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Being back in the black is bad news for Portsea THE disappearing sands of Portsea’s famous front beach may be the reason for a healthy coverage at Rosebud. While the reasons for the loss of the sand have been blamed on everything from the dredging – which the state government said we had to have – to a cyclical climate event, the yellow sand has been scoured to reveal the black soil beneath. Sandbags, rocks and thousands of tonnes of sand trucked in from south Gippsland made the beach useable over summer, but that is now just a memory. Swells and last weekend’s storms confirmed what locals have been saying – the beach is gone. The winds and waves of the weekend followed a week that saw southern peninsula beaches covered in rubbish, including starfish and at least three dead penguins. Story and more of Troy Muir’s photos on Page 5.

Fireworks over bank loans By Mike Hast RYE Community Bank and Mornington Peninsula Shire are in conflict, sparked by the shire choosing the National Australia Bank for a $3 million loan. The loan, approved by councillors on 14 June, was for capital works projects in the 2010-11 financial year just ended. The shire sought quotes from three banks for the loan, which is to be repaid over 15 years – NAB, Commonwealth and Rye Community Bank. NAB came up with the best rate – 7.54 per cent a year, one quarter of one

Sponsor cut threat to Australia Day per cent better than Rye bank – and NAB’s offer was accepted. The money was drawn down on 20 June. Rye Community Bank, owned by a company called Rye & District Community Bank Branch, is disappointed with the shire and is considering its

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Director’s new family life By Mike Hast JOE Cauchi, the shire council’s director of sustainable communities, has resigned to take up a position with Family Life, a family counselling agency based in Sandringham. Mr Cauchi will not be completely lost to the peninsula, however, as Family Life helps families in the municipalities of Port Phillip, Kingston, Glen Eira, Bayside, Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula. He told The News that the organisation was planning to set up a centre in Rosebud West to serve peninsula families, mainly in Rosebud and Hastings areas. Mr Cauchi’s last day will be 22 July before he starts as Director of Services with the agency, which was founded in 1970 by a group of volunteers who wanted to help families in the bayside area. It was formerly called Southern Family Life. Mr Cauchi has been a board member of Family Life since October 2006 and said it was a great opportunity to guide expansion plans the board had put in place. “Just as I was contemplating retirement, along came this position and I am quite excited about the next stage of my working life,� he said. The 63-yearold joined the shire in 2000 after a lifetime working in the social justice and community services sector. He started a bachelor of social work at Monash University before meeting his wife to be, Gloria, who was born in the Philippines. After working in Melbourne, Gloria joined her mother and brother in Toronto,

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Canada, and Mr Cauchi followed, completing his degree at York University. “I followed my heart,� the father of three said with a chuckle. The couple spent nine years in Canada where Mr Cauchi completed a masters degree at York Uni’s Atkinson College in Toronto and worked for the Children’s Aid Society, the statutory child welfare agency in Ontario. The couple returned to Melbourne and Mr Cauchi joined the Catholic Family Welfare Bureau’s adoption program before taking up a position with the former Shire of Hastings. He was then appointed regional director of counselling at the Family Court of Australia. “This was when the family court had corporatised and I was responsible for courts in Melbourne and Dandenong as well as South Australia, ACT and Albury,� he said. Mr Cauchi was appointed director of community services at Boroondara Council

(the amalgamated Hawthorn, Kew and Camberwell councils), coincidentally after the shire’s current CEO Michael Kennedy had been Boroondara’s chief executive. He said Family Life would buy a house in Rosebud West and run a program called Creating Capable Communities from there. “We’ll also be working closely with the new family and children hub being built in Rosebud West.� Family Life provides a range of youth and family services supported by programs for community development as well as volunteer and professional training. It has more than 60 staff and 270 active volunteers, and responds to families, children and young people experiencing life changes, difficulties, stresses and crises. It helps improve men’s involvement with their families, and provides advice and support for step-parenting, relationships conflict and breakdown as well as dealing with child abuse and neglect, family violence, suicide and youth homelessness. Mr Cauchi said Jenny Van Riel would become acting director of sustainable communities. He is the second director to resign from the shire in the last 16 months, following Bruce Douglas, director of sustainable infrastructure. The shire has four directors. Mr Douglas, who still does consulting work for the shire, was replaced by Alex Atkins whose job as director of sustainable environment was taken by former Ararat Rural City Council CEO Stephen Chapple.


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Three cities and the ‘truth’ about the rates they charge By Keith Platt HOMEOWNERS on the Mornington Peninsula are paying lower rates than those with a property of the same value in Frankston or Dandenong. The owner of a home valued at $500,000 in Frankston would be charged $1507 while one across the road on the peninsula would receive a rates bill for $1158 – a difference of $348. In Dandenong a $500,000 house would attract a rate of $1281. Frankston collects about 80 per cent of its $80 million rate revenue from residential properties while the shire council gets 85 per cent of $96.6m. Officially, the councils each claim to be among the lowest-rating municipalities, but it is difficult making a valid comparison. Frankston says it has the eighthlowest rates among Melbourne’s metropolitan councils while the shire has gone to war against the Herald Sun for reporting it was lifting rates by nine per cent. A peninsula ratepayer group says the shire is collecting nine per cent more in rate revenue, although the actual rate increase is less than that figure. Statistics for the 2011-12 financial year released by the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) show average rates on the peninsula as being $1205, or $761 a person, with Frankston at $1373 ($623 a person) and Greater Dandenong $1491 ($618 a person). The average rate across the state was $1472 – $686 a person. However, the figures can be misleading as the average rate is worked out by dividing the number of rateable properties into the revenue gained from rates – including residential, commercial, industrial and rural properties. In response to inquiries by The News, Frankston makes the distinction that the Mornington Peninsula is a shire and ranks fourth lowest among shires. Greater Dandenong’s website made no such distinction in a graph last year that showed itself and the peninsula as

What you’ll pay for a $500,000 house: Mornington Mo rnington Peninsula – $1158 Dandenong – $1281 Frankston – $1507 charging the lowest rates of 13 eastern councils. The graph listed Frankston as having the fourth-highest rates. Greater Dandenong says it receives just under 48 cent of its rate revenue from businesses after deciding to shift the rate burden away from residential ratepayers “who have a low ability to pay rates�. Frankston CEO George Modrich said his council uses the MAV’s figures to compare rates to other metropolitan councils. “The MAV’s 2010-11 survey showed Frankston eighth lowest behind Monash, Whitehorse, Casey, Banyule, Glen Eira, Knox and Maroondah.� Ignoring the old adage of never arguing with anyone who buys ink by the tonne, Mornington Peninsula mayor Cr Graham Pittock has accused the Herald Sun of getting its figures wrong in a story published on Tuesday 21 June. Cr Pittock issued a news release on Tuesday last week saying the News Corporation-owned newspaper had “wrongly reported� the proposed rate increase as 9.1 per cent “when in fact it is proposed the rate in the dollar will rise by 6.8 per cent and the municipal charge by $10�. “The ‘average’ they reported on in-

cluded a whole range of things that don’t impact on the year-on-year increase for ‘average’ ratepayers. That increase is 6.8 per cent on rates and $10 on the municipal charge, exactly as we’ve said,� Cr Pittock stated. “The figures quoted by the Herald Sun include revenue generated from the opt-in green waste service and the differential rate on vacant land, averaged across all ratepayers. “This is not an apples-with-apples comparison. On an apples-with-apples basis, the proposed increase is exactly what we said – 6.8 per cent on rates and $10 on the municipal charge. “Our council strives to deliver value for money, to be ‘mean with a quid’ and innovative so that we keep our rates among the lowest in Victoria. “Currently, we’re the fifth-lowest rating council in the state, and the lowest of the eight ‘interface’ councils, so it’s pretty disappointing that the Herald Sun gets it wrong in this way. “We increase rates, reluctantly, to deliver the services and infrastructure our community is asking for, but we are very much aware of affordability issues.� Mornington Peninsula Ratepayers Association secretary Alan Nelsen said the shire was “raising close to nine per cent extra from rates this year�. “I can’t find another council with a debt as high as ours – $35 million. “We pay high rates because they allowed it to get to $40 million over the past 10 years. “In that same time, our rates have gone up 100 per cent. “Nothing else has gone up as much, except maybe house prices. “Rates are cunningly snuck up by six or eight per cent a year.� Mr Nelsen blamed some extra costs on “pet projects� of council officers “such as Pelican Pantry at Hastings – $1 million over three years; the Stony Point ferry proposal – $250,000; and a cross-peninsula bus service�. He said training people for the hospitality business, and running buses and ferries “are really state government responsibilities�.

Good fire: Djarrin Blow, left, and Conrad Ross conduct a smoking ceremony outside the shire council’s Rosebud office last Monday for NAIDOC Week. It is an ancient custom that involves smoldering various native plants as either a welcome to country or to cleanse “bad� spirits. See the story of Adam Magennis, studying to become the shire’s first qualifed Aboriginal heritage adviser, on Page 12.

Learn how to make your home more sustainable MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire’s Sustainable Homes program provides information to make sound sustainable decisions about the home and family. Program facilitator guide residents through the facts, activities and challenges to make the home more sustainable and save on energy and water bills. Residents can learn from demonstrations and group discussions in a relaxed and social atmosphere. The program’s flexible design allows the course to focus on what’s important to individuals. The course has been developed in conjunction with the CSIRO and the Australian Conservation Foundation and is divided into modules about the themes of energy, water, waste and garden.

Groups will be guided by a peninsula person with knowledge about household sustainability. The activities will assist participants to decide the most important changes they can make in their home and set about making the changes. The program is geared to encourage household action either through behaviour change, DIY product installations or employing service providers. The Sustainable Homes program will be held at Sorrento Community Centre on Tuesdays 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 August, from 6-8pm. Cost is $55. Limited places, bookings essential. To book call Sorrento Community Centre on 5984 3360. For more information call Nicci Tsernjavski at the Mornington Peninsula Shire on 5950 1259.




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Special place: Above, 300-year-old grass trees and Friends member Simone Cole. From top right, replanting around a pond, muttonwood leaves and fruit, a yellow flowered hibertia and a path in the reserve. Pictures: Dave Matthews and Jan Dwyer

Precious plants preserved at Peninsula Gardens By Mike Hast A BUSHLAND reserve on the southern edge of Rosebud’s residential area shows what can be achieved when developers, a shire council and environmentalists work together. Peninsula Gardens Bushland Reserve was once slated for housing, but the late Stefanie Rennick and revegetation specialist Tony Brindley convinced developer Greg La Manna his subdivision, now known as Peninsula Sands, would be more valuable if adjacent to a reserve. The then Shire of Flinders facilitated the deal when it told Mr La Manna it would rezone his land for housing if he gave the shire 45 hectares south of the Drum Drum Alloc Creek for a reserve. The 155-hectare La Manna property was then known as Peninsula Gardens Estate and became Peninsula Sands, with the reserve retaining the original name. The reserve at the southern end of Jetty Rd contains a long list of the peninsula’s endangered, depleted or vulnerable plants. It is now looked after by a Friends group, which is seeking new members to keep the work going. Stefanie Rennick, who died in 2001 aged 82, is best known for the semi-


nal book The Mornington Peninsula: A field guide to the flora, fauna and walking tracks, co-written with Ilma Dunn with pen illustrations by Caroline Graley. A teacher, naturalist, environmentalist and bushwalker, Stefanie was the driving force behind the peninsula’s longest walking trial, the Two Bays track, 26 kilometres between Dromana and Cape Schanck, which she first proposed in 1984. Tony Brindley is best known for his 20-year regeneration of a former cattle property near Greens Bush at Main Creek during which he became a wetlands expert. Other people involved at Peninsula Gardens reserve included naturalist Tom Sault, who identified rare plants such as stands of muttonwood trees, and founding members of a Friends group Stuart Weir of Rosebud, and Andrew Picone, the reserve’s first “overseer”. Trust for Nature was instrumental in having a covenant placed over a 37-hectare section of the reserve. Friends member Ian Bell recalls the lobbying work of Ms Rennick and Mr Brindley. “It is a precious remnant of the area’s original bushland and it was wonderful Stefanie and Tony were able

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to successfully negotiate with the developer.” Walking tracks provide access for Peninsula Sands residents and a corridor, or biolink, through private properties allows the eastern grey kangaroo to move between feeding sites. “It can be quite a surprise when you come face to face with an eastern grey,” said another Friends member, Jan Dwyer, also a member of the active Southern Peninsula Indigenous Flora and Fauna Association (SPIFFA). “An area in the centre of the reserve was intended to be used for Aboriginal cultural education, but this has not yet been realised,” she said. An early task for volunteers was removing pest plants and trees, including boneseed, sweet pittosporum, pine trees, introduced eucalypts and black wattle that had regenerated after pine removal and fire. Hard to access sections were cleared of weeds by contractors employed by Mornington Peninsula Shire. Ms Dwyer said recent work under the direction of Melbourne Water and the shire had seen substantial clearing of willows and pines, and planting along the creek. “There has been great natural regeneration of many plants,” she said.

Indigenous flora specialist Gidja Walker, whose knowledge of peninsula plants is peerless, has identified ground covers such as orchids including red-beaks and three species of hibertias. Bracken fern, heathlands and nine ecological vegetation classes, or vegetation communities, are found in the reserve. “Peninsula Gardens supports a high level of biodiversity,” Ms Walker said. “Small shrubs provide cover for little birds, swamp rats, bandicoots and white-footed dunnarts, while 300-yearold grass trees also provide shelter and are an impressive sight. “Wattles and eucalypts have sprung up to complement the old-growth trees, which are home to possums and larger birds such as parrots and owls.” Fauna ecologist Malcolm Legg, who lives close by, but works all over the peninsula and southeast, has carried out several fauna surveys and found the powerful owl (listed as threatened in Victoria), boobook and tawny frogmouth. The powerful owl can be 60 centimetres tall and, gruesomely, can decapitate and consume a fully grown possum. Mr Legg said a sandy ridge left behind after sand mining was home to

spotted pardalotes before disturbance by trail bikes. He also found swamp skinks living near Drum Drum Alloc Creek, a variety of frogs and broadfinned galaxia, an endangered indigenous fish. “Galaxia struggle to exist in our waterways because of larger fish introduced for recreational fishers, drought and waterways chocked by willows and other introduced vegetation,” he said. “The reserve is a treasure trove of diversity and must be preserved.” The Friends say the greatest threats to the reserve are unrestrained dogs and trail bikes. Jan Dwyer: “This is a major concern. The diversity of insect, animal and plant species in the reserve makes it a very special place where it is a joy to work or walk. There is always the sound of birds, the wind in the trees, the occasional close encounter with a kangaroo and the sense of this being our heritage.”  The Friends of Peninsula Gardens meet at 10am on the third Tuesday of the month and on the fourth Saturday. They would welcome help. The next working bees are on Tuesday 19 and Saturday 23 July. For details call Jan Dwyer on 5986 6566.

Rubbish litters bay beaches By Keith Platt BEACHWATCHERS on the southern peninsula have been appalled by the amount of rubbish washed on to normally pristine beaches. Judy Muir of Sorrento says that for three days in a row, she and a companion picked up about 10 kilograms of rubbish each day between Camerons Bight and White Cliffs. “We weren’t the only ones doing it, there are lots of dedicated beachwalkers down here doing the same thing,” Ms Muir said. “We called the EPA report line but were told they weren’t interested, although when I got through to the EPA in Dandenong they said it was something they were interested in. “The EPA report line wouldn’t even log my call, although I asked that it be noted. “They recommended I contact the local foreshore management people.” A spokesman for the EPA said the agency was “in the process of developing a 24-hour call centre and responses for FAQs [frequently asked questions] were also being developed for our frontline people”. Coincidentally, the same stretch of beach is a finalist in the Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria clean beach of the year awards. Ms Muir, of the Polperro Dolphin Swims, said the rubbish had been washed away by high seas over the weekend but, before that, she had heard reports of “rafts of plastic” drifting just offshore in Port Phillip. “The amount of plastic was indescribably bad. It looked like photos you see of a riverbank in a Third World country.” Ms Muir said three dead penguins and thousands of starfish were also found on the beach, although there was no indication of what had caused their deaths.

Much of the plastic on the beach was broken into small bits and unable to be identified, although one larger piece was identified as coming from an irrigation outlet. Fruit juice boxes and a container had labels with Japanese writing. “I know ships are paid a nominal amount not to dump their waste at sea, but I wonder if this might not be worth the trouble of containing it until they get into port.” Ms Muir said the accumulation of beach rubbish coincided with two blooms of Noctiluca, commonly known as the sea sparkle algae, which has a phosphorescent glow visible in the sea at night. “It occurs naturally and the CSIRO at Queenscliff told me it is harmless, but it does bloom because of nutrients in the water and having two blooms so close together makes me wonder if it was nutrient overload.” Research from the Scripps Environmental Accumulation of Plastic Expedition recently found plastic in the stomachs of more than nine per cent of fish examined. A report on the findings of the expedition estimates fish in the North Pacific ingest 12,000 to 24,000 tonnes of plastic a year. Simon Branigan, marine and coastal project officer with the Victorian National Parks Association, said better coordination was needed between local government and the EPA “so they can rapidly respond to community concerns about large amounts of rubbish washing-up on the bay’s beaches and investigate the source”. “Passing the buck is not an option – litter, particularly plastics – are extremely harmful to marine life, so there needs to be a comprehensive plan to reduce and eliminate this form of pollution,” Mr Branigan said.

Beached: Waves crashing on to Portsea Beach during the weekend’s storms, above, while earlier in the week rubbish and starfish – including the invasive northern Pacific starfish – littered southern peninsula beaches. Pictures: Troy Muir

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Fireworks over bank loans Continued from Page 1

The News contacted Mr Sanford, who is on leave, through a member of the Rye bank board. “We don’t want to say anything at this stage,� the spokesman said. A council source told The News the Rye bank was cutting off its nose to spite its face. “The loan tender was not a Dutch auction. The banks were asked for their best rate and the National came out on top.� The source said Rye bank had formed stronger links with sporting clubs and other community groups on the peninsula and saying it would withdraw support from the two Australia Day events, and the radio station and community meeting space was short sighted. The News believes Rye bank insiders are privately annoyed with the shire. The council does all its banking with NAB, but does not hesitate to ask Rye bank for contributions to various events and fundraising activities.

At the council meeting on 14 June, the shire’s finance manager Geoff Emberson told councillors the difference in rates made the community bank offer “less attractive� than in the past. He said there was a $185,000 differential between the NAB and Rye bank rates over the life of the loan. Asked about how much the community bank would put back into the community as a percentage of and over the life of the loan, he said “$63,000 ... so we’d [the shire] be $120,000 worse off�. Rye bank rates had been much closer in the past, he said. Questioned further, Mr Emberson said the difference was 0.25 of 1 per cent. The NAB loan was approved unanimously by the council after the motion was moved by Cr Anne Shaw and seconded by Cr Frank Martin. Prior to discussion and voting on the matter, Cr David Gibb declared an indirect conflict of interest as a minor shareholder of the National Australia Bank and left the council chamber.

Banking on Bendigo RYE Community Bank opened in June 2001 after residents got together and invited Bendigo Bank to open a branch after five banks closed their doors in the town. The bank’s formal name is Rye & District Community Bank Branch and its shareholders are peninsula residents. The company opened a branch in Dromana in June 2007, with shares being taken up by locals in a matter of days, one of the most successful

capital raisings in Australian community bank history. Rye & District Community Bank has returned thousands of dollars to the community, helping sporting clubs, schools and other organisations. Other community banks under the Bendigo Bank brand have been opened on the peninsula in Balnarring, Hastings, Mt Martha and Mt Eliza, and there are more than 273 community banks around Australia.

Welcome donation: From left, Peter Barnett (Rye RSL president), Sergeant Trevor Thomas (charity golf day committee member), Sergeant Tony Paterson (charity golf day treasurer) present a cheque to Josh Elliott-Batt and Rob Blight of Rosebud CFA.

Golf presentation a real driver FUNDS are being dispersed from the 2010 Rosebud Police Charity Golf Day including to several CFA brigades. The 2011 event is again being held at Rosebud Country Club and will be the same format as in previous years with a shotgun start at midday. The event is scheduled for 6 October. Both courses will be utilised. The total cost will be $60, which includes a pre-game sausage sizzle

lunch, round of golf and dinner at the conclusion of the event. Alcohol will be available for purchase on course. There will be individual stableford events for those with official handicaps and the Callaway system for other players. There will be putting competitions, longest drives, and the post-event raffles and a giant auction. Official entry forms will be available soon.

The charity golf day committee also seeks applications from local charities and community organisations that could utilise funds from the 2011 event. All applications should be in writing addressed to attention of Sergeant Tony Paterson (charity golf day secretary) of Rosebud Police Station, 95 Boneo Rd, Rosebud 3939.



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Carbon: what government is taxing This is the third of an occasional series of articles by Andrew Raff and Peter North covering a range of environmental topics including the CO2 debate, use of resources, future energy and the nuclear power debate. Both are members of SHIPPS, St Andrew’s Habitat Improvement, Preservation and Protection Society, on the southern peninsula. IN the last three months, according to our calculations, the federal government (both houses) has spent about 38,000 person hours debating the appropriate level of carbon tax. Levels suggested by various parties pursuing various agendas range from zero to $70 per tonne. Given that the world carbon has become shorthand for carbon dioxide in the context of the question, we wondered what “per tonne” actually means in relation to the phrase “carbon tax”. Specifically, does it mean tonnes of carbon, or tonnes of carbon dioxide? Should this seem like a nitpicking question, a quick calculation reveals the distinction is important. Burning carbon and hydrocarbon fuels produces energy by combining carbon and other combustibles in the fuel with atmospheric oxygen. In the process of burning carbon, 12 mass units (tonnes, kilograms or whatever) of carbon combines with 32 mass units of oxygen to produce 44 (12 + 32) mass units of carbon dioxide. The ratio of mass of carbon dioxide to carbon from the combustion reaction is therefore 44 divided by 12 = 3.67. This means that if carbon tax per tonne is levied on tonnes of carbon dioxide produced, the tax will be 3.67 times as much as it would be if it were levied on the tonnes of carbon in burned the fuel. This will be of interest to those paying electricity bills under a future carbon tax regime. We figure a carbon tax of $30 per tonne of carbon based on electricity from burning anthracite (black coal) would add 1.3 cents per KWh (6.8 per cent) to the cost of electricity, while a carbon dioxide tax of $30 per tonne would add 4.8 cents per KWh (25 per cent). See footnote. To determine whether carbon tax might be calculated from tonnes of carbon or tonnes of carbon dioxide, we first consulted everyone’s favourite research tool – the encyclopaedic mind of Dr Google. Here we drew a blank. The voluminous number of documents we found on the subject – treasury memos,

political statements, memos from the business sector, papers by academics and so forth – waxed eloquent for or against carbon tax, and suggested various prices per tonne for the tax, but not one of them defined how tonnes was actually measured. We then posed the same question to various experts, again without obtaining a definitive answer. Two CSIRO scientists thought the measure was more likely to be tonnes of carbon dioxide and the third didn’t know. We also sent the question to our local federal MP, Greg Hunt, and also to Malcolm Turnbull, neither of whom responded. And we note that Penny Wong, Minister for Climate Change, when asked on ABC TV’s Q&A didn’t answer the question (whether through ignorance or oversight we are unable to tell). Tony Abbott and Greg Hunt, for their part, went through a phase of claiming that a $30 price on carbon would produce increased electricity costs of $1100 a year per household, then later quietly adjusted this figure to $300 a year. Since the ratio of the two figures ($1100 to $300) at 3.67 is the precise

ratio between the mass of carbon dioxide and carbon referred to above, we might infer that these two Opposition heavyweights previously thought carbon tax was measuring carbon dioxide and have now decided it measures carbon burned. So after all the extensive discussions on this subject, we’ve been unable to find out what the “tonnes” in carbon tax actually means. Does anyone else out there know for sure?  Andrew Raff has lived on the Mornington Peninsula for 50 years, was in the Royal Australian Navy for 20 years, served in Vietnam, and has studied the nuclear industry and climate change. He is a member of Sustainable Population Australia and founded SHIPPS last year.  Peter North has degrees in engineering and commerce, and has worked in the petrochemical, mining, manufacturing and construction industries in Australia and overseas. He has published nine books on business, travel, environment and economics, has written for the environmental magazine Pacific Ecologist and is also a member of Sustainable Population Australia.

Energy/power conversions 1 tonne 1watt 1 joule 1 MJ 1 second 1 MJ 1 watt 1 MJ

= = = = = = = =

1000 kg 1 joule/second 1 watt-second 1,000,000 joule = 1,000,000 watt-seconds 1/3600 hour 1,000,000/3,600 watt-hour = 278 watt-hour 1/1000 kW 278/1000 kW-hr = 0.278 kW-hr

Energy from combustion of coal (from Wikipedia) Anthracite – energy from combustion 27 MJ/kg = 27 x 0.278 kW-hr/kg = 7.506 kW-hr/kg = 7506 kW-hr/tonne at 30% efficiency to electrical energy = 0.3 x 7,506 kWe-hr/tonne = 2252 kWe-hr/tonne At $30 per tonne carbon tax (price per tonne) = 3000 cents per tonne at $30 per tonne carbon tax (price per kW-hr) = 3000/2252 cents per kWe-hr = 1.3 cents per kW-hr at $30 per tonne carbon dioxide = 1.3 x 3.67 per kW-hr = 4.77 cents per kW-hr

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Larrikin artist’s last brush with the stars OBITUARY David Larwill Artist, everyman, rambler 1956-2011 DAVID Larwill became one of the Mornington Peninsula’s favourite sons. An avid sailor, he became known for his beach rambles where he would pick up the flotsam of the sea – everything from discarded thongs to sea-shells – to create multitextured artworks. Although he became nationally and internationally famous, he would always return to the seashore. He lived in Somers for about 19 years and built a contemporary home that included a huge studio. David’s funeral at Mt Martha on Monday attracted almost 1000 people, many of them flying in from around the country to attend. There were celebrities and dignitaries and plumbers and roofers, footballers, academics, actors, rock musicians and fashion designers and bricklayers – an eclectic array of friends and fans that summed up Dave’s universal appeal. Both as a person and an artist he was an ‘everyman’ type of character, equally at home in a bush pub and a millionaire’s mansion. Larwill, who died last Sunday 19 June following a battle with cancer, was never one for rules. While most people in his condition would retire to hospital, Dave, who loved the bush, wanted one last road trip to the desert outside of Alice Springs. Coercing his friend Ken McGregor into driving him, he made it almost as far as Coober Pedy where he saw the night stars, put his feet in the red sand, retired for the night and passed away. Speaking alongside Dave’s brother, Sam, and his sister, Sarah, and fellow artist and close friend Wayne Eager, McGregor supplied a heartfelt travelogue recounting Dave’s last days alive, eliciting both tears and occasional laughter at the rogue’s last wanderings and his final meal – delighted at having scored the last serve of roast lamb at a country pub, as though it had been kept by fate for his enjoyment.

Icon-oclast: David Larwill two years before he co-founded Roar Studios in Fitzroy. His canvases were populated with stylised human figures and animals, a combination of tribal, abstract and expressionistic images.

Larwill’s approach to his impending demise was typical of his life. If there was alternative to the norm he would find it. In 1981, a year after leaving the Preston Institute of Technology and dismissive of much of the art and art world around him, he teamed up with his mates to establish an alternative gallery where “beer, dogs and paint” rather than “champagne and caviar” were the priority. Thus was Roar Studios born and, despite its anarchic nature, key art world figures such as James Mollison, then director of the Australian National Gallery in Canberra, became besotted. For all of his rough around the edges persona, Larwill could rub shoulders with people from all echelons of society, from the downand-out to the wealthy and powerful. But he also did not suffer fools

gladly and, although immensely successful, he was utterly dismissive of much of the art world around him, dismissing most critics and curators as charlatans. Charity and social issues were never far from his thoughts and, rather than simply donate the occasional painting to a cause, Larwill went several steps further and in 1995 he teamed up with some mates and founded the hugely successful Artists for Kids Culture Trust to raise funds for underprivileged children. The trust continues to this day. In 1998, at the invitation of the Mirrar traditional owners in Kakadu, he joined artists Peter Walsh, Mark Schaller and I in the country threatened by the existing Ranger and proposed Jabiluka uranium mines. Works inspired by their experiences were later exhibited in Melbourne and

the funds raised helped lead to Kakadu becoming a World Heritage site. In the early 1980s the Melbourne art world drank white wine or, when they were lucky, Moët. But there was a clear-cut dissenter in this habit who, regardless of how exclusive the event, would carry his own slab of Victoria Bitter into the proceedings. This did, of course, on more than one occasion, cause the snobs to raise eyebrows, but Dave didn’t care. He loved his VB. He would heft his slab over a shoulder and walk into the presence of Prime Ministers and Governor Generals, crack a tinnie and say “G’day!” I was lucky enough to meet ‘Larwee’ – as he often referred to himself (everyone had a name: fellow Roar artists Mark Schaller was ‘Sparky’ for his ability to fix things, Wayne Eager was ‘Iggy’, I

was simply ‘Crawf’) – at an exclusive cocktail party in 1980. He and I were the only ones drinking beer so conversation seemed inevitable. It transpired we were, at least in theory, on opposite sides of art world aesthetic politics – he was the expressionist, I was perceived as being more supportive of the conceptualists. This didn’t stop us from retiring to a nearby pub and arguing all night long. It also didn’t stop him from inviting me on numerous road trips through Australia’s centre and up to Arnhem Land. The highlight of those trips was always stopping to meet up with various Aboriginal folk he knew, from Kintore and Papunya to Warmun in the Kimberly and Gunbalanya in the Northern Territory where Larwee was always treated as one of their own. Such journeys were part of his source material – his unique stick figures, usually jolly but also often melancholy – took on the personalities of those around him and as such were almost diaristic in content. Dave’s more larrikin tendencies mellowed when, nine years ago, he met Fiona von Menge and fell madly in love. They went on to marry and have two sons, James and Henry. Having struggled as a younger artist, Larwill had found financial and creative success and true happiness. His work resides in numerous national collections including the British Museum; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; New Parliament House, Canberra; the Queensland Art Gallery; the Australian Football League; Allen Allen & Hemsley, Sydney; World Congress Centre, Melbourne; Western Mining Corporation Collection; the Shell Collection of Contemporary Australian Art; Baillieu Myer; the ICI Collection; Orica, Melbourne; and the Holmes a Court collection. Ashley Crawford is a freelance writer living in Melbourne and the author of a number of books on Australian art. He accompanied David Larwill on numerous trips through the centre and the Top End of Australia.

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A new Don for the year By Marilyn Cunnington EVERY June a new president takes the chair for the Rotary Club of Sorrento. This year Don Campbell, was passed the chain of office for 2011-12 by outgoing president Ron Scheele. It was an eventful year during Ron’s time as president. The club has had a strong membership growth and is one of the biggest in District 9820 with more than 60 members. This year is the 50th anniversary year for the club. A number of awards were made during the event. A Paul Harris Fellowship was presented to Grahame Boulter for service to Rotary for his work in membership, an honorary life membership to Dr George Westlake in recognition of many years of service to the club, and a new award, the Caroline Chisholm Scholarships TAFE Apprenticeship, will be named the “Leon Riley Awards” to acknowledge his long service. Kel Hobby, a member of the club, was recently installed at a district changeover lunch meeting as 201112 district governor, 9820 district, by the outgoing district governor, David Piper. There are 47 clubs with more than 1200 members in the district. A donation was made to his wife, Jill Hobby, to launch her 2011-10 Rotary project to instigate a training program for maternity health care workers in East Timor. Rotary has had a long association with the nation. Locally, the Sorrento Club of Rotary was very supportive during the

floods in Charlton and participated in a number of fundraising activities as well as hands-on support. During the past Rotary year, community projects, such as plantings at the Tramway Station and Sorrento Park at the rotunda, built by the club in liaison with Mornington Peninsula Shire and continuous activity is the visitation to the residents of Sorrento Lodge Elderly Care facility. Practical support was given in Gippsland from members by planting new trees after the bushfires. One of the fundraisers is the wellknown sausage sizzle in the main street. Members are purveyors of the iconic value for money sausage and onions – a lot of cheek is given to passing tourists and locals. The biggest fundraiser each year is the club’s annual art show held in early January, followed by the annual golf day in March. Members also assist with parking at various local events as part of fundraising. All money raised by Rotary is put back into projects to benefit local and international communities, bringing an extra dimension to community life

across Australia and the wider world. Supporting communities is the main community aim of Rotary – whether it be a local project; disaster relief due to fires, earthquakes or floods; water wells for a village; a school or hospital for a remote community or a scholarship to help realise the humanitarian mission throughout the world, including the goal of eradicating polio through the world, a program that has been running since 1985. Environmental projects are high on the activity list, as is health, through Australian Rotary Health, which is one of the largest national non-government health research funds. Internationally, Rotary contributes significantly to disadvantaged communities both home and abroad. Literacy is also high on the agenda. Rotary also has many programs for youth including reading with young children at school, personal development weekends for teenagers, a 12-month international youth exchange for 16-17-year-olds, and the Roadside Youth Driver Awareness one-day course held to create awareness for safer driving among young drivers. There are many programs where young people can be involved in volunteering networks. There are more than 35,000 members belonging to city, country and outback regions across Australia in about 1200 clubs. To find out more about Rotary go to, call 1300 4 Rotary or talk to a Rotarian.

Two years of service recognised by club ON Sunday 26 June, Rosebud Lions Club members, wives, partners and guests attended a lunch at the RACV Cape Schank Golf Club to thank outgoing president Leo Dark for his two years of dedicated service to the club. Leo thanked members for their support over the period, and then inducted incoming president Graham

Auld with the badge of office and wished him all the best for the coming years. Graham responded by dedicating his time to carrying on the tradition of the club to work hard raising money and distributing it to the many organisations and people in need.

Justifying ambulance for Flinders PREMIER Ted Baillieu has been reminded of a pre-election promise to establish an ambulance station at Flinders. However, Nepean MP Martin Dixon, who is also Education Minister, has asked two community groups to “collect evidence to support an ambulance station”. Peter Renkin, president of Shoreham Community Association said the “evidence” would then be forwarded to the

Minister for Health, David Davis. Mr Renkin and the president of Flinders Community Association Peter Hall were asked to do more research during a 1 July meeting with Mr Dixon. The ambulance station is needed to service Flinders, Shoreham, Merricks, Red Hill and Point Leo. The nearest ambulance station to those towns is at Hastings and Rosebud.


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DNA helps Ribbon opening for $300,000 path to track fathers HELPING prove the identity of a child’s father has become a growing part of work provided by Peninsula Community Legal Centre. In the past 10 years the centre has helped “hundreds of mothers … to prove the identity of the father of their child”, says the centre’s principal lawyer Victoria Mullings. “It is a right of a child to know who their parents are and it is something that most of us take for granted.” Ms Mullings said tracking a father’s identity was one of the services offered under the centre’s child support program. “DNA testing is currently the most advanced and accurate technology to determine parentage. “In a DNA parentage test, the result, which is called the ‘probability of parentage’, is 0 per cent when the parent is not biologically related to the child and typically greater than 99.9 per cent when the parent is biologically related to the child. “Simply knowing who both their parents are can make a huge difference in the lives of children, as well as ensuring that children are financially provided for by both parents.” Ms Mullings said children had the right to know who their parents were under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which started in 1989. The convention “represents a major milestone in the historic effort to achieve a better world for children”. “As a binding treaty of international law, it codifies principles that countries of the United Nations agreed to be universal – for all children, in all countries and cultures, at all times and without exception, simply through the fact of their being born into the human family. “The treaty has among other things inspired changes in laws to better protect children and has been incorporated into family law legislation in Australia to reflect decision-making concerning the best interests of children and the rights of the child.” Peninsula Community Legal Centre’s child support program is one of many free legal services it offers. Call 9783 3600 or au.

BLAIRGOWRIE’S $300,000 shared footpath along St Johns Wood Rd is open for business. The path runs between Melbourne Rd and the town’s shopping centre service road. Half the cost was paid by property owners on St Johns Wood Rd, with residents on the western, footpath side paying $2200 and those on the other side $1100. The shire council enacted a special charge scheme to get residents to pay and many were unhappy at the time of its announcement. Blairgowrie Action Group member Lino Tarquinio said most residents were now delighted with the path. The action group was dismayed when it was told there was little chance of the path being built within the next 15 years when it first proposed it. It was told the only chance of a path was via a special charge scheme where residents and the shire shared the cost. In 2004-05 and 2005-06, the shire borrowed about $10 million and built 80 kilometres of paths at no cost to property owners, but times have changed. In the draft budget for financial year 2011-12, expected to be approved on 25 July, the shire has allocated $1.5 million for footpaths, triple last year’s allocation. Mr Tarquinio said Blairgowrie Action Group started lobbying the shire about 18 months ago. “The old

Path to glory: Blairgowrie Action Group member Lino Tarquinio, left, shire footpath project manager Tom Burke, action group chairman Chris Quin, Nepean Ward councillor Tim Rodgers and action group secretary Colin Giles celebrate the completion of the footpath in St Johns Wood Rd, Blairgowrie.

path was little more than a goat track and the new one of exposed aggregate is a beauty,” he said. “It’s been well received by traders in the shopping centre, too.” He said the shire had recently approved plans to build a shared pathway along Wilson Rd to Roger Penman Reserve, behind the western end of the shopping centre. Nepean Ward councillor Tim Rodgers said the shire was committed to building more paths throughout the shire. The $1.5 million would result in more than 12 kilometres of new

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paths being constructed over the next 12 months. “The more cars we can get off the road, and the more people we can encourage to get out and walk or ride, the better,” he said. Blairgowrie Action Group secretary Colin Giles said the path was already proving very popular among local residents and visitors to Blairgowrie. “We’ve already had some great feedback about the path, and we’re seeing whole families now using it together to walk and ride to the vil-

lage,” he said. “People particularly like the way the path has been constructed. It’s not a long straight line of white concrete – it meanders through the existing vegetation and looks very natural. “Most importantly – apart from providing a very pleasant walk to Blairgowrie village and shops – it’s eliminated the need for parents with prams, schoolchildren and pedestrians to have to walk along the roadway, which was a safety concern for the action group.”

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Digging up the recent past from peninsula’s ancient stones By Mike Hast ADAM Edwards Magennis, a second year archaeology student and Boonwurrung man, was deep in conversation with geologist Tim Evans during a break at a workshop at The Briars Park visitors centre in Mt Martha. Tim rolled out a huge chart showing the Mornington Peninsula’s ancient geology and the two men pored over it, animatedly pointing here and there. Adam, a cultural officer with Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Aboriginal support and development team, was gleaning crucial information from the Ringwood-based geologist and founder of Terra Geoscience. “The basement rocks in the Dromana Bay catchment are covered by ancient shallow marine sandstone and this is in turn is covered with 10,000-yearold river, estuarine and beach sediment. I’d look for Aboriginal artefacts here, too,” the geologist said. Adam nodded his head and made more notes in a book. The meeting of minds is part of Adam’s journey that has led him to study for a Bachelor of Archaeology at La Trobe University. He is two-thirds of the way through an honours degree to be completed next June. He will become a cultural heritage adviser, qualified under Victorian legislation to appraise Aboriginal sites, the shire’s first Aboriginal heritage adviser. He will advise government and developers, devise cultural heritage management plans, and join 22 other Aboriginal archaeologists and the new Aboriginal Archaeologists Association, founded earlier this year. Adam’s university course and job at

Digs older things: Adam Edwards Magennis, a cultural officer with Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Aboriginal support and development team, is doing an honours degree in archaeology at La Trobe University and hopes to become the shire’s first qualfied cultural heritage adviser.

the shire is being funded by the federal Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. Shire support includes an office at Hastings, a computer and administrative support. “I’ve had tremendous help from many people at the shire including Michael Kennedy, Joe Cauchi, Alex Atkins, Margaret Taylor, Jenny Macaffer and my colleagues and friends on the Aboriginal support and development team, Glenys Watts, Beryl Wilson and Debbie Mellett,” he said. He has worked at Mornington harbour, where the yacht club is proposing to build a marina; other peninsula sites; and conducted workshops for councillors at the eight municipalities that are members of Inter-Council Aboriginal Consultative Committee, for whom he used to work. The shire’s manager of sustainable communities, Joe Cauchi, says it will

be good when Adam is qualified to carry out cultural heritage management plans. The shire spends about $150,000 a year on outside consultants to prepare these plans. “We know where most of the sensitive areas are located,” Adam says, “but there is much work to do on the ground when a planning application triggers the Aboriginal Heritage Act.” Oddly, applications for single-storey buildings do not trigger cultural heritage requirements. It’s been a colourful journey for the 36-year-old, who lives in Mornington with his wife of six years, Kylie, and their four-year-old daughter and twoyear-old son. He grew up in Bayswater North and attended Ringwood Secondary College from years 7-10 and Box Hill Tech for year 11, where he studied graphic communications in 1991, the

Man for all seasons APART from family life, university studies and shire work, Reconciliation Day in May and NAIDOC Week, which ended last Saturday, kept Adam Magennis busy. At Rosebud Cinema on 25 May, a Reconciliation Day event included legendary singer Archie Roach performing two songs that left hardly a dry eye in the packed cinema. More than 100 people were turned away from a screening of Liyarn Ngarn, a documentary made in 2007 by Martin Mhando, featuring Archie Roach, longtime activist Patrick Dodson and the late British actor Pete Postlethwaite (who died in January) travelling around Australia to confront the harsh realities of deaths in custody and the Stolen Generation. Archie’s performance was first year of VCE in Victoria. He became a qualified stonemason and bricklayer in 1995, and worked at various sites around the eastern suburbs. He was only the third Aboriginal man in Victoria to become a qualified bricklayer. This attracted the attention of the ABC, which interviewed him for a television program called All in a Day’s Work. In 1997 he set off to see the United States and Canada for three months. “It was a fantastic experience and I returned to North America the following year, spending more than two years

supported by peninsula a cappella group Lingmarra, an all-white women group building a reputation for sensitive renditions of songs from around the world. Adam played one of his didgeridoos. Boonwurrung elder Caroline Briggs gave a stirring talk, thanked by Cr Tim Rodgers, and Adam presented one of his large traditional paintings to Archie Roach. On the weekend, Adam Magennis becomes “Byron”, pulling on the boots for the Peninsula Raiders Superules Football Club, the over35s who just can’t bear to give the game away. A tough wingman, he usually plays for the Masters team, but last week helped the Supers defeat Hallam, 13.12-90 to 7.446, snagging a sausage roll off the interchange bench. working on building sites in the Midwest, including as a foreman.” He travelled through the States and Canada, meeting people of all types including indigenous people. He did a bus trip across Canada from Toronto to Vancouver, and worked at the Lake Louise skifields. When crossing the border from Detroit to Windsor one time, he was arrested carrying three didgeridoos. Border police thought they were guns. “I had to do a mini-concert to prove to police they were musical instruments,” he recalls with a chuckle.

Another ferry nice restoration By Mike Hast FORMER Murray River paddleboat skipper Peter Payne’s moment of truth had arrived. His restored former Sydney Harbour ferry was on the slipway at Yaringa Marina in Somerville, just minutes away from being launched. Would it all go according to plan? MV Bennelong represented four years and three months of almost fulltime work for the 80-year-old as well as help from a cast of dozens including his mates Johnny Buckle and Dick Payne, his brother. The Somerville boatie was calm on the outside – and on the inside: “This is the third boat I’ve restored at Yaringa in the last few years. Every detail has been taken care of so the launch should go off without a hitch,” he said as a small crowd of friends, family and supporters gathered on a grassy bank overlooking the slipway. Minutes later Bennelong was in the water, floating serenely on a flooding tide, and Peter and his fan club strolled along the dock to clamber aboard and celebrate with a beverage or two. Captain Payne, a Parkdale boy, has spent a lifetime on water, salt and fresh. He was an apprentice boatbuilder at age 15, working with the legendary Jim Sugrue at Beaumaris, in those days a hive of boat-building and fishing. Peter built his first boat at age 14, a VJ12 racing skiff, the smaller version


Slipping in: Yaringa Marina staff guide MV Bennelong into the waters of Western Port on Friday last week.

of Sydney Harbour’s famous, speedy 18ft skiffs. He was a founding member of Parkdale Yacht Club and to fund his sailing exploits, he bought, fixed and sold Sharpies, then a popular class of racing yacht based on 19th century fishing boats and raced at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. At age 21 he started out on his own, restoring a 35-foot (10.5-metre) cruiser, then worked for boatbuilders on the Mordialloc Creek island and in Cheltenham, building and repairing boats of all types and sizes. In the 1960s, Peter redesigned and

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built the first two fibreglass Boomerangs, paving the way for the Boomerang 20, which made a big impact on the trailer sailer market. The lure of working for himself again took Peter and his wife Dawn to Port MacDonnell in SA where he built three timber fishing trawlers a year and operated the port’s slipway, but the need to educated their three children brought them back to Melbourne. Peter and Dawn moved again in 1973, this time setting sail for Mildura where he bought and restored Wanera, a 300-tonne paddle steamer licensed to carry 40 passengers.

On Wanera he ran the first overnight cruises out of Mildura. Later there were five-day trips up the Darling River. He skippered the famous paddle steamers Emmylou, Melbourne and Rothbury after being enticed out of semi-retirement running a boat hire business in Merimbula. “I lived for that river,” he said. Peter retired properly 10 years ago, but you can’t keep a good boatie down – he found a 44-foot (13.5-metre) yacht, Scheherazade, named after the legendary Persian queen, which had toured the world for a decade and stood languishing at Yaringa. He restored it and then restored a trimaran, Kakula. Bennelong is his third restoration at the marina. “They reckon I’ve got one more in me,” he said. The former Sydney ferry was built in 1952 by the NSW government and, after being pensioned off, carried partygoers on the Yarra River for several years. It is 48 feet (14.5 metres) long, weighs 14 tonnes and draws just one metre. When Peter bought it at a sheriff’s auction for $500, it had been out of the water for 12 years and on a cradle in the Yaringa Marina hardstand area for seven. “It’s made of Queensland kauri and was too good to burn,” he said. Bennelong – named after the Sydney Aboriginal man who was taken to

England by Captain Arthur Phillip to meet King George III in 1793 – had no wheelhouse and the superstructure had rotted. Peter admits he is a bit of a scrounger when restoring his boats. “I’m a pensioner and half of the rebuild was done with secondhand material. Yaringa’s a friendly place and it was easy talking people into helping me. And I’d like to thank all those people,” he says with a smile. Yaringa harbour owner Stefan Borzecki also sports a smile, a wry one, while standing beside the octogenarian as Peter tells the story of auction day. “There were about 15 people,” Peter said. “The auctioneer asked for an opening bid of $100 and no one spoke, not a movement in the crowd. Then my dopey mate yells out ‘$400’ and I could’ve kicked him. I quickly bid $500 and got it.” Stefan: “That ... boat owned me more than $2000 in fees. Peter might have to take me out in it a few times.” Mr Borzecki will have to be quick: Peter is taking the boat to Paynesville after two weeks of sea trials including testing the Perkins diesel that pushes Bennelong along at 7-8 knots. “We were thinking of taking her up to the Murray, but we’ve got a pen at the Paynesville marina,” Peter said. Fishing? “Nope; Dawn fishes. I’ll be lying on a deckchair in the sun.”  Additional material from the Yaringa magazine, 2002.


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Jacobs & Lowe-Bennetts Rye 2115 Point Nepean Road, Rye PHONE: 03 5987 9000 EMAIL:

1649 Pt Nepean Rd, Rosebud West

PHONE: 03 5981 1200



Diane & Phil Key Mobile: 0419 324 515

Mal McInnes Mobile: 0415 502 316

David Short Contact: 03 5986 8188

Stockdale & Leggo Rye 2397 Point Nepean Rd, Rye PHONE: 03 5985 6555

Hocking Stuart Rye 2361 Point Nepean Road, Rye PHONE: 03 5985 9333

David Short Real Estate 1377 Pt Nepean Road, Rosebud PHONE: 03 5986 8188




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The Blue Lagoon SPLISH, splash the kids are in the pool, adults are on the deck, steaks are on the barbie, what a great day. This magnificent, large family home is at the end of a quiet court surrounded by quality homes. It features:  Four bedrooms plus large study.  Three separate living zones.  Spacious modern kitchen.  In-ground pool surrounded by north-facing deck and outdoor entertaining room.  Fully landscaped block. This beautiful home is an absolute must to inspect.

Agency: John Kennedy Real Estate, Rye. Phone: (03) 5985 8800. Agent: John Kennedy, 0401 984 842.

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STOCK URGENTLY WANTED After a record month in a challenging market, we now urgently require properties to sell in Blairgowrie, Rye, Sorrento, St Andrews Beach and Portsea

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6 Alexander Avenue, Rye


1 The Esplanade, Sorrento


42 Alex Dr St, Andrews Beach


18 Newton Avenue, Sorrento


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22 Terry Avenue, Sorrento


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SUIT $800,000 BUYERS

Rosebud West


Loft-style living

Blissful Blairgowrie IDEALLY located within walking distance of Blairgowrie Village, Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron, front and back beaches, this is holiday or permanent living at its best. With four bedrooms, master bedroom with walk-in robe and ensuite, family bathroom, open plan kitchen, living and dining opening onto barbecue deck area, it features a stack stone wall and a huge second living/rumpus room. There is nothing left to do but move in and

enjoy the tranquil surrounds Blairgowrie has to offer. Fully renovated and extended, the property has many features including ducted heating, split-system air-conditioning, extensive merbau decking, low maintenance landscaped gardens with bore water, outdoor shower with hot water, overhead ceiling fans and much more. Simply sit back and listen to the ocean.

Agency: J.P. Dixon Sorrento. Phone (03) 5984 4388. Agent: Troy Daly, 0418 397 771.

IF you are looking for something completely different, a place where you can make noise and not upset the neighbours, a home where you can walk downstairs to work and still be in touch with all that a town has to offer then read on. This factory unit/warehouse is unique in Rosebud, in fact it is as rare as hen’s teeth. It comprises a one-bedroom fully self-contained loft apartment with musical instrument retail shop and recording studio plus a rehearsal studio and three more sound-proof booths. This gem would suit musicians, artists or photographers, anyone who needs 385 square metres of freehold resi-commercial real estate. The list is endless as to what you can do with this unit. The apartment comprises one bedroom, kitchen/dining room, lounge plus another room that leads onto a mezzanine (currently used as office), full bathroom plus separate

laundry. The bathroom and laundry are at ground floor level. There is gas heating in the lounge room. Downstairs there is a large shopfloor complete with service counter, a small workshop, and another room that is plumbed and could be used as a shop’s kitchen or powder room with toilet. The sound insulated room is ideal as a rehearsal room with three sound-proof recording booths facing a recording studio control room. The control room is sound proofed and fully double glazed with a security window looking out to shop. From the main ground floor area there is a fulllength security roller door. This is something different and we are seeking a different type of buyer. Certainly not for the conventionally minded. Inspections strictly by appointment only. Dare to be different.

Agency: Stockdale & Leggo Rosebud. 1089 Pt Nepean Road, Rosebud. Ph (03) 5986 8600 Agent: Jon Perrett, 0405 123 921.

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$450,000 - $490,000


$690,000 - $750,000

A HIDDEN TREASURE Set in a location within walking distance to schools, shops, transport and the foreshore, this family home will surely impress the astute buyer or investor. With it’s appealing charm and character and immaculate presentation this property features three generous bedrooms, main with BIR, open plan spacious kitchen with 900 ml stainless steel oven and rangehood. Also features a Dining area with separate lounge, central bathroom with separate toilet and laundry fully equipped for all your washing needs. Step outside and enjoy an outdoor area with well maintained gardens, all fully fenced for your privacy.

3 UNIT SITE CLOSE TO EVERYTHING This great 3 bedroom brick home has been fully renovated which means you have absolutely nothing to do but shift right in and start to enjoy everything it has to offer. The home features a good sized open plan living area, a brand new separate kitchen / meals area, brand new bathroom and laundry. The home has a single lock up garage and plenty of room out back for the family to move around and enjoy. This property is located close to Rosebud Beach and Shops and is situated on a 960m2 block of land which makes this a great opportunity for a developer to build 3 units (STCA).

A FAMILY DELIGHT This delightful 3 bdrm home with formal entry & only a stone’s throw from the water’s edge is ideally suited & set up for permanent or holiday living. Formal lounge & dining combined, Master bdrm with ensuite, WIR & split system A/C, BIR’s in the other 2 bdrms, valet vacuum System & gas ducted heating throughout. Huge kitchen with gas cooking, large family with meals area with split system A/C, Outdoor under cover entertaining , DLUG converted with gas heater to teenage retreat/games room. Childrens’ cubby house which can be used as an art studio, garden shed & water feature with gold fish. Plenty of room to store boats & caravans.

Ryan Deutrom 0406 426 766

Paul Basso 03 5985 9000

Ryan Deutrom 0406 426 766



68 Pier Street, Dromana


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64 Back Beach Road, Portsea


Keys Available for Viewing

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71 South Road, Rosebud


Keys Available for Viewing

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28 Howqua Drive, Rosebud West $310.00

Keys Available for Viewing

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After 11 years in Tootgarook, Basso Real Estate has moved to new offices

28 Ruyton Drive, Rosebud West $330.00

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located in the heart of the busy Rosebud West Shopping Village.

20 Weeroona Street, Rye

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Available Now

108 Truemans Road, Tootgarook $300.00

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78 Elizabeth Ave, Rosebud West $340.00

Contact office for further information Available 1.8.11

6A Nautilus St, Rye


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2 Murray Court, Rye


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Rosebud West


Rosebud West

Ready for the taking

Vendors need to move on

Neat as a pin

Private single storey town house

Now is your opportunity to enter into the market with this immaculate three bedroom family home. Complete with three great size bedrooms and open plan living. The kitchen and bathroom have both been tastefully renovated. Set in a quiet part of Rosebud, close to schools, shops and parks. Price $375,000 Address 35 Branson Street Inspect: By Appointment Mark Morssinkhof 0400 533 245 Contact:

Located close to schools and shops is this perfect family home ZLWKGXFWHGKHDWLQJWKURXJKRXW'RZQVWDLUV\RXZLOOĂ&#x20AC;QGWKUHH generous sized bedrooms, master with full ensuite and a second bathroom. Extremely large kitchen and meals area serviced by a Eurolec stainless steel gas cooker. Price $460,000 - $490,000 Address 30 Whimbrel Court Inspect: By Appointment Contact: Mark Morssinkhof 0400 533 245

Positioned within walking distance to the beach and all the amenities in Rosebud is this well presented three bedroom home; with open plan living and a very functional kitchen. Fully landscaped, fully fenced and low maintenance. Public transport is at your doorstep. Simply move your furniture in and enjoy. Price $360,000 - $390,000 Address 149 Third Avenue Inspect: Saturday from 3:00 to 3:30pm Contact: Mark Morssinkhof 0400 533 245

Expected rental return is $300 - $320 pw. This three bedroom town house is only 6 years old and one of only two on the block, with 3 large bedrooms, master with ensuite and private courtyard, central bathroom with spa. The open plan kitchen, dining and OLYLQJDUHDLVFRPSOLPHQWHGE\KLJKO\SROLVKHGĂ RRUERDUGV Price $390,000 - $425,000 Address 2/16 Teal Street Inspect: By Appointment Contact: Amanda Kaye 0408 888 607

Rosebud West

Rosebud West


Rosebud West

Hop, skip and a jump to the beach!

Great holiday getaway

Bay views with top class potential

Priced to sell!

This fantastic home in a prime location wants for nothing. With three large bedrooms, all with BIRs (master with ensuite). With open plan meals and living area, opening on to decked entertaining area. Enjoy this property all year round, whether by the gas log Ă&#x20AC;UHLQZLQWHURUFRROGRZQLQVXPPHUZLWKWKHVSOLWV\VWHP Price $460,000 - $500,000 Address 13 The Avenue Inspect: By Appointment Contact: Amanda Kaye 0408 888 607

Located on 730m2(approx) of land, this fantastic cottage has an abundance of possibilities, from subdivision to investment, or just a great holiday home for all the family. With two large bedrooms, bright and open living area and three outdoor entertaining areas surrounding the home. Price $450,000 Address 14 Teal Street Inspect: By Appointment Contact: Amanda Kaye 0408 888 607

Play a round of golf, wander through the State Park or just sit back and enjoy the ships passing through the bay and out past the heads and beyond with these extensive panoramic bay views. This two bedroom home offers more than just a top class position, with top notch potential too! Price $500,000 - $550,000 Address 10 Carrington Drive Inspect: Saturday from 2:00 to 2:30pm Contact: Amanda Kaye 0408 888 607

Rosebud West

Rosebud West


Attention developers!

Loft Style Living

Escape to the quiet life

All the hard work has been done. This fabulous block of land has plans and permits for three fabulous townhouses. Nothing has been left out with three bedrooms, ensuites, powder rooms. The front townhouse has three bathrooms and a second living area. Located a short walk to the beach and parklands. Price $420,000 Address 84 Elizabeth Avenue Inspect: By Appointment Contact: Amanda Kaye 0408 888 607

Fully self contained one bedroom loft apartment including a shop DQGUHFRUGLQJVWXGLR7RWDOĂ RRUVSDFHLVP DSSUR[ /LYH work, and party on! Price Address Inspect: Contact:

$395,000 1/2 David Court By Appointment Jon Perrett 0405 123 921


Have a boat or a caravan? Then this home is perfect, with plenty of accommodation for all your toys. Nestled in a quiet, yet leafy SRFNHWRI5RVHEXGLVWKLVSULYDWHFKDUDFWHUĂ&#x20AC;OOHGKRPHIHDWXULQJ bay windows and a stunning leafy vista from every room. Price Address Inspect: Contact:

If you are looking to subdivide, then this is it! This three bedroom cedar home is positioned on the block with the view to put another home at the rear if you so desire (STCA). /RFDWHGRQDP DSSUR[ Ă DWEORFNLQDTXLHWWUHHGVWUHHW close to beach, parklands and sporting grounds,. Price $341,250 Address .LQJĂ&#x20AC;VKHU$YHQXH Inspect: Saturday from 1:00 to 1:30pm Contact: Amanda Kaye 0408 888 607

$379,000 63 Sunningdale Road By Appointment Amanda Kaye 0408 888 607

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Perfect for the family, with easy access to all that Rosebud has to offer. Features include three bedrooms, kitchen with dishwasher, ODUJH PHDOV DUHD DQG SROLVKHG Ă RRUERDUGV LQ WKH OLYLQJ DUHDV bathroom with separate shower room. Ducted heating and evaporative cooling, double garage plus ample off street parking. Outside has a decked area and fully enclosed backyard. Price $300 per week Address 199 Jetty Road Available 22 August 2011

With breathtaking views of the bay, the Peninsula and the golf course, and luxury appointments throughout, this 35 square home has to be seen to be believed. Upstairs has three OLYLQJ DUHDV DOIUHVFR GLQLQJHQWHUWDLQLQJ DQG D PDJQLĂ&#x20AC;FHQW fully equipped Maple kitchen with granite bench tops. Four bedrooms, master with ensuite. Price $600 per week Address 17 St Andrews Avenue Available Now

This home has been fully renovated and is just waiting for you to move in! 3 bedrooms (bedrooms 1 and 2 have BIR), polished Ă RRUERDUGV DQG IUHVKO\ SDLQWHG WKURXJKRXW DOO QHZ NLWFKHQ with s/s appliances and meals area. The large living area has air FRQGLWLRQLQJDQGQHZOLJKWĂ&#x20AC;WWLQJV&HQWUDOEDWKURRPZLWKVSD bath and separate shower. Price $320 per week Address 2 Feltham Court Available Now

Then this fully furnished property will be perfect! The inside comprises of two living areas, a modern, fully equipped kitchen, three bedrooms (master with ensuite). Outside is an undercover entertaining area, and an undercover BBQ. Available for a short term lease only. Price Address

$400 per week 125 First Avenue 6 July 2011

5986 8600

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3 Panorama Drive

Highly Sought After Court

4 Eva Street

Huge Value For Money

A rare opportunity to secure a home in this ever popular court. The home is a Western Red Cedar, 3 Bedroom, open plan OLYLQJRIIHUHGLQDFOHDQWLG\FRQGLWLRQ2QDODUJHVTPW DSSUR[ EORFN,WRIIHUVWKHSHUIHFWĂ&#x20AC;UVWKRPHLQYHVWPHQWRU holiday home. Totally private yet only a short drive to the beach and shops etc. Guaranteed to please. You simply must be there on the day. Address: Auction: Inspect: Agent:


66-68 Bass Meadows 23rd July at 11am Saturday & Sunday 12.00-12.30pm Glenn Key 0402 445 208


If you are seeking genuine, value for money real estate with potential for a steady income stream as well as future capital growth then look no further. By no means a palace, it is well presented surprisingly feature packed home with 4 bedrooms plus a small VWXG\ORXQJHZLWKSROLVKHGĂ RRUJDVORJĂ&#x20AC;UHDQGVSOLWV\VWHP$&PRGHUQEDWKURRPDQGQGWRLOHWSOXVVXQURRP7KHUHLV also a rear deck and the whole package is on a nice big block in a delightful area quite close to the town and beach. Currently WHQDQWHG LW ZRXOG FRQWLQXH WR EH D Ă&#x20AC;UVW FODVV LQYHVWPHQW IXWXUH KROLGD\ KRPH RU HYHQ D QLFH UHOD[HG SODFH WR FDOO KRPH Vacant possession available. Address: 66-68 Bass Meadows Price: $345,000 - $365,000 Inspect: Sunday 11.00-11.30am Agent: Alana Balog 0412 536 624


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As agents we are constantly asked for the â&#x20AC;&#x153;perfect home.â&#x20AC;? Obviously perfection is in the eyes of the buyers but for our money WKLVKRXVHWLFNVDOOWKHER[HV7KHPDQGDWRU\3¡VRI326,7,2135(6(17$7,21$1'35,&(DUHVSRWRQ/HWVKDYHDORRN at just what we have on offer. Firstly the home is in Observation Drive, an ever popular, lightly treed meandering street the perfect distance to town. Secondly being only 10 years or so old and having been used only sparingly as a family holiday home it is still like brand new and of course last but not least the price, $375,000 - $395,000, wow, this affordable range speaks for itself.

Price: Inspect: Agent:

Price: Inspect: Agent:

$430,000 - $450,000 By appointment Glenn Key 0402 445 208


$375,000-$395,000 By appointment Diane Key 0419 324 515


Blairgowrie Bargain - Will be Sold

Outstanding Opportunity

Instructions are loud & clear...sell our house! Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss this rare opportunity to secure a slice of the highly sought Blairgowrie lifestyle at entry level price. Within walking distance to the local village and of course the beach this original beach house is an absolute gem. True to its era the home has been well maintained but is fabulously original throughout. A blank canvass to JHWWKHFUHDWLYHMXLFHVĂ RZLQJRUDKXPEOHKROLGD\KRPHIRUWKHIDPLO\&RPSULVLQJEHGURRPVVSDFLRXVIDPLO\URRPZLWK open kitchen and the usual facilities.There is also a carport plus a decked pergola all on a lovely level block of 720m (approx).

This is a stunning home in every respect. It is literally a couple of hundred metres to the beach and walking distance to the township and facilities. The home itself is modern, brick veneer and in pristine condition. Offering four bedrooms, full ensuite DQGZDONLQUREHWRWKHPDVWHUDQGEDWKURRPIRUPDOORXQJHDQGEHDXWLIXOO\Ă&#x20AC;WWHGNLWFKHQ)LWWLQJVĂ&#x20AC;[WXUHVDQGGHFRUDUHDOO WDVWHIXOO\SRUWUD\HG6WHSRXWVLGHDQGWKHVXUSULVHVFRQWLQXH7KHRULJLQDOGRXEOHJDUDJHLVQRZDVHSDUDWHUXPSXVVOHHSRXWWKHUH is a huge decked area partially covered with a large bubbling family spa, a second double garage, bore water and dual driveways. Address: 66-68 Bass Meadows Price: $695,000 - $760,000 Inspect: By Appointment Agent: Diane Key 0419 324 515

Auction: Inspect: Agent:

6th August @1pm Saturday & Sunday 3.00pm-3.30pm Glenn Key 0402 445 208

2397 Point Nepean Road, Rye

5985 6555

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$360,000 - $400,000

Cheapest house in the best location Huge vacant block

THIS affordable, three-bedroom home features an open-plan living area, gas appliances and a single lock-up garage. The property is within an easy stroll to the beach and is positioned on a corner block for easy access for boats or caravan storage. The property has a projected rental of $250 per week. Inspection is by appointment only.

Agency: Basso Real Estate, 1649 Pt Nepean Rd, Rosebud West. Ph: (03) 5981 1200. Agent: Paul Basso, (03) 5981 1200.

HERE is a magical block that will enable the owner to build a dream home complete with pool, workshops or just about any addition preferred. Best of all is its location â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in a quiet, no-through street within easy reach of the beach and shops. This is the ideal block for tradies or someone with a collection of

toys. Level at the front and rising to the rear, it will showcase the ownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s creativity to perfection. Possibly one of the last remaining large blocks this close to town, it is sure to appeal to buyers and sell quickly. Inspect with confidence.

Agency: Stockdale & Leggo Rye, 2271 Pt Nepean Rd. Phone: (03) 5985 6555. Agent: Claire Kerr, 0423 945 409.

Only the second time offered for sale in 50 years!

Hastings Newsagency

A rare opportunity has presented itself for the purchase of a tightly held local business servicing the community. This well established retail/wholesale/distribution newsagency sells a wide range of products, and is a landmark of the town, trading from its current location for 50 years. Situated in fast growing Hastings, this business enjoys a perfectly central position, with front and rear access, and plenty of parking. Hastings Newsagency products lines include, newspapers, magazines, greeting cards, stationery for school/offices/businesses, books, with a printing and photocopying service also available. This newsagency has a solid trading history, with massive opportunities for growth in both the retail and wholesale side of the business. With a container port on the way, Hastings is set to expand rapidly, and this newsagency is perfectly placed to make the most of the wonderful opportunities. An ideal family business, the owners are pursuing other interests, and are very motivated to sell. Price reduced to $495,000 + gst + SAV.

Terri Adams 0437 773 538 CHELSEA 1/463 Nepean Hwy Page 8

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20 Shipman Street, Blairgowrie $370,000 - $400,000 BARGAIN BUYING

77 Darvall Street, Tootgarook $430,000 - $450,000 A BEACH LOVERS BEACH HOUSE

Brilliant opportunity to purchase the perfect get away positioned on a low maintenance allotment. Comprising 4 bedrooms plus study, large open plan living with gas log Ă&#x20AC;UH DQ XSGDWHG NLWFKHQ DQG EDWKURRP second shower and toilet, polished boards throughout, detached rumpus room and bore water. This property has been priced to sell by genuine and motivated vendors.

Contact: Sam Crowder 0403 893 724

9 Lewana Street, Rye $475,000

Entry level buying into the highly sought after Blairgowrie property market. A short 5 minute walk to the back beach, this home represents a golden opportunity for the renovator or holiday maker alike. Comprising 2/3 bedrooms, open plan kitchen/dining area, separate bathroom and laundry with double carport accommodation. A private and peaceful position, 715m2 (42.6m x 16.7m). Get your hands dirty and capitalize on this great opportunity. Inspect by appointment.

Contact: Sam Crowder 0403 893 724

4 Loma Court, Tootgarook $280 per week

TREE TOP VIEWS Elevated home with good tree top views in quiet court position. Home comprises: Three bedrooms, one bathroom, gas cooking, open plan kitchen/dining/living, JDV KHDWLQJ WLPEHU Ă RRUV DQG RXWGRRU entertaining area.

MODERN COASTAL LIVING Fully renovated as new three bedroom KRPH ZLWK RSHQ SODQ NLWFKHQ Ă RZLQJ RXW to north facing undercover deck. New bathroom, European laundry, exposed Agg, driveway plus paths. Huge double garage/ workshop and carport screened behind private brush panel fence with electric remote gate, minutes walk to cafĂŠ/milk bar. Call now to inspect.

Contact: John Kennedy 0401 984 842

4 Bruce Street, Rye $300 per week

â&#x20AC;&#x153;BACK BEACH BLISSâ&#x20AC;? Contact: John Kennedy 0401 984 842

42 Pasadena Street, Rye $570,000

This neat and tidy three bedroom situated in the popular Bruce St will delight you. Home comprises: Three bedrooms, one bathroom, electric kitchen, living with coonara and separate meals area opening onto undercover decking. Fully fenced and private. 12 month lease.


Spacious four bedroom home comprising two good size living areas, full bathroom plus ensuite to main and a light, bright kitchen. North facing deck, landscaped gardens plus a huge garage/workshop approx 12 x 15 metres. A great value home priced to sell. Inspect anytime.

Contact: John Kennedy 0401 984 842

23 Elvie Street, Rye $260 per week

POSITION PERFECT Contact: Sam Crowder 0403 893 724

Fantastic home in great position, just 800m to beach. Home comprises: Three bedrooms, one bathroom, newly renovated NLWFKHQJDVRYHQSROLVKHGĂ RRUERDUGVDQG great backyard.

22 Sara Street, Rye $519,000

SENSATIONAL BEACHSIDE LIVING Very appealing weatherboard home situated on a large 840m2 corner block close to Rye ocean beach. Home comprises three good size bedrooms main with BIR and ensuite. Formal lounge, separate open plan kitchen, meals and living zone. Separate laundry, full bathroom and toilet. Double garage with direct access to house and landscaped native gardens.

Contact: John Kennedy 0401 984 842

Contact: John Kennedy 0401 984 842


03 5985 8800

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Rosebud West 7 Elanora Street

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Rosebud 1 Mount Arthur Avenue


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Perfectly located within metres to the bay beach & easy Auction access to local amenities, this double storey home comp 3 BRs, master with WIR & ensuite, 2 BRs with BIRs, plus a study. Also a kitchen with SS appliances, along with a Inspect newly carpeted central living area. Features ducted Contact heating, 2 split system cooling & heating units, a back deck, & low maintenance landscaped gardens, on 390m2.

9 Tootgarook 49 John Street Hawthorn Meets The Bay

Just a minute’s stroll to the local shops, just off Waterfall Private Sale Gully Rd is this superb property on an allotment of Inspect 956m2 approx with subdivision potential (STCA). Features landscaped gardens, a paved & covered outdoor Contact entertainment area, 4-car garage plus 2-car carport, 3 BRs with BIRs, master with 2-way ens, central kitchen, dining & living area & a 2nd recreational living area for entertaining.

5985 2600


They Don’t Come A Great Deal Closer Than This

Partially renovated but still ready to use, this 5 BR, or 4 BR Auction & 2 living is very versatile. The kitchen & main bathroom Inspect have recently been renovated & new floor tiles have been laid t/out. There is also a 2nd bathroom with easy access Contact from outside. Set on 770m2 approx, the home could also easily be further expanded (STCA) or just used as outdoor entertaining. All offers before Auction considered.

This property is very realistically priced & consists of 3 BRs Private Sale & 2 living areas at the opposite ends of the house.The Inspect main living area is open plan with a kitchen & dining & is cosy in winter with the choice of the gas heater or the Contact wood fire. The 2nd living can be set up as a sunroom or 4th BR. Outside, SLUG, wood shed, dual access to the property, on 618m2 approx - this home will be a great buy.


Sat 23rd July at 1pm (Unless sold prior) By appointment Robert Magnano 0425 772 073 Wendy Ross 0403 596 466


This picturesque WB home will amaze you at its level Private Sale of grandeur from the distinctive hallway through to Inspect the first BR & ensuite. Kitchen with SS appls, tiled meals area, huge formal living area with formal dining, 2nd Contact living area, a study & 2 other BRs. Outdoors a tool shed, 2-car LU carport with ample storage space above, landscaped gardens, 2 decking areas, plus dual street.

1 Tootgarook 111 John Street Neat & Complete

$375,000 By appointment Robert Magnano 0425 772 073 Wendy Ross 0403 596 466

Ideally located within minutes walk to the bay beach is Private Sale this irresistible home, on a level allotment of 701m2. A Inspect solid BV construction & fully rendered, this fantastic property comp 3 BRs, polished floor boards t/out, retro Contact kitchen, central bathroom, sep laundry & gas heating. Also a huge double garage, bore water, circular driveway, landscaped gardens & plans to extend if the need be.



$675,000 By appointment Robert Magnano 0425 772 073 Wendy Ross 0403 596 466




$450,000 By appointment Robert Magnano 0425 772 073 Wendy Ross 0403 596 466

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Marina plan to Canberra By Mike Hast PLANS for the expansion of Yaringa Marina on the edge of Western Port at Somerville have been submitted to the federal government, triggering the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. The plan needs approval from the federal government’s Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities before it goes back to Mornington Peninsula Shire and then on public exhibition. It would then go to the state government, which would appoint an independent panel to consider the plan before returning it to the shire. The plans also trigger seven Victorian acts covering the environment, flora and fauna, planning, wildlife, land protection, coastal management, and native vegetation. The expansion of the complex at the end of Lumeah Rd was first proposed in 2009 and will consist of:  Excavation of a new 300-metre long marina arm on private land to create 200 new wet berths.  A $1 million lock between the existing 300-metre marina arm and the new section to retain water in all tides. The lock would be on public land held under a 21-year lease.  About 200 new dry berths on private land with some under cover in new buildings.  180 holiday apartments beside the new marina arm on private land.  New buildings for the existing ma-

$50m expansion for boat harbour

Planned development: An artist’s impression of the expanded Yaringa Marina complete with apartments and extra moorings (centre top) and the existing marina (right), which was built in 1984. The marine service centre is at left.

rine service centre, which currently is home to 20 companies. The existing marina has room for 600 boats, 150 in wet berths on leased public land and dry storage for 450 boats on private land. A channel between the two marinas would be 70 metres long, seven metres wide and 2.5 metres deep.

The lock would be 25 metres long. Yaringa marina owner Stefan Borzecki, who grew up in Hastings and has owned the marina for almost 30 years, said he had commissioned studies covering Aboriginal heritage, flora and fauna, economic viability, acid sulphate soils, coastal hazards (predicted sea level rise), water circu-

lation, landscape and fire risk. An environment management plan had also been prepared. Mr Borzecki said construction would employ 860 people and once completed the expansion would generate 200 direct and 600 indirect jobs. Mr Borzecki’s land is zoned Special Use and the leased Crown land

is zoned Public Conservation and Resource. The entire complex would occupy 23 hectares. The expansion would entail removal of 3.4 hectares of remnant vegetation, which was being offset by land Mr Borzecki had bought on French Island. “It’s been a long-term dream to expand the marina as we have been at full capacity for some time,” he said. It was well known that expansion of marinas would only be financially viable with accommodation, he said. “I’ll be seeking rezoning for the new marina basin and the apartments.” Mr Borzecki said no works are proposed in the existing marina basin or along the access channel to deep water. “Apart from the management of tourist accommodation, no new operational activities will occur on the site. “My planners have talked with the shire, Department of Sustainability and Environment, Department of Planning and Community Development, Aboriginal Affairs Victoria, Port of Hastings, and Country Fire Authority.” The Yaringa plans went to the federal government in the same week that the Baillieu government said it would scrap the previous Labor government’s Melbourne 2030 strategic planning policy framework and expand development in green wedge zones

Port plan may take 13 years

Navigating Shoreham: President of Shoreham Community Association Peter Renkin checks out the group’s online presence.

Bid to cut town’s power bill SHOREHAM residents are hoping to cut their power bills. Under a scheme being coordinated by Shoreham Community Association, the residents will band together to bulk buy power. The scheme is similar to one already being undertaken at Somers. “This initiative will be open to members of the association and through bulk power purchasing will have a reduction in electricity

charges,” association president Peter Renkin said. He said details and registration forms would soon be available on the association’s website followed by a public information day in August. The website created by administrator Gina McInnis and members of the association’s committee features items about community organisations and events,

fire safety advice from Shoreham CFA and photos. “The website is managed by the Shoreham Community Association and is purely voluntary with all cost burdens met by SCA membership fees,” Ms McInnis said. Association membership forms are available from the website or from the Shoreham Post Office, email shorehamcommunity@ or call Mr Renkin on 5989 8818.

IT could be 13 years before Hastings gets the container port expected to bring increased prosperity to the area. Despite the publicity surrounding the state government’s commitment to fasttracking development of the port, Planning Minister Matthew Guy has told parliament it will be built “within the next 10 to 13 years”. The state government says creating a new Port of Hastings Development Authority will set Melbourne’s commercial ports on a path to faster growth through increased capacity and downward pressure on port charges. Legislation establishing the new authority also gives responsibility for Port of Hastings channels and waters to the Victorian Regional Channels Authority. Mr Guy told parliament that a separate container port at Hastings “will deliver the benefits of greater competition to Victorian exporters and consumers of imported goods”.

“The government is acting now to ensure that a container port is developed at Hastings within the next 10 to 13 years.” Although the legislation takes control of Hastings away from the Port of Melbourne Corporation, Mr Guy said it would “complement the PoMC in meeting the state’s need for increased port capacity”. He said the monopoly created by the former Labor government “would be likely to delay and obstruct development at Hastings”. The new authority would “facilitate the timely development of the Port of Hastings as a viable alternative to the Port of Melbourne in order to increase capacity and competition in the container ports sector to manage the expected growth in trade”. One of the Port of Hastings Development Authority’s first jobs would be to prepare a development strategy and a “comprehensive business case”.

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Home improvement and the Sicilian defence By Stuart McCullough THE ALAN PARSONS PROJECT was not the name of a home renovation reality show, but it probably should have been. Instead, ‘the Project’ were an English progressive rock band. I am totally unfamiliar with their albums but am led to believe that one of their instrumental pieces -“Sirius” - is commonly used by sporting teams such as the Chicago Bulls. From this I can only adduce that they were a ‘sirius’ band that made very ‘sirius’ music. There is one other thing I know about The Alan Parsons Project. Namely, that during renegotiations with their record label, they submitted an unlistenable, atonal album that was wholly instrumental entitled ‘The Sicilian Defence’. The name, apparently, is derived from an aggressive opening move in chess. Considered even by the band to be an affront to human hearing, it had the desired effect in that it hastened negotiations whilst simultaneously ensuring that ‘The Sicilian Defence’ would remain forever unreleased. How things have changed. It used to be that bands recorded albums that were unlistenable piles of steaming rubbish solely to put the acid on their record company. Now such records are routinely released back into the wild by Justin Bieber. It makes you long for a simpler time…. Back in 1990, things were different. In those days, everything a record company released carried the indisputable weight of quality. It was an era in which the public were

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shoulder-pad above the rest. Whilst the name ‘Robbie Van Winkle’ may sound like the work experience kid who just spilled the contents of the toner cartridge down the front of his chinos, Robbie’s notoriety was achieved under a non-de plum. To this day, the name Vanilla Ice causes grown men to shout the rallying cry, ‘kicking it’ and youths armed with graffiti pens to deface stop signs by appending the words, ‘collaborate

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New head chef for Pier NEW head chef at The Pier Restaurant in Rye is Richard Keane, who originally opened The Pier in 2009 and has been absent for a few months, but now has returned to resume his role and to surprise and delight customers with his fabulous food. Richard was head chef for the Zagame Group of hotels for a number of years before opening his own restaurant, Cavalli, in Fitzroy St, St Kilda, where he excelled at understanding customers needs and tastes in a more intimate environment. He also helped to create and open Basque Tapas Bar in Chapel St, which is where his influence of small plates on The Pier menu is evident. Moving on from his own restaurant, Richard

reopened the Fawnkner Restaurant in South Yarra as co-owner and head chef, which was an extremely prominent and well-respected eatery for Melburnians. In 2006 Richard moved to the peninsula, working at South Beach Restaurant in Mt Martha before helping to open and run the kitchen at the new Rye restaurant in December 2008. Richard was with The Pier for 12 months, and moved away from the area but has now returned, much to the delight of Lynne Croft, the owner. Richard’s culinary skills are second to none, with his delightful, home-made pastries, pastas, and rustic home-made fare. Richard only uses fresh, seasonal ingredients with everything baked in house.

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Entertainment ORIGINALLY known as Flowers, Icehouse came into being following the break-up of Flowers in early 1982. Founder Iva Davies (pictured) recorded the album Primitive Man in late 1982 on his own, releasing it under the name Icehouse. After this Davies assembled a new band, Icehouse. Davies studied oboe at the NSW Conservatorium of Music and was a member of the ABC National Training Orchestra before heading down the rock road. Flowers had top 20 chart hits and as Icehouse had more than 20 hits. The 1982 hit Hey Little Girl was a top 20 hit in the United Kingdom, top 5 in Germany and No 1 in Switzerland. Icehouse was one of the first Australian bands to tour behind the Iron Curtain, in 1984 performing in Budapest and Hungary. We are now celebrating the music of one of Australia’s most-revered and respected musical icons with an album of songs we know and love. Following the unexpected and overwhelming response to the Flowers Icehouse 30th Anniversary Edition released in May, Universal Music and Davies have released a second album. Icehouse White Heat: 30 Hits brings together every single ever released by the band.

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Musicians who have been a part of Icehouse include acclaimed bass player Guy Pratt, who toured with the band for the Primitive Man and Sidewalk albums; soundscape artist and production genius Brian Eno, who featured on the 1986 release Measure for Measure; and beloved Australian sax-andsong man Joe Camilleri. Davies said he had been overwhelmed by the support for Icehouse White Heat. “The enthusiasm for the entire Icehouse catalogue was amazing. Many of the requests for what to put out next focused around some of the compilations we had released in the past,” he said. “I looked at the past sets and realised there had never been a collection of every single ever released or a DVD compilation of every clip so that’s what we decided to do.” It was the album Man of Colours that made Icehouse a true international success with the hits Crazy and Electric Blue topping both the US airplay and sales charts. Man of Colours was also the highest-selling album by an Australian band and the band’s most-successful album, selling more than a million copies in Australia alone. White Heat: 30 Hits is a delicious musical foray for fans new and old

So how many voted? 500. Wow. With a population of 5.5 million that represents a massive percentage. What do we deem from this? Easy; the perfect example of a media baron and others with the motivation to conduct a media poll construed to reflect their interests-cum-preferences. I find the horoscopes a better read. Aries: Dynamic and quick-witted. The sexy sign of the zodiac? I did my own quick survey and the results are in. Question: Is climate change a reality? Sixty per cent didn’t have a clue, 20 per cent said no and 20 per cent said yes. Five responses. Conclusion: Nobody’s nose knows. *** HOMOPHOBIA is alive and well among us; not back in Plato’s time but almost ever since. I worked with gay and straight people for years and never a problem. In my time some older heterosexuals preyed on young actrines and some young actrines preyed on directors. There are literally hundreds of variations as to what happens between two or more people in private – my experiences amount to a very low, single digit number, so far – so why this blind emotional disgust? Sexual superstitions are the recourse of people who are full of nervous apprehension and

lack of self-knowledge. A suggestion that it’s dirty and dangerous is enough to enforce a misguided opinion without reference to reasoning. The government trots out the usual concerns regarding higher rates of depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicide attempts, but we all know that represents hot air. A simplistic view might be: it’s OK to occasionally give your wife a belting and force her into whatever without police interference, but same sex couples are disgusting. Too harsh? In 2010, 25,000 females contacted the crisis centres, which draws the conclusion that another 100,000 were probably too frightened to call. “And thus the whirligig of time brings in his revenges.” “Boys and girls come out to play, happy and gay the laxette way”. Just joking. *** LIKE almost everybody I’ve met, I can say “I’m not a racist” but it’s fair to say we all are, it being a question of degree. I’ve worked with some really nice, talented Aboriginal people and some very angry talented ones who obviously hated white people including those who provided the funding. Many would say they had good reason. It’s difficult to forget just how far

racism can go harking back to Hitler and the Jews, the treatment of African Americans in the US and now the Islamic Muslims. Ditto the same issues with the arrival of Italians, Greeks, Lebanese, Vietnamese; a psychological disease no less. Footballers Nicky Winmar, Michael Long, Adam Goodes, Shaun Burgoyne and actor Aaron Pedersen stand tall in gaining recognition for Aboriginal rights. Kevvy Rudd and his historic apology, Martin Flanagan forever making a solid case and Caroline Jones saying: “I am constantly taken aback by the compassion that Aboriginal people have for white Australians.” I try to understand, but philosophically, I’m left with an insoluble mish-mash. I gave up long ago on sacred places. Best to treat people as you find them, surely, assuming they’re not politicians or Carlton supporters. PS: Western Bulldogs footballer Justin Sherman was fined $5000 for racist language playing against the Gold Coast Suns. He is to have one-on-one counselling and join a mentoring program for remote indigenous communities. This should educate the lad, for a month or two. Needless to say AFL chief gestapo and political correctness

Top 10 albums 1 White Heat: 30 Hits – Icehouse (Universal) 2 Aztecs Live at Sunbury – Aztecs (Aztec Music) 3 Looking Through a Glass Onion – John Waters (MGM) 4 Marisa Quigley – Marisa Quigley 5 Under the Influence – Diesel 6 The Masters Apprentices 2CD – Masters Apprentices (Aztec) 7 Bad Machines – Shane Nicholson (Liberation) 8 Sunset Monkeys – Adam Dunning (Sunset Club) 9 More Arse Than Class – Aztecs (Aztec Music) 10 Frangipani Lei – Nauru National Choir. Books BAS Publishing has released the ninth edition of Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers featuring every AFL/VFL player since 1897. Written by Jim Main and Russell Holmesby, there is no other book with such statistics including all senior games and goals, height and weight,

with Gary Turner player awards and honours, clubs represented, club origin and jumper numbers. There is a listed and rookie players 2011 section and a foreword by football journalist Michael Sheahan and commentator Rex Hunt. The book is the premier AFL/VFL football information source for football insiders and buffs as well as general fans. It is available at the Herald Sun bookshop, bookstores or Top 5 books 1 The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers (Bas Publishing) 2 Elvis – The Biography by Jerry Hopkins (Plexus Books) 3 Best of Baker Music by Glenn A Baker (New Holland) 4 House of Hits: The Albert Music Story by Jane Albert 5 On All Fronts: Australia’s World War II by Jim Haynes (ABC).

A Grain of Salt LOCAL news: All you readers fortunate enough to look forward to living on our Mornington Peninsula into the 2020s can relax, because our Hastings mate, handsome Greggy Hunt, is on the job. More sand for Portsea Beach, which is no more anyway, trim the remaining cypress pines and a National Centre for Coasts and Climate at Point Nepean. Our other mate, Marty Dixon, not to be outdone, is likewise on the job with the $200,000 peanuts study to ease the summer congestion along Point Nepean Rd, hah, and the longproposed Southern Peninsula Aquatic Centre at ? It’s all happening, isn’t it? I won’t be here, but enjoy, eventually, if ever? Aren’t they just gorgeous. Why oh why did the Port Phillip Conservation Council lodge an appeal against a new club headquarters for the Dromana Bay Life Saving Club? Thankfully president Len Warfe was defeated. Marty did well here; ditto Planning Minister Matthew Guy. Enough! *** A HERALD SUN Galaxy poll resulted in 58 per cent against a carbon tax, 28 per cent for and 14 per cent undecided. A clear result in favour of a no? Must be; they made it a front page headline.

with Cliff Ellen freak Adrian Anderson was incredulous that this could happen again. On and on the AFL comedy rolls. *** THE Beach Emporium opens in the main shopping strip of Rye mid-August featuring Jennifer Ellen art and Vicki Street clothing. My talented daughter (albeit with my genes dominant) threatened me with isolation. Get along. After your visit go to JJs for coffee; say hello to Sam. End of plugs. *** ACCORDING to Cosmopolitan, if a woman meets a stranger at a party and think he’s attractive, is it okay to come out and ask him if he’s married? Answer: No, wait until morning. Note to a book editor: “If you once understand an author’s character, the comprehension of his writing becomes easy” (Longfellow).

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Ice-cool Sam chasing glory in Finland By Mike Hast THERE’S a shortage of ice skating rinks on the peninsula, but this hasn’t stopped teenage ice hockey prodigy Sam Hodic. The 14-year-old left Melbourne for Finland last Tuesday to join the (ice) cream of world hockey juniors jostling for a place at the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Switzerland, next January. Sam and just one other young Aussie – 17-year-old Sharnita Crompton of NSW – have been selected by the Australian Olympic Committee for a qualification event at the International Ice Hockey Federation’s development centre in Vierumaki, Finland. The world’s best youngsters are at the camp to compete in a series of intense skills tests for speed, shooting accuracy and agility over three days. The top 15 boys and 15 girls from nations not qualified in the team event will go to Innsbruck. Sam has a crowd of supporters behind his rise to the top, including Western Port businesses, but his biggest fan is undoubtedly his dad Jamie, who works for BlueScope Steel contractor Roll Surface Technology at the cold mill in Hastings. Who else would pack Sam and his massive ice hockey bag, $1000 skates and $450 hockey stick into the family car at 4.30 in the morning to be on the rink at the new Icehouse in Docklands at 6am? Jamie, a Moorabbin boy who played ice hockey in the 1970s, including for the Victorian team in 1978, is not a pushy parent living through the exploits of his son: “He has to want to do it; I’d be quite happy to stay in bed and dodge the pre-dawn drives to town, but as long as Sam’s enthusiastic, I’m there,” he says matter of factly. Sam has been playing ice hockey for half his life after seeing his first game with a friend when he lived near the Oakleigh ice rink, now closed. The Hodics moved to Crib Point about four years ago and Sam and his dad make the long trip to Docklands

several times a week. It’s been a huge year for the teenager. He’s in the Victorian under-18 team playing in Perth after he gets back from Finland. Then he’s off to Newcastle as a member of the under-15 state team. He’s played for Victoria since age 10. Sam is also in the Melbourne Ice ju-

at the Icehouse. Sam’s itching to get to Finland and show his skills to the ice hockey world. “I matched it with 15-year-olds in Minnesota and the best of us trained and played with 17- and 18-year-olds on the last three days of that camp,” he said.

It’s been a huge year for the teenager. He’s in the Victorian under-18 team playing in Perth after he gets back from Finland. Then he’s off to Newcastle as a member of the under-15 state team. nior development squad and plays for the under-18 Pirates in the Melbourne league. The Ice is Melbourne’s national team and Sam will be allowed to play with the big boys when he reaches 16. There’s little doubt he would already be in the senior squad if not for age restrictions. It’s hockey, hockey, hockey – including in the backyard at home where Jamie has set up a goal for Sam to practise shooting and a series of cones for the teen to run around. Studies at Western Port Secondary College are not ignored as one of Sam’s ambitions is to win a scholarship to an American college and he knows his grades will have to be good. He wants to be a physiotherapist if professional ice hockey is out of reach. Flying to Finland this week is not Sam’s first overseas trip: he went to one-week ice hockey camps in Minnesota, US, and Vancouver in Canada last July. Jamie’s three boys all play sport – eldest Brody, 20, is a vigorous full-back with Australian Rules team Oakleigh Districts and 10-year-old Gus is gun footballer with Crib Point Magpies and a basketballer with Crib Point Seahawks. A deal between Jamie and Sam is for the ice hockey champ to help out at Gus’s footy club, and Gus has become somewhat of a team mascot because of the number of hours he spends rinkside

“Finland will be an unreal opportunity; it’s going to be amazing.” Ice Hockey Australia president Don Rurak, travelling with Sam and Sharnita to Finland, is confident the teens can deliver. “I think they have a very good chance. It is hard to know the standard of other nations, but the Australian players are top quality,” he said. “This is the first time ever for this exciting format and there is a lot of interest. The sun never sets in Finland in July so the kids are in for a fantastic experience.” Jamie was poring over finances when The News visited. “The Olympic committee is paying for Sam to go to Finland, but the trips to Perth and Newcastle are my responsibility,” he said. “We’ve had tremendous support in recent years from sponsors, but it’s hard work doing the rounds each year and I’ve had less time to be his marketing manager. Sam’s been involved in more sessions at the Icehouse as he rises through the ranks.” Past supporters have included Neil Rist of Crib Point Cellars, Rob Tuckett of Tyrepower in Hastings, Bittern’s Sunday Market, Hastings real estate agent Ben Tallon, trucking business owner Stuart Burke, Robbie Drever of Drever Automotive Services, Whitehorse Tattoos of Box Hill, Mornington Peninsula Shire, and the Australian Workers Union. “Don’t forget my grandma Rose of

Ice prince: Sam Hodic in Kelowna, British Columbia, during his trip to Canada and the United States last winter.

Brighton,” chips in Sam, completing an eclectic list of sponsors. Jamie and Sam agree ice hockey has taken off in Melbourne in recent years, especially since the Icehouse opened in early 2010. Saturday night games are packed and the sport is growing around Australia. Don Rurak: “Australia hopes to qualify 14 to 17 athletes across 11 disciplines for Innsbruck and continue our recent string of podium performances at Winter Olympics and World Championships. The team will be led by dual

Olympic aerial skiing medallist Alisa Camplin.” Australia might not have much snow and ice, but it has dedicated youngsters like Sam Hodic with parents like his dad Jamie; people who will drive for hours before dawn and again late at night to give their children a chance to follow a dream. To help Sam Hodic financially call his dad Jamie on 0423 325 086.  Additional reporting by Andrew Reid, website producer for the Australian Olympic Committee.

Blues face red-hot Pies in MCG blockbuster clash Round 17 previews Friday 15 July Adelaide v Essendon, AAMI Stadium, 8.40pm History has shown when teams have an unexpected win, the next week they get brought back to earth, but to Essendon’s credit they didn’t let that happen against the Tigers. They must now travel to AAMI Stadium to face a refreshed Crows side coming off a win and a bye. It was good to see Essendon can win when Jobe Watson isn’t playing; Heath Hocking has had a great season and is filling the void nicely. Considering they’re up against the Crows, who have struggled all year, they should be able to win. Essendon by 29 points. Saturday 16 July Richmond v Gold Coast, Cazaly’s Stadium, 2.10pm Both teams were disappointing on the weekend. Richmond really needed a


win to give themselves a chance of qualifying for finals; now they need to have a near-perfect run home to September. The Gold Coast, like Richmond, were disappointing from the start against Sydney, but on top of that Gary Ablett injured his knee, which could prove catastrophic if he misses too much football. It is a shame to see Richmond sell another home game, but I think it’s safe to say the Tigers would beat the Suns no matter where they play. Richmond by 44 points. Carlton v Pies, MCG, 2.10pm In the match of the round the archrivals face off as top four teams for the first time in more than a decade. Collingwood on the weekend regained top spot on the ladder after a 117-point thrashing of North Melbourne. Their midfield trio of Scott Pendlebury, Dane Swan and Dale Thomas are in cracking form and Travis Cloke is in career-best form. The Blues on the weekend lost their second game in three weeks, which is hopefully only a minor hiccup, but if they don’t get a win this week, they will come dangerously close to slipping out of the top four. Last time they met, the

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Pies won by 28 points, so from an onlooker’s perspective let’s hope the Blues learnt from that game, but at this stage the Pies look too strong. Collingwood by 32 points St Kilda v West Coast, Etihad Stadium, 7.10pm A month ago we all saw West Coast as an emerging team of the future, but after beating Carlton and Geelong we see them as a premiership contender. On the weekend they destroyed the Cats in the opening half and managed to hang on to achieve one of the great wins since the premiership in 2006. The Saints cruised to an easy win against Port, which keeps them in the race for the finals. This will be a tough game for them, but Michael Gardiner may return from injury to try and break the partnership of Cox and Naitanui. West Coast by 31 points. Melbourne v Port Adelaide, TIO Stadium, 8.40pm For the second time this year Port Adelaide must travel to Darwin, however last time they defeated Richmond. Now they must face an up and down Melbourne side, but it’s fair to say Port Adelaide have been terrible over the past month. They

have failed to be competitive at their home stadium. The Dees will be nice and fresh after a weekend off and, knowing how unpredictable they are, will probably bounce back. If the duo of Jamar and Moloney work well as per usual, and Scully and Trengove chip in, the Dees should win. Melbourne by 11 points. Sunday 17 July Sydney v Fremantle, SCG, 1.10pm The Swans return home confident after a healthy win over the Suns, and now face an injury-ravaged Fremantle. The Dockers will make the long trip without Aaron Sandilands and David Mundy, but have Michael Barlow back. Tendai Mzungu has looked at home in the midfield since debuting against Port Adelaide, while Luke Parker for Sydney also played a cracking game, racking up 26 disposals and kicking two goals. Freo’s consistency has been an issue this year, and if they play to their best they will beat Sydney, but considering their injuries this seems unlikely. Sydney by 12 points. Brisbane v Geelong, Gabba, 2.10pm Two losses on the trot for the Cats

is not the ideal preparation for a trip north to face the Lions. Against the Eagles, Geelong let the game get out of reach early and struggled to peg back the margin, a similar result to the previous game. Brisbane played even worse against the Hawks in Tasmania. They failed to stop Luke Hodge and Lance Franklin, and lacked run through the midfield. The two losses for the Cats may be the reality check for the last months of the home and away season. Geelong by 42 points. North Melbourne v Western Bulldogs, Etihad Stadium, 4:40pm Some days nothing goes right and this was the story for North. They were smashed in all facets by a rampaging Collingwood, the only positive being Todd Goldstein beating Jolly in the ruck. The Dogs had a season-defining win against Carlton. Matthew Boyd was back to his best form, racking up 25 disposals and beating Carlton champion Chris Judd. North really needs to bounce back here to remain in contention for the finals, but the way the Bulldogs are playing would be enough to beat most teams, so they may have their work cut out. Western Bulldogs by 20 points.


Mornington trainer takes home the silverware THE tide turned for Mornington trainer Jason Warren when Bel Sprinter stormed home to the win the Craigieburn Sporting Club at Moonee Valley last Saturday. A gelded son of Black Caviar’s sire Bel Esprit was resuming from a sixmonth spell so there is obviously considerable room for improvement. An impressive winner at Mornington at his only other appearance, there are many more wins in store for the rising four-year-old. Popular owners Kevin and Tanith O’Brien, who are based at Corinella, were pleased with the effort of General Truce who was runner-up to Bel Sprinter. General Truce, who has proven his ability in group company, is being aimed at the Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on 16 July. It is worth noting he was placed behind champion Black Caviar under weight-for-age conditions at Caulfield in last October. Another Mornington-trained galloper to catch the eye was the Clive Balfour-trained Marotta. The fortune of the race went against Marotta when she was finishing fifth ($14) behind another Mornington galloper, Charlie’s Queen, and is worth backing next time she steps out in a similar race. Adelaide-trained David Jolly has

been making successful forays into Melbourne of late and looks to have another coming winner in The Long Road. Heavily backed at $3.60, she was tightened for room on several occasions when third to the speedy Mystical Spirit. Colin and Cindy Alderson continued their winning streak when The Tiger raced away from his rivals over the concluding stages of the Leslie Short Hiskens (2040m) at Moonee Valley. Aggressively ridden by Lisa Cropp, the five-year-old is back to his best and should win a few more before the better horses come back.

The Aldersons could notch up another win when Perturbo contests the $150,000 Victorian Sprint Series Final (1200m) at Flemington on Saturday. A noted straight specialist, the five-yearold has reach a new level this campaign and is sure to test the opposition. Dark Note hit a purple patch of form at this time last year and Cranbourne trainer Eric Broomfield has the seven-year-old back at that level, winning over 2040m at Moonee Valley on 18 June before a luckless third over the same route last Saturday. Sparingly raced five-year old By The Way was on trial at 1500m when fifth to in-form Mr Make Be-

lieve at Moonee Valley, but he did hit the line with gusto and is ready to break through in a similar event up to 1600m. Longshot Overtake wasn’t suited by the pattern of racing when ninth behind the freewheeling Beyond Pardon in the Kyabram Club Handicap, but he did work to the post nicely and will be hard to beat when he drops in grade. Like Moonee Valley, the conditions at Sale were favourable especially considering the time of the year. One of the most notable performers at Sale was the Flemington-trained Sam Le Champ who sprinted quickly over the last 200m to win the 1000m

maiden. The son of Fastnet Rock still has plenty to learn, but has the potential to reach city class in the near future. Second-placed Electronic Lan, who is trained by Damien Williams at Cranbourne, should be able to break his duck at his next start. Significantly, Damien’s brother Craig, who is just back from a successful trip to Japan, went to Sale for the one ride before taking a 10-day holiday. Cranbourne-trained Langridge Street showed potential in a handful of starts earlier this year and is sure to make his presence felt this campaign. A winner over 1600m at Morphettville on his third start, the Elvstroem gelding showed greater tactical speed when second over 1200m. Locally trained Uno No also came under notice when a fast-finishing fourth while others worth backing out of the Sale program are Very Cherry, Bel Rhythm and Lady Mahler. Horse-to-follow Koonoomoo was disappointing at Sandown Hillside last Wednesday but was all at sea on the heavy ground and is worth another chance on a drier surface. Best: Sam Le Champ. Cranbourne connection: Dominant Force (centre), ridden by Cranbournebased Peter Mertens, gets up in the last stride to defeat the Cranbourne-trained Galileo Gold (right) in the $100,000 Slickpix Silver Bowl Final at Flemington on Saturday 9 July. Another Cranbourne galloper, Captura (left), trained by the Colin and Cindy Alderson, was a fastfinishing third. Picture: Slickpix


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