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Tuesday, 1 June, 2021


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Business blow The ripple effect of the state government’s “circuit breaker” lockdown announced on Thursday 27 May is being felt heavily by local hospitality venues. Mark from Mt Dandenong Hotel stands

in his normally bustling bistro left deserted over the weekend after the announcement of Victoria’s fourth strict lockdown. For more turn to page 5

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Frustrated and fatigued mountain residents feel they have been left no choice but to delve into their own pockets to fund private security to tackle the ongoing issue of hoons in the Hills. Fed up with trying to sleep to the sound of burnouts and boom boxes, neighbours from village towns on Mt Dandenong are chipping in to cover the costs of a private security firm to patrol the area at night. Two Eyre Road residents, who wished to remain anonymous, said 11 houses currently pay into a fund each week for the security service. “We pay into a fund and that means we can have security up here at night over three or four nights each week,” a resident said. But the security isn’t your standard drive-by patrol. “He gets out and speaks to these people and asks if they realise they are parked in an emergency access point or in front of a no standing sign,” they said. The move comes after Yarra Ranges Council installed ‘no parking’ restriction signs on some roads in an attempt to combat late night antisocial gatherings which were seeing cars line the roads. While Hills residents welcomed the signage, it wasn’t being policed. “There are cars all the way along both sides of Ridge Road, protruding out onto the road and cars parked up here all hours of the night still,” a resident said. “Council haven’t employed anyone after hours to police it, despite the fact that on any given night they are forgoing thousands in revenue they could be getting, the job would certainly pay for itself,” they said. YPG Risk owner Grant Burton is one of the

security officers who patrol the mountain, with 360 degree cameras fitted to the car and a body worn camera to record each encounter he has with people flouting the rules. “What we have been doing is confronting and dealing with groups of hoons that just get up there and want to show other people their cars. They meet at Osprey and do their runs, they’ll get into their cars and do a quick lap around the mountain, down to five ways, back up Ridge Road back to Osprey,” Mr Burton said. “We’ve also seen four-wheel-drive groups muscling cars up the road. They drive along in their big cars at 1am in the morning and anyone coming back from looking at the moon or the stars gets bullied off the road. We are seeing lots of angry young p-platers and their attitude is pretty poor to say the least,” he said. Mr Burton said the “hoons” know the residents have had enough, sometimes acting out purposely in an attempt to get a response. “They toot their horns on purpose, rev their engines going up and down residential streets just to disturb people, they’ll do really anything they can do to get a response and they know that the signs and what we’re doing is aimed at them. “Our presence is definitely felt. They don’t like us, but they comply with our move on requests. Mr Burton said the patrol officers give feedback to police “without overcalling the little things”. “We’ve seen them do things to make the road more slippery. They pour oil on the roads, pour lubricant on the bends and take the bends hard which makes the back wheels slide out and people are filming from a car behind,” Mr Burton said. Continued on page 2


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Residents on hoon patrol

Cars line Mt Dandenong almost every night. “If we call 000, we’ve had burnouts going for over an hour and we are over it. It’s not the first time we hear someone with a loud exhaust we call in, it’s because there’s someone up here doing burnouts for hours on end or demolishing street signs or something,” they said.

While some residents believe they shouldn’t have to fork out for private security, others argue they had to do something for their own sanity. “Some people will say this is a police job, and we agree with that. We just can’t live like this, so

we had to do something. We are at the stage that we are asking how much is too much, how much before we sell up and move. We always said this was our forever home, they’ll have to carry us out in a pine box, but it’s not looking that way lately,” the resident said.


From page 1 “We ask them to move on and are more about educating them, saying guys, this is silly. If we can get through to them it’s great, rather than causing a war,” he said. Mr Burton has a good rapport with Highway Patrol police, who he calls if necessary and passes on footage of illegal activity. According to the Eyre Road resident, “the problem with relying on police is that the hoons have spotter cars at the approaches to the mountain”. “We can see here, on a Saturday night, the racing that’s going on on Ridge Road will suddenly stop and you go yep, Highway Patrol must be up. Sure enough they’ve set up a radar and sit there and everyone drives nice and slow because word gets out. Once they take off, not having administered any fines, the hoons all come back,” the resident said. “They did do a blitz over three weekends but they set up in the same spots each night with their radar. It’s hard from their point of view because they can’t justify sending vehicles up here all the time if they’re not getting the results,” they said. But the private security company asking people to move on has been “fantastic”, according to the residents. “It’s fantastic while we’ve got security up here because he can deal with most of it and ask people to move on and what he can’t he calls Highway Patrol. It’s the nights his not here when we really need a response from the police,” they said. “Some nights when its foggy, wet and windy and cops have been up here to do their blitz, there’s no one around, it’s sleepy hollow, so they take off and must just think we’re full of cr*p. “We are hoping the security guard will record some of the stuff we are dealing with and it will shine a light that we are not just whinging and that there is in fact a problem.

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IN BRIEF Covid-19 exposure sites

Pet detectives on the hunt for dog

A Knox City indoor sporting facility has been added to the growing list of Covid-19 exposure sites. Insportz Knox was added to the DHHS list of public exposure sites late on Thursday 27 May. The infected case is believed to have attended the Wantirna South recreation sport venue the week prior, on Thursday 20 May, between 6.30pm and 8.30pm. The exposure site is listed as Tier 1, with anyone who visited the venue during the exposure time required to get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days. Bayswater North McDonald’s is also listed as an exposure site. The fast-food restaurant was added to the DHHS list of exposure sites on 27 May, with the infected case believed to have dined in the restaurant on Friday 21 May between 11pm and 12am. The exposure site is listed as Tier 1, with anyone who visited the restaurant during the exposure time required to get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days. SkyHigh Mt Dandenong was added to the DHHS list of exposure sites on Sunday 30 May. The infectious case is believed to have attended the venue and entered the SkyHigh Cafe on 15 May, between 6pm and 7.50pm. The exposure site is listed as Tier 2, with anyone at the venue during the exposure period required to get tested urgently and isolate until a negative result is received. There are currently no other exposure sites listed in the Yarra Valley or Dandenong Ranges.

By Taylah Eastwell A blind Upper Ferntree Gully man has had his beloved dog stolen from him as part of a rouge trade while he rest in hospital. The 41-year-old legally blind man, Matt, found himself in hospital after having a fall and breaking his ankle in November last year. Now on the mend, Matt finds himself isolated and lonely without his four-legged companion, Sam the poodle, who now resides with an unknown couple following a shonky deal by a pet-sitter. The Star Mail caught up with Anne-Marie of Arthur & Co Pet Detectives, who have been enlisted to help track down Matt’s much-loved poodle Sam. Arthur & Co Pet Detectives are a group of specialist agents that assist in cases of lost and stolen pets. “Sam, the poodle, is 10-years-old and is a bit like a stubborn old man. He quite likes his own home. He spent some time with Matt’s parents but was more comfortable in his own home, so Matt’s parents would go around to attend to him multiple times each day, they were walking him twice a day, playing fetch with him, cuddling him, because they live just around the corner,” Anne-Marie said. In early January, an acquaintance of the parents offered to take the dog to a friend of hers to care for Sam on a “temporary pet-sit arrangement” while Matt recovered. “Matt’s parents went and visited Sam, they even took some gifts to the woman for her kind offer and offered to pay her but the woman declined. When Matt got out of hospital at the end of February they went to get Sam back and were told that Sam had been rehomed,” AnneMarie explained. After the initial shock, attempts to confront the woman who on-sold Sam were met with hostility, with the couple screaming “a bl**dy blind man shouldn’t have a dog anyway”. “Arthur & Co Pet Detectives got involved in around April and contacted the woman only to have her partner ring us back and say aggressively ‘the dogs gone’, ‘you won’t be getting it back, drop this, don’t bother taking this on, the people who have got it like it’,” Anne-Marie said. Anne-Marie said the couple spoke about Sam as if he were an object, constantly referring to him as ‘it’. “They said ‘call the f****ing police, call A Current Affair’, do your best basically,” AnneMarie said. “We then re-grouped and sent an agent around to appeal to them, and contacted the Ferntree Gully pub where this deal was made about the dog,” she said. After tracking down the couple who have Sam, Arthur & Co Pet Detectives attended an address on Rollings Road, Upper Ferntree Gully on Thursday 27 May in an attempt to

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Sam the poodle is caught at the centre of a fraudulent doggy deal after being on-sold by a petsitter while his owner lay in hospital. plead with the residents to return him to his distraught and lonely owner, Matt. “We were told no, they said they will drag it through the courts and abuse the court system to make it drag out until Matt can’t afford it,” Anne-Marie said. According to Knox Police, the matter is a civil matter, meaning any criminal arrests or interventions are not plausible. “If this was someone’s stolen car, the police would go around there, question the people and retrieve the car, make some arrests. You can’t just give away someone else’s property like this, it is theft, particularly when that intention was there to deprive Matt of his property, as sad as it is to refer to a dog as property that is how they are seen under Australian law,” Anne-Marie said. “Because it’s a dog and not a phone or a diamond ring, it’s considered civil,” Anne-Marie said. “He is microchipped, registered, the chip is registered as stolen, and Matt did not provide any paperwork to relinquish his ownership, he didn’t really even allow for the dog to be petsat in the first place because he was in hospital,” she said. “The most disappointing thing is we always approach with an open mind and heart and understand that people may have been told certain stories or misled, but we were met with


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Thieves target tradies With timber in short supply throughout the pandemic, local police warn there has been an increase in loiters attending building sites in an attempt to steal supplies. Yarra Ranges police say tradies tools also continue to be targeted. It is suggested that tools be engraved with drivers licence numbers for identity purposes. Police also urge homeowners to park their vehicle in the garage where possible. If you see suspicious behaviour in your neighbourhood call 000.





angst and told horrible things. Matt’s dog groomer contacted Arthur & Co Pet Detectives to express her concern, vouching for Matt’s care of Sam. “Sam is always near Matt and to me seems very attached to him. He takes very good care of Sam – he is obviously well fed and sleeps inside and he books Sam in every three months for his groom,” the groomer said. The heartbreaking story is weighing heavily on Matt, who has now gone months without his four-legged bestfriend. “To say they will drag it out through the courts and make a blind man, who can’t work, struggle like that to the point he wont be able to afford to get his dog back is unnecessarily unkind,” Anne-Marie said. “This is strange behaviour and really disappointing, especially when we are in the middle of a loneliness pandemic as well as a global pandemic, to knowingly deprive a disabled man of his dog and companion,” she said. An update posted to Arthur & Co Pet Detectives Facebook page over the weekend said the people who have Sam took him in after being told he was malnourished by his owner without knowing he had been pet-sat for two months prior. The post says the situation is close to being resolved, however there have been no further updates.

A man had a knife pulled on him in Mt Evelyn last weekend. A 25-year-old male was reportedly approached near the rotunda behind Mt Evelyn IGA by an offender who pulled a knife and made demands for cash about 4pm on Saturday 22 May. With the help of township CCTV, police were able to obtain images of the offender and establish his identity. A 27-year-old Mt Evelyn man was arrested around 8.30pm the same day, with police also locating the knife during a search. The man has been charged with armed robbery and other related offences and was due to face court last week.

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Local author strikes gold Reading Bob Menzies’ Benito’s Gold reminds this reviewer of Dan Brown’s novels – the intrigue, the chase, the plot twists and relatively short chapters, and, of course, the multiple deaths. Even the merciless killer remains similarly mysterious, his identity and motives kept murky until the very end. But, unlike Brown who is known for spinning conspiracy theories and elaborately detailing styles, sceneries, atmospheres and moods, Menzies’ down-to-earth, no-nonsense approach helps quickening the pace. As readers, we are graced with each character’s age, height, and distinct facial/physical

PASSION FOR PROSE WITH CHRISTINE SUN features. Then we are hurled straight into the thrilling game of cat and mouse. In this whodunit book, the “cat” is three

war veterans named Archie, Baz and Chris who make up the ABC Adventure Team. They are hired to travel around Australia looking for shipwrecks, missing gold from the past, and some of the country’s most baffling mysteries. As for the “mouse” – well, somewhere around Queenscliff, a cave is said to be haunted by long-lost pirates. These wandering souls keep returning to their gold, silver and gemstones, their blood thirst and greed a curse to anyone daring to unearth them. Still, many tried and are still trying, and they are willing to commit murder and much more to keep it all to themselves. Menzies’ entertaining story follows the

ABC Adventure Team as they race against time to save a missing boy, discover long-buried chests of gold, while trying to avoid a killer determined to stop them. It is an endearing tale, set mainly in Victoria and featuring tough-as-nail Aussie blokes both young and old. Particularly enjoyable is the mention of Riverscape Restaurant, on the banks of Sturt Reserve in Murry Bridge, South Australia, whose quality of food, service and aesthetics are highly recommended by the author. In Menzies’ notes about the restaurant’s owner, readers get a glimpse of the sense of humour that the author shares with his characters. “Sorry about the three bullets in the back, Daimo, but you’ll recover and feature in up-coming ABC adventures.” The quirky yet delightful Aussie humour is detected throughout the book – during Captain Bennet Graeme’s transformation from Commander of HMS Devonshire to Benito Bonito, amidst the bold plan of Captain William Thompson and the crew of the Mary Dear to steal the Spanish treasure that they were supposed to safeguard, and in the final showdown between one of the main characters and his nemesis. The scale of the author’s research is impressive, and the list of facts provided at the end the book is another reminder of Brown’s style. However, whether the pirate treasure ended up hidden somewhere around Queenscliff or on Cocos Island, those who have sought it over the years and even today are Aussies and their characteristics uniquely Australian. The novel can benefit from some editorial TLC, but Benito’s Gold is ultimately the exciting debut of a new author full of wild and vivid imagination. We look forward to reading the next ABC Adventure Tour north of Wagga Wagga.

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Hospitality feels the heat By Taylah Eastwell Businesses across the Dandenong Ranges join the rest of the state in fear as the impact of the latest “circuit breaker” lockdown takes hold, marking the first shutdown endured without any wage subsidies for workers. For the hospitality industry, which provides employment for a number of students, mothers and casual workers, the impact of the last minute shutdown has been brutal. Mount Dandenong Hotel owner, Mark, said a “very negative domino effect” flows from the announcement. “The big industries are allowed to be open, making massive profits, but it’s the small businesses that aren’t essential that aren’t even allowed to stay open and even if opening partially, they won’t do anywhere near the trade,” he said. But the impact on the hospitality industry is a lot more than a few thousand dollars in lost revenue and some wasted food, with staff losing faith in the industry that has been plagued with uncertainty during the pandemic. “The staff have lost faith in the hospitality sector. When anything happens we are shut down, and because they are part-time or causal, they are in some cases not entitled to JobKeeper or anything. This time around, we are closed for seven days and they lose seven days pay, because casual workers aren’t entitled to the holidays. It has a devastating effect on them so they’re relying on any savings they’ve got. “We’re not essential. People have been leaving the industry all-together to find jobs in more secure positions or packing shelves, after the pandemic we have struggled like crazy to get staff back on board,” Mark said. According to Mark, the Dandenong Ranges had only just started seeing tourists return. “After we re-opened after the last shutdown it took about three months for consumer confidence to come back. Because we are in a tourist area in the Dandenongs, we were only just starting to see some of the busses come back, so it’s taken all that time to recover,” he said. With tourists fearful and no government subsidies, the impact of the lockdown doesn’t end when restrictions are lifted. “In the pandemic there were a lot of things put into place by the government, JobKeeper, JobSeeker, assistance and grants, it was also mandatory rent relief through landlords. Now, because we don’t own the building, we may have to pay rent despite the fact we’ve earnt nothing,” Mark said. “People might go to their landlords asking for some rent relief because they aren’t earning anything and they may turn around and say, there is nothing legally requiring me to consider that now, so you’ve got to pay full rent. How do you pay your rent when you haven’t earnt a cent?,” he said. Mark urged the state government to think about the timing of lockdowns and the impact

Mount Dandenong Hotel owners Mark and Jenny saddened by the sight of an empty bar once again. it has on small businesses. “Food sales are our life, so the timing of shutdowns is critical sometimes. Take Valentines Day, they shut us down for five days on the Friday night with Valentines Day on the Sunday. If they were in this industry they would know we order our products for the weekend on a Thursday for delivery on Friday, there is no delivery on the weekend. I had bought all this stuff and had it delivered Friday and then Friday night we got shut down for five days, and I not only speak for myself but everyone else in the industry,” he said. “This seven day shut down would have been better from the following Monday instead of the Friday. Shutting us down on Thursday night meant we lost all our weekend trade, Monday and Tuesday we might do 20 people a day but Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday it might be 100, so timing is critical and shutting us down from Monday to Friday would have been much more sensible. But with experience comes wisdom, with Mark and wife Jenny anticipating a lockdown this time around and opting to not order anything for Friday 28 May. “We worked the Thursday fully knowing they’d shut us down. We didn’t order anything to get delivered Friday and ran out of certain things Thursday night so I didn’t have to throw out a thousand dollars worth of food,” Mark said. Mark said one of the hardest things for small businesses affected by the lockdown is the fact the losses often aren’t enough to make an insurance claim due to the excess.



“Losses often aren’t enough to make a claim so it really does bite you. “It’s a tough gig, and you can be as smart an operator as you like, but you can’t battle the el-

ements of the government shutting you down at the wrong time,” he said. Mount Dandenong Hotel is open for takeaway from the bistro and bottle shop.

Belgrave Library shuts so refurbishment can start By Mikayla van Loon Belgrave Library is getting a revamp but unfortunately that means it has to close while the works are completed. From Wednesday 26 May the library will be closed to the public for at least four to five months but Belgrave Library team leader Federica Mastrangelo said that was only an estimate. “With the current uncertain climate, delays can be expected,” she said. But it will be well worth the wait when the library reopens. The main refurbishments will be to extend the community room and move the entrance to the front of the building, while private study rooms and an outdoor courtyard with tables and chairs will also be added. Ms Mastrangelo said that many people use the library to work and study, so by offering private rooms it gives more people the ability to be in a quiet space. “The community room is widely used not only for library events but also by members

Belgrave Library will be closed for at least five months while renovations are completed. Picture: MIKAYLA VAN LOON

Federica Mastrangelo and Sarah Hopkins of Eastern Regional Libraries at Belgrave Library where refurbishments are set to take place. 202396

of the community to run groups, meetings and a variety of workshops,” she said. “By increasing the capacity of the room there will be more opportunities to book the space during and after library hours.” Although those projects are exciting, Ms Mastrangelo said the best part is involving the community through art.

“I think the most exciting part will be the artwork by local artists which will be displayed around the new entrance of the library.” For staff, Ms Mastrangelo said they are of course excited about all of the refurbishments but the relocation of the customer service desk to the centre of the building and the

new returns room will make everything more efficient. “[And] of course the staff are happy that they will be able to stay warm in winter when the 30 year old heating and cooling system is replaced,” Ms Mastrangelo said. The library received $450,000 from Yarra Ranges Council which matched the $450,000 from the State government in 2020. During the 2018/19 period, the library had over 100,000 visits and had decent attendance to all events, so the upgrades were a welcome addition to the original 1997 design. In the meantime, the Belgrave Library Express will be operating from the Belgrave Community Hub Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 4.30pm from Monday 7 June. Library members will be able to collect reservations and browse a small selection of new books. Children’s story time will run as normal on Monday and Tuesday mornings at 11am and Tiny Tots story time at 2pm on Tuesdays. Tuesday, 1 June, 2021




Recognition for long CFA service Composer and singer, Jacqui Rutten, has organised and taken part in DRMC charity concerts since 2007.

Concerts for Hills charity By Taylah Eastwell A series of charity concerts set to benefit a number of Hills community organisations will take place over coming months. The Dandenong Ranges Music Council’s 2021 Recession Charity Concerts aims to showcase home-grown talent over a number of performances, with entry being by any comfortable donation. The concerts will feature 50 minutes of chamber music and around 10 minutes of singing, both solo and with the piano, at the Dandenong Ranges Music Council headquarters at Upwey High School. The first concert is scheduled for Sunday 6 June, where composer and singer, Jacqui Rutten, will be performing. “The first concert features quintet and songs about nature which I am singing,” Ms Rutten said. “One of the fun things for me in terms of the performances is I am performing my own compositions on the spot in real time composition,” she said. Another of Ms Rutten’s compositions, titled Sherbrooke and Emerald Nature Sketches, comprises of “little snippets of composed notes based on sitting down in nature in the edge of Sherbrooke Forest”. Ms Rutten said all donations will be going to different Dandenong Ranges organisations, with funds raised from the first concert going to a shelter for women and children experiencing homelessness. Other recipients include Foothills Community Care and Dandenong Ranges Emergency Relief Service “I think the concert is helping a great cause, and the cause is also music itself because it is affordable high quality, low cost entertainment,” Ms Rutten said. Other concert dates are 1 August, 5 September, and 5 December. The concerts are sponsored by Yarra Ranges Council. All donations are welcome.

By Taylah Eastwell A line-up of dedicated local volunteers were recognised for their heroic and selfless service at a recent awards night at Clematis CFA. Held on Saturday 22 May, 11 Clematis CFA volunteers went home heavy handed after the awards ceremony. Clematis CFA captain Jarryd Miller said it was great to see so many long-standing volunteers recognised for their time spent in the brigade. “It was good to have a night like that, because we didn’t get to have one last year. It was great to see people be rewarded for their time, you don’t get a lot of thanks as volunteers so it was just a nice bit of recognition,” Mr Miller said. Awards were handed out for 40 years of service, as well as 35, 30, 25, 20 and 10 year stints, with Clematis CFA having a long list of lifelong volunteers. Firefighting volunteer Les Smith was recognised for 40 years of service, while life member Mark Lane and firefighter Peter Richardson were commended for 35 years. Simon King took home a plaque for 30 years service, Steven Parkes for 25 years and captain Jarryd Miller was also recognised for 20 years of voluntary service to the local brigade. At age 32, Jarryd has spent the majority of his life as a volunteer firefighter. “I came up through the juniors, started when I was 11 and moved to seniors at 16,” he said. “My dad was in the fire brigade and I used to pester him to start a junior brigade. I pestered him for ages and was hanging around the fire station heaps until eventually he started a junior brigade,” Jarryd said. During his time, Jarryd has attended countless callouts, including the great battle that was Black Saturday. “There are always jobs you remember. Most are car accidents, especially the ones that involve kids. It’s always the bad ones that stand out,” he said. For Jarryd, the reason he volunteers isn’t easy to put into words, with voluntary service “just a part of life“. “I don’t really put much thought into it. That part doesn’t cross my mind, someone’s got to do it. Clematis is a very small town, I think we have three members that live in Clematis, the rest live in Emerald and surrounds, so there’s not a lot of other people to do it,” he laughs. 10 years of service awards also went to Dan-

Clematis CFA captain Jarryd Miller receives his 20 years of service award from brigade president Brad Battin. iel Edwards, Kayla Edwards and Bruce Ratcliff. The Captains Award went to Rob Russel and Daniel Edwards was also named the Clematis CFA Firefighter of the Year. Clematis CFA president Brad Battin said the awards night celebrated 180 years of volunteer service between just eight volunteers. “I want to put on record my thanks to all of them for their outstanding commitment,” Mr Battin said. “I would like to acknowledge brigade captain, and friend, Jarryd Miller. 20 years’ service with over six as captain, Jarryd has served in many roles. He regularly puts the community first and stops work to get to any incident,” he said. “Those at the brigade know and understand his commitment and from all the community Jarryd, we say thank you.

Les Smith and Stephen Parkes were commended for 40 years and 25 years service.

Cardinia Shire Council is a sports award finalist Cardinia Shire Council has been announced as a finalist in the Victorian Sport Awards. Council is a finalist for its ‘Mental Health in Sports Clubs’ program under the Bunnings Trade Local Government Initiative of the Year category. The Victorian Government VicSport’s annual awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of those who have shown commitment and dedication to sport in Victoria. Council’s Mental Health in Sports Clubs program was established to help build the capacity of volunteers through a recognised and accredited mental health first aid course, in partnership with Monash Health and the Richmond Institute - an accredited provider and the education arm of the Richmond Football Club who proudly partner with Mental Health First Aid Australia. Between October and December 2020, 24 individuals from 15 clubs across eight different sporting codes in Cardinia Shire completed the mental health first aid course. Cardinia Shire Council Mayor Councillor Brett Owen said it was a privilege to be nominated for such a prestigious award. “We are so pleased that our Mental Health in Sports Club program has been recognised 6 MAIL


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at a state level. “Council conducted a survey last year to see how we could best support our local sporting clubs. “Mental health was identified as the number one priority area both in understanding mental health and supporting club members and the community, especially as so many were experiencing social isolation and disconnection during the lockdowns. “The clubs benefited not only from the training, but also from the partnership between Council, Monash Health and the Healthy Sports Club Initiative, which supported the clubs’ ongoing development and implementation of mental health strategies,” Cr Owen said. The success of the program inspired Council’s COVID-19 recovery team to deliver more subsidised mental health first aid courses to community organisations who support our residents. A further 24 representatives from community organisations such as neighbourhood and community houses, seniors groups, men’s sheds and other not for profit groups, are currently completing their mental health first aid accreditation. The Victorian Sport Awards will be held on Thursday 3 June.

Cardinia Shire Council sport development officer Mel Pratt, Nar Nar Goon Netball Club president Hannah Smith, Cardinia Shire Council mayor and councillor Brett Owen, Officer Tennis Club tennis development officer Kylie Hoghton, Monash Health health promotion practitioner Cassandra Crothers-Swensson, Richmond Institute education coordinator (Partnerships) Aimee White, Officer Kangaroos Junior Football Club Vice President Steve Hobson. Picture: CARDINIA SHIRE COUNCIL


Belgrave’s VCAT battle By Taylah Eastwell A decision that will shape the future of Belgrave will soon be handed down, with the proposed development for the Old Belgrave Motors site currently being heard by VCAT. The proposal for a five-storey development at 2-14 Monbulk Road, including a supermarket, shops, a cafe, offices and a childcare centre, was refused by Yarra Ranges Council on 29 September last year. The developer, Pulitano Properties, appealed to VCAT, where it is believed to have engaged six expert witnesses to push the proposal it has been trying to get through since 2017. But the community is fighting back, with one concerned resident contributing $38,000 from their own pocket to fund experts to act on behalf of residents. The plans include a two-storey high building on Monbulk Road, with a further five storeys set to overlook Puffing Billy Railway station that will extend 130 metres towards Kallista. Belgrave Tecoma Township Group treasurer Karl Williams described the all-in legal battle as “a clashing of swords”. “Two great armies have been amassing and finally there will be a clashing of swords,” he said. According to Mr Williams, Yarra Ranges Council has employed legal representatives and three expert witnesses for the hearing. Yarra Ranges Council refused the proposal after it failed to meet numerous clauses in the Planning Scheme and was incompatable with the area’s landscape. “The development, in terms of its visual bulk, will have adverse impact on the amenity of the Puffing Billy Railway Scenic Corridor,” the refusal document read. Council described the proposal as an “overdevelopment of the site”, with the proposed landscapes, building design, neighbourhood character and plans for vegetation removal not in line with the Yarra Ranges Planning Scheme. Director of Planning, Design and Development, Kath McClusky said council’s concerns included “issues raised with the applicant by Council not being resolved and Vicroads (now Department of Transport) objecting to the application at the time”. Mr Williams said there were 85 objections at a community level, with a small number of local residents pooling their resources to employ their own experts. “While these experts have been very sympathetic and have given us community rates,

they don’t come cheap”, said Mr. Williams. Mr Williams said the community has set up a fundraiser in an attempt to alleviate the financial burden on the resident who has paid thousands to enlist the help of an expert. “We’ve set up a crowd-funding site – Chuffed – to try and defray $20,000 of his costs. If anyone feels like chipping in $50 or so, they can do a search on ‘Chuffed Save Belgrave Township’ and make a simple, secure donation,” Mr Williams said. Key arguments at the hearing are expected to be over traffic congestion, urban design and the threat to the character of the township. “Many locals are especially outraged at the proposal to remove all 24 trees on the site plus another 24 on adjoining land, including some magnificent old native habitat trees”, said Mr Williams. “The developer’s arborist completely ignored the priceless habitat that these older trees provide to native animals and birds. Expect the arguments on this at VCAT to be fought hard,” he said. The VCAT hearing is scheduled to continue until June 10.

An artist’s impression of the Belgrave Motors site if the development is allowed to proceed.

Glengollan objectors celebrate, but fight isn’t over yet By Taylah Eastwell A controversial proposal for a multi-storey development in a Ferntree Gully residential street has been knocked back by council. Members of the community against the development are celebrating the decision after extensive advocacy work to protect privacy in the foothills suburb. Glengollan Village, a not-for-profit aged care provider with a long history in Ferntree Gully, had submitted an application to Knox City Council for a permit to build a two-storey aged care facility at 2-8 Saint Elmo Avenue. A large group of neighbouring residents, who dubbed the design the ‘Glengollan Skyscraper’, fought hard to oppose the development, fearing it would block mountain views, remove backyard privacy, lower house prices, unnecessarily remove vegetation, increase traffic, create unnecessary “bulk” and be an overdevelopment of the land in the leafy residential street. Knox City councillors voted to oppose the planning permit at councils 24 May meeting. Chandler Ward councillor Jude Dwight suggested council issue a notice of refusal to grant a planning permit on the basis that the proposed aged-care facility did not respect the landscape and was not in line with neighbourhood character and other standards under the Knox Planning Scheme. The extent of vegetation removal at the site was also said to be “inappropriate” and

Members of the Ferntree Gully against Glengollan Skyscraper group rally in March to show their opposition to the development. failed to meet environmental and landscape overlays, with insignificant space provided at the front and rear of the site. “The proposed development results in significant and inappropriate visual bulk when viewed from the neighbouring properties,” Cr Dwight said. “The proposal is considered to have a significant social effect on the community due to the substantial number of objections received to the application,” she said. The refusal was a welcomed surprise to

members of the Ferntree Gully against Glengollan Skyscraper group, given state government rules introduced in 2018 make it easier for aged-care facilities to disregard local planning restrictions. “After carefully weighing everything up, it appears to me that planning exemptions for aged-care are being taken advantage of and the risk we as councillors cant ignore is the precedent this sets,” Cr Dwight said. Member of Ferntree Gully against Glengollan Skyscraper group, Andre Cooke said

the group went to the 24 May meeting “expecting the worst”. “It’s been a long fight, so we are all very pleased with the outcome. As soon as we got out of the council chambers we all cheered hip hip hooray, we did it,” Mr Cooke said. But the fight may not be over yet, as Glengollan Village may take the matter to VCAT. “We won’t give up. We are all still keen to make this thing stop. It goes to show that if people like us can have a win then other people may also be able to do some good,” Mr Cooke said. Cr Dwight said Glengollan Village had held “a great presence” in the community since 1956 and encouraged decision makers to “realise the full impact of this pursuit”. “At the end of the day, for growth of community to occur, it might cost more than the cheapest option. For social cohesion and neighbourhood pride, it might come at a cost. An approach which embraces that social responsibility is needed,” she said. President of Glengollan Village board, Neville Sanders said “naturally, Glengollan is disappointed at the decision by Knox City councillors”. According to Mr Sanders, a report from council planning officers supported the application and recommended a permit be issued. “We are considering an appeal to VCAT but must wait for the formal rejection,” Mr Sanders said. Tuesday, 1 June, 2021




New court welcomed By Taylah Eastwell Ringwood will soon be home to a specialist family violence court. Announced on Thursday 20 May as part of the 2021-22 state budget, the news has been welcomed by Eastern Community Legal Centre, which has advocated for the establishment of a family violence specific court for over 15 years. Ringwood was chosen alongside a number of other locations across the state, following a recommendation from the 2016 Royal Commission into Family Violence that specialist family violence courts be established at 14 court locations across Victoria. Funding was allocated in 2017 for the first five court locations, with Ringwood forming part of the second round of funding. The court is expected to provide tailored services and a safer environment for victims of family violence by specially trained court staff as well as access to support services. The specialist courts allow for separate waiting areas, new processes to increase efficiency and consistent practices across courts to allow for state-wide norms in relation to family violence sentencing outcomes. Magistrates also have specialised powers to mandate counselling, such as men’s behaviour change programs. A spokesperson from Eastern Community Legal Centre (ECLC) said the establishment of a Specialist Family Violence Court in Ringwood is a major achievement. “The 2016 Royal Commission recommended this approach and ECLC has been advocating for it locally for over 15 years,” the spokesperson said. The court will allow family violence matters to proceed in a way informed by experts with holistic support. “This will improve outcomes and reduce the impact of legal proceedings for individuals and families,” the spokesperson said. ECLC is also welcoming news that two new Orange Door Netwook facilities are set to open in the eastern suburbs in the next 12 months. The Orange Door Network was also a recommendation from the 2016 Royal Commission into Family Violence, providing simple access to support for adults, children and young people experiencing family violence. Since opening in 2018, more than 100,000 Victorians have received help and support from the network, which brings together services so that individuals don’t need to retell their story at multiple service providers in order to have their needs met.

“Establishing legal assistance within the Orange Door Network is also a big step forward. This will improve outcomes and reduce harm for those seeking support,” the ECLC spokesperson said. The Budget will also see additional legal assistance provided to people with mental health issues, communities affected by bushfires, victims of crime, and LGBTIQ+ Victorians. These are all groups where targeted legal and social support will have a major impact in improving people’s lives. ECLC has a range of services and community partnerships that work in these areas and is awaiting further details on how budget commitments will impact their work. ECLC CEO, Michael Smith said the new funding would strengthen community legal help for around one million people through Melbourne’s eastern suburbs and the Yarra Valley. “This Budget will enable people to get the legal and social support they need in order to be safe and to resolve a range of issues impacting on their health and wellbeing,” he said. “Eastern CLC is fortunate to have a number of local MPs who actively advocate for community members in need of legal and social support. We would like to thank them for taking the time to understand these issues and making sure these community voices were heard during the budget process. Despite these positive announcements, ECLC and other community legal centres remain unable to meet the ever-increasing demand for legal help. “Eastern CLC and the legal assistance sector will continue the conversation with Attorney-General Symes and the Victorian Government about the importance of bridging the remaining gaps in access for Victorians in need for legal and social support through core CLC funding and new health justice partnerships,” Mr Smith said.

Monbulk Men’s Shed members show off their Dr Who creation.

Monbulk’s Dr Who street library delivers the words Nestled in the revitalised Monbulk Laneway, a familiar blue Tardis has landed and promises to deliver a world of words and imagination. Community and visitors are now welcome to stop and ponder over the everchanging variety of books and literature gems including poetry, children’s fiction, history and biographies to name a few, all packed neatly inside a ‘Dr Who’ inspired cabinet created by the Monbulk District Men’s Shed. “After the year we’ve had with Covid restrictions, it’s wonderful to see community groups come together to create something that encourages reading and social connectivity,” Cr David Eastham said. Made from a pair of rescued bedside tables and other donated materials, the Dr Who Street Library embodies everything that is important to the Monbulk Men’s Shed, not just the eco conscious. The books, carefully sourced by community volunteers, are free to borrow and can be swapped for another anytime. “This really is a community project. It doesn’t belong to any one particular group. Everyone has rallied behind it and together we’ve made it happen, all because of a love of community and books!” Nerrida Mitchell said. Nerrida Mitchell, of the Mental Health Professionals Network (MHPN), first came

up with the idea of a Street Library as she had seen others appear across the Yarra Ranges Shire and identified a need for one in Monbulk that is easy to access and encourages community connection as much as reading. President of the Monbulk Men’s Shed, Phipps Gay said it has been a lot of fun. The Men’s Shed had been working on this idea before COVID. It’s been great for the Men’s Shed to do something like this for the community. Yarra Ranges Council’s Place Recovery Team collaborated with the Men’s Shed as well as the Monbulk and District Community Working Group (MADCOW), to arrange installation of the ‘Dr Who’ Tardis in a central location, using the Monbulk Laneway Community Space, to facilitate this heartwarming community project. While the Monbulk ‘Dr Who’ Street Library will be checked regularly by local volunteers, we ask the public to play a responsible part to help keep it clean, tidy and only exchange books in excellent condition. We anticipate it will remain permanently and open seven days a week, subject to Covid-19 restrictions. The Monbulk District Men’s Shed welcomes new members and hold public opendays on the 1st Saturday of each month, located behind the Open Door Church at 1A Moxhams Rd, Monbulk VIC 3793.

Yarra Ranges residents help divert paint from landfill Yarra Ranges residents have diverted 438,000kg of unwanted paint and packaging from Australian landfill and vital waterways as part of a national scheme to dispose of paint safely or repurpose it for other industrial uses. The local tally is part of a record-breaking 28 million kg of paint safely disposed of since national paint recovery scheme Paintback started five years ago. The successful Paintback Scheme, receives unwanted paint and paint packaging across its 155 permanent Australian collection sites – including at the Coldstream Recycling and Waste Transfer Station - and ensures it is disposed of safely or repurposed for other industrial uses. In 2019/2020 alone, Australians safely disposed of 8.1 million kg of unwanted paint and packaging – smashing the previous year’s tally of 6.2 million kg. “Our success is only possible through support from Australians, and collaboration with industry leaders, paint sellers, government and about 100 local councils who help us operate,” Paintback CEO Karen Gomez said. “Yarra Ranges residents have been a vital part of this success story through operating and maintaining Paintback collection points.” “They have helped Paintback live up to its 8 MAIL


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values of being responsible, collaborative, inclusive and innovative, while inspiring people to live sustainably and make a real difference in keeping unwanted paint out of landfill. “Thanks to them we are ready to seize the opportunities of the next five years to divert more paint from landfill and develop new uses for unwanted paint and plastic paint pails.” “Household paint needs to be disposed of safely, otherwise it can end up in landfill or in our vital waterways,” Ms Gomez said. “If you can’t reuse your paint, drop it off free of charge to a Paintback location and give your paint a second life. “Paintback then transports the used paint from collection sites for treatment and repurposing, significantly reducing the paint in landfill and other inappropriate disposal pathways.” Currently, unwanted paint is converted into an alternative fuel source replacing coal, or its water is extracted and used by other industries, reducing the need to use mains water. This is where Paintback is funding Australian research into how it can improve the recovery of paint and pails to reduce demand on virgin resources.

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New office progresses By Taylah Eastwell

Peter Brennan and owner of Mt Dandenong Hotel, Mark. 238790


Message received By Taylah Eastwell Residents of the Hills are joining forces in hopes of sending a message about lack of mobile coverage on the mountain. A large-scale community survey is currently underway, with maps to be placed in local cafes and businesses allowing residents to record their experience with mobile reception on the hill. The project came about after the federal budget papers, released on 11 May, included a $16.4 million dollar initiative that addresses gaps in mobile coverage in peri-urban fringe areas that are prone to bushfire, with many Dandenong Ranges residents struggling to find a signal. Project organiser and Hills resident Peter Brennan said one of the major recommendations of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission was on improving communications across all aspects of bushfire preparation. “The government determined that mobile technologies were the most effective and efficient way to deliver those communications, and yet more than a decade on, mobile reception across areas within the communities of the Dandenongs remain poor, unreliable, or in some cases, non-existent,” Mr Brennan said. Mr Brennan said that while previous programs from the federal government have focused on mobile blackspot programs in rural and regional areas, funding had not been made available for works within the urban boundary. As a result, areas on the urban fringe, including the Dandenongs, “were not eligible, despite being identified as areas of high bushfire risk”. The recent budget announcement, which includes establishing a peri-urban mobile pro-

gram (PUMP) to improve reception in areas like the Dandenongs, has re-instilled hope in the Hills community. “The bushfire alerts are totally dependent on that device, people won’t be listening to the radio, they might be out in the garden and they need that advice. They need to know what’s coming and what to do and when to do it, they need up to date and accurate information,” Mr Brennan said. “In the summer and as we go into a dry spell next season, it’s going to be increasingly critical. Look at the Dandenongs on a day when there is 25,000-30,000 visitors up here walking in the bush or driving up, they don’t realise until they get up here that they don’t have reception. It’s a common site to see tourists walking around villages looking for reception. “That is a huge risk in a fire situation, there is a reason that improved communication was the number one recommendation to come out of the Bushfire Royal Commission,” Mr Brennan said. The Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission found that communication systems on Black Saturday were hindered by poor coverage, lack of interoperability between emergency services agencies and insufficient investment in new technologies. Casey MP Tony Smith recommended the Hills community collate some information on what the existing mobile coverage is and where black spots are across the mountain, so as to make the funding application process easier when the time comes to apply for the PUMP program. “So effectively what I did was speak to locals. There is a large older population up here that aren’t just going to jump on Facebook or

The map survey involves placing a mark on a map to indicate reception strength. anything, so we thought we’d make it easy. I had a couple of maps printed and put them in places locals go. We’re not asking for any private information, it just asks for one of three labels to be placed on the map. One if there is no service, one if service is unstable and the other if it is weak. We assume the rest of the mountain has good service, and are doing this to learn where the holes are,” Mr Brennan said. Data collection maps are available at Olinda Pharmacy and will also be at Mt Dandenong Hotel, Propserina Bakehouse and Bell Real Estate Olinda over coming weeks. The communities of Tremont, Sherbrooke, Ferny Creek, Sassafras, Olinda, Mt Dandenong and Kalorama are encouraged to take part in the collection of information to improve mobile black spots on the mountain. Alternatively, residents can call Peter Brennan on 9751 1651 to speak with him or leave a message about your mobile coverage. No personal details are collected.

Councillor pay to remain unchanged By Mikayla Van Loon Yarra Ranges Shire councillors voted unanimously in favour of keeping the mayoral and councillor allowances in line with state government recommendations on Tuesday 25 May. Councillor Jim Child moved the motion and spoke to the community consultation process that happened between March and April this year. “We had 20 unique viewers to the proposal and we had one comment from the general public, so with that in mind I move this motion,” Cr Child said. The current rate of pay reflects the Local Government Act 1989 but the responsibility of determining councillor allowances will transfer to the Victorian Independent Remuneration Tribunal under the Local Government Act 2020.

Until the tribunal determines that rate of pate, councillors will continue to receive anywhere between $13,123 to $31,444, while the mayor will receive $100,434 plus superannuation. Councils across the state are divided into three categories depending on the income and population of each. Yarra Ranges Council has been placed in category three. Councillor Len Cox OAM seconded the motion and said he was pleased that the community was able to respond to the item. “It is something we do every four years and then it depends on whether the minister wants to change that at some stage in the future. There didn’t appear to be any opposition from the public which was very pleasing,” he said. Speaking freely, councillor Catherine Burnett-Wake commented on the occasional resi-

dent who questions council pay and tried to reassure the community that councillor allowances are reasonable. “In the report it highlights that we generally spend 20 to 30 hours a week on council business,” she said. “When you look at an average councillor’s allowance for instance and what is being passed at $31,444, if for instance you equate that to working 20 hours per week, 48 weeks per year, have four weeks off for holidays, it’s like $32 odd an hour or if you were doing 30 hours a week it’s like $21 an hour so it’s actually below minimum wage. “So my whole point is that the remuneration we get is not much but we don’t do it for the money, we do it because we’re really committed to our community and doing good work.”

Yarra Ranges Council’s dream of an allnew Civic Centre isn’t too far away, with construction expected to be complete within the year. Construction of the new council headquarters began in January 2019, and despite some minor Covid-19 setbacks, it remains on track to be opened to the community in early 2022. Yarra Ranges Council acting CEO, Mark Varmalis said the project had been discussed by council for several years and was the subject of a feasibility study to assess various options for making the Civic Centre a more “contemporary place”. “Though our previous Civic Centre was compliant with building standards when built, it was more than 50 years old, had some structural integrity issues including significant cracking and a broken floor slab, and had numerous deficiencies in terms of energy efficiency and disability access as well as ongoing costly maintenance issues,” Mr Varmalis said. In a Star Mail article from 2015, the former Civic Centre was described as a “hodgepodge” of portable buildings and extensions connected to one another as they were needed, with cracks in walls, water and termite damage. The council awarded the $28.7 million contract to Johns Lyng Commercial Builders in late 2018. According to Mr Varmalis, the new building will “significantly reduce” the council’s environmental footprint and running costs through energy-efficient and sustainable design. “It will provide spaces for community events, council meetings and for meetings with council representatives, and it will create a high-quality workplace for staff to work more efficiently and collaboratively,” Mr Varmalis said. The new building will also enable council staff to work under one roof, ending the need for council to lease its current temporary Community Link at 61-65 Anderson Street, near Lilydale Coles. “The building and the public spaces were informed by feedback from more than 1600 community members through online and in-person engagement,” Mr Varmalis said. “Every part of the building – including the community components at the front-of-house – were designed to be accessible. There will be an increase in accessible parking spaces and toilets in the front-of-house area for community members,” he said. Furniture in the foyer, such as desks and chairs, will be available in different heights to be accessible for people of all abilities. The outside of the building will feature artworks by First Nations artists, while indoor spaces will feature signage and information in Woiwurrung alongside English where possible. The first stage of the project, which involved replacing the former Lilydale Library with office space, has been completed. The building will be opened to the community once complete.

Yarra Ranges Council’s new Civic Centre is expected to be complete within the year. Tuesday, 1 June, 2021




Valencia and Robyn are among the friendly Hillscene staff.

Hillscene Family Medical Centre is located on Burwood Hwy in Belgrave.

Book in your vaccinations Hillscene Family Medical Centre (HFMC) has had an incredibly busy last couple of months with several updates and improvements for a bigger and better 2021. In February, HFMC welcomed onboard Dr Hasantha Jasinarachchi, FRACGP, who works full-time and Dr Vijesh Soni, FRACGP, who works on Tuesdays and Fridays. The HFMC team wishes them a warm welcome to the Hills community and looks forward to providing high quality continuity of

care for patients. March saw HFMC busy with preparations for the three-yearly accreditation. Accreditations are conducted to assess general practices for their compliance with the latest Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) industry standards. Benefits include access to government grants that help keep bulk-billing practices like HFMC running to service the community. HFMC is an approved Covid-19 vaccination provider and

offers vaccinations to the eligible phase 1a and 1b members in the Hills community. Phase 1a priority population groups include quarantine and border workers, frontline health care workers, aged care and disability residents; and aged care and disability staff. Phase 1b priority population groups include people 70 years of age or older, health care workers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults over 55 years, younger people (aged 18+) with an underlying medical condition, includ-

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Exercise for bone health With our recent cold weather snap and another lockdown, Melbourne is not exactly providing great motivation for regular exercise. One of the major physical health issues that was exacerbated by reduced activity levels in 2020, and that may occur again this winter, is low bone density. Often called osteoporosis or osteopaenia, low bone density responds well to, and in fact needs, regular weight bearing exercise in order to prevent further deterioration. Osteoporosis is a common disease that affects one in four women and one in six/seven men. It is a condition that makes bones more brittle than normal, leading to a higher risk of fractures being sustained due to a low bone density. Osteopaenia is the term for the condition for bone density that is lower than ideal but not quite low enough to be labelled osteo-


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Form & Practice, Olinda porosis. Osteopaenia can be thought of as a precursor to, and in many cases will eventually lead to, osteoporosis. Both of these conditions should not be confused with osteoarthritis, which is an inflammatory joint disease. There are a number of treatment options

for osteoporosis including calcium, vitamin D intake and resistance exercise in order to optimise bone health. It has been shown that strength training and impact exercise can have a positive impact on bone density and bone health. When a bone is loaded with more force than it is used to (provided it’s not too great to cause a fracture), it starts a process that allows bone building cells to lay down bone that adapts and remodels which over time gets stronger. Guidelines for exercise to improve bone health suggest that: Exercise must be regular (ideally 3 times per week) Exercises should progress over time Exercise programs should be varied Often people that have osteoporosis can

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experience other comorbidities such as osteoarthritis, falls and balance problems that can make engaging in suitable exercise programs more difficult. Physiotherapists can assist in developing and guiding a program tailored for an individual at the correct level, without exacerbating aches and pains or complications with osteoporosis. Remember - the best exercise is the one that gets done. So, just like your Covid vaccinations, don’t put off your regular exercise for a rainy day. Embrace the rainy days of our dreary winter now and get walking, get to your physio or gym strength classes and take charge of your health while you still have it. Jerome Higgins is a Physiotherapist and owner of Form and Practice, in Olinda and Mt Evelyn.

Surprise relative I was going through some old papers from my parents and came across a surprise relative who I would like to trace before it gets too late (we’re all getting older I suppose!). This would be my cousin on my mother’s side - Graham Simpson - probably ages with me at 65 plus, whose father was my mother’s brother (Jack Simpson, wife Joyce, sister Jenni). According to a letter I found, they were in a place called Murrumbeena originally, before Graham moved to Cockatoo. Frederick John Black, Stonehaven, Aberdeen, Scotland


Editor’s note: Anyone who knows Graham Simpson can make contact with Mr Black through the Star Mail.

The Hills were lit up by the stunning super blood moon eclipse on Wednesday 26 May. Thanks Tracy Dasler for sending in this picture taken in Emerald.

SNIPPETS Come and try basketball

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Kallista Comets Basketball Club are hosting a free Come and Try Basketball Session onThursday 3 June from 4.30pm-5.30pm at Monbulk Stadium. This session is for 12-13 year old’s who are keen to learn or improve their basketball skills in a friendly and fun training session. Our U14 team is seeking new players for the winter season so opportunity exists to join our local hills based club and play basketball in a mixed competition. For any further info please contact Julie on 0413802715 or we hope to see you at the session.

Mount Evelyn Walking and Adventure Group are looking for new members. The group meet regularly for a range of activities, including kayaking, cycling, yoga, hikes, forest walks, swimming and some fundraising. The group go swimming on Tuesdays and walk Mount Lofty on Thursdays. They also walk Lilydale Lake together on Saturday mornings. The group provides a place for the community to come together and enjoy likeminded activities.




Friendship Cafe The Women’s Association South East Melbourne Australia (WASEMA), a registered charity, offer a welcoming environment where all women can relax, make friends and contacts, share experiences, learn new skills and find pathways to connect to services and opportunities through weekly meet-ups at Emerald Friendship Cafe. The Friendship Cafe aims to build commu-

nity resilience through increasing the ability of women to connect and support each other through both opportunity and adversity and empower families to identify and provide local solutions to local issues. The group meet every Thursday from 10am until 12 noon at the Hills Hub, 402 BelgraveGembrook Road, Emerald. Women of all ages, abilities and cultures are welcome to come along and develop friendships while participating in info sessions, workshops, exhibitions, expos, mentoring, coaching and wellbeing programs. For more information contact Anu Ravindernath on 0432246674 or email:

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QUALITY, BEAUTY AND LIFESTYLE AWAITS STEEPED in history and maintaining every inch of its original character, this grand Hills residence has 100 years of stories it could tell, if only its walls could talk. Set on almost ¼ acre of landscaped gardens and within just a short walk to local shops, schools and public transport, this could be considered one of Upwey’s most ultimate lifestyle locations. Inside, this family sized home boasts 4 spacious bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and 2 separate living areas while the French provincial inspired kitchen contains classic timber bench tops, 900ml Falcon upright oven and a dual door dishwasher and combines smoothly with an oversized meals area for weeknight dinners with the family. Soaring ceilings and decorative cornices look down on a well-designed floorplan that give space and privacy to any growing family as well as allowing room to work from home if needed. Whether it’s sitting by the fire on a Friday evening while enjoying a favourite wine you have selected from your very own cellar, or having friends over to enjoy a meal outdoors watching the sun disappear over the valley, you’re bound to enjoy every aspect that this Grand Old Dame delivers.

There is gas ducted heating for everyday warmth plus the charm of the wood fire and convenience of a split system while a blend of quality carpets and timber floorboards

can be found throughout. Standing the test of time with quality, beauty and liveability, this picture perfect family home has it all. ●

HOME ESSENTIALS Address: 70 Mast Gully Road, UPWEY Description: 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 garage Price: $1,150,000 - $1,265,000 Inspect: By appointment Contact: Glenn Chandler, 0418 410 689, CHANDLER & CO REAL ESTATE, 9754 6888


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79 ACRES AT TYNONG NORTH RARELY does a property of this calibre come onto the market, in such a great location at 235 Brew Road, Tynong North and set on 79 acres.. It was purchased by the family about 40 years ago and it is with great reluctance that it is now being offered for sale and this creates a unique opportunity for you. The land is a gently undulating property along the Cannibal Creek flats. There has been extensive land care tree planting along the creek and gentle valleys. The land is all pastured and subdivided into about 14 paddocks with a long drive/laneway to a

comfortable 4 bedroom brick veneer home, a derelict building, two new sheds and some old machinery sheds. The property is a couple of kms north of the highway and nestles in behind Gumbuya World and just a quick 19 km drive to Pakenham. Within 2 kms of the M7, MT Cannibal park and close to the hiking trails of the Bunyip State Park. This property is to be auctioned on the property at 2pm, 5 June (this Saturday). For inspections and further details please contact Tom Gibson 0438 574 472 at Alex Scott & Staff. ●

HOME ESSENTIALS Address: 235 Brew Road, TYNONG NORTH Description: 4 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 6 garage Inspect: By appointment Auction: This Saturday, 5 June, 2pm Contact: Tom Gibson, 0438 574 472, ALEX SCOTT & STAFF, BERWICK

Equipment Finance * from 2.74% p.a. Need to buy new vehicles, plant or equipment? We can help you keep your capital and manage your cash flow. And depending on your circumstances, taxation benefits may also be available to you. Our lending specialists will work with you to tailor equipment finance solutions for your business. Chat with a lending specialist today, phone Abi on 9754 1200, Teresa on 9752 6606 and Bruce on 5968 8831 or search Bendigo Bank Equipment Finance.


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Real Estate you can trust! We ’ r e h e r e t o h e l p FOR SALE

66 Park Drive, BELGRAVE

$890,000 - $970,000


4A 3B 2C

If you imagine pristine parklands near your door, picturesque treetop outlooks, and plenty of space to entertain as top features of your next family home, this is the property for you. Set upon a sealed drive with single carport and single garage with workshop situated near beautiful Belgrave Lake Park, you won’t believe your luck that you found this brilliant home.


3/10 Nathan Street, FERNTREE GULLY

$590,000 - $610,000

INVESTMENT IN LOCATION AND LIFESTYLE Stop shopping and start building at this beautiful block. A rare offering in a revered location only 45 minutes from Melbourne CBD, this property promises to be an impressive investment in both location and lifestyle. From this slightly elevated allotment exquisite hillside outlooks are offered. Ready to remain a joy for owners for years to come, your new home will capture the views, so there is no need to shop around when you can settle into a beautiful brand-new home.

Suzie Brannelly M 0490 506 910 | E

Sam Adamson

Suzie Brannelly

M 0421 023 760 | E

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6 Driffield Crescent, Sassafras

$700,000 - $770,000


3A 2B

Whether you’re starting out, scaling down, or seeking a retreat, this is the prettiest property in this lovely lifestyle location. Exclusively private on 2,011sqm (approx.) of lush, leafy landscape, this is a splendid slice of Dandenong Ranges living. The interior is an impressive array of architectural features. The open plan lounge and dining at the front of the home are adorned with polished floorboards, vaulted timber ceilings, and floor to ceiling windows to take in the leafy views.


202A/400 Burwood Highway, WANTIRNA SOUTH

$485,000 - $520,000 2A 1B


Style meets substance at this lifestyle development just steps from Westfield Knox City Shopping Centre. Whether your day calls for meandering the nearby Dandenong Ranges or taking Eastlink to the CBD, this apartment offers an abundance of choice and convenience. With open plan living, a modern kitchen with stone benchtops and the dining and lounge area adjoining the covered alfresco entertaining that takes full advantage of the nearby views.

Sharyn Chandler M 0439 882 442 | E

Brad Conder

Glenn Chandler

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YOUR OWN SLICE OF HEAVEN PROPERTIES of this caliber don’t come along often, and when they do, you can understand why. This magnificent property sits on a fully fenced block with a long meandering driveway that passes exceptional gardens and superbly manicured lawns stretching toward the dams and the native bushes; entering the property from the road is an entrance into complete and utter tranquility. This really is your own slice of heaven with all of this before you even reach the house. Comprising of three good sized bedrooms, (master with ensuite), excellent kitchen with astounding garden views coupled with a meals area and completed by the vast living area, this property will delight at every turn. Entertaining is easy, with numerous courtyard areas easily enjoyed by the garden and treed surrounds. Time is of no concern here as you lose all sense of it. For those that love their toys, there is excellent shedding at the rear of the property. A Colorbond shed at the side of the property lends itself to a home gym, office or studio. Words don’t do this property any justice and is one that must be seen to truly appreciate all it has to offer. Further highlights include: Gas heating Air conditioning 20,000 Litre water tank Good shedding Fully fenced and gated Phone our office today as homes of this quality, size and excellence don’t come often. ●

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HOME ESSENTIALS Address: 205 Glenview Road, LAUNCHING PLACE Description: 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 garage Price: $1,200,000 - $1,300,000 Inspect: By appoointment Contact: MATT DEVISSER AND TEAM 5967 1800, PROFESSIONALS YARRA VALLEY 16 MAIL


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67 Pakenham Road Cockatoo

$680,000 - $740,000


1280 Macclesfield Road Yellingbo

Contact Agent

One In A Million Business & Lifestyle Opportunity!

‘Riverview’ welcomes you inside and charms you with delightful fixtures and styling, timber flooring and spacious rooms with good natural light. The main living area provides plenty of space to relax and has a great flow into the elevated sitting room with built in bar area. The adjoining dining area opens into the spacious timber kitchen with a wood heater and large walk in pantry, and beyond is the spacious mudroom with direct access to the superbly renovated bathroom. There are 4 bedrooms, master with walk in robe and separate triple robe. There are front and rear entertaining areas, the rear featuring rock retaining gardens and is fully enclosed for birds, cats, dogs and small children. The land also features a good sized paddock, a double garage with double stables cleverly built inside, plus a remote gate along the front for safety.

Here is your opportunity to purchase a successful poultry business and residence on 21 acres of land on the fringe of the Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve. Currently this property is running 3 businesses, including Free Range Eggs, Free Range Hen Rearing and a Commercial Pullet Rearing venture. The 21 acres is fully fenced and dammed, and features 11 fully functional poultry sheds of different sizes with 100kW of solar and an existing rights permit for all types of poultry (Yarra Ranges Council). The main residence is a large 4 bedroom brick home, master with walk in robe and ensuite with a fenced off rear yard. This fantastic property with all its infrastructure, beautiful grazing land and family home offers the ultimate in lifestyle property.

Contact: Aaron Day 0407 365 994 Kayla Turner 0448 440 495

Contact: Aaron Day 0407 365 994 Bethany Day 0438 844 968

The market right now is hot, hot, hot! 29 Seaview Road Cockatoo

We are receiving multiple offers on sale properties and achieving prices above vendors expectations

So if you want to sell - call BELL!

$365,000 - $399,000

Ready To Build! This elevated, corner block of vacant land in Cockatoo with mains water connected and all services available, plus established circular driveway is ready to go! Set on almost 1/2 acre, plans have been approved to build your very own gorgeous story book home with delightful dormer windows and elevated rear deck, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, carport, 2 sheds and bunker. Opportunities like this do not present often and with all the hard work done with council all that is left to do is watch your dreams become a reality! So if you’re in the market for a brand new home, contact the listing agent before you miss out.

Contact: Samantha Scott 0438 680 032 Declan Palmer 0427 062 148 18 MAIL


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B Grade Seville’s Mandy Bell and Emerald’s Hayley Wolfe battle for the ball. 236625

B Grade Seville’s Jas Owen lines up to shoot against Emerald’s Hayley Scott. 236625

B Grade Seville’s Indie Pinnock in action. 236625

2021 (so far) in pictures With community sport cancelled on the weekend because of Victoria’s Coronavirus lockdown, we thought it was a good opportunity to delve into the archives and recap some of the action from the first few rounds of the AFL Outer East competition. Photographs by STEWART CHAMBERS and ROB CAREW.

Lisa Ellison (right) with her mum Norma Krahforst are keen Emerald supporters. 236625

Belgrave’s Ricky Bevan tries to spoil his Officer opponent, Sean Roach. 238292

Mt Evelyn’s Matthew Gibbons chases Monbulk’s Lochlan Beecroft. 237452

Monbulk’s Taylor Joyce and Mt Evelyn’s Matthew Gibbons. 237452

Belgrave’s Georgia Donnely looks to pass down court. 238292

Jake Pedder kicks a goal for Emerald. 235193



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Mt Evelyn’s Ryan Fooks and Monbulk’s Michael Langworthy fly for the ball. 237452

Mt Evelyn’s Ashley Gibbons passes the ball under Monbulk’s Taylor Joyce. 237452

Emma Caccetta kicks a goal. 238286

Emerald’s Jake Pedder marks in front of Tyler Joosten. 235193


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