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Winds a blast for some KITES by the hundreds turned Abbott St beach into the kite surfing capital of the world this week. An international field battled it out for a place in kite surfing’s top 10 as part of the Sail Melbourne regatta. By Tuesday morning Germany’s Florian Gruber had three wins to hold a solid lead over Torrin Bright (New Zealand) and then Dirk Hanel (Germany), who was just one point behind him. Turkey, Great Britain, The Philippines, Australia and Denmark all had at least one competitor in
the running for a medal. Three sailors stood clear in the women’s event. France’s Imbert Ariane had a six point lead over Australia’s Lisa Hickman and Marine Sudre was three points behind her. Tuesday’s strong winds forced Sail Melbourne organisers to abandon all races except the kite surfing. “Challenging conditions ranged from virtually no wind to 20 knots plus,” IKA secretary Markus Schwendtner said. Photos by Rick Pryce
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BAYSIDE Christmas Carols in the Park will be held at 7.30pm on Tuesday 11 December at Dendy Park in Brighton East. More than 20,000 attended last year’s carols. Performers at this year’s carols include choirs from the Beaumaris North and Hampton primary schools, a massed choir made up of locallybased community choirs, Vocally Wild and Mosiac, the Southern Area Concert Band a cappella group Suade and four Bayside children who played orphans in the stage show ‘Annie the Musical’. A “fireworks finale” will light up the sky at 9.30pm. The carols will be directed by Haileybury College’s deputy head of music Robert Dryden and hosted by Channel Ten weather person Mike Larkan. Large screens will allow everyone a clear view of the stage. Take along a picnic or pay $5 for a Carols Event Pack being sold to raise money for Bayley House which provides services for adults with intellectual disabilities. The pack includes a program, song book and glow stick and a chance to win prizes donated by local businesses and supporters. For more information call Bayside Council on 9599 4444 or www.bayside.vic.gov.au/carols
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Lifesavers flag no smoking areas THE red and orange flags displayed by lifesavers have taken on a new meaning: no smoking. Since the start of this month smoking is banned between the flags and within a 50 metre radius. Failure to comply could lead to a $140 fine. The bans will apply on all patrolled beaches in the state, including the six within Bayside - Beaumaris, Brighton, Half Moon Bay, Hampton, Sandringham and Black Rock. The ban will only apply during
summer when the lifesaving flags and patrols are in place. The 50 metre radius ban will not apply beyond the landward edge of the sand but will include the areas covered by sand and water. The ban is intended to protect beach users from second hand smoke and to reduce children’s and young people’s exposure to smoking which may influence their adult behaviour. Bayside Council says it will take “an educational approach to this new initiative in its early stages of imple-
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vacancies in Central Ward. While Bayside had a majority of sitting councillors ousted by voters, the state average saw 71 per cent of sitting councillors returned. Bayside was one of just five of the state’s 79 municipalities where a majority of incumbents were defeated. Municipal Association of Victoria CEO Rob Spence said the turnover of sitting councillors was slightly less this year than in 2008. “The exception is some urban fringe and coastal areas who will have a majority of new councillors due to higher numbers of incumbents defeated,” Mr Spence said. “Tensions between growth pressures and protecting local amenity are likely to have played a role in voting in these areas.” Cr Hartney’s allowance is $70,000 plus a car while the other six councillors will receive $22,000. His Central Ward colleague, Cr Long, is deputy mayor. Councillors can claim for traveling and child care expenses and are supplied with mobile phones and computers.
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THE incidence of reported family in Bayside has almost doubled in the past four years. Police statistics shows that family incident reports in Bayside jumped from 228 in 2007/08 to 451 in 2011/12. “While Bayside still has the lowest rate in the southern metropolitan region, it is still 451 reports too many,” the mayor Cr Stephen Hartney said. As part of a campaign to reduce family violence a postcard listing help services will be inserted in the child health record of all babies born in Bayside. The extends on the partnership already formed between council and St Kilda Legal Service which since April has been providing free legal advice at Highett Maternal and Child Health Centre for people experiencing family violence. “Sadly, the incidence of family violence tends to escalate during pregnancy and soon after the birth of a child, putting maternal and child health services at the front line for preventing family violence,” Cr Hartney said.
New council: Bayside councillors elected at the October elections are Alex del Porto, Felicity Frederico, Stephen Hartney, James Long, Heather Stewart, Laurence Evans and Michael Heffernan.
FOUR new faces were in the line-up for the traditional post election photograph of Bayside Council. The mayor Cr Stephen Hartney is a first time councillor and his election made it the second year running that the city’s leader came from Central Ward. Bayside has had one previous mayor who was serving his first term as a councillor. Former mayor Louise Cooper-Shaw failed to get re-elected, one of 16 mayors across the state rejected by voters. Cr Felicity Frederico and Cr James Long were returned to represent Central Ward and it was Cr Hartney’s second attempt to be elected to council. The October elections in Bayside saw 48 candidates stand for the seven seats on council; 20 stood for the three
mentation, encouraging people to self regulate their smoking on patrolled beaches”. “However, visitors to the beach should be aware that infringements of up to $140.84 may be issued for smoking on a patrolled beach.” The state government will provide the council with information brochures, posters and palm cards to support the educational campaign, and has already provided no smoking signs for patrolled beaches.
Audit result: Checks appear to show policies to protect Bayside’s treed atmosphere are working.
Policies ‘protecting trees’ BAYSIDE Council believes its tree protection policies are working. This assessment given to councillors at their 27 November meeting was based on an initial audit of the tree policy in 2009 and audits of tree replacement over the past three years. The officer’s report said the “quality of tree pruning on private property has improved across the city with the increasing use of qualified private arborists”. The report said most holders of local law and vegetation protection overlay permits were complying with replacement planting conditions. The audit process included about 100 vegetation protection overlay (VPO) permits, and found a 95 per cent level of compliance. About 300 local law tree removal permits were reviewed, with an 80 per cent level of compliance. Earlier this year council for the first time succeeded in prosecuting someone for vandalising a native street tree under the 1987 State Government Planning and Environment Act. The act of vandalism occurred on Boxing Day, 26 December 2010, in
Martin St, Brighton, and was witnessed by local residents who made statements to council to support its case for prosecution. In the Moorabbin Magistrates Court on Friday 2 March council was awarded $8000 on the two street tree vandalism charges, $12,000 in costs and $817 for restitution of the vandalised tree. The maximum fine for the two offences is $146,500. It was reported that the offender, who pleaded guilty to two charges – interfering with a tree and failing to comply with the planning scheme damaged to the street tree to have a better view of Port Phillip. The current maximum fine for tree vandalism under Council’s Local Law is $2,000 awarded by the Magistrates Court. A maximum penalty of $143,340 can also be issued under the Planning & Environment Act 1987 for removal, lopping or destruction of a native tree. Bayside residents who wish to report a case of tree vandalism should call 9599 4444.
WITH Beach Rd parking in place to protect morning cyclists, Bayside Council now wants to encourage bicycle riding throughout the municipality. The online BikeScope survey which ended this week was conducted with Bicycle Network Victoria as part of Bayside’s commitment to “providing a transport system that meets the needs of all residents”. The mayor Cr Stephen Hartney said feedback from the survey will provide “an in-depth analysis of the riding environment within Bayside using direct input from residents and riders and will assist council with the development of its new bicycle strategy”. Survey questions included how often and what type of bike is being used; where and what route people are taking within Bayside; and what improvements would cyclists like from council.
White line rage
BAYSIDE Council’s parking officers may be trained, but they also make mistakes. Kevin Spencer complained about being booked and was shown photographs to prove he was in the wrong. While discussing the merits of the case (Mr Spencer says vehicles from a nearby building site were taking up available spaces) a council officer he could also have copped an extra fine for parking within a continuous white line. “It so happens that this secondary solid white line is defining a cyclist section of the roadway in Hampton St,” Mr Spencer has told councillors. In answer to his questions at council’s 27 November, Mr Spencer was assured that the municipalities “15 suitably qualified authorised officers” were not being trained “on the job”.
THE visit of this humpback whale to Rickett’s Point Marine Sanctuary several years ago is a reminder of how remarkable Port Phillip is. Over summer you are unlikely see such big whales, but resident dolphins will be common visitors. Respect them by not deliberately approaching closer than 100 metres in your boat. Heavy penalties apply for breaching the regulations. The Dolphin Research Institute needs your support to report sightings and by joining its Adopt-A-Dolphin program. Adopting a dolphin can make a Christmas gift. Call 1300 130 949 or go to dolphinresearch.org.au The bay’s largest visitor: Photo Dolphin Research Institute
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Child care fee rises, upgrades BAYSIDE Council will spend $280,000 improving its two childcare centres in Hampton and Sandringham over summer. The decision to upgrade the centres follows council’s back down on handing the running of the centres to private contractors. Council has also set a flat fee of $108 a child a day at the two centres, a rise of $9 to $16 a day. “This brings the fees into line with increases scheduled for July 2012 and January 2013, and is less than the 2012 median child care fee in Bayside of $111.45 a day,” community services director Kaylene Conrick said. “The fees cover the operating costs of the centres but do not cover the maintenance required on the two centres.” Ms Conrick said the maintenance work would be paid for with money set aside in the 2012/13 budget for anticipated privatisation costs. “Previously fees at council’s child care centres have been based on the age of the children in care, reflecting the higher number of carers needed to look after children under three years old,” she said. “The new flat fee structure takes account of new national requirements that have increased program costs associated with providing a high quality educational program for children aged three to five years.”
Plans under review
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THE “community” is about to be approached for its views of the existing structure plans for Sandringham Village, Hampton St, Hampton and Bay and Church Sts, Brighton. The plans were drawn up between 2004 and 2006. Bayside Council is also developing a structure plan to guide the future development of Hampton East covering the Bayside part of the Moorabbin major activity centre. The Sandringham, Hampton and Brighton structure plans under review contain an overall vision for each of the centres and provide guidelines and actions for their future development. Following the review, which could take 18 months, the updated structure plans will form part of the Bayside Planning Scheme. For information on the progress of the amendments call council’s strategic planning team on 9599 4444.
Ms Conrick said parents could claim back half of their out of pocket costs for childcare up to $7500 a year a child under the Child Care Rebate which was not means tested. “Further means tested support is available to parents that qualify for additional fee relief. “The Hampton Child Care Centre will be repainted inside and out and floorboards and ceiling panels will be replaced. “Landscaping will improve the outdoor play space at the Sandringham Child Care Centre and new carpet tiles and a laundry bench will be installed.”
ANGLERS looking to hook a snapper have been reminded by Transport Safety Victoria(TSV) to make safety the top priority when out on the water. Statistics show that in the past five years, 78 out of 97 serious injuries resulting from boating incidents have occurred during the November to April snapper season. “Snapper fishing is an enjoyable activity, however during the snapper period we also see significantly more boating incidents than at other times of the year,” TSV’s maritime safety director Peter Corcoran said. “Having the right safety equipment in good working order and checking the weather ahead of time is one way to avoid getting into trouble while out on the water. “Before heading out you should always undertake a thorough assessment of your boat for its intended operation and always remember to tell someone where you will launch from, where you are going and when you expect to return.” Mr Corcoran said night boating or when visibility was restricted “can be dangerous and it is important that boaters know which navigation lights must be used and when”. “They must display the correct combination of lights when underway and display an all round white light when anchoring,” he said. “Recreational boat operators must not anchor in shipping channels or fairways and must always steer clear of ships. Commercial ships can travel at speeds in excess of 20 knots and some weigh over 100,000 tonnes.” The updated Recreational Boating Safety Handbook can be downloaded from www.transportsafety.vic.gov.au or picked up at VicRoads offices.
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Home duties: Superb fairy-wren chicks and an exhausted father. Picture: Peter Pevy
Look out for garden ‘fairies’ Befriend fairy-wrens
NOW is the time to see dazzling blue superb fairy-wrens, the breeding males that are hoping to catch the eye of a potential mate. Females, young birds and non-breeding males are grey-brown, but from September to March, males change colour. The Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife’s Backyard Buddies program offers tips about how to attract superb fairy-wrens. “The birds are great to have in your garden as they will keep insect numbers down,” says Susanna Bradshaw, CEO of the foundation. “Research suggests the bluest males are likely to be the most successful breeders. Superb fairy-wrens can see light and colours from the ultraviolet spectrum, so the bluest males stand out the most against their environment, making them more attractive to female wrens. “It was once commonly thought superb fairy-wrens were a shining example of monogamy in the animal kingdom, with a male and female pair living happily together for many years and raising their chicks in partnership, but research reveals they are socially monogamous and enjoy good pair bonds, but are sexually promiscuous “A female bird may be courted by up to 13 males in half an hour, and 76 per cent of offspring are fathered by males outside their social group. Males help to raise chicks that are not their own as they may not be able to tell which youngsters are theirs.
“The parents don’t do it all on their own, but are helped by a wide network of others who aren’t breeding. This is why you will often see one bright blue male with a big group of little brown birds. They aren’t all females – the group includes juveniles and nonbreeding males. “In mammals, when parents have ‘auxiliaries’ to help them raise young, the result is often bigger, stronger offspring. However superb fairy-wren chicks raised by many helpers are usually no bigger than offspring raised by just a mum and dad pair. “This was a bit of a mystery for a long time until researchers discovered cooperative behaviour wasn’t necessarily benefiting the offspring, but was benefiting the mother.” Ms Bradshaw said the key to unlocking the mystery was in the eggs. A female with lots of support lays much smaller eggs and spends less time feeding her chicks. She can live a longer life and lay more eggs. “Small eggs produce small chicks, but with helpers to feed them, they don’t stay small. By the time the youngster fledges, it is the same size as a chick born from a bigger egg and fed by two wrens. These are very cluey birds,” Ms Bradshaw said. “Fairy-wrens are quite intelligent – when they hear cries of danger or warning calls from other birds, they flee to safety. In human terms, this is a bit like us understanding another language or recognising, say, an ambulance siren in a foreign country.”
TO attract superb fairy-wrens: n Include local native plants of different heights and densities in your garden and, most importantly, establish an understory under trees. This will give superb fairy-wrens somewhere to hide from larger and more aggressive birds such as magpies and currawongs. n Grevilleas, bottlebrushes or callistemon plants, and banksias will attract the birds and provide spikey bushes for shelter. The flowers of some banskias will also attract insects – fairy-wren food. Ask the local nursery about native varieties. n Avoid using pesticides outdoors as fairy-wrens that eats a poisoned insect could become sick and die. Let the birds be your bug controllers. n Keep cats indoors as much as possible. n Provide clean water in the garden in a bird bath or even an ice cream container. n Leave in the garden leaf litter, bark, rocks and logs as this will encourage insects. Backyard Buddies is a free program run by the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife. Sign up for B-mail and download a free fact sheet about superb fairy-wrens at www.backyardbuddies.net.au
SOLDIER beetles have invaded Bayside for a second consecutive year. The harmless beetles are about 14mm long and have an elongated, flattened body with a yellow-orange band behind the head. The head and wing case are dark green-black and the body is yellow-orange. The beetles can be beneficial for
plants as they attack harmful insects that are attracted to nectar. They are also a biological control of aphids, grasshopper eggs and caterpillars. The beetle swarms usually occur in spring and summer and research indicates that the size of the swarms are influenced by rainfall followed by high daily temperatures.
Soldier beetles can live for two to three months and they only breed once a year. Available chemical controls are highly toxic and will only work on the beetles present at the time of spraying. Once the spray has eradicated one swarm, it is not unusual for more beetles to swarm in the area soon after.
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WOMEN’S health organisation Jean Hailes for Women’s Health has 12 tips for good health in the lead up to Christmas and holiday season stresses of excess eating, drinking, shopping and being merry: Watch your snacks. Include a taste of treat foods but add some berries or a handful of nuts. Save dessert for afternoon tea the next day. Drink in moderation. Take note of when you are enjoying a drink and when you are simply drinking because it is there. Offer to be the designated driver and take along an enjoyable non-alcoholic alternative. Eat seasonally. Christmas foods can fun, delicious and decadent, but don’t forget that summer is the time for seasonal produce. Berries and mangos, seafood and salads. Focus on you. Keep a few nights a week free to relax and have an early night. Eat light – go for salad options with lean protein – and drink plenty of water. Get active – and make it fun. Exercise can make you feel better when there is a lot of stress, late nights and too much over indulging in food or alcohol. The best recovery tip for too much food, alcohol and late nights is fresh air, plenty of water and exercise. Plan your get togethers ahead of time. Family get togethers can be a source of stress for many people. Don’t have to visit everyone in one day. Smaller gatherings may be more manageable. Meet for coffee and cake rather than a lengthy lunch. Stick to a budget for gifts. Set a budget for each person to avoid financial strain. Many families opt
LETTERS are being sent telling more than 500 Bayside land owners to clear their properties of fire hazards. “It may surprise some people that residential properties in the Melbourne metropolitan area can pose a fire threat,” infrastructure services director Steven White said. “We ask that all Bayside property owners take the necessary steps to prevent fires and minimise the possibility of the spread of fire by keeping their property free of old timber stacks, dry leaves, undergrowth and grass that exceeds 300mm in height.” Properties are inspected for fire risks in December and January. Owners can face a $500 fine and may be required to meet the cost incurred by council to clear the property of fire hazards. “It may be necessary for residents to clear their property more than once over the fire season due to summer growth,” Mr White said. Call 9599 4444 for advice about fire prevention works.
AUSTRALIA has one of the highest rates of asthma in the world and the National Asthma Council Australia is warning that the prevalence may actually be higher still with possible asthma sufferers going undiagnosed be-
to buy group presents, give just to the children in a family or do a Kris Kringle, where you each buy for just one person. Watch the kilo creep. Plan ahead to enjoy the festive season without regrets. Stick to your usual exercise and healthy food routines, including treats in moderation. Be kind to others (and yourself). Christmas may be a jolly season for many, but for many people who are on their own or have lost a loved one it can be a painful and lonely time. Some people who have lost a loved one or are on their own prefer not to celebrate at all, while others appreciate the opportunity to talk and remember. Manage your emotions. Emotions can get out of hand when the day does not go according to plan. You can alleviate the pressure by having age appropriate activities and not over stimulating smaller children. Keep the day simple, aim for a moderate timeframe and try not to fixate on having the day turn out perfectly. Be creative about using leftover food. Offer food to people to take home as they leave or ask them to bring a bunch of flowers instead of food. Give portions of food to guests to take home and freeze suitable leftovers so they are out of harm’s way. Clebrate and enjoy. Christmas should be a time to celebrate, relax and enjoy good company first and good food second. It is often the simplest pleasures with minimal fuss and preparation that create the greatest memories and joys. cause of inadequate lung testing rates. Council head Associate Professor Noela Whitby said early diagnosis of asthma and other respiratory problems through a spirometry test could improve quality of life and help prevent unnecessary deaths. “Asthma can be life-threatening so don’t ignore the symptoms, visit your GP and ask for a spirometry test as it’s the most accurate breathing test to establish the diagnosis of asthma or other respiratory conditions, and to monitor your ongoing condition,” she said. The test involves placing a mouthpiece in your mouth and then breathing out as hard and fast as possible. A Guide to breathing tests for asthma is at www.nationalasthma.org.au
OVER summer, sand on Bayside’s beaches is being cleaned once a week, twice weekly in front of life saving clubs. The council’s machine can clean more than three hectares an hour and will operate from 4.30am to 9am. Beaches which the machine cannot reach will be manually cleaned. Recycling bins have been installed on beaches, foreshore reserves and some foreshore car parks while fishing line bins are at Brighton pier, Half Moon Bay, the North Road jetty and Middle Brighton.
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