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COVER: 3RPP community radio announcers Peter Smedley and Bob and Judy Phillips take a break from ruling the local airwaves. See page 15. Picture: Michael Dodge

BY LEE OPITZ FRANKSTON crusaders Thomas and Joanne Davenport have declared war on graffiti. The couple has taken up the fight to rid their neighbourhood of ‘‘criminal activity’’ in the area and over the past few months have taken about 25 photographs to prove their point. Focusing on a kilometre radius from their home, bordered by Beach Street, Campbell Street, Ashleigh Avenue and Dandenong Road West, the photos show graffiti daubed on private, public and commercial properties. Mr Davenport blames an apparent influx of Department of Human Services tenants for the increase in graffiti and vandalism. ‘‘There are lots of renters who couldn’t give a damn. This is criminal activity. A thorough profile of the social demographics occurring in Frankston must be conducted to expose and hopefully reduce increasing ‘slum’ conditions,’’ Mr Davenport said. ‘‘We know that there are needy people and that we need to be responsible and help them. But let the community absorb them as a whole. ‘‘If 1 per cent of people need public housing across the state, let the communities of Sandringham, Toorak, Frankston and Cranbourne absorb them equally.’’ Mr Davenport said foul language, unruly behaviour, paint sniffing, drug use and littering were all major problems in the area. ‘‘Live here and you will know the truth and the discomfort. There is an urgent need for councillors, police, DHS and community members to address these issues.’’ Mr Davenport said it was time the community took control of the situation. ‘‘We need to hit back with fair dinkum intent. Our society is in deep ‘doo doos’, if you get what I mean.’’ A DHS spokeswoman said the department worked with police, councils and residents to address antisocial behaviour and its causes. DHS owned about 66,000 public housing dwellings throughout Victoria. Most were in Melbourne’s inner and middle suburbs.

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Bad message: Residents say graffiti and antisocial behaviour is a big problem around Beach Street in Frankston.

‘If 1 per cent of people need public housing across the state, let the communities of Sandringham, Toorak, Frankston and Cranbourne absorb them equally.’ — Thomas Davenport

‘‘There are about 1300 public housing dwellings in the Frankston local government area and 1200 on the Mornington Peninsula. ‘‘Over the past eight years this figure has remained stable. Public housing has historically been allocated to areas where there have been job opportunities and access to services and amenities,’’ the spokeswoman said. ‘‘There is no evidence to suggest that DHS

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tenants are responsible for all incidents of antisocial behaviour, including graffiti.’’ Frankston Council’s communities general manager Gillian Kay said graffiti was clearly an issue in the area. ‘‘Council officers have passed Mr Davenport’s images of graffiti to our contractor for removal and met with Frankston police, who will be working with the council to identify repeat offenders.’’

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permits are eligible to park along Frankston foreshore for the time stipulated without having to pay a fee or display a foreshore parking permit. Permits must be clearly displayed at all times and used only by the permit holder. The disabled persons parking scheme is administered by local councils but VicRoads is responsible for establishing the regulations that govern the scheme. For more information about obtaining a disabled parking permit and the conditions of use go to the community well-being page of the council’s website Sandra Mayer, Frankston mayor

Re: Costly restoration (Weekly, 26/2/13) South East Water’s new Frankston head office will house our 700 staff and provide a central point for our customers to reach us. Positioned on Frankston’s boulevard, it also provides a great opportunity for us to work with the community to help rejuvenate this underutilised part of the city. Recent claims that we will ignore our responsibility of repairing any damage caused during construction, and leave the redevelopment of the boulevard to Frankston City Council, are incorrect

and require clarification. In fact, we will be working with Frankston Council to build a generous public space for everyone to enjoy, stretching beyond the foot of our new building and down to Kananook Creek. As part of the works we will also relocate a sewage pump station on the site at our own cost, allowing hundreds of thousands of dollars to be freed up to help revitalise Kananook Creek. We look forward to the days when Frankston residents, city workers, and our staff can enjoy their lunch on our wide public verandah, meet for a coffee at one of the cafes or restaurants that will line the building, or relax on the grass under one of the native trees that will shade the area. We remain committed to minimising the impact of construction and, like all capital works projects that we undertake in our service region, we will reinstate the area — and in this case go one step further and leave it better than ever. Our move comes at a time when Frankston has a number of exciting projects on the cards to redefine the region. We look forward to being part of this rejuvenation. Kevin Hutchings, managing director, South East Water

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Crime jumps 16% BY LEE OPITZ CRIME in the Frankston police region increased in all categories except one last year. The 2012 statistics released last week showed the total number of crimes in the region increased by 16.3 per cent. In total, ‘crimes against the person’ — which includes rape, sex offences, robbery, assault and abduction — rose 36.1 per cent and drug offences leapt 58.4 per cent. Figures represent only those offences reported to police and the ones recorded. All offences, except theft from motor vehicles (down 0.5 per cent), were up, including residential burglary and assault. Last year there were 1623 reported assaults, including family violence, which represents a 37.2 per cent increase since 2011 — higher than the state average of 14 per cent. Despite this, Frankston’s Inspector Jeff Millar said police were making an impact on the level of violence in the community. ‘‘A very large majority of the assaults that occur are between people who know each other. Violence is not an acceptable method to resolve a difference or settle an argument and police are continuing to focus on this area.’’

Since protective services officers were introduced at Frankston railway station, assaults in the area had ‘‘all but disappeared’’. More foot patrols in the Young Street area at times when violence was most likely to occur had dramatically lowered the number of incidents, he said. The arrest of a group of youths who were regularly stealing cars and another group who were targeting unlocked homes had also helped to stem the number of reported stolen vehicles and burglaries. Inspector Millar said the 58.4 per cent jump in drug-related offences showed good policing. ‘‘Our focus is to continue to identify those responsible for manufacturing illicit drugs. We are confident that strategies we have in place to reduce crime are working.’’ Road policing statistics were also good, showing the number of fatalities and injuries had dropped. Cranbourne MP Jude Perera said the increases were a result of the state government cutting $65 million from the police budget and sacking 350 unsworn officers and 480 Department of Justice staff. ‘‘This takes police off the beat and is having a significant impact on tackling crime,’’ he said.

Tangled mess Weekly photographer Wayne Hawkins was confused when trying to work out how three cars and a trailer managed to get themselves into such a mess on Baxter-Tooradin Road last month. Police said a 68-year-old Rosebud woman ran into the rear of a stationary vehicle, forcing it into a trailer hitched behind another car. The woman was taken to hospital with minor injuries.






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Meet the Mayor and CEO Wednesday, 13 March, 9:30am– 12:30pm, Frankston Civic Centre; 1:00pm-3:00pm, Langwarrin Customer Service Centre Register for a 30 minute appointment to discuss issues or ideas with the Mayor and CEO. Bookings: 9784 1801 or

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Wednesday, 20 March, 1:30pm– 3:00pm, Frankston South Recreation Centre, 55 Towerhill Road, Frankston South FREE Years Ahead, RACV program provides advice to assist with a decision about whether it is safe to continue to drive and information about life beyond driving. Afternoon tea provided. Bookings: 9784 1943.

Thursday, 7 March, 6:15pm, Karingal PLACE, 103 Ashleigh Avenue, Frankston Help make Karingal an even better place to live, work, study and play! Come along to help turn community ideas into reality. RSVP: 9784 1022 or communitydevelopment@frankston.vic.

FREE Forums on What Men Really Think About... Fatherhood – Thursday, 7 March Masculinity – Tuesday, 30 April Relationships – Tuesday, 4 June 7:00pm, Frankston Arts Centre Men of all ages are invited to speak about and listen to genuine stories on issues that they don’t generally discuss. The panel of speakers on Fatherhood includes: – John Chaplin Flemming, Comedian & performer with Scared Weird Little Guys – Glenn Manton, former AFL footballer – David O’Halloran, Co-founder of Choir of Hard Knocks Tickets $5. Bookings: 9784 1060 or

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Tuesday, 12 March, 7:00pm– 9:00pm, Twelve Bar, 1/12 Young Street, Frankston FREE event with Melbounre University’s Dr Colin Marshall discussing ‘Empathy: radical thinking and seeing’. Bookings:

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Frankston Library, 60 Playne Street, Frankston Mexican guitarist Raziel Soto – Sunday, 10 March, 2:00pm Children’s Portuguese storytelling – Thursday, 14 March, 10:30am Experience Mexico in Frankston – featuring food, music and art. Thursday, 21 March, 6:00pm–7:30pm, bookings: 9784 1739. Concert by duo Gioconda and Alejandro – with Spanish language books presented by various local authors, Sunday, 24 March, 1:30pm Film screening – ‘Roma’, Argentina 2004, by director Adolfo Aristarain, Thursday, 28 March, 6:30pm Bookings: 9784 1020

McClelland Guild Open Day Sunday, 17 March, 11:00am2:00pm, McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery, 360 McClelland Drive, Langwarrin        silversmithing, spinning and weaving. Free sculpture workshop for children. Sausage sizzle available to purchase.

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Sunday, 17 March, 2:00pm, Frankston Library, 60 Playne Street, Frankston Frankston Interfaith Network invites you to             Displays, traditional food and costumes. RSVP: communitydevelopment@ or 9784 1022.

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Blow to landscaping BY SAMANTHA ROBIN PENINSULA Link’s landscaping looked less manicured after last week’s storms. Parts of the landscaped hillside on either side of the freeway slipped away with the heavy rain, raising questions over design and drainage. Southern Way general manager David Clements said the rain had affected the freeway’s landscaping. ‘‘The recent significant rainfall impacted some of the mulch on Peninsula Link’s garden beds which resulted in some minor slides on the

batters between Cranbourne Road and Robinsons Road,’’ he said. ‘‘We swiftly cleared up any debris from the road.’’ Mr Clements said additional planting would prevent the problem in the future. ‘‘The planting and other landscape elements on batters will prevent the mulch and topsoil from sliding. The planting will take some time to be finalised and mature.’’ Mr Clements said these types of issues as a result of heavy rain were not uncommon or unexpected on new infrastructure such as Peninsula Link.

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Immerse your senses in Mexican culture at a special free forum at Frankston library on Thursday, March 21 from 6pm. As part of the Ventana Festival’s cultural program, five young and dynamic Mexican talents will share their passion for their culture and traditions such as making corn tortilla from scratch, guitar playing, the day of the dead, pre and post Hispanic beliefs as well as famous Mexican wrestling masks and, of course, tequila. Bookings are essential. Call 9784 1739.

The National Stroke Foundation is urging everyone to learn four life saving letters — FAST — this month to help reduce stroke-related damage. They stand for: Face, has the person’s mouth drooped? Arms, can they lift both arms above their head? Speech, is their speech slurred? Can they understand you? And Time, call triple-O immediately. Foundation CEO Erin Lalor said: “Stroke is largely preventable and usually very simple to identify but most people just don’t know enough about it. More than 50,000 strokes occur every year in Australia. Most of those people will display at least one of the signs of stroke. By recognising those signs and acting FAST you can save a life.” Dr Lalor said stroke was a blood clot or bleed on the brain that starvd brain cells of oxygen and caused parts of the brain to die.

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What goes online stays, youth told BY SAMANTHA ROBIN MANY of us have done it — uploaded embarrassing photos of a drunken night out or made Facebook posts better forgotten. It may even be a friend who has posted something that seemed harmless and funny at the time but later had serious consequences. Youth Affairs Minister Ryan Smith was at the Patterson Lakes Community Centre on Thursday to launch a new social media safety campaign, It’s There For Life, aimed at making young users of social media aware of the repercussions of posting online. An increasing number of people have reported missing out on jobs, being bullied, stalked or even reported to police after images or posts have been placed on social media such as Facebook and Twitter. The state government initiative helps young people know how to safeguard their privacy and protect their reputations and urges them to think twice before they upload, send private photos or share personal details online.

“The web has a long memory and once something gets online, it could be there for life,” Mr Smith said. “We are not saying don’t post comments and images on social media, we are saying think twice before you do.” A 2009 federal government review of cybersafety research showed more than 92 per cent of young people were concerned about social media privacy issues and more than 40 per cent of young people had pictures posted online without their permission. “Social media is a great tool, but it also has potentially damaging impacts. As young people go forward and start a career or enter into relationships their digital reputation stays with them for life,” Mr Smith said. “We want young Victorians to have the best start, but if you’ve posted something inappropriate online there’s a chance a prospective employer may have found the post and made a judgment before they’ve even met you. The simple fact is what goes online stays online.” Schools, Scouts and Guides Victoria, Life Saving Victoria, the Foundation for Young Australi-

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Ambulance wait escalates FRANKSTON Hospital had some of the worst ambulance ramping figures in the state late last year, according to figures released last week. Ambulance ramping occurs when emergency departments can’t take on new patients, usually because they are full. Ambulances are forced to wait with their patients until a bed becomes available. The statistics for the September and December quarters, which the state opposition had campaigned to be released, showed Frankston Hospital failed to offload patients at the emergency department within 40 minutes 40.2 per cent of the time over those two quarters last year. In the September quarter, 665 patients waited more than 24 hours to be admitted to the hospital when a gastroenteritis outbreak clashed with construction works and seasonal demand to close beds. Statewide, the hospital system met its 40-minute target 77.4 per cent of the time in the December quarter. Elective surgery patients suffered a statewide drop in the num-

Long wait: ambulances lined up outside Frankston Hospital on February 8. Picture: Lee Opitz ber of procedures done on time in the December quarter, also reflected at south-east hospitals. Elective surgery waiting lists grew to 47,760 in the December quarter, from 43,173 in the previous December quarter. In the same timeframe, elective surgery patients treated went up from 37,326 to 38,219. Frankston Hospital patients suffered a relatively bigger jump in the waiting list from 1540 in December 2011 to 1715 in December last year.

Frankston also treated more patients, from 1214 to 1335, over that timeframe. All elective surgeries deemed urgent last year were done within set targets of 30 days. Victorian emergency department patients were seen within set time limits 73 per cent of the time in the same quarter. The statistics will be seen in the context of a fund fight between Victoria and the Federal Government which cut $107 million from its contribution to the state health system. Federal Health Minister Tanya Plibersek announced late last month that she would pay the $107 million directly to hospitals, slamming the Victorian Government as “cruel and incompetent”. The statistics show that elective surgery waiting lists rose prior to December 7 when the funds were withdrawn. State Health Minister David Davis said the lists grew because hospitals anticipated cuts. “The ongoing funding restrictions will mean that in future even more people will be forced to wait longer for their surgery,” he said. Mr Davis pointed to an increase of treatments in emergency departments and of elective surgery patients.

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PINOT is the new black, says Melbourne stylist Franco Schifilliti. The fashion show king is coming to Frankston this month to provide style tips and advice on the latest colours and trends going into autumn and winter. He will be giving free fashion workshops at Bayside shopping centre for women of all ages and sizes. The workshops will focus on selecting the right look for different figure shapes, with a special emphasis on the 12-16 dress sizes. He will be teaching people how to introduce new colours and fabrics to enhance their look and match outfits with shoes and accessories. “I want women to be inspired to go beyond their safety zones,” Schifilliti said. ‘‘With styles and colours people can get stuck in a rut and I want to encourage them to try different things.’’ All clothing and accessories will be taken from retailers within the shopping centre. ‘‘Pinot is the in colour for autumn and winter. It’s so good you could drink it. ‘‘You can wear it with charcoal, black, and even camel. It’s versatile enough to wear on its

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look. ‘‘We are seeing a lot more of leather in skirts, dresses, leather-trimmed tops or leggings. ‘‘Metallics come and go but they are in for the younger ones this season, gold dusted jeans with a metallic finish, metallic feel tops and sequins.’’ Schifilliti developed a love for fashion at just five years. His mother was a dressmaker so he was always surrounded by clothes and fashion. Now while his focus is mainly on fashion shows and styling for newspapers and magazines, his greatest satisfaction comes from working with size 14-16 women. ‘‘I love working with women and making them feel good about their figure. It’s all about downplaying the negatives and accentuating the positives. We all love that feeling when someone says ‘that looks really good’.’’ Fashion HQ will be running on level one of Bayside shopping centre from March 7–23. Workshops with Schifilliti will be held on March 16 at noon and 2pm. One-on-one style sessions with Anika Walker will also be on offer. Both sessions are free but bookings are essential by visiting

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THE phrase ‘pass it on’ can not be better illustrated than by the work of the Carrum Downs Community Charitable Network. Through its op shop, the network raises money for local groups and last year handed out $7000 to charities and services and $5000 to the Frankston Community Fund. The Carrum Downs and Skye fire brigades were two recipients that have used the money to purchase vital equipment to help protect the community. Carrum Downs captain Terry Larkin said the volunteer fire brigades relied heavily on fund-raising and donations to better enhance their capabilities. ‘‘We are extremely grateful that people still care and the donation will go towards either replacing old equipment or projects which will ultimately make the members’ role serving the community all that much easier. ‘‘We rely heavily on community support to perform our functions and the CDCCN has contributed greatly towards that,’’ Mr Larkin said. ‘‘We hope that support will continue in the future.’’ Skye fire brigade will use the money to


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INBRIEF Car dealer banned Melbourne Magistrates Court has banned a Frankston car dealership from trading after its director was caught operating without a licence and using licence numbers not connected to his company. On February 4 the court found Frankston Car City and its sole director and shareholder Liron Serbi had engaged in deceptive or misleading conduct and broken consumer laws when he pretended to be a licensed motor trader. Mr Serbi was required to pay to have the court’s findings published on his website and at the Tooyal Street business. The company will not be able to operate again until it is licensed.

Teen clocks 134km/h in 60 zone A P-plater lost his licence when he was caught travelling at more than double the 60 km/h speed limit in Carrum Downs last Sunday week. The 18-year-old Carrum Downs man was allegedly travelling along Wedge Road at 134 km/h in his father’s ute about 10pm. Police expect to charge the teen on summons with a number of traffic offences, including driving at a dangerous speed. The ute was not impounded.

Driver tries to flee, faces charges A Seaford man was allegedly drunk when he ruptured his front tyre while attempting to

escape police last Friday week. The 40-yearold was travelling north on FrankstonDandenong Road in Carrum Downs when police spotted sparks coming from his car about 10.30pm. They pulled the man over near the Peninsula Link overpass but he took off. Police said the man had a blood-alcohol reading of .202. His licence was suspended for 12 months and he is expected to be charged on summons with drink-driving and dangerous driving.

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Station still puts a smile on our dial Alternative music, enthusiastic voices and a lot of passion. SAMANTHA ROBIN gets an inside look at the community radio station speaking out for Frankston and the peninsula. he atmosphere is buzzing at 3RPP as announcers spread their enthusiasm from the studio’s Mornington headquarters to avid listeners in Frankston and across the peninsula. Breakfast presenter Peter Smedley has just come off air and in the chair for the next shift are husband and wife duo Judy (Banks) Phillips and Bob Phillips. For 27 years, Radio Port Phillip has been entertaining listeners and its popularity and depth of coverage is growing, despite television and the internet. Live broadcasts from local football and cricket matches and special events, such as the Mornington Cup last month, have bolstered the station’s profile and widened its audience. Bob and Judy have been doing their radio show in various forms since 1988 and it’s easy to see why they are regarded as two of the station’s legends. Judy got her break on television co-hosting Fredd Bear’s Breakfast A-Go-Go in the 1960s. The children’s morning show was one of the first to be broadcast live in Australia. Bob produced the show and went on to produce Hey Hey It’s Saturday. The couple, who’ve been married 35 years, provide amusing banter on the 3RPP soundwaves every week with


their show Sugar and Spice. ‘‘I’m the sugar,’’ Bob jokes. Knowing each other’s limits and being able to read each other gives them an advantage. ‘‘We can get away with a lot more because we can push each other right to the edge and we know where to draw the line,’’ Bob says. Although the couple never read from a script and enjoy ad-libbing, their professionalism never wavers. Judy says the difficulty is making it visual for the listeners. ‘‘They can’t see what’s going on, so you have to describe it. If Bob’s wearing a hat I have to say, ‘why are you wearing that silly-looking hat’.’’ But they admit sometimes they don’t match the image listeners have conjured up. ‘‘I was stopped in the street once and said, ‘this is my husband Bob’, and it took a moment for the woman to work out this was the man she had been listening to on the radio,’’ Judy says. ‘‘Her face visibly dropped,’’ Bob adds. ‘‘You could tell she was a little disappointed.’’ They love the freedom of working in community radio and the opportunities it presents. And, as with any live broadcasting, there is always something on standby in case it all goes pear-shaped.

‘‘Once we had lined up an interview with an actor for the stage production of Yes Minister and we were put through to the wrong hotel room and ended up with a Chinese doctor on the line,’’ Bob recalls. ‘‘That’s the thing about live radio — lots can go wrong.’’ But the potential for disaster has been minimised since the station relocated in late 2011 from the ‘‘tin shed’’ in Moorooduc to a modern studio in Mornington. The station broadcasts primarily to the Mornington Peninsula and Frankston, but signals have been picked up as far away as the Bellarine Peninsula and Phillip Island. Peter Smedley, who hosts The Breakfast Scoop every Thursday says his love of music primarily led him to radio — ‘‘I walked into the station and said, ‘how do I get a radio program?’’ ’ Eventually, he was given the Sunday afternoon Shake it, you won’t break it program, now hosted by his nephew ‘Brother Paul’ Satur. Although Peter took media studies at university, he ended up working in the family business and only rediscovered his passion for radio later in life. ‘‘Sometimes I still get nervous,’’ he admits. ‘‘When you interview people live in the studio it can be pretty nerveracking.’’ Another reason for getting

Radio buzz: Bob Phillips, also above, Peter Smedley and Judy Phillips send out the tracks in the 3RPP studio.

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into radio was to improve his public speaking ability. ‘‘I really disappointed myself when I got up to speak at a friend’s wedding and I cried. I wanted to learn how to keep my emotions in check and still do a good job.’’ His passion for music, and in particular for sharing some of the bands out there who struggle for air time, shines through. ‘‘You have to enjoy people and want to share music. Community radio is a medium for the independent, noncommercial voices. ‘‘I’d love to see a wall of aspiring musicians broadcasting at the station. It can be anything you like — just not the norm.’’ Tuning into 98.3 (98.7 for the peninsula), it’s refreshing to hear the diverse range of voices and music on 3RPP. All radio announcers are volunteers, and it’s clear it’s a labour of love. Members’ fees, grants and scholarships keep the station afloat and new members are always welcome. Station manager Brendon Telfer says they had tapped into a lode of hidden talent and listeners are benefiting. ‘‘We play everything from blues to classical and even have local singers and actors from time to time.

‘‘We want listeners to switch on and give us a try. If they listen in, they are bound to find something they like throughout the day.’’ Media students and peninsula residents Brittany Fry, 20, and Ellen Bruin, 23, are the next generation of radio presenters. Ellen, who is keen to learn the ropes of radio production and turn it into a career, started at 3RPP three months ago. ‘‘I read the news headlines and produce the drive show on Wednesdays,’’ she says. Her role includes interviewing and briefing talent, choosing music and doing on-air film reviews. ‘‘Everyone here is lovely and it’s a really good community of people.’’ Brittany is yet to make her on-air debut but is keen to gain broadcasting experience. ‘‘I’m not sure what part of the media I’d like to end up in yet, so I really want to try everything and see what I enjoy most.’’ Judy would love to see more young people getting involved in the station. ‘‘As long as they’re not better than us. We are fairly possessive of our time slot.’’ To find out more about 3RPP programs go to


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Hitting a high note Lowrider is set to rock Frankston, HAYDN GODONY reports. delaide-based Lowrider is making its mark with a winning combination of thoughtfully constructed songs, smooth, driving melody and emotive vocals. Sometimes suggestive of Temper Trap and the Blues Brothers, any rock band that mixes in big blasts of brass, from trombones particularly, is yearning for attention. Which they got, playing support slots for Alicia Keys and Lupe Fiasco. “If people can hear a reminder of something in our music, that means that it’s connecting in some way, so it’s always a compliment,” drummer Paul Bartlett said. With the band’s new album, Black Stones, the four members have opened the door to expanding their musical ideas, while assuming a more unified, collaborative effort. Created largely just sitting in a room and jamming out ideas, the album was recorded at Red Bull Studios in Los Angeles and Chapel Lane Studios in Adelaide. “In the past, if someone brought in a riff or an


idea that was a bit left of centre, we would have shut it down pretty quickly,’’ Bartlett said. ‘‘This time we thought ‘let’s just explore everything and see where it takes us’. ‘‘Any idea that came up was valid and we explored our way to some cool places. “We wanted the live energy put into the album before we recorded it.” Lowrider’s online videos, recorded live at Chapel Lane Studios, display a slightly more subdued side to the band. “We rip it up a bit more live, we feed off the crowd’s energy,’’ he said. ‘‘When we get to the bits where we jam, we leave it up to the moment. If you see us two nights in a row then you will generally see two different shows.” Lowrider will perform its first gig in the peninsula region at Pier Live on Saturday, March 23.

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Market fun: Mornington Farmers Market will celebrate its accreditation with the Victorian Farmers Markets Association with cooking demonstrations at 10am, 11am and noon on Saturday. They will be presented by Gavin Ong, head chef and part-owner of Mornington’s Counting House restaurant and the recipes will highlight the array of available produce and be simple enough to try at home. The market is held on the second Saturday of each month at Mornington Park, Schnapper Drive, from 8.30am-1pm. Entry:

The club meets at 7.45pm on the second Saturday of each month in the Uniting Church Hall, corner of Lindrum Road and Karingal Drive, Frankston. Details: Terry, 0439 070 191. Pottery display: Dromana Potters Group’s annual exhibition will be held in room 8, the Old Shire of Flinders Hall, Point Nepean Road, Dromana, from 10am-4pm on March 30-31 and 10am-1pm on April 1. Details: 5987 1410. Langy classes: Langwarrin Community Centre has classes in sustainable gardens and professional writing. The school holiday program begins on March 12. Details: 9789 7653. Musical afternoon: A country and gospel group will perform at Frankston Forest Baptist Church, 43 Monterey Boulevard, Frankston North, from 2pm on Saturday. Details: 9013 0483. Lyrebird classes: Lyrebird Community Centre, 203 Lyrebird Drive, Carrum Downs, has cooking classes including ‘death by chocolate’ and cupcake decorating for children. A class on email and the internet begins on March 14. Details: 9782 0133.

Bike Breeze: A new program funded by Cycling Victoria aims to get more women on bikes in Frankston, Seaford, Carrum and the Mornington Peninsula. The Mornington Peninsula Breeze Rides program is for those who want to get fit and healthy outdoors and socialise with other women and is held on Saturdays from 7-8am. Participants are not required to attend every session. Beginners are welcome and Breeze offers on-road and path rides to suit all levels and types of bikes. Details: Ride leader Nicole Cowan on 0407 952 590 or email

Social group: Activities at Belvedere Community Centre, 36 Belvedere Road, Seaford, include creating an ‘art therapy inspiration board’ and flower arranging. An adult social group meets at 1.30pm each Tuesday. Details: 9776 8922. Choir girls: Frankston Ladies Choir performs throughout the year. The annual meeting is at 7pm on March 19 at the corner of Spring and Nolan streets, Frankston. Details: Marion, 0419 561 082. Sing along: Frankston Sings meets at 5.30pm each Monday at The Nave, Brotherhood of St Laurence, 26 High Street, Frankston. Details: 8679 6088.

adults $2, children admitted free. Bring your own carry bags. Play time: Mahogany Neighbourhood Centre, 26 Mahogany Avenue, Frankston North, has a tots playgroup from 1-3pm each Tuesday. Cost: $4 each family. Details: 9786 1445. Youth hub: Langwarrin Youth Hub late-night drop-in centre at Langwarrin Community Centre offers activities for ages 12-24. Details: Kellie, 0488 591 421.

De-stress dad: Dads in Distress support service helps men experiencing separation grief and related issues. Frankston group meets at 7.30pm each Wednesday at Orwill Street Community House. Details: 1300 853 437. Prep prep: The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters is a free, home-based early literacy and numeracy program for residents of Frankston North, Seaford East and Karingal. Details: Louise, 9786 0724.

Carer support: Grow Better Together carer support group helps friends and family of those affected by mental health issues and meets regularly in Frankston. Details: 1800 558 268. Collectors fair: Mornington Peninsula Antique Bottle and Collectors Club will hold its 26th annual collectors fair at the Cranbourne Public Hall, South Gippsland Highway, on Sunday, April 14 from 9am-2pm.

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Get Involved Activity: Have fun and help grant a wish for sick children. When: Friday, March 22. Details: Wish Day is Make-A-Wish Australia’s annual fundraising event to raise money to help grant wishes for seriously-ill children. Wish Day is a fantastic opportunity to get together with friends, family, colleagues or classmates and wear what you wish — which could mean dressing up or dressing down — to raise money for life-changing wishes. There are more than 500 seriously-ill children waiting for their cherished wishes to be granted, and as demand for wishes continues to grow, fund-raising events like this are critically important. Contact: For more information, visit, email or call 1800 032 260 and ask to speak to the community fund-raising and events or business partnerships team. The best way to review the property market [ 18 ] FRANKSTON WEEKLY – YOUR COMMUNITY VOICE

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Just follow the link to worldwide wisdom urfing the net to research schoolwork can be fun, but for VCE students with limited time to cram it can be daunting. So where should you start your search? We’ve listed some helpful sites for popular VCE subjects to get you going. Also helpful are the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority site ( and, which includes articles, advice and links for many VCE subjects. Always ensure a website is reputable before using it and remember that anyone can alter a Wikipedia entry.


BIOLOGY Some helpful general biology sites are Biology Online (, DNA Interactive (, Biology Mad ( and the online biology textbook ( faculty/farabee/BIOBK/BioBookTOC.html).

of helpful links. These include ABC Arts (, Art Education Victoria (, National Association for Visual Arts (, National Gallery of Australia (, National Gallery of Victoria (, Public Galleries Association of Victoria ( and Arts Victoria (

ENGLISH The Victorian Association for the Teaching of English,, provides a number of links to resources. They include Australian poetry (, the Wheeler Centre (, Centre for Youth Literature (, The Conversation ( and the National Film and Sound Archive (

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Several sites offer free advice and explanations. Try former student

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GEOGRAPHY Geography is a wide-ranging subject. This selection of sites may help with several aspects: The Age education research pages, (, the Geography Teachers Association of Victoria, (, the Federal Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, ( and Environment Victoria, (

a detailed section on the Russian Revolution in its modern history section. PBS has a great section on the American Revolution (, and BBC news’ Asia Pacific section ( has extensive information on Chinese history.

GLOBAL POLITICS Government websites are useful, but remember they will present their perspective. Also helpful are sites for organisations such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, (, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, (, the United Nations ( and International Monetary Fund (

HISTORY – REVOLUTIONS For those studying the American, French, Russian or Chinese revolutions, The History Teachers Association of Victoria ( has links to a number of useful sites. For learning materials on the French Revolution, is a good place to start. Fordham University ( has

Searching solutions: Knowing how to surf the web is vital for today’s students. Picture: Istock Foundation Australia (, Nutrition Australia (, Champion Data ( and Coaches Information Service (

PHYSICAL EDUCATION There are dozens of sites that cover aspects of the physical education curriculum. Start with Australian Sports Commission (, Australian Institute of Sport (, VicHealth (, World Health Organisation (, Heart

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Stephanie, A tour of Stephanie Alexander’s home garden reveals her view of life, writes PETER WILMOTH. Picture: JULIAN KINGMA


Fresh ideas: Stephanie Alexander’s fresh food message is resonating in schools throughout Victoria.

f I told Stephanie Alexander everything about the food journey of me and my kids – a true confessional – I think we’d be talking a good pass, but could use some work. Yes, it’s never McDonald’s (well, once). Yes, it’s never KFC. Yes, we set the table and talk over dinner. Yes, at the impassioned request of an 11 year old we sometimes eat at the coffee table in front of Modern Family. Yes, we eat fresh produce nicely cooked. But all we eat from my garden is sprigs from a rosemary bush. I tried to grow basil and parsley. Disaster. My two lemon trees are on life support. The hydrangeas are rocking, but you can’t eat those. I’m no green thumb. Anything that stays alive in my garden is a happy accident. I’m probably like a lot of other people who are forced to go to the supermarket to buy manky clumps of basil sweating away in plastic, use four leaves and watch the rest blacken in the fridge. It’s not like I haven’t had exposure to this way of thinking. My father was a skilled vegetable gardener and my mother’s passion was the garden. Anyway I try, but I’ve got a lot of work to do. That’s why a tour by Stephanie Alexander of her famous garden and its superb produce leaves me with mixed feelings: first, slight shame about my own pathetic efforts; and second admiration that much of what ends up on Alexander’s dinner plate comes from here. I have visited Alexander’s Hawthorn home to talk about garden philosophies, and what better place to do that than here? Alexander shows me the lemon-scented verbena, green beans, the last leeks of the season, zucchini, cucumber, tomato, carrots, red and green capsicums, snow peas, peaches, nectarines netted off against possums and crab apple.

It’s a privilege to see Alexander’s food philosophy made real. In this age of obesity, heart disease and a disconnect from what’s in the earth, I asked Alexander where we are with children coming to some understanding of growing and eating good food, and an idea about a sustainable future, the food chain of experience. “I am of the opinion that children’s knowledge and attitudes towards everything to do with food and sustainability is primarily influenced by what’s happening at home,” she says. “And where there aren’t positive models at home. Children need some sort of assistance if we think it’s valuable that they understand about the growing world and flavour and texture, which I of course do. “In many families things have been allowed to slide. Plus, you have a phenomenon where many people who are 40 and 50 — many didn’t have a good culinary education themselves so they grew up eating whatever was put in front of them without thinking about it too much. And if they haven’t had a situation where everybody eats together at home regularly they’re missing out on something really major. “And by the time they get to primary school children have an extremely restricted palate, don’t have any understanding of how food is grown or the sorts of things you have to do to keep things alive in the garden, they probably have very little understanding, if any, of seasons. They don’t understand that you can’t get apples 12 months of the year because they know you can in the supermarket. “So there’s a big gap for a lot of children. As we face figures about obesity levels and the implications — I’ve just been to a two-day obesity summit so my head is full of figures about diabetes — it is quite scary and I believe that one



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the philosopher of food needs to intervene. And we know there are some very strong vested interests out there to make them think that junk food is cool, good for them, delicious . . . there are responsibilities there to put up a better fight.” Changing the culture of how we approach food has been Alexander’s main quest for the past nine years. The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program is aimed at children in years 3-6. After intense involvement in the past few years, her role now is one of figurehead to talk about the vision. The operational work is now done by a team of 20. “Our aim is that at the end of 2015 we will have a program represented in 10 per cent of all Australian schools with a primary enrolment.” There is too much at stake not to intervene. “Our intervention is based on doing it yourself, on children’s curiosity, their energy,” she says. “We do find that within a remarkably short time children are interested in new things, willing to try food they’ve never seen before, much less tasted, and there’s a tremendous sense of rising of self-esteem and pride and achievement once they’ve made something they’ve never experienced before. That is across the board, kids from all sorts of backgrounds, the messages seems to be that if you can do it yourself, if you can have that experience of stirring or chopping or slicing or digging or wheeling a wheelbarrow or putting the peas on a support, you feel very differently about the whole world.” Young people, Alexander says, should be encouraged to be involved in the growing of food. She believes food knowledge should be part of the education syllabus, although she is aware of the objections that would be raised by many people, particularly teachers who say they already have enough to teach. But Alexander is confident her program, which devises activities that draw on concepts out of the garden, can be integrated into the general curriculum.

“What I find when I go round the schools is that usually the first person to respond to me is the principal and they say ‘This is an amazing program, it teaches our children everything they need to know, it teaches them to work co-operatively, it teaches them to solve problems, to be sensible — you don’t walk around with a pitchfork in your hand or a knife in the kitchen — to encourage them to explore new things and definitely gives them a strong sense of environmental responsibility’.” Alexander says children suffer with food knowledge because of disengaged parents, lack of education, unemployment and being surrounded by messages from all the fast-food advertisers without any antidote. “And possibly their parents think it’s a fantastic idea to get a big bucket of something for $7.” I suggested food needs a cultural turnaround such as there had been with seatbelts and smoking. Will there come a time when it is unusual to eat badly? She cites the public response to antismoking campaigns as a positive example of how thinking can change. “One of the messages from this conference [I just attended] was that tobacco as a model of the way public health programs have been put in place has been an outstanding success.” So there needs some sort of public action. “It’s all very well saying take advertisements for junk food off TV between three and five . . . in reality not many children of an impressionable age are watching TV at that time.” But sponsorships of children’s sport by junk-food outlets remains a problem. I asked Alexander whether she believed the MasterChef progam had made cooking cool and had therefore encouraged children into the kitchen. She is not convinced. “While I know that MasterChef is extraordinarily popular because of its competitive attitudes and because the children identify very closely with the contestants, I don’t think the message that cooking


Garden guru: Stephanie Alexander is determined to ensure children understand the importance of fresh food. Picture: Rob Gunstone has to be done under high pressure is a particularly great one for children to observe. However, they are seeing people pick up a real carrot and a real beetroot rather than opening a can.” I asked her about media campaigns against poor eating habits. Was there a fear that it’s elitist to tell people how to eat? “I think the government would say we have just spent $41 million on a program called ‘Swap It, Don’t Stop It’. Very few people have heard of this program. It’s a public health campaign to tell you that you don’t have to give up all the things you love, you just have to make little adjustments to your diet, to make you healthier. It’s extraordinary, isn’t it, that nobody I have spoken to has heard of it.” Alexander stresses the importance of families getting together over a meal, a ritual that seems to have faded in recent times. “Lots of families don’t eat together,” she says, “and not just disadvantaged families. There are many children from middle-class families where everybody eats con-

venience food and they don’t get together round a table, they eat at different times of the night, so as far as social behaviour or interacting or having conversations around a table, it’s not the norm. “We hear frequently from children in our schools they get so excited about setting the table and putting flowers and herbs in the middle of the table . . . because they don’t sit at a table with anyone.” Alexander is hopeful that the next generation will learn about food and then teach their children. This, she says, is the best way for cultural change. But it can’t happen by itself. “I believe passionately that the intervention that we have designed works. I believe if that were universally available to schools I believe that would change a generation of children. However, I also know how much it would cost, so I don’t want to appear naı¨ve. But I do know that the costs of diabetes and all those other things is astronomical.” Alexander is keen to spend more time writing. The author of this country’s best-known cook book The Cook’s Companion, writes a monthly column in Gourmet Traveller about her garden. She also wants to beef up a newsletter on her website. Alexander continues to be a passionate and energetic crusader for a cause that does – or should – touch us all. I remember as a child looking up at a book on the shelf called You Are What You Eat. That title stayed with me for years as I pondered the veracity of a food philosophy encapsulated in five words. I got the feeling Alexander wasn’t too cross with me for occasionally serving dinner in front of Modern Family. She says it’s important to set a dinner table regularly, not always. I can hold my head up high in front of Australia’s legendary fresh food guru. But she’s never seeing my garden, unless she volunteers to personally oversee an extreme make-over. Details:

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Mixing it up helps break irls studying aviation? Boys enjoying cooking class? Of course. Good single-sex schools now offer all manner of subject combinations, regardless of gender. Girls study sciences such as physics in healthy numbers and boys enjoy social sciences and “crafty” electives. All-girl school Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak has introduced aviation and archaeology this year; the most popular elective for the year 9 and 10 Trinity Grammar School boys is cooking. These days the biggest gender issue for single-


‘It’s great to be able to have a range of options and to try a bit of each of these in the early years of secondary and then to specialise if you like them.’ — Kathy Walker

Stereotypes are long gone from Melbourne’s independent schools, writes CHERYL CRITCHLEY. sex schools is how study and social interaction are managed. Haileybury, for example, uses parallel education with both single sex and co-ed classes, while Ruyton Girls’ School and Trinity Grammar have a unique collaboration that allows students to study some VCE subjects at each others’ campuses. Education expert and Early Life Foundations founder Kathy Walker says most schools offer terrific options. “Schools have really caught up and often lead in this area now with great opportunities for both genders,” she says. Walker says schools have also broadened traditional subjects. For example, cooking could cover creativity, health, organics and hospitality. “It’s great to be able to have a range of options

and to try a bit of each of these in the early years of secondary and then to specialise if you like them.” Walker says the key for parents is to choose a school offering subjects and an environment that suits the child. “The age-old debate about co-ed or single sex is really nothing about choice of subjects. “It’s more about what suits the individual child, family dynamic, personality, etc. Some schools are really noticing and catering for this now which is fantastic.” Since 1993 Ruyton and Trinity, both located in Kew, have run a co-ordinate program allowing girls and boys to choose a wider range of VCE subjects and study some together. Co-educational classes are held at both campuses, preparing students for university and the real world.

Ruyton principal Linda Douglas says this increases the opportunity for students to study their preferred subjects in VCE. The schools also retain their autonomy and hold single-gender classes in English. “It is a good prelude to the university environment,” Douglas says. She says the program, probably the only one of its kind in Victoria, suits girls and boys. “They grow in self-confidence. We’ve gone way beyond the stereotypes. ‘‘This is about being able to study your first preferences in an expanded learning environment that promotes independence and responsibility.” Trinity headmaster Rick Tudor says the co-ordinate program was started to offer languages and expanded from there. Some students now do up to four subjects at the other school’s campus. Tudor says co-ordinating timetables is a challenge but worth it. For example boys can study media at Ruyton — Trinity doesn’t offer this — while girls can study design technology at Trinity.

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No crystal ball, but Knowing your strengths and interests is important when deciding what to be ‘when you grow up’, writes CHERYL CRITCHLEY ccounting or art? Medicine or media? French or food tech? Deciding what to study in the senior high school years has never been trickier. Today’s graduates face an increasingly fluid job market, with many adults still unsure what they want to be “when they grow up”. Yet we expect year 9 and 10 students to have a career crystal ball when choosing VCE subjects. With countless subjects on offer and


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industries expanding or contracting by the minute, choosing subjects can be a confusing and stressful time. Some students also tackle year 12 subjects in year 11, forcing them to consider potential career paths even sooner. Good schools have expert career counsellors to help, but they can only stretch themselves so far. As a result, more students are seeing private practitioners to identify jobs they might enjoy and be good at. Considering possible careers while keeping your subject choices as broad as possible is a must from about years 9 or 10 to boost your chances of taking the right VCE subjects. While there’s some room to move later, nailing it early makes life much easier. Fees for career counselling can range from $88-$200 an individual consultation. Some career counsellors also offer group programs or discounts for predetermined packages. Annette Davie-Smythe is career

counsellor at Firbank Grammar and a private career practitioner with 20 years’ experience. She says by year 9 only one in five students knows what he or she wants to be. Some have particular skills and interests, such as creativity or a mathematical mind, but have not considered how to use them. Davie-Smythe helps students pinpoint their strengths and drafts several possible pathways. After providing students with career and personality testing she devises an individualised career action plan. She says it is important to reach for the stars, but there must also be a plan B. For example, a would-be doctor had missed out on medicine so he studied science and joined medicine later. Another girl who missed physiotherapy activated plan B, radiography, and loved it. “She topped her year, every year for three years,” Davie-Smythe says. “She’s so happy.” Most schools do have good career

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an informed decision counsellors. A private counsellor offers extra time and another expert opinion. They can also boost the selfesteem of students who inevitably discover special talents. ‘‘It helps build them as a person,” Davie-Smythe says. Rachel Abramson is a psychologist, career counsellor and hypnotherapist. She offers an individually tailored Career Dayz program of two to five consultations that include vocational and personality testing to identify career interests and aptitudes. Abramson also runs career management and development seminars. ‘‘Students who know what they want must choose the right subjects and identify several pathways into their career, particularly if it is competitive like medicine,” she says. Abramson uses vocational and personality testing to help identify occupations that would be interesting and enjoyable. She also provides a vocational

report that can be taken away and reflected upon. From there, she and the student can develop a short-list of three to four potential occupations that the student can investigate further by talking to practitioners and doing work experience. “What comes out of these reports always makes sense,” Abramson says. “In some cases, they’d thought about one or other of the options that came up in the report, but hadn’t expressed it. For others, it’s given them something to think about.” Abramson says students with good school career services available should make use of them and only see an independent career counsellor if they are still “scratching their heads”. Exploring options in years 9 and 10 can help avoid changing course later. “Be proactive, review and have a back-up. “And keep your options open. If

you don’t get into your first preference at the end of year 12, there are still other ways that [you] can get there.” Former English and history teacher and now qualified career counsellor Annie Rubira worked as a career counsellor at Xavier College and with Regan Consulting before starting her own consultancy, Career & Education Planning. She works with people aged 15-40 and says it is crucial to identify their interests, aptitudes, personality and values. Rubira says knowing all four is essential to finding a suitable and satisfying career, as is having a plan B. For example, someone with strong ethical values may not be suited to marketing cigarettes and an “arty” person may not enjoy working in a technical field. In some cases Rubira must also deal with parental expectations that don’t always match a student’s interests or ambition.

Most parents want their children to follow their own hearts and interests, but some still expect their children to enter certain careers. In one case a girl was studying business but wanted to work in beauty. She ended up running a successful beauty business when her parents accepted that was her passion. “I see so many cases of students who are at uni in a course because that’s what their parents want,” Rubira says. “What we’re looking for ultimately is fulfilment and satisfaction in our working lives.” Annette Davie-Smythe, Rachel Abramson and Annie Rubira are members of the Career Development Association of Australia (, which lists career counsellors and their specialties. Abramson is a fellow, the highest level of membership. Net links:, careerplanning,,

CHOOSING VCE SUBJECTS ■ Have short and long-term career goals. ■ Remember several pathways can get you there. ■ Focus on your strengths and interests. ■ Study the highest level of maths you can pass. ■ Attend career expos. ■ Visit workplaces to get a feel for them. ■ Research university courses and VCE pre-requisites at ■ If needed, investigate interstate or overseas courses. ■ Consider career aptitude testing if you get stuck.

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chool excursions are not what they used to be. While their parents were lucky to visit Melbourne Zoo or the National Gallery, today’s students are jetting everywhere from Paris and London to Cambodian orphanages and on the Pilgrimage of Hope in India. Secondary students are increasingly travelling the world, often as volunteers in Third World countries where they might help build a school or work in a hospital. Others enjoy international sport and music trips or organise their own cultural exchange. Most schools offer overseas trips that help students to develop leadership and life skills. Students gain an awareness of other cultures and learn financial responsibility through fundraising and budgeting. As part of their curriculum Firbank Grammar year 9 students visit Thailand through the Traidhos Three-Generation Community for Learning, working with poor people in Northern Thailand’s mountains. In year 10 they can choose

to do community work in Laos, where the school works with and raises money for an orphanage. In the past, Firbank has also joined the Pilgrimage of Hope, where volunteers work with Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity Sisters in India, Fiji, Bali and Alice Springs. Firbank deputy principal Ian Robertson says the trips, which sometimes include constructing buildings, are educational and life-changing. “The message is that students are making a difference to other people’s lives in a meaningful way,” he says. “Experiential learning is so valuable.” Straight exchanges with host families are still popular, but many students are joining community service trips in Third World countries. One Firbank student organised her own trip to India and worked with underprivileged children. She plans to return there. For those who need help, several organisations guide schools and students through overseas trips. Each year World Challenge sends more

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the world’s at their feet than 3000 Australian and New Zealand students from more than 300 government and independent schools on expeditions to 50 destinations worldwide. Among them are Xavier College, Haileybury and Carey Grammar. With the help of expedition facilitators, students plan their own itineraries and volunteer in a developing community. The 28-day trips have a build-up of about 18 months involving in-person and online support. The total cost is $5000-$8000 and students are encouraged to raise their own funds. Before leaving they complete a two-day training expedition to prepare for their project, which could include building basic amenities for a remote hill tribe in Northern Thailand, renovating a Cambodian orphanage or working in a Costa Rica turtle conservation sanctuary. World Challenge director Daniel Donati says since the school expedition company entered Australia in 2004 student numbers have doubled almost every year. “It’s gone bananas,” he says. “Schools want to give their students a really holistic view of not just their school, their surroundings, their countries and overseas as well.” Trips are risk-assessed and schools only take

part if they have teachers motivated to go. Most students are aged 15-18. In 2011 World Challenge assisted Xavier College visit Nepal, where students helped out at two local schools. Last year Xavier students built a concrete path for a village in Borneo. Both trips included acclimatisation, jungle treks and recreation at local beaches and landmarks. Xavier’s director of outdoor education and World Challenge expedition co-ordinator Jay Henderson said although the adventurous component was the major initial attraction for students, the community project and immersion were clear highlights for them at the end. This year Henderson will take students to Ecuador and Galapagos and next year plans to visit Tanzania and Mount Kilimanjaro. The school organises the trips while World Challenge provides the infrastructure and back-up. Henderson says year 10 and 11 students are at the ideal age to appreciate the trips. He says the trips take months of preparation and most students do a lot of their own fund-raising. “The more fund-raising they do the more they generally get out of it.” Projects Abroad offers trips to 29 countries

where students live and work beside locals. Projects can involve teaching, conservation, sport, community programs, medicine, human rights and journalism. Most trips are organised by individuals who join Projects Abroad teams, but it also handles some school groups. Director Will Pashley says popular countries at the moment include Tanzania, Cambodia, Nepal and Peru. “Students do a lot of work in children’s homes, in orphanages as well,” Pashley says. “It certainly does put them in situations they’ve never been in before.” A one- to three-month trip can cost $5000-$6000, which covers everything, including flights. Students are billeted with local families. Many year 10 and 11 students organise projects during their holidays and a growing number replace their year 12 schoolies celebration with a community service trip. Pashley says students love the trips and learn a lot about themselves and others. “When they come back and you listen to their stories they almost can’t believe what they’ve done.” Other organisations offer exchanges where students live with a host family and attend a local

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Dolphins show early promise BY BRAD McGRATH FRANKSTON Dolphins coach Simon Goosey liked what he saw but knows his team has a long way to go after a thrilling one-point VFL practice match win over Coburg at Frankston Oval on Saturday. While the Dolphins were missing plenty of talent such as Lachie Delahunty, Scott Simpson, Daniel Farmer, Nick Boland and Jackson Coleman, the commitment of the players who took the field cannot be questioned. The Tigers hit the front late in the last quarter but former Mt Eliza teammates Michael Lourey and Sam Lloyd combined to score a late goal and give the Dolphins a 12.7 (79) to 12.6 (78) victory. “We have a long way to go but we played good in patches,” Goosey said. “The first part in particular was very good. Our pressure was really good but I thought our work rate droppedoff in the second half.” Several debutants impressed for the Dolphins including former Dandenong Stingrays Billy Rolfe, Jason Pongracic and Ryan Morrison. But it was Russell Gabriel who showed he had lost nothing during his stint in the WAFL and put in a typically hard-working performance. The ruck, which was a weakness for the Dolphins last season, is now shaping as a strength with Gabriel slotting into the No. 1 position he vacated at the end of the 2011 season. He got solid support from Khan Haretuku. The ruck division will be

strengthened even further when former Geelong rookie Simpson recovers from an ankle injury. “We had about 14 new players and although it wasn’t great to let them come back I suppose the one thing we’ve been mindful of is preparing ourselves for round 1 against Casey Scorpions, so the boys haven’t freshened up,” Goosey said. The one-two punch of Lourey and Lloyd were impressive with the pair set to take some pressure off Haretuku in attack. ‘‘Today we probably had more marks in our forward 50 than in a whole game last season,” Goosey said. “You know that we’ll get better when the boys get some continuity from playing together.” Others to impress for the Dolphins were Narre Warren premiership player Adam Giobbi with his run and long kicking and Seaford recruit Chris Irving, who was given plenty of time through the midfield. Riley Heddles was also superb for the Dolphins after overcoming injury woes that ruined his previous season. The Dolphins development team had an easy 70-point demolition of the Coburg equivalent. Sam Fox and Jimmy Jennings were both impressive. Former Dolphins captain Paul Kennedy also made it through half the game unscathed. Frankston Dolphins clash with Port Melbourne at Frankston Oval from 2pm Saturday. The development league match begins at 11am.

Good start: Frankston Dolphins’ Michael Lourey has the ball punched away from him in their practice match win over Coburg.

Waves hit the ground running PENINSULA Waves began their Victorian Netball League season in nail-biting fashion with a narrow win over Booroondara Genesis at the State NetballHockey Centre on Wednesday night. The Waves were playing under new coach Claire Houben for the first time and they showed they have lost nothing since the departure of Robynn Pym, with the win over the battle-hardened Genesis. The match fluctuated with the Waves narrowly ahead at every break and holding off a final challenge in the last quarter to give Houben a winning start. ‘‘When you see the quality of our opponents they are Vixens and ex-Vixens players,’’ Houben said. ‘‘It was a very tough game and a very good win.’’ Waves captain Holly-Ann Hood played a large part in the victory with her energy and her ability to direct the traffic from the centre position was first rate. Kelly Haynes was a brick wall in defence and [ 38 ] FRANKSTON WEEKLY – YOUR COMMUNITY VOICE

could be set to take another step forward after switching ends last year. ‘‘She is a very talented player and I think she just needs to believe in herself and believe how good she could be,’’ Houben said. Star goaler Mwai Kumwenda made 34 of 38 attempts and combined superbly with Stacie Proctor in attack. ‘‘Mwai had a great game and we expect nothing less from her, to be honest, because she is just such a strong goaler. ‘‘She shot at 90 per cent.’’ The Genesis exacted some revenge in the division 1 clash with a 47-40 victory over Peninsula, with the Waves lacking in attack. The Waves went down 32-38 in the under-19 clash. Peninsula Waves clash with VU Western Lightning at the State Netball-Hockey Centre from 9.40pm on Wednesday. — Brad McGrath March 5, 2013

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Pair maintain their crushing form THE seemingly unstoppable Mornington pair of Jarryd Cathcart and Geoff Lloyd have recorded their sixth straight victory in the top grade of the Mornington Peninsula Table Tennis Association. In what is becoming an almost predictable chain of events, Cathcart and Lloyd took the doubles rubber, this time against Somerville’s Martin Solomons and Shane O’Connor, before Cathcart steamrolled his opponents in the singles, to chalk up a 3-2 win and another four points for the Mornington juggernaut. Langwarrin’s Luke Bronsema, another player in superb touch this season, defeated Frankston champion Sam Palmer to set up a comfortable 4-1 victory for Langwarrin. Club singles champion Palmer had no answer to Bronsema’s power game and went down 4-2 while Palmer’s partner, Greg Price was unable to take a game off the

Langwarrin ace. In the other match, Mt Martha recorded its first win of the season, against second-placed Carrum Downs in the upset of the night. Mt Martha’s Sean O’Meara led the way, beating both Mark Flavel and Peter Du Plooy, while a singles win to O’Meara’s partner, Gary Anderson over Du Plooy, was enough to get Mt Martha over the line. Des Gamble, Mitchell Peacock and Sandy Kouroupidis lead the way in the club’s A3 division, with 10 wins from the 12 matches played. Peacock and Kouroupidis are representing Rye this season and not surprisingly their side is two games clear at the top of the ladder. For details of all grades, team ladders and player standings, go to insports

Heatherhill shuts down Bulldogs BY MORGAN COLE HEATHERHILL has finished off its season with a wet sail, upsetting Mornington by three wickets in an MPCA Provincial Shield match at Bruce Park on Saturday. Mornington is Heatherhill’s second major scalp. The young outfit also upset premiership favourite Sorrento last round. The Bulldogs approached the one-day match with plenty of caution. Heatherhill went on the rampage as they looked to close out their season with a bang. Heatherhill captain Matt Meagher led the way with an unbeaten 66, forming a partnership with middle order batsman Steven O’Donnell, who was making his first appearance in the first XI. The home team finished its innings at 8-203. Mornington started its innings strongly with opener Matt Foon making 41 before being caught off a Brett Maxwell delivery. After losing the wickets of Foon and Ben Clements (21) the Bulldogs found themselves losing their grip on the match. Tail-ender Luke Harper gave Mornington a late spark, making 30 not out, but it was not enough to recover the game. Mornington was dismissed for 153. At Baxter Park on Saturday, Baxter stole the top spot from a stumbling Sorrento, which has now lost three matches in a row. Sorrento set a modest tally in it first innings of 146, captain Anthony Blackwell top scoring with 44, star batsman Nick Jewell being run out for 20. The returning Mark Uccello led the way for Baxter on the attack taking 5-32, pleasing president and brother Darren Uccello with his comeback to the first XI. ‘‘Mark has been in the twos for the past few weeks,’’ Uccello said. ‘‘Taking five wickets was a great achievement.’’ The Baxter top order struggled to make an impact with Shane McComb (2) and Daniel Warwick (12) being removed early. Darren Irving stepped in to steady the ship and his 47 helped bring Baxter within striking distance of its target. Sam Wolsgrove (4 not out) and Travis Sawers (14


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(37) and Oliver McKillop (36) putting on strong showings. ‘‘We had some top performances from some of our younger guys,’’ Dart said. Tyabb got off to a less than ideal start losing opener Ben Van Wees (4) cheaply, before they steadied through captain Luke Rus (50). The Yabbies fell short at the end of the day, finishing on 181, the final wicket falling midway through the 38th over, Dart taking the final scalp. In other Sub District shield matches, French Island drew with Skye. Balnarring defeated Pearcedale to tie up top spot on the ladder. Carrum Downs tied with Rosebud, Carrum Downs bowler Chamara Perera taking 4-20. Tootgarook recorded a comfortable ninewicket win over Dromana.

BADEN Powell has clinched the final spot in the top four, defeating Delacombe Park in a MPCA District Shield match on Saturday. The Braves and the Devils were locked in a do-or-die clash at Delacombe Park, with the winner of the contest to make the finals and the loser to miss out. The Braves had a disastrous start with the early dismissals of powerful opener Elia Carter (3) and gun captain Rhys Elmi (5) with number three batsman Travis Kellerman (0) quick to follow. ‘‘They bowled really well early,’’ Elmi said. ‘‘Shane Deal and Simon Dignam really tied us down. They had us at 3-34 at tea.’’ The early slide was stopped by Anjula Perera (72) and Josh Waldron (84), the partnership turning the tide of the match. ‘‘They batted really well together and really saved us,’’ Elmi said. ‘‘We felt 140 was about par on this ground, so to get 197 was a super effort.’’ Delacombe Park also suffered an early dismissal at the top of its first innings, losing opener Chris Glendinning for a duck. The Devils’ strong batting line-up struggled and Chris Brittain (15) and Nick Christides (19) spent only a short time at the crease. Ben Brittain (39) and Deal (22) formed a late partnership, helping nudge the Devils score closer to the target. The disciplined bowling from the Braves proved too much. The Devils innings came to a close at 138. ‘‘They bat right down the order, so to bowl them out was a great effort,’’ Elmi said. The Braves’ attack was led by Nathan Rice, who took four wickets for the afternoon. In other District Shield matches, The Pines ended Hastings’ dreams of sneaking onto the finals with a five-wicket win. Boneo just managed to hold off Main Ridge to win by six runs. Flinders upset Carrum, overcoming the finals-bound outfit in the second-last over of the day. Flinders keeper Tim Clarke made a season-best 93. Frankston YCW finally showed some fighting spirit, losing its final match in District Shield to Langwarrin by six wickets. Somerville made no mistakes in securing its place in the finals by accounting for Seaford.

— Morgan Cole

— Morgan Cole

He’s back: Mark Uccello snared five wickets for Baxter as they upset Sorrento in their MPCA Provincial Shield match on Saturday. Picture: Wayne Hawkins not out) helped Baxter gain a valuable psychological advantage over Sorrento. ‘‘To get over the line was great,’’ Uccello said. ‘‘We thought we would finish second, so to finish on top was an awesome effort.’’ This is Baxter’s eighth straight appearance in the finals.

In other Provincial Shield matches, Justin Grant (78) guided Mt Eliza to victory over Long Island. The Peninsula Old Boys’ hot streak has seen them secure a finals berth after a rocky start to the season. A six-wicket win over Mount Martha was enough to secure their position. Rye enjoyed a four-wicket win over Moorooduc.

Demons feel the heat

Yabbies limp to a dismal finish

FRANKSTON Peninsula Heat have just 25 runs to play with as they strive to defeat Melbourne in a interesting Premier Cricket clash at the Albert Ground. The Heat were bowled out for 125 but have given the fancied Melbourne something to worry about as they grabbed six wickets to leave the Demons reeling at 6-101. But with just 25 runs needed for victory, Melbourne will fancy itself as favourite. Talented all-rounder Brenton McDonald (11no) and Jack Paynter (4no) are the batsmen at the crease for the Demons. Scott Boland (3-30) was the chief destroyer for the Heat while Matt Chasemore, James Miller and Jack Benbow also took a wicket each. Earlier in the day Paynter ripped through the Heat’s top order, including the prized wickets of Matt Lineker and Chasemore, to finish with 5-20 from 12.5 overs.

TYABB’S disastrous month is finally over after it succumbed to Red Hill in their MPCA Sub District Shield match at Red Hill Reserve on Saturday. After holding top place on the ladder less than three weeks ago, Tyabb officially missed the finals, with its season finishing. Red Hill coach Simon Dart was thrilled with his team’s performance after a topsy-turvy few weeks for the young oufit. ‘‘It was a must-win game, it was really like a final,’’ Dart said. ‘‘We knew if we lost — that was it for us.’’ Red Hill won the toss and batted first with the brilliant Dart contributing 84 not out in their total of 5-216. The Tyabb attack battled hard but found Red Hill’s top order hard to penetrate with Riley Shaw


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Silverstone Recliner chair $999 Available in 13 Prime leather colours

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Silverstone 2 seater recliner sofa $2299



Nordic 21 Lge $1299 Std $1199

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Nordic 60 Lge $1499 Std $1399

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Brando Multi Function Chair from $1599

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Brando 2 str sofa + 2 lge relaxer chairs from $4399

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