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Renewal THE master plan to revamp Hampton St is likely to be given the green light by Bayside Council in June. Following on from plans drawn up in 2006, the latest designs include a 40km/h speed limit to improve safety for pedestrians and encourage cyclists. Patterned concrete footpaths will replace sagging red bricks in the south; bitumen paths with lawn buffers between the road will be poured outside residences north of Hampton Primary. Native trees will be replaced by deciduous pears (Pyrus calleryana) to provide shade in summer and light and warmth in winter.

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New St gates to reopen “IT was just great to have someone listening. It was fresh change, really,” was Bayside mayor Alex del Porto’s response to news that the state government would reopen the New St, Brighton, level crossing.

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The Baillieu government’s first budget included $2m to re-open the crossing, previuosly manually-operated gates closed after being hit by a train in September 2007. The allocation appears almost an anomally, as the budget also allocated $16.5 million to remove 10 level crossings elsewhere in the metropolitan area. Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder has not said if the crossing will be fitted with electronic gates, while Cr del Porto is certain that any design “has got to be better than what we’ve got now”. “It will ease traffic congestion and we’ve got to see the re-

opening of the right hand turn into New St [from Beach Rd]. “It’s up to council officers and the government to get together and nut out the details.” Cr Felicity Frederico told The Citizen in February that automatic boom gates “may be the solution”. The state budget also gives $700,000 towards a feasibility study into building a railway station at Southland. Cr del Porto saw planning for a new stop between Highett and Cheltenham as “another bit of good news”. He believed the owners of Southland should contribute to the costs of the study.

Bollards, drink fountains, specially-designed street furniture, bike “hoops” and easier access to off-street car parks are all designed to create a “walkable and connected Hampton St”. The “smart urban character” will “refresh and reinvigorate” to create a “cohesive image”. Public comment on the master plan ended in April and council planners will now assess if any major changes are need before seeking council approval. The mayor Alex del Porto told The Citizen that council was prepared to spend $900,000 in Hampton St over the next two years, with $200,000 being used first to replace brick footpaths. “I’m quite happy with the master plan and the ward councillors also seem to be happy,” he said. Hampton St was the city’s major shopping centre “and we need to protect and enhance it”, Cr del Porto said. He said traders had paid a levy in the late 1990s for a marketing campaign which boosted business, but stopped short of suggesting a repeat performance. “I think they do all right.” Central Ward councillor James Long said the master plan had not received any “hot debate among councillors” or “glaringly hostile feedback” from the public. “From what I’ve seen so far there’s nothing glaringly obvious that needs changing.” Traders had survived economic downturns and the future looked bright.

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Memories of giving a fig Cooking

I RARELY saw my father cry, but I swear he had a tear in his eye the day when the fig tree had to go to make room for an extension to house our ever growing family. This magnificent tree which had provided us and our many relatives with gorgeous fruit and which had sheltered us during long summer Sunday lunches. This magnificent tree, symbol of abundance and fertility which, because of mum and dad’s fertility (perhaps after eating figs) had to go to make room for the product of all this fertility. The fig tree was already there when we moved into the family home in 1966. It was quite small but, like everything else in the garden, under Dad’s expert care it soon blossomed and towered over all the other trees in the backyard. One of my earliest memories is of sitting comfortably in that big old fig tree first thing in the morning during summer, happily munching on delicious, sweet figs and fending off flies and bees. I also remember the white sap that oozes from the tip where it attaches to the tree getting on my skin, especially around the mouth. It can be very itchy. In fact, a feed of fresh figs was often followed up by a cool shower. Of course Dad took some cuttings of the old tree before it went and those cuttings have become beautiful trees, producing wonderful figs. However, they have never reached the size and magnificence of the original. It is believed that the fig was one of the first foods to be cultivated by man some 8000 years ago in the Jordan Valley, predating the cultivation of even wheat. Figs are widely grown around the Mediterranean and have spread into Iran, Pakistan and India. Because of its soft skin it is difficult for growers to transport them to retail outlets in good condition. They often come in very small boxes and are usually locally grown which, I guess, is reflected in the price. Figs are extremely versa-

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Figs with pancetta, taleggio cheese, almonds and watercress. Feeds six 12 figs 12 very thin slices of flat pancetta 200g taleggio cheese 100g white almonds, toasted 200g watercress Balsamic vinegar Extra virgin olive oil Sea salt Cracked pepper Toast the almonds in the oven or pan on the stove and allow to cool. Place water cress on large serving platter, cut figs in half and scatter over the watercress. Arrange pancetta over the figs and sprinkle almonds, drizzle oil and balsamic over the lot and season with salt and pepper. Variations on this theme can include honey, fresh mint, sage leaves and black olives. Mum made this dish with whatever she had in the pantry, fridge or garden. It’s a great dish as an accompaniment with carbecued meats. I particularly like it with grilled fresh sardines, it is one of those great combinations. As for me I’m going to Mum’s for Sunday lunch which I’m sure will include some figs from Dad’s plantings.

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BAYSIDE Council is urgently lobbying federal and state politicians for control of almost half of the CSIRO’s land in Highett for a passive recreation reserve. The research organisation wants to sell 9.4ha site between Highett and Bay roads to the south, but council says it should be given up to four hectares. The CSIRO has told council that it expects to investigate any contamination of the site, its flora and fauna and potential for development within two months. The land – seen as critical to the future of Highett - is owned by the Commonwealth and not subject to local planning controls but it would need to be rezoned once sold. Discussions with the CSIRO have indicated that the federal government would prefer “housing outcomes” for the site. Although outside of their jurisdiction, Bayside and Kingston councils have already included the CSIRO land as a key element of the Highett Structure Plan and identified it “for possible residential or educational use”. A March 2004 flora and fauna assessment found the site had “regional significance for biodiversity” with remnants of grassy woodland, yellow box and river red gums.

BAYSIDE mayor Alex del Porto and the three Central Ward councillors will attend this year’s national assembly of the Australian Local Government Association in Canberra. It will cost at least $10,000 to send the four to the 19-22 June assembly. Registration is nearly $900 a person, airfares $380 and accommodation $1200. Although Bayside is not putting any motions forward, council says it is appropriate for Cr del Porto and the other councillors to go and “be involved in the national local government sector forum to hear and participate in the general assembly”. The three Central Ward councillors also accompanied the then mayor Cr Clifford Hayes to last year’s national assembly where

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Options already being explored said the site could have 280 dwellings and using existing buildings for educational uses as well as having a substantial bushland reserve. Houses would be two or three storeys with a possibility of four storey campus buildings in the centre of the site. While access is now from Graham Rd, redevelopment would require entry from Bay Rd and should be integrated with planning for abutting Telstra land at 329 bay Rd, Cheltenham.

Houses join the scheme TWO residential areas in Highett are about to be identified under Bayside Planning Scheme to receive the same neighbourhood character considerations as all other residential zoned land in the city. The Minister for Planning will be asked to exhibit an amendment to the Bayside Planning Scheme to create new precincts to bring properties bounded by Tibrockney St, Sterling Av and Beaumaris Pde and properties along Noyes and Sydenham streets (including 5-7 Sydenham St) under the same planning controls as the municipality’s other residential areas.

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Info sessions THE Myki customer service team will be in town on Thursday 19 May to help seniors make the transition from using Metcard to Myki. Many seniors have received a free Myki card in the mail and the information session will be at Bayside Council’s corporate centre, 76 Royal Av, Sandringham at 10am. For details or to book in for the Myki session call Jess Sprunt on 9599 4373 or email jsprunt@bayside.vic.gov.au EDUCATIONAL Consultant, Kathy Walker will run the next parent education session on ‘Raising girls’ on 26 May. 
The session starts at 7.30pm at St Martin’s Uniting Church cnr Dalgetty Rd and Gibbs St, Beaumaris Beaumaris. Book online at www.trybooking.com/9683 or at the council offices in Royal Av, Sandringham. ENTRIES are now open for Jump Cut, the annual Bayside Film Festival. Young people aged 10 to 26 can submit short films in any genre for selection into the festival which will run 17-20 August at the Palace Cinema, Brighton Bay. A FREE four-week Wiser Driver course for older adults is being held at Baysidec Council’s corporate centre, 76 Royal Av, Sandringham, 10.30am-12.30pm on Tuesday 10, Friday 13, Friday 20 May and Friday 27 May. For details or to book contact Jess Sprunt on 9599 4373 or jsprunt@bayside.vic.gov.au.


Bay protector’s hardest battle FROM the shore, HMVS Cerberus looks a derelict, rusting piece of iron that resembles a ship. Backtrack 140 years and the Cerberus was being welcomed as the protector of Victoria, proudly flying the state’s flag. The first British warship built without sails, the Cerberus was armed with 18-ton muzzle-loading guns and was to remain in its protective role for more than 50 years. Having worldwide significance as the first and only remaining example of a Monitor with a central superstructure, Cerberus has rested in three metres of water at Half Moon Bay since being scuttled in 1926. A major collapse in 1993 raised concerns about the vessel’s condition and since then it has continued to collapse at about 16mm a year. The Friends of the Cer-

berus group is working with Heritage Victoria and the National Trust of Victoria to preserve HMVS Cerberus. During last month’s Heritage Week the friends group and Bayside Council held an event to raise awareness of the plight of the Cerberus and emphasise its place in the state’s history. “We hope ... people will further understand and gain a greater appreciation of the true significance of the Cerberus as a unique icon, not only to the City of Bayside, but also to the rest of Australia as part of our national heritage and naval history,” mayor Cr Alex Alex del Porto said. The shipwreck is owned by council, which was given $8122 by the federal government to stage the event marking Cerberus’s arrival in Port Phillip on Easter Sunday in 1871.

Sinking feeling: Although significant in world terms as a sole survivour, the Cerberus is slowly sinking in half Moon Basy, Black Rock. Actor and patron of Friends of the Cerberus John Wood spoke about the importance of Cerberus and unveiled a replica projectile mounted on the seawall. During its 53-year naval career the Cerberus never a fired shot in anger. The HMAS Cerberus naval training depot at Crib Point

Savings dished up with change to meals service BAYSIDE Council’s decision to organise and deliver meals for frail and older residents and the disabled has served up likely savings of more than $1.2 million over the next decade. Since December volunteers have been delivering the meals instead of paid drivers and the meals themselves are prepared by a not-forprofit organization. The new system follows 16 years of council contracting out the preparation and delivery of meals. A 2009 study showed council was out of step with just about every other municipality and was unable to achieve competitive prices because of a lack of tenders for the contract. As a result, Bayside joined 19 other councils to become a shareholder in Community Chef, a not-for-profit meals provider and advertised for volunteer drivers. It spent $275,000 renovating the unused caretaker’s house at

Brighton Golf Links for a meals distribution centre and council staff took over management of the meals service. After three months the new service appears to have been given the thumbs up by its customers, with survey in February showing 83 per cent of respondents listing the meals as being “good to excellent”, according a report to council. The report said 123 drivers were on the roster, although a campaign to attract more recruits is about to begin as some of the regulars were expected to “travel to warmer climates during winter”. Council delivers about 60,000 meals to more than 500 residents each year. They have a choice of six main meals daily, including soup, main and dessert. Community Chef also caters for special dietary requirements, including diabetic meals. The volunteers are recognised for their contribution

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THE politics holding back the development of wind farms in Victoria and what action can be taken will be outlined in Sandringham by Friends of the Earth campaigner Cam Walker. Mr Walker has been with the FoE since 1989 working in the areas of forestry, mining, corporate activity, climate change and anti nuclear campaigns. He lectures at the school of social science and planning at RMIT University in Melbourne and will speak at Bayside Climate Change Action Group’s Wednesday 25 May meeting at 8 pm in the Uniting Church, Trentham St, Sandringham. Call Ken Blackman: 0420 538 837.

Referendum call BAYSIDE Council has joined municipalities throughout Australia in calling for local government to be included in the Constitution. The Prime Minister Julia Gillard has already committed to holding a dual referendum on the inclusion of Local Government and the recognition of Indigenous Australians, most likely in conjunction with the 2013 federal election. The move follows a 2009 High Court case which indicated that the federal government does not have the power to directly fund local government, despite already doing so through several programs.

is named after the Cerberus which saw out its days as a port guard ship in Port Phillip, a floating explosives store, and a submarine depot ship for the six J-Class submarines until being sunk as a breakwater for Black Rock Yacht Club. When built, Cerberus incorporated the latest develop-

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Hampton cricket’s winning double THE 2010/11 season was perhaps one of the most remarkable in Hampton Cricket Club’s 103-year history. Hampton fielded five senior and five junior sides with more than 50 boys and girls participating in its Milo In2Cricket program. Heavy rain throughout the first half of the year meant that full days of cricket were few and far between and it was difficult for the club to get on a roll but, when it did, it proved extremely difficult to stop. The season culminated on Sunday 20 March with Hampton winning the first and second XI premierships, the third double in more than a century. The first XI chased down Bonbeach-Tangy’s first innings total of 134 with just one wicket in hand. Nick Greenwood saw Hampton over the line with 28 after skipper Glenn Finkelde (41) and Pete Sedunary (28) had set the platform. Off-spinner Brendan Mason was the best of the bowlers with seven wickets for the match. The second XI also comfortably defeated BonbeachTangy at Boss James Reserve. Hampton set Bonbeach a modest target of 163 but it proved to be more than enough as Bonbeach fell apart at the hands of fast

bowler Dale Towler (7/20) to be all out for just 48. Bonbeach never recovered and Hampton finally won on the fourth day by 105 runs. Towler completed a man of the match performance picking up another four wickets in Bonbeach’s second dig to finish with 11 for the game. The Sunday one-day side went through the season undefeated but fell short at the final hurdle going down fighting to the Super Kings. In other news, the club’s

traditional home at Castlefield Reserve was revamped and a synthetic wicket installed on the western side of the ground. The small ground suited the under-12s and was a real hit with parents who sat and watched from the hill. The changes allowed for greater utilisation of the reserve with junior cricket played Friday night and Saturday morning and senior cricket played on the turf wicket on Saturday afternoon.

Final payment BAYSIDE property owners paying their rates by instalments should make their fourth and final by Tuesday 31 May. Anyone who has not received a final instalment notice by 13 May should call council’s revenue services department on 9599 4444. 4 – The Hampton Citizen May 2011

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Annual rates to increase BAYSIDE Council is increasing rate revenues to pay off debt and replace ageing infrastructure. Mayor Alex del Porto says rates in the coming year for a median value house of $855,000 would be $1416, an $84 more than last year. The rate in the dollar on capital improved value is expected by be 5.9 per cent; last year it was 6.4 per cent. Cr del Porto said council owed $17.5 million and wanted to pay off $500,000 at the end of each of the next two financial years. Council its debt to be $16.5m by May or June 2012.

Milestones reaches during the year included Hampton’s Team of the Century captain Max Grimmer notching up 400 club games. Playing in the third XI at Castlefield Reserve, Grimmer took eight wickets for the match, including 5/25 in the first innings. Joe Kenny played his 300th game in the second XI’s semifinal against Carnegie. Kenny was a member of the 2006/07 first XI premiership side. Three players who made

the VTCA’s South A1 Team of the Year were opening bowler Ryan West, English import Tom Smallwood and first year captain-coach Glenn Finkelde. Mark Anderson, junior manager for six years running, was made a life member of the club. The next year will be important to the club’s future. Construction of new training nets, a joint initiative with Bayside City Council, will begin soon and be finished in time for the 2011/12 season. The nets will be similar to those found at Brighton Beach Oval and will ensure Hampton’s players and the wider community have access to great facilities. The club plans to expand its junior programs, with particular emphasis on developing its under-16 players. Hampton was unable to field an under-16 side this year, but with a good crop of under-14 players keen to pursue their cricket further, next season will be much different. With the planned facilities upgrade and a strong focus on its juniors, Hampton looks to be well placed for the 2011/12 season and beyond. For more news during the off-season visit www.hamptoncc.com.au.

THE dream of living in Australia will become reality for teenage students from Italy, Belgium, France, Brazil and the Netherlands in July, courtesy of WEP Australia’s student exchange programs. Based in Hampton, the not-for-profit WEP Australia offers high school students in Australia and around the world the opportunity to exchange their schools, cultures, families and often languages during a term,

semester or year away from home. “Volunteering to host a student encourages families to see Australia through the eyes of an exchange student, to visit new places and revisit old favourites, to have a lot of fun and most important of all, to gain a new family member and friend for life,” WEP CEO Carleen Wheeler said. Details: 1300 884 733, www.wep.org.au or Suite 2 / 249 Hampton St, Hampton.

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Trail goes roadside THE final section of City of Bayside Bay Trail in Beaumaris is planned alongside Beach Rd between Cromer and Charman roads. The section agreed by Bayside Council, VicRoads and the Department of Sustainability and Environment will be three metres wide with a one metre shoulder on the road side. Once completed, the trail will run 15 kilometres through bayside from the north to its eastern boundary with Kingston. Council says the Beaumaris section is designed to have the least impact on the environmental.

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