmingly in the bottle nowadays. It never used to, thus more proof of climate change. Brian A Mitchelson, Mornington

Threats from left Michelle Loielo is a single mother and local cafe owner who is bravely tackling through the courts the unjustified curfew imposed on metropolitan Melbourne, which has now been lifted (“Court challenge to power of the Premier” The News 21/9/20). This could well be because the government thought she would win. In that article it was pointed out that she had received threatening posts on Facebook and even a death threat. This is the sort of action we see coming from left of politics and is a reflection on the disastrous politics of this Andrews government. To suggest this is the sort of activity of the LNP is a disgraceful and untrue slur and shows massive hypocrisy. Peter Graham, Portsea

Criticism deserved Authors of correspondence criticising the state government’s management of the COVID-19 crisis wonder how 62 per cent of Victorians approve of the government’s handling of the issue. They speculate that the poll had an electoral bias and other contributors have forgotten what the government has done to Victorian people, published statistics explain: Victoria has 20,100 (75 per cent) of total cases, NSW 4000 (15 per cent) including the Ruby Princess numbers. Sadly, 775 (90 per cent) deaths have been recorded in Victoria, most in aged care; other states have had few, if any, deaths in aged care. One must ask, how did the government mismanage Victoria’s aged care? Reduction in case numbers are welcomed. However, praise is unwarranted. An organ grinder’s monkey could have introduced simple commonsense rules, large fines, curfew’s, five kilometre radius and lockdown to 90 per cent of the economy to keep everyone away from harm. The second wave crisis created by inept management of security procurement, quarantine and tracing revealed in the ongoing virus inquiry indicates no one knew who was in control or responsible for these vital areas. Coupled with the state’s debt heading to a record $50 billion, the stalled economy effecting businesses, trades people and small businesses risking their future

Louise Edgoose says she supports Premier Daniel Andrews’ strategies to suppress the spread of COVID-19 in Victoria but could not help but portray “how he must be feeling when asked to revise and restart hotel quarantine in Melbourne”. Edgoose called her cartoon “Dan Andrews reacts when asked to restart hotel quarantine” and says its style “gives a nod to Munch’s painting The Scream”.

with hard work and mortgages to stay afloat, wondering when the pain will end and what’s next. People seem to forget state and territory borders have been closed to Victorians during the last six months, with no relief in sight. The continuing reduction of cases and fines may see our population return to some semblance of normality during November. Offered suggestions to assist with the management of the virus have fallen on deaf ears because the government’s senior ministers would not and did not take any advice from anyone, including their own people or the national cabinet. They did it their way, with rumours now in the government’s back bench saying, “we should get rid of them before the voters get rid of us”. Bruce White, Safety Beach

‘Its time’ has come It’s time we deleted the term dole bludger from the Australian lexicon. The technological age is with us and unemployment, together with underemployment, was well over 12 per cent even before COVID-19. We shall probably never have full employment again. It’s time we shared what we do have. We have sufficient wealth in this country for every person to have good quality housing, food, health service, transport and education. It’s time we gave up our greedy economic policies. Inequality is sky rocketing and we expect people with little or no wealth to live on a pittance. That reflects how much we are prepared to share. It’s time to give every Australian sufficient money to live a good, healthy life ($40 a day, who are you kidding). It’s time op shop’s, food banks and charity organisations were superfluous. Some countries are already experimenting with a living wage and yet some Australian voters would lower taxes, especially for the wealthy. It’s time. And I did not even mention our treatment of refugees and young international people, students and those on temporary work visas stuck here with zero income. So you think I’m just a dreamer? What a wonderful dream, and so attainable. It just requires a little divergent thinking, compassion, determination and generosity from our leaders; but unfortunately, we need to tell them what we want. James Carr, McCrae

Resignation call The mass amnesia of senior politicians and bureaucrats over the hotel quarantine fiasco is beyond belief. Is it possible that this is a legally inspired strategy, noting that each department has its own highly paid legal advocate at taxpayers’ expense? If this is the case, we are victims of a con-

I have worked for more than 40 years in private enterprise (with national and international companies), mostly in management positions. I was always held responsible for the decisions that I made and was expected to keep records of all business dealings and meetings I attended. I now look at the incompetent government ministers and the associated bureaucrats (the ones that have just received another pay rise) that cannot answer a single question or remember anything they are employed (by us) to handle. In the real world these incompetent individuals would have been sacked months ago. Why are they still in positions of power? Jeff Becker, Safety Beach

Lockdown necessary I am tired of hearing our mayor and groups affiliated with the Liberal Party whine about the Mornington Peninsula being part of the stage four lockdown. Yes, there is an argument to be made about the urban growth boundary and associated planning schemes and their lack of appropriateness for our region. Yes, there are serious questions to be asked about hotel quarantine, the delay in responding to the needs of the disabled, and the current Omnibus bill among other matters. It is a false dichotomy to pit health against the economy - sick people do not spend money. For the second quarter in a row Sweden’s economy has dropped; most recently by 8.3 per cent compared to Australia’s 7 per cent. Meanwhile, its rate of deaths is 16 times that of Australia’s. Locally, the shire has an active case rate of 0.6 per 100,000 compared to Greater Geelong’s active case rate of 0.4. Can you imagine how much higher our case rate would be if we had not been in stage four lockdown, considering the rush of Melbournites to their holiday homes in the 48 hours before stage four commenced and then the cluster of cases at Frankston Hospital? Remember, the peninsula’s population is skewed towards those aged 65 and over. It is a minor miracle that COVID-19 has not run amok among our elderly population. Moreover, there are many families – like mine – who have a young but vulnerable family member. In order for at-risk people to fully participate in their community in the longer term, a short and intense lockdown in the short term is a sensible public health intervention. To his credit [the Premier] Dan Andrews has always emphasised that the lockdown is a public health measure to protect all members of the community. Our mayor would do well to remember that. Bianca Felix, Bittern

Work together So, the quarantine inquiry for Victoria is now over and we await the findings of the judge. The way the quarantining by the two hotels was handled was not good. It seems to have been real incompetency, but on whose part? Somebody or bodies in the state government made a bad choice in asking the security firms to guard the hotels and then not regulate them. We should also look at why the security firms didn’t make sure their workers were doing their jobs properly? The workers were being paid a wage to mind the people quarantined in the hotels. Why did they not do it? Finally, there are guests who knew why they could not leave the premises for a very good reason, and yet they did. Remember the pictures of them out in the streets, buying coffee? All of the above seem to have contributed to the problem and it affected Victoria and many people very badly. There is a lot of blame to go around, but why don’t we just move on and beat the nasty virus as best we can. One day it will all be over. Mary Lane, Mornington Southern Peninsula News

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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,”Ms Wilson says, “like most physio hands-on treatments with a little discomfort during the treatment.” Mr Rowson says,” After each session, most people get a significant reduction of pain and symptoms. Long term it stimulates healing, short term it reduces pain.” “Probably the best thing is, the effects are long lasting. It stops 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 cannot be used on people taking blood thinning medications or with bleeding disorders.” “It is important to know that shock wave has a long-term effect. Most of the time you have good outcomes without having to do further treatment.” says Mr Rowson. Back in Motion is at 6/2-8 Russell Street, Balnarring. www.backinmotion.com.au/balnarring Pictured right: Physiotherapist, Josie Wilson. Photo: Yanni

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Frankston Golf Links – ‘The Standard’ gets a tour Compiled by Cameron McCullough ABOUT seven years ago a number of Melbourne’s leading citizens selected a spot 2½ miles from Frankston as a site for golf links. As was predicted in these columns at the time, the prominence thus given to the town has resulted in many notable visitors being drawn to the district. For what was proposed at the outset – the formation of links second to none in Victoria – has, to a great extent, been accomplished. Thousands of pounds have already been expended on the work, but the landscape architect has to wait on Nature to see his plans brought to perfection. The writer was afforded an opportunity of looking over the grounds recently when the Directors of the Golf Links entertained a large number of guests at an all-day outing. The President, Mr A. H. Sargood, extended a cordial welcome to the “Standard” representative, and in a brief chat expressed great satisfaction with the work accomplished by Mr T. J. McMurtrie, whose task it has been to design, create and maintain. The links are ideally situate, and afford a magnificent view. The thickly wooded areas in the middle distance, the shimmering sea beyond, and the greens, like huge carpets in the foreground, while the players, roving hither and thither across the turf, give an added touch of color and movement to the scene. Enquiry elicited the fact that the whole work of planning and forming the links had been carried out by Mr McMurtrie.

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The statement that the course at present is a nine hole one, will not convey much information to the uninitiated, but golfers will appreciate the fact that the full course of 18 holes is to be completed in the near future. A reservoir, specially constructed, gives the necessary supply of water which is conveyed by means of pipes all over the links, thus enabling the greens to be preserved in splendid order during the driest season. The sweet smelling boronia thrives particularly well and it is the intention to encourage its growth all over the links. Native trees and, shrubs are being jealously preserved with most gratifying results. On the day of our visit the heavens were grey with rain clouds, and a thin mist largely obscured the distant horizon. Given blue skies and dazzling sunshine the links must present a very fine picture. A glance through the visitors book revealed the extent to which the golf links are patronised by all the most notable ladies and gentlemen of the State. Amongst the names inscribed on the visitors’ roll appears the signature of Lord Louis Mountbatten, who spent a happy day on the links during the recent visit of the Prince of Wales. The Admiral of the Fleet and officers of H.M.S. Renown were frequent visitors. Frankston is fortunate in possessing in its vicinity such a valuable asset as the golf links. It is a pity that the road giving access to it is in such poor repair. It,would

surely be good policy on the part of the shire council to see that this road is kept in reasonable repair. *** THE two bullocks, which secured second prize at the Royal Show, in the “any age” section, have been purchased by Mr W. Clarke, the Young Street butcher. They were bred at Orbost by Mr F. Lynn. *** MR A. T. Leadbeater, the Government candidate, will speak at Hastings on Monday. night. He speaks at Frankston next Friday night. *** LAST Saturday night the Frankston Pictures were very acceptable. Mr Blaskett has things working smoothly and the people are beginning to appreciate the enterprise. The principal picture was “The Roaring Road.” A very exhilarating picture, indeed. It featured Wallace Reid, whose face, young ladies say, is a glimpse of Paradise. Included in the cast were pretty Ann Little and that prince of middle-aged actors, Theodore Roberts. Apart from that, there was an excellent supporting programme. Mr and Mrs Sydney Drew’s Masonic stunt was exceptionally amusing, and Scotch songs by “Jock McGrath” – attired in national costume – were very pleasing. An instructive picture related to Luther Burbank, the Los Angeles naturalist, and his wonderful product, the spineless cactus, which animals now eat ravenously.

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daughter of Mr and Mrs S. Thompson, Skye Road, Frankston. *** MRS Maggie Kappe, who died on Sept 26th at Doveton St, Ballarat, was a sister to Mrs D. Baker, of Bittern *** LIEUT R. J. Parer, the aviator, has purchased the fast-running motor launch, the Kookaburra. During last week he visited Frankston. He invited some local fishermen to go out, but as the weather was very rough, they preferred to stay ashore. Lieut Parer has since gone to King Island. *** THE Moorooduc Branch of the Victorian Farmers’ Union are holding a social and dance in the Moorooduc Hall on Wednesday, October 6th. Mr Jas McLellan is the secretary, and he expects a large attendance. *** NEXT Friday night, the Frankston Cricket Club will hold a meeting in the Mechanics’ Hall. The President, Dr. C. Maxwell, will preside. Those interested in cricket, should make it a point to be there, as it is an important meeting. *** THE Grand Hospital Ball takes place at the Mechanics’ Institute, Frankston, to-night. The proceeds go to the Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital, Melbourne. The secretary, Mr Mark Brody, has arrangements quite complete. *** FROM the pages of the Mornington Standard, 1 October 1920

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Why Wallpaper Is Not The Path To Sporting Greatness By Stuart McCullough I WAS never much of a cricketer. This is despite the fact that my bedroom wallpaper had pictures of cricketers all over it. This may have been wishful thinking on the part of my parents. Perhaps they thought that surrounding me with pictures of people playing cricket would fuel a passion for the game instead of – as is fitting for a bedroom – putting me to sleep. To this day, even a fleeting glance at a Test match is enough for me to nod off immediately. That said, if wallpaper is the key to shaping a child’s destiny, I wish mine had been replete with pictures of surgical tools. My father was nothing if not persistent. Long after it should have been obvious that anything resembling actual talent had passed me by, he insisted in having a hit whenever possible. All the big-name players had bigname bats. ‘Stuart Surridge’, ‘Gunn & Moore’ and ‘Gray-Nicholls’ were just some of the key brands; with the last of these pioneering ‘the scoop’. For those unfamiliar with it, ‘the scoop’ involved carving out some part of the back of the bat. Lord knows why. But yonks before the winged keel, there was ‘the scoop’. One of the kids I went to school with had a bat with a ‘double scoop’. There was nothing more intimidating that asking someone with plainly superior equipment whether you could use their bat. If, in response, your classmate answered with a shake of the head, you could be sure that he thought you were a total dud as a batsman and that a scientific breakthrough on par with penicillin such as the scoop would be squandered on

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the likes of me. It spoke volumes as to your place not only in the batting order but the pecking order of life. Suffice to say, I don’t think I ever got my hands on ‘the double scoop’. My bat was far more modest. It was plain to the eye but was ahead of its time in that it was a ‘no-name’ brand before ‘no-name’ brands had been invented. Chances are, it was a piece of driftwood with some paint slapped on. I had hoped that I could form a special bond with my bat; much like Simpson and his donkey or Batman and Robin. But, in the end, a no-name bat is just a plank of wood with a handle and it clearly didn’t like being stuck with me any more than I liked being stuck with it. 7 October 2020

I went out. A lot. There was something about being bowled at that resulted in a rush of blood to the head and an even greater rush of the ball onto the stumps. At home, we had a set of metal stumps. This mean the ignominy of being clean bowled came complete with a metallic ring that could be heard throughout much of the known universe. Every time I missed, it sounded like the bells of Notre Dame cathedral were ringing out. Our nearest neighbor was about two kilometres away, but he could no doubt tell whenever I was bowled as the melodic sound of the metal stumps hummed through the valley. This was a frequent occurrence.

My father fancied himself as a spin bowler. Nobody else did. His approach to bowling would best be described as free form jazz improvisation, entirely devoid of anything resembling technique. Rather than a tennis ball, my father’s weapon of choice was a ‘composite’ ball. Made up of a mix of cork (I think) and concrete (I presume), the composite ball would zip down the pitch towards our legs, to which we responded by leaping to safety rather than hitting the thing back over our father’s head. Given that both wallpaper and practice failed to turn me into anything resembling a cricketer, our father also took us to cricket matches. These were a terrific opportunity both to see mas-

ters of their craft; if not up close and personal, then somewhere off in the middle distance, and to experience third degree burns from sitting in the sun too long. More terrifying than the match itself was the possibility that I might be sent off to collect autographs. This meant hovering outside the change room doors, waiting for someone to either enter or exit and to notice a small, deeply sunburned child holding an autograph book. Every time the door opened it was like getting a glimpse of an Aladdin’s cave as the heady aroma of pure mustachioed machismo slipped out and boxed us around the ears. From time to time, someone would sign my autograph book; usually the team physiotherapist or the caterer. I remember my father taking us to a match in Somerville. This was no ordinary match but some kind of charity match and I think Shaun Graf might have been involved. It meant that some quite talented cricketers were heading down to our neck of the woods. Among them was Dean Jones. As I remember it, this was before he was anyone much. That day, however, he caused a sensation. He smacked balls in all directions. Presumably he not only had cricketers on his wallpaper but his doona cover also. At one point, he hit a ball so hard that the commentator remarked, ‘If you want to find it, you’ll have to head to Pakenham.’ I was never a great cricketer, but on that day in Somerville, I got a chance to see what greatness looked like. Thank you, Dean Jones. stuart@stuartmccullough.com


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By Craig MacKenzie ASPENDALE Stingrays are on track to christen their multi-million dollar Aspendale Gardens Sports Ground facility in 2021. The $12.5 million multipurpose complex will allow the State 5 club to reboot its expansion plans and immediately grow its junior program. The Kerr Crescent project is jointly funded by Kingston council ($8.5m) and state government ($4m). For some time now Football Victoria’s 2018 Club of the Year has been forced to curtail training to one session a week for most of its junior teams but the AGSG facility should address that problem. “Our biggest restriction over the past five years has been facilities,” club president Derrick Berends said. “We were close to 500 members this year but we haven’t been able to go out and actively hold clinics and advertise for a few years now as we simply haven’t had room to accommodate bigger numbers. “One year when numbers were around 200 we ran a clinic and we had 150 new kids turn up and we ended up going from 200 to 400 members in one or two seasons.” Stage 1 of the AGSG project has been completed and four pitches with floodlights are good to go. This week Kingston council will kickstart the tender process for stage 2 due to earlier than anticipated planning approval. Council is expected to award the tender in the first week in December and the construction offsite of the modular clubrooms should start that same month. The clubrooms should be completed onsite by July next year but this won’t stop the Stingrays from using the new facility earlier. “There will be temporary toilets and changerooms so we can hold junior games there without stage 2 being completed,” Berends said. “We did use the pitches sparingly just before lockdown as the light towers were installed in May.” Upon completion the clubrooms will boast four changerooms, referees rooms, a first-aid room, an administration office, storage space, a large multipurpose area, public toilets, terrace

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seating and covered spectator areas. The Stingrays have 42 teams at present including 25 MiniRoos sides. MiniRoos is a national program for boys and girls of all abilities, aged between 4–11 years old and aims to introduce soccer to newcomers in an inclusive way. “We’re quite happy to base our juniors at Aspendale Gardens and leave our seniors at Jack Grut Reserve,” Berends said. “That puts Jack Grut in a far better position to cope as it has been overused for some time. “Our seniors can still use the Aspendale Gardens facilities as far as training goes but Jack Grut will still be a major part of our senior program as it will be their main ground.” The Stingrays have used a variety of venues for training and matchdays over the past few years including Doug Denyer Reserve, Browns Reserve and Parkdale Secondary College as well as Jack Grut. “Once we get full access to the (Aspendale Gardens) facility and can train on it any time we like it will increase our ability to do a proper pre-season. “Our other grounds are associated with cricket so we’ve been unable to

train on them until March at the earliest.” In other news Langwarrin has resigned senior assistant coach Jamie Skelly and specialist goalkeeping coach Peter Blasby for the 2021 season. Skelly was first appointed to the position in September 2018. He is a former Langy player and reserves coach and had stints at Casey Comets and Peninsula Strikers as head coach. “I’m really pleased and happy to stay on and continue the project we started two years ago,” Skelly said. “I’ve been coaching at a senior level for 10 years now but to work closely and speak every day with someone with the knowledge and experience Scott’s had at such high levels has definitely helped me improve as a coach.” Blasby boasts a celebrated playing career at Frankston Pines, Albion Rovers, Heidelberg United, Melbourne Croatia (Knights), Morwell Falcons and Croydon and was selected in Melbourne Knights’ Team of the Century. His specialist coaching talents have been used by Bentleigh Greens, Dandenong Thunder, Dandenong City, Mornington, Peninsula Strikers and

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Casey Comets. This is Blasby’s second spell as Langy goalkeeping coach and he is a former assistant coach of the reserves. Meanwhile almost all club presidents throughout the bayside and peninsula regions look set to remain at the administrative helm for the 2021 season. Of the 12 local club bosses only Mount Martha president Dean Whitehead is yet to decide whether to run again. The other incumbents are Tanya Wallace (Langwarrin), Matt Cameron (Mornington), Adrian Scialpi (Peninsula Strikers), Daren Jones (Skye United), Lee Davies (Frankston Pines), Bray Hodgkinson (Baxter), Willie Lynn (Seaford United), John Zeccola (Chelsea), Luke Mulder (Somerville Eagles), Derrick Berends (Aspendale Stingrays) and Melissa Osorio (Rosebud). While some clubs anticipate holding AGMs online others are keen to wait until COVID-19 restrictions are eased in Victoria. Chelsea boss Zeccola hopes his club can hold its AGM at its clubrooms. “Our end of year is 30 September and under our constitution we don’t

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Riddle Me That bounces back to best HORSE RACING

By Ben Triandafillou MATT Laurie’s Bendigo Guineas winner, Riddle Me That, returned to his best on Saturday 3 October to take out the $175,000 Listed Paris Lane Stakes (1400m) at Flemington. After throwing in an ‘out of the ordinary’ run at Caulfield at his prior start, it had left Mornington-based trainer Matt Laurie questioning whether there was anything wrong with his everconsistent four-year-old gelding. “We were very happy with the horse going into his last run but he just went terrible,” Laurie said. “He pulled up poorly, but we couldn’t find anything wrong with him so we pressed on. We threw a tongue tie on and hoped for the best. We rode him a little bit quieter today and it was great to see him finish off so strong.” The flashy chestnut settled fourth last in the run before working into clear air with 250m to go. The Danny O’Brien-trained Iconoclasm put up a challenge on the inside with Godolphin’s Best Of Days making a late surge but in the end it was Laurie’s gutsy Riddle Me That who got the chocolates and brought up his fifth career victory from 13 starts. Laurie said it was great to see his gelding get back into his previous consistent form. “It's a big thrill for sure,” he said. “I thought maybe even on his best this probably could be out of his depth but clearly it wasn’t. He’s always been very honest and consistent his whole

Laurie’s Riddle: Matt Laurie’s Riddle Me That bounced back to his best on Saturday 3 October to win the Listed Paris Lane Stakes at Flemington. Picture: Supplied

career so we just chose to press on and I’m glad we did.” Jockey Daniel Stackhouse shared similar sentiments post-race. “We were a bit dumbfounded with

his run the other day,” he said. “He’s been feeling very well so it was very hard to see why he ran so bad the other day but it’s great to see him back in the winners stall.”

Laurie was looking to head towards an MCC Country Series Qualifier with Riddle Me That but after his success on Saturday, Laurie said he’ll likely reconsider his options with the im-

proving gelding. Riddle Me That’s record now reads five wins and four placings from 13 career starts with $293,000 in prize money.

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