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Natural rewards: While there is now no charge for anyone visiting beaches within Mornington Peninsula National Park, friends and relatives of peninsula residents may soon be paying over the odds charged to residents.

Tourists pay up for locals By Keith Platt RESIDENTS of the Mornington Peninsula may soon be paying less for some tourist attractions than visitors. The two-tier payment system will underpin a campaign by Mornington Peninsula Tourism to increase money spent by friends and relatives when visiting residents. A less organised system operates in Indonesia where there is one price for overseas visitors, another for out of towners and a third for locals. Under the peninsula model, residents will be issued a rewards card that is only effective if they are accompanied by a “paying visitor”. However, this could be an problem with cafes and restaurants that will not allow customers to split the bill.


The tourism group says visiting friends and relatives is the main reason people come to the peninsula, “surpassing holidays, leisure or business as the main purpose”. More than a third of all travel to the peninsula that includes an overnight stay involves friends and relatives. When put in money terms, friends and relatives spend an average $288 a day during their visit, $48 a day more than other visitors, according to the tourism group. “If you add the additional money that a host would spend above their normal daily activity this makes a VFR [visiting friends and relatives] visitor worth a total of $398 a day (on average),” senior tourism officer Kellie Barrett stated in a letter seeking backing for



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visitor behaviour to encourage them to spend more and stay longer by experiencing more things to see and do.” Ms Barrett said that while 20 per cent of visiting friends and relatives stayed in paid accommodation, it was residents – their host – who chose where they went to spend their money. “If locals can be educated to act as effective hosts, and if they can achieve high levels of knowledge and appreciation of the attractions available locally, their visiting friends and relatives may stay longer and spend more in our community.” Ms Barrett said these resident hosts would be offered rewards as an incentive to choose particular tourism attractions. “The tourism industry will provide a range of special offers and incentives


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only for local residents so that they are encouraged to get out and show their visiting friends and relatives all of the wonderful attractions of the peninsula. “Industry partners will include an offer in the program that the local resident can only redeem if they have a paying visitor with them. “These offers may be free entry, special meal deals (two for one), a percentage discount on purchases or even a bottle of wine when the guest buys their own.” Under the Peninsula Tourism scheme, registered residents will be issued a 12-month rewards card and a brochure listing “participating deals”. They will also be sent a quarterly eNewsletter with updates, news and stories about local attractions.

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Rye’s junior champ off to Canberra TELEVISION commentators better hope Rye’s champion junior footballer Luke Davies-Uniacke picks up a nickname on his rise to the top. Otherwise his unusual last name will be a mouthful for the likes of Dennis Cometti and Bruce McAvaney as the young man grabs the ball at a centre bounce, baulks a fleet of small men and dashes toward the goal. Luke has climbed another rung on his way to the top following his selection in the under-12 team to represent Victoria at the School Sport Australia Championships in Canberra in July. He joins Aaron Darling of Balnarring Thunder under-12s. Gus Wettenhall of Rye Primary School said Luke is muscly, tall for his age, quick and “a good bloke�. “He couldn’t play in our winter lightning premiership due to a foot injury but was a fantastic support for all our other players,� he said. “He is a great role model to his fellow students at school and an inspiration to other players at his club.� Mr Wettenhall said Luke was selected after outstanding performances at local, regional and the state level trials where he trained and competed against thousands of other grade 5 and 6 boys from across the state. “Luke’s combination of size, strength, speed and skill caught the eye of selectors and set him apart from the crowd.� Luke will fly to Canberra with his teammates and coaches in late July and will compete against students from ACT, NSW, NT, Queensland, SA and WA.

Footy prodigy: Luke Davies-Uniacke of Rye has been selected to wear the Big V football jumper when Victoria’s under-12s take on the nation in Canberra in late July, aiming to win a fourth consecutive title

Luke is in grade 6 at Rye primary and plays junior footy for Rye Football Club. He won the under-11 Mornington Peninsula Junior Football League and his club’s best and fairest award for the 2010 season.

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Already gone: Blocks have been sold either side of land that subsided in Clipper Quay at Martha Cove and no guarantees against further slippage will be given once the land has been remediated and sold. Receivers handling the land sale say there have been no evidence of subsidence on other blocks.

Rain delays work on land collapse By Keith Platt WEATHER will determine when work can proceed on fixing blocks of land at Martha Cove that subsided last year because of poor drainage. Work on the four excavated blocks in Clipper Quay was called off because of heavy rain making the ground too soft for heavy earthmoving equipment, according to Allan Titterton, of receivers PPB. The company is selling land at Martha Cove on behalf of the Commonwealth Bank following the collapse of developer Marina Cove Pty Ltd. The force of the collapsing blocks in Clipper Quay wrecked the concrete wall lining one of the marina’s many arms. Mr Titterton said the collapse had occurred before PPB was appointed as receivers but they had been told it was caused by “insufficient drainage”. He said there was no sign of subsidence in any other lots at Martha Cove and that no warranties would be given to buyers of the land once it was remediated. “There’s no reason to believe it will happen elsewhere,” he said. “Significant funds have been allocated to ensure the issue never arises.

“Each purchaser looks after their own interests as purchasers. I see no reason for warranties or guarantees.” Mr Titterton seemed pleased with land sales at Martha Cove, “a project that suffers from some legacy issues”. “Without doubt the last six months has seen a real turnaround on development and there’s been a marked increase is sales,” Mr Titterton said. He said PPB had revamped the cafe at the onsite sales office and seen “significant sales” at Helsal Point, a finger of land opposite the collapsed blocks in Clipper Quay. Land on the point is priced from $569,000 while blocks next to the subsidence are being advertised at $625,000. Stuart Cox, of Jacobs & Lowe Bennetts, said sales in Clipper Quay had been “very good”, with 20 of the 33 blocks being sold. The blocks with collapsed land are covered by heaps of soil and are surrounded by safety fencing, although “For Sale’ signs have been left in place. The signs on nearby blocks that have been sold are adorned with a sticker saying ‘Sold & Settled’, which refers to its legal status rather than condition of the soil.

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THIS is exactly what the Peninsula Youth Troops did last Thursday evening. Karen Harkin of Little Shop of Shoes in Rye joined forces with Rye Youth Services to showcase the shops new range of shoes and accessories and raise money for a community dinner to be held later in the year. Members of the Rye youth group, known as Peninsula Youth Troops, strutted their stuff on the catwalk for more than 30 guests all there to support the youth community of Rye and beyond.

The event was initiated by the youth group as a way of not only raising money for their next planned event (the community dinner) but also as an opportunity to work with local businesses, gain experience running an event and build their self-confidence through their experience on the catwalk as well as hosting an evening for locals. Jeanette Horsley, director of Rye Youth Services, said it was critical for young people to engage in worthwhile activities in their community; activities that have real outcomes and

provide some great learning opportunities through a fun experience. The evening also gave Olivia Fisher, one of the Peninsula Youth Troops, an opportunity to show everyone her extraordinary talent as a musician, singer and songwriter. “Every one of these young people have very special talents,� Jeanette said. “Rye Youth Services is simply providing opportunities and experiences for them to explore those talents through participating in real and worthwhile projects and activities.�


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Karen Harkin, the owner of Little Shop Shoes, said: “When Jeanette approached me about doing the fashion parade I was very excited. I believe in our local young people and feel that we should all be doing what we can to assist them become the best they can be. “This was a great opportunity for me to work with some great kids and it is the first of more to come.� With support and guidance the young people designed the invitation, planned the event and worked with Karen to prepare them for the catwalk. Door prizes were donated by local businesses the Boathouse Gym, Hzezda Hair & Beauty, both in Rye, and Studio 9 in

Rosebud. The event was a huge success. Everyone who attended sang the praises of the young people as well as the concept of local business working in partnership with Rye Youth Services to provide opportunities for the youth community. There are more events planned and if you would like to get on a mailing list or find out how you can become involved email Jeanette.horsley@ymca. In addition, Rye Youth Services, in partnership with the Rye Football Club & Youth Connections will be opening a youth gym on Tuesday 14 June at Rye Football Club ground in Rowley Reserve, which will be

free to young people between the ages of 14-25 years. “The focus of the gym is health and wellbeing,� Jeanette said. “Uunder the guidance of a qualified fitness instructor young people will have an opportunity to increase their fitness, mental wellbeing and health through a fun and interactive fitness program.� To find out more about the gym email Jeanette or call her on 0448 916 724. The Peninsula Youth Troops meet once a week and are always looking for new members so if you would like to get involved or know someone who would, contact Jeanette.

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Tax relief to help rangers in danger By Keith Platt BALNARRING is a long way from the savannahs and jungles of Africa, but for Sean Willmore removing weeds from native vegetation becomes a metaphor for protecting animal poachers. The inspiration behind the Thin Green Line foundation which protects rangers worldwide, Mr Willmore is making ends meet by pulling weeds. However, his efforts to protect the men and women battling to stop poachers killing endangered wildlife can extend well beyond the foreshores and gardens of peaceful Balnarring. As the not-for-profit Thin Green Line this month entered a new phase with the granting of tax deductibility for donations, Mr Willmore’s attention was diverted as he followed the plight of a threatened ranger in Africa’s strife torn Ivory Coast. “Joachim Kouassi Kouame, his wife, son and two fellow rangers had seen armed militia dragging his neighbours from nearby houses, taking them into the forest and shooting them,” Mr Willmore said. “Knowing that he literally had minutes before the militia came for them, Joachim grabbed his family and colleagues and ran into the forest.” Mr Kouame contacted the Thin Green Line because he knew it cared for rangers and their families and the United Nations would take too long to respond. Over the following week, Mr Willmore directed a rescue effort from Balnarring, speaking frequently with

Help from afar: Damien Manders, left, and Sean Willmore keep in contact across the globe to go to the aid of wildlife rangers threatened by poachers.

Mr Kouame and guiding him to an escape route. “I contacted politicians, the Australian government, the United Nations and even former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser,” Mr Willmore said. Help eventually arrived in the form


of a private security team provided by former Mornington man Damien Manders through the International AntiPoaching Foundation. Ironically, on the designated evacuation day, Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbago was captured and Mr Ko-

uame decided to stay in the country to help protect his extended family and friends. Mr Willmore said the terror faced by the Ivory Coast ranger and his family showed how important it was for the Thin Green Line to be able to “protect

the men and women who put their lives on the line every day to save the wildlife and wilderness of our planet”. “These rangers have a courage that knows no bounds. “Joachim - who was hospitalised and treated for malaria and stress after his ordeal – is now back with his family, but the security situation remains shaky. “The Thin Green Line was able to send $4000 recently to help eight rangers who lost everything in the Ivory Coast conflict. “Unfortunately we’ve lost too many good men and women in the fight to save the world’s wildlife. It is estimated that more than 1000 rangers have lost their lives in the line of duty the past 15 years.” Mr Willmore said a female ranger Esnart Paundi had been hacked to death by commercial poachers in Zambia after she arrested two of them with 700kg of illegally bush meat. “Her colleague survived horrific machete wounds to his head, but is permanently disabled.” Mr Willmore said he was now weeding three days a week “just to keep Thin Green Line alive for another year”. “I’m struggling to pay a mortgage but next year I want to dedicate my time 100 per cent to the Thin Green Line so we can help rangers like Joachim and Esnart and their families.” To find out more about donating to the Thin Green Line Foundation visit

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LETTERS Rosebud pool REGARDING the proposed Southern Rosebud Aquatic Centre, Mornington Peninsula Shire’s director of sustainable infrastructure, Alex Atkins, has stated that the preferred site at Rosebud has been assessed for its vulnerability to climate change and predicted sea level rise. He stated that it had been found that Rosebud foreshore was accumulating sand and because of the underlying geological formations at this location it was less vulnerable than many other coastal locations to potential coastal erosion. Being an engineering geologist, it is my opinion that:  It may be the case that sand is currently accumulating at Rosebud. However, this situation can easily be reversed to erosion by even a minor change in wind patterns and consequent longshore currents. Just consider the severe erosion that has occurred at Portsea for whatever reason. Millions of dollars have already been spent in efforts just to stabilise the foreshore.  Furthermore, I attended the 12 November 2010 directions hearing for the proposed Mornington harbour marina. Panel chairman Nick Wimbush stated that regarding climate change and rising sea levels, it was appropriate to use a figure of 80-centimetre potential rise in sea level over the next 50 years, rather than the 40-centimetre rise in sea level proposed by the Mornington Yacht Club’s consultant. Such a rise at Rosebud will be devastating for the proposed aquatic centre on the foreshore reserve.  Regarding the underlying geological formations at the proposed Rosebud foreshore location, it is similar to that at Portsea. Both of these locations are located on the downthrown western side of Selwyns Fault. Reference to the Geological Survey of Victoria Sorrento Sheet shows the area at Rosebud to consist of recent raised deposits of sand overlying older dune sands and aeolinite, which is a mixture of fragile and friable dune sandstone and limestone. These are deposits extending to great depths west of Selwyns Fault and will

not by themselves withstand erosion by changing foreshore conditions and/ or rising sea proposed levels. Mr Atkins appears to be misinformed regarding the geology of the location and its suitability as the proposed foreshore location for a very large and expensive aquatic centre. Franz Bjerkhamn Mornington Environment Association

Rates rise spin MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire CEO Michael Kennedy states that rates are low compared to other councils and is committed to ensuring rate increases are affordable. More spin from Dr Kennedy. The lower rates compared to some councils is not due to Dr Kennedy’s management but is due to the very low rate base he inherited by when he arrived at the shire in 1999. Rates have increased by 100 per cent since Dr Kennedy was appointed CEO 10 years ago. This places the shire above the average increase of all Victorian councils before including the removal of the tip voucher last year and the recently introduced fee of $130 a year for green waste collection, which is already included in the rates of many councils. In addition, shire debt has risen from $5 million to $35 million over the same period, which places the shire among the councils with the highest level of debt in Victoria. Last year, many residents in the lower income bracket incurred rate increases up to 25 per cent and this year will suffer a further 6.8 per cent increase. This is because, as a result of the financial crisis, the more expensive properties in the shire did not generally increase in value to the same extent as the lower valued properties. Therefore, many of the people who are experiencing the significant increase are those in the lower income bracket and are least able to afford the rates hike. Dr Alan Nelsen secretary Mornington Peninsula Ratepayers’ Association

Broken promises SINCE 1999 Michael Kennedy has been our [Mornington Peninsula Shire] chief executive. In the past 10 years our rates have increased by 100 per cent and now the council is set to vote for another 6.8 per cent increase in possibly the worst year for business on the peninsula for some time. The lack of money spent on infrastructure in the past 10 years has been appalling considering this rise. It is essential the councillors advertise the CEO’s position (‘Stir over CEO’s contract’, The News, 14/6/11). I wish we could employ the CEO of Casey Council [Mike Tyler] who over the same 10 years has built two awesome aquatic centres, indoor skate parks, great roads, excellent public parks, beautiful tree-lined streets with footpaths and some of the best public sporting facilities, retirement homes and schools in Victoria. What have we got in the same 10 years? An overpaid CEO happy that his councillors vote him back in so they can do nothing but make life difficult by overcomplicating every building project and business opportunity put before them for approval. I am sick of broken promises from Mornington Peninsula Shire Council. It is time all of the council received a good shake up before all our public infrastructure returns to the dark ages. What is needed is a new CEO who has the vision for the future to make the peninsula a beautiful place to visit by supporting the creation of great infrastructure and public facilities. We need the tourists and my family needs the public toilets, parks, car parking, schools and roads improved. Geoff Oxford Mt Eliza

CEO’s contract WE note that the CEO’s contract renewal is under discussion again (‘Stir over CEO’s contract’, The News, 14/6/11). We most strongly urge that the position be advertised to ensure that we have the best possible candidate for the job.

After the embarrassing and adverse Ombudsman’s report into the events surrounding the last renewal of CEO Michael Kennedy’s contract, for councillors to renew the contract without advertising would appear to be highly inappropriate and a snub to the ratepayers of the peninsula. We remind councillors that:  Dr Kennedy has held this post uncontested for 13 years, longer than any recent Prime Minister or state Premier has held theirs. To extend further this uncontested period makes the job appear more like a sinecure than a meritbased appointment.  The Ombudsman’s report into the CEO’s previous contracts highlighted a number of deficiencies in the shire’s administration, run by the CEO. It also recommended counselling of the CEO for his behaviour in that matter, a recommendation that to the best of our knowledge was not adopted by the council. To repeat the uncontested renewal of the CEO’s contract would appear to be rewarding such inappropriate behaviour.  Every year of Dr Kennedy’s reign has seen rates rise ahead of inflation (CPI). Under Dr Kennedy, shire debt has exploded to more than $40 million. In all conscience, you cannot support yet another uncontested reappointment of the CEO. After 13 years the people of the peninsula need to be reassured that we have the most effective CEO at the helm, not just the most entrenched. Stefan Berson president, Tyabb & District Ratepayers, Business & Environment Group

Light lessons MY parents taught me to turn off lights. Balcombe Grammar School, Mt Martha, consistently has lights burning in its buildings at night. Now we have 24 new huge streetlights burning fossil fuel hour after hour for no logical reason. The recent installation of these lights on Nepean Hwy outside the school (with no community consultation) unnecessarily light up the rural night sky and waste precious energy. The school’s new traffic lights allow

students to cross Nepean Hwy safely to the bus stop during school hours. Outside school hours, including school holidays, there is no one crossing the road so they should turn off all the lights. VicRoads has the capacity to turn off lights when not needed for safety reasons. They can do this at Balcombe Grammar. Greg Hunt, Shadow Minister for Climate Action, Environment and Heritage, is in the process of finding out why the lights are on when there are no students at the school. He will ask VicRoads the energy costs of each light, per hour. I imagine we are paying for this. Balcombe Grammar sits within a predominantly rural landscape; in fact, the area the school occupies was originally a farm. The school currently has plans to expand its operation on the farm next door, which it recently bought and an application is before Mornington Peninsula Shire for major works, car parking for 100 cars and extensive tree removal. We all value the rural environment. It provides the green wedge, sense of space, serenity and important habitat. Balcombe Grammar operates within this precious environment. It should act responsibly, respectfully and with consideration of what was here before. Tread softly on the earth and turn off the lights. Ann Scally Mt Martha

Lack of confidence I DO not have Hastings MP Neale Burgess’ confidence nor do I understand his statement that “local control was the best way to ensure port development would protect our environment” (‘Port control comes back to Hastings’, The News, 14/6/11). He must know something I don’t. All port development proposals with their attendant heavy traffic in our fragile and unique Western Port point to future environmental damage. I wonder how Mr Burgess and his cohorts will “control” such damage? Prue Griffiths Merricks

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curing it to the door of the vessel. This was the first time Searoad Ferries had carried a red nose on one of its ferries. Red noses were available on board to help raise funds and awareness for SIDS and Kids. SIDS and Kids is dedicated to saving the lives of babies and children during pregnancy,

birth, infancy and childhood and to supporting bereaved families. Red Nose Day, on 24 June, is the major annual fundraiser for SIDS and Kids. Money raised assists SIDS and Kids in providing vital services and programs to the Australian community.

PARENTS are being urged not to let fears of adverse reactions stop them from having their children vaccinated against polio. Chairman of the Mornington Peninsula Post Polio Support Group Dennis Lloyd said it was “worrying” that increasing numbers of parents were choosing not to vaccinate their children even though “figures of compliance with vaccination” were “good”. “Our group understands parents’ fears on reading about cases where children have had bad reaction to a vaccination, but these examples are minimal compared to the success of vaccination programs,” Mr Lloyd said. “Just think of the diseases that are now rare.” The group’s June newsletter carried an article on diseases brought under control in the United States through vaccines, including measles, whooping cough, mumps, chickenpox, hepatitis B, diphtheria and polio. Statistics from Medicare Australia show WA has the lowest vaccination rate, including polio of children up to five years of age, with 85 per cent. “Victoria’s rate is 90 per cent”, Mr Lloyd said. “This means 10 per cent of children have not been protected and are vulnerable, potentially affecting other children. “United States polio expert Dr Richard Bruno has pointed out that in New York alone there were 22,000 unvaccinated children. Should a live case of polio come in from one of the endemic countries, there’s an epidemic waiting to happen,” Mr Lloyd said. “Treatment for polio hasn’t advanced greatly since our members had it in the 1930s, 40s and 50s. “Introduction of the vaccines slowed development of treatments which is dreadful for children with polio in Africa and Asia today – 1200 cases last year. “None of us wants to see any child go through what we did as children and are experiencing now in later age with late effects of polio,” he said.

Shire starts campaign to ‘stay the same’ By Keith Platt MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire has launched a campaign to retain one councillor in each of its 11 wards. The move has been prompted by a review of “electoral representation” being carried out by the Victorian Electoral Commission. The campaign echoes one in 2005 that saw councillors, shire employees and Liberal Party members mount similar arguments to retain singlecouncillor wards across the peninsula. Submissions to the latest review close 15 August and councillors have already endorsed governance and corporate support manager Noel Buck’s recommendation that the number of councillors and wards remain the same. Although that decision was made at council’s 14 June meeting, the preferred position is already being sold to ratepayers through an article in the May edition of the council’s Peninsula-Wide newsletter. The shire-financed campaign also includes mailouts to clubs and organisations, website space and simultaneous public information sessions on 3 August at the shire’s Mornington, Hastings and Rosebud offices. The article in Peninsula-Wide, although not attributed to a particular author, said “single-councillor wards

Status quo: Mornington Peninsula Shire mayor Graham Pittock is campaigning to retain one councillor in each ward.

allow us to be responsive and accountable at a local level, while at the same time working as part of a team to tackle the bigger, strategic issues facing the whole shire”. The article says any new “structure” adopted by the VEC would be in place for 12 years “so it’s important the community has the opportunity to have input”. The article says single-councillor wards are “clearly the favoured system of our community”.

“At the last electoral review in 2005, Mornington Peninsula Shire residents overwhelmingly rejected a push to introduce multi-councillor wards, inundating the VEC with submissions to maintain the single-councillor model.” The 2005 review led to two extra councillors being added to the council, taking the number from nine to 11. The VEC favoured the shire having four wards (three three-councillor wards and one two-councillor ward), but bowed to the shire’s preference for 11 single-councillor wards. Of the 77 preliminary submissions received by the VEC in 2005, 61 favoured retaining the existing nine councillors elected from nine singlecouncillor wards. A check of submitters revealed many were either council staff, councillors or members of the Liberal Party. The mayor Cr Graham Pittock is quoted in last month’s Peninsula-Wide as saying “a move towards multicouncillor wards would open the way for party politics or voting ‘blocs’ to enter council”. “The single councillor ward system maximises accountability by each local councillor to their ward or electorate and in having the smallest possible ward size makes it affordable for local people to run for council without needing to have the backing of a political

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party or any other ‘power base’,” Cr Pittock said. “This shire has an excellent record of working with both the state and federal governments, and the fact that the council works positively with whoever is in power is clear evidence of the council’s non-partisan approach.” Cr Pittock is quoted as being concerned about some of the shire’s smaller towns and villages being left “without effective representation under multi-councillor wards”. In his 14 June report to council, Mr Buck said legislation provides for between five and 11 councillors. “Due to the number of voters being represented by each councillor (estimated at 13,300 voters per councillor), the number of councillors should remain at 11. It would be unusual for the VEC to recommend 12 councillors, due to greater potential for tied votes and casting votes for council decisions.” Preliminary submissions to the latest VEC electoral review close on 15 August. For more details, visit www.vec.vic. or call 131 832. The VEC guide for submissions and an information brochure will be available at shire offices at Mornington, Rosebud and Hastings from mid July.

Grants for bush work THE Mornington Railway Preservation Society, Friends of Mornington Foreshore and Mornington Peninsula Shire will benefit from Bush Guardians grants of $14,500. The grants are to protect native plants and animals in Mt Eliza, Mornington and Mt Martha. The railway society will use its grant to remove weeds such as watsonia and preserve the increasingly rare purple donkey orchid (pictured). Friends of Mornington Foreshore will continue the work removing polygala (milkwart) and grass weed that threaten orchids. Weeds will be removed in Mt Martha Park Reserve by the shire. The Bush Guardians program aims to protect threatened flora and fauna from the impact of weeds and pests. It encourages volunteer groups to improve public land. For details, visit

South East Water is currently developing a strategy for reducing the impacts of septic tanks across the Southern Mornington Peninsula. In this update, you can learn more about the project and how you can become involved. There are currently 18,000 properties relying on septic tanks across the Southern Mornington Peninsula. Due to the smaller lot sizes, sometimes treated wastewater from septic tank systems can’t be contained within the property boundary. 2ver time, this can ¿nd its way into the local groundwater system, which can result in environmental damage and risks to public health. Engaging with our community is important to us - we want to work closely with the local community to identify the most effective way of servicing the Southern Mornington Peninsula.

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To help us consider a range of perspectives during the project, we have established a stakeholder reference group. The group includes representatives from local resident groups, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, State Government, water authorities, as well as commercial and environmental representatives. The group meets regularly and provides ongoing feedback to our project team. 2nce a preferred strategy has been identi¿ed and approved, construction is expected to be carried out between 2015 and 2025.


Over the coming months, you can learn about the project’s progress through community activities and on our website: currentprojects. We will also publish project updates like this one on a regular basis in the Southern Peninsula News.

Ask Sandra South East Water’s Community Engagement Coordinator Sandra Glass welcomes an opportunity to meet with your community group and talk more about the project. To register your interest, please contact Sandra Glass, Community Engagement Coordinator on 9552 3572 or


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Winter warning: An elderly woman madse a quick exit when her house at Tuerong caught fire.

Fire warning as winter bites AN elderly woman escaped with her life and just a few sentimental possessions when fire virtually destroyed the interior of her brick home on the border of Tuerong and Hastings. The blaze, believed to have started in the heating system, has brought renewed calls by the CFA for peninsula residents to be vigilant as winter bites. More than 75 per cent of the Tuerong house was on fire when Hastings CFA arrived at lunchtime to find the elderly woman standing safely outside.

Following Hastings came CFA units from Balnarring, Moorooduc, Tyabb, Somerville, Mornington and Frankston, with Mornington fireys bringing a thermal imaging camera and Frankston a breathing apparatus van. CFA brigade administrative support officer Jane Orr said it took more than 30 minutes to douse the fire, which caused the collapse of a large section of the roof. In all, 11 CFA vehicles attended the blaze. Fireys were initially hampered by in-

sufficient water until Balnarring CFA’s “big fill� unit arrived. The quick fill pump is used to supply tankers from dams and other static water supplies. CFA state duty officer Kevin Pettit said winter was the peak period for house fires and a recent spate of incidents had highlighted the need to take fire risk seriously. “More than 1200 homes in Victoria caught fire during the winter of 2010 and about 10 per cent of blazes were



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‘Beach house’ takes top award By Mike Hast THE Mornington Peninsula’s reputation as a hothouse of architectural experimentation was further enhanced when a home in Sorrento took out a top architectural prize late last week. The “Sorrento house” – designed by NMBW Architecture Studio and built by Ross Stapleton of Cape Schanck-based On the Rise Construction Services – was handed the Harold Desbrowe-Annear Award at the Australian Institute of Architects Victorian awards. Desbrowe-Annear was one of Melbourne’s leading architects of the late 19th and early 20th century. Two of his famous houses on the peninsula are Delgany at Portsea and Westerfield at Frankston South, which lost part of its land to the Peninsula Link freeway project late last year. Architects McBride Charles Ryan won the “Harold”, Victoria’s highest award for residential architecture, with its Klein Bottle House at Rye in 2008. Award judges led by chairman John Wardle of John Wardle Architects said the Sorrento house was elegantly designed, used economical materials, and had impressed the jury with an inventive system of dividing partitions that fold, retract, swing and slide to define rooms. Nigel Bertram of NMBW said the house was in a subdivision of quarteracre (1100 square metres) blocks. “It is offset from its neighbours to maintain privacy for each and continue the existing sense of small buildings floating irregularly within a continuous layer of coastal vegetation,” he said. “The main floor level engages with natural ground only at the top of the slope, providing views through the site

at ground level and allowing space for informal uses underneath. “The inner core of rooms is surrounded by a perimeter zone of small vestibules and flyscreen-enclosed spaces allowing a casual openness and ventilation within the house.” Two larger semi-external verandahs act as shaded breezeways or ‘sleepouts’ in summer and glazed sunrooms in winter, weatherproof enough to keep furniture, due to the half-glazed and half-timbered external shutters. The flyscreens also protect the house from possible embers as the site is within a moderate bushfire zone. An industrial roof-lighting technique above two sealed light-well spaces provides unexpected natural light to the interior of the relatively deep (12.5 by 12.5 metre) plan. The raised floor level is a steelframed platform with timber infill joists, supported on a combination of steel posts and reinforced block piers. Above the steel platform, the house is constructed from timber, with large roof overhangs supported on ply-clad timber stud box-beams. The lower ground floor is made of noncombustible materials, and its height allows easy inspection for embers. External cladding is silvertop ash (a high density timber) and walls are kept separate from the ground. The roof is a simple form without internal valleys. Internal floors are sealed with natural wax, and walls lined in structural plywood, “face-fixed” by carpenters and finished in stain or clear linseed oil. A $2 million plus house in Shoreham designed by Sally Draper Architects, described by the architect as “a timber retreat nestled in the bush”, received a Residential Architecture (New) award.

Flying high: Three views of the award-winning Sorrento house, which took out the state’s top residential architecture award last week. Pictures: Peter Bennetts

Community bank celebrates 10 years

Decade of service: Ten-year veterans branch manager Julie Toward, left, board chairman Shane McCarthy and treasurer Patricia Tonks cut the birthday cake.


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By Barry Irving RYE Community Bank celebrated its 10th birthday on 18 June with a cakecutting ceremony at new premises at 2271 Pt Nepean Rd, Rye. During the day customers and staff enjoyed sausages cooked by the Rye Lions Club. On 24 June a golf day and dinner was held at Rosebud Country Club. Senior manager Gary Sanford MC’d the evening. Mr Sanford said 10 years ago he had no idea what was possible for the Rye bank. He summarised the highlights: business growth, staff development, community engagement, community funding, shareholder return, high quality of business and personal customer base, board development and the strong relationship with Bendigo and Adelaide Bank. He said the average growth of the business had been $39 million a year. Rye footings stood at $250 million and Dromana $140 million. The combined balances mean Rye & District Community Financial Services Ltd is the largest community bank company in the national network. Community funds for sponsorships and donations since 2005 had totalled $2.77 million. “The main reason for the success of the Rye and Dromana community bank branches is the outstanding client base that it has established. “Without all of our clients, customers and community groups we would not be able to do what we do in the community.” The evening included interviews with people involved in the company’s 10 years of success.

These included David Keech, who was the inaugural chairman of the steering committee and board of the Rye Community Bank; Julie Toward, who remains one of the original staff employed to open the Rye branch in 2001; and Trevor Lloyd, who is not only a highly valued customer but also a board director for five years. All three gave tremendous insights into how and why the Rye Community Bank began and its 10 years of successful. A 2006 letter from Rye Netball Club requesting sponsorship to assist in ensuring the club continued after more than 51 years was read out. Elisha Young, the club’s secretary since 2007, was interviewed and said the club had become stronger since receiving bank backing. It had seven teams, seven players in the netball association squad, had won awards, competed in finals and had won flags. “The Rye Netball Club is now very strong and vibrant, which the Rye Community Bank had helped to achieve.” Cora Clough, regional manager of Mornington Peninsula Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Ltd, presented Steve Edmund with a 10-year celebration plaque. She said everyone connected with Rye and Dromana community branches was highly regarded by managers of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Ltd. “Your company is the largest in the network in Australia, which includes more than 280 community bank branches. She congratulated everyone who had been connected with its success.

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Rotary rescue ROTARY International is the world’s first service club organisation, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self. As of 10 March Rotarians have raised about $163.4 million for Rotary’s US$200 Million Bill & Melinda Gates Challenge. These contributions will help Rotary raise $200 million to match $355 million in challenge grants received from the foundation. The resulting $555 million will support immunisation campaigns in developing countries where polio continues to infect and paralise children. Rotary clubs also provide “sweat equity” on the ground in polio-affected communities. When Rotary began its eradication work, polio infected more than 350,000 children annually. In 2009, fewer than 1700 cases were reported worldwide.

Govt call to open green wedges By Mike Hast CALLS to open Melbourne’s precious green wedge zones to development have been given a boost by the Baillieu government’s planned overhaul of the greater Melbourne planning scheme. The Age newspaper last Friday reported the government would consider expanding development in green wedges as it prepares the new planning blueprint to replaces the Labor government’s Melbourne 2030 strategic planning policy framework. The report said an audit of green wedges had started. The proposal could see tourist hostels, wineries, schools and religious centres in green wedge zones. The peninsula’s green wedge is one of 12 in greater Melbourne, most of which are non-urban zones between transport corridors. They were established about 40 years ago by the Hamer Liberal government with then Premier Rupert Hamer and then planning minister Alan Hunt leading the charge. Mr Hunt, a former Mornington solicitor who went on to become the longest-serving member of the Victorian upper house (1961-92), has always supported the retention of the green wedges. Now an octogenerian, Mr Hunt was a prominent opponent of the 2006 plan by millionaire developer Charles Jacobsen to subdivide historic Norman Lodge estate in the green wedge between Mt Eliza and Mornington to create four new home lots. Mr Jacobsen won approval for just two lots but is still in legal conflict

with Mornington Peninsula Shire over certain aspects of the subdivision. The Baillieu government’s plans for green wedges will come as no surprise to many government watchers as former Labor planning minister Mary Delahunty in 2004 accused Ted Baillieu of having secret plans to develop “sensitive environmental areas like the Mornington Peninsula and the Dandenongs”. She said in August 2004: “Liberal planning spokesman Ted Baillieu has revealed the Liberal Party’s intention to abandon protection for Melbourne’s 12 green wedges. “Mr Baillieu told a Property Council lunch in Melbourne today that the Liberal Party in government would reconsider what land should be protected in Melbourne’s green wedges.” In 2003, the Bracks Labor government passed legislation as part of Melbourne 2030 to protect the green wedges although this did not stop the government taking more than 4000 hectares out of green wedges for housing developments including Sandhurst on Thompsons Rd near Skye and Waterways on Springvale Rd between Braeside and Keysborough. The Baillieu government plan will be released in early 2013. Certain element within Mornington Peninsula Shire will welcome any relaxing of green wedge development rules. Last December, the shire’s Green Wedge Action Plan was presented to councillors. David Harrison of Red Hill, who has studied the shire’s green wedge planning decision for many years, said shire planning officers wanted to dilute

Making way: Peninsula Link cuts across agricultural land in the peninsula’s green wedge at Moorooduc.

green wedge planning controls. “If the shire achieves its aims, the peninsula’s most scenic rural areas could be cracked open for intensive development on a scale more intense than allowed in any of the other 11 green wedge zones surrounding Melbourne,” he said in an opinion piece published in The News in May.

“The action plan is not the first shire foray into seeking more intensive development on green wedge land. “Its recent proposal to allow substantial caravan and camping parks on land parcels of 40 hectares or more – vigorously opposed by both proponents and opponents – went to a panel hearing, whose report caned the shire and sug-

gested it go back to the drawing board. “Now the shire officers’ focus appears to be to open up small land parcels currently not permitted to have businesses. Their plans mention specifically restaurants and tourist accommodation, but could encompass other business ventures with no links to green wedge land.”

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Overflowing benevolence from a captain of industry REPORTS of the pool Solomon Lew has allegedly built on Crown land at Mt Eliza have entirely missed the point. Mr Lew, in his role as a philanthropist, has, I am confident, built a pool for public use in the coastal reserve on the boundary of a property apparently owned by a subsidiary of a subsidiary of a subsidiary of a company of which Mr Lew is a director. Changing rooms and an access path from the beach are the next step, it is understood. What an example for Mornington Peninsula Shire, which has been dithering around and faffing about in typical fashion for years about its stillephemeral plan for a pool on the foreshore at Rosebud. Compare this with what a captain of industry does. He acts. Shazam! The smoke clears. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your pool â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and a horizon one at that. No debates, no push-polling, no public meetings. And all well above the dangers of sea level rise. What a refreshing difference. A bigpicture man makes a bold decision that shreds the red tape. He just builds the pool and leaves boring details such as Department of Sustainability and Environment coastal consent and the shire to be dealt with later. Our world needs more Lews.

ITâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S hard to know what effect this sign has had on hoons. While the sign appears well-made and well-intentioned, there is no clue as to who placed it there, and koalas and possums are probably the only ones who can verify the claims about a camera being nearby.

Poolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still a pool SPEAKING of pools, The Emu might have made a slight technical error in the item late last month about the Frankston pool. I wrote councillors had approved a $46 million aquatic centre near Frankston TAFE and the railway station, and that stage one â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a 51.5-metre Olympic pool, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pool, reception area, cafe, gym and parking for 250 cars â&#x20AC;&#x201C; would cost the council $20.6 million plus $12.5 million from the state government. Building would start January 2013 and be ready September 2014. Stage 2 would include water slides, splash deck, therapy and toddlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pools, gym, cafe and wellness centre. Well, it turns out Frankston councillors wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t commit to stage two until they get federal government money for ecologically sustainable development (ESD) bells and whistles, although they approved money for the design of the full enchilada. But The Emuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pool envy point remains â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Frankstonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s getting its pool and $12.5 million of state money, but

Rosebudâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s getting nothing after five years of stubbornness from the shire council trying to get permission from the government to build it on the foreshore. Worse still, now thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no state government money for municipal pool projects. Mornington Peninsula Shire (and its ratepayers) have missed out big time.

Crystal Pallas FORMER Labor government ports and roads minister Tim Pallas must be suffering PRDS, political relevance deprivation syndrome. Booted out of government last November, he opens the newspapers each morning and canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find his name anywhere. No more bragging about dredging Port Phillip, or ramming the expensive

Peninsula Link freeway through bush reserves and farmland, or frightening the heck out of western suburbs people with the ill-conceived Regional Rail Link project. (Or spending $4463 on food when he went to Europe for 13 days when he was a minister.) PRDS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the only reasonable explanation for his public outburst when he claimed the six-month old Baillieu government was dragging its heels on the Port of Hastings development. Now Opposition spokesman on ports, Pallas said the government would fail to deliver container facilities at the Port of Hastings according to its stated timeframe. This from the minister who took two years to respond to the Port of Hastings Corporationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comprehensive Port of Hastings Land Use and Transport Strategy (PoHLUTS) or Pollutes,

as the greenies cleverly call it. It was ready by March 2007, its release delayed at government request until December 2007 and Mr Pallas wandered down to Hastings at the end of August in 2009 to outline the state governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;visionâ&#x20AC;? to a group of Western Port community organisations, businesses and residents. This from the minister who said Hastings port would be fully expanded by, wait for it, 2030. And this from the minister who last September abolished the Port of Hastings Corporation and handed control of the port to its rival, the Port of Melbourne Corporation (PoMC). Pallas also handed control of Western Portâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shipping channels to PoMC. A victim of this act of idiocy was the competent PoHC boss Ralph Kenyon. Brumby, Pallas and their mates were rolled last year and Premier Ted Baillieu and his ports minister, Denis Napthine, have reversed the decision. They are in the process of creating a new body, Port of Hastings Development Authority, and giving control of the shipping channels back to Victorian Regional Channels Authority. The Emu felt so sorry for Tim Pallas that he wrote this item for his media monitors to cut and paste and stick in his â&#x20AC;&#x153;inâ&#x20AC;? tray.


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3RVLWLRQ EX\HUV FKHFN WKLV RXW -XVW  metres to the bay beach and 10 minutes walk to Rye shops. Solid home comprises three large bedrooms, two bathrooms, kitchen meals, large living, fully serviced OHYHO EORFN RI P 1RUWK IDFLQJ entertaining area, double garage with access to rear yard. Quality established brick home. Ideal holiday, investment or retirement.

Contact: John Kennedy 0401 984 842

Contact: John Kennedy 0401 984 842

12 Maine Street, Tootgarook $280 per week CLOSE TO BEACH

In a great position and close to the beach \RX ZLOO Ă&#x20AC;QG WKLV ORYHO\ KRPH &RPSULVHV three bedrooms, one bathroom, gas cooking, heating and HWS, open plan living and double carport.

8 Keats Court, Rye $800,000 - $850,000 THE BLUE LAGOON

Splish, splash the kids are in the pool, adults are on the deck, steaks are on the EDUE\ ZKDW D JUHDW GD\ 0DJQLĂ&#x20AC;FHQW ODUJH family home situated at the end of a quiet court surrounded by quality homes. * Four bedrooms plus large study * Three separate living zones * Spacious modern kitchen * Inground pool surrounded by north facing deck and outdoor entertaining room * Fully landscaped block This beautiful home is an absolute must to inspect.

Contact: Sam Crowder 0403 893 724

Contact: John Kennedy 0401 984 842


03 5985 8800

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Bay views and more


$1,300,000 - $1,400,000

A view to luxury and style

THIS magnificent home is not just about its fantastic position opposite the beach or the bay views or that it has two-street access and room for the boat, caravan and cars. The rendered brick home is quality built and comprises three large double bedrooms and two separate living zones. All the mod cons included, ensuite, full bathroom, modern kitchen and two separate outdoor entertaining decks with spa. If you’re looking for a quality home with bay views and walk to the beach and shops, call about this property.

A SHOWPIECE home with commanding views to the bay and the dunes along the back beach coast, you can relax in contemporary style and discover a lifestyle you never thought possible. Designed with attention to detail, this builder’s own residence on a fully landscaped 1091 square metre allotment is uniquely positioned to make the most of an amazing panorama. It includes brilliant north-facing rear balcony, living areas on each level, stunning modern kitchen, two bathrooms, powder room, gas log fire, polished timber floors, ducted heating, split-system air-conditioning and a remote -controlled double garage with internal access.

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

Agency: Hocking Stuart, 2819 Pt Nepean Rd, Blairgowrie. Ph: (03) 5988 9095. Agent: Tim Bradler, 0400 312 412.

WINNER of the 2010 Australian Achiever Awards “Excellence in Customer Service”


$350,000 - $380,000


$370,000 - $400,000



AFFORDABLE INVESTMENT WITH POTENTIAL BAY VIEWS This cute 2 bedroom beach shack which is situated high with potential bay views is one of the most affordable investment properties in Rye. The property has an open plan living layout, large deck area and is currently tenanted till 27/3/2012 at $225.00 p/w. Continue to lease the property while you organise plans and permits which take in the views of Port Phillip Bay and build your dream beach house, leave it as a rental property or use it as a holiday house the choice is yours. Inspection is by appointment only.

AFFORDABLE INVESTMENT This 3 bedroom BV home is located within an easy stroll to Rye Beach and Shopping Village. Positioned on a large 816m2 block this property has plenty of room to move. Features include a separate lounge room and a separate kitchen which overlooks a separate meals area. The property is currently tenanted at $200 p/w till 30/9/2011 so inspection is by appointment only.

EASY STROLL TO THE BEACH Located within an easy stroll to the beach is this large 3 bedroom BV home. This property features a separate lounge, separate family/rumpus room, separate kitchen with meals area and ensuite to master. The property is positioned on a corner block which gives you plenty of access to a large double lock up garage and also gives you the opportunity to one day subdivide the block. This property needs a little work but all the foundations are there to turn this into a great investment. Inspection is a must.

Paul Basso 03 5985 9000

Paul Basso 03 5985 9000

Paul Basso 03 5985 9000



20 Weeroona Way, Rye

$290.00 per week

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$310.00 per week

3 bed 1 bath 2 car

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$310.00 per week

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$290.00 per week

3 bed 1 bath 2 car

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$260.00 per week

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$140.00 per week

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$220.00 per week

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$230.00 per week

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$340.00 per week

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Rosebud West




Vendors need to move on!

Escape to the quiet life

Ready for the taking!

Expected rental return $14,500 - $15,000 pa

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

Price Address Inspect: Contact:

Rosebud West

Attention developers!

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

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.

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:

Price Address Inspect: Contact:

Rosebud West

Rosebud West


Loft Style Living

Private single storey town house

Located in a prime position

$379,000 63 Sunningdale Road By Appointment 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

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

This three bedroom brick home would make an excellent LQYHVWPHQWSURSHUW\RUĂ&#x20AC;UVWKRPH/RFDWHGLQDQLFHTXLHWDUHD FORVHWRORFDOVKRSVDQGJROIFRXUVHDOORQP DSSUR[  $355,000 44 Hove Road By Appointment Barry Sanders 0423 100 925

This charming double storey brick home is full of character. Within a 5 minute walk to Rosebud Plaza, schools, and beach, RQP DSSUR[ RIODQG&RPSULVLQJRIEHGURRPVVHSDUDWH lounge, bright, open central kitchen and adjoining family/rumpus room. The family bathroom includes a spa bath. Price $500,000 - $540,000 Address 4 Coorabong Avenue Inspect: By Appointment Contact: Amanda Kaye 0408 888 607




Rosebud West

Looking for a short term rental?

Renovated and ready!

Building? Renovating?

Fully furnished character weatherboard!

Then this fully furnished property will be perfect! The inside comprises of two living areas, a modern, fully equipped kitchen, WKUHHEHGURRPV PDVWHUZLWKHQVXLWH 2XWVLGHLVDQXQGHUFRYHU entertaining area, and an undercover BBQ. Available for a short term lease only. Price Address

$400 per week 125 First Avenue 6 July 2011

This home has been fully renovated and is just waiting for you WRPRYHLQEHGURRPV EHGURRPVDQGKDYH%,5 SROLVKHG 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 $330 per week Address 2 Feltham Court Available Now

As new luxury three bedroom beachside townhouse. Fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher and gas/electric FRRNLQJ9HU\OLYDEOHZLWKHDV\WRFOHDQWLOHGĂ RRULQJ3HDFHIXO decking, parking for two cars with further parking available on street. Close to the convenient facilities at McCrae. Beach is just across the road. Short term rental. Price $335 per week Address 2/3 Wattle Road Available Now


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3 Panorama Drive


Highly Sought After Court

Outstanding Opportunity

A rare opportunity to secure a home in this ever popular court. The home is a Western Red Cedar, 3 Bedroom, open plan livinJ oIIered in a clean, tidy condition. 2n a larJe 30 sTmt appro[ ElocN. ,t oIIers the perIect Àrst home, investment or holiday home. Totally private yet only a short drive to the beach and shops etc. Guaranteed to please.

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 and walk in robe to the master, a 2nd bathroom, formal lounge and beautifully Àtted kitchen. )ittings, À[tures and decor are all tastefully portrayed. Step outside and the surprises continue.The original double garage is now a separate rumpus/sleep out, there 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

Address: Auction: Inspect: Agent:

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



Utopia Peninsula Style

Most affordable 5 Acre Property on the Peninsula - MUST BE SOLD

/ets build a dream together. )irstly select a wonderful 1 acre block with panoramic views across farmlands in the distance. Add a substantial rendered brick home that overÁows with character and warmth, the result is divine.Then for good measure blend in a fully self contained 2nd dwelling / apartment with modern tonings that offers a varied selection of potential uses. Little imagination is required to visualise an amazing B&B suite or possibly a safe haven for dependent relatives. There are 2 garages and double carport, pony paddocks and more. Address: 66-68 Bass Meadows Price: $890,000- $980,000 Inspect: By Appointment Agent: Diane Key 0419 324 515

An idyllic lifestyle beckons from the moment you enter through a canopy of trees to this lovely 5 acre property. It is not grand but there is something about it that just makes you feel good. It feels like home.The land itself is superb, all usable, divided for horses and well cleared and looked after. The 3 bedroom colonial style cedar home is the perfect place to start. It is in good condition, offers plenty of room for a young family and plenty of scope for future extensions. There is a large garage that has been converted to a rumpus room and a fully enclosed above ground pool with solar heating for year round use. Address: 66-68 Bass Meadows Price: $750,000- $800,000 Inspect: By Appointment Agent: Diane Key 0419 324 515 or Alana Balog 0412 536 624

2397 Point Nepean Road, Rye

5985 6555

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SUIT $800,000 BUYERS

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.



Executive retreat at its finest THIS is for the buyer who needs everything. The property is located in a semi-rural area and boasts five bedrooms and study. Master bedroom has walk-in robes and ensuite with spa bath. All remaining bedrooms have built-in robes. It also has zoned ducted reverse cycle air-conditioning, valet ducted vacuum system, land size of 4462 square metres. Circular drive with double lock-up garage, side access with room to

store boats, caravan, etc. Additional extras include self-contained hairdressing salon, which can be turned into a home business. Large workshop with three-phase power, external entertaining area with kitchen area and powder room, teenagersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; retreat, which could be utilised as guest accommodation. Backyard consists of a mini orchard with well-established fruit trees, vegie garden with sprinker system serviced by bore water.

Agency: Basso Real Estate, 1649 Pt Nepean Rd, Rosebud West. Ph: (03) 5981 1200. Agent: Ryan Deutrom, 0406 426 766.

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$380,000 - $410,000

Rosebud West


Loft-style living

Observe carefully AS agents, we are constantly asked for the “perfect home”. Obviously perfection is in the eyes of the buyers, but for our money this house ticks all the boxes. The mandatory three Ps of position, presentation and price are spot on. The home is in Observation Drive, an everpopular, lightly treed meandering street the perfect distance to town. It is only 10 years or so old and having been used only sparingly as a family holiday home it is still like brand new. Last but not least the price, $380,000 to

$410,000 speaks for itself. The home is gorgeous and offers open plan living with a cozy solid fuel heater, a very well-appointed kitchen with lovely tree top outlook, three bedrooms and spotless bathroom and toilet facilities. There’s a deck off the main living area, a paved private barbecue area and a gently sloping, very private lightly treed block of about 766 square metres. There’s a carport as well. Sure to please and priced to sell.

Agency: Stockdale & Leggo Rye, 2271 Pt Nepean Rd. Phone: (03) 5985 6555. Agent: Glenn Key, 0402 445 208.

PROPERTIES URGENTLY REQUIRED FOR PERMANENT RENTAL DROMANA TO PORTSEA We deliver peace of mind and greater financial returns on your investment by providing the very best in property management service. Your property will be in safe and experienced hands. At Fletchers we are committed to meeting your needs by:

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.









RYE Position, Position, Position!

SORRENTO A Bargain Just A Stroll To Village

Immaculate in every way possible and only 200m (approx) to bay beach and Rye township. This character filled home set on 860 sq m approx is an investment in your future. Ready to live in or rent out immediately, accommodation comprises of 3 bedrooms all with built-in robes, 1 bathroom and 2 living areas.

Walk 150 metres from this tastefully refurbished 2 bedroom Unit with lock up garage and you are sipping coffee in the main street or casually meandering down to the Bay Beach or Back Beach of Sorrento. With just 4 units on the site this truly is an outstanding opportunity.

For Sale Guide Was $690,000, NOW $590,000 - $620,000 Inspect Sat 3–3.30pm

For Sale Guide Was $515,000, NOW $495,000 Inspect Sat 2–2.30pm

Contact Joshua Callaghan 0418 595 719 Michelle Callaghan 0401 977 075 Office 136 Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento 5984 2600

Contact Larry Callaghan 0414 593 804 Office

136 Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento 5984 2600

> Achieving the highest rental and minimising vacancy periods > Sourcing reliable and suitable tenants > Ensuring the rent is paid promptly





> Maintaining communication with our landlords at all times > Acting promptly on all property owner and tenant requests > Providing expert administration and documentation

CONTACT: Samantha Christmas 5984 2600 Senior Portfolio Manager Sorrento Rob Fletcher 0411 222 988 Tim Fletcher 0411 222 966

SORRENTO Between Bay & Surf Beaches

BLAIRGOWRIE Bed & Breakfast Style Accommodation

Located walking distance to Cameron’s Bight, Koonya Back Beach & Koonya General store and positioned mid-way between the narrowest point of the Southern Peninsula is this well presented 3 bedroom residence. Securely let to excellent tenants offering the opportunity to secure a foothold in Seaside Sorrento.

Become acquainted with this beautifully presented Mt Gambier Limestone/ Weatherboard family home. Provides additional space for the extended family or an opportunity to operate as your very own B&B. All set on approx. 743sqm, includes self contained bungalow including kitchenette and ensuite.

For Sale Guide Was $665k NOW $595k Inspect By appointment

For Sale Guide $880,000 - $920,000 Inspect By appointment

Contact Larry Callaghan 0414 593 804 Office

136 Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento 5984 2600

Contact Michelle Callaghan 0401 977 075 Office

136 Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento 5984 2600

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To Achieve Results like these Put your property in the right hands No other agency on the Peninsula can match recent results achieved by hockingstuart. In Rye and Blairgowrie, hockingstuart is still the number one selling agent. With a network of over 500 agents in more than 40 offices working together to bring more buyers to the peninsula, we can ensure your property gets a premium result.

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Agent’s move a show of faith in Rosebud West AFTER 11 years in Tootgarook, Basso Real Estate has moved to new premises in the heart of the busy Rosebud West Shopping Village. Beginning as a young property manager in the late 1980s, Paul Basso rose to prominence as a successful salesperson, and in 2000 launched Basso Real Estate. As Basso Real Estate’s CEO, Paul focused all his attention on customer service and client satisfaction, and in 2004 was rewarded by winning the Leader Business Awards for Real Estate. “This was a great achievement by any standard and especially for a business that had only been operating for four years,” he said.

In 2008 and 2010, Basso Real Estate was recognised by being presented the Australian Achiever Awards for Excellence in Customer Service. “Vendors and landowners have a clear choice when choosing a local real estate professional to handle their property matters,” he said. “The secret is communication and lots of it.” “The move to Rosebud West is very exciting for both the company and I. It will be a great benefit to the local community which has never had its own real estate office” Mr Basso would like to welcome all past and future clients to his new office located at 1649 Pt Nepean Rd, Rosebud West.

Lots happening at Santa’s Place SANTA’S Place in Moorooduc hasn’t been taking it easy since Christmas. Itt has been a hive of activity with worker-elves getting all manner of things accomplished. Judy Reaper said: “Santa’s Place is pleased to announce we now have a liquor licence and will be able to serve alcohol from August. “A new ‘Mother’s Room’ is also under construction and will be ready by November. “Our popular coffee shop will be


back again this year, with some great improvements, including disabled access.” Christmas will come around fast, and Santa’s Place is kicking off the run-up with a July sale, right through the month. “There will be big discounts on everything, so get in early and save. “There will be new stock arriving every week between now and Christmas, and new sale items during the entire six-month period. “As usual, the shop is a hot-bed of

ideas on how you can decorate your home, so come in and get inspired. “If you are looking for special or unique items, come in early and give our friendly staff time to source those items to your requirements.” Santa’s Place is on the corner of Moorooduc Hwy and Bentons Rd in Moorooduc. The phone number is 5978 8500. You can visit them on the web at



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Photos clockwise from above: The crying baby: Val Stevens at home at the Bittern retirement Village. Iconic figure: Dame Nellie Melba. A cartoon from the time: The incident was noted by Somers resident, the late Harry Harlow Local appearance: Dame Nellie Melba with the Sea Cadet Ccrp outside the Flinders Naval Depot Drill Hall. (Photo from Doug Churcher of Hastings and courtesy of The Balnarring Historical Society).

The day Dame Nellie Melba came to Cerberus By Rod Nuske and Cameron McCullough

IT is 150 years since Helen Porter Mitchell was born on 19th May 1861 in Richmond, Victoria. This young child went on to become Dame Nellie Melba. She became one of the most famous singers of the late Victorian Era and the early 20th century. She was the first Australian to achieve international recognition as a classical musician. Acknowledged as the world’s greatest opera soprano she sang around the globe and with such luminaries as the great Caruso. On the 22nd February 1927, in the twilight of her career, she gave a concert in the Drill Hall at Flinders Naval Depot (HMAS Cerberus). The hall was packed with over 2000 spectators including naval trainees, their friends, and members of the public. She was received by Captain Feakes of the base, and a Guard of Honour of boys from the Cerberus Sea Cadet Corp were paraded at the entrance to the hall. The concert was broadcast by 3LO, but unfortunately some of the items were marred by a crying baby, and interference from the telegraph line to Tasmania which passed nearby.


The crying baby was named Val and her father was Leading Writer Norwood at the Flinders Naval Depot. Somewhat disruptive to the performance, it was insisted on that the baby be quietened or removed before Melba carried on with the concert. That baby, Val Stevens, now resides in the Retirement Village in Bittern. An aspiring singer Frances Queale of Merricks North was taken along by

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her parents. She remembered that “... of course she was past her best, but she was given a rousing welcome by all present, and it proved a memorable occasion.” Frances went on with a singing career and was a finalist in the Sun Aria Awards and sang at concerts with conductors such as Sir Bernard Heinze. Late permission was given to the radio station 3LO to broadcast the

concert. It was not until 4pm that a car was dispatched with operators and the microphone and amplifying apparatus. Transmission was obtained over 47 miles of telephone line from the base. This was only the second occasion on which Dame Nellie Melba’s singing has been broadcast, the first being nearly two years before, when she appeared in “La Boheme.” With Dame Nellie Melba were Mr John Lemmone, flautist, and Mr William G. Burrell, accompanist. She was presented with a bouquet by Scout Pallister, and three hearty cheers were given before the concert opened. She contributed four songs, which were heard by listeners all over Australia. She selected “Home, Sweet Home”, “Se Seran Rose”, “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”, and “Ave Maria”, and the storm of applause from her audience came as a confused roar over the wireless at the end of each number. At the end of the concert, which was the weekly entertainment to the trainees, Dame Nellie Melba was presented with a basket of flowers, Captain Feakes expressed the deepest appreciation of the officers and men at the base of the honour done them by

Dame Nellie. In the afternoon, Dame Nellie Melba inspected the War Memorial Chapel at the base, which is the only naval war memorial in Australia. There were other Melba connections with the peninsula as it is believed that when looking for a country property she visited and considered Coolart, but obviously went elsewhere. She was also a frequent visitor to the property of Beleura in Mornington. Dame Nellie Melba died in St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney in 1931, aged 69, of septicaemia. She was given an elaborate funeral from Scots’ Church, Melbourne, which her father had built and where as a teenager she had sung in the choir. The funeral motorcade was over a kilometre long, and her death made front-page headlines in Australia, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Europe. Billboards in many countries said simply “Melba is dead”. Dame Nellie Melba was buried in the cemetery at Lilydale, near Coldstream. Her headstone bears Mimi’s farewell words: “Addio, senza rancor” (Farewell, without bitterness). Courtesy of Somers Paper Nautilus with exerpts from ‘The Argus’ February 23, 1927.



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Calling all little dancing queens MAMMA Mia, there is a new show in town for the children during the July school holidays and it’s sure to be a winner. The Babba Children’s Show is a school holiday treat with a meet and greet where mums, dads and children of all ages can enjoy a spine-tingling live experience with all the glitz and glam of the 1970s. Complete with Swedish accents, fabulous costumes, classic dance moves and the sensational songs of Abba. So come join Babba and special guest Melody from Hey Dee Ho Music for a morning of sensational entertainment. Where: Peninsula Community Theatre,

Creatures in the Wild Workshop

corner Wilsons Rd and Nepean Hwy, Mornington. When: Monday 11 July Doors open: 10am, show time 10.30am Running time: About 70 minutes including meet and greet Catering: Coffee, drinks and light snacks. Tickets: $17, 12 months and under are free of charge. Tickets can be booked through the Mornington Peninsula Tourist Centre on 5987 3078 or online at www.

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This is a two day workshop, where children will create a creatXre in clay the Àrst week, then retXrn to paint their Àred scXlptXre the ne[t week 1ST WEEK Creating a creature in clay

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An open letter to Silverchair By Stuart McCullough IT was with genuine sadness that I heard you were breaking up. In such a modern way, too. No farewell album or final victory lap around the nation to say goodbye to the hoards of concertgoers who would most certainly be keen to see you one more time. Instead, all we got was a note on your website. It told us that after nearly 20 years you were putting the band into ‘indefinite hibernation’. Although hibernation is, by definition, not indefinite, it’s still probably fair enough. Given that you were barely old enough to ride in the front seat of a sedan when you started, no one could really deny you the right to call it a day. I can remember where I was when I first saw you – I was still at university, living in a share house in St Kilda. The members of the house played together in a band. It was 1994 and grunge was at its zenith. We, however, did not play grunge music – we were a funk band. In 1994, this was roughly the equivalent of showing up to school in a pair of bell-bottom trousers. A television show called Nomad was running a band demo-tape competition. This, of course, was back when bands still had demo tapes, and didn’t simply post everything online and hope for the best. I can’t recall if we entered. I do, however, remember watching as the winners were announced and being slightly insulted at the fact that you were too young to shave. I think I was determined to hate you. When they played Tomorrow, it was clear that you

were still getting the hang of how to play your instruments, but then there was the matter of that remarkable voice. It was a better voice than a 14-year-old can rightly possess. I wasn’t the only one who wanted to stick the boots in – you faced derision from all quarters. Some called you ‘Nirvana in Pajamas’. Even Courtney Love had an opinion. (Then again, you could probably say ‘even Courtney Love had an opinion’ about pretty

much anything and stand a reasonable change of being right.) However, Courtney Love aside, you stayed together and made better and better albums without seeming to suffer the inglorious slide into obscurity that befalls so many who find fame at a young age. I’m sad to see you go for a few reasons, but for now I’ll try and focus on the positives. When bands break up, it’s as good a reason as any to

listen to a few of their CDs. It also means that tribute bands can now pretty much go for broke. I don’t know about you, but personally I prefer my tribute bands with a bit of a twist. I am frankly dying to get along to my local beer barn to hear Hi Ho Silverchair perform your songs in a country and western style. Then there’s the all Sri Lankan DaSilvachair, who will shortly be touring the east coast. My absolute favourite, however, remains Salvochair – where your tunes are performed by the Salvation Army brass band. Those guys rock. So what exactly have you left us? Five albums in all. Well done, too, for having the good taste to spare us the Live at the Budokan double CD that record companies used to issue to test audience loyalty while simultaneously lightening their wallets. All in all, you delivered on most of rock and roll’s key performance indicators. High profile romance and bust up? Check. Career-threatening illness and triumphant comeback? Double check. Unexpected artistic left turns? You better believe it. If there’s an omission it’s that you failed to give us a decent rockumentary. When I say ‘rockumentary’ I don’t mean the 20 minutes of footage of the band fooling around in the studio that’s thrown in as a bonus with the remastered version of your album or a short film that’s little more than a longform advertisement. I mean a warts and all, white-knuckle ride through the very worst that the human experience has to offer. Even Metallica managed to give us that much. While I think of

it, you could do worse than to drop a line to Metallica’s therapist – the one with the colourful sweaters – perhaps he could convince you to reconsider the whole ‘indefinite hibernation’ thing. I think I’m sad in that you’re almost the last of an era. In the 1990s, bands like Regurgitator, The Fauves, You Am I and This Is Serious Mum gave us great music – it was almost an embarrassment of riches. But as the years have rolled on, these bands have mostly broken up or simply vanished. It may show my age, but the new bands don’t seem half as good. In fact, the worst thing I can say about modern music is that it is dull beyond belief. Bands today are unlikely to release a song as interesting as (You’ll Never Be An) Old Man River, Dogs Are the Best People or I Like Your Old Stuff Better than Your New Stuff. (I know that titles weren’t your strength, but what you lacked in memorable titles, you compensated with melody.) So long, Silverchair – best wishes for whatever you decide to do next. I mean it. But on a practical note, if after a couple of weeks at home any of you find yourselves at a loose end, can I interest you in joining the Black Metallic Pearl Effect? We haven’t rehearsed yet, so I can’t really tell you what we sound like. I’d probably guess a bit of a mix between Regurgitator, The Fauves, You Am I and This Is Serious Mum. We will not, however, be playing funk. That is, not unless you think we should.

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Entertainment JOHN Farnham began his musical career at age six and was a regular performer at charity shows around Essex in the United Kingdom with his uncle before John migrated to Australia in 1959. He became a regular on the TV series Kommotion before landing a contract with EMI Records in 1967. John had his first hit record, Sadie (The Cleaning Lady), the same year and it went to No. 1 A list of hits followed including Underneath the Arches (1967), Rose Coloured Glasses (1968), another No. 1 hit Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head (1969), Help (1980) and many more including his huge 1986 hit You’re the Voice. Whispering Jack, John’s 12th studio album, was released on 20 October 1986. To celebrate Australia’s most successful album, John will embark on a national tour in October – 25 years to the day of the album’s release. John and his band will perform the first half of the show unplugged featuring special versions of some of his biggest hits as never heard before. The second half of the show will feature his band – Chong Lim, Stuart Fraser, Brett Garsed, Lindsay Field, Angus Burchall, Craig Newman, Bob

Coassin, Steve Williams, Dannielle Gaha and Lisa Edwards – performing for the first time on stage the entire Whispering Jack album, a must-see for any music fan. Whispering Jack was recorded in Melbourne after John, his manager Glenn Wheatley and award-winning producer Ross Fraser listened to hundreds of songs sent in from all over the world. The iconic album took more than 12 months to make. All involved felt

it was going to be something special. The first single from the album, the anthemic You’re the Voice, restored Farnham to number one for the first time in 17 years. Whispering Jack became the biggest-selling Australian album of all time. The hits kept coming with Pressure Down, Reasons and A Touch of Paradise. The album went on to be awarded 24 platinum albums, selling more than 1.7 million copies and spending 26

weeks at the No. 1 spot on the ARIA charts. You’re the Voice also sold a million copies in Europe and reached the top 10 in the United Kingdom. At the inaugural ARIA awards in Sydney in 1987, Whispering Jack won six Arias for best adult contemporary album, best male artist, highest selling album, highest selling single (You’re the Voice), single of the year, and album of the year. This prompted the awards host, Elton John, to suggest renaming the Arias the ‘John Farnham Awards’. In 1988, John again picked up best male artist and the prestigious outstanding achievement award based on the success of Whispering Jack. In the same year, John was named Australian of the Year and was awarded an Order of Australia. You’re the Voice became one of the standout No. 1 songs on the Australian charts of the 1980s and still remains a staple of Australian radio. Whispering Jack restarted John’s career and kept it rolling across two more decades. It was the best charting album in Australia in the 1980s decade, ahead of such greats as Meatloaf’s Bat Out of Hell, Dire Straits’ Brothers in Arms, The Best of Abba and Michael Jack-

why didn’t this same branding apply to Sir Ken, all the way from England? Sir Ken is a fellow of the highest integrity and we appreciated his advice on matters pertaining to our police force. I urge our Premier (and Greg Davies) to convey our thanks and best wishes for a successful future in the “old country”. Unless they want him back, heaven forbid? Why do they refer to him as Sir Ken? Why not Ken Jones? Respect? I see, I think? Farewell Simon. *** UNCOMMON sense is drowning us. My mate Eddie, top Magpie representing my black and white boys, sets himself up as the sole arbiter of what can be said and not said at a football match, and follows up by brazenly giving an interview justifying his actions, a la Malthouse. I realise you go to great lengths to be loved, Eddie mate, but in the process of fame it’s necessary to have a reality check on a regular basis. You’re not invincible, Eddie. Beware. *** WE have among us three types of both male and females who form part of

the fabric of our everyday lives, never forgetting the fourth type, the majority (the goodies) like you and I. First the insignificant smart alec who struts around with an inflated ego, but is easily dodged, easily recognised and generally harmless. The second is of course the smart arse; more dangerous, more cunning, mostly, but not easily recognised, and always capable in the area of badmouthing anyone who challenges, however unwittingly, their self-inflated often false opinion. They spend much of their spare time believing everything editorialised in the Herald Sun. The third type represents the real danger. There is no name for them. They are one of us, ever so nice to the “right” people, often handsome/pretty, free with compliments. They travel with as many faces as necessary and work undercover, ever scheming to undermine all opposition to their ambitions, which can take the form of a job, a social network or simply their own family network. Most of us take these types at face value. They run rampart throughout the arts, the public service, politics and any situation where there are less jobs and more people avail-

able. Even if warned we may only find the truth after the busy bee has stung, if at all. Most of us think we can pick them. Most of us cannot. *** TO state health minister David Davis: by all means bring in the plain packaging on cigarettes; ban smoking in outdoor areas of cafes if you must, but please, I beg of you, stop this propaganda about passive smoking based on unconfirmed pseudo research. Either that or ban motor vehicles. I’m in danger of sounding like Derryn Hinch, worse still Neil Mitchell. Yuk! *** CAT on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams with my first love Elizabeth (Taylor) and my lookalike Paul (Newman). Big Daddy (Burl Ives) was worth $10 million in cash and securities ($1 billion today) and had 200,000 acres of prime beef land all to go to Paul when Big Daddy carked it, which was not long off (even though he had a brother, Jack Carson). Was Paul happy? Not a bit of it. All he wanted was Big Daddy’s love. He was festering because Big Daddy had never told him that he loved him. Fascinating. Come to think of it, I’ve never told my 47-year-old son either. Too late now.

with Gary Turner son’s Thriller. It was appropriate that Whispering Jack was the first Australian-made album to be released on CD in Australia. The story continues with the 2011 tour, Whispering Jack … 25 Years On. John Farnham will perform at the Palais Theatre on Wednesday 9 and Friday 11 November. Tickets on sale now 136 100. Top 10 albums 1 From You – Daniela Corso 2 The Road from Memphis – Booker T. Jones 3 Philharmonics – Agnes Obel 4 Destination Now – The Potbelleez 5 Whispering Jack – John Farnham 6 Hard Bargain – Emmylou Harris 7 Clapton – Eric Clapton 8 101 Power Ballads – Various 9 A Treasure – Neil Young 10 Old Paint – Gina Jeffreys

A Grain of Salt AS one of 46 per cent of Mornington Peninsula voters who did not vote Liberal at the federal election, I feel obliged to give Julia some advice. Prior to dumping Kevvy you were a popular deputy PM. Now, with two years to run as Prime Minister, you are sinking fast; quicksand. The Opposition may be just as hopeless, but this does not alter the fact. So consider the option of sinking with your head held high. Go all out for a carbon tax to reduce emissions as Australia’s contribution to a possible solution to climate change. Equally as vigorously tackle the asylum seekers debate with a clear aim of not only dealing with these unfortunate people with a degree of morality, but also hopefully enhancing our reputation as a nation doing our best to share this world problem. *** THE feud between the Police Association and Simon Overland remains a mystery to us mere mortals. Previously it was Paul Mullett versus Christine Nixon, then Greg Davies (with help of the Herald Sun) versus Simon Overland, pushing the notion that they were both “outsiders”. If considered so,

with Cliff Ellen He’ll know anyway when he has to fork out for my funeral. *** TRUTH? I approach the RSL bar to order a pot of draught beer and the gorgeous barmaid (barman?) says “How are you today?” I can’t very well say “Well, darling, I’m in denial about the uncertainty of my future and the constancy of loneliness”. So I say “Good, how are you?” And darling replies likewise. That’s life. “The time will come when people will not listen to sound doctrine, but will follow their own desires and will collect themselves more and more teachers who will tell them what they are itching to hear.” (2 Timothy 4:3) Why is it that every winter females rush to make pea and ham soup? Adios.

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Norman Waymouth notches first training win A DECADE ago former jockey Norman Waymouth seemed doomed to a miserable existence. Norman, a member of one of the Mornington Peninsula’s best-known horse racing families, crashed heavily when a horse he was riding collapsed and died underneath him. His extensive injuries included three fractured bones in his neck and two in his back. The initial diagnosis was he would not walk again, but Norman refused to accept that fate. After leaving hospital he embarked on a vigorous recovery and rehabilitation program. It was not easy, but he refused to give up and now is being rewarded for his courage and persistence. His return to health has enabled him to follow in the footsteps of his late father, who became a successful trainer after retiring as a jockey. Although he only has a few horses in his care, Norman notched up his

Summer arrives early: Norman Waymouth-trained Summer Dream with Ibrahim Gundogdu aboard salutes at Mornington last Monday, Waymouth’s first win as a trainer and a reward for courage and persistence after a shocking racing accident 10 years ago. Picture: Slickpix

first winner as a trainer with Summer Dream at last week’s meeting at Mornington. Speaking of winners, Tara Taggart, wife of VRC Oaks-winning jockey David, recorded her first win as a trainer when Queimada Grande scored at Pakenham last Sunday.

A noted mudlark, Queimada Grande lead all the way and won by 6.5 lengths; there could be more wins in store while the tracks remain heavy. Another mudlark that continues to be worth following is the David Brideoake-trained Dance With Her. The four-year-old brought up her third

consecutive win, at Moonee Valley last Saturday, and indications are she is ready to step up in grade. Mornington-trained Koonoomoo is yet to win a race, but her turn may not be far away. She was heavily backed when just failing to catch the in-form Follonica over 1000 metres on her home track. As she strives for her first victory, it is in Koonoomoo’s favour that she handles all conditions and should be a good bet the next time she steps out. As expected, Stratcombe again underlined his promise when he cruising to the post at Mornington. Quick to hit stride, he always had his older rivals covered and gives every impression he’ll be winning black type races in the coming season. Upbeat, who is trained at Caulfield by Anthony Cummings, has been impressive at his past two starts. After winning on a heavy track at Kyneton, he ran into trouble when a slashing second behind the speedy Secret Hills and a city win doesn’t seem far away. Now that she has had two runs after a spell, Procida, who is trained at Cranbourne by Robbie Griffiths, is going to be hard to beat when she takes on a longer journey.

Rye still undefeated in 2011 AFTER 10 rounds of Nepean Division Football the great news is our Rye Demons are still undefeated and on top of the ladder, 2 games clear of Sorrento, Dromana and Hastings. With a home game against Red Hill on July the 2nd, a bye in round 12, then another big local derby on July the 16th against Rosebud at home, its full steam ahead for the team that is finals bound. With Senior, Reserves and Under 18’s, and the 2 netball teams all looking like playing finals, it has been an outstanding year so far. Mick O’Rourke and his committee should be congratulated on the job completed thus far, together with the coaching staff on the football and netball teams, more hard work is indeed required, but the commitment, dedication and cohesion, of the general committee and coaches is certainly rubbing off on the players, well done to all those involved. The only sour news is the current hamstring injuries to Mark Chaffey and Ben Cain, while Mick Cain has a slight groin strain. All three should be ready to return for the Rosebud game on July the 16th. Great to have Ben Homes (calf), John Hynes (back) and Butch Cassidy (groin) all return in the last few weeks from injury to further strengthen the senior side. Great also to have the old war horse and coach Stephen Ryan, siting second on the goal kicking ladder with 29 goals. Ben Holmes (25) and Buster Fiddes (20) are also in the top 12. As expected a hard day at the office against a very committed team in the senior game at Pearcedale last Saturday. Pearcedale really took it up to our senior side, which have had a big 5 weeks. Full credit to our guys who had to dig deep and pull out a few tricks, to get up over the line, hopefully another win this Saturday against a young Red Hill side full of run, will see us go to the bye next week undefeated, a tremendous position to be in. But boys please bring your A game this week and don’t expect it just to happen.

The Kirkwood brothers Adam and Jarryd have been in outstanding form, while the Skipper Rhett Sutton has also been sensational and back to his 2006, 07, 08 form, before his two knee reconstructions. Darren Booth, Matty McIndoe and the two blood brothers, Bill Kerr and Ben Winters-Kerr were also terrific, last Saturday. Ben Cain before his hamstring injury had been on fire with brother Sean and cousin Mick also consistently in the best. Ben Black from Rosebud has been a great inclusion, since transferring clubs and continues to be a very handy pick-up, playing forward or back he has added some versatility to the team. Matt James, Matty McIndoe and Ben ‘Tatts” Winters-Kerr’s are all playing great football. Lyle House and David Willet are two recruits along with Butch Cassidy that have settled into the team exceptionally well and are all playing great football. Sammy Smith has also been is great form also. The reserves had a great win against an undermanned Pearcedale side, the win putting them back in touch with a top 3 finish and having a chance along with the seniors to be right in the hunt at the business end of the year. Great to have Schwindy back from his lay off, with a BOG performance, Teague Finnegan, Luke Boyle, Steve Baguley, Matt “Road Kill” Dunn, Doogie Howie, along with the Coach Travis Sawers have all been great in the last few weeks. The Under 18’s, under Danny Walker, put together their first 4 quarter game of the year last week against Pearcedale and what a great result. Andrew “Jim-

my” Dean kicking 7, Jesse Johnston with 5, Rima, Jack Kerr and Scotty Shea were all very good. Siting 6th, one game out the five, the boys just need to continue to work hard and a finals spot is within reach. Talking Netball, the A grade under Amy Jobling are really starting to hit their straps, and are currently sitting 2nd on the ladder, one game away from Tyabb in top spot. After winning the premiership last year, the ladies are very hungry for back to back success. The B Grade under the watchful eye of Ellen Millar also are finals bound, sitting equal 4th at the moment. Keep up the great work ladies and let’s get both Netball sides into the finals. On Saturday Stephen Tweedly plays his 100th club game, a 2007 & 2009 reserves premiership player and vicecaptain a great team player with tremendous courage. All at the Rye Football Club wish you well Stephen and hope for many more games in the red and the blue. Thanks also to Deb Wilson and Andrea Egan, and their band of helpers for a fantastic night at last week’s Mid-Season Ball, a sensational night that was very well attended, with record numbers, and each year it’s now getting bigger and better. Abba certainly proved a big hit, well done ladies. Not forgetting Tony and Monica Skene, who have all year been running fantastic coterie lunches in the Mick O’Rourke Room, with a fantastic spread at the recent Sorrento home game a highlight. If you would like to watch football from the glass super box enclosure and join in on the coterie lunches, please see Tony on any home game match. It certainly is a great way to watch local footy, in a premier environment and the peninsula’s premier ground. Also new date for the big raffle draw is Sunday August the 14th; still at the Hepburn FC, please see Kicka, Egor, JK or Beelie for a ticket or call 0359 85 8800 during business hours or 0419 583 378 only $250.00 for a ticket with a maximum 1000 for sale.

Stepping out over 1200 metres at Moonee Valley last Saturday, she powered home from last to finish third behind heavily backed favourite Golden Penny. Dubai prince Sheikh Mohammed, who has the biggest team racing in Australia, has another winner coming through the ranks in three-year-old Chasse. When having his second Victorian start this campaign, he charged home to finish second over 1500 metres at Moonee Valley and will obviously appreciate racing over more ground and on a larger circuit. A progressive mare who caught the eye at Moonee Valley was Minou. Unfancied at 20/1 in a competitive race, the four-year-old settled last early and was then forced wide on straightening, but still hit the line with gusto to grab fourth over 1200 metres. Look for her to winning her share of races over the next few months. Others to follow in the weeks ahead are: Beau Baron, Summer Dream, You’rejokingme, Glenburnie Dane, Moment To Savour, Rhiannon’s Joy and Tuskegee Bomber. Best: Koonoomoo.

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By A Cobb THE Swans’ win over Bendigo was the team’s best ever performance since affiliation with the Victorian Reclink Football League. The wide wings of Victoria Park allowed the Swans the chance to run and with a winning forward line, the Swans kicked 18 goals which was their best return in the team’s short history.. The features of the game were the accurate field kicking, unselfish handball and the ability of the young team to run across four quarters. Robbie Boss again starred in the centre and John Riddock, Will Harvey and Tom Deveney created ample opportunities for the Swan’s forward line. Enzo Marateo was lively in the forward arc and by the final siren he had kicked 5 goals and set up a couple for his team mates. Beau Ledwidge played a blinder and his three goals were the result of strong marking on the lead. Beau’s shepherd early in the game to allow Ben Spina to goal was text book football. Bendigo fought back in the second quarter but the Swans young legs were the major difference on the wide flanks of Collingwood. The Swans kicked 9 goals to Bendigo’s 3 in the second half and went on to

record a 47 point victory. Although suffering with the flu’ young Ben Spina played a brilliant game and kicked 4 goals. New players Dylan Jones and Hayden Bunworth contributed and goals by Pauline Hedger and Teresa Baker brought praise from Swans coach Wayne Pattison. Former Collingwood star, David Twomey presented the The Swans Medal to Rob Bos. Umpires Steve Brindle and Andrew Bunworth, from SUA, were praised for their outstanding exhibition, which in turn contributed to a free flowing and high standard match despite the heavy ground conditions. Final score: Swans 18.9. 117 defeated Bendigo 9.16. 70 Goals: Marateo 5 Spins 4 Boss 3 JLedwidge 3 Riddock Harvey Baker Hedger Best players: Bos Marateo Spina Harvey Riddock Bailey Ledwidge Rogers and Hedger LS/C Teresa Baker has outlined a major Reclink initiative by Victoria Police for 2011 which will be named the Police Cup. Police Officers from the Southern Peninsula and Metropolitan Stations will organise and officiate in the Swans versus Knights fixture later in the season. The match will be played at Victoria Park. “It will be a great opportunity for the local police to forge stronger links with the young people in our community,” Teresa said. Local businesses and families are invited to be part of the Swans for 2011 and sponsorship details can be obtained by contacting Senior Sergeant Steve O’Neill at Rosebud Police Station on 59860 4444.

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Magpies and Hawthorn battle for supremacy as Saints face North on a winning streak Round 15 previews Friday 1 July Western Bulldogs v Melbourne, Etihad Stadium 7.40pm After a season of ups and downs the Demons have finally shown some consistency with two decent backto-back wins. They return to Etihad Stadium where they haven’t managed a win all season. Despite that, this match is easily winnable if they repeat the way they played last weekend. Jack Watts, after much criticism in the early part of his career, has put in a tremendous six weeks, showcasing his talent and toughness. The Bulldogs last weekend did what was required of them against the Suns. Barry Hall made his return to football after an injury-riddled start to the year. Overall, Melbourne’s newly found confidence and momentum should provide a win over the Bulldogs. Melbourne by 29 points. Saturday 2 July Richmond v Carlton, MCG 2.10pm

In the rematch of the season opener, Richmond will be looking to turn the tables on Carlton after the Tigers blew a chance of joining the top eight. Carlton on the weekend were disappointing when they failed to win their fifth in a row. They led West Coast early before the Eagles kicked away and the Blues couldn’t counter. Richmond as well disappointed their fans against Melbourne when they were every chance to progress to the eight. Jack Riewoldt was unusually quiet and Dustin Martin wasn’t the same player we’ve seen this year. Carlton by 34 points. Fremantle v Gold Coast, Patersons Stadium 3.10pm 2011 has been a horror year for the Dockers injury-wise and now the most relied on player in the AFL, Aaron Sandilands, has injured his toe and possibly will miss the remainder of the year. Despite the injuries, Fremantle have still managed to keep winning and maintaining a spot in the eight. The Gold Coast last weekend left their run too late after being touched up by the Dogs in the first half. Nathan Bock was brilliant again. The key factor in this game is that the Suns’ form has dipped severely and now they have to travel to the other side of the country. This is pretty much a mission impossible game for

them. Fremantle by 33 points. Essendon v Geelong, Etihad Stadium 7.10pm It’s been a few weeks in the making but Essendon has finally dropped out of the top eight after their fifth consecutive loss last weekend. To go with the losing streak they’ve also sustained injuries to key players Jobe Watson and Sam Lonergan. The Cats on the other hand are cruising along nicely; last weekend they had Ottens, Selwood, Bartel, Mooney, Milburn, Hunt, Stokes and Kelly all out of the side and still managed to notch up a 52-point win. Geelong is playing too well to lose this game and the Bombers will be severely undermanned. Geelong by 56 points. Adelaide v Sydney, AAMI Stadium 7.40pm The Swans took it up to the reigning premiers on Saturday night and were just a tad unlucky they didn’t come away with the points. But in saying this there were many positives. Jarrad McVeigh played a pivotal role and kicked four goals from the midfield, Mark Seaby comprehensively beat Cameron Wood in the absence of Shane Mumford, and Jude Bolton continued his impressive season. The Crows however looked far from impressive in their loss; the Cats

were severely undermanned and yet the Crows were blown away in the opening quarter. Ian Callinan was one of the few positives, playing well in his first game at 28 years of age. Sydney by 24 points. Sunday 3 July Brisbane v Port Adelaide, Gabba 1.10pm After two massive losses, both of these sides will be giving it their all to get that elusive win. Brisbane were competitive for two and a bit quarters before being overrun by Fremantle. Simon Black was Brisbane’s best while Jack Reddan is becoming one of their better players and had 31 disposals. The Power were smashed by an underrated North Melbourne; they were competitive for the first half before the flood gates opened and the Power washed away. Hard to pick this one, but Brisbane have been that bit more competitive over the season and the home ground advantage may be enough. Brisbane by 13 points. Collingwood v Hawthorn, MCG 2.10pm In the match of the round, these two top four teams fight for supremacy in the race to the finals. Collingwood could be considered to have been lucky on the weekend against the

Swans. Like in the first grand final last year, the Pies failed to kick accurately and allowed Sydney to remain in the contest, which inspired a late fightback from them. Travis Cloke is in career best form, kicking two hauls of six in the past two matches; he will certainly challenge Hawthorn as they don’t have any tall defenders playing at the moment. Despite Hawthorn’s record against Collingwood, their lack of height will be a huge disadvantage. Collingwood by 19 points. North Melbourne v St Kilda, Etihad Stadium 4.40pm A nice even match-up to end the round. The Saints are coming off the bye, which has been a bit of a curse this season. They will be looking to bounce back from defeat against Geelong a fortnight ago. The Kangaroos however come into the game after four wins in a row. Last weekend was a fairly comprehensive win against the Power interstate. Drew Petrie was absolutely on fire taking nine contested marks; only Wayne Carey has taken more in a match. If the Saints are going to win, Nick Riewoldt needs to kick a bag because his recent form has been terrible. North Melbourne by 11 points.


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WHAT’S ON Beleura Ladies Probus Club – Retired/Semi-retired why not join our happy group of ladies for Meetings, Outings Gallery visits and more? Meet 2nd Wednesday of the Month at 9.30am at St Mark’s Uniting Church Hall, Barkly Street , Mornington. New members most welcome. Details Contact Joy 5974 3162. LADIES SOCIAL TENNIS is now available, at the hastings tennis club, 54 Marine Parade, Hastings, every monday and wednesday from 10am. Beginners welcome. Please contact Vicki 59794920 for more information. MORNINGTON TOY LIBRARY The Mornington Toy Library is open on Wednesdays between 9.30 am and 12.30 pm, Saturdays between 9.30 am and 11.30 am and Monday afternoons between 1pm and 3pm. Occasional borrowing and party pack are also available. Enquiries: 5975 1847 Western Port Equestrian Association Inc, for equestrian families, holds rallies on the 3rd Sunday and 2nd Wednesday of every month at Woolley’s Road Equestrian Reserve, Woolley’s Road, Crib Point. New members most welcome. Enquiries 0408 173 486 Over 50’s American Clogging New beginner classes learning Clogging, cross between Country Tap Dancing, Irish Dancing and American Folk Dancing. No dance experience or partner needed. Contact: Mornington Cloggers Lee : 59776985 04129777898 Rosebud Mens Probus Inc will meet at 9.45am on Tuesday 19th July at the Uniting Church, Murray Anderson Rd. Speaker will address the issue of ‘Road Safety for Seniors’. Visitors welcome. Details Tony 59821120. ROSEBUD TENNIS CLUB: Social tennis every Sunday 10am at Hove Rd , Rosebud South. All ages and standards welcome. Enquiries: Barbara 59 812540

“People Place/ Verandah Music” - Once Yearly Big July Concert. Mahogany Neighbourhood Centre 17th July @ Cost $5.00. Afternoon snacks inclusive. Giant Raffle Draw. Best entertainment around town. Don’t miss this Tickets on sale now. Be Quick. 97861445. Peninsula Bushwalking Club. Meetings commence at 8pm on the first Tuesday of each month, at the Mt. Martha Community House, The Esplanade. Interested walkers are welcome. Contact:

Mahjong Club plays at Mornington R.S.L. (Virginia Street) on Fridays. 12:30 - 4:00pm. Experienced players made very welcome. Cost is $3.50. Tea & coffee provided. Contact Lucy - 5981 0801. New Green Programs at Sorrento Community Centre: Sorrento officially launches a new program “Sustainable Homes “ developed by the CSIRO in conjunction with the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council for those building a new home or retro-fitting an existing home learn to minimize energy, water and waste. Sustainable Homes launches on Tuesday 2nd August for five weeks 6pm to 8pm $55 includes a $20 starter kit. Workshops with Deb Slinger – Declutter your way to a new life 12:30 – 3:30pm, Vision boards 10:00 – 12:00pm $35 per session (light lunch included) will be held on the 15th August. Please phone 59 84 3360. The Briars. Wednesday 20th July 2011 at 12pm. “Discovering the navigation instruments of Burke and Wills”. A fascinating talk and media presentation by Dr Ray Holmes about finding these significant artefacts after a 20-year search. Enjoy a basket lunch with a glass of wine by the fireside in the Edwardian Room at The Briars Park. Adults $20, Concession $15. Bookings essential: Contact Elizabeth on 9580-9617 or Judy on 5988-9853.

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Tootgarook Combined Probus Club meets at the Tootgarook community hall, corner of Barry and Darvall Streets on the second Tuesday of each month a 9:30AM. With interesting speakers and activities, would you like to come and join us? For more information please ring our secretary, Jane, on 59 856542 or our president, Bev, on 59 868934. New Green Programs at Sorrento Community Centre: Sorrento officially launches a new program “Sustainable Homes “ developed by the CSIRO in conjunction with the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council for those building a new home or retro-fitting an existing home learn to minimize energy, water and waste. Sustainable Homes launches on Tuesday 2nd August for five weeks 6pm to 8pm $55 includes a $20 starter kit. Workshops with Deb Slinger – Declutter your way to a new life 12:30 – 3:30pm, Vision boards 10:00 – 12:00pm $35 per session (light lunch included) will be held on the 15th August. Please phone 59 84 3360. Rosebud Community Centre offers Take A Break Occasional Child Care on Monday Wednesday Friday ffom 9am. Please supply a snack and drink. Cost $ 15.00. for a four hour session. Bookings essential. 3 year-old kinder is also offered on a Thursday morning 9-11.30am. cost $120.00. per term. Child must be toilet trained .Please supply a piece of fruit and a drink. All enquiries phone 5986 5882. Peninsula Prostate & Partners Support Group meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 7.00pm at Bentons Square Community Centre, 145 Bentons Rd, Mornington. We provide support, educational material, and the opportunity to share a common experience. Affiliated with the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Cancer Council Victoria. Details Roy : 0413 654 808, website www., or email

Arthritis Self-help Group meet the last Tuesday of the month in the Baptist Church Hall, Boneo Road, Rosebud, at 1:30pm.New members welcome. Contact Lorna 59822678. Cancer Support Group meets every second Tuesday of the month. All welcome. Community Health. 185 High Street, Hastings, or ring 0419 020 543. Rosebud Branch of National Seniors Australia will hold its AGM on Wednesday 13th July -1.30pm at Rosebud Library Community Room, McDowell Street, Rosebud. Peter Feeney, Zone Chair will chair the election of incoming Committee.Members attendance is important to show your support for the Committee. Margot: 5981-2971. POLIO: Have you or do you know anyone who had polio or is now experiencing after effects of polio? Please come to our support group meeting held at 11am on the second Saturday of each month at the Information Centre, Main St , Mornington. Enquiries: 59743495 CWA Balnarring Branch. Next monthly meeting on Wednesday 8th July 2011 at 1.30pm - 3.30pm at the Balnarring Community Hall in Balnarring our invited speakers will be Delys Sergeant and Hellen Cooke their subject will be “Homelessness on the Mornington Peninsula”. The public are invited to attend. For more information, please contact the Secretary, Denise Palmer on 5983 5085.

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Aglow Mornington, an interdenominational group, will meet in the Mornington Information Center at 320 Main St. on Thursday, July 14 at 10.30am. Our speaker will be Mrs Pam Johnson, from Somerville, so come and share with us. We know it will be a wonderful day at this exciting (although cold) time of year. Entry is $9 with morning tea included. For enquiries please ring Marie on 59776200 or Pam on 59776073 and we’d love to see you there. The Southern Peninsula 50+ Club is a Peninsula based Friendship Club who meet regularly for outings such as dinners, lunches, walks, games, picnics bbq’s and bus trips. The club holds meetings at the West Rosebud Community Hall the third Tuesday of each month. For more info ring Val on 5985 3045 Come and make a difference to the environment. The next Mt. Martha Sunshine Reserve working bee will be on Sunday 3rd July from 9.30am to 12.30. Morning tea provided, no experience necessary. Wear long sleeves, pants, sturdy boots and a hat. Meet at the end of Jackson St. Details: Gill -5974 1288. Croquet. Croquet is fun. Come and try for free at the Mornington Croquet Club. Equipment is provided and there is no obligation. Please wear flat shoes. Details from Colin Martin 9787-1039. Mornington Croquet Club, Civic Reserve, Dunns Road, Mornington (Melway 145H4)

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